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September Re-opening 2020 - Years 8-11

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following our receipt of detailed government guidance for the reopening of schools to all students for compulsory full time education from September,  we can now share our detailed plans for welcoming all students back for the new school year. These plans minimise risk and provide a full educational experience for our young people.

Our risk assessment and plan has been approved by our trust and these documents can be accessed using the links below. The plan has the following headings:

  1. Minimising risk – This section outlines the essential measures (system of controls) that will be in place across the school to prevent and respond to infection.
  2. School operations – Our actions and guidance regarding pupil travel and attendance, plus guidance for the school workforce.
  3. Curriculum, behaviour & pastoral support
  4. Assessment & accountability
  5. Contingency planning

The plan is very detailed and staff will be receiving thorough training to ensure that it is effectively implemented. We will also be working carefully with parents, carers and the students to ensure that all of our community adhere to the plan and comply with the government guidance.

Further to this please note the following key information regarding the start of the new school year:

Students in years 8 to 11 will return to school on Thursday 3rd September. This is a day later than previously stated as we have set aside Wednesday 2nd September as a day for our new year 7 only to attend, to complete their transition programme, as it was greatly reduced in the summer term due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Students will be required to wear full school uniform as normal

September marks a return to mandatory school attendance

In line with government guidance we will be operating a staggered day in order to minimise student mixing, so the school day will be slightly different for each year group and we ask that students arrive at their identified entrance point as close to their listed start time as possible:

  • Year 11 arrive at 8.25am via the main entrance and leave at 2.20pm via the main entrance
  • Year 8 arrive at 8.30am via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff car park and leave at 2.25pm via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff car park
  • Year 7 arrive at 8.35am via the main entrance and leave at 2.30pm via the main entrance
  • Year 9 arrive at 8.40am via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff car park and leave at 2.35pm via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff car park
  • Year 10 arrive at 8.45am via the main entrance and leave at 2.40pm via the main entrance

In the first instance our breakfast club will run for Year 7 and  8 only from 7.30am onwards, but places will need to be booked so that we can plan for expected pupils and ensure appropriate social distancing and year group zoning. If you would like you child to attend between 7.30am and the normal start time for your child’s year group, please email info@telfordlangleyschool.co.uk to confirm a place. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Unfortunately technical difficulties have prevented us from setting up an online drop in clinic for students this term, but we expect this to be up and running in time or the new term to allow students who may need to self-isolate at home, the opportunity to speak online with teachers across the full range of subjects.

As previously stated, Thursday 16th July, is the last day of the school term and line with government guidance, Friday 17th July marks the start of the summer holidays for all students including the children of key workers, vulnerable students and Year 10.

Also please find attached a comprehensive list of well-being support available both locally and nationally for young people and adults over the summer break.

Finally, I would like to thank all parents, carers, staff  and the students for the incredible resilience that has been shown by our community throughout this unprecedented time and look forward to successful and happy new school year for all.

Continued thanks for your ongoing support.

Kind regards

Steve Carter

Headteacher


Links 

Langley Plan September for Parents and Carers

Risk Assessment Full Opening

General Mental Health Support for Young People and their Parents  

Covid 19 Pastoral and Behaviour Systems - Parents Guide 

Attendance Statement for September 2020