The following plans outline how school will operate in September. These plans are formulated in line with Government guidelines and are subject to CET Trust Board approval in late August. Clearly, they may be subject to some element of change as the finer details are established for operational purposes over the summer. As with the Years 10 and 12 re-opening, parental broadcasts, Q&A sessions and FAQs will be provided nearer to September, to help everyone understand how things will work.
We have looked carefully at the various options available to us and in particular with regard to being able to switch to normal operation quickly once we have permission to do so. The driving concept for us is that we will not change the timetable or curriculum breadth for students; they need normality and they need to be engaged in the full spectrum of their subjects. After due consideration the school model for re-opening is based on the following:
- Students all arriving and departing at the same time
- Year Group bubbles in set areas of the school, all have set entry points
- Bringing two more canteen spaces into operation, giving a total of 3 so Year Group bubbles can have lunch together
- We will run the normal timetable which means full curriculum provision for all Year Groups, with access to specialist spaces for exam year groups, with specialist teaching for every year group, including PE (weather permitting)
- Students in all years will be in their normal teaching groups and will move between subjects within their year group area
- Staff will move between areas, not students, though as stated there will be student movement within their year group areas. There will be some managed supervised movement across their areas for Y10 and Y11 to give access to specialist rooms for exam work
The zoning of the school has been relatively straightforward and will see KS3 based in the top of the school in set areas, while Y11 and Y10 are on either side of the lower part of the school with a Sixth Form bubble across the top as this is the location of the majority of specialised teaching spaces.
There will be some inevitable compromises, as we are effectively going to run and operate six mini schools within the one school site. Two main unavoidable compromises are:
- Some KS3 teaching of specialist subjects cannot take place in specialist rooms. To overcome this, we will move some equipment/materials to set rooms within each of the KS3 year group areas to allow the specialist teachers to teach their subject effectively.
- Form time, on balance, moves too many staff around the building for such a short period of time each day. We have therefore decided to move to a Pastoral time after period 1. Lessons will start promptly at 8:45am as a result. Pastoral time will be used for assemblies (presented via Teams to each room) and for other work, and will be led by the period 1 teacher, who is likely to be different each day. Students will get to see their tutor once a week in a floating period that will vary from week to week. They will also see their tutor for the first 2 periods of school in September and the tutor will remain the first port of call for pastoral contact about each student. In Years 7 and 8 we are looking at how best to combine forms in the short term as we know they currently are a mix across two of the year group bubbles.
These compromises would not be ones we would choose but on balance are the best worst options in order to allow us to run a full broad and balanced curriculum for the students, while being mindful of staff safety and wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the case of a localised lockdown situation, further Remote Learning Expectations have been set out: