Friday 20th March 2020

Good Afternoon,

You will now be aware that The Vyne, along with all other schools and colleges will be closed to the majority of students from Monday 23rd March.

We now have in place our plans for provision for students whose parents are key workers. Thank you to those parents who have indicated to us that they need to access this provision as per my communications through last week. We have communicated separately with you about how this will run. If you have any questions please contact Mr Eddie j.eddie@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

In addition thank you to those parents who have completed the form indicating their desire to access Free School Meals during this period of school closure. I have been in contact with you regarding these arrangements separately. If you have any questions please contact me n.pearce@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

For both of these provisions we will ask parents to indicate their needs for the week ahead on a Thursday to allow us to ensure we can provide staffing.

Thank you to parents for promptly providing information to enable us to get our provision in place.

To all of our families if you find yourselves in changing circumstances and need to access the key workers provision or free school meals please email enquiries@vyne.hants.sch.uk with details of the support you would like to access.

“Work@Home”

Parents will be aware that we are now turning our attention to the provision of work for students during this period. We are creating these resources at pace, attempting to tailor the resources to the students and their stage of learning. I am conscious that this break in education is concerning to parents, and of course we share that concern, but we are working to address this area.

We are adding detail to the curriculum outlines on the website under the Curriculum tab to support parents to have information about what students are learning about. Also on the “Work@Home” area of the school website under the Curriculum tab we will put a document for parents with suggestions on learning at home. “The Day” folder in each year group gives you access to an excellent resource of a student newspaper with suggested questions and activities.

Students should also be reading every day, this can be a book, magazine or blog, audiobooks are also valuable for developing vocabulary and literacy.

EPraise – work is being set on EPraise and a tutorial on our website can help to ensure that work set is visible to parents. If you are having difficulties with EPraise please contact enquiries@vyne.hants.sch.uk marking your email for Zoe Light.  

We will continue to develop both of these areas throughout the school closure.

Year 11

I hope you have seen the letter to Year 11 Parents from Thursday 19th March regarding our position that Year 11 have not yet left us and they will remain under our care until this situation is resolved and they are settled in their Year 12 provision. I am awaiting further detail about how the qualifications will be awarded using teacher assessment, mock grades and the opportunity to appeal and sit an exam at a later date, as soon as the detail of how teachers are to respond, is released I will update you. Further details on exams and grades announced

Please see an update from BCoT and QMC at the end of this letter.

Finally, we have worked this week in extraordinary circumstances to try to keep you informed of the situation and the impact for you and your families. We will continue to communicate any changes or updates, so please do check the website regularly. The school enquiries email will be monitored throughout this closure and we will do our best to address any concerns that might arise. I appreciate that this is an exceptionally difficult time and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. I look forward to the time when we reopen our doors to our students and staff again.

With best wishes

Mrs N Pearce

Headteacher

Spotlight have teamed up with Covid 19 Basingstoke which is run by members of Hampshire Council.  They will be providing food parcels for vulnerable adults and families in need and members of the Covid 19 will be coordinating volunteers to be able to distribute the parcels to homes across the area.

Any families or vulnerable adults in need of support can email food requests to admin@spotlightuk.org or call 07804 880072.

They will be open 10-4pm Monday to Saturday running from Hart House, Priestley Road RG24 9UP.  

If you wish to donate to the foodbank please email admin@spotlightuk.org.

UPDATE FROM BCOT AND QMC BELOW

Dear all,

 

During these ongoing and challenging circumstances, we wanted to get in touch with some reassurance and advice for you and your students.

Although we will be working remotely, Jess Rosic (our Schools Liaison Coordinator) and myself will both be contactable during working hours (8:30am-5pm) via email, so if you or any of your students have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Please see the FAQ below for more information:

Is my place at college still secure for September?        Yes - if you have had your conditional offer letter, your place at the college is still secure.

Is it too late to apply to BCoT for September?        No, it is not too late. Our applications are still open for the coming year, all you need to do is go to bcot.ac.uk and click ‘Apply Now’. We can then arrange your conditional offer for you.

What is the situation with the applicant events at BCoT?        Due to the Coronavirus, the applicant events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, to comply with government advice of social distancing.  We are currently arranging alternative procedures for giving offers, and BCoT will be in touch with anyone who has booked on to an applicant event soon.

 

It is important to know that your place at college is still secure.

If exams are cancelled and my predicted grades aren’t high enough for the course I have applied for, will I still get on to the course?        We are still awaiting Government guidance on how grades will be decided. However, we can guarantee that you will get a place at the college, and this will all be finalised at enrolment in August.

 

Our open event on May 11th has been cancelled until further notice, and our apprenticeship recruitment fair that was due to take place on 15th June has also been cancelled until further notice.

We also have a general enquiry inbox: nextyear@bcot.ac.uk  and this will be monitored daily, so please send any enquiries here.

 

We understand that students will be feeling anxious and concerned at this time, but please be assured that we are doing everything we can to support students and make their applicant journey to BCoT as easy as possible.

 

Best wishes, and stay well.

Emily Dewell and Jess Rosic

 

Jessica.rosic@bcot.ac.uk – School Liaison Coordinator

Emily.dewell@bcot.ac.uk – Schools Liaison Intern

Update from QMC

I wanted to share this statement from QMC with you in the hope it might offer some reassurance at this time:

“We appreciate your concerns at this unprecedented time. While the details are not yet clear we would seek to reassure all year 11s that they will not be penalised in this situation and that guidance will be given as soon as it is available. At this time your health and safety are paramount and we will have this at the forefront of all actions moving forward.”