Returning in September

Dear Parent/Carer,

As September draws closer, we hope you are all becoming more excited about returning to HLC and moving towards the normality we all need. I wanted to start by saying a very heartfelt thank you for all your efforts and support during lockdown. We are aware that many of you have been facing personal challenges throughout this period and we recognise the difficulties of home learning for every family.

The new school year in September will be a fresh start for us all.  Whilst your child will move into a new year group, I am also beginning a different chapter in my career as I have recently been appointed as Headteacher of HLC Secondary.  I have worked at HLC from its first day of opening and am committed to continuing to embed and drive the high expectations and standards that are integral to our school. We are proud to be at the heart of our community and the relationship between students, parents and staff is the driving force of our school, an ethos that I am dedicated to continuing.  I look forward to working with you as I strive to ensure that HLC continues to go from strength to strength.

From September, we will have a focus on attendance and ensuring all children are in school from the start of term. It should be noted that school attendance is compulsory. We will, of course, support children and parents who are anxious about their return and our attendance and pastoral teams will be available to offer any support that families require.

You will be pleased to know that we have put together a robust response to the Government Covid19 guidance and are therefore confident that we can keep your child safe whilst continuing to offer a full broad and rich curriculum from September.  Lessons will be exciting, and your child will make the rapid progress that is so important following a long period of lockdown.

We have ensured that we have responded to all areas of the guidance and have arranged for the following changes to our school organisation:

  • Clear hygiene procedures for regularly hand cleaning and cleaning of the school building.
  • Staggered start times, end times, breaks and lunches to avoid year groups mixing with each other.
  • Effective corridor management.
  • A full risk assessment will be made available on our website once all arrangements have been confirmed.

I know you will have lots of questions about returning to HLC so please do not hesitate to contact any member of the leadership team who will be happy to support you. I have summarised arrangements for the start of term to help you plan for the return of your child to HLC.

Return Date

Wednesday 2nd September: Year 7 only (Transition Day)
Thursday 3rd September: Year 7, 8 and 11 only
Friday 4th September: Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (all year groups)

Start and finish times

The start and finish times are designed, in line with Government guidance, to ensure that there are no gatherings of parents and students. To avoid year groups mixing with each other we will be staggering start and finish times and identifying specific entry and exit points. Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time to avoid entering the school with another year group.

  • Year 7: 8.50am start and 14.50pm dismissal. Entry and exit through the Secondary Entrance.
  • Year 8: 8.50am start and 14.50pm dismissal. Entry and exit through the Basketball Court Entrance.
  • Year 9: 8.50am start and 14.50pm dismissal. Entry and exit through the Sports Corridor Entrance.
  • Year 10: 8.40am start and 15.00pm dismissal. Entry and exit through the Secondary Entrance.
  • Year 11: 8.40am start and 15.10pm dismissal.* Entry and exit through the Basketball Court Entrance.

*intervention will continue until 16.00pm.

If you are driving, please be aware we will also be managing a new road system around the school so please make every effort to walk or cycle if possible.

Uniform

We expect all students to be wearing full school uniform from the first day. If you have not yet booked an appointment at Bakers, Wellington, please consider arranging this soon.  If you have any questions relating to uniform, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

https://www.bakerandsonschoolwear.co.uk/booking-appointment/

Lunch and break

Due to Covid19 we have had to change our normal lunch and break arrangements. All lunches and breaks will be staggered to ensure there is a maximum of two year groups on break or lunch at any one time. There will be breaktime snacks available to purchase but we would ask if students are bringing in snacks that they meet Healthy School’s guidance. Hot lunches will continue to be available alongside a selection of sandwiches and wraps. Students are welcome to bring in their own packed lunch. Again, we would ask that this food meets Healthy School’s guidance.

When two year groups are on lunch together we will split the lunch. Students will have 15 minutes inside and 15 minutes outside to allow for students to rotate around the food serveries. Given that students will be required to move outside, under the canopies, we would suggest they bring an appropriate outdoor coat.

Further information

We would ask that you ensure that your child comes to school with a black / blue pen, red pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, scientific calculator and glue in a pencil case because we will be unable to supply equipment within our risk assessment.

Please be aware that the Community entrance area will be closed to students and parents before and after school. If you do need to contact school, please telephone reception on 01952 387000.

We aim to introduce a breakfast and homework club after the first two weeks of the school term. Further details on this will be released in September. To reduce year group mixing of students please aim to ensure that your child is not in and around school beyond the school day.

Options

In response to academic research and in-line with Ofsted guidance we have made the decision to move to a two year Key Stage 4. This means that current Year 8 students will take their options in the Spring Term of the next academic year.

I imagine that you have many questions and I hope that this letter addresses everything that you need to know. Should there be any further information that you require, please contact the school and you will be directed to the relevant member of staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all continued health and to thank you for your support throughout this year. On behalf of all the staff at HLC I hope you have a peaceful and productive summer holiday.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D.Roycroft
Head of Secondary