Updates regarding the coronavirus will be displayed below.
Update: 20/03/2020 – 14:29
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Update: 20/03/2020 – 8:37
Please click below for more information from the DoE regarding school closures and other educational setting:
Update: 19/03/2020 – 11:02
School Closure Information
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I would like to thank you again for your valuable support of the school, particularly in recent weeks during the escalation of COVID-19. I must also commend the resilience, maturity and conduct of our wonderful students at this challenging time. They have been truly excellent. Furthermore, the approach of our staff team has been outstanding. They have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest possible standards of provision and pupil care in these unprecedented circumstances.
We hope for a return to normal routines as soon as possible but, as you will already be aware, the prime minister yesterday announced school closures throughout the UK. Therefore, for the vast majority of pupils, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. The school will remain open to all pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 until Friday 20th March 2020. The school will aim to accommodate children of key workers during the school closure, for as long as this remains sustainable in terms of staffing and school access. If you are a key worker who falls into any of the categories listed below, and you are concerned about making childcare arrangements for your son or daughter, please email the school urgently on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write KEY WORKER as the subject of your e-mail. Provision will also be made for the most vulnerable children; parents and carers of these young people will be contacted individually. In the email, please include:
- name and year group of pupil
- your job title and place of work
- a contact telephone number
If you do not intend to send your child to school because you already have childcare provision, there is no need to e-mail the school. If you do intend to send your child to school, it is essential that you email the school for safeguarding purposes. It is crucial that we have information in school about who will be attending.
We will aim to provide limited canteen facilities for pupils who do attend school. If this is not possible, we will inform you as soon as possible.
All pupils attending school must wear full school uniform and bring their basic equipment/planner. Below is a list of key workers/areas of work:
- Education/teachers and other staff required to work in schools
- Prison service
- Probation service
- Social care
- Drivers for essential deliveries (e.g. supermarkets, pharmaceutical)
If you feel that you are a key worker and will be unable to arrange childcare, but your area of work is not listed above, please e-mail the school as outlined above for clarification.
Please do not send your child to school without notifying the school that they will be attending.
Pupils can now access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the Learning from Home portal which has been recently created. Work for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 is organised by subject. For Years 11 and 13, there are study materials for all course aspects, as well as a folder for each teaching group where classroom teachers will deposit work for pupils to complete. If requested, pupils may submit responses to their class teacher using the school e-mail system. However, pupils will not receive individual marks for their work during the closure.
The prime minister also announced that exams will not take place as planned in May and June. The government will work closely with Ofqual on ensuring that qualifications are awarded fairly and consistently, but specific details about how this will be achieved are not available at present. I will, of course, keep parents and pupils updated on this crucial matter. My advice to those pupils who were due to complete exams in the summer series is to continue to prepare for these important assessments.
For urgent enquires during the closure, please e-mail email@example.com. Please do not try to contact individual members of staff.
We are aware that for some families, school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it. Parents and carers of those entitled to free school meals will be contacted separately.
Our contingency planning also extends those pupils who are accessing additional pastoral support for mental health and wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.
Please continue to follow the advice of Public Health and the government in the days and weeks ahead. This is a very difficult time for everyone in our school and wider community but the following words from Cardinal Basil Hume will hopefully offer some perspective:
“I believe that we have a duty to look frankly at the social conditions around us and to work to do what we can to address the specific needs which we find.”
Mr. B. Robson
Acting Head Teacher
Update: 18/03/2020 – 15:56
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I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:
- If one person in any household has a persistent cough or temperature, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days. Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house.
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. People should start working from home where they possibly can, and should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues. This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.
- By this coming weekend, it may be necessary to take further steps to ensure that those with the most serious health conditions are largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.
- The government will no longer be supporting mass gatherings with emergency workers.
This guidance represents a significant ‘step up’ in the measures that we are all being asked to take and calls for significant action on our part. Our response to these significant changes are:
- Students who have either of the symptoms, a new persistent cough or temperature, must not come into school. They must self-isolate along with all members of their household. We will ask parents to collect their children if they come into school with either a temperature or a new persistent cough.
- We will not run any non-essential extra-curricular activities until further notice.
- The numbers of visitors to school are being drastically reduced and only include those on safeguarding or other absolutely essential business. Staff have been asked to cancel non-essential meetings and cover absent colleagues.
You will be aware that the school is closed to Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils for the rest of this week due to a shortage in staffing. Pupils can access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the ‘Learning from Home’ portal.
The school currently remains open to all pupils in Years 10 to 13. We do have extensive contingency plans should the school close to all students. This will be communicated to parents if necessary.
We are aware that for some families school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it.
The third part of our contingency plans include those pupils who are accessing additional Pastoral support for mental health wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support at this challenging time. Furthermore, I must commend our brilliant students on their impeccable conduct and levels of maturity. They are absolute credit to you and to the school.
We will continue to keep parents notified as things develop.
Mr. B. Robson
Acting Head Teacher
Update: 17/03/2020 – 15:06
KS3 SCHOOL CLOSURE: COVID-19
School will be closed to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 for the remainder of the week: 18th, 19th and 20th March.
This is due to a staff shortage in school as a result of the government’s new containment measures.
We are not aware of any confirmed cases of the virus within the Cardinal Hume staff team or pupil body.
We continue to recommend that all households continue to follow government advice and we will update you on Friday with plans for next week.
If you are a key worker, for instance in health or public service, and you are concerned about childcare arrangements, please get in touch with the school and we will make necessary arrangements to accommodate these young people in school.
School remains open for pupils in Year 10-13.
Information about how pupils access work at home will be sent to parents tomorrow.
Many thanks for your understanding and continued support of the school.
Mr. B. Robson
Acting Head Teacher
Update: 17/03/2020 – 11:00
As you will be aware, no information has yet been published with regard to the upcoming public examinations. The decisions regarding arrangements for both KS4 and KS5 examinations is one that will be made in due course but on a national not school level. We currently have no further information from the DFE but will inform you as soon as we do. Please reassure your child that students across the nation are experiencing the same concerns and that the school will support students and follow guidance as it is issued. Please be assured that the school is working on a contingency plan in the event that pupils have to work from home.