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Throughout our enforced closure, we were intent upon enabling an effective re-opening. Indeed, our commitment to return to educational provision in settings we value has enabled us to determine the priorities and processes to inform and shape each stage of our plans.

We have continued to put the health, safety and well-being of our community at the forefront of our plans as we considered how pupils can best access lessons, pastoral care and activities.

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Essentials

Pupils must always ensure they have:

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.

COVID-19 Sign

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 Mr Turner, 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. 

We will be re-opening the Foundation at Response Level Two.

The expandable list below provides details on our Level Two measures for the Senior School Return (Last Updated: 24th August 2020).

You can also download a PDF of this here.

1. Pupils are asked not to come onto the school site until 8am, at which point they will need to go directly to their registration room.

There is an additional annex to the behaviour policy in place which pupils will be required to follow to enable them to understand and follow the new adaptations.

2. Temperature checks may operate for all.

This will not be the case when we open but we will be reviewing this on a weekly basis.

3. One-way systems will be introduced where these are possible and practical and we may make use of rotas to enter and leave buildings.

Full details will be explained to pupils and site signage put in place.

Desks will face forwards in classrooms where possible.

4. Year group bubbles will be put in place.

We have established dedicated year group areas in a number of locations around the site using marquees. These marquees will be clearly marked and pupils should be in these locations at break times and lunch time if they are not in the dining hall or involved in an organised club.

 

Pupils in the L4, U4, LR and UR will need to only use their dedicated year group area for the purpose of storing their bags during break and lunchtime. Pupils in these year groups will need to take their bags to their registration area as well as lessons. Pupils in the Fifth and Sixth Form may use the following designated bag racks:

 

Music School/Side of CMR – FF

Old Climbing Wall/Geography Apex – L6

Dining Hall/Annett building/Outside Keyes Building – U6

 

In order to limit the interaction between pupils in different year groups, pupils will only be able to use designated toilets according to their year group:

 

Keyes Building – FF, L6 and U6

School House – LR and UR

Annett Building – L4 and U4

5. We may ask that clothing, such as shirts and blouses, which is worn one day not be worn again before washing within a specific time-frame.

This is not presently the case so pupils and staff are able to attend School in their normal uniform.

6. Pupils will be required to attend school wearing their PE kit on days they have PE and Games and changing rooms will be out of use.

PE kit may include plain navy-blue track suit bottoms in place of the school track suit bottoms.

For more information click here.

7. PE and Games lessons will be adapted.

For more detail here, please visit our PE and Games section below.

8. Online learning may be delivered alongside lessons in classrooms and pupils in the senior school will need to bring a device with them to school.

To enable continuity in teaching and learning as well as facilitate the limited need for papers and materials to pass between pupil and teacher, we ask that each pupil bring with them a device. Families should ensure that they have insurance cover for the device for loss or damage whilst in School. Headphones for this device will also be required.

 

  • Pupils in L4, U4, LR, UR, FF should bring a WIFI enabled smartphone. The use of a tablet or laptop should be with the recommendation of Learning Skills and only to support specific learning needs.
  • Pupils in L6 and U6 may bring a tablet or iPad but a smartphone will suffice.

 

The use of a device in any lesson will be at the direction of the teacher. More information will be available to remind pupils of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

In order for a pupil device to be used in any lesson within the school day, pupils must manage their devices to ensure the battery will last through the whole day.

  • Pupils should be familiar with settings on their device to prolong battery life such as screen dimming.
  • The device must be fully charged at the start of the school day.
  • Pupils may need to alter their online habits on the way to School to maintain a full battery.
  • Pupils are not allowed to bring in a 3-pin charger.

A portable charging device may be brought into School to top up their battery during the school day.

9. Equipment will not be shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning has taken place and therefore pupils must bring their own stationery, as well as specified PE equipment. No lab coats or art overalls will be borrowed.

In order to not share items of stationery, we ask that every pupil attend School each day with the following items:

 

Pens; Pencils; Ruler; Rubber; Pencil sharpener; Pair of scissors; Glue stick; Calculator

 

For all pupils in L4, U4 and LR as well as those studying GCSE or Pre-U Art:

Black fine liner pens (a pack of three for £1 from The Works would be ideal)

2B, 4B, 6B graphite drawing pencils, an additional rubber.

10. Most work will be submitted by online.

Work marked ‘by hand’ will make use of ‘quarantine’ periods to reinforce the safety of all.

11. The Library will be out of general use, but some access will be available to allow for “click and collection".

Sixth Form study periods will be scheduled for pupils, some of which will take place in the Library. The Library will be available on a rota basis for all so that pupils can exchange books.

Please see the details below to find out more about the library re-opening.

12. Vending Machines will not be in use.

Pupils will need to bring in their own break time snacks.

13. A revised catering offering will be in place.

On account of restrictions on space, pupils bringing in a packed lunch will eat in their dedicated year group area. The dining hall will not provide a service for breakfast, break or after school.

 

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

14. Town privileges will be initially suspended or subject to amendment.

Pupils in the L4 to FF are required to remain on the school site throughout the school day.

 

L6 pupils may go into town at lunchtimes on Mondays and Fridays, however, and U6 pupils may go into town at lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

15. Some assemblies and large briefings will be delivered online.

16. Some co-curricular opportunities will be delivered online and some cross year group after school co-curricular opportunities will operate in small, consistent groups throughout the activity session.

The Autumn Term Co-Curricular Programme will be shared with you during the second week of term.

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

Each year group will be located in a separate classroom in the Annett Building and pupils must stay in these designated areas to work:

A5 – L4; A6 – U4; A7 – LR; A8 – UR; A1 – FF; A2 – L6; A3 – U6

18. We will run an adapted Saturday Sports programme.

We firmly believe in a fully inclusive Saturday sport programme and although at present we are not able to offer a traditional fixture programme against other schools in most sports we will be running internal competitions across all age groups every Saturday. We will initially offer Hockey, Rowing and Netball for the girls and Cricket and Rowing for the boys. As we move into October, Cricket will be replaced with a non-contact version of Rugby.

Our focus will be on providing a competitive physical opportunity for pupils following each sport’s national governing body guidance. We appreciate that the lack of competitive inter-school fixtures will come as a disappointment to many and it is our intention to implement our planned competitive fixture programme as soon as possible.

For more information please visit our PE and Games section.

Mask Protocol

Pupils are required to wear masks when coming into school, when moving around the site between lessons and at any time they are not in their year group bubbles. Pupils may wear a mask in lessons if they wish.

Masks must be plain in colour and must not have graffiti written on them.

  • Before putting on a mask where possible the wearer should sanitise their hands
  • The mask must cover both nose and mouth
  • The front of the mask must not be touched when in use or when being fitted or removed. The mask should be removed by handling the straps only
  • On arrival in a classroom, pupils must keep their masks on until a member of staff tells them that masks can be removed
  • The mask must be placed in a sealed plastic bag until it is reused
  • If the mask is to be discarded, it must be placed in a bin
  • The wearer must sanitise their hands once this is complete

Reusable masks must be washed daily

Some pupils will have a legitimate exemption from wearing a mask.

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.

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

U4 – 1200 everyday – Dining Hall (DH)

Pupils in the L4 to FF are required to remain on the school site throughout the school day.

L6 pupils may go into town at lunchtimes on Mondays and Fridays

U6 pupils may go into town at lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

We have established dedicated year group areas in a number of locations around the site using marquees in the following areas.

L4 – L4 Playground
U4 – School Gardens
LR – Monitors’ Lawn
UR – Dining Hall Lawn
FF – College Green – Marquee 1
L6 – College Green – Marquee 2
U6 – College Green – Marquee 3

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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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PE and Sport

The PE Department was very impressed by the fantastic involvement of the pupils in the weekly 250 challenge, House Marathon challenge, Sports Day and the Worcester2Worcester charity event, raising over £3,000 for St Richard’s Hospice and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and which all took place during lockdown. Thank you to all those who supported this.

We are all very much looking forward to returning to a structured, active sporting programme and working with our pupils again, in a safe manner. There are few changes to our PE and Sports provision which are detailed below, a PDF outlining this detail can also be downloaded here.

Maintaining a safe environment

We will ensure that we follow government guidance on safety, cleaning and hygiene throughout our sporting programme. We will make judgements regarding what physical activities can take place in light of our school-specific environment and these decisions will be influenced by sporting National Governing Bodies. Our ultimate aim is to provide high-quality sports provision, offering a range of activities through the curriculum and after school programme.

PE kit – pupils should come to school in their PE kit if they are playing any sport on that day – to include PE lessons, Games afternoons or After-School sports practices.

In line with the school policy for transport, pupils must wear masks on any journey – this includes Minibus transport to and from the Astroturf for Games and Afterschool practices.

What sporting opportunities will we offer?

Physical Education:

In Years 7-11, pupils will follow a set PE programme which looks to focus on developing fundamental movement and hand-eye-coordination skills. To limit the sharing of equipment, we are asking pupils to bring in a yoga mat, resistance bands and 2 tennis balls for their PE lesson.

Games afternoons and After School Practices:

In years 7-10 pupils will attend these sessions in ‘Year Group Bubbles’. They will register as normal next to the CMR. They will then walk to the fields in small groups or will be transported to the Astro. On school transport, all pupils are required to wear a face mask. Years 11-13 will be registered at the location of their games activity as normal.

From September, Netball, Rowing and Hockey will form the girls programme and the boys’ programme will include Cricket and Multi-sport ball skills (inc rugby), all in accordance with National Governing Body guidelines.

Senior games will have a broader range of activities including badminton, yoga, dance, outdoor circuit training, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby and football.

After school practices will focus on Rowing and Rugby for the boys and Netball, Hockey and Rowing for the girls.  The after-school sessions in the fitness suite for pupils from LR upwards will be replaced with outdoor boot-camp-style circuit training sessions, run by our Strength and Conditioning coach, Harry Cronin.

Saturday Sport

We firmly believe in a fully inclusive Saturday sport programme and although at present we are not able to offer a traditional fixture programme against other schools in most sports we will be running internal competitions across all age groups every Saturday. We will initially offer Hockey, Rowing and Netball for the girls and Cricket and Rowing for the boys. As we move into October, Cricket will be replaced with a non-contact version of Rugby.

Our focus will be on providing a competitive physical opportunity for pupils following each sport’s national governing body guidance. We appreciate that the lack of competitive inter-school fixtures will come as a disappointment to many and it is our intention to implement our planned competitive fixture programme as soon as possible.

Hygiene & facilities

In all active sessions we will maintain robust hand sanitizing and respiratory hygiene measures, in line with the school’s policy.  As such, hand sanitizer will be readily available before, during and after all sporting activities. Where equipment sharing is necessary, it will be cleaned with appropriate products after use at designated cleaning stations for equipment.

There are some Sporting Facilities that will not be in use at this time, these are the Fitness Suite, Climbing Wall and Swimming Pool.  This is due to changing facilities and equipment use – difficulties in cleaning changing rooms and equipment after each session means the use of these facilities is not a viable option at this time.

 

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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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