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This information was posted on Friday, 03-04-20, 3.00pm

​As we come to the end of our second week of school closure we want to thank you for all the support you are giving your pupils at home, especially in helping them access their learning.  Over the last couple of weeks teachers have been telephoning families to offer help and support and the feedback is that you have found these calls useful.  Please do be in touch if there is any more that we can do.  Over Easter we are not asking teachers to make calls.  If you urgently need to be in touch please call the school or use the details on the contact us page of the website.

Children of Critical Workers / Vulnerable children: We remain grateful that so many parents and carers have made real efforts to find alternatives to school for their children’s care. That has enabled us to reduce to a minimum the number of staff who are travelling outside their home and also to cope with the reducing numbers of staff available to work in our schools.  The school will remain open over the Easter break (including the bank holidays) to the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

Easter Homeworking: The school website is being constantly updated with ideas for home learning during the Easter break.  The activities we have planned aim to be interactive, fun and creative.  We would love to see how children get on over Easter.  You can send pictures in the usual way using the school Twitter feed.

Free School Meals: The vast majority of families who qualify for free school meals have managed to access their vouchers (£15/week/child).  Some parents have applied for free school meals this week and have been successful and have received their first vouchers.  To apply please visit click here.

Staying Safe Online:  There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

Social Distancing: We would like to remind parents and carers how important the ‘stay at home’ message is. It is hard for everyone, but it is so important that we all do all we can to reduce any contact beyond our household to the absolute minimum. Please remember, it is now completely clear that families must stay at home other than in a very limited set of circumstances and that children cannot socialise with one another. Please do all you can to support the NHS and slow the spread of the virus.

Please find below details about awarding grades this summer

Letter to Students Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Grades for GCSE

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This information was posted on Friday, 27-03-20, 3.00pm

To all our parents, carers and staff, we would like to wish you a peaceful weekend.  It’s been a really challenging week as our schools have had to put plans in place incredibly rapidly and as our families have had to get used to children at home, establishing a new routine and ways of handling the new restrictions on our movement.  Once again, thank you so much for your patience and support as we all try to adjust to the new situation.

Children of Key Workers/Vulnerable children: We remain grateful that so many parents and carers have made real efforts to find alternatives to school for their children’s care.  That has enabled us to reduce to a minimum the number of staff who are travelling outside their home and also to cope with the reducing numbers of staff available to work in our schools.

Free School Meals:  We are really pleased with the success of the voucher system we have implemented this week.  The vast majority of families have managed to access the voucher and many have now successfully used them in supermarkets.  Schools will be trying to contact parents who have not accessed the vouchers to try to support families in receiving this vital financial support in these difficult times.  If you click on the Free School Meals link on the school website, you will see that we have raised the amount for next week to £16.10 (this is because we can currently only issue vouchers in multiples of £2.30) and will ensure future vouchers are to the value of £15 once the software allows us to do so.  If you have any queries, please continue to email FSM@yhclt.net and we will do our best to answer as quickly as possible.

We would like to remind you that if your circumstances have changed with the challenges of the current situation and you believe your child may now be eligible for Free School Meals, please apply as this is a significant boost to family income at this very difficult time.  Please check the link on the school website or directly on: 

http://www.hull.gov.uk/education-and-schools/schools/free-school-meals

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-meals/free-school-meals/

Hull City Council will  prioritise new applications so you should hear very quickly if your child is eligible.  This will mean we then add you to our list and you will receive vouchers to help you provide for your family in these trying times.  We will do all we can to help you with this.

Online learning/home learning packages:  Thank you for your support in keeping your children engaged in their learning..  We never underestimate how much work this is, so are grateful for all you are doing.  We will continue to develop our learning packages and are constantly looking for ways we can support our families and our children. 

Social Distancing:  We would like to remind parents and carers how important the ‘stay at home’ message is.  It is hard for everyone, but it is so important that we all do all we can to reduce any contact beyond our household to the absolute minimum. Please remember, it is now completely clear that families must stay at home other than in a very limited set of circumstances and that children cannot socialise with one another.  Please do all you can to support the NHS and slow the spread of the virus.

In these unsettling and difficult days, although it is challenging, we know our families, children and staff are doing their very best to stay positive and resilient.  Please look after yourselves and stay safe. Thank you for all you are doing.

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This information was posted on Tuesday, 24-03-20, 3.00pm

As the situation and measures taken by the government intensify, the picture is definitely changing unbelievably rapidly.  The lockdown announced by the government yesterday intensifies the pressure on our families and our schools even further, asking as many of us as possible to stay at home, other than in the very limited and specific circumstances given by the government.  Please believe how much we appreciate the support you are giving us and we will continue to do our very best to support you.

Children of Key Workers/Vulnerable children: We are very grateful that so many parents and carers have made real efforts to find alternatives to school for their children’s care.  That has enabled us to reduce to a minimum the number of staff who are travelling outside their home. Thank you very much for your support on this please do keep trying your very best only to send your children to school as an absolute last resort. In fact two of our schools did not have any pupils requiring care today and we were able to close those schools.  We will make sure we keep parents informed where this is the case.

Free School Meals:  We are really pleased that we have succeeded in getting all our families whose children qualify for Free School Meals registered to receive a voucher, which will enable them to buy food at a supermarket to the value of the Free School Meals.  This will enable many more families to follow the government instruction to stay at home. Texts are being sent out this afternoon and we know these are being successfully received and acted upon, as we track the parents and carers who have activated the vouchers.  Please continue to let us know of any problems on the email address you have been given for queries FSM@YHCLT.net .  It may be that your circumstances have changed with the challenges of the current situation and you may find your child is now eligible for Free School Meals.  If this is the case, please check this website for a link or, depending whether you live in Hull or the East Riding, use the appropriate link here: 

http://www.hull.gov.uk/education-and-schools/schools/free-school-meals

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-meals/free-school-meals/

Hull City Council have told us they are prioritising processing any application so you should hear very quickly if your child is eligible.  This will mean we then add you to our list and you will receive vouchers to help you provide for your family in these trying times. We will do all we can to help you with this.

Online learning/home learning packages:  We are continuing to provide home learning packages for all our pupils.  We are still very much occupied with managing the ever changing picture, but please rest assured our teachers and teaching assistants are busy preparing ongoing work for your children.  It will be really important that your children continue to learn and I know you will want to provide some structure for your children’s day that school previously provided. We do not underestimate how challenging this will be and how stressful and difficult some children – and parents – will find this.  We will aim to send out helpful information on this over the next few days with some suggestions for ways to establish a routine for your children. We will also be working really hard on providing some online tuition where we possibly can. We will keep in touch with you on this and also ask you to keep checking back on the school website for updates.

Social Distancing:  Clearly the lockdown now announced by the government means we must all recognise the absolute importance of social distancing.  We all need to take very difficult but socially responsible actions. It is now completely clear that families must stay at home other than in a very limited set of circumstances and that children cannot socialise with one another. This is really hard for children and their families.  Nothing can make this easy, but all we can do is know that if we all do our best to keep children away from others, we will be doing the best we can to slow and halt the spread of the virus.

We think often of the huge challenges our children and their families are facing and I am sure you think of the challenges our staff and schools are facing.  Please look after yourselves and stay safe. Thank you for all you are doing.

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This information was posted on 23-03-20, 3.00pm

The past few days will have been very  worrying for you and for all of us.  Thank you very much for your supportive comments and cooperation with all the measures we had to put in place so rapidly following the announcement of school closures.  It has been very difficult for all our pupils and we are full of admiration for how sensibly and maturely they have responded.

Unfortunately the picture continues to change incredibly rapidly. Following the government’s announcements on Friday evening, we may now be moving swiftly towards a complete lockdown across the country.  It is very clear that unless we practise the most rigorous social distancing, we risk the NHS being overwhelmed.  It is vital that we reduce movement around the city and the country and we want as many of our staff as possible to be able to stay safe at home with their own families.

Children of Key Workers/Vulnerable children: Our schools all remain open for the time being, with a ‘skeleton’ staff in place to care for the children of key workers and a small number of vulnerable pupils.  We are immensely grateful to the parents of these children who have heeded our request and the reports on the media to try their very hardest to find an alternative to sending their children to school.  Thank you so much for this and please do keep trying your very hardest only to send your children to school as an absolute last resort.

Free School Meals:  We are doing our very best to support families whose children qualify for Free School Meals.  We have registered for the government scheme to provide vouchers for families in place of Free School Meals. We are making excellent progress with registering and completing all the administration for this and are really hopeful these barcode ‘vouchers’ will be with you very soon, allowing you to purchase food for your family up to the value of the Free School Meals.  Please look out for a text/email update later giving you details of how this will work.  We will do our best to get you that update later today or tomorrow.

Online learning/home learning packages:  We are continuing to work on providing home learning packages for all our schools.  This will become our highest priority once the immediate organisational challenges of school closure are dealt with.  Thank you for your patience as we work on this across all our schools. It will be really important that your children continue to learn and I know you will want to provide some structure for your children’s day that school previously provided.  We do not underestimate how challenging this will be and how stressful and difficult some children – and parents – will find this.  We will aim to send out helpful information on this over the next few days with some suggestions for ways to establish a routine for your children.  We will also be working really hard on providing some online tuition if we possibly can.  We will keep in touch with you on this and also keep checking back on the school website for updates.

Social Distancing:  We all need to take very difficult but socially responsible actions.  We do urge you as parents and carers to do your absolute best to ensure that your children remain at home and do NOT go out to play or socialise with others unsupervised.  Government guidance on this is not entirely clear; it is obviously good for children to get some exercise and fresh air.  However, please try to make sure that this is only in the company of an adult who can ensure that children and young people remain 2 metres apart; cycling is suggested as a possible activity.  This is a really difficult time but if we can all do our best to keep children away from others, we will be doing the best we can to slow and halt the spread of the virus.

We are facing such huge challenges as families, schools and a country.   I am sure that none of us expected a few short weeks ago, when we were planning all the usual events and arrangements for the second half of the year, that we would find ourselves in this position today.  Once again, thank you very much for your support and please be assured that we are here to support and help.  Please keep checking the school website for updates.

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This information was posted on 20-03-20, 3.00pm

As all parents and carers are aware, schools are working very hard and very fast to try to put in place all the necessary arrangements for continuing to keep our schools open for vulnerable children and children of key workers from Monday.  Thank you very much for your understanding and support over these difficult days; messages of support have been very gratefully received. We will continue to do all we can to support your children and you over the coming weeks.

From the end of this week all schools will be closed until further notice to all children other than those included in the categories below.  The government is asking parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. “Schools remain safe places, but the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.”  We know this means we are asking the majority of our parents and carers to make arrangements to keep their children at home and we know this is not easy, particularly as we have no idea how long this may be for. We are doing our best to provide learning packages for those children at home, but please be patient as we get details of this finalised. All schools are making their own arrangements, often with online learning, but also with reading books and other resources. If you have not already received these work packages, they will shortly be with you or details will be posted on the school website.

Free School Meals: Children entitled to Free School Meals will not qualify for care at school unless they are in one of the categories below.  However, we want to do our best to support families by providing food. As you may know, the government is intending to put in place a voucher system which will provide families with direct support from the central government in place of Free School Meals. However, in the meantime, we will provide meals to all children who are in school (in the two categories below).  For those who will be staying at home, if you are ‘social distancing’ and wish to receive a school meal, the school will arrange for you to collect a ‘grab bag’ each day. The school will let you know the arrangements for this directly. If you are ‘self isolating’ (see below), we will do our best to deliver a grab bag to you if you let us know you are in this group.

Children for whom the school will provide care during school hours  this includes

1  Children of key workers, vital to the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  The government has now defined who is included in this group. All parents should already have had contact from the school to establish which of our children are in this category and of these, which children’s parents are unable to provide care for during school hours.  We would urge parents to note that our schools are under huge pressure. We are willingly doing our best to provide good quality care, but are also dealing with very significant staff shortages. If key worker parents can possibly provide care for their children we are very grateful to them for doing so.  If you have not yet let the school know you are a key worker who needs care, please do so urgently, so school knows who and how many children to expect on Monday.

2  EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan)/Vulnerable children School will provide care and support at school for all children with an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) and for some other vulnerable children.  Parents and carers will have received contact directly from school to discuss whether care is needed.

Self Isolating:  We would like to remind you that it remains important that parents continue to follow the government advice that children and all members of the household should stay at home for 14 days if they or a member of their family have:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • a high temperature (fever)

Please see the government website for more detailed guidance on self isolation: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Social Distancing: In addition, we would like to remind parents of children who will not qualify for care at school, but who are ‘social distancing’, please remember, as the government states: “Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions and parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.”  This means that you and your children should stay at home and should only be going out for essential purposes such as shopping for food.  Interaction beyond the direct family should be avoided. You may need to go out for fresh air or exercise but you should be avoiding contact and social interaction with others.

Once again, thank you very much for your support and please be assured that we are here to support and help.  Please keep checking the school website for updates.

We will continue to follow Public Health England and the Department for Education guidance on all matters to do with the virus and will act according to any requirements from the government.

For further information please consult the guidance for education settings:

COVID-19: guidance for education settings

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This information was posted on 19-03-20, 2.45pm

Following the government announcement of school closures yesterday, our school and all schools in our Trust are working very hard to organise the provision of support for parents as required by the government and the Department for Education.

We will post further details tomorrow of the provision we are able to offer.

From the end of this week school will be closed until further notice to all children other than those included in the categories below.  We will do our best to provide online learning for those children at home, but please be patient as we get details of this finalised.  Please also note that we will do our very best to communicate clearly with parents and carers regarding all future arrangements, so please do not listen to or act on rumour or speculation. Please keep checking the school website for updates.

Key workers: We have sent out a survey to all parents/carers asking for those who are key workers (defined so far as those working in the NHS, Emergency Services, Education, Social Care, Elderly Care and Medical or Food delivery) to identify themselves and let us know if they require care for their child next week.  If you have not already done so, please make sure you complete the survey or contact the school directly to let us know you are a key worker and require care for your child.

EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan): In addition we will provide care and support at school for all children with an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) and some other vulnerable children.  In these cases, we will contact parents and carers directly today or tomorrow to organise this care.

It remains important that parents of those children who will be provided with care at school from Monday onwards continue to follow the government advice that children and all members of the household should stay at home for 14 days if they or a member of their family have:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • a high temperature (fever)

Please see the government website for more detailed guidance on self isolation: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

If parents have queries as to whether they should keep their child off school, current government advice is to use the NHS 111 online service for advice and to ring NHS 111 only if you cannot get help online.  If your child is in one of the groups of children who will continue to receive care at school but you decide to keep your child off school you need to let the school know via the normal absence line, making it clear if your child is off because you are self isolating for the above symptoms.

We will continue to follow Public Health England and the Department for Education guidance on all matters to do with the virus and will act according to any requirements from the government.

For further information please consult the guidance for education settings:

COVID-19: guidance for education settings

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This information was posted on 18-03-20, 7.55pm

Y11 and Y9 will be in school Thursday and Y11 and Y8 on Friday, following the statement from the government today plans from Monday will not be as previously issued.  Full details and further arrangements will be posted here tomorrow.

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This information was posted on 18-03-20, 1.40pm

I hope you are all keeping well.  Attendance for Y11 and Y10 is really high today. Thank you.  I have emailed Y7, Y8 and Y9 students today and will continue to do so daily for those who are not in school, so we keep in touch and make sure we have set enough work and work that you can do.

As social distancing has been recommended can I ask that you apply that sensibly as parents and reduce the socialising/going out of your child with other friends, reducing the risk to themselves, your family and to the wider Newland family of staff and students.  Your co-operation is very much appreciated.

Please logon to Doddle Learn with the username and password we gave you yesterday.  For those who were absent from school yesterday they have been sent in the post and should be with your shortly.  For those who requested hard copies these will be printed for you and ready to take home with you when you are in school.

Try to keep your day as normal as possible.  Do you lessons in your timetable order and email your teachers to let them know you have finished your work or if you need some help to complete it.

School will be open tomorrow for Y11 and Y9 pupils.  We look forward to welcoming Y9 back.  We have sent Y10 home today with hard copies of their work for those who requested it and a lot of work has been put on google classroom and Newland Independence Site.

Educational Programmes on Freeview TV: Thursday, March 19th

Time Channel Name Channel number (freeview) Title
9am Planet Knowledge 265 History Cold case
10am Yesterday 25 WW2 battles for Europe
12.30pm Planet Knowledge 265 Inside the wildfire
12.30pm SCN 266 Usain Bolt, bukka etc
3pm Sony movie action 40 The winds of war
7.05pm BBC children’s channel 204 Horrible Histories
9pm BBC Four 9

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This information was posted on 17-03-20, 1.39pm

Yesterday I took the decision, in the short term, to stop all face to face meetings with people external to school, all trips and events, parents evenings, concerts and external services.  This will be from today until the Easter holiday.  This will mean postponing:

Spring Concert                                 March 24th

RSE Consultation Meeting            March 25th & March 31st

Parental Forum                                March 25th

Y10 Parents Evening                      March 26th

Although the RSE Meeting is no longer going ahead, the consultation will still continue and as per the letter sent Friday, March 13th and we welcome your feedback online.

All meetings we are asking to be conducted by telephone in as far as this is possible. Could I please ask that you as parents support us in this and phone the school regarding any issues/queries you may have, rather than coming into school.

Following the escalation yesterday in action to suppress the virus by the government, we have experienced unprecedented staffing issues.  I am unable to secure an adequate number of cover teachers to operate the school safely with all year groups in school.  Therefore from tomorrow school will be open for two year groups only per day.  We will follow the schedule below:

Date Year groups for which the school is open
Wednesday, March 18th Y11 & Y10
Thursday, March 19th Y11 & Y9
Friday, March 20th Y11 & Y8
Monday, March 23rd Y11 & Y7
Tuesday, March 24th Y11 & Y10
Wednesday, March 25th Y11 & Y9
Thursday, March 26th Y11 & Y8
Friday, March 27th Y11 & Y7
Monday, March 30th Y11 & Y10
Tuesday, March, 31st Y11 & Y9
Wednesday, April 1st Y11 & Y8
Thursday, April 2nd Y11 & Y7
Friday, April 3rd Y11 only

Unfortunately we will be unable to run any afterschool classes or clubs until after Easter.

We have no reported cases of covid-19.  Self-isolation by staff and students is a purely precautionary measure in an attempt to keep your child, the staff and their families safe.

There is no direction from government to close schools at this time and I will do everything I possibly can to keep to the schedule I have put together.  If I am unable to maintain it I will of course inform you.

As government decisions are moving quickly I will ensure that a daily update is placed upon the website, please use this as your information board.  You can of course contact me directly on callaghanv@yhclt.net, but please remember in order to keep this school open I too will be teaching full days and will not always be available to respond immediately, but I will respond.  We are entering unprecedented times and whilst I cannot provide you with firm answers of what will happen in one or two weeks’ time, I will do my very best, along with my staff, to provide some normality for those in school and work online for those not in school.

Mrs Martinson, Mrs Edwards and I have access to the school mobile phones.  Numbers are:

  • 07519896325  Ms Callaghan
  • 07955360009  Mrs Martinson
  • 07553614473 Mrs C Edwards

If you wish to contact between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm please do so.

As a contingency for full or partial closure, staff have placed work online:

Y7 and Y8: ALL subjects have set work on DODDLE.  This will be per lesson for the next two weeks minimum. All students have been provided with their login details

Y9: All core subjects have set work on DODDLE – English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, RE. Login details are attached to this letter. Work has been set per lesson for the next two weeks. Options subjects have set work via their google classroom.

Y10: All core subjects have set work on Newland Independence available from Thursday March 19th – English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, RE. All students require a google login to access this. Options subjects have set work via their google classroom.

Year 11: All subjects have set work on Newland Independence. All students require a google login to access this. Options subjects have set work via their google classroom. Newland Independence work is divided into revision topics by week. All students have been provided with a hard copy of their individual revision planner to direct them to the work for each week and also with a hard copy pack of past exam papers and mark schemes to complete.

Both Doddle and Newland Independence can be accessed from the student page of our website.

Yours sincerely

V Callaghan

Headteacher

For further information please consult the guidance for education settings:

COVID-19: guidance for education settings