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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE (14 JULY 2020)

I very much hope that this letter finds you and your families safe and well.

As we draw towards the end of term, I would like to thank you for your support throughout the lockdown period.  Enabling our students to continue to learn from home has not been straightforward for any of us.  We very much appreciate all that you have done, working in partnership with us, to support our young people.  I am sure that you, like us, are really looking forward to school resuming next term.

Plan for September

On that note, I would like to confirm our plan for September.  We will fulfil the Government’s expectation that "all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the Autumn Term."

In their guidance, the Government has asked schools to do all that they can to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  This should be achieved through the creation of Year Group Bubbles, with minimal contact between students in different bubbles.  Maintaining social distancing, staff are permitted to operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable.

Therefore, our plan is to create four student bubbles on the Thurston Campus and one student bubble on the Beyton Campus.  The bubbles will be based in well-defined areas of the College, known as Learning Zones.  Each student bubble will have its own entrance/exit into the building, its own toilets and its own social spaces (both indoor and outdoor) for use at break and lunchtime.

Student Bubbles

Bubble

Learning Zone

Indoor Social Space

Outdoor Social Space

7

Block 5 (Maths Area)

Gym

Astro Turf

8

Block 6 (Humanities Area)

Humanities Hall

Picnic Area

9

Block 4 (English and Languages Area)

Marquee on Field

Right half of the Field

KS4

Blocks 2 and 3 (Science, DT and Art Areas)

Dining Room +

Dining Room Courtyard

Left half of the Field + Outdoor Canopy Area

KS5

Beyton Campus

Beyton Campus

Beyton Campus


Lessons

We will follow our normal timetable, but will re-room classes into their Learning Zone.  This means that students will be taught in their usual classes by their regular teacher, but they may not have full access to practical spaces and resources. 

We hope that this plan will strike the right balance between mitigating the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and delivering a good education for our students.  Going forward, if things change and control measures are reduced/abandoned, we can readily switch to normal operation.

Transport

Suffolk County Council buses will operate as normal.  However, in line with Government guidance, we urge your child to consider walking or cycling where possible.  You may also consider driving your child to school, in which case, please use the rear entrance to the Thurston Campus for both dropping your child off at the start of the day and collecting your child at the end of the day.  The rear entrance can be accessed from Ixworth Road.

Enrichment and Late Buses

Breakfast Club (from 7:30am) and Homework Club (until 5:30pm) will be available, free of charge, every day.  Students who have chosen a co-curricular option (Further Mathematics or French) will attend as usual, from 3:30-5:00pm.  However, for the first half of the Autumn Term, we will not be offering any other enrichment activities at lunchtimes or after school, so late buses will not be available.

Uniform and Equipment

Main school students (those in Years 7-11) should attend College in their regular school uniform.  On a day when they have PE on their timetable, students should attend College in their PE uniform.  All students should bring a comprehensive range of personal stationery to school each day.  This includes the essential equipment of a pen, pencil and ruler, as well as a calculator (CASIO FX83GTX), another coloured pen, a highlighter, a glue stick and a rubber.  Staff will not be able to share stationery items with students.

Catering

Our catering outlet at the Beyton Campus will resume normal service.  Key Stage 4 students (those in Years 10 and 11) will be able to purchase a range of cold food and drinks from the Dining Room (as this is within their student bubble). Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should bring their own packed lunch (including drinks).  If your child is entitled to a free school meal, a packed lunch will be provided.

Illness and Hygiene

Do not send your child to College if they are unwell, or if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.  Should your child become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms during the College day, they will be looked after in an isolated medical room until you are able to collect them.  Please support us by continuing to reinforce the importance of good personal hygiene with your child.  Sanitiser stations will be available at all entrances and exits to the College buildings and hand washing equipment will be provided in all student toilets. 

Finally, I would like to reassure you that, throughout the summer holiday, we will monitor the constantly evolving Government guidance regarding COVID-19 restrictions and reopening.  Should the situation change between now and September, we will adapt our plan and I will communicate with you.

We have really missed seeing our students throughout the lockdown period and eagerly look forward to seeing them all in September.

Links to other important documents, which provide further information to help you to prepare for this term, are shown below:

PDF icon NEW: Year 7 Parent/Carer Letter 25 08 2020
PDF icon NEW: Year 8 - 13 Parent/Carer Letter 25 08 2020
PDF icon NEW: Risk Assessment - Full Opening of Schools - September 2020

    Examinations 2020 information
PDF icon Update from the Principal 14 07 2020
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Uniform and Equipment Information
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Thurston Travel Plan Updates
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Your Child's Academic Progress (a Guide for Parents 2020-2021)

Helen Wilson
Principal