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Home Learning during school closure

Home Learning in light of COVID-19 school closure

Dear Parents and Students                           

I am writing to inform you of how we will provide suitable online services to ensure continuity of education in light of unprecedented school closure. The attached guide shows you subject by subject how this is to be approached and some advice for supporting young people in their learning at home. In principle, teachers will regularly set instructions on class charts informing students of what they have to do by when. Teachers will use a range of online resources that students can readily access. SharePoint, Seneca, Sam learning, Microsoft teams etc. (Mainly 6th form), will all be among the most frequently used. You will find details of these in the pack attached.

It is therefore crucial that students and parents check their school email and class charts regularly. Even though school is closed, it is still perfectly possible to learn thoroughly, successfully and confidently. Remember that the content of most of our courses at all key stages is easily accessible online and many youngsters have previously had great educational success in using the resources outlined in the attached pack.

This is new for everyone and it is likely that it will take some adjustment. We appreciate that there will be challenges. Teachers (if well) will be regularly checking emails and other online platforms, but please be aware that there might be a high volume of email traffic. Equally, some of our teachers, may be in school providing for students who are vulnerable, or the children of key workers. If you have any concerns or need further support, I have included details about who to contact, in the attached pack.

Equally, in these unprecedented times, it is important that you are aware of the support available to you and your child. This page provides some excellent ideas and support links for you to refer to at this potentially difficult time - please take the time to read the documents attached. Also, be assured that the school's safeguarding team is fully operational during this period - here is a reminder of some of their names and contact details:

 Chris Smith -  - Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lydia Smith -  - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sue Wort  - DDSL and Parent Support Adviser 

Sarah Warr  - DDSL and SENCo

To echo the sentiment of the headteacher, look after yourselves and those around you.

Kind regards,

Rebekah Bartlett - Assistant Headteacher – Teaching & Learning