Latest Coronavirus Updates

COVID 19 Risk Assessment V5

Update 18/09/2020 (Year 9 to isolate)

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have received one of 2 letters today, 18.09.20

One of the letters is only for Year 9 Parents/Carers to inform you that we have had a confirmed case of Covid 19 in Year 9 and we are waiting for the results of another. We  made the decision with Public Health to ask Year 9 to isolate until we have the result of this test. This letter tells you that Year 9 will be learning from home from Monday 21st September.

The other letter was for Parents/Carers in other year groups_ 7, 8, 10 & 11. These year groups are not affected and will continue to attend school as normal.

The pupils in Year 9 will learn from home on Monday 21st September – they will have online lessons and follow their normal timetable. It is very important that your child logs into google classroom for their first lesson at 8.45am. If your child is not well, please contact the school to let us know that this is the case and that they are unable to complete work on that day.

We will be sending you a google survey regarding ICT next week should you have issues with accessing online learning.

The links below will bring you to the timetable for each Year 9 Form to help you and your child to keep track of what they will be learning on Monday.

9B-MHG Mr Higginson

9B-SKN Mr Khan

9P-ASN Ms Sheldon

9P-MHA Mr Hart

9R-OMO Mr Mohamed

9R-PBA Mrs Bailey (not the new one – don’t say ‘old one’!)

9T-LBA Ms Bailey (the new one!)

9T-LSH Ms Shelmerdine

Public Health Trafford have been very clear with us that the systems we have in school are working and are keeping our pupils safe. However, there has been a spike in infections in our area in general and we must all be extra vigilant. Please ensure that children who have been directed to self isolate do so. Thank you

Take care and stay safe,

Nic

 

Update 15/09/2020 (Confirmed Covid Case)

Dear Parent/Carer

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 14 days after their last contact.

Your child has not been identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • > wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • > use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • > wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • > cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • > put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • > maintain an appropriate social distance with non-household members of over 2 metres.

Further information is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours faithfully,

Mrs N Doward

Head Teacher

Update 10/09/2020 (Greater Manchester Covid Guidance)

Covid 19 Advice for Parents in GM

Update 04/09/2020 (Gov.uk Guidance)

‘COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help’

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Update 04/09/2020 (keeping safe)

Dear Parents/Carers

This week we have welcomed back your children and what a joy they have been. On time, in uniform, fully equipped, masked up and ready to learn! They have adapted to learning within their zones, having breaks and lunches in their specified areas amazingly well and I am very proud of them. Despite their masks, I could see that their eyes were smiling and it warmed my heart.

Keeping your child and your family safe:

You will know that the symptoms of the virus we look out for are:

  • > a high temperature
  • > a continuous cough
  • > a change in taste or smell

This week, a report was published which identified that gastric issues such as tummy cramps, vomiting or diarrhea may be symptoms of the virus, particularly in children. This HAS NOT been added to the official list of symptoms in the UK but I wanted to bring your attention to the report which you can read about in this newspaper article here. However, as this is not an official symptom in the UK, you will not be able to access a test for your child if they only have this symptom.

As a school we must be very vigilant that poorly children are looked after well and swiftly. 

  • > If your child is poorly, please keep them at home. If they have symptoms of the virus, please arrange for a test as soon as you can. In this area, testing appointments are readily available and results are returned  very quickly  which will put your mind at ease within 48 hours at most.
  • > If your child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you immediately and ask that you collect your child as quickly as possible. They will be under supervised isolation until they are collected. Please ensure that your child is tested if they are displaying covid symptoms and keep them at home whilst you await the result.
  • > If your child’s test is negative and shows that they do not have coronavirus, they can return to school when they are well enough to do so.
  • > If your child’s test is positive and shows that they do have coronavirus, you must inform school immediately. You should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and your child must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

You know that I operate on a policy of full transparency and total honesty. This week, we have asked parents to collect 3 pupils from school as they were unwell. Each had tummy aches which, in many ways, is to be expected when returning to school after such a long absence. The children did not have other symptoms which would indicate they had the virus and they are reported to be otherwise well.

Please rest assured that we are doing all we can to keep your child/ren safe and well in school. As always, I am available on ndoward@strefordhigh.com should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Take care and stay safe!

Nic

 

Update 02/09/2020 (school return info)

Year 7 students will start at Stretford High School on Thursday, September 3rd 2020.

They should arrive between 8.15 and 8.30am and access the building via the Sports Hall gate on Talbot Road. (This is the entrance used for their Transition visit with us.) Staff will be present to guide the students to their learning area, where they will be welcomed by their Form Tutor and given their timetables.

Year 7 students will NOT be in School on Friday, September 4th. They will be in School full time from Monday, September 7th and should keep to the arrival arrangements detailed above. These arrangements are an essential part of the School’s plans to ensure the safety of all our students.

Year 7 students will leave at the end of each day via the Sports Hall gate on Talbot Road at 2.10pm on Mondays and at 2.55pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

Year 8 students will return to School on Friday, September 4th 2020.

They should arrive between 8.15 and 8.30am and access the building via the Main Student gate on Great Stone Road. Staff will be present to guide the students to their designated learning area, where they will be welcomed by their Form Tutor and given their timetables.

Year 8 students will leave at the end of each day via the Main Student gate on Great Stone Road at 2.10pm on Mondays and at 2.55pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

Year 9 students will return to School on Friday, September 4th 2020.

They should arrive between 8.15 and 8.30am and access the building via the gate at the rear of the 4G pitch. This gate is reached via Gorse Hill Park. Staff will be present to guide the students to their designated learning area, where they will be welcomed by their Form Tutor and given their timetables.

Year 9 students will leave at the end of each day via the 4G Pitch gate and through Gorse Hill Park at 2.10pm on Mondays and at 2.55pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

Year 10 students will return to School on Friday, September 4th 2020.

They should arrive between 8.30 and 8.45am and access the building via the Main Student gate on Great Stone Road. Staff will be present to guide the students to their designated learning area, where they will be welcomed by their Form Tutor and given their timetables.

Year 10 students will leave at the end of each day via the Main Student gate on Great Stone Road at 2.20pm on Mondays and at 3.05pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

Year 11 students will return to School on Thursday, September 3rd 2020.

They should arrive between 8.30 and 8.45am and access the building via the Sports Hall gate on Talbot Road. Staff will be present to guide the students to their designated learning area, where they will be welcomed by their Form Tutor and given their timetables.

Year 11 students will NOT be in School on Friday, September 4th . They will be in School full time from Monday, September 7th and should keep to the arrival arrangements detailed above. These arrangements are an essential part of the School’s plans to ensure the safety of all our students.

Year 11 students will leave at the end of each day via the Sports Hall gate on Talbot Road at 2.20pm on Mondays and at 3.05pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

These arrangements are an essential part of the School’s plans to ensure the safety of all our students.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD ARRIVES AT SCHOOL DURING THE ALLOCATED TIME AND USING THE ALLOCATED GATE.

 

Update 27/08/2020 (face masks)

Dear Parents/Carers,

As our school is in a local lockdown area, we will be asking all pupils and staff to wear face masks in communal areas whilst in school. Please read the attached leaflet for more information.

Thank you,

Nic

> KeyDoc_-_face_coverings_in_schools_-_parent_factsheet

> KeyDoc_-_face_coverings_in_schools_-_staff_factsheet

> KeyDoc_-_face_coverings_in_schools_A4_posters

 

Update 20/07/2020 (well being)

Calm Connections
Following feedback that some Trafford families are feeling anxious about a full return to School in September, we have decided to run a summer programme of online activities with wellbeing tips. We have a range of activities on offer each week during August with the activity being accompanied by several tips to help manage low mood and anxiety, presented by a mental health specialist. Families/young people can build their own toolkits with the techniques they prefer. Information will be placed on our website and the Trafford website.
If you would like to be part of our coffee mornings or know someone who would, then please get in touch with me or Kelly at admin@calmconnections.org. We are also here to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

Update 10-07-20 (Arrangements for September)

Year 7 Parents letter re arrangements for September 2020

Year 8 Parents letter re arrangements for September 2020

Year 9 Parents letter re arrangements for September 2020

Year 10 Parents letter re arrangements for September 2020

Year 11 Parents letter re arrangements for September 2020

 

Update 30-06-20 (Covid-19 Risk Assessment)

Stretford HS Risk Assessment

 

Update 22-06-20 (Live lesson – Student expectations)

Get Ready

  • > Complete the pre-reading for the live lesson if there is any
  • > Sign in to your google classroom and mark yourself as ‘present’ for the live lesson
  • > Open any assignments ready to work on them in the lesson

Go Live

  • > Click on the google meet link
  • > Attend and actively listen to the live lesson
  • > Answer questions in the Google chat and complete activities asked of you
  • > Ask questions in the chat about things you need more help with

Great Work

  • > Complete any assignment or follow up task linked to the lesson to check understanding and apply new skills as homework – make sure you attend your next live lesson on time.
  • > Check the deadline and submit on or before the deadline
  • > Email your teacher if you need more help or to ask any questions
  • > Check back on your work to see teacher comments and marks

 

Update 19-06-20 (Stretford High Health & Safety / Risk Assessment)

Risk Assessment for the Re-Opening of Schools: May 2020

update shortly

 

Update 16-06-20 (COVID-19 Data Protection Policy Appendix)

COVID-19 Data Protection Policy Appendix June 2020

 

Update 09-06-20 (Trafford Council letter re. reopening schools)

Dear Parents and Carers

Over the last few weeks since the government announced its aspirations around extending the opening of schools, we have been working with schools to ensure they are structured to reflect the safety advice within local and government guidance documents. Understanding that schools have different requirements, we have been supporting them to put local plans in place as they move towards bringing more children back into school, over time.

You will have seen the publicity around the changes to the R rate in the North West, since this was announced last Friday.  Our approach to risk assessment and planning has not been based on local R values but rather taking into account a consideration of a number of local factors in order to shape local decisions. Yesterday, we advised schools that they should consider delaying reopening until Monday 15th June, in order that they had time to consider whether they needed to review their risk assessments ahead of reopening.

Schools will be acting on this advice and applying their professional judgement to their individual setting and will be liaising with you directly. This means that the arrangements in different schools may look very different because of their individual context. Whether the school feels assured of their ability to re-open prior to 15th June or they require more time, we will give them our full support.

Decisions are being made purely to support the safest return for your children to protect them and our staff.  As you will know, the response to Covid is changing frequently and having the safety and welfare of all children at the centre of these decisions is critical, at all times.  This means that current plans may need to change and these changes may need to happen quickly if circumstances or further guidance require it.  It will therefore, be important that schools continue to keep their plans under review on an ongoing basis.

Please be reassured, that we are continuing to do everything we can to enable our children to return to schools as quickly as possible.

We fully appreciate that needing to change and alter plans can be disruptive for you and especially for our children and I would wish to thank for your patience and understanding at this current time.

I hope this clarifies the position for you.

Yours sincerely.

Jill McGregor

Corporate Director, Children’s Services

 

Update 04-06-20 (Risk Assessment)

Risk Assessment – Covid 19

 

Update 02-06-20 (Timetables for years 7-10)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Half term 6 begins on 3rd June.

Pupils and parents told us that online lessons are most useful in helping our children to learn at home. Therefore, this half term, every subject will include online learning. For this reason, it is very important that your child follows the set timetable and logs into google classroom at the right time. The timetable for years 7, 8, 9, & 10 is linked below.

 

Contuinuation Timetable – Years 7, 8, 9, & 10

This half term, we have included registration activities which, as well as registering, also asks your child to complete some reading or research. Reading and research skills are vital for your child building independence as well as learning about themselves, their world and their aspirations. Please encourage them to complete these every morning.

Thank you and stay safe,
Nic

 

Update 01-06-20 (Update from Headteacher re. Year 10 Students)

Year 10 update 1.6.20

 

Update 23-05-20 (Update from Headteacher – 1st June Provision)

Dear Parents/Carers

I wrote to you last week to explain that Stretford High School was reviewing if and how we could deliver the Government’s ambition for Year 10 pupils to have some ‘face to face’ time with teachers from 1st June.

I want to thank you for the responses from Year 10 parents & carers in our survey which has been very helpful in our decision making. We have also been in consultation with the Local Authority, secondary schools across Trafford and have used the latest medical science available to us to help us to plan SAFE provision for our Year 10 pupils.

The parent /carer survey has identified 32 pupils who would benefit from accessing learning in school. A further 9 Year 10 pupils have already returned to school.  40 parents/carers have decided that their child will continue to learn from home until September and 54 parents have opted to review their position as the future picture unfolds.

Our school risk assessment, taking into account delays in the track and trace capabilities and differences in regional R rates, has informed our decision that it is not safe to open school to Year 10 from the 1st June.

What will happen from 1st June?

In line with LA advice, our school will be closed to ALL pupils – essential workers and other pupils included – on the 1st and 2nd June to facilitate staff training and ensuring that the school is ready for our next steps.

On the 3rd of June, the school will be open to the children of essential workers and others with an identified need as we have been this half term.

On the 8th, 9th and 10th of June , all Year 10 pupils will be invited to a one to one review with their form tutor using Google Meet. During this session, form tutors and pupils will review how pupils have managed learning at home, how they are feeling and what their learning is going to look like over the following half term. It is VERY important that all Year 10 pupils are in attendance at these virtual meetings. We will send invites and time slots for each meeting directly to pupils and a text message will be sent to parents so that you know when the meeting will take place.

What will Learning from home look like from 11th June for Year 10?

From 11th June, all Year 10 subjects will deliver face to face online lessons as feedback from pupils and parents have told us that this is the preferred method of learning at home.  The timetable will now be less fluent than it has been up to this point. Pupils will need to log into google classrooms at set times and  on time for each session.

 

9.00 – 9.45 am 10.00 – 11.00 am 11.15 – 12.15 am 1.00 – 2.00pm
Monday Registration Science Maths English
Tuesday Registration Option C Maths Option B
Wednesday Registration Option A Science English
Thursday Registration Option B Option A Science
Friday Registration English Maths Option C

There may be times when online lessons may not be possible due to staffing restrictions but our intention is that every subject has at least 1 online lesson delivered for every subject every week.

What will learning in school look like for Year 10?

For some Year 10 pupils and their parents/carers, their preferred option is that pupils come into school. The survey you completed helped us to identify some small groups which we will be able to accommodate in school from Thursday 11th June.  At this point we can accommodate all pupils whose parents have requested in school provision. However, should the number of pupils increase, we may have to move to partial weeks in order to facilitate more pupils in school and maintain safe levels.

It is important to note that pupils learning at home and in school will be accessing the same learning. Delivering lessons as normal is not possible at this point. The in-school provision is for pupils who cannot learn well at home due to a number of circumstances.

We have to balance what pupils learn at home and what pupils learn in school.

  • Therefore, pupils in school will have a PC/iPad available to them with earphones so that they can access the same learning their peers are accessing from home.

We have to ensure that pupils and staff in school are safe.

  • Our classroom sizes will not accommodate 15 pupils per classroom as per government recommendations. We are limited to 8 pupils per classroom.

We cannot safely allow for transitions to different classrooms.

  • Pupils will be assigned to a room which will be their base for the day.

Pupils must be protected at all times on their way to, in and on their way home from school.

  • Social times will be strictly supervised and social distance rules must be maintained during break and lunch times.
  • Lunch will be limited to grab bags (sandwich, drink, fruit, snack) so that queuing and pupil numbers in the canteen can be kept to a minimum.
  • The school day will begin at 9.30 am so that pupils are not travelling to school during peak periods.
  • Pupils must maintain social distance whilst travelling to school.
  • Sanitiser will be available in every classroom so that pupils can sanitise their hands regularly.
  • Each group will be released at 5 minute intervals from 2.05pm so that corridor crossover is minimised.

What will learning in school look like for children of essential workers and others with an identified need?

The pupils who have been attending school in HT 5 will continue to work as they have done.

Their day will begin at 9am and finish at 1.55 pm.

Their will continue to learn in the classrooms assigned to them and will complete the same work as their peers at home.

They will have staggered break and lunch which will not cross over with Year 10 provision.

What about Years 7-9?

There are no plans for Years 7-9 to return to school at this time. However, we are also reviewing online lessons for Key stage 3 in the next half term.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.  Although online learning and provision in school for essential workers will not restart until 3rd June, I am always available via email ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Take care and stay safe,

Nic

 

Update 19-05-20 (Government update on sending students back from 1st June)

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june


Update 19-05-20 (A letter from Trafford Council’s Children’s Services Opening Schools & Parent Survey)

A letter regarding reopening of Schools 19-05-2020

Please fill in this very short survey to record your view about when your child (In Year 10) is safe to return to school.

Update 18-05-20 (school closed for half term)

Dear Parents/Carers

Next week – 25th-29th May is half term. School will be closed and work will not be set for pupils to complete at home.

However, if you have any concerns, please email ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Take care and stay safe!


Update 16-05-20 (Years 7-10 – Update from Headteacher)

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure that you have been a little confused this week about conflicting messages about when schools will open to pupils again. I would like to offer you some reassurances and clarification regarding the Stretford High School position.

Since closure, SHS has offered places for children of parents/carers of essential workers. A small number of families have availed of this service. It has been offered and used on a ‘needs’ basis. This means that children could come into school in line with parents/carers’ working days. This is agreed in advance with parents.  This has worked well and we will continue to offer this service.

We have also offered places to vulnerable children who may have had difficulties learning at home due to a special educational needs or disability or who have other factors that meant learning in school was best for them. Again this was agreed on an individual basis. We will continue to offer this service as long as it is safe to do so.

The government has not indicated a return to school for any secondary year group other than Year 10. Years 7-9 will continue to learn from home.

The government’s ambition is that year 10 have some face time with their teachers from the 1st of June and before the summer term. This is where confusion has arisen and has lead to many questioning when Year 10 will go back to school and what will their return look like?

The answer is that it very much depends on where the school is located, the structure of the school and staffing levels available. For example, different areas of the country have differing reinfection rates and what is safe in one area may not be safe in another. Information published by Public Health England shows that London’s reinfection rate is now very low at only 0.4. However, the R rate in the Northwest is higher at 0.73.  Therefore, schools in London have a much lower risk than schools in other parts of the country, including ours.

Just like the government, every school has to be lead by the science and will work out what is a ‘safe’ level of risk for their community.

For our school, in our community, we are making the judgement that the school is not yet ready to welcome back Year 10 as a whole year group from the 1st June.  Our region’s R rate is the third highest in England and there are indications that the national R rate has begun to rise slightly. I would like to believe that this is a blip but I need to see sustained decreasing over time before we open to Year 10 fully.

We are also mindful of other considerations. A lot of our pupils have excelled in their learning from home and are utilising valuable independent learning skills at home. Some of our pupils have underlying health issues which means it would be dangerous for them to come into school. Some of our pupils live with family members who have underlying health issues which means it would be dangerous for their family if they came into school. Some pupils need to use public transport to get to school which puts them at a risk their parents/carers are not willing to take. Some parents/carers simply believe that this is not the right time for their children to come to school. All of the above are real and valid reasons for these children to learn at home.

Some of our pupils are suffering from the lock down restrictions and would benefit from completing their learning in school. These are the pupils we will be offering first return to – when it is safe to do so.  It will be a phased return and we will seek the views of Year 10 parents /carers next week so that we are making decisions with you rather than for you.

I know that, right now, we all crave normality or, at the very least, certainty. I am aware that this is neither.  What I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that Stretford High School will always make decisions based on what is best for our children’s safety and welfare.

Stay safe and stay alert!

Nic

Update 15-05-20 (Year 11 – Next Steps)

Dear Year 11 parents/carers

Your child’s teachers have been very busy collating your child’s progress to submit their GCSE grades to the exam boards. This data has now been submitted to school and, much like Santa Claus, we will be checking and checking again to make sure they are recommended for the grades they deserve.

The grades we submit to the boards will be then be checked and standardised by the boards. Essentially, we put forward recommendations, the boards decide their actual grade.

We are not allowed to tell ANYONE the grades we recommend. Please don’t ask!

What this means is that KS4 studies have now come to an end. Year 11 teachers will not be setting Year 11 work from Monday.

However, we also know that your child has clear plans for their next steps. They know what subjects they would like to study next and which colleges they have applied for.  Attached to this email is a collection of the colleges and contact websites which they can use to access resources to get a head start in their future studies.  Mrs Reynolds has collated this for them. Your child should use  this time to work on their future studies.

Does this mean we will stop all contact with them? No – their form teachers will still be emailing them for a check in. Please encourage them to respond daily so we know they are ok. If they have worries or concerns, please encourage them to email their form tutors and we will help them. ….and you!

What about prom/leaving assembly etc? We still cannot confirm when we will be able to have end of KS4 celebrations. The old Vera Lynn song springs to mind as I write this…’we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know how. But I know know we’ll meet again some sunny day….’

Your children have been a joy. I am privileged that you gave us the honour of caring for them for the past 5 years. I cannot thank you enough for the support you have given us as a school to help us do our best for your child.  I know that, as a school, we are blessed with the community of parents and carers that we work with.

For lots of you, the journey continues with us as your younger children grow with us. For others, it is the end of an era. I want to remind you all of our school Mantra: once a Stretfordian, Always a Stretfordian. We will always be here for you and your family. You are never on your own. Phone/email… we want to hear your news; celebrations and woes alike.

Take care and please stay safe!

Nic

 

Update 01-05-20 (update gtom Headteacher)

Dear Parents/Carers

‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May’ – William Shakespeare

He was a wise man Shakespeare! We’ve certainly had some rough times of late and it is likely that the rough times will continue for some time yet. The wisdom I draw from Shakepeare’s words is that the winds may shake the tree but the tree still stands. And so will we.

Thank you to those parents/carers who have filled in the online survey  How can we help survey? (link here) If you have not done so yet, please do so before 12pm Sunday 3rd May. We will do what we can to help you.

So far, the survey is showing that the majority of parents /carers feel the quantity and quality of the learning being set is suitable for their children. I feel that the new timetable has helped with this. There are some who feel it is still too much, now too little, too hard or too easy. We will now begin to tweak work for individuals in response to this information. Thank you.

You will know that we are asking our children to send an email to their form tutor every day to check in with us. This is so that our children don’t feel like they have lost touch with school and we are not just interested in what work they are doing. We are interested and concerned about them as people. The vast majority are doing this without prompting and have really taken control of managing their time and workload. I am very proud of them for that and I thank you for supporting your child with their learning at this time.

There has also been a lot of confusion and delay regarding FSM vouchers. Our Business Manager, Mr Wil Brooks, is very busy tracking down vouchers that have not been received. The information you have provided on the survey is really useful for this. Again, thank you.

You will also know that there has been much publicity surrounding government funded laptops for school children to help them learn at home. I want to clarify some details around this. At this moment, the laptops are only available for pupils who do not have a device and/or internet access  AND are:

  • in year 10 and are Pupil Premium

or

  • are vulnerable and have been assigned a social worker

There may well be more laptops provided in the future but we do not know if or when that will happen. The laptops for the children above have not been received yet and we do not know when they will arrive. It is also clear that the laptops must be returned to the school when the lockdown period comes to an end.

Year 11 

I want to reassure Year 11 pupils and parents/carers that the school is well underway gathering all of our information together to be able to submit our data to the exam boards in early June. I must remind you though: we are NOT allowed to tell the pupils or parents/carers the grades or rank order we submit. The exam boards will use our information to award grades and will release the information at a later, as yet unknown, date.

At this point, your child may find it useful to begin to look to their next steps in terms of learning from home. On the 15th May, we will not be setting work for year 11 to complete at home. However, we will be sending out information about where your child can access information and key learning in relation to the next phase in their learning. Colleges and 6th forms have been collating this work for their incoming students; many already have this listed on their websites or have communicated with you directly. However, to help you with this, we are collating all of this information for you into one pack where you and your child can select the subjects and learning opportunities best suited to them.

I want to reiterate my promise that the Year group will have an opportunity for a celebration to mark the end of their time with us. Obviously, we must wait for it to be safe to do so. Please note, I said that the celebration will mark the end of their time with us, not the end of their time as a Stretfordian. Once a Stretfordian, always a Stretfordian.

Year 10

I have been monitoring the setting of home-learning and how well pupils are responding. Next week, I shall be doing a deeper look into Year 10 and I look forward to seeing examples of how our senior students are learning at home.  For those of you who have applied for prefect roles, I wish you good luck in the next stage of the process.

Year 9

The following week, I will be doing a deep dive into Year 9 learning from home and I am particularly interested in how our Year 9 pupils are enjoying their learning in their option subjects.

Year 7 & Year 8

During the week beginning 18th May, I will be looking at Year 7 & 8 learning and I am particularly interested in how creative they’ve been in their  learning.

I would like to remind parents that the National Oak Academy have a range of online lessons for pupils to access at home should pupils feel the need to supplement their learning or try another subject! The National Oak Academy link here

Helping hands

You may know that the Headteacher of Lostock High School, Lee Fazackerly, celebrated his last day at LHS yesterday, 30.04.20. From today, 1.05.20, Lindsay Brindley will be the Headteacher of Lostock High school and I will be acting as the Executive headteacher until August 2021. Stretford High school will be working with the school, sharing good practice and working together to provide the best possible education for our community. I want to reassure you, our SHS family, that I am absolutely still Headteacher of SHS and will continue to love and work for you and your children just as hard as I have ever done!

I am thinking of you all at this time and hope you are all well and staying safe. As always, email me with concerns or queries ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Take care and stay safe.

Nic

#Stay in, Stay safe

# WASH YOUR HANDS!

Update 29-04-20 (Survey How Can We Help)

Dear Parents/Carers

During these difficult times, it is important to be there for each other. The link below will take you to a survey of 8 questions – the answers to these questions will help us to build a picture of who is in need and we can work out what we can do to help. Please complete the survey by 12pm on Sunday 3rd May.

SHS How can we help survey

Thank you  and stay safe!

Nic

 

Update 24-04-20 (Support for young people and their familes)

As the COVID-19 measures continue we are conscious that young people who may normally access our services are at home and possibly unsure of who to contact.  We also know that being at home for a long period of time can be difficult and that the current restrictions may be putting a lot of pressure on family relationships.

Contact details for Reconnect and Nightstop services can be found on this document should you need them.

 

Update 21-04-20 (Online safety & Lesson Plans)

COVID-19 has prompted widespread school closures and physical distancing measures and made online platforms and communities essential to maintaining a sense of normalcy. Children and their families are turning to digital solutions more than ever to support children’s learning, socialisation and play. While digital solutions provide huge opportunities for sustaining and promoting children’s rights, these same tools may also increase children’s exposure to online risks.

This technical note sets out some of the key priorities and recommendations on how to mitigate those risks and promote positive online experiences for children. Click here to read it.

Home activity packs and worksheets on online safety

 

Update 19-04-20 (Free School Meals)

Dear Parents /carers

Families who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) will know that we have been sending vouchers to families to help with the cost of living during lock down.

A number of schools were doing the same thing so the government made the decision to create a central FSM scheme which allows families to select a voucher for £15 per week for a supermarket of their choice. Schools were encouraged to use this method as it gives families a lit bit extra and also gives freedom of choice.

We have registered all families who are entitled to this benefit. Unfortunately, the provider, Edenred, had some troubles last week with processing the number of claims registered on a national level. This has meant that there was a delay in families receiving their vouchers. I am aware that most have families received their benefit by now but some may still be waiting. We have logged concerns with the provider and have been assured that they are being processed and you will receive the benefit. I am sorry if this is causing you hardship at this time. If you are struggling, please contact us as we can signpost you to other agencies who may be able to help.

We are also aware that people’s circumstances are changing and whilst you may not have qualified for FSM in the past, you may qualify now. It is important that every family who is entitled to this benefit is given it. It is a ‘means tested’ benefit and is given to parents on lower incomes and those who are in receipt of certain benefits. You can apply on the Trafford website for this – it is a very easy process and gives an instant decision. All you need to do is input your National Insurance Number and details – this link will take you to the right place to apply https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/schools/trafford-catering/free-school-meals.aspx

If you qualify, we will be notified and we will then add you to the Edenred scheme and you will receive a £15 per week voucher for a supermarket of your choice.

A word of warning: there are various scams around at present asking parents for bank details so FSM money can be paid directly— we will never ask you for this information and this is not how the scheme works. Edenred would not ask you for this information. They send you a voucher code. Please do not respond to any such emails/text messages.  If you do receive these messages, report it to the police.

As always, I hope that you are well and staying safe.

Take cake

Nic

 

Update 08-04-20 (Government update)

Leaflet on what to do to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including information on symptoms and government support.

CORONAVIRUS STAY AT HOME PROTECT THE NHS SAVE LIVES

 

Update 03-04-20 (GCSE update)

Dear Year 11 & Year 10  Pupils, Parents and Carers,

The Department for Education has released guidance today on how pupils will be awarded their GCSE certification. The Document linked here explains it in detail but I would like to direct you to some of the key messages:

  • > At the moment, only Year 11 will be awarded grades. They are still consulting on Year 10 but at this point they are only asking for Year 11 data to be submitted.
  • > Teachers will use all of the data and information we have gathered on you to help us to decide what grade we think you would have got. This is not new to us. We do these predictions every year in school and I can assure you that the predictions our teachers make are always VERY close to the actual grades pupils are awarded.
  • > Teachers CANNOT tell you or your parents what grade we award you.
  • > The grade we give you is not the final grade – the exam board will standardise the grades across the whole country. Remember though, our school has been performing above the national average for some years now, and they will take that into account.
  • > The work you are doing now can be used to support your grade BUT we must not disadvantage any pupil who cannot complete work. So doing work now can help your grade but not doing work will not move your grade down. We can still use the information we already have on your progress to date.
  • > Colleges and apprenticeships will accept these grades
  • > You can appeal the grade you are awarded
  • > You will be given the chance to resit your exams, should you wish to do so, next academic year.
There is lots more information in the linked document above. Please take time to read it through.

I hope you are all staying safe.

Take care

Mrs Doward

 

Update for Students: 30-03-20

Below you will find your timetable for home learning. The link will take you to a slideshow, each slide show has an audio message from Headteacher Mrs Doward. Make sure you read the slides and play the messages.

Audio will play once you click the play button on the file in bottom right hand corner of each slide. IOS devices (iPhone/iPads) may need to use Google Chrome.

Year 7 & 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

 

Update for Parents: 30-03-20

Dear Parents and Carers,

A little guidance from Asda on using the gift card you received from us: 

  • > To use an e-gift card in-store, your customers should load the gift card website address on a mobile device or bring this printed out into store. It can then be used on any checkout type. If using a self-scan checkout, wait until after you have scanned your items, choose pay now, other payment methods and gift card. Then scan the barcode.
  • > To use an e-gift online, your customer will need to open the gift card website address. They can then use the card number and PIN number to spend this online.

 

Update 2: 27-03-20 (for Parents):  

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a fortnight it has been! I want to thank you all for your support, your feedback and your patience! All three have been greatly needed and appreciated.

We now begin our Easter holiday for 2 weeks. Over this period, no work will be set  on a daily basis and you and your children can enjoy your time together – in your house!

Home learning will begin again on the 14th April. We have been listening to you and our children and we have made a plan for home learning after this 2 week break which will make home learning a lot easier. I will be updating our website with what that will look like over the next few days so you can all rest assured that the plan is in place and know what it looks like.

GM and Trafford police have noticed that some pupils across the borough are planning a mass gathering. I am sure that our children have more sense than to get involved in this. Nonetheless, I have sent our children a message about this directly. Please ensure that your child does not get involved – peer pressure can be very persuasive! The police are taking this very seriously and I would also have to take action against any SHS pupil getting involved. Please remind them that it is now the law to Stay in and avoid gatherings.

I am still working over Easter. Please do not hesitate to get in touch about ….anything. If you’re concerned about the new learning plan; if you are ill and need help; if you don’t have enough food; if you are worried about your child. If you need help, tell us. ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Take care and stay safe

Nic

Update 1: 27-03-20 (for Students):  

Dear Students,

There are rumours across Trafford of a plan for pupils to gather together over the holidays.

I am absolutely certain that no SHS pupil would get involved in this. It would endanger EVERYONE in our community, indeed, the country! If you are tempted to get involved please think about the people you care about and the risk that you would be bringing back into your house. It is not worth it.

I am in touch with GM And Trafford Police. They will be patrolling. They will take video evidence. They will use CCTV to monitor who is out. They will catch those who are silly enough to get involved.

If there are any SHS pupils involved, it goes without saying, I will also take action. You are a Stretfordian at all times and you uphold our schools values – Community, Apire, Resilence and Education. Do not let your community down.

If friends outside of our school are pressuring you to go – tell them no. Tell them that you know you will be caught. Tell them you know that it is dangerous. Tell them you are not willing to put your family in danger. Tell them that they should do the same – STAY IN.

Take care

Mrs Doward

#StayinStaysafe

#WashYourHands

Update 2:  25-03-20

Dear Stretfordians

“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together.” – Kofi Annan

Couldn’t have put it better myself! We know that life is difficult right now – but we also know that nobody is in this alone. We have our SHS community -pupils, staff, families, carers and parents. We maybe practicing isolation (thank you!) but that does not mean you are on your own.

That’s one of the reasons why it is so important that you keep up with your work and respond to staff. Yes it’s about keeping up with your learning. But more importantly, it is a way for us all to keep in touch with each other.

I know that some pupils have felt they haven’t had enough work and others are feeling that they are getting too much. Your feedback on this is so important – thank you. You are helping us to make adjustments to find a balance which works for everyone.

I’ve had such an education in technology and social media this week. I have joined Mr Syed’s maths lessons on YouTube, seen ‘lives’ on Instagram and I have been following everything that you’ve been doing with great interest. I wonder if Mr Othman will ever be beaten for example!

I want to thank those of you who have been responding to emails and returning work. You are amazing because I know it is not easy to manage your learning on your own. It is a HUGE skill to master. To others who may be struggling: keep going; establish a routine; it will get easier.

Parents and carers – you may be interested to know that the government has set up a WhatsApp group which will send you all the latest COVID-19 updates. I think this is a great idea. If you would like to join it simply add 07860064422 as a contact in WhatsApp and send the message ‘Hi’. You will then be registered.

I am thinking of you all everyday and hope that you are safe and well.

Take care

#StayinStaysafe

#WASHYOURHANDS

Mrs Doward

 

Update 1:  25-03-20

Trafford’s Community Response leaflet COVID-19

 

Update 24-03-20

Dear Stretford

I am emailing you to remind you how important it is that you stay in touch with us.

Your Form Tutors will email you daily. You must reply to this email to let them know you are ok. Even if you just write ‘I’m ok’. We will worry about you if you do not reply.

Your class teachers will still be setting and marking your work. It is important that you establish a routine to stay on top of this. It is important that your return assignments. If you are struggling with your work or the amount of work you have, email your teacher. Don’t just ignore it.

We are having problems getting some of the books we ordered. Please be patient with us – we are trying our best but we know that delivery companies are struggling.

School is now closed until further notice. We do not know when we will reopen. The government will tell us when it is safe to do so. That is why we must all keep on top of our learning.

You will not be getting school work to do from Monday  30th March as you will begin your Easter holidays. We will be sending work again from Tuesday 14th April.  However, all of SHS are still here for you. If you have a problem – contact us. You can still email me ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Most importantly – stay in your homes. Do not go outside unless you absolutely have to. This is Serious and you must do your bit to help everyone. Don’t give your mum, dear or carer a hard time for making you stay in. They are doing it because they love you.

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Mrs Doward

#StayinStaysafe

#WASHYOURHANDS

 

Update 23-03-20

Dear Stretford

The PM has just spoken to the country about what we are facing  ahead and what we can do to help. Please read his message below:

The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone.

All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer.

And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking to fight the disease and what you can do to help.

And I want to begin by reminding you why the UK has been taking the approach that we have.

Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.

And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger.

To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from Coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.

So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease.

Because that is the way we reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment at any one time, so we can protect the NHS’s ability to cope – and save more lives.

And that’s why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.

And though huge numbers are complying – and I thank you all – the time has now come for us all to do more.

From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No.

You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can.

If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, we will immediately:

  • close all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship;
  • we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with;
  • and we’ll stop all social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

No Prime Minister wants to enact measures like this.

I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.

And that’s why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business.

And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.

But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.

And yet it is also true that there is a clear way through.

Day by day we are strengthening our amazing NHS with 7500 former clinicians now coming back to the service.

With the time you buy – by simply staying at home – we are increasing our stocks of equipment.

We are accelerating our search for treatments.

We are pioneering work on a vaccine.

And we are buying millions of testing kits that will enable us to turn the tide on this invisible killer.

I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus.

Everyone from the supermarket staff to the transport workers to the carers to the nurses and doctors on the frontline.

But in this fight we can be in no doubt that each and every one of us is directly enlisted.

Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together.

To halt the spread of this disease.

To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.

And I know that as they have in the past so many times.

The people of this country will rise to that challenge.

And we will come through it stronger than ever.

We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.

And therefore I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

Stretfordians – you can make a difference here. #StayinStaysafe

Mrs Doward

Dear Parents/Carers,

The school will be open on Monday for children of parents who work in essential services or vulnerable children who CANNOT be supervised safely at home.

The list of these essential services can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

There is no stipulation as to both parents being key workers but we recommend that, where possible, parents working in these sectors carefully consider if you are able to keep your child/children at home safely. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

The guidance also states that the following principles be applied:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 

Please contact us immediately if you feel your child falls into the categories above and you would like your child to access this in-school provision.

 

We have also had guidance about what is going to happen for our Year 11 pupils and their GCSE certification. The statement is below:

The government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. 

Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. 

The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly this will be provided to schools and colleges. 

The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. 

We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.

 

I hope this helps to clarify and put some of your concerns at rest regarding GCSE exams and outcomes.

As always, stay safe and take care.  Email ndoward@stretfordhigh.com if you have questions or concerns.

 

Mrs Doward

Update 1 – 20.04.20

Dear Stretford

First and foremost – thank you all for being fab! I could start writing all the ways in which you are fab but this message would never end!

Next week, the school is open BUT only for a small number of children. The advice from the government is very clear – if pupils can learn from home, then they should stay at home. This will mean there are as few people as possible in the school and that means we can keep everyone as safe as possible.

We will be contacting those who are coming into school directly today.

For everyone else, I know it is a challenge but please keep up your fantastic work at home. Most importantly, stay in touch – with us and with each other. We are actually blessed to have so many ways we can communicate with each other.

I want to remind you that our school rules of Ready, Respect, Safe still stand – they are just as useful now whether it is at home or on social media.

For example, at home:

Ready – don’t wait to be told to do something like your work, making your mum a cup of tea or doing the hoovering. Be ready to step up maturely to do your bit.

Respect – with so many people staying home in the house, things can get tense. I know – I’m a mum! Remember, everyone is under pressure so be respectful and kind to the people you love. It will make a difference.

Safe – this is a difficult one…let me see what advice I can give here..oh yes: #WASHYOURHANDS and #StayinStaysafe!

Take care of yourselves and each other,

Mrs Doward

Update 2 – 19.04.20

Dear Parents/Carers

I shared with you yesterday that we have an SHS family with a confirmed COVID-19 case within their extended family. I am pleased to report that the family are doing well. I have sent our love to them on all of our behalf.

I have talked to Public Health England again today and they confirmed that, as the school was closed at the time, the risk was mitigated. However, as a whole school we will be still be shut tomorrow to allow a full 7 days of isolation. From Monday, the school will be shut to most pupils as per the government instruction. The closure is indefinite at this point so we do not have a reopening date for all pupils yet.

However, we are looking at what we, as a school, can do to help the National effort in this time of crisis – in particular our vulnerable children and children of key workers. We are sending parents a short questionnaire to help us to identify key worker parents and parents of children with SEND who would like us to make in school provision for their children available to them. It is really important that every parent fills in this questionnaire so that we can help you all during this time. There is a space to record your wishes if you have made arrangements for your child/children to continue to work from home -even if you are a key worker or a parent of a child with SEND.

Yesterday, we sent out vouchers to all families entitled to free school meals. I believe this is better than bringing these children into school for a meal because the money can be used to feed a whole family and I know some of you are struggling. If you are not entitled to FSM but are struggling, please let me know. Do not suffer in silence.

Many of our Year 11 are devastated and I understand that completely. They have been working so hard and have been so focused – they wanted that chance to show what they could do. Please reassure them that we know them, we know what they are capable of and they will not be disadvantaged. They also want to know if they will have a leavers assembly, if they can sign shirts, see their teachers. We cannot do that tomorrow because of the advice from the PHE but we will do something for them.  Watch this space!

Some of our children have told me they are getting too much work and I have asked our teachers to be mindful of that. It will take a while to get the balance right. Feedback on this is so useful so please feel free to let me know of any issues.

Finally, thank you for the many emails I have received wishing our staff, myself and my daughter Sophie a quick recovery. I am delighted to say we are all doing well.

As always, email me with any concerns – ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Stay safe and take care.

Nic

School Update 1 – 19.03.2020

Dear Stretford

Yes I know – questions, questions questions!

Some key messages first:

Our school building is closed. SHS is not a building. SHS is our people. SHS carries on. We have not stopped caring, believing in you, wanting the best for you just because a building is closed. We are Community.

You know we are Aspirational for every member of of our school. You need to stay focused on your aspirations. Here’s something for you to think about or even do as a task. Imagine your life on a time line – starting from the moment you were born and going years and years into the future. On the past timeline, think about the important things that have happened in your life – your big moments so far. On the future part of the timeline, start to put in the things you would like in your life – your hopes, your wishes, your dream. On the present part of the timeline, put a circle around this year. This circle does not take anything away from your past. We will not let it impact on your future timeline. Indeed – your big questions are: what can you do in this circle to help your self and others in the circle? what can you do in this circle that actually helps with your future hopes, dreams and wishes. Our Aspirations still drive us.

This is a tricky time. It is normal to feel lots of emotions: fear, anger, confusion, frustration… the list could go on and on. Here’s the thing – it is easy to let these emotions overwhelm you. So lets do this: ask yourself – what are the 3 most important things in my life right now? Who do I love the most in life? What can I do to help? These questions will help to ground you and help you to realise you still have the people and things that matter most and that you can be a force for good at this time. This is where Resilience comes from.

Education is not about exams. We learn because human beings are curious and intelligent and have the capacity for greatness. So for those thinking, is there any point in learning – I say YES, Enjoy it!

SHS has always been about CARE – it still is!

#StayinStaysafe

#WASHYOURHANDS

Mrs Doward

School Update 2 – 18.03.2020

Dear Stretford

We have some guidance at last:

-Schools closed from Friday.

-Exams have been cancelled.

-They have not yet explained what they will do instead.

However, Headteachers across the country will be working together to make sure that our children will not be disadvantaged. I will be fighting for that with every breath I’ve got in my body.

Year 10 will obviously not sit exams this year.

I will update you when I can give you more details.

Stay in, stay safe!

Take care

Nicola Doward

School Update 1 – 18.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers

First and foremost, I want to thank you all for having such wonderful children. As I knew they would, they’ve been working hard and sending me lots of updates about their progress.

Indeed, some have been working too hard by trying to complete everything that has been sent to them and working themselves to the bone without breaks. I sent out some guidance to pupils today with some basic advice about pacing themselves and staying in touch with their peers. I advised them to use their school timetable as a framework to work out which subjects to do and how much time to spend on each one of them. I reminded them to have regular breaks.

I have also asked them to tell me if they are struggling with a particular subject or piece of work and can’t contact their teacher. We want to limit the stress on our kids as much as possible.

I am also very aware that some families may well have more than one person at home who needs to use the family PC and that this could cause issues. I want you to know that we have ordered workbooks for pupils so that they have paper based resources to work from too. This is not to add to their workload – it is so that we can balance what needs to be done online and what can be done at the kitchen table!

Year 11 came in today to collect their resources, speak to their teachers and access their work on our network. Only 4 pupils were unable to make it in and we will deliver those packs directly to those families. Our Year 11 pupils came in, respectful of their time slots so that contact was staggered. Please thank them from me for being so very wonderful.

We are inviting Year 10 to do the same tomorrow. Workbooks for KS3 will be posted home as we have not yet had delivery.

We included the ASDA food vouchers for families entitled to FSM in the Year 11 Packs today and will do the same tomorrow. All others will be sent to families directly.

We have not had any updates on GCSEs as yet. Apologies.

I would like to share with you that I was not in school today as I have symptoms of the virus, as does my daughter and my family are now self isolating as per the guidance. We are both well.

I have had confirmation from a SHS family that a member of their extended family has been tested and confirmed as positive and all have been instructed to self isolate. Our love and prayers are with the family member for a full and speedy recovery and thoughts are with the family as a whole. The advice from Public Health England is that no further action is necessary as the school has been closed since Friday 13th March and the risk has been mitigated.

However, this is a stark message to us all. It is essential that we do the things we can do to mitigate the risk – namely wash our hands and stay in. I know that this will be difficult for lots of our young people. Their friends are so important to them. I recommend sticking to the expectation that they stay in but giving them a little more time to communicate with friends on social media. You will have never heard me say that before because it usually causes nothing but trouble! But in these circumstances, FaceTime, group calls, texting … if it helps them to stay in touch, let them – as long as they are using it maturely and sensibly. You may have to step up your spot checking just in case. Any issues, let me know.

As always, take care and stay safe. Email me if you need anything. ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Nic Doward

#StayinStaySafe

#WASHYOURHANDS

School Update 17/03/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

First and foremost, thank you for your many, many emails last night and today. It was a difficult decision to make and I truly appreciate your understanding, support and even the challenge  to make sure that we continue to do our best for our children.

Some updates:

Work has been set on class charts for pupils today and I am already hearing lots of feedback from pupils and staff saying that our pupils are being conscientious and getting on with it! I am so lucky to be the head teacher of this school, with this community and our children who will work hard and do what is right even when it is challenging.

We have had staff training on how to use Google classroom today as some of our pupils have shared that they find this really useful. More staff should be able to communicate with our kids using this tool now.

We have scheduled drop ins times for Year 11 (Wednesday) and Year 10 (Thursday)  so that they can come to school to collect resources to help them work from home (if they and they’re households are symptom free). We are also arranging access to our school network so that they can email any saved work on our network to themselves at home.

I have been pushing for answers regarding what is going to happen regarding GCSEs as I know this is a major cause of concern for our senior pupils. I will continue to push until I get an answer. When I know, you will know.

I have arranged that those families who are entitled to free school meals will receive an email with a voucher up to the value of 2 weeks FSM which can be spent in Asda supermarket. I know it is not much but I hope it helps a little at this time.

My key message to our children  at the moment is:

Stay in, Stay safe!

Wash your hands!

Please let me know if you have any queries or concerns – only an email away!

Nic

PS: STAY IN, STAY SAFE

PPS: WASH YOUR HANDS

School Update 16/03/2020

Dear Stretford

This is not an easy letter to write.

From tomorrow Tuesday 17th March, I am closing SHS to pupils until Tuesday 14th April.

I am making this decision following Prime Minister Johnson’s briefing at 5pm tonight where he updated advice that:

– All members of a household should self isolate for 14 days should anyone in the household have a fever or a cough.

– Pregnant women are now considered to be a vulnerable group.

The impact that this advice has on SHS staffing means it is not operationally possible to run the school safely.

Teachers will set work for pupils using Classcharts and will be in contact via email.

We find ourselves in this situation because we cannot follow all of the government’s advice AND keep our children and our Stretford families safe.

The staff members who have symptoms are not being tested. They won’t be tested because, thankfully, they are not seriously ill. I do not know if one, none or all have the virus. This is not acceptable. Staff who work in sectors which are not being advised to work from home should be tested. This would have allowed me to either keep the school open or to be able to identify who, if anyone, is at risk.

Even if we double up classes to accommodate staff absence, we cannot operate at this staffing level. I also do not feel comfortable grouping pupils into even bigger groups which increases the risk of spreading the virus.

The government make the point that the virus does not seriously affect children and young people. However, this does not mean that they won’t become ill or won’t become carriers unbeknownst to anyone. They then risk taking the virus home to their families. Families with pregnant mothers, families with elderly relatives,  family whose members might be poorly. Family members living in their house. People who are vulnerable and cannot be ‘socially distant’. This is not acceptable.

The government strategy is to build herd immunity – however, to keep schools open at this time risks driving the ‘herd’ over a metaphorical cliff. The number of those already sick across the country, the number who have died, is already a worry. The stats show this will get worse. The NHS was already under pressure. It will not cope with the onslaught. I am not willing to put Stretford High School families in amongst that herd.

In order to ensure that this does not happen, everyone must take responsibility. That means washing your hands. That means children should stay inside so that they don’t pick up and spread the virus. This is serious and needs to be treated as such. Our families and loved ones depend on us ALL being responsible and acting responsibly.

I know that this will cause families issues around childcare. I am sorry. I know it will cause our pupils, who are brilliant and conscientious, stress because they will be worried about their  learning. I am sorry. I know the ramifications of this move. I am sorry.

As always, I am here to answer your questions and concerns. ndoward@stretfordhigh.com

Yours sincerely

Mrs Nicola Doward

Headteacher

 

School Update 12/03/2020

Dear SHS Community

I know this is a difficult and scary time for lots of people – children and adults alike. Everyone has lots of questions and rightly so.  There are 3 questions that seem to be the biggest concerns.  I hope the documents below will help with these questions.

What are the risks to our children, staff and what can Stretford High School do about it? Read our SHS School Risk Assessment here

What has Stretford High School done so far and what are you going to do? Read our Coronavirus Safety Plan here

What are the government doing to help and protect us?

 

Update from DFE (12/03/2020)

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

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/

 

Update from DFE (11/03/2020)

 

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/

 

Update from DFE (10/03/2020)

 

Government coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.

The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

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

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

 

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance 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.

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

In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

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

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

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/

 

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

We are continuing to receive regular updates and advice regarding the Covid-19 virus.

The following link is useful to assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers.

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

You should also use the dedicated helpline for assistance as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Public Health England has released advice on the coronavirus for places of education.

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