Returning to School

All pupils in Years 10 and 11 will return to school on Monday 8th March, those in Years 7 and 8 on Tuesday 9th and Year 9 on Wednesday 10th.

Online lessons will continue for Years 7 and 8 on Monday 8th and for Year 9 on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th. Critical Worker and Vulnerable children who have been attending school in the lockdown can still do so on those two days.

School will be organised as it was last term, with the same bubbles, timetable, structure to the day and rules to keep people safe. In addition, pupils who are not medically exempt will be required to wear masks in lessons.

Testing

Our intention is to test all children before they first go into a classroom. The tests involve a pupil taking a swab from their own throat and nostril, and produces a result within half an hour. We have send out an electronic consent form and it will need to be filled in before tests on any pupil under 16 can be carried out – please contact school if you have not received this.

In order to achieve this, we’d like to ask you to get your children to school at the following times if at all possible:

Monday 8th March

11M and 11MK       between 8.00 and 8.50

11L and 11J              between 9.15 and 9.45

10M and 10MK       between 10.00 and 10.30

10L and 10J              between 10.45 and 11.15

Tuesday 9th March

8M and 8MK            between 8.00 and 8.50

8L and 8J                   between 9.15 and 9.45

7M and 7MK            between 10.00 and 10.30

7L and 7J                   between 10.45 and 11.15

Wednesday 10th March

9M and 9MK            between 8.00 and 8.50

9L and 9J                  between 9.15 and 9.45

If it is unavoidably necessary for your child to arrive before the start of the school day, please bring them as soon after 8.00 as possible. Similarly, if they can only get here on the school bus they should come into school as soon as they arrive, but if you are able to give them lift on that day only it would be very helpful.

Pupils should enter through the top car park. If there is consent for them to be tested, they will then go to the gym, after which they will wait in the Dining Hall for their result and then go to lessons.

If any pupil tests positive we will immediately call parents to come and collect them.

Following the initial testing, students will be re-tested according to the proposed timetable below.

Year 11 Monday 8th Wednesday 10th Monday 15th
Year 10 Monday 8th Thursday 11th Monday 15th
Year 9 Wednesday 10th Friday 12th Wednesday 17th
Year 8 Tuesday 9th Thursday 11th Tuesday 16th
Year 7 Tuesday 9th Friday 12th Tuesday 16th

After the first three tests, families will be provided with testing kits to be used at home. Testing is not compulsory, and if parents withhold consent pupils should return to school on the same day as the rest of their year group.