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Changes to Contact Tracing from 19th July

July 16th, 2021 Comments off

Please follow this link to read how contact tracing will be carried out from Monday 19th July.

Harrow Way – update on coronavirus restrictions and the new academic year

July 7th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parent/Carer 

As you will be aware, on Monday the Prime Minister shared with the nation his plans for easing the Coronavirus situation. On Tuesday afternoon the Secretary of State for Education also shared with schools the steps that will be taken which will include easing of restrictions from students having to self-isolate, the use of face coverings and on-site testing at the beginning of the new academic year. 

From a school perspective, all the measures we are currently taking, which includes isolation of students where positive tests occur (thankfully we have had very few), will continue until the end of term. It was made clear by the Secretary of State for Education that this should be the case. We have just more than two weeks left of this academic year and I would simply remind you and urge you to follow current guidance, and ensuring your child regularly tests at home. These measures continue to make a difference in ensuring we can operate as a school in a coherent fashion.  Read more…

Annual Parent Questionnaire Results – May 2021

May 18th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you to all of you who took the time to provide responses to our annual parent questionnaires this year. They are an invaluable way for the school to find out what is important to you and how we can continue to develop and improve the school for the benefit of your children.  We are delighted that we had 270 responses and that the outcome was very positive. I shared the headlines and individual comments with governors last night at the full board meeting. Attached are the:

  • Headline results
  • Common threads what we do well
  • Area to improve – You said, we will now do…

Mask Wearing Update

May 13th, 2021 Comments off

As you may be aware, the Government has announced that, from Monday 17 May 2021, students are no longer required to wear masks around school, either in class or in communal areas. All other protective measures will remain in place and regular rapid testing will continue to help find and isolate asymptomatic cases when they do occur.

The Government has advised that staff should wear masks in communal areas, when social distancing cannot be maintained but they are no longer recommended in classrooms.

We will insist that all visitors to the school wear masks and, where staff are meeting visitors, they will also be required to wear them. If your child decides that they still wish to wear a mask, of course that is their prerogative. However, we feel it is essential that students start to return to normality as quickly as possible.

The reintroduction of face coverings for students and staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.

We are aware, however, that some students have been hiding nose studs under their masks. As of 17 May, these need to be removed. Retainers are not acceptable and neither are plasters used to cover nose studs. The school uniform policy is very clear that no piercings other than one small ear stud per ear lobe are allowed. The rules are clear and have been clear for over ten years, so should not be a barrier to your child from learning.

Thank you for your continued support.

M J Serridge

Summer Term 2021

April 16th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parents/Carers, 

I hope you had a well-earned rest over the Easter break. Having students back at the end of the last term was amazing and we have been very impressed with how well they settled back into school life. Seeing them interact with their peers and be children has been the most rewarding. On our return from the Easter holidays, our Covid security measures and systems will remain in place. 

A few reminders and updates below:

Face Coverings

On, Tuesday 6 April, the government confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter break.

Face coverings in schools and colleges are to remain in place at the start of the summer term, following an ongoing review of the evidence and data. All other safety measures continue, including twice-weekly asymptomatic testing of staff and students to help find cases of the virus before potential outbreaks develop.

This cautious approach will help limit the risk of transmission and enable continued monitoring of the effect of school and college returns, as twice-weekly testing is established and embedded in pupil’s routines.

It is expected that face coverings will no longer be required to be worn in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than May 17th. Link to DfE Guidance

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Re-opening of Harrow Way from Community School from Monday 8th March

March 4th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that everyone in your household is well and that your children are looking forward to coming back to school. Below is the schedule for the way in which each year group is planned to return to school during the week commencing 8th March.

I have never been so proud of our young people – they have been amazing this week coming in for their Lateral Flow Tests. On a personal note, I remain grateful but also humbled by the support you as parents have given to our school over the past year. We will endeavour not to let you down.

Our feedback from parents and students on remote learning, have shown us that the approach we have adopted this time, with the use of live lessons, has been well received and helped engage pupils with their learning. In addition, staff have been working together to develop different strategies to deliver learning, give pupils feedback and assess their learning. It is no substitute for being in a classroom together, but we are confident that pupils have continued to learn and, in many cases, develop new skills during this period of lockdown. Read more…

School reopening – initial information

February 23rd, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parent/Carer

You will no doubt be aware that it has been announced that all students will return to school from Monday 8th March; we are so excited to be seeing everyone again! The challenge will be around onsite testing. Please be patient as we plan how best to manage this. The Government has given us the opportunity to have a staged reopening from 8th March to carry out the testing. Further details will follow later in the week.

The operational arrangements of the school will remain as they did in the Autumn Term.

Testing is voluntary but, for the safety of all, we are encouraging as many students as possible to participate. If you have not yet given consent for your child, please complete their details on this form.

Please note that we have postponed the INSET Day previously set for Tuesday March 9th.

Additional Measures –  Headlines

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Children’s Mental Health Week 

February 3rd, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parents and Carers

Children’s Mental Health Week 

Welcome to February! We are now less than two school weeks away from the February half term. The school will be closed fully from Monday, February 15th and will reopen for critical worker and vulnerable students from Monday, February 22nd.

You will no doubt have followed stories in the press over the past few days suggesting that the current lockdown and school closures will have a detrimental impact on the life chances of all pupils. From my perspective, I do not think it helpful for politicians or figures in the media to comment on what may or may not be. We have wonderful young people in our school, and we are so very proud of them. They should not be down-hearted or concerned with a future none of us can predict. All we can say is that from a school perspective we will do our utmost to support them.

For me, it matters more that your child remains happy and feels supported. Sometimes the key to doing well in school is how happy and content a pupil is. Actually – this matters more than perhaps we realise. Young people are amazing. They are resilient and can adapt. 

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NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for staff and students

January 15th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parent or Carer

We were all set to send this letter out on the 4th January, but then the country went into lockdown.

We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. This will need consent from parents and is not compulsory.

Once the government decides that the conditions are right to plan for reopening schools fully, we will be looking at commencing mass testing of whole year groups before students start coming back in for their regular lessons.

We expect to start rapid testing with key staff who are currently working in school. After this, we hope to roll out rapid testing to the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable students in school where consent has been given.

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Announcement from the Prime Minister – 4th January 2021

January 5th, 2021 Comments off

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to you following yesterday evening’s announcement that as of midnight we are entering a national lockdown, this means schools will remain closed until February half term, hopefully reopening on Monday 22nd February 2021.

Whilst I am aware this will be difficult for many of you, given the latest statistics this is completely the right decision to protect your family. 

Year 11 have also had the devastating news that exams in the normal format are cancelled; however, it is essential they continue to work and attend lessons, as what they do in these will influence their GCSE awarded grades. As yet we have had no indication of how GCSE’s will be awarded, therefore Year 11 must continue to work as if GCSE’s were taking place. School has not finished for Year 11 – they still have 6 months left. Read more…