Dear Parents & Carers
Wider opening of schools
You will be aware that the Government announced on 10 th May that, from the week commencing 1st June at the earliest, schools should be prepared to re-open to certain year groups (in addition to continuing to provide places for vulnerable children and the children of key workers). However, a final decision on this limited return will not be made by the Government until the next meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group For Emergencies (SAGE) has taken place on Thursday, 28 May. Consequently, although we are currently preparing to meet the Government’s request, we do not consider it feasible to open for additional pupils on Monday, 1st June. In the meantime, the remote learning arrangements will continue.
We want to assure you that before the school is re-opened we will ensure that all appropriate risk assessments are updated and that the necessary alterations have been made to the school buildings. These measures will include limiting pupil numbers to a level which is safe and appropriate for our site. In addition, before the school is re-opened for Years 10 & 12, we will provide all staff with an induction into the new ways of working.
We will therefore be in touch with you during the week beginning 1st June with more details as to how this will be organised and, most importantly, the measures we have put in place to minimise the risks for students and staff.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. Thank you for all your kind words and your helpful feedback. Thank you too for the work you have done to support learning at home.
Some of you did make comments about your individual children, please be aware we didn’t collect names on this survey, so if you do have personal queries, please do send these again to email@example.com so we can respond to them.
Some of you are reporting that your child has less than 2 hours of work a day. If that is your understanding, please do contact us on the above email address so we can guide you and your child to the correct sources of work.
We have received very positive feedback on many aspects of the learning and we are grateful, as I’m sure you are, to all the hours staff have invested in this.
At each half term break we have reviewed our provision and In response to your feedback and trials we have been running we will be putting the following in place from the 1st June:
- All work to be posted on the relevant google classroom at 8am. Students will then only receive notifications of work for the day at 8am. Only work for that day to be posted. This will be in accordance with the published timetable.
- Every assignment will have a hand in time. Where an assignment is planned to take more than one slot of the timetable (e.g. over the week), this will be clearly shown on the assignment, the deadline date will reflect this and the expected number of hours of work will match the number of hours on the timetable. Students will be advised they are not expected to complete more hours than identified. The assignment will be reposted on each day the subject is on the timetable.
- Each subject will have a minimum of one piece of work every 2 weeks where individual feedback is given to the student. The nature of this will vary by subject.
- Teachers will create a report on levels of engagement in the new half term and this information will be shared with parents. “Exceptional engagement” in three or more subjects will result in a Philip Morant award.
We will continue to update our website with information on remote learning, please do check here first before sending in a query.
We are very concerned that there have been sightings of groups of students in the community and indeed outside our school gate.
The guidance is as follows:
You cannot gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your household).
If we see groups of students or have these report to us with names we will:
- On the first occasion; contact parents and place this on the student’s behaviour record
- On the second occasion: contact the police
This type of behaviour puts all our community at risk.
As the current year 10 are transitioning into their final year at Philip Morant. This is the time in which we begin to select our Head Prefects, Deputy Head Prefects, Student Management Team and our Prefects to serve for the following year. This year unfortunately we have had to slightly alter the process due to the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. The process has had to go online to a google classroom which all year 10 were added to earlier this month. Pupils are to read through the PowerPoint in the classroom, select the position for which they would like to apply and structure their application around that role. They can apply for both roles but the role in which they would most like to achieve should be specified in their statement. Please also note that for roles in the Student Management Team, Deputy Head Prefects and Head Prefects, pupils will need to complete an interview which will be organised after all of the Prefects are selected.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr James Abbott on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have.
Our school remains open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. If you require a place (these are now full time) and your child is in one of these categories, please use the email address email@example.com and give us as much notice as you can so we can plan staffing.
This coming week is half term. The school will not be open (our critical worker provision is at another school), no remote learning will be set or responded to.
In the meantime, can we thank you for your cooperation and wish you and your family a safe and an enjoyable half-term break.
Mr Holder Mrs Neill
Executive Head Teacher Head of School