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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Arrangements for September 2020

13 July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

School will close to all pupils on Friday 17 July 2020 at 3pm.  In September, we reopen to all pupils in all year groups.  There will, however, be a staggered start to the new academic year with Years 7 and 11 only returning on 3 September 2020; all year groups will be back on Monday 7 September 2020.  This slightly staggered start will give the new Year 7 an opportunity to experience their transition days that were missed this term, including familiarisation of their new surroundings.

 

When the school reopens fully, it will operate in a completely different way; school has received government guidance on how it needs to function in order to keep both staff and pupils safe.  With this guidance at the forefront of our planning, the following will be in place when the children return to school:

  • Staggered start and finish, break and lunch times.
  • Year group bubbles/zones with very limited movement around the school site, in order to avoid crowded corridors particularly at change of lessons.

Staggered start times

School will start for:

Year 11 at 9am

Year 10 at 9.10am

Year 9 at 9.20am

Year 8 at 9.30am

Year 7 at 9.40am

Staggered finish times

School will close for:

Year 11 at 3pm

Year 7 at 2.50pm

Year 10 at 2.40pm

Year 9 at 2.30pm

Year 8 at 2.20pm

The need for staggered start and finish times is to ensure social distancing of different year groups.  Pupils will enter and leave the school through doors in different locations which the children will be informed of.  I would like to encourage children to walk or cycle to school as transport by bus may prove difficult or unreliable.

Year group bubbles/zones

Pupils in each year group will be based together in a certain location in school, i.e. year groups will be ‘zoned’:

Year 11 (red zone) – current maths classrooms

Year 10 (orange zone) – current English classrooms

Year 9 (yellow zone) – science labs

Year 8 (green zone) – RE classrooms, Tech1 and Tech3

Year 7 (blue zone) – St Michael’s: current geography, history and MFL classrooms.

Pupils will be allocated a ‘base room’ in the zone for their year group.  They will remain in that base room for the vast majority of their timetable.  Some movement to specialised rooms/PE facilities may occur during the week but this will be kept to an absolute minimum.

Year groups will also be allocated specific recreation areas and toilet facilities to use.

Years 7 and 8 will not have a break time due to their later staggered start times.  Years 9 to 11 will have a normal break time with allocated toilet time.  There will be no food or snacks available to purchase from the dining room during break time and the water filters are out of use; pupils will need to bring their own snacks and drinks.

KS3 and KS4 lunchtimes will be as normal.  Year 7 will use Tech1 as their dining room.  I would ask parents, if possible, to provide a packed lunch for their child.  Our catering provider on site will only be producing ‘grab bags’ from September onward.  There will be no hot food available in the first instance.

I ask that all pupils return to school in full school uniform; a copy of the uniform list is included with this letter.  We are also working toward providing suitable classroom equipment for each pupil to use to reduce the risk of contamination and infection.

This letter outlines significant changes that need to be put into place in order for the school to fully reopen in September.  As I mentioned previously, these changes are following government guidance in order to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep all the Fisher More community safe.

On return, our high expectations of behaviour, attitudes to learning, punctuality and attendance will underpin success in making all this work.  If any pupil attempts to undermine the smooth running of the school or falls short of these expectations, we will follow our behaviour policy which may result in pupils being sent home after parents have been notified in line with the policy

If you have any specific questions related to the guidance or content of this letter, I am holding a Zoom virtual parents’ meeting with Mr Swarbrick on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 4.30pm to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.  We will send out the Zoom link through Group Call.

As ever, we look forward to receiving your support next term.  By working together we will ensure that children at Fisher More will continue to thrive and excel in the most difficult of circumstances.

Best wishes and stay safe

Ms C Hayes

Headteacher