11 May 2020

Principal's Parent Update - 5

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. Despite the country remaining in lockdown, I hope that the easing of some restrictions helps and makes things a bit easier for you and your families.
Following yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the country’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I thought I would write to you all to update you on the situation the College is in. I wrote to you all last term to say that following the Government’s instruction, the College is closed until further notice. This has not changed, and for the time being we remain in the same position.
However, I’m sure you will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement and no doubt you will have noticed him mention that the Government’s ‘ambition is that secondary students facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays’. Students at Sir John Hunt that will be taking exams next year are Year 10 and 12.
Although I am now waiting for further guidance that has been promised by the Prime Minister in relation to safe working practices for schools in terms of our students and our staff, I thought it would be helpful to give you a summary of the likely outcome for each year group following last night’s announcements.
Years 7, 8 and 9 students:
At this moment it seems very unlikely that Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be able to return to College this academic year. This means that our teachers and support staff will continue to be support students in these year groups with their Home Learning next term. Our Home Learning resources will still be able to be accessed through our website and we have staff on hand to support with any learning or technical difficulties.
Years 10 and 12 students:
As I mentioned, the Government’s ambition is for students in these year groups to spend at least some time with their teachers before the summer holidays. While we wait for further guidance on how this could work, these students must continue with their Home Learning. I will be in contact with the parents and carers of students in these year groups as soon as I have this updated guidance
Years 11 and 13 students:
As you are aware, all 2020 examinations have been cancelled and the College is in the process of submitting grades that reflect the most likely outcome for each student. The final grades to be awarded will be decided in due course and will be available on results days in August. We will contact parents and carers of students in these year groups regarding the arrangements for the summer’s results days. A Level Results Day is Thursday 13 August 2020, and GCSE Results Day is Thursday 20 August 2020.
While the College awaits further guidance from the Government, our focus for our students remains supporting them with their Home Learning:
Google Classroom:
As I am sure you are aware many of our departments, individual subjects and Pastoral Leaders use Google Classroom as the platform for providing learning materials, resources, assessments and for communication between the College and students. As a College we will be working on ensuring that in due course all Home Learning resources are available through one platform to make things easier and simpler for families to access.
Contacting staff:
Thank you to so many of you for getting in touch with us, please continue to contact staff for support when you or your children need it through the ‘Meet the Staff’ page on our website.
You may be aware that the Government has also announced that some disadvantaged students may be supported in their Home Learning through being provided with equipment such as laptops to ensure that online resources are accessible to all. We are working with the Local Authority to make this equipment available for those students who are most in need of it. We will be in contact with those families who are eligible in due course.
Resources on ParentPay:
As a College we continue to provide free equipment packs and subsidised learning resources to be delivered to students whose parents and carers order them. Please login to your ParentPay account to see what is available and to place orders.
We continue to offer emergency childcare for our vulnerable students and children of key workers. If you wish to apply for this then please ensure you complete the survey on our website by 9.00am each Wednesday. Please be aware that the school providing childcare should be a last resort and we will only consider emergency provision for key workers when there is no alternative option.
I hope this update is helpful for you and it allows you to start to make plans as a family in the coming weeks and months. I would like to assure you that my staff and I have been working tirelessly to support our students and their families and will continue to do so. I will be in contact again with you all as soon as I have information to update you with.
As always, I send you my best wishes and ask that you all continue to support and look after one another.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs J Bevan