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Happy Easter!

Usually in my end of term message I talk about all the fantastic events that have taken place at FPSS. During a period that has seen lockdown, remote learning, testing and a four week return to school we have had few events. However, what FPSS has shown is an ability to work together as a community for the benefit of our young people. I would like to that all the students, parents, carers and staff who have pulled together so amazingly since January. The positivity shown towards FPSS during this time has been humbling and I know your messages of support have helped our staff at the time. Thank you.

There is room for optimism as we head towards the summer term with FPSS and other sports clubs reopening and the likelihood of more regular school days and structures returning as we head into Term 5 and 6.  That said, we need to look after ourselves and each other. This week we have had students once again isolating. Please do follow guidance staying vigilant and safe over the Easter period.

I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that you enjoy a fabulous break. I look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 19th April.

Yours sincerely,


Dr Andrew Morrison
Headteacher (BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD)

 

Home Testing

1. NHS Test & Trace self-report websitehttps://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

2. Furze Platt's link for reporting test resultshttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2SiixuO7d5UmikvlotW7DsGRJpcha2WnC2uxOenioF2Zxhg/viewform

 

All our students have been sent home with Home Test Kits. The request is that students test regularly twice weekly at home a few days apart, for example Wednesday and Sunday. 

 

COVID-19 Measures and Face Coverings

With no current significant changes to guidance FPSS will start after Easter with the same COVID-19 measures as at present. This includes home testing and in-school changes like our staggered start to the day. At present this also includes face coverings whose use in secondary school settings remain ‘under review’ by the government. 

 

Testing for Your Household Bubble

We understand that households with a student in school can either attend a test site and be tested or collect kits for home testing other members of the family. Please follow this link for more information including where to find your local test site or where to collect kits: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff.


Covid Secure Measures
In order to keep FPSS as safe as possible we have implemented all the Covid measures students will be familiar with from the Autumn Term like hand sanitising in/out of classrooms, cleaning down desks and equipment at the end of each lesson, ventilating classrooms, allocating Year group toilets and lunch areas.


Catering
Our Catering facilities  are open as normal.


Uniform and PE Changing
As in December we return to normal uniform rules with students needing to bring PE kit to school on days when they have those lessons.

 

Returning to our Staggered Timetable
In order to minimise numbers travelling to and from school, movement around site and accommodate split breaks we will need to revert to our staggered timetable. 

As in the autumn this means the school day for Years 7 and 9 starts at 8.45am and ends at 2.45pm. The school day for all other years starts at 9.15am and ends at 3.15pm.


 

Covid Symptoms, Positive Cases and Isolations
While the government scientists believe that asymptomatic testing will identify positive cases earlier and reduce the number of isolations we saw in the autumn, I do need to pre-warn you that when we are informed of a positive case we need to follow the same procedure as we have previously. This means we identify the close contacts of the positive individual and ask them to self-isolate for 10 days.
This makes it important that students get tested at school. Likewise, if your child has symptoms please keep them at home and get a NHS Test. After so long out of school, no one wants to make or receive a call that asks a student to self-isolate. Please be vigilant and support our community to minimise the need for isolations.


Mandatory Attendance
The government have made attendance mandatory for all students, apart from those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (students in this group will have received letters). If this is your child, please notify our attendance team attendanceofficers@furzeplatt.net.  Students are expected to attend all their lessons. Registers will be taken with parents and carers contacted if students do not attend. Should students be poorly please contact our Attendance Officers on the above email address. Please also continue to use this address to inform us should your child test positive for coronavirus.

 

Thank you - your messages are appreciated 

These are just some of the supportive and kind messages we have received from you.  We read every single one!

“I just want to pass on my thanks to the staff following last week's parents evening which was our first one with the school (Year 7 didn't happen for obvious reasons). I found all of the staff were hugely positive and encouraging to our son which I obviously hope will provide a boost to his morale and help him working hard for the rest of the school year and beyond.”

“I wanted to write to express my thanks to you, your teachers and your staff for all the hard work you have done for the past year to ensure our children continue to be educated despite the strange and trying circumstances we find ourselves in.  My son, whilst not always motivated, has been encouraged by his teachers who have also been in touch with us when he hasn’t handed work in. This additional aspect shows a caring group of teachers. It can be easier to criticise than praise but I felt it was appropriate to communicate with you and say Thank You!”

“I apologise for not writing before, but I just wanted to thank you and all the staff at Furze Platt for all the hard work they are doing supporting my [children]. As a teacher myself, I know how tirelessly you are all working to give the pupils the best opportunities in this really challenging situation. The change to a full timetable of online lessons has been really helpful and given them much more of a normal structure to the day, which helps to keep them on track with their work. The introduction of the 10 minute breaks between lessons and the longer lunch time has also been a welcome and very sensible introduction. Personally, I have enjoyed getting glimpses of the fantastic lessons [being delivered]. [My child] has felt well supported and engaged throughout due to the great lessons from all her A level teachers. I wish you luck with the return to school . My children are very pleased to be returning in just over a week. Please pass on to teachers of all our children, how appreciative we are of all their hard work and dedication.”

“I would like to thank the Furze Platt staff for all the help they have given to [my son] since the start of term.  It has made an enormous difference to him being able to come into school on a daily basis.  He finds home schooling incredibly challenging. He has thoroughly enjoyed learning in a very small group and has even managed to work independently.  This has boosted his confidence which has led to him wanting to be independent in other areas of his life. We are so proud and pleased with this progress. Thank you very much.”

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all staff for a great parents evening last night. We found it actually even better than the in  person version as it was easier to concentrate!” 

“Thank you and keep up the amazing work. All the staff at FPSS are doing a fantastic job, I can't imagine what it must be like teaching to a blank screen of teenagers all on mute!” 

“I just wanted to feedback that both [my sons] have found the new timetable much better ... Aside from them having to drag themselves out of bed earlier, they both have said the days go quicker, they prefer the lessons to be in smaller chunks to concentrate with the transition time in between and being able to finish earlier. It has made interacting as a family over lunch easier and they've even managed to get out on a walk (all be it a short one!) during their lunch hour 3 times this week.”

“Very proud of {my daughter] not only did she get fab feedback in Biology she’s now had a lovely email from her History teacher – it’s so nice to get this feedback as she’s working so incredibly hard at home and [this] gives her a nice little boost.”

“We just wanted to pass on our thanks for the great remote learning provision you are providing our child… but also for carrying on adding behaviour points to the Go4Parents system. [Our child] loves checking it at the end of each day and finds it really motivating.  We are keen to reward good behaviour and engagement in remote learning as it's so hard for them all at the moment.  He is still only 11 and having to do it all independently as we both work.”

“I also want to say a massive thank you to you and all the other teachers … You are all just amazing and the school in general with how it’s dealt with all of this from the lessons to the perfect communication from the school. I have a lot of friends with kids at other schools and FP is 100% leading the way…” 

“Just wanted to say a big thank you to all of the staff at Furze Platt. You are doing a wonderful job and my son is very engaged in his learning. Even though I’m not able to help him all of the time he is accessing everything well. Teachers also respond to emails efficiently and it’s much appreciated. From a much less stressed working mother.”

“We just wanted to pass on our thanks and appreciation for the fantastic remote learning Furze Platt is providing. [My Partner] and I are out at work and were worried about how [son] would get on independently but it all seems so well organised that he is able to navigate it successfully.  Thank you to the team there for all the effort put in to make this happen-we’re sure it isn’t easy.”  

"I have been genuinely astounded by the quality of the work given to [my son] through the first lockdown to keep his learning alive and even more so this time around with splendid live lessons. I listen in from time to time when work allows and I think every single teacher is going above and beyond to keep the children focused.”

Remote Learning Information

Please click here to see our Remote Learning Information.

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

 

IT Issues
If students are struggling due to IT issues please do contact our IT team at itsupport@furzeplatt.net. If possible, please contact us from the school email address and include your child’s full name and year group.