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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal

23/05/20

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Sixth Form Transition website launched

22/04/20

We are excited to launch the new Sixth Form Transition website for our current year 11 students!

Each subject page has some recommended reading, tasks and ideas of what to watch in preparation for Sixth Form at TWS. There are 19 subjects to view plus core activities and careers.

The website can currently only be accessed through the students’ google accounts – so please encourage them to log on and get ahead!

https://sites.google.com/swale.at/the-whitstable-school-year12/home

The website will be available to everyone on this website for external students and parents - please check back soon! If you need any of the subject pages please email Mrs Brown who can send them as a PDF.

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Summer 2020 grades - a letter to pupils

03/04/20

Please click here to read a letter issued today from Ofqual in relation to GCSE, AS and A level grades.

More information can be found on the Department for Education website by following this link.

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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

Page summary
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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