12 June 2020

Arrangements for the Year 10 Programme, Summer Term

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

There is a lot of information here, but you will need to read it all if your child is returning as part of the Year 10 programme over the coming weeks.

This letter details the arrangements for the upcoming Year 10 in-school programme for Year 10.  These arrangements are fully in line with the government guidance to secondary schools published at the end of May 2020, and in line with those offered to other secondary school students across Stockport schools.

A small number of you have asked why a full timetable cannot operate.  To clarify, simply to allow for the 60 Year 10 students and our 30 key worker/vulnerable students on any given day, this system takes up most of our classrooms and on any given day 40 of our staff in school.  We must follow the guidance with a full risk assessment that maintains social distancing for your children and for our staff.

The details are outlined below.  If you have any questions after you have read these details, please contact year10programme@wernethschool.com and we will get back to you.  We aim to also send a presentation to students next week that will outline this information for them.

How will the programme work?

  • This is the 16 day Year 10 programme in school.

 

GROUP A

GROUP B

GROUP C

GROUP D

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

22nd - 25th June

ENGLISH

Option A

ENGLISH

Option B

MATHS

Option A

MATHS

Option B

29th June - 2nd July

MATHS

Option B

MATHS

Option A

ENGLISH

Option B

ENGLISH

Option A

6th - 9th July

SCIENCE

Option A

SCIENCE

Option B

Option A

Option C

Option B

Option C

13th - 16th July

Option B

Option C

Option A

Option C

SCIENCE

Option B

SCIENCE

Option A

 

  • You should already have received an email from us in terms of your child’s allocated day.  A reminder that this day cannot be changed.

 

 

What will each day look like?

9.15am

School gates will open.  Each child will be met and checked in.

 

9.30am

Morning briefing will commence, outside and socially distanced

This will be led by either the headteacher or a deputy headteacher.  It will outline the arrangements for the day and remind students of key rules.

Students will then be escorted to Lesson 1 in a socially distanced way

9.45am – 11.00am

Lesson 1

On most days this is a core subject lesson.  Students are split into groups of a maximum of 9 ( to fit socially distanced into a classroom ).  This means they may not be with their normal teacher.  The same group of 9 students will be taught across the three core subjects.

11.00 – 11.15

Break

Students will be taken by their teacher to one of four locations in school for break.  Break will be in the maximum permissible group size of 15 students and supervised in one area by a member of staff.  The group will have access to a toilet break.

11.15 – 12.30

Lesson 2

Option subjects.  Students will be escorted to their option subjects.  These will again be in maximum groups of 9 students.  In the majority of cases, these will be taught by subject teachers, but this is not always possible.

12.30 – 1.45

Lesson 3 OPTION C

For Option C only ( 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th July )

The Option C subjects have a second session with their teacher [ Options A and B have this split over two different days ]

At the end of the day, students will be escorted to the main entrance for departure

 

What else do you need to know?

  • This is not “normal” school.  A full risk assessment is in place, and a staff operating manual to ensure everyone remains as safe as they can be.
  • You will see that students have no “free or unstructured” time at all.  In fact, students will not meet as a whole group on the day other than at the morning briefing.  There will be no traditional break time to catch up with friends.
  • With this in mind, there are 3 key differences. 
    • Students who are late after 9.30am may be turned away.  Our ability to repeat the briefing is very limited. 
    • If students choose not to co-operate with staff OR repeatedly break the rules in place, they will be sent home and lose their place on this programme.  This is for the safety and wellbeing of everyone else on the programme.
    • Trips to the toilet during lessons will not be allowed.  We will check on each lesson at the midway point and escort any students who require a toilet break.

 

  • Getting to school

…. is a potential issue.

  • A reminder that parents should remind children that they should be socially distanced in school and out of school, on the way to and from schoolThey should not be assembling outside of school at the beginning or end of school.

The advice we have received from Greater Manchester Transport is:

  • If your child is returning to school, please cycle and walk to school, if possible
  • Protect school buses and public transport for those with no alternative – do not use it unless you have to
  • If you must use the bus, spaces will be limited on school buses and public transport due to social distancing
  • Please keep yourself and others safe by wearing a face covering; keeping your distance; washing your hands regularly and buy tickets online or use mobile apps
  • The Y98 Brinnington service will start at 8.34 from the normal pickups in Brinnington and collect from school at 12.30.  This will amend to 13.45 on the 8/9/13/14.
  • There is a limit of 9 students per bus and there will be 2 buses running so 18 students in total.
  • The other bus services are running a normal timetable but obviously will have similar social distancing rules. 

BUS SERVICE TIMETABLE CLICK HERE

  • Students should not wear school uniform.  This is so that clothing – which of course should be appropriate for school – can be easily washed when they return home, and on the same day.
  • Students – and staff – can choose to wear a face mask if they wish.  The government guidance clearly states that this is not necessary, but I accept that some may wish to do so.  Those travelling via public transport will have to wear a mask.  Students must ensure they take responsibility for their own mask if they choose to do this and that is used sensibly for its intended purpose.
  • Students will not use their “normal” classrooms.  We are limiting the number of classrooms used on a daily basis to specific areas, and we also have a separate “Key Worker and Vulnerable” group of children who will be kept completely separate to Year 10, with different breaks and areas of the school.
  • There will be no catering facilities at all.  Students will not be permitted to use vending machines.  Any snack or drink will need to be brought into school by students.
  • A reminder that parents should not enter the school premises at this time unless invited to do so.
  • A reminder that this programme does not replace the home learning programme, but supplements it instead.
  • The school is investing in extensive additional sanitation products – wipes, gel etc, and these will be available in every classroom for use.  Classrooms will be wiped down at the end of every lesson by teacher, then cleaned at end of each day.
  • Every room that is used receives a full clean at the end of each day, and a deeper clean on Friday.
  • If a member of the teaching staff becomes unavailable to teach a lesson ( illness, self-isolation etc ), we will either provide an alternative teacher if possible or provide a computer-based classroom at which students will be able to work in a supervised manner.

I fully appreciate that reading through this information may at first appear scary.  The rules are there to protect everyone’s health and safety at all times, and to prevent the spread of the virus to our whole school community.

We are ready and looking forward to Year 10’s return, and we will try our best to provide reassuring and positive learning experiences for our students.

With best wishes,

 

Mr A Conroy

Headteacher

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