19th August 2020
I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. On behalf of all of the staff and students of KPHS, I offer a very warm welcome to you and your family. We are really thrilled that your son/daughter is starting at Kingsway Park High School in September and I’m confident that it is decision that you won’t regret. These have been very challenging times for everyone, but it has been particularly difficult for your son/daughter as they transition from Primary to Secondary school during a pandemic and a lockdown. They have missed out on induction days and opportunities to familiarise themselves with their new secondary school.
I also want to take this opportunity to apologise to you if you feel we have not communicated with you enough regarding your child starting at KPHS. We were expecting another Government announcement last week regarding the full return of staff and students to school in September and we did not want to send out information earlier in the summer holidays and then have to change this after the Government announcement. It now appears, however, that there have been NO changes in the Government directive to get students and staff back into school.
As a school, we have made the decision to have as normal a school day and learning experiences as possible for all students and staff. We believe that it is really important that all students get back to their learning in a safe school environment, always ensuring that both staff and students are not at risk of infection. Students will be in ‘Year group bubbles’ which will rarely mix, and each year bubble will enter and leave the school at different times and have their lunch and breaktimes with their year group bubble ONLY. Daily, all students will be expected to wear their full school uniform, bring a bag to school have their own school equipment, bottle of water and if possible, their own hand sanitiser. Staff will dress in formal professional attire. We believe that this familiarity will help both the staff and the students to get back into normal school routines, expectations of learning and behaviour.
In order to support your child, we have made the decision that the first two days are mainly for the new year 7 students and will be as follows:
Thursday 3rd September (Year 7 ONLY)
Year 7 students to arrive at 8.30am and enter the building through the student entrance at the front of the school. Their school day will finish at 2.15pm and they will also exit the school building through the student entrance. For these first 2 days (3rd and 4th September), school will provide a FREE lunch for your child. At the end of the very first day, your child will bring home a VERY important letter regarding PARENTPAY (an on-line system for paying for school dinners). It will explain how to sign up for PARENTPAY and pay for school dinners on line. By Monday the 7th of September, all families will be expected to use PARENTPAY.
Friday 4th of September
Same start time and finish time (8.30am-2.15pm). Other year groups will be coming into school for NO more than an hour to collect timetables and be given important information regarding their start and finishing times, expectations and new systems and procedures during the COVID-19 situation.
As from Monday the 7th of September
All Year 7 students will start at 8.30am start and have a 2.15pm finish. Other year groups will start and finish at different times in order to allow for social distancing between year group bubbles. If you are wanting to drop off or collect your child from school, please make sure that you do NOT congregate near the school gates but agree a meeting point with your child away from the school site. This supports social distancing
On the website, I have also put on a frequently asked question sheet for ALL parents and students to read. Hopefully you will find this useful and it will reassure you about all the measures that we have put in place to protect students and staff at KPHS. We have made the decision to make the wearing of face masks OPTIONAL for staff and students. This is to reduce anxiety and to reassure everyone. If your child is going to wear a mask, then it needs to be a face mask and NOT a face scarf
There has been a lot of planning and preparation done over recent months to prepare the school building for the safe return of all staff and students. We will expect everyone to wash their hands and sanitise frequently throughout the school day and there are lots of handwashing /sanitizing equipment around the school site. Staff and students will constantly be reminded throughout the school day to keep their social distance and to pass each other on the corridors quickly and safely.
A new Headteacher, Mrs Langley takes up post after the October half term. As from the 1st of September until Mrs Langley starts, the present Deputy Headteachers, Mr Carey and Mr Kolbuck will be the joint Headteachers of KPHS. I retire on the 31st of August, so I wish every success to Mrs Langley, the staff and the Governors. I’ve been very proud to be the Headteacher of KPHS for the last 10 years and I know I leave the school in very capable hands. Mrs Langley is an experienced Headteacher and is an exception and inspirational leader.
If you are unsure about any aspect of this letter and the frequently asked question sheet, then please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support during these difficult times, it is greatly appreciated.
Year 7 Student Return: Thursday 3rd September
Year 7 students only
Year 7 Welcome Days Notes:
Y7 will operate as 3 separate bands of 4 tutor groups over the 2 days and carousel all planned activities.
Over 2 days they will: spend time with their tutors; have a welcome assembly; complete 3 of the CAT-4 tests; have their photos taken; be shown how to access email and other facilities; be prepared and experience and evacuation drill; be prepared for lunch; complete a VISION activity; complete a piece of work about them; experience a KPHS lesson; and end the day on Friday with a timetable tour of the school in which they will briefly meet all their teachers.