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Headteacher's Bulletin - 17th May 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday about the continued easing of restrictions, I wanted to up-date you with the Covid security measures and changes that will be in place from Monday 17th in line with national changes. We are aware that many staff and members of our school community have not yet been vaccinated and therefore, while, of course, we will follow recommendations in guidance, we do want staff and students to continue to behave in such a way as to support the most vulnerable and the most anxious in our community.

Please note as per my communication on Wednesday 12th May, Buckinghamshire Council announced the implementation of a three-day period of coronavirus surge testing in the Kingsbrook area of Aylesbury (all postcodes between HP22 7AA and HP22 7BP), starting on Thursday 13th May.  This is in response to a small number of positive cases identified in the area who had contracted the newly-designated Variant of Concern "VOC-21APR-02" which was first identified in India. This local information has certainly informed our position on face coverings.

The following key information is necessary for Monday, with changes in bold:

  • It is the law that children and young people aged 11 and over must wear a face covering on public transport. 
     
  • PHE advises that children and young people aged 11 and over must also wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college. Seating in bubbles will continue
     
  • In school, students do not have to wear face coverings; they are optional, but we still strongly encourage students to wear them, as often as possible, when social distancing is not possible indoors
     
  • Staff must continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas; they are optional for staff in classrooms and outdoors, visors can be worn and are helpful for those with hearing difficulties
     
  • Social distancing and bubbling in year groups will continue, as will the bubble seating plans
     
  • The one-way system and lesson routines will continue including hand sanitising, desk cleaning, resource handling etc.
     
  • Staggered days will continue but will be reformed after half term when Year 11 and Year 13 are undertaking remote learning and fewer students are on site. Details for after the May half-term will follow in good time.
     
  • Reporting of symptoms or a positive test result remains the same as does the procedure for asymptomatic testing at home. A third batch of tests will be distributed next week to all students.

Please also remember that Monday 24th May and Monday 7th June are remote learning days for all students. Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 10th May 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of our new "Old Floydians" online alumni website. The site will provide a forum where past students will be able to continue to be part of our school's story. With a directory to find old friends, updates on news and activities at SHFGS, opportunities to support the school, and a programme of alumni events, www.oldfloydians.co.uk aims to inspire, support and connect our extended SHFGS community.  

The first Inspirational Alumni event will be held at 7pm on June 16th and is open to all staff, students, parents and alumni.  

Book your place here.

Many of you are, yourselves, alumni, and we encourage you, your alumni friends and our current Year 13 students to sign up to oldfloydians.co.uk - as we'd love to keep in touch!  If you could offer support in any of the ways advertised please let Sarah Bowers our Development Officer know via the site or: sbowers@shfgs.co.uk. That also applies of course to parents who are not alumni.

In addition, this week I thought I’d take this opportunity to re-advertise the various sporting activities that are available to students after school each day. The co-curricular element of school life is one of the most important and has been most impacted by the pandemic so it is nice to see some semblance of normality return. The activities are: Personal Training in the Strength and Conditioning Suite, Table Tennis, Endurance Running, Boys’ Futsal, Fencing, Yoga, Tennis, Goalkeeping Clinic, Athletics, Golf and Krav Maga. Our children have desperately missed social time together over lockdowns and organising that around fitness is an excellent idea. Sincere thanks go to Mr Boult and his team for putting this programme together. Download the booklet here.

You will have heard talk in the media of ‘lost learning’ and the need for ‘Recovery Curriculum’. While we are more or less on track as regards curriculum coverage, one of the most significant parts of our Covid Recovery Plan will be recovery on the social, community and leadership aspects of school life, put on hold, while year groups have not been able to mix. We look forward to the second half of the summer term and more easing of restrictions which will enable us to begin to bridge that gap with mixed year group activity days and a very exciting summer festival plan.

One leadership opportunity which has continued is the appointment of and working with a Senior Student Leadership Team. I am very much looking forward to hearing from all prospective Head Boy and Girl candidates in our hustings event on Wednesday.

Year 11 assessments continue and will finish this week, in order that Year 13 commence next week. Please be aware that we have published our Teacher Assessed Grades Policy for your reference: https://sirhenryfloyd.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/Summer-2021-TAG-Policy-final-Sir-Henry-Floyd-Grammar-School-52121.pdf?t=1620645700

I will close by wishing members of our community who celebrate Eid-al-Fitr this week a blessed Eid!

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A – Lateral Flow Home Testing for Students

Testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home twice a week using LFT test kits, provided by schools. These tests are for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 but may have the virus asymptomatically. Parents and carers and or anyone else living in the same home as a secondary school student can get tested regularly by attending one of the four rapid test sites in Buckinghamshire, or you can go and collect test kits to do yourself at home. If it’s hard for you to go to a site, you can have test kits posted out to you – all the details are on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

What twice-weekly testing involves:

  • take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
  • report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day your child take the test

Report your test result online or by calling 119.

If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should:

Pupils, students and staff must also tell their school or college if they test positive. Please complete the form each Wednesday and Sunday evening with the result of the test: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. However, this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:

  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing
  • wearing a face covering where recommended

Appendix B – IF You or Your Child Displays Symptoms of Covid-19

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms.

For more local information about COVID-19 and to find the locations of the Buckinghamshire rapid test sites, you can go to the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for your support and hard work in the fight against COVID-19 and for helping to keep our school communities safe.

 

Headteacher's Bulletin - 4th May 2021

 Dear Parent or Carer

I hope you were able to enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend. This week is relatively quiet in terms of events, but we are beginning to feel the buzz of excitement as we prepare for our Summer Festival, in the hope that the roadmap of easing restrictions is followed as planned. We are also starting to look ahead to the future of SHFGS and have begun a strategic planning process with governors setting out future goals for the school. It has also been lovely to see students playing on the school field again at breaks and taking part in the varied range of after–school activities organised by Mr Boult and his team last week. Please see attached a timetable of activities available.

The final set of assessments for Year 11 begin this week. We must applaud our students for the diligent way in which they have worked with the uncertainty in this process and how they have given their best. Year 13 assessments will follow. We have submitted the Centre Policy for Teacher Assessed Grades and have attached it for your information. It will shortly also be available on our website.

 

I mentioned the valuable work of our Parents’ Society last week and this week would like to take this opportunity to thank Melanie Ames, out-going Chair, for all of her great work and support. We therefore have a vacancy from September, if you are interested please see - Parent’s Society Chair vacancy: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/129/latest-news/post/58/parents-societychair-vacancy

I will take this opportunity to remind all parents of the two remote learning days that we have planned later in May and at the start of June to facilitate all staff in the moderation, standardisation and grade awarding process for GCSE and A level. A series of live lessons, learning opportunities and self-directed study will be available each day. Those days are:

  • Monday 24th May 2021 – Remote Learning for all students
  • Monday 7th June 2021 – Remote Learning for all students

If your child is vulnerable and needs to be in school on those days, please be assured that we will be contacting you in the coming days to discuss provision. If you’re worried that you may not be included in this correspondence please feel free to contact your child’s Head of Year. Thank you all for your understanding of the need for these days, to ensure a robust process for awarding grades. The timeline which I have shared before is below for your information.

Please do not forget that if you have not already let us know about your child’s situation which could require special consideration, do contact the SHFGS data team at: examsanddata@shfgs.co.uk. Please add Special Consideration and your child’s name and year group in the address bar. Please find attached the latest copy of Classroom to Careers for your perusal. As you are aware, testing at home continues and the Appendices outline procedures for recording results and what to do if someone displays symptoms.

Have a healthy week.
 

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

 

Appendix A – Lateral Flow Home Testing for Students Testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home twice a week using LFT test kits, provided by schools. These tests are for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 but may have the virus asymptomatically. Parents and carers and or anyone else living in the same home as a secondary school student can get tested regularly by attending one of the four rapid test sites in Buckinghamshire, or you can go and collect test kits to do yourself at home. If it’s hard for you to go to a site, you can have test kits posted out to you – all the details are on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-andbubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

What twice-weekly testing involves:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day your child takes the test

Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Pupils, students and staff must also tell their school or college if they test positive. Please complete the form each Wednesday and Sunday evening with the result of the test: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7 A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. However, this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended

Appendix B – IF You or Your Child Displays Symptoms of Covid-19

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms. For more local information about COVID-19 and to find the locations of the Buckinghamshire rapid test sites, you can go to the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for your support and hard work in the fight against COVID19 and for helping to keep our school communities safe.

 

Headteacher's Bulletin - 26th April 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

The SHFGS Parents’ Society is meeting tonight - Monday 26th April at 7.30pm. Due to current restrictions, meetings are via Zoom and everyone is welcome. The small, but dedicated committee are always looking to expand their numbers with willing volunteers! Numbers are dwindling in this crucial group so please give consideration as to whether you could give some of your time to support school development. If you would like the link to join the meeting or if you would like to be kept informed please email: parentssociety@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk

Today, results for March Assessments completed by Year 13 students will be visible to parents and students on Go4Schools, in the usual way. We are able to share both ‘raw’ test scores and percentage results. Teachers have already shared these with students. Please remember that these will contribute to, but not solely form the basis of, the range of evidence on which Teacher Assessed Grades will be based. We will continue to share assessment data/results but are not permitted to publish Teacher Assessed Grades before examination boards do so in August. Next week results for Year 11 March Assessments will be published in the same way.

Further clarification on Heads of Year arrangements - Mr Josephson is taking over Year 7 from Mr Fleming who is stepping into Year 8 and 9. From this week onwards, Mrs Weinberg will be Head of Year 10. We are very pleased to be able to appoint Mrs Weinberg to this position. For Year 11, parents and students need to raise queries with Dr Johnson, Deputy Headteacher, while Mr Burge is on paternity leave this week. Mr Burge, Assistant Headteacher, will continue as Head of Year 11 for the rest of this academic year and will oversee Years 7-11 as previously. Dr Johnson will continue as the Deputy Headteacher with oversight of this section of the school.

School Leaver 200 is a complete guide to help students decide what to do after leaving school, featuring the top 200 employers for school leavers. School Leaver 200 introduces students to a broad range of options that they may like to explore in more depth so we have included the link for your convenience.

Advanced Notification - The last set of Year 11 assessments start on Wednesday 5th May and end on Friday 14th May. Students should be in school at the normal time of 8:45am on days when they have examinations. When students are not sitting assessments in the Hall, they will follow their normal timetable of lessons. If students do not have any assessments on a given day, they will be allowed to revise at home. This is the only circumstance for ‘study leave’.

Students in Year 11 will not be permitted to arrive at school late, just before the start of an assessment nor leave early, following the end of an assessment. Students are not permitted to leave site and return again, during the course of the assessment period. If parents permit students to study at home on those days, they will need to complete the Google form via the link below: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YnDKkncXZuuwzyPzTlRvWu_hRJ6lY9KuNJTvJLf1Ht8/edit

This form will allow us to track student attendance and understand numbers in the event of a fire drill etc.

Before the holiday, I mentioned the need for remote learning days in order to facilitate processing of Teacher Assessment data, moderation of work etc due to the removal of GCSE and A level examinations this year. I wanted to remind you of the dates for those days – Monday 24th May and Monday 7th June 2021. All but the most vulnerable will have independent learning days with a variety of live lessons, learning experiences and tasks from which to choose. There will of course be provision for the most vulnerable in school – a signup google form will follow in the coming weeks. And finally, testing continues… Students should continue to test twice weekly (Sunday and Wednesday) using the kits provided by school and need to enter their results online by following the instructions in the kit. Parents also need to inform the school of their child’s results. Please see Appendix A for further information on Lateral Flow Test procedures and Appendix B if your child/you displays Covid Symptoms.

Yours faithfully

Ms J Cochrane

Appendix A – Lateral Flow Home Testing for Students Testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home twice a week using LFT test kits, provided by schools. These tests are for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 but may have the virus asymptomatically. Parents and carers and or anyone else living in the same home as a secondary school student can get tested regularly by attending one of the four rapid test sites in Buckinghamshire, or you can go and collect test kits to do yourself at home. If it’s hard for you to go to a site, you can have test kits posted out to you – all the details are on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-andbubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

What twice-weekly testing involves:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day your child takes the test

Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Pupils, students and staff must also tell their school or college if they test positive. Please complete the form each Wednesday and Sunday evening with the result of the test: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7 A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. However, this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended

Appendix B – IF You or Your Child Displays Symptoms of Covid-19

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms. For more local information about COVID-19 and to find the locations of the Buckinghamshire rapid test sites, you can go to the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for your support and hard work in the fight against COVID19 and for helping to keep our school communities safe.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 19th April 2021


Dear Parent or Carer

Firstly, welcome back to the summer term, and I would like to open this bulletin by wishing those in our community who are observing, a blessed Ramadan.

We are very excited about developments in our school communication systems which we have been working towards since last summer. To improve our service to you, on 25th March we moved our general email communication platform to ‘School Comms’. We believe the transition has been a seamless one, however to ensure that you receive all communications from the school, please make Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School SC8254065a@schoolcomms.com a 'safe sender/recipient' in your personal email settings.

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/ We know the functionality and appearance of our previous site was significantly dated, and we hope that you are as pleased with our new platform as we are. You should find the functionality much more intuitive and fit for purpose on any device. While browsing you may wish to read our Equalities and Diversity Action Plan Update, if you haven’t already done so: https://sirhenryfloyd.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/key_information/Equalities-and-DiversitySchool-Action-Plan-update-01.04.2021.pdf?t=1617804227

Our thanks go to Mrs Chandler, who leads our reception team, and Ms Paulden, our media officer, for all the hard work they have put in from the tendering process until today’s launch.

This week, we are also happy to be able to reopen the school field for break and lunch time recreation and we will be able to allow football in year group bubbles – something that I know many students have missed tremendously in this Covid period. That will happen from tomorrow – please discuss your child’s continued need to exercise caution and distancing as far as is possible while playing.

tudents are familiar with how games and PE operate and should emulate sport in those conditions. We are not, as yet allowing basketball, but hope to do so before too long. On Thursday 22nd April, we have our next Virtual Parents/Carers Consultation Evening. Communication has already been sent. I hope this is as successful as the others have been; in your feedback this is certainly an area of Covid-school provision that you would like us to keep.

Before the break, I mentioned an impending maternity leave and, as is often the case with these things, they happen in their own timescale! Our warmest congratulations go to Miss Massey and Mr Burge on the birth of their son. So… ahead of schedule, we are bringing in the main changes to Heads of Year.
 - Mr Josephson is taking over Year 7 from Mr Fleming who is stepping into Year 8 and 9.
 - For this week only, Years 10 and 11 parents and students need to raise queries with Dr Johnson, Deputy Headteacher, while Mr Burge is on paternity leave.

Year 11 and 13 are keen to know more about their ‘leaving’ dates, post-final assessments in May. I will write to students and their parents later this week for final clarification. Students should be aware that today examination boards are making public the testing materials they have already released to schools.

As you are aware, Covid testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home and you are all becoming familiar with this new normal. Students should continue to test twice weekly using the kits provided by school and need to enter their results online by following the instructions in the kit. Parents also need to inform the school of their child’s results.

Please see Appendix A for further information on Lateral Flow Test procedures and Appendix B if your child/you displays Covid Symptoms.

As yet we have not received another delivery of test kits for staff and students but as soon as we do we will disseminate kits.

Attached for your interest are the April edition of the careers newsletter for families and information from Buckinghamshire County regarding Covid-19 vaccine safety.

Yours faithfully
Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A – Lateral Flow Home Testing for Students Testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home twice a week using LFT test kits, provided by schools. These tests are for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 but may have the virus asymptomatically. Parents and carers and or anyone else living in the same home as a secondary school student can get tested regularly by attending one of the four rapid test sites in Buckinghamshire, or you can go and collect test kits to do yourself at home. If it’s hard for you to go to a site, you can have test kits posted out to you – all the details are on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-andbubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

What twice-weekly testing involves:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day your child takes the test

Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Pupils, students and staff must also tell their school or college if they test positive. Please complete the form each Wednesday and Sunday evening with the result of the test: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7 A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. However, this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended

Appendix B – IF You or Your Child Displays Symptoms of Covid-19

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms. For more local information about COVID-19 and to find the locations of the Buckinghamshire rapid test sites, you can go to the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for your support and hard work in the fight against COVID19 and for helping to keep our school communities safe.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 29th March 2021



Dear Parent or Carer
Apologies for this very long bulletin however there is a lot to communicate this week.
In an attempt to limit the word count here, I will write to Year 11 and 13 parents and students separately tomorrow to give more detail on the school response to awarding grades this summer. However, the Joint Curriculum Council did publish their ‘Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs for Summer 2021’, so I have attached the parent and student version for you to this bulletin in the meantime.

As you are aware, testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home and you are all becoming familiar with this new normal. Unfortunately, though inevitably, we are starting to see cases in the student body so please do keep up the testing – including in the Easter holidays. Students have been/ are being sent home with their second set of home test kits now. Year 11 received theirs on Friday and all others present today in form time.

If your child (Years 7-11) was not in school today they can collect it from their tutor on return tomorrow or as soon as possible. Years 12 and 13 will collect them from the gym (Test Centre) at lunch times from tomorrow through to Thursday. Students have been alerted to this via their Year Group Google Classrooms. Students should continue to test twice weekly using the kits provided by school and need to enter their results online by following the instructions in the kit.Parents also need to inform the school of their child’s results. Please see Appendix A for further information on Lateral Flow Test procedures and Appendix B if your child/you displays Covid Symptoms.

This week is our annual Charity Week, and it has begun with gusto. However, while it is a winning formula for fund raising I’m not totally convinced that having over 1000 donuts ordered is a complete success! Well done to the Year 13 charity committee for all of their hard work and on-going efforts this week. The programme for the week is as follows:
- Tuesday 30th March: Krispy Kreme doughnut sale
- Thursday 1st April: Non-uniform day
- Easter Cards for Care Homes
- Food bank donation
- Charitable act celebration Thanks to all those who have sent food in for Aylesbury Vineyard as requested below; the food boxes in reception are filling up really well.

This Friday is World Autism Awareness Day. As you are aware, we are working hard to create as inclusive environment as possible. We will be publishing our progress on our Equalities and Diversity Action Plan before the end of term. You may find the following virtual event of interest https://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-dayhttps://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day

Later this week, the first issue of 'The Floydian Scholar' magazine will be published. This is an exciting new student-led magazine edited by Elizabeth and Rianna in Year 13, with a range of fun, helpful and thought-provoking articles written by students from Year 7-13. Please look out for the official launch letter and tweet with details of how to access the online magazine.

As the end of a term approaches, unfortunately we are accustomed to saying goodbye to members of staff who are moving on. This term we are saying goodbye to Mr Forshaw in a very different way. We are of course sad to see Mr Forshaw move on, after 13 years at SHFGS. However, we are delighted that he is being promoted to Deputy Headteacher at Princes Risborough School. He is, therefore, staying in the Insignis family, and we are excited to continue to Working Together to Inspire, Challenge and Achieve across our Trust. I’m sure you will want to join us in wishing him every success.

We also have an impending maternity leave in our Head of Year team. When that happens after Easter, we are ready with a plan for cover. Mr Josephson, who has considerable prior experience in pastoral support, will be taking over Year 7 for their final term this year and Mr Fleming will become the Head of Years 8 and 9. This constitutes as much consistency as we can offer the current Years 7 and 8 as they are both very familiar, having been supported by Mr Fleming previously. Following Elevate Education’s most recent parent seminar - ‘Technology and Focus webinar’. I have attached the link below for the recording of the session which is now available to watch back: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/replayhttps://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/replay.
You can also download a summary sheet of the main points here.

I am excited to share that Elevate have added a Parent Webinar to their schedule for next Tuesday 30th March when they will be teaming up with London Interdisciplinary School (https://www.londoninterdisciplinaryschool.orghttps://www.londoninterdisciplinaryschool.org, the UK’s newest university, to discuss the new and exciting university options that students will have from 2021). London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) are looking to revolutionise the university experience by prompting thinking about: ‘Curriculum based on solving real world problems’; ‘Interdisciplinary learning’ and ‘Real-world job exposure’. There is an exciting panel of speakers for the evening, including Ed Fidoe (Founder and Founder of School 21), Professor Carl Gombrich (Head of Teaching and formerly Professor of Interdisciplinary Learning at UCL), as well as students and some of LIS’ corporate partners for 2021.

The webinar is suitable for parents and students from Year 10 – Year 13, if you think they would be interested please share this information and the details below with them. Re-Imagining University and Future Careers - Tuesday 30th March, 6pm-7pm: Register for free at: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/lisregister

Please see a letter from Gavin Williamson to young people: https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/26/a-letter-to-young-people-from-gavin-williamson-mp-secretaryof-state-for-education/https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/26/a-letter-to-young-people-from-gavin-williamson-mp-secretaryof-state-for-education/

Have a safe week.
Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A – Lateral Flow Home Testing for Students Testing of secondary school students is now taking place at home twice a week using LFT test kits, provided by schools. These tests are for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 but may have the virus asymptomatically. Parents and carers and or anyone else living in the same home as a secondary school student can get tested regularly by attending one of the four rapid test sites in Buckinghamshire, or you can go and collect test kits to do yourself at home. If it’s hard for you to go to a site, you can have test kits posted out to you – all the details are on the government’s website at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-andbubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

What twice-weekly testing involves:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day your child takes the test

Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Pupils, students and staff must also tell their school or college if they test positive. Please complete the form each Wednesday and Sunday evening with the result of the test: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7 A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. However, this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended

Appendix B – IF You or Your Child Displays Symptoms of Covid-19

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms. For more local information about COVID-19 and to find the locations of the Buckinghamshire rapid test sites, you can go to the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for your support and hard work in the fight against COVID19 and for helping to keep our school communities safe.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 22nd March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

Thank you to those of you who have completed the Parents’ Survey on remote learning. If you haven’t, please do so by Wednesday this week: https://forms.gle/xadLi8yEAcw5w1Kz7 It is your last chance to formally recognise the achievement of our teachers, during a difficult lockdown.

However, your feedback will also contribute to our redesigning curricular and service delivery for the future. With your guidance, we will better understand which aspects improved what we do for students and parents alike. Today sees the start of assessments for Year 13; assessments designed in keeping with Ofqual’s latest draft guidance: i.e. ‘the sorts of questions and tasks that students would normally undertake in preparation for the qualification’.

We are still finalising our approach to awarding grades this summer: timeline for assessments, data collection, marking, and moderation (internal and external) I know that students in Years 11 and 13 are anxious to know an ‘end of term’ date for leavers, however we are exploring all options, while awaiting DfE direction, to ensure that all students are supported fully at this time. We are also still awaiting further clarity on optional assessment materials from examination boards and finalised guidance from Ofqual.

What is clear at this stage is that we are likely to require two remote learning/independent study days in order to facilitate this process; we envisage one on Monday 24th May and the second on Monday 7th June. However, this is a proposal only at this stage and we will publish a full timeline in next Monday’s bulletin, 29th March. To give you an idea of the size of this task – just in March and May – staff will be marking and moderating over 5000 assessments Year 11 and 13 (not to mention the normal work with all other year groups). We have planned a final assessment window in May in order that students have a chance to show improvement, if needed. The data from current assessments alone will require quite significant processing time but, of course, teachers, Subject and Faculty Leads, SLT and the CEO will be using data ‘based on a range of evidence completed as part of the course’.

We plan to use the following data types to reach final Teacher Assessed Grades:

- Invigilated, blind marked and moderated assessments (2021)

- Prior Invigilated assessments

- NEA (if appropriate)

- Subject common assessment/ Teacher assessment

Tomorrow, we will see our Piano Recital 2021 go live virtually. This has been organised by Luke in Year 13 and includes performances from students in Years 7-13. Look out for Miss Bahra's letter tomorrow containing the link. Click here for the March issue of the Parents’ and Carers’ Careers Pack, looking at International Women’s Day, preparing for virtual recruitment, new T Levels film, apprenticeships in the fashion industry, SEND post-16 options and more!

Coming soon - ‘Amazing Apprenticeships’ and ‘Not Going To Uni’ have produced a new collaboration, as leading early careers organisations, to tackle the challenges parents and carers are currently facing in trying to support their children with career advice and guidance. Their podcasts will provide an opportunity to explore the various careers that are available today. When we have more details, we will share them with you.

Next week sees a welcome return for our annual Charity Week; we have tailored events to best suit the current climate. We are organising a number of events, which will enable our community to support four worthy charities:

- Seesaw

- Child Bereavement UK

- National Autistic Society

- Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse

Throughout the week, our student Charity Committee we will be running five main events: 

- Tuesday 30th March: Krispy Kreme doughnut sale

- Thursday 1st April: Non-uniform day

- Easter Cards for Care Homes

- Food bank donation

- Charitable act celebration

Following the success of the Charit-tree collections, we would like to invite families to continue to support Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse by donating the requested items.

Students may deliver donations to the boxes found in reception between now and Thursday 1st April. And finally, we would like to recognise fundraising is not the only charitable act carried out by our students. We are planning to celebrate these by collating a record of any kind gestures carried out by students at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in the past year and publish this in our school newspaper led by the English Ambassadors. Further details of how to contribute to this will be on the student bulletin very soon.

Once again, we thank all families who support us in any of these charitable events. Supporting each other and giving to those in need is an integral part of life at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School. Reciprocity!

Home Testing has begun for all Year groups. We have sought guidance for those observing Ramadan. The British Islamic Medical Association’s view is that taking polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or lateral flow device (LFD) tests during Ramadan does not invalidate the fast. Please remember to record your child’s results via NHS Test and Trace and to us – https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7

More home test kits to cover the Easter holiday period will be given to students next week.

Have a safe and healthy week.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 15th March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer
RE: Home Testing of SHFGS Students with Lateral Flow Test Kits

As you are probably aware, up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we have been testing students in school in order to identify as many of those individuals as possible.

Following three tests administered in school, students will be asked to continue to test at home. Testing students at home Students will be able to collect home test kits from our testing centre on the occasion of their third test in school. That is today for Years 13 and 11. They have been given two test kit boxes and a set of instructions. All other year groups will be given the same equipment.

Students who have not been tested in school will also be given home testing kits and should collect these from the test centre (old gym) during their assigned lunchtime on Wednesday 17th March 2021. We would like students to take their tests on Sunday evening and on Wednesday evening.

We do not advise trying to do the test in the morning before departure for school because of the pressure this puts on our young people on top of the urgency of leaving home on time.

Taking the test

The vast majority of students are now familiar with the procedure. However, there is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). Lateral Flow Testing at home does not replace symptomatic testing.

If your child has any of the main symptoms of Covid-19:
- high temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – no ability to smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

your child should self- isolate immediately, please book a PCR test for them and follow national guidelines.

What should you do after your child has taken the test?

The government requires schools to record all test results. Therefore, you will also need to report your child’s test result (whether void, negative or positive) to both NHS Test and Trace (click the link) and to us. SHFGS will record test results in the following form – please complete it each Wednesday and Sunday evening: https://forms.gle/PnhUMtJezg3VnTRL7

However, in order to expedite our own Track and Trace system we need parents to report positive test results to our attendance team in the same way as you would any illness. If a student tests positive they, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School/college). If the result of the test is unclear (void), you should do another test.

A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. Therefore, we should all continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing hands. If you or anyone else in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

Why take part?
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. We are strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child, other students and staff to attend school as safely as possible. Please contact Dr S Lintott, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing. However, please make sure you have already read our FAQs document, and that below from PHE, before contacting the testing team. We do not have much capacity to handle queries.

Thank you for your support.

Ms J Cochrane
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Some frequently asked questions

Do I need to give consent? 
Students and parents do not give written consent to take part in the home testing programme. Please read the information below on how personal information and test results are shared and the privacy notice attached.
Once you open the kit you should take and report the results of the tests to NHS Test & Trace and Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, regardless of the result (positive, negative, or void).

Can my child take the test themselves? Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it. Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the child to take the test if they need support. Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.

Reporting problems or issues with testing If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119 and please also tell your child’s school. If an accident or injury happens whilst using the test kit, please seek medical care by calling 111 (or 999 if it is an emergency). Please also report what happened using this website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

What type of tests will be used? We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigentesting-for-people-without-symptoms

Are LFD tests accurate? Lateral Flow Devices identify people who are likely to be infectious. These  individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying them through this test is important.  These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested. The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that they are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes.  It is important to remember that these tests are only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as on wearing face coverings and social distancing. 

How are LFD tests different to PCR tests? There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample - you send the sample for processing at a lab
- lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus LFD tests give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test.

What does it mean if my child has a positive result? If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and your child’s school. You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed, if the test was conducted, during the school day, at the Asymptomatic Test Site at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School). You can book a test here.

What does it mean if my child has a negative result? A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. Therefore, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.

What if my child has a void result? If the result of the test is unclear (void), they should take another one. If the next test is also void, your child should take a PCR test. You can book a test here. All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and to your child’s school as outlined above.

Do I need to send the test to a lab? No. The LFDs supplied do not need to be sent to a laboratory to get a result and can give a quick result in around 30 minutes. Guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet, which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.

How do you report the result? You report the result (whether or not it is positive, negative or void) using this service. You also need to tell the school the test result. You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your test result. All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and to your child’s school as outlined above.

Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school? No, however whole families and households with primary school, secondary school, and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home. This testing can be accessed through the following channels:
- get a rapid test at work, through workplace testing. Ask your employer for more information
- attend a test site to get tested where you will be able to see how to take the test or pick up tests to do at home (you can find your nearest test site via the postcode checkerwww.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site or check your local council website)
- collect tests to do at home, find your nearest collection site COVID Test Finder (testand-trace.nhs.uk) If these options are not possible, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for people who need them the most. 

More information can be found on www.gov.uk/ordercoronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests There is more information available about testing for households and bubbles of students.

How will personal information and test results be shared? When your child takes a Lateral Flow test, you need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that you need to share some information about your child.
You need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):
- your child’s name
- your child’s test result
- the reference number on the test kit

You will also need to tell your child’s school or college their test result.

Under UK law, your child’s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’. This means that your child’s data helps us to stop the spread of the virus, and to keep your children in school. For example, we will tell your child to self-isolate if they get a positive test result.

Schools and colleges will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again. This will ensure that testing is accurate and helps keep us all safe. When you report test results online, you are sharing information with DHSC. They may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer your family health services and guidance if your child needs to self-isolate. They might also use your child’s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.

For more information on how personal data is used for testing please see the detailed privacy notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacyinformation/testing-for-coronavirus-privacy-information--2

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacyinformation/testing-for-coronavirus-privacy-information-quick-read--2

Headteacher's Bulletin - 8th March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

 

We are back! What a lovely thing it is to see a classroom full of students… Our first day back, for Years 11 – 13 and testing for Year 10, has gone incredibly smoothly. I’m very proud of our staff, students and the testing team/volunteers for their efforts in preparation so that it could run ‘like we’ve never been away’ to quote one sixth form student today.

If your child is coming in for their first test and hasn’t yet watched the preparatory video (please see the video on our website), please ask them to do so today. (N.B. If you/ your child does not receive news of the result of a test by text, be aware that the school team will contact you if the result is positive.) Please can I remind parents that parking is not available on site and that we recommend parking either at Morrisons or the Friars Square car park.

This week I’d like to ask for your feedback on our remote learning provision as there are aspects of what we have done during Covid-closures that we will definitely want to adapt/keep going forward. Having your perspective on this will be invaluable to our longer term planning: https://forms.gle/xadLi8yEAcw5w1Kz7

Thank you to the many parents/carers who have completed theTransport to/from School Questionnaire – we have 1175 responses so far. If you haven’t done so yet, please do complete the questionnaire, in the link above, as it will assist with us with our track and trace system.

The February issue of‘Amazing Apprenticeships’, highlights apprenticeship entry requirements, apprentice and employer perspectives, apprenticeships in the Care sector, T Level & Traineeship info and I thought it would be useful to share this with parents as well as a students. Here is the link if you would like to investigate these opportunities further:

Amazing Apprenticeships Parents and Carers Pack Feb 21

And finally, well done to all 88 Year 10 students who turned up for their DofE Bronze Virtual Qualifying Expedition on Saturday 27 February. Their attitude, engagement, task completion and ability to overcome the nerves of giving Project Presentations (to 50+ people via Zoom) was superb. All students showed a great DofE skill of determination, or Resilience as we Floydian Scholars know it.

Have a good week.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 1st March 2021



Dear Parent or Carer

Apologies for the longer bulletin this week, but I am attempting to cover all that you may need to be reminded of for reopening next week.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to school. The key things you / your children need to know are listed below and in the attachments.

Please take some time to talk this through at home, older students especially need to be reminded of the final three bullet points:

 Take your child’s temperature each morning and do not send them to school if it is high - 37.8 or above, or if they have any of the three main symptoms of Covid-19: temperature, a new continuous cough, change to or loss of taste or smell – anosmia. Testing can be arranged: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

- Students should wear a face covering, unless exempt, on buses, (sitting with own year group and school) in corridors, communal areas indoors and in lessons. If you haven’t completed the exemption form - please do so: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MZkWDRUVjP9wuk6oAaoPZSpuLJagko-s9MstMaghcBg/edit

- Carry a ‘Hygiene Pack’ – hand sanitiser, tissues, a spare face covering - never sharing any personal items / equipment

-Come in through their designated entrance - see map attached

- Hand sanitise on arrival and throughout the day (guided by staff also)

- Stay in year group bubbles and mix socially with a limited number of friends; students must not touch or hug each other on reacquaintance

-Social distance as far as possible when moving around the one-way system

- Years 11 and 6th form - no ‘lunchtime privilege’ - all must stay on site at breaks or lunches (6th formers continue to have some flexibility arriving for their first lesson of the day and leaving after their final lesson, as long as they can get home safely.)

Face Coverings As you are aware, we have always been in favour of the use of face-coverings and therefore ask that all students, who are not exempt, wear a face-covering on buses, in corridors, indoor communal areas and in classrooms. The government has now followed suit. We encourage their use, however, we understand and are sensitive to the fact that some students may not be able to wear a face-covering and will not want to share their circumstances with peers; please remind your child of that and also that the safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on. The safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between uses is also necessary. We do share some of the governments concerns of the impact on learning and of possible misbehaviour but saw none of that in the Autumn Term, thankfully. Face-coverings should be plain, without slogans or messages, we reserve the right to ask a student to change a mask for a plain one that we will provide should it be deemed inappropriate for school. Please stress the importance of complete cooperation with staff under these stressful circumstances.

Uniform Students will be expected to return in full and smart uniform, though PA or PE kit, will be acceptable on days when those subjects are taken, so that we do not have to use changing rooms.

Drop-off Many parents have chosen to drive children to school. Please be aware that the school and Aylesbury College site cannot facilitate drop off because of the congestion already caused by staff vehicles and buses. We advise finding a drop-off point close by or in town from where your child can walk to school. Please do not block driveways or park in allocated parking spaces on our local housing estates. Congestion on site could lead to ‘parking’ fines because of being in a traffic jam on the college site. ANPR operates and movement through the college side is time constrained.

Teaching in Week 1 - 8th March Those in school will have face-to-face lessons as per their normal timetable:
Teaching table 1st march

However, that will be disrupted when students are scheduled to have their second and / or third lateral flow test. Students who have not yet returned to school will have work set on their teachers’ Google classroom but not ‘live’ streamed lessons.

Testing - please be aware that the testing team do not have capacity to answer emails about testing. We have attached FAQs to cover the queries we have had. Please remember that consent can be withdrawn (or given) at any time and no student will be ‘forced’ to take a test, especially if they are finding the procedure too uncomfortable. An early heads up for Years 11, 13, 12, second Tests will happen on Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th in the order of testing above. Notification of remaining second and third tests will come in my next bulletin.

Attendance at school for those without illness is again mandatory. If your child is struggling with anxiety about returning to school, please contact their form tutor so that we can offer support in getting your child back to school and feeling better.

Query Response Times As you are aware, we are now running a different school day with staggered breaks and lunch times. This means that each day 3.5hrs are spent by SLT and other staff on an increased supervision rota. Therefore, we will need your patience and understanding in how quickly we will be able to respond to non-urgent day to day queries. I have extended the expected turn-around response time for us from 48 to 72 hours to recognise this increased pressure.

Track and Trace Procedures We will recommence track and trace procedures next week and will no doubt have to send students home either because of a positive test result or by being a close contact of a positive case. Please make sure that your contact details are up to date if they have changed recently and that you have procedures in place so that should your child need to be collected someone from your family or wider circle can do so as quickly as possible.

Awarding Grades for GCSE and A level We are still processing the guidance from late last week and more communication will follow asap. However, I have attached a very useful infographic on awarding of grades to start that process for you.

Support SPACE Programme (Supporting Parents and Carers in Education) SPACE is a free programme of virtual events to give parents and carers the tools they need to help their young people through secondary school. The programme will also explore higher education, further education and the opportunities available to young people. Young people are encouraged to attend with their parent/carer.

There are 5 virtual events: 23 March 19:00-20:00 - All About University & How to Apply Bucks New University and Oxford Brookes University will deliver a session all about university and how to go through the application process using UCAS.

30 March 19:00-20:00 - Vocational Routes & Apprenticeships Learn all about the different vocational routes on offer and how to apply for apprenticeships. A previous apprentice will also share her experience.

20 April 19:00-20:00 - Student Finance Oxford Brookes University will help you understand how student finance works and other financial support available. The Thrifty Londoner will also give some top tips on budgeting.

4 May 19:00-20:00 - Wellbeing & Resilience Positively MAD will deliver an interactive and reflective personal development workshop focusing on upskilling students to become resilient to setbacks.

18 May 19:00-20:00 - Exam & Revision Tips MADE Training will share ideas of how we can encourage and promote healthy discussion between parent/carer and child with regard to studying and motivation. Each session will have an additional 30 minutes allocated for a Q+A with a current student. It's optional for you to attend. There will be a private Facebook group that you will be invited to join once you have booked your place so you can connect with other parents/carers and access more information and updates. Please note that this is optional and only for parents/carers.

If you'd like any more information, please contact Hannah and Kat at space@studyhigher.ac.uk Application link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDhCaJ3uB9rE21ZZv7j_ASKOEScxmGJ2MoFXvFduy7jeVd8 g/viewform

Careers Newsletter - please see attached.

Elevate Education’s most recent parent seminar - ‘Stress and Wellbeing’- the recording of the session is now available to watch: Stress and Wellbeing Seminar.

You can also download a summary sheet of the main points here.

Elevate's next free webinar is going to be focused on how students can effectively prepare for assessments this year and the details are below:

Effective Preparation for Assessments

Date: Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm Registration link: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/register

This webinar will be suitable for parents of Years 7 - 13 as it shares guidance on preparing for any form of assessments and internal exams. Parents can sign up for any or all of the term’s webinar series at the registration link above.

I hope this has been helpful - stay safe this week.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 25th February 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Thank you for your patience this week and for those of you who have agreed to volunteer to help at our testing facility. As a result of these offers of help, and with some up-dates from government (specifically that we are allowed to test students before 8th March) we are now able to share our reopening plans. I am delighted that all students will be able to return to school in the first week of reopening. It is our aim to complete all three asymptomatic lateral flow tests between 3rd March and 18th March. We are also aiming to complete all of the tests 3-5 days apart. There may be circumstances, including staff or student absence, that will not allow us to complete every student's, three tests, by 18th March or in three to five days. Where this is the case, we will make alternative arrangements to ensure all three tests are offered by the 20th March.

Once each student has completed their three tests, and not before the 18th March, we will issue students in all year groups with home testing kits. They will have enough home testing kits, so that they can complete two tests per week at home, up to at least the 1st April. We will provide more information on home testing kits from the 18th March. It is also very important to remember that any student, who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 does not attend the scheduled testing dates but instead requests a PCR test (via the NHS) and begins a period of self-isolation. Similarly, if a student is already self-isolating during our test dates, they should not attend the testing programme or return to school and must continue to selfisolate. Our track and trace procedures will also be reinstated for close contacts of positives cases and those students will have to self-isolate. This is a change from what we were first told when requesting consent for testing so daily testing will not happen. Terms of consent on the form have been amended accordingly.

Student tests are to be carried out before they attend face-to-face lessons and so each year group’s first return to school will be for testing only, not in uniform. A negative test will mean that every student in the year group can join their peers in normal lessons the following day, as the table below illustrates:

Testing timetable
I appreciate that this will mean significant disruption for parents bringing children to school for testing, waiting for them and going home again. It will also mean considerable disruption to lessons / curriculum as on test days students will not have live lessons – work will be set on classrooms to give flexibility for travel. In the week of the 8 th when all staff are back at school, only those students in school will have live lessons face to face – all other year groups will have work set on the classroom, in order to ease the burden on staff and facilitate a smooth return for them also. From Monday 8th March, we will have almost 600 students on site for lessons and a test centre running for 7 hours of the day. I trust that given the sterling job done by SHFGS teachers and support staff we can rely on your understanding that this reduction in live provision, while not ideal, is essential. More detail on 1st test times for Year groups by form will follow for 7-10 next week.

For Years 11, 12 and 13 details are below. Unfortunately, due to the numbers we need to test and the logistics of tracking retests in 3-5 day windows, we cannot test siblings on these days. Parking will be available on site, at the front of the school.
  Testing 1
Testing 2
For example, this means that a Year 11 Waddesdon student with surname C arrives at 3pm on Wednesday 3rd March; a Year 12 Waddesdon student with surname C arrives at 3pm on Friday 5th March and a Year 13 Waddesdon student with surname C arrives at 3pm on Thursday 4th March.

Details on times and dates on second tests will follow next week when we can assess how quickly we are able to process students. We may find that we can increase capacity and speed up the process. However in order to meet the requirements of second or third tests happening in a 3-5 day window following the previous test, Year 7 – students will have their second test on Saturday 13th March between 10am-2pm. (We will try to speed up test delivery in order to accommodate Year 7 on Friday 12th but must be cautiously realistic about our capacity.) More details on individual timings will follow.

Again I greatly appreciate your support and fortitude in this process. Please pass on my warm regards to your child/ren and relay that I am very much looking forward to welcoming them back to school in person.

Yours faithfully

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 22nd February 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Welcome back!

I hope you and your families had a safe and relaxing half-term. A new half-term is a great time to reset and re-energise and make sure our standards are as high as they can be. With that in mind please could I ask that you reiterate the need for early rising and preparation for the day, before the start time of 8.45am. We noticed lower attendance to the start of day at the end of last half-term. It is also important that lessons at the end of the week are not considered as ‘optional’. We noticed a dip in attendance as the day progressed on Fridays, too. Thank you for your support…

Year 12 Parent’s Consultation Evening will go ahead remotely, this Thursday, as others have done. We look forward to providing valuable feedback to students and parents on progress on A level courses so far.

Bucks Schoolwear have re-activated their Click and Collect facility and postage charges will be reinstated. This information is particularly timely given that we expect to hear more detail on full reopening of schools from the Prime Minister this evening. I will be writing to you with details as soon as we have processed the announcement and compared it with the reopening plan that we have in place. What we do know already is that, if we are to test all students, we will have to have a staggered return to school with Years 11 and 13 returning first. We know at present we do not have the capacity to test 180+ students and their teachers in one day so even with a single year group we may need two days to have all students return. I would again ask for your patience and understanding on the complexity of reopening a school with mass testing in place… But, more on this when we know more. If you have, or your child (16yrs or over) has not yet completed the consent form, can I ask that you / they do so as a matter of urgency by Wednesday 2th February, this week. Knowing the numbers of tests that we need to carry out will be crucial to our planning this week.

Parental Permission - https://forms.gle/RAt9f95B3EYowWBk9
Student Consent - https://forms.gle/jPoJjiJivRCkPsSZ8

Following the success of the recent 'Around the World Running Fixture', Mr Boult has organised a similar cycling event with The Mandeville School and Aylesbury High School. Once again the competition is a 'Round the World' challenge and involves students, parents and staff trying to cycle as far as possible within 40 minutes. With SHFGS as the fictional start point, the school that travels the furthest will be the eventual winner.

We are asking students to complete their efforts during their normal PE lesson/Games afternoon and submit a screenshot of their distance and time (along with completing the Google Sheet in their PE Google Classroom). Parents and siblings are more than welcome to join in as the more that compete the better our chances of winning! The competition will take place during the week commencing Monday 1st March 2021 and all entries will need to be submitted by 6pm on Friday 5th March 2021. Attached is a presentation for information. We are very pleased to confirm that current GB International and WTA Tour player, Anna Popescu, will be hosting a Q&A session for those interested in Tennis on Thursday 25th Feb 2021 from 7.00pm-7.45pm. Please sign up below if you, a student or a member of your family would like to attend:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f2szAgoENSePNwLRRs2XMv4wWJ41c83QtsL2yggu97w/edit?usp=drivesdk

And finally… Could you nominate a potential winner for the first ever Buckinghamshire Women in Charity Awards? The awards have been highlighted to me by one of our parents, and I completely agree that it ‘would be great to have some Sir Henry Floyd pupils and staff either be nominated or to self-nominate, and potentially get some public recognition for all the voluntary work’ that we know goes on. The winners and highly commended will be unveiled on International Women’s Day (Monday 8th March) at an online ceremony. There are four categories and individuals can be nominated in more than one category:

- Outstanding Volunteer
- Young Charity Woman of the Year
- Outstanding Leadership in the Charity Sector
- Trailblazer in the Charity Sector The deadline for nominations is Sunday 28th February – further details and how to enter can be found here.

It would be great if you could encourage your child to self-nominate or nominate girls that they know do charity work.

Have a good week.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 8th February 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

I am writing to you this week while the snow falls outside my office window and I reflect that while all snowflakes appear to look the same, they are all in fact very different and that this can also be said for our community here at SHFGS.

With that in mind, I would like to highlight that this week is National Apprenticeship Week. We at SHFGS understand that success comes in many forms, as does education of the highest quality. We have seen students take up an excel in prestigious apprenticeships. Our Careers team have put together, and sent, an excellent newsletter, highlighting all of the opportunities that our students can access during this week. Please do encourage your child(ren) to take a look.

Mr Boult, our Director of Sport, along with others from the local Bucks grammar schools have created a challenge for the entire community to join in with. The Challenge involved students, parents and staff trying to run as far as possible within 40 minutes. With SHFGS as the fictional starting point, the school which travels the farthest will be the eventual winner. The Google form for you to complete is below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13ofwcVTsoTkcERKg59_W5xqldgqwaGvJdCke0PjRIU/edit?usp=sharing

The Around the World running challenge takes place from Monday 8th February, with all entries to be submitted by 6pm on Friday 12th February. An important date for all Year 8 students this Wednesday, when during their PSHE session they will be covering Keeping Safe in Public. An especially important reminder for all students as we potentially see an end to lockdown in sight and light evenings are just around the corner.

You may be aware that the Prime Minister is hopeful that schools will begin to reopen from 8th March. Even though this has not been confirmed we must plan for that eventuality. Detailed reopening plans will follow after the promised announcement for schools on 22nd February but for now please be aware that we plan to facilitate testing and therefore a staggered return to school for Years 11,13, 7 and other years from 8th March. We like you, hope these plans come to fruition.

Our Covid testing centre is up and running for staff currently and we will begin testing key workers students, who are in school and for whom we have consent, very shortly. Parents of key worker and vulnerable students who are coming to school will be contacted before any tests are undertaken.

Please see links below to consent forms if you are yet to complete one for your child(ren):

Covid permission for parents and consent for students 16years+: Parental Permission - https://forms.gle/RAt9f95B3EYowWBk9

Student Consent - https://forms.gle/jPoJjiJivRCkPsSZ8

A short update from me this week.

Stay safe,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 1st February 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

This week I write with some very gratifying news. Our attendance rates for lessons during this lockdown period is very much in line with our normal attendance rates at 95%.

This is an amazing statistic and well above national figures for when schools were open last term. The ratio of positive achievement points to C-19 concerns is also incredibly pleasing (Covid concerns are awarded so that we can intervene for students who are struggling and are not used in the same way as student concerns are normally). The ratio is 87% positive to 13% concerns. It is a testament to the commitment of our staff, students and parental support that these figures represent almost completely the norm at SHFGS.

Nevertheless, we want to continue to support you while we are in a phase of remote learning. Following Elevate Education’s most recent parent seminar - ‘motivation whilst studying at home’, please follow the link below for the recording of the session now available to watch back:https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/replay.

You can also download a summary sheet of the main points here. The recording will be available until 9th February, which is when the next webinar is taking place. The 9th February webinar is on Stress and Wellbeing, focusing on how to establish and maintain good routines during lockdown, how to manage stress levels, and what to do when stress gets overwhelming. The details are below:

Managing Student Stress & Wellbeing

Date: Tuesday 9th February 2021 Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm

Registration link: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/register

This webinar is free and available for all parents Years 7-13.

The well-being of our students is especially at the forefront of our minds this week as it is Children's Mental Health Week. The theme this year is sharing feelings and thoughts, and encouraging young people to express themselves. Now more than ever it is important for our students to share their feelings and reach out for support if they are finding things difficult. With this in mind, we are launching our Bucks Mind Peer Support Programme, where some of our sixth formers who have been trained by Bucks Mind staff become peer mentors to help support our students' mental health. The role of the peer mentor includes being a listening ear for younger students, helping to raise awareness about mental health in school and being a mental health ambassador within the school. Our peer mentors have been in touch with students via the student bulletin with information about how they can get in touch with a peer mentor. Form tutors will also be re-sharing these details.

During Children's Mental Health Week, I would like all of our students to think about their well-being and reflect on any small changes or improvements they could make to their mental health, or even just have a conversation with you at home about how they are feeling.

The 'five steps to well-being' is a great place to start, and so important during lockdown:

- Connect - talk and listen, be there, feel connected

- Be Active - do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

- Take notice - remember the simple things that give you joy

- Keep Learning - embrace new experiences, see opportunities and surprise yourself

- Give - your time, your words, your presence

We have an Independent Study Day this Wednesday, 3rd February – an ideal time for our students/your child(ren) to go back to the student bulletin and review the information and details placed there by our 6th Form Mental Health Ambassadors.

It is important to note that the excellent provision delivered by our staff does come at a price and levels of anxiety around how grades will be awarded are rising among our staff too. As a result, I would ask for the support and patience of parents of students in Years 11 and 13. Asking for details which teachers cannot give at this stage only increases those stress levels. Teachers, and indeed Leaders, have no ‘inside-track’ on how grades will be awarded. We are continuing to assess work and are in the process of collecting a body of evidence which we will be able to use when the time comes. We also want to avoid allegations of malpractice. Academic reports will be issued soon and will contain a grade that reflects only the work done this half-term (or since December/ trial examinations for Yr11s). The grades represent a small part of the evidence-gathering process and are not Teacher Predictions of final grades. Please be patient and ask your children to be patient too. I hope you and they know that we are doing our very best to serve their best interests. A detailed letter on reports will follow for you this week. If your child is struggling to access an internet connection strong/reliable enough to facilitate online lessons please let us know (smills@shfgs.co.uk - Subject 4G Dongles).

We may be able to access 4G Dongles to help. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the questionnaires that I have been advertising in recent weeks: Covid permission for parents and consent for students 16years+:

Parental Permission - https://forms.gle/RAt9f95B3EYowWBk9

Student Consent - https://forms.gle/jPoJjiJivRCkPsSZ8

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 25th January 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

I hope this bulletin finds you well, having enjoyed some family ‘snow-day’ activities. The winter weather brought many of our families a welcome change of scene from other lockdown Sundays.

I know many students are worried that remote lessons will put an end to school closure ‘snow-days’ but it is too early to make a call on that! As per those days, when we would post tasks on Google Classroom, we will be doing the same on Wednesday, 3rd February.

This will be an ‘Independent Study Day’ for all students. We received positive feedback on a recent study day from students and so have decided to build these into our provision going forward.

This day will be a chance for some students to make sure they are up to date with all their work, or revision for senior students. Those who are up to date already will have time for enrichment and careers opportunities via the Whole School Classroom. This will also facilitate faculty and subject planning time on how planned assessments need to be adapted for remote access, given the suggestion that a return to school after half term is less likely. Year 13 and Year 11 trial examinations are currently being reviewed. Parents with students in these year groups will hear more about this in the coming days.

It is a short briefing this week to give you the chance to complete the questionnaires that I have been advertising in recent weeks:

Covid permission for parents and consent for students 16years+:

Parental Permission -https://forms.gle/RAt9f95B3EYowWBk9

Student Consent - https://forms.gle/jPoJjiJivRCkPsSZ8

The Ofqual and the Department of Education have issued their consultation on how to award GCSE and A level grades, for students who would have been taking examinations, this summer. The consultation documentation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-how-gcse-as-and-alevel-grades-should-be-awarded-in-summer-2021

I strongly encourage all parents and students to take part and have their say. Please see below a letter and the attachment from Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust for their residents. Stay safe and have a good week.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Appendix 1: Letter from Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust Dear Parent I am taking the opportunity to write to you to let you know about our Springboard Grant for Housing Trust residents. The grant of up to £300 is available to Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust residents only, to apply for to purchase a laptop for home schooling. Residents can apply through our website

https://www.vaht.co.uk/springboard-grantapplication-form or by completing the attached application form and returning it to our offices. We do require a letter from the school confirming the following which needs to be submitted along with the application – · the child’s name · that the child requires a device to access their learning and · that they do not hold a key worker space at the school We want to get the message out to as many families as possible, please share with your teachers and parents. Please direct any questions to tcfgrant@vaht.co.uk

 

Appendix 1 Springboard Grant Application Form

Headteacher's Bulletin - 11th January 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

This week the Headteacher’s Bulletin resembles something more like what you expect with details of school life. Last week, our Year 9 Options Information Evening went ahead remotely and thanks to all who attended. The deadline for Options submissions for students is 27th January.

We have also begun the ‘Next Steps’ process for our Year 11 students. They have all completed a questionnaire on their preferences in terms of schools and courses. Each student’s return is then followed up with an individual interview with a member of the Senior Leadership, Sixth Form or Careers Teams. The interviews are being held over Zoom and having completed several this morning I can say that it is a lovely experience to be able to catch-up one to one with our students.

Next Monday 18th January, our Parents’ Society Committee will be meeting and I’m sure will continue to welcome new members. If you are interested the meeting will be by Zoom and details can be found by contacting parentssociety@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk. As you will appreciate, fund-raising and maintaining any momentum is a real challenge for the committee in the current circumstances so please do consider lending your support in some way. The new climbing wall, which was entirely funded by Parents’ Society donation, is due to be installed this month, restrictions permitting. Therefore, you can see that even in the current climate the group plays a valuable role in providing extra support and facilities for your children.

We have an exciting new service in school that will be starting this month. Our plans to implement the Bucks Mind Peer Support Programme have not been stopped by the pandemic nor the recent return to remote learning. Our sixth form Mental Health Ambassadors have already been trained by Bucks Mind staff to become peer mentors to other SHFGS students. The role of the peer mentor includes being a listening ear for younger students and helping to raise awareness about positive mental health in school. Bucks Mind staff will come into school throughout the year to gain feedback and see how the service is going. They will hold feedback sessions with these young ambassadors, the staff overseeing service delivery and the students who have used the service. We look forward to seeing our peer mentors support our younger students and in turn strengthen the student community. As I mentioned last week, I needed to re-think the Covid-Testing Consent forms and those for parents (of children under-16 years old) and for students (16 years and older) are linked below:

Parental Permission - https://forms.gle/RAt9f95B3EYowWBk9

Student Consent - https://forms.gle/jPoJjiJivRCkPsSZ8

We are working to the assumption that testing will need to go ahead when students return to school and that we will begin staff testing in January once training and staffing have been completed. Students will also be sent this link via their school email but please feel free to have your child complete it via this bulletin. I would also recommend that you discuss this with your child so that you are aware whether or not they have chosen to be tested. For those who choose not to opt for testing in school, if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case of Covid-19, they will need to self-isolate as per the system pre-Christmas rather than attending school. The school testing system has two broad aims -to identify asymptomatic students who could infect others and to lessen the need for absence due to self-isolation.

Staffing News: We have said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Collins - Assistant Headteacher who has moved on to pastures new in a London school. He has been an outstanding member of our staff and leadership team and will be greatly missed. Mrs Kallay is temporarily working across the Trust for the next two terms so while her work with our SEND and Intervention teams continue, her teaching will be taken by Mrs Williams and Mrs Bunn who we have already as part of the SHFGS team. Mrs Henderson has left the data team; we wish her well and we welcome Mr Morgan to the team. You may see his name on communications regarding examinations or data reports.

As you will expect, due to the recent Government announcement, Bucks School Wear will have to remain closed until further notice. Therefore, once again they be offering free delivery on all web orders as from today until the end of this current lockdown, should you require any uniform items in anticipation of return: info@bucksschoolwearplus.co.uk.

Parents and carers of students in Years 11 & 13, please be aware that we will be sending communication home later this week regarding their current studies and assessments.

Please note the current advice to us all is to ‘act like we have the virus’; stay safe and have a good week.

Yours faithfully

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Appendix re COVID symptoms & reporting: What do I need to do if my child is unwell?

As a parent, you must: Continue to report positive COVID tests to the school. Not send your child to school (when not in lockdown) if they or someone else in your household has, or is showing any symptoms of, COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell). If this is the case you must notify the school immediately.

Collect your child from school if they become unwell during the school day with any symptoms of COVID-19. If this is the case, parents will be contacted immediately. Ensure your child self-isolates if they develop the symptoms outlined above, in line with the government guidance which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-athome-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Book a test if your child is displaying symptoms, within three days of these symptoms appearing. Anyone can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age. A test is not required if you are not showing symptoms. Your child should not attend School while awaiting the results of a test. Inform the school immediately of the results of a test – positive or negative. If this test (taken because your child has symptoms) is positive, you should follow the guidance above and must ensure your child continues to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and that they return to school only if symptoms (other than a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) have gone. These symptoms (cough/loss of smell taste) can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10- day period starts from the day when your child first became ill. If your child still has a high temperature at the end of the 10-day period, you should ensure that they continue to selfisolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of your household should self-isolate in line with the guidance. If your child has displayed symptoms but tests negative, they can usually return to school and household members can end their self-isolation but please note that this will be subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals with whom we will liaise.

If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to school until they have recovered. If your child tests positive you must engage with the NHS Test and Trace process and provide details of anyone your child has been in close contact with.

You may find the following government guidance helpful: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-childrenattending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-forparents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronaviruscovid-19-outbreak

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/what-your-testresult-means/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-toself-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Requirement to Self-Isolate

Legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today (Monday 28 September), to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19

Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offender (This information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-legal-duty-to-self-isolate-comesinto-force-today)

Headteacher's Bulletin 16th December 2020

Dear Parent or Carer What a start to the week!

Our track and trace processes have really been put to the test. SLT have spent all of Monday and most of yesterday, tracing students, isolating them, coordinating collections and letters – in consultation with AGS, AHS, bus companies and Public Health England. We have seen a significant rise in the frequency of cases.

We are remaining open, until we are ordered to close or if staffing were to become an issue. While we have had high numbers of students to isolate this week so far, thankfully, we have not had to isolate staff as a result.

Even while we have had that to contend with, it has been a real pleasure to watch annual the Year 7 ‘Poetry by Heart’ and the Year 8 ‘Slam Poetry’ performances yesterday morning. The ‘show’ was live streamed around school and the finals did their classmates proud. The standard was exceptional again this year, especially in the Year 8 competition where students write and perform their own poems. Their chosen topics ranged from politics to environmental issues and social media.

Our Christmas Dinner is taking place today. It is normally a very successful event and we have especially decorated the canteen, and site with Christmas tunes to be heard as well, in order to keep our spirits up this week. Our Christmas Carol Concert will be enjoyed in school today and will be available to the community via the website from 7pm this evening. I have seen the Winter Wonderland set created in the theatre and the green-screens so I am very excited for what will no doubt be another fantastic event. For me, this celebration is the thing that gives me that holiday feeling each year so it comes to you highly recommended.

Last week’s E-Safety briefing is now on our website: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/parents/e-safety/

SHFGS and the following schools have Admissions Policy consultations open at present for the academic year 2022-23:

Chesham Grammar School

Aylesbury High School

Wycombe High School

Princes Risborough School

They can be found via links in the ‘Latest News’ section of our website.

We close on Friday at 3.30pm, but we do need to be kept informed of Covid cases in the student body in the first week of the holiday, until the 23rd December. Please do not email ‘absence’ as in term time but do let SLT know via the: office@shfgs.co.uk address. We will look at all reports and follow advice from Public Health on whether or not other students need to self-isolate.

News of mass testing of staff and students in schools after the Christmas break has been announced. This will be initially for secondary schools with the plan for primary schools to deliver this as well from February. There will be a period of training and preparation after Christmas. This means that testing will not be starting immediately upon students’ return to school. We will keep you fully informed as it develops and as such will be writing to you again in the Spring Term when the government has released full guidance and we are clear as to the delivery of this project. We will also be asking for your permission to test your child/ren in January, we will not test students under the age of 16 without this.

I did want to up-date you on our significant progress on our Equalities and Diversity Action Plan but this bulletin is long enough so I will save that as good news for the New Year.

I hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday period and, if you celebrate it, Merry Christmas!

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 7th December 2020 Year-7-10

Dear Parent or Carer

As you will be aware from our regular communications to all parents, we have had multiple cases of Covid-19 at SHFGS.

Two thirds of all of our positive cases have been in Years 11 to 13, with some as recent as last week. Nearly all of the other cases have been in Year 10 and as you know, the whole year group is currently isolating as a result.

Each time we have a positive case, we consult with Public Health England, conduct rigorous track and trace procedures, identifying proximity contacts in lessons, tutor time, travel and socialising. This can lead to over 100 students per positive case having to isolate at home. Meeting with all Bucks Secondary Headteachers last week, also emphasised for me the numbers of students around the county who are isolating from all schools.

It is worth noting that if any student or member of staff is identified as a close contact with a child who tests positive from 11th December, they will have to self-isolate over the Christmas period. I really want you all to have the Christmas that you are preparing for and not one in isolation from family and friends. Working from home will minimise the risk of this happening to your children and our staff. It is the end of the longest term and one in which we have laboured under Covid conditions - we very much need this holiday.

Unfortunately therefore, we find ourselves in the very difficult position of trying to avoid an ‘outbreak’ in the older year groups, attempting to avoid the spread to other students and staff, while also providing the most effective and least disruptive teaching of GCSE and A-Level courses.

We are also very conscious of the need for as undisrupted a holiday as possible at the end of this, the longest term for our students and their families. In order to keep all students in the year group bubbles as safe as possible and to protect our community from further disruption, the Senior Leadership team, Chair of Governors and CEO are in unanimous agreement that the best course of action is for Years 11 to 13 to work from home from Monday 14th to Friday 18th December.

We know we can deliver very high quality education remotely and are prepared to do so in order that lower school students – Years 7-9 - and returning Year 10 students can be taught in school and have an end of term where the risk to them is reduced by having significantly fewer students in school. I am sure you are aware that the Department for Education has made it clear that schools are not to close early and therefore we feel this plan is a suitable compromise, in the interest of the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School community.

I would reassure you that students who are vulnerable or with whom we are working on attendance will come to school as normal and we will contact parents of those students separately this week. Thank you in anticipation for your continued understanding and support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 7th December 2020 Year-11-13

Dear Parent or Carer,

As you will be aware from our regular communications to all parents, we have had multiple cases of Covid-19 at SHFGS.

Two thirds of all of our positive cases have been in Years 11 to 13, with some as recent as last week. Nearly all of the other cases have been in Year 10 and as you know, the whole year group is currently isolating as a result. Each time we have a positive case, we consult with Public Health England, conduct rigorous track and trace procedures, identifying proximity contacts in lessons, tutor time, travel and socialising. This can lead to over 100 students per positive case having to isolate at home. Meeting with all Bucks Secondary Headteachers last week, also emphasised for me the numbers of students around the county who are isolating from all schools.

It is worth noting that if any student or member of staff is identified as a close contact with a child who tests positive from 11th December, they will have to self-isolate over the Christmas period. I really want you all to have the Christmas that you are preparing for and not one in isolation from family and friends. Working from home will minimise the risk of this happening to your children and our staff. It is the end of the longest term and one in which we have laboured under Covid conditions - we very much need this holiday.

Unfortunately therefore, we find ourselves in the very difficult position of trying to avoid an ‘outbreak’ in the older year groups, attempting to avoid the spread to other students and staff, while also providing the most effective and least disruptive teaching of GCSE and A-Level courses. We are also very conscious of the need for as undisrupted a holiday as possible at the end of this, the longest term for our students and their families. In order to keep all students in the year group bubbles as safe as possible and to protect our community from further disruption, the Senior Leadership team, Chair of Governors and CEO are in unanimous agreement that the best course of action is for Years 11 to 13 to work from home from Monday 14th to Friday 18th December.

We know we can deliver very high quality education remotely and are prepared to do so in order that lower school students – Years 7-9 - and returning Year 10 students can be taught in school and have an end of term where the risk to them is reduced by having significantly fewer students in school. I am sure you are aware that the Department for Education has made it clear that schools are not to close early and therefore we feel this plan is a suitable compromise, in the interest of the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School community.

I would reassure you that students who are vulnerable or with whom we are working on attendance will come to school as normal and we will contact parents of those students separately this week.

Thank you in anticipation for your continued understanding and support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 30th November 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

We are entering our first week of having to isolate a whole year group as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, hopefully later today, Year 10 are working from home and self-isolating, as we have had a number of cases in the same year group in the last week. While we do not yet meet the criteria for this to be classed as an ‘outbreak’, and we do not have solid evidence of there being transmission in school, I am taking this very cautious approach to protect students, staff and our wider community. How we deliver lessons in the most effective way will also inform our thinking.

Please can I ask that parents and carers also take a very cautious approach to sending students to school with even the mildest Covid symptom or any illness. Also as per our letter on Friday, if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or is awaiting test results, they and the rest of the household must isolate. You must inform the school immediately and your household must remain in isolation until confirmation that the test result is negative. Any student that we send home for self-isolation must isolate for the full 14 days as per the details in our letter, even if they have a negative test result within that period.

We have quite a few activities this week and I hope that many of you will be joining our Parents’ Society Quiz this Thursday at 7.30pm, via Zoom.

Tickets can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-school-quiz-tickets-129352467713

So that we know who you are, under the Team Entry section please put:

- The form group/teaching group in the ‘First Name’ field

- Your Team Name in the ‘Surname’ field. Nearer to the event, you will be emailed a link to join us, we really look forward to seeing many of you virtually!

Many of our students are excited about the possibility of a climbing wall so please do take part – your ticket purchases will directly contribute to this project. Even in our current situation we are still following the normal routine of the school year with Open Events and Parents’ Consultation Evenings.

This week sees the 6th Form Live Open Event by Zoom with the possibility to ask questions of subject specialists and the 6th form team. The same opportunity exists for parents of children in Year 6 who are considering SHFGS as their first choice (we hope!) secondary school.

The details and booking forms for both events are available on our website – please spread the word! For those of you as parents of Y7, 8, 11 and 13 who have used our virtual Consultation platform, we’d like to find out about your experience of using School Cloud. I hope you will complete this short survey in order to help us with future events:https://forms.gle/MAYQEd3tEWVJCvHcA

On Wednesday this week we are hosting a meeting for those students who are intending on going on next year's World Challenge. They will be taking part in some training on STRAVA, virtual team building activities and checking that students have started thinking about what documentation and vaccinations they will need.

Details of our first SHFGS Christmas Card and how to order will be coming very soon. I’m sure you will want to add some to your list this year!

Have a safe week.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 23rd November 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

As I mentioned last week, we would love you to join us Thursday 3rd December 7.30pm, via Zoom for the Parents’ Society Virtual Quiz. Funds raised will go towards a fantastic new climbing wall, situated in the old gym, which the whole school will benefit from. From our Parents’ Society Committee:

You may be thinking, haven’t we done our fair share of online quiz’s over the past 6 months??! Surely not another one?! That may be, however we would normally be running 4 social events a year, so with current restrictions, we thought it was time to get online!! Tickets are £8.40 per team which includes a booking fee. Whilst we are asking for one ticket per team, if you would like to donate more, simply buy more tickets under the same team name.

Every penny counts towards this amazing new facility for the school! Tickets can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-school-quiz-tickets-129352467713

So that we know who you are, under the Team Entry section please put:

-The form group/teaching group in the ‘First Name’ field

- Your Team Name in the ‘Surname’ field.

Nearer to the event, you will be emailed a link to join us, we really look forward to seeing many of you virtually! Thank you in advance SHFGS Parents’ Society

Year 7, 9, 11, 13 students have recently had their photos taken by Gillman and Soames. Students will be given the proofs in the coming days, if you order photos before 4th December you will receive the photos prior to Christmas as Gillman and Soames have extended the order deadline.

I am delighted to announce the winner of our first SHFGS Christmas Card competition is James in 9M. Details on how to order sets of these cards will follow from Sarah Bowers our Development Officer, shortly.

This morning there was a frisson of nervous excitement in The Box Café as Year 11 anticipate the second week of their trial examinations – with Maths Paper 2 -to start this week.

Tomorrow night, sees the next Virtual Parents’ Consultation Evening run for those of you with children in Year 8. I hope it goes as smoothly as those so far have gone.

This week rehearsals are continuing for our Christmas Celebration which most of us are recording on Friday. I hope you will be able to watch students and staff perform in the run up to the festive season. It is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday. Details on the video release date and access etc. will follow in subsequent communication and bulletins.

To close this bulletin, I would like to give you early warning on two very important events next week. On Tuesday 1st December, we are running a Live Q&A session with A Level Subject Leaders and the 6th Form Team from 5-6pm. Please see details in Admissions+ and a letter from Mr Forshaw later this week.

On Wednesday 2nd December, we are running a Live Q&A session for Prospective Year 7 Parents and Students with the Senior Leadership Team. Please see the letter attached and pass it on to any of your friends or neighbours who have children in Year 6 and are interested in our school.

Bookings can be made at: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.uk/book/step1?z=Cu0vUW

Have a safe and healthy week.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 16th November 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

For those of you who celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, I hope that your celebrations over the weekend, while different this year, were nonetheless a happy occasion. We can all certainly benefit from the consideration of a fresh start, a new year, and to celebrate the victory of good over evil, this year particularly! In honour of the occasion, we decorated our courtyard with lots of lights which we will be sorry to see come down this week.

Today, we begin by taking a stand against bullying. That is, of course, our normal stance at SHFGS but Monday 16th November marks the start of National Anti-bullying week. In form time this morning, tutors highlighted the importance of the week to students and tomorrow our whole school assembly will focus on anti-bullying in general but with a special focus on cyberbullying. Unfortunately, all too often we see that disagreements in real life spill over into very unpleasant exchanges online. In a previous bulletin I mentioned that young people today have an online and a real life persona, while this is now the norm we must all work with our young people to ensure that the online version remains an accurate reflection of their ‘best-self’. Later this term we will be providing a session for parents on E-safety with our Designated Safeguarding Lead and at least one member of SLT. As a community, we will be showing our stance on Anti-bullying or any prejudicial treatment by taking part in the Odd Socks day initiative on Friday, 20th November. We will be asking that staff and students alike wear odd socks to school to highlight that we are all unique and to celebrate our differences.

Even in lockdown the great work of our Parents’ Society is continuing. We are holding a virtual quiz night on Thursday, 3rd December for all ages in the school community and their parents. The funds raised will go towards buying a climbing wall.

This will be a fantastic addition to the sport’s curriculum, our co-curricular offer and the lettings offer for the school – our own revenue streams being so important in the current situation of school funding. Staff and students, of all age groups, alike will benefit from this exciting new resource. Please support the school by signing up to the quiz; it will no doubt lift all our spirits on the (hopefully) final night of this second National Lockdown. (Details on tickets etc. to follow very soon.)

If quizzing is your thing, then you might also want to get some practice in by helping out Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Spinal Research Department, who are also hosting their Family Christmas Quiz fundraiser on November 27th at 6pm, via Zoom. Children of all ages are welcome, or parents you are free to join on your own! Tickets are just £6 per family team.

‘Grab a glass of wine/soft drink and a mince pie, and settle down to an hour's worth of fun questions for all the family.’ To register, or buy £1 raffle tickets for a luxury hamper kindly donated by George David, please click here: https://www.lifeafterparalysis.com/Event/christmas-quiz

On a wider charitable note, our annual House Chari-tree event will be launched on 26th November which raises funds/donations for the charities nominated via our school Houses. Mrs Malone, House coordinator, and our SSLT (Senior Student Leadership Team) have asked that I draw your attention to one of those charities slightly earlier than planned. We will be supporting the local food bank - Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse immediately as they are very low in stock. There is a box in reception ready for donations for the food bank should you wish to send anything in with your child sooner. We will of course make sure that all goods are handled in a Covid-safe way.

For support closer to home, please find a virtual session - Success in the 6th form – which we offer annually to parents of Year 12 students but are doing so remotely this year for obvious reasons.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15fl0Dzi4rdGmqa_W_5TA_8Km1MRgSVe6/view?usp=sharing

Parking plea: recently the number of cars on site in the morning has grown significantly, preventing staff from arriving on time and parking in their allotted spaces. Unfortunately, we have also had complaints from local residents on similar issues ie preventing them from accessing and leaving their property. I would ask that parents or carers choosing to drop off do so at the public car park at Morrisons supermarket, students can safely walk to and from school from there. The roads there have greater capacity than our shared site with the college. If your child has mobility difficulties, please utilise the Disabled Parking bays at the front of the school and outside the Performing Arts Centre. I hope you appreciate the spirit of this plea, and we can work together to prevent the workload and local ill-feeling that this problem is creating.

And finally, are you or someone in your family a native French speaker and looking for a part-time job (5hrs per week)? If so, please check our current vacancy for a French Language Assistant.

I would also draw your attention to the Deputy Headteacher Vacancy which exists in our Insignis ‘sister school’ should any of you be fellow educational professionals, interested in your next step.

Have a safe week.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 3rd November 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

I hope you had a restful half-term break, that your child’s learning batteries have been recharged so to speak, and that they return ready for another half-term of productivity. As I am sure you are aware, this week we enter another phase of national lockdown, however it is not as before. School remains open for all students and there is no dispensation of the legal requirement on attendance. At Sir Henry Floyd, we have enjoyed very high levels of attendance since September. Despite everything and numbers of students self-isolating at various times our figures have been very close to pre-Covid levels and they remain higher than both the Buckinghamshire and national averages. We hope that this continues as far as is possible, throughout the winter.

With the increased limits to students socialising outside of school for the next month in mind and the inevitable return to more online activity that accompanies a lockdown, I thought it would be timely to remind parents and carers of E-safety advice. I would like to strongly recommend the resource below from the NSPCC: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Our website holds more details also: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/parents/e-safety/.

Students have online characters/personalities and another for real life. I would ask that you remind your child about this key to healthy online interactions:

THINK - Is what I am about to post/type:

- True

- Helpful

-Inspiring

-Necessary

-Kind

We will all need to hold on to the kindness we have for others in these increasingly challenging times.

Just before half-term, we ran our first virtual Parents’ Consultation Evening, which from the staff perspective ran relatively smoothly given that we had never used the software before. We hope that the Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening on Wednesday, this week runs equally smoothly. We will gauge your views in the coming weeks. We also launched our virtual open event for 6th Form at SHFGS. Please do review our provision with your Year 11 child or Year 10 and below if, they want to get started in thinking about next steps. If you have friends and family members with children at other schools who are considering a move for Year 12 please direct them to our website at this initial instance. We hope to be able to run a real-life event later next year, even after applications have been made in January. The website page contains not only the obvious information on our curriculum offer at A level but also sample lessons too. Feel free to return to learner-status, parents!

Also this week, we have the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, good luck to all our participants. We will be taking individual photos for students in Years 9, 11 and 13 on Thursday, at a social distance of course. This is a lovely opportunity for you as parents to document the end of your child’s Key Stage or secondary education, in order to embarrass them at a future life event!

In the coming weeks, Years 9-13 will have the opportunity to take part in the Bucks Skills Show; Year 9, pre the Options process, in timetabled lessons and other year groups from home (please see letter from Miss Bahra for details). Year 11 have already been studying for their first set of trial examinations this month. Please be assured that should isolation need to take place we have a system in place for examinations from home.

I hope that the focus on the longer-term future will help sustain our students at present. Personally, I am finding the new ways that we are utilising to run events such as the consultation evenings and later our Carol Service, exciting and a positive way to look at the term ahead.

Considering our Christmas celebrations of part years, many of you will remember Nick Care who taught and conducted our Brass section. Sad news has reached me today that Nick has passed away after a long illness. The legacy of his fantastic teaching remains at Sir Henry Floyd. He is remembered fondly and we send condolences to his wife and family.

Take care this week and stay safe.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 19th October 2020

Dear Parent and Carer,

With the end of this half-term, we are also drawing to a close our Black History Month celebrations. Some of the activities students have taken part in:

-Diversity and Inclusion Assembly – an outstanding whole school assembly lead by Mrs Latif one of our Equalities & Diversity staff working party

-Black History Month Life! Session - Year 12 & 13 had an additional Life! Session led by Mrs Cooper

- ‘Why is Black History Month so important this year?’ - All students were asked to read an article from Catherine Ross (guest editor of Black History Month 2020).

- Students learning about ‘Great Black Britons' - 2 tutor times were spent learning about untold stories with students having the opportunity to share their learning with their tutor groups

- Black History Month in Lessons - to make our celebrations more prominent, each subject promoted Black History Month. Coverage was across the curriculum in all Key Stages.

- Senior Student Leadership Team Celebrations - SSLT are currently working on an online equivalent to our usual fashion show event and a tutor time activity.

- We also recommend the following TED Talk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s talk ‘The danger of a single story’ - https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript ?language=en

I wanted to draw your attention to the grants available from The Charles Pope Memorial Trust for music students who may be struggling to pay for instruments, music or tuition. The Trust was established in 1982 in memory of Charles Pope, who did a huge amount to stimulate music in Aylesbury, founding choirs and orchestras, as well as teaching music at Aylesbury Grammar School. The Trust has been helping music students for thirty seven years and have paid out over £37,000 in grants to help with the cost of tuition (for trombone, violin, viola, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, singing, piano, cello), exam fees, Conservatoire fees and University expenses, opera courses and the purchase of trumpets, violins, saxophones, flutes, a piano and other instruments including a piccolo and a euphonium!

Students or their parents can apply for help with tuition costs, music centre or exam fees, or even buying a new instrument, scores or textbooks. Grants do not usually exceed £350 but in exceptional circumstances, larger grants may be given. All applicants must have either lived or studied in the area formerly administered by Aylesbury Vale District Council area for a continuous period of at least 2 years and will need the support of a referee (usually their instrument tutor). The music department at SHFGS can also act has referee.

There is no upper or lower age limit or any fixed limit on family income as all circumstances are taken into account. The committee meets three times a year, in March, July and October. Application forms can be downloaded from our website at www.cpmtrust.co.uk or obtained from me.

The Trust also funds the Margaret Fripp singing prize for a promising young singer (aged 18 or under) at annual auditions held in Aylesbury in March. Further information and application forms are available on their website. It would seem strange not to mention how our half-term has gone under Covid-conditions, and I feel it has been relatively successful.

We have had to send students home which is certainly distressing for us all, but I am relieved that our internal track and trace systems have worked very efficiently, being commended by both local Public Health and DfE.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and their families a restful and safe half-term.

Kind regards,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 12th October 2020

Dear Parent and Carer,

As I am sure you are aware, we have had a second confirmed case at SHFGS today meaning that we had to send a group of students home mostly from 6th form but some because they travel on the 842 bus.

We have followed guidance from Public Health and only those students sent home today need to isolate. (See letter earlier today.) If any student is unsure however, please contact Mr Holdsworth. Public Health, as yet, have not asked students from other schools, who travel on that bus to isolate.

We are communicating closely with colleagues in the other schools. Unfortunately, we also have a number of staff that have to isolate as well. This means that should numbers continue to rise, we will need to instigate partial closures on a rota so that the numbers in school are manageable for the staff remaining here to look after them. Staff isolating without symptoms will, as far as possible, teach all lessons remotely and live lessons will be running.

All lessons must have a live or interactive element to them. We will of course be prioritising examination groups in face-to-face lessons on site; I am sure we can rely on your support and understanding in that decision.

None of this is ideal, but we are dealing with this national challenge as best we can. I very much appreciate your patience. Speaking of Years 11 and 13, today the Prime Minister and Education Secretary have announced that exams will go ahead next summer, as they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment.

They have announced that the summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all AS/A levels and GCSEs. This is three weeks later to help address the disruption caused by the pandemic. Results days are Tuesday 24 August for A/AS levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs so students will start the following academic year as normal. For more information, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/students-to-be-given-more-time-toprepare-for-2021-exams

Should your child become symptomatic and test positive, please be aware that in our communication with you, we will ask your child to list their friendship group and those who they have been speaking to/socialising with in the two days prior to the day of symptoms emerging. If you can include this detail when you contact us to inform us of the positive test result, we would greatly appreciate it.

Kind regards,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 5th October 2020 

Dear Parent or Carer,

Welcome to the start of, hopefully, a drier week than the weekend we have just had. It has never been truer that ‘it never rains but it pours’ than at SHFGS today. We have had a leak in the Tower Block (flat roof issues) and had to take a number of maths rooms out of commission this morning and the marquees appear to have been the shelter for Aylesbury’s worm population! However, at least we could open and, given that the Oxford Road was shut for a period yesterday, I was not always confident that that would be the case. As usual, we are resilient and ‘getting on with it’!

As the term progresses, we are seeing that the whole community is getting Covid-fatigue but we must ‘reset’ our behaviours and make sure we do not fall into our ‘normal’ ways of working. Students in particular are becoming forgetful or frustrated. Can I ask that you have a conversation at home to support on our basic Covid-rules on staying safe – Hands, Face, Space – also follow the one-way system and no sharing equipment or touching. These rules are fairly difficult for children, so we need to remind them frequently. Please also remember that if your child is struggling emotionally or academically our RAO (now housed in what was the library) offer extensive links to support.

The NHS app for track and trace is available for students aged 16 and over to use so if your child has the app and are notified of the need to isolate, we ask that they or you let us know immediately as you have been doing when symptoms have developed. I can say that though we have had many students and some staff tested, none have tested positive as yet.

With less than 3 months to go until the end of the year, planning has started for our first ever SHFGS Christmas card and calendar design competitions. We're inviting students to submit artwork for: SHFGS Official Christmas Card.

Designs can be in any medium that can be translated to a digital image for a printed card (watercolour, photography, collage, acrylic, pencil, pastels etc). It should be seasonal/festive and express a spirit of light and hope as our school community works together to overcome the challenges that we've faced in 2020.

SHFGS 2021 Calendar - We're looking for one image for each month to feature in our 2021 calendar. We'd like to feature inspirational designs that reflect the school spirit and values and tell us something about the students' experiences at SHFGS. Students can submit as many designs as they wish - one for each month or just for a specific month / season. (Note for students: photographs should not be taken on the school site, please list the names of any people that may feature in photos as parent/guardian permission will need to be given for their use.)

Designs should be emailed to our new appointed School Development Officer: sbowers@shfgs.co.uk by Friday 30th October.

Cards and calendars will be printed and sold from the beginning of December, with profits going to the school charity fund.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the creativity students will no doubt exhibit, in these competitions! If you or any of your friends, family, neighbours or community have children in Year 6 who are interested in our school, please direct them to this page of our website:

You might also want to have a look at the Virtual Open Event video (longer version), featuring some of your children. I was so proud to hear the way they spoke about the school – none of which was scripted and no money exchanged hands!

Have a good week.

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 28th September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer, This week I thought I’d try to up-date you on more ‘normal’ school life as we have established ‘Covidroutines’ and are moving towards more semblance of the everyday. We are particularly keen to establish some version of the extensive co-curricular offer that we usually run. Here are a few examples:

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides the opportunity for Year 12 students to complete an independent research project for which they will earn a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to half an Alevel). The project has immeasurable benefit in the development of key skills, but as an additional qualification taken through enrichment, it can also help to secure a university place. For most students, the EPQ involves writing a 5000 word essay on a topic of their choice. Alternatively, some choose to produce an ‘artefact’ - this can be a piece of artwork, or something else that is physically made. All students must complete a presentation to staff and peers.

Perhaps the best thing about an EPQ is that students can choose their own topic and project title. The project must be an academic inquiry, so as long as there is academic research available and there is scope for analytical debate within the project, students can focus on whatever they want to. Previous projects include discourse on medical ethics, capital punishment, feminism, drugs in sport and even Game of Thrones!

At SHFGS we are committed to developing resourceful, independent learners and there are many benefits of the EPQ in this regard. The project is a 9 month long process, running alongside other academic subjects, and involves planning, research, organisation, academic writing, self-motivation and personal reflection, amongst many other things. Although there is a taught skills element, and students are also allocated a staff supervisor to support them throughout the process, the main emphasis is on independent study; as a result, the EPQ is a fantastic opportunity for students to complement their primary A-level options and to practise for higher education or work. As a result, we are delighted to be able to offer it as part of the 6th Form enrichment programme at SHGFS. The results gained by students are often 100% A*-B grades.

We are extremely glad to be able to commence our postponed Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions for our Bronze, Silver and Gold participants. Those participating over the past three weekends have shown great respect to our new expedition rules and to each other keeping us all safe in these times. Resilience has been at the forefront enabling students to carry on when times were tough and glorious sunshine spurred our students onwards and sometimes upwards. Thank you to all parents in their continued support of the award.

We are grateful to staff who are currently planning how to create other co-curricular activities under the current circumstances. More detail coming soon!

And finally, as part of our eSafety drive, we have bought a piece of software called Senso which I mentioned in a previous bulletin. This allows our teachers to monitor what students are doing on their Chromebook from the front of the classroom, helping to keep both staff and students safe in the current Covid climate. Please be aware that we can now see what students are accessing on their device between 8.30-16.00 Monday to Friday, term time only, as long as they are logged on with their school account.

Thank you for your continuing support in these challenging times. Please remember to follow both the school’s and public health guidance to keep everyone learning safely. I have included the ‘What do I need to do if my child is unwell?’ appendix again this week.

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Appendix - What do I need to do if my child is unwell? As a parent, you must: Not send your child to school if they or someone else in your household has, or is showing any symptoms of, COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell). If this is the case you must notify the school immediately. Collect your child from school if they become unwell during the school day with any symptoms of COVID-19. If this is the case, parents will be contacted immediately. Ensure your child self-isolates if they develop the symptoms outlined above, in line with the government guidance which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possiblecoronavirus-covid-19-infection

Book a test if your child is displaying symptoms, within three days of these symptoms appearing. Anyone can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age. A test is not required if you are not showing symptoms. Your child should not attend School while awaiting the results of a test. Inform the school immediately of the results of a test – positive or negative. If this test (taken because your child has symptoms) is positive, you should follow the guidance above and must ensure your child continues to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and that they return to school only if symptoms (other than a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) have gone. These symptoms (cough/loss of smell taste) can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when your child first became ill. If your child still has a high temperature at the end of the 10-day period, you should ensure that they continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of your household should self-isolate in line with the guidance. If your child has displayed symptoms but tests negative, they can usually return to school and household members can end their self-isolation but please note that this will be subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals with whom we will liaise. If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to school until they have recovered. If your child tests positive you must engage with the NHS Test and Trace process and provide details of anyone your child has been in close contact with. You may find the following government guidance helpful: - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

-https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-schoolsettings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settingsduring-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/what-your-test-result-means/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

What will happen when there are any confirmed cases at school? In the event of any confirmed cases amongst the school community, we will contact our local health protection team and follow their advice and guidance, If advised to do so, we will send home students who have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact is defined in the following way: direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected person for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin). proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual. travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

Headteacher's Bulletin 21st September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Thank you for your continued support in getting all pupils back into school safely so far. All of us are committed to providing the best education possible for your child, while securing the health and safety of our whole school community. Thank you for continuing to follow public health guidelines and encouraging your children to do the same.

You are already aware of the steps we have put in place to ensure the safe return of all pupils to school. We know that you will be keen to understand the impact that we have had in our first weeks of the term, and what our plans are to ensure all pupils catch up with any missed learning, and what will happen if a pupil or pupils are asked to stay at home over the coming months.

That is the basis for this week’s bulletin.

Reopening School We have reopened with a full timetable and as much ‘normality’ as before. Breaks and lunches have been staggered so that reduced numbers of children mix at any break time. This has, however, significantly increased the patrol duty workload of teachers and SLT. Hence we ask for your patience with our extended 72hrs response time. Flexibility in ‘studying from home’ has been permitted for 6th form students so that we can limit numbers on site slightly. All lessons of course must be attended in person, if fit to do so.
Attendance Lesson engagement during lock down was incredibly high with most year groups receiving over 90% ATL 1 or 2 in all but one subject. Of almost 700 children, only 9 failed to engage at all in online learning and they then attended school for support. So far this term, attendance has been significantly higher than the 88% reported nationally but lower than normal at 95%. 6 th form attendance appears lower due to our flexible ‘study from home’ arrangement but on site lesson attendance is very high.
Coverage of the curriculum We are following government guidance on delivering a broad and ambitious curriculum. No year group has had significant changes to the planned Pre-Covid curriculum. In fact, we are continuing with our planned curriculum improvement programme – Curriculum 2020 having gone through an extensive review in all subjects at all levels last year. Some GCSE subjects have had concessions from examination boards and parts of courses have been cut to reflect national disruption. At SHFGS participation was so high during lockdown that we would have still been able to cover the course.
Remote learning March - July 2020 As you are aware, SHFGS was one of the earliest and most consistent schools in delivering remote live lessons which gradually increased over the lockdown period. I’m incredibly proud of our staff’s swift and increasingly sophisticated use of technology during the period.
Remote learning in the future The following outlines what we will do for any type of closure whether ‘full’ as per last term, or partial / for groups of students etc which is more likely this academic year:  If a staff member has to self-isolate because a member of their household has symptoms, we will expect teachers to deliver their lessons remotely, where circumstances allow. For the first day in isolation, teachers will have time to plan and the school will need a full day to set the equipment needed in their classroom.  The teacher’s screen will be projected onto the whiteboard and the sound connected to the speakers for students to be taught remotely. Teachers will have a camera in lessons so that they will have an overview of the classroom This system has already worked well for a number of staff who have had to isolate while waiting for testing in the last two weeks.Where a student is isolating/in quarantine but is well enough to work, teachers will set work on Google Classroom as normal and where circumstances allow, teachers may facilitate students accessing lessons via Google Meet, with cameras on (which is different from last year).  If whole classes or year groups need to self-isolate teachers will teach them remotely from school and classes will login to Google Meets as in lockdown. We will expect parts of all lessons to be ‘live’ and interactive, either by live stream or ‘chat’ functions.
Mental health and wellbeing

My bulletin last Monday (14/09/2020) detailed the services provided by our Raising Achievement Office but here is a brief summary. The Raising Achievement team are non-teaching and trained in a variety of disciplines that include counselling, safeguarding, mental health support (including support for those suffering from anxiety), SEND support and careers guidance. The RAO is also home to every year group’s Head of Year, so support for the student is coordinated by them. Our Whole School Google Classrooms also detail many organisations which can support young people out of school.

Thank you for your support in these challenging times. Please remember to follow both the school’s and public health guidance to keep everyone learning safely. I have included the ‘What do I need to do if my child is unwell?’ appendix again this week. Last week some of you may have received a very helpful visual guide from Buckinghamshire Council but unfortunately one contact detail was incorrect, and we are waiting for the corrected version. When I receive the corrected version, I will include it in my weekly bulletin.

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Appendix - What do I need to do if my child is unwell? As a parent, you must: Not send your child to school if they or someone else in your household has, or is showing any symptoms of, COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell). If this is the case you must notify the school immediately. Collect your child from school if they become unwell during the school day with any symptoms of COVID-19. If this is the case, parents will be contacted immediately. Ensure your child self-isolates if they develop the symptoms outlined above, in line with the government guidance which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possiblecoronavirus-covid-19-infection

Book a test if your child is displaying symptoms, within three days of these symptoms appearing. Anyone can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age. A test is not required if you are not showing symptoms. Your child should not attend School while awaiting the results of a test. Inform the school immediately of the results of a test – positive or negative. If this test (taken because your child has symptoms) is positive, you should follow the guidance above and must ensure your child continues to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and that they return to school only if symptoms (other than a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) have gone. These symptoms (cough/loss of smell taste) can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when your child first became ill. If your child still has a high temperature at the end of the 10-day period, you should ensure that they continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of your household should self-isolate in line with the guidance. If your child has displayed symptoms but tests negative, they can usually return to school and household members can end their self-isolation but please note that this will be subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals with whom we will liaise. If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to school until they have recovered. If your child tests positive you must engage with the NHS Test and Trace process and provide details of anyone your child has been in close contact with.

You may find the following government guidance helpful: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-schoolsettings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settingsduring-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/what-your-test-result-means/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Headteacher's Bulletin 14th September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

Tragic News Last week amid our joy in returning to school, we received the devastating news of the death of a recent Alumnus. Staff and students have been united in grief for the loss of a popular member of the SHFGS community. We have of course sent our condolences to the family and with their permission, will work with students to coordinate a fundraising activity for their nominated charity: Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, in memory of Felipe Mugari. A book of condolence will be available from next week for staff and students. (We will operate this in a Covid-secure way)

--------- We had a very good first full week back to school last week. I am immensely proud of the staff and students who have ‘just got on with it’. There is no doubt that school feels very different, and there are many new ways of working and rules to get to grips with. Thank you to you for instilling the importance of following our procedures with your children. Of course with new routines and rules there have been a few issues that having 1400 people on site reveal but many aspects are working well. To name but a few: the one way system, face coverings worn in corridors and on buses etc, students having hygiene packs at the ready, staggered entry to the canteen – hardly any queuing! A few of our ‘Even Better Ifs’ are around bottle necks due to school layout, how to channel the energy of students at lunch time who would normally have clubs or the opportunity to play football or basketball… We are working on these issues.

Hands, Face, Space A new public information campaign has been launched by the Prime Minister ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urging the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. We are using this and the posters provided to remind students of these ‘basics’. As we all know, it is rare to tell a teenager - or an adult for that matter - something only once for it to become habit.

Reporting Absence As numbers of infections or the need for self-isolation rise, can I ask that you use our absence email rather than the telephone answer service. It is much more helpful to us to have a full written record of the reasons for absence. With that in mind, we have plans in reserve for when too many staff are either isolating or have symptoms, but are not confirmed cases, when selected students will need to work from home on a rota. Our experience so far is that teachers are not considered essential workers so getting a test is a challenge. We will of course work with our local Public Health Team as detailed below.

6th Form Registration As you are aware we are trying to limit the numbers of 6th form on site when not in lessons. When at home for registration and any part of the morning, all sixth formers must virtually attend registration – ready and dressed for school so cameras must be on. (There are a small number of students for whom we have given dispensation on camera use) This is so we can see that they are ‘present’, engaged and ready to study; school attendance again being mandatory. The whole community has become used to dressing less formally so please do remind your 6th form child that we have a strict uniform policy for them too. The vast majority do look incredibly smart so thanks for that.

Raising Achievement Office - Information From Mr Burge Assistant Headteacher - It has been so pleasing to welcome back all students into our school community this week. Whilst returning to school has been something so many of our students have been looking forward to, it is perfectly natural that some students are suffering with emotional or mental health issues during these unprecedented times. As such, I would like to advertise the support of the Raising Achievement Office to all of our students that may require it. For parents that are unaware the Raising Achievement Office or ‘RAO’ as you may have heard it called, is a department in school that focuses on the pastoral care of all students in every year group. The staff within the Raising Achievement team are non-teaching and trained in a variety of disciplines that include: counselling, safeguarding, mental health support (including support for those suffering from anxiety), SEND support and careers guidance. The RAO is also home to every year groups Head of Year so support for the student can be best coordinated. RAO support can always be tailored to individual students needs however some common support includes: - Having an individual and regular member of staff to support the student - The ability to communicate with teachers behind the scenes to help support in lessons - Liaising with outside agencies such as CAMHs - Counselling sessions with a school counsellor - Developing tailored support plans for students I hope all our students had a restful weekend after what was a long week of new learning and they are ready for the week ahead.

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

 

Headteacher's Bulletin 4th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We have had two very good days in school with Years 7, 12 and 13 building up to Monday when we welcome back the whole student body. It has been so fulfilling to see large numbers of children back on site and we are starting to feel like a real school again. Rather than write as usual on Monday, I thought it would be better to send my bulletin today for your final preparations – apologies that it is repetitive. I am hoping it will save you from searching for previous missives! Key things you/ your children need to know or do:

- Take your child’s temperature each morning and do not send them to school if it is high 37.8 or above or if they have any of the three main symptoms of Covid-19: temperature, new, continuous cough, change to or loss of taste or smell – anosmia. Testing can be arranged: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

-Wear a face covering, unless exempt, on buses, (sitting with own year group and school) in corridors and communal areas indoors

-Carry a ‘Hygiene Pack’ – hand sanitiser, tissues

- Come in through their designated entrance

-Hand sanitise on arrival and throughout the day (guided by staff also)

- Social distance as far as possible when moving around the one-way system

Drop Off

Many parents have chosen to drive children to school. Please be aware that the school and Aylesbury College site cannot facilitate drop off because of the congestion already caused by staff vehicles and buses. We advise finding a dropoff point close by or in town from where your child can walk to school. Congestion on site could lead to ‘parking’ fines because of being in a traffic jam on the college site. ANPR operates and movement through the college side is time constrained.

Holidays

Please check the quarantine information if you have been on holiday abroad after 24th August, in case you and your family should be self-isolating: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Teaching

 query has been raised with me on how teachers can monitor students working on Chromebooks, if they are not patrolling the classroom. We have a piece of software, Senso, which enables teachers to see all the students in their lesson, their work etc. at the same time and to interact with each student’s device. We take safeguarding your child online and monitoring learning and behaviour very seriously, as you would expect.

Attendance at school for those without illness is again mandatory. If your child is struggling with anxiety about attending school, please contact their form tutor so that we can offer support in getting your child back to school and feeling better.

Query Response Times As you are aware, we are now running a different school day with staggered breaks and lunch times. This means that each day 3.5hrs are spent doing that by SLT each day and other staff on an increased rota. Therefore we will need your patience and understanding in how quickly we will be able to respond to nonurgent day to day queries. I have extended the expected turn-around response time for teachers from 48 to 72 hours to recognise this increased pressure.

Have a great weekend,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin 1st September 2020 

Dear Parent/Carer

We are excited to welcome your child back to school this week but do want to up-date you on our procedures following the latest version of Government Guidance, particularly on face-coverings. As a school, we are in favour of the use of face-coverings from the start of term and therefore ask that all students, who are not exempt, wear a face-covering on buses, in corridors, indoor communal areas and in classrooms when they are asked to do so by a teacher. Should a student feel the need to wear a face covering in lessons to manage their own anxiety, they will not be asked to remove it. We encourage their use, however, we understand and are sensitive to the fact that some students may not be able to wear a face-covering and will not want to share their circumstances with peers; please remind your child of that and also that the safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on. The safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between uses is also necessary. We do share some of the governments concerns of the impact on learning and of possible misbehaviour. Face-coverings should be plain, without slogans or messages, we reserve the right to ask a student to change a mask for a plain one that we will provide should it be deemed inappropriate for school. Please stress the importance of complete cooperation with staff under these stressful circumstances.

As per procedures for children who attended school during the ‘closure’ period, we ask that parents check for symptoms with their child and take their temperature each morning before leaving home. Symptoms such as a high temperature of 37.8 or above, new and persistent cough or a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) means a child should not be sent to school. Should a child develop these symptoms at school they will be isolated and sent home. A test should then be arranged: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

If your child tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

If your child tests positive, they should inform us immediately and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They must continue to selfisolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

Attendance at school for those without illness is again mandatory. If your child is struggling with anxiety about attending school, given their or family circumstances such as a shielding relative or increased comparative risk from coronavirus including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or who have certain conditions such as obesity and diabetes, please contact their form tutor so that we can offer support in getting your child back to school and feeling better. We hope that our preparation and concern for student, staff and community welfare are reassuring to you. We will continue to review all risk mitigation, especially when we have the student body on site, which I am sure will prompt revisions. We will continue to work with you in providing the best education we can in the face of these challenges. Working Together to Inspire, Challenge and Achieve!

Appendix – Home to School Transport Up-date

As a further update, please see below a communication from Arriva in relation to home school transport: Under emergency legislation the Local Authority has a legal duty to engage with and ensure coordination between bus operators, schools, and students to ensure safe journeys for all; they are also required to consider what steps can be taken to ensure that sufficient capacity is available for all those wishing to travel. This includes consideration of any journeys on public transport that are used by significant numbers of school or college students, and what impact these movements have on the overall level of demand taking into account the needs of other passengers travelling on the same journeys bearing in mind the need for all passengers to be able to travel safely. We have been supporting Buckinghamshire Council through their review process, under the responsibilities placed upon them by the DfT and DfE. We are currently finalising arrangements with them for the new academic year and expect to have these confirmed by the Authority within the next couple of days. The expectations placed upon the Local Authority have been evolving over the course of the summer, with their funding only confirmed within the past fortnight. Once we have this final confirmation we will be writing to all Head Teachers with details on how our bus services will be operating to ensure that all those wishing to travel with us can do so safely and confidently; this will also go on our website and social media and at that point we will ask for your assistance in getting the information circulated as widely as possible. However, in the meantime, there is some information that will hopefully set parents’ minds at rest. All of our buses are Covid Secure and undergo enhanced touchpoint cleaning each day. Good ventilation of fresh air is ensured by keeping windows open wherever possible. To help reduce the amount of physical contact between pupils and drivers we are asking that pupils who do not receive a Local Authority bus pass use either contactless payment, or tickets purchased in advance from our website or via the Arriva Bus app. Cash is now only accepted onboard in exceptional circumstances and where the correct fare can be paid, and our drivers are no longer able to provide change. We will have a number of additional buses providing enhanced capacity for school, sixth form and college pupils; the route number for these services will have an “S” prefix before the usual route number – for example the extra buses on route 280 will be numbered S280. Pupils from any year group and from any school or college located on the route can travel on these buses. If pupils from your school need to travel on the same bus as those from another school (quite likely given the geography of Aylesbury’s schools) then we ask that they sit with those from their own school, ideally from their own year group, and travel with the same friends daily. Where possible students should maintain social distancing onboard, although capacity on these buses is expected to be increased allowing students to sit next to each other and standing if necessary. The seats immediately behind the driver and any facing each other will be taped off and should not be used. All those over 11 will be required to wear a face covering, unless medical exemptions apply. There will be a number of these “S” journeys on services 8, 250, 280, 300 and 500. We will also be using larger buses than normal on certain journeys of services 150 and 500, and in some cases we will be running two buses at the same time so that both those travelling to and from school or college and those travelling for any other purpose can do so safely.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Cochrane

Headteacher