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Following recent announcements and guidance from the Government we are evaluating the feasibility of providing some limited in school provision for our Year 10 and Year 12 students. We expect further Government announcements during this week, but as there is a possibility that we could be in a position to offer some face to face support from the 1st June, it would be helpful for us to gauge the demand in order to help us with our planning.
We are working closely with our Governing Body to assess our options and ensure that what we can offer meets DfE guidance.
At this point our plans are very much at an early stage, there has been and continues to be a considerable amount of discussion around the expansion of school opening, it remains dependent on a number of factors including:
· Further Government/DfE and Union guidance
· Staff availability to deliver Year 10 core and Year 12 presentations to small groups of children in ‘a bubble’, applying the guidance issued by the government
· Site preparations to allow for appropriate social distancing
· Risk assessments and sanitary provision to safeguard staff and students in accordance to government guidance
Head of School
I would like to start by expressing real gratitude to all parents/carers who have sent such supportive and encouraging emails regarding the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a school.
As stated previously, we are continually following guidance from Hertfordshire County Council and Public Health England on all matters regarding staff and student safety.
You will be aware that we have had members of our school community self-isolate and we encourage you to keep up to date on the latest advice about self-isolation and knowing how to react should you have a concern about your child’s health. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection. This absence will of course be recorded as authorised.
Support for students and parents during these challenging times can be found by following this link. You'll find further links to a number of high quality support services.
As a senior leadership team, we are monitoring our business continuity plan and reviewing on a daily basis.
Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) has set out how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded this summer and published further guidance for education staff, students, parents and carers.
For this summer’s awards, the Academy is being asked to provide assessment grades for our students. These will be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades we believe our students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams and will take into account the full range of available evidence.
Ofqual has published a message to students to reassure them that they, and exam boards, will do everything they can to make sure that, as far as possible, grades are fair and that students are not disadvantaged because of this unprecedented situation. They have also published guidance for parents and students regarding Summer 2020 grades. Both can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
We will continue to update you on all matters as and when we receive the latest guidance.
Any communication regarding school closure, reduced school hours or remote working requirements or indeed the eventual reopening of school would always be sent to you via Schoolcomms, Everbridge, social media and placed here on our website.
Using Show My Homework, our online portal, subject teachers under direction of their Curriculum Leaders, set work by class as per the school curriculum for core subjects of English, Maths and Science. In addition, work for other subjects will be set on a rotational basis in order to ensure a manageable workload for students. This ensures a reasonable level of continuity of provision is in place for our students. Students are be requested to submit tasks online via Show My Homework or email as appropriate. The following online guide explains the submission process...
If any family does not have access to the internet and would therefore find accessing Show My Homework difficult, please get in touch with the school as soon as possible so that an alternative means of communication can be considered.
We are mindful that the next few months will continue to be a challenging period. At Barnwell School, we pride ourselves on our pastoral support for students and families. If you need to speak to someone during this time, please do not hesitate to contact staff via the usual email addresses. Public Health England advice is attached to this page and we encourage all members of our community to download it.
Finally, we would like to thank all our students, parents and staff for their understanding and support during this difficult time for all.
Head of School
We have a couple of links, which we hope you might find useful below, one for parents suggesting some ideas on how to talk to your child about coronavirus and another for young people to get some answers to their questions.