Important Year 10 Parent Information

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Dear Year 10 Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for your ongoing support and for your responses to the online survey last week. This provided valuable information to help us plan for the reopening of the school.

The Prime Minister gave further clarification on the phased opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 in his announcement on Sunday 24th May. Pupils will begin a gradual return to their studies from Monday 15th June, with a maximum 25% of pupils allowed in school on the same day. Please read this letter in conjunction with the detailed information outlined in my previous communications, as well as the school’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment, which is available on the school website.

I would now like to give you an outline plan of how we intend to implement the phased reopening for Year 10. This is provisional and highly dependent on regularly changing guidance from government, and close monitoring of our local context, in relation to Covid-19 trends:

 

Dates Focus Information
w/c 8th June Staff Reintegration and Preparation Larger numbers of teachers will be in school to prepare for reopening, plan for the curriculum delivery and ensure that they are aware of the new measures being put in place to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.
w/c 15th June Pastoral Care and Reintegration All pupils will be offered an appointment with their form tutor, or another member of staff if their tutor is not available.

 

Appointments will be socially distanced, take place on a 1-2-1 basis. Pupils are welcome to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and will leave school after their meeting.

 

The purpose of these meetings is to focus on pupils’ wellbeing, discuss how their studies are going and to provide them with key information about the new regime and measures which will exist in the school, in order to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.

 

All parents will receive a personal call to arrange this appointment from Monday 8th June. If you stated that your child would not be returning to school in the on-line survey, you will still receive this call. Please inform the caller if you do not wish for your child to come into school.

 

As the appointments will be staggered throughout the week, pupils will need to make suitable travel arrangements. We advise that they walk to school or are transported to school by members of their own household, if possible.

 

No canteen facilities will be available for pupils coming in for appointments with tutors.

22nd June-17th July Curriculum Delivery We intend to give each pupil one extended session in each of the subjects they study before the end of term. These sessions are intended to supplement their online learning.

 

To ensure we only ever have up to 25% of Year 10 in at any one time, this will mean that each pupil will attend school on one day per week. Your child will be taught on the same day each week, with different subject content delivered on each occasion they are in school.

 

Pupils will receive their timetables during w/c 15th June.

 

The structure of the school day during this time will be as follows:

 

From 8.45: Staggered entry

9.30-11.15: Session 1

11.15-11.30: Break/staggered lesson changeover

11.30-1.15: Session 2

From 1.15: Staggered dismissal

 

No canteen facilities will be available, and children will return home for lunch.

 

The change to the school day has been put in place to avoid travel at the busiest times in the day and to minimise potential contacts within the school day.

 

All pupils must wear their full school uniform and, if the weather allows, refrain from wearing outdoor coats. They should not bring school bags. A folder will be provided for them to carry their exercise book and school planner. School will not be issuing physical resources and IT facilities will not be in use.

 

Pupils must come equipped with at least a pen, pencil and ruler and not share equipment with others. Pupils should bring their own bottled water to school as dispensers will not be in use.

In line with Government guidance and advice from Public Health England, personal protective equipment (PPE) use in school will only be occasionally necessary, for example if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying coronavirus symptoms.

This plan may change slightly, radically or entirely, so I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and ongoing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Important Year 12 Parent Information

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Dear Year 12 Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for your ongoing support and for your responses to the online survey last week. This provided valuable information to help us plan for the reopening of the school.

The Prime Minister gave further clarification on the phased opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 in his announcement on Sunday 24th May. Pupils will begin a gradual return to their studies from Monday 15th June, with a maximum 25% of pupils allowed in school on the same day. Please read this letter in conjunction with the detailed information outlined in my previous communications, as well as the school’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment, which is available on the school website.

I would now like to give you an outline plan of how we intend to implement the phased reopening for Year 12. This is provisional and highly dependent on regularly changing guidance from the government, and close monitoring of our local context, in relation to Covid-19 trends:

Dates Focus Information
w/c 8th June Staff Reintegration and Preparation Larger numbers of teachers will be in school to prepare for reopening, plan for the curriculum delivery and ensure that they are aware of the new measures being put in place to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.
w/c 15th June Pastoral Care and Reintegration All pupils will be offered an appointment with their form tutor, or another member of staff if their tutor is not available.

 

Appointments will be socially distanced, take place on a 1-2-1 basis. Pupils are welcome to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and will leave school after their meeting.

 

The purpose of these meetings is to focus on pupils’ wellbeing, discuss how their studies are going and to provide them with key information about the new regime and measures which will exist in the school, in order to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.

 

All parents will receive a personal call to arrange this appointment from Monday 8th June. If you stated that your child would not be returning to school in the on-line survey, you will still receive this call. Please inform the caller if you do not wish for your child to come into school.

 

As the appointments will be staggered throughout the week, pupils will need to make suitable travel arrangements. We advise that they walk to school or are transported to school by members of their own household, if possible.

 

No canteen facilities will be available for pupils coming in for appointments with tutors.

22nd June-17th July Curriculum Delivery and Futures Work. To ensure we only ever have up to 25% of Year 12 in at any one time we will give each pupil one extended session in each of the subjects they study before the end of term. These sessions are intended to supplement their online learning, address any misconceptions and help guide future online learning.

We will also arrange some Futures sessions, where Year 12 students will begin to plan for university application or employment.

 

Pupils will receive their timetables during w/c 15th June.

 

No canteen facilities will be available, and children will return home for lunch.

 

The change to the school day has been put in place to avoid travel at the busiest times in the day and to minimise potential contacts within the school day.

All pupils must wear their full school uniform and, if the weather allows, refrain from wearing outdoor coats. They should not bring school bags. A folder will be provided for them to carry their course materials  and school planner. School will not be issuing physical resources and IT facilities will not be in use.

Pupils must come equipped with at least a pen, pencil and ruler and not share equipment with others. Pupils should bring their own bottled water to school as dispensers will not be in use.

In line with Government guidance and advice from Public Health England, personal protective equipment (PPE) use in school will only be occasionally necessary, for example if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying coronavirus symptoms.

This plan may change slightly, radically or entirely, so I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and ongoing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Important Year 11 Prom Information

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As you now know, we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the Year 11 prom. Due to the fact that we have no way of knowing when, where or what we would be able to offer the students as a way of replacement our only option at this stage is to cancel and issue refunds for the ticket price paid. We are aware that families may have spent substantial amounts of money on everything that goes into making prom so special for the students and we are very sorry that we are unable to offer anything more certain at this stage. We still intend to celebrate all of the students hard work and achievements with them in some way when we return to normality and government guidance allows.

Important Parent Information 01/06/2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The Prime Minister gave further clarification on the phased opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 in his announcement on Sunday 24th May. The intention is for students in these year groups to begin a gradual return to their studies from Monday 15th June. Please read this letter in conjunction with the detailed information outlined in my letter on Thursday 21st May.

In the light of this announcement, I would like to give you an outline plan of how the phased reopening of the school may look for Years 10 and 12. This is provisional and highly dependent on regularly changing guidance from government, and close monitoring of our local context, in relation to Covid-19 trends:

  1. There will be no extension to the current arrangements during w/c 1st June. We will continue provision for vulnerable young people and the children of essential workers.
  2. In advance of 15th June, we will have more teachers in school to allow them to prepare for the phased reopening, and ensure they receive the training and information they need to allow us to welcome more students back to school.
  3. From mid-June, we would like Years 10 and 12 to have some face-to-face time with their form tutors and other pastoral staff.
  4. From late-June, it is hoped that Years 10 and 12 will receive some face-to-face curriculum input in the subjects they are studying.

This plan may change slightly, radically or entirely, so I would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. I will keep parents fully informed as plans develop.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Cancellation of Work Experience

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Dear Parent/Guardian

Due to the current corona-virus situation, the decision has regrettably had to be taken to cancel all work experience placements for year 10 and 12 students due to take place in July 2020. We understand that this is an unfortunate situation especially if your son or daughter has already secured a placement but the health, safety and welfare of all students and indeed employers must be considered first and foremost. Due to reduced staffing levels it is not possible to carry out the relevant checks and visits to ensure this.

Employers have also indicated they will be reluctant to take students on placements as they will be trying to return to normality within their businesses at this unprecedented time.

As students were responsible for organising their own placements could I ask you all to please contact employers to let them know that placements will no longer be going ahead as planned.

I am currently exploring other avenues to try and provide an alternative virtual form of work experience for students. Further details will follow.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Stobbs

Leadership of Careers and Character Education

Bishop Wilkinson Trust – Primary School Business Manager

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Primary School Business Manager vacancy

Hours: TTO + 2 weeks Salary: SCP 32 – 35 (£34,788 – £37,849 pro-rata to TTO)

Required: September 2020

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust is seeking to appoint an experienced School Business Manager across two of our primary academies – St John Boste Catholic Primary, Washington and St Michaels’ Catholic Primary, Houghton Le Spring. This position offers an exciting opportunity for an existing School Business Manager to advance their career and lead the support functions in two successful primary schools.

As the Business Manager, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Teams of both primary schools and will have exceptional organisational, time management and planning skills. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, be enthusiastic for the role, have the ability to motivate others, as well as a successful record of being able to negotiate with both internal and external customers. The experience, enthusiasm for the School Business profession and flexibility required to support more than one school is essential.

Working closely with the Headteachers within both primary schools and the Chief Operations Officer within the Trust, the core purpose of the role will be to support the Headteachers with all business innovation, Health and Safety, Financial Monitoring, Facilities Management, Personnel and Administrative aspects of the two Primary Schools.

The post holder will be responsible for all administrative staff across the two schools. It is expected that the successful candidate will already have a proven track record in meeting the needs of a Primary School Business Manager. The successful applicant will be someone who can deal discreetly with confidential information, meeting different needs of stakeholders.

Applications are invited from prospective candidates in education or public sector settings who are able to demonstrate that they are able to meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification.

Completed application forms should be returned to:

Mrs Louise Levy

Chief Operations Officer

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

c/o Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Old Durham Road

Gateshead, NE9 6RZ.

Usually our Headteachers would warmly welcome and encourage visits to our schools prior to prospective candidates submitting application forms. However, in these exceptional circumstances, we are happy to arrange telephone appointments to answer any initial questions. Please contact: Mrs Denise Cushlow at St John Boste via email to arrange the appointment on Mainschool@stjohnbosteprimary.org.uk and/or Mrs Madeleine Wilson at St Michael’s office@stmichaelscatholicschool.co.uk .

Closing Date for applications to be received: Friday 29th May 2020 at 12 noon
Interviews to be held either by Video Conference or in school (depending on government guidelines at that time): Friday 5th June 2020

Application forms, job description and further details may be obtained from either of the school websites, or the website of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust.

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Important Parent Information 21/05/2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As I am sure that you are aware, there have been recent government announcements regarding the phased reopening of schools, as well as the awarding of grades to Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students. I would like to update you on how Cardinal Hume Catholic School is responding to these announcements.

I would like to thank parents your invaluable support of the school and for supporting the young people with their home learning. I am under no illusion about the challenges presented in keeping your children focused and motivated in a home context.

I hope you have found the weekly parent bulletins useful and informative; a reminder that these are published every Friday in the Bulletins tile on the homepage of the school website.

 

Phased Reopening of Schools

 

We continue to offer regular, full-time schooling to vulnerable young people and the children of essential workers. This remains the case and this provision is unaffected by any wider reopening of the school.

It is the aim of the government to commence a phased reopening of schools no earlier than 1st June 2020. Children in primary schools have been prioritised in this process of reintegration, but it is also the aim that students in Year 10 and 12 will get some time with their teachers before the school holidays in July. Due to the challenges presented by social distancing measures, the government have made it clear that any phased reopening will be on a limited basis to help Year 10 and 12 students plan for their exams next year. However, schools will only be permitted to return if Covid-19 infections continue to decrease.

At Cardinal Hume, we have carried out a rigorous risk assessment and are currently making plans to welcome Year 10 and 12 learners, when we feel that this planning will adequately mitigate risks. I must make it clear that schools cannot eliminate the risks associated with Covid-19, but I would like to reassure you that we will do everything in our power to guard against them. A copy of the risk assessment will be available for parents from Monday 1st June. Ultimately, the care, well-being and safety of the young people in the school are paramount in our approach to any reopening of the school.

To assist with our planning, all parents of Year 10 and 12 students will soon receive a text message with a link to a short survey. This survey is intended to ascertain the number pupils we may expect to return to school, once it is permissible. Please complete your response within 24 hours of receipt.

Pupils attending school will expected to adhere to usual standards in terms of uniform, hair style and personal school equipment. The school behaviour policy may be modified to address the challenges of social distancing, but I cannot stress enough that learners must embrace the more strict, controlled and disciplined environment that we must create to keep everyone safe. I have no doubt that our excellent students will not let us down.

We are closely following local, government and trade union guidance on reopening and considering the regional variations associated with the virus to inform our decision making. We are also working with the Board of Directors of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust in our approach. A statement from the Board of Directors is available below.

Message from the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust Board of Directors

 

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust Board of Directors want to assure all families that all of our schools and staff are working hard to ensure that your child is not only provided with the possible support, guidance and provision during these very unsettled times but is also kept safe and well.  The Head Teacher of each school has completed a Trust wide Risk Assessment, designed to reflect the individual needs and circumstances of each school.  Our Head Teachers, with the full support of the Board, will be making decisions and plans about what happens in each school on a day-to-day basis based on their own information, requirements and provision.

 

Learning from Home

We appreciate all the time and effort our young people and families have put into studying from home.

Looking ahead to after half term, Module 4 materials will be available for Year 7 and 8 students on the theme of ‘A Brave New World.’ Annually, Module 4 allows our pupils to make links and connections across subjects through a common theme and this will continue in our online provision.

Year 9 now join Years 10 and 12 with lesson by lesson delivery ensuring that all pupils receive bespoke materials in line with their school timetables. Pupils simply click on the subject and then their specific class in the ‘lessons’ folder to access their teacher’s resources.

The staff team are constantly developing their materials and approaches to support our students in their remote learning. There will also be more opportunities for pupils to review their progress and submit work in the coming weeks. This will enable staff to have a better understanding of your child’s progress. Moving forward, we will look to develop the online provision for pupil feedback and support, whilst tailoring procedures to suit the distinct needs of Cardinal Hume Catholic School.

We also realise there are numerous online resources that you may wish to use to guide your child’s learning. In order to make this process easier the’ Interactive Learning’ folder on the ‘Learning from Home’ portal categorises materials by subject and all the websites have been approved for use by our staff team.

Alongside lesson by lesson materials, the ‘Learning from Home’ portal contains several further folders to help our pupils. Please take the time to look through the enrichment, library and careers folders, as these contain ‘virtual’ opportunities ranging from visiting the Museum of Natural History to ideas for keeping active. We know that education is about the whole child and these folders help to ensure our pupils are able to access materials beyond the demands of the curriculum.

If you haven’t already read them our guides to Learning from Home for pupils, parents and carers are on the website and offer advice for effective home study. Updates, advice and guidance will also continue to be published weekly in our parent bulletin.

 

Calculated Grades

Although students will not sit GCSE, A level or Vocational examinations this summer, the government has stated that students will receive a calculated grade in all the courses they were due to complete. These calculated grades will have the same credibility as grades awarded in other years, and will allow students to progress to Sixth Form, College or University. They will be recognised by employers nationally in the same way examination grades usually are.

The calculated grades will be based on information supplied by schools to examination boards, who will make some statistical adjustments to ensure grades are awarded fairly across the country. Staff are working to ensure that all information is considered and that all of our students receive full credit for their hard work and commitment.

Please note that schools will not receive calculated grades from examination boards until just before results day.  As in normal years, schools must follow regulations imposed by the examinations regulator, Ofqual, about the security and confidentiality of grades, and we will not be able release any information before the usual times in August.

We hope that, as in years past, we are able to celebrate many exceptional achievements when students receive their results.  We will be in touch further about this process as more information becomes available and ensure that students and families have advice and support at that time to help make decisions about progression to Sixth Form, university, apprenticeships and employment.

 

Thanks again for your support – as a school community we are looking forward to a return to relative normality in the coming weeks and months. Take care and stay safe.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

School Term Dates 2020 – 2021

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School Term Dates 2020 – 2021
  From To Half Term
Autumn Tues 1 Sept 2020 Fri 18 Dec 2020 Mon 26 Oct 2020 to
Fri 30 Oct 2020
Spring Mon 4 Jan 2021 Thurs 1 April 2021 Mon 15 Feb 2021 to
Fri 19 Feb 2021
Summer Mon 19 Apr 2021 Fri 16 July 2021 Mon 31 May 2021 to Fri 4 June 2021

(including bank holiday 31st May)

 

In addition

Monday 3rd May 2021 – Bank Holiday

 

Training days – School Closed for all pupils

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Friday 2nd July 2021

 

Autumn Term 2021

Return to school on

Monday 6th September 2021 (Staffing Training – Closed to Pupils)

Tuesday 7th September 2021 (Staff Training – Closed to Pupils)

 

Free Flow Info for Parents

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Cardinal Hume Catholic School is committed to working closely in partnership with parents to ensure that all our students flourish, both academically and as a member of our community.  Research has shown that parental engagement in their child’s learning can have a significant impact on progress and attitudes to learning.

Freeflowinfo is a web-based platform that supports parental engagement. It enables us to communicate with you directly about the many events and activities in which your child may participate in school,  supporting you in being fully engaged with your child’s education.

Further details about Freeflowinfo are available on our website and you can also visit www.freeflowinfo.co.uk. If you are happy to be involved in the project, please complete and return the consent form and return it to school as soon as possible.

The Cardinal’s Virtues

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a draft edition that was created before recent events and only focuses on events that have recently happened in the school or had already been planned in the school. Changes have been made to some of these events, such as the planned tree planting and sporting fixtures that may have been affected.