Support for Parents

Closures – COVID 19

The Government has announced for schools to close on Friday 20th March until further notice except for the sons/daughters of key workers and those who are most vulnerable. We will be regularly updating you through the website, twitter, text messages and parent mail on the developments.

From Monday 15th June the government announced that there would be a phased re-opening of schools beginning with some face-to-face time with students in Year 10 and Year 12. Please access the following links to see the provision at both schools:

King Charles I School – Link to each school’s provision page

Haybridge high School and Sixth Form – Link to each school’s provision page

Please note, we need to ensure we can prioritise those most in need so that our provision is sustainable and supports the government’s key principle from their latest guidance.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors (listed below), and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. If someone in the household is not a key worker then they should be caring for the child.
  • Parents/carers should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents/carers should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

The school will contact the families of vulnerable students and students with EHCPs, on a weekly basis, to check on the student’s welfare and remind them that educational provision is available for them if they require it.


If your son/daughter needs to attend school during the closures then please contact

Haybridge High School

King Charles I School:

There are limited staff available during the school closures so please provide as much notice as possible so that we can make the required staffing arrangements.

  • Supporting your son/daughter with their academic work

    We fully understand that students are going to find the tasks more challenging than they would if they were at school.  We also appreciate that some students may be unwilling and finding these uncertain times very unsettling.  Ensuring that your son/daughter’s is coping and that they are healthy both in body and mind is paramount.  If completing the weekly tasks is causing issues, then please focus on ensuring that your son/daughter reads every day and that they complete their daily Hegarty maths tasks. 

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    Routine can help to break up the pressures of completing academic work and ensure that students remain focused and ready to learn. It is essential that we are realistic and recognise home school is far from ideal and we are all trying to make the best of a national crisis. Please do not worry about creating a routine which is identical to the school day as this may not be achievable.  Your school will help you establish a routine that will enable students to cover all the different subjects rather than just focusing in on their favourite ones.

    It is unreasonable to expect students to work for 5 hours every day and so we would recommend students spending 30 minutes on each task and taking regular breaks. Regular breaks and making the most of exercise time is important to enabling your son/daughter to concentrate fully on their tasks. There are lots of free exercise apps and YouTube videos that your son/daughter can follow and complete on a daily basis. You can find examples of these by clicking here. (link to mental health and wellbeing page)

    How can I help and support my son/daughter at home to develop good study habits?

    • School work should take priority over any other activities. Make sure they have a quiet, distraction free place to complete work at home.
    • Mobile phones are a distraction and are proven to reduce concentration by 20% when completing a task.  Make sure your son/daughter puts their mobile in another room when they are working.
    • Believe your son/daughter can achieve the highest grades and tell them so every day.
    • Listen to your son/daughter read for 30 minutes per night. Show an interest in what they are reading and ask them questions about the book.
    • Ensure they get enough sleep: have a cut off point for electronic devices and encourage them to read when in bed rather than using their phone.
    • Buy your son/daughter an alarm clock so that they do not need a phone in their room.
    • Make sure they are eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.
    • Talk to them about the need to be organised and help them to prepare the night before.
    • Talk to them about the link between anxiety and being disorganised.
    • Remind them that re-reading notes and highlighting notes are not effective ways to study. This is why we do not set them as tasks.
    • Take an interest in what they are learning. Ask them to show you their exercise books and knowledge organisers. Ask them questions using the knowledge organiser.

    For more information about the work that we are setting for your son/daughter please click here.

  • Free school meal vouchers

    As you will be aware the Government have introduced a new free school meal voucher scheme whilst the schools are closed with a 3rd party company called Edenred. This letter is to inform you that The Four Stones Multi Academy Trust has registered all of our parents/carers who have a child that receives free school meals and that have provided a valid email address. These parent/carers will automatically receive a weekly £15 voucher (per child) by email.

    Information on how and where the vouchers can be used will be included with the voucher.  The vouchers, issued by Edenred, can be used in multiple supermarkets, which we know will provide more flexibility for our families.
     
    Please note that we are awaiting guidance from the Government in regards to when schools will re-open and possible future vouchers being required. We will ensure that we keep you updated with this information.
     
    BE AWARE OF SCAM EMAILS

    We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
     
    We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

  • Examination and assessments

    On Wednesday 18th March, the Government announced that all GCSE, AS and A Level examinations and assessments will be cancelled this summer. This was to support the fight to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    On Friday 3rd April, Ofqual released further guidance as to how the GCSE, AS, vocational courses (BTECs, WJEC Tech awards, OCR Nationals and AQA Tech awards) and A Level grades will be awarded this summer. The guidance states that:

    • Ofqual’s over-riding aim in awarding the grades is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure they are not disadvantaged in their progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions;
    • for each GCSE and A Level subject, we will send the exam boards: a centre assessment grade for each student. This is the grade we believe each student was most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned; and the order of students, by performance, for each grade;
    • The students will be issued a calculated grade. Ofqual and the exam boards will standardise the grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged. They state that students’ individual performance will not be predetermined by their prior attainment at KS2 or GCSE. Please note that the final grade students get may be different from the centre assessment grade we send to the exam board;
    • the grades awarded to students will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by sixth forms, universities, colleges and employers; and
    • Ofqual are focused on making sure students are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances including allowing for an appeal where appropriate. Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn series or in summer 2021. If they choose to do this, both grades will stand.
    • Calculated Grade Results will be released on the published results days. These are 13th August for A level and 20th August for GCSE.
  • Procedure used for assigning centre assessment grades

    The school considered a range of assessments for each student in determining their centre assessed grade: their classwork; their results in assessments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework; and their general progress in each subject. Teachers will also apply their considerable experience of their subjects, examinations and the students they teach, when making decisions about the centre assessment grades. The centre assessment grades are not determined by a single teacher and have been subject to a stringent moderation process. The guidance document states that schools must be cautious in accepting any work submitted from Years 11 and 13 students after Friday 20th March when all schools were directed to close. As a school we took the decision not to set any additional formal assessments over the period of home learning in order to ensure fairness. The process the school followed in making the centre assessment grade decisions is outlined below:

    Stage 1: Subject leaders identified the pieces of assessment evidence which would be used to generate the centre assessment grades. This evidence was selected from assessments completed since the start of the Key Stage.

    Stage 2: Subject leaders decided upon the weighting each piece of evidence would have in generating a final subject mark

    Stage 3: Subject leaders ranked the students

    Stage 4: Teachers assigned each student a centre assessment grade based upon the rank of the students, previous years grade boundaries and school grade distributions

    Stage 5: Departments met as a group, moderated and finalised every students’ grade and rank. Where there are small numbers in a department teachers worked in collaboratively in the Multi Academy Trust.

    Stage 6: Senior leaders checked every students’ grades for disparities and consistency in following the process.

    Stage 7: Data is inputted and checked by a second party for clerical errors.

    Stage 8: The head of centre checked the data for clerical errors and authorised.

  • Malpractice

    The awarding bodies may investigate credible allegations that raise concerns about the failure to follow due procedures in the centre assessed grade process. Examples (for General and Vocational qualifications) include:

    1. Centre malpractice
      - A Head of Centre fails to submit the required declaration when approving and submitting their Centre Assessment Grades and rank orders.
      - A failure by a centre to appropriately manage Conflicts of Interest (COIs) within a centre.
      - Centre Assessment Grades and/or rank orders being released to learners (or their parents/carers) before the issue of results.
      - If new exam entries are created for learners who had not intended to enter for June 2020 or if tier changes are made to gain an unfair advantage rather than as an accurate reflection of a learner’s ability.
      - A failure to submit Centre Assessment Grades and rank orders which honestly and fairly represent the grades that students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their assessments as planned. This might include situations in which centre staff have been unreasonably pressured into making changes to their Centre Assessment Grades and rank order judgements or making such changes themselves without reasonable grounds.
      - A failure to accurately report grades of completed units for vocational qualifications
    2. Student malpractice
      It is possible that some learners may attempt to influence their teachers’ judgements on their Centre Assessment Grades and/or rank order. Learners might try to do this by submitting false evidence of performance or by applying pressure.

    In all the scenarios listed above, as well as any others that have not been explicitly identified here, the JCQ Suspected malpractice policies and procedures 2019-2020 continues to apply.

  • Appeals

    All schools in the Trust are committed to ensuring that whenever its staff assess students’ work for external qualification, this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the specification for the subject concerned. The centre assessment grades have been conducted by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills, and who have been trained in this activity.

    1. Student appeals
      Student cannot appeal the calculated grade they receive. Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn series or in summer 2021. If they choose to do this, students will be able to use the higher of the two grades for future progression. If a student has evidence of bias or discrimination they should raise the issue by contacting the school.
    2. Appeals against an exam board
      Appeals will be allowed in cases where a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information; or similarly, if the centre believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.

    Please see the following links for further information:


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