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Further to school sending out letters to all parents / carers of Secondary aged pupils you can now watch this ‘how to’ video for Covid-19 self-testing.
Remember – pupils only have to carry out nasal swabs; (swab of both nostrils) – we do not ask or expect any pupils to try to carry out a throat swab.
(see page 11 of the Step by Step Guide)
HOW TO DO A COVID-19 SELF-TEST
If your child presents symptoms whilst at school you will be called and must collect your child as a matter of urgency.
Welcome to Lindsworth School a provision in which all staff work together to support pupils develop their academic and social skills whist encouraging growth in their emotional and mental health well-being. We are a staff team who have high expectations of each and every pupil who attend, inspiring them to achieve success to support them in the next phase of their education, training or employment. We are committed to creating well rounded individuals and believe that in order to do this, we must adopt the philosophy that “One size fits NONE”. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which provides pupils with a wealth of opportunities to expand their experiences. Individualisation is a key focus in all aspects of school life from individualised lessons to behaviour targets and intervention packages for those requiring extra support.
We are proud of the relationships we have built over the years with pupils, parents and a variety of external agencies and this has strengthened the collaborative work and the provision on offer to our pupils.
As a whole school we constantly reflect on our practices and use this to focus improvement and drive initiatives which will enhance the provision. This has taken us through a range of notable achievements such as improving teaching and learning, securing a “Good” from Ofsted.
All the pupils who attend our school are unique however one key factor we believe they all have in common is “they are all capable of amazing things” and at Lindsworth we create an aspirational culture to facilitate this, where success is celebrated.
We hope you find the website information informative, if you do require any further please do not hesitate to contact us.
5th March 2021
We are looking forward to seeing all our students next week and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you as parents and carers for your support during this period of time. We have loved the creativity you have shown in supporting your children at home and you should commend yourselves – thank you.
Many of our staff have received, or are about to receive, their first vaccinations against Coronavirus. It is also worth noting that children over the age of 16 with a learning disability or additional needs are eligible for the vaccine, as are the carers of those children. We would advise you check with your GP about your own personal circumstances.
Please remember to return your child’s lateral flow consent form in order for them to be tested upon their return to school, if they choose to do so. Information regarding this has already been shared with you, however, if you have any questions or would like further information please contact the school. The testing is carried out by our own staff who have been doing this for the last 8 weeks. The students are already familiar with them and the staff team will support them throughout the process.
A positive test result
If your child tests positive on the lateral flow test they will be isolated and we will ask parents/carers to collect them from school immediately. In line with the current guidance, students will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days.
The new guidance recommends that masks are worn in classrooms and not just in communal spaces.
Do Students need to wear masks?
The answer is yes, the guidance recommends that students wear masks in school unless they have an exemption.
We expect students to bring in their own masks. If students have forgotten, they can ask a member of staff who will ensure they have one for the day. Periods of time will be provided for students outside to enable them to remove their masks so that they are not wearing them all the time.
We are ventilating our classrooms before the students arrive in the morning and heating will be turned up to ensure we have comfortable room temperatures.
To be clear pupils are expected to wear their masks unless they are outside or participating in PE lessons
We are aware that some parents may be concerned about their child wearing a face covering. The same guidance for who should wear face coverings on public transport or in shops applies in school. So, if any parent wishes for their child to be exempt from wearing a face covering they should contact the school in the first instance to advise us of their reasons for this decision. This advice is due to be reviewed at Easter.
Thank you for your continued support. January 2021 was not the start any of us wished to have, myself included. I hope we see you all later in the year and show you our marvellous new build, all the amazing work the pupils have been doing and celebrate our Year 11’s as they engage in the next phase of their education.
2nd March 2021
Welcome back to the new term. Last week was a week of big announcements. Information is coming slowly into school and we are working with staff to firm up our plans and procedures to ensure that you have all the information that you need.
Reopening of School
I think we were all really pleased to hear from the Prime Minister that schools will be fully reopening next week and we are excited to welcome all our pupils back.
All students are expected to attend from Monday, 8th March 2021. Schools are, however, permitted to have a phased approach to reopening in order that lateral flow testing can take place. The return dates for pupils are therefore as follows:
Monday 8th March – Key Stage 2, Year 7, Year 10 and Year 11
Tuesday, 9th March – Year 8 and Year 9
This means all pupils will be in school on Tuesday, 9th March 2021. We would like to encourage and support all our pupils to engage with the testing programme as the school fully reopens.
Participating in Mass Rapid Testing
The test is voluntary but everyone is encouraged to take it. The DfE guidance states that students are expected to have a negative test result before returning to face-to-face teaching and learning. We have therefore spent time finalising our plans and our own school staff team will run the tests that need to be administered as part of the Government’s plans. The testing will be carried out using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs), as per government guidelines. You will be aware that frequent testing of students in schools is no longer planned. Instead, on return to school, students are encouraged to participate in 3 tests on-site, each 3 to 5 days apart, before moving to home-testing. We must have written consent for every student to participate in this programme. If a student arrives for testing and the form has not been completed we will not be able to test them. Students over 16 are allowed to complete the form themselves after discussing the testing with a parent/carer. A student may withdraw consent at any time if they wish to do so. Many of our students have been taking the test which only takes a matter of minutes.
Please read the Privacy Notice enclosed and complete and return the consent form with the student when they return to school. An email will also be sent out which can be signed and returned to the school.
Due to the change in the testing requirements, we are asking that this form be completed by all parents/carers (or students over 16 if preferred) as it also allows for non-consent returns. This will support our administration team in planning the delivery of the tests. Please note that we are asking that parents/carers who have already completed a return to assist our planning before half-term, also complete this form to ensure that our records remain accurate.
If you do not wish for your child to be tested, please still complete the form so that we are aware of your decision.
This also applies for students over the age of 16. Any student, where consent has not been given, will be required to return to school on the same day and time as the rest of their year group. They will be asked to proceed to the classroom where their lessons are normally held. Please note that all returns are recorded. Only students who have given consent will be asked to attend the further two tests that need to take place in school. We will assume that if you have declined to be tested in school, you do not wish to receive home testing kits.
Home testing for students will not start before week beginning Monday, 15th March 2021. Further details will be sent regarding home testing next week. Please note that consent is not needed for home testing.
Staff are currently processing the limited information that has been received in school regarding the requirement for teachers to provide Teacher Assessment Grades (TAGs) this summer. The message to all our students in Years 11 remains the same “KEEP WORKING HARD AND CONTINUE TO PUT 100% EFFORT INTO ALL YOUR LESSONS”. Their outcomes are still very much in their hands. Our principle is to give our students every opportunity to show what they can achieve. We will continually update everyone who is due to take exams this summer as more information becomes available.
Please be assured, pupils are in safe hands, their teachers want the best for them and we are all here to help and support them.
Finally I’d like to share with you that Ofsted visited the school on Wednesday, 3rd February 2021. A copy of the Ofsted report can be downloaded from either of the following links:
http://www.lindsworth.co.uk/j30/media/docs/Ofsted2021.PDF or https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50160432.
The school welcomed their findings which included that safeguarding in the school is effective and that there is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school. The school also received comments about meticulous record keeping and positive and respectful relationships between staff and pupils.
I am mindful that our pupils have again spent a considerable time out of school and I want to take this opportunity to share with you how much we are looking forward to welcoming them back. We are adapting our curriculum at the start of every day to allow them time to reconnect with their friends, peer groups and staff. We are building additional time over the coming weeks for them to have time to talk individually to staff and share their experience of lockdown. If you have any concerns regarding your child at this time, please contact the school, we are more than happy to discuss these with you.