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Return to school and lateral flow testing

Good afternoon

As you will be aware, the government yesterday announced a return to school for all students from Monday 8th March.  We have begun the planning for return based on government guidance and we will be informing you of the specific day and time that each year group will return along with further information in due course. By Friday 12th March all students will have returned to our school.

The guidance remains very similar to that which we operated under during the autumn term. However, there are two key differences:

  • students in secondary schools will wear face masks during lessons, which is what those students attending school since January and their supporting staff have been doing, and this has worked very well
  • students will take three lateral flow tests, 3-5 days apart, at the school’s asymptomatic testing centre when they return and then use home testing kits twice weekly.

It is important that we receive consent from parents and carers for students’ testing, please follow this link Lateral Flow Testing Consent

We expect to hear the outcome of the consultation into the awarding of GCSE and A Level grades by the end of this week and will also update on this as soon as we can. In the meantime, it is important that students continue to focus on the work that their teachers are setting for them.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back into school in the very near future.

Best wishes

Jonathan Fawcett

23rd February 2021

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Behaviour for learning and Rewards and Engagement Policy

Our priorities are to ensure that everyone is both safe and making the most of their learning in lesson.  The Rewards and Engagement Policy has been developed to reflect both our aims and values as a school and the current situation; we want to make sure that, whatever the circumstances, the experiences and learning encountered by everyone on site, students and staff alike, are as positive as possible.

As before, parents and students can view the behaviour log on mobile devices through the ClassCharts app.  Should you require any help at all in setting that up, please speak to your child’s Progress and Achievement Manager (PAM) in the first instance.  It is worth noting that a significant proportion of students start this year with a good number of accrued reward points from their work during the closure period.  As a result, many students are already ‘buying’ rewards and these will start to be distributed from next week.

In terms of day to day practicalities, before lockdown, almost 85% of all points awarded were for positive behaviours.  That picture will continue, and hopefully become even more dominant, given how well our students have returned this year.  However, where issues do occur, specifically in classrooms, we will follow the procedure below;

  • Staff will use every opportunity to remind students about expectations
  • Should a student not respond positively to those reminders, they will be asked to move to the single desk available in each room; this will be considered a formal warning
  • Should the student still not respond appropriately, the Progress and Achievement Manager will attend the classroom and try to work with the student to ensure that they can settle to learn.
  • When the Progress and Achievement Manager is called for, should they feel that they need to remove the student, the student will automatically receive a 30 minute detention at the end of the same school day.  Any student that fails to attend the detention may be subject to a fixed term exclusion.

We will then require that a responsible adult come to school to collect the student in question at 3.50 p.m.  We want to ensure that we work with families to ensure that behaviour is as strong as it can be to create the most effective and safe learning environment.  The conversation at that point will focus on how the next day will be better.

Given what we have seen so far, we hope that the higher levels of this ‘ladder’ will not need to be used very often at all.  Our students are generally fantastic; they are caring, respectful, happy and keen to learn.  With those attitudes, the above only serves as a reminder of how we ensure that we effectively serve the needs of the vast majority of our school community.

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