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Thorpe St Andrew School
    and Sixth Form
          School Matters
 Important Information in Response to
     Coronavirus (COVID-19) and
    Reopening in September 2020
           2020 - 2021

  Aspire        Respect        Engage
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CONTENTS
                                                                                        Page Number

   Message from the Principal, A Guide for Parents                                           1

   School Structure, Lockers                                                                 2

   Health and Safety Guidelines                                                           3,4,5,6,7

   Communication with Parents, School Website and Twitter, Involvement, Other Issues         8
    and Some Simple Reminders

   Attendance at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form                                      9

   Who to Contact                                                                            10

   Communication and Safeguarding                                                            11

   Views of Parents, Communication, Non Resident Parents, Legal Names                        12

   Travelling to and from school, School Transport - Code of Conduct                         13

   Educational visits and Extra-Curricular Provision                                         14

   Behaviour Expectations                                                                15, 16, 17

   Home-Student - School Pledge                                                            18, 19

   Checklist of Items Required                                                               19

   Health Matters                                                                            20

   Wellbeing                                                                               21, 22

   Class Charts Homework Module                                                              23

   Homework                                                                                  24

   The School Day, Student Timetables                                                      25, 26

   Student Timetables (Continued), Home Learning and Remote Learning                         26

   My Child at School                                                                        27

   RM Unify, Cashless School                                                                 28

   School Uniform                                                                          29, 30

   Lost Property, Textile Recycling Scheme                                                   31

   Biometric Information                                                                     32

   Photographic Information                                                                  33

   The Giving Machine, Mobile Phones, Birthday Books                                         34

   Free School Meals                                                                         35

   2020-2021 Examination Dates                                                               36

   School Maps                                                                           37, 38, 39
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form encourages all students, parents and staff to aim for the way we should think
and act in relation to our school.
We ARE:
Aspirational - to Aspire means to aim ambitiously for something great. We believe all students should aim high and
dream big.
Respect - to Respect means to admire others because of their achievements and to be mindful of the feelings of others.
We believe all students should be respectful.
Engage - to Engage means to participate and join-in wholeheartedly with focus and commitment.. We believe all students
should be fully dedicated to their studies.

For students to succeed they need to have pride in their school and a commitment to making it the best it can be,
supported by staff and parents. These influence attitude to learning, attendance, behaviour, uniform, regard for and
helping others, along with respect for the buildings and site.

My hope for this year as we move into our Year Schools is that we all feel this sense of pride in our school and are pulling
together for our community to make this a really successful year for everyone’s learning, development and growth.

This booklet aims to inform you of how the school will need to be working in September 2020 to support each student,
this is in addition to our other forms of communication - regular newsletters, twitter, information events, website and
online resources.

We look forward to working together to share and contribute further to the success of our school.
                                                                                                     Mrs Bignell - Principal

                                             A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
Our belief is that by working together we can give the best for your child and therefore get the best from your child
whilst they attend this successful school.
You will see the home/school pledge in this booklet and we have set out here some of the practical steps which you
can take to help make this partnership successful:
Ensure they have the correct uniform – the written school uniform policy is the only one that matters. Do not be
fooled into ‘well everyone else does’ or ‘no-one cares’… this is not true.
Collect together the other important items - bag, pencil, pens, rulers, bottle of water and apron for DT and make sure
students have all the equipment they need for learning. Equipment cannot be loaded/given to students anymore due
to issues of cross contamination.
Insist on good manners and politeness - these go a long way to making this school a place where we all respect each
other.
Keep reading with your child - literacy is the single most important skill and needs to be encouraged at all times.
Reading every day will be of huge benefit to your child
Show an interest - ask about what has happened in school today.
Class Charts and My Child at School - you can check the homework set and communicate easily with teachers.

Check their school bag each night to make sure it is ready for the next morning with all equipment which may be
required, books for example.

What about food? A good breakfast is vital as well as water to drink in lessons and throughout the day (no water
fountains can currently be used). Healthy food at break and lunch times is absolutely essential. Have you thought
about using the school meals service, this needs to be paid for in advance.

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School Structure

From September 2020, as a response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and following Government guidelines,
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form will operate as six distinct and separate Year Schools on our site. Each school
will have its own entrance and exit, classrooms, specialist IT rooms, science laboratories, multi-purpose indoor area,
dining hall and catering facilities, toilets, outdoor ‘hard’ play area and field. The Design and Technology centre will be
used by all year groups with some dedicated year rooms.

The school will be divided physically by fencing to ensure students remain in their schools. All other areas are out of
bounds to students. The schools will have their own staffing structure with a number of staff working only within their
school.

Each school is organised as follows to lead and manage the year school and provide the best support for all students
to ensure their successful return to school and engagement with learning. Staff contact emails are provided later in
this booklet, for members of your child's school for you to contact if needed. Please use email where possible as staff
will not always be available by phone.

      Team           Year 7         Year 8           Year 9            Year 10          Year 11       Year 12 and 13

      Role           School         School           School            School           School            School

                                  Mrs Veeren
 Head of School    Miss Allen                    Mrs Wilkinson        Mr Pywell      Mr Hookway         Ms Bernard
                                  Mr Dewar

                                                                                                     Mr Kaye - Year 12
                    Mr Robb
                                                                                                     Miss Woodcock -
  Head of Year     Ms McCloy       Mr Asker       Mr Coleman         Mr Bowman       Mr Mortimer
                                                                                                          Year13

 Assistant Head                                                      Miss Knights
                   Miss Webb      Miss Turner   Mr Mickleburgh                        Mr Render
     of Year                                                         and Mr Finch

                   Mrs Howes      Mr Winter        Ms Bond           Mrs Warns        Ms Larkman
      BEST
                   Mrs Byram      Mrs Rowe         Mrs Taylor        Mrs Norman      Mrs Humphrey      Mrs Batson
 Administrative    Mrs Allen                     Mrs Miller and     Mrs Langhoffne                    Mrs Wheatley
                                  Miss Evans                                          Mrs Hunter
   Support         Mrs Miller                      Mrs Elvin           Sturmer

    Raising
  Achievement                                     Mrs Beales         Mr de Diego-     Mr Salgado
     Team          Mrs Wilson     Mrs Riches
                                                 Mrs Lidstone            Blas        Miss Thornton
                    Mrs Grix      Miss Blyth
   (Including                                    Mrs Hamilton        Mrs Spooner      Miss Wones
 SEND Support)

                  Lockers

 Lockers will not be available for the foreseeable future as students are not allowed to congregate in corridors due to
 these being potentially higher risk areas of contamination. All lockers have been removed where possible.

 Those who have already paid for a locker will be issued when it is possible to do so.

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Health and Safety Guidelines

Prevention
1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19)
symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
We need to ensure that students do not come into the school if they havecoronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have
tested positive in the last 7 days, and ensuring anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home,
are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). If your
child shows the symptoms before school, you must not send them into school and arrange a test for that day.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change
in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must report to their school office and be sent home as soon as
possible and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-
19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test that day to
see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate
for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Any pupils who have been in close contact with anyone who has been sent home do not need to go home to self-isolate
unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person
subsequently tests positive (see below) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Public Health England is clear that routinely taking the temperature of pupils is not recommended as this is an
unreliable method for identifying coronavirus (COVID-19) so this will not be happening at school. Students will be sent
home following discussions and observations of the students.

2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand
sanitiser. We need to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school and before and
after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future. As students arrive at
school they must sanitise their hands. This is essential and will be monitored at the gates by staff. Students who refuse
to do this will not be allowed on site. This ensures safety for all. Students will be told to wash hands before and after
eating at breaks and lunch. Additional handwashing facilities are available in all dining halls. This information will form
part of our daily briefings to students.

3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important in controlling the virus and there are tissues in all
classrooms in the school to support pupils and staff to follow this routine. There are also increased bins across the Year
Schools in public areas. Training will be provided in our daily student briefings. Public Health England does not (based
on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are
not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently
increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education. Face
coverings are required at all times on public transport (for children over the age of 11) and on the school buses, which
they need to have in order to be able to use them.

4. Introduce enhanced cleaning
Enhanced cleaning has been introduced daily across the site. Additional cleaning of toilet areas will be undertaken in
the middle of the day in all Year Schools. Enhanced cleaning will take place in the specialised rooms used by different
year groups in a day.

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Health and Safety Guidelines - Continued

5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible - continued
Following government guidance, we have significantly reduced the number of contacts between children and staff. The
overarching principle to apply is reducing the number of contacts between children and staff. This has been achieved by
creating Year Schools (in ‘bubbles’) and through encouraging social distancing between students and staff.

Consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of pupils and staff in contact with each other
to only those within a year school. They have been used in schools in the summer term in recognition that children,
cannot socially distance from staff or from each other and this provides an additional protective measure. Maintaining
distinct groups or ‘bubbles’ that do not mix makes it quicker and easier in the event of a positive case to identify those
who may need to self-isolate, and keep that number as small as possible.

Given the decrease in the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resumption of the full range of curriculum
subjects, it is acknowledged that the size of groups need to increase.

Our separate Year Schools with their own facilities (dining rooms, toilet, IT classrooms, science labs, multi-purpose
indoor area, hard play area and field) which enable us to deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and students to
receive specialist teaching. Classes will remain the same size as previously however they will only mix with students in
their Year school. Schools will therefore be about 300 students in size and will be separated by fences so everyone
knows where they can go. Schools will have their own staffing with a Head of School, Head of Year, Assistant Head of
Year, BEST, Admin and SEND or Raising Achievement Co-ordinator to ensure support for all students and safety for all.

Teachers will operate across different Year Schools in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable. Where
teachers need to move between classes and year groups, they will keep their distance from students. Staff in school
will maintain distance from their students, staying at the front of the class, and away from their colleagues where
possible. Each class has a teacher exclusion zone (no student is allowed in) where they will teach their lesson from.
Teachers can move around the classroom but will follow guidelines of speaking to students by standing behind them.
They will spend no more than 15 minutes with students outside the exclusion zone. Students need to respect and
support staff with social distancing.   Ideally, adults should maintain 2 metre distance from each other, and from
children at all times.

This will feel very different for everybody. Classrooms have been cleared of unnecessary storage to make space and,
reduce surfaces to touch, and have been arranged with students facing forwards, side by side. Small group and 1:1
tutoring and support will continue and social distancing of 1 metre plus will be maintained. If this is not possible, for
example when carrying out reciprocal reading, staff may wear visors. They will explain to students why they are doing
this.

Our assemblies will be delivered via video to form groups and large gatherings will not be happening. Students will be
in classes of maximum 30.

All schools have separate play areas, hard surfaces and fields outside where students will be encouraged to go at
breaks. Students will be encourages to maintain social distancing staying in small groups (6 maximum) Students will
only move around their Year Schools (see maps) and will need to complete their reflection journals at lessons
changeovers. This will be supervised by staff from their school as teachers need time to travel to their classes.

PE lessons continue although may feel different to students due to restrictions on what they can be delivered. All
changing rooms are closed as we are unable to maintain any social distancing. Students will need to attend school in
their PE kits on the days they have PE.

Art and music lessons at Key Stage 3 will be delivered in non-specialist rooms so there will be restrictions on the type of
curriculum that can be delivered. Music is also restricted by the guidelines, due to no singing and restricted use of a
range of instruments allowed.

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Health and Safety Guidelines - Continued

Other considerations
All students will receive orientation and health and safety training and their induction day: Years 7 and 12 will return on
Monday 7 September, Years 8 and 10 on Tuesday 8 September, Years 9 and 11 on Wednesday 9 September, Years 7
and 13 on Thursday 10 September and all year groups return on Friday 11 September. Some pupils with SEND
(whether with education, health and care plans or on SEN support) will need specific help and preparation for the
changes to routine that this will involve, we have additional support planned to meet their needs..

Supply teachers, and other temporary staff or support and contractors will be in school. They need to minimise contact
and maintain as much distance as possible from all in school. We are not allowing visitors or parents onto the site
currently, although this will be reviewed by 1 October 2020. This is to protect our school community. We welcome
parents emails and staff can meet parents via our online platform.

Equipment and resources are integral to education in schools. For individual and very frequently used equipment, such
as pencils and pens, students need to bring these items to school. This is to reduce frequently touched items and limit
possible spread of the disease. Please see equipment list. It is extremely important that students have these as staff
will only be providing pencils in class. Resources for Art and other practical subjects will be available and cleaned if
used by different schools. Our cleaning regime has been reviewed and enhanced to ensure frequently touched surfaces
are cleaned daily in all our Year Schools. Specialist rooms that are used by different Year Schools, (which are limited),
are cleaned thoroughly between use. Toilets are allocated to Year Schools and are only used by students in those
schools.

It is still recommended that students limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such
as lunch boxes, coats, books and stationery. Bags are allowed. We are not encouraging students or staff to take
exercise books home as there is an increased need for hand cleaning, cleaning of these and rotation of use would apply
which is unpractical to manage. This will impact on our assessment procedures and parents will not see ‘marked’
exercise books.

6. Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Staff will not be wearing PPE unless they are dealing with a student who becomes ill, including:

     If a person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at schools, and only then if a distance of 2
      metres cannot be maintained. Visors may be worn in DT subjects where staff need to be working alongside
      students for longer periods or staff who are extremely vulnerable. They will explain why they are wearing these
      to students.

Response to Any Infection

7. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
Parents/carers need to:
     Book a test (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested) if they are displaying symptoms.
      This can usually be carried out at a local testing station (Postwick) by appointment on the same time and results
      are with you the next day. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be
      sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5,
      but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
     Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus
      (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
     self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or
      someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and get tested.

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online
through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without
access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access
to testing.

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Health and Safety Guidelines - Continued

The government has ensured that it is as easy as possible to get a test through a wide range of routes that are locally
accessible, fast and convenient. By the autumn term, we will be provided with a small number of home testing kits that
we can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school. Advice will be provided
alongside these kits.

We ask that you inform us immediately of the results of a test; positive or negative, so we can manage this in school.

     If your child tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they
      can stop self-isolating and return to school immediately. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu –
      in which case it is best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their
      household can stop self-isolating and return to work or school.
     If students tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or
      confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset
      of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense
      of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-
      day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep
      self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-
      isolating for the full 14 days.

8. Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
If we are informed of a child who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) we will contact our local health
protection team. They will contact us directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for
coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment with us to confirm who has been in close contact with
the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate. We will inform all
parents and send home students if this is the case with information provided by the Health Protection team, advising
them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close
contact means:

     direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre,
      including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
     proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected
      individual
     travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

The health protection team will provide us with definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing
so, we recommend schools keep a record of pupils and staff in each school, and any close contact that takes places
between children and staff in different schools. Due to our organisation of the Year Schools this will be minimised.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the
child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms, in this case we
will inform all students. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms
themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households
with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:

     if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day
      isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the
      remaining days.
     if the test result is positive, they should inform us immediately, and must isolate for at least 7 days from
      the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-
      day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the
      symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with
      possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’

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Health and Safety Guidelines - Continued

We request that all parents inform us of the results of any tests undertaken, positive or negative so we can take
appropriate action.

Further guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

9. Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
If schools have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus
(COVID-19) is suspected, they may have an outbreak, and must continue to work with their local health protection team
who will be able to advise us if additional action is required.

In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a
precautionary measure – perhaps the year school as we are implementing all controls and addressing risks reducing
transmission risks. Whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary, and would
not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.

In consultation with the local Director of Public Health, where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing
unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing
will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary, in line with
routine public health outbreak control practice.

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Communication With Parents
Parent Consultation Events – these will be initially online meetings so you can discuss successes and
how to improve.
Meet Your Tutor Events - there will be an opportunity to meet your child's tutor, online in September to discuss
how they are settling back in to school.
Reports – a full report is uploaded to the ‘My Child at School’ website once a year. This and the other interim
reports are again good talking points. A full explanation will be issued with the first report of what is include.
Email - emailing staff with any question or concern is the easiest way of contacting your child’s teachers. Please
see our website for email addresses.

       School Website\Twitter
Our website www.thorpestandrewschool.org.uk carries a great deal of information for parents along
with the school newsletter which is emailed fortnightly to parents.
Twitter - follow us on Twitter @tsas_norwich where you can find out about events and activities the
school community are involved in.

             Involvement

At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, you can still get involved. The more involved you are, the better you
can understand your child’s education and the school. You could join the Friends of Thorpe St Andrew School
(FOTSAS).

In September we ask each family for a voluntary contribution of £15 towards our school fund. This is not for
resources needed for teaching but to provide the ‘extras’ to make our school better.

             Other Issues

We will not accept bullying in any form, nor the disruption of the learning of others.

When things go wrong – please support the school with any behaviour consequences required (you have signed up
for this in choosing Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form). Students may make mistakes as they grow up and
our discipline system is based around this. Key Message – TALK. Talk to your child about their schooling. Talk to
the school to understand what is happening and to help us support your child in the best possible manner. Talk an
issue through before making a decision. Contact emails are included in this booklet for your student’s year school
staff. Use these to make initial contact.

       Some Simple Reminders

Ensure all clothing and equipment is clearly marked. Mobile phones are not allowed. To be used in school, they
need to be switched off in bags on arrival. If they are seen out in school they will be confiscated. Parents will then
be asked to collect the item at the end of the day. Equally, the school can take no responsibility if a student brings
a mobile phone into school and it is lost, stolen or damaged.

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ATTENDANCE AT THORPE ST ANDREW SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM

   Many of our students have 100% attendance and the vast majority of our students have an attendance above 95%.
   We celebrate and congratulate those students who value the importance of this to their education.

   A copy of the policy agreed is available on the school website. To summarise the key elements:

   A student must arrive in school by 8.20 am. Lateness is not acceptable and will result in reflection time. Gates will be
   closed by 8:30am
   1.     If your child is unwell, it is your responsibility to report the absence via the school’s absence line each day of
          illness.
   3.     Attendance will be monitored closely by the school and you can view this on Class Charts.
   4.     Support will be given to students with illness. If attendance falls below 95% the school will request medical
          evidence for each absence.
   5.     Unauthorised absence is likely to result in Court action against a parent.
   Holidays during term time are NOT authorised, in line with Norfolk and National policy. A leave of absence will only be
   authorised in exceptional circumstances.
   It may not always be possible to get appointments outside of school time. If students have to leave school early for
   appointments or for any other reason, they must go to their Year School office to sign out. A note of explanation must
   be brought to the Form Tutor beforehand, requesting to leave school early and the letter also presented to the office
   staff. We thank you for your support in this matter.

Attendance at School and Legal Intervention

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely
to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form
our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our students receive the most from their education and reach their full
potential.

The Government remains very clear that no child should miss school apart from in exceptional circumstances and schools
must continue to take steps to reduce absence to support children’s attainment.

The Local Authority operates a system where any student will meet the criteria for legal intervention where they have:

1. 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence where some or all of the absence may be attributed to an unauthorised
   holiday in term-time (for absences from 1 September); or
2. 15% unauthorised absence over a period of six school weeks for reasons other than unauthorised term time holiday.

The intervention could be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Any student at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form who
meets either of the criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.

If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If
unpaid, a further invoice for £60 per parent per child is issued; both individual invoices would then have to be paid making a
total payment of £120 in 28 days. You should be aware that failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in
legal action being taken.

Attendance at school is very important, please ensure your child’s attendance remains as close to 100% as possible.

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WHO TO CONTACT

If you have any questions or concerns and you wish to call in person to the school, the person you want to speak to
may not be immediately available. In most cases, you will speak to a member of the Behaviour for Education
Support Team (BEST) first. They will speak to you, take details and ensure that you are contacted later. We are
sure that you understand why this process may be required.

For general enquiries, start with your child’s Form Tutor who will either deal with the matter personally, advise you
who to approach or redirect you, as appropriate.

If your enquiry is about a particular subject, you should approach either your child’s Subject Teacher or the
Curriculum Leader.

Enquiries regarding public examinations should be addressed to Miss Turley, our Examinations Officer Exams-
tsa@yare-edu.org.uk
Our new schools are supported and led by a dedicated team of teachers and associate staff. If you wish to discuss
overall academic concerns, the Head of Year should be your first point of contact. The school teams are shown
below:

       Team          Year 7          Year 8           Year 9           Year 10          Year 11       Year 12 and 13

       Role          School          School          School            School           School            School

                                 Mrs Veeren
Head of School      Ms Allen                      Mrs Wilkinson       Mr Pywell      Mr Hookway        Ms Bernard
                                 Mr Dewar

                    Mr Robb                                                                          Mr Kaye - Year 12
    Head of Year   Ms McCloy      Mr Asker        Mr Coleman         Mr Bowman       Mr Mortimer     Miss Woodcock -
                                                                                                          Year13

Assistant Head                                                       Miss Knights
                   Miss Webb     Miss Turner   Mr Mickleburgh                         Mr Render
    of Year                                                          and Mr Finch

                   Mrs Howes     Mr Winter          Ms Bond          Mrs Warns       Ms Larkman
       BEST
                   Mrs Byram     Mrs Rowe           Mrs Taylor       Mrs Norman      Mrs Humphry       Mrs Batson
Administrative     Mrs Allen                      Mrs Miller and    Mrs Langhoffne                    Mrs Wheatley
                                 Miss Evans                                           Mrs Hunter
  Support          Mrs Miller                       Mrs Elvin          Sturmer

      Raising                                      Mrs Beales        Mr de Diego-     Mr Salgado
                   Mrs Wilson    Mrs Riches
    Achievement                                   Mrs Lidstone           Blas        Miss Thornton
                    Mrs Grix     Miss Blyth
       Team                                       Mrs Hamilton       Mrs Spooner      Miss Wones

                       Year 7    -    Mr A Robb          arobb3nrl@yare-edu.org.uk

                       Year 8    -    Ms J McCloy        jmccloy7nr9@yare-edu.org

                       Year 9    -    Mr S Coleman       scoleman4lrv@yare-edu.org.uk
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                       Year 10   -    Mr S Bowman        sbowman5nry@yare-edu.org.uk

                       Year 11   -    Mr G Mortimer      gmortimer8nrd@yare-edu.org.uk

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COMMUNICATION

If you wish to discuss pastoral issues, BEST will be your first point of contact:

Behaviour for Education Support Team (BEST)

Year 7               -   Mrs S Howes                  showes4nr5@yare-edu.org.uk

Year 8               -   Mr I Winter                  iwinter7kr@yare-edu.org.uk

Year 9               -   Miss L Bond                  lbond2kz1@yare-edu.org.uk

Year 10              -   Mrs S Warns                  swarns2nr8@yare-edu.org.uk

Year 11              -   Ms G Larkman                 glarkman4hrp@yare-edu.org.uk

                    Safeguarding

At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, we recognise that each day we are entrusted with the most
precious members of your families. There is nothing more important to us than the physical and emotional
health and wellbeing of our students and staff alike. As such we have worked hard to create and maintain a
climate in which staff, students, parents and Governors feel able to articulate concerns, safe in the knowledge
that effective action will be taken as appropriate.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies apply to all adults working in or on behalf of our school. We
expect everyone working in, for or visiting our School to share responsibility for keeping children safe from
harm and abuse and report any concerns either via CPOMS (school staff) or directly to one of our DSLs
(visitors and contractors) via the extension numbers below.

Together we must ensure that all children, their families and our staff, feel safe, valued and cared for at all
times and are nurtured to thrive and achieve to be the best they can be.

Designated Safeguarding Leads
Assistant Principal - Mrs L Veeren 01603 497747 Extension 247
School Counsellor - Mr A Byram 01603 497747 Extension 225
Mr I Winter - 01603 497711 Extension 113
Mrs S Warns - 01603 497711 Extension 227
Mrs J Batson - (Sixth Form) 01603 497711 Extension 269

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VIEWS OF PARENTS

Your views are very important in setting the future priorities for the school. We use surveys completed through
Parent Consultation Events and follow up the majority of comments.

However, we want to encourage you to share your thoughts with the school. We are pleased to receive suggestions
for improvement but we are also keen to hear about aspects of the school that you are happy with.

So, please email your thoughts, at any time of the year to office@thorpe-st-andrew.norfolk.sch.uk

                                              COMMUNICATION

 The school is using electronic communication with parents as, for many, this is a quicker and more efficient way to
 keep you informed.

 We will be emailing letters, newsletters, parent briefings and sending text alerts. Therefore, it is critical that you
 keep us informed of any changes to your personal details.

 Please note that the school website also carries the regular newsletter and important information along with a
 copy of our school calendar https://thorpestandrewschool.org.uk/ We would suggest that you add the site to your
 ‘favourites’ or mobile device and check regularly.

   Non-Resident Parents
 It is our aim to maintain a good level of communication with all parents/guardians. Therefore, it is the school’s
 policy that we will send letters, via the student, regarding trips/visits, concert dates and Parent Consultation
 Evenings, to the address where the student resides for the majority of their time.

 If any non-resident parent would like to receive copies of the above, please contact the South Site Office and we
 will add this request to our database. All information relating to achievements or concerns will be sent to both
 parents.

 General information, for example the newsletter, will be emailed to contacts 1 and 2 on our database. Natural
 parents will be placed as priority 1 and 2 regardless of residency arrangements.

 All generic letters and further information will be uploaded to the website.

        Legal Names

 It is the school’s policy that all communication is produced in a student’s legal first name and surname. If for any
 reason you would like to amend either name, we will require legal documentation before any changes can be
 made. A copy of the policy is available from the school.

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TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Students will only be able to enter the site by their year school entrance and exit (see maps at end of booklet). The gates
will not be open until 8:00am. As they arrive, students must use the hand sanitiser provided. Students will not be allowed
entry unless they do so. Staff will be on duty at the gates every day from 8:00am.

Walking
Current Government guidance encourages student to walk or cycle to school if at all possible. It advises no groups larger
than 6 walking together at any one time. We are advising all students to walk in pairs and to respect social distancing
while walking to school.

School Transport
Norfolk County Council will be contacting all those who travel by school transport to set out arrangements for September.
Please follow the Code of Conduct when using school transport.

                                 SCHOOL TRANSPORT - CODE OF CONDUCT

        Before the journey students should:

         Be at the pick-up point in good time, at least ten minutes before the stated time.
         Wait in an orderly manner, away from the road side if possible.
         Keep clear of the vehicle until it has stopped.
         Allow other passengers to get off the vehicle before boarding.
         Ensure they have either a disposable or re-usable face covering before entering the bus. They will be
          refused entry if they are not wearing a face covering.
         Get on the vehicle one at a time, without pushing and have their travel pass ready to show the driver.
         Wait for 30 minutes, if transport is running late, before returning home. Please make sure you have
          arrangements in place in case this should happen.

         During the journey students should:

         Remain seated, facing forward at all times, whilst wearing the seat belts if provided.
         Students must not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing.
         Keep the gangway clear of bags and equipment.
         Do as the driver says if there is an emergency or breakdown.
         Not speak to or distract the driver, except in an emergency.
         Not throw things in or out of the vehicle.
         Not smoke, eat or drink.
         Not shout or use foul and abusive language.
         Not try to operate the doors.
         Not damage the vehicle in any way. Parents may be invoiced for the repair of any damage caused.
         Not use mobile phones or other electronic devices for taking photos or videos.

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At the end of the journey students should:

     Stay seated until the vehicle stops.
     Ensure they take all their belongings with them.
     Use the proper exit and wait until the driver opens the door.
     Students should get off the vehicle in an orderly manner.
     Students should remove face coverings and dispose of or place in sealed plastic bag until the end of the
      day.
     Not cross the road in front of, or behind, the vehicle but wait until the vehicle has moved off.
     Stay well clear while the vehicle is moving off.

          Be sensible and have a safe journey

Please remember that your children are your responsibility before they get on the vehicle in the morning and
after they alight at the end of the day.

School transport will be stopping at all school gates to drop off and pick up as relevant to Year Schools.

At the end of the day students using buses will be released at 2:55pm to their exits and queue, following social
distancing guidelines as directed and put on their face coverings in order for the buses to leave the site by
3:15pm.

Car Travel
Students travelling by car should do so only with family members. As a result of buses picking up and dropping
off on the roads around the site and reducing parking on the school site due to the creation of ‘hard’ play areas
for all Year Schools, parents are not allowed to drop off or pick up at any school entrances. These areas are
already unsafe mainly as a result of cars stopping to drop or collect students and this will be even worse in
September with the additional transport. In agreement with the Police and the Town Council, designated
parking areas have been made available at:

             The Fitzmaurice Pavilion - Pound Lane
             Thorpe Recreational Centre - Laundry Lane.

These are in sight of the school and less than a five minute walk away. Please park safely in these areas and
then your child can walk the last few metres into school. Your consideration and support is appreciated.

The Police and our local community have been informed of these arrangements for September.

                   Educational Visits

Government are advising against domestic (UK) overnight and overseas education visits at this stage, therefore no
visits of this nature have been booked for 2020-2021, but we hope to arrange some when allowed. We are hoping
to arrange other visits later in the year and we will keep you informed.

               Extra-Curricular Provision

Our extra-curricular provision will restart from Monday 21 September 2020 in Year Schools only.

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BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS
At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form we set the highest expectations of our students; they are to aim for
excellence every day. However, we know that some children might, from time to time, fall short of these
expectations. Every time this happens we will take this as an opportunity for growth. Students will be
challenged on their behaviour, asked to reflect on it and commit to improve. In most cases, this simple process
is enough to avoid any further issues.

To help reinforce our expectations further we may issue consequences such as giving a warning, allowing ‘time-
out’ or, if necessary, give an opportunity for reflection (either at break, lunch or after school). Someone will
speak to your child about their behaviour as a result. We expect students to listen carefully to what is said, be
able to calmly have their say, reflect on their actions and commit to improve. For more serious issues or
repeated transgressions a student may be sent to Referral in order to reflect more deeply on the situation. A
similar follow-up will occur. There may also be times when your support is needed, especially if when
expectations are inconsistently met. You will be contacted by the school so that you can help us, help your child
to consistently aim for excellence.

In our pursuit of excellence for all, we believe that student attitude is crucial. We believe that three behaviours
lead to excellence. We want all our students to be able to answer the question: What are students at Thorpe St
Andrew like? By saying: we ARE Aspirational, Respectful and Engaged.

                                      Excellence is the result of Aspiration.

           Aspire                     To Aspire means to aim ambitiously for something great. We believe all
                                      students should aim high and dream big. To demonstrate this, students
                                      need to consistently:

     Be eager to learn and punctual, have the correct equipment and try their best in all tasks given.
     Listen intently, ask questions to develop understanding and look for ways to improve your work.
     Aim to be the best they can be, set themselves challenging goals and talk about how to achieve them.

                                        Excellence is built by Respect.

            Respect                     To Respect means to admire others because of their achievements and
                                        to be mindful of the feelings of others. We believe all students should
                                        be respectful. To demonstrate this, students need to consistently:

     Listen carefully, speak when invited, using appropriate language and an acceptable volume.
     Care for themselves, the people and environment around them by being kind, polite and calm.
     Follow instructions, wear uniform correctly, be polite and celebrate difference and diversity.

                                       Excellence is the outcome of Engagement.

             Engage                    To Engage means to participate and join-in wholeheartedly with focus
                                       and commitment. We believe all students should be fully dedicated to
                                       their studies. To demonstrate this, students need to consistently:

     Start tasks straight away, stay focused and complete all work fully.
     Ask for help if needed, act on feedback given and learn from mistakes.
     Join in at form time, attend extra curricular activities and support the wider school community.

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BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS

 In order to support students to reflect on and improve their behaviour
 our system will focus what we ARE: Aspirational, Respectful and
 Engaged. If a student struggles to meet expectations for these
 characteristics the teacher will use a series of warnings, resets and
                                                                                             Respect
 consequences. This system will allow students time to learn from
 their mistakes and be provided with the opportunity to grow. You will        A student starts to touch and ‘fiddle’ with
 be able to see what Consequences your child has received on Class            their neighbours pencil case. The teacher
 Charts. We will use this information to support the development of           looks at the student, makes eye-contact and
 your child at school. On this page is an explanation of the system and       shakes their head. This is the first Warning and
 an example of how it might be used.                                          first Reset.

                                                                              The student continues to pull items from the
When an expectation is not met a member of staff may initially
                                                                              pencil case. The teacher asks them to stop as
tactfully ignore or use non-verbal cues in order to correct behaviour.
                                                                              they are not showing respect for someone
                                                                              else's property and that this is not kind. They
                                                                              write their name on the board and record this
If expectations continue to be unmet, the teacher will issue a verbal         as a CR1 (Consequence 1: Respect). Second
warning and write the name of the student on the board.             C1        Warning, second Reset, first Consequence.

                                                                              The behaviour continues, the teacher reminds
If behaviours are not improved the teacher will issue a final warning         them of the importance of respect and that
and place a tick beside the name of the student.                    C2        leaving others and their property alone is
                                                                              respectful and kind. The teacher will place a
                                                                              cross beside their name and record this as a
If the student continues to fail to meet expectations they will be sent       CR2 (Consequence 2:Respect) on Class Charts.
                                                                              Third and final Warning, third Reset, second
to Referral.                                                         C3
                                                                              Consequence.

                                                                              The student once again interferes with the
Repeated Referrals and poor behaviours will result in seeking paren-          pencil case.     The teacher states this is
tal support in managing behaviour.                                            demonstrating a lack of respect and disrupting
                                                                              the learning of others. The student is sent to
                                                                              Referral to reflect on their behaviour and will
Failure to improve further could result in a fixed-term exclusion or, if      remain there for the next 3 hoursd. The
necessary, permanent exclusion.                                               teacher will log this on Class Charts as a CR3
                                                                              (Consequence 3:Respect) on Class Charts.
                                                                              Fourth Reset and third Consequence.

              Warning                                  Reset                            Consequence
   A warning is either a verbal or        A reset is a conversation between the   A consequence is an action that is
   nonverbal action by the teacher that   student and teacher that identifies     taken if the initial warning about
   indicate that behaviours are not       which characteristic is not being met   behaviour is not met. These range
   meeting expectations and that          and how the student can change their    from a name being placed on the
   behaviour needs to stop.               behaviour so that it is meeting         board to Referral and beyond.
                                          expectations.

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HOME  SCHOOL CONTRACT
                        BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS

 In order to support students to reflect on and improve strive for
 excellence every day our system focuses on what we ARE:
 Aspirational, Respectful and Engaged. If a student demonstrates
 these characteristics consistently, shows significant improvement or
                                                                                                Engage
 excels in one aspect the teacher will praise, reward and celebrate
 these achievements. This system will allow students the chance to                 Once the teacher has set the task, a student
 learn from their successes and be provided with the opportunity to                gets started, remains focused and is engrossed
 grow. You will be able to see what Rewards your child has received on             in their work. The teacher looks at the
 Class Charts. We will use this information to support the development             student, makes eye-contact and smiles and
 of your child at school.                                                          says well done. This is the first Praise.

 When an expectation is met consistently well, staff may initially offer           The student continues to remain focused and
 praise or use non-verbal cues to recognise good behaviour.                        asks thoughtful questions about the work to
                                                                                   help further understand. The teacher tells
                                                                                   them that they have really engaged with the
                                                                                   work and trying hard to understand. They
If expectations continue to be met, the teacher will issue verbal
                                                                                   write their name on the board and record this
praise and write the name of the student on the board.                  R1         as RE1 (Reward 1: Engage). Second Praise, first
                                                                                   Reward, first Celebrate.

If behaviours significantly exceed expectations the teacher will fur-              The behaviour continues, the teacher reminds
ther praise the student and reward a ‘Positive ARE point’.          R2             them that excellence is an outcome of
                                                                                   engagement and that they have engaged well.
                                                                                   The teacher will place a tick beside their name
If the student continues to perform at and beyond expectations this                and record this as a RE2 (Reward 2:Engage) on
will be recognised by a Certificate issued in celebration.       R3                Class Charts. Third Praise, second Reward,
                                                                                   second Celebrate.

Consistently meeting the expectations set will be further recognised               The student demonstrates engagement
by the Head of Year and the awarding of ‘Colours’.                                 consistently over a number of subjects and
                                                                                   lessons and accumulates 25 Positive ARE
                                                                                   points. The student receives a certificate in
Recognition of exceptional consistency will be further rewarded with               recognition of consistency. The Head of Year
                                                                                   will log this on Class Charts as a RE3 (Reward
positions of responsibility such as Captaincy and Student Leadership.
                                                                                   3:Engage). Fourth Praise, third Reward, third
                                                                                   Celebrate.

               Praise                                 Reward                                  Celebrate
  Praise is either a verbal or nonverbal   A reward is issued to recognise         A celebration is publicly recognising
  action by the teacher taken to           consistently meeting expectations,      good role models. We will celebrate
  indicate that behaviours are meeting     acting      significantly    beyond     consistency and excellence regularly
  expectations and that behaviour          expectations     or     demonstrating   and respond with the issuing of
  needs to continue in that way.           improved behaviours over time.          certificates    and   positions    of
                                                                                   responsibility.

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HOME SCHOOL CONTRACT
                       HOME - STUDENT - SCHOOL PLEDGE
    At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form we fully believe that excellence is achieved through a combined effort
    of three parties: the student, adults at home at the adults at school. We enshrine this vital relationship as a
    student-home-school pledge. We know that if all three parties commit to the pledge, it will lead to excellence
    for all because all of us ARE, Aspirational, Respectful and Engaged. By attending school we assume all parties
    have signed up to this pledge.

                Aspire                                Respect                                    Engage
                                             AT HOME, WE PLEDGE:

    To support our children to Aspire by:
         Encouraging them to aim high and do their best at all times.
         Talking to them about what they are learning and praise them when they have worked hard.
         Discussing future plans with them so they ’keep their eyes on the prize’ of excellence.
    To support our children to Respect by:
         Ensuring they leave home in the correct uniform and with the correct equipment.
         Supporting the school’s discipline system, celebrating success and, if necessary, supporting any sanctions.
         Encouraging them to look after their environment and be kind to others.
    To support our children to Engage by:
         Ensuring the best attendance possible and that they are on time.
         Encouraging them to be organised and complete homework.
         Attending Parent Consultation Evenings and reading all newsletters.

                                             AS A STUDENT, I PLEDGE:

To Aspire every day by :
       Aiming to do my very best and be proud of my work
       Thinking deeply about my learning and reflect on what I have learnt.
       Discuss with others about my future plans and ambitions and to strive for excellence, always.
To show Respect every day by:
       Arrive punctually to every lesson, wearing the correct uniform and having the equipment I need.
       Listening to adults, following the school rules and not stopping others from learning.
       Being kind, polite and helpful, respecting the views of others and looking after the school environment.
To Engage every day by:
       Attending school every day, completing the work set to the best of your ability and asking for help if needed.
       Being organised, completing my homework, on time and working hard to improve my study habits.
       Talking to people at home about your learning and passing on all letters sent between home and school.

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HOME - STUDENT - SCHOOL PLEDGE
                                            AT SCHOOL, WE PLEDGE:

To foster Aspiration we will:

     Provide an exciting and challenging curriculum appropriate to the needs and interests of each individual.
     Set high expectations of each student, monitor and report progress.
     Give encouragement, celebrate success and provide constructive support on how to improve.

To foster Respect we will:

     Set clear rules and expectations and encourage reflection when these are not met.
     Be helpful, kind and listen carefully to the views of students and parents.
     Respond promptly to issues raised and deal with matters appropriately.

To foster Engagement we will:
     Encourage and celebrate attendance and strive to maintain a school where we all feel safe and happy.
     Teach good study habits, be role models of organisation and make learning accessible from home.
     Keep everyone informed with regard to general issues in school and specific issues relating to your child.

                                          Checklist of Items Required:

                                                             Optional Equipment:
       Required every day:                                        Coloured pencils
             Black pen
                                                                  Coloured pens
             Pencil
             Eraser
             Ruler                                          For Technology lessons:
             Highlighter Pens                                    Apron
             Glue Stick
             A pair of scissors
             A packet of tissues                            On the days students have a PE lesson,
                                                             their sports kit will become their
       For Mathematics and Science lessons:                  uniform. Therefore, they should wear
             Protractor
                                                             the sports kit which will be appropriate
             Compass
             Calculator                                     for the weather conditions on the day.

     The resources brought in from home by students should be kept to a minimum and are not to
      be shared with anyone, this includes lunch boxes, coats and stationery. Staff will be unable
                   to lend equipment so students must bring these items every day.

             Don’t forget your water bottle! Water fountains will not be
                                    operational.

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HEALTH MATTERS
Each school has members of staff that will look after your child and administer first aid if your child becomes unwell at school.

The school has worked hard to reduce the risks of transmission of coronavirus. We know that if we all
follow the guidance below, this will effectively further reduce risks and create an inherently safer
environment:
                                                  RESPONSE TO COVID-19

1.    Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19)
      symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
2.    Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
3.    Ensure good respiratory hygiene by encouraging the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4.    Introduce enhanced cleaning
5.    Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

What to do if your child is unwell and unable to come to school
If your child feels unwell and displays any of the following symptoms, however mild, they should stay at home: a new
persistent cough, a high temperature and loss of taste and smell. As soon as possible, you should arrange for your child to
have a test to see if they have coronavirus. Other members of your household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for
14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms. Please contact the school absence line (01603 497722) as
early in the day of absence as possible. You are asked to state your child’s name, your relationship to the student, their year
group and the reason for absence. Please state that they have suspected coronavirus and that you are arranging for a test.
Once you receive the results of the test it is imperative that you let us know. Please call the same number and share the
results. If they are negative, your child (and any siblings) may return to school the next day.

If your child feels unwell and you feel they cannot attend school, please also ring the absence line and follow the same
procedure giving brief details of the reason for absence. If you know the likely duration of the absence please say so,
otherwise you will be asked to call for every day of absence. Please note - If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea,
please do not allow them to return to school for 48 hours after the last symptom.

What happens when your child becomes unwell in school?
If your child feels unwell during the school day they should report to their teacher who may suggest they go to the allocated
First Aid Office for their school and report to the member of staff there. If we feel your child needs to be collected, we will
call you to arrange for your child to be collected from the entrance gate of their school. Messages will be left where
appropriate and we will try all numbers you provide, if necessary. Students should not contact home directly. If this occurs
and they are collected without authorisation by the school, the absence will be unauthorised. If we suspect that your child is
showing symptoms of coronavirus we will isolate them , in accordance with the guidance, and arrange for you to collect your
child as soon as possible. In this instance you must arrange for your child to have a test to see if they have coronavirus. You
and other members of your household should self isolate for 14 days. Once you receive the results of the test it is imperative
that you let us know. Please call the same number and share the results. If they are negative, your child (and any siblings)
may return to school the next day.

Please keep us informed of any changes to details provided on the Biography Form – this is vital in case of emergency.

                                               ABSENCE LINE (01603) 497722

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