Updated Friday, 9th July
We write to you at the end of an incredible week of learning experiences for our young people. It has been great to see our students experience so many different activities. A real delight.
This week the Department for Education issued new guidance for arrangements in educational settings. This will cover both the Summer period and the new term - when children return to school in September. The DfE outlined further flexibility for schools in the ways that we can operate, although control measures will still need to be in place to protect our school community.
As Manchester remains in an ‘enhanced response area’ we will continue to keep the current control measures and processes in place until the end of term.
We will write to all parents next week with further details and an outline about the return to school in September.
At the end of a challenging year, we would really appreciate your feedback on some key aspects of the school. Please would you mind completing this short survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PSurvey2021
Updated Thursday, 8th July
The local Public Health Team have advised us that some Manchester residents, including school aged young people, have reported a wider range of symptoms when testing positive before experiencing the main three – high temperature, continuous cough, change in sense of taste and smell – that we have all got used to looking out for.
To be on the safe side, up until 19th July, they are encouraging people to get a PCR test if they are experiencing these wider symptoms, even if they are not yet experiencing the main three. This will mean we can detect the virus and stop transmission of the Delta variant more quickly to limit the spread.
The wider symptoms include:
Headache that lasts a long time
Muscle or full body aches
Blocked or runny nose
Sickness or vomiting
If you are not experiencing the main three symptoms you do not have to immediately self-isolate, but if you are in any doubt, please book a PCR test.
You can register for a PCR test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and tick the box that says your local authority asked you to take a test. Or ring 119 and say the same thing to book a test.
Updated Friday, 25th June
We write to you at the end of the Progress Checkpoint fortnight and we wanted to say well done to our students who really did themselves proud with their revision and their positive attitude during this time!
The Summer of Love and Beelonging
It has been a wonderful return to school where we have seen a group of students using their voice and very impressive dancing skills in support of ‘Clean Air Day’. This week we have been celebrating our annual Beelong festival. This year’s Beelong Festival is celebrating our community, our resilience and the fact that we really do have more in common than divides us.
Part of our Summer of Love, Kindness and Respect, and funded by the National Lottery, we have partnered with local organisations and charities to complete projects that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our local community. We began our festival by working with Refugee Week and the Great Get Together to join in with “The Great Walk Together” to embrace the theme of Refugee Week this year which was “We Cannot Walk Alone.” Students entered a competition to win an afternoon tea for their family, for which they had to write what their community meant to them. We had some beautiful entries.
We celebrated Windrush Day this week, and a group of Year 7 students have met Jordan and Ashley Banjo from the Diversity Dance Troop too – albeit virtually! Our virtual Pride celebration is on Friday, where we hope to see as many of our school as possible wearing our rainbow stickers.
As the festival continues, we are lucky enough to be hosting workshops with Stitched Up, our local reuse and recycle cooperative, Young Identity Poetry Group and Band On The Wall to name but a few! Our community project with Unity Arts also begins this half term.
We also have a lot to look forward to with our Extended Learning Experience days, which will take place 7th – 9th July. Staff have been working extra hard to make sure that this ELE week is a week to remember. Students will take part in practical activities, develop new skills including teamwork and resilience and above all, have fun!
Twice weekly Lateral Flow Home Testing
We know we are sounding like a stuck record with this message but it is really important that students are completing their two lateral flow tests a week to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Our advice is that these tests are completed on a Wednesday and Sunday evening, in advance of coming to school. Thank you for your support with this.
Year 7-9 online assessment
Over the next two weeks, students’ home learning in English, Science and Mathematics will consist of the completion of a small assessment online. Students will be instructed to log into the website www.testingforschools.com/code by their teachers and given an individual code to provide them access to a personalised activity in each subject. The English and Mathematics assessments will take approximately an hour and a half, which can be split into two sections, and the Science assessments will take approximately 45 minutes. Students will need access to either headphones or device speakers to allow them to do any listening element. These tasks should be completed during student’s regular home learning time and will be available online for 2 weeks starting Monday 28th June.
Online Assessment Subject
English Maths Science
Year 7 Yes Yes
Year 8 Yes Yes Yes
Year 9 Yes Yes Yes
The purpose of these assessments is to diagnose students' gaps across the three subjects which will help us plan next years' curriculum. They complement the recent Progress Checkpoints and will also allow us to make strong comparisons with national data, looking at learning lost during recent Covid-19 lockdowns.
These assessments should not be prepared for and should require no difference in your child’s regular home learning routine. The message given in class to students will be that we do not want our students to feel under pressure to ‘do well’, we simply want them to do their best! Teachers will be available for contact throughout the week on MS Teams for support and any troubleshooting.
Updated Friday, 11th June
It has been great to see our students back in school after their half term break and we look forward to the many opportunities that are ahead this half term. In this week’s update, we wanted to share with you a few key messages/information.
You will have seen in the news, that Greater Manchester has moved to an ‘Enhanced Response Area’ due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in the region. In Manchester, the Covid-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing and in the past week rates have practically doubled. We have, therefore, been advised by Public Health to return to the use of face coverings for students in classrooms and communal areas. We will also be sending out new testing kits. Public Heath England has stated that twice weekly testing is one of the most effective methods recommended to keep everyone safe.
This news is clearly disappointing as we were potentially looking forward to an end of term free of restrictions. Once again, we want to thank you for your ongoing support in this matter.
Mobile Phones and Digital Safety
As we highlighted before half term, we have put together a new mobile phone policy which will be available on our website over the next few weeks. In advance of this, we wanted to share some key points with parents.
• It is a zero-tolerance approach. If a mobile phone is seen out during school hours it will be confiscated.
• The first time a phone is confiscated by a member of staff, students will be able to pick it up from the canteen area at the end of the day. However, if the phone is confiscated again we will be asking parents to come into school and to collect them.
This week we have been alerted to a disturbing video on the social media platform, TikTok. This has also been highlighted in the national press. We strongly recommend that students are not signed up to this platform. We will ensure that have continuing conversations around their digital safety.
Clean Air Day – Thursday 17th June
Next week the school will be supporting the Clean Air Day initiative, as we strongly believe that we all deserve to breathe in less polluted air. We have several activities planned with students to mark this day and we wanted to ask parents and staff to support this too. It is a great opportunity to put away the car keys and make use of our public transport system, pedal bikes or even increase our daily steps. We are hoping to see a significant reduction in traffic on this day, and hopefully in the future, as we will be encouraging all students to make their own way to school. As you will be aware, since the measures have eased with regards to Covid-19, there has been an increase in traffic on the roads and with that an increase in road accidents for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a great opportunity to reduce the risk by reducing the volume.
Big Bike Revival
On Wednesday 16th June 9am until 1pm, Big Bike Revival will be based in our school and are offering students free basic bike repairs and bike safety checks (bike repairs include fixing punctures, brake adjustment and cables replacing). If students would like to take up this opportunity, they need to bring their bikes on this day and take them to the area in front of the Astro Turf where Big Bike Revival will be set up.
Progress checks reminder
Progress checks, for all Year groups, start next week (wc 14th June). Students have been given home study planners with their English, Maths and Science dates already added and they can use these to add in the dates for their other tests. Information on what will be on the checkpoints can be found on our website.
Updated Monday, 28th May
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come towards the end of the first part of the Summer term, we wanted to say well done to students for their resilience and commitment to their learning. It is the first full half term students have completed in school in 2020 and the vast majority of them have done themselves proud.
We wanted to let you know that next half term, the school will be releasing a new mobile phone policy to staff, parents and students. We became a mobile phone free school at the start of this academic year. The positive benefits of removing this distraction for students have been very clear. So, in advance of sharing the new policy, we wanted to remind students that Chorlton High School is a no mobile phone school and will remain so moving forward. We have had a period of time where we have supported this transition for students in Years 8-11. However, starting next half term we will be taking a zero tolerance approach to mobile phones. If they are seen in school, between the times of 8:25am and the end of the day, they will be confiscated.
Reporting positive cases of Covid-19
Once again as we move into the holidays, schools have been asked to continue tracking positive cases for first 5 days of the half term holiday. To facilitate this process we ask that parents let us know if your child tests positive over the next few days by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to this, if your child has been identified as a student who has been a close contacted to someone who has tested positive within school, we will then contact you via email. We all hope that this will not be the case.
Progress checks reminder
Progress checks will take place for all students next half term during weeks 2 and 3 (starting 14th June). Students have been given home study planners with their English, Maths and Science dates and they can use these to add in the dates for their other tests. Information on what is on the checkpoints can be found here on our website and on the students’ Year group Team site.
As we return after half term students will continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas. This is strongly advised at this time and will be regularly reviewed in line with the local transmission rates. Students no longer need to wear a face covering in the classroom. However, they may continue to wear them if they wish to do so. This situation is reviewed on a regular basis based on local public health advice and we will update parents if there are any changes to this.
We also want to remind families about the amazing contribution many of our students and staff have made to the Chorlton Arts Festival – a big thank you to them all for their hard work on this festival. Performances can be viewed via the school’s YouTube channel, using the following link:
We wish you all a very happy and healthy half term break.
Chorlton High School
Updated Monday, 24th May
The safety and wellbeing of our students is always our highest priority. Last week, two of our students were involved in two different accidents on the road. Our school community has been shaken by these events and this week in school we shall be responding to these accidents by talking to our students and reminding them about the importance of road safety.
We would like to encourage all parents and carers to have similar conversations at home. We will be reminding students to take the utmost care when they are crossing the road, and to inform them that sometimes cars may not see them as pedestrians or act in the way we would assume they should. We cannot be too careful when crossing roads.
Although we assume that it is younger children who are most at risk, statistics show that it is actually 11 – 15 year olds who are at more risk from accidents that result in serious injury. The majority of accidents happen between 3 and 7pm.
Please can we also request again that parents do not drop off students close to the school. This is causing problems on local roads. The school receives complaints on a regular basis relating to poor driving, inappropriate parking and the unsafe ‘dropping off’ of children. This creates further concerns about the safety of our students, as well as adding to the problem of air pollution in the local area. Once they are attending High School, we encourage all students to make their way to school independently, by walking or cycling, which also means that they have an active, healthy start to the day.
Many thanks for your ongoing support in this matter.
Updated Friday, 14th May
It has been a lovely summer term so far and we wanted to share with you some of the opportunities available now and coming up.
As you are aware, we have introduced several extra-curricular clubs and there are still some places available on these. For further information, please see the extra-curricular pages on the website. www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/student-life-at-chs/enrichment/extra-curricular-activities You can book your child’s place via the School Gateway. Please remember to cancel the place if your child can no longer attend.
We also have the Chorlton Arts Festival week commencing 24th May, during which lots of exciting events will take place. Further information will be shared with parents about this soon.
As many of you will already be aware, the Government has announced that from Monday, 17th May students there are changes to the requirements in respect of wearing face coverings in school. This will mean that:
• Students will no longer need to wear a face covering in the classroom. However, they may continue to wear them if they wish to do so.
• However, students will continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas. This is strongly advised at this time and will be regularly reviewed in line with the local transmission rates.
It is important to note that this change in guidance is dependent on transmission rates and may change again the future. Thank you to all parents for your support with face coverings during this academic year so far.
Updated Sunday, 9th May
Just a reminder to make sure your child completes their home test on a Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
Please ensure the results are logged:
• Firstly, using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/5hpm3R0zCA which will inform school directly of your child’s result.
• Secondly, using this link: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result to report it to NHS Track and Trace.
Please note that if your child tests positive on a home test – they will need to go for a PCR test. This can be booked using this link: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
They and siblings will need to stay at home until the PCR test comes back; and if positive, they will need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days, if negative they can return to school.
Headteacher's End of Term message Friday, 31st March 2021
It feels difficult to believe that we find ourselves at the end of another challenging term. We are incredibly thankful for your partnership throughout. After starting January in lockdown there have certainly been lots of ups and downs, things have not always gone to plan but your patience, understanding and support have always been appreciated. It is also pleasing to report that we have ended the term in a very positive manner with our young people back in school and happy to be learning.
We don’t underestimate the impact that lockdown has had on many of our students and their families. Our priority over the last three weeks has been to re-establish routines and offer care and support to those who need it. Please get in touch with your child’s Head of Year, should you or your child require further support. As we head into the break, I would like to highlight that there are a range of resources and links to that students and parents can access. They can be found here:
We all hope that the Easter holidays will enable our students to break away from so much screen time. However, we are aware that there are still restrictions that place pressure onto our students. We have created some activities that students may wish to undertake.
• For Year 7-9 these are focused on activities that are off screen, should they be looking for inspiration during the holidays.
• Year 10 teachers have placed some additional optional tasks into their MS Teams areas to help them consolidate and further inspire their independent study.
• Additional study materials have also been provided for Year 11 students appropriate to any ongoing assessments.
Reporting positive cases of coronavirus
Once again as we move into the holidays, schools have been asked to continue tracking positive cases for first 6 days of the Easter holidays. To facilitate this process we have asked that parents and carers let us know if your child tests positive over the next few days by emailing us the information to email@example.com If your child has been identified as a student who has tested positive within school we will then contact you via email. We all hope that this will not be the case.
Year 11 Assessments
This week the examination boards have been in the process of confirming arrangements for their summer assessments. This guidance really follows the process that we have already written to parents about earlier in the term. After Easter we will publish our final policy on grading, once it has been agreed by the school’s Governing Body.
It is important that our students remain safe, well and COVID-19 free over the coming weeks. We strongly advise them to follow the lockdown advice and not to mix with other people outside the government’s rules over the holidays. We want them fit and well, and able to complete their Year 11 in school for the weeks that they have left.
Home testing kits.
This week students have been supplied with additional home testing kits which will allow them to test for COVID-19 at home throughout the holidays; we hope that this will give our families some additional reassurance.
At the end of the Easter break, we ask that students test themselves on the Sunday evening before they return to school. This way we can break potential chains of transmission and identify those with the virus who may not experience any symptoms. This helps keep the school and our community safe.
Communication with Home
We are fully aware that over the past year parents have had to read a great deal of information that we have sent home. Optimistically, we hope that the summer term will be less disrupted by new challenges! We, therefore, will intend to revert to our original whole school communication plan, which is a fortnightly letter home, and a fortnightly edition of the Chorlton Connection. We will, of course, contact parents with any emergent communication, as necessary.
Finally, I wanted to publicly thank the staff at the school. Over the past year we have all been under tremendous pressure. At times, the school’s plans have had to change very swiftly and our staff have been incredible in making sure they support our students and one another through very testing times. They have turned their hand to many ways of working. Whether this is quickly moving to online lessons or carrying out hundreds of COVID-19 tests each day. Always with the idea that they wish to support our school community in the best possible way. They are a brilliant team!
We are looking forward now to a brighter and, optimistically, less disrupted summer term! We wish all our families all the best for a relaxing, and hopefully sunny Easter break.
Ms. Z Morris
Updated Friday, 31st March 2021
It has been wonderful to welcome our students back to school and we are so pleased with how they are settling back into their daily routines. After two weeks in the building we are slowly getting back to how things were during the Autumn term.
The sense of pride we have in our students is mirrored by them as they represent our school and the most visible of these methods is through how they wear their uniform.
Understandably, we have been relaxed with our uniform expectations during our time back at school so far, as we appreciate that children have grown whilst shops have been closed and new uniform has been difficult to obtain. The uncertainty of lockdown hasn’t helped and we understand the situation lots of our families find themselves in.
For ease of reference our uniform supplier is: John McHugh’s, which is situated at the King Street entrance to the Stretford shopping centre, in the Old Post Office building.
There are a number of ways that uniform can be purchased from them:
• Online orders that are home delivered. This can be accessed through their website: www.johnmchughschoolwear.co.uk or over the phone - 0161 865 3142.
• Click and collect – ordered via the website with opening times to collect:
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2pm – 4pm
• Saturday 10am – 12pm
• Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday – closed
• The store will reopen fully from 12th April 2021.
• Customers needing to exchange/return items can do so during the click-and-collect hours. They are also able to accept returns and exchanges after the lockdown period has ended.
A full list of school uniform can be found on the school website: https://chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/parents/school-uniform.
We would also like to inform parents that from September 2021 the school PE kit will change, so please don’t purchase additional items beyond what is needed for the summer months.
While students are waiting for items to be purchased there are simple solutions that they can implement to ensure that they look smart throughout the day. Outdoor coats must be removed when entering the building and shirts should always be tucked in.
Mobile phone and headphones are not allowed in school. If students have to bring them then they should be put into their bag when they arrive and only taken out at the end of the school day. If students have phones and headphones out during the school day they will be asked to put them away. If they have to be asked to put their phone away for a second time they will be confiscated until the end of the day.
School uniform is a key way of us developing a sense of togetherness between our students and staff after such a long time in lockdown. This will also begin to help us re-establish our boundaries. Wearing a uniform places students in a 'work environment mind-set' and helps them separate their home and school life.
Your help in discussing this letter with your son/daughter would be greatly appreciated and could prevent any future misunderstandings or issues that could arise if they are uncertain of the school rules after such a long time learning from home.
Thank you for taking the time to read and act upon this letter. If you have any questions, then please contact me or visit the uniform page on the school website.
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021
All students have now received lateral flow home testing kits. Please see the process for using these in the previous post (17th March).
Next week we will be providing students with a further supply of testing kits. This will enable them to continue self-testing throughout the Easter break.
This week we have been celebrating all the exciting things students have been learning in classrooms since their return to school during the last 3 weeks, on our school Twitter account - @chorltonhigh. It would be great for you to go and take a look.
We have noticed that during the school closure, some of our students have grown a great deal! Which has meant that may have grown out of certain items of their school uniform. We have been supportive of this over the past few weeks; however, we have now spoken to our students directly about the fact that we expect to see them back in full uniform on their return after Easter.
Finally, next week is the final one of the Spring term and we wanted to remind parents that students will finish on Wednesday, 31st March. Thursday is a school INSET day for staff only and it is a bank holiday on the Friday.
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021
Key information regarding self-testing:
• We suggest that students routinely take the self-test twice a week, on a Sunday evening before returning to school on Monday and again on a Wednesday evening. This will ensure a higher level of safety for everybody.
• NHS guidance states that students aged 11 should have the test administered by an adult. Students aged 12-16 can self-swab but should be supervised.
• When you have the result from the test please upload the result in 2 places:
1) using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/5hpm3R0zCA which will inform school directly of your child’s result.
2) using this link: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result to report it to NHS Track and Trace.
Please note that if your child tests positive on a home test – they need to go for a PCR test. This can be booked using this link: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
They will need to self-isolate until the PCR tests comes back – if positive, they will need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test comes back negative, they can return to school.
Home tests do not replace current guidance for those with symptoms or those identified as close contacts; anyone with symptoms should book a free NHS test (a PCR test – see link above) and follow self-isolation guidance.
Updated Friday 5th March 2021
We spoke to all Year groups about the plans for return during our live assembly this morning and we will continue to highlight key information about what is required of students over the course of next week.
We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some other aspects of safety we need to remind parents about as students return to school over the next week and beyond:
Face coverings - It is current Government advice that students wear face covering is class when they cannot socially distance. We will be following this advice to ensure that we take every measure to ensure that our school community is as safe as possible. Therefore, students will be required to wear face covering in most classrooms. This will be reviewed at Easter alongside any other updates from the Department of Education. Whilst we have a number of spare face coverings to give students, in case they misplace theirs or do not have one, however this stock is limited. We would, therefore, ask that If parents have got any reusable face coverings they would like to donate to school, these would be gratefully received. These can be brought in with your child and handed to their form tutor. Thank you in advance to those who are able to support with this.
Parking and local road concerns – the car park is a very busy place for our students at the start and end of school. Therefore, we ask that parents do not drive into the car park at key times of the day; between 8.00 to 8.45am and 2.15 to 3pm. Unfortunately, concerns raised by local residents about parents parking on double yellow lines and making unsafe manoeuvres in the streets close by. We do request that students make their way to school independently and are not dropped off. This way we can work together to help make the streets in our local community safer, from both a road safety and an air pollution perspective.
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021
On Friday 26th February, parents will have received information about the plan for the phased return to school for all students. Please see below a summary of the key information from these letters:
Key information and changes made to the running of the school:
- The Government has asked schools to test all students using Covid-19 ‘lateral flow testing’ before they return to school. We will be testing all students (with consent) in advance of them returning to school. This is a challenging task and is why we have put into place a staggered return for all Year groups over the course of the week commencing the 8th March. It is our plan to have all our students back with us from Friday 12th March.
- Students are now required, unless exempt for medical reasons, to wear face coverings at any time when they cannot maintain a safe social distance. This will mean that students will be required to wear face coverings during lesson time as well as in social spaces. We believe that the Department for Education will review this requirement at Easter.
When will my child return to school?
Year 7 Pre-testing date: Tuesday, 9th March
Students will be invited in for a specific time slot during the Tuesday. Parents will receive a letter to advise them of this time. Students will attend the Green room for their Covid-19 test and then return home on this day
Date of return: Wednesday, 10th March
Start time: Students will start at 8:30am and line up in the same place as in the Autumn term, in their usual lines.
Year 8 Pre-testing date: Thursday, 11th March
Students will be invited in for a specific time slot during the Thursday. Parents will receive a letter to advise them of this time. Students will attend the Green room for their Covid-19 test and then return home on this day
Date of return: Friday, 12th March
Start time: Students will start at 8:30am and line up in the same place as in the Autumn term, in their usual lines.
Year 9 Pre-testing date: Wednesday, 10th March
Students will be invited in for a specific time slot during the Wednesday. Parents will receive a letter to advise them of this time. Students will attend the Green room for their Covid-19 test and then return home on this day
Date of return: Thursday, 11th March
Start time: Students will start at 8:30am and line up in the same place as in the Autumn term, in their usual lines.
Year 10 Pre-testing date: Monday, 8th March
Students will be invited in for a specific time slot during the Monday. Parents will receive a letter to advise them of this time. Students will attend the Green room for their Covid-19 test and then return home on this day
Date of return: Tuesday, 9th March
Start time: Students will start at 8:30am and line up in the same place as in the Autumn term, in their usual lines
Year 11 Date of return: Monday, 8th March
Start time: A letter will be sent to parents that will share a starting time for their child's Form group. Year 11 will be tested at this time and then be taken to their base classroom for a session with their tutor and will start their normal timetable from Period 3.
Year 7-10 Information about the Covid-19 Testing programme
The process of testing all students is a logistical challenge for the school. We have a trained, experienced team and we have converted our ‘Green Room’ to enable all students to keep ‘socially distanced’ measures in place while they complete their test. This has worked extremely well as we have been regularly testing all the key worker students and staff who have been on site.
The challenge for us is that we need to test a high number of students before they return to the classroom. We are, therefore, giving all Form groups a dedicated time slot to be tested the day before they return to the classroom. This means that we can complete the tests whilst maintaining social distance measures, and it also makes sure that the students first morning back at school is spent with their Form Tutors focusing on settling them back into school, thinking about their wellbeing and making sure that they can start to enjoy their learning back in their classroom.
On the day of their pre-test students should arrive in the Green Room where they will be met by their Form Tutors and Head of Year. Students do not need to wear their uniform on this day, however they do need to wear a face covering. We want to make sure they feel comfortable, and tutors will walk through the process with them as they are shown what to do. To help students know exactly what to expect we will also be talking to them about it in the live assemblies prior to this and sharing with them a video that explains this process.
After completing their test, students should return straight home. The results of the test will be emailed through to parents.
A negative test results will mean that they are ready for school and we look forward to seeing them the following morning!
If the result is positive, then the school will follow up with a call home to support parents.
Year 11 Information about the Covid-19 Testing programme
We are giving all Year 11 Form groups a dedicated time slot to be tested. Students should arrive at school for this dedicated time, where they will go to complete their test in the Green Room. This will be explained further during the live assemblies next week.
After completing their test, students will go wait for the results in the Blue Box Theatre. The results of the test will also be emailed through to parents.
A negative test results will mean that they will be sent to their form room
If the result is positive, then the school will follow up with a call home to support parents and send the student home.
Updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2021
I know we have been waiting on the announcements about the return to school and it was heartening to hear yesterday that we can begin to look forward positively. As you will be aware the Government announced that secondary schools will be allowed to begin to invite students back from Monday 8th March. The Department of Education has issued advice that states:
• Secondary schools are able to plan for a phased return over the week of 8th March to allow students to be offered coronavirus (COVID-19) tests as they return to the classroom. Schools will have discretion on how to phase the return of their students over the week beginning 8th March to allow them to be tested on return.
• After an initial programme of 3 tests in school or college, students will be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home.
• Staff and students in secondary schools are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained as a temporary extra measure.
We are now in the process of planning the phased return for all students, which will commence from 8th March. The approach will be similar to the way we returned in September 2020. This will enable students to refocus on the school’s health and safety routines, to feel supported back into school and, this time around, to access testing on their return.
We hope to be able to write to parents at the start of next week with the full details of the return dates and times for each Year group within school.
We feel it is important to keep parents informed on this additional element to the phased return. As you may well be aware, up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. Given this fact, the government has asked schools to test all students before they return to the classroom.
These COVID-19 tests, known as ‘lateral flow tests’ are designed to pick up any positive cases where individuals are not showing any coronavirus symptoms. We have been using these tests since the start of January; testing staff and the students that we have had onsite in the Key Worker provision. In fact, we have carried out over 1,500 tests to date and significantly these tests have identified a number of asymptotic cases that would have otherwise gone undetected for some time. As a result, we were able to take quick action and stop additional spread immediately, thereby keeping our school and wider community safe. Whilst this test is voluntary, we would strongly encourage all students to take advantage of this additional measure to help reduce transmission.
The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy to use. Students will take a swab from the throat and the nose, which is then tested. The whole process, from registration to testing to issuing results, is undertaken by our own staff who have received special training. They will ensure students feel relaxed and comfortable, answering any questions that may be asked. Results will be shared directly with students and with parents or legal guardians. Positive cases will be identified within 30 minutes of testing and immediate action taken. We have attached an instructional leaflet with further information, frequently asked questions and our privacy notice which outlines the process and explains how personal data will be processed, stored and destroyed.
We intend to test all students before they return and will send out appointments in due course. However, before any appointments can be offered, we need parents and carers to complete the consent form; this can be done very quickly online by following this link: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/parents/consent-form
Ideally, we would like all consent forms to be returned no later than Thursday 25th February. Please note, we need a separate consent form for each child.
We encourage all students to take part in this testing programme. It will help us to identify any positive cases quickly and will hopefully assist in reducing the number of students who have to be sent home to isolate due to contact with positive cases. As always, we are committed to keeping as many students and staff in our school as safe and secure as possible.
If you require any additional information or information in any other language or format, please call school on 0161 882 1151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In respect of Year 11 GCSEs, we are still waiting for the Department of Education to publish the outcomes of its consultation. We have been promised this information by the end of February and it is hoped that it will help us give both staff and students some clarity of what is expected. We do understand that our Year 11s have been under enormous pressure yet they have continued to impress us with the way that they have responded to the situation and how they continue to engage with their learning. Hopefully, we will have clarity over how examination courses will be assessed by the end of next week.
We all wish to see our students back in school as soon as possible and are working hard to establish a tight phased return which will allow us to offer the required testing to everyone as well as ensure students feel fully secure with the health and safety routines in and around the building. We intend to talk to students about the processes in assemblies, throughout next week.
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021
As we move into a well-earned half term break for our students from live lessons and distance learning, we just wanted to share our sincere gratitude. It has been a challenging 6 weeks for us all and we have missed having our students in school, but seeing students and teachers working together in their online lessons each day has been truly uplifting. Our hope for all, during this break, is that we get away from our screens, take the opportunity, where the weather allows, to get outside together as families and all stay healthy.
Entertaining our children during a National Lockdown can be difficult, if not impossible, and so the school did want offer some suggested activities that we feel students will enjoy. These will be advertised to students on their MS Team’s Year group page and we will also be putting these on our website. They can be found using the following link: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/chs-distance-learning/happy/passion-projects
There is no expectation that students complete these but if they do, please ask them to share them with us, we would love to see them.
As you are aware, the Government has confirmed that students will continue with their home learning for at least the first two weeks of next half term. We are expecting no further announcement regarding the reopening of school until first week back. We will update parents as soon as we know anything more.
A quick reminder: our website has a wealth of information regarding the support that is available to families, so please do check this out if you have any concerns.
Following the half-term break on Monday 22nd February, Year 11 will be starting their Spring Assessments. The purpose of these assessments is to allow us to effectively evidence all of the hard work that Year 11 have put into their learning both in school over the Autumn term and also remotely over the past 6 weeks.
Students have been issued with detailed revision lists to support their preparation for assessments and have been directed to materials on MS Teams by their class teachers.
• Spring Assessments will take place online.
• There will be no live lessons for this week except for Maths during their sessions on the timetable. Free sessions should be used for revision as set out by class teachers on MS Teams.
• Students should check their timetable each morning, so they know their assessments for the day and their timings.
• Students must attend the Year 11 Assembly every day at 8:45am for key messages.
• All assessments will be issued via ‘ASSIGNMENTS’ on Teams. Check the video below for further detail. https://www.loom.com/share/a25bdd943f924fe28a88f2fd851c9c39 (open using Google Chrome).
• Assignments are timed as per the timetable. Students will not be able to submit their assessment past the ‘close time’. A buffer has been added here to allow for technical issues.
• If students experience any technical issues during the exam, please contact the named person on the timetable or Year 11 team via the chat function on MS Teams.
• Access arrangements are in place for those students who are entitled to them.
• When students are completing their assessments, we have advised them that they need to be in a quiet space, ideally with no other distractions and as per usual assessment protocol away from their mobile phones.
You can find all information relating to Spring Assessments on the school website under the Student Life tab: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/student-life/assessment-and-reporting/year-11-mock-exams.
If you or your child have any concerns specifically relating to the Spring Assessments, please contact Alice Girault, Assistant Headteacher for Year 11 or Jamila Sarwar, Head of Upper School. We understand that this is a new process for students completing online assessments, but support will be in place for every exam to overcome any technical issues which may arise.
Updated Friday, 5th February 2021
This week we wanted to share with our parents what we have been discussing with students about what ‘successful remote learning behaviours’ look like. We have talked through the memory model and the core purpose of our teaching - which is to impart knowledge which stays with students for life. We have highlighted the importance of paying attention, practice, recall and retrieval in embedding knowledge in our long-term memory.
We have encouraged students to get more involved in their live lessons by considering the following:
• Teachers will RECAP on prior knowledge at the start of lesson – students should engage well with this and not worry if they cannot remember everything first time. Just the act of trying will support long term retention.
• LISTEN and pay close ATTENTION to the teacher when they are presenting information – follow their instructions throughout so they can work with this new information.
• Use the CHAT function in every single lesson to ASK and ANSWER questions.
• Unmute when they are asked and TALK about what they have learned. Talking is a powerful tool for learning.
• When they are given a POLL, QUIZ or ASSIGNMENT to complete – they should complete it and submit it. PRACTICE is essential for long term learning.
• REVIEW their learning at the end of each lesson. Summarise their knowledge. Ask their teacher to clarify anything they are unsure of.
Upcoming dates to mindful of:
• Friday, 12th February is INSET day so staff will not be setting lessons for this day. We will be putting a holiday package together for students to get involved with if they choose to. We will share more information about this next week
• Year 10 Parents’ Evening will take place virtually on Wednesday 10th March. More information about this will be sent to Year 10 parents straight after the half term break.
Progress Checkpoints in the Spring Term:
• For Year 7 and 8, there will be no Progress Checkpoints. Instead, ongoing diagnostic assessment will continue within lessons. Our Spring reports will only contain an effort grade. There will be no Progress Statements as this wouldn’t be right at the current time.
• Year 9 will have online Progress Checkpoints in most subjects in the second week after half term. More detailed information about these will follow. The results for these tests will be shared directly with students and our Spring reports will only contain an effort grade. There will be no Progress Statements as this wouldn’t be right at the current time.
• Year 10 will have online Progress Checkpoints in most subjects in the second week after half term. More detailed information about these will follow.
• Year 11 Spring Assessments will take place during the first week of the second half of the Spring term and the timetable for this has been shared with students.
Signposting support for our families:
We have been working with our wider community and school family to create a website page with some helpful advice/links. On this page you can find information about Food, Heating, Benefit Signposting, Mental Health Support and Mobile Device access.
We are very aware the current situation has been difficult for all our families for several different reasons. Whatever your situation, Chorlton High School is here to help as best we can. Please visit the website using the following link: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/family
Updated Friday, 29th January 2021
Earlier this week the Prime Minister announced that the Government are working on a plan to reopen schools from the 8th March and that they would hope to publish further details in the week of 22nd February. This means that, unfortunately, we will not be able to welcome our students back straight after half term, and we are greatly saddened by this news.
We will write to the parents of Year 11 students again next week with further details of how they will work with their teachers online for their Spring assessments. Mrs Banger will speak to the students about this next week in assembly.
A reminder that next Wednesday (3rd February) we will be running Year 9 Parents’ Evening virtually. Specific details about the evening have been sent to Year 9 parents already.
A reminder to all parents that during Periods 3, 4 and 5 on the Wednesday students, in all Year groups, will be completing their distance learning independently. There will not be any live lessons during this time. Students will access their lessons via the Files section of their subject Class Team on MS Teams. We will remind students about this next week.
Our Choose Love show raising fund for Refugee Aid Chorlton, and Help Refugees will take place at 6pm on Thursday 11th February to join together as a community and support those in need. It will be an extravaganza of singing, dancing and musical delights from our talented students.
This year Time to Talk day will take place on Thursday 4th February 2021. It is a fantastic opportunity for our community to talk about mental fitness and to listen and support each other. This years’ focus is “The Power of Small” which highlights the importance of talking through the small things, how this can make a huge difference to our mental fitness and ultimately our happiness.
Over the coming week, students will have the opportunity to:
• learn about the strategies our staff use to open up and talk about their mental fitness,
• provide feedback on their wellbeing,
• voice any concerns,
• highlight areas we can focus on more and
• speak to members of staff about how they are feeling.
There are lots of resources on our school webpage, that can be accessed through Distance Learning – Happy. This is where you will find strategies to boost qualities of mental fitness and a large range of external agencies available for support.
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2021
This week our letters celebrate the incredibly work that is being completed by all students during this time of distance learning and also recognises a need for more flexibility with live lessons and highlight for each year group where this flexibility can be found:
Flexibility for all Years:
• All lessons are cut down to a maximum of 50 minutes with a 10-minute comfort break built in. Students are encouraged to use this time to take a break from the screen, take a walk, get some fresh air and get refreshed.
• The ‘Happy’ section of the Distance Learning page on the school website details a range of wellbeing activities that we encourage all students to engage with.
• All lessons are saved in Class Materials in each Class Team to provide some flexibility of student access.
• Home learning this half term will include ‘off-line’ activities to reduce screen time.
Music, Art, Dance, Drama
Pre-recorded lessons that can be accessed at any time during the week.
English, Monday - 1.20-2.30pm – Reading focus. Teacher will start lesson at normal time, but off-screen reading will be encouraged.
RESPECT – Project based lesson. Teacher will start the lesson, but it will be a short introduction leading to some off- screen work.
Music, Art, Dance, Drama
Pre-recorded lessons that can be accessed at any time during the week.
English - Friday 10.00-11.00am – Reading focus. Teacher will start the lesson.
RESPECT – Project based lesson. Teacher will start the lesson, but it will be a short introduction leading to some off- screen work.
PE – Pick and Mix PE Menu – Couch to 5K, Cycling, HIIT, Yoga, Step, Golf skills, Football manipulation, Low weight resistance. This can be accessed at any time.
RESPECT – A pre-recorded short session which leads students onto a project-based activity. This can be accessed at any time.
Year 9 Triple Lessons – regular breaks, independent learning focus in the third period.
English - Reading Lesson- Thursday 10am. Teacher will start the lesson, but off-screen reading will be encouraged.
PE – Pick and Mix PE Menu – Couch to 5K, Cycling, HIIT, Yoga, Step, Golf skills, Football manipulation, Low weight resistance. This can be accessed at any time.
RESPECT – A pre-recorded short session which leads students onto a project-based activity which can be accessed at any time.
English - Reading Lesson-Friday 11-12pm. Teacher will start the lesson, but off-screen reading will be encouraged.
PE – Pick and Mix PE Menu – Couch to 5K, Cycling, HIIT, Yoga, Step, Golf skills, Football manipulation, Low weight resistance
Life Skills - Independently focused wellbeing and personal development time. The instructions will be placed in class materials, but the tasks to be completed off screen.
We also shared with parents the school rules around digital conduct.
Other key updates to be expected by the school for the following year groups:
Year 8 – In the coming couple of weeks, the school will share with parents the Pathways process for their child.
Year 11 – The school will issue an exam update next week to both students and parents.
Updated Friday, 15th January 2021
It has been another successful week of lessons for our wonderful students and we know that a large part of their success is also the support given by you – thank you.
We have received some very useful feedback on distance learning this week but wanted to give all parents the opportunity to share their thoughts and support the further development of our distance learning provision. With this in mind, please will you complete the short survey using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DistanceLearningParentsSurveyJan21
We also wanted to thank parents for the feedback provided in the survey before Christmas and let you know that whilst plans changed during our INSET day in January, due to the current situation, this feedback will still be used for future planning. Thank you!
Year 9 Parents’ Evening
We are pleased to confirm that the Year 9 Parents’ Evening will go ahead virtually on Wednesday 3rd February. Further information to help Year 9 parents access this event will be sent out on Monday.
We need to make all parents aware that on the date of the Year 9 Parents’ Evening, lessons 3, 4 and 5 will be accessed by all students independently, via MS Teams, as teachers will not be delivering live lessons during this time. We will speak to students about this but wanted to share this will all parents in advance.
Later today we publish our latest Chorlton Connection. This is our fortnightly newsletter which celebrates all the amazing work and achievements of our students. It is sent via email and can be found on the school website. We also encourage parents who don’t already to follow us on Twitter @chorltonhigh and Instagram chorltonhighschool
Forget your password? - Speak to your teacher or Head of Year who can reset your account details. If not, email email@example.com
Staying active when working online - https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/desk-stretches
• SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks, like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
• Internet Matters has provided step-by-step guides on how to set up parental controls so that you can control what content your child can access online
Government guidance around how parents can help to keep their children safe online.
The school's digital safety guidance - https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/chs-distance-learning/happy
Updated Friday, 8th January 2021
What an incredible week of distance learning! Please pass on to our students how proud we are of their engagement with distance learning. Whilst this is not at all what we want and if it was safe to do so we would much prefer to teach our students in our classrooms, students have really risen to the challenge of live lessons and their teachers couldn’t be happier with them. Equally, a big thank you to parents for your unwavering support.
In terms of updates, and due to the increased communication this week, we only have a couple of messages for parents in this letter.
Next week, live lessons will continue for all Year groups, in all subjects apart from Years 7 and 8 Dance, Drama, Music and Art lessons. We have received feedback that 5 hours online can be difficult for our younger students. This allows us to reduce the amount of screen time for students in these Year groups, gives us the capacity to run our vulnerable student provision and will help develop the enrichment offer for all students. All lessons for these subjects will be posted in student’s Class Team starting from Monday next week. Students may still complete these lessons at the normal timetabled time, however it will also give families the flexibility for these to be completed later in the day, if appropriate. These lessons will enable students to develop their creative skills through practical projects.
We are also aware that it is a difficult time for many of our families for many different reasons. So, we wanted to share with you the following link to our website where we are putting together a collection of ways families can access support available for: Food, Heat, Benefit, Mental Health, Mobile Device Access. This information will be available, using this link, from Monday. If you know of any useful support families might benefit from, please let the school know and we will share this. https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/family
We hope you have a good weekend. We look forward to seeing our students back online on Monday, starting our second week of live lessons.
Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2021
Further Government updates
School Closure Update
As you are aware the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced the closure of schools to all students, apart from those who are children of key workers or those who are considered vulnerable.
This now means that during the Spring 1 half term:
1. School is closed to all students, except children of critical key workers or those who are considered vulnerable.
2. All other students should remain at home and access their learning through our MS Teams remote learning platform, where students will access a mixture of live lessons and independent study.
We are hoping that students will return to us after the February break and will keep you updated with any information we have over the course of the coming weeks.
Year 11 Exams
You will be aware that during the Prime Minister’s address on Monday 4th January, it was explained that it is not possible, or fair, for all exams to go ahead as normal this summer. On the 6th January, Secretary of State for Education announced that all exam grades will be decided through teacher assessment. As a school, we will ensure that there is a robust and fair assessment process in place. We acknowledge the hard work that has been demonstrated by our Year 11 students and it will be important for them to continue this, to deliver the evidence which will support them in securing the very best grades.
There are some vocational exams scheduled for the next two weeks that will continue. We will contact parents individually if this applies to your child.
Distance learning and support
Students have had an incredibly positive start to their distance learning, and we want to say well done to them. There will be some technical difficulties which we will continue to work through. We really appreciate your patience and understanding with this.
To further support the use of MS Teams, we wanted to draw your attention to where support materials can be found on our website. This contains everything you need to know for successful distance learning: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/chs-distance-learning/distance-learning-introduction-and-routine/using-microsoft-office-365.
Updated Friday, 18th Dec 2020
Thank you for all your support this half term.
- Well done to our students for their creativity and numerous charity drives
- We will continue to contact trace until Christmas Eve. Please email us if your child receives a positive test using firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Government has announced that at the start of term that only Year 11, vulnerable and key workers children will return to school. Others students will stay at home and learn online. This is to reduce the rates of transmission of the Covid-19 virus
- All Year 11 students should return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2020, where their lessons will continue as normal, as far as is possible.
- All students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will remain at home from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th January and access their learning through our MS Teams remote learning platform. We will provide parents with further details to support this by 3pm on Monday 4th January
- If you believe you child falls into the vulnerable or keyworker categories and would like to take up the ‘in school’ provision then please can you email the school admin email address email@example.com by 1pm on Monday 4th January to notify us.
- Wishing you a lovely Christmas, and a happy, healthy New Year.
Updated Friday, 11th Dec 2020
• Thank you to all parents who completed the survey sent out last week. This will feed into the work we complete during the January INSET Day, where we will review our current offer and plan for the future.
Last week arrangements
• On Thursday 17th December we will be having our Christmas dinner day. This will be observed in a socially distance manner, so it may well take us all day! It is also our Christmas Accessories Day, when students can accessorise their uniform with a festive item, in return for a donation to their Year group charity.
• On Friday 18th December we have an early finish: 1.30pm for Years 7 to 9, and 1.45 for Years 10 and 11.
School Covid-19 Contact Tracing until Tuesday, 22nd December:
• If your child develops Covid symptoms then please arrange for them to be tested as soon as possible.
• If your child goes for a Covid-19 test and the result is positive, please contact the school as soon as possible by email, using the school’s admin email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
• This mailbox will be remotely supervised from Monday 21st to Thursday, 24th December.
• If the school is notified of a positive case, we will then email the parents of students who have been noted as close contacts in lessons. Please check your emails daily to ensure you are not affected
• This process will be managed remotely, as the school is officially closed. There will not be anyone in school who can take a call at this time, however the email will give the details of how to receive any further support.
• After 24th December you would need to contact Test & Trace for further advice as it would no longer have an impact on the school community.
• If your child has developed symptoms or tested positive for Covid near the start of the new term then please notify school on Monday 4th January 2021 so we can ensure that we can provide appropriate support.
• Students should return to school as normal on Tuesday 5th January 2021
This means our team will, after an incredibly hard year, be on duty up until to and including Christmas Eve to play their part in keeping our community safe. Please can we remind all parents that if anyone in your household has any symptoms, your child stays at home until the person has had a Covid test and received the result. They may only return to school if this result is negative.
Digital Safety Updates
• See attachment sent on email to read important information regarding supporting your child’s digital safety
Updated Friday, 4 Dec 2020
We are coming towards the end of the first term back after school closure and the school would value immensely your feedback around how this has been for your child and you as their parents. We always take time to reflect and consider how we can improve moving forward and your place in this development is invaluable. Please can you take 5 minutes to complete the survey using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LB3VCDC
Updated Friday, 27 Nov 2020
Thanks to all Year 11 Parents who attended the virtual Parents' Evening
This week we wanted to share some key messages about our Home Learning offer:
• All home learning tasks for all year groups are issued on MS TEAMS. You can monitor and support your child’s home learning by logging in with them
• Each student has a personal class team for every one of their subjects
• Every day – their teacher uploads the lesson materials onto the ‘Files’ section of class teams.
• Students can revise and revisit key materials from lesson each day and use the CHS Secrets to Success for the most effective revision strategies. We have attached a copy of this for your information.
• Students should follow their normal timetable and the normal school day
• All lesson materials are saved in the ‘Files’ Section of each Class Team every-day.
• Students complete all Assignments set in their Assignments tab
• Students use the CHAT function to communicate with their teacher to ask questions or submit any completed work.
• If your child’s entire class has been advised to self-isolate, students will have access to a live lesson schedule. In Year 7 and 8, this will happen for almost all of their subjects each day. For Year 9-11, this will be made available in Core Subjects. Students should join Live Lessons through their Calendar in MS Teams
• Teams can be accessed through the MS Teams App or through the web on www.office.com. Teams is accessible through all digital devices, including laptops, chromebooks, ipads and apple and android phones.
Updated Friday, 20 Nov 2020
- Progress checkpoints started really well for Year 7 -10, these continue over the next week. For further information click this link: https://www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/student-life/assessment-and-reporting/year-7-9-progress-tests
- Year 11 have completed their mock exams, any catch up exams will be completed over the next couple of weeks and the feedback process will begin.
- If you want to see more detailed information regarding your child’s curriculum, please click the link:
- Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening is next Thursday (26th November). If you have any concerns about how to access the video call system, please call or email the school and we will support you.
- A reminder that Friday, 27th November is an Inset Day so no students will be in school.
Updated Friday, 13th Nov 2020
Students have returned from half term really well
- Due to a large amount of staff absence created by illness, self-isolation and contact tracing the school want to share with parents that there might come a time in the near future where we are unable to offer full school provision and may need to close to one or two year groups
- The decision to close the school to any students will not be taken lightly and we will give parents as much notice as we can
- If we have to make the decision to close to a year group, our intention is that this will be shared amongst different year groups, students will continue to work on MS teams, where staffing levels allow, we will offer live lessons in core subjects and no one year group will be out for more than several days in any given week
- We hope to retain Year 11 at all times due to this year being an examination year for the students
- We are sharing this information with the hope that this is not a route we have to go down but feel it is our duty to keep our parents updated
- Progress checkpoints begin for Year 7 – Year 10 next week. Please CLICK HERE for more information
- Please catch our fortnightly newsletter, Chorlton Connection, that will be emailed to you later this afternoon
Updated Friday, 06th Nov 2020
Year 7 -10
- We have been really impressed with the positive attitude students have returned to school with
- Students should be revising for progress checkpoints that start on 16th November
- All year groups begin their charity drive as part of their pastoral curriculum
- Year 8 have a virtual parents' evening next week on 11th November 2020 - 4 pm until 4:30 pm.
- We have been really impressed with the positive attitude students have returned to school with
- Year 11 have started their mock exams and these will continue next week
- Year 11 parents' evening is on Thursday, 23rd November and will be held virtually through our parent booking system
- College applications and personal statements are due in by Tuesday, 1st December
Updated Friday, 23rd Oct 2020
All year groups:
• Monday 2nd November is an Inset Day and so all students return on Tuesday, 3rd November.
• As in gets colder after the half term we would really advise students to wear the school jumper under their blazer. A reminder that these can be purchased from the school’s uniform supplier, John McHugh, in the Streford Arndale Centre, or online www.johnmchughschoolwear.co.uk. Having good ventilation in classrooms will be important over the coming months so we will continue to remind students that they may wish to wear a t-shirt or vest under their shirts.
• If your child would like to take part in BBC School Reporter, time is running out. Use the following link for further details:
Year 7 and 8 Parents
Not long after half term, students will be completing their first set of progress checkpoints. Checkpoint timetables and planners have been given to your child today and more detailed information has been uploaded to MS teams. During half term we would like students to make a strong start on revision and complete the following:
- They should put together 3 revision cards for each subject studied. Resources have been shared with students and the information has been shared on the Year Team page. Students will be asked to present and celebrate their collection of revision cards in the first week back after the break.
Year 9 and 10 Parents
Not long after half term, students will be completing their first set of progress checkpoints. Checkpoint timetables and planners have been given to your child today and more detailed information has been uploaded to MS teams. During half term we would like students to make a strong start on revision and complete the following 3 tasks:
- Using a mind map, give a brief summary of each of the topics learnt in each of your subjects this half-term.
- To discover one more revision tool – direct to area of website with revision tools.
- Use this to get to grips with a topic that you found tricky this half term.
Year 11 Parents
As you are aware students return to complete their GCSE Mock Exams week beginning 3rd November. Students are expected to come to school on time and equipped with correct stationary including scientific calculators in a see-through pencil case. We are also running live revision sessions during half term on MS Teams. We have uploaded all the information on Year 11 MS Team site and you can also use the following link for more detailed information regarding these mock exams:
As a parent you can do the following:
- Familiarise yourself with mock exam timetable.
- Constant reminder about half term revision session. I have also attached the timetable just in case!
- Keep them away from digital distractions.
- Help them come up with practical ideas that will help them revise, such as drawing up a revision schedule or getting hold of past papers for practice or exam revision list.
- Make sure they are organised with revision guides, stationary and past papers.
- If your child is struggling with a specific subject, talk to the relevant teacher or Year 11 team.
- Make sure they are eating, drinking and sleeping properly.
- Reassure them – reinforce that you are, and will be, proud of them no matter what happens.
- Remain positive and hopeful!
Updated Friday, 16th Oct 2020
Help for parents
We are aware this is a very difficult time for families at the moment and we want you to know we can support in many ways. Please call the school on 0161 882 1150 or email email@example.com to alert staff that you need some help or support. This support may be regarding food, mental health and wellbeing, bereavement support, health or family support. Please remember, if you feel you need advice to support your family, or are worried and need to talk to somebody then there is always someone in school to speak to Monday to Friday, every week, including the holidays between 8.30-3.00pm
Year 11 parents’ evening will now take place on Thursday, 26th November 4pm until 6:45pm.
Year 8 parents’ evening will take place on Wednesday, 11th November 4pm until 6:45pm.
Information for how this will take place will be sent to parents in the coming week.
Updated Friday, 9th Oct 2020
MS Teams reminders:
• All home learning is issued through MS Teams, in the Assignments Tab of each of the Class Teams. Students can also track their progress in this section.
• All daily lessons are uploaded onto Teams, which can be used for students who are self-isolating but also as an excellent daily revision tool to review student learning.
• Students can ask questions to their teachers using the ‘CHAT’ function.
Summary of other key messages:
• Over the coming months we need to ensure that there is good ventilation across the school. As the weather continues to cool, students may wish to wear vests or t-shirts underneath their uniform to keep them warm as the windows and doors in classrooms will remain open during the winter period to aid fresh air circulation.
• Reusable face coverings remain a key aspect of school uniform. If you want to take part in this, please send what face coverings you can, in with your child, and we will distribute these as necessary.
• Starting next week, we will be welcoming a working Guide Dog into our school, who will be support one of our students.
Updated Friday, 2nd Oct 2020
The process when the school is notified of a positive test result:
• We immediately carry out a full risk assessment, in line with Public Health England (PHE) guidance.
• This process identifies all those who have been in ‘close contact’ with the person in question. The school takes a lead on this and works with the individual to identify anyone they feel that have been in ‘close contact’ with in the 48 hours leading up to them starting with symptoms or them testing positive.
• We then take advice from PHE on any subsequent action that must be taken with all those involved.
• This invariably means that any identified individuals have to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact even if they have no symptoms; in some cases, this seems excessive, but this is the clear guidance that we must all follow.
• We make direct contact with parents where a student is identified as a ‘close contact’ as it helps to ensure prompt action, limits possible spread and safeguards the health and safety of both the student and the wider school community.
• All decisions are very carefully considered as you can imagine and are reviewed by Senior Leaders across the Trust.
• We will not routinely alert all parents when we are notified of a positive test result. We need to ensure that the school continues to run calmly without generating additional stress and concern. We also need to respect the privacy of individuals and their families.
Important reminder: How you can support with safety at home?
1. Be extra vigilant of Covid symptoms:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or
• a high temperature and/or
• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas until a test has been taken by the person who has developed symptoms. Once the results have been received contact with school must be made before a student returns.
Further information is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If a student needs to self-isolate, then they should follow their timetable at home as all their work will be available on Teams. Please contact school if you require additional support.
2. Reinforce messages about social distancing at social times and the need to avoid ‘direct contact’:
(maybe when they are making their way to and from school, during lunchtime or when they are with friends.)
The Public Health England definition of ‘close contact’ includes:
• face to face contact for any length of time, within 1m, including a face to face conversation,
• physical contact (skin to skin) or travel in a small vehicle.
Obviously, we have already been giving students these messages, including some specifics such as:
• Avoid having face to face conversations when less than 2m apart without wearing a mask
• Avoid touching, handshakes and hugging
• Avoid sharing equipment such as stationary, ICT or instruments etc.
• If they are walking to school together and are walking closely together, they may need to wear a mask to make sure they are not ‘face to face’ when talking.
If an individual was to test positive, any friends that they have had direct contact with in the 48 hours before will also have to self-isolate, not go out of the home and will have to study from home for 14 days.