2020-03-24 Letter re. school closure
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Dear Parent or Carer
I hope that you and your families are well. The school recognise that the start to this week is likely to have been challenging for many of the Highbury Fields School community, particularly given the announcement by the Prime Minister yesterday evening. The school will do everything it can to support you and your families at this time.
Attached with my letter of Thursday 19th March was a document explaining to students how to access the school’s online Independent Learning Area (ILA). The ILA hosts the learning materials that students should use whilst they are studying at home. The school is pleased that 520 students have already logged into the ILA and are learning remotely.
If your daughter has yet to log into the ILA, please encourage her to do so as soon as possible. If, for some reason, your daughter is having trouble accessing the ILA, please email email@example.com , with ILA as the subject and your daughter’s name as the message. This email address will be checked each day and the school will endeavour to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
Enclosed with this letter is an overview of the ‘home study’ that each year group should complete for all of their subjects this week. The school would like to remind you that students in Year 7 to 11 should complete an hour of English, mathematics and science work each day and at least half an hour of two additional subjects. Please note that the this week’s ‘home study’ correlates to the ‘week 2’ learning materials on the ILA.
The school will endeavour on each Friday of the school closure to inform you of the home study that students should complete the following week, so that you are able to plan a schedule with your daughters.
You may have seen that, on Friday of last week, the government announced plans for GCSE and A-level grades this year to be calculated according to a ‘range of evidence and data including performance on mock examinations and non-examined assessment.’ The government also indicated that it would ensure the awarding of grades would be as ‘fair as possible’ and that ‘if students do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again’.
The school recognise that the awarding of grades will be of the utmost concern to Year 11 and 13 students. At present the school has not received any specific information regarding how the grading process will work but will inform you as soon as the government provide greater clarity. The press release regarding GCSE and A-level grading can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced .
As you know, the measures that have to be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are unprecedented. They will doubtless bring with them further frustrations and difficulties, not least for parents and carers who, amidst all the other worries that the situation has caused, now have to ensure their daughters keep up to date with their education from home.
I would like, if I may, to offer three pieces of advice. Firstly, please heed the government guidelines regarding staying inside. Only leave your home if you really need to and, if possible, do so alone. However challenging this may be, staying inside will reduce the risk of you, your family or members of wider society spreading or becoming infected with the coronavirus. This action alone will save lives and enable critical workers to continue their roles. Secondly, whilst it may be difficult, try to see the situation as an opportunity. Many parents and carers will be able to commit more time to their families and engage with their children’s education in a way that is usually impossible. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, remember that you can only do your best. If we are all able to support one another in really doing so, then that will be more than good enough.
My thoughts are with everyone in our community. I will write again by the end of the week.