Updated – 30/03/20 2.50pm
From Monday 23 March we are only open for students who are especially vulnerable and those of parents of critical industry workers.
I cannot thank you enough for your patience on these matters. I would like to take this opportunity to say that each family needs to make decisions for the best of their families and I will work to support you as best I can with the resources and facilities we have available at our disposal. The community we serve is an inspirational, caring, inclusive and empowering community and together we will emerge from this as strong and as united as ever.
In your service.
Poynton School has a duty of care to all its students, staff and our wider community. We are following the advice given out by the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England. We are monitoring all advice and guidance and will keep this page updated on a daily basis.
Students should not worry as it appears that the young are the least vulnerable age group. It is important though for them to take precautions so that they do not pass infection to people who may be more affected.
Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?
Is school open?
School is now closed to most students. Students whose parents and carers are key workers and students who are vulnerable and there is no alternative childcare have been offered places at school. Most students are better at home to prevent the risk if infection spreading.
Are school trips taking place?
As school is now shut there will be no school trips this academic year. We are working with our insurance companies and will update parents of students who were due to attend trips when we have more information.
What about parents and other visitors coming in to school?
School is closed to all visitors. Parents of the small number of students who are in school in the next few weeks will drop them off outside the building. The safety of our school community is our main priority.
My child has been offered a place in school during school closure. What if my child feels ill? Should they come to school?
The small number of students in school are either vulnerable or are the children of key workers so it is essential that they do not become ill. If your child is ill they must not come in to school. Please follow the NHS advice. Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for up-to-date guidance.
Please email school by 8.30am on email@example.com and tell us the name and form of your child and the reason they are off. Please give full details rather than just saying that they are ill. If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation. There is then no need to email each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover.
How is work being provided now school is closed ?
Students will be set tasks using our Doddle platform. Please log on using the app or by going to www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app. They will already be familiar with this system as it is our usual platform for home learning. There will be tasks established for all subjects for students. We would encourage you where possible to support students to structure their day at home, perhaps following their usual school timetable routine.
Over the past weeks we have worked with students to ensure that everyone has access to the Doddle platform. We are aware our students access the platform in a variety of different ways, from the mobile app through to accessing the site from a PC and have taken this into account when establishing tasks.
They should also check in their exercise books to see if they have any work to complete or feedback to respond to. Once they have done this most students will be able to devise some retrieval resources on work they have done previously. At the bottom of this page is a task that would be useful for all students to do.
Your young person’s Director of Learning for Progress will be sending regular contact emails to you directly. We will also be updating our school Twitter accounts with information moving forward, alongside our central emails.
Staff may select key tasks to mark upon receiving work from students in some years, though due to the nature of remote working restrictions marking frequency will not be in line with our normal school feedback policy.
Whilst we are keen to maintain a continuity of learning for our young people, we are also aware of how these unique circumstances impact differently on households, depending upon childcare arrangements and other wider factors. We realise that this is a difficult time for many families and would like to reiterate that we continue to highly value your support and partnership during this time.
Instructions to Sixth Form students on completing work from home
• Your teachers will use Doddle to set you task to complete for your normal timetabled lessons.
• Try to follow your normal timetabled lessons during each day as this will give you variation and keep your spread and focus across all of your subjects.
• Teachers may attach power point presentations that are for a full scheme of work, do not try to complete everything at once and follow the lesson by lesson instructions that are sent out to you.
• Teachers may Email you using the Email address that we have on record for you. If you have to use an alternative Email address while you are at home, please Email Mrs Bibby firstname.lastname@example.org to give her any updated Email address so that she can share this with all staff.
• It may be possible for staff to mark and offer some feedback via Email on practice answers you write. In this case you should attach a copy of your work and Email it to the teacher.
• The school website will be the place to check every day for updates regarding the school situation and any changes to the current situation.
How much time should students work at home in each week?
Students should try to allocate roughly the same amount of time each week to each subject as they would have had in school.
What about the GCSE and A level examinations?
All examinations have been cancelled this summer by the government. On 3 April the government published guidasnce on how grades will be awarded this year. We have added a FAQs document at the bottom of this page and will update it as we receive more information.
The process will be a fair process that will ensure that students are awarded the the most likely grade they would have achieved if they had sat their exams this summer and completed any non-exam assessment.
The government is clear that 'Centres must not, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.’
If you can’t find the answer to your question or concern on the FAQ document, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
Students in Year 10 and 12 must continue working hard as their examinations next year will take place as planned.
My child is in Year 11/13. What work should they do?
There will be no examinations in the summer so they are not revising for those. They should, however, think about the next steps in terms of A level or degree and consolidation of work in those subjects would definitely help. They may also prioritise maths and English, especially if they are not confident that they will be awarded a grade 4 by the examination board. There will be opportunities in early Autumn to sit examinations if they are not happy with the grade awarded by the examination board.
Can my child come in to school to pick up or drop off work?
Students cannot do this as we are following the government health guidelines. If work is complete and cannot be sent in electronically then they should keep it safe at home. Any exercise books in school will be kept safe and returned when school reopens.
Can my Year 11 child apply for the Sixth Form?
Yes. Applications are still being taken and questions answered. Please refer to the Sixth Form pages of the website.
Is the uniform shop still open?
The uniform shop is closed. If you need any uniform items you can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also order from the uniform shop online using the details below.
The password is: Yewtree1 (Capital Y)
What can I do?
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health England guidance.
Keep school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.
Reassure your child and encourage them to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.
We know that some children are feeling anxious about the news and that you will want to reassure them. The two links below might support you in this.