Key steps we are taking to keep our students safe:

  • Students will be in year group zones and will not be able to mix with Students from other year groups at any time during the school day
  • Students will remain in the same classroom for much of the school day to reduce the contact they have with other students. This means that your child’s form group may change as they will remain with their form group for the whole day.
  • Each year group will have their own zone of the school building, own toilets and own zone of the outdoor areas for breaktime and lunch- time
  • Within their class bubble students will not be expected to maintain a social distance and will, for instance share a table with a partner in their classroom. However, they must maintain social distance with all adults in the building and with all students not in their class
  • In the mornings we will open three different entrances to the school so that year groups are separate from one another. We will also operate staggered start times so that only one year group is accessing the site through an entrance at a time: 
    • Year 7 and Year 11 will enter through the main school gate entrance
    • Year 8 and Year 10 will enter through the pedestrian entrance on Hyde Park Road– no vehicles will be allowed to enter between 08:00-08:30 and 09:00 and 09:30 to allow for this
    • Year 9 will enter through the vehicle entrance on Greetham Street- – no vehicles will be allowed to enter between 08:00-08:30 to allow for this
  • Each year group will be allocated a day a week for hot lunch which they can eat in the canteen. On the remaining days, the lunch on offer will be a ‘grab and go’ packed lunches. Students will be able to bring in their own packed lunches but of course they must be healthy and cannot include Chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or jumbo packs of crisps. The canteen tables will be cleaned between each sitting and students will clean their hands before and after eating.
  • Students in Year 7-9 will attend school from 08:00-15:10. They will have the option to attend breakfast club in their designated outdoor zone from 08:00. Students in Year 10-11 will attend school from 09:25-16:20. They will have the option to attend breakfast club in their designated outdoor zone from 09:00.
  • Students will be required to wear their full school uniform every day. On the day that they have PE they will be expected to wear their full PE kit to school as we will not be using the changing rooms. It is important that your child wears the full PE kit – and when it is cold this should include the PE jumper. Full details can be found here
  • As normal students will be expected to have all their equipment for school with them every day – we also encourage parents to ensure their child has a bottle of water with them. See equipment list here
  • Students will be strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to school and if possible, not use public transport
  • If your child has to use public transport to get to school, we would encourage them to wear a mask for their journey. This mask must be removed when they enter school and safely stored in a plastic bag and not touched during the school day
  • We have employed additional cleaners to carry out additional cleaning through the day, particularly of things people touch regularly like tabletops and door handles
  • Students will be required to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitiser throughout the school day
  • All staff and students must wear masks outside classrooms in all communal areas of the school. They will be required to safely remove their masks when they enter the classroom. If you wish for your child to wear a mask in the classroom, you must inform their Head of Year who will give them a pass. If your child has a medical condition which means they cannot wear a mask please let your child's Head of Year know.
  • All Students MUST understand the importance of the social distancing rules. Any child who deliberately breaks the social distancing rules will be removed from the class and their parents contacted.

What will happen if there is a positive Covid case in our school?

If a student or adult test positive for Covid we will check to see who they have come into contact with – typically this means spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person. So, in the case of a child testing positive it might just be the students who sit within 2 metres of them in their classroom and any friends they have not socially distanced with being told to self-isolate for 14 days. If your child is told to self-isolated, they will be supported to complete their learning from home.

What will happen if there are further lockdown measures introduced by the government?

The government have told schools to prepare for a number of different lockdown measures. If Covid cases continue to rise in Portsmouth we may be told to:

  • Only have certain year groups in on certain days
  • Send certain year group home and keep some year groups in school
  • Send all year groups home and only remain open for vulnerable students and the children of key workers in community classroom provision.

How will my child be supported to work from home if they are told to self-isolate or if further lockdown measures are introduced?

If small groups of students are told to self-isolate but the majority of students are still in school your child will be set home learning tasks to complete at home through Show My Homework. They will follow their normal school timetable and complete the home learning tasks for the subjects they would normally have lessons in each day. We have been training our students so they know how to do this, and this will mean that they can continue to keep up with what is being taught in their lessons. They will be able to email their teachers for help and we will call you and your child during the week to check on how they are doing.

If a whole class or year groups is told to work from home, we will be moving to live online lessons for English, maths and science and some other subjects in KS3 and 4 and all other subjects will set tasks on Microsoft teams. Students will follow their normal timetable through Microsoft teams. In the event that a whole year group In KS4 is told to work from home, we will follow the school day from 08:00-15:10 as there is no need for staggered starts. Students will move through each lesson as they would in a normal day at school. We will let you know if your child has missed a lesson or task and children will be receiving charter points for hard work and displaying our school values as normal.

If your child does not have access to a computer or laptop to access this on-line learning, we are working with our network Ark and the government to supply your child with a device. However, there are delays with the delivery of these devices and if your child can not access their work online, they will be provided with workbooks to complete.

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