Friday 29th May 2020
Year 10 Update
You may be aware that the government has released further guidance regarding secondary schools and face to face contact with Year 10 students, and changed the date from which we can have Year 10 students on site.
On 24 May the Prime Minister announced that secondary schools should plan on the basis that from the week commencing 15 June, they can invite year 10 pupils back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers, subject to the government’s 5 tests being met.
The guidance states that the government is asking secondary schools to offer this face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups.
As such we are required to re-organise our Keeping in Touch Sessions for Year 10 with their Tutor Team. A big thank you to those parents that have already signed up and I am sorry to have to change the plans at such short notice. If you have already booked, please rebook as we have not assumed that the same time will be suitable on these new dates.
The Keeping in Touch sessions for Year 10 with their Tutor Team will now take place on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June. Each appointment will last 20 minutes and will give each student an academic update and a chance to discuss any other pastoral issues that may be affecting them at this difficult time. Each child that attends will be given a report style document to take home that includes information from their English, Maths, Science and options teachers. For students that cannot attend we will send these reports home.
This is not a return to full time education in school for Year 10 and is a one-off session to offer pastoral and academic support during this unprecedented time.
The appointment times are available using the parent booking system for parents evening. Please visit https://thevyne.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ to book your appointment. Login is completed using the following information:
Your First Name
Your Email Address (this is the address used to receive all school communication emails - if this is not entered the same as what is on the school system you will not be able to book an appointment)
Student’s First Name
Student’s Legal Surname
Student’s Date of Birth
We aim to hold these appointments outside, next to our 3G pitch. We ask the children to take a seat in the designated area which will allow staff and students to socially distance from each other. There is no requirement to wear school uniform.
10RTR to meet with Mrs Carter
10KGL to meet with Mrs Guzzi and Miss Julian
10VST to meet with Mrs Scott
10HTL to meet with Miss Turnbull
10ZLT to meet with Mrs Light
10KDJ to meet with Mrs Daish
If you have any concerns with this process please do contact:
In addition to the Keeping in Touch Meetings Year 10 will also be given the opportunity to complete End of Year Assessments in English, Maths, Science and their Options subjects.
The week commencing 15th June will be a Revision Week. Students will have access to topic lists of areas to focus their revision. No regular classwork will be set at this time to allow students to focus on their revision.
The week commencing 22nd June Year 10 students will sit their Maths, English and Science End of Year Assessments. These will be posted home to students and will include a stamped addressed envelope so that they can be returned to the school for teachers to assess.
The week commencing 29th June Year 10 Students will sit their Options exams at home and will then receive a ‘walk through’ online to allow them to self-mark their assessment with teacher guidance.
Students will receive feedback from their English, Maths and Science assessments either via email or via telephone on the week commencing 13th July.
Alongside this support for Year 10 we are working on developing the provision offered through Google Classroom and planning for September.
I would like to thank you for your support and understanding at this time and ask that you keep in touch with your child’s tutor if we can offer any further support.
Assistant Headteacher (Lead for Year 10 Cohort)
Message from Hampshire County Council
A thank you to Hampshire pupils and students
Year 9 GCSE Options
A big thank you to all the Year 9 students. Despite the disruption to school life the GCSE Options process is now complete and apart from some last minute trouble-shooting we are good to go with the next stage of their learning.
After half term, the Year 9s will officially drop some subjects and start the learning required for Year 10. Everything will continue as it has in English, maths and science but there will be new work set to the following schedule:
Well done to all involved who helped make the options process run so smoothly.
Year 11 Update
BCOT Applications - Not yet got an offer?
If you have completed and submitted an application to BCOT make sure you have got an offer.
What if I don’t have an offer from BCOT?
Send an email to BCOT at: firstname.lastname@example.org letting them know that you would like an offer.
Thank you to those who have submitted your request. You still have plenty of time to register your interest in a ‘Class of 2020’ Hoodie.
If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr Peebles | Mrs Gibson
Mental Health Awareness Week
I am sure many of you are already aware that it is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is so important that we all take care of ourselves both physically and mentally and support each other especially through these difficult times. Mind is a fantastic organisation who are working very hard to remove the stigma of mental health and get us all talking. Their website has lots of useful help and advice including a number of useful apps which your children may find helpful. Please follow the link below:
Please also see below 2 further links, the first of which is Calm Zone from Childline which provides some useful exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress, and the second, a guide to support parents whose children are struggling with their mental health.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health and well being please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Family Support Team via email@example.com.
Contacts for issues to do with: -
Free school meals vouchers firstname.lastname@example.org
In school provision for keyworker students email@example.com
Year 7 Mr A Morey firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8 Mr M Duffy email@example.com
Year 9 Ms K Cunio firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Mrs L Guzzi email@example.com
Year 11 Mr K Peebles firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Support Line for families, education settings and professions during covid-19
In line with government policy around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) remains available to contact for all. We are offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:
• A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for families, education staff and other professionals in Hampshire;
• available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;
• for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.
Please phone the number below for your local area:
• North (Basingstoke): 01252 814 835
• South (Havant): 02392 441 497
• East (Rushmoor): 01252 814 729
• West (Winchester): 01962 876 239
• Isle of Wight: 02392 441 497
We recognise that we are living through unprecedented times. Things are changing daily and the impact on day-to-day life is significant. There are many helpful sources of advice and support available; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) have put together a collection of key links which are available:
https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/young-people/coronavirus-help-support-and-advice/- Advice for children, young people and families from Hampshire CAMHS, with a wide range of helpful links
https://www.rcslt.org/-/media/docs/Covid/uk-england-advice-for-children-and-young-people.pdf?la=en&hash=B7AEBAAB7914AEF9ED9F3E7F678F3E8EE7C77C0C – provides general advice and many other helpful links for parents, carers and people who work with children
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to- coronavirus/ - The Children’s Commissioner have produced a colourful, downloadable guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people, with lots of ideas about how to make the best of their time at home
https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1 - an app for 10-18 year olds designed to educate about mental health and wellbeing, also with specific covid-19 updates
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.