Yr11 Message from Mr Knowles

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Message to Yr11 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

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A.      Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Yr11 Hetton School students, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • The last time that I spoke to many of you was in the main school hall prior to our closure for lockdown and that feels like a long, long time ago.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about your future after exam results.

 

B.      Yr11 Message

  • Here in our main hall is where the majority of you should have been sitting exams today (it would have been Chemistry paper 2 this morning!)
  • You have missed out on so much, not just exams, but your celebration day and your prom. We are still looking into a way of celebrating your time with us, but I’m sure that you understand that this is not easy.
  • We are genuinely sad that we have not been able to spend these last few months with you and hope that you have cherished memories of your time at Hetton School as you move on to your own exciting futures.
  • We have now submitted your centre-assessed grades for all your subjects and look forward to you receiving your results with the grades that you deserve on Thursday 20th August.
  • I don’t know exactly how we will do it, but we will find the best solution that also keeps you safe.
  • Over the last few months we have done our best to keep in touch with you and colleges if there has been issues over your post-16 opportunities, and of course Mrs Chalk has led the charge. Please get in touch if you need any support. You may feel that you have already left school, but we are still there for you.

 

C.      Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks. We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed you. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with you day-to-day to support and challenge you has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.

 

Take care and stay safe.

Yr6 Message from Mr Knowles

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Message to Yr6 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

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A.      Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Yr6 pupils who will be joining us in September, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about what the future may hold for us in September.

 

B.      Yr6 message

  • If you are a Year 6 pupil or parent you must be confused and frustrated right now. Some of you may be going into school or planning to. If you are then please continue to work with your teacher to make sure you and everyone stays safe.
  • You should have received a transition pack from us and we are working with your primary school to help them prepare you to come to us in September.
  • We have offered your school the opportunity to use our school building with your Year 6 teacher if it is required (because of a lack of space at your primary school). They will be deciding on this in the coming week or so.
  • In terms of transition, we will not now be able to proceed with the two days we had planned for you on our site in July. The Department for Education are actively discouraging on-site transition because putting together pupils from different schools with new staff leads to much higher risks of transmission. This is understandable and we will reluctantly accept their decision.
  • However, what we plan to do is a ‘Virtual Transition’. This will involve a video presentation from me and some of my senior team, video messages from the three heads of house and even some Zoom lessons you can attend from a few teachers. We know that this isn’t the same, but we hope that you will understand why. We will make it up to you in September with more orientation activities.
  • Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns.

 

C.      Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks and these are for Yr6 pupils too!
  • We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • I’m sure everyone of you is wondering what school will be like in September, but at present, I’m not entirely sure myself. We are developing a range of solutions to the issues, so that we prepare in the best way possible, but I am sure that you will be back at school for at least the majority of your week.
  • The Department for Education and the Local Authority are providing guidance, and we will take on board everything that is necessary to work in your best interests. You will always be at the centre of our decisions.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed our students. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with them day-to-day, to support and challenge them, has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.

Take care and stay safe.

Yrs7-10 Message from Mr Knowles

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This is an important update on the current situation from Mr Knowles

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Message to Yr7, 8, 9 and 10 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

A. Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Hetton School students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • The last time that I spoke to many of you was in school assembly prior to our closure for lockdown and that feels like a long, long time ago.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about what the future may hold for us in September.
  • Although we remain closed, key workers and the parents or carers of vulnerable students can contact us if they have no alternative to sending their children into school the following week. We currently have nobody doing this. Please see our website and blog for more details.

B. Year 10

  • Firstly, I want to speak to our fantastic Year 10 students (but it will be useful for everyone to listen in).
  • We know that you will be worried at the moment, partly because we reminded you so many times about how important these years are in your education. This is true, but please try not to be concerned. We are doing all we can to support you through this difficult period and I need you to trust that by continuing to study hard using the work you are set online, that you will be back on track before too long.
  • So, what should you be doing right now…
  1. Firstly, you have been asked to make a decision about which non-core option you wish to drop if possible. This is to put time back into your core subjects and will help the adjustments needed to make up for the lost time in school over the past few months.
  2. Secondly, and crucially, you should be accessing ClassCharts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to within your ClassCharts classes, and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.
  3. Thirdly, stay up to date. Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education (who visited us earlier in the year), yesterday announced that Year 11 exams will take place next summer and so you must work hard to not fall behind in your studies. You will be back in September, and we won’t let you down.
  • To support you in all this, from next week (that’s 15th June), we will be setting up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through ClassCharts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.
  • These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on ClassCharts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. The governors and I agree that the risks to students, your families, staff and the wider community that are associated with returning at the moment are too high. Especially when we can support you in such a comprehensive manner through virtual sessions and distanced pastoral support.
  • In the survey I sent to parents a couple of weeks ago we had 72 out of 93 parents respond with over 60% saying that they would not send their child into school before the summer holidays. I am comfortable with parents making that decision, but I would stress that these Zoom learning conversations and the work on ClassCharts is the alternative – it is not optional.
  • I don’t want students to worry about the Zoom sessions. They have security measures implemented and you don’t even need to have your video on (although we would like to see you smiling faces!) You could even set up a virtual background (useful for those of you that haven’t tidied your bedroom since lockdown began). Please use the messaging service on ClassCharts if you have any issues or questions.

 

C. Home Learning

  • Talking of ClassCharts, I want to stress to students in all years about the importance of home learning. So many of you and your parents have been doing an amazing job of working from home, but we know it is tough going, and not like being in school.
  • This is why keeping to a routine using ClassCharts is so crucial. The likelihood is that even in September, we will not all be back in school at the same time. If any form of social distancing is in place, then we physically can’t fit you all in and don’t have enough staff. Therefore, don’t see using ClassCharts and accessing Zoom lessons as a temporary measure – it may be with us for some time. Your ability to study independently and organize yourself has never been more important.
  • Your teachers are working incredibly hard to support you via ClassCharts and are developing new skills themselves in doing so. They are monitoring what you hand in every day and although we don’t want to threaten to use sanctions for not keeping up to date, there are lots of rewards on offer for those that do. Teachers have been giving feedback to those who have submitted work online (whether through uploaded documents or photos of handwritten work).
  • Just think of how hard we work you when you are in school, push yourself to the same level when working from home. Remember the Learn to Achieve messages we always repeat: In the long-term effort beats talent every time; don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but learn from them; seek feedback to improve; and be resilient (we are all facing that test right now!)
  • You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work on ClassCharts, but don’t worry about it, just get organized and ask for help. As far as possible get up as early as you would on a ‘normal’ school day, get dressed, eat something healthy and start work by 9.10am Follow your normal timetable, give yourself break and lunchtime and build in exercise breaks.
  • Most importantly, if you need help don’t be afraid to ask. Use the new messenger feature on ClassCharts and be honest when your tutor calls to check how you are doing.
  • To help all students and parents we have put a new section on the student page of the school website. This contains guidance on all aspects of home learning.
  • Lastly on home learning, well done to all the students who have achieved WOW point awards. Staff are still issuing points for all work submitted, based on the engagement, effort shown and resilience demonstrated.

D.      Safeguarding

  • It is important during closure that you stay safe.
  • We have shared messages with you prior to closure about staying safe especially online and continue to share messages through our social media platforms.
  • Lockdown is challenging and for some of you there are added challenges due to family circumstances. We are there to support you if you need it.
  • Tutors and the pastoral team are contacting all of you during lockdown. We have enjoyed talking to many families and finding about how things are going in lockdown. If you haven’t had a call it may be because the number we have on our system to contact you on has changed.  Email or call us with updates. During our calls let us know if you need additional support and we can help.
  • There are also websites where you can go for help and support or we can direct you to more personal support.  If you feel you are at risk of harm it is important you let a trusted adult know, report issues to the websites shared prior to closure or contact the police if it is serious.
  • Take care of yourselves and stay safe

E. Year 9

  • A quick message for our Year 9 students and your parents about options.
  • We are working hard to make sure that our options process runs as well as possible despite lockdown. I know that you all received a booklet with info on each subject you will take or can choose in Year 10. We are doing our best to make sure that all students receive their first choices, but as I speak some returns are overdue. Tutors are calling to chase this up, but it is a complex process and we need your choices as soon as possible.
  • If your first choices are not possible then we will call you, but despite the lockdown staff recruitment has gone well and there will be an additional two teachers with us in September (in Humanities and Art and Design).
  • I need to stress though that in core subjects you had already started your path to GCSEs before lockdown and so keeping up to date with work on ClassCharts is crucial for you to make a great start in September.

F.       Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks. We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • I’m sure everyone of you is wondering what school will be like in September, but at present, I’m not entirely sure myself. We are developing a range of solutions to the issues, so that we prepare in the best way possible, but I am sure that you will be back at school for at least the majority of your week. I am also sure that it will look different to what we were used to prior to lockdown.
  • The Department for Education and the Local Authority are providing guidance, and we will take on board everything that is necessary to work in your best interests. You will always be at the centre of our decisions.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed you. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with you day-to-day to support and challenge you has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.
  • Take care and stay safe.

Letter to all Hetton parents

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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

Year 11 Qualification Update

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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

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