Parent Bulletin No. 21
It is the last day of what has felt like a long term. I would like to conclude it by congratulating our students and yourselves for their positivity and ability to adapt to constantly changing and challenging situations. This last year will surely stand them in good stead for their future in terms of developing resilience. Engagement from pupils remains very high with their virtual learning and many are making excellent progress. As I have said previously, for those who find it difficult please get in touch so we may try and support.
I hope you all try and get some much needed rest next week and would advise students to take a break away from their devices and phones. Distance learning will continue after half term until we get an announcement from the Government.
Every year group had an assembly this week, either with their Progress Leader or myself. The focus of these was to recognise the positive aspects in our lives at the moment and acknowledge those students who have made an excellent effort or achievement this term. We will be repeating these after half term to encourage wellbeing and social contact with peers. Further information will be shared directly with pupils.
GCSE Update for Y11 and Y10
In my Y11 assembly on Monday I explained to students how their GCSE grades will be awarded this year. They are referred to as Centre Determined Grades (CDGs). Year 10 will also go through this process for their English Literature GCSE this year. After half term I will send an invite out to parents inviting you to a virtual presentation where I will give further information regarding how grades will be awarded this year and the process that we will follow. In the meantime, please encourage your children to complete and submit work to the best of their ability as it may be used as part of the evidence to support grading.
Year 9 Options
Pupils had their first lesson this week to support their Option Choices. On the first Tuesday back after half term (February 23) there will be a presentation via Microsoft Teams from Mr Goodson and myself for parents. We will send an invite out to your child but they do not need to view it, as much of the content has already been shared with them in the PSE lesson. On the following week there will be virtual, interactive presentations from Subject Leaders that you can choose to join. If you wish to discuss a specific issue regarding your child then please email the appropriate staff.
Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Children
If you wish to apply for a place for your child at school there is now an online form to fill in via our website. This can be found under the Parents tab on the Homepage or via the following link https://www.argoedhs.co.uk/placementbooking/
We will continue to provide places for key worker children in Year 7 and 8. If you feel your child needs to attend the school hub due to other reasons please tick the Vulnerable /ALN learner box and write the reason in the box. A member of staff will get in touch to discuss this further and offer support.
We have aimed to keep all students in contact groups and socially distanced but as numbers are increasing this is becoming more difficult. There may come a time that we need to offer the places for non-key worker children on a rota basis according to the identified need to support their learning. COVID risk is still high and so health of staff, students and their families, remains our priority.
Can I ask that you contact school no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday to request a place for the following week. This will allow us time to plan rotas and ensure we maintain a safe environment for everyone in the building.
Finally, while we may not be able to do many of the activities we would ordinarily look forward to during a school holiday I hope you manage to have some fun with your loved ones and enjoy a rest.
Take care and best wishes.
Mr P Smith