Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College

Covid-19: school closing early on Fri 23rd Oct - click for latest info

Important updates concerning the Covid-19 pandemic

Update 20th October:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from the positive cases of Covid-19 we have had in school the governors and I have taken the decision to close the school early at 12.45 on Friday 23rd October 2020 in order to start the enhanced deep clean and fogging of the school site.

As it is the end of the half-term we will also make Friday a non-uniform day.

I appreciate that this may be short notice for some so if childcare is an issue for you we will be able to accommodate some students in the hall until 15.30. Please indicate your choices on the reply slip attached to this letter and hand in to your daughter’s head of year.

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

Mrs M Hayden
Headteacher
 


Update 19th October (scroll down for further important messages):

Updated risk assessment

 


Update 15th October 2020:

For information on how to book an online parents' evening appointment click here.

Year group presentations can be accessed here

 


Update 8th September (scroll down for further important messages):

Updated risk assessment

 


Update 3rd September:

 


Update 25th August 2020:

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

I hope you and your families are well and you are looking forward to returning to school in September. As we approach the start of the new academic year I wanted to update the school community on our plans going forward in line with the Education Secretary’s latest announcements.

Students will be placed in ‘bubbles’ (as per government guidance) and, moving forward, years 10-13 will be in year group bubbles; year 9 are in half-year-group bubbles and years 7 and 8 will be in class bubbles. This has meant that students will be moved into ability groups which may affect which form group they are placed in this academic year; this is because the bubbles must be maintained throughout the school day, form time included. These bubbles will be kept together at break and lunch with designated playground areas as well as in lessons and they will use designated toilets. For their protection and yours, as family members, they must not mix with students from other bubbles.

School will reopen to all students in September however this will be a phased return for students to ensure that they fully understand the changes to school procedure and environment including fire drills and lock down protocol. This will ensure that from Monday 14th September all students fully understand what they need to do and the expectations we have for them moving forward in order to keep each other safe.

Around school, your daughter will notice lots of signage to promote good hygiene and practice; there will be new procedures in place which they will be shown and talked through and we have also introduced one-way systems in the maths, English and humanities blocks. In other places around the college, where possible, we have designated entrance- and exit-only doors. Break and lunch times are now split for KS3, KS4 and KS5 to reduce numbers in the canteen. All students will have to go into the lunch hall at their year group/class’s designated time, regardless of whether they are having school dinners as we must maintain the class/year group bubbles.

It is important to stress that no student or member of staff should be attending school if they are unwell for any reason; any student or member of staff who is taken unwell during the school day will be sent home.

Uniform

Students should wear their school PE uniform to school on the days they have PE and we would advise that they bring wipes and deodorant as usual. Apart from PE days, students should be in full school uniform however they will be allowed to wear plain trainers instead of shoes as we would like to encourage as many students as possible to cycle or walk to school as an alternative to using public transport.

We will also be allowing students to use a plain-coloured face covering during class change over and break as this may include brief contact with students outside of their class or year group bubble. Staff on duty around the school may also be using face masks. To prevent cross contamination students would need to have a separate face covering for use in school and one for travel home (if using public transport) along with a secure sterile bag to store face coverings when not in use. This means when students arrive at school they should sanitise their hands and change their face covering.

Timings of the School Day

Students, with the exception of year 11 and year 7, will only have one extended tutor time and one assembly per week which start at 09.00; the rest of the week they will be registered in their period 1 lesson at 09.30.

Please see below the registration times:

Week 1

Assembly

Tutor time

Arrive for start of lesson 1 

(Staggered start)

Start Time

09:00

09:00

09:25

Monday

8

7 & 11

9 & 10

Tuesday

7

8 & 10 

9 & 11

Wednesday

9

7 & 11

8 & 10

Thursday

12 & 13

7 & 9

8 &10 & 11

Friday

 

7 & 11

8 & 9 & 10

 

Week 2

Assembly

 

Tutor time

Arrive for start of lesson 1 

(Staggered start)

Start Time

09:00

09:00 

09:25

Monday

 

7 & 11

8 & 9 & 10 

Tuesday

7

8 & 10

9 & 11

Wednesday

10

7 & 11

8 & 9

Thursday

12 & 13

7 & 9

8 &10 & 11

Friday

11

8 & 9 &10 

On Monday 7th September - years 8, 9 and 10 will be in school arriving at staggered times and directed to line up on the tennis courts where they will be collected and taken to their new tutor rooms:

  • Year 8 to arrive at 09.00
  • Year 9 to arrive at 09.15
  • Year 10 to arrive at 09.30

They will spend the day in their tutor groups and will go through everything that is required for the new school year.

On Tuesday 8th September - students from years 8, 9 and 10 will have normal lessons starting at 09.30 and school will finish at 15.40 on that day. Students will be set work to do for the rest of the week online and will be back in school on Monday 14th September to start their subject lessons and follow their new timetable.

On Wednesday 9th September - year 7 students will have another Meet the Tutor session (face-to-face) in school and parents will attend a simultaneous meeting in the hall with myself and the Head of Year 7 at the following times:

09.00-10.00: tutor groups B & F

10.00-11.00: tutor groups G & J

11.00-12.00: tutor groups P & R

12.00-13.00: tutor groups T & Y

On Thursday 10th September - years 7, 11, 12 and 13 will be in school arriving at staggered times and directed to line up on the tennis courts where they will be collected and taken to their tutor rooms:

  • Year 7 to arrive at 09.00
  • Year 11 to arrive at 09.15
  • Years 12 & 13 to arrive at 09.30

They will spend the day in their tutor groups and will go through everything that is required for the new school year post-lockdown.

On Friday 11th September - students from years 7, 11, 12 and 13, will have normal lessons starting at 09.30 and school will finish at 16.30 on that day.

Monday 14th September - all students in on a normal timetable

Student Records

It is absolutely vital that we have the correct contact information for you and your emergency contacts moving forward and that your daughter’s medical information is up to date. If your child takes regular medications, uses an inhaler, EpiPen etc. it is your responsibility to ensure that we have up to date medications and medical contact information from you.

If your daughter feels unwell you must keep your child at home this is to ensure the health and safety of other students, staff and families at home and seek medical advice and follow NHS guidance and self-isolate. If someone in your household contracts Covid-19 please ensure you notify us immediately so we can ensure track and trace is effective in preventing a spread.

Exams

JCQ have confirmed that the exam boards will offer a full suite of GCSE, AS and A-level exams this autumn for any student unable to receive a calculated grade or who would like an opportunity to improve their result. The timetable for these exams will be:

  • AS & A-level exams will be from Monday 5th October until Friday 23rd October 2020; entries must be submitted by Friday 4th September 2020
  • GCSE exams will be from Monday 2nd November until Monday 23rd November 2020; entry deadline for all subjects except English & maths is Friday 18th September 2020; English and maths re- entries must be submitted by Friday 2nd October 2020

A-level students are now being issued revised grades taking the best of either the exam board calculated grades or the centre assessed grades; this is also being used for the GCSE results. There have been delays to some results being issued but the school has worked with students and parents to support them moving to the next stage of their education. The results showed an improvement on previous years’ results and in line with our improving trend and autumn predictions.

There may also be students who now wish to remain at Norbury Manor due to these uncertain times and who may now want to request a sixth form place if they had not already. If this applies to your daughter then please contact the sixth form team (Mr Dale, Ms Scarsbrook or Ms Nicholls) and make an appointment in order to be interviewed for one of our remaining places. Please be aware that some subjects may already be full.

Reminders Regarding the Canteen

The canteen will not be open at break time but will be open before school and at lunch time. Any student wishing to buy a snack for break can do so before school starts, this includes students who receive free school meals. Students are advised to bring in a drink and snack. The meals served at lunch time will all be served in ‘pots’ to speed up the service and ensure that time is available for the cleaning of tables between year groups. This will not affect the offer and the school will provide a meat and vegetarian option daily along with a range of pasta, salad and sandwiches. The canteen will be open from 08.30 until 09.20 to buy breakfast and break time snacks.

We will no longer be using cash loaders in school to top up school dinners as it requires the use of finger scans, therefore should you wish to top up your daughter’s dinner money you must use ParentPay. Alternatively, you can ask the Finance Office for a payment card to use in shops or in emergency circumstances you can put it in an envelope sealed with your daughter’s full name and tutor group and drop off to the Finance Office for processing. Your daughter will be allocated a payment ID card which will identify them as a year group and will be issued on their first induction day session with their form tutor:

  • Year 7 – blue lanyards
  • Year 8 – yellow lanyards
  • Year 9 – green lanyards
  • Year 10 – orange lanyards
  • Year 11 – pink lanyards

Visits to School

Once the school is back in session parents will not be permitted on site unless it is an emergency. The best way to contact the school is either to write a message in your daughter’s planner, phone the school office or email (school contact details are on our website). Meetings will be conducted virtually in the first instance to ensure social distancing. If you collect your daughter from school, please meet her at a safe distance, further away from the school gates to avoid congestion; it is important we maintain social distancing guidance even outside the school gates. The back gate at the junction of Green Lane and Norbury Hill will be open for an hour at the start and the end of the school day to alleviate the pressure on the front gate. Additionally, any visitors to school will be required to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire.

Attendance

The government have stated it is compulsory for all students to be in school as of September and they have increased the fines for non-attendance to £120.00. If there is a valid reason why your daughter cannot attend school please let us know as soon as possible.

We are committed to working with families finding attending school difficult by utilising our newly appointed family liaison coordinator Miss Patten and our attendance officer Mrs Bascoe-Smith to work with families.

This is a new normal for everyone and we need to continue to work together to ensure all students can continue their studies in a safe learning environment. We will be hosting parent meetings for years 8-13 and encourage your attendance as an opportunity to hear about your daughter’s year ahead. Dates are as follows:

  • Years 12 & 13 - Monday 14th September 2020
  • Year 11    - Tuesday 15th September 2020
  • Year 10    - Tuesday 22nd September 2020
  • Year 9     - Thursday 17th September 2020
  • Year 8     - Wednesday 16th September 2020

As we prepare for the return to school for staff and students next week we also come to the end of Mrs Compton’s tenure as the headteacher of Norbury Manor. On behalf of all of the Norbury community I would like to thank her for all her hard work and support and look forward to continue working with her as the CEO of The Manor Trust. Please enjoy the remaining holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in September.

Best wishes,

Mrs M Hayden

 


Update 13th August:

Key Dates for Parents 2020-21

First week back - Sept 2020

 


Update 5th August:

2020 results information for year 11 students

2020 results information for year 12/13 students

 


Update 31st July:

Revised risk assessment

 

 


Update 22nd July:

Croydon Education Directorate are asking young people to describe their experiences during lockdown; the results will help guide their thinking towards a recovery model from September. Students can complete the survey (link below) anonymously if they wish. 

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/survey/983

 


Update 17th July:

Please see the  Arrangements for September letter for detailed information concerning the reopening of the school in the autumn term.

 


Update 10th July 2020:

Croydon SEND Family Newsletter

 


Update 9th July 2020:

Please see the information below concerning the system for awarding qualifications this year:

 


Update 30th June:

Parents/carers of new students starting in September 2020 - we will shortly be publishing a link to a new page on the website with important information for new starters - please check back soon.

 


Update 10th June:

Year 10 (BFGJ) timetable 15th June - 8th July

Year 10 (PRTY) timetable 15th June - 10th July

Year 12 timetable 15th June - 16th July

Risk assessment

Please also see below letters to parents and carers of year 10 and year 12 students.

 

Letter to parents/carers of year 10 students

4th June 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you are managing with the continued lockdown and home schooling. These are very strange and difficult times for many and we are always here at school to support if you need us. 

In line with the latest government announcement we are now looking at a partial re-opening to get one quarter of year 10 in each day from the 15th June – this limit has been set by the Department for Education (DfE) for all secondary schools and will severely restrict the offer we can make to students. On this basis they will be in school on average for one day a week; however, can I ask that no student is sent in to school if they feel at all unwell for any reason. 

I did write to parents asking for your feedback on whether you thought you would send your child in, thank you to all those who completed the online survey or emailed a response - some parents are very keen for their child to return and others had some reservations. I have also spoken to some parents, representatives of the staff unions and am following the Department for Education detailed guidance to ensure that the measures we are putting in place give you, the parents and carers, reassurance.  

Above this letter are timetables of the tutorials we are running. Your daughter should be coming in for one English, maths and science (or biology, chemistry and physics if they do triple science) tutorial and on the timetable they can find their class and the date and time of their sessions; they should only be coming in when timetabled to do so.  

The school has put a range of measures in place, all designed to keep staff and students safe. There are also going to be expectations of the students regarding their behaviour to ensure that both staff and students remain safe and I have outlined all these below, please can I urge you to take time to read through all the points below as it is essential that if your daughter is returning they are clear about when they need to be in and the new protocols that will be in place. 

The school has: 

  • Arranged classes will be less than 15 in normal classrooms to ensure distancing, in line with DfE guidance 
  • Toilets will be available (science and maths block only) and these will be cleaned regularly during the day with soap refilled if necessary 
  • Students will be asked to use sanitiser on their hands before entering a building and then wash their hands in the nearest toilets when they arrive and then use hand sanitiser in the classroom before they sit down 
  • Wipes for keyboards will be available if appropriate 
  • Deep cleaning of all the rooms used will take place every afternoon 
  • Rooms used will be rotated  
  • There will be a staggered start for the sessions so that a maximum of 27 year 10 students will be arriving at any one time again this will ensure distancing 
  • Signage will be displayed around the school to remind students and staff of the basic instructions around hygiene and distancing  
  • There will NOT be any canteen facilities open in school - students can bring a drink or snacks with them but should only be drinking in the sessions and must not share food or water with any other students 
  • There will be staff on duty to supervise students arriving and leaving  
  • The school has set up a wellbeing room to support social and emotional wellbeing and students can arrange to go there by taking a timed slip from outside - this is located in the Learning Support area 
  • In the unlikely event that any student or member of staff is unwell with possible symptoms we will inform all the parents of the students they have been in contact with immediately we are aware and follow up once test results are known - this is in addition to the government’s test and trace response which would only start after a positive test result 
  • If students wish they can wear appropriate PPE; this might include a face mask and gloves but at the moment these are not compulsory; if face masks are worn they should be appropriate for school (no bandana styles please) 

The students need to: 

  • NOT attend if they are unwell for any reason – we have first aiders but they are not fully qualified nurses; if any student is taken unwell parents will be contacted and arrangements made for the child to be collected 
  • If your child has any new medical conditions please let us know 
  • Please ensure we have up to date contact details; we are aware that some children are not staying at their home address due to the virus 
  • We are relying on the students to follow instructions - this is a very different environment; there may be teething problems but students must adhere to staff instructions and follow the social distancing requirements that we are all so aware of - failure to do so may result in students being sent home for the safety of others 
  • Students should aim to get to school about 15 minutes before their session starts and should not be arriving with groups of friends; they should use the hand sanitiser that will be outside the building, then wash their hands and go straight to their classroom; when they enter the classroom they should again use the hand sanitiser available 
  • Students cannot share equipment and so must bring in their own pens, pencil, calculator (if appropriate) and any exercise books they have for the subjects; staff will have paper and pens available if required 
  • As the students cleared out their lockers at the start of the lockdown there should be no need for any to go to their lockers and we are relying on them going straight to their class 
  • As students are not going to be using their lockers, they will have to keep their mobile phones with them for their tutorials; they must be switched off and put on their desk in the classroom so that we can ensure they are not being used 
  • Students need to be in their school uniform but should NOT wear a blazer and can wear trainers if that is easier for them walking or cycling to school  
  • In line with the government guidelines we would urge as many students as possible to walk if they live within two miles from school or, if they are used to cycling, to come in on their bikes; we have delayed the start times of the sessions so if students really have to use public transport they can do so after the morning rush is finished and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that if students are using public transport then they MUST wear a face mask 
  • The best advice on school clothes is that the girls should either wash their clothes before wearing them again or store them in a plastic bag so they are kept separate from other clothes 
  • Parents can contact the school via email or call during the hours of 09.45-13.30 but we ask that they please only come in to school if absolutely necessary 

I know that maintaining home learning is hard and this is an opportunity for students to get that face-to-face contact with their teachers that will help them review the work completed so far, prepare for the work that will be set and to address any concerns students have about their education moving forward. 

It is also important that students come in to re-engage with school, they have been out of school for nearly three months and it is still another three months until September and the new school year. This is a huge period of time out of education. 

I know that some students are desperate to return and will welcome this return, some may be keen to come in but nervous about moving around and the risks associated with this. We can never remove all risk but the steps we are taking and the limited number of students who will be attending will ensure that risks are minimised.  

Finally, there will be some students who will not be able to return. They may have health conditions or be shielding someone in the household and we fully understand this, the sessions will run as tutorials and will very much be driven by the particular questions that the students attending have but if any teaching materials are used these will be posted on Show My Homework (SMH).  

Parents will make the decision on whether to send their children in as the school re-opens and each family will consider what is best for their child; however, we are required to record the reason a child, who is invited in to school, does not attend. ALL absences will be recorded as authorised but we need to ask that if you are not sending your child in you inform which of the following reasons apply: 

  1. She is shielding a member of the household who is clinically extremely vulnerable; in this case the advice is that she should only return to school if she is able to socially distance; 
  2. She is clinically extremely vulnerable herself due to a pre-existing medical condition and so is shielding herself; 
  3. She is self-isolating due to having symptoms or because someone in the household has symptoms; 
  4. It is a parental decision to keep her home. 

Please can I make clear that this is so that we can provide crucial information to the Department for Education who are monitoring the situation in schools very closely on a daily basis and that all absences will be fully authorised for the remainder of this academic year. As we have to return this data we will be following up with parents on any absences and if you know that you will not be sending your child in please can you email me stating which reason applies at acompton@nmbec.org.uk and I will record this so we are not calling you if your daughter is not in. 

Can I finish by saying we are putting in place a large number of steps to ensure that both the staff and students should be safe to come in to school and the decision to open has not been taken lightly. If the data or guidance changes we will review the situation immediately and update you however can I also say that if your daughter is unwell in any way please do not send her in. We are also telling staff who feel unwell for any reason to stay at home. 

If there is anything further that the school can do to support please do contact me. Take care. 

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Amanda Compton 

Headteacher 

 

Letter to parents/carers of year 12 students

4th June 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you are managing with the continued lockdown and home schooling. These are very strange and difficult times for many and we are always here at school to support if you need us. 

In line with the latest government announcement we are now looking at a partial re- opening to get one quarter of year 12 in each day from the 15th June – this limit has been set by the DfE for all secondary schools and will severely restrict the offer we can make to students. On this basis they will be in school on average for one day a week, however can I ask that no student is sent in to school if they feel at all unwell for any reason. 

I did write to parents asking for your feedback on whether you thought you would send your child in; thank you to all those who completed the online survey or emailed a response - some parents are very keen for their child to return and others had some reservations. I have also spoken to some parents, representatives of the staff unions and am following the Department for Education detailed guidance to ensure that the measures we are putting in place give you, the parents and carers, reassurance.  

Below this letter is a timetable of the tutorials we are running. Your daughter should be coming in for a tutorial in each of her A-level subjects and one for UCAS and on the timetable they can find their class to see the date and time of their sessions, they should only be coming in when timetabled to do so.  

The school has put a range of measures in place, all designed to keep staff and students safe. There are also going to be expectations of the students regarding their behaviour to ensure that both staff and students remain safe and I have outlined all these below, please can I urge you to take time to read through all the points below as it is essential that if your daughter is returning they are clear about when they need to be in and the new protocols that will be in place. 

The school has: 

  • Arranged classes will be less than 15 in normal classrooms to ensure distancing, in line with DfE guidance 
  • Toilets will be available (science and maths block only ) and these will be cleaned regularly during the day with soap refilled if necessary 
  • Students will be asked to use sanitiser on their hands before entering a building and then wash their hands in the nearest toilets when they arrive and then use hand sanitiser in the classroom before they sit down 
  • Wipes for keyboards will be available if appropriate 
  • Deep cleaning of all the rooms used will take place every afternoon 
  • Rooms used will be rotated  
  • There will be a staggered start for the sessions so that a maximum of 17 year 12 students will be arriving at any one time again this will ensure distancing 
  • Signage will be displayed around the school to remind students and staff of the basic instructions around hygiene and distancing  
  • There will NOT be any canteen facilities open in school - students can bring a drink or snacks with them but should only be drinking in the sessions and must not share food or water with any other students 
  • There will be staff on duty to supervise students arriving and leaving  
  • The school has set up a well being room to support social and emotional well being and students can arrange to go there by taking a timed slip from outside, this is located in the Learning Support area 
  • In the unlikely event that any student or member of staff is unwell with possible symptoms we will inform all the parents of the students they have been in contact with immediately we are aware and follow up once test results are known - this is in addition to the Governments test and trace which would only start after a positive test result 
  • If students wish they can wear appropriate PPE, this might include a face mask and gloves but at the moment these are not compulsory; if face masks are worn they should be appropriate for school (no bandana styles please) 

The students need to:

  • NOT attend if they are unwell for any reason – we have first aiders but they are not fully qualified nurses, if any student is taken unwell parents will be contacted and arrangements made for the child to be collected
  • If your child has any new medical conditions please let us know 
  • Please ensure we have up to date contact details; we are aware that some children are not staying at their home address due to the virus 
  • We are relying on the students to follow instructions - this is a very different environment; there may be teething problems but students must adhere to staff instructions and follow the social distancing requirements that we are all so aware of - failure to do so may result in students being sent home for the safety of others 
  • Students should aim to get to school about 15 minutes before their session starts and should not be arriving with groups of friends; they should use the hand sanitiser that will be outside the building, then wash their hands and then go straight to their classroom; when they enter the classroom they should again use the hand sanitiser available 
  • Students cannot share equipment and so must bring in their own pens, pencil, calculator (if appropriate) and any exercise books they have for the subjects; staff will have paper and pens available if required 
  • As the students cleared out their lockers at the start of the lockdown there should be no need for any to go to their lockers and we are relying on them going straight to their class 
  • As students are not going to be using their lockers, they will have to keep their mobile phones with them for their tutorials; they must be switched off and put on their desk in the classroom so that we can ensure they are not being used 
  • In line with the government guidelines we would urge as many students as possible to walk if they live within two miles of the school or, if they are used to cycling, to come in on their bikes; we have delayed the start times of the sessions so if students really have to use public transport they can do so after the morning rush is finished and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that if students are using public transport then they MUST wear a face mask 
  • The best advice on school clothes is that the girls should either wash their clothes before wearing them again or store them in a plastic bag so they are kept separate from other clothes 
  • Parents can contact the school via email or call during the hours of 09.45-13.30 but we ask that they please only come in to school if this is absolutely necessary 

I know that maintaining home learning is hard and this is an opportunity for students to get that face to face contact with their teachers that will help them review the work completed so far, prepare for the work that will be set and to address any concerns students have about their education moving forward. 

It is also important that students come in to re-engage with school, they have been out of school for nearly three months and it is still another three months until September and the new school year. This is a huge period of time out of education. 

I know that some students are desperate to return and will welcome this return, some may be keen to come in but nervous about moving around and the risks associated with this. We can never remove all risk but the steps we are taking and the limited number of students who will be attending will ensure that risks are minimised.  

Finally, there will be some students who will not be able to return. They may have health conditions or be shielding someone in the household and we fully understand this, the sessions will run as tutorials and will very much be driven by the particular questions that the students attending have but if any teaching materials are used these will be posted on Show My Homework (SMH).  

Parents will make the decision on whether to send their children in as the school re-opens and each family will consider what is best for their child; however, we are required to record the reason a child, who is invited in to school, does not attend. ALL absences will be recorded as authorised but we need to ask that if parents are not sending their child in they inform us which of the following reasons apply: 

  1. She is shielding a member of the household who is clinically extremely vulnerable; in this case the advice is that she should only return to school if she is able to socially distance; 
  2. She is clinically extremely vulnerable herself due to a pre-existing medical condition and so is shielding herself; 
  3. She is self isolating due to having symptoms or because some-one in the household has symptoms; 
  4. It is a parental decision to keep her home. 

Please can I make clear that this is so that we can provide crucial information to the Department for Education who are monitoring the situation in schools very closely on a daily basis and that all absences will be fully authorised for the remainder of this academic year. As we have to return the data we will be following up with parents on any absences and if you know that you will not be sending your child in please can you email me stating which reason applies at acompton@nmbec.org.uk and I will record this so we are not calling you if your daughter is not in. 

Can I finish by saying we are putting in place a large number of steps to ensure that both the staff and students should be safe to come in to school and the decision to open has not been taken lightly. If the data or guidance changes we will review the situation immediately and update you however can I also say that if your daughter is unwell in any way please do not send her in. We are also telling staff who feel unwell for any reason to stay at home. 

If there is anything further that the school can do to support please do contact me. Take care. 

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Amanda Compton 

Headteacher

 


Update 4th June:

Croydon Covid-19 SEND Information for Families Newsletter

 


Update 29th May:

Please see the letters below sent out to parents via email regarding the reopening of school. In addition, please view the support and guidance for parents and carers by Croydon's Educational Psychology Service published by Octavo. 

 

Letter to parents/carers of year 10 and 12 students

21st May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to you to update you on our plans to offer face-to-face tutorials for the students in year 10 and 12 and ask for your feedback on this. In line with the government’s announcement we are looking at getting years 10 and 12 in to school for tutorials with their subject teachers. Here is the link to the latest advice for parents from the government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june.  

The government is asking schools to provide the opportunity for students in year 10 and 12 to have face-to-face contact with their teachers as these year groups will be taking public exams next year. 

The students who come in will have a tutorial with their class teacher (if they are available and if they are shielding this may be done remotely but supervised by a member of staff on-site). This will be an opportunity to review the home learning undertaken so far and check for any misunderstandings and also to prepare students for future online work. It is also a chance for students to re-engage with school and their teachers; without this, it will be September before they return (this would mean six months with no contact) and as critical groups facing exams next year, this will support them both now and moving forward.

As I write this letter the number of new cases in London is down to zero and the R number is being closely monitored. Any plans to open are dependent on all the advice remaining to do so and all the indicators moving in the right direction. People are now moving outside more freely and are each able to socialise with one other person.  The advice is that it will be safe for students to return from the start of June and we are planning for this in a phased way.

My first priority is the health and safety of both the students and the staff and I am taking advice from the local authority and government/Department for Education.  

What I would like to do is set out some of the adjustments that would be made in school and then ask for your feedback, to help our planning, on whether you would be thinking of sending your daughter in to school.  

  • Students would be coming to school for roughly three or four tutorial sessions per week if in year 10 and one or two per week if in year 12 and a full schedule would be sent out in advance
  • There would be a maximum of 15 students in a classroom
  • Social distancing will take place in classrooms and around the school; this will be supported by staff on duty and an abundance of signage to remind people of the expectation; this will start at the school gates and be carried on throughout the buildings
  • Each classroom and office area will have hand santiser (WHO standard), wipes and tissues for students and staff
  • There will an on-site cleaner during the day who will be wiping down door handles, checking the toilets and also wiping the front gates/door access points
  • One-way systems will operate on the school site and in the buildings to reduce contact
  • To reduce the risk on public transport we would only offer tutorials starting after 10.00 but with staggered start times; year 10 BFGJ would arrive at 10.00; year 12 students at 10.30; and year 10 PRTY at 11.00
  • Each tutorial would last 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Students would go straight home at the end of the tutorial, dismissed by staff to ensure distancing, again in plenty of time to avoid any rush on public transport (anyone travelling on public transport is currently advised to wear a face mask)
  • Students are advised to walk or cycle to school whenever possible and trainers will be allowed as part of the uniform for this reason
  • Students will wear their school uniform which should be changed on arrival home and either stored separately from their other clothes or washed before being worn again
  • Deep cleaning will take place of each classroom used at the end of the day
  • Appropriate cleaning materials are used
  • There will be a first aider on site each day (with PPE) and the reception will be manned (however we would ask parents to only come in to school if it is absolutely vital to do so, otherwise please email or call)

I have set up a survey form and the link is below; could I ask that you complete the survey by Monday 25th May 2020 or reply to me directly to give me an idea of the numbers to expect. If you have any further queries or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me by email at acompton@nmbec.org.uk.

Respond to survey using this link:    

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DB3QXZT

Finally I have had a few questions about the year 10 mid-term exams that were scheduled to take place this term. We have no plans to run internal exams this academic year and will review the assessment process for next year once we have confirmation of when and how we are opening in September.

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Amanda Compton

Headteacher

 

Letter to parents/carers of students in years 7-9

21st May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

There appear to be some signs that the tight lockdown we have experienced over the last nine weeks will be relaxed subtly over time. For schools we have seen the guidance to arrange for year 10 and 12 students to have some face-to-face time with their teachers and the school is making a raft of changes to ensure that good hygiene measures, social distancing and health and safety requirements are met. These will be put in place over the next two weeks and there will be noticeable changes around the school including…

  • A one-way system both inside and outside the buildings
  • Hand sanitiser in every classroom and office space
  • A daytime cleaner appointed to monitor soap etc. during the day and undertake regular cleaning of high risk areas such as door handles, entrances and toilets
  • Currently the maximum number of students in a classroom will be 15 with students arriving and leaving at staggered times and only in school for two hours and 15 minutes per day with no breaks so that they are only in contact with a small ‘bubble’ of other students
  • Signage to support social distancing and good practice
  • No food or drink provided on the site
  • No sharing of equipment or resources
  • PPE provided for first aiders and a designated first aid area that will allow anyone who is taken unwell to be isolated

Many of these measures will remain for September but we are also continually reviewing the advice and guidance and will only open for students if it remains safe to do so. As I write this, the latest update shows that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in London in the last 24 hours and that the track-and-trace app will soon be rolled out. These are all encouraging signs but should any of the data change in an adverse way then we would immediately re-think our position.

As part of a multi-academy trust any return to school by students will have to be scrutinised by the trust board in advance with a strong focus on a far-reaching risk assessment.

There is no advice yet to bring in years 7-9 and so they are likely to remain at home until September. Many have been working hard but as time goes on we are aware that this is getting harder; we are getting feedback from them regularly through Show My Homework (SMH) and we are using this platform to also ask some wellbeing questions to see if there is any further support we can put in place for them. If we feel there are any further areas where we could offer support we will ensure a member of the pastoral team will follow up with you. I am asking form tutors to make phone contact after half-term to supplement this but if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me acompton@nmbec.org.uk or on my mobile 07749 420740.

Teachers will continue to set work on SMH, apart from over half-term, and are reviewing the curriculum for when the girls return in September. The school calendar has been revised and we are ensuring that there is maximum teaching time available, flexibility in case of any future spikes and we are working towards using Google classrooms as an alternative platform for teaching.

We recognise that students will have been out of school for a considerable period of time by September so the curriculum will be revised but also the assessment calendar and the issuing of reports. Initially, we need to ensure that the students are back in the routine of school, that they are coping with the dramatic changes that will have taken place in their lives and that we are supporting them with this. Teaching will be adapted to allow staff to focus on reviewing the home learning that has taken place and then we can look to move forward with new and engaging topics. No student should be worrying about any tests or assessments they were due to take this term. Once we know the full plans for September we will be able to advise all students of when these will take place and ensure that they have ample notice.

We are continuing to provide national meal vouchers to those who are eligible for free school meals and if your circumstances have changed and you feel you may qualify please do not hesitate to contact me (acompton@nmbec.org.uk or 07749 420740).

We are also open every day between 09.00-15.00 for children of key workers and any vulnerable students and, again, please do contact me if you feel your child falls in to either category and you would like them to come into school either every day or for some days.

In these strange times we are all doing what we can to manage ‘the new normal’ and if you feel there is anything further we can do or there are any questions you wish to raise please do feel free to contact me.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Compton

Headteacher

 


4th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we continue with the lockdown I have attached some information published by Croydon (Octavo) about supporting children at home and would remind parents that if you have any concerns about your child our pastoral team is available to talk to you; please email Ms Evans (chrisevans@nmebc.org.uk) and we will be in touch.

If you are a key worker the school is open every day from 09.00-15.00 if you wish to send your daughter in to school. The students are supervised completing work set on Show My Homework (SMH) and undertake activities run by teachers across a range of subjects. If you can let me know in advance that they are coming by emailing acompton@nmbec.org.uk I would be grateful.

I have no further news on when and how we might re-open but will let you know as soon as we hear anything definite. I understand the there is an announcement expected on Sunday from Downing Street that might transmit information concerning whether the full lockdown is being continued and how any relaxing of the lockdown might be carried out.

We are maintaining contact with students through Show My Homework and a few students have expressed concerns that there will be sanctions for them when we return if they have not completed all the work set; please can I assure you and them that this is not the case. Each student and their family are in a unique situation and all we ask is that wherever possible some basic routine is maintained and that they complete a reasonable amount of work each day but, if they are finding life under lockdown difficult, please do not force them to complete everything to the detriment of their wellbeing.  

Teachers are well aware that students will complete work at different rates and will be making time available when we return to review work completed and fill in any gaps students might have.  

As we near the end of the school for those students in year 11 could I ask you to please consider donating any school uniform you no longer need that is in a reusable condition to the school; please either bring such items to the school office or email me (acompton@nmbec.org.uk) so we can arrange to collect it.

We do want to know how students are finding life under lockdown and have asked that if they can send in any pictures, writing, poetry or details of what they have been doing then tutors would love to see it - we hope to display it around school for when we return.

Websites to support home schooling

The following link has resources on that might be interesting for students to explore during the lockdown:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources-legal-disclaimer

Additional help:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/schools-new/free-school-meals 

This site allows parents to apply for free school meals; if you think you are eligible please also email me at acompton@nmbec.org.uk to ensure you receive the extra funding quickly; we will review your case immediately.

I hope you are all managing to look after yourselves and your loved ones during this time.

Amanda Compton

Headteacher

 


24th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have now completed four weeks of school closure and the magnitude of our circumstances has really started to sink in; indeed, nothing is going to be quite the same for a long time. Yet, in the face of adversity, the school is here to help and support you.

As we continue with the lockdown I want to assure you that the school is monitoring the situation daily. We are preparing work for students to complete at home, we are supporting children of key workers and those who may be vulnerable by staying open for them (if you are a  key worker or are a parent of or a carer of a vulnerable students then the school is open Monday-Friday 09.00-15.00; students will be supervised and supported in a  range of tasks and activities - we just ask that they bring in a packed lunch and register in the main school hall). We are providing free school meal vouchers to those who are eligible and planning for when we re-open.  Throughout this situation we  have been working closely with the local authority and the Department for Education.  

Locally our community has been heavily affected by the pandemic, many of our families are facing severe changes to their personal situation with high levels of job losses and reduced working. If any parents have had their incomes severely reduced as a result of the current situation and therefore may be eligible to receive free school meals for their children then can I please ask you to access the Croydon online form (link below) regarding free school meal eligibility. If you are eligible the entitlement is being paid throughout the lockdown including during school holidays via vouchers that can be used in Tesco stores. The school can also refer families for additional support with basic food requirements so please do contact us if you feel your family would benefit from this (acompton@nmbec.org.uk or 07749 420740)

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/schools-new/free-school-meals

The Department for Education has put together some online learning resources (see links below) that can be accessed for free (please do ensure that you read the disclaimer that they have also published), and these may be useful to support the work the school is setting. If you or your daughter are having any issues accessing Show My Homework please email either myself (acompton@nmbec.org.uk) or Mr Hossain (hossain@nmbec.org.uk).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources-legal-disclaimer

I am aware how hard it is to continue home education during this lockdown and while we are keen for students to continue to work at home it needs to be reasonable and manageable and there is certainly not an expectation that students will be working for the five hours a day that they do at school; however, all students should be accessing Show My Homework regularly (unless you have notified us you do not have Internet access in which case work is being sent home) and working at home on tasks set by their teachers. For students in years 7, 8, and 9 your daughter may be set extended pieces of work to cover several lessons; this will allow them to work on a single topic sequencing their work within that topic but it will also allow them to plan their work and hopefully reduce any stress from seeing too many individual pieces of work waiting for them (something some students have reported). Some of the work set will be used to consolidate and reinforce knowledge and skills already gained at school. We always revisit topics to deepen knowledge and ensure the learning is embedded as this is an important part of the learning process - this work is equally as important as any new topics they are working on and should not be disregarded.

Students may be anxious and upset during this time and we need to ensure that physical and mental wellbeing are prioritised; the school is contacting students through Show My Homework to see how they are managing with the work and how they are coping with the lockdown and there is support we can offer to any who are struggling. If you have any concerns about your daughter please do let us know and we will support you in any way we can – please email Ms Evans (chrisevans@nmbec.org.uk).

It is a particularly worrying time for year 11 and 13 students awaiting their results –  this is normal in the run-up to the publication of results. To support all our year 11 students we have uploaded ‘moving on’ packs for a wide range of subjects to Show My Homework and they should use these to support their preparation for next year.  It is possible they have not made a final decision yet on which subjects to study but they will have access to all the subjects so can continue to work on all the possible subjects they may choose next year. Students can also use other online resources for the subjects of their choice. Year 11 and 13 students have finished their current courses and are not required to complete any further work for them. The exam boards have now confirmed that the GCSE and A level results days will remain the same this year as originally published so the A level results will be published on Thursday 13th August and GCSE results on Thursday 20th August - these will be available to collect from school from 09.30.

The school is remaining open to children of key workers and vulnerable students and if your daughter falls in to either category then please encourage her to attend provided it is safe to do so.

The school is trying to support the fight against the pandemic as much as it can and we have donated over 250 goggles from the science department to front line workers in Croydon and our technology department, supported by other staff and students have been making face visors that are being delivered to local hospitals.  

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Compton

Headteacher

 


Update 20th March: 

COLLEGE CLOSED FROM 23RD MARCH TO ALL STUDENTS (WITH EXCEPTIONS)

The government's advice is that "every child who can be safely cared for at home should be."

Schools are being asked to stay open to care for "children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home."

The college will therefore close from 23rd March until further notice to all students apart from the following categories:

  • students who receive additional support, are currently looked after (i.e. are in the care of their local authority) or who have an EHCP (education, health and care plan)
  • children of key workers - see the full list here

IMPORTANT: If you believe your child/children fits/fit one of the categories above please see this letter for further information and COMPLETE THIS SURVEY by 15.00 on Saturday 21st March.

Please note the college will be operating a skeleton service between 09.00 and 15.00 that is contingent upon the availability of healthy staff. It will not be possible to provide students in attendance with the usual full schedule of study but a range of activities will be made available.

YOUR CHILD MUST BRING A PACKED LUNCH IF THEY ATTEND SCHOOL AS REGRETTABLY WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE SCHOOL MEALS FOR STUDENTS OTHER THAN THOSE WHO NORMALLY RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS.

Please check the website for further updates and see Mrs Compton's message below for contingency measures. Mrs Compton's latest letter to parents/carers can be viewed below. Further information can be viewed on The Manor Trust's website

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time. The college wishes all those in the community continuing good health.


Dear Parents and Carers, 

As you are aware we are closed to students apart from those of key workers and with EHCPs or who are designated looked after for whom provision is being provided at Kensington Avenue Primary school; these students should enter via the main gate on Buckingham Avenue. We do not know how long we will be closed but we do anticipate that it will be for several weeks at least; we will update you by email and text once we have a re-opening date and the website will be updated accordingly.  

For any students who receive free school meals we have arranged for supermarket food cards which will be posted to the student’s home address as soon as they arrive. In addition to this we will be opening the canteen at Kensington Avenue Primary School every day for the foreseeable future and a lunch will be provided; students should use the school vehicle entrance on Kensington Avenue.    

Year 9 students still need to complete and submit their options form (due by Wednesday 1st April) during the closure so that we can create their option blocks (these were sent out on Show My Homework and posted for those without good Internet access) and year 11 and 13 students will be updated about the process for the awarding of exam grades this year as soon as this information is available. 

The coronavirus pandemic is going to have a significant effect on our students, their families and communities and we recognise that we need to support each other throughout this time so while school will be closed staff will be checking emails regularly and students have been provided with a range of work to complete at home; it is going to be important to their ongoing learning that this period of closure is used effectively by them to support their learning - we are ambitious for their futures and know that the acquisition of knowledge and skills is fundamental to this. 

During the closure school staff remain available to deal with any significant concerns you have - for any safeguarding concerns you have please email chrisevans@nmbec.org.uk or traceyscarsbrook@nmbec.org.uk  and if you have any other concerns please email acompton@nmbec.org.uk  or haydenm@nmbec.org.uk.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. 

Yours faithfully, 

Amanda Compton

Headteacher 


Dear Parents/Carers,

As you are aware, there have been many concerns raised due to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we are continuing to follow the advice of Public Health England to remain open unless directly instructed to close.

Should the need arise to close the school for any length of time in the future we have put strategies in place to ensure that there will be no loss of learning for your child.

We will be using Show My Homework to set work each day for the girls for their timetabled lessons. Your child will be expected to login to Show My Homework each morning to see what work has been set for the lessons she has that day. Each day there will be approximately six lessons of work set. This will be a mixture of worksheets, directions to online textbooks and homework books, various apps and other websites. Teachers will be monitoring whether your child has logged into Show My Homework and she will be expected to engage fully with the work set and follow any instructions for online submission as required. If your child has any problem logging into Show My Homework then please send an email to Mr Hossain who manages Show My Homework in school, his email address is hossain@nmbec.org.uk. Students will be provided with paper materials as well to support home study and can we also ask that you encourage them to read regularly, with purpose, and ensure that they do complete the work set. 

Updates regarding any closures will be emailed to parents and also be posted on the school website. Please do not contact the school office as we will email any updates as soon as we become aware of them. Can I ask that you ensure we have up-to-date contact details to ensure we can keep you informed and also to ensure that if we have health concerns about your daughter we can contact you quickly. If you have any other enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me at acompton@nmbec.org.uk and if you have any safeguarding concerns now or in the future then please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Evans: chrisevans@nmbec.org.uk.  

In school, we are supporting students with good hygiene reminders and would encourage them to carry hand sanitiser, using it regularly during the day; however, an increasing number of students are coming in with possible symptoms and we would ask parents to make sure that when students attend they are able to manage a day at school - we have increasing numbers of students who report feeling unwell during the school day and we have limited ability to monitor them. The advice on self-isolating was changed on 12th March 2020 so please follow the latest advice issued by the NHS...


Stay at home if you have Covid-19 symptoms

Stay at home for seven days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GPs surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If the symptoms deteriorate or are causing concern then call 111 or if required 999 in the event of an emergency.

For further information please visit the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.  


We are monitoring the situation carefully and will update parents/carers whenever the situation changes.

Amanda Compton, Headteacher

Photograph: NIAID-RML