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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

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Term Dates for 2020/2021

Autumn Leaves 1

Autumn Term 2020

2nd September - 3rd September

Staff Training Days

4th September

Term begins for students

26th-30th October

HALF TERM

18th December

Last Day of Term (students in school)

Daffodil

Spring Term 2021

4th January

Staff Training Day

5th January Term begins for students

15th-19th February

HALF TERM

31st March

Last Day of Term (students in school)

Garden Cornflower

Summer Term 2021

19th April

Term begins for students

5th May

May Day Bank Holiday

31st May - 4th June 

HALF TERM

16th July

Last Day of Term (students in school)

Framework for September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing as promised, to provide an outline of our plans for September’s return (see attached document for guidance for parents). We are finalising arrangements, along with a revised School Risk Assessment, that will provide the framework for provision during the autumn term. It is clear that we will need to make adjustments to how we operate.

Students will return over three days from Friday 4th September. Year 7 will start at 8.45am and fully attend school thereafter. Year 11 will also be in school on that morning only, to meet their tutors and collect timetables (Year 11 will then not return until Tuesday 8th September).

Years 8, 9 and 10 will attend school at different times on Friday 4th and Monday 7th September for a 1:1 meeting with teachers, (allocated times will be sent to families). These meetings will assess well-being and identify learning gaps.

On Tuesday 8th September all students will fully return to school, but at different times during the autumn term, in line with risk mitigation requirements:

Year Group:

Arrival Time:

Enter by:

Go to:

Leaving Time:

7

8:45am

Main School Entrance

Tutor Period

3:00pm

8

9:30am

Nazareth Playground

Lesson 1

3:10pm

9

9:20am

Main School Entrance

Lesson 1

3:25pm

10

8:55am

Main School Entrance

Tutor Period

3:05pm

11

9:10am

Nazareth Playground

Lesson 1

3:25pm

12

9:10am

Main School Entrance

Lesson 1

3:30pm

13

8:45am

Nazareth Playground

Tutor Period

3:10pm

 

During August the Site Team will be working hard to ensure that appropriate adjustments are in place before students return. We have ordered additional outside handwashing and drinking water facilities. Appropriate signage will be placed to allow us to operate a one-way system when staff and students move around the school.

Another important adjustment will be the arrangements for lunchtime. Unsurprisingly, the cafeteria has been identified as an area of transmission risk. To mitigate this, we will only be serving sandwiches and a limited range of hot food snacks during the autumn term. We would ask that wherever possible families encourage their children to bring a packed lunch to school each day. To accommodate this, we will purchase scores of additional picnic benches, with each year group allocated a zoned outside space. To increase outside recreational space, we have identified wasteland at the back of the site that will be reclaimed and ‘tarmaced’.

This has been a challenging year, with Year 13 and 11 students leaving abruptly, without the traditional school and social acknowledgement rituals. The same is true for those staff who are leaving for either retirement or promotion. Long serving teachers leaving at the end of the week are: Ms Mayes, Ms Obikoya, Mrs Brown, Mr Hirst, Ms Milosevic and Mrs Parks.

Whilst older students will move on from September, those returning have missed a significant amount of teaching time. Consequently, in the autumn term our full focus will be on students catching up and moving forward particularly those taking examinations next year. I believe that we are well placed for this endeavour, evidenced through the engagements of students throughout lockdown and almost full participation in online examinations. I am very thankful for families responding as they have, through a challenging and, no doubt at times, frustrating period.

Despite a challenging recruitment environment, we are fully staffed for September and students will return to a number of site improvements. I have been asked by the Local Authority to remind families that where possible public transport should be avoided as we return. It is also worth noting that free travel for 11-18’s has been removed by TfL and this will affect the majority of our students. For those children entitled to Free School Meals, we would encourage you to contact Pupil Support Services (Ealing) for information on how to claim financial support when using public transport to travel to school:

Pupil Support Services

0208 825 5566

pupilsupport@ealing.gov.uk

Finally, I would like to thank everybody for their support through the last few months. I look forward to seeing everybody together again in September.

Mr M Kiely

Headteacher


SEPTEMBER REOPENING PLAN 2020

Key Points

  • All children are expected back full-time at school in September
  • Attendance at school is statutory
  • We will be operating staggered start and finish times and therefore punctuality will be essential for this to run smoothly
  • Children will be placed in Year group bubbles, and we will minimise contact with other bubbles wherever possible
  • The school will use two points of entry to welcome students in the morning in order to minimise contact between bubbles
  • Children will return in full school uniform as normal
  • Face coverings (plain) must be put away in sealable plastic bags or disposed on entry

Transition and Pastoral Care

  • High priority placed on pastoral care and transition time in the first few weeks of school
  • Well-being interviews will be conducted with Year 8, 9 & 10 during the first two days of term (return to school interviews have already taken place for Year’s 11 & 13)
  • Year 7 will have an exclusive induction day on Friday 4th September

Recovery Curriculum

  • We will continue to offer a broad and ambitious curriculum and all students will continue to be taught the usual wide range of subjects for their year group
  • In September, there will be a full review of the students’ learning during the lockdown period. All teaching and learning strategies have been carefully planned and adapted to address and close any gaps in individual student’s knowledge or skills.
  • The Public exams for years’ 11 and 13 will be taking place in summer 2021 and Ofqual is currently consulting with all stakeholders on its proposals for adapting the examination requirements for each subject for this year only – the final decisions which arise from this consultation will be published during the summer holiday and we will update you on the details of this in September

Attendance and Punctuality

  • Start and finish times will continue to be staggered (see table at the end of this document)

Attendance at school will be statutory from September, except for those students who are in receipt of medical documentation from a clinical specialist directing them to shield – for more information on shielding please click here: Shielding-guidance

  • If your child is unwell during term time, you must inform the school via the school absence line on the morning of the absence, making clear if symptoms are COVID-19 related or not
  • Punctuality is essential to make the staggered system work safely, but students should avoid arriving to school significantly earlier than their start time
  • Regular attendance to school is crucial. Leave of absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please ensure that appointments for your child are arranged during out of school hours

 

The timetable below outlines each year groups start and finish time. These arrangements will be reviewed at half-term so that specific year groups do not miss additional curriculum time during period 1.

Monday – Wednesday start & finish times

Year

Start Time

Finish Time

Y7

8.45

3.00

Y8

9.30

3.10

Y9

9.20

3.25

Y10

8.55

3.05

Y11

9.10

3.25

Y12

9.10

3.30

Y13

9.10

3.10

 

Thursday & Friday start & finish times

Year

Start Time

Finish Time

Y7

8.45

3.00

Y8

9.30

3.25

Y9

9.20

3.10

Y10

8.55

3.05

Y11

9.10

3.25

Y12

9.10

3.30

Y13

9.10

3.10

 

Parental Responsibilities

The staff at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School will do all we can to keep out students safe and happy. However, we cannot control external factors, therefore many key responsibilities remain with parents and students to minimise the chances of the virus entering school. Parents should:

  • Agree to the government’s Track and Trace system
  • Encourage your child to adhere to all social distancing and safety guidelines when travelling to and from school and while on the school site
  • Encourage your child to travel straight home after school and not arrange to meet friends
  • Ensure that your child attends school every day
  • Ensure that all homework is completed on time
  • Do not, under any circumstances, send your child to school if they display any symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you are called to collect your child due to illness, you must come to school as soon as possible. The school’s decision on whether a child should be sent home will be final
  • Ensure you provide the school with up to date contact details and notify them of any changes immediately
  • Read all policies and communication updates to stay abreast of latest Covid-19 guidance

 

Practical Considerations

 Year Group Bubbles

  • Children will be arranged in forward-facing rows in the classroom
  • Children will have staggered start, break and finish times
  • Each year group will have a designated social/play area
  • There will be a staggered dismissal from lessons and break times to minimise the contact with other bubbles when moving to lessons
  • Initially we will not have full year group assemblies, but all students will access the assembly through Microsoft Teams
  • No contact sports will be taught until further notice
  • Visitors into school will be strictly limited and by appointment only - most scheduled meetings are likely to be held via Microsoft Teams or telephone
  • We will adhere to the Health and Safety measures in the government and Local Authority guidance (an updated risk assessment will be published on the school website shortly)

 

Suspected COVID-19 in school

  • Children showing symptoms will be sent home immediately and parents should arrange a test using NHS guidance (please see flow chart attached)
  • Decision of the school is final and non-negotiable
  • Remote learning will be provided during self-isolation

Confirmed COVID-19 in school

  • From September, if your child tests positive at the weekend or during a school holiday, notify school as soon as possible by emailing info@wiseman.ealing.sch.uk so we can take appropriate steps to close bubbles and prevent spread
  • If we have more than two confirmed cases within two weeks, Public Health may consider this an outbreak. School will follow their instructions which may including closing bubbles, year groups or the entire school

Local Lockdown Arrangements

  • In case of a Local Lockdown, it is likely all children other than those of critical workers and priority groups will return to accessing remote learning from home
  • School will follow advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority

Remote Education

  • If the school is forced to close, we will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver live-streamed lessons
  • Remote education will be provided for all children self-isolating or in the case of local lockdowns/ whole-school closure