September Re-opening and Remote Learning

Ark Coronovirus Process:  What happens if a child or staff member shows symptoms of Covid-19
PDF iconCoronavirus flow chart.pdf

Information shared via the newsletter on Friday 17th July
PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 7.pdf
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A letter from the Principal, Mr Haimendorf was emailed to all parents 16th July PM - PDF iconLetter regarding September from the Principal 16 July 2020.pdf
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Information shared via the newsletter on Friday 10th July
PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 6.pdf

September return to school 

We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school in September. The government has confirmed that all pupils should return to school from next academic year and therefore we expect to see all pupils back to school. If you are planning to travel this summer, please ensure you are back in time for your child to return to school and bear in mind quarantine expectations. For many countries the quarantine remains in place, meaning your family would need to self isolate for 14 days before returning to school – so you would need to return 2 weeks before school terms starts to be ready for your return to school. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. 

Primary return
In Primary, pupils will either start on Monday 7th September or Wednesday 9th September. The first group will be those who have not been learning onsite at any point during the Summer Term, to allow this group to know how to keep themselves and their peers safe before we have full classes again. 

We will write to all primary parents within the next week to confirm which date your children are starting on. Where parents have multiple siblings, please be assured that all your children will be starting on the same day.

Secondary return
To allow us to support pupils as they readjust to being back in school, and to ensure that we can make sure the new school routines are in place, we will stagger pupil return, welcoming year groups back on the following days. 

SECONDARY First day back 

Monday 7th September 2020 

Year 7 and Year 12 

Wednesday 9th September 2020 

Year 10 and Year 13 

Thursday 10th September 2020 

Year 8 and Year 9 

Friday 11th September 2020 

Year 11 

 

We will write to all parents in Primary and Secondary in the next two weeks with full details of what to expect in September so that you can prepare your child. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Information shared via the newsletter on Friday 3rd July 
PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 5.pdf

Government guidance on full opening

The government announced yesterday that all children across primary and secondary will return to school full time from September and provided guidance on how this will be done safely. We will adhere to these guidelines carefully, as we have done throughout the pandemic. We are working through this guidance with the Ark network and with staff at school so that we are fully ready for a successful return for everyone in September.

Ark Sports Day Challenge

On 1st July, Ark launched the #ArkSportsDayChallenge! As we cannot have traditional Sports Day this year, Ark have set all their schools a target of travelling 40,000km, the distance around the entire globe. Mr Johnson has challenged KSA to Work Together to walk, run or cycle 2,221km (the distance from London to Morocco) as our contribution to the Ark goal! This means we need every pupil (and their parents, siblings or relatives) to travel 3km before the 15th July and submit your distances at www.arksportsdaychallenge.com. Some impressive pupils have already covered 35km in just one day! All the information, including a video about how to measure the distance you run, walk or cycle can be found here.

Year 6 into 7 Transition Meetings

Each Year 6 family is invited to an individual transition meeting between 6th and 16th July. The meeting is in school, with social distancing in place. You will receive a reminder email from the bookings system confirming your appointment date and time. If you have any concerns about the booking of these meetings please email the Principal’s PA, Ms Riaz, on s.riaz@kingsolomonacademy.org. Pupils and parents should attend. Pupils should bring their work from home learning.

Primary learning in HT6

With so many pupils coming back onsite this week, it’s certainly felt very busy for the whole primary team!

Parent meetings

Ms. Loo and the EYFS team have been extremely busy organising virtual home visits for the new pupils joining us into our Nursery and Reception in September. Ms. Eyre has loved running tutorials this week for all those pupils in Year 1,2 and 3 still learning at home, as have Ms. Matthews, Mr Shaw and Ms. Swindells in Year 4 and Ms. Kumar in Year 5 and 6. Remember those tutorials are at exactly the same time next week and the week after and are an extremely important part of your child’s transition into next year, knowing who their new teacher is and what their class will be called.

Thank you to all the parents whose children are learning at home who have booked appointments with us over the next two weeks so we can see you in person after such a long time away. Please remember to bring your child’s completed home learning packs from throughout school closure and any reading books the school has leant you – we will happily swap them for new ones for you but we definitely need them all back! We will also then be able to give you your child’s end of year report and talk to your child about plans for their class for next year and who their teacher will be.

To clarify, we are not running parents evening meetings for all families. Any children who are learning on site will do all their learning about transition into next year and the relevant preparation for the Summer with their teacher in school. The one to one meetings are for those families who we have not seen since March who we need to check in with ahead of the long Summer break.

Returning completed home learning packs and school reading books

We really want to see what your children have been learning at home during school closure ahead of the Summer holidays!

We also desperately need all our reading books back. We estimate that there are around £30,000 worth of books currently in children’s homes – we need them back otherwise our libraries will be empty when you come back to school in September!

For parents whose children are still learning at home: bring home learning packs and reading books to your onsite meetings.

For parents whose children are learning at school: please bring your child’s completed home

learning packs and reading books to school with you on your allocated day next week. You will be able to drop them into large containers and get your name ticked off the register by Drita on YYS and by Dushka on OYS. Once you have brought these in, we will give your child their end of year report to come home with that afternoon.

Monday: Year 4 and Year 6

Tuesday: Year 3 and Year 6

Wednesday: Year 2 and Year 5

Thursday: Year 1

Friday: Reception and Nursery

Secondary remote learning

Pupils have been working hard in their end of year assessments over the past few weeks – it's been great to see how much they have learnt! Assessments continue for one more week. Thank you to all parents who have been supporting pupils to revise successfully and ensuring they take assessment tasks seriously so we have a clear picture of their progress.

We are looking forward to speaking to all Year 8 parents on Wednesday 8th July and Year 7 parents on Tuesday 14th July. If you haven’t booked your slot yet, please do so on the Parents Evening Booking System.

We have just two more weeks of remote learning until the end of term. Teachers have planned lots of important and exciting learning for this time, so it is crucial that pupils continue to focus and Aim High. You can support them with this by:

Ensuring they get up and start working each day by 9am so they can submit their work on time

Reminding them to take short breaks every hour while they are working, where they get up and move around

Making sure they check their email regularly so they are up to date with any announcements or updates from their teachers

Supporting them to get logged on to Microsoft Teams for their online lessons

Checking they have submitted their work at 4pm

Encouraging them to spend some time away from screens after they finish work each day (I.e. going on a socially distanced walk, getting some exercise)

Form times will be running again on Monday 6th July where we’ll be sharing the current leader-board for the Sports Day Challenge, as well as hearing shout outs for each form and sharing the Enrichment Challenge entries – we are looking forward to seeing lots of pupils there. Please do help them to get up and online to join.

Year group Form time every Monday at:

 
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Information shared via the newsletter on Friday 26th June
PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 4.pdf

Primary home learning for the final weeks of HT6

Now so many primary pupils are back on site from Monday, and in order to make sure we have been in touch with all pupils about transition planning for next year, we are re-starting weekly tutorials in Y1 and Y6 for those children still learning at home and moving to one weekly tutorial for children at home in Y2-Y5. We need to change the existing groups now that so many children are back at school and so many of the teachers are now onsite too.

You will see the current calendar invites being deleted on Monday and you will be invited to new meetings on Monday.

These sessions will be on the following days and times starting next week for the final three weeks for all pupils still learning at home:

We will also be sending out more details to primary parents early next week about scheduling a 15-20 minute meeting with each family onsite with your child’s current teacher to discuss how your child has coped over the last few months, how they have progressed over the year and who their teacher will be in September. You will also receive your child’s end of year report. As you know, we don’t normally run a parents’ evening in the Summer term but we feel it is important for us to connect with each of you in person before we head off for the long holidays. Teachers’ availability will be clear on the booking form as we have to organise it around making sure we are maintaining the highest possible standards of safety and well-being onsite. We look forward to seeing you all!

Secondary remote learning

We’ve loved seeing all of Year 12 and Year 10 in school over the past week and a half for their one-to-one meetings, as well as having parent meetings with all of Year 9 on Wednesday. It’s been great to catch up and hear them reflect on their learning and routines. Pupils have worked with their teachers to set some meaningful targets for the coming weeks; it’s clear that pupils are Aiming High.

Parents meetings for Year 8 are scheduled for Wednesday 8th July and for Year 7 on Tuesday 14th July. These can be booked now via the Parents Evening System– please see the email from Ms Povey for more information.

Pupils in all year groups have assessments over the coming weeks. These assessments enable teachers to see the progress in students’ learning so we can support them effectively in September. All of the assessments take place online – it is important that pupils take each assessment seriously and follow the expectations set out by their teacher about timings, resources and other conditions. Pupil are being set revision tasks by their teachers to help them prepare for these assessments – the revision and assessment process is vital for embedding and securing new learning. Thank you for support pupils to work hard and do their best in these assessments.

Pupils continue to produce some fantastic work while learning remotely. Check out Salwa and Anya’s reflections on Windrush, and some brilliant Year 8 artwork up now on Twitter, as well as an amazing achievement for Yusuf in Year 11.

Form times will be running as usual on Monday 29th June. We’ll be hearing shout outs for each form and sharing the Enrichment Challenge entries – we are looking forward to seeing lots of pupils there. Please do help them to get up and online to join.

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Information shared via the newsletter on Friday 19th June

PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 3.pdf

Primary home learning in HT6

A reminder that we have asked all parents in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 again today if any of you have changed your minds and would now like your children to return from 29th June. If you think you should have received the survey and haven’t, please contact Cheryl on c.francis@kingsolomonacademy.org

We have also asked parents in Year 2,3,4 and 5 to share with us if they would like their children to return too. If you don’t think you have received the survey, please also contact Cheryl on c.francis@kingsolomonacademy.org

In the meantime, we are still enjoying teaching lots of pupils onsite and seeing Y2-Y5 in your tutorials twice a week. Do keep sending us photos of your great work so we can do shout outs in tutorials and share it more publicly on Twitter! Parents should look out for some more reminders to send us work in to see early next week.

Secondary remote learning

We continue to see pupils learning successfully through Remote Learning in all year groups, and we are really excited to now have more pupils in school from Year 10 and Year 12.

All of Year 12 have had their first one-to-one meetings with the Sixth Form team this week. Students had reviews for each of their subjects as well as their general approach to remote learning and their preparation for assessments that begin on 3rd July. A set of notes was made for each meeting with clear action steps and each student and parent should have received these by email. In Week 4 students will have a UCAS-specific one-to-one call with Ms Al-Hariri or Ms Brown (if on The Access Project) to look at university applications. There will be a second set of meetings to reflect on exam results and UCAS in the latter half of Week 7.

Year 10 will start their weekly one-to-one meetings with their form tutors next week. We also have online Parents Meeting events scheduled for all year groups across the rest of the term, starting with Year 9 on Wednesday 24th June. Please look out for emails from Heads of Year for more information and guidance on how to book appointments. All of these meetings provide a really valuable opportunity for our pupils to reflect on their learning and set targets for the rest of the academic year.

We have come to the end of Year 11’s Bridging Work programme, with pupils submitting their final pieces of work at the start of next week. It has been amazing to see Year 11 pupils rise to the challenge of Sixth Form learning and we have been impressed by the efforts they have shown. A big thank you to all the teachers for producing such interesting preparatory work to set the students up for success next academic year!

Bridging work is being reviewed by teachers and the sixth form team next week. Year 11 students and parents should expect to receive updated offers to KSA Sixth Form in Week 5 based on the successful completion of bridging work. If you have any questions about the next steps for sixth form, do contact r.tindell@kingsolomonacademy.org.

Many pupils and teachers have shared further resources relating to anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement which are available here. Ms Rooeen and Mr Chapman have also created a brilliant lesson exploring colonisation for pupils to learn more about the historical processes which led to the current moment. We had lots of useful discussions about these topics in Form Time this week and look forward to continuing these conversations next Monday. Please do support pupils to look at these resources and to log on to Microsoft Teams and join Form Time.

Year group

Form time every Monday at:

  • Year 7  - 9.15am
  • Year 8  - 9.30am
  • Year 9 - 9.45am
  • Year 10 - 10.15am
  • Year 11 - 10.30am
  • Year 12 - 10.45am
  • Year 13 - 11.00am

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Friday 12th June all-through parent newsletter
PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 2.pdf

Wider return of pupils to school

It has now been over a week since we welcomed more pupils back to Years Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 at both sites, it has been brilliant to have pupils back in the building, to see parents and to be a wider community again.

This return has been successful because of the teamwork of our staff and our parents. We have been able to have pupils back safely, and been able to apply the control measures ensure identified in r detailed planning. We would particularly like to thank our parents to maintaining 2m distance at drop off and pick up, and ensuring this part of the day feels very safe too.

We look forward to welcoming many more pupils back in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 15th June. 

We have written letters to Year 10 and Year 12 parents which provide the detail on how these pupils will be welcomed back into school. For the majority of our pupils they will be coming in for One-to-one sessions which will support them to be successful with their remote online learning.

We encourage all eligible pupils in Years N,R,1,6,10 and 12 to take advantage of the opportunity to be learning on site.

It now seems clear that other pupils (in years 2-5 and 7-9), other than those specific pupils who are part of the Community Classroom provision for EHCP, vulnerable and critical worker pupils will not be able to be to return to the school site before September. It is therefore more vital than ever that they are learning well through the workpacks in primary and online provision in secondary. Please support your child to be in good habits of learning at home.
Information sent to parents by email to Y10 and Y12 parents Tuesday 9th June 2020

PDF iconYear 12 Parent Letter about Wider Opening
PDF iconYear 10 Parent Letter about Wider Opening

Information sent to parents by email Friday 5th June 2020 

PDF iconKSA Newsletter HT6 week 1.pdf

Primary home learning in HT6

A reminder that we have asked all parents in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 again today if any of you have changed your minds and would now like your children to return from 15th June. If you think you should have received the survey and haven’t, please contact Cheryl on c.francis@kingsolomonacademy.org

A) What support can I expect at home for my children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 if we have decided to keep them at home?

  • We will continue to provide you with home learning packs for as long as we have the capacity to do so;
  • There will no longer be daily videos or online tutorials in these year groups;
  • Pastoral phone calls will continue with the same frequency as this term;
  • We will talk to you each week about returning to school.

B) When will Year 2-Year 5 be invited back to school?

In the first guidance from the government, there was a mention of Year 2-Year 5 coming back before the holidays but we have had no further guidance on this since. For the time being, we are not expecting to be welcoming back these pupils and they will continue to work at home.

C) What support can I expect at home if I have children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5?

Whilst we are having to ask some staff from these year teams to join the onsite provision, we think it is really important to continue supporting your children’s home learning as much as possible as you do not have the choice to send your children into school. As a result, we are committed to ensuring:

Children in Year 2-5 will continue to be sent home learning packs;

  • Daily videos will continue to be posted on the KSA YouTube channel;
  • Tutorials will continue in their current format for at least the first two weeks of next half term and for as long as possible, although there may need to be changes to the times and numbers of pupils in a group later on in the half term;
  • Pastoral phone calls will continue with the same frequency as this term but might be with a different member of staff instead.

Secondary remote learning in HT6

Lots of pupils have made an excellent start to the half term with their Remote Learning – their motivation and independence is awesome.

You can continue to help your child to be successful with remote learning by:

  • Ensuring they get up and start working each day by 9am so they can submit their work on time
  • Reminding them to take short breaks every hour while they are working, where they get up and move around
  • Making sure they check their email regularly so they are up to date with any announcements or updates from their teachers
  • Supporting them to get logged on to Microsoft Teams for their online lessons
  • Checking they have submitted their work at 4pm
  • Encouraging them to spend some time away from screens after they finish work each day (I.e. going on a socially distanced walk, getting some exercise)

Form times will be running again on Monday 8th June. We’ll be hearing shout outs for each form and sharing the Enrichment Challenge entries – we are looking forward to seeing lots of pupils there. Please do help them to get up and online to join.

Whole-School Update from the Principal sent to parents by email Wednesday 3rd June

PDF iconUpdate from the Principal ENGLISH.pdf
PDF iconArabic translation - update from the Principal 3rd June.pdf

I am writing to you at the start of the final half term of the academic year. The break last week gave us all a chance to reflect on the last 3 months, and to look forward to what will happen next. I wanted to write to update you on the developments in the school so that everything is clear.

I am extremely grateful to the whole community for their support and teamwork in supporting our pupils since the school closed to most pupils on 20th March. Parents, staff and pupils have worked really hard to keep learning going, to support one another and find fellowship and positivity through the lockdown. I am proud of how much our pupils have been still able to grow and learn in this time, while acknowledging that it has been a very difficult time for many of our families.

Over the last few weeks the government has asked schools to prepare for a wider reopening of some year groups, as the rate of infection has significantly reduced. This gives us the chance to welcome more pupils back to KSA. We are very aware of the continued risks still posed to our community from COVID-19 and intend to do everything we possibly can to make the school as safe as possible for our pupils, parents and staff in the weeks ahead. Although many in our community will feel nervous about returning, we are here to support everyone, and help our community to remain safe.

We have continued to have a small number of vulnerable and key worker pupils on site in our Community Classroom, and I would like to pay tribute to the commitment of all the staff who have been in school at the height of the virus serving these families and the needs of our wider society.

Accessing Community Classroom Provision

If you are a key worker, your child can access our Community Classroom provision, which is now operating for Year 7-13 at the Older Years Site and Years Nursery to Year 6 at the Younger Years site. Details of the guidance on this is given here. If you need your child to access this provision, please do complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm what we are able to offer. Providing this childcare provision safely and securely for children and staff requires careful planning, so please do try to give us as much notice as possible that you may wish to use it.

Wider opening of the school - Primary

Over half term, we had confirmation from the government to open more widely to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, and also to prepare for some on site provision for Year 10 and 12. We have undertaken a detailed risk assessment about the wider opening which has been supported by the Health and Safety experts at Ark, signed off by the Ark Board and which the Local Governing Body have also given feedback on.

All the schools plans to keep everyone safe are based on the detailed guidance the government has issued, which can be read here:

Link to Government Guidance to schools regarding to wider opening

Over the last two days, primary staff were trained on how to ensure we make the school as safe as possible for staff, children and the wider community, as well as maintaining everyone’s well-being and the highest possible standard of education. We are excited to welcome back these pupils over the next few days. Today, Wednesday 5th June we will therefore begin to welcome back children in Nursery (at YYS), and Year 6 (at OYS), with Reception returning on Thursday and Year 1 on Friday.

There are some families in these returning year groups who have said that they are not yet ready to return to school. We respect each family’s decision. We hope that these families will see and hear about the significant commitment that has been made to ensuring a safe environment, and will grow in confidence to send back your children in the weeks ahead. These parents will be sent a new form on Friday 5th June, due back by Tuesday 9th to give there intentions about starting on Monday 15th June. We hope many more pupils will join on this date.

Our pupils in Years 2-5 will continue to benefit from a team of teachers who will be focusing exclusively on remote learning. We hope and expect the excellent work that has been taking place in these year groups to continue. All the information is provided here. We also hope these parents and pupils will be reassured by what is happening in school now so that they can look forward to a safe and calm return to school in the autumn.

The government has issued full guidance to parents about the wider opening, which can be found here:

Link to government guidance on wider opening of schools for parents

Wider opening of the school - Secondary

We wrote to Year 10 and 12 parents just before half term asking about parents willingness to send their children back to school from a provisional date of the 8th June. Since then, the government has updated the guidance to make clear this provision should start from 15th June. The government’s guidance is available here. The majority of the parents who responded said they would like their child to return. The government has given further guidance as to how this onsite provision should be delivered. We will now continue planning, with the intention to have a form of on site provision from 15th June. We will contact Year 10 and Year 12 parents at the start of next week (by Wednesday 10th June) to explain the provision and ask them to make a commitment to attending if they are able to. This provision will be to supplement, not replace online learning. Online learning will remain the main way pupils will learn.

For other secondary year groups our remote online provision will continue. All information on this provision is provided here. We have been impressed by the independence and maturity of our secondary pupils in the ability to learn through remote technology and are confident that they are making progress. We will look forward to seeing these pupils onsite in the autumn.

Information sent to parents by email Monday 1st June 2020

As you know, we have spent a lot of time over the last weeks preparing for a possible wider opening of the primary school for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

Over half term, we had confirmation from the government to go ahead with this plan. We have written a detailed risk assessment which has been signed off by the Ark Board and which the Local Governing Body have also given feedback on. Today and tomorrow, primary staff are being trained on how to ensure we make the school as safe as possible for staff, children and the wider community, as well as maintaining everyone’s well-being and the highest possible standard of education.

From Wednesday, we will therefore begin to welcome back children in Nursery and Year 6 with Reception returning on Thursday and Year 1 on Friday. This means there will be many more staff onsite than have been while we were just running the Community Classroom although a number of staff will continue to work from home to support children with their home learning packs who are not returning.

News from Ms. Humphreys
It feels like now is the right time to share with the wider parent and pupil community that I am pregnant and expecting my second child in mid-October. I feel very grateful for the support I have received from Max, Katarine, the wider leadership team and the primary staff and am confident that when I go on maternity leave at some point in September, the school is in excellent hands. Katarine Deeks will be leading the primary school from September to when I return later on in the academic year, line managed by Max. Max and I have every confidence in her leadership, and that of the wider team, as a result of everything every one has done over the last years to get KSA primary to the great place it is now in. We have built an incredible team of staff and it is a great comfort to know how well all your children will be looked after while I step back for some time to concentrate on looking after my own new one!

In the meantime, I am still very much working as normal between now and mid-September, but will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future rather than come onsite as per government guidance. I will continue to work closely with the onsite team and those staff who also continue to work from home either because we do not yet need them onsite or because their own personal circumstances mean it is the most appropriate way of working.

Max Haimendorf and Gabby Woolf will continue to work across both sites this term. Katarine Deeks will be onsite every day on YYS and Guy Rimmer every day at OYS. You will also see Ms. Loo, Ms. Matthews and Mr. Walters onsite as leaders at YYS and Mr. Young in Year 6.

My child is coming back and I’ve still got questions – who can I talk to?
Parents of all children who have told us they want their children to return had an email confirming this on Friday 22nd May. We are calling all these families today and tomorrow to talk through the arrangements with you one to one and make sure all your questions are answered before returning. We will cover timings of the day and arriving and picking up, bubble groups, what to wear and what to bring as well as explain procedures for if someone shows symptoms of covid-19. We will also try to answer any other questions you might have.

We urge you to please watch the videos the staff have made for each bubble on the KSA guest youtube channel and the videos of how drop off and dismissal will look on both YYS and OYS. One of the major risks to the safety of the children onsite is parent behaviour at the start and end of each day – we hope we can rely on every single one of you to be patient and thoughtful and distance yourselves appropriately from other families to make sure these times all work smoothly.

I said I didn’t want my child in N,R, Y1 or Y6 to come back but I’m considering changing my mind – what can I do?
We would be delighted to welcome them back either BUT, as I’m sure you understand, we have to plan the staffing of pupils onsite very carefully so we can not just have children turning up at very short notice. We will send you another survey on Friday 5th June to be returned by 9am on Tuesday 9th June asking you whether you would prefer to continue to keep your child at home or if you would like them to come back to school full time or for a settling in period from Monday 15th June. We would confirm the details with you by Friday 12th June.

My child is in Y2-Y5, what’s happening this term for them?
Whilst we are having to ask some staff from these year teams to join the onsite provision, we think it is really important to continue supporting your children’s home learning as much as possible as you do not have the choice to send your children into school. As a result, we are committed to ensuring:

  • Children in Year 2-5 will continue to be sent home learning packs;
  • Daily videos will continue to be posted on the KSA YouTube channel;
  • Tutorials will continue in their current format for at least the first two weeks of next half term and for as long as possible, although there may need to be changes to the times and numbers of pupils in a group later on in the half term;
  • Pastoral phone calls will continue with the same frequency as this term but might be with a different member of staff instead.

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Information sent to parents by email Friday 22nd May 2020

Support for families with children on Free School Meals

  • Free School Meals vouchers will continue to be issued to all families who qualify.
  • Pupils who are returning to onsite provision full time will be provided with a packed lunch onsite.
  • Parents of returning pupils who are not FSM will be expected to begin paying for meals again.

Primary home learning in HT6

What support can I expect at home for my children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 if we have decided to keep them at home?

  • We will continue to provide you with home learning packs for as long as we have the capacity to do so;
  • There will no longer be daily videos or online tutorials in these year groups;
  • Pastoral phone calls will continue with the same frequency as this term;
  • We will talk to you each week about returning to school.

When will Year 2-Year 5 be invited back to school?

In the first guidance from the government, there was a mention of Year 2-Year 5 coming back before the holidays but we have had no further guidance on this since. For the time being, we are not expecting to be welcoming back these pupils and they will continue to work at home.

What support can I expect at home if I have children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5?

Whilst we are having to ask some staff from these year teams to join the onsite provision, we think it is really important to continue supporting your children’s home learning as much as possible as you do not have the choice to send your children into school. As a result, we are committed to ensuring:

  • Children in Year 2-5 will continue to be sent home learning packs;
  • Daily videos will continue to be posted on the KSA YouTube channel;
  • Tutorials will continue in their current format for at least the first two weeks of next half term and for as long as possible, although there may need to be changes to the times and numbers of pupils in a group later on in the half term;
  • Pastoral phone calls will continue with the same frequency as this term but might be with a different member of staff instead.

Secondary remote learning

We have been so impressed by the hard work and enthusiasm of our pupils with their remote learning over the course of this half term. As you can see from the work shared on Twitter, the quality of learning from pupils is incredibly high. Thank you to all the parents who have been working hard to support pupils in building successful routines at home and encouraging them with their learning.

Pupils should continue to read at home. If they have run out of books to read at home, they can listen to thousands of books online for free here: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.

Remote learning and online lessons will resume on Tuesday 2nd June for all year groups. A reminder that this means:

  • Pupils’ work is due at 4pm every day
  • The work set should take them 5-6 hours (2.5-3 hours per subject) each day
  • Teachers are creating videos to support pupil’s learning every day
  • Pupils will be invited via email to join online lessons

You can continue to help your child to be successful with remote learning by:

  • Ensuring they get up and start working each day by 9am so they can submit their work on time
  • Reminding them to take short breaks every hour while they are working, where they get up and move around
  • Making sure they check their email regularly so they are up to date with any announcements or updates from their teachers
  • Supporting them to get logged on to Microsoft Teams for their online lessons
  • Checking they have submitted their work at 4pm
  • Encouraging them to spend some time away from screens after they finish work each day (I.e. going on a socially distanced walk, getting some exercise

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Reflecting on our experience of closing the school on Friday 20th March
For many of our pupils, Friday marked a moment of hope and positivity as we said goodbyes to one another and reflected on the precious things that we share as part of our school community. Sadly, the absence of many of our pupils was already felt deeply – with many being unable to be with us, either through understandable concern about their own health or in order to protect others. For our Year 11 and 13 students, both those present and those absent, they entered a period of uncertainty about their next steps. I am proud of how they, and all of us, have dealt with this period.

As the true scale of what our country faces has become apparent over the last week, the weight of responsibility we all face has become clear to all of us. To protect each other and particularly those at risk from the virus, we must limit social interactions so as to slow down the spread of the virus.

As a school, we will do everything we can to ensure that we do not contribute to the virus spreading. At the same time, we will act to make sure our pupils’ future is bright, by educating them at home, remotely. This will be a new period for all of us. We will not necessarily get things right first time, but we will act with conviction and commitment to support our families through this period.

The one thing I would ask of parents and pupils is to stay in touch with the school. Without the daily touchpoint of attendance to the school site, it becomes ever more important that we can communicate well by email and phone.

We now only have a very small number of child attending school on our Younger Years Site on Crompton Street. The Older Years Site on Penfold Street is closed until further notice. The children coming to school each day are doing so in extreme circumstances to meet a very specific need. If you think your child is or has become vulnerable at home or you are a keyworker, please contact parents@kingsolomonacademy.org or call the school to discuss possible next steps.

GCSE and A-Level exams

03.04.20 update
You would have seen in the news on Friday that the government has announced that teachers in will be asked to assess the grades they think pupils would have achieved in cancelled GCSE and A-level exams. More information is available here:

www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summ...

There is still very little information about how this will work and when pupils will find out their exam results. What we do know is that although teachers are being asked to assess grades for each pupil, teacher and schools will not be making the final decision and that a lot of additional information will be taken into account by the exam boards. We will write to you further after the holidays to provide you with more information once we have it. Please do not contact individual subject teachers to discuss your child’s grades – they are not allowed to share these. The government announcement today made it clear that it will be confidential process. Please do also encourage your children in Y11 and Y13 to keep working hard on the tasks that their teachers have set for them – these will inform the view teachers will have of the pupils learning. This work will also be crucial in preparing them for their next steps at sixth form, college or university.

23.03.20 update
GCSE, A-level and BTEC exams are cancelled in May and June and the Secretary of State for Education says he will provide further information soon for students who are impacted. KS2 and KS1 SATs as well as the Phonics Screener are all also cancelled. All parents in Year 11 and 13 received a separate letter giving further details, click here to see this letter.

Free school meals and access to food

03.04.20 update
All parents whose children are eligible for Free School Meals should have received a Tesco voucher last week. Although we don’t normally feed pupils during school holidays, these are unprecedented times so in order to support these families we will continue to provide these vouchers during the Easter break. After the Easter break we will be using the government’s voucher scheme, which will be in term time only. If you did not receive this earlier email about FSM and you think you are in receipt of FSM, please contact Cheryl Francis on c.francis@kingsolomonacademy.org

We have also shared some further information on support with food and essential items for vulnerable families on the website here.

23.03.20 update
From Monday 23rd March, pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals during term time will receive vouchers (£3 a day, £15 a week for all pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals and are not accessing the Vulnerable or Critical worker provision). We are finalising the processing of these payments but expect them to be made every two weeks, with the first payment being made in the week of the 23rd March. Eligible families will receive an electronic voucher directly emailed to them (using the first contact we have on the school system). We will communicate with individual families as soon as possible to confirm the payment they will receive.

Some families, whether eligible for Free School Meals or not will face financial hardship in the weeks and months ahead which will make it hard financially to feed the family.

You can read more information about accessing food and other vital resources in the community on the document saved here.

Learning at home (Remote Learning)

03.04.20 update - Easter Holidays
On Friday 3rd April and Monday 20th April, the school will not be running remote learning and pupil check ins in the same way – these days are part of the pupil holiday. Staff will be receive training and undertake planning on these days to allow for next half term’s remote learning to be successful. If you have any concerns or needs over the holiday, please email parents@kingsolomonacademy.org which will continue to be checked.

Pupils will not be expected to be working every day during the Easter break. Secondary pupils will be set holiday homework which is due to be submitted online as instructed at 4pm on Friday 17th April, so that it can reviewed by their teachers.

Primary pupils are welcome to complete anything they have not done in the four weeks of packs we have provided so far and/or make use of the many online resources shared above during the Easter break. We have shared some fun activities you might like to do indoors as well in our ‘Mountain Passport Challenge!’ 

We are aiming to send out new home learning packs for Half Term 5 for all primary packs in the second week of the Easter holiday so you’ve got everything you need for starting again after the break.

23.03.20 update - weeks 5 and 6
Please click here to fully understand our approach to our pupils’ ongoing education. It is vital that no child falls behind, we need everyone’s support to continue their education.

Communications during school closure
 

03.04.20 update - Easter Holidays
The Younger Years Site will continue to be open from Monday-Thursday of the first week and from Tuesday-Friday of the second week for a small number of children of critical care workers.

The school is closed for all other pupils, as it would be in a normal holiday.

If you find yourselves in an emergency situation where you would like help or support from someone at KSA, you can either:

a) Go to the Younger Years Site – Ms. Deeks will be on site in the first week and Mr. Rimmer will be onsite in the second week;

b) Call Ms. Humphreys on 07415 208 451;

c) Email parents@Kingsolomonacademy.org

23.03.20 update - weeks 5 and 6
Staff are calling every pupil at least once a week, some pupils several times a week or even daily. We are doing this to support every family and make sure you know we are still thinking of you and wanting to support you the best way we can. Please do not hesitate to call or email parents@kingsolomonacademy.org if you need anything at all.