Year 11 Qualification Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

Dear parent/carer,

 

On 3rd April 2020 the government and OFQUAL published guidance on how public examinations will be graded this year.

 

They have asked that a letter from Sally Collier, Chief Regulator at OFQUAL, be shared with you and your child. The letter is linked to here.

 

The letter explains the process but more detailed information can be found here

 

I know there will still be a lot of uncertainty about grades, and you and your child may want to know the grades we will be submitting to the exam boards, but I need to draw your attention to the following passage in the letter:

 

“Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.”

 

As a result of this instruction we kindly ask you not to contact us to request the centre-assessed grades we are submitting.

 

We will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that the grades and other data we send to the exam boards is correct and that we are fair to all our students in all their subjects.

Take care

2 April 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates

‘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 (13.04.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (09.04.2020). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Free School Meals

Information was received last week by the government regarding the FSM voucher scheme. We are currently in the process of sorting the FSM vouchers out and we are aiming for them to be issued after the Easter holiday period.

 

Home Learning

Over the next two weeks students would normally be having a Easter break. Therefore during this time we don’t expect students to be completing day-to-day work. However, these are highly unusual times and we want to support you as parents keeping your children occupied and engaged. As a result we have started adding project and fun learning tasks onto our ClassCharts system that are there for you if and when you need them. Day-to-day learning will return on Monday 20th April, and before then we will update you on how student learning will look in the summer term.

If you are experiencing issues regarding home learning please contact the school and we can contact the correct member of staff to be able to support your needs. If paper copies are required for students who have issues with internet access or who are having difficulties, please contact the school and we will come back to you in a timely manner. The platform that our staff will be using to engage and set work will be Classcharts however we do want to be able to reasonably support your child(ren) if they are experiencing difficulties.

 

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

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

31 March 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates

‘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 next week can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (02.04.2020) of this week. We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Free School Meals

Information has been received in school for the FSM voucher scheme and we are looking at safe systems to get these vouchers to our families.

 

Home Learning

If you are experiencing issues regarding home learning please contact the school and we can contact the correct member of staff to be able to support your needs. If paper copies are required for students who have issues with internet access or who are having difficulties, please contact the school and we will come back to you in a timely manner. The platform that our staff will be using to engage and set work will be Classcharts however we do want to be able to reasonably support your child(ren) if they are experiencing difficulties.

 

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

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

27 March 2020 – Year 11 Update

COVID-19 Updates

Year 11 students,

We understand that this is a difficult time for you and you are having to cope with a lot of uncertainty. Please remember that this situation hasn’t happened before but that all professionals involved with your education recognise that this shouldn’t stop you achieving your full potential. You will get GCSE results. School staff are working hard on ensuring that all students get the results they deserve so that they can progress onto appropriate Post-16 provision. We will provide further updates on how this will happen and when results will be available when it is confirmed by the Department for Education.

You’re probably at a bit of a loss as to what to do now. There’s no one piece of advice that we can give to suit everyone. For some people they need some downtime to process what is happening in the world and to spend time with immediate family. For others they may wish to maintain the routine and structure of school life to help them through these initial periods of uncertainty. Trust your judgement. No one knows you better than you. However, at some point everyone will need to re-establish a routine and give thought to their next steps.

There is no requirement for you to complete work for Hetton School but we strongly advise that you complete tasks that you think will be of benefit to your future course/career choice. You need to still be in the position to be ready to learn and progress when you start your new adventure in September. Think about the courses you will be studying next year and explore these areas in greater depth. You can access A-level content through BBC bitesize and other free resources that are available at the moment from colleges/exam boards. Even celebrities are getting on board during the current situation and are offering their expertise. Use other online resources to explore, form opinions and read around your future subjects and topics. Make sure you are in the best possible position when normality returns. In order to do this, it would be useful for you to follow these suggestions when you feel it is an appropriate time for you to work:

  • Do as much as you can to keep to a routine during weekdays. Get up at an appropriate time to have breakfast and then start a work task; take breaks at times similar to the school day; ensure that you take some form of exercise and aim for a finish time similar to the school day.
  • Think carefully about the learning space you will use. If possible (and it isn’t always possible) find a quiet place to work.
  • Ideally, the learning space will need to be well-lit, well-ventilated and without distractions.
  • Sitting at a table will feel more purposeful and lead to a better quality of focus, rather than being on a sofa or bed.

We have not and will not forget about you. If you have any worries, concerns or subject specific queries then please email the school who can direct emails to the teachers who can help you. You are still our students and we are proud of you!

Finally, thank you. You have been a fantastic year group and it is with great sadness that our journey together ends in this way. The Ski Trip, Prom, the France Trip, the Staff v Student football match, GCSE examinations and a real leavers day are all school traditions and highlights that you are missing out on. However, don’t be saddened and disheartened by this because like we’ve said whilst our journey together has come to an unforeseen end, the most important journey is just beginning….yours!

Keep safe and keep in touch.
All the staff at Hetton School

27 March 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and carers,

 

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support in these incredibly difficult times and hope that we find your family fit and well. We wanted to communicate with all parents to stress the point that we don’t expect you to be full-time teachers at home. Some of you may be finding it difficult to ensure that your child keeps to their usual timetable with the work set on ClassCharts and we understand the challenges you must be facing; we appreciate your efforts and know that you understand the importance of keeping your children mentally stimulated in these unprecedented times. We will return to normality at some point and we want our students to be in the best possible position to continue their educational journey with us.

 

We advise that you keep to a routine during weekdays, as students, as well as yourselves, will find this beneficial, but this doesn’t have to follow your child’s school timetable; there are several others ways to learn when at home. As a parent or carer, you are the most influential educator in your child’s life and can use this opportunity to widen your child’s education in many ways. These could include life-skills (e.g. cooking, household chores or gardening) or widening your child’s cultural knowledge by reading, visiting museums on a virtual tour or watching documentaries. Daily physical activity is also important, for both physical and mental health, and could be the release both students and parents need to what might be a stressful situation.

 

Above all, your child’s mental and physical health is of the upmost importance and it is this we ask you to take care of most of all. Stay safe and don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.

School Closure Update – COVID-19 26th March 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Hetton School will be closed to students for one week from Monday 30th March due to no demand from the parents and carers of children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response. We thank parents for heeding the government guidance to keep their children at home wherever possible.

 

We will continue to review this weekly and will reopen the school if care is required as you cannot safely care for your child at home. Next week, please contact the school by Thursday 2nd April if you require care for the following week to allow us to arrange for teaching staff to be on site. Call during office hours or email the school account.

 

The school telephone number is 0191 5623322

The school email is Hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

 

Students are to continue to access work set online by their teachers including ClassCharts or for some students Google Classroom or Messenger groups. We continue to encourage you to stay up-to-date with messages from the school. The best way of doing this is by accessing the school blog. This and other links are below:

 

Website – http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/

Blog – http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/B78269Ll4ch/?igshid=1t7z4k0vk17aw

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/hettonschool

Twitter – https://twitter.com/hettonschool

 

We will contact you once we receive the final arrangements from the government regarding the national FSM voucher system.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

Hetton School Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.          When will school re-open after the closure on Friday 20th March 2020?

 

There is no definite answer to that question at this time. At Hetton we are expecting to not re-open until September 2020, but the situation may change at which point we will send out an update.

 

2.          Will there be homework packs?

 

No. All work will be set online using one of 3 methods:

  1.    A.       ClassCharts – all students, parents/carers and teachers have access to ClassCharts online or via the app. We would use this platform (the homework section) to deliver work for lessons, including explanations and instructions via mp3, mp4, MS word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other applications. Students have all been given passwords. The parent app can be downloaded at https://www.classcharts.com/parent/login , the student app here https://www.classcharts.com/student/login  , and other Microsoft applications here https://www.openoffice.org/
  2.    B.       Messenger Class Groups – as ClassCharts does not have a ‘chat’ function, some teachers may use Messenger as a mechanism for students to pose questions, for the teacher to respond and to send out messages and reminders. Class teachers will organise the setting up of such groups and will ensure that no individual interaction will be permitted; this will be monitored carefully.
  3.    C.       All students have a Gmail account set up via the school. Whilst the school bears no responsibility (and indeed has no control), over the use of this site, it is a mechanism where a teacher could send learning materials to students through email and Google Classrooms.

If students have forgotten passwords they can contact the school where we can remind or reset.

3.          Is it right that students can collect exercise books to do the work?

 

Yes. If not self-isolating students/parents can collect an exercise book from the school office (8am – 4pm).

 

4.          Is the Yr11 Prom cancelled?

 

No. However, due to uncertainty surrounding how long the school will remain closed and other restrictions are in place, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Leavers Ball. We will be looking into arranging to celebrate our current year 11’s time at Hetton School at a later date and will inform you of those plans in due course.

 

5.          Can Yr11s still get a leaver’s hoodie?

 

Yes. Please read the blogpost here.

 

6.          Are trips like the ones to Austria and France still going ahead?

 

No. With the current travel restrictions, the Austria Ski Trip is cancelled and we are pursuing refunds on your behalf. This will take some time as they are dealing with refund claims in order of departure and they have a backlog. We will update you as soon as we know more, and thank you for your patience. In terms of the France/Belgium Humanities trip, it is highly unlikely, but the travel company will not process anything now and we will need to wait until closer to the date to get confirmation of this.

 

The Student Achievement Reward Trip will be cancelled and we will still reward students in 7-10 of their efforts this year when we return to school.

 

7.          Will there be a Year 11 leaver’s day?

 

Since we heard the closure news, we worked hard to help the Year 11s in school enjoy their last days. This was difficult especially on those not in school, but we have done the best we can. Leaver’s hoodies and a prom event will still go ahead, but please be patient as we deal with all the logistics around this. We are also hoping to produce a short film including photos and words from students/staff that we will send out to all Year 11s as soon as we can.

 

8.          Are free sanitary products still available during the closure?

 

Yes, during school closure we will continue to support students who require access to free sanitary products. During term time we provide these products when students have forgotten their products, can’t afford them and would prevent them attending or have come on their period without warning. Any out-of-school student in need of products are asked to visit the school office during the hours of 8am – 4pm where products will be available.

 

9.          Are free school meals available during closure?

 

For the week beginning 23/3/20, we will provide packed lunches for students/parents to collect from the school reception between 9am and 10am each day. It is likely that from 30/3/20, a national FSM voucher system will be operational. Once we receive details about this, we will update you.

 

10.        What will happen about the Year 11 exams?

 

The exams themselves are cancelled. No Year 11 student will sit any examination either this summer or into the next academic year. Further details have not yet been released about how they will award qualifications, but as soon as this becomes available we will send an update.

 

11.        Can I send my child into school from 23rd March?

 

Provision in school is the last resort. As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. If too many staff get ill, the school may need to close its doors to even eligible students. This means that unless your child has to come into school, they should not. We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe. The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. However, the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

 

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

 

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

 

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 

The full list of eligible critical workers is here

 

12.        What hours is the school open during the closure period?

 

School will endeavour to provide access for eligible students only from 7.30am – 4.30pm.

If you require childcare 7.30-8.30am or 3-4.30pm please phone the school to inform us of this with plenty of notice.

Office opening hours are 8am – 4pm

 

13.        How do eligible students get into school from 23rd March?

 

Access will be via the main school entrance off Hazard Lane. The Moorsley Road (Student entrance) will be locked. This is to provide security for the reduced numbers of staff and students in school.

 

14.        What will the eligible students in school be doing?

 

Students will be supervised (by teaching or non-teaching staff) doing the work set for them on ClassCharts (same as for their peers not in school). A modified behaviour policy will exist consisting of a Verbal Warning then call for SLT to decide on the next course of action?

 

15.        Will the eligible students in school get food?

 

The school kitchen will be open and will provide breakfast 8-8.30am, a break snack 10.30-10.45am, a hot/cold meal lunch option 12.45-1.15pm and a snack 3.30-4pm. Normal rules about Free School Meal access or students paying with money on their account (via the app only) will apply.

 

16.        Will eligible students in school have to wear uniform?

 

Yes. Students will be expected to attend in full uniform, but bringing PE kit.

 

17.        What about safeguarding arrangements while you’re closed?

 

  • As a community we all have a responsibility for our children to remain safe and be safe from harm. During school closure if you need any advice or support due to any welfare or safeguarding concerns you can contact the services below direct for support.
  • Together for Children 0191 5614048 or 0191 5615560 for those living in Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane areas.
  • Durham First Contact on 03000267979 for those living in the Durham area.
  • Information can be found on their websites. Together for Children (Sunderland area) or Durham.gov.uk (Durham area).
  • In any emergency always call 999.
  • The school DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) will be available throughout closure and can be contacted via email on hetton.safeguarding@schools.sunderland.gov.uk . Do not wait if the concern is urgent. Contact us in school hours (8am-4pm) for advice on (0191) 5623322. Alternatively, outside of school hours call direct to the services named above, with your concern.

 

18.        How do I stay up to date with new developments?

 

  • We would encourage you to stay up-to-date with messages from the school. The best way of doing this is by accessing the school blog. This and other links are below:

 

Website - http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/

Blog - http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/B78269Ll4ch/?igshid=1t7z4k0vk17aw

Facebook - https://en-gb.facebook.com/hettonschool

Twitter - https://twitter.com/hettonschool

 

19.        How do I contact school?

 

  • The school telephone number is 0191 5623322
  • The school email is Hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

 

 

Information on services provided by Hetton School from Monday 23rd March

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

Information on services provided by Hetton School from Monday 23rd March

 

Who can come into school on Monday?

 

  • Provision in school is the last resort
  • As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
  • The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
  • If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
  • If too many staff get ill, the school may need to close its doors to even eligible students. This means that unless your child has to come into school, they should not. We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe.
  • The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. However, the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
  • Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
  • Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
  • Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
  • Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

 

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 

  • The full list of eligible critical workers is here

 

Opening Hours

 

  • School will endeavor to provide access for eligible students only from 7.30am – 4.30pm
  • Office opening hours are 8am – 4pm

 

Access to School

 

  • Access will be via the main school entrance off Hazard Lane. The Moorsley Road (Student entrance) will be locked. This is to provide security for the reduced numbers of staff and students in school.

 

Educational Programme For all students NOT in school

 

  • Three remote access student learning systems will operate:

 

  1. ClassCharts – all students, parents/carers and teachers have access to ClassCharts online or via the app. We would use this platform (the homework section) to deliver work for lessons, including explanations and instructions via mp3, mp4, MS word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other applications. Students have all been given passwords. The parent app can be downloaded at https://www.classcharts.com/parent/login , the student app here https://www.classcharts.com/student/login  , and other Microsoft applications here https://www.openoffice.org/

 

  1. Messenger Class Groups – as ClassCharts does not have a ‘chat’ function, some teachers may use Messenger as a mechanism for students to pose questions, for the teacher to respond and to send out messages and reminders. Class teachers will organise the setting up of such groups and will ensure that no individual interaction will be permitted; this will be monitored carefully.

 

  1. All students have a Gmail account set up via the school. Whilst the school bears no responsibility (and indeed has no control), over the use of this site, it is a mechanism where a teacher could send learning materials to students through email and Google Classrooms.

 

Educational Programme For all students IN school

 

  • Students will be supervised (by teaching or non-teaching staff) doing the work set for them on ClassCharts (same as for their peers not in school).

 

In-school Food

 

  • The school kitchen will be open and will provide breakfast 8-8.30am, a break snack 10.30-10.45am, a hot/cold meal lunch option 12.45-1.15pm and a snack 3.30-4pm. Normal rules about Free School Meal access or students paying with money on their account (via the app only) will apply.

 

Uniform

 

  • Students will be expected to attend in full uniform, but bringing PE kit.

 

Free School Meals (FSM) – for students not in school

 

  • For the week beginning 23/3/20, we will provide packed lunches for students/parents to collect from the school reception between 9am and 10am each day.
  • It is likely that from 30/3/20, a national FSM voucher system will be operational. Once we receive details about this we will update you.

 

Safeguarding

 

  • As a community we all have a responsibility for our children to remain safe and be safe from harm. During school closure if you need any advice or support due to any welfare or safeguarding concerns you can contact the services below direct for support.
  • Together for Children 0191 5614048 or 0191 5615560 for those living in Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane areas.
  • Durham First Contact on 03000267979 for those living in the Durham area.
  • Information can be found on their websites. Together for Children (Sunderland area) or Durham.gov.uk (Durham area).
  • In any emergency always call 999.
  • The school DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) will be available throughout closure and can be contacted via email on hetton.safeguarding@schools.sunderland.gov.uk . Do not wait if the concern is urgent. Contact us in school hours (8am-4pm) for advice on (0191) 5623322. Alternatively, outside of school hours call direct to the services named above, with your concern.

 

Updates and Contact

 

  • We would encourage you to stay up-to-date with messages from the school. The best way of doing this is by accessing the school blog. This and other links are below:

Website – http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/

Blog – http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/B78269Ll4ch/?igshid=1t7z4k0vk17aw

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/hettonschool

Twitter – https://twitter.com/hettonschool

Leavers Hoodie

Hetton School Life

Any Year 11 student that would still like to purchase a Leaver Hoodie please can you either pay online via the school gateway ensuring you email Vikki.kent@schools.sunderland.gov.uk with student name and the size of hoodie wanted as soon as you have made payment.  Alternatively you can drop off the order form along with the correct amount of money £16.50 (no change is available) to school office between hours of 9.00am and 2.00pm before Wednesday 1st April.

Important Safeguarding Message for Parents/Carers

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life
Please stay safe and follow government advice during this period. 
 
As a community we all have a responsibility for our children to remain safe and be safe from harm. During school closure if you need any advice or support due to any welfare or safeguarding concerns you can contact the services below direct for support.
  • Together for Children 0191 5614048 or 0191 5615560 for those living in Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane areas.
  • Durham First Contact on 03000267979 for those living in the Durham area.
Information can be found on their websites. Together for Children (Sunderland area) or Durham.gov.uk (Durham area).
 
In any emergency always call 999.
The school DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) will be available throughout closure and can be contacted via email on hetton.safeguarding@schools.sunderland.gov.uk . Do not wait if the concern is urgent. Contact us in school hours (8am-4pm) for advice on (0191) 5623322. Alternatively, outside of school hours call direct to the services named above, with your concern.Jane McKeown
Assistant Headteacher
Hetton School