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September 2020

  • Virtual Open Evening

    Published 16/09/20

    Choosing a secondary school that your child will be happy and thrive in is a big decision.  This is a major milestone in your child's life and the decision is an important one. We regret not being able to welcome you through our doors, so we want to help make this decision as easy as possible for you and your child by providing you with a series of Open Evening activities that will take you inside The Piggott School. 

    Wednesday 30th September 

    On Wednesday 30th September, we encourage you to explore our Open Evening videos with your child. They will provide you with the opportunity to virtually tour our school, hear from our staff and pupils and get a sense of the culture and community that exists at The Piggott School.

    Wednesday 7th October & Thursday 8th October @ 3:30pm join our LIVE WEBINAR

    On these two dates, parents and pupils are invited to join a LIVE Webinar that will offer a chance to ask some questions and interact with some members of the school community. This webinar will be a closed forum so if you would like to join one of the sessions, we invite you to register your interest below.

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  • Contingency Planning: Lockdown Arrangements for Home Learning

    Published 11/09/20

    Dear Parents/ Carers

    I write in regards to our contingency planning: lockdown arrangements in place in the case of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the school community.

     

    • In the event of a national, or local, complete school lockdown, work will be provided online via Show My Homework (SMHW), Google Classroom and our other online platforms, supplemented by Teams lessons for all year groups.
    • In the event of a year group ‘bubble’ lockdown, work will be provided online via SMHW, Google Classroom and our other online platforms, supplemented by Teams lessons for that particular year group(s).
    • In the event of a class/form group self-isolating, work will be provided online via SMHW, Google Classroom and our other online platforms. Some Teams lessons may also be possible.
    • In the event of individual pupils self-isolating, work will be provided via SMHW, Google classroom and our other online platforms, and also distributed by the pastoral assistants.

    The feedback during the latter half of the Summer term was that 4 or 5 hours per day on MS Teams was too much for many children. Teams lessons in partial or complete lockdown will follow the current three lessons per day, for approximately one hour each, starting at 9am, 11am and 1:30pm. The remaining time during the day will be for children to undertake exercise, directed study, household chores, revision and homework completion.

    Teams lessons will be led by the class teacher and, where possible, moderated by an additional member of teaching or support staff. As we will now have seven year groups (as opposed to five during the Summer lockdown) and we may have individual year groups working from home, we will retain the current timetable rather than transition into a new, specific homeworking timetable.

    Some timetable changes may be implemented to assist departments in proving full coverage, possibly including a 3pm to 4pm lesson in some subjects.

    Staff who are self-isolating, and are fit and able, will set work and conduct Teams lessons wherever possible. Staff who are unwell will not be expected to conduct Teams lessons. In the event of other schools’ or nurseries’ full or partial closures, staff may need to care for their own children at home. In these situations work will be set for students and, wherever possible and practicable, staff will conduct Teams lessons.

    If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they must remain at home. Please let your child’s tutor and Head of Year know via email as soon as possible if your child is at home with symptoms. All members of the household must then isolate for 14 days, or until a negative test result for the symptomatic child is received.

    If you or your children receive a positive test result you must inform school immediately via email to your child’s form tutor, Head of Year and to the school office. Please mark the message as URGENT.

    Thank you for your messages of support since school reopened. It has been an especially busy time for all adapting to the changes in place. School is a little different this year, but, as we hoped, still the same in so many ways, including fish and chips today.

    Yours faithfully

    D J Gray
    Headteacher

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  • Testing and Shielding - Latest Advice

    Published 08/09/20

    Here is the latest guidance for schools from Public Health England (PHE) regarding testing and shielding.

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  • Returning to school

    Published 01/09/20

    Please read the letter below regarding returning to school.

    Kind Regards

    Mr D J Gray (Headteacher)

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  • Deadlines for Autumn Exam entries for AS, A-Level, & GCSE

    Published 01/09/20

    Dear Student,

    The autumn exams are an opportunity for students who either were unable to receive a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade, to sit their exams. If you wish to be entered in the autumn then please be aware that the deadlines are very tight.

     

    Deadlines for entry

    AS & A levels

    3 September 2020

    GCSEs except English language and maths

    7 September 2020

    GCSEs in English language and maths

    2 October 2020

    Exam dates

    AS & A levels

    5 October to 23 October 2020

    GCSEs

    2 November to 23 November 2020

     

    Please also note that if you have submitted an appeal, this will not be concluded before the autumn deadlines and to avoid disappointment, you should consider making an entry straight away.   Entry Form can be found here

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