Dear parents/carers of all students in years 7-10 and 12 and 13

 

Advice to parents - single confirmed case

 

We have had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in year 11. The student only had mild tummy upset symptoms followed by “cold” symptoms. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully they took our advice to stay off school and get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

 

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 Sunday 27th September which is 14 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 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 as was the case with this student. Recent research has shown that young people frequently do not display the typical adult symptoms of a continuous cough, fever or lack of taste or smell. Often young people may only have a slight tummy upset or be “off their food” and have a mild sore throat or cold symptoms and feel really tired and have a headache. The research on this is still developing. We know that it is inconvenient for individuals that our school has been cautious about symptoms but in this case a potential for the loss of 17,000 days of learning if the whole school had to be shut for two weeks has been massive reduced compared to this student continuing to attend school. One person staying off with minor symptoms of a tummy upset and sore throat and runny nose and getting a test and then alerting us swiftly when the test result came in has meant that learning onsite has been much more able to take place. We are enormously appreciative of all the parents that are being so supportive especially at a time of difficulty in getting tests. I have already contacted two MPs and requested that a wider range of categories of symptoms are allowed for school age students to get tests. This would prevent more schools having to close and would prevent the disease spreading across our city much more effectively!

 

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. 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.. Do not get a test if your child is well as there is a shortage of tests and well people do not need to get tests.

 

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 Monday 28th September.

 

I am waiting to liaise further with Public Health England and will send you any updates and further information when I can.


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. The student only had mild tummy upset symptoms followed by cold symptoms. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully they took our advice to stay off school and get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

 

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 Sunday 27th September which is 14 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. 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. If you have difficulty getting a test please explain that your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. 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 Monday 28th September.

 

I am waiting to liaise further with Public Health England and will send you any updates and further information when I can.

 

Learning from Home:
With Year 11 offsite for the next few days we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. For Tuesday and Wednesday we will be using the same system as we operated in Term 6: Year 11 teachers have been asked to set tasks for students to complete for each lesson and to send them via the students’ school email address.


From Thursday are hoping 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 email instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday morning. 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

The September Start of Year Newsletter is available to view here.

 

 

We welcome back our year 10 students as they start their GCSEs. As we are unable to hold our Year 10 Information Evening for parents/carers. We have made a film that goes through many key points about GCSEs. The film covers information around how we set targets at GCSE, tiers of entry, homework and coursework. Mr Taylor also talks about the impact of attendance and behaviour on grades.

We hope that this is helpful to you as you support your child through the GCSEs over the next two years. If you have any questions or queries regarding anything in the film, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will ensure that your question is forwarded to the correct person. 

 

 

We would like to welcome all of our Year 7 Parents to our school community. As we are unable to invite you all into school for our information evening, we have made a film to give you an overview of the year ahead and introduce Mr Pike to you. He is Head of Müller House and is looking forward to working with you throughout the year.

 

The film also includes some reflection and worship as well as lots of information about how we will support your child pastorally and academically.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as she will be able to direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person.

 

 

 

Further to the notice placed in the July edition of the School Newsletter, I am pleased to confirm that the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator has agreed to allow the variation to the Main School Admissions Policy for 2021/22, in respect of attendance at churches/places of worship.

The variation approved for those applying as ‘faith’ applicants is:

 

‘In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church, or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship, has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship or alternative premises have been available for public worship.’

 

Please be reassured that you will not be disadvantaged by the closures of churches/places of worship during this period of COVID.

 

Mrs S Josham, Clerk to Governors, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Our catering company would like to reassure all our school community about the measures they are taking to ensure a safe return to providing school meals. Please watch their video below:

 

Dear Parent/Carer,


We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school this September. We have spent much of the Summer holidays putting in precautions and procedures to ensure that we keep our school community safe.

 

As I informed you in the Summer term, we will be having individual induction sessions for each year group before welcoming all our students onsite in their respective year group bubbles. These induction sessions are crucial as they will ensure that all year groups are made aware of the new procedures and systems to keep them safe. We have put together a Coronavirus Student Handbook which outlines all of the safety precautions as well as some changes to timings for the school day. Please read this thoroughly as it covers how things will be different onsite. Every element of this handbook has been carefully thought through with the ultimate goal of keeping your child safe.


Here is a link to the handbook:
https://www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk/index.php/all-notices/1999-student-coronavirus-handbook


Here is a link to the timings for all of the induction sessions so that you can double check the date and timings of your childs induction session.
https://www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk/index.php/all-notices/2000-student-induction-timetables


If you have a child joining us in year 7, you should have received an email with their induction times. If for any reason, you did not receive this information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please note that all children must be in full school uniform for their induction days and should bring in a pencil case containing a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. Our catering facilities will not be available for students to buy food on the induction days, so please ensure they bring a snack with them. If your child is entitled to a free school meal, they will be able to collect a packed lunch if required. After their induction session, your child will not be in school until Wednesday 9th September when normal lessons will begin (this will be a Week 2). We want to keep everyone as safe as possible so do please remember that if your child has a cough, fever, lack of smell/taste, tummy upset, sore throat or runny nose they need to stay at home and get a test. By not bringing the virus into school we keep everyone safe.


Many of our students come to school on public transport. Please be aware that due to the coronavirus, your child may not be able to catch their usual bus. The Firstbus App (https://www.firstgroup.com/tech-bus/first-bus-app) has a facility that allows you to see when the next bus is due as well as if it has any available seats. It is worth downloading if your child will be using a bus to get to school. Where possible, we would encourage children to walk or cycle to school as this reduces risk of transmission and infection. If you will be transporting your child to school by car, please do not stop outside the school on Somerset Square, as this will further increase bunching and grouping of students but rather park further away so that they have a short walk to school.


We want school to feel as normal as possible when it resumes for all year groups on Wednesday 9th September, students will be able to buy lunch from our catering team. However, they will not be allowed to bring money to school and top up using the revaluation units on A floor and B floor as this poses a significant infection risk. Please log-in to your SCOPAY online account and select 'School Meals (Innovate Catering)' to top up your account. If you are unsure how to do this, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


It will be great to have our school filled with the sound of young people again. We are looking forward to helping our students restore relationships, rebuild safe boundaries and renew their learning.


All good wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin

In order to keep everyone safe, some aspects of school life will be very different. These are explained in the attached handbook. You must read this very carefully so that you are completely clear about things such as:


• When you will be in school
• When you will have tutor time
• How you should move around school
• Break/Lunchtime arrangements


By taking responsibility for understanding this clearly, you will help us all work together to make school a safe and enjoyable place to be.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (Student Coronavirus Handbook 2020 v2.pdf)Student Coronavirus Handbook 20204237 kB

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are delighted that the level of coronavirus circulating in the wider population has gone down sufficiently to be able to welcome all students back to school in September. We will be receiving the government guidance later this week. It will include what additional precautions we can take to minimse the risk of infection and we will be reviewing these in the light of our particular school circumstances. As it will be on site school for everyone after a long period of home learning we want to take the time to welcome students back and restore relationships, renew learning and rebuild safe boundaries. To enable us to do this we will bring in two or three year groups at a time over the first few days to build their confidence.

 

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September we will have our new year 7 and year 12 on site.

 

On Monday 7th we will have year 8, 10 and 13 on site and on Tuesday 8th we will have year 9, 11 and 13 on site.

 

On Wednesday 9th normal lessons will begin.

 

I would like to thank each of you for the exceptional way you and your children have managed during this stage of the pandemic. You have been awesome in the face of adversity. I would also like to pay tribute to the premises and on site team who have kept the school open and running safely during this time. We have not had a single Covid-19 case for our on-site children or staff during this period. I would like to thank all the teachers and support staff and the IT and e-learning team who have kept such an interesting range of learning activities and support going through this time and the Isolated not Alone team for all their inspiring input on worship and wellbeing and words. I would also like to thank all the staff involved in providing practical support to families through food vouchers, parcels or resources and governors for their wise counsel and generosity. It has felt like a tremendous team effort and I am so grateful to every single member of our school community. I know that everyone’s story has been different and some people have fought very hard battles with bereavement, health worries, financial worries, mental health and anxiety issues on top of the isolation and juggling home learning. Whatever your circumstances we want to next year to be a time of rebuilding, restoring and renewal for our young people as we trust God’s love to hold us through the uncertainty of the next phase.

 

You can expect the further communication from us this term as we know more about the government guidance.
1. A “virtual induction day” video for current year 11s and external year 11 applicants coming into our 6th form.
2. Guidance for current year 11 and 13 on how they can access their exam results in the summer and get personal support and advice and guidance if it is needed.
3. An update of the times of when your child will need to attend on the 4 induction and coronavirus safety days.
4. An overview of how the government guidance will be interpreted for the specifics of our school when the timetable starts on Wednesday 9th September.
5. During the summer holidays we will be working hard to make sure that all the safety precautions are in place and the guidance interpreted appropriately so that we are well organised and ready for your child in September so they have a happy and safe time learning back in school. We will issue final guidance at the end of the summer/start of the new term.

 

Thank you so much for your unwavering support during these uncertain times. This has made all the difference to us as a staff team and is deeply appreciated.

 

All good wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin

Our uniform supplier has issued new guidance on how to purchase school uniform during the lockdown period. The guidance covers what to do if you are parent/carer of a new starter and if you are purchasing for an existing student.

 

Please visit our Uniform page to view the information leaflet on the new procedures in operation.

 

 

 

 

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