Coronavirus IMPORTANT UPDATE 15th June


Dear parents and students;

I am writing with my weekly update so that you are aware of any changes to how education is going to be provided next week. Firstly, the school will continue to be open for children of key workers, children who have vulnerable status (receiving support from the Early Help Hub, Children’s Services or with an allocated Social Worker including Looked After Children) or have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and there will be a continuation of the full educational programme. If you have not already registered for emergency child care provision and/or education at the school during closure, and wish to do so, please follow this link If you have registered for the provision, you should be receiving an email from Mr Bettiss every Monday morning asking you to book places for the following week – please contact him at if this is not the case.


This booking closes at 5.00pm on Thursday every week to allow us to plan staffing for the following week. Please note that it is essential that you book a space as numbers of pupils on site are increasing.  We also have more children on site with 25% of Year 10 pupils on site. There will be some amendments to the length of the programme so that we can enable a phased entry and exit to the school site that you will be notifiedYou can also find this link on the School Closure page of the School Website.

Year 10 return: –  Thank you to all who have registered their interest in having some face to face time with teachers in the final few weeks.  We have had a strong response with around 60% of pupils wishing to have some class teaching before the end of term.  This has meant that we have needed to divide the pupils who wish to attend, into 3 roughly equal sized cohorts.   Each cohort will have a full week of lessons for core(English, Maths and Science) and option subjects followed by one further day of core subjects.   Mr Marks is currently putting together these groups and you will hear in good time which cohort and group you are in and the arrangements for your attendance.  We are arranging for the Wheeler’s buses to be available for all of the pupils travelling from Southampton and it is our preference that public transport is not used.

Outline of a week for each Year 10 cohort: – On Monday to Wednesday, pupils should arrive by 8.50am.  On the Monday, they will be met and brought to their group assembly point on the field (weather permitting).  They will then be brought to their first lesson of the week.  The initial part of this will be a familiarisation briefing to ensure that they know how to keep as safe as possible, and any practical arrangements. These assembly points will also be the fire assembly point in case of any evacuation.  Each day Monday to Wednesday, they will have three 100 minute lessons of the core subjects. Departure time is 3.00pm.   Parents will not be able to come onto the school site to collect pupils until after the buses have left.  On Thursday and Friday, there are two extended Option lessons of 120 minutes with a 30 minute break in between. Therefore, the start time is 10.00am and pupils should arrive at 9.45am for registering in their Core groups at the field assembly points before being brought to their Options lessons by their teachers.  The departure time on Thursday and Friday is 2.30pm.

Year 10 Children of Key workers or who have EHCPs: – It will not be possible for Year 10 children of key workers to be in both social groups (bubbles) of pupils at school. Parents will need to make a choice as to whether they continue to remain with the cohort who has been together for the past 10 weeks or to join the Year 10 lessons.  Parents of children with EHCPs should contact Mrs Thomas (Learning Support Department) or Mrs Anderson (ASC Resource Base) for further information regarding provision.

On-line learning: – The Department of Education has indicated that whilst we are providing opportunities for some Year 10 pupils to have face to face contact with their teachers, there is a clear expectation that remote education will continue to be the predominant form of education delivery for this year group in line with all other year groups. In previous letters, I indicated that we are putting together a more interactive programme, with audio/video learning.  This is already happening in many lessons and will increase as the term progresses.  This certainly does not replace the core provision which is the work which has been put onto the Google Classroom and it is an expectation that all pupils access and complete this work.  As is always the case with new initiatives, this will develop and improve over time.

Parental visits to the site and communications with pupils: –   The guidance from the Department for Education is that Schools should limit the external visitors to the school during school hours. Parents should come into school buildings only when strictly necessary and by appointment only.  In view of this, we have taken the decision that all appointments regarding pupils, unless absolutely necessary and agreed by the Senior Team will take place via telephone or on-line.

Parents will be unable to drop off forgotten items to pupils – lunches, books etc cannot be passed on. As indicated in my email of the 2nd June, we are advising all pupils to use our kitchen facilities. We will be unable to pass on messages to pupils during the day other than via email to teachers unless in an absolute emergency.

Parent support – please do get in touch if you are finding circumstances difficult given that many vital services are closed. You can be assured of our discretion and support.  I have retained the information below from last week’s letter about opening times for the school office, and the Food Delivery service. Please email the school directly, including information about who you wish to speak to.

School office – for the duration of the school closure the office will be open every morning. Messages will be picked up and dealt with daily. All messages will be passed on to the relevant person so that they can get back to you but there will be a delay in response. If you have a more urgent query then please email: which is checked throughout the day.

Food Deliveries  During these times if you find you are in need please contact the Community Office via email.  We understand that circumstances can change rapidly and we do wish to support all of our community whether you live in Romsey or further afield.

Mr McKavanagh – Headteacher