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Start of term Jan­u­ary 2021

31st Decem­ber 2020 Dear Par­ents and Car­ers, Warm wishes to you all; I do hope you have been able to enjoy some form of break with your loved ones at home, albeit a very dif­fer­ent Christ­mas period. You will have seen that the gov­ern­ment announced yes­ter­day to delay the return to school for sec­ondary stu­dents and I want to clar­ify the arrange­ments for King Ethel­bert stu­dents as follows:

Week Begin­ning: Mon­day 4th January

  • All year groups will now be remote learn­ing from home – the school will pro­vide remote lessons and learn­ing accessed via Show My Home­work in the usual way
  • Exams and ‘warm up’ ses­sions for those Y10-​13 involved will con­tinue as planned with some addi­tional ‘warm up’ ses­sions – see below. School uni­form as usual please.
  • The school will also pro­vide super­vi­sion for those vul­ner­a­ble stu­dents and chil­dren of key­work­ers who need to be in school whilst they access their remote lessons and learn­ing mate­ri­als. School uni­form as usual please.
Week begin­ning 11th Jan­u­ary:
  • Y11 and Y13 return for face to face teach­ing, other year groups remain remote.
  • Key­worker chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble stu­dents con­tinue as 1st week.
Week begin­ning 18th Jan­u­ary:
  • All stu­dents return for face to face teaching.

This delay to the return to school is to allow the school to plan for the pro­posed rapid test­ing pro­gramme designed to reduce the spread of Covid-​19 by iden­ti­fy­ing asymp­to­matic cases quickly and min­imis­ing dis­rup­tion. We will be plan­ning how this will be staffed, accom­mo­dated and resourced so we will keep you updated with details in due course.

Test­ing Pro­gramme in school
Dur­ing the first week of term, we will be work­ing out a plan to carry out the pro­posed test­ing pro­gramme. The extent of the test­ing we are able to accom­mo­date will depend on a num­ber of fac­tors, includ­ing staffing and resourc­ing. We will ini­tially be focus­ing on a plan to test staff and Y11 and Y13 stu­dents to min­imise fur­ther dis­rup­tion to teach­ing and exam groups. Test­ing is vol­un­tary and a let­ter will fol­low next week, ask­ing par­ents and car­ers for con­sent for their child to be tested, with fur­ther details. A sim­ple guide to the swab test is included here.

The test­ing work­force will be made up of school staff and vol­un­teers and train­ing will be pro­vided for all those involved. The Lat­eral Flow Device tests are sim­ple to use and young peo­ple swab them­selves, with a trained per­son super­vis­ing them in appro­pri­ate PPE. Tests are then processed and recorded by the test­ing work­force. They pro­duce a result in around 30 min­utes. We would be hugely grate­ful for any sup­port with run­ning this valu­able pro­gramme, even for vol­un­teers able to offer a few hours a week, which will help our young peo­ple resume their edu­ca­tion with­out the level of dis­rup­tion that they have been hav­ing to endure.

If any par­ent or carer or mem­ber of our com­mu­nity would be will­ing to vol­un­teer to be part of the test­ing work­force, please con­tact the school for more details, by email­ing your name, con­tact details and avail­abil­ity to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BTEC EXAMS
BTEC unit exams will still go ahead as planned. Every can­di­date has already received a per­son­alised timetable and all infor­ma­tion is on the exams page of the web­site. Here is the summary:

Date Sub­ject Unit Year Group Start Time
Wed 6th Jan Busi­ness Devel­op­ing a Mar­ket­ing Campaign Y12 9.30 am
Wed 6th Jan Health and Social Care Enquiries into Cur­rent Research Y13 9.30 am
Wed 6th Jan Sport Fit­ness Training Y13 9.30 am
Thu 7th Jan Art Crit­i­cal and Con­tex­tual Studies Y12 9.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Busi­ness Prin­ci­ples of Management Y13 9.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Travel and Tourism UK Travel and Tourism Sector Y10/​11 9.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Health and Social Care Human Lifes­pan Y12/​Y13 1.30 pm

There are a num­ber of ‘warm up’ or revi­sion ses­sions planned. Stu­dents involved will need to come in to school and go directly to their warm up room at the appro­pri­ate times as follows:

Warms Ups /​Revi­sion Ses­sions

Date Sub­ject Unit Year Group Room Start Time
Mon 4th Jan Sport Fit­ness Training Year 13 M6/​7 9.15 am (until 11.15 am)
Wed 6th Jan Busi­ness Devel­op­ing a mar­ket­ing campaign Year 12 B8 8.30 am
Wed 6th Jan Sport Fit­ness Training Year 13 W2 8.30 am
Wed 6th Jan Travel and Tourism inc. tech­ni­cal pathway Revi­sion session Year 10 B2 2.15 pm (until 4.30 pm)
Thurs 7th Jan Art Crit­i­cal and Con­tex­tual Studies Year 12 B8 8.30 am
Thurs 7th Jan Travel and Tourism inc. tech­ni­cal pathway Revi­sion session Year 11 B2 1.15 pm (until 3.15pm)
Fri 8th Jan Busi­ness Prin­ci­ples of Management Year 13 B8 8.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Travel and Tourism inc. tech­ni­cal pathway UK Travel and Tourism sector Year 10 B2 8.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Travel and Tourism inc. tech­ni­cal pathway UK Travel and Tourism sector Year 11 B5 8.30 am
Fri 8th Jan Health and Social Care Human Lifes­pan Development Year 12 W4 10.45 am

Any ques­tions or con­cerns relat­ing to exams dur­ing the break should be emailed to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vul­ner­a­ble Stu­dents and Chil­dren of Keyworkers

We need to plan the staffing for any vul­ner­a­ble and key­worker stu­dents attend­ing for the first week as teach­ing staff will already be fully occu­pied in teach­ing either face to face or remote lessons. To help us with this if your child falls into either cat­e­gory and needs to attend school, please mes­sage us using MyEd as soon as pos­si­ble with your child’s name, form and which days (from 4th Jan to 15th Jan 2021) your child will need to be in school and whether they will be buy­ing food/​drinks from the can­teen. This group will be based in the IT Plaza in the red build­ing as before and should go directly there at their usual arrival time. Stu­dents will need to bring head­phones to plug in to the com­put­ers to lis­ten to their remote lessons indi­vid­u­ally to avoid dis­turb­ing other stu­dents in the room who will all be access­ing dif­fer­ent lessons. Stu­dents should be in their nor­mal school uniform.

Once again, we appre­ci­ate your patience and under­stand­ing and we will do all we can to ensure things go as smoothly as possible.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 brings all in our com­mu­nity health, hap­pi­ness and hope for more pos­i­tive times ahead.

With best wishes to you all
Vicky Willis
Head­teacher

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