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Latest News from the HT & Government

Posted on: 20th Apr 2020

Friday 17 July: Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter

Friday 3 July: Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter

Friday 12 June: Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter

Tuesday 19 May: Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter

 

Fri 7 May:  Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter.

 

Fri 1 May:  Letter from Ms Gumbrell

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter.

 

Mon 20 April:  Letter from Ms Gumbrell; Welcome to Summer Term

Emailed to all parents today; click here for the letter

 

The DfE updated their website with regards to complaints on Thursday - please click here for the statement in full.

The change they have made is summarised here:

Handling complaints during the coronavirus (COVID-19 outbreak)

"In line with government guidance the school is not expect to handle new or existing complaints while we are closed. The school will still engage with parents and pupils where we can, however complaints can be considered once the government confirms schools can safely reopen.

As requested by the DfE, please could we ask that you Contact your local council or call the police on 101 if you’re told a child is at risk.

Complainants can contact DfE for more information about school complaints if they wish.”

 

Tue 14 April:  School is now closed for the rest of this week and will reopen for students of Key Worker parents on Mon 20 April.

 

Thurs 9 April:  Update from Headteacher, Ms Gumbrell

Dear Parents and carers

Following a number of requests from parents and students I felt I should confirm that teaching and support staff are not expected to be engaged with MS Teams or other home learning communications during the Easter holiday period. 

This includes our IT network team who will not therefore be available to manage requests for password resets.

The Easter break should be a period of rest and recuperation for everyone and there is no expectation of students to complete assignments or other home study during this time unless they choose to do so.

Our school office will be completely closed this Friday 10th and Monday 13th and therefore no emails or phone messages will be picked up until Tuesday 14th when there will be minimal staffing available to assist and support with any general enquiries.

Monday 20th is the beginning of the summer term when home learning and all support related to this will commence.

I would like to thank all of you who took the time to complete the recent survey relating to MS Teams and home learning. We will be using this feedback to continue to develop our home learning curriculum with the aim of meeting the education and needs of all of our students in the best way that we can.

I hope that you and your families are keeping well and coping with the restrictions in place in the best way that you can.

I have been thinking a lot about your daughters and our school community and send you my love and best wishes for the Easter weekend.

I look forward to getting in touch with you again after the holiday and planning for the weeks ahead, however that might look!

Ms Gumbrell

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Fri 3 April:  Updates from Ofqual re. summer 2020 exams

Please click on the links below for the 2 documents released today by Ofqual:

 

Thur 2 April:  Parent/Carer Online Survey - Emailed out today

Dear Parents/carers

During this period of school closure we are aiming to work with you and your daughters remotely in the best ways that we can to support home learning.

We recognise that not every family has the same amount of access to computers and IT and are working to facilitate something for everyone.

We certainly do not want the demands of home learning to impact negatively on you or your daughters; however, do want to ensure that your daughter is able to continue her education and is supported through the provision of appropriate resources.

We would therefore really appreciate you taking a minute to complete this parent survey.

Ms Gumbrell

Headteacher

 

Wed 1 April:  'Easter Break' letter from Ms Gumbrell, Headteacher

Please click here for the latest letter from Ms Gumbrell, also emailed out to all parents today.

 

Wed 1 April:  Free School Meal Update:

Following the closure of Enfield County School for Girls as a result of the COVID- 19 crisis, we have been following guidance from the Local Authority with regard to the provision of free school meals.

The DfE are now providing FSM Vouchers via Edenred and parents/carers will shortly receive an email directly from the DfE/Edenred with an eCode for £15 to enable you to buy food from the following shops:

Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's, ASDA, Waitrose, M&S

Please click on the links below:

 

Click here for a really good document about Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about COVID-19, and here for a 'Supporting Parents' document sent out by Enfield LEA.

 

Tues 31 March:  Free school meal arranges during school closure:

Dear Parents and carers 

We have been informed overnight that the Local Authority has decided to participate in the Government nationwide  scheme  to provide free school meal vouchers for families during the period of school closure.

We are awaiting further details on how this scheme will work and will be putting this into place as soon as we can.

As soon as we have more information we will contact you.

I would like to apologise for continued uncertainty at this time.

Ms Gumbrell

Headteacher

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

 

Fri 27 March:  Please see below for the latest letter to parents and carers from Ms Gumbrell, sent out today:

Click here for the letter

 

Please click on the link below for supportive information posters from Enfield LEA

Wed 25 March:  Please click on the links below for the latest news and updates from today:

 

 

Mon 23 March:  Please see below the latest updated link from the government for schools:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

 

Fri 20 March:  Please see below for the latest link from the government outlining details of school closures:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Also, please click here for the Key Workers Survey sent out this morning to all parents by Ms Gumbrell - all relevant Key Workers to complete, even if you have already contacted us via email or phone.

 

Thurs 19 March:  Please see below for the latest letter from Ms Gumbrell to all parents:

Click here for letter

 

Please click on the link below for the confirmation and more detail of school closures announced yesterday by the Government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

 

 

Wed 18 March:  Following this evening's Government News briefing, information regarding the week beginning Mon 23 March school arrangements will be communicated tomorrow (Thurs 19 March)

 

Tue 17 March:  Today's letter from Ms Gumbrell to all parents:

Dear parents and carers,

You will be aware that the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly. 

In terms of our approach here in school we are being guided by the government in order to keep students and staff as safe and well as possible. 

The most current government guidance can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#what-to-do-if-someone-develops-symptoms-of-coronavirus-covid-19-on-site

The key things we are doing in school are:

·         Following the Government guidance ourselves

·         Reassuring students and maintaining a sense of calm

·         Supporting your daughters, practically and emotionally

To date we have not been directly advised to close by our local Public Health England Health Protection Team, therefore we remain open at this current time.

Key points and reminders:

• your daughter should stay at home if she is unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. If your daughter has a pre-existing health condition that makes her particularly  vulnerable to infection I would advise you to follow Government advice.

•if your daughter becomes unwell in school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature she will be sent home

•your daughter should ensure handwashing for 20 seconds -more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues while in school

I continue to work with my senior leadership team in developing strategy and guidance in looking ahead to a situation of school closure.  Planning includes ensuring that learning resources for students are in place and as accessible for all of your daughters as possible.

Tomorrow

At the moment it looks as if we will be able to open the school as normal; however given the changing recommendations re self-isolation and the shielding of vulnerable groups that could change.  

Thank you for your support  at this difficult time.  I will of course keep you updated as and when things change.

With best wishes

Ms Gumbrell

 

Mon 16 March:  Please click on the link below for the latest letter/email sent today from Ms Gumbrell to all parents.

Click here for Headteacher letter sent today.

 

Fri 13 March:  Travel Guidance for the Education Sector from DfE:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

In light of the advice by DfE and Public Health England that all trips abroad for students under 18 should not go ahead, it is with regret that the Y11 Spanish Trip to Valencia has been cancelled.

 

"1.1 Overseas trips for children under 18 organised by education settings

The government advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This is because trip leaders would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare, should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate."


Thurs 12 March:  Please see below for the latest email sent today from Ms Gumbrell to all parents:

Dear Parent/Carer

With regards to the latest updates on the coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation very closely and are following the updates and guidance that Public Health England and the DfE are sending out to all schools which is the advice that has been given to us by the Local Authority.  These are displayed on our school website. 

We are planning for the eventuality of school closures, particularly in relation to year 11 and 13 students to be able to access work from home. 

We will, of course, update you with any additional news that we receive.

With best wishes

Jennifer Gumbrell

Headteacher

All school visits are going ahead as planned until further advice from the DfE and/or Publich Health for England.

 

Please click on the link below for the latest advice received from the DfE regarding Coronavirus:

/372/latest-news/post/53/latest-from-public-health-england


6 March:  Ofqual Latest Update - Summer 2020 Exam Series

 

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