COVID-19 Updates; Important Information for pupils and staff returning to school. Guidance has now been issued for reopening in September, please click here or check ParentMail. The September Risk Assessment documentation is now available online, please click here to view.
We recommend all parents, pupils and staff read the information within the Risk Assessment carefully. If you have any queries, please contact the School Office on 020 8498 5110. The UK Government guidelines can be viewed here.
If you are unsure of what to do if you believe you or your child may have been exposed to Covid-19, please see the following Absence Guides for further advice.
We have created some Health and Safety videos about returning to school in the current situation, and we would strongly recommend all pupils watch them before doing so;
Start of Term – return times
We will be operating a staggered start from the 4th to the 9th September to ensure all pupils have a chance to initially come in to school and become aware of the significant changes and the way we will operate. Until the 9th September, school will end at 12.30 pm and pupils will be released from the entrances outlined below.
|Friday 4th September||Year 7 and 12||See below for start times. Pupils will be released at 12.30 from the entrances outlined below.||Year 7 pupils will undertake CAT tests2|
|Monday 7th September||Year 11 and 13|
|Tuesday 8th September||Year 8 and 10|
|Wednesday 9th September||Years 7, 9 and 12|
|From Thursday 10th September||All pupils||Please see times below.|
*As explained in a previous letter, these tests are being taken by every Year 7 in Waltham Forest secondary schools and will help us to assess pupil strengths and weaknesses; especially important in the absence of SATs results.
School Arrival Times
The school will operate a system of staggered entry through the 3 main entrance points:
1. Main school entrance
2. Whitehall Road
3. Sixth Form entrance
Pupils must make every effort to arrive at school at their specified time in order to start lessons promptly. Late arrival may mean your child has to wait and this may affect their learning time. Pupils should not arrive too early as this will mean pupils waiting at the school gate. Staff will be on duty at all entrances. We will provide further details for pupils who travel to school on SEND transport as soon as we can and they will continue to use the front entrance to enter.
|Entry Time||Which year groups?||Entrance|
|9.00am||12 & 13||3|
|End Time||Which year groups?||Exit|
|3.00pm||12 & 13||3|
In these challenging times, help is available for any pupils who need it. Public Health have highlighted the following:
“How can I look after my mental health and wellbeing?"
You may experience anxiety about coronavirus or low mood, especially if you are required to self-isolate for long periods of time. There are many things you can do to look after you mental wellbeing including keeping physically active, or connecting with friends and family via phone or online.
There are also numerous mental health support offers available including online. Support and information can be accessed at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ You can receive a personalised plan to help you feel more in control and to deal with stress and anxiety.
Further information and advice can be accessed at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak “
Family Handbook and Early Help Support For Dealing With Covid-19 (click to download)
Covid-19 Financial Hardship Information and Support (click to download)
NSPCC Guidance for Online Safety (please click here)
Parent/Guardian Online Radicalisation and Support (please click here)
Digital Resilience Guidance for Parents (please click here)
Sexual Health Services Response to COVID-19 (please click here)
ThinkNinja App from the NHS - supporting young people with anxiety (please click here)
Six Fun Online Activities To Boost Your Child's Digital Resilience (please click here)
Questions Parents & Carers Should Be Asking About Screen Time (please click here)
Free School Meals Information Sheet (Summer 2020) (please click here)
Help Your Mate Campaign - promoting substance misuse harm reduction (please click here)
Resources for Pupil Well-being
Home Activity Packs from ThinkUKnow (CEOP)
Home activity packs provided by the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command, covering ages from 4-5 through to age 14+. A new pack will be released every fortnight!
Top tips for dealing with anxiety (click to download)
Top tips for positive well-being (click to download)
Well-being at home ideas (click to download)
Creative calm throughout coronavirus (click to download)
Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.
Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.
When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.
You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.
For a more exhaustive list of support available, please click here. If you are immediately concerned about your child's mental health/safety while they are at home with you please contact the following numbers:
CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
0300 555 147
If your child has had a referral to this service they may be able to offer support.
Mental Health Crisis Line
0300 555 1000
If you are worried about your own, or your child's mental health, this is a number you can call and they will signpost you to the best place to go.
To get information about symptoms, a nurse will contact you if needed.
0300 300 1570 (Option 4)
This access and assessment service is for adults aged 18 and over needing community mental health services in the London borough of Waltham Forest. They provide an initial mental health assessment.
020 8496 2310
If you feel that you need help caring for your child, or if you are concerned about the welfare or safety of a child you will need to contact Children's Social Care Services. The way that you do this is the same for disabled and non-disabled children.
You may also contact your GP if you are worried about your, or your child's, physical or mental health.
* Our thanks to Megan Frogley of Frederick Bremer for some of the content.