As we are approaching our October break, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers for their support during what has been a very challenging half term. The school community has been affected by Covid-19, but students and staff have shown great resilience and great adaptability to moving quickly across to remote learning (this is the work students have been doing at home). Parents/carers have been very understanding and supportive in encouraging their children to access their work and complete it to a high standard.
We have been particularly impressed with our students who have been so calm, prepared to work hard, and engaged in their learning. Many teachers are reporting the quality of independent work and as remote learning continues to improve, we are proud to showcase some wonderful examples here.
Acting Headteachers, Mr I Carey and Mr C Kolbuck have thoroughly enjoyed their time in role and have been very grateful to have been supported by very talented and hardworking colleagues. Our new Headteacher, Mrs J Langley, joins the school on Monday 2nd November and we will give her a very warm welcome as she leads our school on the next stage of our exciting journey.
This week, we had a visit by the HM Inspector of Health & Safety which went exceptionally well. They were extremely impressed with everything that the school has implemented and with the fact that we are fully complying with the government guidance on the re-opening of schools. They were particularly impressed by all the cleaning regimes both in and out of the classrooms, the communications, and the work that had been done in VISION lessons with UV light and educating the students on how the virus spreads. The inspector also commented on the way that everyone had adapted and responded so positively, including the students. We are pleased to report the inspector had no recommendations for the school.
On 14/10/2020, the Chair of Governors and KPHS senior leadership made the very difficult decision to ask Year 8 and 9 students to move to remote learning because of the impact of Covid-19 had on the number of staff able to be in school. We thank parents/carers and students for their response to this highly unusual situation. We are reviewing staffing availability and will update parents/carers during half term with more information about Y8/9 returning to school.
All isolation letters can be found and translated using the orange button on our Covid-19 webpage.
Uniform: Good ventilation of classrooms is part of our risk assessment and this means having doors and windows open. As we move into the winter months, classrooms may begin to feel cold and we encourage students to wear additional layers such as a vest or plain T-shirt under their shirt to help stay warm. Please note that coats must not be worn inside the building; however, we have also made a temporary change to the uniform policy to allow students to wear a plain navy-blue sweatshirt/hoodie under their blazer from Monday 2nd November. Our expectations are:
The school tie must be visible.
A blazer must be worn over the sweatshirt (it is NOT a replacement for the blazer)
No branding or logos must be visible.
If wearing a hoodie, hoods should not be up at any point in the school day
Any additional layers under shirts should not be visible.
This is a temporary change and we will return to the normal uniform policy when the weather improves.
Only the following examples will be considered acceptable:
Parents/carers should expect to pay no more than £5 to £15 on plain navy-blue sweatshirt.
Break and lunch time
From Monday 2nd November, there will be a change to break and lunch times for students in years 8-11. In the interest of fairness, a different year group will have the later lunch sitting.
We have seen a significant decrease in the number of students arriving to school with potential Covid-19 symptoms or where the household should be isolating. We have robust systems in place to minimise the risk of students and staff arriving to school when they absolutely should be at home. Clear guidance can be found here and if you have any questions, please contact school before sending your son/daughter in.
Messages from Public Health
Please remember if any member of your household has tested positive or has any of the symptoms, the household should isolate, and you need to contact the school to arrange the date for your child to return to school. The symptoms are:
A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything; or things smell or taste different to normal.
Finally, if your child is required to complete remote learning from home, we do require support from all parents/carers to ensure all work is complete. All remote learning is carefully planned for students to carry on the learning from their last lesson in school. When students return to class, their teachers expect this work to have been completed and to carry on teaching the next sequence of lessons. The central location for each year group’s remote learning instruction is on the website popup (see below) and a very quick guide to finding the work is here. We can support students with limited ICT facilities at home and recognise that some students require paper copies, but the ideal method of learning is online. Please order work packs via the remote learning website (links below) or contact your child’s year manager if you need support.
I hope that despite the restrictions that Covid-19 is placing on our lives that you are able to take time to relax as a family over half term and you remain in good health.
Mr I. Carey