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Parent Bulletin 32

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you and your families are well.  Please note the information below, especially parents of Year 11 students.

Year 11 Leaving Arrangements

Friday, 28th May, will be the last day of school for our Year 11 students. During the day there will be a series of presentations and activities to celebrate and acknowledge their time with us.  We will be inviting School Governors and a guest speaker to join us on the day.  School will finish slightly earlier for Year 11 on that day at 2.00 pm.  If you require us to keep your child until 3.05 pm, please let us know.

Centre Determined Grades and Appeals

By next week, all Year 11 pupils and Year 10 in English Literature will have completed their assessments.  These will then go through a series of quality checks and moderation.  Provisional grades will be released to students in mid June.  We will confirm the exact date shortly.  If a student thinks there has been an error in one of their CDGs, they can request a review.  Beyond this, an appeal can also be made to WJEC in August.  Click here for information for parents and pupils, from Qualifications Wales, regarding this process.

Please find below information that we have been asked to make parents aware of:

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Our procedure is that you should go for a PCR test (not an LFT test) and email the negative result or have 10 days isolation before returning to school.  If a child is displaying symptoms, siblings must stay off isolating too.  If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

If your child has had a covid vaccination (first & second), please inform school and confirm the date they received the vaccination to enable us to update our records.

Entering LFT Results into the Government Portal

Below is an extract from a communication we received from TTP:

Since the start of April, 67% of all positive LFD cases reported through to TTP, are cases that had been incorrectly recorded on the Gov.uk portal.  Whilst human error can occur, this can have a knock on effect on school bubbles being isolated, teachers being sent home and households isolating, as a precaution.  This could result in pupils missing out on learning or assessments and staff having to pull resources together at the last minute. 

The recommendation of Test, Trace, and Protect Schools (TTPS) is to access the portal via a laptop, computer or tablet, as this enables you to see the website in more detail.  It is the mobile phone website that is causing the problems.

In the event that a LFT result is recorded incorrectly, then please follow these steps:

1.    Take a photo of the LFD test; clearly displaying the test ID

2.    Email/phone school to advise them that you have incorrectly entered the result

3.    Isolate the household until you receive a call from TTPS

4.    TTPS will then call you and advise you what happens next

Please note, when accessing the reporting portal, it is vital that the test ID number matches what is on the LFD test itself; if an incorrect test number is added then this could impact the verification procedure.

When it comes to selecting the outcome of the test, please take extra care with reporting the result, as this cannot be changed once submitted.

Free School Meals

Click here for the eligibility criteria for applying for Free School Meals, together with the application forms for County Hall, for your information.

School Transport September 2021

Please note the information below which we have received from Flintshire:

As you will be aware over the last couple of years we have changed the way in which parents apply for school transport.  The process has worked extremely well and we have therefore continued with the same process for a number of years.

For your information, I have included a copy of the timetable below.  Please note all parents need to complete the application form for school transport online (I have attached the link to the online form and process below)

http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Schools/School-Transport-Application.aspx

School Transport Timetable 2021/2022

Admission YearApplication Forms AvailableClosing DateApplications AssessedNotification of EligibilityNotification of Transport Arrangements
Primary (Reception)01/03/202131/05/202131/05/2021 – 25/06/2021By 02/07/2021By 16/07/2021
Secondary Year01/03/202131/05/202131/05/2021 – 25/06/2021By 02/07/2021By 16/07/2021

The above timetable shows a closing date for parents to complete applications by the 31st May 2021 and whilst we have received a high number of application forms to date, I would be grateful if you could please encourage parents of Year 11 pupils to

apply for free home to school transport for Sixth Form for September 2021 as soon as possible.

I understand the majority of pupils will still be considering options available to them, however, I would be grateful if you could please remind parents the requirement to re-apply for school transport for Sixth Form.

Yours faithfully

Mr P Smith

Headteacher