Dear Parents and Carers
We hope you have all had a good Easter break and have had the opportunity to start to safely see family and friends.
As we move into the new term it is essential we do everything we can to continue to keep our community safe.
If you haven’t yet, please can you ensure you have notified us of the lateral flow tests completed at home for your child(ren).
These need to be reported to us on this form please: Reporting the test result to the school
The third and fourth test of the holiday should be taking place today and on Sunday. We will follow up tomorrow with any parents where we haven’t had any tests results reported to us. We appreciate your support with this so we can be assured we have widespread testing in place in school.
The government has confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn after the Easter break in schools including in the classroom. It is expected that face coverings will no longer be required to be worn in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at Step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than Monday 17 May. Those who are currently exempt from wearing face coverings will remain so, including pupils or staff who are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.
We will continue to operate our existing timetables and with students in year group zones with limited movement around the school, good ventilation in classrooms, staggered breaks and lunches and separate entry gates. Our increased cleaning regime will remain in place and we expect students to sanitise their hands as they move between lessons and for social times. We will respond to any national changes in guidance as they are issued.
Please ensure you send your child to school each day with plenty to drink as we do not have shared facilities for refilling water bottles due to the risk of contamination.
Peer on peer abuse
You will be aware of reports in the media over “Everyone’s invited” and concerns over peer on peer abuse. We have already been working on a programme to educate students in this area and additional material will be delivered early in this coming term.
As parents and carers are aware, last year we published a new policy outlining our approach to Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. This includes the explicit teaching and development of important attributes such as respect, honesty, kindness, tolerance and courtesy. Important issues such as personal privacy, respect and consent are covered to ensure that more young people have a good understanding of how to behave towards their peers. The curriculum on relationships is supported by the school’s wider policies on behaviour, inclusion, respect for equality and diversity, bullying and safeguarding.
Schools clearly have a crucial role to play in teaching young people about peer on peer abuse, and we would like to reassure parents and carers that we have robust systems and processes in place to keep children and young people safe and for them to report any incident or anything that is worrying them.
Parents and carers might find this resource on on-line safety useful.
Should you wish to talk to someone directly please contact email@example.com.
As you are aware over the next half-term all year 11 students will be engaging in a range of assessment activities to support the awarding of their GCSE grades.
Following the May half term break, with most required assessments completed, year 11 students will inevitably be thinking about life after year 11. With this in mind, when we return on 7th June after half term, year 11 students will be issued with a bespoke timetable that is focussed on their individual progression needs in the lead up to their last day on Friday 11th June. Some students will still have a few assessment elements to complete, whilst others will be engaging in some devised activities linked to their post-16 progression either in school or remotely.
We will be discussing with students over the next two weeks how they wish to celebrate their time at secondary school.
As you are aware over the next half-term all year 13 students will be engaging in a range of assessment activities to support the awarding of their A level and Level 3 qualification grades.
Following the May half term break, some students will still have a few assessment elements to complete and will be issued with bespoke timetables. The last official day in school will be Friday 11th June.
We will be discussing with students over the next two weeks how they wish to celebrate their time at Sigma Sixth.
First day readiness
Please ensure your child is ready for school for 8:25am on Monday 12th April. Please check Go 4 schools for their timetable and ensure all uniform expectations are complied with.
We look forward to having all of our students back on Monday 12th April, smart, equipped and ready to learn, ready to demonstrate our values of aspiration, success and kindness.
Mr S Holder Mrs S Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of School