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Suggested timetables for students working from home

Dear parents/carers

Please find attached suggested timetables for students to follow while they are working at home.  We hope that you will find these useful.  Each week, your child’s class teachers will contact them with details of the work from the pack that they should be completing that week, along with details of how they can share their work with their class teacher.  We will also continue to use Classcharts to reward excellent work.

You will see that on the timetable each day starts with exercise and word and number puzzles.  For the exercise, your child can use a combination of the information provided from the PE department in their pack or, if they have access to the internet, they can take part in online activities. This is a great example: Joe Wicks is running half hour exercise sessions for students every day Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 9:30.

The daily word and number puzzles can be found on the Noticeboard section of Show my Homework.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this, please get in touch.

suggested timetables for students working from home

Update on maintained educational provision for children of key workers during Covid-19

Thank you to those parents and carers who have emailed me to request provision for their children from next week.

I am currently working through the requests and looking at staff availability and capacity. I hope to email parents and carers to confirm where places are available by 6pm Saturday.

I am only able to communicate with those who have contacted me as requested in this morning’s message on my direct email address:

If you would like to request provision and have not yet contacted me on this address please do so as soon as possible, even if you have spoken to or emailed another member of staff. I do appreciate that due to shift patterns not all relevant parents and carers will have been able to contact me yet. Please be reassured that places will be allocated based on eligibility criteria, and not a first come, first served basis.

Please note that for safeguarding reasons we can only accept those students for whom we have confirmed a place which will only be done from my direct email address.

In your email please state:

· Each child’s name and tutor group

· The days on which you require them to attend school (we appreciate that people will work shift patterns and may not require every day)

· Your job and why you believe that this qualifies within the government’s list

· If your child will require school transport as normally provided

· If your child will require lunch to be provided

Please email as soon as possible, but please be aware that government advice clearly states that if it is at all possible for children to stay at home, they should. Clearly, the most recent announcements from the government closing social venues from tonight emphasises the need to limit contact to the barest minimum.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best wishes

Jonathan Fawcett

Update from the government on the awarding of exam grades for GCSE and A Level students this summer

The government have just published their latest thinking on how they will award grades this summer which I have pasted below.  There is obviously much work to be done on this, but I thought that it would be useful to give you sight of this at the earliest opportunity. Hopefully this will reassure you following on from what we said to you yesterday.

We will update you further as and when we receive further information.

Best wishes

Jonathan Fawcett

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.

University representatives have confirmed that they expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

This year’s summer exam series, including A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications, and all primary assessments, have been cancelled as we fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly this will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Cancelling exams is something no Education Secretary would ever want to do, however these are extraordinary times and this measure is a vital but unprecedented step in the country’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.

My priority now is to ensure no young person faces a barrier when it comes to moving onto the next stage of their lives – whether that’s further or higher education, an apprenticeship or a job.

I have asked exam boards to work closely with the teachers who know their pupils best to ensure their hard work and dedication is rewarded and fairly recognised.

We recognise that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to sit their exams. If they do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

There is a very wide range of different vocational and technical qualifications as well as other academic qualifications for which students were expecting to sit exams this summer. These are offered by a large number of awarding organisations, and have differing assessment approaches – in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade. We are encouraging these organisations to show the maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged. Ofqual is working urgently with the sector to explore options and we will work with them to provide more details shortly.

The Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.

Key Worker Criteria

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Year 11 GCSE Art Work

Well done to all of our Year 11 GCSE Art students – despite there not being an Art Exhibition this year, these are examples of the fantastic work they have achieved.

Spring Term 1 Newsletter

Spring 1 2020

World Book Day 2020

As part of our World Book Day celebrations we set the library up as a photo studio and students were able to have photos taken with some of their favourite books. A large collection of props were available for students to use, the hats and wigs proved to be the most popular followed by the bow and arrow! We think Mr Lamb (a member of our site staff) makes a very convincing Where’s Wally.

Students also took part in a rolling read, the chosen book this year was Viral by Ann Evans, a short horror story which proved to be very popular with students. One chapter was read in each lesson throughout the day and the book, along with others in the series, are available to borrow from the library.

As part of the annual £1 book voucher scheme students were able to choose one of the special World Book Day Books from the library to take home and keep or swap with their friends.

Football Celebrations!

Year 11 played in the County cup round 1 fixture against Tibshelf and won 3-1 (scorers Morgan Boyle, Jude Thompson and Rowan Kelly). Man of the Match went to George Scarfe. They will play Belper in the 2nd round.

Year 7 finished 2nd in their Amber Valley Tournament played in January.  They took part in their next round last night; won 3 games and drew one.  Amazing performances by all of the team – well done!


The Year 10 Basketball team competed in the Amber Valley tournament in January and all played really well.  Well done to Jevon Selby, Charles Cross, Matthew Denton, Owen Langton, Reilly Allen, Alex Taylor.

Girls in Sport

Derby County Community Trust have been working with girls from Year 7 to 9 since September on the GO Lead programme where they have been completing a course to become sports leaders in a variety of sports. They have also been leading their own sessions on a sport of their choice and delivered it to the group.  Well done to Kayleigh Brown, Ella Walker, Libby Vardy, Hannah Wheatley, Sophie Bower, Arya Beresford, Chloe Skelton, Charlotte Howarth, Megan Joyce and Stacey Maskery.

Keep on Running

The Derbyshire Cross Country County Championships took place at Shipley Park on 18th January.  Tom Eason, Year 9, came 4th overall qualifying for the next round to represent Derbyshire; Martha Seargent, Year 9, finished 9th and is 1st reserve for the next round. Adam Knights, Year 13, finished 6th and also qualified for the Derbyshire team.

Other students who represented Amber Valley from Swanwick were Megan Joyce, Tom Seargent, Dan Pepper.

‘The Carp Crew’

To further enhance students’ participation in the schools Fishing Enrichment programme on a Friday afternoon, there is now a club running every Wednesday after school – ‘Carp Crew and Angling Skills’. This is more learning about the basics and preparation of the sport, rig tying, bait making, watercraft and fish welfare.

We recently wrote to a number of tackle firms, asking for help in getting this venture started. Maver were the first to assist, with Steve Bowen attending an after-school session to show the students how to tie pellet rigs, also bringing caps, hooks, line and floats to dish out to the students.

We then ‘hooked’ a tackle giant – with Michele Gardner of Gardner Tackle contacting me to see what they could do. After a few e-mails, a large box arrived packed full of hundreds of pounds worth of fishing equipment, which the students soon put to good use in the session, tying different rigs and getting free tackle for them to use outside of school. This generous donation has also helped to provide further resources for the Fishing Enrichment, for which we are incredibly grateful.

The schools ‘Carp Crew and Angling Skills’ club runs every Wednesday, 3.20pm until 4.20pm in G3.

For more information about Gardner Tackle, the website address is



Autumn 2 2019

Autumn 1 2019


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