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Information for families with children in Years 10 and 12

Published on 22/05/20

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 10s and 12s - 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 and Year 12s from Monday 15th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so. 

Will you reopen full-time?

No, Year 10 and Year 12 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 and Year 12 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 key locations around the academy

  • We have no-touch thermometers

  • School staff 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 to make social distancing clear

  • Desks/workstations have been moved a minimum of 2m apart

How will you keep my child safe?

Children will be split into small groups based on their normal teaching groups in English, Maths and Science. They will stay with their group throughout the day – different groups won’t mix. Each group will have their own dedicated classroom, outside space and toilets.

  • There will be a maximum number of 15 pupils in each classroom

  • Desks/workstations have been moved a minimum of 2m 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

  • Movement around the school will be staggered and carefully supervised 

  • 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 hand rails 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 a dedicated classroom, outside space and toilets. 

Children will use different entrances/exits to the main school building 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 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 their core subjects (English, Maths and Science) face to face in school.  Options subjects will continue to be taught remotely, as they cannot be taught in school without significantly mixing groups.

How will my child enter/leave school?

There will be different entrances and exits for Y10, 12 and vulnerable/key-worker groups. 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 will be staggered, so that children can be distanced when they 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?

Yes, the canteen will be open for children who are entitled to free school meals, or who wish to purchase food.

Children will have staggered access to the canteen, but will return to their designated classroom to 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.

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

No. If you have received a letter from the NHS instructing you to shield, we don’t expect you 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 not in school.

What should I do if I have questions?

If you have questions, please email info@thetfordacademy.org.uk  or phone the school on 01842 754875. Teachers won’t be available to talk to in person.