11 Jan 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate that you might have lots of questions given that you are away from school and therefore it can be difficult to ask these. We have put together what we hope will be a helpful list of frequently asked questions for you, with answers.

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What are the expectations of me while working at home?
You should stick to a regular daily routine, following your normal school timetable. This is really important to give your day structure, to allow you to keep up with your work and to create a clear divide between your working time and your home time. Your day should start with half an hour of reading during tutor time and should end with you showing your parent/carer your work.

08:35-09:00 Reading
09:00-10:00 Lesson 1
10:05-11:05 Lesson 2
11:05-11:25 Break away from the work environment
11:30-12:30 Lesson 3
12:35-13:35 Lesson 4
13:35-14:10 Lunch eaten away from the work environment.
14:10-15:10 Lesson 5
15:10-16:00 Reading and additional time for work and reading that was not completed during the day after parent/carer checks.

What are some top tips for successful remote learning?

  • Keep your daily routine going.
  • Communicate with your teachers to show them your work.
  • Set up a workstation at a table, preferably.
  • Have your breaks away from your workstation.
  • Read all the instructions on the assignments carefully and watch/listen to any instructional videos before you ask any questions.
  • Your teachers will be happy to answer any questions but try and make them specific or have a go and ask your teacher to check before you continue.
  • Check that you have completed all the tasks. If the work has taken you 10 minutes, it's likely you've missed something.
  • Eat healthy snacks - fruit is best - and stay away from too many sugary foods.
  • Drink plenty of water (1.5 - 2 litres per day) - this helps you to remain focussed.
  • Exercise regularly - at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you’re new to exercising regularly, how about trying ‘Couch to 5km’?
  • Talk about how you are feeling, share your problems, worries and concerns with an adult and/or with your friends.
  • If you are worried about yourself, or someone else, please contact a teacher by sending them an email.

Do I have to do my homework?
Your teachers may ask you to complete additional tasks, particularly if you are in Year 10-13 but our normal daily homework is not required at the moment.

When will I be allowed to come back to school?
At the moment, we’re not sure. We hope to be able to have you all back in school as soon as possible as we miss having you at school! The Government hopes to allow all secondary age students to return to school after February Half Term but we can’t be sure.

When will I be tested for COVID-19?
We hope that all students whose parents have given consent to them being tested for COVID-19 will have access to testing either before they come back to school. Our Testing Centres in the Sports Hall and F2 are up and running really well! We are testing staff every week, and the students who come to school every day twice, when they first come back to school, just to make sure that our school is as safe as possible.

I’m in Year 11/12/13; what is happening with exams in January and in the Summer?
January exam series:
Year 11 - Your Computing teachers will be in touch with you and your parents soon.
Year 12 and 13 - These vocational examinations will continue. This is due to the small class sizes and how this allows us to ensure social distancing is maintained at all times. All your teachers feel that you are fully prepared to sit these exams and with the Zoom and face-to-face lessons in these subject areas there has been minimal disruption to your learning. This is a great opportunity to show the exam board what you can do.

Summer exam series:
We know that for Year 11, 12 and 13 students, the summer exam series will not be going ahead as planned. This means that your school will decide the grades you get and we will use a wide range of evidence to arrive at a grade for you. We don’t know precisely what the process will involve but we can be sure that last year, we submitted grades in late May. You must continue to work hard and complete all your work set by your teachers. Mr MacCormick explains more in this video:

I’m in Year 10; what is happening with my Year 10 English Literature exam?
It has not yet been confirmed whether the arrangements for allocating Year 11 and 13 students their grades will be the same for Year 10. Last year, it was, so we are confident that this will be the case. Keep working hard on your English Literature and all other work.

I am in Year 11/13; do I need to return to school/Sixth Form after the national lockdown now?
Yes, we believe so. The current lockdown is due to see students return to school after February half term. It is imperative that you continue to complete your lessons online to the best of your ability, as it is likely that this, alongside, mocks, assessments and controlled assignments will be used to form your Centre Assessed Grades. The February to June term time will provide you with a further opportunity to demonstrate what you are truly capable of.

Can I pick up my exercise books?
No, not at present. We need to keep numbers of people on the school site to an absolute minimum to keep our school as safe as is possible. Your teachers will also begin to look through your work to consider where you are with your learning so that they can help you better online.

Who should I speak to if I have a problem I need to discuss?
Your first port of call should be your tutor unless it is a specific subject issue, then this should be directed to the subject teacher. If you’re worried that someone is unsafe, you should contact Mr Crocker, our new Designated Safeguarding Lead, at or your Year Leader.

Will I have access to my knowledge organisers?
Students in Years 7-9 will have their knowledge organiser booklets posted home. For Year 10 students, a knowledge organiser booklet containing most subjects is being created and will be posted home. This is so that you are able to refer to the topics you are learning. Some departments will be posting home your homework booklet for you to use as activities during this time.

Will I still have my Sixth Form interview?
Yes. Unfortunately, due to the national lockdown, these interviews will now take place via Zoom or on the phone. For those students who have already submitted applications you will receive an email from the Sixth Form by the 13th January with your interview details. For new applications you will have an email informing you of the interview date within a week of the application being submitted. New applications can be submitted here:


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