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Information for families with children in Year 10

Published on 22/05/20

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 10s - are on track to start receiving face-to-face support from their school from Monday 15th June. But they don’t expect these students to return full-time. The government has also published guidance for families with children in secondary school.

When will you reopen?

After half term, on Tuesday 16th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so.

Monday 15th June will be a teacher training day to prepare.

Will you reopen full-time?

No, Year 10 will return to school on a part-time timetable. Children will be split into groups based on what subjects they are taking.

We will contact families directly to let them know when their child can attend school.

Which pupils can attend school?

Year 10 pupils can attend part-time.

The children of key workers and vulnerable children can attend full-time.

How are you preparing to reopen?

We’re taking a number of steps to make sure we can open as safely as possible.

  1. Our school is being deep cleaned over half term.
  2. We’ve installed sanitiser/handwashing stations in all classrooms that will be used
  3. We have no-touch thermometers
  4. Teachers have PPE for medical emergencies
  5. We have put up signs to remind pupils to wash their hands
  6. Perspex shields have been installed in the reception
  7. Markings around the school every 2m to make social distancing clear
  8. Desks/workstations moved apart
  9. One-way systems put in place and marked

How will you keep my child safe?

Children will be split into groups based on what subjects they study. They will stay with their group throughout the day – different groups won’t mix. Each group will have its own dedicated outside space and toilets.

  1. Fewer pupils will be in each classroom
  2. Desks/workstations will be moved apart
  3. Social distancing markers throughout the school
  4. Handwashing/sanitising will happen before entering and leaving the school
  5. Encouraging regular handwashing/sanitising
  6. Toilets will be used on a 1 in 1 out basis to ensure social distancing
  7. Personal belongings (food, pens, books etc.) won’t be shared
  8. Doors will be propped open to minimise touching door handles
  9. A one-way system will be in place to minimise movement around the school
  10. Only teachers/teams timetabled to be in school will attend
  11. There will be minimal visitors to the school

Will there be increased cleaning?

Yes. Over half term the school will be deep cleaned.

We will also be increasing cleaning throughout the school day. This includes:

  1. Touch points, such as handrails and door handles
  2. Toilets
  3. Emptying of bins
  4. Tables and surfaces

We will also have a weekly deep clean of all spaces in use.

Will children be social distancing?

Yes, we will be encouraging social distancing and there will be markers  throughout the school indicating appropriate spacing and signs encouraging pupils to remain 2m apart. Each group will also have a dedicated outside space and toilets.

Children will use different entrances/exits to the school building and will be supervised by staff as they move around the school site.

In shared areas, such as toilets, systems will be put in place to make sure people are distanced from each other.

How will teachers be protected?

We have PPE available for teachers dealing with medical emergencies.

What will my child be learning?

Our teaching teams will be helping to prepare children for their exams next year. They will be taught a range of their chosen subjects.

How will my child enter/leave school?

Pupils will enter the school site via the Beaconsfield entrance. There will be different entrances and exits to the school building for each group. We’re going to be making the most of our space to make sure groups don’t mix.

All entrances/exits used will have hand sanitiser stations.

The end of school day will be staggered, so that children can be distanced when they enter and leave the site.

We will contact families directly to let them know further details.

Will my child have to wear uniform?

Yes, but they won’t need to wear their tie or blazer.

Will you provide lunch for my child?

Where possible we encourage you to send your child with a packed lunch from home. Lunch will be provided for those pupils who collect free school meals.

A reduced menu will be available from the canteen at lunchtime. Orders will be taken in the morning and the catering team will deliver food to teaching spaces where children will eat at their desk before being able to use the outside space provided.

Will my child be able to use outside space?

Yes, they will be able to go outside with their group. They will have a dedicated outside space.

They will sanitise their hands when they leave and re-enter the building.

I’ve received a letter from the NHS saying I should be shielding. Does my child have to attend?

No. If you have received a NHS letter instructing you to shield, we don’t expect you or your child to have to attend school.

Will you continue to look after key workers’ children?

We will continue to offer full-time care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Will remote learning continue?

Yes, we will continue to deliver remote learning for Year 10 pupils to undertake on the days that they are not in school as well as to year groups not in school.

What should I do if I have questions?

If you have questions, please email or phone the school. Teachers won’t be available to talk to in person.