FAQs for Students September 2020

1. When will I arrive for school and have my breaks?

Year groups

Start time

Break time

Start                       End

Lunch time

Start                       End

End time

7 & 8

8.20

9.45

10.10

12.05

12.40

2.40

9

8.30

10.50

11.10

12.40

1.10

2.45

10 & 11

8.30

10.50

11.10

1.10

1.50

2.50

12

8.30

9.50

10.10

12.10

12.40

2.50/3.50

13

8.20

10.50

11.10

1.10

1.50

2.50/3.50

 

2.  Where will I be taught all of my lessons and where do I go at social time?

Year

Entry & before school/Exit point

Year base

Break

Lunch

Toilets

7

Stoughton Avenue entrance, Canopy area

Science Block

Red Hot diner and canopy area

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

S Block

8

Chatsworth Road entrance, E playground

English Block

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

E Block

9

Chatsworth Road entrance, then through the small gym

B, D and external S block rooms

Red Hot diner and canopy area

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

E Block (Break)

A Block (Lunch)

10

Stoughton Avenue entrance, M playground

Maths Block

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

A Block

11

Chatsworth Road entrance, MUGA through black gates

Humanities and Languages Blocks

MUGA

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

MUGA

12

Chatsworth Road entrance, Social Zone

X Block

Social Zone

Social Zone

X Block

13

Chatsworth Road entrance,

Duo Zone

X Block

Duo Zone

Duo Zone

X Bock

 

 

 

3. What do I need to do to keep myself and others safe?

 

  • Wash hands regularly and sanitise every lesson
  • Do not have any physical contact with anyone else
  • Do not share equipment and water bottles
  • Stay in your year group bubble
  • Give space to other students and adults
  • If you travel by public bus and the face mask you wear in school must be different to the one you wear on public transport.   

4. Do I need a face mask?

  • You MUST bring a face mask and a bag to put it in every day.
  • The face mask must be plain and have no writing or logos on it.
  • There will be times when you are asked to wear your face mask, e.g. when moving between specialist lessons, queuing for the bus, a fire drill and in certain lessons to allow practical activities. 
  • If you have a relevant medical condition will not be expected to wear a face mask and a ‘pass card’ will be issued. Your parents/carers need to email the school if you have a medical condition meaning you cannot wear a mask.
  • When coming into and leaving the school site, we recommend that you wear face masks as they could come into contact with students outside your year bubble. 
  • We recommend that, in general, you do not wear masks in lessons to enable best possible communication between yourself and staff.   If you wish to wear a mask in all your lessons, your parents/carers need to email the school so that staff are aware.

 

5. How will the ‘Test and Trace’ system work?

 

  • The school is actively engaging with the NHS Test and Trace system.  
  • The system allows health care professionals to track who may have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • They can then help everyone keep safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19 by advising these people to isolate.
  • An isolated case of Covid-19 at the school will not necessarily lead to immediate closure. We will take advice from our local Health Protection Team and do what is best for the school community.

 

6. What do I bring to school?

 

  • You will not have a locker for the first few weeks so bring only what you need
  • Pencil case – no pens or pencils can be shared or given out so make sure you have all your equipment
  • A full water bottle.  The canteen will be open for you at break and lunchtime but you can bring a packed lunch if you wish.
  • You will be expected to take home your exercise books/folders at the end of every day – it is YOUR responsibility to bring them in the following lesson.

 

7. Do I wear school uniform?

 

  • Yes, students need to be in full school uniform including lanyards. 

 

8. Will I be studying all of my subjects?

 

  • Yes, all students will continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum.

 

9. What will lessons be like? Will they be the same as before?

 

  • There will be seating plans for every lesson.
  • You will not be allowed out of your seat unless your teacher has given you permission.
  • Expectations remain high – teachers will be planning high quality lessons as before.
  • Some lessons may be a little different as there are some activities that we cannot currently offer, for example, some contact sports.

 

10. Will I be taught by subject-specialists?

 

  • Yes, staff are allowed to move between bubbles but students are not

 

11. Will I be taught with the same students for every lesson?

 

  • Year 7 & 8 will be taught in the same groups for every subject.  This will be set on ability.  Some Year 8 students may temporarily find themselves in a different set to last year. 
  • Years 9 to 13: No. You will stay with your year group but not the same group of students. This means that setting of groups can happen.

 

12. Will my eg. Technology lessons be taught in technology rooms?

 

  • Yes, students will move to specialist classrooms for subjects needing specialist equipment to allow the curriculum to be delivered. 
  • For subjects not requiring specialist rooms you will move between classrooms within the bubble and your teachers will come to you
  • You must pay particular attention to additional health and safety requirements in these areas. 

 

13. Will I be able to use the toilets during the school day?

 

  • Yes! But you need to use only your allocated toilets.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds after use.
  • Students have a responsibility to keep them tidy and use them correctly.
  • Toilets will be cleaned throughout the day.

 

14. What do I do at break time?

 

  • You must go directly to your allocated area and remain within it for the whole of break.
  • You can only socialise with friends who are in the same year group and bubble as you.
  • To help other students move through the school safely, you may be asked to move from an area.  You must make sure you follow instructions quickly and sensibly. 

 

15. Will I be able to attend after school clubs?

 

  • No, not for the first half term. This includes all PE clubs and musical instrument lessons.  The only after school provision will be homework club (until 4pm) and intervention for students in the exam years.

 

16. I have some lessons in PLUS or receive TA support. Will I still get this help?

 

  • Yes, but PLUS will be changed to make sure you stay within your year group bubble
  • You will need to remain 1m – 2m apart

 

17. What happens if I am ill and need to self-isolate for 14 days?

 

  • Online lessons will be set as per school closure. These lessons will follow in-school learning so that you do not fall behind.

 

18. Will I still have PE lessons?

 

  • Yes – being active is really important!
  • PE changing rooms will be cleaned before each lesson to allow students to change safely. 
  • There will be some changes to activities due to Covid-19 restrictions and your teachers will explain these to you.

 

19. What can I do if I am very worried about returning to school?

 

  • If you are worried about coming back to school, speak to your parents/carers at home. If still worried, ask them to contact your Year Team who will who know how best to support you. 
  • A student’s ‘wellbeing’ programme will run throughout the year.