Phased Return From Monday 8th March 2021

1st March 2021

Dear Parent,

Thank you for your patience over the past week as we continue to plan for our students returning to college from Monday 8th March.  There are many factors to consider but uppermost in our minds is the health and safety of students and staff. 

If you have consented to your child having a lateral flow test, we will be carrying out the initial test during your child’s first day in college.  We are staggering the return of students across 3 days with different start times for some Year groups.  This is to minimise student to student contact both in college and on their journey to college, prior to their first lateral flow test.  Our aim is to have all students back in college following their normal timetable, where possible, by Thursday 11th March.

In summary the return to college for each year group will be as follows:

Monday 8th March – Only Years 10 and 11 in college

Year 11 arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am. School buses will be running as normal for Year 11 students only. The canteen will be available for Year 11 students at lunchtime only.

Year 10 students make their own way to school arriving between 11.30am and 11.45am.  Students eligible for free school meals will still be able to order food.  All other Year 10 students must bring a packed lunch. 

Year 7, 8 and 9 remote learning at home.  Please note there will be no live lessons, but resources will be uploaded to google classroom.

Tuesday 9th March – Only Years 8 and 9 in college

Year 9 arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am.  School buses will be running as normal for Year 9 students only. The canteen will be available for Year 9 students at lunchtime only.

Year 8 students make their own way to school arriving between 11.30am and 11.45am.  Students eligible for free school meals will still be able to order food.  All other Year 8 students must bring a packed lunch. 

Year 7, 10 and 11 remote learning from home.  Please note there will be no live lessons, but resources will be uploaded to google classroom.

Wednesday 10th March – Only Year 7 in college

Year 7 students arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am. School buses will be running as normal. The Cabin will be available for Year 7 students at lunchtime only.

Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 remote learning from home.  Please note there will be no live lessons, but resources will be uploaded in google classroom.

Thursday 11th March

All students back in college arriving between 8.30am and 8.45am. School buses and the college canteen services will be operating as normal.

I appreciate and understand that this schedule may cause some inconvenience for parents in terms of getting children to college for the later start times on Monday and Tuesday, especially if they normally travel on a school bus. Our rationale for the staggered start on these days is that if a student were to test positive, with their first lateral flow test in college, this schedule reduces the number of potential close contacts who would then have to self-isolate for ten days. We recognise that this would be extremely frustrating for both students and parents after such a long period out of school.

We are aiming to have all students, whose parents have consented, tested three times in college by Thursday 18th March.  From this date students will then move to home testing and I will send out further details about this as soon as they arrive.  Testing will inevitably cause some disruption to lessons over the coming days, but we will continue to remind our students of the significance of acting at all times for the greater good.

On students return we will be asking them to wear face coverings in lessons and when moving in the corridors.  This is in line with government guidance and will be reviewed at the end of term.  In classrooms of up to 30, students cannot socially distance, so we believe that this additional step along with the hygiene protocols we had in place last term will ensure we continue to prioritise the health of everyone in our community.

I am optimistic that this schedule provides us with the best and most realistic opportunity to get school back up and running again quickly for your child. Thank you as always for your support and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at college.

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey

Headteacher