School openings within the current Covid national lockdown

Please see below a letter from Stockport Metropolitan Council and PACTS.

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are writing to jointly set out the position concerning school openings within the current Covid national lockdown.

We aim to work together to ensure that the right offer is in place for you in these challenging circumstances.

Government statement on access to schools
The government’s message is that the vast majority of children should remain at home where possible and take part in the remote learning offer provided by their school. Whilst schools continue to be safe; the intention is to reduce the increase in positive Covid cases in your communities, easing the pressure on the NHS and hospital places.
Schools will remain open, and places may be made available to:

  • Children of parents identified as critical workers
  • Vulnerable children

I’m facing difficulties – what support is available?
We know that the current situation has created a level of uncertainty and anxiety for all. We want to reassure you that there is support available. Please see some of the support available on our Local Offer website.

For anyone having to self-isolate, help and support with food and medical supplies can be found by calling the Stockport Coronavirus Helpline on 0161 217 6046 from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.

How is Stockport implementing the Government statement?
We want to be clear on the current position about Stockport schools and nurseries.

Early years settings, including nurseries will remain open for all children.

During the national lockdown, primary, secondary, alternative provision and special schools will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. All other pupils should receive remote education.
We have all had to adapt swiftly to new ways of accessing information and support during the pandemic. If computer equipment is an issue then please speak to your school. You can obtain further support from the council’s IT lending library by ringing 07537 127 095.

We have also been made aware that, in addition to computers and tablet devices, many smart TVs and even recent games consoles can be used to access the internet and remote learning resources. Please see https://www.tes.com/news/how-use-xbox-or-playstation-online-learning for more information.

Who is classed as a “vulnerable child/young person”?

The definition of vulnerable children and young people includes children who have a social worker, an education, health and care plan (EHCP) or who may be vulnerable for another reason at local discretion (“otherwise vulnerable”).

Schools continue to be open for face to face learning for some children and young people during this period. These include:

Those with an EHCP- these young people will be offered a school place. It is up to parent/carers whether your child takes up this place. Your school will speak to parents about whether you want to take up this place and plans for support.

We realise that the current situation may pose an additional challenge for our SEND learners across Stockport. We need to ensure that support is offered in line with their EHCP plans. For those children with EHCP who are not attending, we will be contacting families to ensure support is in place in the next few weeks once we have gauged who is not in.

We know that lockdown challenges everyone, but for our SEND families, this is particularly the case. We have the SEND hub which can be contacted on 0161 217 6028 option 2, here you gain further advice and support.

Those with a social worker- these young people will be offered a school place. We will be working together with families to support attendance.

Vulnerable children: Other groups, including those classed as vulnerable, might access a place. These include:

  • Children who are receiving early help support or in the process of being referred to children’s service’s for support
  • Children who are adopted or on a special guardianship order
  • Children living in temporary accommodation or experiencing homelessness
  • Children who are young carers
  • Those who may be at risk of not being in education, employment or training
  • Children who may have difficulty in engaging with remote learning due to circumstance eg lack of IT, quiet space to study
  • Children who are care leavers
  • Others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

The discussion will need to take place with your school if you feel you may need a place as your child/family fall into this definition.
Any child with Covid symptoms, or who needs to self-isolate, must do so at home regardless of their need for a school place.

Children of critical workers. The list of critical workers can be found on the Gov.uk website. A school place should be offered to any family where at least one parent/carer is a critical worker, but if, as a family with a critical worker, you can keep your child at home and support their learning you should do so. Please do not ask for a school place unless necessary. If you can support your child to learn from home on some but not all days each week, please discuss this with your school.

If you need a face-to-face school place, you should contact your school to discuss your child’s school place and confirm arrangements. You can also talk to your social worker (if you have one), or any professional working with you or your family. However, if you have further queries or have not been able to access a place but urgently need one to fulfil a critical role then you can email school.enquiries@stockport.gov.uk

Is full-time access guaranteed?
Stockport schools are committed to providing places for those children outlined in this letter. We must acknowledge that the offer available to you will vary depending upon what your child’s school can safely provide; this will change over time for every school.

Where a school experiences staff sickness, staff members who need to shield or self-isolate, its ability to safely provide face to face learning for all children who qualify for a school place will be affected. It may be that a school has to reduce the number of places available, or reduce the hours that your child can be in school. We continue to work closely with our colleagues in Public Health to ensure that we provide a safe environment and comply with current government guidance. We ask that Parent/carers understand that where there are issues with places, these decisions have not been taken lightly and will be reviewed as situations change.

We ask that the current public health advice is followed by us all to protect you and your loved ones. To further support our efforts to reduce the virus’s community transmission, you must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and keep a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household at all times when on school premises (where possible).

Updates and useful Contacts
In most cases, you should direct any queries to your child’s school. However, you may find updated information on:

We understand that supporting home learning is challenging, especially if you are also working from home. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding at this time.

Yours sincerely

Steve Nyakatawa
Director of Education
Paul Harper/Sherann Hillman- Chairs of Parents and Carers Together (PACT)

Year 8 student tested positive for COVID-19.

Dear parent/carer,

I am writing to inform you that we have been advised that a Year 8 student has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have been in communication with our Local Health Protection Team and the Local Authority and are following their guidance. Students in Year 8 must now self-isolate until they return to school on Wednesday 7th October which will be 14 days from any potential contact in school. We have been asked to stress that students must remain at home and not leave the house. They must not socialise with others. The rest of the family do not need to self-isolate at the moment, unless one of the family becomes symptomatic. A COVID-19 test is only required if a person becomes symptomatic. Any positive tests must be reported to school to help us control the spread of the infection.

Due to issues of confidentiality the name of the student cannot be shared.

Brothers and sisters in Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 are allowed to attend school as normal, so long as they do not display symptoms of COVID-19. The school will remain open as normal for all year groups other than Year 8.

We are in regular contact with the Local Health Protection Team and Local Authority; should we receive further advice we will contact you immediately.

This is such a disappointing start to the new academic year, but possibly one which was inevitable given the rising cases locally. Students who are self-isolating will now access work that is available on Frog and must regularly check their school emails regarding lesson arrangements.

Further information will follow regarding live Teams lessons.

Please see attached the Remote Learning strategy, which is also available on our website.

If you have any concerns regarding the above, please get in touch with your child’s Director of Studies:

mairsile.griffin@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk – Bridgewater College
bernard.delaney@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk – Imperial College
jason.kneen@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk – Rylands College
adam.morrison@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk – Urbis College
arron.mccourt@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk – Victoria College

If you have any queries about Remote Learning please contact Mr Clarey:
tim.clarey@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk

We wish all our students and their families well during these challenging times.

Yours faithfully,
Craig Burns
Headteacher

Year 7 Photographs

Dear Parent/Carer,
September 2020

Year 7 Photographs

I am writing to inform you that the School Photographers, Gillman and Soame will be in school on Monday 21st September 2020 for the Year 7 individual photographs.

Please could you ensure that your child arrives to school in full and correct uniform on Friday as follows:

  • ties worn correctly
  • shirt tucked in
  • top button fastened
  • blazers on
  • no makeup or jewellery

The photographic session will take place between 9.30am and 12.30pm.  The photographs will be available for purchase a few weeks later.

Should you have any queries about school photographs or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0161 432 7727.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs H. Drury

Primary Curriculum Co-ordinator

 

Information about PE Kits.

All year 11s are to arrive at school in full Priestnall PE kit on Thursday 3rd September.

Classes 10y and 8y are also required to arrive at school in Full Priestnall PE Kit on Friday 4th September.

Government and LA guidance advice is to wear PE Kit on PE days and not to use the changing rooms.

Compulsory jumper and optional joggers/leggings for warmth.

Wet weather indoor plan for days when it rains, due to students remaining in kit all day.

Business Studies GCSE Results

Business Studies GCSE Results

On checking results received from Edexcel for this subject it has come to our attention that the exam board has incorrectly allocated grades to some students.  We have submitted an official appeal and hope to receive amended grades in the near future.  Students that have been affected by this are students with candidates’ numbers 5116 –to- 5213.  We will re-issue Statement of Results via Frog.

Easter Personal Development Portfolio

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope this email finds you all well. I am writing to let you know about the Priestnall Easter Development Challenge.  It is being offered to all students as an opportunity, so it is voluntary. That said, we believe it contains an array of activities that could really benefit your child over the next two weeks. The challenges are not necessarily academic, rather they are about developing your child in other ways to prepare them for the wider world. Not least, they are geared towards developing empathy and team work skills, and promoting community spirit at this difficult time.

Students can complete as many challenges as they like, maybe just choosing the ones that they fancy. We are confident that they will find something in there they’ll like. They should simply follow the instructions in the booklet and remind them to Tweet us with their challenge completion photos @priestnallsch.  We can’t wait to see them.

Should you have any questions regarding the Easter project, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Easter break.

Miss J Halfacre,

Assistant Head Teacher/ Curriculum Leader: History.

Letter March 19th 2020

March 19th 2020

Dear Parents, carers and students,

You will no doubt be aware of the news announced last night regarding school closures from Friday and the decision to cancel GCSE examinations.  I know this will be causing great anxiety for all our families and we will provide more detailed information to you as soon as we receive this.

School will be open tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020) for Year 10 only as we make plans for the foreseeable future.  We have a significant number of staff absent from school for a number of reasons linked to the Coronavirus and are therefore only in a position to safely open for one year group.  We are prioritising Year 10 as they are half way through the first year of their GCSE courses and have a significant amount of work to collect from school.  We would also like to offer them guidance and support during these very challenging times.  This year group may not return to school until Year 11 and we are concerned that they could potentially miss out on months of their education.   Our Sport Relief non-uniform day planned for Friday 20th March 2020 has been cancelled.

As you are aware, from Monday 23rd March 2020, we are able to offer support to families where students are potentially ‘vulnerable’ or where you as parents/carers are regarded as ‘key workers’ i.e. NHS staff, parents who work for the emergency services or are involved in other key aspects of work for example making deliveries of key supplies.  An exact list will be published by the government later today. It would be most helpful if you could email us at supervision@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk if you believe your son/daughter will require supervision from Monday 23.03.2020.  Please include your child’s name, year group and your job role in the email.  We would appreciate a reply no later than 11am on Friday 20th March 2020.  This will help with our planning as we outline plans for the supervision of students in school and for providing work for students at home.

We have held assemblies with Year 11 this afternoon to thank them for their hard work and dedication to preparing for their GCSE exams that were due to start in a few weeks’ time.  The government has made the decision to cancel these exams.  We reassured students that this isn’t the end and we look forward to welcoming them back to Priestnall School in the very near future to say a ‘proper goodbye’, whether that’s through a Prom or Leavers’ event.   We are really sad to see them leave.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further support or guidance with your child over the next few months.

I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and kind words parents have sent into school; it has been very much appreciated.

I wish you and your family best wishes and good health for the future and look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards,

Craig Burns

Headteacher

Key Stage 4 Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to invite you to our Key Stage 4 Options Evening to be held on: Thursday 12th March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm.

During this evening you will have an opportunity to hear about the arrangements for the curriculum in Years 10 & 11 and be able to talk to teachers directly about the course requirements for particular subjects.

As you will appreciate from the information that you receive on the evening and via the Options booklet, our Key Stage 4 curriculum is based firmly around a commitment to maintaining a broad, balanced and appropriate learning pathway for all of our students. This includes enabling our learners to secure the “Gold Standard” English Baccalaureate (EBacc) where appropriate.   During Options Evening we ask that Parents/Carers and students assemble at 6pm in the following locations for a Presentation by a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team:

Bridgewater (9B1/9B2), Imperial (9I1/9I2) in the Main Hall.

[Please enter via the School Reception Entrance]

 Rylands (9R1/9R2), Urbis (9U1/9U2) and Victoria (9V1/9V2) in Café Mersey.

[Please enter via the Recreation Centre Car Park Entrance]

We hope that you will be able to attend this event with your son/daughter and discuss options choices with them, and with us, so that appropriate decisions are made together.

An electronic version of the Options Booklet is available via the school’s website and Learning platform; this provides information about the subjects in Years 10 &11.  A hard copy of this will be issued on the evening with the most recent Interim Report.

It is never too early to start thinking about opportunities post-16 and to help explore these, representatives from local sixth form colleges will be in the school library.

From experience we know parents find the Options Evening extremely useful and we look forward to meeting you. Please contact Mr Stirling, Assistant Headteacher, if you would like further information.

Yours faithfully

Mr C Burns
Headteacher

Year 9 GCSE Options Information

The Frog Platform Y9 Options Pre –Opt site is now operational. Please can the Y9 Options Pre-Opt be completed by the deadline of Friday 28th February (the day after Y9 Parents Evening).  Please consult the Options Booklet and provisionally decide on your choices.  Please can you also check that you are able to log on to the FROG Platform (Parents/Carers and students) and if you are experiencing any difficulties please email: frog.support@priestnall.stockport.sch.uk

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