Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing in the first instance to thank you for all your support in ensuring that your children are engaging in their learning over this first half of the summer term.  Without your support, we would have significant issues with large numbers of pupils falling behind in their learning.  We are sure that this is not the case but where there are any concerns, these will be addressed though our learning review.

The second aspect of this letter is to inform you of our learning approach after half term.  This will be especially relevant to families with children in Year 10, however it will be of wider interest too.  Inevitably such a big change in routine forces us to compromise, however, we have worked hard to fulfil our obligations to all parties as far as we can and with limited and changeable guidance.

 

Learning Review Week

We have pre-published information about our Learning Review Week from 1 June to 5 June 2020.  As the current guidance to reopen schools before the summer does not currently include Year 7, 8 and 9, we have decided to expand our Learning Review to cover all year groups from Year 7 to 10, so all pupils are able to review and reflect on their learning to date.

We appreciate that we have shared a great deal of information with you, and in isolation, some of it may be challenging to interpret.  By pre-publishing it before the review week, this will give you the opportunity, if you wish, to review the material with your child before 1 June 2020.  We would strongly advise that, if you are seeking to understand and discuss the process with your child, you start with the assembly presentation, as this breaks the review down into the different stages.

During the week of 1 June 2020, all of your child’s timetabled lessons will provide the opportunity for interaction with the materials. Some lessons will be live via audio or video with the teacher, as some currently are, and of course questions can be shared and answered by the class teacher throughout the week via Google mail.

To confirm, all of these materials have been shared with your child via Google Classroom. You can use the link below to access the materials:

http://swanmore-school.co.uk/learning-review-week/

Please note that “The Learning Review Survey” for pupils to complete will be sent out on 3 June 2020.

 

Learning from 8 June 2020 onwards for all year groups

If you are following the news about the Covid-19 crisis, you will be aware of the government announcement that from 1st June 2020, secondary schools should consider introducing some face to face sessions with Year 10 pupils. Even as I am writing this, the lack of guidance from the DFE suggests that there are significant concerns from a number of parties as to whether this is the right course of action.  However, we believe that we cannot wait any longer for direction on this matter and have determined an approach that will help parents/carers plan for the remainder of the term.

Our intention is to ensure that we improve the quality of learning that we are providing to Year 10 (assuming that Year 10 progress is the concern of the DFE) without affecting the quality of what we provide to other year groups.

The proposal for Year 10 from Monday 8 June 2020 is as follows:

  •  All Year 10 lessons to be ‘live‘ online lessons wherever possible. This means that each pupil will be able to access either an audio or video link provided by their subject teacher to allow direct communication between the teacher and members of the class.
  • All Year 10 pupils will be expected to follow their timetable. Thus, if their English lesson is at 9.00 am they will be expected to be online at 9.00 am.
  • Lessons will take place via Google Meet.
  • The College will be open to Year 10 pupils who might find self-motivation difficult or who may have poor internet access.
  • Year 10 pupils who come in will have to remain in a designated bubble and will have exactly the same learning experience as those who remain at home. They will be supervised by a member of Swanmore College staff.  There will be no face to face teaching on site.
  • There will be 15 pupils maximum in each bubble.
  • There will be no mixing with pupils from other bubbles even at break times.
  • Any poor behaviour will result in a pupil being sent home.
  • Repeatedly being sent home will mean a pupil’s attendance on site will be denied on the grounds of unsafe behaviour.
  • Pupils will be able to wear their own clothes or PE kit but will be expected to wash their clothes every night in order to limit potential virus transmission.
  • Year 10 pupils must attend for a minimum of 4 days each week.
  • Any pupil arriving who is not on our register will be sent home.

The proposal for Years 7, 8 & 9 from Monday 8 June 2020 is as follows:

  • Online lessons as before.
  • Additional audio or video lessons may take place and this will be notified in the morning on google classrooms.

Our expectations for Year 10 have now changed.  Our principle is that we will attempt to provide a higher quality of live lesson to Year 10 pupils and we expect them to get up each morning and follow the timetable exactly as it is.  By doing this, pupils will have access to subject specialists in all of their chosen subjects, for all lessons, rather than a reduced timetable with limited options if we were to bring the entire cohort on site on separate days.  Furthermore, the improved provision for Year 10 will not be at the expense of our offer to Years 7, 8 and 9.  In fact, once teachers become more proficient with “live” technology, more KS3 lessons may become live audio/video so the provision is more likely to improve.

We are putting forward this plan in an attempt to mitigate the need for too many staff or pupils to be on site in order to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.

What to do now?

If your child is in Years 7, 8 and 9 (KS3) then you don’t have to do anything as there is no change in provision.  If your child is in Year 10 and they intend to remain at home, then the only thing you need to do is make sure they are up in good time for their first lesson at 9.00 am as they are expected to follow their timetable exactly on a daily basis.

If your child is in Year 10 and they are going to come in then you must write to the enquiries email, enquiries@swanmore-sec.hants.sch.uk , and provide the following information.  (This includes those of you who used the Year 10 survey last week to indicate you would like a place for your child on site).  This information must be received by Midday on Monday 1 June 2020 otherwise we will not have time to make suitable arrangements.

Information Required

  • Email subject heading: – Year 10 Online in school provision
  • Name of pupil
  • Which days will they be coming in (minimum of 4)
  • Mode of transport: Car/Walking/Cycling

Risk assessments and more in depth expectations will be provided during the review week immediately after half-term, however, we hope that we have considered most factors.  Please do contact me if you would like further clarification on any matter.

We intend to put the health of everyone at Swanmore College ahead of any pressure to return.

I should like to take this opportunity to wish you a healthy and safe half-term and thank you once again for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

R K Jonathan
Headteacher

I want Swanmore to be referred to as a 'Centre of Excellence' in all that we do.

Mr Jonathan

78%

5 A* – C including 4+ English & Maths

82%

A* – C equivalent in English, Maths & Science

99.1%

of pupils went on to full time education or employment in 2017

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