At QEGS we appreciate that nationally the Government’s plans change day by day, and that you will have many questions about arrangements in school as they formulate a way forward for easing the current restrictions. As Headteacher, I want to reassure you that as we navigate the complicated road ahead, my utmost priority when making decisions around any wider opening will be the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff –a view which is supported across Horncastle Education Trust:
Horncastle Education Trust believes that the safety and wellbeing of its children and staff are paramount. Following the government’s announcement about the wider opening of schools over the coming weeks, the Trust has asked its Headteachers to develop their planning of how that might be achieved and what limitations are placed upon them by the configuration and capacity of school sites, the availability of staff and the requirements to meet social distancing rules and enhanced hygiene protocols. Their planning will be focussed on and rooted in the safety and wellbeing of their children, staff and wider community of parents and carers. Over the coming weeks, school leaders will be undertaking careful and detailed planning working to four common principles:
An obligation to ensure the safety of children, staff and parents
A commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of children and staff
An undertaking that the necessary planning will be measured and considered
Make the best possible decisions based on the evidence and guidance available and within the limitations set by their location and locality.
As we enter this period of planning, it is important to pay tribute to the excellent work that all school staff have undertaken during the lockdown.
The current position within our school is that we continue to be open for children of key workers, and those children who are vulnerable. Further arrangements will be made from the beginning of June in order to support the students in Year 10 and Year 12 who are preparing for exams during summer 2021. There is clearly a large amount of planning to take place in a relatively short period of time and I appreciate your patience as this is completed. When I am in a position to share further details, I will communicate directly with parents affected. I am keen to understand and respond to any concerns you may have. We have come through recent weeks by working together and supporting each other, and I am sure that by adopting the same approach we will rise to these latest challenges.
In recent weeks, we welcomed staff and those children from Banovallum School whose parents are key workers and who are vulnerable, it has been a pleasure to include them within our school community. The Banovallum School site will reopen from 1st June for these children.
Arrangements remain in place via a voucher scheme to support families of children who are eligible for free school meals.
Students not attending school continue to be able to access work remotely, please see Moodle for details.
In order for us to continue to discharge our safeguarding responsibilities, if your child is due to attend and you need to report an absence, please telephone in the usual way to let us know.
Mr S Furness
Students not attending school should access work by checking O:\School Closure Work via Moodle. There you will either find work or instructions from your teacher on how they will be sending work to you.
In order for us to continue to discharge our safeguarding responsibilities, if your child is due to attend school and you need to report an absence, please telephone 01507 522465 by 08:30 each day.
Information on how students can access work is also linked below in PDF format. This information was also sent out to parents via email on Friday 20th March.
- Students attending school from Monday
- Remote Learning
- Accessing Schoolwork in the event of school closure
- Key Covid-19 guidance for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- E-safety information for parents during school closure
- BBC Own It app updated for COVID-19
Welcome to Whisper the new anonymous service that lets you report a problem you may have at school or at home. Whether it be bulllying, cyber bullying, issues at home or concerns about other fellow students.
This service may be used by students, staff or parents/carers and was created by SWGL (South West Grid for Learning) as part of their online safety services for schools.
To report a problem click on the Whisper icon to be taken to a secure web form.
Sharing things that upset you is not always an easy thing to do. SWGfL Whisper is designed to act as another way you can tell a responsible adult at the school about any issues that you or others might be having. Sometimes that way might be easier than a face to face meeting.
This might include
You or someone else being bullied
If you feel somebody at the school is at risk
If you have a problem that you need to talk about to somebody
Please don’t use bad language as we may not receive your message - the school systems may filter and block things like swear words and stop your message getting to the Whisper account.
A level subject and Enrichment results will be available at 8am on Thursday 13th August 2020 from QEGS.
GCSE results will be available at 8am on Thursday 20th August 2020 from QEGS.