Information for all parents- operational details for post half term
9th October 2020
I wanted to take the opportunity of bringing you up to date on our Covid 19 procedures and how we intend to operate on the school site now the weather is becoming autumnal.
Year group bubbles will remain at social times with access to indoor and outdoor space for each year group bubble. All children will have access to their inside social bubble space on arrival at school from 8am and there will be a member of staff on duty to oversee each area. We will also be making adjustments to social bubble areas and lunchtime arrangements after half term. These will be communicated to students and parents before the half term break. Could I ask that students who walk or are driven in by car continue to arrive as near as possible to 8.30am.
Could you please remind your child about the importance of wearing face masks when moving around the school site. At the moment our attendance rate is well above the national average and the focus on wearing face masks as well as thorough hygiene measures throughout the day, will help us maintain this.
We now enter the time of year when there is conflict between the need to have ventilated rooms and for the children to be warm within their classroom environment.
Clearly we need ventilation in each room so could you please make sure that your child has a school jumper with them. We find that complaints from children who are cold tend to be because they are only wearing their short sleeved polo shirt. There is a school jumper as part of the uniform.
We will need to put the heating on as the temperature falls but our aim is to balance this with some ventilation in each classroom.
Our primary aim is to keep the school open for all year groups with a focus on learning and progress. Progress Reviews have enabled colleagues to shape their programme of study to allow for catch up opportunities. Our aim continues to be a reintroduction of aspects of practical and additional learning as and when we feel that they are safe and sustainable.
We are still waiting on information from the DFES about the start date for next year’s GCSE exam series. We will get that information out to you as soon as we know as I appreciate it may impact on plans for your summer as well as our school calendar for the summer term.
Message from the Science team
Science is an engaging practical subject full of awe and wonder. Over the Summer term and since returning to the School site in September the Science teaching and technician teams have been working hard to develop a Covid safe approach to practical work in science lessons at The Henry Beaufort School following publications from CLEAPPSS and the schools risk assessment. This is a logistically challenging situation to ensure we are adhering to all of the published guidance, when you consider that we deliver 150 Science lessons a week in 8 different laboratories and that any equipment must be quarantined for 72 hours after use. We are going to prioritise the Required Practical opportunities students need to experience for their GCSE examinations, whilst ensuring all year groups have a consistent experience of practical work in Science lessons. We thank the students for their patience and ongoing engagement whilst we deliver Science in new and creative ways in the classroom and we look forward to introducing more hands on practical work opportunities as the term goes on.
Message from the Technology team
Year 11 Food groups will resume practical work from Monday the 12th of October. In GCSE classes for D and T and Engineering the focus will remain on theory with some practical skills.
Years 7 to 10 will also begin food practical’s from the 12th of October on a rotation basis. Where possible school will provide the ingredients.
In D and T and textiles practical lessons will also begin for Years 7 to 10.
The school undertakes a deep clean of the school site which takes 3 hours each evening but we believe this is a significant contribution to keeping the site safe and hygienic, along with the students and staff wearing face masks and sanitising hands.
Our key message remains : Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene.
After half term we will be introducing after school clinics on the school site just at this stage for Year 11. Late buses will be available for students staying to these clinics. A clinic timetable will be published to student and parents before half term.
Year 11 students will start their first mock exam period after October Half Term. Students will be given a printed mock timetable later this week and a copy of the mock timetable will also be published on the website by Friday- https://www.beaufort.hants.sch.uk/newsnoticesandtimetables.
Mr Coe is keen to point out that students have been building their own revision resources through tutor time this year covering all subjects, students should use these together with the work they are completing in lessons to prepare for the mocks. We would greatly appreciate you discussing the importance of revision and working hard for this set of mock examinations so that teachers can then support students to improve further following the mocks.
Unfortunately students missed their Year 10 mocks before Easter. There will be a recap assembly for all Year 11 students on Friday 16th October, this will cover details on the policies and procedures when going into the exam hall and undertaking their exams.
Mr Coe recently shared a range of Year 11 specific information in the video found here https://www.beaufort.hants.sch.uk/y11-information-evening-presentation.
A further Year 11 information video will be available to parents and students on the website on 22nd October covering a range of information including revision, clinics and summer exams [ if there has been any update from the government by that date]. Further information will be sent from Mr Coe nearer the time.
Year 11 Clinics will be the only after school activity up until Christmas so that we can continue to operate a deep clean every night after school. We miss our vertical tutor grouping but maintaining year group social bubbles also reduces the risk of sending students home in the event of a CV -19 case.
The measures that we are taking allows us to keep everyone as safe as possible so that all of our families are also kept safe. Many of us have elderly or vulnerable relatives who need our support and need us to be able to visit and support them without fear of spreading infection.
Thank you for your continuing support of the school in these very different times for us all.
Miss S Hearle