Letters sent Home

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Please note that because most letters are now sent by email, the text of the email and the date on which the communication was sent to Parents and Carers is shown below. Letters are listed with the most recent at the head of the list; once the date of the relevant event has passed letters will be removed from this page.  

Update on School Opening for Students in Years 10 and 12

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of students in Years 10 and 12 on Monday 1 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

UPDATE ON SECONDARY SCHOOL OPENING FOR YEAR 10 AND YEAR 12 STUDENTS 

I trust that this correspondence finds all our families safe and well. 

As you are aware, on 24 May the Prime Minister announced that secondary schools should plan to invite Years 10 and 12 students back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers, subject to the government’s 5 tests and this return should be considered no earlier than the 15 June 2020. We have been asked to offer this face-to-face support to supplement the remote education which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for students in these year groups. Rest assured that distance learning (SHOWMYHOMEWORK and some virtual lessons on Microsoft Teams) will continue to be offered to our students. 

According to the DfE’s assessment, based on the latest scientific and medical advice, we need to continue to control the numbers attending school to reduce the risk of increasing transmission. Therefore, schools have been told that they are only able to have a quarter (25%) of the Year 10 and Year 12 cohort in school at any one time. For us at The Sele School, this amounts to no more than 17 students in total. 

In order to work safely within these parameters, we are still gathering all the necessary information and resources to complete our whole school Risk Assessment but aim to provide you with specific details of our plan for this phased return from the beginning of next week. I must emphasise that what our provision looks like between now and the end of the academic year is subject to change depending on the circumstances that we are faced with. Furthermore, as the Headteacher of the school, I reserve the right to close school to these year groups should the local and/or national infection rate increase. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to support our school and students. Further detail will follow next week. 

Yours sincerely

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

English Department - lessons on Youtube

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 1 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer 

In order to facilitate the continued progress of our students, the English department will be uploading lessons to Youtube on the channel 'Mr Luxton's English Lessons'.  There will be a notification on SHOWMYHOMEWORK each week to remind students to access these videos.  Students will be expected to complete the work from these lessons and return it via email to the relevant teacher.  

Thank you for your continued support during these critical and demanding times. We wish you and your families well. 

Kind regards from

The English Department 

Please email any query regarding this message to Mr Luxton sluxton@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Change in Curriculum Delivery for Options

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 18 May 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

CHANGE IN CURRICULUM DELIVERY FOR OPTIONS 

I hope that you and your families remain well in these exceptional times we find ourselves in.  

I am writing to update you with the situation regarding options for the coming year.

As you are aware, we have been offering students the opportunity to study two of their GCSE options in Year 9 and into Year 10, in addition to a Modern Foreign Language or alternative, with the examinations for these subjects being taken at the end of Year 10. 

Having undertaken a review of the curriculum, we have taken the decision to revert to our previous system of all options now being chosen at the end of Year 9, rather than Year 8. This means that students will commence their study of four option GCSE subjects in Year 10 and these subjects will be examined at the end of Year 11, alongside core subjects and Modern Foreign Language or the alternative subject. This is in line with the vast majority of secondary schools. 

We feel that this will give the students more time to make informed decisions around their subject choices and additional maturity and development of some of the skills which will benefit them, especially in subjects such as Drama and the Arts. It also allows a seamless progression for students to study chosen subjects into Year 12. 

To clarify, all Year 8 students will continue with Key Stage 3 subjects as per their current timetables for the coming academic year when they will be in Year 9. It is our intention for there to be an opportunity in the Spring of 2021 to attend an Options’ Evening where option choices for Years 10 and 11 can be discussed with teaching staff. The Options booklet on line will be updated in due course to reflect these changes. 

I hope that this explains the situation regarding certainty of subjects for the coming year, even as we find ourselves in uncertain times.  

Kind regards  

Jan Morgan; Assistant Headteacher 

Year 10 Students Exam Grades

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 10 students on 13 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

YEAR 10 STUDENTS' EXAM GRADES

I understand that the process around submitting predicted grades for this year's GCSEs has left you wandering where our Year 10 GCSE students will be placed. I would like to reassure you that further guidance has been released and I am pleased to confirm that the Year 10 cohort will be receiving their GCSE grades alongside our Year 11 students.

This means that all pupils, regardless of their year, will be given a predicted grade and then ranked in accordance with their chance of securing that grade as one cohort. Please note that Ofqual will not be applying any special consideration. With regards to Appeals, Ofqual will issue further guidance to schools as they have yet to formalise the process. We will issue out further guidance and updates as we receive them.

In the meantime, the school is following and administering the process to ensure all grades are a true reflection of what your son or daughter would have most likely achieved under exam conditions.

Thank you for your continued support during these critical times. We wish you and your family the best of health.

Kind regards

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

Selecting Options

The following message was sent to parents and carers on 13 May 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

I am writing to you to give you the opportunity to select Option subjects for your child to study in Years 10 and 11. This is in addition to the two options that they are already studying. As you know two additional choices still need to be made from the following subjects:

Block One

Photography

Religious Education

Geography

Drama

Music

Block Two

PE

3D Art

Art

Food 

Business

Please email me back your preference by June 1st indicating which options your child would like to take, and one reserve choice for each block. Any student not currently studying History or Geography must select Geography in Block 1.

As always, availability is dependent on popularity and numbers of students who have opted for any given subject, but I will do my best to give students one of their choices in each block. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact me by email jmorgan@sele.herts.sch.uk

Yours sincerely

Jan Morgan; Assistant Headteacher

Remote Learning in Physical Education

The following message was sent home to parents and carers of students in Years 9 and 10 studying PE BTEC 

Dear Parents and Carers 

REMOTE LEARNING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION  

As you are aware, we have begun to roll out a programme of online lessons via Microsoft Teams to assist our students in their home learning. In addition to the scheduled online lessons , there are several useful features of the Microsoft Teams App that the Physical Education (P.E) department is keen to utilise. 

Using the Microsoft teams app, we will be moving towards the online submission and marking of all BTEC Assignment tasks. Not only will this allow for regular contact between students and teacher, but it will also allow for timely marking and feedback of students' assignments during these times of distance learning. 

I have attached a step- by- step guide to logging into the app; accessing available assignment details and submitting work.

Teams - how to - Tutorial 

Students are encouraged to upload their existing assignments for all units completed to-date , which will allow their teachers to collate and mark these assignments. 

Details of the outstanding assignments, along with their corresponding deadlines, can be accessed on the Microsoft Teams App, under the assignments section. Please encourage your child to login and check these details. 

Some students have informed me that their work is saved on the school's computer system and I am working on a way for students to access their work from home.  

It is of utmost importance that students are remaining on top of their workload and submitting assignments on time to ensure they remain on track and thus complete the qualification. 

Your support in this matter is most appreciated and I wish you and your family the best of health in this critical period. 

Kind regards 

Miss G Tait; Head of PE  

Health and well being - University of Oxford study

The following letter was sent to parents and carers on Monday 4 May 2020

Oxford University Health and well-being study Please note that we are aware that some people have had trouble with the link included in the letter; if this is the case please use https://oxfordarcstudy.com instead.

For information about how the study will be conducted and the purpose of the research, please follow this link Invitation to participate in the Oxford ARC Study

History Residential Trip to Belgium

The following message was sent on 24 April 2020 to parents and carers of students due to attend the History Residential Trip 

Dear Parent or Carer 

HISTORY RESIDENTIAL TRIP TO BELGIUM 

I am writing to update you on our current position regarding the History residential to Belgium, 2-3rd July 2020.   

As things currently stand, the tour company is fully operational and until further guidance or information is received from the government on the status of schools and school trips, the trip at this stage has to continue to be planned.  Should the government extend the current restrictions to July then NST travel will cancel the trip and issue a full refund.  

In the meantime to ensure that we still remain eligible for this refund all deposits to the tour company must be paid.  Therefore, if you still have payments that need to be made on parent pay it is very important that these are paid in full by Friday 1st May 2020.  Furthermore, there are a small number of parents who have also not sent me the Advanced Passenger Passport information.  This also has to be submitted to ensure we meet out contract with NST.  This information must please be emailed to me by Friday 1st May 2020.   

Failure to submit this payment and passport information will be seen by the tour company as ‘disinclination to travel’ and therefore a refund will not be made by the travel company.  If any parent has any queries about outstanding final payment deposits or passenger information please can they contact me as a matter of urgency using my school email address:   jwinship@sele.herts.sch.uk   

Thank you for your support and understanding; we hope that you and your families are able to stay safe and healthy at this critical time. Rest assured that I will continue to update you as and when any further information is received. 

Yours sincerely  

Mrs J Winship; Head of Humanities   

Years 11, 12 and 13 Examination Grading Process

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of students in Years 11, 12 and 13 on 22 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you and your families remain well in these exceptional times we find ourselves in.

As you know the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced that all GCE and GCSE examinations have been cancelled for summer 2020. Whilst for some young people this will be a relief, a great majority will feel that they have been denied the opportunity to show exactly how well they could perform having worked so hard to develop their skills and knowledge over their time in school.

The Department for Education is clear that they do not want young people to be disadvantaged by the cancelling of this examination series. Schools have been asked to provide exam boards with expected grades for students in place of exam results, and staff are working hard to provide this ahead of deadline. These grades will be based on a wide combination of factors, not solely on performance in mock exams.

The data we submit will be a fair and true reflection of the level an individual was most likely to achieve, and we have a robust process in place to ensure this. Guidance from Ofqual is clear that students will receive notification of their grades in the Summer in the same was as if they had sat the exams, and so there can be no dialogue between individuals and staff around the award of grades.

We would ask that any exercise books, mock exam papers, assessed pieces of work or non-examined work such as coursework are kept safe at home by parents and carers, in the event of the school being asked for supporting evidence for the award of any individual grade.

The Department for Education will provide details of an appeals process in due course for any student who feels the grade awarded fails to be a true reflection of their abilities.

We will be in contact, if any further information becomes available.

In the meantime, stay well.

Kind regards 

Jan Morgan; Assistant Head

Open letter from Minister Ford to parents and carers of SEND students

Please click on the link to access an open letter sent to the parents and carers of SEND students by Minister Ford 

Open letter to parents and carers of SEND students

Scam warning - Free School Meals

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 26 March 2020

Sent on behalf of Juliet Whitehead, Hertfordshire County Council Education Team

Scam email being sent to parents asking for bank details if they are Free School Meals

Hertfordshire County Council has received reports that a scam email is being sent to parents, asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free School Meals.  Please could all schools send out a communication to their parents, warning them about this scam email.  In addition, it may be sensible to remind them not to give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.  Please see this government link for further helpful information: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing

Regards

Juliet Whitehead

Message from Herts County Council lead on Speech, Language, Communication and Autism

The following message was sent to parents and Carers on Friday 20 March 2020

Please do not reply to this email - please use the contact details below if necessary 

The message below was sent on behalf of Sharon Coubray; County Lead for Speech, Language, Communication and Autism | Integrated Services for Learning | SEND Specialist Advice & Support, Hertfordshire County Council

Please share this information as appropriate.

To support children with communication and autism needs and their families during this unsettled period, the Specialist Advisory Teachers will be extending the hours of our telephone advice line from Monday 23rd March until the schools reopen.

It will be open daily between 10am and 2pm (term time) to provide advice and guidance for parents and carers. If you wish to speak to a Specialist Advisory Teacher please call 01442 453920 during these times.

Please note: We are unable to provide advice in relation to the coronavirus or the duration of school closures.

Kind regards,
Sharon

Message from the East Herts Family Support Service

The following message from the East Herts Family Support Service was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 19 March 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

We have been asked to send the message below on behalf of The East Herts Family Support Service

This message is not from school staff therefore should you have any query please use the contact details in the message below 

Hertfordshire Family Support Service - Service Update 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week and the recommendation to limit social interaction, in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus, we are looking carefully at how best to prioritise our service delivery. We envisage that our approach will be updated on a regular basis as the situation changes. 

As it currently stands we have taken the decision to suspend the following group sessions/activities from Thursday 19th March 2020; 

* Stay & Plays

* Rhyme Times

* Baby Sing & Plays

* Family Fun

* Active Mini Movers 

The rest of this term’s programme will continue. We will keep you up to date on this situation on social media and thank you for your understanding at this difficult time. 

We are currently working on the digital delivery of some sessions and workshops, so please follow our Facebook pages - facebook.com/thebroxbourneFCS/, facebook.com/WelHatFCS/ & facebook.com/easthertsfcs/- and keep an eye on our website - www.hertsfamilycentres.org - for updates on this. Please also encourage your friends to do the same. 

Please note that at the moment, we will continue to support our health colleagues with the running of Baby & Toddlers Health Clinics as normal. If this changes, we will let you know. 

Please be assured that we are still contactable via our main phone line - 0300 123 7572 and you can email us at broxbourne.fcsenquiries@oneymca.org 

If you have any concerns regarding Coronavirus, please visit the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Kirsty Stuart
District Manager
T 0300 123 7572; M 07904 955 487; E Kirsty.stuart@oneymca.org
A Beane Valley Children's Centre, Clappers Lane, Watton at Stone SG14 3QA
W www.oneymca.org

Message for Parents of Year 9 Students from the School Nursing Service

The message below from the School Nursing Service was sent to the Parents and Carers of Year 9 students on 18 December 2019

Year 9 Parents - The Lancaster Model