19th June 2020 – School Update

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (29.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (25.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

Students who LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend school week commencing (29.06.20.)


Message from Mr Knowles

Please follow the link to the latest message from Mr Knowles. There will be a further update on Monday


Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

We have previously asked our Year 10 students to identify a non core subject that they would be willing to drop in order to spend more time in the core areas of study. We want to thank everyone for their prompt replies and we can confirm that we have been able to restructure the academic timetable for next year to ensure that 100% of students who replied will get their preference. Separate details will be sent out about this to individual students and parents.

You should be accessing Class Charts 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 your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, 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 Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.


Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students in particular will continue to receive several Zoom meeting invitations to ensure that we can conduct lessons and learning conversations with them face-to-face. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.


Monday – English (Lit and Lang)

Tuesday – Maths

Wednesday – Science

Thursday – Humanities

Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)


There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. 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.


Year 6 Students

The Year 6 parent contact and confidential information document and primary teacher student information documents should now have been returned. This information is now being collated to ensure Hetton School is aware of individual student need. If you have not received a Year 6 parent information pack or not returned it then please could you contact Hetton School as soon as possible.


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

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.


Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round three of the staff baby photo competition. Miss Ruddell has continued with the fantastic Art Challenges.

Tuesday – Miss Ridley set the ‘Bullseye’ P.E. challenge. Choose a sporting activity of your choice and see how many times you could hit the target out of 20 attempts from 5 meters away. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘get creative’ challenge. The task is to choose your own project relating to one of the following topics, History, SRS or geography. You could build a model, bake something or even draw a picture then submit your answers to Miss Sewell. Mr Busby set you a challenge using different coloured items of food or other household materials to recreate a national flag. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to him.

Thursday – The science department set you an investigation task ‘Design an Arctic research station’ and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Miss Naisbitt would like you to send in your submissions to her.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge of creating your own dance party animation. We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. 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 this week:

Lucy Bowden – 600 WOW Points – Senior Leader Award

Natasha Gale – 600 WOW Points – Senior Leader Award

Lily Horrocks – 500 WOW Points – Excellence Award


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