RETURN TO COLLEGE
I am pleased to be able to contact you again, as promised in my end of term letter, dated 16th July to keep you informed of our plans for the return of all students to college from Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming all students back into college by Friday 4th September, at which point ‘Team Wright Robinson’ will be reunited for the first time since Friday 20th March.
As stated in my July letter to you, the college will facilitate a phased reopening to allow students to become familiar with the new routines that will be implemented.
Therefore, we look forward to welcoming your son/daughter to the college on their allocated return day:
- Wednesday 2nd September: Year 7 and Year 11
- Thursday 3rd September: Year 8 and Year 10
- Friday 4th September: Year 9
Upon arrival, your son/daughter should go immediately to their allocated line-up point:
Year 7: Y7 MUGA
Year 8: Y8 MUGA
Year 9: Y9 MUGA
Year 10 and Year 11: Tennis Courts
Entrances are the same as they normally are. Staff will be on hand each morning to guide students.
Students at the Compass Centre will return to the Compass Centre on the dates listed above for their relevant year group.
It would be very helpful if you could take the time to sit down with your son/daughter and read the detailed information contained within this letter to help us facilitate a smooth and safe return to college for all. In particular, it is imperative that they remember what group number they have been assigned to and where they should assemble/line-up in the morning.
The college has followed the Department for Education guidance on how schools should prepare for a full re-opening from September 2020. We have completed a thorough risk assessment and put in place proportionate control measures. A number of adjustments to college life have been implemented, to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
The fundamental aims of these measures are to:
- Reduce the number of contacts each student has during the day.
- Maintain social distancing where possible.
- Allow the college to support the NHS track and trace system should a positive test be found.
- Minimising the risk of transmission
Prevention – to minimise the risk of contact with individuals who are unwell, we ask that parents ensure that students do not attend college if they have coronavirus symptoms, or if someone in their household or another household with whom your family has spent time, has symptoms. Please continue to follow government guidance and procedures in relation to this.
Hand hygiene – students and staff will be expected to clean their hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) more often than usual. Hand sanitiser will be available at entry points to the college and all students and staff will be expected to ensure they wash their hands or use hand sanitiser on arrival and at regular points during the day, including when they change rooms (year 10 and 11 only), after breaks, before and after eating. Additional hand sanitising points have been positioned around the building.
Cleaning – an enhanced cleaning programme will be implemented across the college including regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
Bubbles– Students are grouped in Year group bubbles to minimise contact between students. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also be in a class bubble and will have a ‘home room’ where they will remain for most of their timetabled lessons. They will leave this room to attend some specialist lessons such as Physical Education. Students in years 10 and 11 will be able to move to certain classrooms, which will enable them to attend all of their option subjects.
Face coverings – Students using college and public transport must wear a face covering before boarding the bus/train/tram and throughout the journey. We are continuing to monitor the advice regarding the potential wearing of face coverings in schools and I will update you accordingly on this matter.
- College operations and logistics
Start of College- The college day will commence at 8.25am as normal and all students will be expected to be onsite and be at their designated meeting area to line up by this time. College will be open from 8am and access to the campus prior to this time will not be permitted. Upon entering the campus students must make their way to their allocated meeting point and students should not congregate at the front of college or in areas that would previously have been designated as communal.
End of College – College will finish at the revised time of 2.45pm for all students. There will be a staggered exit from the college by zones and year groups to ensure ‘bubbles’ are not mixing on corridors. Staff teaching period 5 will escort their class out of the building. Students are asked to leave the college campus immediately or board one of the ‘on site’ buses.
College day structure- This has been amended slightly as we have taken the decision to reduce lunchtime from 1 hour to 30 minutes. It is important that the students have access to all of their subjects and ensure that there is no compromise on the quality of teaching and learning. As such from September the college day will run as follows:
Break time – There will be a break for all students at 9.55am. Staff will escort their class out via the nearest exit to the designated quad areas. There will be no food available for students to purchase at break time. Students are able to bring their own suitable snack and water into college that can be consumed at break time.
Lunch time- This will be staggered for each year group, so students do not socially mix with any other year group. To help support and reduce the number of students using the refectory and bistro areas, if you are able to provide your son/daughter with a packed lunch it would be greatly appreciated. Students eligible for a free school meal will be able to access this as normal. The catering staff will be running a reduced menu of hot and cold food whilst continuing to accommodate all of the dietary requirements.
From September 2020, the college will be operating a ‘cashless system’. It is imperative that if students wish to purchase a lunch that parents/carers sign up to the college’s ParentPay App.
- Curriculum Plan
Curriculum– The college has worked incredibly hard to find a workable model that will allow all students access to all of their subjects, without compromising the measures that we have in place to minimise the transmission of Covid- 19.
Students in Years 7 will be taught in mixed ability groups as no official KS2 data is available. This will be reviewed at October Half-Term and changes may be made in which case parents/carers will be informed. Students in Years 8 and 9 will be taught in streamlined groups. Students in Years 10 and 11 will remain in the groups in which they were taught prior to the closure of college in March 2020.
All students will have access to the full curriculum. We are aware that students will have had very different experiences of home learning and some students may feel anxious about ‘gaps’ in their learning. This is a natural feeling, given the amount of time spent away from teachers and the classroom. The college has plans in place to support and help students when they return in September to identify and ‘plug’ any gaps in their learning and this should not be a cause for concern for any student.
- High standards and expectations
Attendance- This is compulsory for all students as per national guidance issued by the government.
Students should not attend if;
- They are displaying symptoms or have received a positive Covid 19 test result. The medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.
- If someone in their household has symptoms of Covid 19 then they must stay at home for 14 days. This can start from the first day the person in the household became ill.
- If a student becomes ill during the day, parents/carers will be contacted and asked to collect them as quickly as possible. Students will be isolated whilst awaiting collection. We recommend that parents/carers book an appointment to get a Covid 19 test and inform the college as soon as the results have been acquired.
Attendance procedures should be followed if your son/daughter is unable to attend college; please contact the college attendance line on 0161 826 1032 by 8.25am.
Please continue to use the link for the most up to date government NHS guidance on Covid 19https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Uniform and Behaviour– All students will be expected to be in full college uniform in September. The college’s Behaviour for Learning policy must be adhered to at all times during the college day. At a time like this it is imperative that we all demonstrate the true Team Wright Robinson spirit of working together for each other in a positive and supportive environment. During the first day back in college there will be a renewed focus on expectations, standards and behaviour that will be shared with all students.
Pastoral care and wellbeing- Students may be experiencing many different emotions about returning to college after a long period of time away from the building. There may also be continued uncertainty with regards the coronavirus pandemic. Many will be excited to see friends and get back to daily routines, while some may feel anxious, stressed and apprehensive about September. Whatever students are feeling it is a completely normal reaction to change and uncertainty. Particularly, for our new Year 7 students this is an exciting time but understandably an anxious one also. Please be reassured that all of our Pastoral Team and wider support network are fully prepared and ready to support, advise and help provide a smooth and exciting transition to Wright Robinson College.
Student health and wellbeing will be a particular focus of our pastoral care curriculum this academic year and will run alongside our whole college mental health and wellbeing programme for students and staff.
- Travelling to and from College
School bus service- TfGM have informed us that the school bus service will run as normal but with some adjustments, which include wearing a face covering at all times, reduced capacity and where possible with passengers adhering to social distancing. The governments guidance remains and stipulates that if an alternative method of transport can be used such as, walking, cycling or arriving by car, this is the preferred option.
Parents/carers and students are responsible for wearing face covering on public transport and the school bus services. For more information, please visit https://tfgm.com/public-transport/schools for a specific back to school guide.
TfGM will also be able to facilitate the colleges earlier finish time of 2.45pm with buses expected to leave the college campus by 3pm. To continue to support the wellbeing of our students where possible college staff will be present on the school buses during both journeys.
Finally – At Wright Robinson College our aim remains to continue to provide an outstanding quality of education and care for our students supporting all areas of their development. In this current context, we hope to continue to find alternative and creative ways of sustaining the activities and events that make the college experience so special.
Enjoy the remainder of your holiday.
Mr M E Haworth