Dear Parents/Carers

 

Following the Prime minister’s announcement on Monday evening we have been working to put in place a sustainable model of remote learning for the majority of our students and good quality on site learning with high infection control measures for our critical worker and vulnerable students. Our plan is as follows:


1. Offsite learning: Learning will take place at normal timetabled lesson times. Most of the lessons will be through Microsoft Teams but teachers will also make use of access to Oak Academy resources and the BBC resources and will also set students activities to do during their lessons so that we make it as varied and enjoyable as possible for them. Core PE lessons will not be run in “real time” but the PE team will provide some wellbeing resources families can access. For years 8 -11 we will revert to tutor time being “altogether” as a mixed age tutor group. This will promote a feeling of being part of the wider school community. These tutor sessions will happen on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30. This means that the tutors and heads of house will have some slots to be able to follow up individual students where parents have concerns.


2. Onsite learning: We will be grouping the critical worker and vulnerable children into small consistent “bubbles” of between 5 and 10 students maximum to provide good infection control practices. They will be wearing masks in the classroom as well as in public spaces. They will have access to a computer so that they can join in with the Microsoft Teams lesson with the rest of their class. I suggest that they bring their own headphones to use. As far as possible they will have a consistent member of staff to supervise them to build a good relationship so they feel secure. We will try and build in breaks for them to do core PE at the normal times. As we get into this programme we will review arrival times and communicate with you if we can change them to be a little earlier for some of the later groups. We ask that everyone respects the safety of other people within this group and that you keep your child away from school if they have sore throats, tummy upsets, runny nose, intense headache or muscular aches and tiredness, raised temperature, cough, lack or change in smell or taste. This will ensure that all our critical worker parents and carers are kept safe and able to continue to do their important jobs.


3. Exams: Exams will not be happening in the normal way for years 11 and 13. We will be communicating further with parents and carers and students in these groups later today if there is more information from parliament. We are already reviewing how we can ensure that our students have all possible advantages in whatever strategy is proposed.


4. INSET day 18th January: We will still be running a staff training day as planned in the school calendar. There will be no remote lessons or onsite provision for critical worker children on this day. Staff will be sharing best practice on virtual teaching and how to make sure we keep our students happy, learning and engaged through the remote learning we are providing.


5. Parent/carer consultation evenings: The upcoming parent/ carer evenings will take place as planned in the calendar in remote format. The focus will be on how to make the most of remote learning to ensure progress.


As always I will keep you as well informed and as up to date as I can in what is a rapidly changing situation. I am truly touched and grateful for all your messages of support and appreciation for all we are doing. I know that it is such a hard time for all parents and students and we aim to provide a bit of normality, clarity and support as far as we are able. Our hearts are with you during these tough times!


All good wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin

The December Newsletter is now available to view here.

 

 

The chief medical officer has announced today that the self-isolation period has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.  This means year 8 students can return to school on Monday 14th December as long as they do not have any of the symptoms as described on our website.

 

Best wishes

Mrs Gilpin

Headteacher

Dear parents/carers of all students in Years 7 to 13.

 

Advice to parents

We have had notification of 1 confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 11.

 

All students in Year 11 may have been in close contact and therefore all Year 11 students need to remain away from school and self-isolate until Saturday 19th of December, which, in line with the latest guidance on self-isolation, is 10 days after the student was last in school.

 

Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school. This includes siblings of Year 11 as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

 

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this student, who had a sore throat, headache and tiredness. Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Thank you for your support
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear Year 11 parents/carers

 

Advice to Self-Isolate

 

We have had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 11.

 

All students in Year 11 may have been in close contact therefore all Year 11 students need to stay away from school and self-isolate until Saturday 19th of December which is 10 days after the student was last in school.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

 

The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people, as was the case with this student, who had a sore throat, headache and tiredness. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.

 

If your child is well at the end of the 10-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to their usual activities on Saturday 19th of December.

 

Learning from Home
With Year 11 offsite, we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. From Monday December the 14th we will be offering ‘live’ teaching during lesson time using Microsoft Teams. This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times, except on Friday 18th of December when lessons will take place via Teams during periods 1,2 and 3 only.


We will resend by email the instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams. Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a Microsoft Teams lesson, the Head of Subject will send an email to the students in that class with work for them to complete.


If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.

 

Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers


Our plans for next week are as normal and not affected by the recent government announcement. School will be open to students all week and normal lessons will be happening for everyone unless they have been asked to self-isolate. On Friday 18th December, the last day of term, the arrangements will be as follows:


Year 7-11 we will include a service and some fun activities before finishing for different year groups with a staggered exit during period 4
11:45 Year 7 dismissed via exit by tennis courts/car park
11:45 Year 8 dismissed via River End exit
11:50 Year 9 dismissed via B floor exit
11:55 Year 11 dismissed via River End exit
12:00 Year 10 dismissed via student reception exit

Year 12 will have Microsoft Teams lessons period 1-3 at home
Year 13 will have on site lessons period 1-4 then leave


Students who have free school meals can pick up a meal before they leave school. We have also been allocated vouchers for the holidays and Mr Morris is in charge of their distribution.


I will be sending out further guidance about how people can utilise the NHS test and trace service during the holidays in the event of a positive test result
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youre-contacted-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus/


We will be providing additional support for anyone who has coronavirus symptoms next week if families are worried about getting a positive result in the holidays and talking them through what to do. Do contact our attendance workers in the normal way during the last week of term and we will do all we can to help.

 

The school will be closed from the end of the working day on Friday 18th December and will re-open on Monday 4th January.


Thank you for all your support,
Yours sincerely
Mrs Gilpin

Dear parents/carers of all students in Years 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

 

Advice to Parents/Carers

 

We have had notification of 3 confirmed cases of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 8. The cases are in separate friendships groups and lessons and they all appear to have caught the virus out of school. Parents all acted swiftly and appropriately as soon as they were aware of the risk and notified us on Sunday evening.

 

All students in Year 8 may have been in close contact, therefore all Year 8 students need to remain away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 17 December.

 

Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school. This includes siblings of Year 8 students as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

 

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people. Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

 

 

Dear Year 8 parents/carers

 

Advice to Self-Isolate

We have had notification of 3 confirmed cases of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 8. These are in separate friendship groups and lessons, and all appear to have caught the virus out of school. They were infectious while on site. Parents all acted swiftly and appropriately as soon as they were aware of the risk and notified us on Sunday evening of the test results which came in over the weekend.

 

All students in Year 8 may have been in close contact therefore all Year 8 students need to stay away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 17 December.

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

 

The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.

 

If your child is well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Thursday 17 December.

 

Learning from Home
With Year 8 offsite, we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. We will continue to deliver ‘live’ teaching during lesson time using Microsoft Teams. This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times.

 

We will resend by email the instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams. Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a Microsoft Teams lesson, the Head of Subject will send an email to the students in that class with work for them to complete.

 

If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.

 

Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

 

Dear parents/carers of all students in all Year Groups

 

Advice to parents

We have had notification of 1 confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 13.

 

This is a single case and no further action is required as the student hasn’t had contact with anyone else or been on site during the infectious period. They were experiencing a runny nose and then lost their sense of smell and taste.

 

All students can continue to attend school if they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

 

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people. Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

We are taking part in the Covid Mitigation and Mapping in Schools project, which is an investigation into a variety of aspects connected to coronavirus in schools.


The project involves asking for volunteers in Year 8, 10 and 12, and from teaching and support staff, to agree to give 6 samples of saliva at roughly 4 week intervals and for these to be analysed. Students and staff do not have to self-administer a swab, but simply have to produce saliva into a funnel. We have 422 people in total who have agreed to take part. So far the results are really encouraging. We have found no cases at all.


This suggests that our approach to infection control, i.e. making staff and students aware of the wider range of symptoms in young people, has been highly effective. Our next samples will be collected in January.


We have also done a careful analysis of the symptoms of all the students who have had a positive test result since September. We have had 30 cases of which only 10 had any of the NHS symptoms. If we had not made people aware of the wider range of symptoms in young people we could potentially have missed 20 of the cases! The most common of the NHS symptoms was lack of smell or taste but this often occurred later in the illness after a headache or runny nose.


The world health organisation symptoms that our students have experienced most commonly are:
• Sore throat
• Runny nose/stuffed up nose
• Stomach ache/ feeling sick/Diarrhoea/lack of appetite
• Headache
• Feeling intensely tired
• Aches and Pains (including chest pain)

 

It is well worth you being aware of these symptoms for yourselves and for your children as they appear to be very diagnostic. This may be particularly helpful if you have university students returning to the family home in time for Christmas. If you want to read about the full list of symptoms they are easily accessible on the World Health Organisation website which distils the best research from many countries.
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_3


The good news is that testing is easily available with no waiting time at the moment at the Bristol sites and the turnaround time is fast.


Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

 

 

The November Newsletter is now available to view here.

Please see the attached letter and guidance notes for the 'virtual' Year 11 Parents'/Carers' evening which will be run using video appointments on the 8 and 10 December.

 

 

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