Yrs7-10 Message from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher

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.

5th June 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 (15.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (11.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Home Learning

We hope you have all enjoyed the more interactive lessons this week and that students feel more confident in completing the tasks set. We have received a lot of positive comments about the additional teacher instruction videos/voiceovers and would greatly welcome any other feedback. There has also been an increase in the amount of Zoom lessons being conducted with a high uptake from our students. 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.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work on to Class Charts; this 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.

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 the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students even more.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Social Media

Department have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week. This week our P.E. department launched their new Facebook page please like and share and join in with their weekly challenges.

 

Monday – We launched Mr Watson’s staff baby photo competition. Miss Ruddell has continued with the daily Art Challenge.

Tuesday – Mr Ferguson set a P.E. challenge of 100 Keepy Ups. Mr Watson & our English department would like you to join in with a Tik Tok style rap which is open all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department would like you to send in photos of places of interest or destinations you have visited before which you are looking forward to visiting again in the future. Mr Busby set you a challenge of cooking a French recipe and making a Tik Tok style video of you doing this.

Thursday – Our science department set you a task of “create your own body clock” and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge for you to create a 20 second advertisement for a product of your choice.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge of creating your own crazy scratch animation. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

 

New challenges will be set next week, please follow us and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of; we reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. A huge congratulation to the following students who have achieved the following awards whilst we have been learning from home:

  • Ethan Garside – 500 WOW points – Excellence Award
  • Luke Jarvis – 500 WOW points – Excellence Award
  • Leighton Weeks – 600 WOW points – Senior Leader Award
  • Rose Doncaster- 700 WOW points – Senior Leader Outstanding Award
  • Daniel Jarvis – 700 WOW points – Senior Leader Outstanding Award

 

Congratulations and well done to our students who participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are extremely proud of all of them, so far they have donated 13 hours of voluntary service to our local community.

 

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

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

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29th 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 (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 – 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 (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 – 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 (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

 

Hetton School updates

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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

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

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.

 

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