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Closure of educational settings - information for parents and carers 20.03.2020

20/03/20

Please read the guidance on the link below issued last night:​

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

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Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Time updated

11:55pm, 19 March 2020
Update on GOV.UK.

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Coronavirus Update 19.03.2020

19/03/20

An update further to last night's communication about closing the school from end of Friday 20th March 2020.  We have spoken to the pupils today about remote learning and will be sharing more details and guidelines tomorrow.

An email has been sent home to help us identify those children whose parents are key workers, if you are a key worker and haven't responded please do so.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Coronavirus Update 17.03.2020

17/03/20

Coronavirus Update

I am writing to update you on the plans we have put into place in school. 

From today and on advice from the Department for Education, we have instigated the following:

  1. All parents’ evenings have been cancelled.  There will be a pack sent digitally with targets and guidance by the end of the term in lieu of the Year 11 parents’ evening due to take place on 26th March.
  2. All sporting fixtures / matches and events have been cancelled or postponed. 
  3. After school clubs have been cancelled, OSL will continue for the time being for Year 11 pupils and other year groups will still be allowed to use the library after school and breakfast club will remain open.
  4. Any Trust-wide student events have been cancelled.
  5. All trips out of the school this term have been cancelled, we will be in touch to discuss refunds.
  6. Teachers have been asked to post lesson content through Google classroom. 
  7. The caterers may need to change the menu at short notice due to food supply issues.
  8. Fortunately we are in a strong position to continue with education remotely as we have been using Google Classroom since last September.  If you are unable to access Google Classroom please let your child’s mentor know. 
  9. If your contact details are incorrect please let the school know now so that we can continue to communicate effectively with you.
  10. We advise parents to continue to take advice from Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

We are continuing to review the situation daily and take advice from the Department for Education and Local Authority as and when it is released.  At this point in time we know the same as everybody else, we do not get extra information.  We will update you through official school channels; email, website, social media and letters for those with no access to the internet.

We are working hard to support the community and follow government advice, we understand that these are worrying times and rumours are circulating freely.  I would urge you to only contact the school if you have specific child related enquiries and report absence in the usual way.

Yours sincerely

Mrs AM Gibson
​Headteacher

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Coronavirus Update 16.03.2020

16/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to update you on the current guidance in relation to the Coronavirus and how the
school is responding to this. As you will be aware, the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is
changing continually.

The following link will take you to the latest guidance from the Department of Health and social Care
and Public Health England regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be reassured that we
continue to follow all the advice from the relevant Government Departments.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

In the event of a pupil or member of staff being diagnosed as having the virus, we will, of course
follow advice provided by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team which will be
specific to an assessment of our circumstances and setting.

I appreciate that this is a concerning time given the heightened media attention at present around
the virus, but please be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation very closely and will
respond accordingly. It is obviously imperative for us to be cautious but to maintain a good sense of
perspective at all times.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

Mrs AM Gibson
Headteacher

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Year 8 Options Evening - Change of Date

10/03/20

The Year 8 Options Evening has been moved from Thursday 19th March 2020 to Thursday 23rd April 2020 between 4pm and 6pm.

Please make a note of this change.

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September 2020 Year 7 Admissions

04/03/20

Year 7 places have now been allocated by KCC.

If your child has received a place here at The Whitstable School congratulations, you will shortly receive your offer paperwork in the post.

We look forward to meeting you at our transition evening.

The school was oversubscribed so sadly this does mean some pupils may not have been offered a place.  For details about our independent appeals process please go to our Admissions page which can be found under Information.

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Notices and dates for your diary

03/02/20

  • The newsletter for Term 1 and 2 is now available.
    Click here to view it
  • Parent Forum date change - please note the parent forum meeting in March has now been moved to Term 5 on 16th April 2020 5pm - 6pm
  • Year 7 Valentines Disco Thursday 13th February 2020 6pm - 7pm
  • Term 3 ends Friday 14th February
  • Term 4 starts Monday 24th February
  • Parents' Evening Year 8 Thursday 5th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 7 Thursday 12th March 2020
  • Year 8 Options Evening Thursday 19th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 11 Thursday 26th March 2020
  • Term 4 ends Friday 27th March
  • Easter Break Monday 30th March to Monday 13 April 2020
  • Term 5 starts Tuesday 14th April 

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Term 3 Information

06/01/20

  • Pupils have received new timetables - please ensure they familiarise themselves with it especially days when PE kit is needed.
  • 6th Form parents' evening - Thursday 16th January.
  • Swale Academies Dance Fever - Friday 17th January (selected pupils)
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - Monday 27th January.
  • Exams - please see the exams page for timetables and information.
  • Contact details - if you have changed any details: address, telephone or email please do let the school office know so that we can update our systems. This will ensure that you don't miss notices and letters.
  • Lost property - is stored at reception.  Pupils should go there to look for any lost items.
  • Open drop in sessions with the Headteacher - every Friday between 9am and 9.30am.
  • Last day of term 3 - Friday 14th February.
  • Term 4 starts - Monday 24th February.

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End of term arrangements and activities

16/12/19

17th & 18th December
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime.  The show takes place at 6.30pm in The Stage, tickets are £4 available now from reception.

18th December
Christmas Lunch in the Restaurant. click here to see the menu.  Annual Christmas Jumper Day, a minimum of £1 donation will be collected from pupils participating.

19th December
Winter Soiree.  Including a choir and session band.  Join us from 5.45pm for a festive evening.

20th December
School will be finishing for pupils in Years 7-13 at 12.20.  Those pupils unable to go home at this time are welcome to work in the school library.  Pupils that receive a free school meal will be able to purchase food at break time on this day.

The last day will count towards the Attendance Challenge, pupils will need to attend on this day in order for them to receive their 100% attendance reward in Term 3.

We wish all of our pupils and parents a very merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January 2020.

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Winter Soiree

05/12/19

Festive refreshments and live music.

Free entry - donations welcome.

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Book Fair in school next week!

14/11/19

We are having a Book Fair in school next week.  

Located in the library pupils will be able to peruse and purchase books at break, lunch and after school.

Books start from as little as £2.99, there is lots of choice.

Payments can be made the following ways:

  • Cash - please send in as close to the correct amount as possible
  • Cheque - made payable to The Whitstable School
  • Book Fair gift vouchers - can be purchased online here (if you purchase online you will receive a 20% discount)

Any queries please contact Mrs Davies in the library at julie.davies@swale.at

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Sixth Form Open Evening 21st November 2019

31/10/19

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The Whitstable School receives prestigious Artsmark Award 

08/10/19

Pupils and staff at The Whitstable School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. 

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, The Whitstable School  had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school. 

The Whitstable School was supported by Artswork in planning and developing their initial objectives. Artswork worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement. 

”As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, The Whitstable School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.” 

On receiving the award, Mr Chaplin, Senior Assistant Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. The pupils and staff have worked extremely hard over a 2 year period to promote high quality arts and cultural education. We are wholeheartedly committed to the arts and the fundamental Impact they have. We, as a school value the arts in a time when they are being marginalised and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.” 

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: 

“I would like to congratulate The Whitstable School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.” 

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Year 10 Parent Consultation Evening

02/10/19

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