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Letter to parents/guardians of pupils in Years 7-10

8 January 2021 (by Robert Fitzpatrick (robert.fitzpatrick))

FOA Parent/Guardian of

All pupils in Years 7-10


01257 249803


Our ref:



08th January 2021


Dear Parents/Guardians/Carers

As you will be no doubt aware, the government have stated that where possible, all pupils will move to remote learning. We would like to assure you that we are still open to vulnerable pupils and those identified as key workers and school staff will be in continuous contact to provide assistance. We are working hard to provide a high level of learning for all pupils accessing remotely, as well as ensuring arrangements are in place for those without access or are struggling to engage.

Below lays out the expectations for pupils whilst working from home. These expectations are drawn from government guidance supplied to schools:

Pupils are entitled to the same provision for lessons that they would receive if they were in school. As we operate on the individual needs of pupils, this will look very different from pupil to pupil.

Pupils in KS3 will have access to a full curriculum, where practical, including a minimum expectation of core subjects of Maths, English and Science. Other curriculum subjects will be tailored to individual pupil’s needs and it is expected that they access the subjects that they are directed towards.

We would expect adults to encourage pupils to engage as much as possible in the activities set by teachers. We do not expect parents/guardians to be teachers and deliver content however, it is possible that pupils many need some support to complete the work.

Staff will be available for communication during school hours only and is welcomed, however, please restrict this to school hours. No communications received beyond 4pm may not be actioned and any communications beyond 6pm will not be acknowledged until the next school day.


As a general rule, most activities will take approximately 20-30 mins depending on what it is. Some may take longer. The maximum time expected to be spent on any single subject would be 45 mins. This would include any directional/instructional communications and video etc.

All activities should stretch and challenge pupil’s knowledge and understanding. Some activities will reinforce learning, so may appear easy, others will be more demanding in order to stretch pupil’s knowledge base.

Most content has been directed to be designed so it can be completed electronically. Should a pupil desire to work on paper, this can be photographed and submitted as evidence. Any paper-based work that arrives in school will be left for a period of 72 hours before it is opened, and it is possible this may not be marked in the traditional way. As you will appreciate, this is not conducive to assessing progress, however, our teachers are very professional and will endeavour to provide feedback to pupils.

Pupils are not expected to sit for ‘live’ lessons at specified times, however, for the sake of routine, and for the benefit of pupil’s wellbeing, we would advise that a routine is established that pupils can adhere to.

We also appreciate that this may be difficult, and we do offer some flexibility for deadlines but please do not assume work can be ignored as this would be detrimental to pupil’s development and learning. Please discuss any issues with key workers, who will be in contact throughout this period and will be happy to offer any assistance they can.

Work provided for pupils will always be set in line with National Curriculum expectations. The level of these expectations will depend on the level pupil’s are working at. Work may appear to be ‘too easy’ however, a lot of assessment and hard work goes in to providing work at an appropriate level. If you have any concerns, please contact school to discuss.


Pupils access to work will be monitored by staff. If there are signs of non-engagement, procedures will be put in place for pupils to attend school. For this purpose, communication is key. If there are any issues please contact school in the first instance.

Yours sincerely