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.

School Openings

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 opening the school to the two groups of students defined below. The school will remain open to these groups for at least the remainder of this term. 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

A programme of home learning for our students who are not in school will start from Monday 23rd March 2020. 

  • Use SMHW for class work and homework/assessments, this will regularly monitored by subject teachers. Students should log in to SMHW each and every day.
  • SMHW - reminder passwords have been distributed via post/in assembly to all students.
  • Additional learning apps which are available on the website via the Student Hub.
  • Curriculum booklets are available on the school website, via the allocated year groups in the student area. This will provide you with a curriculum plan that identifies the key topics that you will be covering.
  • Students may contact their teachers through SMHW notifications with any issues or if stuck on work.
  • Check the school website for regular updates.  
  • If exercise books are not available at home, students are to complete homework in a note book or on paper.  
  • For any further questions concerning Home Learning, please email enquires@sta.islington.sch.uk

The recommended amount of work that your son should be completing as a minimum:

  • An hour of English, Science and Maths each day.
  • Two hours of each of their other subjects (including RE) per week.

To reduce disruption to your son's education we recommend that he maintains our usual school hours; working between 8:30am and 3:05pm with appropriate breaks.

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.

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.

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.

If you require any further support or assistance please contact the school via enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk

Some 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.