23rd March 2021
Home testing LFT.
The LFT – Lateral Flow Testing has now been completed in school. The students who took part have been trained on the technique of carrying out the test.
All students have now been issued with test kits for home. The guidance is to take two tests per week 3 -5 days apart. Please report result to Testregister and the Gov.uk.
After reporting with TestRegister his link will then direct you to the gov.uk website.
17th March 2021
Dear Parent/Person with parental responsibility,
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in schools by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-5 days apart.
Testing students at home
This week, students have received 4 packs of 3 home test kits with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results. We would like them to take their tests on Sundays and before school on Wednesdays. Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. Preferably, this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening if needed.
For this week only (as we have been testing in school), students tested on Monday should test on Saturday 20th March and students tested on Tuesday should test on Sunday 21st March. After this, all students should test on Wednesdays and Sundays.
You need to report test results to the NHS through this link – NHS Test and Trace – and to school. You will receive an email reminder from TestRegister on Wednesdays and Sundays. This email will contain a link to register your results with school. Please follow the instructions in the email.
Taking the test
Students have received a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here. Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report
the results and a video showing you how to take the test. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
What should you do after the test?
If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You should also get a confirmatory PCR test. You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and school. If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test. Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and school. A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
Why take part
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other
students to attend school as safely as possible.
Please contact Ms Evans, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Please see further on in the letter for frequently asked questions.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs S Diggory
Full letter here
Friday 12th March 2021
Dear Parent/Person with Parental Responsibility,
It has been lovely to welcome all our pupils into school this week and get back to face-to-face learning. They are doing well at adjusting to the school routines again and adhering to current health and safety measures. There has been a superb atmosphere in school with pupils enjoying learning with their classmates again. While pupils settle back into this, we will be limiting the amount of homework set, so do not be alarmed if your child does not
receive any for the next few weeks. We are doing lots of retrieval practice and consolidation activities in class to make sure that their remote learning is embedded. Our key theme at the moment is “March onwards” as we all work together again.
We have now completed two sets of COVID testing for all of our pupils with consent. The pupils have coped amazingly well with the requirements of this. I am delighted to inform you that all pupils who have been tested this week, in all year groups, have tested negative. Our staff are also testing twice weekly and so far, these have all been negative too. This is excellent news, but we must not become complacent and continue to follow national/local
rules and guidelines. Washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing still remain vital in our efforts to reduce transmission rates.
We should all get into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives to help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other further. Our self-testing kits for pupil use at home have now arrived in school and we will begin to distribute these as soon as pupils have taken three tests in school. Our final round of testing will take place on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March. Once this is complete each pupil will be given two boxes, containing three tests, so six tests in total, enough to last three weeks. Please ensure your child tests at home twice weekly – a suggested approach is Sunday (before your child attends school on Monday) and Wednesday. A step-by-step guide explaining all of this is also issued with these tests. You are required to report any results to the NHS. If your child
tests positive, please use the school’s usual absence procedures to inform us, as this pupil and anyone who lives with them (or anyone within their support bubble) must isolate immediately and book a PCR test for your child. If this PCR test is negative the pupil will be able to return to school, if not you must continue to self-isolate in accordance with the current guidelines. More details will be given next week.
In addition to this, all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can be obtained as follows:
• collect a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests – our nearest centre is Cannock Chase Council Car Park, Civic Centre, Cannock, WS11 1BG
• order a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most – https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
We are aware that some of our pupils have outgrown their uniform and purchasing new school shoes, skirts and trousers is more difficult than normal due to retail closure. Likewise, we have seen a small number of pupils return to school with inappropriate hair styles/hair colour. Again, we understand that these issues are more difficult to resolve at present with hairdressers being closed. As always, should you have any issues with uniform please contact
the school. We want to work with you to rectify any issues before the summer term. We are, therefore, being a little more lenient than usual with uniform with a view to restoring our usual expectations for after Easter when hopefully shops will once again be open. Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that false nails, false eyelashes and facial piercings are not permitted to be worn in school for health and safety reasons.
A final reminder, when pupils are travelling on the school bus and public transport, they must wear a face covering at all times. On the school bus, they must sit in their designated seats and keep their face coverings on for the entire journey. Please can you ensure that your child is reminded of the need for this in order to keep themselves and others safe.
Thank you, as ever, for your support in these challenging times. If you do have questions or concerns, please contact reception and your query will be directed to an appropriate member of staff.
Mrs S Diggory
Full letter available here
Friday 26th February 2021
As you will be aware, the government has announced that schools will begin reopening to all pupils from 8th March. We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back for face-to-face learning.
Detailed below, is crucial information which you are asked to read through carefully with your child:
Friday 5th March, school will be closed to all pupils in order to re-bubble pupils for full return. Pupils in Years 7-11 will be following a sequence of lessons focusing on World Book Day, which will be set on Satchel One. Sixth Formers will be completing independent study.
Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March – No on-site lessons
COVID testing for pupils who have given prior consent. If you have given consent, you will be notified of when to come into school. Pupils cannot arrive at school for a COVID test without prior arrangement. See further details below.
Remote learning will take place for these days. Key worker and vulnerable pupils who have already been attending, can attend school to complete remote learning.
Wednesday 10th March – all pupils to attend school.
31st December 2020
After the government announcement yesterday and in line with guidance received into school, we will be employing the following return to school:
Monday 4th January: INSET day – no pupils in school – no remote learning
Tuesday 5th January – Friday 8th January: critical worker and invited pupils in school only. Remote learning for all year groups.
If your child is eligible for a place in school you will have been contacted by Mr Stokes. Please confirm with him directly if your child requires a place by Monday 4th January 9am.
If you require a critical worker place for the first two weeks, please complete this survey by 9am Monday 4th January – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=u5g-JLouZEqaD59OCjPl0R4G1RyN-IREqywrWz6QcuxUM1JNWlFIRlhDUThQOUhLRTIzUFBYTkdYMy4u
If you have already completed this, there is no need to do this again.
Please note: school transport will be provided and the canteen will offer a reduced menu – these will be reviewed during the week and may be cancelled if uptake is low. Pupils attending school are to wear school uniform and bring earphones for accessing learning resources.
Monday 11th January – Friday 15th January: critical worker and invited pupils PLUS all Y11 and 13 in school. All other pupils will be remote learning.
Monday 18th January: all pupils to be in school.
17th December 2020
As we approach the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some events and arrangements planned.
Be Smart sessions – Y7 – 12
On Friday 11th December (Wednesday 9th December for Y12), during their Be Smart session, students will be tasked with making a Christmas card. This year, we will support the Cannock Food Bank. The cards, which the students design will contain a ‘message of hope’.
We would like pupils to bring in an item of food and a plastic bag. In return for their generosity, Friday will be a non-uniform day. The Christmas card containing the ‘Message of Hope’ will be sent out with every food package the charity delivers to a family.
Items required by the food bank are as follows: Boxes of cereals, Tins of tomatoes, Tins of Meat, Tins of Rice Pudding, Tins of Fruit, Jars of Jam, Packs of Biscuits, Bottles of Juice/Squash, Bottles of UHT Milk.
End of term rewards
As a reward for their efforts, pupils in Y7 -10 will be treated to a Christmas film in the school theatre. Y11 will watch a live performance of A Christmas Carol from the Old Vic.
Monday 14th Dec. Periods 4 & 5 Year 8 to watch ‘The Grinch’
Tuesday 15th Dec. Periods 4 & 5 Year 9 to watch ‘Elf’
Wednesday 16th Dec. Year 11 to watch a live streaming from the ‘Old Vic’ of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Thursday 17th Dec. Periods 4 & 5 Year 10 to watch ‘Scrooged’
Friday 18th Dec Period 1 & 2 Year 7 to watch ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’
Pupils are allowed to bring with them a blanket to snuggle with and some sweets. Please note, sweets cannot be shared with other pupils.
- Rewards for the top 10 KUDOS point earners for this term, for years 7 through to 11, will be a Happy Meal served to the pupils in the canteen.
- Thursday 17th December all year groups – Christmas jumper non-uniform day – £1 donation from all pupils for our nominated charity.
- Wednesday 16th December: Year 11 – some Year 11 pupils will be resitting their Financial Education examination.
End of term
Sixth Form will finish for Christmas on Thursday 17th December.
All other year groups will finish on Friday 18th December at the following times:
Year 7 – 12:20
Year 8 – 12:15
Year 9 – 12:10
Year 10 – 12:05
Year 11 – 12:00
The school bus will collect pupils at these times and drop off at the usual places.
We would like to thank you in advance for your support with these events.
Mrs S Diggory