Coronavirus Situation

This page will be kept up-to-date with the School’s current position with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. (Last updated, 11:50 Tuesday 24 March 2020)

The government has ordered the closure of all schools during the ‘delay phase’ of the Coronavirus outbreak. However, we are commited to your children’s education and wellbeing and so have drawn up continuity plans, detailed below, and will be working remotely to support you as best we can.

If you are a ‘key worker’ by the government’s new definition, please contact Rachel Bowles to let her know. Some childcare provision can be made for ‘key workers’ and we are collaborating with local schools to try provide this as effectively and safely as possible.

Continuity Plans

Should a closure last for more than a week or two, these plans will be refined and adapted over the course of the closure. Please contact your child’s form tutor or Jon Hind if you have questions or lack any of the resources mentioned.

In addition to the core curriculum, the school is providing a suite of activities to promote well-being during this difficult period of social distancing.

GCSE and A level

Years 10 to 13 will continue to follow the published timetable for the examination subjects. These lessons will be delivered through Zoom webinars and work will be set through Google Classroom.

The government has announced that GCSEs and A level examinations will not take place this summer. This now includes IGCSEs and Pre-U examinations. The students will receive a ‘calculated’ grade. We will publish details about this once they become available.

All students need to check that they have access to a suitable computer at home and can sign into their school email account and the Google Classroom for each of their courses. All students should check that they have a plentiful supply of writing materials and a means of converting this to a PDF to submit work to their teachers. The free MS Office Lens app is a very effective way to create PDFs easily.

Form time will continue each day at 13.15 as an opportunity for the students to gather to discuss the issues of the day. The form tutors will also be checking in with pupils individually every few days.

Please see the remote learning timetables.

Middle Years and Year 9

Year 5 to 9 will be set work daily that they can complete independently. This will include some maths to start each day, followed by a more substantial project (approximately 5 hours of work) covering one or more other subjects. Many of these projects will be designed to be completed in a single day. Where the project spans more than one day, it will be made clear what the students are expected to achieve each day.

The students will require internet access, including access to their school email account which will allow them to use the Google suite such as Google Docs and the Google Classroom. All students should check that they have their maths textbooks at home (they do not need them in school now), a plentiful supply of writing materials and a means of converting this to a PDF to submit work to their teachers. The free MS Office Lens app is very effective.

There is a timetable of teachers available by email or Zoom for pupils to get support and guidance.

Please see the timetables we have produced as a recommendation of how they structure their day.

Form time will continue each day at 13.15 as an opportunity for the students to gather to discuss the issues of the day. The form tutors will also be checking in with pupils individually every few days.

Lower Years

Pupils in Years 1 to 4 will be set some maths, English and French to do each day. In addition their form tutors will set some cross-curricular projects which can be completed at home. As far as is practicable, the work will be set so that pupils are able to complete most of it independently.

The teachers will be available to speak to parents by email or phone to offer guidance.

Form time will be scheduled each day as an opportunity for the children to gather to as a group to share their experiences. These session will be conducted through Zoom, and will require parents support. The form tutors will also be checking in with pupils and parents individually every few days.

Early Years

In Reception, we will prepare some packs to send home with maths, spelling, handwriting and reading. We will also send daily activities by email to parents and will suggest books for parents to read with the children. Sara is investigating options for sharing videos of her reading stories with links to activities.

In Pre-Nursery and Nursery, we will provide the children with a booklet with mathematics, phonics, pencil control, letter tracing, cutting skills and colouring activities in addition to the ‘book of the week’ in Pre-Nursery.

Form time will be scheduled each day as an opportunity for the children to gather to as a group to share their experiences. These session will be conducted through Zoom, and will require parents support. The form tutors will also be checking in with pupils and parents individually every few days.

Please see the timetables we have produced as an example of how you might structure their day.