29th May 2020 – Weekly Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (08.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (04.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

Thanks again to all parents and students who ensured the work set by our teachers was completed last half term. We hope you have all enjoyed a rest this week. Can I once again remind everyone that students can upload their work on to Class Charts which allows class teachers to give feedback, meaning that even more progress can be made. This can be done at any time. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

We hope our Key Stage 3 students enjoyed the projects that were set last half term and thrived in the independent nature of the tasks. From Monday June 1st we will be teaching individual lessons to all year groups so students can follow their daily timetable as if they were at school; obviously this is flexible to fit around family life. Lessons will also be more interactive, with our teachers personally guiding students’ learning more. Some lessons will begin with recorded ‘live’ teaching segments and/or voiceovers to explain learning, whereas some teachers will be delivering their learning through Zoom which is a video conferencing tool. If a Zoom invitation is received through Class Charts it is beneficial to have downloaded the Zoom app prior to the meeting. Please ensure you constantly check the homework section of Class Charts.

The welfare of our students is obviously still our primary concern and we would like to stress that it is imperative that regular breaks are taken for fresh air and refreshments. We are always looking into ways to improve our online content and hope that this improvement will increase the variety in our delivery and continue to enthuse our students.

 

Curriculum

Can we extend our thank you into another week with regards to the completion and return of options forms from our years 8, 9 and 10 students. Despite the obvious difficulties and barriers that are in place the majority of forms have been returned ahead of the deadline. Please can I take this opportunity to encourage those that have not yet returned forms to do so as soon as possible. However, for those having difficulties please don’t panic as our tutor and pastoral teams will be following up with phone calls for those we have returns from.

Can I also thank all those people who got in touch to thank us for how we shared the course information for subjects. Your kind works and messages of thanks and reassurance we genuinely welcomed at what is a difficult time for all. We continue to have staff readily available to answers any questions or provide help with the forms themselves should this be needed so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whilst email is the most efficient mechanism for this we are picking up phone messages and responding as promptly as possible.

For our current Year 10 we said last week that we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for your return. At the time of writing we were unsure what this would look like and what the timescales will be. We are sharing a questionnaire for parents and students regarding their thoughts and concerns around returning to school and we continue to review and respond to DfE guidance and information as it is released. Can I reiterate the need for a return of option form as soon as possible as this will enable to best plan for the return of Year 10 students.

There continues to be more exciting and interesting changes to the way that ‘lessons’ will be delivered for all our students. Face to face delivery has started with some groups through Zoom calls and live teaching and more is of course planned. More information on this, along with explanations as to how it will happen, are covered in the teaching and learning section.

 

Year 6 Students

Please could parents of Year 6 students ensure that they have returned the contact & confidential information document that they recently received through the post back to Hetton School by the 10th June 2020. If any Year 6 parents have not received the information pack then please contact Hetton School.

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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22nd May 2020 – Weekly Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (01.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (28.05.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

Thanks again to all parents and students with their efforts in ensuring the work set by our teachers is being completed. Can I once again remind everyone that students can upload their work on to Class Charts which allows class teachers to give feedback, meaning that even more progress can be made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

We hope our Key Stage 3 students are enjoying the projects that are being set and are able to manage their time independently, in order to complete the tasks given. We are constantly looking into ways to improve our online content and look to add more variety in our delivery after half term.

There is no expectation for students to complete work during the half-term holiday. Some teachers may set some fun activities for students to complete, but no formal work will be placed on to Class Charts.

 

Curriculum

Can we say a big thank you to everyone is Years 8 and 9 who have returned their options forms. The majority of students have now made decisions about their first steps towards GCSE qualifications. Hopefully the supporting information from subject leaders was of use and for those still to return their decisions please make use of this facility. In addition to this the relevant Head of Year is on hand to answer any further questions or direct your queries to the relevant person. Again, we encourage you to make use of this offer if there is any uncertainty. Finally, the electronic uploads on class charts and the postal hard copies can be returned via email to stephen.ferguson@schools.sunderland.gov.uk no later than June 8th. If you intent to return your reply via post please leave sufficient time.

For our current Year 10 we have said that we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for your return. At the time of writing this we are still unsure what this will look like and what the timescales will be. As soon as we know more we will be in touch. Therefore only as a precautionary measure at this stage we are looking to provide more time in the core areas of study. Please note that this isn’t a set decision at this point but rather it provides us will the information we need should we have to make such decisions in the coming months. You will now have received a personal information sheet explaining how this will be done and it has the same return date of Monday 8th June. Information sheets on each subject area will also be uploaded to class charts. Again, thank you to those who have already returned their decisions via email.

There are some exciting changes to the way that ‘lessons’ will be delivered for all our students. More information on this, along with explanations as to how it will happen, are covered in the teaching and learning section.

 

Year 6 Students

In the next week, Year 6 students and their parents will be receiving an information pack. This pack will include information relating to school & PE uniform; the attendance policy; the behaviour policy; a school map and many other useful pieces of information. There will also be a 4 page contact & confidential information document which should be returned to school by Wednesday, the 10th June, 2020.

The contact section of this document requires information that can be used in case of an emergency. The confidential section gives parents a chance to explain about any needs that their child has. There is a Home School Agreement section which explains the roles of the student, the parent and the school. Finally, there is a section that gives parents the opportunity to express what type of transition experience they would like for their child during this difficult time. The options are:

  1. Student & parent have an individual tour of the school and chance to ask questions with a member of the pastoral team.
  2. A student has an individual tour of the school and chance to ask questions with a member of the pastoral team.
  3. A small group of students (size to be determined by DfE guidance on social distancing in school settings) have a tour of the school; meet several members of the pastoral team and have an opportunity to ask questions about starting Year 7.
  4. A small group of students (size to be determined by DfE guidance on social distancing in school settings) have a tour of the school; meet several members of the pastoral team; have an opportunity to ask questions about starting Year 7 and are taught some lessons.

 

Only the 4 page contact & confidential information document needs to be returned by the 10th June, 2020

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

 

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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15th May 2020 – Weekly Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (25.05.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (21.05.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

Thanks again to all parents and students with their efforts in ensuring the work set by our teachers is being completed. Can I once again remind everyone that students can upload their work on to Class Charts which allows class teachers to give feedback, meaning that even more progress can be made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

We hope our Key Stage 3 students are enjoying the projects that are being set and are able to manage their time independently, in order to complete the tasks given. We are constantly looking into ways to improve our online content and look to add more variety in our delivery after half term.

 

Curriculum

Current years 8 and 9 have some important decisions to make about the future courses they wish to study next academic year. These are the first steps towards GCSE courses and this should be exciting time. Further information on all areas of study will be sent home as a hard copy and uploaded to class charts along with the actual options form which is to be returned no later than Monday 8th June.

For our current Year 10 we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for your return. When this will be we are still unsure and as a precautionary measure we are looking to provide more time in the core areas of study. You will also receive a personal information sheet explaining how this will be done and it has the same return date of Monday 8th June. Information sheets on each subject area will also be uploaded to class charts.

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers they can email teachers directly.

 

Social Media

National Thank a Teacher Day – Wednesday May 20th 2020

National Thank a Teacher Day is a day when we, as a nation, can come together to say Thank You to teachers and school staff across the country who make a huge difference to young people’s lives – not just during these unprecedented times – but every day! We have decided to celebrate and thank teachers and school staff on social media all next week. We will be launching the campaign on Monday 18th May, with the aim of getting as many messages of thanks and some great stories about our staff as possible.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

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8th May 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (18.05.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (14.05.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

Can I again thank all parents with their efforts in ensuring our students are completing the work set on Class Charts. Just a reminder that students can now upload their work on to Class Charts. This will allow teachers to give feedback to students meaning that even more progress can be made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

Curriculum

Current years 8 and 9 have some important decisions to make about the future courses they wish to study next academic year. These are the first steps towards GCSE courses and this should be exciting time. Further information on all areas of study will be sent home as a hard copy and uploaded to class charts along with the actual options form which is to be returned no later than Monday 8th June.

For our current Year 10 we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for your return. When this will be we are still unsure and as a precautionary measure we are looking to provide more time in the core areas of study. You will also receive a personal information sheet explaining how this will be done and it has the same return date of Monday 8th June. Information sheets on each subject area will also be uploaded to class charts.

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

 

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers they can email teachers directly.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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Letter to all Hetton parents

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

Dear Parents,

Letter to parents – May 2020

During this difficult time, I wanted to contact you to let you know that, even though our school is currently closed, we are still here to support your child and your family in whatever way we can. You might be noticing signs of increasing anxiety in your child as they are spending more time indoors and away from their normal routines. These might include:

 

  • Acting out – this might include things like picking fights with you or with siblings or even abusing alcohol or drugs.
  • Becoming afraid to leave the house.
  • Distancing themselves from their friends and family.
  • Exhibiting intense emotions but being unable to talk about what they are feeling.

 

We have put together some resources on the linked PDF above, to help you support you and your child. We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any concerns about how your child is coping, or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing your child’s pastoral team through the relevant Head of Year’s email address:

 

Year 7 and 8: keith.magee@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Year 9 and 10: charlotte.duff@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Year 11: susanna.cooke@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

 

If you have recently changed your mobile or house number can you please contact us and  provide us with updated details. If you have not received a call from us yet it may be that the contact details we have are out of date.

 

You may have heard lots of speculation about students returning to school, but we know nothing more than you do on this. We will will inform you of any changes to the current situation as soon as we can. In the meantime please keep supporting the work our team is setting your child on ClassCharts. Between 10am and 12pm on Monday 11th May, Tuesday 12th May and Wednesday 13th May, the school main entrance will be open for students or parents to collect another exercise book for the completion of schoolwork. There will be a supply of exercise books in the first foyer of the main entrance (please only take one each). The door will open automatically to allow access; if others are already collecting when you arrive, please observe social distancing measures before approaching.

 

Current years 8 and 9 have some important decisions to make about the future courses they wish to study next academic year. These are the first steps towards GCSE courses and this should be an exciting time. Further information on all areas of study will be sent home as a hard copy in the next week, and uploaded to Class Charts (along with the actual options form which is to be returned no later than Monday 1st June).

 

For our current Year 10s, we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for their return. As I said, we are still unsure when this will be, and as a precautionary measure we will look to provide more time in the core areas of study. You will receive a personal information sheet explaining how this will be done. It has a return date of Monday 1st June. Information sheets on each subject area will also be uploaded to Class Charts.

 

We are extremely grateful for all the support you have shown us as we have adapted to these new circumstances, and we want to reassure you that we are still here to support you too. We can and will get through this together.

 

Kind regards,

 

Craig Knowles

Headteacher

1st May 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (11.05.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (07.05.2020). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

Thanks so much to all parents/carers for your efforts in helping your children to complete the work we are setting on Class Charts. We know this is a challenging time and really appreciate your support. We hope that our students in Key Stage 3 are enjoying the projects and that our Yr10 are finding their GCSE work interesting; remember that work can now be sent directly to class teachers through Class Charts so we can give feedback. Once the work has been submitted teachers will provide feedback in a timely manner. Please do encourage your child to act on the feedback they receive, it is an opportunity to address misconceptions and move their learning forward.

There have been a number of resources released online including Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. Our teachers are looking at these and will direct students to the relevant work if appropriate. If students wish to complete extra work then these resources are of course available to you.

 

Class Charts

If you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

 

Student contact

As a way of continuing our support during this period, tutors and other staff are making contact with our students.  When they call this will appear as a withheld number.  The phone call is an opportunity for students to ask any questions they have about work set on Class Charts and for us to see if there is any additional support students may need.

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers they can email teachers directly.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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24th April 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Student Resources

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (04.05.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (30.04.2020). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Free School Meals

As it stands, Free School Meal vouchers have been ordered for ALL of Hetton school’s eligible students, which we are delighted about. Vouchers are still taking a few days to get to parents once they have been uploaded, but if you don’t have your vouchers by Monday 27th, do call the school number to check we have your correct details.

 

Home Learning

Thanks so much to all parents/carers for your efforts in helping your children to complete the work we are setting on Class Charts. We know this is a challenging time and really appreciate your support. We hope that our students in Key Stage 3 are enjoying the projects and that our Yr10 are finding their GCSE work interesting; remember that work can now be sent directly to class teachers through Class Charts so we can give feedback. There have been a number of resources released online this week including Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. Our teachers are looking at these and will direct students to the relevant work if appropriate. If students wish to complete extra work then these resources are of course available to you. Please don’t hesitate in contacting the school if you have any queries and you will be directed to somebody who can help. Above all, stay safe.

 

Class Charts

As mentioned previously Class Charts is the platform for teachers to set work for students. Once the work has been submitted teacher will provide feedback on your child’s work in a timely manner. Please do encourage your child to act on the feedback they receive, it is an opportunity to address misconceptions and move their learning forward. If you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers they can email teachers directly.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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