Covid-19 Information

Term 5 Guidance 

Return to school

We are delighted to have welcomed all of our students back to school! Students are following the exact same routine as during the Autumn term, arriving at school through their designated gate, in their full school uniform, with a face mask, rucksack, and all resources for face-to-face learning in year group bubbles. PE lessons have resumed as normal and are taking place outdoors. Detailed plans for each year group have been emailed to parents/carers and can be found in the Communications section below. Please also watch our Return to School Video.

COVID-19 testing

Now that all students have been offered 3 lateral flow tests at school, they are required to self-test at home twice a week and are being provided with lateral flow testing kits for this. It is recommended that tests are carried out on Sundays and Wednesdays. If your child has a positive lateral flow test, you must notify the school immediately (regardless of the time of day) by emailing covidtesting@bournside.gloucs.sch.uk so that we can inform close contacts who will be required to self-isolate. Government guidelines also state that a positive lateral flow test must be followed up by a PCR test. 

Face masks 

Students and staff are expected to wear face masks at all times when indoors on our school site, including during lessons. Those who are exempt must wear their exemption lanyard clearly. All students have been given a Bournside face mask that they are expected to bring to school with them every day. Students who arrive at school without a face mask will need to purchase one (£2) from the Dining Centre before attending lessons. A suitable (no images or writing) fabric alternative mask may also be worn. Please be aware that we are no longer giving out disposable masks due to their environmental impact.

Exams – Years 11 and 13 

The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that there will be no formal public exams in the summer and that teacher assessments will be used to decide students’ grades using a very wide range of assessment information including tests completed in class, coursework, work completed in lessons, at home and online. Grades will be moderated by other teachers within the same department and checked by the school’s Senior Leadership Team before being further verified by the exam boards. We will also be carrying out assessments using material typically used in exams which will be marked and moderated by teachers in school; they will be an element, but not necessarily the main element, in determining a grade. Students in Years 11 and 13 should remember that all of the work they are currently doing will have an impact upon their final grades and so all tasks should be treated with the utmost dedication. We will update you as soon as we have further information.

Support

Although all students belong to a House, our Heads of House are currently supporting year groups as follows and are an additional point of contact:

  • Year 7: Miss Kelly
  • Year 8: Mr Hirons and Mr Freeman
  • Year 9: Mr Bashford
  • Year 10: Mr Taylor
  • Year 11: Mr Crowford
  • Sixth Form: Mr Warren.

Furthermore, if you have any queries about general teaching and learning, please contact your child’s tutor or Mr Penny (wjp@bournside.gloucs.sch.uk) if the tutor is unable to resolve your query. For queries about specific subjects, please contact your child’s subject teacher. For queries around behaviour, welfare and wellbeing, please contact your child’s tutor or Mr Stratford (ms@bournside.gloucs.sch.uk) if the tutor is unable to resolve your query. 

Remote Learning Strategy

We are committed to providing a high-quality curriculum that can be accessed from home by our students. Our remote learning strategy will ensure that students continue to follow their planned learning journey during remote learning when this is necessary. 

Remote Learning Strategy

 

Risk Assessment

We have revised our risk assessment (Version 7) in line with the updated DfE guidance and it will be reviewed once a term as a minimum. We will continue with our enhanced cleaning policies throughout the school and employing systems of control as guided by the DfE. 

Risk Assessment

 

Communications to parents/carers

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