It has been lovely to be back in school this week and to see so many Year 10 and 12 young people and their parents for their check-in conversations with their tutors.
I have outlined below the plan for the rest of this term so that you can see how we will be phasing our approach, responding to government guidance and enabling us to check-in with all members of the community at least once before the summer break. Further details specific to each year group will follow.
You will see that Term will end on 17th July as planned although as already communicated, sadly without our planned end of year activities. Please note the 29th June will no longer be a TD Day.
As we now have more young people on the school site during the day, please can I ask that use of the school field for exercise happens outside of the school day(before 8am and between 3.15pm and 6.00pm).
In response to parental communication and conversations , I thought it might be useful to answer some frequently asked questions:
Why have we taken this particular approach?
This phased approach, communicating our plans week by week, has enabled us to respond to the changing government guidance (for example including a check-in with Years 7,8 and 9 which was only announced on Monday of this week). I am pleased that we are now in the wonderful position of being able to check-in with all young people and families before the summer break.
Why are more lessons not live?
Our staff responded incredibly quickly to the situation and thanks to our existing use of Show My Homework were able to adapt quickly setting home learning remotely. To begin with, our delivery of live/recorded lessons was limited but the number of staff delivering these has increased and we are now asking that all classes receive at least one live/recorded lesson each week where possible. I would like to thank my colleagues for their ongoing work in adapting to the current situation whilst often managing the home learning and childcare of their own children or other dependents and adapting to supporting learning in very unusual circumstances.
What are our plans for September?
We are awaiting government guidance regarding the expectations, particularly in relation to social distancing and numbers of young people we are able to have in school, that will be in place in September. As soon as we have this, we will be in a position to finalise our plans and communicate these with you.
What are our longer term recovery plans?
We are determined that support for our young people will need to be ongoing. We welcome the support from the government announced today and look forward to receiving the details of how this will work in the near future which will enable us to plan how this will be implemented at Hardenhuish. We have already made other amendments to our timetabling for September such as re-introducing a taught 6th lesson for Year 13 and supporting 5Team Year 10 classes with increased Maths and English. I will share more of these plans before the end of term.
I would like to finish by thanking you for your ongoing support as we find our way through what has been a complex and changing (often with very short notice) situation.