School Closure

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Tuesday the 5th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have written to you on a number of occasions recently, to explain how the school will operate this term.  I find myself having to do so again as the Government’s advice has changed so suddenly.

 

Partial closure

It was announced yesterday that the country would enter a lockdown at midnight (00.01am) on Wednesday the 6th January.  As part of these additional measures, schools will close to all, except the children of key workers and other children who require education at school.

All students will be given Home Learning to complete.  Full details can be found below.

 

Examinations: Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

It has been announced that most examinations will not be sat by students in years 11 and 13.  However, schools have not had full guidance of this and there is a chance that some may still be taken in maths and English GCSEs and maybe also some A Levels.

Any students who have exams in January must still attend these exams.  This applies to all students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who study Sport, Health and Social Care, Business, Financial studies, IT and Child Development.  These students will already been given a timetable and further details can be found on the school website or by emailing Mr Tehrani, the examinations officer using the school’s email address: enquiries@barnhill.school

 

Home learning: All years

Home Learning webpage: Home Learning - Start Here - Barnhill Community High School

The school has a sophisticated home learning programme that has been in use since March.  Students use their school account on Microsoft Teams to complete work and join in live lessons.  Teachers will be on line at all times that students have timetabled lessons.  You can see full details on the link above.  Each child is also a member of a team for their year group, whereby their head of year and pastoral support manager will maintain contact through important notices and video assemblies.

 

Children of key workers

Key workers survey: click here.

All children whose family includes a key worker are still entitled to return to school from the 5th January.  Please complete this form if you are a key worker and you would like your child to return on the 5th January.

 

Laptops for home

The government so far have only provided us with a very small number of laptops which we are preparing to loan to students.  If you require one of these, please email the school and you will be added to the waiting list.  The pastoral team have put together resources from each subject area in a paper-based format, which we will send out if you require these.

 

Testing

Testing consent form: Click here.

It is planned that all staff and students who come on site will undergo regular testing.  This will allow us to keep everyone as safe as possible.  While testing is voluntary is it encouraged.

If your child is coming in to school please complete the testing consent for.  If you have done this already there is no need to do it again.

 

Final thoughts

I am sorry that there has been so much confusion in the education sector, but I am sure you know that the school staff are working very hard to maintain good standards of education for all students.

As always, if you have any queries or suggestions, please make contact with us at the school.

 

Yours sincerely

John Jones

Headteacher Barnhill Community High School