Q: Can pupils access the building before their allotted start time?
A: No. Parents and pupils have been advised that there is no before school provision so pupils should arrive as close to their start time as possible. Any pupil arriving early will need to go to their allocated year area on the playground and wait there until tutors meet them.
Q: What if it’s raining?
A: Pupils will need to bring a coat and an umbrella! This will be reviewed as the weather starts to change.
Q: How will pupils enter the building at the start of the day?
A: Pupils will assemble in their year areas on the playground. SLT (Senior Leadership Team), HoY and Mrs Lormor will be on duty to supervise this. This includes 6th form.
•Tutors of Y7-9 should be on the playground by 8:30am at the latest to meet their tutor groups and help to line them up. At the direction of the HoY (Head of Year), tutor groups will then be allowed to enter the building. Tutors will lead pupils single file straight to their form room, sanitising hands as they enter the foyer.
•Tutors of Y10-13 will do the same at 8:40.
Q: What will happen if pupils arrive after their tutor has already taken their group into the building?
A: SLT, HoYs and Mrs Lormor will remain on the playground to direct pupils into the building.
·If pupils arrive after the senior staff have gone in, they will need to sign in.
Q: How do late arriving pupils now sign in/out?
A: They will continue to do this at reception but, rather than approach the main desk, signing in/out sheets will be made available in the entrance.
Q: Can pupils’ hand in/pick up mobile phones to/from reception in the way they used to?
A: No. However, our mobile phone policy stands. Pupils should not bring phones into school at all. If they do, then they need to be kept out of sight (in bags or locked in lockers, we accept no responsibility for theft, loss, damage etc.) If any pupil needs to hand a phone in for safe keeping, then Mrs Lormor will be the person to do this, not the office staff. Mrs Lormor can be found in the KS3 pastoral office next to the pupil entrance. Pupils can collect from her at the end of the day too. If any pupil is caught using their phone (including break and lunch times), it needs to be confiscated, as per our policy, but instead of leaving confiscated phones with the office, they will now be handed to Mrs Lormor.
Q: Can the pupils go straight from their classrooms into the refectory for lunch?
A: No. Pupils will need to make their way outside, onto the lower playground and then go through the 6th form door, down the stairs into the refectory that way. This will ensure a one way entry and exit into/out of the refectory.
Q: Do staff need to eat their lunch in their form rooms with their form?
A: No. We do not expect you to directly supervise the pupils in this way. Duty staff, SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and HoY (Head of Years) will monitor the form rooms at social times.
Q: Can pupils stay in their form rooms once they’ve eaten their lunch?
A: No. Pupils need to eat their lunch, dispose of all rubbish and then head outside within the alotted time of 15 minutes, which we feel is reasonable. Duty staff will monitor and assist in doing this.
Q: Will Y11 be able to stay in their form rooms at lunch as they normally have the privilege of doing?
A: At the moment no. However, we will review this within the first couple of weeks.
Q: Which toilets should the pupils use?
A: Toilets will be ‘zoned’ in the same way classrooms have been. So, the toilets within the zone of each year group will be the allocated toilets for that Year group. Signs have been set up by our site team on the toilets to indicate a) which year group can use them and b) that only two pupils can enter at any one time.
Q: Can we allow pupils out of lessons to go to the toilet?
A: We will be avoiding this as much as we possibly can in order to minimise health and saftey risks. The only exception to this is those pupils who have a medical condition.
Q: Will we be able to have Prefects deliver activities in KS3 form groups?
A: Not at the moment.
Q: Can pupils use the water fountain in the refectory?
A: No, this will not be available to pupils. We would strongly reommend bringing in a couple of drinking bottles to last them for the day.
Q: Can staff meet with parents in school to discuss their child?
A: No. Where possible, these discussions need to be telephone/email based at the moment. The only exception to this might be where the concerns are of a sensitive pastoral nature in which case the HoY will liaise with Mrs Muir to discuss how to communicate the concerns with parents.
Q: Can pupils leave their bags on the racks in the refectory?
A: No. Given they are now always based in a specific room, they can leave their bags in those rooms at any time.
Q: Will homework club be running?
A: Yes, we have made provision for this, but we have communicated that this should only be used where absolutely necessary. SLT will monitor those attending. Pupils will need to sit within their year groups, each year group on a separate table.