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

School Provision for children of Key Workers

20 March 2020

To Parent(s) / Carer(s) of

Students attending The Roseland Academy

School Provision for children of Key Workers

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 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

Update following Summer Examinations Announcement

Dear Students and Parents/Carers,
You may be aware, this evening’s updates by the Prime Minister and the Education Secretary included a number of new measures including an announcement that this summer’s GCSE’s and other course examinations will not be happening. We are awaiting further details from the DfE and will update you here and on our Facebook page as soon as we know more, including how the course assessments will be made and awarded.
Today has been an unprecedented day for everyone at school. Our thoughts are with the students who will need time, care and support to process this information.
Our online classes are in place and our staff are ready to continue to teach all our students including our wonderful Y11. Education and examinations are two separate things and we will continue to engage, educate and support all of our students.
With very best wishes to everyone in our community.
All the staff at The Roseland Academy.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you will know following last week’s press conference with the Prime Minister, all schools are remaining open unless advised by Public Health England to close.

The Roseland Academy, in line with other schools nationally, will remain open with increased vigilance around handwashing and cleanliness.  We will make any adjustments as soon as further recommendations are forthcoming from Public Health England.

The latest update from the Government states:

‘Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.’

Please follow the advice being given by the Government around self-isolation – if your child has flu like symptoms, a fever/temperature above 37.8 degrees or a persistent cough.  If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms please go to 111.nhs.uk in the first instance.

The school has been and will continue to follow all Public Health England guidance as published:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

If there is any change to this current guidance, parents and carers will be notified through our website, facebook, email and text service.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we are all seeking to do the right thing by keeping the school open for as long as the Government considers it safe to do so.

Kind regards

The Roseland Academy

Year 11 Trial Exams: January 2020 Year 11 Enterprise & Marketing and IT Real Exams: January 2020

Dear Parent(s) and Carers(s)

As you will be aware, we are fast approaching our next milestone in the Year 11 academic year, the Trial Exams, which will start during the first week in January. During this period some students will also undertake their real exams, as detailed above.

For the Trial Exams, the normal timetable will be collapsed and students will take trial written examinations in the majority of their subjects. This is an extremely important time for our students and we ask for your support in preparing your son/daughter over the coming few weeks.

The marks from the examinations will be used to provide a current grade, and also inform both staff and students with a detailed picture of the individual topics and areas that will require further revision and targeted support over the Spring term.

This detailed and accurate information is crucial as we prepare for the final examinations later in the year. A huge amount of staff time and resources are invested in the trial examinations. We therefore expect our students to be fully prepared and have put in place an appropriate revision programme beforehand. For students to undertake the examinations and expect their teachers to mark papers that they had been unprepared for would be a major wasted opportunity.

Students have been given information by their subject teachers about how and what to prepare for in their examinations.

This will include activities such as:

 Reading class notes.

 Using revision guides and workbooks.

 Accessing online resources such as Google Classroom, GCSEPod, MathsWatch and Educake.

 Making revision cards/mats/notes.

Below is a copy of the Trial/Exam timetable:

ROS121 Gorran Haven bus – new morning departure times from Jan 2020

Happy new year all!

We have been informed by the council that updated AM departure times for the ROS121 service from January have been updated and parents should have received letters informing of the change. The departures are 10 minutes later than previously published, so now departing Gorran Haven at 8:13 instead of 8:03 am.

The DfE School Performance Tables for 2019

The DfE School Performance Tables for 2019 have been published.

Well done to our hardworking students and staff and thank you parents, carers and families for your fantastic support.

To find out The Roseland Academy’s position in Cornwall, follow this link: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=phase&region=908&geographic=la&phase=secondary&fbclid=IwAR3Zufn_kfqMF4arAal7T7o1iyyEPeUXtMK9ziX4-y__WEI9rKitjafep_4