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Updated changes to start of term

Published on 31/12/20

Dear parents and carers,

This information applies to remote learning from Monday 4th January 2021.

On 30th December the government announced changes to the start of term because of the increased threat from Covid-19 and to allow us to set up mass testing arrangements in school. The government wants us to set up a system whereby all students and staff are tested for Covid-19 every week in school and more frequently if close contacts test positive. The new arrangements for the coming weeks are below.  Please note that the plans for each week are based on us being able to establish the mass testing system, and then start testing students and staff. As ever, these plans could change.

You can also keep up to date with remote learning advice on  our remote learning webpage here.



  • All students will work from home using our remote learning resources here.
  • All staff will work in school.
  • Teachers will set lessons on Microsoft Teams and will teach live lessons on Microsoft Teams to Y11 only on Monday 4th January and then Y7 to Y10 from Tuesday 5th January.
  • Not all lessons will be live – this will be decided according to the subject and staff availability – please ask students to check TEAMS for live lessons each day.
  • Students will have remote access support from Pastoral, Wellbeing and Student Support teams.
  • Post-16 students will attend school from Wednesday 6th January as arranged by Post-16 team – they will be in touch via email as soon as is possible.
  • See below for additional provision for children who are vulnerable or critical worker children



  • Y11 students come to school as normal and follow the usual timetable.
  • Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10 students will continue to study from home.



  • All students should come to school as normal, subject to the mass testing system being up and running in school.



Some students will come to school because they are vulnerable students or the children of critical workers who are not old enough to be at home on their own.  Students in this group will go to their normal lessons and have face to face support from teachers.  We will review this arrangement according to student attendance and staff availability. We may need to supervise students in school so that they access remote learning on site. Please ask students to check for signs directing them to a classroom for period 1 on Monday only – this is to allow us to take a register and discuss the arrangements for the day.


You can also read or download the guidance for schools here. 

We look forward to welcoming our staff and students online and in the building from 4th January 2021.  Thank you for your ongoing support and patience in these uncertain times.

Kind regards.

Gaynor Jones