Upper Years

We have created a programme of work, resources and activities that Year 9 students can complete independently throughout the day, with the added reassurance of knowing there are teachers available through the day to offer support. We have scheduled form time at the 1.15 pm every day. Please see the timetables we have produced as a recommendation of how they structure the rest of their day.

Students in Years 10 and 11 will follow a timetable similar to their usual one, but with their lessons conducted through Zoom.

Morning assembly

Guy will record a morning assembly every day. The link to view the assembly will be sent to you and posted on our website shortly afterwards. We do recommend that students watch the assembly before they start their day’s school work.

Year 9 Projects

Each day the students will be set subject specific projects using Google classroom (approximately 5 hours of work). The projects will be sent each morning and will contain guidance and information about how to complete them. 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.

There is a timetable of teachers available to offer support and answer questions each day. Please do contact those teachers directly if you need to. At the end of the day the students should submit their projects for feedback.

Year 10 and 11 Lessons through Zoom

Giving and having lessons through Zoom does take some getting used to. Students will need to listen carefully to instructions and be paticularly considerate of their classmates.

Students should follow the school rules and dress code as they would on any normal school day. This includes not eating during the lesson – no-one wants to watch that!

We recommend that, where practical, students have their lessons in communal areas of the house like a kitchen, dining room or study, rather than conduct calls from private areas like their bedrooms.

Students will need to submit their work electronically to be marked by the teacher. PDFs are much preferred over JPEG images. Office Lens, Genius Scan, and Adobe apps offer easy ways to do this.

Information about the cancellation of pubic eaxminations for Year 11 can be found here.

Form time on Zoom

The students also have an opportunity for ‘form time’ every day at 1.15 pm. The form time is a great opportunity for the group to speak with each other and their form tutor. In order to connect to form time you will need a phone, laptop or ipad as we will use Zoom software. The form tutor will email the student with their invitation which will automatically be connect to the right group.

We do suggest signing up for Zoom on your devices at home, it is very straightforward, please visit the Zoom website. Students have already been given guidance on how to sign into Zoom using their HCH email accounts.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students and families may like to participate in activities together over and above the work we are setting in the distance learning curriculum. We will regularly keep you informed of activities, challenges, resources to benefit the wellbeing of pupils and parents etc.

Staying informed and whom to contact

The Coronavirus situation section of the website will be kept up-to-date with information about the school’s continuity plans as well as the timetables for each section of the school. We will also be posting our extra curricular activities, challenges, artwork and photographs to these pages.

Your form tutor is your first point of contact and in addition to your form time they can schedule individual appointments if you wish to discuss a specific matter. Please do email them directly.

Please email Rachel Bowles or request a Zoom or Skype call and I will be delighted to help with any general or administrative enquiries you have. Please also send me any photos you have of the time being spent at home. I will be sending out ideas in the coming days too.

Please email Jon Hind if you have any queries about the continuity plans and projects.

Please email Ben Ruddin if you have any queries about Zoom use or staying connected with the school from home.