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April 2022 School Arrangements

 

The School Day 

Since February 2022 we reverted back to our old school day of having two breaks for pupils, rather than the four staggered ones we had last term. We are pleased to announce that this change has worked very well.  

Please click here to view the timetable that the school is currently following.  Any adjustments or changes will be communicated with Parent/Carers directly. 

All year groups are allowed access to one canteen during one of the breaks (not both).

When year groups during the break do not have access to a canteen, they will have access to snacks and drinks available through our mobile areas, such as Grab and Go or The Cube. Pupils are always welcome to bring their own packed lunch.  

 

Please find below the current arrangements which we will continue to have in place from April 2022

We feel that many of the measures we have introduced since September 2020 have worked really well and we plan therefore to be keeping these in place:  

1) Face coverings - Face masks will no longer be required in classrooms and indoor spaces. Students may still choose to wear a mask if they wish.

2) Covid Testing and Isolation: We will no longer be sending home LFD tests for students and there is no expectation that students will test twice weekly at home. We do have a limited stock of LFD tests and these are available from reception on request.

We advise all students with Covid symptoms to stay at home and test.  If this is positive, please arrange for your child to get a PCR test and keep them at home until you get the result. If the PCR test shows your child has Covid, then follow the latest UKHSA guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

Your child may return to school from day 6 if s/he gets two negative LFT tests.

3) Vaccinations:  We strongly recommend and encourage all students, over the age of 12, to take advantage of the Covid Vaccination Programme and get two vaccines.

6) PE – we are continuing continue to introduce more extra-curricular and borough matches with other schools.  

7) Hygiene - We will be keeping a strong focus on personal hygiene and the use of sanitisers.

8) Ventilation - Windows will be kept open in all classrooms to ensure adequate ventilation.

 

Uniform

As per our uniform policy students in Years 7-11 should wear a plain matt white shirt with collar, this must be tucked in with the top button done up with their year group tie at all times. Either plain matt black trousers, tailored, regular fit (no denim or jeans style) or plain matt black, knee length pleated or A-line skirts. Longer skirts can be worn for religious reasons. Students in Years 7 and 8 should wear their school jumper, tank top or cardigan and students in Years 9-11 will wear a school blazer. Shoes should be plain black leather shoes (no casuals, fabric canvas, trainers, air forces, pumps, high heels, boots, coloured laces or coloured stitching).  Plain socks, tights and belts should be worn, and students’ coats should be suitable for school, they will be removed in class (no leather, suede, denim, hoodies, sweatshirts, or sports tops). Jewellery, hair and make-up should be appropriate for school.

Our PE kit comprises of our red polo shirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and optional sweatshirt (all of which should have the Hatch End PE logo on them), sports socks and appropriate footwear for the sport being taught. 

Mobile phones should be turned off and kept out of site at school and air pods/headphones, etc., need to be removed at the school gate. If these are seen in school, they will be confiscated and locked away until the end of the half term.

We would like to thank parents and carers for supporting us in our pursuit of instilling our students with a sense of pride in their appearance.  When students respect the school’s uniform policy and set themselves high standards, these link to our core values of Respect and Excellence. 

For the full uniform requirements, including more details on our expectations around jewellery and make-up please click here.

 

Attendance

We understand that attendance has been a challenge for some students over the last 18 months.  However, we are expecting full attendance and students will no longer have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a positive case. If students tests positive, but are feeling well they can live stream into a lesson so that they avoid any missed lessons.  We have updated you at the beginning of the academic year with our procedures for monitoring absence and involving the local authority where necessary. In the meantime, please read below carefully:

School attendance - Why should my child attend regularly?

Good school attendance gives your child the best opportunity for success and helps develop valuable skills for life. Your child should attend school every day, unless there is an unavoidable reason.

Missing school damages a child’s learning and lowers their chances of achieving a good set of exam grades. Missing school regularly could affect your child’s chances in life, for example, their ability to get into further education (university/college/apprenticeship) or be accepted into a job role of their choice.

You have a legal duty to ensure that your child attends school, on time, every day. 

 

Remote Learning

Click here to go to our 'Remote Learning' page. Please note that details on this page will be updated accordingly in line with government guidelines.