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Letter from the Headteacher - 22nd May 2020

 

Dear Parent

Thank you for all your hard work and effort with home learning this half term. I appreciate how difficult this has been to sustain given the challenging circumstances and I hope you will have the opportunity to relax in the sunshine this week.

I would like to thank all the parents of Year 10 and 12 students who have responded to our online survey regarding the proposal for a phased reopening. We are undertaking a thorough risk assessment and continue to develop our plans. We will be contacting you shortly with further information.

As always, our priority will remain focused on the health, well being, and safety of everyone in our school community.

I wish everyone a safe and happy half term

Take care

Paul Farmer

Headteacher

Link to HMG Recovery Strategy

HMG Covid-19 Recovery Strategy Document

Digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for students

Read the news story: Digital safety and wellbeing kit
Download the kit: Parents' digital safety and wellbeing kit 
Download the guide: Children's guide to staying safe online

Link to Home Study Top Tips

home study top tips

Link to on-line resources for education

Oakland Academy 

BBC Bitesize 

Where to find the latest information - Updated 7th May 2020

Link to guidance on remote education practices and case studies:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/case-studies-remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Link to announcement on eligibility for government childcare offers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eligibility-for-government-childcare-offers-protected

Link to Ofqual initial decisions on consultations for GCSE and A Level grading proposals 2020:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-publishes-initial-decisions-on-gcse-and-a-level-grading-proposals-for-2020

Link to guidance on Free School Meals:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

Updated guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This updated link includes information on the testing of education and childcare workers, provision of education on the 08 May Bank Holiday, and the continuation of recruitment:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

Student Finance Application Service 
New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Link to guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Link to Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing eligibility extended to help protect the most vulnerable:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Link to the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

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

 

Link to all the DfE Guidance for Educational Settings:

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

Link to any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public                                 

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. Staff, 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)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

 

Announcements

Year 10 – Careers Guidance

Around this time of year all year 10 students would start to have the first of their career’s guidance meetings with our independent provider, Directions. We are committed to ensuring that all our students receive the guidance they need when looking ahead to their futures after Year 11.

Firstly, we are pleased to be able to provide all year 10 students with a virtual careers support video from Directions to help support both yourself and your child. This is available to view through YouTube.

Click here to go to online YouTube version

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Survey Feedback

We are very grateful for the hard work invested in supporting your son/daughter in their learning whilst at home. We are fully aware of how tricky it is to balance your own work, schoolwork, technology, exercise and family time. We appreciate how challenging this can be and that you are all working differently with different resources. We are aiming to keep the students on track with their learning over time, ready to return.

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Latest News

Magnus April 2020

Read the latest edition of Magnus the Newsletter of Great Baddow High School.

Magnus April 2020

Parent Weekly Bulletin - March 13th 2020

Read the latest Parent Weekly Bulletin - March 13th 2020

Students play detective as part of National Careers Week

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance in education across the United Kingdom to provide careers guidance at an important stage in the academic calendar.

Offering a range of careers activities across the school and curriculum areas, this year Great Baddow High School introduced their first ever “What’s my job?”, careers event as part of their National Careers Week schedule, which aimed to widen the knowledge of Year 7 students about the variety of job roles available and challenge preconceptions as to what their future might hold.

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