LATEST: Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Covid-19 Ofqual GCSE and A Level Guidance
Ofqual have today (03/04/20) set out details on how GCSE and A level grades will be awarded in the summer. Please see below Ofqual GCSE and A level guidance documents for your information. Please bear with us whilst we digest the contents. We will update you further in the coming weeks as more details emerge.
TCA is OPEN today for children of key workers only, from 8.20am to 2.55pm.
This page contains all the latest information for parents/carers regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 - Free School Meals Update - Tuesday 1st April
Free School Meal arrangements from Monday 6th April 2020
Please visit www.brookewestontrust.org/coronavirus for further information.
School closure update – Sunday 22nd March
For those students who will be attending school tomorrow (children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home), the normal school times apply – 8.30am to 2.55pm. Students are permitted to arrive from 8.20am onwards. On arrival, students should use the community entrance.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Many parents working in the sectors critical to the COVID-19 response may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
For Key Stage 3 students who were absent last week and did not receive their resource packs, the packs will be available from reception from Monday 23rd March. There are also copies of the resources on our website (http://bit.ly/BWT-KS3-Resources), where students can also access online learning and communicate with teachers.
People can get in touch with the school via the normal routes and should check the website for information.
Please click this link to access Key Stage 3 resource booklets for students http://bit.ly/BWT-KS3-Resources.
To log in, use the 'Quick Links' menu (top right) and select RM Unify.
Alternatively, click on the orange 'Remote Learning' bar on the TCA website homepage.
You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. #StayHomeSaveLives
Coronavirus Covid-19 update - School Closure Information (20 March)
Please visit www.brookewestontrust.org/coronavirus for further information about school closures for Brooke Weston Trust schools.
Coronavirus Covid-19 BWT Statement Regarding School Closure Announcement - 18 March
Following the government’s latest announcement, the situation regarding the opening of schools has changed. Please visit www.brookewestontrust.org/coronavirus for full details.
Letter from the Brooke Weston Trust CEO for parents and carers - 18 March
Covid-19 Update - 17 March
Dear Parents and Carers
Yesterday (March 16th 2020) the government reviewed its response to the Covid-19 virus and introduced a series of significant measures to achieve greater social distancing, reduce all but essential travel and protect the most vulnerable groups in society.
While they confirmed new measures have now been put in place, the government once again stated that:
- UK schools should remain open and continue to operate as normally as possible at this time
Our Brooke Weston Trust schools will continue to follow the government’s advice and will remain open until we are advised otherwise.
At present there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at any of our Brooke Weston Trust schools.
Please ensure you keep familiar with the detail of the most up to date Public Health England advice which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.
We will continue to update you on the situation as new announcements are made by the government and want to reassure you that each school’s leadership team and the Brooke Weston Trust are preparing for all possible scenarios as best we can.
We have various online platforms, non-digital resources and guidance to support learning that can be used to provide work to children at home. As you would expect, we are drawing up plans should home learning become necessary. We will explain what is on offer and how to access it at that time.
Domestic trips, school events and sports fixtures
School events are being assessed on a case-by-case basis. You will be kept informed of any changes to published events in the school calendar with as much notice as is possible. Please note that all sports fixtures have now been cancelled.
Advice for all visitors to our school
We have reinforced some basic hygiene principles and introduced additional measures, so please do not take offence if you are asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizing gel on visiting us. We would also remind visitors of the hygiene message, “catch it, bin it, kill it” in the event of coughing and sneezing. These restrictions are in place to protect our school community.
We are aware parents are having to make difficult decisions regarding isolating their children and all siblings. Please be assured we will authorise all such absences.
To read our previously published information regarding Covid-19 please click here.
This is an extraordinary period of time for everyone, including schools. We will inevitably experience significant disruption to our normal routines, but we are doing everything we can to continue. I want to thank you again for your patience and understanding in helping to keep our school communities as safe as possible.
Dr Andrew Campbell
Brooke Weston Trust
Useful Links and Information
As a Trust, we know parents are having to make difficult decisions regarding isolating children and families as a result of Covid-19. Please be assured we will authorise all such absences. Unfortunately Trust colleagues are unable to provide advice on on whether to isolate your child from school and it can only be a decision that parents can make for their own family. To assist parents, please see below links for further guidance:
Public Health England (PHE)- https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
PHE Guidance on Social Distancing - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
NHS Guidance for Coronavirus - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Department for Education has also launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline as follows:
If you have concerns about any symptoms your child may be experiencing, please direct your enquiries to NHS 111 online.
Please ensure the emergency contact details we hold for you are up to date.
We would like to assure parents/carers that contingency planning is going on at TCA should the situation regarding Covid-19 change.