Arrangements for the rest of the summer term

Dear Parents/Guardians

Arrangements for the rest of the summer term

I hope you and your family are all safe and well. I am sorry to write to you yet again, but as you know the guidance to schools has been developing and we need to respond.

Year 10

It has been absolutely lovely to see our Year 10 pupils back at school! They have bravely come in, their uniforms too small and their hair somewhat wayward, and overcome their understandable anxiety about being back in the building. Most have done brilliantly over the lockdown period, keeping on top of their studies and also (in many cases) discovering new talents and interests.

Our plan is for them to come in again for two days during the two weeks from Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July, following the same pattern as before. Their teachers will then brief them for the last eight days of the term, which they will spend studying back at home. Teachers will set them tasks via SMHW for that time and also suggest holiday catch-up activities for pupils who need these, totalling no more than 5 hours per subject.

We very much hope that Year 10 pupils will be back at school full-time from Monday 7 September (we will be inviting some to come in and help settle the new Year 7s on Friday 4 September).

Year 9

We have two pieces of good news for Year 9 pupils. From Monday 13 July, their normal lessons will be suspended and instead they will be offered a one-hour introduction to each of their GCSE subjects. These will be ‘live’ lessons; there will also be recordings available. The expectation is that every pupil attends the lesson for each of their Year 10 courses; a timetable for these lessons will be sent out by Mr Marwood and also be available on SMHW.

In addition to this, on Thursday 16 July and on Tuesday 21 July Year 9 pupils will be invited to come into school to meet their tutors. We want to reassure them and boost their confidence, to get them excited about their GCSE courses and to ease the transition back to full-time school in September.

Parents will be asked to make appointments for their children using the Parents’ Evening booking system for a 10-minute meeting. If pupils would prefer to come in in groups, they are allowed to; for health reasons, the maximum group size will be three. If pupils do want a group appointment, they should book two or three consecutive appointments and notify their tutor who they want to be with using the appointment messages section.

Pupils should report to Reception 5 minutes before their appointment time and they should wear full school uniform.

We appreciate that parents may feel that it is not worth their children making the journey for a 10-minute appointment and so these meetings are optional. However, we think the whole experience of finding one’s uniform, making the journey to school, walking in through the gates, being told to tuck one’s shirt in and seeing the smiling faces of the staff will be a really good preparation for September.

Appointments open on 1st July at Midday, you can book your child’s appointment here:

https://kingswinchester.schoolcloud.co.uk/

Year 8

On Wednesday 15 July and on Monday 20 July Year 8 pupils will be invited to come into school to meet their tutors. We want to reassure them and boost their confidence and also to ease the transition back to full-time school in September.

Parents will be asked to make appointments for their children using the Parents’ Evening booking system for a 10-minute meeting. If pupils would prefer to come in in groups, they are allowed to; for health reasons, the maximum group size will be three. If pupils do want a group appointment, they should book two or three consecutive appointments and notify their tutor who they want to be with using the appointment messages section.

Pupils should report to Reception 5 minutes before their appointment time and they should wear full school uniform.

We appreciate that parents may feel that it is not worth their children making the journey for a 10-minute appointment and so these meetings are optional. However, we think the whole experience of finding one’s uniform, making the journey to school, walking in through the gates, being told to tuck one’s shirt in and seeing the smiling faces of the staff will be a really good preparation for September.

Appointments open on 1st July at Midday, you can book your child’s appointment here:

https://kingswinchester.schoolcloud.co.uk/

 

Year 7

On Tuesday 14 July and on Friday 17 July Year 7 pupils will be invited to come into school to meet their tutors. We want to reassure them and boost their confidence and also to ease the transition back to full-time school in September.

Parents will be asked to make appointments for their children using the Parents’ Evening booking system for a 10-minute meeting. If pupils would prefer to come in in groups, they are allowed to; for health reasons, the maximum group size will be three. If pupils do want a group appointment, they should book two or three consecutive appointments and notify their tutor who they want to be with using the appointment messages section.

Pupils should report to Reception 5 minutes before their appointment time and they should wear full school uniform.

We appreciate that parents may feel that it is not worth their children making the journey for a 10-minute appointment and so these meetings are optional. However, we think the whole experience of finding one’s uniform, making the journey to school, walking in through the gates, being told to tuck one’s shirt in and seeing the smiling faces of the staff will be a really good preparation for September.

Appointments open on 1st July at Midday, you can book your child’s appointment here:

https://kingswinchester.schoolcloud.co.uk/

 

Children of key workers and others attending every day

Arrangements for these pupils will continue as they are now. Pupils in Years 7-9 should make an appointment to see their tutor on one of their allocated days; this can be with up to two friends (see above). However, school will be closed to all pupils on Wednesday 22 July.

 

Online learning

This will continue as usual for Years 7, 8 and 10 through to Tuesday 21 July. Please be aware that teachers who are also tutors will be at school meeting tutees in the final week and so may not be available for immediate contact.

Year 9 lessons will end on Friday 10 July and be replaced by the pre-GCSE offer described above.

We very much hope that all pupils will be back at school full-time from Monday 7 September but we will have to wait until nearer the time to confirm this.

I hope this all makes sense! Many thanks for your continuing support and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Matthew Leeming

Headteacher