Letter to Parents dated 06/01/2021

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6th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

In light of this afternoon’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, and the national lockdown implemented this week, I am writing to outline some important changes to future arrangements. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent start our students have made with their remote lessons. We are sad that we can’t have our whole school community together at this time, but I would like to reassure all parents that teachers and support staff are available in school during our normal school hours, if you need any support.

Cancellation of January Vocational Examinations – Years 10-13

After much consideration, we have taken the decision to cancel the external examinations that were due to take place from 11th January in Business, Engineering, Health & Social Care and Sport. We have received assurances that candidates will not be disadvantaged if they do not sit these assessments, and it is our judgment that it would not be fair on the students to continue with these examinations. However, I fully understand that many students will have worked extremely hard and some may wish to sit their papers as planned. If this applies to your son or daughter, please contact the school as matter of urgency, no later than Friday at 10am, for the attention of Mrs. J. Nelson (info@chs.bwcet.com or 0191 4877638).

Summer Examinations

The Secretary of State for Education confirmed that A Level, AS Level and GCSE examinations for Summer 2021 would be cancelled and replaced with a system of teacher assessments. So far, there are few details about how this assessment will be carried out. However, in the coming weeks, Ofqual will be carrying out a consultation to ensure grades are awarded consistently and fairly. At this stage, details have not been confirmed regarding BTEC, Cambridge Nationals or Technical assessments.

It is very important that Year 11 and Year 13 students realise that, however it may be reported, the government as not said that the assessment of students has been cancelled. Therefore, it is vital that Year 11 and 13 students fully engage with their online lessons, not only for the sake of important learning, but to ensure they are in the best position possible, for whatever system of assessment is arrived at in the end.

 Remote Teaching

Due to the national lockdown from 5th January, learners in all year groups have moved to remote teaching until further notice, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. This is a change to the staggered start to the term outlined in my previous letter.

Thank you to all our parents and carers for supporting our remote teaching this week. The young people have made an impressive start to the new term and we have been very encouraged by the levels of engagement so far.

  • We hope that all our pupils have enjoyed their lessons. It has been wonderful to see such high levels of engagement from all year-groups
  • Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 have taken part in live Teams lessons this week and the staff team wanted to congratulate the pupils on their excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning.
  • Tutors have been tracking pupil engagement in learning since Monday morning and they have started to contact families and offer support, where needed.
  • Most of the logging on and password issues have now been resolved and I wanted to thank our office staff on your behalf for their proactive approach to resolving any issues.
  • We will obviously be constantly updating and developing our remote provision. I will keep parents up to date with the changes, as they occur.

School Transport

All scholars’ routes, including the Ouston bus, are running as usual.  Please note there will be only one bus for each route. Students are reminded to wear face coverings at all times on the bus, and to sit in their year group bubbles.

Mass Testing

The plan to begin the COVID lateral flow testing students from 11th January has been delayed due to the new lockdown restrictions. It is our intention that testing of consenting staff and those pupils attending school at present will begin later this month.

Please see my previous letter, dated 31st December, for information about access to devices, free school meals and provision for vulnerable/critical worker children.

Many thanks for your ongoing support of the school, as well your patience and understanding, at this challenging time for everyone in our community.


Mr. B. Robson


Letter to Parents dated 31/12/2020

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31st December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a peaceful Christmas. In response to the government announcement on 30th December, I am writing to outline the changes we are making to the arrangements for the start of the new term.

Staff Training for Lateral Flow Testing  

As previously communicated, Monday 4th January is a staff training day and school is closed to pupils. Pupils in Years 7-11 will be able to access lessons remotely from Monday 4th January. Pupils in Years 12 and 13 will be able to access lessons remotely from Tuesday 5th January.

Lateral Flow Testing

We are busy arranging the site and resources to allow us to support the mass community testing programme. We hope to have detailed information and consent forms available for parents during the week commencing 4th January. Testing for Years 11 and 13 will take place from 11th January, and from 18th January for other year groups.

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9:

  • will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 15th January
  • will be able to follow the instructions on the school website to access lessons
  • will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 18th January

Students in Years 10 and 12

  • Year 10 will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 15th January
  • Year 12 will be expected to access remote learning from Tuesday 5th until Friday 15th January
  • Years 10 and 12 will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 18th January

In line with government guidance, we have had to cancel the face-to-face provision planned for Year 10 and 12 students with external vocational examinations in January. These sessions will now take place remotely and information will follow about how to access them:

Year 12 Health & Social Care Thursday 7th January Times TBC
Year 12 Sport Friday 8th January Times TBC
Year 10 Health & Social Care Friday 8th January Times TBC

Students in Years 11 and 13

  • Year 11 will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 8th January
  • Year 13 will be expected to access remote learning from Tuesday 5th January until Friday 8th January
  • Years 11 and 13 will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 11th January

Additional study support sessions, for those students involved in external vocational examinations in January, will now be delivered remotely from 5th to 8th January.

Children of Key Workers

The children of key workers are welcome to attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January, even if the rest of their year group is learning remotely. If you would like to book a place for your son or daughter, please email the school before Monday 4th January. Please provide the following information: name, year/tutor group and the dates they will attend school from 5th – 15th January, as well as your occupation and place of work. Requests only need to be made for the period when your child’s year group is learning remotely.

Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children should attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January. Families of vulnerable children will be contacted on Monday 4th January.

External Examinations

External vocational examinations for Year 10-13 students will go ahead as scheduled from 11th January. Please see the link to the timetable below.

Internal Examinations

Year 10 internal examinations have been moved back and will now begin on 18th January. Please see the link to the updated timetable below.

Free School Meals

If your son or daughter is entitled to a free school meal and you would like the school to provide lunch each day, please e-mail the school before Monday 4th January. Please write the words SCHOOL MEAL in the subject of the email.

IT Access

If your son or daughter will be unable to access an IT device for any reason from 5th January, please email the school before 4th January 2021. Please write the words IT SUPPORT in the subject of the email.


The school bus service will be operating its normal schedule.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Children

Shielding advice is currently in place in tier 4 areas, and so all children still deemed clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school in all local restriction tiers, in line with the arrangements for their year-group peers. If you have received notification that your child is extremely clinically vulnerable and advised to shield, please contact the school by Monday 4th January.

The email address for all correspondence is info@chs.bwcet.com.

Examination timetables are available on the website: http://www.cardinalhume.com/student-information/examinations/

I would like to thank you for your support, patience and understanding. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.


Mr. B. Robson



Ofsted Visit 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been notified today that Ofsted will be carrying out an interim visit to Cardinal Hume Catholic School tomorrow, 20th of October 2020. It will be conducted by two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.

Details about the purpose of this visit can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/interim-phase-maintained-schools-and-academies

Ofsted will produce a letter after the visit outlining their findings and I will publish this for parents once it has been received.

Yours faithfully,


Mr. Robson,

Acting Head Teacher

Mandatory Face Coverings

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In the light of local restrictions in our area, and discussions with Public Health England this evening, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for all students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20 (unless exempt).

We are encouraging people in school to begin to wear face coverings in communal areas from Friday 18.9.20 but understand that some may need the weekend to prepare.

Masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Disposable masks will be available for students tomorrow but they will need to provide their own from Monday. We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.

We thank you for your continued support.

Late Results 2020

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Examination Results 2020

Congratulations to all Year 11 and Year 13 students on their achievements.   We are proud of all the hard work and commitment from our talented students and staff that has contributed to these results.  


Late Results  The following results are delayed: 

Year 11:   L2 BTEC Art,  L2 BTEC Performing Arts,  L2 OCR Cambridge Nationals 

Year 12 and 13:   L2 BTEC Business and Enterprise,  L3 BTEC Applied Science

We will collate and forward any delayed results as soon as possible.


Enquiries   Please email exams@cardinalhume.com before Thursday 27th August for any queries related to examinations.   We will endeavour to reply as soon as possible but an immediate response may not be possible in all cases as we wait for additional information. We will reply in any case by Friday 4th September.

Lightwater Valley Trip 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is organising a day out to Lightwater Valley on Thursday 18th July 2019.  It is for those pupils who have achieved the targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit will be £29.  This includes entry into the Theme Park, insurance and the coach travel.  No other costs are incurred, but pupils may wish to take some additional spending money.

We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning to school at approximately 5.30pm.  Pupils must of course be in school by the normal start of the day at 8.45am.  Pupils must make their own arrangements for getting home from school when the coach returns.

Your child will need to wear suitable clothing but not club football tops.  A packed lunch is recommended, although there are outlets for buying food and drink in the Theme Park.  Pupils who are on free school meals will have a packed lunch provided by the School.

I must stress that places will be on a first come first served basis on payment of monies.  I must point out however, that once a pupil has paid, we are unable to return any money if they change their minds for any reason.

If you wish your child to go please make payment by Friday 7th June 2019.  Due to high number of attendees on this trip we request that payment is made online via our ParentPay system to prevent high levels of cash coming into school.   Please see reverse of letter for instructions.  If paying by cash/cheque please complete and return the reply slip below.  For payment using Parent Pay consent for your child to attend the event can be given via a tick box as part of the payment process.

Yours faithfully

Mr S. Warren

Head of House

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Rome Trip 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Humanities Faculty is delighted to offer students from Year 7 – 12  the opportunity to undertake a study and cultural visit to Rome and the Bay of Naples 10th – 17th July 2020. The trip, as well as being hugely culturally enriching, has links to the GCSE History specification where students study the significance of the renaissance, the Y12 History specification on the Reformation and to the Geography curriculum’s study of volcanoes.

The trip will cost £955 and is being organised by Select School Travel, a nationally recognised provider of school visits abroad. This price includes flights from a north eastern airport to Rome, transfers to the hotel in Rome and coach transfers to Sorrento, with students staying on a half board basis.  The provisional itinerary will include in the price:

  • All flights, taxes, transfers etc.
  • Half board stay at hotels in Rome and Sorrento
  • A guided visit to the Vatican City, including St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine chapel
  • A guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine Hill
  • A visit to Herculaneum
  • A crater walk at Mount Vesuvius
  • A visit to Pompeii
  • A guided day visit to Phlegraean Fields and shopping time in Sorrento
  • A Ferry trip to Capri and laser boat ride

Payment Schedule:

In order to secure a place on this trip, a non-refundable deposit of £100 needs to be paid by 1st May. This is essential as we need to be ready to book the flights as soon as they are released and pay deposits on accommodation. This deposit can be made at student reception by either cash, cheque or ParentPay. You are then welcome to make smaller, regular payments but the deadlines below need to be met in order to meet the payments to the travel agent.  Please be aware that places on this trip are limited and will be secured on receipt of deposit on a first come first served basis.

Deposit 2:  £155 by 1st July 2019

Deposit 3: £700 by 1st May 2020

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

Please note, your child’s place on the trip is dependent upon their continued good behaviour and adherence to the school behaviour policy.  If your child fails to live up to the behavioural expectations of the school, the Head of Faculty and Head of House may make the decision to withdraw your child from the trip.  No refund will be made in this context, unless a replacement can be found to take up that place.

Once we have received your second deposit, you will receive medical forms, and a school visit code of conduct which will need to be returned. Please note, all students coming on the trip will need to have a valid passport with six month’s validity from the date of departure. Please let me know as soon as possible of any allergies so that I can check these can be safely dealt with when we are away.

A parent’s evening will be organised nearer to the trip departure to go over final arrangements, answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email me on amn@cardinalhume.com.


Yours faithfully


Miss Andrea McGuigan

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

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