During the period of National Lockdown, with limited numbers of students and staff on site, a revised Risk Assessment is in place.

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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS


The overall aim is to minimise any risks from COVID-19 while providing a full educational experience on site, but there is only so much that any school can do. Each individual boy has a renewed duty to protect himself and his community.

  • Pupils must try to retain a two metre distance from adults and strive, where possible, to maintain distance from others who are not in their year group throughout the school day.
  • Pupils must bring hand sanitiser with them to school each day. They will be asked to clean their hands using hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Pupils must bring tissues with them to school: ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
  • Pupils must bring a face covering to school with them.
  • Pupils must bring their own equipment for the day; pupils will not be able to borrow equipment from one another.

Health and Safety Reminders

Although we continue to emphasise important health and safety advice with the boys in school, we request that all parents watch the following short videos with their sons at least once a term:
 
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
https://www.facebook.com/366592640044758/videos/1662404137130262
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2rlTD7R1VQ&list=PLnhASgDToTkuHSx--5yIaHCxWhoLTwmJc&index=3&t=0s
 
Pupils must bring a filled water bottle each day. The water fountains are switched off and we are unable to fill the water bottles for pupils, other than when they forget their bottle, or cannot access water for other reasons. In such circumstances, they should approach their Head of Year for guidance.

Face coverings

Wearing face coverings in corridors is compulsory for all students. The guidance is clear that “face coverings can have a negative impact on learning and teaching and so their use in the classroom should be avoided” and so we do not encourage boys to wear face coverings in lessons — although they will be allowed to do so if they wish. All members of our school community must remember that some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. Boys should inform their Head of Year if they believe they are exempt.

Pupils must also wear a face mask on public transport. This should be replaced with another face covering for use in school.
 

Planning for Pupil Wellbeing

We are continuing to provide support to all pupils, including daily contact with the form tutor and regular phone calls home when pupils are at home. There are particular measures in place for those who may be vulnerable, and we are ensuring that the school counsellor, nurse, and Child Wellbeing Practitioner are made available to pupils as necessary. Training and support for staff will continue, led by the Pupil Wellbeing Lead and other members of the pastoral team. The school's safeguarding and child protection policy is in full operation, with adaptations made to our practice during periods of remote education. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and two deputies are readily available during each school day and can be contacted in the normal way. We continue to liaise with relevant agencies to determine the best ways to maintain contact and offer support to pupils who may be vulnerable. Our daily routines (e.g. lesson registers) enable us to ascertain that all pupils are able to access remote education support.
 

Attendance

Regular attendance at school is a legal requirement for all children. Any pupil or parent who has questions about this should contact the relevant Head of Year.
 
If you and your family have visited a country abroad, pupils must follow the quarantine expectations before they return to school.

If a pupil displays symptoms of a high temperature, a persistent cough or lack of taste/smell, he must isolate for 10 days and not attend school. If testing indicates a negative result for COVID-19, then the child can return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so. There should be no delay in organising the test.
 
If anyone in a household displays symptoms, then the whole household must isolate for 10 days. If testing indicates a negative result for COVID-19 for the person displaying symptoms, then the child can return to school.
 
If a child demonstrates symptoms in school, then the parent/carer will be contacted, and the child must be collected immediately. If we have a suspected or reported case in school, we will follow the appropriate procedures for communication and next steps. 
 

Transport

It is really important that pupils follow public health guidance when making their way to and from school. Their conduct could have a direct impact on the safety of their peers and their family. We will seek to monitor pupils around the environs of the school to ensure that they are behaving safely.
 
Boys who can walk or cycle (wearing a helmet) should do so. If you wish your son to cycle to school and you are satisfied that he is safe to do so, please ensure that he wears a cycling helmet and we would also encourage him to wear a reflective belt, armbands or jacket.  The bicycle should be clearly marked and he should have a padlock for it.  There is a bike shed at the end of the playground and there are also wall mounted cycle racks at the back of the Foundation Building where he can padlock his bike. Bikes are left on the school premises at the owner’s risk. Although all reasonable precautions are taken the school does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, property brought to the school. The school does not insure personal belongings and we therefore strongly recommend that you have clothes, privately owned musical instruments, bikes and personal effects insured under your Household Policy.
 
Where pupils must be driven to school (which we do not encourage) parents should drop off or collect their son a 5-10 minute walk away from the school. Congestion and crowding outside of the school gates will really undermine all our efforts in school and we will be very grateful for parents’ support with this.
 
Guidance for public transport can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Southern and Thameslink train services have changed since March and pupils are strongly urged to check train services before travelling at www.nationalrail.co.uk
 
Transport for London put special measures in place for children since September and full details can be found here: www.tfl.gov.uk/reopeningeducation
It is requested that children travel on the designated school services where these are provided.

This is a useful web page listing where services have been increased and where they have school-specific bus services are in place.
 
TfL is providing a range of other resources at the moment:
 
  • A new STARS Safer Journey Planner to help students and parents/carers plan their journeys and provide useful advice on walking, cycling and scooting to school safely: https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/
  • An online Cycle Skills course aimed at both those cycling for the first time, or those wishing to refresh their skills. The course is available at https://cycleskillsonline.tfl.gov.uk/ and modules include cycle safety for young people as well as tips on getting a bike prepared for the road.
  • TfL Go provides walking and cycling routes to consider for all or part of a journey. This is now available to download for Apple devices at www.tfl.gov.uk/go
You may also wish to consider some new and existing walking and cycle routes — including those delivered through the Streetspace programme.

Curriculum

We are following the normal timetable (with some small adaptations to allow for longer changeovers and a staggered end to the school day) and delivering the full curriculum for each pupil. Most pupils engaged fully and enthusiastically with the remote teaching programme last academic year, but there will be close support available for those who have struggled.

Teachers planned a recovery curriculum for pupils and this is in the process of being implemented in all subjects, with knowledge from last academic year interleaved strategically alongside new subject matter. We hope that this is motivating and also reassuring for pupils.

Immediate remote education

If your son is forced to isolate as a result of displaying COVID-19 symptoms, he is able to access live lessons broadcast via Google Classroom. This will enable him to see his teacher’s screen and to hear the teacher speaking during the lesson. Worksheets or other resources for the lesson will be uploaded via either Google Classroom or Show My Homework.
 
The principal audience for lessons conducted in school will be the pupils in the room. For pupils isolating at home, sessions will not be interactive but they will be able to raise questions with teachers via Show My Homework comments or email, and these will usually be addressed on the same day.
 
It will not be possible to broadcast all lessons (e.g. those with a significant practical element or those supervised by a cover teacher). In these cases, teachers will set additional work to be undertaken via Show My Homework. This will also apply in the event of any technical difficulties broadcasting lessons on Google.
 
Pupils isolating at home will have regular classwork assessed by their teachers, as well as formal assessments (although these may not happen at the same time that pupils are sitting them in class).
 
We continue to use Show My Homework to set homework.

‘Bubbles’

The Department for Education guidance indicates that reducing the number of contacts between children and staff can be achieved by keeping year groups separate (in ‘bubbles’). It is important to stress that this is not the same as removing all contact with other year groups, which is impossible. It will, for example, be necessary for pupils in Years 9-13 in particular to pass those from other year groups on the corridors and staircases or on the playground at distances much closer than two metres. This is why the use of masks on school corridors and internal communal areas is compulsory.

Years 7 and 8 are taught predominantly in the Lower School, with the majority of their lessons in the same classroom. This continues, meaning that these two year groups do not have to circulate around the school site during lesson time, though they continue to travel to lessons which require specialist facilities (i.e. Science, P.E., DT, Art and Music), as encouraged by the guidance.
 
Boys in Years 9-11 and Sixth Form students follow the normal timetable, changing rooms after each period and sanitising their hands at the beginning and end of each lesson. We are increasing the amount of time given to boys to travel from one part of the school to the other between lessons so that they can more easily maintain an appropriate distance from boys in other year groups when they cross on the corridors.
 

Before school

The Library is available to all pupils to borrow books, but only to Year 7 and 8 pupils for study and private reading.
 
A breakfast service is available as usual, with zones in the Dining Hall for different year groups.
 

Break

Our cashless catering at break and lunch is based on boys having a five-digit number that they record in their planners, rather than using the finger print system. We have been monitoring payments on this system extremely closely during the term and are reassured that it is working well.  

At break all boys have access to the playground to get some fresh air (and eat a snack from home) and/or to purchase food. 

Lunch

We have arrangements for lunch which minimise contact between year groups. Unlike many schools we are fortunate to have three designated dining areas, as well as the outdoor Cuboid facility and we can use these to ensure queuing arrangements that separate the year groups bubbles.
 
Boys eating packed lunches can join their peers eating a lunch purchased from the school catering service in the appropriate dining venue, unless otherwise advised.

After school

The Library is available to all for borrowing books, but only to Year 7 and 8 pupils for study or private reading. Pupils in Years 9-11 are able to work in the Main Dining Hall if they wish and Sixth Formers can work in the Study Centre.
 

Sport and co-curricular activity

We are particularly proud of our co-curricular provision and are delighted that it is now very much underway.
 
We will continue to promote exercise as part of a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. PE and Games will continue (as instructed in the guidance), and we will adhere to recommendations for schools on the facilitation of contact sports.
 
Thank you. We continue to be very grateful indeed for the cooperation and support of parents and pupils.
Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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