26th 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 (06.07.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (02.07.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.


For Year 10 students only, the school will partially open for the last three weeks of school. This has been communicated separately to the students involved. Only those in year 10 or those who are LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend their allocated school sessions week commencing Monday 29.06.20.


For all other students who do not fall into the criteria above please continue with the home-schooling provision via Classcharts.


Message from Mr Knowles

Please follow the link to the latest message from Mr Knowles.


Year 10

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

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 will continue to receive Zoom meeting invitations which need to be attended unless they are in school. 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

Lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has been essential but it has made the transition for Y6 to secondary school very difficult. Even with lockdown rules relaxing, the guidance advises that no transition activities for Y6 should take place. Therefore, we wanted to highlight for you the actions we have and are taking to support Y6 transition to Hetton School.

So far:

1)          A ‘Welcome to Hetton School’ pack was posted to Y6 students & parents. This asked for confidential information to help us get to know your child and also included information about the school; a map of the school; guidance on school & PE uniforms; pictures of Heads of House plus other important school policies.

2)  A Virtual tour of the school was placed on the school website.

3)  The school website transition page was increased to include the names and faces of key staff who are mentioned in the virtual tour.

4)  The school website transition page was increased to include some Frequently Asked Questions.

5)  Year 6 welcome assemblies that cover key points are being placed on the school website and Facebook & Instagram pages this week.

6)  The Heads of House have made welcome videos which are being placed on the school website this week.

Still to come:

7)  Year 6 students will receive a welcome postcard from the Heads of House.

8)  Mr Willson is in the process of arranging Zoom meetings with Year 6 teachers to take place with Y6 students in Primary schools where possible.

9)  When all parental and primary school forms are returned, following this Year 6 students will be placed into their tutor groups for next year. Students will be notified of this and will be able to access a virtual welcome from their tutor which will be available on the school website and Facebook page.

10)  A virtual presentation to parents from the Headteacher will be available on the school website.


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 parents guide

Class Charts for pupils 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 four of the staff baby photo competition.

Tuesday – Mr Hardman set the ‘mini sports day’ P.E. challenges. 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 ‘geocam’ challenge. The task is to click on a webcam from around the world and explore that place, then you have to create a passport page which included pictures, a flag and amazing things you can see and do. Submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge in your garden using flowers / rocks or even mow your lawn to create a recognisable international flag or shape of a country. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Thursday – The science department set you the ‘Astronaut hovercraft experiment’ task 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. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge ‘Hetton gamer of the week’ where you have to create your own 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 as it is used to 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:


William Swift – 600 WOW points – Senior Leader Award

Alfie Spottiswood – 500 WOW points – Exceptional Award


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