Coronavirus Information

Community Testing

Friday, 08 January 2021.

Community Testing

Braintree District Council are supporting the overall testing capacity for the District by distributing testing kits from Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Urgent Update: 11 Dec 2020

Friday, 11 December 2020.

Urgent Update: 11 Dec 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the Government announcement today regarding the reduction of the self-isolation period for close contact from 14 to 10 days, we are awaiting guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England. Those students in Year 11, who are currently self-isolating, need to access their lessons remotely on Monday.

Half-termly Projects

Monday, 27 April 2020.

Half-termly Projects

Dear Parents/Carers,

As a number of you have contacted the school to ask for support for students in structuring the half-termly projects, I have asked colleagues to provide more guidance.

Caring for vulnerable children and young adults

Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

Families in Focus Essex is a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.

Their services are accessible to all families from Essex whatever their background, as long as at least one child or young person in the family between the age of 0 to 25 has a disability or special need.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of you will have worries and concerns for caring for vulnerable children and young adults. There are lots of online resources and organisations that provide support and information;

Carers UK - https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Wellchild - https://www.wellchild.org.uk/2020/03/11/covid-19-information-for-parents-and-carers/
National Autistic Society - https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
Mencap -  https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus
Place2Be – https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Covibook – https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Families in Focus will run their helpline email address and telephone helpline as usual for both new and existing service users during the pandemic. Please see below contact information:

Helpline phone: 01245 353 575
Helpline email:  helpline@familiesinfocusessex.org.uk
Website: www.familiesinfocusessex.org.uk
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FamiliesInFocusEssex/

Mrs C Wager
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Adobe provides temporary at-home access to the Creative Cloud apps

Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

Adobe provides temporary at-home access to the Creative Cloud apps

As a result of campus closures, student access to the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign etc.) in labs and classrooms is not available.

Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for students and educators so that they can continue their work remotely. Please follow the instructions attached below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

Urgent Message to all Parents/Carers: 23 March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020.

Urgent Message to all Parents/Carers: 23 March 2020

We are contacting you following the government announcement this evening concerning measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are writing to you to consider if it is absolutely necessary to send your child/children to school tomorrow and for the next few weeks.

Whilst the need to support critical workers is vitally important we need to minimise the number of people travelling and coming into contact with others.

Year 11 - Update following cancellation of summer exams

Monday, 23 March 2020.

23 March 2020

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers

Update following cancellation of summer exams

Following the cancellation of the exams this summer, I am writing with an update about expectations of students’ work at home at this time. As you will be aware, it has been announced that exam boards will be awarding students a calculated grade for their GCSE exams this summer which will be in part based on teachers’ predictions. We have not yet received any details from the exam boards about this process, or about expectations about any internally assessed components which would normally count towards a qualification. We are also waiting for further guidance about vocational qualifications. Once we know what the guidance is, we will be able to share this with you.

At the moment, while we wait for information, we are not expecting teachers to set any home learning tasks for Year 11 students or to mark anything other than written work, such as assessments and coursework, which have already been submitted. We will revisit these expectations and look to provide guidance about independent learning once we have the information we need. Teachers will not be able to discuss students’ predicted grades with students at any time. However, I can reassure you that it is accepted that mock exams alone do not always predict students’ final results accurately, and that this will be reflected when staff are asked to make their predictions for exam boards.

We will continue to support you with your next steps and will provide you with further updates as we have them. These will include expectations about independent learning, as we work to support you to achieve your next steps.

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs C Wager

Assistant Headteacher – KS4

Year 13 - Update following cancellation of summer exams

Monday, 23 March 2020.

23 March 2020

Dear Year 13 Students, Parents and Carers

Update following cancellation of summer exams

Following the cancellation of the exams this summer, I am writing with an update about expectations of students’ work at home at this time. As you will be aware, it has been announced that exam boards will be awarding students a calculated grade for their A Levels this summer which will be in part based on teachers’ predictions. We have not yet received any details from the exam boards about this process, or about expectations about any internally assessed components which would normally count towards a qualification. We are also waiting for further guidance about vocational qualifications. Once we know what the guidance is, we will be able to share this with you.

At the moment, while we wait for information, we are not expecting teachers to set any home learning tasks for students or to mark anything other than written work, such as assessments and coursework, which have already been submitted. We will revisit these expectations and look to provide guidance about independent learning once we have the information we need. Teachers will not be able to discuss students’ predicted grades with students at any time. However, I can reassure you that it is accepted that mock exams alone do not always predict students’ final results accurately, and that this will be reflected when staff are asked to make their predictions for exam boards.

UCAS

We know that this is a very uncertain time for many of you who are in the process of deciding on your responses to university offers. The advice from UCAS is for schools to ‘advise students not to rush into making any decisions, and to carefully consider any unconditional offers’. Please do contact Mr Bridgwater or me if you have questions about this or want to discuss what to do next.

A number of you who chose not to apply to university or further education may now wish to put in an application. If this is the case, please do contact Mr Bridgwater via email so that we can help you get started.

We know that this is not the end to your time in the sixth form that you could possibly have expected, and it is certainly not what we would have wanted. We will continue to support you with your next steps and will provide you with further updates as we have them.

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs M Townsend
Assistant Headteacher – KS5

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