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28/05/20

We love this, well done Victor from our Year 3! You're keeping our spirits up! https://t.co/PIX8wl2Vuz

27/05/20

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J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter. https://t.co/kVMtgzTiKX

27/05/20

"I really enjoyed the fitness workouts. And my 60 minute bike ride, three times a week with my mum." Victor, Year 3 Congrats to Victor and Jashanpreet, winners of our Fitness Diary competition! https://t.co/SshfEmqxFS https://t.co/2IPvfSHDwS

24/05/20

A happy Eid Mubarak from our families to yours!

22/05/20

Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri are filming a school tour for our new year 7s today, so you can have a look around. It will be on our website soon! https://t.co/Hwf0hUMwUZ

21/05/20

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Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today! https://t.co/yI6O6Yh83h

20/05/20

School nurse, Ms Ward, has put together some helpful information sheets for students on topics such as mental wellbeing, emotional and sexual health, and sleep. Read and download them at https://t.co/iFUTdvI7mZ

20/05/20

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We love this... head to Roald Dahl's YouTube channel to see a host of film stars reading 'James and the Giant Peach' in instalments from their homes. Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and many more. https://t.co/p3FhyNFFik

19/05/20

Tune in to another wonderful story time. This week join Mrs Lee for one of her favourite picture books and help us celebrate reading! https://t.co/niXG5b80rj https://t.co/kE5LCj9hMQ

18/05/20

Need mental health and wellbeing support? https://t.co/98ZZ3YlIpe is a safe, confidential support service for all young people in . Counsellors available 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year https://t.co/etnpGXhAjY

18/05/20

Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week. https://t.co/A9etSrRMOd

13/05/20

Harris Garrard continues its evolution into a secret garden in the heart of London. We are so lucky to have such wonderful spaces for learning. https://t.co/UKjtnOEKP3

12/05/20

This week join Mr Sheppard for story time as he shares one of his favourite stories! https://t.co/Z3yxKxYSes https://t.co/cK2VSoNzFD

12/05/20

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Don’t miss out on some career talks this week. Follow the link below to find out more: https://t.co/Gc2FYfaVt1

07/05/20

Give a big hand to the winners of our 'Write a Biography' challenge. We asked students to interview a relative or neighbour on the phone, and then write a short biography. Read the fantastic winning entries at https://t.co/VzPkeGZ6yg https://t.co/bJFoaRDFxQ

07/05/20

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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to https://t.co/llPi3ciUgf to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁 https://t.co/oXVhSLAeCj

06/05/20

today making some beautiful log badges and insect houses. That way they can also during isolation. https://t.co/qtOGvxTRLX

04/05/20

Join Mr Butcher for our first Storytime! Nothing beats hearing a story being read aloud and this is one of our favourites! Follow the link to watch now - https://t.co/oMww7HfRYw https://t.co/FH2Tf2M1YV

04/05/20

Mr Smith has a new independent learning challenge for all our students... Keep a fitness diary! Find out more at https://t.co/5NiTEFYBXC https://t.co/EtGPb7vjXC

04/05/20

Our and Team, including Kim and Lisa (pictured last year), is working hard to improve and refresh their skills while school is closed, so they can provide even more support to students/families when we reopen. More at https://t.co/pnegaSoTaJ https://t.co/2MDMO9N2Ax

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Announcement

Years 10 and 12 - Face to Face Sessions - Letter to Parents

Monday 18th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Face-to-face sessions with Years 10 and 12

You will have recently received a letter from the Harris Federation, dated Thursday 14th May, outlining our response to the government’s recent announcement about the phased re-opening of schools.   In line with this, we are keen to begin inviting groups of Year 10 and 12 students into school for some face-to-face sessions with their teachers, to supplement the online lessons and remote learning that will continue to be provided.   We are planning for these sessions to start in week commencing Monday 1st June, although this date will be kept under review and may be adjusted in accordance with the latest scientific evidence and government advice.  The current provision for key workers and vulnerable students will continue to operate as currently.  

We are going to adopt a very cautious and measured approach, with only 30 – 40 students attending school each day to begin with, and group sizes being capped at 10 students, with students sitting two metres apart.

Students will be invited into school on a rotation basis, initially with Year 10 students attending in their hubs for one day each week and being split into four teaching groups, and Year 12 attending on Fridays:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 10

Active Science

Year 10

Creative Voice

Year 10 Enterprise

Year 10

World Studies

Year 12


Year 10 (Monday – Thursday)

On their allocated day, Year 10 students will attend two two-hour sessions, with a thirty-minute lunch break in between.   This will enable the day to start later and finish earlier than normal, so that staff and students can avoid travelling in rush hour.  The timings of the day will be as follows:

Arrival

09:45 - 10:00

Session 1

10:00 - 12:00

Lunch

12:00 - 12:30

Session 2

12:30 - 14:30

Dismissal

14:30 - 14:45

 
The subjects being taught on each day will be rotated, so that over a four-week period, students will have a two-hour session in each subject that they study.   The weekly subject rotation will work as follows:
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Active Science

Creative Voice

Enterprise

World Studies

w/c 1st June

Session 1

Science

English

Maths

History, Geography

Session 2

BTEC Sport

Art, Music, Drama

Food Tech,

Product Design

Business, IT, Childcare, Health & Social Care

French

RE

w/c 8th June

Session 1

English

Science

History, Geography

Maths

Session 2

Art, Music, Drama

Food Tech,

Product Design

BTEC Sport

French

RE

Business, IT, Childcare, Health & Social Care

w/c 15th June

Session 1

Maths

History, Geography

Science

English

Session 2

Business, IT, Childcare, Health & Social Care

French

RE

BTEC Sport

Art, Music, Drama

Food Tech,

Product Design

w/c 22nd June

Session 1

History, Geography

Maths

English

Science

Session 2

French

RE

Business, IT, Childcare, Health & Social Care

Art, Music, Drama

Food Tech,

Product Design

BTEC Sport


Year 12 (Friday)

All Year 12 students will attend school each Friday.   They will have three one-hour lessons (one each of their subjects), plus an hour of directed study in the Sixth Form Study.   Lessons will take place as scheduled below.

Arrival

09:45 - 10:00

 

Period 1

10:00 – 11:00

A Level Biology, A Level Business, BTEC Business

Period 2

11:00 – 12:00

A Level Chemistry, A Level Economics, BTEC Business

Lunch

12:00 – 12:30

 

Period 3

12::30 – 13:30

A Level Maths, A Level English, BTEC Sport

Period 4

13:30 – 14:30

A Level Psychology, A Level History

Dismissal

14:30 – 14:45

 

 

Daily routines

On their specified day, students should arrive been 09:45 and 10:00.  Upon arrival, students will wash their hands in the newly-installed sinks by the playground gate, and then go straight to the relevant classroom for their first session.   A member of the Leadership Team will visit each group at the start of the day to reiterate expectations around social distancing and effective hygiene.

At lunch time, students will be escorted to and from the canteen by their class teachers.   Students will be required to remain seated at separate tables, although they can raise their hand to request permission to go to the toilet.   Students can bring their own packed lunch with them, or alternatively purchase lunch from the canteen as usual.

At the end of the day students will be escorted to the gate by their teacher.  Members of the Leadership Team will be at the gate to supervise their dismissal.  Students should not congregate but rather head straight home.


Health and Safety

The academy is following all relevant government advice in relation to minimising the risks associated with coronavirus.   We are:

  • Adopting a later start time and earlier finish time so that staff and students can travel at quieter times
  • Only having 30 – 40 students on site each day (in addition to the Key Worker programme)
  • Limiting class sizes to 10 students and ensuring that desks are spaced 2 metres apart
  • Minimising movement around the building
  • Minimising the number of classrooms that are used
  • Sitting students at separate tables at lunchtime
  • Providing new-installed sinks for students to wash their hands at the start of every day
  • Thoroughly cleaning every classroom that has been used at the end of the day
  • Setting up an isolated medical room where students can wait to be collected by parents if required
  • Allowing students to bring their mobile phone to school, so that they can run the NHS contact tracing app.
  • Asking students to leave their Harris Bags at home, and not requiring students to wear ties.
  • Not permitting visitors to the site except in absolute emergency.
  • Following current government advice about the wearing of face coverings and face masks.   (The most up-to-date advice states that ‘wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings, as protective measures will be in place ensuring children and staff only will with a small consistent group.’)

To ensure their own safety, and that of others around them, all students must adhere following guidelines:

  1. Keep at least two metres apart from everybody else on the way to school, in lessons, at lunchtime and when moving around the building
  2. Wash your hands regularly, including upon entering the academy (using the newly installed sinks by the gate)
  3. In classrooms and in the lunch canteen, sit at your allocated table and do not get out of your seat without permission.  (Raise your hand if you want to go to the toilet).
  4. You can bring your phone to school, so that you can use the NHS tracing app (once launched).  However, you must keep your phone on silent, out of sight and not used throughout the day
  5. Do not attend school if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.   If you develop symptoms during the day, tell your teacher immediately so that you can be isolated and collected by a parent.

These guidelines will be reinforced to students at the start of every day.  Unfortunately, if a student repeatedly fails to follow these guidelines, their invitation to face-to-face sessions will be revoked.

For your reference, more information about the academy’s re-opening plan, along with the relevant risk assessments, will be available shortly through our website.


Any finally…

We are really keen to see our students return to school soon, so that they can benefit from face-to-face sessions with their teachers.   I understand that you or your child may be anxious about the return, but I promise you that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure that your child is safe and well. 

Please remember that the face-to-face sessions that your child will attend one day each week are designed to supplement, not to replace, online lessons and remote learning.  Students should continue to attend their online lessons and complete their remote learning at home throughout the week.

Yours faithfully

Mr. D Smith

Head of Academy