Main Academy Archives - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

School Closure

Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education, all academies within the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust will be closed to almost all pupils from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

As a Trust we have been working hard on our emergency plans and developed contingencies to be best prepared for this scenario.

We thank all children, parents and carers for their patience during this difficult time as we continue to follow the guidance and advice that is rapidly emerging from official government sources.

We will continue to provide regular updates through our social media channels and on our academy and Trust website.

 

Lesley Fitton

CEO

 

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Partial School Closure

Following the press conference yesterday and further guidance that has been issued relating to the Corona Virus, whilst school will remain open for most students, we will need to implement a partial closure for several year groups tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March 2020, due to the availability of teaching staff.

Tomorrow, 18th March, students in years 9, 10 and 12, should not attend school unless this causes issues relating to safety.

Whilst I appreciate that this decision may present an inconvenience for some families, we are unable to provide sufficient staffing levels to support full supervision of students across all year groups. We will continue to update parents across the course of the week as to any further partial closures that may be required.

All other pupils and students should continue to attend school as normal and report to their form as normal at 8.50am.

Students will be set work electronically using various Apps: MyMaths, Hegarty Maths, EduCake, BBC Bitesite, PiXl and Seneca Learning and on Microsoft Teams. Where possible, students should follow their normal timetable day at home.

Mrs E McGrath

Interim Headteacher

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Coronavirus Update and Current Situation

The headlines as of 5.30pm on 12 March 2020

As you will be aware the government has moved onto the ‘delay’ phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus [BBC News]. The immediate implications for schools are:

  • School trips: schools are now being advised not to go ahead with international trips for pupils. We will be contacting parents of any students that are involved in any international trips to provide updated information.
  • Self-isolation measures: anyone with a new persistent cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for 7 days
  • There have been no changes to the following:
  • School closures: as part of official guidance, the DfE is still advising schools to stay open, unless your local health protection team advises a school to close.
  • Exams: Ofqual has informed schools that we should prepare for summer exams as usual

Please follow this link for the latest public health guidance  Coronavirus: what you need to know

We are continuing to remind our students about the recommendations from Public Heath England and to follow guidance about washing hands and about covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the bin.  Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

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Exceptional Circumstances (COVID-19)

If exceptional circumstances do mean that some students will not be able to attend school we will be using electronic systems to inform students of the work that they should be doing. It is important that, should, the situation arise, that students are able to work from home.

Over the next few days we are asking students to ensure that they have access to the following at home:

  • a wi-fi connection
  • technology to watch videos, read PowerPoints and access documents on line. This could be using a computer, laptop, table, smart phone or gaming device.
  • Microsoft Office 365 and teams. Details of how to access Teams can be found on our website here. It would be useful to have notifications for Teams turned on as students will received them.

If any students require additional assistance with the above they should let form tutors know in the first instance.

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Coronavirus – Daily updates to all schools

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Guidance for Health Professionals and other Organisations

Daily updates on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Action plan recap

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·       https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

·       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

·       against all but essential travel to Italy

·       against all travel to Hubei Province, in China

·       against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China

·       against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

·       https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·       https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

·       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

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3G Pitch – Building and Information updates

Building Update – March 2020

Unfortunately since the February update building work has temporarily ceased following large volumes of rainfall.  Before tarmac is laid the pitch base needs to dry out further to accommodate this.  We are hopeful that in coming weeks building will start again.

Building Update – February 2020

The development of our new 3G pitch is progressing well with fencing and floodlights now in place.  In the coming 2 weeks tarmac will be set before the rugby shock pad and pitch surface are installed.  Completion is estimated to be at the end of March.

Building Update – January 2020

The pitch formation has started, unfortunately due to the heavy rain, work has ceased for the week.  The contractors will start again on Monday 20th January, with a pump to remove surface water first! 

Building Update – December 2019

The new path is well underway now!  We are hoping the major excavation will start this week once the path is finished and useable.

Building Update – November 2019

The contractors are creating a new path first which will run alongside the pitch to allow safe access to our new fire assembly point once the pitch is built.  Next week the grass football pitch and rugby pitch on the second field down will be moved 9m away from school to create the space required for the build.  Once these jobs are complete the pitch excavation will start.

The first part of the build is to lay a path which will run alongside the new pitch for access to the grass pitches and fire assembly point behind the 3G pitch.  We are hoping the major excavation will start this week once the path is useable.

The contractors are creating a new path first which will run alongside the pitch to allow safe access to our new fire assembly point once the pitch is built.  Next week the grass football pitch and rugby pitch on the second field down will be moved 9m away from school to create the space required for the build.  Once these jobs are complete the pitch excavation will start.

In preparation for this fantastic new facility we wanted to make parents aware of the strict footwear policy that we must adhere to in order to prolong the lifespan of our new pitch.  Please view our school 3G pitch footwear guidelines

All students in school will use this facility, our Director of Sport, Miss Delaney has said “Having a 3G pitch at St Wilfrid’s will significantly enhance our facilities for all students and allow high quality PE lessons to be delivered all year round. It will also benefit our extra-curricular sports teams, meaning training and fixtures would commence even in inclement weather conditions, and students would not have to miss lessons as the facility is fully flood lit. This is a very exciting time for PE and sport at St Wilfrid’s.”

As a school we will be investing in a stock of studded boots for students to borrow; however if students can bring their own it would be appreciated as we will only be able to provide limited numbers of each size. Any donations of new or used boots would be greatly appreciated as long as they are acceptable 3G pitch footwear.  

Building Update – October 2019

We are excited to let you know that the build of our 3G Pitch will begin on Monday 18th November.  Thank you for all your help fundraising to date, we still have some further fundraising events planned so watch this space.

We are working to provide a new booking system for all school lettings which will support the use of the 3G pitch as well as our other facilities.  If anyone would like further information about our facilities available for hire including the 3G pitch, please contact Chris Slater: Academy Business Manager csl@st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk

 

      

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