COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the Government announcement on Monday 4th January, all learning will be virtual for the time being. Please read the information below carefully to ensure you and your son are aware of our home learning procedures and expectations.

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that we do all within our power to reduce the impact of the pandemic on students learning and attainment and to keep our students, staff and wider community safe.

All communication will be via the school website and emails to parents, please regularly check your emails and read all information carefully. The letters area of our website will be updated with all outgoing emails.

We thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging period.

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.

Students should follow their normal school timetable (amended lesson timings below) and log into to GoogleClassroom by 8:30am daily. Attendance will be monitored.

For Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 all lessons will take place via GoogleClassroom, whilst homework will continue to be set via ShowMyHomework.

For Years 11, 12 and 13 all lessons, classwork and homework will take place via GoogleClassroom.

Timings of lessons:

Registration 8:30am
Period 1 9:00am
Period 2 9:50am
Break 10:40am-11:00am
Period 3 11:00am
Period 4 11:50am
Lunch 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Period 5 1:40pm
Period 6 2:20pm

 

Please carefully read our Virtual Learning Guide, this was distributed to all students along with their usernames and passwords during the first week of November. If your son has misplaced his log in details please email enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk

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.

Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Students

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.  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, below is a summary of the list, please see the full and up-to-date list here. We ask that all parents employed within the categories contact the school via enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk 

  • 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
  • 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:

  • Students are required to wear full school uniform (including snood)
  • 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.
  • Students entrance via the Main Reception.
  • Students exit via the Main Reception.

Virtual Parent Meetings and Events

Unfortunately most large school events have had to be cancelled for the time being, howevere where possible we will be offering the event virtually.

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting or event please read the invite email carefully and ensure you are able to log on and access the meeting. We recommend you attempt to access the meeting in the days prior to the event to allow time to resolve any log in issues. 

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting via GoogleMeet you can find access instructions below:

GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications

We are aware that this is an anxious time for many of our students. We will communicate any information we receive from Ofqual and the exam boards to our GCSE, A Level and BTEC students and parents as soon as we receive details. Please ensure you regularly check your emails for any updates.

Any students who require further support or guidance regarding their GCSE, A Level or BTEC qualifications are welcome to email our Exams Officer, Ms D Gaiu via gaiu.d@sta.islington.sch.uk 

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.