Medical Advice/GuidanceLast update: 2020-04-03
Statement from the Headteacher (3rd April 2020)
Under normal circumstances I would be reflecting upon the spring term and the newsletter would celebrate many of the activities/events which had taken place. These have unfortunately been consumed with the Coronavirus and recent events.
Firstly, I hope and pray that all of our students and families are well and coping (as much as we can) with the ‘stay at home’ isolation programme. These are indeed difficult and testing times, where our ‘normal lives and ways of work’ have understandably had to change.
The school has remained open and accommodated students whose families have been identified as key workers. This has varied between 14 and 24 students in a day. School staff have continued to attend to care and educate these children and to ensure the effective running of the school. As well as setting home learning tasks for all other students. We are also mindful of the need to be ‘ready to open’ once our children are given the green light to return.
As I mentioned to you in my previous letter, the school will be closed for the first week of Easter and the Bank Holidays. This will allow staff to have the required break as indicated in the DfE guidance. No work will be set for students during this period giving a chance for everyone to recharge their batteries.
Note from the School Nursing Service (1st April 2020)
Due to the Covid-19 and school closures situation the School Nursing Service are unable to undertake their usual drop-in sessions in schools at this time but will continue to offer health support and advice by telephone.
Please contact the School Nursing Service on 0300 123 6629 where your call will be forwarded to a member of the School Nursing team. Please note that due to redeployment of team members this may not be the Nurse who works with our school.
If parents or young people have any concerns then you can also contact the School Nursing Service via the Pulse text messaging service on 07491 163276.
Statement from the Headteacher (19th March 2020)
You will now be aware that all schools in England are to close from Friday 20th March 2020 for the majority of students indefinitely. This closure will have far reaching consequences and we have no idea currently of when we will operate again normally. We are only aware that schools will operate in a limited educational capacity for students with a Social Worker, individuals with an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) and those whose parents are key workers (NHS, Police, Delivery Drivers).
At this stage. We still have limited information and expect to receive further guidance over the next 48 hours. This is expected to clarify a list of key worker categories and those eligible for this support.
If you believe your child falls into the categories of support and you wish to make a request to access this provision, please email email@example.com stating the name of your child, tutor group and your role. Once we have a list of students we will be in a position to plan provision for these students.
Statement from Headteacher (13th March 2020)
Over the past few weeks we have been keeping a watchful eye in relation to the Coronavirus and following the advice from Public Health England (PHE).
With the recent announcements yesterday and further guidance from the government, we now have a clearer picture of the approach being taken from a national perspective. The most up-to-date information for the public can be found by clicking here Or PHE website: click here
There is currently a clear mandate for schools to remain open and continue the education of our children. This is especially important for students in Year 10 and 11 who are due to sit GCSE examinations after Easter. We have received no information or indication at this point that these examinations will not take place as planned. Hence, it is vitally important that we continue to prepare for those as normal. The Ofqual statement can be viewed by clicking here
There are a small number of confirmed cases of Corona virus (COVID-19) in the UK and understandably, there is some concern among local school communities.
However, there have been no confirmed cases in Portsmouth or the wider Hampshire area.
Central government advise that the risk to individuals remains low.
This page will be updated if there are any changes to this advice & guidance.
Click on any poster below to be taken to the relevant agency website.
(Information provided by the Office of Helen Atkinson, Interim Director of Public Health, Portsmouth City Council)
Note from Ofqual on the Coronavirus and the Summer 2020 exam series
Please click here to view the Ofqual Update published 6th March 2020 as shown below:
"We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible."