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14 September 2020
We have received a number of questions, queries and concerns over the weekend about our move to the whole school starting at 9am and finishing together at 3pm and the removal of the staggered start and finish times. I am writing to answer those queries and also hopefully address some of the concerns that some parents have.
Firstly, it was always our intention to get all pupils safely back to school full time as soon as practically possible. As a result of running the school with all pupils back last week and the exemplary way the children have behaved, we decided to remove the staggered start and finish times from today. All pupils will start at 9am and will go straight in to period 1, this removes form time as per government guidance.
From 7 September 2020, we have had five different entrance and exit points for each year group bubble as well as five different social spaces. A number of staff are in these areas to supervise the children and ensure social distancing between year groups is maintained at all times. At the end of the school day, year groups will leave school through their own exit between 2.50pm and 3pm to ensure the year groups do not mix and adhere to social distancing especially over the bridge.
Operationally, there are challenges to the way we are working in school at the moment. It is a very dynamic situation and as a leadership team, we are responding to these challenges and making necessary changes as appropriate.
As ever, we appreciate all your feedback, questions and for voicing your concerns. It is only with this that we can work together to support our young people in the most difficult of circumstances.
Ms C Hayes
10th September 2020
Dear Parents/ Carers
As you will be aware, no exams took place this summer due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To enable students to receive qualifications, it was announced that students who were due to sit GCSE exams would receive a calculated grade. For every student, we provided a centre assessment grade for each subject; this is the grade we believed they would most likely have achieved had they been able to sit the exams, taking into account a range of evidence. This grade was then put through a standardisation process by Ofqual to arrive at a final calculated grade.
On Monday 17 August 2020, Ofqual confirmed that there would no longer be a standardisation process for GCSEs and instead all students would be awarded the centre assessment grade submitted by their school or college, unless it was lower than their calculated grade, in which case the calculated grade would stand. Because of this change, the right to appeal a grade for an individual subject was removed. This was replaced with the option to re-sit an examination in any subject in November 2020.
If you were unhappy with any of your child’s exam results and would like them to re-sit the exam in any subject to potentially obtain a higher grade, the closing date for entries is Friday 18 September 2020. Please contact Ms Hudson, Exams Officer, and confirm your entry via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than 1pm on Thursday 17 September 2020. Your child will need to sit all exams for the particular subject, e.g. Combined Science - 6 exams at 1h 10mins in length.
Pupils who wish to sit November exams in maths or English who have achieved a grade 4 or above and wish to obtain a higher grade should contact us for exam entry. Pupils who did not achieve a grade 4 should have exam entry arranged by their college.
All exams will be held between Monday 2 November 2020 and Monday 23 November 2020. The results date for November GCSE exams is 11 February 2021.
If you require any further advice or information, please feel free to contact me: email@example.com
Mr D Swarbrick
We are continually monitoring and reviewing the approaches that we have put in place. After reviewing our first full day back in school it was decided that from Monday 14th September, staggered starts and finishes will be removed and all pupils will attend every day from 9am until 3pm.
School reopened for staff this Tuesday. An integral part of our coming back together is our annual staff liturgy, which this year was celebrated in faculties in the school Chapel. Each faculty had its own unique theme to reflect on, as staff once again rededicated themselves to life at Fisher More as colleagues, educators and friends.
RE and Humanities focused on kindness for their celebration, while English and MFL planned prayers and reflections around our many blessings. Maths and ICT focussed on humility whilst courage was the theme for Science, technology and vocational subjects. The final faculty – PE and Creative Arts explored strength.
The liturgies presented by each faculty were beautiful and moving. They all offered thoughtful and varying insights into their chosen theme. These included examples from personal stories, cards, reflections, and prayers – Christian and Muslim, music and song to artwork, cupcakes, plants, brownies, ribbons and bookmarks – see photos below.
One member of staff commented: “it was lovely that everyone brought their own interests and skills to their liturgy and we got to share different ideas on the same theme”.
Reopening Checklist for Parents
Year 7 9.40am
Year 11 9.00am
Year 10 9.10am
Year 9 9.20am
Year 8 9.30am
Year 7 9.40am
Year 7 2.50pm
Year 9 2.30pm
Year 11 3.00pm
28 August 2020
Parents’ Letter September Term 2020
Firstly, I hope that this letter finds you and your families safe and well. I am delighted to report that we have had no cases of COVID-19 reported for either staff or pupils over the summer holidays. Long may this continue! As we approach the start of the new academic year, I am writing to remind you of vital information in relation to a number of school matters.
Letter to parents
RETURNING TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER
Dear parents and carers,
Firstly, I would like to personally thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during what has certainly been an incredibly difficult and unprecedented time.
I know that this has been a challenging period for everyone, with families being impacted by the coronavirus situation in many ways.
The majority of our schools remained open throughout the pandemic, for vulnerable children and those of key workers. Many welcomed back Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in June.
However many of you have needed to support your child's education at home over the last few months. I know that this hasn't been easy, so thank you for your commitment to doing this.
I now want to make sure that you know that we have been working hard for a while now to get our schools ready to reopen in September. The government is very clear that all children, in all year groups, are expected to return to school in September, and it is our firm intention to achieve this, as long as it is safe to do so.
Unfortunately many pupils will not have attended school for several months and I know that some families may have concerns about their children going back. I want to reassure you about the safety measures that will be put in place for when your child goes back to school in September.
The safety and wellbeing of both our pupils and our staff is our highest priority. Every school will be undertaking comprehensive health and safety risk assessments as part of their planning for all pupils to return, to make sure that everyone is safe in school.
Schools will look and feel different when the new term starts because of some of the measures we have had to put in place to manage the risks that remain from coronavirus.
Schools, colleges and settings are being encouraged to communicate with families to outline the changes that they are introducing to keep staff, children and young people safe. We would encourage you to carefully read any communication you receive about new arrangements and to contact them directly if you have any questions.
Children and young people across all ages and stages will be required to remain within specified separate groups at all times. Staff are required to generally maintain a distance of 2 metres from pupils and spend a maximum of 15 minutes at a distance of 1metre from them. Safe distancing expectations will apply whilst within the education establishment and when travelling to and from schools or settings.
The government’s guidance recognises that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing so it is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing. Your school will set out how this will work.
Your child’s school may also introduce new processes for drop off and collection. If they do this, it will be to help keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school and will not reduce the amount of time that is spent teaching.
New hygiene arrangements will be introduced and schools will ensure that all children wash their hands immediately when they arrive and frequently during the school day. You can support this by:
· ensuring that anyone who has coronavirus symptoms, or has someone in their household who does, does not attend school. This means if your child, or someone in your household, has symptoms you should not send them to school
· engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process so that cases can be identified and action taken. This means if your child develops symptoms, you should arrange for them to get a test and you should inform your school of the results of that test.
We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and dedication that staff in schools and settings have shown over the last few months and we know that they are really looking forward to welcoming back all children and young people in September.
Schools and settings have worked really hard to put new arrangements in place so children and young people can return safely and we would ask you to support them by observing any new measures that they introduce.
Regular attendance at school or other places of learning is vital for not only for the education of children and young people but also for their wellbeing and wider development. We know that across the age ranges pupils have missed being with their friends and teachers and will be looking forward to their returning to schools and settings in September.
For more information you can look at your school's / setting's website or for updates on support available, visit the schools information on our website.
County Councillor Phillippa Williamson
Cabinet member for children, young people and schools
A message to parents/carers of students expecting GCSE, AS and A level results this summer.
16 July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
It is usual at this time of year for me to write to you highlighting successes of the academic year and formally bringing the year to a close. This year has been more than unusual and has made for a rather extraordinary Diamond Jubilee year at Fisher More. Thinking back to November, when we had a wonderful Diamond Jubilee celebration Mass with Bishop John, it does seem a lifetime ago. After Christmas we had our visit from Ofsted and their report that showcased all that is good here at Fisher More. Soon after, we had the partial closure of the school as a result of a global pandemic as well as leaks on the railway bridge. What we have been through together as a community, especially recently, has once again tried and tested but certainly not defeated us.
Thank you to all the parents who joined the ‘Zoom’ meeting last night. There were some useful questions raised and views shared. Please find below our most recent update and a summary of the answers to the questions asked: