Start of Term Parental Letter from Mr Challis

27 August 2020

To Parent(s) / Carer(s) / Students

of The Roseland Academy

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s) / Students

I hope you have had a relaxing summer and students are looking forward to returning to school next week.  We are really looking forward to welcoming back all of our students, and particularly our new Year 7 cohort, as it has been a long time since they have been in school and it will be great to get back into school life and daily routines.

I am writing to provide you with an update following my letter to you at the end of last term regarding the full reopening of The Roseland Academy (available on our website).  Firstly, a reminder of the date changes – Year 7 will start school on Thursday 3 September and all other year groups will commence on Friday 4 September.  This is to allow transition time for our Year 7 students as this was not possible last term due to the closure of schools.  As you have seen, the expectation is that all students will attend school.

Since my last letter, facemasks have been widely discussed across the country in relation to the full opening of schools.  The guidance that has come out from the Department for Education is not helpful as it is passing on the decision- making to individual schools.  The Roseland has made the following decision on the wearing of facemasks.  We expect all students and staff to have a facemask with them daily.  Students must wear their mask on their journey to school if they are on a bus or in a car where two children in the same family are in different year group bubbles.  We are not promoting car sharing at the moment, especially if students are in differing bubbles.  We also expect students to wear their facemask in communal areas inside school, this is important when moving between lessons where different bubbles may pass each other although we have created a system in school to keep this to a minimum.  We are not asking students to wear their facemasks in lessons or in our outside spaces.  If the guidance changes, we will update you at that time.  We have two areas where students can buy and eat their food so no two bubbles will be in contact.  Therefore, facemasks do not need to be worn in the dining hall/eating areas.  Please support us in this decision and ensure that your child has their facemask daily.  It is also important that an appropriate facemask is worn in school and we request no logos, images or slogans.

As in my previous letter, all students must be in their full school uniform which is detailed on our website.  On days where students are scheduled to have their PE lessons we ask that they wear their PE kit to school.  The changing room facilities have been identified as a higher risk area at this time due to their size and ventilation.  They could be used for small groups or teams to change but not year groups presently.  Students can wear their school jumper over their PE kit to keep warm and appropriate tracksuit bottoms.  As we are moving around the outside of school much more often than using inside corridors it would be beneficial for students to have a lightweight waterproof coat.

One of the most important parts of returning to school is around symptoms and testing for COVID-19.  Below is a simple check sheet to follow if this happens.

Personal hygiene is exceptionally important when returning to school.  The school has built bespoke exterior handwashing facilities for all students and staff.  Handwashing before entering the building is necessary for everyone, including visitors.  It is also important that everyone washes their hands regularly throughout the day.  We recommend that all students have their own hand sanitiser but we all need to be aware of the issues of overusing hand sanitiser so we recommend soap and water whenever possible.  All classrooms have sanitizer available to use and we have extra cleaning arranged for the school.

Finally, I want to reassure you about the extensive planning we have been doing to ensure that all students and staff are able to return to The Roseland and experience a safe and positive learning atmosphere.  We have designed a timetable and curriculum that allows all students to experience a normal timetable including specialist lessons such as Science, the Arts and Technology.  This has been a very complicated process but without doubt worthwhile.  However, to ensure that this works we expect the highest levels of courtesy and behaviour upon our return to school.  It will not be possible to run school detentions or internal isolation due to the issues around year group bubbles.

Therefore, poor behaviour that would usual lead to an internal exclusion is likely to be an external exclusion at home.  Behaviour that would normally lead to a detention will be recorded in our tutor dashboards and tutors will communicate with you when a student is receiving these regularly.  I ask that you talk with your child about these expectations.  The Roseland Academy is a very strong community and I want all students to feel safe and supported.  Those who wish to wear their facemask more often will be supported by all.  Every individual has their place and that is valued.  We need to work strongly together, to help each other and most importantly be kind.  Please do read my initial letter as there are very important points in that letter about arriving at school and finishing at 3.05pm.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Chris Challis

Headteacher

A pdf copy of this letter can be downloaded here.

A pdf copy of the Parental Letter from July can be downloaded here.

Update for Year 10 students 03/06/20

Dear Parents/Carers of our Year 10 students. I am sure that you would have seen the update over half term regarding face to face sessions for Year 10 students. The update states that students can return to school from 15 June and limited to 25% of students on a given day. We are now working out a suitable timetable and will write to you once this is finalised. With kind regards, Mr Challis. Headteacher.

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Consultation

Dear Stakeholders

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

From 1 September 2020, regulations come into force which require all schools to follow statutory guidance on the provision of relationships education (primaries only), relationships and sex education (secondaries only) and health education (both). Trusts need to consult on the content of their policy and I am pleased to attach the relevant document for your information.

Under current circumstances and the closure of schools, it is not possible to hold a face to face consultation meeting.  However, we are happy to receive written feedback and comments.  If you wish to provide feedback or speak to a representative from your school, please contact  in the first instance and this will be arranged for you.  Please advise your name, your child’s name, the school they attend.

The consultation period will be open from 18 May until 5pm on 5 June and feedback should be forwarded as above, to .

We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Roseland Arts Café needs your pet portraits!

We’ve been so impressed with your recent artwork that we have decided to give you a weekly arts challenge – this week we are asking for your pet portraits, please visit the Roseland Arts Café (link below) or see the attached flyer for more details!

The best animal portraits will be displayed in the online gallery – good luck and we can’t wait to see all your pets!

Please email your portraits to: wpolley@theroseland.co.uk

Don’t forget to keep visiting the arts café gallery as we’re uploading your artwork daily, and we’re also regularly posting new ideas for music & arts activities to keep your creativity flowing during the lockdown!

https://sites.google.com/theroseland.co.uk/roseland-arts-cafe/home

Live Online Lesson Timetable from Monday 27 April

Since the school closure in March, all curriculum delivery has moved to remote learning and this is being provided through our online Google Classroom platforms. For students with no internet access, paper packs of work are being provided.

The majority of work is set by teachers at the start of the week, with a deadline to complete for the end of the week. This allows for flexibility in when students wish to complete their work. We know some of our students then loosely follow their school timetables to help them manage their time, others are preferring to work through tasks in a different order, completing one subject before moving on to another. Both of these approaches are fine. We are adapting the amount of work set to suit working from home. It is important students do not feel overwhelmed by the distance learning and we encourage all students to contact their teachers if they have any questions or concerns.

To supplement our distance learning, we are pleased to release our live online lesson timetable. These sessions will not be delivering extra material, but are an additional opportunity for students to contact their teachers and classmates by coordinating a time to log in at the same time to discuss the ongoing Google classroom work. The precise content of the sessions will be dependent on the subject and year group. It is anticipated there will be question and answer sessions, additional explanations of tasks and some use of live ‘video’ delivery through Google classroom facilities. Students will not be disadvantaged if they are unable to log into the sessions, and the Google classroom work will not be reliant on these sessions.

Students will be contacted directly through their Google classrooms about upcoming sessions, and we would encourage all students to participate where possible.

Below is the timetable for the first two weeks:

A pdf version can be downloaded here

 

Parent & Carer Update on Remote Learning

24 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We hope you are well, managing to stay safe and your children are not missing school too much! We have had some constructive feedback about the volume of work, the scheduling of when work is set and that students would like to see their teachers (although they probably wouldn’t admit it!). We are working on how to develop these areas and others.

Below are some important updates as we progress through the next period of lockdown.

Remote learning expectations

Please can you support us by reading the expectations document below. The expectations have also been shared with staff and students. As we continue to learn the best ways to engage students in remote learning, it is important we all understand what is expected of everyone involved so that we can communicate effectively and provide the best possible experiences for our young people.

Download remote learning expectations here – Remote learning expectations

‘Live’ sessions with staff

We are currently producing a timetable that will allow students to ‘meet’ teachers using Google Meet within the Google Classroom. These sessions will not be taught lessons to begin with but will be an opportunity for students to ask questions about work and clarify their understanding of how it should be completed. These sessions are not compulsory for all students to join and are there as an extra layer of support for students.

Students have been emailed a Google Meet Code of Conduct form which must be completed before attending a Google Meet.

The timetable for these sessions is available on the school website and has been emailed to students school Google accounts. The links to the meets will be published in Google classrooms.

Google meet app can be downloaded to phones/tablets/PC or laptop.

Google Guardians sign up

We are setting all our work through Google Classrooms so that students know where to find their work. Within Google Classroom there is the ability for parents/carers to receive daily or weekly update emails showing work set, work completed and any work that has been missed as well as announcements from within Google Classroom. You will receive one email summarising all of the subjects your child studies. If you are not yet signed up please complete the form below and the Learning Leaders will ensure you are signed up as quickly as possible.

We would recommend that you select daily updates as we are encouraging staff to spread the setting of work throughout the week. Selecting the weekly option will only give you a summary at the end of every week.

Google Guardians info – click here for information on what Google Guardians is.

Google Guardians FAQ – click here to find answers for frequently asked questions

Google Guardians sign up form – complete this form and we will sign you up!

Thank you for your support, take care.

Team Roseland

 

A pdf copy of the letter can be downloaded here

Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020

The Government has released further guidance on how qualifications will be graded for Summer 2020. Please can all Y11 Students and Parents/Carers read the letter from ofqual. Further details are explained in the guidance document.

The official ofqual letter to students can be downloaded here.

Further guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers can be downloaded here.

Kind regards

The Roseland Academy

The Roseland MAT Easter holidays ‘Good Egg’ hunt!

What does the idiom ‘a good egg’ mean? A good egg is a friendly, old-fashioned way to talk about a good or a kind person.

What are we hunting?
We would love you to send in examples of you doing good, kind positive things for yourself and others over the Easter holidays (no Homework over Easter!). Some suggestions are included below but please be creative! You can send in more than one or spend your time ‘perfecting’ one idea!

How do you enter?
Entries sent to aashwin@theroseland.co.uk on or before Monday 13 April 2020

School Provision for children of Key Workers/Vulnerable Children

20 March 2020

To Parent(s) / Carer(s) of

Students attending The Roseland Academy

School Provision for children of Key Workers/Vulnerable Children

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s)

I have today received further Government advice regarding how schools can support the country, and what we all need to do to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The Government has now also provided the country with clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.

In response to the announcement that schools would remain open for key workers, we are now in process of planning our approach from 23 March 2020.

Firstly, if children can stay safely at home, they should, as this will limit the chance of the virus spreading.  This is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools remain safe places for children but the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

We are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and children who are vulnerable who cannot be safely cared for at home.  Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then school will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Key Workers are those people working in:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Education & Childcare
  • Key Public Services
  • Local & National Government
  • Food & Other Necessary Goods
  • Public Safety & National Security
  • Transports
  • Utilities

In order for us to plan appropriate staffing, catering and support, if you are a key worker or parent/carer of a vulnerable child and you require a school place, please fill out the form below:

https://forms.gle/YJLukTvmFKdqg4Bf9

Once this information is collated, everyone who has completed the form and qualifies will be contacted directly to explain the procedures for opening from Monday 23rd March.

We have been informed by the Local Authority that key worker children will have normal school transport provided at normal times on Monday 23rd March, however please be patient as buses may be slightly later. After this date we will update you with the transport advice received from the Local Authority.

Children of EHCPs and vulnerable children who may require provision will be contacted directly by the school. If you believe you fall into this category and have not had contact, or have any safeguarding concerns please email: leadershipteam@theroseland.co.uk

Please take note of the key message that is, if children can stay safely at home, they should and as mentioned in my previous letter, these are extraordinary times and it is very clear that our community will need to pull together and find new ways to support each other.  Safeguarding the welfare and education of our learners is our priority.

Yours sincerely

Chris Challis

Headteacher

A pdf version of this letter can be downloaded below:

School provision for children of key workers