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Information for families with children in Year 10 and Year 12

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?

We will open to Year 10s from Monday 15th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so. 

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 students can attend school?

Year 10 students 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. Our school is being deep cleaned over half term.

  • We’ve installed sanitiser/handwashing stations in all of our classrooms
  • We have no-touch thermometers
  • Teachers have PPE for medical emergencies 
  • We have put up signs to remind students to wash their hands
  • Perspex shields have been added to reception
  • Corridors, classrooms and the canteen are marked every 2m to make social distancing clear
  • Desks/workstations will be moved apart

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 their own dedicated outside space and toilets.

  • Half the number of students will be in each classroom
  • Desks/workstations will be moved apart
  • Social distancing markers throughout the school
  • Handwashing/sanitising will happen before entering and leaving the school
  • Encouraging regular handwashing/sanitising
  • In the toilets, middle sinks will be closed off so that students are distanced when using them
  • Personal belongings (food, pens, books etc.) won’t be shared
  • Doors will be propped open to minimise touching door handles
  • A one-way system will be in place to minimise movement around school
  • Only teachers/teams timetabled to be in school will attend – minimal visitors
  • 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:
  • Touch points, such as handrails and door handles
  • Toilets
  • Emptying of bins 
  • 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 on the floor throughout the school. Each group will also have dedicated outside space and toilets. 

Children will have a staggered arrival to the school and there will also be a staggered end to the day.

In shared areas, such as toilets, some sinks will be closed off to make sure people are distanced from each other.

How will teachers be protected?

We will reduce the number of teachers onsite at any one time and we will reduce the amount of students they work with each day. 

We have PPE available for teachers dealing with medical emergencies and hygiene packs for each member of staff. Each staff member will also have their own keyboard and mouse. 

Teachers will be 2m away from students when teaching. Teachers will only teach the same group of students each day.

What will my child be learning?

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

How will my child enter/leave school?

They will arrive between 8.40am and 9am through the front entrance to the school.

If they travel on the bus, they will leave the bus one student at a time. We ask that children who live in Hethersett either walk on their own or are driven by their parents.

We’re going to be making the most of our space to make sure groups don’t mix. Duty staff will be present in the car park to ensure social distancing. 

There will be several hand sanitisers at the gate. Queueing areas and duty staff will be 2 metres apart.

The end of school will be staggered, so that children can be distanced when they leave the site. Children will also leave the classroom one at a time.

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?

Yes, we will provide lunch for all children.

Catering will deliver food to classrooms and children will eat at their desks. 

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.

My child has received a letter from the NHS saying they should be shielding. Do they have to attend? 

No. If they have received a letter from the NHS instructing them to shield, we don’t expect them 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 to year groups. 

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.