School Reopening Information for September 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,


At the end of what has been an extraordinary year, I would like to thank you as parents and carers for your support of the students and the school.

Please commend your sons and daughters on their efforts during the period of school closure. This has been a challenging time for them, and I am very proud of the way they have adapted. I am sure they will be looking forward to their return to school and resuming a more normal routine. We are also looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 pupils; they will have dedicated transition days, starting on 3rd September.


Risk Assessment

We have created an Action Plan and Risk Assessment, based on recent government guidance, to allow us to open to all pupils in September. This can be found on the school website and is subject to regular review and amendment:

In summary, we intend to mitigate against the risks of Covid-19 through the following methods:

  • Maintaining year-group sized bubbles
  • In Years 7-9, ensuring pupils are in the same group for all their lessons
  • Increasing the changeover time between lessons to ensure pupils move around the school in a staggered fashion, keeping their distance from other individuals
  • Introducing a strict one-way system in school so that contacts are minimised
  • Enhancing the cleaning schedule so that all surfaces in classrooms are cleaned 8-12 times per day
  • Installing hand sanitising dispensers in all classrooms/public areas and ensuring they are used at regularly throughout the day
  • Fitting regular and visible signage throughout the site to reinforce key messages
  • Where possible, arranging classrooms with forward-facing desks
  • Vastly increasing the number of adults on duty in the public areas of the school
  • Adapting teaching methods and use of resources to minimise contacts between people
  • Introducing staggered lunch sittings and keeping year groups separate while eating and during non-structured time
  • Reducing dining time to 15 minutes when pupils from the same year group bubble may be in closer proximity
  • Insisting pupils adhere to social distancing and avoid contact with others on the school yard and in larger areas of the school during non-structured time
  • Pupil zones created during non-structured times to ensure year groups are supervised separately
  • Ensuring any passing contacts between pupils of different year groups are infrequent and brief
  • Where possible, enhancing ventilation throughout the site


Staggered Transition and Reintroduction: 3rd-9th September 2020

 To ensure all pupils are fully aware of the new systems in place in school and to dedicate time to pastoral care, it is necessary to stagger the reopening gradually in the first days of the new term. Please see the timetable below which outlines when each year group is required to attend school from 3rd September:


Date Arrangements
Monday 31st August Public Holiday
Tuesday 1st September INSET
Wednesday 2nd September INSET
Thursday 3rd September Year 7 Transition and Induction



Year 10 Transition and Reintroduction



Year 12 Transition and Induction



Year 7 and 10 will receive activities to complete at home on Friday 4th September.

Year 12 will be provided with induction and bridging work to complete before 10th September.

Friday 4th September Year 8 Reintroduction



Year 9 Reintroduction



Year 11 Reintroduction


Monday 7th September Years 7-11 Curriculum Timetable Commences



Tuesday 8th  September Years 7-11 follow Curriculum Timetable



Year 13 Reintroduction


Wednesday 9th September Years 7-11 and 13 follow Curriculum Timetable



From Thursday 10th September All Year Groups

Curriculum Timetable



Adjustments to the School Day

It has been necessary to adjust the timings of the school day to ensure that pupil movement can be controlled and distancing between individuals maintained:

Year 7 Year 8 and 9   KS4/5
Registration 8.30 – 9.00 8.30 – 9.00 Registration 8.45 – 9.00
Period 1 9.00 – 10.00 9.00 – 10.00 Period 1 9.00 – 10.00
Period 2 10.00 – 11.00 10.00 – 11.00 Period 2 10.00 – 11.15
Break 11.00 – 11.15 11.00 – 11.15 Break 11.15 – 11.30
Period 3 11.15 – 12.00 11.15 – 12.15 Period 3 11.30 – 12.20
Lunch 12.00 – 1.15 12.15 – 1.15 Period 4 12.20 – 1.20
Period 4 1.15 – 2.15 1.15 – 2.15 Lunch 1.20 – 2.15
Period 5 2.15 – 3.10 2.15 – 3.15 Period 5 2.15 – 3.20


The changes to note for parents are:

  • Pupils in Years 7-9 will be directed to their tutor rooms from 8.30. Morning registration will begin officially at 8.45, but there in a 15-minute window before this to allow for a socially distanced movement.
  • Those in Years 10-13 will now finish school at 3.20 rather than 3.15.
  • Year 7 lunch will begin 15 minutes earlier than Years 8 and 9.
  • Within each lesson time above, 45 minutes will be dedicated to direct teaching. This reduction in time is necessary to ensure that lesson changeovers can be staggered and socially distanced.

Friday Times

8.30-2.35: Years 7-9

8.45-2.40: Years 10-13


Before School

  • Breakfast will be available to all pupils between 7.30 and 8.00 and pupils will eat in separate, supervised, year group zones.
  • We are encouraging pupils who are not having breakfast to arrive at school as close to the bell as possible: 8.30 for Years 7-9; 8.45 for Years 11-13.


Kitchen Service

School will continue to offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. The menu has been modified with more wrapped and pre-packaged food available. Pupils are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school.


Minimising Contacts in the Classroom

We are all looking forward to our school community being reunited and especially our return to real time teaching. During lessons, there will be some changes to our usual delivery model to minimise contacts and ensure social distancing.

Regular hand sanitising will become part of our school routines for pupils and staff, with dispensers fitted in all classrooms and other areas of the school. Group and paired activities will be avoided, and staff will teach from the front of the room. Pupils must not share equipment with other students. It is more vital than ever that pupils attend school properly equipped. Please see the equipment list later in this letter.

The diamond standards for work and behaviour are included to below to remind students of the importance of these expectations before September:

Diamond Standards of Behaviour

  1. Respond to all staff requests immediately
  2. Speak to staff in a respectful manner and always use ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’
  3. Follow classroom routines set by staff and stand when an adult enters the classroom
  4. Ensure that your uniform and general appearance is always of the highest standard and in line with school expectations
  5. Behave in a way that promotes and enhances learning and doesn’t distract others
  6. Be kind and considerate to all members of the school and local community
  7. Be punctual for school and for each lesson during the day
  8. Act in a way that upholds the reputation of Cardinal Hume Catholic School at all times

Diamond Standards of Work

  1. All of your work must be completed using neat and legible handwriting.
  2. Date and titles must be underlined with a ruler.
  3. All responses to feedback are to be completed in green, including literacy and numeracy corrections.
  4. Except for review work and response to feedback, all work to be complete in blue or black ink
  5. Diagrams, tables and graphs should be completed in pencil.
  6. No incomplete work or gaps in books – any missed work must be caught up as soon as possible.
  7. Take pride in what you do and check your work against the success criteria.

Pupils can use, and hand in, their exercise books as usual. The books will be kept within the class bubble. Staff will be mindful of the number of resources distributed to groups.

The use of computers is essential in the delivery of the curriculum in some subjects. Cleaning products will be available in all rooms with computers and pupils will be required to sanitise them after they have been used. The cleaning schedule will also be further enhanced with computers sanitised directly after use, wherever possible.



 It is important that pupils are well organised and have the equipment they need to learn. We would like all pupils to ensure they have a wider range of equipment than in the past as we will be discouraging resource sharing, whenever possible.

Equipment List

  • School planner (provided by school in September)
  • Blue or black biro/writing pen
  • Green biro/writing pen
  • Ruler, rubber and sharpener
  • Highlighter
  • Glue stick
  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • Calculator
  • Assortment of coloured pencils
  • 2 reading books for Years 7-9 (school will support pupils with this in the opening weeks of term)
  • School bag
  • PE kit (on relevant days)
  • Reusable water bottle, filled before leaving home

Depending on their option choices, older pupils may need additional specialist equipment.

Hygiene Equipment

Pupils are welcome to bring their own supplies of the following:

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Surface wipes

They will be permitted to use them at the start of lessons and during break/lunch, under the supervision of adults.


We have taken the decision to suspend the use of lockers to ensure that the one-way system is maintained. This will be reviewed fortnightly. Please be aware that outdoor coats will, therefore, have to be carried in school bags.


School Uniform

 We are very proud of the excellent standards of appearance of our pupils. When we return in September, we will resume the highest standards in this regard.

 Pupils should be smartly dressed by wearing the correct uniform throughout the school day, including the journey to and from school. Pupils’ appearances must be deemed socially acceptable by the school.  Failure to comply with this may result in sanctions being imposed.


  • Black school blazer embroidered with school badge
  • Black school pleated skirt featuring school badge
  • Black formal trousers – no leggings, jeans or tight fitting / stretchy styles, no decoration e.g. metal zips
  • White formal shirt – not polo shirt or fitted blouse
  • School tie – worn to show 6 stripes
  • Plain black leather sensible shoes – no boots
  • Socks/tights – plain black opaque


  • Black school blazer embroidered with school badge
  • Black formal trousers – not jeans
  • White formal shirt – not polo shirt
  • School tie – worn to show 6 stripes
  • Plain black leather sensible shoes – no boots
  • Socks – plain black


  • Blazers must be worn at all times unless permission has been given by the classroom teacher.
  • Outdoor coats must not be worn in the school building. No denim or leather coats may be worn to school.
  • No hats are to be worn in school, or on the premises.
  • Top buttons of shirts must be fastened to the neck and ties fastened up to the collar. Shirts must be tucked into skirts or trousers.
  • Plain black v-neck jumper – optional.
  • Black formal shoes – no boots, plimsolls or trainers.
  • Belts, if worn, must be narrow and plain black.
  • No jewellery except a wristwatch. Smartwatches are not allowed.
  • No make-up, nail varnish, fake nails or fake tan.
  • No visible piercings of any kind or tattoos.
  • Hairstyles and colours must be deemed socially acceptable by the school. Long hair must be tied back in a ponytail or plaits at all times, using a plain black hairband.
  • No extreme haircuts including lines or extreme differences in length. No skin fades with ‘no blade/zero’ and no hair should be shorter than a number two. Any braid style that exposes the scalp is not allowed.


For further details on uniform, including how to order items, please visit the website:



If your child is able to walk or cycle to school, then we ask that they do this when they return in September. This will reduce the number of individuals using public transport.

If you intend to drop your child off or pick your child up by car then please be aware that there may be more parent and carers using this method, and it is likely the areas outside of school will be even busier than usual. If there is an opportunity to drop your child close to school, but away from the premises, please do so, as it will greatly ease the flow of traffic. They can then walk the final part of the journey.

The school is currently working very closely with Nexus to try to ensure that the Scholars buses are available for students who need to use them, but also that they operate in line with government guidelines to keep students safe. Further information regarding bus use will be included in the September opening plan.

However, please note the following:

  • Students must wear facemasks on all service buses
  • Students must bring with them a small sandwich type bag to store their mask, while in school
  • There will be arrangements in place at school for the disposal of single-use masks
  • Students will have to tender the exact fare, as it will not be possible to give change.


Summer Work and Activities

Summer work and enrichment activities are available for students and we hope lots of them get involved and make the most of these opportunities. However, we also urge all of our young people to have a good break from their studies.

I will write to you again in August with any additional information and updates.


I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable summer.

Best wishes,

Mr. Robson

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