Arrangements for the start of January 2021

  

Happy new year to all our students and their families. Following the Government’s announcement on Thursday 31st December please find below the arrangements for students at St Thomas More in January 2021….

Arrangements for the start of the Spring Term 2021

As you may have heard via the media, the Secretary of State for Education has made some changes to the staggered return dates for the new school term, in light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and to enable schools to begin planning for mass testing of staff and students for COVID-19.

From Tuesday 5th January

Only the following students should come into school at the normal time in school uniform for face-to-face teaching:

  • Those who are most vulnerable, such as those with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and those with a social worker. (We have contacted the parents/carers of these students separately in advance).
  • Children of critical workers. (We asked the parents/carers of these students to contact us at the end of last term). At that time, this did not apply to Year 11 students as we were expecting them to be in school.  This now applies to Year 11 students too.
  • Please could all of these students bring in a pair of earphones or headphones for use to access their remote learning on a school device and to remember a face mask.
  • Students will be based in Rooms 28 (Year 7 and 8), Room 22 (Year 8 and 9) and Room 16 (Year 10 and 11). Students should bring a packed lunch unless they are eligible for Free School Meals in which they will be provided with one.

All other students will remain at home and access remote learning until their return to school and college for face to face teaching.

Remote learning for students at home from Tuesday 5th January

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 are required to access live lessons on Zoom and/or pre-recorded lessons every day. Students should follow their normal timetable as if they were in school.

Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 should access revision materials on Google Classroom this week. The Government have stated that they do not require these students to access remote learning until Monday 11th January onwards.

From Monday 11th January

All students in Years 7-13 should access remote learning through Google Classroom as prescribed by your child’s class teacher. Please click here for more details about remote learning and our expectations of students. 

Letter to parents and carers remote learning

Expectations of students in live lessons

How will remote learning work?

  • All Google Classroom codes are in the COVID-19 folder on the school website and have been text to parents and carers as a linked document. 
  • Students should follow their normal school timetable and should be ready to engage in their learning at the start of every day.
  • Students should make notes on paper if they do not have their exercise books at home. Break and lunchtimes are at the same times as the school day.
  • PD will go ahead as normal with Form Tutors on a Tuesday Week 1 period 1 and this is a live lesson each fortnight.
  • For any technical issues, please email stm.it@st-thomas-more.net
  • Please may we kindly ask for your continued support with regards to our high expectations regarding behaviour and logging on for students when learning remotely.
  • We know that you will kindly bear with us should we have any technical issues with using Zoom for teaching. If we do, all lesson instructions will be placed on Google Classroom for students to follow. 

Examinations for Year 11 and Year 13 students

As you aware, the Government have cancelled examinations for Year 11 and 13 students in their current format and a different form of assessment will now take place. We are awaiting further guidance regarding the alternative assessment for students and will communicate this to parents, carers and students once we know. All year 11 and 13 students should continue to access remote learning and follow their normal school timetable.

Please click here for further correspondence sent to parents and carers of year 11, 12 and 13 regarding the cancellation of GCSE and A level examinations. 

Students eligible for Free School Meals who are remote learning at home

We are still able to provide a weekly lunch parcel for students who are working at home remotely. If you would like a weekly lunch parcel each week, please contact 07552 800402.

Safeguarding and child protection

If you have any concerns about a child from a safeguarding or child protection perspective, please text or call Dean Sherratt, Designated Safeguarding Lead on 07437 107345.

Here for you…

We are here for all our families during lockdown. If any family is experiencing financial hardship and would like further support during this time, please text 07493 034463 or 07918 748834 as we are here to help.

Finally….

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at school if you have any concerns about your child’s remote learning or anything else. The school and Sixth Form reception are both manned every day from 8.30am – 4.30pm. Alternatively text or call 07918 748834 or 07493 034463.

God bless

Leearna Thomas

Principal