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SEPTEMBER OPENING

Dear Families

I write to you with our final update for the academic year 2019-20, looking ahead to the new academic year and outlining how things will work when the children start back at school in September. I would like to take this moment to thank everyone connected to the academy for their patience and support throughout the last 4 months. It has been a challenging time for all, but the positive messages from our student community, their agility in dealing with an ever-changing situation and an understanding that the safety of everyone in our community is number one, has really helped us steer the course for the school since March. Thank you.

You will be aware that the Government expects schools to return fully in September and has laid out a range of expectations and suggestions for schools in it’s guidance document.  The prevalence of coronavirus is decreasing and the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running. The government guidance is clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools. By September the balance of risk will be in favour of children returning to school as the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the relatively low risk from coronavirus.

We have spent time carefully digesting the guidance and looking at how we can operate our school safely whilst complying with the expectations from the DfE. As such, it is our plan that all students, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from September. Our Risk Mitigation Plan includes the steps we will take as a school to reduce risks still further so all children can return to school as an important move back towards normal life for all children and families.

From the start of the Autumn term, our focus is on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum to provide a high quality learning experience that enables our students to thrive and make progress. We will have measures in place to minimise the number of contacts that a student has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined by the government to reduce the risk of transmission. This will include Year Group bubbles who will primarily be taught in one area of the school to reduce movement around the site. There will also be staggered start times, breaks and lunch as well as a focus on good hygiene and regular sanitising of hands.

We will welcome students back in the Autumn term over a series of days in September as outlined below. The gradual introduction of students back to school is key to allow students time and space to get to grips with the new routines and to build confidence. They will also have additional time in form with their tutor following our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ that is designed to help young people come to terms with what they have experienced during lockdown and prepare them for the months and years ahead.

New year 7 students will begin school on Monday 7 September, starting with an essential induction/transition day. Years 12 and 13 will also begin school on the same day. The table below shows when each year group starts the autumn term:

 

Year group

First day of term

Arrival time

7

Monday 7 September

8:20am-8:30am

8

Thursday 10  September

8:30am-8:40am

9

Wednesday 9 September

8:40am-8:50am

10

Tuesday 8 September

8:20am-8:30am

11

Friday 11 September

8:30am-8:40am

Post16

Monday 7 September

8:40am-8:50am

 

School start time and the entrance students will use will vary to reduce contact between year groups and to allow time for hand washing prior to entering the building. It is important that students arrive at the correct time to help keep our site Covid secure. Details of which entrance and the time to arrive are in the table below, these times will apply every day until further notice. Please note that Wednesday will no longer be an early finish, as such, students requiring transport should be collected from 3.05pm.

 

Year group

Entrance

Arrival time

End time

7

MFL (bottom of the car park)

8:20am-8:30am

3.05pm

8

MFL (bottom of the car park)

8:30am-8:40am

3.05pm

9

Main entrance

8:40am-8:50am

3.05pm

10

Main entrance

8:20am-8:30am

3.05pm

11

Main entrance

8:30am-8:40am

3.05pm

Post16

MFL (bottom of the car park)

8:40am-8:50am

3.05pm

 

For Year 7 only, school will end at 2.50pm for the first 2 weeks. We have a number of specific adjustments to our school day for them that will help to ease them in to the routines at Derby Moor gradually. For all other students, school will end at 3.05, however, children will leave through 5 different exits to enable us to stagger the time they arrive at the front of school and reduce the chances of year groups coming into contact with one another. 

School will still be very different when all students return for the Autumn term, however, our usual High Expectations around uniform, punctuality and conduct will remain unchanged. All students in Years 7-11 are expected in full uniform and Post 16 students must meet their dress code requirements.

Year group spaces

Each Year Group bubble will be housed in a different section of the school where possible. We are very lucky to have such spacious and modern accommodation that allows us to do this. The Year Group areas are as follows:

Year group

Teaching area

7

Honour and Solidarity (ground floor)

8

Participation

9

Solidarity (middle floor)

10

Spirit

11

Dedication

Post16

MFL and additional rooms in main building

 

This model of limiting movement around the site minimises the contact students will have with other Year Groups and therefore reduces risk. The intention is for groups to be escorted from their teaching areas to separate areas for break and lunch where they will remain in their Year Group bubble.

Protective measures

The systems that have been running in school since March will be adapted to accommodate the greater numbers of students on site but the key focus will still be around good hygiene and minimising contact with others.

Essential measures include:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home (students and staff)
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements, before, after and during the school day
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace, as well as our own in-school version
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks, with class sizes returning to normal
  • staff maintaining distance from students and other staff as much as possible
  • adapting our behaviour policy to include consequences for students not adhering to the new

hygiene and safety procedures

 

  • changes to the structure of our day; breaks, lunch, transport, movement around school and

groupings, to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible, whilst ensuring a quality teaching programme is in place.

 

With the quickly changing national picture around coronavirus and a further government announcement planned in August we will be refining our full plan for mitigating risk and sharing elements of this with families on 31 August 2020. This will provide detail about the day, drop-off and pick-up, hygiene protocols and behaviour expectations.

 

We are excited to be welcoming our students back to Derby Moor but we do so with caution. You will no doubt have some anxiety about school restarting, this is perfectly normal. Please rest assured that we will be doing all we can to minimise the risks to your children and to keep them safe. It is always our number one priority and will continue to be as we embark upon the next academic year. For now, allow our children to enjoy a summer break with some freedom gradually being restored. When they do return to us in September it will hopefully be a huge step in returning to normality and routine for both the young people and their wider families. We do have a skeleton pastoral staff on site over the summer who should be able to answer basic queries you have around transition from Y6-7 or about opening in September.

Thank you again for your support. Take care of each other and stay safe.

Yours faithfully

 Scott Doyle

Principal