Category: Letters

Pupil & Parent Guide for September

17th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are aware, schools will re-open in September 2020 for all students.  We know that most of our students have been away from Heworth Grange School for some time due to the pandemic.  As an organisation, we want to ensure that our students are comfortable with the new arrangements in place to cope with COVID-19.  Our priority is that our students and staff are kept safe, well and happy.

Re-opening Arrangements : September 2020
In order to support the reopening we are having 3 days of staff training on the 7th, 8th and
9th September for all staff. The training will be followed by a staggered start for our students on the 10th, 11th and 14th September. I have enclosed a booklet detailing the staggered start for year groups alongside information regarding the way school will run to ensure we are following government guidance in relation to COVID-19.

I appreciate school will feel a little different for our students in September but I know you understand that this is to maximise the safety of our children.  We will have a team of staff to support students with any concerns or worries they may have on return to school.

Please take a moment to read the September 2020 Guidance Booklet for students, parents and carers so that you are familiar with how school will run and the start times and days for the different year groups.

As always, as we draw to the end of term, we are sadly saying goodbye to some staff; Mr O Inglis, Mrs S Scott, and Mr K Lister are all moving to pastures new along with a number of supply staff who have been with us a long period of time.  I know you will join me in wishing them every success in their future endeavours

We will also be welcoming a number of new staff:

Mrs V Carter DHT – Curriculum and Standards
Mr J Holt DHT – Teaching and Learning
Mrs J Mitchell – AHT – SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs K Maddock – Lead Practitioner – Maths
Mrs R Frame – Science
Ms K Wanless – Art and Photos
TF – listed + SCITT trainee
Miss H George – Pastoral Manager KS4
Ms R Chippindale – Pastoral Manager KS3
Ms A Kelly – Literacy Coordinator and Resource Centre Manager
Mrs P Blanchard – Director of Mental Health

I know that you will also join me in thanking all staff at the end of what has been a very challenging year and I once again thank you for your continued support.

I also want to extend my best wishes to Year 11 and Year 13 students for their future endeavours and I look forward to hearing about their achievements in August and beyond.

Yours sincerely

Ms A Denholm
Headteacher

Phased Reopening of School

10th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to the letter communicated by Consilium Trust CEO, David Clayton on Friday the 5th of June, I am writing to provide further information relating to the partial re-opening of Heworth Grange. As indicated by the Government on the 1st June, the proposal is that Years 10 and 12 return to school on a phased basis. Ensuring the safety of our learners, colleagues and our communities remains our priority, so we are cautiously adopting measures in order that this is achieved.

Our online approach to learning across all Year groups, including Years 10 and 12 shall continue until the end of the academic year.

Week Commencing the 15th June

 Identified Year 10 learners will be invited to attend Heworth Grange for calendared face to face meetings. This will take place with members of the Pastoral team. Individual learners will be contacted inviting them to attend. No learners should attend without an invite.

 Year 12 learners will be invited to attend Heworth Grange for calendared face to face meetings. This will take place with members of the Sixth Form team. Individual learners will be contacted inviting them to attend.

Week Commencing the 22nd June

 Year 10 learners will be expected to attend on one day between Monday to Thursday. They will be placed in a single teaching group of a maximum of 9 learners and will receive provision in English, Maths and Science totalling 3 hours. The morning sessions in school are intending to support the online learning that is taking place, and it is expected that the online learning continues on the days when learners are not in school. Information specific to your son and daughter and the day expected in school will be communicated to you individually.

o We intend to reduce the anxiety that the re-introduction may bring for your son/daughter by providing a wellbeing and Health and Safety session at the beginning of the day for each Year 10 group.

o We have designed our provision in a way that minimises the risks of transmission by preventing groups of learners from mixing with each other. Therefore each teaching group will start and finish the school day at different times. The day and time they have been requested to attend school will be communicated with you beforehand.

 Year 12 learners will continue to attend Heworth Grange for calendared face to face meetings. This will take place with members of the Sixth Form team. Individual learners will be contacted inviting them to attend.

In order to address any further concerns that you or your son/daughter has, I attach additional information via a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section.

A copy of Trust plan and guide for parents and carers on re-opening can be found at https://consilium-at.com/docs/letters/Wider_Reopening_Plan_-_Guide_for_Parents_and_Carers.pdf.

Year 10 Parent/Carer Survey

Finally, if you could please take a few minutes to complete a short survey in order to indicate your son/daughter’s attendance that would be most appreciated (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MLG86HN)

Yours faithfully,

Mr O Inglis
Head of School

Coronavirus Update

Good morning to parents, carers and all associated with Heworth Grange school.

We hope that you are all well, staying safe and trying to keep in good spirits despite the circumstances. Even in these challenging times, the pupils of Heworth Grange, their welfare, their families and their education remain our highest priority and we will continue to try and keep in touch with everyone as often as we can.  Please find below a summary of the main pieces of information that you need to be aware of as we approach the end of the first week of enforced school closure.

  1. The first priority is that you, your children and your family are safe and at home. Apart from the essential journey’s set out by the Government, the directive is to stay at home.
  2. Children should not be sent into school unless they have been contacted as being on the list of children that the school remains open to look after, and only then if it is absolutely necessary
  3. Parents should not be arranging or planning to come down to the school for any reason other than to drop off or collect their child if they are on the list to be in school (point 2). Parents with children on the list should contact the school in advance if they need their child in school
  4. Parents should be aware that, for those on the list, the primary purpose of the school at the moment is to look after their child and not necessarily to be putting on a programme of curriculum subjects
  5. Please do not phone us as the reception is not currently staffed. Parents should send any urgent enquiries to the school e mail address: enquiries@heworthgrange.org.uk. Please be patient as enquiries may take some time to be responded to. We will try and ensure that all urgent enquiries are answered.
  6. Parents should not worry if their child cannot access all their subjects at home and/or if there are technical difficulties – as long as your child has some of their subjects or other relevant work and activities to occupy them, that is fine
  7. Class Charts continues to be the main method of setting pupil work. Please be aware that Class Charts sets submission dates automatically – parents and pupils should not be concerned about these dates, there are no specific deadlines for any work to be completed. Access codes for the Class Charts app have been communicated to pupils and parents on a number of occasions, most recently in a letter last week (w/c 16/3). If you do not have these access codes then please contact the school by emailing enquiries@heworthgrange.org.uk. As of today we have 872 of our pupils accessing Class Charts – well done to those pupils. 
  8. Alternatively, all work can be viewed through the ClassCharts public homework calendar link on our school website, found at the top of the homepage or by using the address https://www.classcharts.com/homework/calendar/Heworth_Grange.
  9. Staff will continue to upload new work to Class charts – that does not mean there is an expectation that all work has to be completed. Pupils should not panic that there seems to be too much work or if there is work that they don’t fully understand. Pupils should work through what they can, when they can.
  10. If a pupil requires access to their school email account this can be done through the link at the top of the homepage on our school website or through the link https://hg.rmunify.com/. The log in details for RM Unify are the same as for the school network. If a pupil is unable to access their emails then please contact the school by emailing enquiries@heworthgrange.org.uk and we will resolve the issue.
  11. If a pupil forgets their hegartymaths password they can request that their class teacher resets it through hegartymaths. The teacher will receive this notification the next time they log in to the system so the password will not be reset immediately. Once the reset has been done the pupil will be able to log in as they did on first log in and set a new password.
  12. Where there are issues with hardware such as printers – parents should encourage their child to adopt a common sense approach to the work  and advise them to complete what they can, in whatever way they can, even if that is not a written answer.
  13. Please don’t be too worried if you don’t have internet access all the time. Staff are well aware of all the problems and issues that may prevent work from being accessed every day.
  14. Returning of work – Pupils should keep the work completed at home and not put themselves in danger by coming into school to return this in person. In addition, they should not try and e mail work back. Again staff are not expecting that every piece of work can or will be in a form that can be returned when school re-opens.
  15. For pupils without access to the internet, paper copies of work will be sent out. Please bear with us if you have run out of work or not yet received any. Further work will be organised over the next couple of weeks and sent out as soon as possible. If Government directives are relaxed in the coming weeks, parents will be invited to come down to school to collect work, but this is not the case at the moment.
  16. We are continuously looking for better ways to communicate with students and parents/carers. We will update all students as and when new ways of getting work to you become available
  17. For pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13; information that is directly relevant will be sent out as soon as we have it. Again, there are no specific deadlines that need to be adhered to at this stage. When we have more information about grades, college, apprenticeship and university applications we will contact the relevant pupils immediately
  18. Parents should be encouraged to adopt alternative approaches to work wherever possible: the school has placed a number of quizzes and other activities on the website, projects can be set by parents to be undertaken at home, educational channels on the television, relevant films, books and reading materials at home, helping to prepare meals, educational mobile phone apps. All these things are useful short term educational activities if you cannot access Class Charts or don’t have other resources that you need at the moment

The situation will continue to change rapidly and school will always do its best to update this information regularly – we will only pass on information that is confirmed by the Government, the DfE , colleges, exam boards and employers rather than speculating on what may happen.

In the meantime, please take care and our very best wishes from everyone at Heworth.

© Heworth Grange & Consilium Academies 2020
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