COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is with regret that we have made the decision to close the school as of Friday 20th March, with the exception of two student groups detailed below. 

All communication during the period of closure and the reopening of the college will be communicated via the school website and emails to parents, the letters area of our website will be updated with all outgoing emails.

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that we do all within our power to reduce the impact of the closure on students learning and attainment. We take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging period.

Year 10 and 12 Returning to School from Monday 15th June 2020

In line with Government guidance we will be inviting Year 10 and Year 12 students to return to school in small groups from Monday 15th June 2020. It is important you read all the following information carefully.

The safety of everyone in our school community is very important and we have worked hard to ensure social distancing and other preventative measure are in place on site. We have conducted thorough risk assessments which have been approved by our Local Authority. As a result of these the following measures are now in place:

  • No more than 12 students in any one class
  • Social distancing markers throughout the school (corridors, classrooms, toilets)
  • All desks and seats spaced a minimum of 2m apart
  • One way systems around school
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the school and in every classroom
  • Temperature check points
  • Anti-bacterial wipes and spray and tissues in every classroom
  • Staggered toilet breaks.

 

Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive letters detailing the days they are assigned to attend. Please do not attend the school on any other day - unless you are classed as key worker or vulnerable students you must ONLY attend the school on the days you have been invited. Work will also continue to be set virtually for all pupils in Yrs 7-10 and 12.

Please see the overall timetable. Individual letters sent to parents will detail which group students belong to and which specific days they are invited to attend.

Please watch this entire presentation before returning to school, and read your letter thoroughly so you can be fully prepared.

 

Arrival on Site

  • Arrive between 9:20am – 9:30am
  • Enter only via the side gate (Thornbury Square)
  • Line up on the marked lines
  • Staff will supervise checking of temperature and sanitising of hands
  • When your temperature has been approved, line up on the playground in your designated groups and wait to be escorted to your learning base
  • Please note: no bags, food or equipment will be allowed on site. All equipment will be provided by the school and will remain on site to avoid contamination. Equipment will not be shared between students.

Learning on Site

  • You must maintain social distancing at all times
  • Follow the one ways systems and all other signage
  • Staff will guide you around the building
  • Wash and sanitise your hands frequently
  • Toilet breaks will be taken on a rotation basis to limit the number of students waiting or in the same area at any one time.
  • Dress Code: You do not need to wear school uniform – please wear your school PE kit or a plain tracksuit. No bag allowed on site.
  • Follow the additional behaviour for learning rules sent to you with your invite to return
    • Follow requests to maintain social distancing immediately and without question
    • Do not disrupt learning or impact upon the safety of others by coughing, sneezing or pretending to be symptomatic
    • Do not compromise the health and safety of others by coughing, spitting or sneezing at them or without covering your mouth and nose sufficiently
    • You must use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, bin it directly afterwards and sanitise your hands. Parents have been sent a copy of the revised behaviour policy which includes a Covid return to school addendum.
  • Failure to comply with the above will be considered serious breaches of the Behaviour Policy and could lead to an exclusion.
  • Light refreshments will be provided for break time
  • Year 10 will be dismissed at 12:50pm each day. Year 12 will be dismissed at 12:30pm.
  • All pupils must travel directly home being mindful of social distancing etc.

 

Summer Assessments

Year 12 assessments will be held on site from Monday 22nd June to Friday 26th June. Further details will be shared with students upon their return to school on Monday 15th June.

Year 10 assessments will take place online from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July. Details of these including individual log in information have already been sent to parents. Please email enquire@sta.islington.sch.uk if you are yet to receive this information.

Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Students

This is an evolving situation and we are closely following the developing guidance from Public Health England, the local authority and the Diocese of Westminster. In line with government guidance we will be supporting our students and parents by continuing to keep the school open to the two groups of students defined below. The school will remain open to these groups during term time. This will be updated as we receive more information. Please read this information carefully.

Group 1

Those students who we consider particularly need the support of being in school – we will contact these families to inform them that they will be able to attend school.

This includes:

  • Students with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs)
  • Students who have an assigned social worker

Group 2

Those students whose parents are ‘Key Workers’. The government has released its guidelines on the education of the children of Key Workers. We ask that all parents employed within the categories below complete this form.

  • National Health Service staff
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Key public services i.e. Justice system, religious staff, funeral services, journalists and public broadcasting
  • Police officers, Community Support Officers, civilian police staff
  • Prison officers and some other Prison staff
  • Probation Service staff
  • Armed forces
  • Social workers, educational psychologists, and therapists
  • Local and National Government workers
  • Firefighters
  • Connexions Personal Advisers
  • Some Ministry of Defence personnel
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Highway Agency Traffic Officers
  • Transport workers
  • Utility workers i.e. gas, electricity, water and sewerage workers
  • Telecommunication workers
  • Food and other necessary goods i.e. production, delivery drivers, sale and delivery of food.
  • Public safety and national security

The full guidance can be read HERE.

Usual school policies will apply for for all students in school:

  • You are required to let the school know of any students’ absences by ringing the school on 020 7561 7800, option 1.
  • Students start at 8:30am and finish at 3:05pm.
  • Student entrance via the Main Reception.
  • Student exit via the Main Reception.

Home Learning

We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we want to take the chance to say thank you for all you are doing in supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.

We miss having the pupils in school, but we must continue to follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. We are therefore carrying on with the setting of work online for all students, however, work will be set on a daily basis according to the timetable for each year group. This timetable has also been posted on each year group's page in the Student Area of our website, and on Show My Homework along with the guidance outlined below.

Our teachers will be setting plenty of tasks for pupils to get stuck into over the summer term. Do remind your child to take breaks away from screens as well, and also make time for having fun and connecting with friends and family.

How do I access learning while school is closed?

  1. Your teachers will set learning for you by 9am each morning which will be due on 4pm the same day. There will be learning set for three or four different subjects each day, and it is intended to take approximately 4–5 hours.
  2. At 9am each morning, go to SMHW (Show My Homework) and check what work has been set.
  3. In order to complete this learning, you are likely to have to access other online platforms such as Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning or Google Classroom. Your teacher will provide specific instructions about how you should access your learning on SMHW.
  4. You will need to submit your work each day by 4pm so that teachers can review your learning and either give you feedback or adjust their plans for coming days to help you improve your learning. Depending on what learning you were set, you might submit this learning in different ways. Your teacher will provide specific instructions on SMHW. This could be to:
  • Complete quizzes/activities on SMHW, Hegarty, Seneca or other such learning app.
  • Complete questions/written work and submit it to your teacher – you can do this online on Word or by hand and take a photo which is submitted on SMHW.

How do I submit work to my teachers?
Work can be submitted as a word document or if it is hand-written/drawn work simply take a photo and upload it, using the submit function on SMHW. For more information on how to do this see the following link: https://help.teamsatchel.com/en/articles/2912000-submitting-my-work-online

How much work am I expected to do?
You are expected to complete work for four hours each day and complete the weekly quizzes that are set. You should also take daily exercise. The PE department have given guidance and ideas for this on SMHW.

How will I know when I will be set work for each subject?
You will know the work to be completed because it is on Show My Homework and should be completed on the following days and times:

YEAR 7

  • English, Maths and Science will be set on SMHW and should be completed in your CGP workbook
  • Work for all other subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y7

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

English

Maths

Music

Art

Maths

Science

DEAR

English

French/Spanish

DT

DEAR

Maths

History

Geography

English

Science

RE

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

English

Maths

Music

Art

Maths

Science

English

French/Spanish

DT

Maths

History

Geography

English

Science

RE

 

 

YEAR 8

  • English, Maths and Science will be set on SMHW and should be completed in your CGP workbook
  • Work for all other subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

English

Maths

Science

DEAR

English

RE

Music

Art

Maths

Science

DEAR

English

French/Spanish

DT

Maths

History

Geography

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

English

Maths

Science

English

RE

Music

Art

Maths

Science

English

French/Spanish

DT

Maths

History

Geography

 

YEAR 9

  • English, Maths and Science will be set on SMHW and should be completed in your CGP workbook
  • Work for all other subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y9

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

Maths

English

Science

 

YEAR 10

  • Work for all subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y10

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

 

YEAR 12​​​

  • All work from the Summer term onwards will be set on Google Classroom. Students must log in to Google Classroom at the times below.

Y12

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

(9am)

Graphics

Psychology

Maths

English

Business BTEC

Biology

Economics

Art

Gov. & Politics

Business BTEC

Geography

History

Spanish

Business BTEC

Sociology

PE

Chemistry

Business BTEC

Biology

Economics

Art

Gov. & Politics

Business BTEC

PM

(1pm)

Geography

History

Spanish

Business BTEC

Sociology

PE

Chemistry

Business BTEC

UCAS

Graphics

Psychology

Maths

English

Business BTEC

Enrichment

Please see the Sixth Form Area of our website for further information.

Year 11 Learning

While exams will not happen, colleges/6th forms may test students on their GCSE knowledge and students may choose to sit an exam if they are unhappy with their calculated grade so we want our students to stay sharp and keep learning. We are striving to minimise the impact of this situation on our students and their futures - we want to ensure the years of hard work towards GCSE qualifications is truly recognised. Therefore, we expect all year 11 students to be completing:

  1. Course content - please see your Subject PLCs for a full list of topics
  2. Consolidation/revision work - ensure that you have learnt and retain subject knowledge
  3. Extension work - work that will stretch you and give you a foundation for A Level or BTEC subjects

Subject teachers have uploaded tasks and content to SMHW. Please contact your teacher through SMHW messenger with any queries.

Please read carefully the information in the 'GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications' section of this page.

 

Revision for Students Considering Sitting GCSE Exams 2021

Some of you may be considering resitting your GCSE subjects to aim for a higher grade.  Below you will find a range of ways of keeping your skills sharp and revision guidance for potential GCSE resit candidates.

English Language GCSE

 

Online Future Skills Course

This is an amazing opportunity to strengthen your CVs and impress future college and university applications! Eton private school has opened up their Future Skills online courses during the school closures and made them free to all Year 11 state school pupils. Courses can be taken in Critical Thinking, Verbal Communication, Public Speaking and Making an Impact. Each course lasts for 2 weeks, involves 7 online classes, 1 hour of self study per day, has a group of up to 8 students and results in an EtonX certificate. 

Visit the website at: http://www.etonx.com/

School Meals

We are continuing to provide school meals for all those students who receive Free School Meals (FSM).

Vouchers for FSM students will be sent via a text message or email.  If your contact details require updating, please contact the school via enquires@sta.islington.sch.uk

GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications

We are aware that this is an anxious time for many of our students and have sought to summarise the guidance below:

There is to be a ‘calculated grade process’ which is standardised across schools. Students will not be awarded their predicted grades. Calculated grades will be awarded as formal calculated grades for every exam that would have been taken. These grades will be indistinguishable from grades awarded in any other year.

The process by which grades are awarded is currently being worked on by Ofqual and schools and will be based on a wide range of evidence. This process will be shared with schools when all the steps are clarified and confirmed. The evidence that will be used by the exam boards to calculate grades is likely to include:

  • Non-exam assessment (coursework)
  • Mock exams
  • Teacher assessment
  • Prior grades
  • Past performance of the school

The Summer exams are cancelled and this will not be changed. There will, however, be an opportunity for students who do not feel that their calculated grade reflects their performance to sit an exam at a date to be confirmed when schools and colleges open again; students will also have the option to sit exams in Summer 2021. Universities have said that they will show the utmost flexibility for students who are delaying starting to take an exam – students should speak to their university from which they have an offer after receiving their calculated grade.

Please read the detailed letter from Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) regarding Summer 2020 Grading.

Any further updates, will be posted on our website and our pastoral teams, our Exams Officer, Ms Gaiu and Careers Guidance Manager, Mr Egan, are ready to support when the calculated grades are released.

Thank you for your continued support and please do remain vigilant about following government guidance in this period.

The Government's current guidance can be read in full here.

Student Wellbeing

This is a challenging and unprecedented time. Understandably the situation will be causing some concern and distress to our students and their families. As a school we strive to support families in adapting to Home Learning and coping with the impacts of this pandemic.

Staff members will be calling the families of each and every student on a weekly basis to check on progress with subjects, resolve any online platform access issues, support Home Learning and monitor student wellbeing. Students and parents should feel free to raise any issues or concerns during these calls.

Please find below links to online resources that offer mental health support for children and young people.

  • Childline – offers ideas for managing mood and allows access to 1:1 counselling through a web chat; their advice line is 0800 1111
  • Kooth – offers access to resources for managing mood and has an online feelings diary
  • WoeBot – an app that has been developed for teenagers to help them manage low mood and to relax; it can be downloaded for free on a smartphone or tablet

If a young person is worrying about the coronavirus or struggling with self-isolation, there are a couple of websites that they might find helpful:

  • Young Minds
  • Mind
  • CARIS Bereavement Service – Children and young people bereavement support. For parents and teachers we can offer phone support about how to help children with their bereavement issues: 

Other useful links for further support:

We will provide more information on all of the above matters as and when we have it.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of our students and their families at this time.