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UPDATE 27.11.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
Please follow this link to open the Headteacher's letter sent to all parents/carers today via Edulink.
UPDATE 20.11.20 – Covid-19 Alert System
Parents/carers are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org when they have been informed of a positive test result only. Positive results being communicated at the weekend or late in the evening can be problematic if the information is not accessed until the morning of a school day. This new email address is not for general Covid-29 related queries or the confirmation of negative results. If any positive results are shared with us out of hours via email@example.com then this will allow the school to action a plan on the same night rather than having to wait unil the following morning, when students may have already left home, travelled with other students on public transport etc. This systm also gives parents/carers of our other students more time to make alternative arrangements with their employers should we have to ask a group of students to self-isolate. It will also give the staff members who might have been teaching students who are being asked to study at home, more time to plan accordingly.
UPDATE 16.11.20 – New Online Shop for Sports Kit
Please visit our new online shop (https://akumashops.com/jfs/) to the range of kit that can be purchased for curricular PE lessons and extra-curricular sports clubs.
UPDATE 13.11.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
UPDATE 06.11.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
The following documents have been sent to all Parents/Carers via Edulink this afternoon. Please click on the relevant link to view the document:
- Letter from the Headteacher
- Break and Lunchtime menus for Half Term 2
- Letter from the JFA
- Funding Fishers' Future fundraising page
FACE COVERINGS - From w/b Monday 2nd November
Message for parents/carers (please follow this link to open the Headteacher's letter):
Please ensure your child brings their own plain, dark face covering to school. Nobody should miss school because they are unable to bring their own mask.
Inform your child's Key Stage Administrator if your child has a health or disability reason for not wearing a mask in communal areas and corridors.
Face coverings are not required outside.
The guidance from the DfE on face coverings is as follows:
'"...It will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning."
"...Face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and students when moving around indoors, such as corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain."
Many thanks in advance for your support.
SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING: For entry to Year 12 in September 2021
Our virtual Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday 12th November 2020.
The evening will start with a live talk via Zoom for parents from the Director of Sixth Form and Headteacher starting at 6pm and repeated again at 7pm.
If you are interested in attending the evening please send an email to request access to Mrs Cooney at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Student Name, Parent/Carer Name, Current School.
All the relevant information for the event will then be shared with parents/carers on 11th November 2020, including access to the different links etc.
Further information including prospectuses and application forms can be found on our website, under Sixth Form / Admissions.
UPDATE 23.10.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
UPDATE 16.10.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
UPDATE 09.10.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
The John Fisher School Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday 12th November 2020.
This will be a virtual event via 'Zoom'.
Details of the event will be released nearer to the time.
INFORMATION EVENINGS 29.09.2020
Please click on the appropriate year group below to view the video from each of the Key Stage 3 and 4 Information Evenings:
UPDATE 24.09.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
We have been really pleased with student attendance this week which is as follows:
Thank you for your ongoing co-operation at this challenging time.
UPDATE 11.09.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
UPDATE 09.09.20 – Letter to parents/carers from the Headteacher
Please follow this link to open the Headteacher's letter sent to all parents/carers today via Edulink.
Applications for Year 7 September 2021
Supplementary Forms and Parish Priest reference forms can all be found on this website please click on the Parent and Carers tab - prospective parents and year 7 admissions for full information.
UPDATE 28.08.20 – Arrangements for the start of term
As we approach the beginning of the new school year, I wanted to remind you of the new procedures and routines established which impact on most areas of school life. Here is a link to a video, which would be helpful to share with your son before the end of the summer break - https://vimeo.com/452576144
The rate of Covid-19 transmission has significantly reduced from when schools had to close. We worked hard to support our students when they were at home but being in school is the best place for children. We have applied the control measures outlined in the DfE guidance published at the end of the summer term and a rigorous risk assessment is available in the ‘Safeguarding’ section on our school website.
Some of the measures include: year groups arranged in ‘bubbles’ with their own areas, separate entry/exit points, staggered break and lunch times, additional hand washing stations across the site; enhanced cleaning, extensive signage, windows and doors kept open in classrooms to maintain a circulation of fresh air and students maintaining a social distance from adults in the classroom.
The most important measure is that any student displaying Covid-19 symptoms themselves, or in a household where someone is displaying symptoms, (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change of smell or taste) should not attend school. If the symptoms develop at school, then parents/carers will be required to collect their son immediately and they must follow the guidance of Public Health England. They should book a test for Covid-19 and inform the school of the outcome.
So, when we open, we will be open for all students for all the week. However, things will be different. Collective Worship and Team meetings will take place remotely, extra-curricular activities and detentions will be year group specific, we will be having a remote Open Evening on Thursday 10th September and we may deliver Parents Evenings remotely although this will be confirmed closer to the time. There is also likely to be a restriction on some of the activities when the students return to lessons; for example in subjects such as Science, PE, and Drama. It is vital that when students return they bring their school bag (any colour/style) and equipment to eliminate the need for sharing. This should include:
- a large pencil case
- ballpoint pens/fine liner pens (blue, black, green and red)
- pencils and coloured pencils
- pencil sharpener and eraser
- 30cm ruler
- glue stick
- protractor and set square
- scientific calculator
Students should be dressed in full school uniform however, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are permitted to wear their Games kit on their Games day.
Important dates for the first term 2020-2021
From Monday 7th September 2020
During the W/B 31st August 2020, there will not be any food items available to purchase in school; students are asked to bring their own snacks/drinks which should include a packed lunch for those students in Year 7 and Year 8 on Friday 4th September as this will be a full school day.
During the W/B 7th and W/B 14th September, there will be no breakfast items available either before school or during break. There will be ‘meal deal’ lunch available, which must be pre-ordered and purchased on ParentPay by Thursday 3rd September. The ‘meal deal’ option (available to all students and staff members) will be either a meat or vegetarian sandwich, which will then be distributed at specific collection points for each year group. Once arrangements for the rest of term have been finalised, we will communicate this to parents/carers.
All students and staff members will be expected to wash their hands when they arrive at school. There will be hand sanitisers available at all entrances to the site.
There will be a strict cleaning regime each day to ensure that all door handles, communal areas, and toilets are continually and repeatedly cleaned throughout the day.
We will require all students (unless they are in an organised club or working with a specific teacher) to leave the site promptly each day to ensure we can thoroughly clean all areas in preparation for the following day.
Travelling to and from school
The government have asked all members of the public to avoid public transport if possible. Interiors of buses and trains are more likely to allow virus transmission than being in the open air. This means that students should walk or cycle to school unless it is essential to take public transport, such as buses and trains. Only Year 7 students will be permitted to use the buses positioned closest to the school at the end of each day. This will be reviewed at the end of the first half term.
When you are travelling to school by car, please avoid dropping your son off directly at the school site. This is especially important, not only for the safety of all our students, but to ensure that traffic can keep moving.
There is bicycle storage at the front of the school next to the main entrance.
As you will have no doubt seen in the media, schools nationwide are doing their best to keep up with the changing landscape of advice being given by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE).
The updated DfE guidance on face masks now states, “Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed, if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.”
As a result of this new guidance from the DfE on face coverings, the approach at The John Fisher School is as follows:
Unless we experience a local lockdown in our area, face coverings remain optional for staff and students
If parents/carers wish for their son/s not to wear a mask, this is fine – providing that all school rules are adhered to regarding social distancing
If parents wish for their son/s to wear a mask in corridors and communal areas, this is also fine – again, adhering to the school rules regarding social distancing
Staff members will be given the option to wear a face covering
- must be plain coloured with no patterns
- cannot have logos
- must be put in a re-sealable plastic bag when not worn
- must be worn appropriately
- must be washed frequently
Any student intentionally misusing a mask would be required to take it off.
Who can your son talk to at school?
We can appreciate that some students may find it difficult transitioning back to school. There are a number of people these students can talk to:
- Director of Learning
- Inclusion Officer
- Mental Health & Wellbeing team
- Safeguarding team
- Senior leadership team
We fully appreciate that some of the measures we must put in place are not ideal. That said they are essential for it to work well and keep everyone safe. We will constantly be reviewing everything on an ongoing basis based on our experience and on government guidance.