Dear parents/carers and pupils.
We hope that you are staying safe and well during this difficult and challenging time.
As COVID19 means that we continue to adapt to the ever changing situation, please see below for all of the necessary and relevent information you may need regarding the return to school from the 8th of March, to our guides about remote learning and Google Classroom, to how we continue to provide enrichment and extra curricular opportunities during school closures, our free school meal provision and more.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time, and we look forward to being reunited as a school community.
Completing your Home Testing
Having now completed our in-school testing, pupils have now been given home test kits for them to test themselves with at home.
Please see the information letter below for more details.
For a video guide on how to conduct your tests at home, please watch our video below.
Latest Communication to Parents and Students
Parents please see our latest letter and assembly from Mr Ronan below outlining the return to school from the 8th of March
For more information regarding the return to school please see the next drop-down section.
Return to School from 8th March
Please see Mr Ronan's letter and assembly regarding the return to school for students from the 8th March below, and an accompanying letter from Lewisham.
The arrangements for the week commencing the 8th March are as follows:
|Year Group||COVID TeST Date and Time||Date of Return to school for face to face learning|
Monday 8th March
11EM/ 11JS- 9.30am
11PJ/ 11SM- 10.30am
|Tuesday 9th March|
Tuesday 9th March
7AA/ 7BB- 8.30am
7CC/ 7EM- 9.30am
7JS/ 7TK- 10.30am
|Wednesday 10th March|
Wednesday 10th March
10AA/ 10AW- 8.30am
10BC/ 10CH- 9.30am
10NO/ 10TM- 10.30am
|Thursday 11th March|
Thursday 11th March
8DR/ 8HB- 8.30am
8LT/ 8MR- 9.30am
8NC/ 8TS- 10.30am
|Friday 12th March|
Friday 12th March
9DA/ 9EP- 8.30am
9JF/ 9PJB- 9.30am
9SD/ 9WF- 10.30am
|Monday 15th March|
Many of our arranagement that were in place prior to lockdown will continue where necessary, in-line with the latest government guidance.
Start and Finish Times
Year 7 and Year 10: 8.30am until 3:05pm
Year 11 and Year 8: 8.45am until 3:15pm
Year 9: 9.00am until 3:25pm
All students will be kept in separate ‘bubbles’. These will be in Year groups 7-11. Students will be separated from other students, however all classes on their normal timetable will be taught, by their assigned teachers and specialists. We are going to achieve this by facilitating teacher movement across the school. Supervision rotas will be used to supplement this.
Lunch and break
In order to separate, the bubbles at lunch we are operating a system where year groups will need to be served lunches in separate areas of the school. We will ask that Parentmail is used exclusively, so please ensure you have appropriate details and log ins.
Strict social distancing rules will be followed and all students will receive a Health and Safety briefing from me and the SLT on their first day.
- A full risk assessment has been carried out
- A questionnaire will be sent to all students to gauge their feelings about returning to school
- Bubble year groups will be assigned specific entrances, exits and learning areas.
- The behaviour policy will still be in full operation and any students breaking social distancing bubble rules may be isolated and then sent home for their safety and safety of others
- Students will not be allowed to go into shops before or after school
- Students should bring their own drink.
- Heightened awareness of hygiene and cleaning will be in action during your child’s visit to the school
- Deep cleans will be carried out each evening
- Measures will be taken to improve ventilation for example by opening doors and windows
- All teachers and other staff will operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable
- For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, staff and pupils should have their own items that are not shared.
- Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within each year group; these should be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.
- Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently, meticulously and always between bubbles.
- Teachers will move from class to class and students will stay in static areas to maintain distance and to limit interaction with other ‘year bubbles’
- When movement does occur a one-way system will be in operation with specified year group entrances and exits
- Regular handwashing will be factored in.
The DFE recommends the use of face coverings in secondary schools be extended to all indoor environments, ‘’including classrooms’’, for a ‘’limited period’’ until Easter.
Please ensure that your child comes to school with two masks each day. We are no longer able to provide masks for students who forget them.
School attendance will be mandatory again from their return date. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.
We ask that you encourage your child to walk or cycle to avoid public transport if possible but we understand that many of you will want to drop your child to school- Please do not stand at the gates to see them in and please assist us in following government guidance on social distance.
The government have stated that any child over the age of 11 needs to wear a face mask on public transport so all students will need to have these available if travelling this way.
In order to comply with guidelines and to manage student bubbles, we will be asking all students at the bus stops to go straight home and not to visit the local shops and/or take away outlets in the local vicinity.
All students will return in full school uniform.
Remote Learning Guides and Tutorials
For our Remote Learning Guide for Parents outlining our curriculum and provision during remote learning, expectations on pupils and how we are supporting your child during this time please see our guide below:
For help with Google Classroom please see the short video from our Vice Principal, Miss Delaney and the instruction guides below.
One of our Year 10 students has created a really helpful short video assembly with her top tips for online learning for pupils.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
Students can take part in the Bonus Pastor Charter..From Home! A tweaked version of our existing enrichment programme, with a wide range of activities that pupils can be completing at home, that will not only get them thinking creatively or stretch them beyond their regular subjects, whilst also improving their CV's and College/6th form applications, but can also earn them rewards and count towards their BP Charter back in school!
We also have additional Google Classrooms to support the other outstanding areas of our school, such as stretching our most able students and maintaining our catholic ethos through our spirituality team and a "Faith in Action" classroom, whilst also provided careers information, advice and guidance to our Year 11s in preparation for their transition, and for Year 10s and lower years in the school.
Free School Meals and Additional Support
If your child is in receipt of free school meals, whilst they are at home we as a school will help to provide a supermarket voucher to you in order to support you to continue to provide those meals. This is at a value of £3 per school day, per child.
During term time, from the 25th January this voucher will be via the National Voucher Scheme operated by Eden Red in which parents receive an E-Code which can be exchanged for a supermarket voucher of choice. Please see the video below from Mr Lawrence which explains how this works and the user guide below.
During school holidays this will be provided as a Tesco voucher (funded by Lewisham council) which will be emailed directly to you by Mr Lawrence.
If you have any questions or need any help with these vouchers please email Mr Lawrence via the email address at the bottom of this page.
There are lots of different recipe ideas of meals that could be cooked for your child's free school meals, please see the document below.
If your financial circumstances have recently changed due to COVID19 your child may now be eligible for free school meals. You can check this and apply online by clicking the link below:
If additional support is also needed, we as a school can refer you to a local foodbank, who can provide an emergency food parcel to you and your family. If you would benefit this please email our Assistant Principal, Mr Lawrence via the email address below, who can complete the referral for you.
Please also see the flyer below from Lewisham's Educational Psychologist Team about their offer of support during this time, and the document below from the Lewisham Mental Health School Team.
Students - Need to Talk?
For our latest risk assessment for activities taking place in school please see the document below:
If you or your child need any help or support over the coming weeks and months then please do get in touch, we will do all that we can as a school to help during this difficult and challenging time.
For any questions relating to your child's school work for specific subjects please email your child's individual subject teachers, or the Head of Department, which can be found on our curriculum subject pages.
For all other questions or concerns please email your child's Head of Year or Head of House, and if they are unable to help they will redirect your enquiry as necessary.