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Wednesday 5th May 2021

Dear Parent/Person with parental responsibility,

Following our return to school post lockdown, where our focus was getting pupils back into the routine of school-life, our focus this term is very much about academic rigour and high expectations of all pupils. Despite the relaxing of restrictions outside of school, our COVID routines are still very much in place and it is important that students continue to follow them to keep everyone safe and well. We are keen to avoid students feeling that things are relaxing in school, particularly in terms of their attitude to learning. This week’s assembly will be reminding pupils of the importance high expectations in supporting their journeys towards their GCSE success. We ask for your support in these areas and outline below reminders and information for this term.

Behaviour
As always, we expect students to conduct themselves appropriately both in school and when out in the community wearing our school uniform. As outlined in our behaviour policy, our expectations of students are that they:
 Be in full school uniform and follow the uniform code
 Be fully equipped
 Be polite and respectful to everyone
 Follow all instructions promptly
 Move around all areas of the school in an orderly way
 Use appropriate language and behave in a sensible manner
 Never bully others
 Never use physical contact against another student or staff
 Celebrate the successes of other students
 Not interrupt the learning of others
 Try their best to ensure that they make good progress

We have a consequence system in place in school to deal with behaviour in the classroom. For more serious issues, we are reverting back to our original schedule for detentions in school. Detentions will be held for thirty minutes every day after school. You will be notified via text message by 1pm if your child has a detention for an incident that morning or from the previous afternoon. Non-attendance of the detention would lead to further sanctions. There may be some incidents that require a longer detention with a senior leader; these will be held on Friday after school for one hour.

Mobile phones and earphones are not allowed in classrooms or corridors. They can be used in the canteen and outside areas during breaks and lunches only. If mobile phones are seen in lessons and corridors, they will be confiscated from pupils for the remainder of the day.

Full Letter available here Letter to parents 5.5.21

Summer Exam Timetable available here Summer exam timetable 2021

 

1st April 2021

Dear Parent/Person with parental responsibility,

At the end of a challenging term, I would like to congratulate all students on their positive attitudes to both remote learning undertaken earlier in the term and in class learning since our full return to school.

We continue to follow government guidance closely in order to keep all staff and students safe. This is proving successful and has meant that we have not sent any bubbles home since the return in March. We are awaiting
further guidance on whether we will continue to wear face coverings in the classroom in the summer term. If there is a change to this situation, we will keep you informed, but at the moment have to assume that it will continue.

Where we have been able to introduce new aspects to school, we have done so. Students are now enjoying football sessions at lunchtimes, run by 6th form volunteers, and more services are starting to come into school to support our
students with their needs. We hope, also, to be able to have our instrumental services back in school in the new term and further extend our extra-curricular offer where we can do so safely.

As we continually look to keep all students safe on site, we will be adding electric gates to the front of school during the holidays. These will be closed at set times in order to prevent cars accessing the site when students are on
the move. This will also mean that no-one will be able to access the site without being buzzed in by the receptionist. We are aware that parking outside school has become busier over recent times. I do need to remind you to not park on double yellow lines or by the chicanes as this blocks the road outside school.

When we return after the holiday, we will be returning to our standard uniform policy from pre-COVID times, including ties. Students will no longer be allowed to wear hoodies. Our uniform details are here on the school website: Uniform | Norton Canes High School. Please also ensure that your child has all their
necessary equipment for lessons as detailed here: Equipment for lessons | Norton Canes High School. On days when students have PE, they will continue to come in PE uniform while the restrictions on changing facilities continue.

During the holidays and beyond, the government have asked for students and staff to continue with the twice-weekly asymptomatic testing programme and the reporting of results using the current systems. We request that all students complete a test on Sunday 18th April before the return to school to allow us to isolate any positive cases.
Should your child test positive within 2 days of being in school after breaking up for the holidays, please inform school using the COVID email address: COVID@nortoncanes-high.staffs.sch.uk.
Please give the following information:
• Child’s name and year group
• Date and time your child first developed symptoms (if they have any)
• Date and time positive test was confirmed
• Your name and contact number
• Your child’s friendship groups including who walked to/from school with, who
socialised with at break/lunch.

We will check the inbox every day at 10am. If your child is identified as a close contact of an infected child or staff member, we will contact you via text and email, advising your child to self-isolate for the requisite number of days.
Please be aware that we may need to phone you, which will be from a withheld number.

We look forward to welcoming all students back on Monday 19th April. Please be aware that our final INSET day of the academic year will take place on Friday 30th April, so school will be closed to all students on that day.

Thank you for your support over the last term.
I wish you all a safe and restful holiday.

Kind regards,

Mrs Sarah Diggory
Acting Headteacher

End of term letter to parents April 2021

 

First Half Term of 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,
At the end of the first half term of 2021, which has been unusual to say the least, we would like to thank you all for adapting again to new routines in challenging circumstances. Thank you also to all parents and students that completed our surveys on remote learning in January. We read all of the responses and were cheered that so many of them were positive. We took on board any suggestions for improvements and can assure you that we are continually looking to improve our online provision. If you need any further support for remote learning, we have information available on our school website in our student and parent tabs, which includes videos to talk through our systems.

We hope that you have had an opportunity to view our weekly WOW walls, showcasing the best work submitted to teachers, and listen to our weekly assemblies to keep in touch with students and remind them of key aspects of remote learning. As a quick reminder, in order for us to ensure that students are well and engaging, we ask them to check in daily with their tutors. If we do not receive that check, we will send a text home to alert you that we have not heard from your child – so please make sure that child has done this each day.

In terms of a full return to school, we await the release of the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ due on Monday 22nd February. We will update you of any plans emerging from that when we have the information.
At the present time, we still plan to conduct asymptomatic testing of all students when we re-open fully, using lateral flow tests. We will inform you of when these tests will take place. If you have not yet given consent for your child to participate in the testing process, please complete the consent form sent out earlier in the term and return it as soon as possible. No student will take part in any testing for the virus unless parents have given approval. Sixth Form students can give their own consent. After half term, we will test our on-site pupils twice during the first week in accordance with government guidelines – there is no requirement for them to be tested again in school after this.
The consultation regarding how this year’s exam results are to be awarded is now closed. Again, we await with interest the outcomes of that consultation and will let you know as soon as it is released. In the meantime, we encourage all students to keep doing their very best.

Next week is half-term and both staff and students deserve a well-earned break and so the school will be fully closed to everybody. We would encourage all of our community to take a break away from their screens. The school will open to vulnerable learners and those of critical workers who are currently attending on Monday 22nd February. If it is necessary, I will still be in contact with the local outbreak team and Public Health England throughout the half-term holiday. The local outbreak team do inform us of positive cases within our student population, but this takes time, and so we appreciate you informing us straight away and so we can take action if necessary, especially if your child has been into school.

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 over half-term, please email COVID@nortoncaneshigh.staffs.sch.uk

Please give the following information:
• Child’s name and year group
• Date and time your child first developed symptoms (if they have any)
• Date and time positive test was confirmed

If your child has been in school this week and a student or staff member who has attended school
too, tests positive for Covid-19, I will have to ask the close contacts of that person to self-isolate. If
your child has been in school, please also give the additional information:
• Your name and contact number
• Your child’s friendship groups including who walked to/from school with, who socialised with at
break/lunch.

We will check this inbox every day at 10am. If your child is identified as a close contact of an infected
child who has been in school this week, we will contact you via text and email, advising your child to
self-isolate for the requisite number of days. Please be aware that we may need to phone you, which
will be from a withheld number.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and co-operation. It is a real privilege to work with
such fantastic staff, students and parents.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Sarah Diggory
Acting Headteacher