COVID-19: An important message from the Head Teacher 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Given recent developments we are aware you may have some concerns, particularly if your child is in one of the year groups who have been asked to work from home.  As you know we still have Year 7, Year 11 and Year 13 in school and the intention is that they remain in school until the end of the school day on Thursday.  Year 10s were asked to self-isolate from Friday 16th October and Years 8 and 9 had to be sent home due to staffing capacity. The following information is to ensure that your child has access to work for the next 2 days.  (Friday 23rd October is a planned Training Day)

Please do not worry if you cannot access some or all of the work that is online; as you will see in the information that follows that there are plenty of options to allow your child to be doing the same work as if they are in school.  The most important thing is that your child engages with the learning provided in order that they do not fall further behind.

Please take the time to go through the checklist below – we are currently in School Tier 2 – this is not our full contingency plan or remote learning policy but a summary guide for those children working from home for the next 2 days.  Self-isolation for Year 10 will be complete by the end of half-term, and therefore we are expecting all year groups to return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November at 8.35am.

With best wishes,

Allie Denholm

Head Teacher

Guide to COVID precautions and Remote Learning options

A basic checklist for Parents/Carers for:

– Children who are in school on Wednesday 21st October and Thursday 22nd October.
– Children who are required to self-isolate (Year 10)
– Children who are currently working from home (Years 8 & 9)

School Tier:

N.B. These are the school tiers and don’t link directly to the Government system

What does this mean for your child?

What should your child be doing?


School Tier 1:
Not Currently Applicable

  • Masks should be worn in all communal areas

  • Hand sanitiser should be used on entering school, and entering and leaving rooms

  • Restrictions on gatherings

  • Students working in bubbles

  • Normal lessons continue within the year bubble at school

  • Self-isolating students dealt with at an individual level

  • Safeguarding will be dealt with according to the usual systems and on an individual basis for isolating students

School Tier 2 :
This is our current situation:
Where the school has had to send home a significant number of students or entire year groups and/or staffing capacity means the school cannot run as in School Tier 1

In school:

  • The school will continue with the bubble system as in School Tier 1

At home:

  • All students would be expected to follow a programme of online lessons

In school:

  • Normal lessons will continue within the year bubble at school

At home:

Please follow these steps in order, with 1 being the school’s preferred option

  • Students should log into Class Charts and complete the Remote Learning work set by their teachers. If you need it, please Click here to see the help guide.

  • Only if you are unable to access Class Charts, please Click here to be taken to the Remote Learning page. Here you will find similar lessons for your child’s year group.  Find the topics your child was doing in their lessons and click on the links.

  • 3. Only if you are unable to do either of the above please contact school on this number: 0191 4212244 and you will be put in touch with someone who can provide alternative work.

Please note, if students want to they can print out work and bring it with them when they return, but this is not an expectation. Work can be submitted on Class charts or may be emailed back to staff if specifically arranged or requested by a teacher. As part of our online learning follow up policy, records of Class charts access by students will be checked.

In school:

  • Safeguarding will be dealt with according to the usual systems

At home:

  • All students working from home will receive a well-being text or phone call.

  • If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals and their absence over the next 2 days causes you any issues, then please phone 0191 4212244

School Tier 3:
Not Currently Applicable

  • School Closure

  • All students learning remotely

  • Full contingency safeguarding measures will be implemented

Please Click Here to view our Remote Learning Policy




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