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Coronavirus Update - last updated 22/5/2020

Updated – 22/5/2020

22/5/2020

Please find a link to a letter issued by Cheshire East Council in regard to the potential further re-opening of all schools across the Local Authority.  I will write to all parents and carers in more detail next week once we are also in receipt of the “Secondary School Guidance” from the Department for Education detailing the Poynton High School plans for re-opening for some face to face contact with Year 10 and Year 12 students in due course. 

Mr David Waugh, Head Teacher. 

https://www.phs.cheshire.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=1611&type=pdf

20/5/2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I really do hope that this message finds you all safe, well, healthy and able to be at home as much as possible.  I can only begin to imagine what you must all be thinking in regard to national education policy given the sheer magnitude of the press coverage and the debate that is currently raging.  I am afraid that I am not really able to give you much of an update following my previous rather extensive communication in terms of our plans here at Poynton High School.  However, I promised that I would write to you today with further guidance so once again, let me try and tell you what I do know.  This is informed from both my role within Poynton High School and The TRUE Learning Partnership but also from national education policy as the Vice-President of the Association of School and College Leaders.  Essentially…

 

  • The government has asked that, as secondary schools, we begin to offer some face to face contact with Year 10 and Year 12, from the 1st June at the earliest, however this has not been confirmed as a starting date but I am very much working on the basis that we will start to upscale our in school delivery from half term onwards
  • At time of writing, the government has not yet published the guidance for secondary schools.  We therefore have no framework by which to operate or to aim towards for the further re-opening of our school.
  • There are various trade union checklists that I am using for the basis of planning and have incorporated them into my planning work, however we do not have a governmental planning checklist and therefore I will need to incorporate that once I am in full receipt of the governmental guidance
  • A number of North-West Local Authorities (e.g. Stockport, Liverpool, Bury, etc.) have said that they feel the 1st June is far to challenging a date to meet due to the lack of planning time and the sheer magnitude of the questions still being asked of government.  Cheshire East Local Authority is due to release a statement on this today (Wednesday).

 

With so much unknown and so much yet to be established it is proving very difficult to give you a definitive date upon which we will start face to face contact with Year 10 and Year 12, however, I must start somewhere in our planning, and am therefore working on the following basis, which is very much subject to change as things emerge daily:

 

  • I have agreed with the TTLP Board of Trustees and the PHS Local Governing Body the basis of our planning for both the ‘Pre-Opening Phase’ and the ‘Partial-Targeted Phase’.  This is very much based on the three school idea of School N, School H, School S as per my last letter to you.
  • Once we have all of the guidance from all parties (LA, DfE, trade unions, etc.) we will then work this into the planning documentation
  • The planning documentation is currently with staff for consultation and feedback
  • I am working on the assumption that week beginning the 1st June will be used for staff re-introduction into school.  No students, other than the on-going key worker and vulnerable students, will be on site.
  • Such a week of re-introduction would involve staff coming in for 2 hours that week on either the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, according to which school they were allocated to (School N, School H, School S).  All staff will continue to support remote-learning throughout this time.
  • We would only start to re-introduce Yr10 and Yr12 students at the earliest the following week (week beginning 8th June) and only after such a time that all of the risk assessments have been signed off and we are in receipt of the full government guidance and that I have communicated directly to you the exact planning actions so that you have the confidence over the delivery of our work and the health and safety aspects of your children being on site

We are working extensively to support both the remote-learning strategies and the re-opening strategies.  Remote learning is very much here to stay for a good number of months and we will continue to communicate that to you over the days and weeks to come.  However, I wanted to clarify for you what we feel is the purpose of us starting to re-open our school for more face to face contact with Year 10 and Year 12:

  1. Firstly, to ensure that we work safely, effectively and timely in order to ensure our young people are not disadvantaged educationally or emotionally and that their welfare and safety for years to come is not negatively impacted upon due to not being in school. For every day our children are out of school they are missing out of the fundamental building blocks of learning that will empower them to be successful global citizens in their years to come. We must re-engage our young people back into to our schools so we can educate them, nurture them, care for them and provide them with the inspiring, stable and celebratory environment they so desperately require.
  2. To allow our society to repair. Our industry provides a vital service to our communities and it is through the power of education and school provision that we will start to rebuild our society and our communities. This does mean, in part, providing the daily capacity for families to return to work, but mainly this means a return to a community system where our schools are its central beating heart. Schools play a vital role in uniting and leading the communities they serve, we must all work together to rebuild our nation and our communities.

 

I really do appreciate that in essence I am saying that we are planning on the same lines as previously communicated, i.e. School N for Year 10, School H for Key Workers, School S for Year 12.  This will involve a number of face to face contacts in school, in groups of no more than 8 per class on a part time rota basis.  However, until I am in receipt of the government guidance for secondary schools I am not able to confirm this formally.  I am writing this note to you before the governmental guidance is issued, before the conclusion of the scientific evidence is published, before I am in receipt of all of the trade union H&S checklists and before the local authority declaration regarding the appropriate dates for starting to re-open.  I will write again once I am in receipt of all of these things but I just wanted to update you as I know that no information is worse that some information.  My letter to you on Friday 8th May remains accurate in terms of the structure towards which we are planning.  I would encourage you to perhaps refamiliarise yourself with it. 

 

Once I have more details to share I will communicate these in detail to you.  Please stay safe and healthy and I very much look forward to writing again with the final details in due course.

 

Yours faithfully

David Waugh

Head Teacher

 

8/5/2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Happy VE Day!  I hope that this letter finds you safe and well and that you are able to join in some appropriately socially distanced way, with the national commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  I suspect however that for a number of families my letter will find you in the midst of a great number of challenges.  Challenges which may be financial due to the uncertainty over employment and future work, challenges due to the loss of loved ones or the separation anxiety from your family and friends, challenges over the sheer magnitude of the unknown with regard to your son or daughter’s education, qualifications and future schooling.  The purpose of my letter is to try and give you as best an update as I can on this last point about future schooling and the developments we are actively working on as a school community.  Apologies that this letter is rather long (5 pages) and detailed and you may at this point wish just take a moment to make sure you have the time and space to read it fully, but I felt it important to be as open as I can be with our planning and actions.

 

I have broken this letter down in to various sections but I must start with the caveat that most of what I am writing is sheer conjecture.  This is based on my knowledge as your head teacher, as the Trust Leader for The TRUE Learning Partnership (the multi-academy trust that Poynton High School is a founding member of) and my role as the Vice President of the Association of School and College Leaders (the professional association for all senior school and college leaders across the UK).  It is this last role that affords me a unique insight into the national debate and discussion of education policy and therefore has served us well in our active planning and anticipation of the critical incident response to Covid-19.  The Prime Minister is due to make an address to the nation on Sunday afternoon and I fully expect that this announcement will include a statement on education and the possible start of a partial re-opening of the school system.  Everything I write below is entirely theoretical planning over what might be announced, however I do suspect that I will not be that far off from the actual national position. 

 

Welfare of students and safeguarding

Lockdown is having an effect on the mental health and wellbeing of our students, and their families; any period of forced social isolation will do this.  It is important that all students keep in touch with their friends via on-line means and that they have appropriate regular breaks throughout the day.  In addition, it is important that they also have increasing contact with their welfare support staff and teachers here at school.  We already have an extensive amount of school-home welfare checks happening but as we move forward we will be increasing the amount of welfare and learning contact between students and staff through a process of feedback, observation and interaction.  Please see below. 

In advance of this, if you have any concerns over the safeguarding of your child or feel that they would benefit from a welfare phone call, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at safeguarding@phs.cheshire.sch.uk and we will arrange for contact to be made.  In addition to that, if your home circumstances change and there is information you wish us to know, again please do not hesitate to contact us on the same e-mail address so that we can do our best to support you and your child during these very difficult times.  There is also information available on our website over ways you can support your children in the home.  Please also be aware that changes in financial circumstances may mean that your young person becomes eligible to access free school meals. You can find out more about this on the Cheshire East website here: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/free_school_meals.aspx

 

Feedback, observation and interaction

Since the closure of school to the vast majority of students in March we have been working on the basis of setting work through our Doddle Learning Platform.  However, this has functionality limitations in that it does not allow us to interact (two way dialogue) with students over the work that has been set.  This has not been an issue with our sixth form students as there is a separate system and set of guidelines for them.  I recognise that this area needs to be addressed urgently and therefore have approved a £3,000 order for a system that will seamlessly link our information management system to Google Classroom.  Mr Matthew Dean (Deputy Head Teacher) is leading on this area for us and over the next two weeks we will start to roll out Google Classroom to all students. 

 

Next week you will receive a specific letter in this regard explaining how it will work, shortly followed by the password information.  We are aiming for full functionality by week beginning 1st June.  This will mean we can focus on embedding our Feedback-Observation-Interaction learning strategy.  Feedback being the use of Google Classroom to set, monitor and receive work from students so that periodic marking and feedback can be established on key assessment pieces.  Observation being the use of both Google Classroom and the PHS You Tube Channel for on line video tutorials of key learning demonstrations so that students can observe our staff explaining or demonstrating key aspects of the curriculum.  Interaction being the use of Google Classroom to support the roll out of mini tutorials, lessons or supportive interactions.  At the time of closure we just did not have a suitable platform upon which to establish this and now with the rapid software installation to link our system to Google Classroom we will be able to provide a more detailed and sustainable long term learning solution for students learning at home. 

 

Furthermore, we are rapidly establishing a new ‘artificial intelligence’ driven platform called Century Tech.  Century's intelligent recommendation engine identifies gaps in knowledge and misconceptions and builds a personalised learning path for every learner, tailored to their needs. Identify knowledge gaps and remedying misconceptions.  This really is a cutting edge platform and has been purchased through our partnership as a multi-academy trust. 

 

GCSEs, A-Levels and BTECs

All staff are currently undertaking an extensive process for the establishing of the ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ for all GCSEs, A-Levels and BTECs.  The information regarding BTECs is not fully finalised yet by the awarding bodies and I expect further update on that next week.  We do, however, expect that there will also a similar approach to the other qualifications.  For GCSEs and A-Levels, staff are following the national guidelines in formulating the rank order and centre assessed grades for each qualification.  This is a mammoth task as we have over 2100 GCSEs to establish and 400 A-Levels.   If you would like more information on this please visit the government website via this link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020

 

I have set up a dedicated e-mail address for any questions from students and parents regarding this.  Please do not e-mail staff directly so as to keep them free to support the at-home working but rather e-mail exams2020@phs.cheshire.sch.uk if you have any questions regarding the Year 11 or Year 13 qualifications.  We have developed a section on our website for ‘frequently asked questions’ and I would encourage you to visit there in the first instance.  This can be found on https://www.phs.cheshire.sch.uk/news/?pid=6&nid=1&storyid=234   Please be aware I have instructed staff to not answer directly any questions regarding the grading of qualifications so as to ensure that the most accurate, fair and consistent message will be given. 

 

Plans for the potential restart of the school system

I fully expect that the government will announce some details on Sunday regarding the potential re-introduction of a targeted group of students back into schools.  There is great debate nationally over who will be this target group with the press suggesting it will be Year 10 and Year 12, scientific advice dependent.  There is even greater debate over the date from which such a re-introduction will start but again I suspect that a date will be given in either June or early July for secondary schools to start to re-introduce the target year groups back into schools in some guise, possibly over a 2 to 3 week re-introduction phase.  The provision for key worker families and vulnerable young people will continue as now as we have remained open to these students throughout lockdown.  If such a re-introduction phase is established, all other non-targeted year groups will remain at home, hence the roll out of our Feedback-Observation-Interaction learning strategy.  I believe that we will have approximately a 3-week notice period by government from an announcement to the start of the re-introduction phase. 

Here at Poynton High School we are working on a four phase approach to the potential re-starting of our school:

  • Pre-opening phase; we have already started this across school. This includes such work as...painting of classrooms and corridors, deep cleaning of carpets across the schools, deep cleaning of offices, ‘ULV fogging disinfectant cleaning’ of all rooms (Inc. classrooms, offices, bathrooms and toilets), removal of furniture from rooms to support enforced social distancing, installation of Perspex screens in receptions and canteens, etc.  I have had this established now for a number of weeks.
  • Partial –Targeted phase, i.e. where we open for specific targeted students, as determined by government, on a partial basis (most likely to be Yr10 & Yr12). I would expect that this will be from June through to July however I must stress that these dates are not confirmed and are simply the dates I am working towards for planning and preparation purposes.  In addition to this we will need to focus on Yr6 induction as the ‘rising’ year 7 cohort.  We are working with our partner primary schools to ensure that this is a full community approach.
  • Partial-Full phase, i.e. where we open for all students on a partial basis; students possibly doing 1 day per week in school with 4 days home learning, on a rota basis. I would expect that this will be most of the Autumn Term. I am working on modelling this as 20% of young people in school at any one point with 60—75% of the staffing. This is entirely for modelling purposes.  Again, it may be that the scientific evidence suggests that schools can reopen fully however I must plan for all eventualities and a model where all students are in fully is the simplest model to establish as that is a full return to normal.  I am therefore planning on the basis of the most complicated system to establish in order to ensure we are able to get it up and running as quickly, smoothly and safely as possible. 
  • Full Phase, i.e. full return for all students. I would not expect this until 2021 however this is entirely conjecture. We will be led by the science and DfE guidance.

In order to have any form of restarting of the system I have been working on various pre-opening strategies and the planning for running a school under socially distancing guidelines.  To that end, I wanted to give you a flavour of some of the strategies that I am working on so that you can begin to support your child over what a return to school may look like.  I am concerned about the impact on students possibly returning to a system that they have never witnessed and that they would have to adhere to without question and therefore if you could sit down and discuss the content of this letter with them I would be very grateful.  Please note, these strategies are not in any particular priority order, I am simply offering them to you as a wide range of examples:

  • External Visitors. We will not be allowing external visitors to school during the Partial-Targeted Phase. Parent/carer and professional meetings will need to be undertaken via telephone or video conference. Where this is not possible, school will have a room with appropriate Plexiglas screening available.
  • Mini Schools and School One-Way Systems. We will be establishing a strict one-way corridor system across school. To support this, we are modelling splitting schools into separate zones with separate entrances. This will allow us to reduce cross-population between young people coming into school and they will effectively be educated in a school within a school.  At present I am modelling this on the basis of School N, School H and School S.  Each school will have, as part of their ‘recovery curriculum’, a keen focus on their respective citizenship theme of National, Health and Service.  This is very much in the early form of planning but if it were to be Years 10, 12 and key work family children as the initial returners to school, I would establish Year 12 as ‘School Service’, Year 10 as ‘School National’ and the key worker family students in ‘School Health’.  These themes lend themselves nicely to supporting the personal, social, health and citizenship education programmes that we will need to establish to support the transition of students from lock down back to school. 
  • Removal of furniture. We will be removing furniture from rooms in order to change the physical environment to support social distancing, e.g. only 10 desks per room with 10 chairs, a taped 2m exclusion zone around the teacher desk and whiteboard, etc.
  • New staff working areas. We will be ‘commandeering‘ parts of school to be designated as staff working areas where these are socially distanced. Each member of staff would have their own desk, chair, working space, etc. and this would be labelled accordingly
  • Calendar. We are working on the basis of a significant overhaul of the autumn term school calendar, for example...a virtual approach to parents evenings and information evenings, no external trips or field courses, new approach to open evenings, etc.
  • Assemblies. Currently working on the basis of no physical assemblies but a process by which assemblies and collective worship is filmed and circulated electronically.
  • Staff Code of Dress and Student Uniform. It is highly unlikely that we will return with ties and blazers. We need to reduce the amount of fabric that staff and parents/carers need to wash in order to encourage a good personal approach to hygiene
  • PPE packs for staff.  We are working on the basis of providing staff with a ‘daily pack’. This could include for example, 2 masks, 2 pairs of gloves, daily lanyard, etc. The exact pack will be determined by the scientific evidence from the DfE. At present, I am modelling the requirement for 2200 masks, 2200 pairs of gloves, 1100 aprons, 440 hand sanitisers and 2.6km of barrier tape PER WEEK to support our PPE approach across the 5 schools within our multi-academy trust.  We will be guided by the government in regard to any potential provision of PPE for students. 
  • Staff and Student Re-socialisation. I am working on a plan to support our staff returning first and then our young people. We need to ensure that we protect our own mental health and well-being through open and transparent communication of our strategies. It will be a shock for all involved to have left our school in early March to return in June/July to a ‘new world order’
  • Medical Care. We are increasing the capacity within medical care teams and also increasing the space available to support.  I will be securing a major section of school to act as a medical care facility where support can be given to any member of our in-school community who is perhaps feeling unwell or exhibiting symptoms. 
  • School Transport.  We are actively assessing the impact on school transport based on various scenarios of returning target groups.  More details of this would be released in due course when we know more from government regarding a return cohort. 
  • Students with care plans.  Specific arrangements are being made to support the re-introduction of students with care plans back into schools.  Our Learning Support Team will make contact as soon as we have further guidance over the specific target group of students for returning. 

 

Staff have been working extensively to support in-school learning, home-learning, management of the site and the planning for the re-introduction of the school system.  I am so very grateful for their support and dedication and wanted to take a moment to formally thank them within this letter.  I am humbled to serve them, and you, through this time. 

 

As you can imagine, the level of detail over the planning and risk assessment for our eventual re-opening of school is extensive.  Before such a time that we do open more fully I will provide you with a full briefing document so that you can see exactly what the plans are to support both students coming in and those who are remaining at home.  I must stress however, that this is entirely conjecture on my part.  All of the detail in this letter regarding the potential restart of the system is not fact.  This is for modelling purposes and active planning.  The Prime Minister will make an announcement on Sunday and this may or may not include information about schools.  However, I am aware that the constant media speculation is having a detrimental impact on the well-being of staff, students and parents and carers.  The constant ‘will they?’, ‘won’t they?’, ‘how will they?’ is leading to a great deal of speculation, uncertainty and in some cases anxiety and fear.  The purpose of my letter is to give you some indication of the extensive planning and the modelling that we are undertaking and the sheer magnitude of the challenges of returning to an in-school system under social distancing guidelines.  I hope that we will achieve further clarity over the weekend on both the expectation on schools for future schooling and the scientific evidence for supporting social distancing in a school setting.

 

I very much appreciate that this letter will be analysed extensively by our school community and that you will also have a good number of additional questions, most of which I will not be able to answer.  However, if you do wish to make comment please do not hesitate to contact me (dwaugh@phs.cheshire.sch.uk) and I will endeavour to support your enquiry as best I can.  Once we know more, I may be writing to you again requesting support as it is highly likely that we will require storage solutions (for excess furniture), printing solutions (for additional signage), handwashing solutions (to increase the number of handwashing stations) and separating barriers to be able to establish one-way systems.  When I know more I will write again. 

 

All it leaves me to say is, THANK YOU!  I continue to be humbled by your support and your understanding.  I just hope, truly, that what comes out of this is a better world, and I genuinely mean that, one where we might be kinder, smile more, support more, and realign our priorities in life.  Please, stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. 

Yours faithfully

Mr David Waugh

Head Teacher

 

23/4/2020

Currently 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.

David Waugh
Head Teacher

 

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 Education 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?

The best way to find out about the Coronavirus and the government’s response is to Click here 

Specific government advice for schools can be found if you click here 

 

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 absence@phs.cheshire.sch.uk 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 Year 12 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 PowerPoint 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 sacb@phs.cheshire.sch.uk  to give her any updated Email address so that she can share this with all staff.

• It will 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 guidance 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 exams2020@phs.cheshire.sch.uk

Students in Year 10 and 12 must continue working hard as their examinations next year will take place as planned.

I am in Year 11.  What work should I do?

If you have applied to study with us in the Sixth Form you should make use of the A level preparation packs that we have produced. These are available on our website at www.phs.cheshire.sch.uk/year11preparationpacks   and it is essential that you now work hard to complete the packs for the subjects you have currently chosen which were confirmed in your offer letter.  You do not need to submit your work at this stage, and you can choose to complete it in any order that you like.  Your teachers will, however, expect to see the completed work when you join us in the autumn.  

If you are still trying to decide between subjects, then this gives you the ideal opportunity to explore a range of subjects and this may well help you to make a better informed decision on which three or four subjects you are actually going to register for.  Completing the transition packs will give you the best possible start to each of your chosen subjects. Please remember though, you must achieve the entry requirement for any subject you wish to study, all of which are detailed in the prospectus on the website.

You do not need to let us know if you now wish to change your options at this stage as you will be able to request a change of options when you are in receipt of your GCSE results in August.

If you have not yet applied to study with us and you now wish to, then please email Mrs Bibby at sacb@phs.cheshire.sch.uk to ask for the application form. 

If you are planning to take up an apprenticeship or employment with training from September there are a range of things that you can now be doing to support yourself moving forward. You will all be at slightly different stages of your applications and as such you will need to judge where you will need to start your work to support this.  This would be a great time to access help from the careers adviser, Joanne Green, who can be contacted through the following email address, joanne.green@changingeducation.co.uk . Although much new apprenticeship recruitment has temporarily ground to a halt, it would be a great time to make full use of the careers adviser to review your CV, gain assistance with completing applications, have a mock interview and research employment areas. Many interviews may be via Skype etc for the foreseeable short-term future but it would be good for you to practise this. Any of you that are looking for a job/apprenticeship would benefit from following a new programme of careers guidance that is about to be launched from the Macclesfield Pledge via Learn Live, for more information go to  https://learnliveuk.com/partner/cheshire-and-warrington-lep/ .  If you are moving on to another vocational based college then please access their website to follow their guidance over preparing for your next steps with them.

I am in Year 13.  What work should I do?

There are many things that you can now do to make yourself feel in a stronger position to start your courses in the autumn. on 21 April Mr Hardman emailed a booklet for you all produced by PiXL, which looks at each subject at degree level and suggests several tasks and activities you can be completing.  If your exact course is not included, then please choose the most relevant area of study for you. I have also listed below a number of other suggestions that you may wish to consider:

·         Research the university websites for specific guidance on preparing for the course you are planning to study.

·         Look for national and international associations linked to your subject area, such as the Geographical association, the BPS for Psychology and the Historical association etc.

·         Reread your notes in the subject you are wishing to study and possibly write some practice essays to keep yourself in the mindset of academic study.

·         Read around your subject as avidly as you can.  Any wider reading that you do will expand your confidence and understanding in your further studies.

·         Complete any relevant MOOCs, these can be found via the Future Learn website and other providers too.  You do not need to pay, you can complete them free of charge and screenshot the completion page rather than pay at the end for full certification.

If you are planning to take up an apprenticeship or employment from September there are a range of things that you can now be doing to support yourself moving forward. You will all be at slightly different stages of your applications and as such you will need to judge where you will need to start your work to support this.  This would be a great time to access help from our independent career’s adviser, Joanne Green, email her at joanne.green@changingeducation.co.uk.  Although much new apprenticeship recruitment has temporarily ground to a halt, it would be a great time to make full use of the careers adviser to review your CV, gain assistance with completing applications, have a mock interview and research employment areas. Many interviews may be via Skype etc for the foreseeable short-term future but it would be good for you to practice this. Any of you that are looking for a job/apprenticeship would benefit from following a new programme that is about to be launched from the Macclesfield Pledge, via Learn Live, which you were emailed about on 20 April.

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.

 

How do I buy from the uniform shop ?

If you need any uniform items you can contact them on info@psupoynton.co.uk

You can also order from the uniform shop online using the details below.

www.phs.uniform4you.co.uk

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.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456