Term 4 Guidance

Return to school
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 February, we are delighted to be welcoming students back to school from Monday 8 March. Students will follow the exact same routine as during the Autumn term so will arrive at school through their designated gate, in their full school uniform, with a face mask, rucksack, and all learning resources to resume face-to-face learning in their year group bubbles. PE lessons will resume as normal and take place outdoors. The 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
All students will be offered a COVID test during the week commencing 1 March, followed by two further tests from 8 March. Lateral flow tests will be carried out by our team of trained testers in the Sports Hall. Please refer to the year group letters below for further details including the scheduled time slots. For tests taking place between 9am and 12pm, periods 1, 2, and 3 will not be taught, and periods 4 and 5 will be taught online via Zoom. For tests taking place between 1pm and 4pm, periods 1, 2, and 3 will be taught online via Zoom, and periods 4 and 5 will not be taught. 

Please also watch our COVID-19 Test Procedure Video. Following the tests, we will only contact you if the test result is positive. After the third test in school, students will be required to self-test at home twice a week and will be provided with a box of lateral flow testing kits to take home for this. More guidance will follow on this procedure when it is received in school, but please be assured that self-administering tests is very straightforward. 

Please complete this Consent Form to advise your consent for your child to be tested. Because of some minor changes to the testing regime, we would like you to give your consent again, even if you did so in January. 

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 will be 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 will no longer be 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.

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. All staff contact details can be found here

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. 

Risk Assessment
We have revised our Risk Assessment (Version 6) 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.