Skip to content ↓

Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image
  • slideshow image

Let all our bright
colours shine.

Letter from Ms Hayes about the New Term

28 August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

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.

We were delighted with the results of our Year 11 leavers in what has been an extraordinary year.  We had some outstanding individual performances with one boy achieving 5 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s and four girls achieving 4 grade 9s and 2 girls achieving 5 grade 9s.  What is most pleasing is that every pupil was able to access a course at the post-16 providers of their choice.  We wish every one of them every success in the future.

I would like to remind you that we have staff training days on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and Wednesday 2 September 2020.  We will then have a staggered return to school for pupils over the following two days.  On Thursday 3 September 2020 our new Year 7 and Year 11 pupils will be the only pupils in school.  This is to give Year 7 some transition time which they missed out on through not being in school during the summer term and for some pupils it may be the first time they have set foot in Fisher More.  I am sure you can understand the reasons for us doing this.  Years 8, 9 and 10 will return on Monday 7 September 2020.  I appreciate that if you are a parent of a child in these year groups you may be disappointed that they are not returning until Monday 7 September, but I am sure you will understand the reasons for staggering the start dates.  Pupils, as well as staff, will have to adapt to a completely new way of working in school.  There are bound to be issues that need to be ironed out and if we can do this over a period of two days, when our full cohort do return on Monday 7 September 2020 we hope things will run as smoothly as possible.

In summary:

  • Tuesday 1 September 2020 and Wednesday 2 September 2020 – INSET days for staff
  • Thursday 3 September 2020 and Friday 4 September 2020 – Year 7 and Year 11 pupils ONLY
  • Monday 7 September 2020 – all year groups

 

Staggered start/finish times:

Year Group

Start Time

Finish Time

Year 11

9am

3pm

Year 10

9.10am

2.40pm

Year 9

9.20am

2.30pm

Year 8

9.30am

2.20pm

Year 7

9.40am

2.50pm

 

On returning to school the over-riding principles of our plan are to keep procedures as simple as possible, to ensure that the risk of COVID-19 is as low as possible, and to ensure that our pupils are given learning opportunities across a broad and balanced curriculum.   To minimise the risk of infection Year 7 will be taught in form groups for the first two weeks, after which they will be moved into ability sets.   Pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be taught in classes based on their English/maths sets.  All classes will be taught in the same room in designated areas of the school, for the vast majority of lessons with the exception of PE and certain specialised subjects.  This will minimise any movement around school and help us to maintain the year group ‘bubbles’.  Unfortunately, guidelines mean that we cannot do practical lessons in the majority of cases but some limited and carefully controlled activities will take place.

Option subjects for Years 10 and 11 will be taught in their usual classes, which will necessitate some movement around rooms, but only within their ‘bubbles’.  However, some option subjects will need pupils to access specialist rooms, such as food tech or art, where strict hygiene precautions will be taken.  Year groups will have a designated outside recreational area.  Year 7 will have their own dining room, while Years 8 and 9 and Years 10 and 11 will use the main dining room which will be sanitised between each year group sitting.  Specific details and timings will be given to pupils in September.

Every pupil will be expected to be in full uniform.  For the first two weeks, pupils will only require trainers for their PE lessons.  From 21 September 2020 we are pleased to be able to offer a wider range of sporting activities and as such, pupils will need to bring their PE kits to change into for their PE lessons.  We understand that Year 7 pupils may not have purchased the PE kit by this date and are happy for them to wear suitable shorts and shirts.  However, all pupils will need to have a full PE kit for after half term.

To comply with government guidance, we will have to insist that visitors to school are kept to “essential” persons and by appointment only.  Please do not just turn up as we may be unable to help you and do not wish to cause offence.  On visiting school, visitors will sign in as normal but will also be asked to provide a contact number to comply with NHS test and trace.

School buses will run as normal.  If your child catches one of these buses current guidance is that they MUST wear a mask while travelling and MUST sanitise their hands on entry and exit using the products provided.  Where possible they should sit in their year group ‘bubbles’ on the bus and not mix with other pupils.  When waiting for the bus at the end of the day social distancing will be expected and will be supervised by our staff.  The same expectations will apply to anyone catching a public bus to school.  If it is at all possible we would encourage pupils to walk, cycle or be a car passenger for their journeys to and from school.

Pupils will be expected to wear masks in corridors and social areas as they move around the school.  Pupils will not wear masks in classrooms.  Masks must either be black or the surgical disposable type.  No other types of mask or face covering will be permitted.

There is a huge amount of information for you to take in.  This is a new scenario for all of us and I am sure it will not be perfect but we will do everything in our power to ensure that your children are safe whilst still receiving a quality education.   Please ensure that you pass this information on to your son/daughter and let them know the details about their return to school.

Finally, I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable and restful summer.  I look forward to welcoming our new pupils and welcoming back those who we haven’t seen since March to ‘family Fisher More’.

Your faithfully

Ms C Hayes

Headteacher