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Headteacher's Bulletin - 26th August 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

We are very close to welcoming your child to, or back to, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School.  I hope they feel as excited about the new term and academic year as I do.

 

The plans below are for the return to school in September and are likely to change significantly should we experience an outbreak of Covid-19 in the school community that meets thresholds set by Public Health England.  I would appreciate if you could take time to go through this with your child so they are clear on the expectations on their return.

 

Testing

Here is a reminder of the schedules for testing as previously published:

Day/Date

School Activity

Year Groups attending Lessons in school

Year Groups attending first test slot in school

Wednesday 1st September

INSET – Staff Training

N/A

N/A

Thursday 2nd September

INSET – Staff Training

N/A

Years 7,12 & 8

 

Friday 3rd September

Timetabled lessons begin

Year 7 & 12 – new to the school only

Years 9,10 and 11

Monday 6th

Timetabled lessons

Years 7,11,12, & 13

Year 13

 

Arrival Times for Testing

Day and Date

Year Group

Form group

Arrival time

Thursday, 2nd September

7

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Thursday, 2nd September

8

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

11am

11.30am

12pm

12.30pm

1pm

1.30pm

Thursday, 2nd September

12

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

2pm

2.30pm

3pm

3.30pm

4pm

4.30pm

Friday, 3rd September

11

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Friday, 3rd September

10

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

11am

11.30am

12pm

12.30pm

1pm

1.30pm

Friday, 3rd September

9

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

2pm

2.30pm

3pm

3.30pm

4pm

4.30pm

Monday 6th September

13

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Second tests will begin from 11am on Monday 6th September.

Consent

For parents who are new to the school and/or those of you who have not previously given consent for your child(ren) to participate in asymptomatic testing on site (ATS) at school, please see the attached letter, privacy notice and complete this consent form:  https://forms.gle/JFuMTAUao2Xj9hii8

 

Volunteers for the Test Centre - Family and Friends

We are in desperate need of the help of volunteers in order to meet the ambitious schedule above.  If you or any friends or family would like to help - please complete this form and our HR team will make contact.

https://forms.gle/btkgzh9yTAB3fZ6u6

 

Once two on site tests have been completed, home testing kit distribution will begin so that students can continue to test twice weekly at home.

 

Pop-Up Clinic - Vaccinations offered to SHFGS 6th form students

SHFGS 6th form students are being offered access to a pop up Covid vaccine clinic being run at Bucks College, Aylesbury Campus on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September. Unfortunately, these are the only days our students have been allocated slots. If your child is interested in receiving the vaccination then they will need to email the school reception at office@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk. We will pass on names and the vaccination team will assign and return time slots to us.  We will pass on the details to the relevant students.  Those choosing to be vaccinated will need to bring along their NHS number to the clinic, and it is recommended they have the NHS app installed.  We are sorry for the short turnaround time, but we have only just been made aware of this opportunity. Please can responses be completed by Tuesday 31st August, in order for the Bucks College to be able to assign a time slot for your child.

 

Mixing and ‘bubbles’

The government no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). As well as enabling flexibility in curriculum delivery, this means that assemblies can resume, and we no longer need to make alternative arrangements to avoid mixing at lunchtimes.  Clubs with students from different year groups can resume.  This adds such breadth of experience to the school experience of our young people and we are delighted to be able to facilitate such activities.

 

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.  The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people one doesn’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.  Those who wish to wear face coverings can do so in corridors and congested areas.  Those with anxiety about removal of this restriction will be supported on an individual basis.  Please contact your child’s form tutor if this is the case.

Movement around site and staggered breaks

We will maintain the one-way inside buildings for lesson changeovers, when there is most traffic in corridors.  While we will no longer have an extended lunch period, we will have two morning breaktimes and each year group will have an allotted time for entry into the canteen at lunch. The Kiosk will be open, staffing permitting, at both break and lunch for ‘grab and go’ food, with no set arrival times.

 

Uniform

We will return to full uniform standards with the highest expectations of presentation.  This does include only natural colours for dyed hair, for those in Years 7-11.  Several students towards the end of term had used colours such as maroon/burgundy which is not allowed.  Please make sure that your child’s hair conforms to our policy on return.  We would like to ensure a smooth return for them without starting the term with that negative conversation.  Now that lockers are available students will not be allowed to wear their outdoor coats throughout the day; all students must wear their blazer or jacket (6th form). 

 

We will continue to permit the wearing of SHFGS specific sports kit on the day that a year group has a games afternoon but not on the days for core PE lessons.

 

Lockers

The majority of students have taken up the opportunity to hire a locker for this year.  If your child has not yet done so, please complete the form below as a matter of urgency.  It is unlikely however, that a locker will be assigned at this stage in time for the start of term.

LOCKER FORM Link : https://forms.gle/so2yMeMfgaBWm8FGA

 

Self-isolation

Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

 

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

 

18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

 

Contact tracing

Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts.  If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

 

You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice.

We will continue to inform the relevant members of the school community of a positive case so that vigilance for symptoms can be increased.

 

Control measures

We will do everything we can to continue to:

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated, open classroom doors and window(s).
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

SHFGS has a Covid-19 Outbreak Risk Management Plan – see below.

 

We would welcome that all parents continue to provide children with a ‘hygiene pack’ to bring to school each day with hand-sanitiser, a face covering (for travel and/or emergencies) and tissues.

 

Enquiries

In my last bulletin, I mentioned staffing changes in our reception team.  Please be aware that until our new receptionist takes up the post, we will be unavoidably short staffed, and therefore, we would ask for your forbearance.  Please email the relevant staff member, if you know them rather than calling or using the office@ address.  We would also ask for patience and understanding as our new staff do need time to learn the complexities of the school and so may not have an immediate answer to your queries.

 

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you, again, for everything you have done and your continued support.

 

Please enjoy this last, bank holiday, weekend, and I look forward to seeing our students over the coming weeks.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Ms J Cochrane

 

Headteacher

 

 

Appendices

Full Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/schools-covid-19-operational-guidance#stepping

 

The SHFGS Covid Outbreak Management Plan & Risk Assessment can be fund here: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/74/covid-19-precautions

 

Headteacher's Bulletin 11th August 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

As promised, a quick update on plans for the start of term in September. This is simply a brief over-view and final communications will come in the week of the 23rd August.

Staggered Start to Term

I can now confirm the start date for each year group as:

  • Friday 3rd Sept – Year 7 & new Year 12s register and induction
  • Mon 6th Sept – Years 7, 11, 12 & 13
  • Tues 7th Sept – All year groups

 

Testing

Asymptomatic testing for students will begin prior to lessons for most, see below:

Schedules

Day/Date

School Activity

Year Groups attending Lessons in school

Year Groups attending first test slot in school

Wednesday 1st September

INSET – Staff Training 

N/A

N/A

Thursday 2nd September

INSET – Staff Training 

N/A

Years 7,12 & 8

Friday 3rd September

Timetabled lessons begin 

Year 7 & 12 – new to the school only

Years 9,10 and 11

Monday 6th

Timetabled lessons

Years 7,11,12, & 13

Year 13

 

Arrival Time for Testing

Day and Date

Year Group

Form group 

Arrival time

Thursday, 2nd September

7

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Thursday, 2nd September

8

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

11am

11.30am

12pm

12.30pm

1pm

1.30pm

Thursday, 2nd September

12

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

2pm

2.30pm

3pm

3.30pm

4pm

4.30pm

Friday, 3rd September

11

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Friday, 3rd September

10

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

11am

11.30am

12pm

12.30pm

1pm

1.30pm

Friday, 3rd September

9

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

2pm

2.30pm

3pm

3.30pm

4pm

4.30pm

Monday 6th September

13

Ascot

Claydon

Hartwell

Mentmore

Stowe 

Waddesdon

8am

8.30am

9am

9.30am

10am

10.30am

Second tests will begin from 11am on Monday 6th September.

Testing will take place in the school gym; entrance will be via the door to the left of reception.  We are very grateful for your efforts in meeting these scheduling times and understand the inconvenience to your day.  We wanted to give you some weeks’ notice so that arrangements could be made.   Unfortunately, due to the volume of students to be tested, logistics of recording tests and results etc, we cannot test siblings in different year groups at the same time nor can we offer self-selected appointments.  Please do let us know if your child cannot make the allotted first test time (thanks to those who have already notified us of family holidays) and we will endeavour to make arrangements for a different time.

Consent

For parents who are new to the school and/or those of you who have not previously given consent for your child(ren) to participate in asymptomatic testing on site (ATS) at school, please see the attached letter, privacy notice and complete this consent form:https://forms.gle/JFuMTAUao2Xj9hii8 

Volunteers for the Test Centre - Family and Friends

We will again need the help of volunteers in order to meet the ambitious schedule above.  If you or any friends or family would like to help - please complete this form and our HR team will make contact.

https://forms.gle/btkgzh9yTAB3fZ6u6

 

Staffing

We are fully staffed with subject specialists in our teaching team, but, as is the norm, we are saying goodbye to a number of staff:

  • Mrs Carrasco-Henares – Spanish Assistant
  • Mrs Sutherland – Faculty Leader Sciences
  • Mrs Geddes – Assistant Teacher
  • Miss Kerr –Teacher of Dance
  • Mrs Morey - Receptionist
  • Mrs Chandler – Comms Manager

We give thanks to and wish all of those every success in their next steps but must particularly mention Mrs Morey and Mrs Chandler who have worked with us for 18 and 13 years respectively.  They have given so much to the community at SHFGS and thank them very much for such dedicated, long service.

Mrs Durose – Assistant Headteacher will be on a leadership secondment for one year at The Mandeville School, and we look forward to welcoming her back to the team in September 2022.  Miss Green and Miss Dean are also leaving their current roles to train as teachers; we look forward to working with them throughout their training.  

Enjoy the rest of the summer. A final up-date on testing etc will be sent in the week of the 23rd August.

 

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

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Headteacher's Bulletin 12th July 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

We have made it to the final week of a very challenging, but also successful year, and what a way to end…  Last week’s Summer Concert, Sports’ Day and Celebration of Achievement were phenomenal events in normal times but to accomplish these under Covid-19 restrictions speaks volumes to the commitment that our staff have to your children.  It is a real honour to lead this team.  Thanks must also go to the Parents’ Society for their organisation of food and drinks stalls all week and to SHFGS Alumnus, Martin Bromiley OBE, for his inspirational keynote speech on Friday.

This week, we wanted to recreate something of our usual Enrichment Week and so students will be taking part in a range of activities rather than following a normal timetable.  These include:

  • Festival of Sport
  • Talk the Talk – public speaking workshop
  • Performing Arts workshop
  • STEM Workshops incl. – Architecture / Forces & Motion / Brain / Robotics workshops
  • Changing Education – careers workshops
  • Year 12 – Being a Citizen, Social Awareness, Beyond Equality, Bold Voices – Preparing our teens for the unspoken at university
  • Year 12 – UCAS and study skills
  • Year 12 Gold DofE Qualifying Expedition

We are holding a charity non-uniform day on Friday so I hope all students will support their chosen charities by taking part.

As you are aware, it seems likely that Step 4 of the easing of restrictions will begin just after the end of term and therefore will frame how we return to school.  I have attached the new guidance for schools, and can assure you that we are planning the schedule for testing all students twice in the first two weeks of our return and reviewing our outbreak management plans.

The return is likely to follow the plan that I outlined last week, but with the following year groups being tested alongside.  We hope to be able to run the testing centre from 8am to 4.30pm each day and are currently approaching volunteers. The following outline is subject to change, and we will communicate again in the week of 9th August and finally in the week of 23rd August.

DRAFT TESTING SCHEDULE – September 21

Day/Date

School Activity

Year Groups attending Lessons in school

Year Groups attending first test slot in school

Wednesday 1st September

INSET – Staff Training 

N/A

N/A

Thursday 2nd September

INSET – Staff Training 

N/A

Years 7,12 & 8

Friday 3rd September

Timetabled lessons begin 

Year 7 & 12 – new to the school only

Years 9,10 and 11

Monday 6th

Timetabled lessons

Years 7,11,12, & 13

Year 13

After two on-site tests to start the term, students will continue to test at home, as they have been doing.  Procedures for schools will be reviewed again at the end of September.   Please also remember to consult government travel advice and quarantine measures so that your child can return to school at the allotted time below.

Just a reminder again that the staggered start to school will most likely run in this order for students:

  • Friday 3rd Sept – Year 7 & new Year 12s register and induction
  • Mon 6th Sept – Years 7, 11, 12 & 13
  • Tues 7th Sept – All year groups

Last week Mr Holdsworth sent parents of children in Years 7-12 a letter pertaining to locker use next year. We have had minimal replies and I would strongly urge that the vast majority of students return to having a locker, once restrictions have been lifted. Students often have a lot of kit to carry including outdoor coats which they will not be able to wear in lessons next year. Please complete the form by Wednesday 14th July if you would like your child to have access to a locker. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdXi9jt2DoxvhNQjJGXTsFxo6jMAO1XvYqCFdJmSeP6ZtqLw/viewform 

And finally, many thanks for all of your support, encouragement, and understanding this year.  Have a safe and restful summer.

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. 

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Headteacher's Bulletin 5th July 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Just as all England celebrates the sporting successes of the weekend in women’s tennis and men’s football, so we at SHFGS begin our celebratory Summer Festival week.  It is going to be a very busy one, and we were excited to see the saddleback stage erected on the field over the weekend:

 

This is our schedule for the week:

  • Mon: Rehearsals Summer Concert and Celebration of Achievement all day
  • Tues: Summer Concert
  • Weds: STEAM Ahead, Careers day for and Year 9 Public Speaking Finals
  • Thurs: Sports Day
  • Fri: Celebration of Achievement
  • All week – DofE Silver Qualifying Expeditions – Year 10.

 

We know many of you have been disappointed in being unable to acquire tickets for the concert.  Believe me, we are as saddened as you in not to be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.  However, we have had to work within our safety limits and staff capacity.  There will be a video of the event afterwards so I hope that helps to lessen the disappointment somewhat.  We can all look forward to returning to the Waterside theatre and accommodating 1000 audience members in future.

This evening, we will be, virtually, welcoming the parents of our new Year 7 cohort for September 2021 to the school community.  The student event goes live tomorrow evening.  We are very sorry that due to increased infection rates, we are not able to welcome Year 6s to school in person, but it was important that we protect the integrity of their class bubbles in over 50 schools to which they would have returned.  Our Summer School is running from 9th – 13th August so there will be an element of transition and familiarisation during that week.  

On Friday, we are very pleased to be able to welcome students who will be New to Year 12 (who have studied for their GCSEs in other schools) to a brief Induction Day.  Unlike the Year 6s, these young people will not be returning to other schools and will not be mixing broadly with our students.  

In mentioning return to school September 2021, it is important to let you know that as usual we will have a staggered start to the year.  It is likely that it will following this plan:

  • Wednesday 1st September - INSET 
  • Thursday 2nd September - INSET 
  • Friday 3rd September – New students – Year 7 and registration for Year 12 students who studied Year 11 elsewhere
  • Monday – 6th September – Years 7, 11, 12 and 13
  • Tuesday – 7th September – All year groups

 

This plan may be complicated by the likely need to test all students at least twice on site at the start of term. It may also be that we run daily testing for close contacts of those who test positive rather than having to self-isolate as is currently the case.   Please watch this space for confirmation of our ‘Back to School’ plan.

On the subject of testing, please ensure that your child continues to take Lateral Flow Tests at home as we are seeing a rise in cases as are many other local schools.

And finally, a note to those in Years 11 and 13, more communication will follow in the coming days on results days and appeals than is currently on our website: https://www.sirhenryfloyd.co.uk/523/recent-letters?search=recent%20letters. 

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-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.