5 June 2020

As you are aware, the government have recently announced that from the 15th June schools, where possible, can open to Year 10 and Year 12 students to offer face-to-face support. 

The guidance leaves the detail to local school discretion, although does state that only 25% of students in these identified year groups are allowed in school on any one day. Please note, that whilst we are encouraging all Year 10 and 12 students to take up this offer, this is optional and ‘parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.’

We have been working closely as a Trust to plan what we believe is the best way forward for the remainder of this term. We are fortunate to have three secondary schools within our Trust, and all are very keen that we work together to ensure our students and staff all remain safe.

Therefore, I would like to outline our recovery plan for Year 10 students:

  • We have divided the Year 10 cohort into three groups.
  • These three groups have been shared across the three schools, King Edward VII, Castle Rock High School and Newbridge High School. We have placed students, where possible, in their nearest school to enable them to avoid the use of public transport.
  • The three groups have been placed into four smaller teams – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Year 10s will have one day per week in school. They will be in a ‘bubble’ of 7 or 8 students, with a mentor and placed in a designated classroom.
  • This will remain as their classroom for the duration of the term. No other students will go into this classroom.
  • We intend to focus on core subjects (Maths, English and Science) and lessons will be live-streamed into each classroom. We will also allocate to support the wellbeing of our students.
  • Tuesday’s students will be allocated their own classroom, and again have the same lessons streamed live by the same staff. This will then apply for Wednesday and Thursday.
  • On the days that students are not timetabled to be in school, they will be expected to continue to engage with the remote learning planned by their teachers at King Edward VII.
  • Work and equipment will be placed on the student’s desk and will remain there. Each classroom will be cleaned at the end of the day, sanitised and locked until the following week.
  • Students should wear their uniform, but NOT their blazer. We advise that uniform should be washed each day upon the student returning home.
  • Students will need to bring their own food to school. Students who receive free school meals will continue to be provided with vouchers in order to be able to purchase a packed lunch and drink to bring with them. This will be reviewed after the first week.
  • Each school will have a clear system for entering and exiting into the school buildings.
  • Parents who drop their children to school, will not be allowed to get out of their cars, and parents should bring only their own children to school.
  • Students can arrive from 9am. They will follow their designated route directly to their classroom. There will be short breaks between each lesson, and school will finish at 1pm.
  • Corridors will be monitored to ensure that only one student at a time is able to access the toilets.
  • Staff will contact every parent/carer individually on Tuesday 9th June to inform you which school building and which day your child should be attending. They will also ask if your child will be attending.
  • Although the guidance does not indicate that students should wear PPE, should they wish, this is absolutely acceptable.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available upon entry which students will be required to use upon entering the building. Students will be asked to wash their hands regularly.
  • Students will not be allowed to mix with any other students outside of their designated ‘bubble.’
  • Should any student, or the staff mentor, within the ‘bubble’ become ill, or show any symptoms of Covid-19, they should inform the school immediately and all will be asked to self-isolate for the recommended time.
  • Those students who are already attending school will be kept separately from the Year 10s.

I hope that this has given you the reassurance that we have the upmost consideration to the health and safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. I am sure you will have further questions which we encourage you to ask during your phone call on Tuesday. In addition, separate information will be sent to Year 12 students in due course.

Yours faithfully

Mrs J Patrick
Executive Headteacher for The Castle Rock School and The Newbridge School
CEO Apollo Partnership Trust