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Latest School Information:

15:20 - Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Free School Meal - Scam warning

Read the government guidance which explains access to free school meals:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

 

 

15:00 - Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Google classroom - reminder

Online Learning - Google Classroom login details and guidance:

Please find attached specific guidance on how your son/daughter can log into Google Classroom and join their teacher class, if they have been invited. Please do encourage your son/daughter to set up their Google Classroom account.

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools. It aims to make teaching and learning more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and enhancing teacher-student communication within the learning process. 

Google Classroom and SharePoint together:

Presently, Google Classroom is not a replacement for SharePoint and over the duration of school closure SharePoint will remain the central hub for students’ learning.  All essential student communication will be through each subject's daily noticeboard found within SharePoint.

Kind regards

Higham Lane School

 

 

19:10 - Monday, 30 March 2020

Google classroom

Dear Parent/Carer 

Online Learning - Google Classroom login details and guidance:

Further to Mr Kelly's most recent letter to parents/carers please find attached specific guidance on how your son/daughter can log into Google Classroom and join their teacher class, if they have been invited. Please do encourage your son/daughter to set up their Google Classroom account.

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools. It aims to make teaching and learning more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and enhancing teacher-student communication within the learning process. 

Google Classroom and SharePoint together:

Presently, Google Classroom is not a replacement for SharePoint and over the duration of school closure SharePoint will remain the central hub for students’ learning.  All essential student communication will be through each subject's noticeboard found within SharePoint. However, over time, it is hoped Google Classroom will complement and further enhance your son/daughter’s learning experience.

Kind regards

Higham Lane School

 

 

12:10 - Saturday, 28 March 2020

Email from Mr Kelly

Dear Parent/Carer,

We hope that you and your family are keeping well at this very challenging time. This is a very strange time for all of us and not something any of us is used to. We are really grateful for all your positive messages about the way the School has handled this unexpected situation, including from Year 11 and Year 13 students and parents/carers whose final day came unexpectedly early.

Partial Opening
Although the School has been closed to the overwhelming majority of students at the moment, we are delighted that we have been able to remain open to supervise the children of some key workers, using a minimum number of our staff in school. It has been an absolute pleasure to have these young people in school with us this week. Their effort and behaviour has been fantastic and they have been incredibly positive and patient. One of the highlights of the week was watching the students play football on the playground at lunchtime whilst observing the social distancing rules and avoiding picking up the ball or heading it! This could become a new sport! We are all so grateful to these critical workers for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

On-Line Learning
From Monday we began a new way of learning for the majority of our students. We had prepared thoroughly for this in the weeks leading up to the closure and we hope your child has coped well with the tasks we have set, working through his/her school timetable each day. Please bear with us as this approach is new to us. There will inevitably be some teething issues. It is also important to bear in mind that these are exceptional circumstances and remote learning is never going to be the same as learning within lessons at school, where a teacher is present to explain key concepts and give feedback on completed work. As you will have seen from our correspondence to you, we are looking to develop other methods of on-line learning such as Google Classroom. This is an exciting prospect but it will take time to bed in. Please also bear with our staff who are doing all they can to continue to prepare learning activities, whilst also often caring for their own children at home during this lockdown. We welcome your feedback at all times, so please let us know how things are going via contactus@highamlaneschool.co.ukDuring school closure, if you have any IT issues please email itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.  Please do not telephone school regarding IT issues as our IT Technicians will not be available to take your call.
 
Update by Ofqual Regarding the Awarding of Grades for Students in Year 13 and Year 11
We understand that this is a time of great concern for our Year 11 and Year 13 students with regard to how their GCSE and A-level grades will be awarded. (Please see item below regarding Ofqual updates).  It is really important for Year 13 and Year 11 students to continue working on tasks, where these have been set by teachers.

Ofqual and The Department for Education issued the following guidance on 20th March: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams
They issued this further update on 26th March:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams
We will be writing to the parents of Year 13 and Year 11 students with any further updates on this.  

A Chance to Explore Other Skills! 
Whilst you would expect us to emphasise the importance of academic study to our students during this school closure period, it is also important to remember to try to get the balance right at this challenging time. This is a unique moment as it provides the opportunity for your son/daughter to take part in other activities at home such as reading for pleasure, developing their cooking and baking skills, gardening, experimenting with arts and crafts, keeping in touch with family members and friends (virtually of course!), assisting with housework, learning a new skill and so on. Watching a really good film or high quality television programmes together is also a valuable experience. Exercise is also vitally important at any time, but particularly in the current circumstances. We hope that you have enjoyed the suggestions by our PE Department to take part in the Joe Wickes daily exercise classes on YouTube. This is a chance to exercise for all the family, including parents/carers and older or younger family members! We’re all giving it a go!  So let’s make the most of enjoying the opportunities that this enforced grounding is offering us!

Free Audio Books from Audible
Audible has put out this message:
For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It's that easy. Please access the free audio books at: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Thank You
We would like to thank you, our parents, carers and other family members for all that you are doing to support your children at home at this time. Your high expectations, patience and encouragement are greatly appreciated. We understand that this can be challenging at times. You are doing a great job!

Thank you for your on-going support.

Please keep safe.

Yours sincerely,
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

12:00 - Saturday, 28 March 2020

Weekly Email Bulletin - week ending 27th March  2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
 
We hope this week has gone well for your child/children and that they are managing their time well and working through the work set by our teachers, following their school timetable as much as possible. We hope they are enjoying their work and finding it helpful.
 
Well done and thank you to parents/carers for all that you are doing to support your child/children! You’re doing a fantastic job! We appreciate that this is a challenging time for all of you. 
 
We hope that you have all been enjoying the Joe Wickes fitness videos, as promoted by our PE Department! It’s really important to find a careful balance of school work, reading, exercise and leisure time. 
 
Children of critical workers are being supported by a small team of staff in school and we have been so impressed by the way these students have been focused on their work and been so helpful and mature at this challenging time. We are so grateful to the critical workers for all that they are doing to help others at this challenging time.
 
Thank you for the lovely feedback from parents/carers of Year 11 after Friday's final day. The students really enjoyed the shirt signing and photos at lunchtime. Mr Davies did a sterling job in coordinating the Leavers' Assembly at short notice. It was a lovely event- a real celebration of our time together! 
 
We appreciate that there is still a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety about the awarding of exam grades this summer. We are awaiting further details on this from Ofqual, but we have included their latest update in this newsletter. 
 
We wish you a pleasant weekend. Thank you for your on-going support.
 
 
Best wishes,
 
P. Kelly, Headteacher
  


Whole School
 
Online learning


Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools. It aims to make teaching and learning more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and enhancing teacher-student communication within the learning process.
 
To better facilitate students’ learning over the duration of school closure, the School is hoping, after appropriate research and testing, to commence trials of this exciting teaching and learning innovation. In preparation, please find below details on how your son/daughter can login and set up a Google Classroom account. This account is necessary in order for teachers to assign work to students.
 
How to login:
·         Go to Google (main Google search webpage)
·         Click sign in, top right of page
·         Username (google will show ‘Email or phone’ – ignore this) Student to use their Higham Lane School email address which is first name followed by surname followed by year started at Higham Lane (all one word) @highamlaneschool.co.uk. For example -  joebloggs18@highamlaneschool.co.uk

Password:  HIGHAM27123415647 (generic password must be changed once logged in)
 
That’s it!

At this stage, that’s all we want your son/daughter to do – set up and login. Once research and appropriate testing is complete, teachers will contact students to invite them into their respective teaching group’s virtual classroom. Here your son/daughter’s subject teacher can create topics, upload videos and set quizzes and assignments amongst many other things.
 
Google Classroom and SharePoint
Presently, Google Classroom is not a replacement for SharePoint and over the duration of school closure SharePoint will remain the central hub for students’ learning. However, over time, it is hoped Google Classroom will complement and further enhance your son/daughter’s learning experience – watch this space!
 
More on Google Classroom
Google Introduction to Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeOVe2YV2Io


Technical Issues
During school closure, if you have any IT issues please email itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.  Please do not telephone school regarding IT issues as our IT Technicians will not be available to take your call
 
House Party App
 Previously as parents, carers and educators, we have asked our young people to spend less screen time and interact more.  However, with the current circumstances, our young people are now having to work remotely, as we are.
 
In light of this, we would like to remind you of our responsibility and duty of care to monitor our young people’s activity on line. At this time, we would like to remind you of our top tips and recommendations of helping to keep your children safe online.
 
Since school closure and lockdown, there’s been a rise in use of an app called House Party.  House Party is a video-focused social network app whereby up to 8 people can communicate at one time. The age rating for this app is 12+, however most users are between aged 16 and 24 and there are no language or behaviour restrictions within the app itself.
 
House Party users can create (chat) rooms within the house; these may be private (locked rooms) or open (unlocked rooms) meaning anyone can enter the room and join in the conversation. Please advise your children to keep privacy filters and other controls on lock/private when using House Party.   As previously mentioned, there is no screening with videos live, therefore there’s the possibility for children to be exposed to inappropriate and offensive material. The risks here are sexting images and screenshots being shared and even going viral.
 
Main tips for House Party:
Room lock – users can also lock the ‘room’ using a lock button on the bottom left side of the app’s home page. This prevents anyone from joining the room, including preventing other users from joining the room per an invite from anyone else.
Stranger Danger – House Party advertises a feature called “Stranger Danger”, which alerts users when individuals they may not know, enter their room. It warns against strangers, but also suggests strangers might be a reason for “party time!”
Location sharing – is an option to add other users who are nearby using a location-based “Near Me” option. Our recommendation is this feature should be turned off.
Top tips:

  • Ensure you know your child's pin/password for their phone and check their devices regularly for inappropriate content.
  • Talk to your child about how they use technology.
  • Ensure your children are sticking to the social media age restriction which is aged 13.
  • Use parental controls on your home broadband and smartphones.
  • Pay particular attention to your children’s self-esteem in relation to how much time they spend online and on social media platforms.

The four C’s of on line risks, dangers and harms:

  • Content—what is your child being exposed to or sharing?
  • Contact—who are they talking to?
  • Conduct—is their behaviour appropriate?
  • Commercialism—Pop up adverts, marketing/hidden cost/subscriptions/in-app purchases

Please remember- further advice and links can be found on the HLS school website.
 
YoungMinds Website
Please find below a link to a page on the above website that is aimed at teenagers who may be anxious about the coronavirus.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
 
Years 10, 11, 12 and 13
 
Latest information on Exams 2020 from Ofqual
 Ofqual (@ofqual) tweeted at 7:12 pm on Thu, Mar 26, 2020:
We are rapidly working up plans to ensure the process is fair to students this summer.
Detailed information will be published next week.
Read statement here: https://t.co/TlAKQzGfNT
#COVID19 #Exams2020 https://t.co/rIvzPvq8Lz
(https://twitter.com/ofqual/status/1243254400593866755?s=03)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams

 

 

19:10 - Thursday, 26 March 2020

Ofqual update - Exams 2020

Ofqual (@ofqual) tweeted at 7:12 pm on Thu, Mar 26, 2020:
We are rapidly working up plans to ensure the process is fair to students this summer.

Detailed information will be published next week.

Read statement here: STATEMENT

#COVID19 #Exams2020

 

 

16:50 - Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Parents' guide to coping with school closure

Dear Parent/Carer

Please find attached a free guide which provides extremely helpful tips and advice for parents to support their children academically and look after their physical and mental health.

With kind regards

Higham Lane School

 

 

11:10 - Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Free guides explaining how parents can help their children study at home

Free guides explaining how parents can help their children study at home

Attachment - The Parents' Guide to Coping with school closures

 

 

11:00 - Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Shielding vulnerable people from Coronavirus

Guidance on shielding vulnerable people from Coronavirus

Attachment - Easy read guidance on shielding - March 2020

 

 

14:45 - Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Students learning at home - updates

Adobe access issues
Further to our earlier bulletin, apologies but we have been informed Adobe haven’t, as yet, managed to get the temporary entitlement of Creative Cloud Desktop Apps (Windows/Mac) for home users working for staff & students. We are waiting on confirmation Adobe have this up and working and as soon as  we do we'll email out to you. Please Note: Apps on your phone/tablet that are downloaded via App Store or Play Store do work with your school details. Thank you for your understanding in this regard. 

Office 365 (see attached)
Please find attached updated information regarding free Office 365.  Please note it is for online use only, with no download feature. 

Coronavirus Information Page
For the very latest school announcements please visit the Coronavirus Information page on the school's website. Announcements ranging from student wellbeing to the latest Year 11/6th form information right through to the launch of Google Classroom, all of these and more can found by visiting this dedicated Coronavirus Information page. 

Teenagers' Mental Health
The recent coronavirus outbreak has caused many teenagers to experience increased anxiety and heightened issues with mental health. To help in these difficult times, we have found a number of tips and resources. These include how to deal with anxiety surrounding coronavirus and how to keep positive mental health when self-isolating. For parents, there is also some advice on how to best manage your teenager's anxieties at this time.  https://stem4.org.uk/resources Please share with all your family members at this challenging time. 
 
Online learning
Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools. It aims to make teaching and learning more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and enhancing teacher-student communication within the learning process.
 
To better facilitate students’ learning over the duration of school closure, the school is hoping, after appropriate research and testing, to commence trials of this exciting teaching and learning innovation. In preparation, please find below details on how your son/daughter can login and set up a Google Classroom account. This account is necessary in order for teachers to assign work to students.
 
How to login:
·         Go to Google (main Google search webpage)
·         Click sign in, top right of page
·         Username (google will show ‘Email or phone’ – ignore this) Student to use their Higham Lane School email address which is first name followed by surname followed by year started at Higham Lane (all one word) @highamlaneschool.co.uk. For example -  joebloggs18@highamlaneschool.co.uk
 Password:  HIGHAM27123415647 (generic password must be changed once logged in)
 
That’s it!

At this stage, that’s all we want your son/daughter to do – set up and login. Once research and appropriate testing is complete, teachers will contact students to invite them into their respective teaching group’s virtual classroom. Here your son/daughter’s subject teacher can create topics, upload videos and set quizzes and assignments amongst many other things.
 
Google Classroom and SharePoint
Presently, Google Classroom is not a replacement for SharePoint and over the duration of school closure SharePoint will remain the central hub for students’ learning. However, overtime, it is hoped Google Classroom will complement and further enhance your son/daughter’s learning experience – watch this space!
 
More on Google Classroom
Google Introduction to Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeOVe2YV2Io

Technical Issues
During school closure if you have any IT issues please email itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.  Please do not telephone school regarding IT issues as our IT Technicians will not be available to take your call

With kind regards

Higham Lane School

 

 

12:05 - Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Year 11

Coming soon:

  • Induction and transition resources for Year 11 joining the Sixth Form.
  • Super-curricular resources to help you prepare for Sixth Form.
  • Careers information to help you plan for the future.

Until then, follow the sites below and explore the subjects you wish to take at Sixth Form:

Contact me on sixthform@highamlanesixthform.co.uk if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Mr Hanif Ladha

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

18:05 - Monday, 23 March 2020

Year 13 - Results Update

Dear Year 13,

This is very useful. The QandA will give you some detail on how your grades will be generated. We are waiting for more detail from DfE and Ofqual. We will keep you updated. Please contact sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk if you have any questions.

 

Ofqual (@ofqual) tweeted at 3:26 pm on Mon, Mar 23, 2020:
We are working tirelessly with @educationgovuk to support students who have been affected by the cancellation of exams this summer.
We will provide more detail in coming days. In the meantime, you may find this Q&A useful. https://t.co/3vvHAM46YI

 

 

12:40 - Monday, 23 March 2020

Year 12 - Academic support

Dear Year 12, 

We understand that during these unsettling times, you will be feeling anxious, worried and uncertain of what lies ahead. I want to reassure you that, together, we can and will get through this. We will support you unreservedly. Continue to keep routines and do the work set by teachers. 

Staff and I will continue to put your academic progress paramount in our planning. Use SharePoint, check emails and follow the information given on our website. I will be contacting you again about online super-curricular opportunities and further online careers and applying to university resources. Use Unifrog to support your planning for future pathways. Thank you Year 12 for all your continued endeavours, courage and determined attitude to succeed.  

 

Kind regards

Mr Hanif Ladha

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

12:10 - Monday, 23 March 2020

Sixth Form conditional offers (we are honouring your place)

Dear Year 11, 

We appreciate the stress and anxiety which last week's announcement regarding school closures and the cancellation of your GCSE examinations must have caused you.  We just want to reassure you that we are with you every step of the way as you move into your post 16 courses, apprenticeships or jobs.  For those of you looking to enter our sixth form, we want to reassure you that we will honour the offer of a place if you have received a conditional letter from us following your interview. This offer will be discussed and confirmed at enrolment. You can of course change your selection of A level subjects at enrolment.

We know that you will be anxious about what lies ahead. Please be reassured that all of your teachers, your tutors and your wonderful Progress leader, Mr Davies, want you to have a suitable pathway after Year 11 and that we are looking forward to working with you in our sixth form.

We are still happy to receive applications from any Year 11s who wish to join us. We will contact you to arrange an informal telephone interview. Please e-mail sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk if you have any questions.

 

 

11:40 - Monday, 23 March 2020

Adobe access issues

Further to our earlier bulletin, apologies but we have been informed Adobe haven’t, as yet, managed to get the temporary entitlement of Creative Cloud Desktop Apps (Windows/Mac) for home users working for staff & students.. We are waiting on confirmation Adobe have this up and working and as soon as  we do we'll email out to you. Please Note: Apps on your phone/tablet that are downloaded via App Store or Play Store do work with your school details. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

 

 

10:20 - Monday, 23 March 2020

Free Office 365

Good morning

As per our previous information regarding Free Office 365. The Office 365 can only be used online and cannot be downloaded. 

New instructions are attached.

Kind regards

Higham Lane School

 

 

17:00 - Friday, 20 March 2020

School closure updates

Dear parent/carer,

Completing schoolwork at home
Thank you for all your support at this time.  The attached message was read out to students in Years 7-10 today regarding the school closure and completing schoolwork at home.  Please could you kindly read it and discuss it with your son/daughter. 

Free Adobe
As a result of school closure, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at home access for impacted students, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please follow the instructions on the attached to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

Best wishes,

P Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

16:20 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Message from Mr Kelly Regarding School Closure

Dear Students,

Message from Mr Kelly Regarding School Closure

You are aware that the School will be closing to most of you at the end of the day today because of the coronavirus situation. We are uncertain about when the School will re-open. We hope that the closure will not be for too long.

We appreciate that this is a very uncertain time and it may be causing you some anxiety.

Please remember what we have told you in assemblies and in form time. It is important to keep calm and follow all the hygiene advice that we have shown you. We are so impressed by your 20 second hand washing! Keep it going!

While the School is closed, we expect you to complete the school work that has been especially set up for you on SharePoint in the areas your teachers have shown you.

It is important to stick to a good routine. Try to get up at the normal time on a school day during Monday to Friday and try to stick to your school timetable. For example, if it is Week A Monday period 1 and you have English then, do 1 hour of English from the resources on SharePoint. Do them in your exercise book, unless your teacher has told you differently. Clearly, you will not be able to do PE, so in that time, do some reading.

We do appreciate that you will not be able to stick to this routine at all times and that some of you will be looking after younger brothers or sisters at times. It is important that you also have family time and time for exercise and relaxation.

Please make sure you behave well at all times and do not cause any disturbances in our local community. Remember- the Government’s expert advice is that you stay at home and limit meeting up with others to limit the spread of the virus.

We will be in touch with your parents/carers when we know that the School is reopening.

Until then, please look after yourselves and your families. Keep safe and follow the expert advice about health and hygiene.

Take care.

Best wishes,

Mr Kelly

Headteacher

 

 

15:20 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Free School Meals: Update

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Following further information from the government we will be providing packed lunches for collection from Student Services.

We understand that many may not be in a position to collect but is our understanding that the vouchers will soon be available to be emailed or posted out for use in your local area.

We will keep you informed as we know more.
 
Best wishes

Diane Pitcher
Student Support Coordinator

 

15:00 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Sixth Form – Year 12

Thank you for your understanding and support this week. It has been a challenging and demanding time for all. For all of us at sixth form it has been an event that will stay in our memories and for many the news is still raw and confusing.

You are aware that the sixth form will be closing to Year 12 at the end of the day today because of the coronavirus situation. We are uncertain about when the sixth form will re-open. We hope that the closure will not be for too long.

We appreciate that this is a very uncertain time and it may be causing students and you some anxiety.

I have met with Year 12 today and will also share information by e-mail on what lies ahead.  I have shared with them how important it is to keep calm and follow all the public health advice that we have shown them.

While the sixth form is closed, we expect students to complete the work that has been especially set up for them on SharePoint in the areas the teachers have shown them. Work will also be sent by their sixth form and subject e-mail and so please can you encourage your son/daughter to check these regularly.

It is important to stick to a good routine. Please try and get them to be up at the normal time on a sixth form day during Monday to Friday and see that they try to stick to their timetable. For example, if it is Week A Monday period 1 and they have Maths then, they do 1 hour of Maths from the resources on SharePoint. They must do their work in their book/folder, unless their teacher has told them differently. It is also important that they carry on with MOOCs courses (www.futurelearn.co.uk) and Unifrog (careers portal). Teachers are continually adding resources to SharePoint and we are also exploring other teaching routes such as remote teaching and Google classroom.

It is also important that they have family time and time for exercise and relaxation.

We will be in touch with you regularly and will of course inform you when we know that the sixth form is reopening.

We have promised both Year 13 and Year 12 that when normality resumes, we will have a reunion ‘Big Bash’ to say goodbye properly to Year 13 and welcome back Year 12.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mr H Ladha

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

14:50 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Year 13 – Student Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following my e-mail yesterday, we have now decided not to send you a spring term Student Progress Report. I am sure you will understand that from Wednesday's announcement by the Government regarding A level exams not taking place this summer, we are still unclear about what system is replacing these external exams and therefore not in a position to share assessment grades with you.

Your son/daughter will already know their subject trial exam grades, having received them this week from their teachers. I have shared information about these arrangements with Year 13 at a briefing yesterday.

 

Thank you for your understanding and support. Best wishes,

 

Kind regards

Mr Hanif Ladha

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

 

14:45 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Sixth Form – Year 13

Thank you for your understanding and support this week. It has been a challenging and demanding time for all. For all of us at sixth form it has been an event that will stay in our memories and for many the news is still raw and confusing.

We realise that the uncertainty created by the coronavirus situation has been extremely challenging for Year 13 preparing for their examinations and in some subjects also working on coursework.

As you may have heard on Wednesday, the Government has now confirmed that public examinations will not be taking place in May and June. We appreciate that this news may be very upsetting to your son/daughter and to you as parents/carers, after all your son/daughter’s hard work on these courses. We will support these students in any way we can at this time and over the next few months. The Government has clearly said that they “will work to ensure children get the qualifications they need”.  Whilst that is reassuring in some ways, it is frustrating that it is not clearer at this stage regarding how students’ grades will be established. Please be assured that we are awaiting further announcements from the Government’s examination regulator Ofqual and the awarding bodies on this matter and we will update you as soon as we receive any more information.

A level students who were seeking a place at university may be reassured to hear that UCAS’s Chief Executive has said: “Flexibility within the admission process will be enhanced and extended to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. We are confident that our team and systems are ready to adapt throughout the spring and summer”.  Some universities have already communicated with applicants about their offers.

Please be rest assured that we will do all in our power, as a sixth form, to make sure that all Year 13 can continue successfully onto the next phase of their education and training.

In the meantime it is important that all of our students remain calm and focused and use their time effectively. They should complete all the work set by their teachers. This has been explained to them and set on SharePoint. Students MUST continue to check their sixth form e-mail accounts regularly for important information from me and further work assigned by teachers

We appreciate your continued understanding as we deal with this complex and rapidly-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal. We will continue to keep in touch with you with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch with the sixth form, please do so via sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk.

We have already shared this information with Year 13 and have promised them a reunion ‘Big Bash’ event with Year 12 when normality resumes. I have told Year 13 that this is in no way goodbye but only farewell.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mr H Ladha

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

12:50 - Friday, 20 March 2020

Key Workers with no childcare - reply required

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
We have now received the official advice from the government regarding which students should attend school from Monday, 23rd March.
 
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
 
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
 
As the government states: 'Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Attending school should be a last resort where all other options have been exhausted’.
 
We would appeal to parents in these sectors to follow the first principle of keeping their children at home if it all possible from Monday onwards, and to only send them to school if there is no safe alternative. 
 
If you are a key worker and have no other childcare options on the days that you are at work and absolutely need your child to attend school, please click on the link below and complete an online rely slip indicating which day(s) you will be sending your child to school and whether they will be having a school meal or packed lunch (if you replied to the email yesterday you will still need to reply to this email using the link below)

 PLEASE FIND THE LINK WITHIN YOUR EMAIL

Please complete this reply slip by 4.30 pm today.  We apologise for the short deadline, but I am sure you will appreciate that we will need to know how many students will be attending next week in order to make the necessary provisions.
 
Please note that students who attend school will not be taught lessons as they would be normally.  They will be based in computer rooms and will be supervised whilst completing the same work that has been set on Sharepoint that other students will be completing at home. Normal expectations apply regarding behaviour and if students do not behave appropriately parent/carer will be contacted.
 
A separate letter from Mr Kelly, Headteacher, will be sent to parents/carers who are intending their children to attend school from next week. This will provide further details of arrangements such as regarding timings, uniform, equipment, behaviour expectations and so on.
 
If you or your child have recently been self-isolating, please continue to do so until the end of the isolation period in accordance with Government guidelines.
 
If you indicate that you will be sending your child to school, but they do not turn up, we will contact you. A child who repeatedly fails to attend, will be removed from the list of students attending.
 
If your situation changes and you need your child to attend on additional days or you no longer need them to attend, please give the school 24 hours’ notice of these changes via contactus@highamlaneschool.co.uk
 
Thank you for your understanding and support.
 
Yours sincerely,

P Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

 

16:25 - Thursday, 19 March 2020

Year 11 - Update for Parents/Carers

Dear Parent/Carer
 
We have held an emergency assembly with Year 11 this afternoon to reassure them about the exam situation (please see today’s letter to parents/carers). We have explained that we are hopeful of providing hoodies and a Year Book, but that we cannot guarantee this at this stage. Similarly, we have said that we are hopeful that the Year 11 Prom will take place, but this is dependent on Government advice regarding social gatherings. There is sadly no guarantee the event will take place. We will update you if the situation can be further clarified.
 
We are aware that some Year 11 students are assuming tomorrow will be their last day of Year 11 given the enforced school closure. Clearly, this may or may not be the case.

Whatever is the case, we want students to be able to recognise this occasion and enjoy the day, as have previous year groups. We are therefore intending on allowing shirt signing and photographs to take place at lunchtime in the Sports Hall. This is a very large area, so students will not all be in close proximity. Students will therefore need to bring in a spare shirt or polo shirt. They must not write on the shirts they are wearing. They should not wear polo shirts, but a normal school shirt and tie. We have advised students about the importance of hygiene once again and the need not to share pens. Hand washing facilities are available in the Sports Hall.
 
Clearly, we expect good behaviour throughout the day and for students to wear full school uniform. Any student who does not meet these expectations will be sanctioned and may be sent home. Thank you, in anticipation, for your support. We made these expectations clear to students in this afternoon’s assembly.
 
Finally, in today’s assembly we thanked the students for being fantastic young people and for making such a superb contribution to Higham Lane School. We are hoping to see them again later this term or in the summer term (if the School reopens by then) and/or on GCSE Results Day.
 
Finally, thank you for your fantastic support, both during this extremely uncertain time, but also over the years. We really appreciate having such supportive parents/carers.
 
Yours sincerely
 
P.Kelly,
Headteacher

 

 

16:20 - Thursday, 19 March 2020

School Coronavirus Updates - all years

Dear Parent/Carer
 
Coronavirus outbreak: Dedicated information webpage
In light of the Government’s announcement to close the school, the school’s new dedicated Coronavirus information webpage is now live. Please visit www.highamlaneschool.co.uk (clicking on the red pop-up box or School Information>Coronavirus Information) for up to minute school announcements concerning Coronavirus. All messages communicated to you, whether as email or social media will also appear within the Coronavirus Information webpage.

Coronavirus outbreak: Students accessing work from home
In order to minimise any disruption caused if the School is required to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, please read the following advice and instructions on how students can gain access to learning from home:

Students accessing work from home: SharePoint
Please read the following advice and instruction on how students can gain access to learning from home:

  • To access work, click on the SharePoint icon located at the top of the School’s website homepage.
  • Login using students’ curriculum login details – username and password (it’s the same username & password as they use in school). Students must prefix their username with hls\ e.g. hls\jbloggs14.
  • All school closure work is located within Student Shared Area>Subject folder>Year Group e.g. Student Shared Area>Science>Year 7. Please note: School closure work will not be located elsewhere.
  • Additionally, within each subject area folder, is a department noticeboard - allowing subject teachers to leave notices relating to work set.
  • Logging on & technical issues: For the duration of school closure please email itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.
  • Please refer to Coronavirus Information page on the school’s website for PowerPoint guidance.

 Work from home: web-based resources & knowledge organisers/booklets
Please direct your son/daughter towards web-based learning resources such as My Maths, Quizlet (English Literature), Seneca Learning, Linguascope, Socartive and the excellent BBC Bitesize Revision (both KS3 & 4). Links to these can be found on SharePoint homepage, alternatively please use Google. Additionally, students can work through their subjects’ knowledge organisers/booklets, for example in French, students can do one lesson out of their booklet for every lesson on their timetable that they are missing.
 
Student access via SharePoint only
To ensure the smooth running of the school during school closure student access to the school’s remote desktop (remoting in) facility will be disabled. At this most challenging time the school must maintain secure access for staff to help the school function. Those students who have previously remoted in can still access all their work via SharePoint. Their ability to access work will not be compromised.
 
Coronavirus outbreak: Disabling student remote desktop access in the event of school closure
To ensure the smooth running of the School during school closure, student access to the school’s remote desktop (remoting in) facility will be disabled. At this most challenging time, the School must maintain secure access for staff to help the school functions with a degree of normality. Those students who have previously remoted in can still access all their work via SharePoint. Their ability to access work will not be compromised. 
 
Free Office 365
We are delighted to announce we can now offer Office 365 for free.  Please see the attached instructions on how to download this carefully.  If you have any IT issues relating to this please email itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm only.

Kind regards

P Kelly
Headteacher

Attachment - Free Office 365 Information for Parents and Carers

 

 

12:50 - Thursday, 19 March 2020

URGENT Years 7 - 11 - Key worker questionnaire - action required

Dear Parent/Carer

As advised by the Government we will do everything we can to stay open for children of key workers.

If you are a key worker, and require your child to be in school due to insufficient childcare arrangements, can you please complete a questionnaire by clicking on the link

 

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO GET THE LINK TO THE QUESTIONAIRE


Please submit this questionnaire by no later than 3.30pm today.

With kind regards

P Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

11:30 - Thursday, 19 March 2020

Coronavirus update -school closure to most students

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from my last update, I am writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the School to almost all children after this Friday (20th March 2020) until further notice.
 
As advised by the Government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and/or a social worker. These students will not be required to wear school uniform. They should wear appropriate clothing, consistent with our expectations for non-uniform days. We are awaiting further information from the Government on their definition of ‘key workers’ and we will contact you about this later today.
 
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
 
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this will be as soon as the Government confirm this.
 
How Your Child Can Continue Studying During School Closure
Your son/daughter’s learning is, of course, important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn. Please see the information that was sent out on 18th March about how your child can access on-line learning resources. It is important that your child develops a structured routine to complete school work during the school closure period. One way of doing this is for them to follow their school timetable as much as possible. For example, if they have Geography on Monday period 1, they should do one hour of Geography at this time, using the resources we have provided. We entirely accept that this is not always going to be straight forward, where your son/daughter has other family commitments such as helping to look after younger siblings.
 
Free School Meals
If your child usually receives Free School Meals (FSM), we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide these, with support from a scheme that the Government has just announced.
 
Cancellation of Summer A Level and GCSE Examinations
We realise that the uncertainty created by the coronavirus situation has been extremely challenging, especially for those Year 13 and Year 11 students preparing for their examinations and in some subjects also working on coursework.
As you may have heard, the Government has now confirmed that public examinations will not be taking place in May and June. We appreciate that this news may be very upsetting to your son/daughter and to you as parents/carers, after all your son/daughter’s hard work on these courses. We will support these students in any way we can at this time and over the next few months. The Government has clearly said that they “will work to ensure children get the qualifications they need”. Whilst that is reassuring in some ways, it is frustrating that it is not clearer at this stage regarding how students’ grades will be established. Please be assured that we are liaising closely with Ofqual and the awarding bodies on this matter and we will update you as soon as we receive any more information.
 
A level students who were seeking a place at university may be reassured to hear that UCAS’s Chief Executive has said: “Flexibility within the admission process will be enhanced and extended to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. We are confident that our team and systems are ready to adapt throughout the spring and summer”.
Please rest assured that we will do all in our power, as a school, to make sure that all Year 13 and Year 11 students can continue successfully onto the next phase of their education.
 
In the meantime it is important that all of our students, including Year 13 and Year 11 students, remain calm and focused and use their time effectively. They should complete all the work set by their teachers.
 
We appreciate your continued understanding as we deal with this complex and rapidly-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal. We will continue to keep in touch with you with any updates as the situation develops.
 
If you want to get in touch with the School, please do so via contactus@highamlaneschool.co.uk
 
For any Sixth Form queries, please use: sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk 
 
Thank you again for your continued support.
 
Yours sincerely
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

14:45 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

School Coronavirus Updates - 18th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus outbreak - dedicated information webpage
In light of the school’s announcement yesterday to close the school to Year 9 students only for the remainder of this week, the school’s new dedicated Coronavirus information webpage is now live. Please visit www.highamlaneschool.co.uk (clicking on the red pop-up box or School Information>Coronavirus Information) for up to minute school announcements concerning Coronavirus. All messages communicated to you, whether as email or social media will also appear within the Coronavirus Information webpage. In the event of school closure information and guidance will continue to be published via this page, for example help for students accessing work from home.

Coronavirus outbreak : Students accessing work from home
In order to minimise any disruption caused if the School is required to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, please read the following advice and instructions on how students can gain access to learning from home:

  • To access work, click on the SharePoint icon located at the top of the School’s website homepage.
  • Login using students’ curriculum login details – username and password (it’s the same username & password as they use in school). Students must prefix their username with hls\ e.g. hls\jbloggs14.
  • All school closure work is located within Student Shared Area>Subject folder>Year Group e.g. Student Shared Area>Science>Year 7. Please note: School closure work will not be located elsewhere.
  • Additionally, within each subject area folder, is a department noticeboard  - allowing subject teachers to leave notices relating to work set.
  • Logging on & technical issues: For the duration of school closure please email  itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.
  • Please refer to Cornonavirus Information page on the school’s website for PowerPoint guidance.

Coronavirus outbreak : Disabling student remote desktop access in the event of school closure
To ensure the smooth running of the School during school closure, student access to the school’s remote desktop (remoting in) facility will be disabled. At this most challenging time, the School must maintain secure access for staff to help the school functions with a degree of normality. Those students who have previously remoted in can still access all their work via SharePoint. Their ability to access work will not be compromised. Please see earlier information on how to access work via SharePoint.

Vulnerable Students
Please see the link below for advice from the Government regarding guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Year 10 Students’ Progress Evening
As you are aware, due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent Government guidelines, we have had to cancel Year 10 Student Progress Evening. We do understand that many parents/carers would still like to know how their son/daughter is progressing, however with no clear certainty about when we’re able to reschedule, we will look to reschedule at the earliest possible date which adheres to Government advice and instruction. Unfortunately, at this most challenging time, it’s not practically possible to provide feedback to you via telephone or email. Once again we apologise for this, but I’m sure you understand the demands and constraints we’re currently working under. 

Kind regards
Higham Lane School

 

 

14:30 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Year 13 Student Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
As a result of the announcements made earlier this week with reference to coronavirus by the government and advice given by Public Health England, we have decided to cancel the forthcoming Year 13 Student Progress Evening on 2nd April 2020.
 
You will still receive the Student Progress Report in the week commencing 30th March 2020 to show current working and EDGE attitude to learning grades. You will also receive a further e-mail only if your son/daughter is under-performing against their minimum expected grade in any of their subjects by more than one grade. This email will share next steps advice from respective subject teachers about how to improve on progress and attainment. Please share this information with your son/daughter.
 
Do not hesitate to contact any of the teachers if you would like to discuss the Student Progress Report or the next step advice further.
 
Please contact the sixth form on sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding.
 
For further support for your son/daughter I have attached a copy of a publication that I recently received from www.theparentsguideto.co.uk titled 'The Parent's Guide to Exam revision (sixth form)'. I hope you find this useful.
 
We have not received any information regarding external exams and as a consequence are still expecting exams to take place as scheduled. We will of course update you and your son/daughter if there is any change.
 
Kind regards
Mr H Ladha
Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

14:00 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

YEAR 12 & 13 STUDENTS ABSENT FROM SIXTH FORM AND WORKING FROM HOME

Dear Parent/Carer
 
If your son/daughter is absent from Sixth Form please direct them towards web-based learning resources such as those shown below. Links to some of these can be found on the SharePoint homepage, alternatively please use Google. Currently, teachers are working hard preparing work for students in the event the Sixth Form is to close. The work is in SharePoint and is constantly being added to.  Please find further resources below:
 
Law
FlippedLaw.com – login sf_law@highamlaneschool.co.uk password HLSLAW1920
SharePoint – Knowledge Organisers and Questions for each topic are available and revision guides
 
 
Economics and Business
www.senecalearning.com
www.tutor2u.net
www.khanacademy.org
www.physicsandmathstutor.com
 
 
Maths
mymaths
Physics and Maths Tutor
Maths Genie
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/newalevel.html
https://undergroundmathematics.org
 
 
Psychology
Year 12 and 13 can access past papers, mark schemes and examiner reports here:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/assessment-resources
 
Year 12 can make notes on all past topics and the current Approaches and Biopsychology topic here:
https://illuminate.digital/aqapsych1/
 
Year 13 can make notes on the year 2 content, including the current topic Cognition and Development here:
https://illuminate.digital/aqapsych2/
 
Students can also use Tutor2u and YouTube for further resources, along with example material the teacher has created on SharePoint.
 
 
French
franceinfo.fr
quizlet
conjuguemos.com
 
 
Science
Seneca
Folders in SharePoint have specific signposted work
Youtube – Crash course science, Dr physics A, Freesciencelessons, AQA, Science Shorts, Mr Burrows 
IsaacPhysics.org
Mathsandphysicstutor
SENECA.com
        
    
Art 
Useful websites would be OCR: www.ocr.org.uk  
www.pinterest.com is also a great web site for techniques processes and artists.

Kind regards
Mr H Ladha
Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

13:15 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Year 10 Students’ Progress Evening

As you are aware, due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent Government guidelines, we have had to cancel Year 10 Student Progress Evening. We do understand that many parents/carers would still like to know how their son/daughter is progressing, however with no clear certainty about when we’re able to reschedule, we will look to reschedule at the earliest possible date which adheres to Government advice and instruction. Unfortunately, at this most challenging time, it’s not practically possible to provide feedback to you via telephone or email. Once again we apologise for this, but I’m sure you understand the demands and constraints we’re currently working under.

Kind regards,

Higham Lane School

 

 

12:30 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Free School Meals

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are aware that your child is eligible for a free school meal and due to the current coronavirus may or may not be in school.

Whilst the school is open to other students, we are able to provide hot meals on site or packed lunches to take away. 

In the event of a school closure, packed lunches could be made up and delivered to the school site for you to collect.

Could you please let us know if this is a service you would wish to use.

Best wishes

Diane Pitcher
Student Support Coordinator

 

 

12:10 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

YEAR 12 TRIAL EXAMS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
We regret to inform you that we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel next week's Year 12 trial exams.  This is as a consequence of a large numbers of our trained invigilators being unavailable to supervise these exams.
 
Where we have been able to secure availability, we have had to prioritise external exams which are still taking place.
 
Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
Kind regards
Mr H Ladha
Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

10:30 - Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Students accessing work from home

Coronavirus: Students accessing work from home

In order to minimise any disruption caused if the school is required to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, please read the following advice and instruction on how students can gain access to learning from home:

  • To access work, click on the SharePoint icon located at the top of the School’s website homepage.
  • Login using students’ curriculum login details – username and password (it’s the same username & password as they use in school). Students must prefix their username with hls\ e.g. hls\jbloggs14.
  • All school closure work is located within Student Shared Area>Subject folder>Year Group e.g. Student Shared Area>Science>Year 7. Please note: School closure work will not be located elsewhere.
  • Additionally, within each subject area folder, is a department noticeboard  - allowing subject teachers to leave notices relating to work set.
  • Logging on & technical issues: For the duration of school closure please email  itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.
  • Please refer to Coronavirus Information page on the school’s website for PowerPoint guidance.

 

Coronavirus: Disabling student remote desktop access in the event of school closure

To ensure the smooth running of the school during school closure student access to the school’s remote desktop (remoting in) facility will be disabled. At this most challenging time the school must maintain secure access for staff to help the school functions with a degree of normality. Those students who have previously remoted in can still access all their work via SharePoint. Their ability to access work will not be compromised. Please see earlier information on how to access work via SharePoint.

 

 

18:10 - Tuesday, 17 March 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - SCHOOL CLOSURE FOR YEAR 9 ONLY

Dear Parent/Carer,

Due to having insufficient staffing following updated guidelines from the Government to manage the coronavirus situation, Higham Lane School will be open to all students apart from Year 9 from Wednesday, 18th March until Friday 20th March. Year 9 students should therefore remain at home. This arrangement applies for the remainder of this week and will be reviewed on Friday.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope that you can appreciate that these are exceptional circumstances.

There is a possibility that we will have to close the School to further year groups if an increasing number of staff are unable to come into work. We will give you as much notice of this as possible.

If your son/daughter is currently off school and/or in Year 9, please direct them towards web-based learning resources such as My Maths, Quizlet (English Literature), Seneca Learning, Linguascope, Socartive and the excellent BBC Bitesize Revision (both KS3 & 4). Links to these can be found on the SharePoint homepage; alternatively please use Google. Additionally, students can work through their subject’s knowledge organiser booklets.

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

P.Kelly

Headteacher

 

17:50 - Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Important coronavirus update

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Coronavirus update
Further to our previous communications, I wanted to provide you with an update on our current situation and how the School is responding to this.
 
Changes to Government Advice
The Government guidance changed considerably yesterday to state that whole families should self-isolate for 14 days if one member of the family presents with symptoms, the key symptoms are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough, leading people to start coughing repeatedly

 The new guidance outlines that:

  • Individuals will still be asked to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.
  • Other individuals in the same household will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the moment that the first individual experiences symptoms
  • If another member of the household develops symptoms, they must not leave the home for 7 days from when the symptoms started. This guidance is also impacting staffing levels in the School and we expect this to increase in the coming days. We have made adjustments to our timetable and groups to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe and satisfactory provision. This will also include making adjustments to our SEND provision.

 The current guidance is available at:
 https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-aboutcovid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

School Actions on Hygiene
We continue to regularly monitor and follow the advice from Public Health England.
Students, staff and visitors are being reminded about the importance of good hygiene and washing hands regularly. Our toilets are now open at all times. We also ask parents/carers to remind your son/daughter to wash hands more often, especially:
-       When they arrive at school or home
-       After coughs and sneezes
-       Before handling food

It would also be beneficial if parents could provide students with a pack of tissues so they can follow the advice of ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’. 

We have heightened our own hygiene measures in school, including enhanced cleaning. We have identified a dedicated medical isolation room should anyone develop symptoms while in school so we can help minimise contact with others. Of course, this room will be deep cleaned if it is required to be used.
  

Restricting Social Gatherings and Protecting At-Risk Groups
In response to Government advice, we have:

  •  Cancelled Student Progress Evenings, assemblies and staff meetings
  • Restricted external visitors to our school site
  • Enabled home working for all staff who are in the at-risk group in line with the guidance that states that these groups should now minimise social contact

Exams and Coursework
This is a worrying time for students who are due to complete external examinations in the summer. We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education and the awarding bodies on this matter. It is essential that the students are in no way penalised as a result of this unprecedented situation. We will update you as soon as we have any further information on this.
 
Students currently in self isolation
If your son/daughter is currently off school please direct them towards web-based learning resources such as My Maths, Quizlet (English Literature), Seneca Learning, Linguascope, Socartive and the excellent BBC Bitesize Revision (both KS3 & 4). Links to these can be found on SharePoint homepage, alternatively please use Google. Additionally, students can work through their subjects’ knowledge organisers/booklets, for example in French, students can do one lesson out of their booklet for every lesson on their timetable that they are missing. Currently, teachers are working hard preparing work for students in the event the school is to close. This work will be available to students as soon as this is the case. In the meantime, please direct your son/daughter to the aforementioned web-based resources.
 
Planning for Possible School Closure
We have put plans in place in the event the School is forced to close and also to cater for the needs of students who have to self isolate at home, including making schoolwork available online. (Please see the separate information from Mr Naisbitt about this which will follow). Please kindly note: providing materials as well as planning for lessons still going on in school places a considerable strain on the teachers and so we will endeavour to do as much as we can in the circumstances.
 
We appreciate this is a worrying time for us all, however we are encouraging our students and staff to remain calm. We are doing all that we can to safeguard our students and ensure their education is not disrupted significantly. Thank you for your on-going support.
 
Yours sincerely
 
P. Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

11:00 - Tuesday, 17 March 2020

YEAR 12 FLEXIBILITY AND ENRICHMENT

Dear Parents/Carers
 
As from tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March 2020 until further notice, we are allowing Year 12 students flexibility for private study periods between their lessons, meaning they will be able to leave site to study at home if they wish.  If you do not want your son/daughter to have full flexibility then please email Sixthform@highamlaneschool.co.uk.
 
Also from this week until further notice, Wednesday Enrichment lessons 4 and 5 will be cancelled and we are allowing students to leave at lunchtime to work at home. 

All timetabled lessons will continue as normal.
 
If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Kind regards
Mr H Ladha
Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)

 

 

14:45 - Friday, 13 March 2020

Weekly Bulletin

Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice in the Event of School Closure
 
In order to minimise any disruption caused if the school is required to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, please read the following advice and instruction on how students can gain access to learning from home:

  • To access work, click on the SharePoint icon located at the top of the School’s website homepage.
  • Login using your student’s curriculum login details – username and password (it’s the same username and password as they use in school). Students must prefix their username with hls\ for example hls\jbloggs14.
  • All school closure work will be located within Student Shared Area>Subject folder>Year Group e.g. Student Shared Area>Science>Year 7. Please note: School closure work will not be located elsewhere.
  • Additionally, within each subject area folder is a department noticeboard allowing subject teachers to leave notices relating to work set.
  • Logging on and technical issues: For the duration of school closure please email  itsupport@highamlaneschool.co.uk between 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.

 

 

19:20 - Thursday, 12 March 2020

Updated advice from Public Health England

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the updated advice from Public Health England released today, we are advising parents/carers not to send their child into school if they have these symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough, and/or high temperature

The advice is that anyone with these symptoms should stay at home and not leave their house for 7 days from when their symptoms started.

The full advice can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Please can you inform the School via phone call, text or email if you will be keeping your child off for this reason.

Thank you for your understanding and your on-going support.

Yours sincerely,

P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

10:00 - Thursday, 12 March 2020

Coronavirus update

Dear Parent/Carer

We recognise that many students and parents may be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus; we appreciate that this is a particularly anxious time for students in Year 11 and 13 preparing for public examinations. We want to reassure you that we are continuing to follow the advice provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education. We are emphasising to the students the need to remain calm.

Students, staff and visitors are being reminded about the importance of good hygiene and washing hands regularly. We also ask parents to remind your son/daughter to wash hands more often, especially:

-       When they arrive at school or home
-       After coughs and sneezes
-       Before handling food

It would also be beneficial if parents could provide students with a pack of tissues so they can follow the advice of ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’. 

We would ask that parents continue to monitor the guidance provided by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England with regard to dealing with symptoms and travel. This can be found at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response . There is a public helpline 0800 0468687 and an email line (DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk).  These are open from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

Year 10 Student Progress Evening on Thursday 19th March will go ahead as planned. We will be following hygiene advice and therefore asking that teachers don’t shake hands with parents/carers.

As a precaution, we are discussing any measures we need to consider putting in place to ensure that our planned school educational visits can go ahead with minimal risk. We will provide updates to those families that this affects in due course.   Families of students booked on residential visits, such as the trips to France and Germany as part of Enrichment Week, will also be informed on whether these visits will go ahead once a decision has been taken by our travel provider.  This is likely to be nearer to the departure date for these visits as the travel provider will base such decisions on the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Finally, we are also making plans in the event that the School has to close, whether for a short-term closure for 1-2 days (for example, in the event of the need to carry out a deep clean of our site) or for a longer closure in the event that the Government instructs all schools to close. We will inform you about arrangements in due course, if the need arises.  

Thank you for your ongoing support with regard to this matter. It is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

11:00 - Friday, 6 March 2020

Weekly Bulletin

Coronavirus 
 
Dear Parent/Carer
 
We continue to follow the expert advice of Public Health England and the Department for Education on this matter.
 
This week we have actively discussed with students the poster on Coronavirus that was issued by Public Health England. This offers really helpful tips on hygiene. We have also emphasised the need to keep calm.
 
Thank you for your ongoing support.
 
Best wishes,
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

10:00 - Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Coronavirus poster

Dear Parent/Carer,

The attached poster about Coronavirus is being shared with students by their form tutors in form time and in assemblies. It is also being displayed around the school site.
Please can you also kindly support this at home by also talking about it to your son/daughter. It is all self explanatory. It is important to reassure students that if we all follow the advice on the poster, the chances of the virus spreading will be greatly reduced.

The School will continue to follow the advice provided to us by Public Health England and the Department for Education.

Thanks for your support with this.

Best wishes,

P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

10:00 - Friday, 28 February 2020

Weekly Bulletin

Coronavirus Update 
 
Thank you for your support this week in regards to this matter.  I hope that you have found the information we have shared helpful.  Clearly, anyone who has been asked to remain at home will return to school when it is deemed to be safe to do so.
 
Best wishes,
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher

 

 

15:20 - Thursday, 27 February 2020

Coronavirus - information for students

Dear Parent/Carer

We are aware that some students may be feeling anxious about the news reports regarding Coronavirus, particularly as we have had some students who have been advised to self-isolate.
 
We have therefore issued the attached information today to all students to give them some facts about the virus and the current situation which will hopefully reassure them.  The letter also gives tips on how to help prevent the spread of viruses by practising good, basic hygiene which is something we are promoting throughout the School.
 
Thank you for all your support in helping to keep your child calm at this time and encouraging him/her to follow appropriate hygiene methods.
 
With kind regards
 
Mr Kelly

 

 

15:20 - Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Coronavirus update

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
We have been following Government advice since the news about the Coronavirus first came into the public domain.
 
As you may be aware, the Government announced earlier today that Britons returning from northern Italy should self-isolate in the UK if they show Coronavirus symptoms.  The current advice is that people with flu-like symptoms who have been north of Pisa in Italy are asked to stay at home for 14 days and anyone who recently returned from Italy's quarantined towns should self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.
 
As a matter of precaution, we have today advised that five of our students should stay at home following a recent trip to Northern Italy, however, none of the students visited a quarantined town, nor were they showing any symptoms of a cold/Coronavirus. 
 
Please be assured that we are constantly receiving and following advice from the Public Health Office in relation to the Coronavirus and we will provide updates as and when appropriate.
 
The link below is the latest advice we have been given from the Public Health Office at Warwickshire County Council:
 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
 
I am sure you will agree, it is important to remain calm about this matter and to reassure your son/daughter that they have no need to be unduly concerned. We are taking advice from the recognised experts and the School will continue to operate as normal unless we are advised to the contrary.  We will, of course, update you straight away if this situation changes. 
 
Thank you, in anticipation, for your support and understanding with this matter.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
P.Kelly
Headteacher