The following plans outline how school will operate during the Autumn Term September. These plans are formulated in line with Government guidelines and are subject to CET Trust Board approval. Clearly, they may be subject to some element of change as restrictions and requirements are updated.
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 operation model is based on the following:
- Students all arrive and depart at the same time
- Year Group bubbles in set areas of the school, all have set entry points
- Two more canteen spaces into operation, giving a total of 3 so Year Group bubbles can have lunch together
- The normal timetable runs 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 are in their normal teaching groups and move between subjects within their year group area
- Staff move between areas, not students, though as stated there is student movement within their year group areas. Thereis some managed supervised movement across their areas for Y10 and Y11 giving access to specialist rooms for exam work
The zoning of the school has been relatively straightforward and sees 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 are some inevitable compromises, as we are effectively running and operating 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, some equipment/materials have been moved 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 therefore decided to move to a Pastoral time after period 1. Lessons start promptly at 8:45am as a result. Pastoral time is used for assemblies (presented via Teams to each room) and for other work, and is led by the period 1 teacher, who is likely to be different each day. Students get to see their tutor once a week in a floating period that varies from week to week. The tutor will remain the first port of call for pastoral contact about each student.
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
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