As we were unable to welcome our upcoming year 7s into school for their induction days due to rising Coronavirus levels. Some of our current year 7s have made a film to show you what year 7 at SMRT will be like and answer some of your questions.

 

The July edition of the Newsletter is available to view here.

 

In preparation for the introduction of the new Admissions Code in September 2021, schools which are their own Admissions Authorities have been required to put specific variations in place to previously determined Policies for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

 

Further information and links to the Policies can be found here.

 

Dear Parent/Carer


We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Year 7 on Tuesday 07 September at 08:30am. Please remember that, as this is the start of Term 1, they will need to be in full SMRT uniform. They will start their day in the main school hall so must make their way to the entrance by the steps/visitor reception where they will enter.


They will be dismissed at 2pm.


Please do not send your child to school on Monday 06 September (unless you have a separate invitation from our Leaning Support Team) or Wednesday 08 September, as these are induction days for other year groups.
Your child will then start normal lessons and their week 1 timetable on Thursday 09 September.


Best wishes for a relaxing Summer Break.

Dear Parent/Carer


We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Year 8 on Monday 06 September at 08:30am. Please remember that, as this is the start of Term 1, they will need to be in full uniform. They will start their day in the main school hall so must make their way to the entrance by the steps/visitor reception where they will enter.


They will be dismissed at 2:30pm.


Please do not send your child to school on Tuesday 07 September or Wednesday 08 September, as these are induction days for other year groups.


Your child will then start normal lessons and their week 1 timetable on Thursday 09 September.


Best wishes for a relaxing Summer Break.

Dear Parent/Carer


We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Year 9 on Wednesday 08 September at 08:30am. Please remember that, as this is the start of Term 1, they will need to be in full uniform. They will start their day with their tutor group so must make their way to their tutor room when they enter.


They will be dismissed at 1:45pm.


Please do not send your child to school on Monday 06 September or Tuesday 07 September, as these are induction days for other year groups.


Your child will then start normal lessons and their week 1 timetable on Thursday 09 September.


Best wishes for a relaxing Summer Break.

Dear Parent/Carer

 

We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Year 10 on Wednesday 08 September at 08:30am. Please remember that, as this is the start of Term 1, they will need to be in full uniform. They will start their day with their tutor group so must make their way to their tutor room when they enter.


They will be dismissed at 2:15pm.


Please do not send your child to school on Monday 06 September or Tuesday 07 September, as these are induction days for other year groups.


Your child will then start normal lessons and their week 1 timetable on Thursday 09 September.


Best wishes for a relaxing Summer Break

Dear Parent/Carer


We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Year 11 on Wednesday 08 September at 08:30am. Please remember that, as this is the start of Term 1, they will need to be in full uniform. They will start their day with their tutor group so must make their way to their tutor room when they enter.


They will be dismissed at 2:45pm.


Please do not send your child to school on Monday 06 September or Tuesday 07 September, as these are induction days for other year groups.


Your child will then start normal lessons and their week 1 timetable on Thursday 09 September.


Best wishes for a relaxing Summer Break.

 

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Research shows that over the break, children can lose over two months' maths learning. SMRT have signed up for Sumdog Summer School, so your child can keep having fun till next term.

 

Year 6 students coming to SMRT have free subscriptions for over the summer.

 

Just 30 minutes a week will help them keep learning.

 

They will receive an on screen reward for each week they do!

 

Mrs Roberts will set different challenges each week to keep things interesting.

 

Check your email for a message from ‘SMRT’ with your child’s log in details. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

As we approach the last week of term, I would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout this year. Although government restrictions are lifting on Monday July 19th, we want to protect our school community over the last three days of term. We want everyone to be able to start their Summer Break, fully well so that they are able to make the most of the Summer without having to self-isolate. We are therefore continuing to wear masks onsite in lessons and in corridors until the end of term and all our other safety measures will still be in place.


Thank you so much for your support with this, our children are not vaccinated and we know that wearing masks helps to minimise virus transmission. We will also be continuing with all of our other safety measures including washing hands and staying offsite if you are unwell with any of these symptoms: high temperature, continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell, gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat, runny nose, intense/unusual headache. From Monday 19th July the government has changed the guidance regarding action in the case of a positive case of coronavirus and the responsibilities of NHS test and trace. This is explained on our website.


Wednesday 21 July is the last day of term. We want to ensure that all our students have a productive day and leave school safely and calmly so that everyone can start to enjoy a well-deserved break. Lessons will be as normal until lesson 3 when we will be having a virtual end of year service. After this, students will be dismissed at staggered intervals as outlined below:


Year 7 – 12:05 – Tennis Courts exit
Year 8 – 12:05 – River End Exit
Year 9 – 12:00 – Over the bridge
Year 10 – 12:15 – Through the Street and out via Student Reception


We look forward to welcoming your children in September. Here is a reminder of the induction plan for the week commencing Monday 6th September. Please look out for a separate email regarding each year group with further details.

 

Start of year timetable

 

Best wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education regarding the 19 July I am sure that you are aware that we are still awaiting the details of the government guidance regarding schools and there are still some uncertainties, but we want to give you as much clarity as we can ahead of the September start to help you plan.

 

Timetable for September v2

 

We feel it is important to prioritise certain year groups who have missed out on their opportunity for induction visits this term.

 

Year 8s have been based solely in the Ikoba building as Year 7s and we want them to be introduced to the facilities in our wonderful Main Building and to feel confident finding their way around.

 

Some Year 7 students joining have a particular need and we want them to meet key learning support staff and get used to some parts of the school ahead of joining the rest of Year 7 for their whole year group induction on Tuesday 7 September. We will give a whole day to Year 7 as a full group as we want them to feel confident finding their way around and relating to their tutor. New Year 12 missed out on their chance of an induction day, and we will be bringing them in in groups to meet the pastoral team and learn about the layout and organisation of the school and their curriculum.

 

We will be notifying year groups separately of the details of their induction days.

 

The Curriculum
We are hoping to run the school with full access to normal curriculum facilities from September. In anticipation of the expected easing of the bubbling requirements, we are hoping to be able to offer a normal range of PE and practical activities. We have been enormously grateful for your patience and positive feedback around the more limited access for our students during the current year. We may retain some small bubbling, by continuing to have separate social spaces and some staggering of entry and exit times, but we will let you know more as we find out more from the DfE.

 

Testing Before School Starts
We would like everyone who has chosen to do Lateral Flow tests to do 4 tests before returning to school including on the morning of returning. We would also request that you look out for the wider range of symptoms, such as headache, cold, sore throat, etc, and arrange a PCR test. This will ensure that we get off to as safe and undisrupted start as possible. The government has asked schools to do two onsite tests but we feel that four home tests is much safer as students come in across the whole city and it is better to identify positive cases before students come on site for the first time. We also have a really trusting relationship with our families and we know you will engage with this.

 

We will be sending home test kits for use prior to the start of term shortly. Please keep them safe and ensure they are used in the days running up to returning. If your child is not currently using the kits and you would like them to have a kit, or you have a child coming into Year 7, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure that you are given the kits.

 

It is great that so many people in Bristol have chosen to have the vaccine, as this helps keep schools open and people safe.

 

From tomorrow, Wednesday 7 July, a new vaccination centre will open at the Conference and Exhibition Centre on the University of the West of England's (UWE) Frenchay Campus. The East Trees Health Centre is hosting Pfizer walk-in clinics on Saturdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 July for anyone aged 18 and over. The NHS is also adding lots more appointments to the National Booking System https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.

 

The rest of this term
We will be continuing as we are for the rest of this term as the new measures do not come into action yet. This will include wearing masks to the end of term. As the levels of the virus are high in Bristol we want to be as cautious as we can till the summer so that we can support you by helping to minimise cases so that people do not have to isolate over the holiday.

 

Thank you for your continued support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

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