Summer Term 2021

The King’s Foundation Schools will commence the Summer Term at Response Level 2+. Indeed, with the next stages of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown having been confirmed, we are delighted to see the return of many features of school life. We are still much bound by Operational Guidance, however, and provide you with our assurance that we place continuing and absolute priority upon the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

Please see our Risk Assessment for the return of pupils.

Covid-19 Testing Process

Details of our COVID Trace and Test Programme can be found here.

Contents

Essentials

Pupils must always ensure they have:

COVID-19 Sign

Pupil Illness Protocol Flow Diagram

We have developed a useful protocol flow diagram to support parents, guardians and pupils for when pupils return. This is designed to enable you to determine the next steps should your son, daughter or ward become unwell or show symptoms that could be COVID-19.

King’s Senior Pupil Illness Protocol

Principles Underpinning our Re-opening

Our guiding principles will underpin the re-opening of all three Schools:

  • We will ask all pupils and staff, as well as visitors to the site, to observe the government guidelines as they stand at any point on their way to and from the School.
  • We will ensure safe occupancy levels of all facilities and areas.
  • We will engage actively with test and trace.
  • We will ensure that staff do not work, or have contact with, pupils if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • We will ask that pupils not be sent to school if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • We will operate enhanced cleaning arrangements.
  • We will enable and ensure robust respiratory and hand hygiene.
  • Pupils and staff will use hand sanitiser on arrival in each classroom and upon departure.
  • We will have a school nurse or matron on-site with a clear protocol for those who feel unwell during the school day and isolation facilities for suspected cases.
  • We will provide pupils and staff with the opportunity to raise any concerns.

Response Levels

We have developed a series of Response Levels – Level Zero to Level Four. These Levels will ensure that we are prepared for changes to the national and local picture with regard to the measures we need to adopt.

The Response Levels are uniform across the Foundation and are designed to inform parents clearly and succinctly of any changes to our provision. Each Response Level will provide guiding principles for the Foundation. Weekly meetings will be taking place with Mr Doodes, Mr Chapman and Mrs Phillips, to determine the week’s level, considering advice from the DfE, PHE and any relevant local information. Changes to response levels will be communicated directly with parents and here on our hub. 

The Foundation’s Illness Protocols for King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford and King’s Worcester will remain in operation so that we ensure that no unwell pupil or member of staff attends school.

Pupils at King’s Worcester, as well as all Foundation staff, will continue to be invited to participate in ongoing Lateral Flow Testing Programme.

All pupils will continue to be required to attend school wearing their PE kit on days they have PE and Games

In the senior school, changing rooms will only be in use at the swimming pool and under
strict supervision.

Pupils will continue to not be able to come onto the school sites until 8am, at which point they will need to go directly to their registration room, or other dedicated area.

Bubbles or groups will remain protected through allocated site locations and pupils will be in bubbles in their marquees or other locations during short and long break

Masks at King's Worcester are now optional except for use in school transport and large gatherings of pupils inside such as the JMT.

Most work will be submitted by online in the senior school and equipment will not be shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning or quarantining has taken place.

Most work will be submitted by online in the senior school and equipment will not be shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning or quarantining has taken place.

All assemblies and briefings will be delivered online or live to a maximum of one group or within guidance.

Town privileges, in the senior school, will recommence for all pupils from Upper Remove to Upper Sixth

Our co-curricular programmes will run with some adaptations according to guidance.

Pupils not involved in co-curricular activities after school will need to be supervised in year group bubble locations in the senior school.

School will close at 5.30pm at both KSA and KH and at 6pm at the senior school.

Sports fixtures against other schools will begin in line with guidance

We will run an adapted Saturday Sports programme though we regret to say that no spectators will be permitted until the government announces the next phase of its roadmap.

All meetings with parents and outside agents, in addition to any outside speakers, will be undertaken online although this may be amended according to changes to guidance at national level. Regular visitors and providers will be in school in line with our COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Mask Protocol

Following the news from the Department for Education regarding the wearing of masks in schools, and in conjunction with close discussion with the leadership team, King’s Worcester has taken the decision to move to the largely voluntary wearing of masks from Monday 17th May.

With our robust measures, such as one way systems, year group bubbles and increased cleaning around school, King’s will ensure continuing focus upon health and safety remains a priority.

Any pupil or member of staff may choose to continue wearing their mask and each pupil and member of staff should ensure that they have their mask with them, other than those with an exemption.

Indeed, we will retain the use of masks on school transport and when in large groups inside such as in the JMT. In addition, there may be occasions when it becomes prudent to re-introduce the use of masks.

Morning Registrations

Forms 
L4AA8
L4BA3
L4CA7
L4DA1
L4EA2
U4AF4
U4BF7
U4CF2
U4DF9
U4EF1
U4FF5
Houses 
Bright U6 – Bright House Sixth Form Room
L6 – Bright House Area
FF – E8
UR – E10
LR – E9
Castle U6 – L5
L6 – L3
FF – L1
UR – L2
LR– L6
Chappel U6 – T7
L6 – T5
FF – T3
UR – T2
LR – T1
Choir U6 - Choir House Room
L6 – A4
FF – A6
UR – A9
LR – A10
Creighton U6 – Cr Sixth Form Room
L6 – E2
FF – F8
UR – F3
LR – E1
Kittermaster U6 – Kittermaster House Sixth Form Room
L6 – ET 2
FF – E5
UR – E7 
LR – E6 
Oswald   U6 – Oswald House Sixth Form Room
L6 – Bolland Room 
FF – Comyn Room
UR – S5
LR – S4
School U6 – B2
L6 – School House L6 Room
FF – School House U6 Room
UR – K6
LR – S2
Wulstan U6 – Wulstan U6 Room
L6 – Pascal
FF – S3
UR – Chappel House Room
LR – S6

Lunch Timings/Access to Town

Pupils bringing packed lunches will not be allowed in the dining hall due to restrictions on space. They will be able to eat their packed lunch in their dedicated year group area. There will be no vending machines in use and the dining hall will not provide a service for breakfast, break of after school.

Lower Years

L4 – 1200 everyday – Dining Marque (on the playground) (MQ)

U4 – 1200 everyday – Dining Hall (D/H)

LUNCH TIMINGS (Week starting 10th May 2021)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

D/H

MQ

D/H

MQ

D/H

MQ

D/H

MQ

D/H

MQ

1320-1335

FF

LR

UR

FF

L6

FF

UR

LR

L6

LR

1340-1355

L6

L6

L6

LR

UR

LR

L6

FF

UR

FF

1400-1415

LR

Town privileges, in the senior school, will recommence for  all pupils from the Upper Remove to Upper Sixth.

Water fountains can be used to fill water bottles only. Pupils must bring their own water bottle to school.

Dining Hall/Marquee Dining Hall Procedure

  • Pupils must leave bags in designated areas or their designated bag racks
  • Pupils line up at the designated time for their year group
  • Pupils arriving early will not be admitted until their designated time
  • Pupils arriving after their designated time will not be able to enter the dining area with another year group
  • Pupils will be admitted to the dining hall by a member of staff and show their lunch card
  • Pasta will be served on the RHS and the other hot dish on the LHS and pupils should queue on the appropriate side
  • Notices will advise pupils of the menu each day
  • Pupils will be directed where to sit, filling the dining hall from the front
  • As soon as pupils have finished their lunch, they should take all of their plates and cutlery on a tray to the collection area and leave by the nearest exit
  • Pupils must bring a filled water bottle into lunch if they require a drink

Marquee Locations

For the Summer Term the College Green Marquees and the L4 Marquee have been removed, therefore:

LR have been moved to the current FF Marquee on Mulberry Lawn

FF have moved to the top of school gardens
(wet weather plan: short break – Dining Hall; lunch – Drama Studio, SLT and CMR)

L6 have moved to the Library/Bolland Room/S2/S3

U6  have moved to Weston Centre

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Supporting Pupils’ Wellbeing

Returning to school will be easy for some but a real challenge to others.

Look out for the following signs in yourself or your peers of possible wellbeing concerns:

1) Behaviour and mood changes over days or weeks
2) Sleep problems – too much or too little
3) Feeling frequently overwhelmed, anxious or angry
4) Deliberate isolation from friends and/or family
5) Difficulty concentrating

If you or someone you know needs help do:
1) Talk to parents or a member of staff you trust – don’t forget the School Nurses or the School Chaplin
2) Contact the school counsellors
3) See your GP
4) Call 111
5) Visit the “Getting Help and Staying Safe” page on Firefly or see the Problems, Worries and Complaints page in your planner

Things you can do to promote your own wellbeing:
1) Create and keep a routine and structure for your school day
2) Keep exercising or go for a walk
3) Spend time outside
4) Plan something to look forward to
5) Write a journal

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kate Mason, has also kindly put together two videos, one for parents, ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’, and one for pupils, ‘Looking After Your Mental Health’.  In these videos, Dr Mason provides useful support and guidance for our parents and pupils. Offering insight into likely behaviour, feelings and how to deal with the anxiety which pupils may face. We hope you’ll find them both useful and informative.

Behaviour Policy Addendum

To support with the encouragement of good behaviour, we have outlined a supplementary behavioural policy which, continues to foster mutual respect between everyone in the King’s community, including pupils, teachers and support staff.

To view this addendum, please click here.

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The Library

We are looking forward to welcoming our staff and pupils back to the Library. Whilst there is a risk of Covid-19 transmission, it will be necessary for access to the Library and its resources to be very different to what we are all used to. We have therefore planned for a re-opening that will involve major changes, in accordance with the latest distancing and handling protocols, but will allow all pupils some access to the physical Library, and good access to our resources.  We will operate within the school’s own guidelines and with reference to the COVID-19 Guidance for School Libraries produced by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals)  and the School Library Association.

The Library (with the Bolland Room) is a multi-purpose well-used physical space, and an important resource for learning, studying, wellbeing, and reading for pleasure.  We have considered the safe use of the space, the IT equipment and physical resources.  Before and after school and during short break, pupils will not have access to the Library (with supervised provision taking place elsewhere in school). However, the L6 and U6 are timetabled to have most of their study periods in the Library (in either U6 or L6 bubbles, with appropriate sanitising in between) where they will be able to access resources (with physical resources being quarantined after use, in accordance with the guidance) and our support.  All Senior School pupils will have access to the Library during the whole of Long Break for one day per year group bubble, and we look forward to spending time with the keen readers and Library users who choose to visit the Library during that dedicated time.

The emphasis is on keeping our staff and pupils safe whilst adapting to provide alternative means of accessing and delivering library resources and taking new opportunities to extend the Library services and resources beyond the limits of the physical building.  For example, although form/year group visits to the Library will not be possible, the Librarian is able to visit classrooms to demonstrate online resources and to promote curriculum resources, extended subject reading, and reading for pleasure.  And whilst access to physical stock will have to be carefully controlled, we plan to offer an extended range of online resources for remote learning and e-reading.  We will promote our existing online resources and offer digital alternatives to newspapers and educational magazines (journals) where possible. We will also be subscribing to the Wheelers e-lending platform (which has been successfully trialled over the summer) which will enable all of our pupils and staff to access e-book and audiobook fiction.

We will do our best to facilitate safe access to print versions of books and journals, whilst reducing handling of materials. For example, we will arrange for ‘click and collect’ borrowing with books needing to be ‘quarantined’ on return.  Our Library Management System (LMS) has now been adapted to automatically quarantine books for three days on return. Pupils will be able to reserve books during this time.  To make this process easier for pupils, we need to encourage pupils to access our Library catalogue from their own devices whilst in school. We are also in the process of moving our LMS to a hosted platform so that the catalogue can be accessed from home.

Our annual involvement in the Book Trust’s wonderful Book Buzz initiative will take place but via MS Teams!  Lower Four Library Inductions will be adapted to take place in classrooms, and WRAITH (Library Book Club) meetings will be able to go ahead in year group bubbles.

Whatever we do needs to be manageable and sustainable. As elsewhere in the school there will be clear signage, furniture re-arrangement, regular cleaning and hand-washing facilities.

We will provide clear and timely information to pupils and staff on how the library will operate and what services will be provided.

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Questions about Returning to School

We appreciate that you may still have unanswered questions. Please feel free to fill out the form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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