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Letter to Parents/Carers 01/04/2021

1st April  2021

Dear parents and carers

It is hard to believe this is the last letter of the Spring term and we will be moving into our final term of the year after the holiday.  It has certainly been a busy and unusual term for students, staff, parents and carers with home-schooling, as well as lateral flow testing alongside the ongoing school improvements.

School Improvement Update

We had a visit from our Trust School Improvement Partner last week and I am delighted to inform you that he noticed a distinct change in the school since his last visit in November 2020 and his first visit 18 months ago.  He commented on the change in our whole school culture, noticing more confident students as he walked around and notable changes in the quality of leadership and management at both senior and middle leadership level.  He accompanied me on a learning walk around classrooms and commented on the participation of students and their readiness to learn.  I am so proud of the whole school community and of course we would not be able to make progress as quickly without your support, so thank you as always, for the trust you put in us every day.

Uniform

As we continue to instill our high standards, as I mentioned in a previous letter, we will be focusing on uniform after the holiday.  To support our high expectations, can I remind all parents and carers that we expect students to be back in full Heworth Grange uniform as we return after the holidays.  Please can you ensure that students do not come to school in leggings or joggers and that they comply with the rest of the uniform policy.  Please refer to the uniform requirements here https://heworthgrange.org/the-school-uniform/.  In addition, as we move into warmer weather, students will also no longer be wearing coats and hoodies in lessons unless we have particular inclement weather and in this case students will be notified on the day.  Please can you also support us with the rules regarding no jewellery (except a wristwatch), we have particularly noticed a rise in nose studs, whilst students have been wearing face coverings.  We would also appreciate your support with reminding our young people that mobile phones should not be used during the school day. We appreciate students need to carry phones but these should be out of sight and not in use until after school. 

Punctuality

Some students have had difficulty arriving to school on time.  We will be focussing on punctuality after the holiday because it is a vital employability skill.  The gates close promptly at 8.45am and students should ensure they are on school site prior to the gates closing and be ready for morning line up, we appreciate your support with this matter.

Lateral Flow Test Kits

If you run out of test kits during he holiday you can access them via this link  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests 

Heworth Headlines

The new Heworth Headlines edition has just been released and I hope you enjoy reading about our news and that it helps you to feel in touch with what is happening in school https://heworthgrange.org/monthly-newsletter/. The student voice has also been very busy taking part in recruitment over the past week and I am delighted to announce that Mrs Longhurst will be joining the attendance team in the near future, I know you will join me in wishing her well with her new role.

Student Council

The Equality Ambassadors have also been working hard at reviewing inclusivity and diversity across school and there will be news about that project after the holiday.  In addition, the peer mentors have been exploring with the school community the kinds of issues that cause students anxiety or worry, which will enable Ms Blanchard and Mr Gardner to develop a training package for the peer mentors so that they can support students in the most effective way.  We will release more news on this soon.

New School Logo News

Student voice alongside parents and staff voice have also been part of the stakeholder engagement sessions with the Trust on their new brand and marketing strategy.  The Trust has worked with schools to develop new logos that will reflect the ethos of each school whilst ensuring they also reflect the Consilium Trust logo linking together the family of schools.  This is an exciting piece of work and more information on this will be available after the holiday but please note there will be no changes to uniform for September 2021.  We recognise that this is not the right time to update uniform after the difficult year everyone has experienced, rest assured current uniform with the existing logo will still be used in September 2021.  This is also because suppliers need to be alerted to changes to logo very early on due to the supply chain requirements.  Please see the attached flyer for ordering of any uniform requirements.

Staff Leavers

As we come to the end of the Spring term we are saying farewell to some valued staff.  Ms Parnell, Mrs Williams, Mr Williams, Miss Garner and Mrs Scott.  I know you will join me in wishing them well in their new ventures.

In closing, I wish you all a very peaceful holiday and I look forward to welcoming students back refreshed on the 19th April 2021.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

Letter to Parents/Carers – 30/03/2021

Dear parents and carers

We have now experienced several malicious activations of the fire alarm. On each occasion we have successfully evacuated the school building and the incidents have been dealt with in line with our behaviour policy.  However, it is extremely concerning that another incident occurred today. Clearly, these false alarms cause significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. Any incidents of malicious setting off, or conspiring to set off the school fire alarm are taken very seriously. The Trust and Governing body will also be notified, because malicious setting off of the fire alarm impacts on the whole of our school community.  

Staff will speak to students about this immediately in lesson today and following our return from the Easter break. Students will be informed about the seriousness of setting off the fire alarm and the very serious consequences of being caught doing so. Students will be reminded to treat any sounding of the fire alarm as an emergency and to follow fire evacuation procedures promptly and sensibly. Students will also be reminded of the important work that the fire service do and how systems in school are there to protect our community and are not to be tampered with.

Obviously, we are very disappointed that a very small minority of our students have chosen to behave in this manner. I am pleased to be able to tell you, however, that the student community have responded very calmly and sensibly to the evacuations, although we realise that for many students this may cause concern because of further loss of learning time. You will be aware that we use CCTV around school and it is in operation at all fire points. We are therefore able to identify the cause of any malicious alarm activation very quickly.  

Fire alarms are there to keep students and staff safe and anyone who has ever been affected by a real fire or knows others who have, will absolutely understand how important the alarms are to our safety. When the alarms are set off intentionally and not as part of our scheduled drills or indeed an actual emergency, this puts the procedure at risk, possibly diminishing the importance of evacuation in the eyes of students. Incidents of this nature also impact on teaching and learning time which we know is so important, particularly after we have just returned from lockdown.

I would really appreciate if you could support us by reinforcing the effects of this malicious action at home as we do not want this to happen in the future.  Our community is so important to us and we want every student and staff member to feel safe and secure at school. We also want students to know that their time in school is valued and not wasted because of the actions of a small minority. After so much disruption due to lockdown, staff want to make every minute count for our students and I know that will be important to you as well as parents and carers.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

Allie Denholm

Headteacher

Letter to Parents/Carers of Years 11 & 13

Dear Parent/Carer,

YEAR 11 & YEAR 13 TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES

Now that students have returned to school, I would like to communicate with you the plans that we have to allow teachers to collect evidence to inform the “Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)” that students will receive this summer. As you will be aware, we are still awaiting exam board guidance (expected at the end of this month) which will help teachers make their grading decisions. The implications of this guidance could mean that our planning will need additional adjustment, so all details below should be read in that context.

How will the grades be produced?

There will be no exams for Year 11 GCSE or Year 13 A-Level students this summer. Instead, the school will submit grades to the exam boards by Friday 18 June 2021.

The grades will be produced using evidence that the school has about the standard of work that each student has produced. This evidence can include previously completed mock exams, non-exam assessment (coursework) as well as classroom assessments that students will complete by the end of next half-term.

What about assessments that students have already completed during the year? Will these be used to produce a grade?

Teachers can use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade at which students are performing. However, the Department for Education/Ofqual have said that schools should take into account most recent assessments (in most cases), since this is most likely to be representative of student performance. Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught.

Will the assessments be like mock exams?

No. Mock exams are designed to recreate the exam experience that students will encounter in a normal summer exam season. Since there are no exams this summer, there is no need to recreate this experience.

Instead, a number of smaller assessments will take place during normal lessons, in students’ normal classroom with their normal teachers. We want to give students every opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in an environment in which students feel comfortable.

Will every assessment be used to produce a TAG?

As already mentioned, we are awaiting guidance from the exam boards. However, we want to ensure that teachers have a broad evidence base to call upon when this guidance is released.

How will students know when assessments will take place?

Students will be informed in advance by their class teacher as to when they plan to assess students.  Students should already be aware that any assessments they do may form part of a portfolio of evidence for their grade.

My child is entitled to access arrangements in exams. Will these be affected?

Where the need arises support will be available for your child. Mrs Mitchell and the SEND team will make arrangements for this.

For vocational qualifications (BTEC, NCFE) the arrangements are different, and students’ work will be assessed in the usual way.  Teachers will give information to students about what is required, in the normal way.

Once students have completed their assessments, a rigorous internal quality assurance exercise will begin in which teachers will carry out standardisation and moderation. This time-consuming process will ensure that the processes used by the school have been consistently and fairly applied. There will follow moderation by the Trust before grades are submitted to the exam boards.

Please note that we will not be able to tell students the grade which is submitted to the exam board.  Once the exam board has the grades they will then begin their own process of checking the evidence produced to ensure the grades are correct.

We will communicate with you further once we have more information from the exam boards.

We understand how challenging this time has been, and are impressed by the resilience of our students who are continuing to work hard.  Staff are here to support students through this process and will give as much information as possible to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Yours sincerely

Ms A Denholm

Headteacher

Letter to Parents/Carers – 19/3/2021

Dear parents and carers

It has been a busy week again at Heworth Grange.  I was delighted to see student council back up and running again discussing pertinent issues as well as the Modulo Orchestra after school on Thursday and of course all the face to face lessons.

As you aware, reading is an essential life skill and each morning during advisory students have been engaged in reading their Accelerated Reader books or their KS4 English Literature texts.  Many students have already changed their books and have selected new ones which is fantastic news.

We have also had some exciting news about a former student, Joshua Meeking, who has just had a book published.  The book is called `Isolation’ and is now available to buy from Waterstones, ISBN: 9781839752483.  We are of course very proud of his achievements.

Home Test Kits 

All students who have taken lateral flow tests in school will today take home the `home test kits’, please contact school reception if you have any questions regarding the kits.

Uniform

During this year we have been conscious that family circumstances have been challenging for some and that going to shops to purchase uniform has also been difficult.  We have also been allowing students to wear coats in school because of the ventilation requirements.

As we now start to see restrictions lifting and warmer weather arriving, we will be focusing on improving uniform standards.  Please can you ensure that all students are wearing full uniform from Monday, 22nd March.  School staff will work with students to find out which pieces of uniform are missing and will then contact parents and carers about replacing any missing items.  We understand that everyone’s position is different so we will be working sensitively on this issue, however, uniform standards do need some improvement.

As well as uniform, can you please ensure students are not wearing jewellery, except for wrist watches.  Make-up etc  should be discrete.

Thank you in advance for your support on this and the uniform requirements can be found on the link below:

Website link for uniform

Have a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

Letter to Year 10 Parents/Carers – 19/03/21

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 10 Intervention – Week commencing 22nd March 2021

I hope this letter finds you and your families well. We fully acknowledge any concerns you may have around your child’s progress given the changes to learning Covid-19 has caused over the past year. To support your child as fully as we can, we are pleased to give our Year 10 students the opportunity to begin intervention groups on a Wednesday and Thursday evening after school commencing next week. Students will stay in school from 2.45pm to 3.30pm to work with a core subject teacher for focused support around their personal learning needs.

With the recent changes to the exams process for Year 11 we are able to begin the intervention groups with Year 10 a term earlier than normal and they will continue to be in place throughout Year 11. This ensures your child is fully supported as they work towards their final GCSE examinations.

Your child will be directed to either English, Maths or Science intervention depending on where they need the support most. We have used the data from the mock exams completed in December to identify this. Your child will visit the same teacher on both the Wednesday and Thursday night to maximise learning gains. Group sizes will be limited to 10 students to allow more teacher time for the student. This will run up to the end of the Summer term.

We currently have 100% attendance at our interventions for the current Year 11 students and they really value the extra support. We have the same high expectation for our Year 10 students and we would appreciate your support in ensuring your child attends their intervention.

If you have any questions please contact Miss George via email on helen.george@heworthgrange.org.uk or through reception.

Yours faithfully

H George

Miss Helen George

Key Stage 4 Pastoral Manager

Letter to Parents/Carers – COVID Testing 18/03/2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

It was lovely to be able to welcome all students back into school by Thursday 11th March after a very successful in school COVID-19 testing programme; over 65% of students came into school for testing and the team conducted more than 2,000 tests over 8 days. The DfE’s requirement that we offer all students a series of three lateral flow tests in school has now been completed and we now move to the next phase of COVID-19 precautions, which is the lateral flow home testing programme.

On Friday 19th March, all students who came in for one or more of the in school lateral flow tests will be issued with a home testing kit. The process is the same as was carried out in school, but students will do the tests at home. There is a guidance booklet inside each kit to help you with this process, you may find the following NHS video useful: https://youtu.be/zCqo7MhQT6U  The three tests in the first box will be for twice weekly tests and an additional test for the start of the following week of testing. We would suggest testing on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. We will issue the next kits as soon as we receive them in school.

As described in the instruction booklet, you are required to report the result of home lateral flow tests using the Government’s Covid-19 test result website (https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result), regardless if the test result is positive, negative or void. As a school, we do not have access to this information, so we ask that you please complete the results form on the homepage of the school website to log your child’s result (Record Student COVID-19 Home Test Results)  This is so that we can keep a record and advise you of the next steps if needed. Personal data will be processed by school and by other relevant agencies in line with our Privacy Notice for COVID-19 testing which can also be found on the homepage of the website.

If your child’s test result is positive, please inform the school attendance office as soon as possible by telephone. Your entire household should then self-isolate for 10 days as per Government guidance.

Students who did not take part in the covid testing programme are still welcome to receive a test kit as part of the home testing programme but will need to be added to the school testing list. If you would like your child to be added to the list please contact school and inform us as soon as possible and a home testing kit will be provided. As we have always said, these tests are entirely voluntary, and kits will only be given to those students already on our list as having parent/carer consent or those parents/carers that request their child be added to the list.

Please note that these tests are only for students who attend our school, the ‘family scheme’ that you may have heard about is not administered by us. Please do not request additional kits as the supply we have is very limited.

These lateral flow home tests are for students with no symptoms only. If you child develops symptoms at any time, such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they must immediately self-isolate, and you will need to book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirustest.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Searles

Assistant Headteacher

Letters to Parents/Carers – 12/03/2021

Dear parents and carers

As we come to the end of our first full week back I am delighted to say that our students have been incredible.  A very large proportion of students went through the testing and were so sensible and mature about the process which has impressed all of the testing team, some of whom were external visitors.  We have now finished the testing in school and ongoing testing will now take place at home with the ‘home testing’ kits.  We anticipate that the information to support this will be released along with the kits early next week.

Attendance and face coverings

The attendance this week has been extremely high and we have been so pleased to welcome the students back into the school once more.  It is wonderful to hear their voices again and please keep reinforcing at home the importance of being back in school with face to face lessons and of course seeing their friends again.  Of course, we know that we are still working in unusual circumstances and the students are now wearing their face coverings during lessons, unless they are exempt.  The students continue to be very mature about wearing their masks and helping to keep everyone and themselves safe.  We continue to remind students of the importance of wearing face coverings and ask that you also continue to check they have their face coverings before they leave home each morning. 

Diversity Days

This week our students have been taking part in Diversity Days where they have been celebrating the differences between people.  They have found out about ADHD, ASD and autism as well as dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome.  Alongside these sessions they have learnt about the launch of the Heworth Grange Anti-bullying strategy and explored the importance of celebrating diversity linked to LGBTQ.  Students also learnt about establishing good sleep patterns and practised mindfulness breathing techniques to support their well-being.

  • I loved this day 😊 the ‘mindfulness’ made me very calm and relaxed 😊
  • The Neurodiversity really helped me understand how other people might feel and what they have to manage every day.
  • This day was amazing I have learnt lots.
  • I learnt a lot about LGBT+ and I enjoyed learning different methods in mindfulness lessons.

Reading

Now that we are back into school we will be ensuring that our Reading Programme is in full swing once more.  Each morning the students read their accelerated reader book in years 7, 8 and 9 and in Year 10 and 11 they read their English texts.  Some students also take part in Lexia and group reading and we are really proud of the progress they are all making.  Next week the Key Stage 3 students will be back to their library lessons and taking their STAR tests to move onto their next books. 

Year 11 and 13 Centre Assessed Grades

We are still building a picture about how we will be expected to establish the CAG’s and exam boards are releasing information at Easter regarding expectations and sample test material.  Please bear with us whilst we navigate our way through this, and I will update you nearer to Easter.  As I have said before it is so important that students keep working hard, attend every day and complete every piece of work to the best of their ability, as we may be able to use it as evidence of their grade.  Please encourage students to speak to teachers and engage with their teacher feedback so that all our young people continue to improve.

Senior Leadership Team Insights

As we have not been able to meet with parents and carers face to face, we have made some short video clips to explain the strategies we are working on.  We will send the link out once this micro-site is launched next week but we hope it these insights will go some way to helping you feel part of the transformation process at Heworth Grange School.  We are very proud of our young people and our staff and the hard work they put in every day so that we keep improving.

Extra Good News!

Finally, we also learnt some fantastic news about a past students this week.  Josh Scott has been awarded a professional contract with Newcastle United Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck and we will be following his career with interest!

As always, thank you so much for your continued support and I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

Letter to Parents/Carers – 05/03/2021

Dear parents and carers

We are so excited that students will be returning to school again, from Monday 8th March (Week 1).  We have all missed seeing our young people face to face and getting back to a more normal way of working.  The response to the lateral flow testing this week has exceeded our expectations with 100% of Year 13 coming in for testing and just under 70% of all the other year groups. During the course of next week, we will be carrying out the final test with students that have opted in during the course of the school day.

Well-being of Students and Return to School

To ensure that all our students are well supported when they come back into school we have developed a programme that will focus on well-being which will be covered in the first lessons.  This programme will focus on acceptance of others, including developing an understanding of neurodiversity reflecting on Asperger’s, ADHD and dyslexia as well as exploring equality issues such as LBGT to promote understanding and tolerance.  We will also look at establishing routines and good sleep patterns post lockdown, mindfulness and reflecting on the experiences that students have had during the pandemic and how we might support each other with that.  We hope that this programme will go some way to supporting our young people back into school although we know that for everyone this will be daunting and for a number of students it will require great resilience and will be very challenging.  I would like to reinforce that school is here to support students with a successful return to school and if there are any parents or carers who are concerned about their child’s return, we would encourage you to contact school and talk this through with Mrs Mitchell our SENDCo or their Head of Year.

Return to School Arrangements and Testing

We welcome back years:

7 and 13 on Monday 8th March, years 10 and 11 on Tuesday 9th March and finally years 8 and 9 on Wednesday 10th March. We will return to normal school times next week, with all advisories beginning at 8.45am from Monday, whether students are coming into school or still at home. The return of each year group will be staggered during the course of the day and, as students return to school, we will be offering the third and final test to all who wish to have it. Students should return on the day, and during the time slot, that has been allocated for their return (including those students who do not wish to have a COVID test). Any student that has missed tests 1 and 2 is still welcome to have a test on the day that they return, please ensure that they bring their consent form with them. Accompanying this letter are further details about the return to school, testing times, general guidelines for school life when students return and a reminder of the normal school day timings. Please ensure that you have read through the information carefully and do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions. We have been impressed by the exemplary attitude of all the students who have attended school for testing so far and we would like to impress upon all students, parents and carers that, whilst the end may be nearly in sight, we must all still follow the COVID rules and regulations in order to ensure the safety and well being of the whole school community.

Staffing Changes

As sometimes happens during the course of the school year we have said farewell to some members of staff at the end of February:

Mr Tellyn, Head of PE, Ms Hudson, Head of Art, Ms Partington, Alternative Provision, Ms Adams, Exams, Ms Conlon, Social Media and Events.

I am delighted to announce that Mr Beresford has been appointed as Head of PE and Mrs O’Brien has been appointed as Head of Year 9.  Mr Beresford and Mrs O’Brien are both fabulous appointments and I am delighted that they will be taking over their relevant responsibilities.  Ms Wanless and Ms Kilpatrick will be ensuring that art, textiles and photography continue to be delivered to the highest standards following Ms Hudson’s departure. I know you will join me in wishing all our staff leavers the very best of luck as they pursue their future endeavours.

Assessment Year 11 and Year 13

I met with Trust leads this week to formulate the plans for Year 11 and 13 assessments and I am meeting with school leads next week to move this forward. I will communicate this to parents and carers next week once I have shared with the rest of the staff body.  It will however be extremely important that students attend school in order for us to assess where they are

in the fairest possible way to enable us to generate centre assessed grades.  We will be reinforcing this with students next week and we would ask that you do the same at home.  We will be assessing through a variety of means in a fair and encouraging way, the last thing we want to do is cause any anxiety to students regarding this process after the year we have all had. 

Attendance

It goes without saying that we all know students have missed a lot of ‘normal’ schooling this year and as we return to school we really do need every student in school every day.  We know some students may have worries and concerns but please contact us, so that we can resolve these.  We have made great improvements in attendance during this last lockdown through attendance to remote learning sessions and we want to continue this face to face as we return. Again, if you have any concerns please contact the attendance team, head of year and our SEND team.

We look forward to seeing students next week and thank you as always for your support throughout these changing times. 

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Take good care.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

Letter to Parents/Carers – 26/02/2021

26th February 2021

Dear parents and carers

I am delighted to write to you today confirming the return of our young people back into school from Monday the 8th March.  I would again like to extend my heartfelt thanks for the support you have given the children and staff at Heworth Grange over the past weeks with remote learning.  Your kind messages and words of encouragement have meant so much to us and it has certainly made the job easier knowing you have all been behind us.

In this letter I would like to give you an update regarding the return to school and the testing arrangements we will be putting into place.  I will also update Year 11 and 13 parents and carers on the arrangements for teacher assessed grades that was released yesterday.  The teacher assessed grades will replace examinations this year.

Lateral Flow Testing and Return to School

As you will be aware the Government have announced the return of all students from Monday 8th March. As part of that phased return, the Government have also said that all students will be offered the opportunity to take a series of 3 COVID (lateral flow) tests during the first 2 weeks of their return.

They have further announced that these tests can begin in the week commencing Monday 1st March in order to make the transition back into school a smoother one. The tests are voluntary, but we would strongly encourage all students to have one. The test is a swab of the back of the throat and nose, and is a relatively quick process, full details of the test are on the school website in the COVID section. The main supervision of the test will be undertaken by school staff who fully trained and are familiar to the students.

In order that we can welcome students back into school as quickly and smoothly as possible we will begin the testing of students from Monday 1st March and the timetable is set out below. During the week of the 1st to the 5th March, all students invited in for testing will be able to have their test and leave immediately.

During the week of the return to school between Monday 8th and Friday 12th March, students will remain in school after they have taken their test.

DateTest numberSCHOOL START DATE
 789101113 
Monday 1st March     1 
Tuesday 2nd March   11  
Wednesday 3rd March111    
Thursday 4th March   222 
Friday 5th March222    
Monday 8th March3  YEAR 7 (After test 3)
Tuesday 9th March  3YEARS 10, 11 and 13 (After test 3)
Wednesday 10th March 3 3   YEARS 8 and 9 (After Test 3)
Thursday 11th March    
Friday 12th March     

Full details, consent forms and specific times to come into school will be sent out to students in each year group and these must be completed and brought into school when students come in for the first test.  Additionally, a further letter will be sent out before Monday 8th March with full details of the routines for students once they are back in school. COVID restrictions and specific requirements such as the wearing of facemasks, except for students who are exempt, in classrooms will be put in place and remain until the Government reviews the guidelines as we approach the Easter break.  We know this will not be easy and certainly not what any of us would wish, but I ask that you support us with the guidelines set out by the DfE and encourage students to be ready to do this once they come back.  Our students have always been extremely good about wearing their masks but obviously now the government expects them to wear them at all times within the school building to protect themselves and others.

Remote Learning and Advisory 1st – 5th March

To facilitate the testing arrangements next week all lessons will be on ClassCharts, there will be no live lessons next week for any year group but we do expect students to fully engage with the work set on line as normal.  All students will also be expected to log on for live advisory each morning unless they have been asked to come into school for testing at that time.

Returning to School

The SEND and Safeguarding team have been busy contacting parents and carers to support the return of students who might be anxious about coming back into school.  If you have not been contacted and you are concerned that your child is going to struggle with the return please can you contact Mrs Mitchell our SENDCo and she can work with you to ensure that your child can return in a calm and well-managed way. As always, we want to ensure the well-being of all our young people when they return to school and we will be arranging some special lessons to support students with any well-being concerns when they return.

As ever, the guidelines are being updated on a regular basis and we cannot guarantee that we won’t have to change plans again, even at short notice. We will update everyone as soon as there are any changes and communicate all our plans and arrangements to you in as much detail as possible.

Teacher Assessed Grades Year 11 and 13

On Thursday the 25th March the Education Secretary announced that ‘students will receive grades awarded and determined by their teachers, with students only being assessed on what they have been taught.’

The school will submit grades to the examination boards by Friday the 18th June to allow as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their final assessments.  This means it is so important that students come back to school and fully engage with their lessons so that we can support all our students to achieve the best possible grades for them.  We will be working very closely with the Consilium Trust and the exam boards to ensure we award grades that fairly reflect the progress made by each individual student across all their subjects.

Results Days A level and GCSE

The results days for GCSE and A Levels will take place the week beginning the 9th August which is earlier than previously advertised.  This is to ensure that any appeals that need to be completed can be made in time for Year 13 students reliant on grades have the best chance of accessing their university place, although we hope this will not be needed.

As I receive more information I will keep you up to date, but as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

Letter to Parents/Carers 23/02/2021

23rd February 2021

Dear Parent and Carer

You will be aware from last night’s news that we have now received the guidance from the DfE on the re-opening of schools to all year groups from 8th March.

I am sure you can appreciate that there is a lot to plan and organise in order to achieve what we want to ensure we can welcome back students safely and calmly.  Over the next couple of days, we will be working on the details which I hope to share with you at the end of the week.

Please be aware that like other Gateshead schools it is likely to mean a staggered return in the first week as the requirement for testing means we will need to manage capacity.

In addition, there have been some adjustments to the requirements for safety controls in school and we will be updating you and students on these changes prior to the return of our young people to school.

In the meantime, it is very important that students continue to engage fully in their online lessons and I want to thank you all for your continued efforts in supporting our students with their learning at home.  The end is in sight and hopefully we will be returning to normal in the not too distant future.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Allie Denholm

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