Weekly update from all at Harton

Dear students/parents and carers

I hope you all continue to be well and many thanks for your continued support. The news for this week is as follows:

  • There have been between 5 and 7 students in attendance each day this week.
  • The students are receiving a balanced curriculum with one teacher and one support assistant in each morning and each afternoon – this week, for example, they have had PE x2, English x3, Science, Geography, Maths x2 and RE.
  • The Pastoral and SEN staff have continued to make numerous phone calls to certain families – around 120 have been contacted this week.
  • Year 9 Pathways (Options) have almost been finalised to enable the timetable to continue.
  • PPE – The DT staff have now made approximately 2100 face masks for a variety of good causes, including NHS staff, Police and Care Homes. Mr Reis is aiming for 3000 by the end of next week – a superb effort!
  • FSM – The latest batch for w/b Monday 27th will cover 4 weeks’ worth of vouchers – £60 per FSM student (approximately 352 families). They were validated on Wednesday.
  • We heard from the DfE last Friday about the Laptops and 4G initiative. We have been finalising the eligible student list for year 10 students via a VLE questionnaire, text messages and phone calls. In addition, I have just received an e-mail from the Local Authority requiring us to estimate laptop/4G needs for other year groups – there will be a questionnaire appearing on the school’s VLE and follow up phone calls and text messages where necessary.
  • We continue to take a balanced and sensible approach with the type and volume of work being set. Subject Leaders have been using a variety of on-line resources and packs (which have been delivered), including the much acclaimed Oak Academy on-line resources. However, we are conscious of overload and would prefer that Subject Leaders decide how the resources may be used within their subject areas. For example, in maths, there have been almost 15,000 tasks completed using MyMaths across years 7 to 10.
  • Work continues with the whole process of producing and moderating the 2020 Centre Assessed Grades for GCSE and ‘A’ level.
  • Post 16 Advice for Students and Parents/Carers has been sent out this week.
  • The Finance team is in the process of organising remaining refunds for students and parents for the Ski trip. The French trip has already been refunded.
  • As mentioned previously, any decisions regarding a return to school will be taken as and when we receive information from the Government, but we will consult with staff, parents, Governors and Unions before we do anything. Even a phased return by year groups (possibly year 10 and year 12 first of all) would present a huge challenge in terms of maintaining the required social distancing. We have seen from experience that 7 in a normal sized classroom is the maximum we could have to ensure safe practice. Watch this space on this one!
  • We are closed next Friday 8th May as it is a Bank Holiday.

I think that is it for now – have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Very best wishes,
Sir Ken