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ANNOUNCEMENT

CRANFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (9 September 2020)

Introduction

The ambient risk in Hounslow is still low at 26 cases per 100,000 although this is above the average for England of 14 in the latest week 30 Aug to 5 Sept 2020.

The ambient risk is increasing and there have been 71 new cases reported locally in the latest week, which is a rise of 46 cases on the previous week.

Cranford Community College is well-prepared for an increase in infections outside the school. That is why we introduced more rigorous controls than most schools before re-opening and in the light of the spike in cases in Heston in August 2020.

The increase in cases in the community in the context of the wider opening of society has been well planned for.

All staff were tested on the run-up to school re-opening and staff and students have been receiving coronavirus safety training.  

We already have in place extensive measures to identify anyone with potential infection before they have any substantial opportunity to infect anyone else so that all other children can safely continue with their education.

We know that coronavirus exists outside the school and we are doing everything to prevent it coming into school and to deal with any risks quickly and before they cause any harm. We will always err on the side of caution and will send children and staff home to self-isolate, until they have a negative test if we think there is any risk whatsoever.

Preventative measures at Cranford Community College include:

  1. Declarations for all on:
  • Health
  • Contacts
  • Testing and
  • Travel for staff, students, contractors (and their households).
  1. Health checks on entry (including temperature checks).
  2. Masks are compulsory everywhere inside buildings (except when eating and drinking at a table).
  3. Handwashing/sanitising as routine.
  4. Movement and separation arrangements.
  5. Deep cleaning through the day and between uses, including spray disinfecting high footfall indoor and outdoor communal areas such as toilets, stairwells, corridors, canteens, etc.

FIRST POSITIVE CASE AMONG THE STUDENT BODY

A female student, who was new to Cranford sixth form, was sent home on Friday 4 September 2020 before the end of school, after starting to feel unwell with backache. On re-checking her temperature had become very slightly raised since arriving at school without symptoms.

As she was possibly symptomatic, albeit in the very early stages of symptoms, she was immediately sent home to isolate until she could get a test and has not been allowed in school since.

The academy remained in contact with her and her family over the weekend and she eventually managed to get tested on Sunday 6 September 2020.  

On Tuesday 8 September 2020, after school had finished, she reported that her test result was ‘positive’.

She is only experiencing mild symptoms to date and we will remain in contact until she has completed her isolation and symptoms have cleared.

The academy followed protocols and contacted Public Health England who assessed the risk after a forensic investigation of her movements and contacts on the part of the only day she was on site.  

Friday, the first day back, was sixth form induction which was based in tutor groups all day. She did not go to the canteen for lunch, walked to school on her own and we have established that the maximum number of people that could be considered as contacts is 27 students and 2 teachers.

In reality, it is likely that only a few of these are actually ‘contacts’ and she was only in school for less than a day, but we are taking the approach that it is better to be safe than sorry. The students (and their parents) and staff affected by the assessment have been contacted and are isolating and working remotely.   Public Health agree that the risk of her having transmitted the virus to any of these people is extremely low, but can never be considered as zero. 

No other student or staff member is considered by Public Health England to have been at any risk and can continue to attend safely and carry on with their learning.

Cranford is confident that its surveillance systems are second to none and that will be effective in identifying and dealing with risks whenever they occur.

Our aim is to prevent the infection that is around us from entering the school and to react quickly if anyone develops symptoms whilst at school.

The Executive Head Teacher will re-emphasise with staff and students the need to consistently and fully adhere to the academy’s safety protocols so that the academy remains the safest place that anyone can be.

We believe that there is no safer place for children and staff to be than at Cranford Community College and this case and the academy’s quick and thorough handling of it is extremely reassuring.

All schools are likely to have to deal with cases in the coming months and we hope that all will be managed effectively and hence the virus is limited. 

Local testing locations

Hounslow hosts a Mobile Testing Unit every three days.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, it is important that you get tested. You and your household should also self-isolate and only leave the house to go and get tested. 

If you are a Keyworker in Hounslow, you are entitled to be tested regularly, even if you do not have symptoms, to prevent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus

The locations of Mobile Testing Units will be published here in advance.

Mobile Testing Units usually operate from 10.30am-3.30pm. You need to book an appointment online before you go to the site.

Thursday 10 September

10.30am - 3.30pm

Private Car park, 274 Hanworth Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3TY  

(Entrance on Hanworth Road opposite the Passage to India restaurant)

 

 

 

 

Sunday 13 September

10.30am - 3.30pm

 

Private Car park, 274 Hanworth Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3TY  

(Entrance on Hanworth Road opposite the Passage to India restaurant)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 28 September

10.30am - 3.30pm

 

Private Car park, 274 Hanworth Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3TY  

(Entrance on Hanworth Road opposite the Passage to India restaurant)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appointments are open from 6pm the night before the testing opens e.g. if the Mobile Testing Unit is on a Sunday, appointments open on the Saturday at 6pm.

You can book an appointment at the testing site by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.

When you book an appointment, you’ll be asked to provide your postcode and other details. You will then be provided with available testing sites close to you.

If you have any issues or queries, please contact the Public Health team at publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk.

More information on NHS Test & Trace in Hounslow.

 

 

 

CRANFORD RE-OPENING LETTER

28 August 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to write to you to confirm that the academy will open fully in September 2020 on the published dates (Annex 1) and will operate as close to normality as possible, albeit with the full range of additional and necessary hygiene and safety precautions and mitigations to maximise safety.

We are really looking forward to the whole school community being back together face to face once again (or ‘washable facemask’ to ‘washable facemask’ to be more accurate).

You may be aware that there was a recent local increase in coronavirus infections in Heston and Cranford. This has provided a timely reminder that we are always living alongside the risk of coronavirus and are likely to be doing so for some time, perhaps the next couple of years.

The pandemic is certainly not over and we need to take the actions necessary to avoid further pulses, outbreaks and lockdowns.

Cranford has always prepared and planned so that it can pride itself on safely staying open, even when other schools close.

We hope that this will be true again from now on as a result of the huge investments we have already made and will continue to make next term, in terms of viral infection protections, fire safety protections, emotional safety and personal safety protections (our four safety priorities for 2020/2021). 

Thanks to swift action by Hounslow Council to raise awareness of the local rise and its likely causes, our community can be roundly congratulated for quickly reversing the upward trend and preventing loss of life.

At present, local infections and the ambient risk appear to have returned to the previous low levels and this is great news for the confident return to school.

The academy will, we believe, now be the safest place it is possible to be.

We will continue to develop the site and premises this term to enhance the long-term safety even further. This will ensure that were there to be future rises in ambient risk, we can decide to implement additional contingency measures to keep the academy open and operating as normally as possible in what we intend will be the safest of all possible places.

I urge you all to view the new re-opening video which will be added to our website that illustrates some of our extensive preparations.

The video is available to watch for free now on YouTube at the following address: https://youtu.be/0pmxJG95FtQ

The video provides parents, students, staff and others with a partial insight, without needing to come on site, into the sorts of measures we are taking to keep everyone safe.

The infrastructure changes are significant and include temperature checking devices, facemask detection cameras, 8 external hand washing stations, 45 sanitising stations, pedal operated sinks, no touch dispensers for filling water bottles, protective screens, changed furniture, new larger spaces, outdoor furniture, etc.

Complacency remains a potential danger as time passes and people become coronavirus weary.

We will, therefore, unapologetically and actively challenge each other to ensure everyone adheres rigidly to our safeguards and protocols, on return, and over time in order to keep everybody safe and well.

Coronavirus remains a pandemic. Thus far, it has infected only 8% of the global population and yet families have lost 822,000 loved ones already. Hence, potentially, the pandemic could still cause unparalleled heartache and devastation if we were to stop taking the simple and effective precautions that make each other safe.

We are taking all the steps needed in our context to help everyone to avoid those potential tragedies.

These precautions, especially mandatory washable facemasks, regular and thorough washing/sanitising of hands, routine disinfecting of high contact surfaces and regular deep cleaning of communal areas (such as toilets, changing rooms, classrooms, canteens, corridors, minibuses, etc.) will become even more essential now that lockdown has been suspended.

Every teacher and classroom will have their own hygiene supplies including disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser, tissues, gloves, spare disposable facemasks, protective aprons where necessary, etc.

People are now thankfully able to mix with each other in society at large but we know that in practice social distancing will not always be possible at school and elsewhere. The government accepts that social distancing in schools is largely unachievable but recommends schools implement the necessary mitigations to compensate. This is what we have done.

Even with the added protection of facemasks, we can still help protect each other by staying at the maximum possible distance even if it is less than 2 metres. Wherever possible, it will help to take an extra step or two further apart, and / or avoiding facing each other directly and / or avoiding background noise, which leads us to raise our voice and spread spittle further.

Nevertheless we must, however inconvenient it may seem initially, ensure that we (and everyone around us) follow all the necessary and required precautions consistently and thoroughly.

Convenience and comfort are not justifications for putting others in danger. 

Students in years 7-11 are expected to return to school in full uniform and staff and sixth form students to adhere to the dress code. It will be more important than ever that every student brings all the equipment they will need for their learning (specialist equipment is provided) as it is not safe for them to share rulers, rubbers, pens and other necessary materials with others. An essential equipment list can be found in Annex 2.

Most uniform is purchasable from major supermarkets and the school supplied only items can be ordered and paid for via the academy shop page of the website. On receipt of orders, you will be sent a confirmation when the items ordered are ready for collection from reception. Hence you will be unable to try the clothing on in advance so please follow any measurement instructions carefully and the email will also include details of our returns policy. 

Cranford’s uniform policy and dress code were amended by the Academy Trust on 27 August 2020 to now include the mandatory wearing of facemasks indoors for everyone from Friday 4 September 2020.

This means a facemask must be worn by everyone before entering the building (including reception) and, we will encourage the wearing of reusable facemasks even when outside, especially if staff and students will be in close proximity with others (hence higher risk). 

Duty staff will intervene if they see students playing close together without facemasks.

Failing to wear a mask in the school building will, however, be treated as a breach of the academy uniform policy and a serious breach of safety. 

Parents must ensure that their child has at least a couple of washable facemasks (so they can be cleaned regularly) before the academy re-opens and only a small supply will be available in the academy shop.

The academy is currently not requiring that the washable facemasks be a plain uniform colour but all facemasks do need to comply with the overarching dress code and uniform expectations below:

Everyone in the academy must dress in a way which:

  • is not likely to render them vulnerable to criticism or allegation,
  • is not likely to be viewed as offensive, revealing or sexually provocative,
  • does not distract, cause embarrassment or give rise to misunderstanding
  • does not include any political or otherwise contentious symbolism or slogans
  • is not considered to be discriminatory
  • is respectful of ethnic and cultural differences

Different people seem to prefer different masks so it is advisable to buy a mask that can be worn all day as we will only have one type on sale in the shop. Masks whose straps hurt the ears may need to be avoided, for example.

The facemasks must cover the face and nose at all times when worn and should be a close fit without gaps.

Vulnerable staff and students may also be required to wear a visor as an outcome of the individual risk assessment but visors will not normally be allowed in lieu of a facemask except where a medical exemption is received and accepted. Medical evidence can be provided on the first day back.

Otherwise the only exception to the rule will be that the facemask can be removed for the shortest possible time when sitting at a table and eating and drinking. The facemask must be worn when travelling to the table and put back on before standing up. This allows for students and staff to unhook their facemask briefly in lessons to take a sip of water from a bottle as normal.

The academy risk assessment has considered a number of potential measures and established that they are neither practical or achievable in the context of a full return to school.

For example, we can maximise separation but it is impossible to maintain a social distance of 2 metres much of the time. Mandatory facemasks indoors and training on when to wear facemasks outdoors will help mitigate any associated risk.

There will be no ‘zoning’ of outdoor spaces. The risk of spread and infection in the open air is lower.

Students and staff will be encouraged to wear facemasks even outdoors (but not normally compelled) and we will train students to consider the risks even outdoors and to don their facemask if the activity is higher risk (e.g. when playing in close proximity). There will hence be no outdoor bubble, other than the school ‘super bubble’ outside.

Although there is a semblance of ‘bubbles’ (isolated groups that never come into any contact with anyone from another isolated group), it is not really possible to have rigid bubbles at secondary level and ‘bubbles’ do not in any case improve safety. Their use is intended primarily to slow the rate of spread when we would prefer to eradicate it.

Students from different bubbles would in practice have to mix for option subjects and would no doubt mix out of school with other siblings and friends, and teachers would have to teach multiple bubbles.

Instead, we have organised and co-located year groups to minimise movement in the buildings and we have decluttered rooms to maximise space and airflow.

Years 7-9 will remain in their tutor base for their core lessons with teachers coming to them. Students only move where they need to travel to specialist rooms for practical subjects such as science, drama, music, etc.

We have also introduced subject specific guidance for these practical subjects (including the cleaning of specialist equipment and instruments) to mitigate the additional risk of a practical subject but without creating so many restrictions that the subjects are neutered and become sterile.

We are committed to maintaining a full and vibrant curriculum that harnesses all the interests and talents of our students and staff and maintains a full and balanced education.

Years 10 - 13 are not able to be taught as tutor groups as they have a full programme of option subjects and mixed groupings.

Although movement will be kept to a minimum for all year groups, it is unavoidable for KS4 and KS5 but we will timetable as many lessons as possible in huts and accessible classrooms / specialist spaces so that the bulk of this movement occurs outside rather than through narrow corridors.

At present, there are no one-way systems operational for students. These would have been unworkable if the whole school moved as previously and are not deemed necessary or beneficial at this juncture as we have instead limited the amount of indoor movement considerably as described above.

Staff will need to abide by the one-way system which operates from stairwell A2, in through the former staff canteen and out through the Dining Hall onto the concourse. The use of one-way systems will remain under review.

The academy’s air conditioning system now provides 100% fresh air from outside to keep rooms in blocks A, B and C well-ventilated and the huts have split units but doors that can be opened and outdoor spaces that will be developed.

We have also ordered new, more suitable dining hall furniture and during the autumn 2020 term will be opening a large outdoor dining area near the new Cranford Suite for when it is not raining.

The amount of outdoor seating areas will be increased further during the autumn 2020 term.  

By organising in this way, we expect to be able to continue to offer and develop our full, rich, varied, exciting, enjoyable curricular and extra-curricular programme. We are currently working on plans of how we can safely reintroduce trips and visits, extra-curricular clubs and reschedule events that had to be deferred last year.

We want school to remain an enjoyable, happy, social, stimulating and safe experience for all.

We may not be able to see all the smiles but we want to make sure there is plenty to smile about.  

Families and staff will have received their copy of the 2019-2020 Cranford Review, which again illustrates how much value we place upon opportunities and experience over and beyond the main school curriculum and it is our firm intention to gradually reintroduce these additional opportunities for all.

The re-opening of society and schools is essential for a myriad of good reasons but it does mean potential exposure to greater risks as we try to function as normally as possible and repair the damage done to learning, the economy, employment, social mobility and social cohesion.

We will continue to pressure government to make early decisions to avoid the uncertainty of this year’s exams in the summer of 2021. We will give additional focus to Year 11 and Year 13 who have the shortest time in which to make up for lost learning and we will be ensuring that all have good connectivity at home to enable catch-up, blended learning and as a contingency in case of future lockdown.

We have concluded that the risk of coronavirus can still be well managed by introducing non-negotiable and strictly monitored mitigations and safety regimes.

We hope that all parties will understand the need for a strict enforcement of the rules for both staff and students because of the risk of not acting in a concerted, unified and consistent way.

We aim that these arrangements at Cranford will make school / work the safest place that anyone could be.

The arrangements reflect our extensive risk assessment and the introduction of necessary comprehensive and strict mitigation measures to ensure everyone’s safety, especially the most vulnerable students and staff who will be returning to school and work.

Essentially we will operate as normally as possible and the mitigating measures such as mandatory facemasks allow us to do this.

The Start of Term (Autumn 2020)

Wednesday 2 September 2020:    Teacher Training from 8.30 a.m.

Thursday 3 September 2020:        Teacher Training from 8.30 a.m.

Friday 4 September 2020:              Year 7, Year 12 and Year 13 between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m.

Monday 7 September 2020:          All year groups between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m.

 

Travelling to and from the academy

Students, and those staff who can, are expected to walk or cycle to the academy rather than take public transport.

If the demand for cycle parking exceeds capacity, we will increase it without undue delay. 

The walk to school, whilst having many health and other benefits, may be a longer walk than many are accustomed to so it may be advisable to make a practice before your start date and get an accurate idea of how long it will actually take.

We expect students to adopt their own risk assessed approach so they should, for example, consider donning a face mask if they meet up with a group of friends on the way to or from school and won’t be 2 meters apart at all times.

Early arrival to school is more important than ever as the academy will seal its inner site to all by closing the entry gates and routes at 9.30 a.m. promptly each day to maintain the academy’s ‘super bubble’.  

This means staff and students leaving early enough every day to still arrive on time even if there are transport problems.

The academy gates will open at 8 a.m. each day and all students must be on site before 9.20 a.m. at the latest and the gates will close again at 3.45 p.m. to allow daily deep cleaning before the school welcomes its community users.   Lesson times and break times are unchanged from previous years (Annex 3).

In order to manage the new entry checks and routines, year groups will have a fixed entry and exit route as set out below and the academy will be deploying more staff to duties before school, at breaks and after school to ensure safe practices, train students in situ and implement academy safety policies:

Year 7 and 8

Enter via the main pedestrian entrance gate at the north end of the academy site between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. Students must stay on the pathway. Parents must not stop cars near any of the entrances or at the bus stop. The academy car park is for staff cars only. The academy will ask the council and police to introduce enforcement measures should parents behave irresponsibly.

 

Mandatory temperature scanning, facemask checks, uniform checks, screening and hand washing will be carried out at the new external sink trough (see video) located at the north end of the concourse.

 

Year 9

Enter via the south pedestrian gate by the deliveries entrance on the high street at the south end of the academy site between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. Students must stay on the pathway. Parents must not stop cars near any of the entrances or at the bus stop. The academy car park is for staff cars only. The academy will ask the council and police to introduce enforcement measures should parents behave irresponsibly.

 

Mandatory temperature scanning, facemask checks, uniform checks, screening and hand washing will be carried out at the new external sink trough (see video) located by the south end of the Memorial Garden

 

Year 10 and 11

Enter via the middle Memorial Garden gate by the bus stop on the high street at the front of the academy site between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. Students must stay on the pathway. Parents must not stop cars near any of the entrances or at the bus stop. The academy car park is for staff cars only. The academy will ask the council and police to introduce enforcement measures should parents behave irresponsibly.

 

Mandatory temperature scanning, facemask checks, uniform checks, screening and hand sanitising will be carried out at the Memorial Garden entrance to the Dining Hall. Hand sanitising is necessary until the new external sink trough (see video) is installed in the Memorial Garden

 

Year 12 and 13

Enter via the pedestrian gate from the footbridge above the parkway at the south end of the academy site between 8 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. Parents must not stop cars on or near the Parkway. The academy will ask the council and police to introduce enforcement measures should parents behave irresponsibly.

 

Mandatory temperature scanning, facemask checks, uniform checks, screening and hand washing will be carried out at the new external sink trough (see video) located by huts S7 / S8

 

Students arriving early can congregate outside on the site but should aim to spread out as far as possible to avoid any large or dense groupings.

Whilst facemasks are not mandatory outdoors, students and staff are encouraged to wear them as often as possible and should wear them whenever the risk is higher (e.g. when playing in close proximity with other)

Wearing a facemask offers personal protection but is also an act of care and compassion to safeguard others, particular those adults and young people who could be more vulnerable if they were to contract the virus.

In severe, inclement weather, Cranford SuperDome and other large indoor spaces may be opened to allow more sheltered but spacious and airy accommodation.

There is some weather protection along the concourse and more will be installed around the site along with increased external and outdoor furniture throughout the autumn 2020 term in readiness for next summer particularly.

There are now three main canteens (Dining Hall, Concert Hall and the brand new ‘Cranford Suite’, which has been built to allow us to space out students across the catering venue). These will open at Break 1 and Break 2 only. The academy will also be taking the management of the catering provision under its umbrella for at least the next year and is seeking to invest in making significant improvements in the infrastructure and offer before it would consider contracting out again.

Lunches will be served as follows and this will be the only opportunity to buy food from the canteen (other than before school at the Cube):

 

BREAK 1

BREAK 2

Dining Hall

Year 7

Year 8

Concert Hall

Year 9

Year 10

Cranford Suite

Year 11

Years 12/13

We will encouraging students to spend as much time as they can out in the fresh air and the LRC will not be open at break times initially and we will instead develop book box provision for every year group. A reduced breakfast offer will be available from ‘The Cube’, the blue coloured outdoor servery located at the North end of the site near Study Centre 1.   

Before school, between 9.20 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., students will be required to move to their tutor base in batches, via tannoy announcement. Registration will take place at 9.30 a.m. promptly.

On the first days, students will be together in their tutor bases with their form tutor (Annex 4) and the first task will be to complete and submit their health and travel questionnaire. Please share these allocations with students.

Year 7 and Year 12 will receive separate letters outlining their tutor room and the route to it from the concourse.

If any child or adult requires an individual risk assessment to be carried out and have not already had one, they will tick a box on this form. Parents should tell their child to tick the box if they feel it is necessary.

They will also be asked to sign an addendum to the whole school agreement where they are talked through and commit to protect everyone’s safety by signing up to the coronavirus safety rules.

Tutors will alert senior staff of any health or travel issues that need immediate review on the first day and of any requests for an individual risk assessment that will then take place following triage. Such reviews will operate with appropriate discretion.

Registers will be taken within the first 10 minutes of each lesson and this will be monitored very closely to ensure every student has arrived at the right place at the right time. Follow-up of any discrepancy will be immediate and within that period.  

For track and trace reasons, students must adhere to their timetable and will not be allowed out of their designated classroom except for truly exceptional reasons and with the authorisation of a senior member of academy staff with a detailed record being made of any movement.

Emergency first aid (non-coronavirus related) if needed will take place in a designated area which has equipped and deep cleaned.

A dedicated isolation centre has been established in the Globe and its enclosed garden to safely deal with anyone who may have coronavirus like symptoms. New prefabricated buildings will be added to provide additional accommodation / fresh air isolation.

Anyone with symptoms will be sent home and will be tested. The isolation spaces will be deep cleaned and thoroughly disinfected after any use using the larger disinfectant spray guns that you will now have seen in the video.

All staff will also be asked to undertake a key worker swab test before 4 September 2020 to confirm that they do not currently have the virus. The academy has also introduced safeguarding restrictions for staff relating to any international travel and we will be looking into similar guidance for families.

In future, we hope to negotiate very regular swab testing and occasional antibody testing of staff on site but this is currently not available.

Contractors will undergo the same checks as staff and visitors to reception will be kept to a minimum.

Visitors, including parents, should not come to the school reception unless they have evidence of an appointment, for example to collect uniform purchased online from the academy shop.

Admission will be denied to anyone not wearing a suitable facemask properly, who fails the temperature check or otherwise is unwilling to comply with the academy’s safety rules.

Whilst masks are only mandatory at school, the academy encourages their wider use on the journey to and from school and in wider society.   

I would also like to appeal for parents not to drop off or pick up their children unless this is absolutely essential and, if truly necessary, to be extremely careful not to drop them near the academy causing congestion or other safety risks.

In some parts of the borough, Hounslow Council has issued traffic orders to enforce new school street restrictions in neighbourhoods near participating schools, which will come into effect in time for the start of term.

The measures which include access and stopping restrictions are designed to discourage parents from dropping off and picking up their children and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be enforcing the restrictions in the streets within the designated zone.

These measures have not been introduced near Cranford Community College at present and we would rather seek the support and cooperation of our parents but we will seek the introduction of similar measures if there is an increase in vehicle drop off and pick-ups resulting in congestion and safety risk. 

Thank you so much for all your support over the last few months which have been a challenge for all but I trust and have great faith that together we will now ensure that a large degree of normality is restored. 

We will do this by being clear, consistent and insistent on taking all the mitigating measures that are necessary to keep everyone safe, especially those most vulnerable.

Kevin Prunty

Executive Headteacher

National Leader of Education

 

ANNEX 1: TERM DATES 2020-2021

Autumn Term 2020

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020             Teacher Development Day 1

Thursday, 3rd September 2020                  Teacher Development Day 2

Friday, 4th September 2020                       YEAR 7 & SIXTH FORM only (Induction & enrolment)

Monday, 7th September 2020                    ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL YEARS (& enrolment)

Thursday, 17th September 2020                Academy closes early at 1:50 p.m. for Open Evening

Friday, 18th September 2020                     Teacher Development Day 3

Friday, 23rd October 2020                          Academy closes at normal times for half-term

 

Half term: 24th October 2020 – 1st November 2020 (9 days)

 

Monday, 2nd November 2020                     Academy re-opens after half-term for all pupils 

Thursday, 17th December 2020                 Academy closes at staggered times for Xmas break

Friday, 18th December 2020                      Teacher Development Day 4

 

Christmas Holidays: Saturday, 19th December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021 (16 days)

(Community Sports/Site Closed: Mon, 21st December 2020 – Friday, 1st January 2020)

 

Spring Term 2021

Monday, 4th January 2021                          ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL         

Friday, 12th February 2021                         Academy closes at normal times for half term

 

Half term: 13th February 2021 – 21st February 2021 (9 days)

 

Monday, 22nd February 2021                     Teacher Development Day 5

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021                    Academy re-opens after half-term for all pupils

Thursday, 1st April 2021                              Academy closes at normal times for Spring break

 

Spring break: 2nd April 2021 – 18th April 2021 (17 days)

 

Summer Term 2021

Monday, 19th April 2021                              ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL         

Monday, 3rd May 2021                                May Day (Bank Holiday)

Friday, 28th May 2021                                 Academy closes at normal times for half term

 

Half term: 29th May 2021 – 6th June 2021 (9 days)

 

Monday, 7th June 2021                               Academy re-opens after half-term for all pupils

Thursday, 22nd July 2021                           Academy closes early for pupils

 

Summer break: Friday, 23rd July 2021 – Wednesday 1st September 2021 (5 weeks & 4 days = 39 days)

 

Expected return Autumn 2021

Wednesday, 1st September 2021              Teacher Development Day 1 (Closed for students)

Thursday, 2nd September 2021                 Teacher Development Day 2 (Closed for students)

Friday, 3rd September 2021                       YEAR 7 & SIXTH FORM only (Induction & enrolment)

Monday, 6th September 2021                     ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL YEARS

 

ANNEX 2: EQUIPMENT FOR LESSONS

All students must bring the following equipment to school

2 black or blue pens (you should always have a spare pen)

Ruler

Pencil

Pencil sharpener

Eraser

Selection of coloured pencils or felt tip pens

Protractor

Compass

Pencil case

Scientific calculator

Glue stick

School planner

A reading book of your choice

Subject exercise books

PE Kit for PE lessons

A sensible bag large enough to contain all of the equipment listed

The school shop sells the following equipment pack for £3

2x Pens

2x Pencils

Protractor

Compass

Pencil case

Ruler

Eraser

Pencil sharpener

 

ANNEX 3: SCHOOL DAY 2020-2021

 

Start Time

Activity

 

 

8.00am

Reception Gate open for students

 

 

9.20am

All pupils must be on site

 

 

9.20am to 9.25am

Staggered movement to form rooms – Tannoy announcement 

 

 

9.30am

Registration

 

 

9.50am

Period 1

 

 

10.40am

Period 2

 

 

11.35am

BREAK 1

 

 

12.05pm

Period 3

 

 

12.55pm

Period 4

 

 

1.50pm

BREAK 2

 

 

2.20pm

Period 5

 

 

3.10pm

Dismissal

 

 


ANNEX 4: TUTOR LIST 2020-2021 (Years 7-11 ONLY)

  • SENIOR TEACHER (PASTORAL): MOONA YOUSAF (MYO) MTW / SHAWN D’SOUZA WTF
  • ASSISTANTS TO THE SENIOR TEACHERS (Pastoral): TAMMY JENKINS (TJE) AND PRISCILLA LEDLIE (PLE)

TUTOR GROUP

STAFF NAMES

ROOMS

YEAR 7

 

John Lennon (JLE)                                                                                           

 7T

HAMAD BINA (HBI)

A114

7U

SAHRISH SHAIKH (SSH)

A108

7V

ALEXANDRA MANOLE (AMA)

A111

7W

AASTHA SWAMINATHAN (ASW)

A106

7X

SUKHJEET KUDHAIL (SKU)

A104

7Y

IMDADUR RAHMAN (IRA)

A102

7Z

LUKE JOYCE (LJO) / RORY O’HARE (ROH)

A103

 

 

YEAR 8

 

 

HEAD OF YEAR: MILTON FERREIRA (MVE)                                                 

 

8T

AARON LEVER (ALE)

A127

8U

FREDDIE PAGE (FPA)

A126

8V

DHANESH LALLCHAND (DLA)

A122

8W

BASHEAK BUSSUE (BBU) + SD*: BETHANY JOHNSON (BJO)

A118

8X

PRIYA AGARWAL (PAG)

A124

8Y

KATHERINE PEDERSEN (KPE)

A113

8Z

ALHAM AHMAD (AAH)

A116

 

 

 

YEAR 9

 

HEAD OF YEAR: BRADLEY KING (BKI)                                                                 

 

9T

LOIDE GANDO (LGA)

A128

9U

Karan Paul (KPA)

A142

9V

NEELAM BOPARAI (NBO)

A143

9W

Sarah Campbell (SCA)

A141

9X

SARAH BRACKLEY MTWT (SBR) + SD* KHERUNNISA QURESHI (KQU)

A133

9Y

SUSAN ADAM (SAD)

A131

9Z

BALJIT KAHLON (BKA)

A132

 

 

 

 

YEAR 10

 

HEAD OF YEAR: MATT NATION-TELLERY (MNA)                                              

10T

UXIO SEIJAS (USE)

S5

10U

JON RYAN (JRY)

S9

10V

GILL TAYLOR (GTA)

S11

10W

BALJINDER DHILLON (BDH)

S10

10X

BARINDER DOSANJH (BDO)

S12

10Y

HARDEEP BHACHU (HBH)

S13

10Z

Charlotte Lewis (CLE)

S14

 

YEAR 11

 

HEAD OF YEAR: RANDEEP SIDHU (RSI)                                                                 

 

11T

BARBARA LODGE (BLO)

S1

11U

SEEMA MEHMI (SME)

S2

11V

Kulsom Raza (KRA) / KRISTY FOALE (KFO)

S3

11W

GURPREET PATEL (GPA)

S4

11X

RAMANPREET KAUR (RKA)

S6

11Y

VINAY DHOKIA (VDH)

S7

11Z

JESCYNDA SAVIGE (JSA)

S8

 

Annex 5 – Addendum to the Home School Agreement

We are delighted to welcome you back to Cranford and we want school to remain an enjoyable, happy, social, stimulating and safe experience for all.

In order to return to as much normality as possible, protecting your full curriculum and social times, we have introduced new measures which will be strictly monitored and enforced.

Complying with all of these rules all of the time not only provides you with personal protection but is also an act of care and compassion which safeguards others including your family, friends, academy staff and the most vulnerable in our community.

These rules are non-negotiable. Please read them carefully before signing below.

  • I will wear a facemask at all times within the school buildings.
  • I will a facemask properly, covering my face and nose at all times.
  • I understand I can only remove my facemask inside to eat or drink, for example when seated in my designated eating area or for a sip of water in a classroom.
  • I will maintain an appropriate social distance of at least 2m where possible and, where that is not possible, I understand the need to use other measures to mitigate the risk, for example by wearing a mask, altering my positioning (not face-to face).
  • I will take steps to keep myself and others safe by wearing a facemask outside when necessary, for example, when I cannot maintain an appropriate social distance whether at social times or outside school. I understand the need to maintain these high standards on my journey to and from school, and wash my hands when I arrive home.
  • I will wash my hands thoroughly and frequently, including on entry and exit to the school and before eating.
  • I will clean any shared specialist equipment I am using carefully before it is used by another.
  • I will follow my directed timetable at all times.

If you believe you require an individual risk assessment to consider your personal circumstances in more detail, please tick this box.                                        

I agree to abide by the above addendum to the home school agreement in order to protect others and myself.

 

Previous letter (last one only)

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30 June 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Colleagues,

I am pleased to be able to write to you with a monthly update on the academy’s noteworthy progress in preparing for safe and effective wider re-opening.

CONTENTS - This letter covers the following:

  1. The ‘Basic Precautions’ that safeguard you and others whether the ambient risk is high or low
  2. The ‘Current Local Risk Assessment Level’: LOW
  3. The Case for Wider Re-opening from July 2020
  4. Additional Health and Safety Measures
  5. Strategies to Support All
    1. Current Year 13
    2. Current Year 12
    3. Current Year 11
    4. Current Year 10
    5. Current Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7
    6. Current Year 6
    7. Staff
    8. Other Risks
    9. The Summer 2020 Holidays
    10. Term Dates 2020/2021

Whilst even a single extra death is a tragedy, it has been a true blessing that our community continues to fare extremely well in terms of low numbers of infections and few deaths related to coronavirus.

At present, the numbers of coronavirus infections, critical illnesses and deaths remain extremely low, locally, in Hounslow and across London, and the numbers have decreased markedly every week over the last 7 weeks.

This means that the prevalence of the virus in our area is very low and hence it is currently very unlikely that anyone who continues to take the essential basic precautions will become infected or sick from the virus.

  1. Basic Precautions that will keep you and others safe

  • Adhere to the spirit of the concurrent government restrictions
  • Keep a social distance where it is possible to so, ideally over 2 metres (or as far above 1 metre as possible / only for the shortest possible time if closer)
  • Operate in allowed ‘bubbles’ and/or wear PPE where social distancing is not easy or where you want to lower the risk further
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water (or using hand sanitiser where soap and running water is not readily available) especially if you touch something that someone else may have touched
  • Where possible, avoid touching your face or eyes with hands (unless your hands, under your nails and your wrists are very clean)
  • Take steps to minimise the likelihood of contamination of surfaces e.g. not sharing equipment, having designated workspaces, etc.
  • Clean surfaces regularly with any household detergent and a cloth, washing cloths out thoroughly afterwards (Otherwise use and safely dispose of antibacterial wipes or a non-wipe spray which kills viruses)
  • Clean surfaces and items more frequently if they are touched more frequently, especially those high-contact surfaces such as door handles, switches, screens and keyboards that multiple people may have touched
  • Maintain good hygiene practices when handling food and using the toilet
  • Sneeze or cough into the crook of one’s elbow
  • If you sneeze into a tissue, ensure that it is safely disposed of (e.g. within a plastic bag) so it does not contaminate the person who has to empty the bin
  • Ensure regular (at least daily) changes of clothing and subsequent washing
  • Dynamically risk assess all situations and vulnerabilities to safely enable as close to normal functioning and hence to better protect mental and emotional well-being and minimise the degree of long-term or permanent detriment to self and others
  • Ensure your response to coronavirus protects yourself and protects OTHERS
  1. The Current Local Risk Assessment Level: LOW

 

 

  • Over the last 6+ weeks, we have been able to operate in what is, at the very least, a clear window of very low ambient risk for everyone, which continues to decrease and at present is getting closer to zero across London, and is currently at or very close to zero in our community.   

 

  • The UK Threat Level has also dropped to level 3. This is because of a steady and continuing fall in cases in all four nations. The virus (epidemic) remains in general circulation and with localised outbreaks likely to occur, for example as seen in Leicester where schools will re-close on Thursday, and in meat factories in Anglesey and West Yorkshire.

 

  • At level 3, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) recommended the gradual relaxation of restrictions and social distancing. 

 

In this context of a decreasing ambient risk (close to zero near us), better response capacity and more advance preparations, the Government is beginning to relax some of the restrictions that it introduced alongside ‘lockdown’ on the recommendation of the JBC.

The academy will conscientiously monitor and scrutinise daily data and trends to see whether these relaxations, or society’s response to them, lead to any actual resurgence of local risk.

The small-scale opening of primary schools from 1 June 2020 has not led to new outbreaks to date. International experience shows that countries that have successfully managed coronavirus are still vulnerable to localised outbreaks.

The UK track, test and trace system is not yet sufficiently comprehensive to ensure a rapid response should the virus start to spread again so the academy will continue its own daily surveillance and risk assessment based on the latest data for London and our local catchment areas.

The Government intends to manage further outbreaks through enhanced localised measures and restrictions, or localised lockdowns, to contain any potential spread.  

Many people believe that further waves are inevitable, with suggestions of a second wave in the winter months where such viruses are most active.  The JBC predicts more localised outbreaks. We will monitor the indicators for any spread that might lead to a change to our local risk assessment.

The academy thinks it wise to be prepared for further outbreaks in the future, but there is no evidence to suggest a local outbreak in our community is imminent, nor a second wave.

Any change to risk level, attributable to the changes in rules from 4 July 2020, should there be one, would not likely occur for at least 3-4 weeks after the 4 July 2020 rule changes.

In practice, this would mean that there is unlikely to be a linked increase in the local risk of catching coronavirus before the summer 2020 break.

Hence, the academy’s wider opening during July 2020 coincides with a ‘window’ of on-going and relative safety for everyone who adheres to the basic precautions already outlined above.

There are no signs that this local window of safety and opportunity is at risk of closing at present.

  1. The Consequent Case for Wider Re-opening from July 2020

The data above suggests that we are continuing to live and work in, at least, a prolonged window of low risk and relative safety, which will likely last for at least the remainder of the school year. 

The risk of contracting coronavirus (or, for most people, even encountering it) remains very low for everyone locally at present.

Hence, we recognise and accept the need to avoid unnecessary delay in returning to some sort of normality, particularly with all the additional safeguards that are now in place at Cranford Community College.

A dynamic risk assessment approach is essential with a virus that is likely to ‘ebb and flow’, until an effective vaccine can eradicate it.

It will be equally important to relax restrictions when the risk recedes, as it is to increase restrictions when the risk rises. We, and society generally, may need to adapt our thinking and practices to the idea of the risk coming and going in waves or pulses and this meaning schools and work places operate that way too.

Our modes of operation now need to be flexible; reflecting whatever the concurrent risk status is at the time, and the current risk level rather than the historic risk.

We acknowledge that there is a range of economic necessities. For example, it is patently not going to be sustainable for any government to continue paying out month after month indefinitely, even for its public sector organisations and public sector worker pay, in the context of its own huge reductions in tax and other income.

The economic realities are impacting negatively across our community already and this will be on going as the national and global economy endures recession.

We believe that quickly achieving the ‘new normal’ in this context is necessary for multiple reasons.

As an academy with a responsibility for the education and care of children and young people, there is a strong and accumulating educational need, alongside growing safeguarding and emotional well-being needs, to implement the essential steps that will re-establish safe on-site provision for as many staff and students as we possibly can this side of the summer 2020 break.

To meet those needs it makes sense that we should also take the opportunity of the current ‘window’ of low risk that is available in our locality, and for all, at present.  Hence, we are implementing phased plans to achieve a ‘new normal’.

We are getting ready now for the expected full return of all pupils and staff in autumn 2020, because we know the environment is safer now and so it is the optimum time to get ready safely.

The Government guidance for the full return of pupils will be consulted upon once formally announced in the coming days. The Government has indicated that, from September 2020, each year group will act as a single bubble of, in our case, 210 pupils plus their staff perhaps with designated social spaces on the academy site, and staggered start times, break times and finish times. We await the practical details that currently are very scarce and will need to be fleshed out.

We will re-assess the ambient risk in August 2020 to be sure it remains safe enough to implement any government direction to re-open fully.

Our planning for next academic year includes contingencies, as there may be a need during the year for part or the entire academy to close again or to reduce its on-site provision should there be local outbreaks, which then invoke additional measures to control any spread and manage the risk back down. The entire bubble (year group plus) would be expected to isolate for 14 days in the case of a confirmed positive test within the bubble.

We have adopted a ‘dynamic risk assessment’ approach and, as I outlined in my last letter, we have ensured that every home has good broadband connectivity and access to an appropriate computer so that the virtual school and catch-up is possible for every child in our care, whatever the future holds.

Cranford Community College will publish any changes to the assessed local risk level on its website Announcements page (under ‘News and Events’) dedicated to the management of coronavirus since early March 2020.

  1. Additional Health and Safety Measures

Further to the precautions outlined in my last letter, the academy has implemented a raft of safety measures to minimise any additional risk from coronavirus including:

General

  • Daily monitoring of the data on coronavirus locally and in London, including the risk to vulnerable people and groups and the number of infections and deaths
  • Daily review of the ‘risk level’ in our locality
  • Introduction of ‘Health and Travel Declarations’ for staff, students and others coming back to the academy (including information about other household members)
  • Individual risk assessments for those who need them as they return to work or school

Infrastructure Changes

  • Regular deep cleaning of the academy and site
  • The use of both heavy duty and hand held spray disinfectant machines to spray larger areas in addition to thorough cleaning
  • Outdoor washing stations on the main routes into the academy and from the playground / fields
  • 2 free standing and 26 wall mounted hand sanitisers for key points around the buildings, plus hand sanitiser bottles in every classroom, office and work area
  • The use of non-contact body temperature devices where appropriate
  • The globe (on the outer site) set-up as a separated isolation ward, if needed, to isolate anyone with potential symptoms immediately, pending sending home and testing. Specialist trained staff and cleaning crew for this area.
  • New separate area for non-coronavirus related first aid
  • Additional outdoor furniture for use by bubbles and staff when outside
  • Coronavirus related signage and banners introduced around the site and premises, including walls and floors to highlight one way systems, no loitering areas and social distancing markers
  • General decluttering of the school to reduce the probability of any contamination / spread
  • Foot pedal controlled water coolers in the canteens
  • Minimal-touch taps for sinks in toilets and elsewhere
  • Furniture rationalisation (including removal of tables and chairs) to encourage and facilitate social distancing
  • Restrictions on the use of some communal equipment e.g. dishwasher, fridges, etc.
  • Removal of high contact non-essential electrical appliances (e.g. microwave / toaster, crockery, knives and forks etc.) from communal areas
  • Staff canteen supplies replaced by individual UHT milk, coffee sachets, individual teabag sachets, sugar sachets and wooden stirrers to eradicate contamination by shared use
  • All chairs removed from reception, visitor signing in screen disabled, visitor restrictions in place and electronic gate being installed to control entry of visitors even to the outer site
  • Protective screens erected in reception, office desks and other key areas
  • Additional canteen space built to avoid high densities at breaks
  • Construction of railings to facilitate socially distanced queuing
  • Relocation of refuse to a distant and secure compound
  • Additional outer storage facilities to enable careful receipts and quarantine of deliveries
  • One way systems and signage
  • Educational coronavirus safety signage in all classrooms and around the site
  • Training/PPE equipment being issued to all staff (including individual visors and face masks)
  • Students allowed to wear mouth and nose coverings / masks (not compulsory as students will stay within their ‘bubbles’)
  • Uniform relaxations initially for first cohorts returning (Details to be posted on the website and the welcome back letter when invited to return)
  • Bubbles of 15 students initially plus assigned staff
  • Bubbles to remain in the same room all day and, where necessary, staff move (staying over 2 metres apart) or video teach to bubbles from another location
  • Some traditionally shared equipment to be issued to individuals
  • The use of school minibuses will be restricted to staff use whilst adhering to safety protocols and with the bus being disinfectant sprayed before and after use
  • There will be restrictions on group activities and non-video meetings
  • Restrictions on work space sharing, etc.

When school is open to students

  • Individual hygiene packs for all staff and all bubbles (contents include sanitising gel, anti-bacterial wipes, tissues, anti-bacterial spray, detergent spray, cleaning cloth, face masks and protective gloves)
  • At the end of each school day, the SPP cleaning team will deep clean all spaces and surfaces, including learning resources and equipment that have been in use
  • During the day, additional cleaning will take place cleaning high contact surfaces (inside and outdoors) including handrails, door handles, switches, etc. and classrooms will be sprayed when the bubbles are at lunch/break
  • Students and staff will learn about staying safe whilst not in lockdown
  • There is no catering provision this term but FSM vouchers continue to be issued. Students are expected to bring in their own packed lunch and must not share their lunch or containers under any circumstances
  • All students and staff are encouraged to walk or cycle to school, avoid public transport if possible and to adhere to the safety rules on public transport where it is essential to come by bus or train/tube
  1. Strategies to Support Everyone

The very sad reality is that we will not be able to get every child back to school at Cranford Community College before the summer 2020 break and we recognise that for some, perhaps even many, a further 6 weeks of not being in school or in work may cause further and regrettable detriment in terms of emotional well-being.

Cranford supports the 146 large charities that have written to the Prime Minister this week asking that children be prioritised alongside the economy and the health service in the forthcoming mini-budget.

We accept that children feel uncertainty and worry because they cannot go back to school and when they do not see all their family and friends. We know that some are suffering from an upsurge in domestic violence and that not being at school (or work) for longer periods is proven to lead to anxiety and mental health problems. We know the poorest and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are the most vulnerable and that our community is therefore vulnerable and our children need to get back to school as soon and as fully as possible.

We are doing our best, based on a commitment to put safety first and to take a measured and balanced approach but to make this happen.

This section describes what the academy, its staff and its partners will be doing for everyone in advance of the start of the autumn 2020 term, the things that are in our control.

It may reassure you to know that at Berkeley Academy, we have already safely inducted many staff and children back to school and the reports from staff, children and parents are all extremely positive, in particular reports of renewed levels of happiness from returning to structure, friendships and work.

As one child said last week, ‘Coming back to school was the greatest day of my life’ but everyone, including those who first participated in individual risk assessments have reported how safe and happy they are, having overcome their worries and returned to work and school. 

This universally positive response underlines why we must make every effort to achieve a larger share of normality for all.

Paramount to our efforts to re-activate Cranford’s on-site provision is a commitment to do so in a way that safeguards the health (emotional and physical), physical safety and other interests of all our students and staff to ensure that the negative impact of coronavirus is kept to a minimum.

We recognise that coming out of isolation, whether that is returning to school or work, can seem quite daunting for some initially and we will need to assist some in dealing with the prospect of coming back, especially for the first time after a long break. Parents, of course, can really help support the academy with this where needed.

From Wednesday, 1 July 2020, students (and staff and others) invited to return to site will, on arrival, complete a health and travel declaration for them and for their household (or other households with whom they have formed a ‘bubble’). They will have to adhere to all the safety protocols whilst on-site, taking sensible precautions necessary to safeguard self and others.  

These declarations will be checked at the point of entry for any urgent issues. They will subsequently be used to identify individuals who request or are identified as suitable for an individual ‘risk assessment’ meeting, normally scheduled on the same for those most anxious.

The risk assessment categories were described in the tables in the letter that I sent to you, dated 1 June 2020. Significantly though, the ambient risk has reduced considerably in the last month and government restrictions are also being relaxed from next week even for those who have been shielding.

Most individual risk assessments can take place on site but those known to be at highest risk (i.e. shielding people = clinically highly vulnerable) will undertake their individual risk assessment prior to return, normally by phone or video call.

Anyone who is too ill to attend school or work for any reason and anyone who may have coronavirus symptoms must not attend but report in as sick.

The normal sickness reporting arrangements for students (Telephone 0208 897 2001, menu option 1) and for staff (Cover Line) will resume from Monday 6 July 2020.

As a dedicated community school, we are also working with partner organisations, parents and locals to contribute to the long-term recovery strategies for our wider community. This work will feature more in my subsequent monthly updates/letters.

Hounslow will suffer heavily from the economic impact of this pandemic, with higher levels of job losses related to the airport, aviation and hospitality sectors and we are working with other key partners to develop a coordinated response to the economic impact on Hounslow.

  1. Current Year 13:

Year 13 students had largely completed their courses, except the revision phase so although they did not take their exams, they have benefited from studying their courses in full, have not missed out significantly on their post 16 education and have good grounds on which to progress to university or work without that particular potential detriment.

It is the learning and education that we deliver which is most important. Being awarded grades without experiencing that full education would have been of little true value. Our Year 13 cohort will be able to progress with confidence and without stigma.

Staff have worked very hard to gather the evidence needed to back-up their teacher-assessed grades and to rank students as required by Ofqual. Those grades are now undergoing statistical moderation nationally by the examination boards and Ofqual before the award of the final ‘certificated’ grades / qualifications. We are keeping our fingers crossed for our students.

The A level, Technical and Vocational results will be sent to the academy for issue to students on Thursday, 13 August 2020 from 9 a.m.

We envisage that the results will be issued in person at the academy, almost in the usual way, except that students will have appointment times notified to them on Wednesday 12 August 2020 so that we can manage the total numbers on site at any one time. Everyone will have to adhere to the social distancing and safety protocols and will need to make a health and travel declaration before entering.

Results that are not collected in person on Thursday will be posted home on Friday 14 August 2020. Protocols will be strictly enforced to ensure everyone’s safety.

There will be opportunities for photographs and potentially socially distanced interaction outside or in large spaces depending on the regulations in force at the time and weather permitting.

Our focus after the issue of results will be to support as many of Year 13 to progress to the destinations they intended. As usual, there will be staff available to help.

This  assistance will cater for students who are in a position to ‘upgrade’ their university offer or need assistance in finding places or courses at different universities, need academic or careers advice, wish to discuss the possibility of retaking Year 13 due to exceptional circumstances or are considering taking a gap year.

Advice this year will take account of the projected impact of coronavirus on the employment market, the economy and the ways that universities will likely have to operate. 

At present, it seems likely that some or many universities are contemplating offering distance learning, initially at least, and this may mean that more of these new undergraduates will stay and study at home rather than moving to the area in which the university is located.

Recent experience has shown that not everyone adapts easily to the self-discipline and skills needed to study at a distance (especially without a form tutor and subject staff nagging them), and some do not have the ideal learning environment or resources in the home.

Cranford Community College will seek to assist in the following ways:               

  • Matching Year 13 students progressing to university with Cranford alumni (former students) who have reasonably recently graduated, having studied a sufficiently similar or relevant degree.  

The aim is to facilitate local support and guidance from the school alumni network for any Year 13 students who expect to be taught online in their first year at university. The alumnus will become their academic buddy / mentor.

In keeping with this alumni support network initiative, our Year 13 recipients may also be invited to buddy a sixth form student at Cranford next year.

If no suitable alumnus can be found, the academy may approach its charity and business partners to see if they have a suitable person.

All ‘buddies’ will undergo appropriate safeguarding checks.

  • Offering Year 13 students who are studying at university, but from home, and who would like to avail themselves of the study facilities at the academy, the possibility of alumni membership and access to study facilities and resources when there is capacity.
  • Extended careers advice and support for those who choose not to go to university this autumn.

Note: The academy recognises the importance of the Year 13 Leavers Celebration Event as an important ‘rite of passage’ and a significant happy memory in adulthood. We do not want the current Year 13 or their tutors and teachers to miss this significant milestone. 

We envisage setting a new date, when we are able to do so safely, for the Year 13 Leavers Celebration Event to take place. This may have to wait until summer 2021, but we want it to happen still. The academy created a new large, open plan venue with outdoor space on-site as part of its coronavirus works and we think this will provide an ideal and cost-effective way of honouring this ambition.

  1. Current Year 12 (Mr Sohi)

The academy believes there is an urgent need to mitigate the potential impact of coronavirus related disruption to education for our students in Year 12 who are already over half way through their A level, Technical and Vocational Qualification courses.

For this reason, we are contemplating exceptional actions to help safeguard their interests and staff will be contacting every Year 12 student for a bespoke conversation about their situation and their options for September 2020.

Cranford may be able to offer solutions not available to all schools because we have such a large site and ample classrooms, we have ensured 100% connectivity, financial reserves and we normally admit significant numbers of external students.

This coming year, we are minded to ensure that we safeguard the interests of our existing students as the first priority, and will offer places to them before considering whether we have capacity for new joiners from other schools.

Lockdown in March 2020 has led to a very significant interruption to the learning of students in the first year of their examined courses.

The first year normally represents around 60% of the total course teaching and learning, but Year 12 courses were interrupted at approximately the 35% mark and there will, naturally be detriment, even to this amount because, for example, opportunities for spiral revision have not been possible in lockdown. Even if all were to return to normal quickly, there is a strong possibility that many Year 12 students would fail to complete more than around 70% of the course plus their own catch-up.

Coronavirus and lockdown affects different people in different ways and to varying degrees. Some students have continued to work extremely hard and effectively in lockdown through the virtual school but others will not have done so and they are not to blame for the pandemic. Everyone will have suffered to some extent and all will be in need of catch-up even if their courses were to resume normally immediately. 100% of necessary catch-up would also be very difficult to schedule into the teaching of the rest of the course so much would rely on pupils catching up independently and with support from the internet, family and friends. This would be less than ideal, especially for some.

The virus shows no signs of going away and there is no imminent prospect of an effective vaccine. We believe therefore that there remains uncertainty going forward and there could be further periods of disruption to normal schooling during the next academic year.

A big uncertainty is that the Government and Ofqual have not yet decided what they will do about public examinations in summer 2021.

Teacher Assessment (as used this year), whilst theoretically still possible, would be much less reliable if the students had not completed much of the course and that might mean that any results achieved could be seen as less valuable and to have lower ‘currency’.

Most importantly, the truly valuable entity is not the qualification or grade but the education and learning that takes place through the course and this will be missing, at least in part, for many.

The academy has carefully analysed its data on every student’s progress and attitudes to learning, prior to and during lockdown. We will now begin to hold individual guidance interviews with students and their parents.

These meetings may be scheduled remotely or on-site (subject to safety protocols) depending on the likely complexity to agree the best way forward.

The aim is to make decisions designed to safeguard each student from detriment due to coronavirus but to do more than this. We would like our students to seize a potential opportunity also to achieve higher grades than they might otherwise do. We want to ensure our students leave the sixth form well educated and well qualified. If possible, we want our students to choose a pathway that increases their chances of gaining a competitive and subsequent employability advantage in what is likely to be a highly competitive jobs market for years to come.

The recommendations / options available to students may (depending on progress data, eligibility criteria and course capacity / availability) include:

  • Progressing to Year 13 as planned, catching up largely independently
  • Taking another year to properly complete Year 12 and following the same courses (an option not normally available)
  • Starting Year 12 again but on a different course programme

Where a student wishes to pursue a pathway that the academy does not recommend, they can avail themselves of an opportunity in late August 2020 to prove that they should be given that opportunity. For example, where an individual thinks that they are ready to progress to Year 13 but the academy recommends restarting Year 12, the student will be given one opportunity to prove that they have fully caught up on missed work and are performing at the right grade level. They must show this by sitting subject specific diagnostic tests in late August 2020, which if passed well would be considered sufficient evidence to allow progression.

  1. Current Year 11 (Mr Watton)

Year 11 students had largely completed their courses, except the revision phase so although they did not take their exams, they have benefited from studying their courses in full, have not missed out significantly on their GCSE education and have good grounds on which to progress to our sixth form or ‘work with further training’.

It is the learning and education that we deliver which is most important. Being awarded grades without experiencing that full education would have been of little true value. Our Year 11 cohort will be able to progress with confidence and without stigma.

Staff have worked very hard to gather the evidence needed to back-up their teacher-assessed grades and to rank students as required by Ofqual. Those grades are now undergoing statistical moderation nationally by the examination boards and Ofqual before the award of the final ‘certificated’ grades / qualifications. We are keeping our fingers crossed for our students.

The GCSE / KS4 results will be sent to the academy for issue to students on Thursday, 20 August 2020 from 9 a.m.

We envisage that the results will be issued in person at the academy, almost in the usual way, except that students will have appointment times notified to them on Wednesday 19 August 2020 so that we can manage the total numbers on site at any one time. Everyone will have to adhere to the social distancing and safety protocols and will need to make a health declaration before entering.

Results that are not collected in person on Thursday will be posted on Friday 21 August 2020. Protocols will be strictly enforced to ensure everyone’s safety.

There will be opportunities for photographs and potentially socially distanced interaction outside or in large spaces depending on the regulations in force at the time and weather permitting.

Our focus after the issue of results will be to support as many of Year 11 to progress into the sixth form at Cranford.

This coming year, we are minded to ensure that we safeguard the interests of our existing students as the first priority, and should offer places to them before considering whether we have capacity for new joiners from other schools.

We understand the unprecedented stresses and uncertainty for Year 11 and want to ensure that our own students are protected and feel secure. We believe we can do this because we know our students, their abilities, their potential and their ambitions.

We are therefore going to make firm, and in many cases unconditional, written offers in July 2020 for the sixth form where it is possible to do so. This will hopefully relieve some of the stress associated with having to await the outcome of a national statistical moderation.

Our letter offer in July 2020 will be honoured regardless of the results issued in August 2020.

Each student will also be given an opportunity to discuss their offer with a teacher. Of course, it will still be possible to revisit your choices/offer once the results are out if you do better than expected and want to upgrade or change.

We will also be providing other support such as careers advice. Advice this year will take account of the projected impact of coronavirus on the employment market, the economy and higher education.

Note: The academy recognises the importance of the Year 11 Prom as an important ‘rite of passage’ and a significant happy memory in adulthood. We do not want the current Year 11 or their tutors and teachers to miss this significant milestone. 

We envisage setting a new date, when we are able to do so safely, for the Year 11 Prom to take place. The academy has had to create a new venue on-site as part of its coronavirus works and we think this will provide an ideal and cost-effective way of honouring this ambition.

  1. Current Year 10 (Ms Sidhu)

Academic Catch Up and Training

The academy believes there is an urgent need to mitigate the potential impact of coronavirus related disruption to education for our students in Year 10 who are already over half way through their GCSE and KS4 courses.

This is why we are prioritising Year 10 to be the first to return to school from inclusive.

Lockdown in March 2020 has led to a very significant interruption to the learning of students in the first year of their examined courses.

Coronavirus and lockdown affects different people in different ways and to varying degrees. Some students have continued to work extremely hard and effectively in lockdown through the virtual school but others will not have done so.

The virus shows no signs of going away and there is no imminent prospect of an effective vaccine. We believe therefore that there remains uncertainty going forward and there could be further periods of disruption to normal schooling during next academic year.

Our initial focus with Year 10 from Tuesday, 7 July 2020 to Thursday, 16 July 2020 will be a bespoke training course and cross-curricular academic catch-up programme.  

The programme will tackle the challenges of catch-up, summer 2020 learning and remote working, as well as ensuring that everyone is trained to safeguard themselves and others from coronavirus at school, in public and in the home.

Full attendance and perfect punctuality on this programme are vital for every Year 10 student.

Tutors and other bubble staff will be making contact in advance of 7 July 2020 to ensure that all questions that anyone might have are answered.

All of Year 10 can look forward to their return, seeing their friends back at school, beginning catch-up of lost learning and following a carefully designed academic programme that includes intensive science and maths sessions as well as the wider curriculum that has been planned.

Uniform will be optional during these two weeks and students are invited to dress as ‘smart casual’. The requirements in terms of appearance and hygiene always remain in force so dress, styles and appearance should not be viewed as offensive, revealing, sexually provocative, political, have potentially contentious symbolism or slogans (Regardless of how good the politics or cause) and must be respectful, etc. 

A big uncertainty is that the Government and Ofqual have not yet decided what they will do about public examinations in summer 2021.

The academy, however, will ensure that its students are well educated at GCSE, well prepared for the sixth form and are our top priority in terms of progression to the sixth form in due course.

  1. Current Year 9 (Mr Nation-Tellery), Year 8 (Mr King) and Year 7 (Mr Ferreira)

Year 9 have completed Key Stage 3 and have made their GCSE options choices and Year 7 have made their choice of History or Geography for their EBACC.

There will be a need for some catch-up for all next year but it will be comparatively easy for Key Stage 3 students to catch-up and they generally have more time to do so.

Some have floated the possibility of focussing on English and maths and offering a narrower curriculum with fewer subjects to facilitate catch-up in the core skills subjects. However, at present, we do not advocate a narrowing of the curriculum as we remain to offering all students a high quality education and a broad and balanced curriculum is an important feature of a top class education. We also believe that our KS3 students, especially those who have been engaging most wit the virtual school, will be able to catch-up over time and before they take their GCSEs.

Year 9 students are encouraged to spend some time during the summer researching the requirements of all the GCSE subjects they will be studying at Key Stage 4 and reading ahead.  It may take a short time for the new ‘Year 10’ to adapt to the increased demands of GCSE but, as it stands, we believe that there is sufficient time for them to prepare fully for their GCSEs before summer 2022.

The academy is confident that, providing all KS3 students return fully at the start of the autumn 2020 and quickly ‘knuckle down’ then it will be possible to support catch-up and encourage greater independent learning as an invaluable life skill.

  1. Current Year 6 (Mr Lennon)

Primary Schools and Secondary schools have been working in partnership to cater for the needs of our (shared) current Year 6 students.

Although there are no SATs outcomes this year, we have received all the data we need from their current teachers. We have been able to have follow up conversations where appropriate and we feel that the information we are receiving from our colleagues in feeder primary schools is very high quality as it comes from the professionals that have an excellent knowledge and deep understanding of every Year 6 child coming to Cranford.

I first wrote to all parents of children transferring to Cranford about 6 weeks ago and my colleagues have been communicating with families and letting them know how much we are looking forward to our new students starting with us at secondary school.

Children and parents have also taken part in a video call or phone call with a key member of the transition team.

We are now using all this information to help place the Year 6 students in to Year 7 tutor groups so the groups are balanced to ensure that everyone makes a good, happy and successful start at Cranford.

Once the placements are complete, imminently, the form tutors will be in contact with their tutors and tutees will begin to meet their new classmates through video calls.

Cranford students have made videos for the ‘new Year 7’ including a virtual tour of the school by a Year 11 student and there are other helpful videos from our current Year 7 students sharing their favourite things at Cranford, including science lessons, how to use the canteen, etc.

Staff have also been making some online ‘taster’ lessons to keep Year 6 engaged and busy now and during the summer 2020 break.

We are all really looking forward to meeting our new Secondary School students at the start of their next 7 or 8 years at Cranford Community College.

  1. Staff

One of the benefits of the current situation is that staff at Cranford have shown their strong values and commitment by ensuring maximum stability for both our students and community in these uncertain times.

I am sure that students and parents will be grateful for this loyalty and in ensuring there is high levels of continuity as we approach another uncertain year.

We will have a small number of staff who will be leaving this summer for happy reasons such as retirement, support staff who are moving to teacher training, gap year students now going to university and promotions accepted before lockdown.

We traditionally take the opportunity on the last day of the year to gather as a staff to say our farewells, thank each other, acknowledge individual / team success and achievements as well as to celebrate together the successful conclusion of what thankfully always seems to mark another record-breaking year (and we hope this year will be no exception).

Coronavirus, poignantly, has given us much more for which we can be thankful.

It is our intention still to hold this valedictory event as a whole (socially distanced) staff on Monday 20 July 2020 in accordance with the coronavirus regulations in force at the time and making good use of the academy fields and the new social distancing venue that has been created during lockdown. There will be no pupils in school on this day.

A now significant number of staff have already returned to work on-site full-time (save for a later start time to avoid peak travel times) and they have been the forefront of efforts, working flat-out, preparing the academy for the safe return by others.

Great progress has been made in making the academy safer and now, as the ambient risk has also lessened, we will be bringing almost all teachers and support staff back to the academy, where they are needed, for the last few weeks to help with the final push towards, at least temporary, normality.

At this critical phase, we will need ‘all hands on deck’ to do all that is described above to support our students and community and to get fully ready for induction of new staff, exam results, enrolment and everything else that needs to be organised for September 2020.

The virtual school will need to be reorganised a little as teachers deployed to live teaching will no longer be available for the virtual school, and their work will be redeployed. This is possible as the virtual school will no longer be catering for Year 10, Year 11 or Year 13 so there is currently capacity.

For logistical reasons, the remaining weeks of the full virtual school will be broadcast largely from teacher classrooms in Cranford and equipment such as classroom webcams will make this easier. The virtual school may be revived again as needed but the Government’s aim at the moment is a full re-opening of schools in September 2020.

An impressive transformation has already been achieved by the skeleton staff including cleaners and caretakers (among the first to come back), support staff, senior staff, LMC staff, reception staff and other volunteers.

We, colleagues, parents and students, should all be truly grateful to these pioneering colleagues, who have formed our ‘recovery team’.

A veritable platoon of contractors has also joined Cranford’s recovery team. These have included Colwyn ICT technicians, plumbers, grounds maintenance workers, builders, electricians and a small army of labourers. We remain grateful to all of them too.

Other staff have been coming to work as needed and to prepare, for example our HR team, Examinations Officers and Data Manager, our Admissions Officer and some of our finance staff.

Most teachers have come in as needed when asked to help clear classrooms, deliver computers, dongles and food and pastoral staff to undertake home visits, and staff volunteers will also be helping to ensure that confiscated property is returned before the summer 2020 break.

All of this has been in addition to the company of teachers and pastoral staff who have been working tirelessly from home. Paradoxically, working from home has probably been more demanding than working at school and hence teachers and other colleagues deserve, and will have earned the forthcoming summer 2020 break.

Teachers have been preparing lessons, adapting learning materials, teaching in the virtual school, assessing and marking work and giving feedback, grading and ranking Year 11 and Year 13 examination students, making weekly (sometimes daily) well-being and safeguarding phone calls, sharing ideas and innovating with colleagues, communicating and taking part in meetings on Teams etc.

The new student leadership team ran their campaigns and were elected online and other students made the videos to help the Year 6 students to get a flavour of Cranford, with the support of teachers.

The site has seen more skips come and go in the last few weeks than I can remember as we have worked to declutter and cleanse. Cleaning staff have also volunteered to sacrifice their annual leave this year to support the efforts to be fully open in September 2020.

The recovery team and other volunteering staff have been our own frontline of key workers. This team has been the vanguard, making the school safe for everyone else.

Yet there is more to be done between now and the summer 2020 break and hence the need staffing complement to be at full strength and share the burden evenly.

We shall be recalling staff in tranches over the coming days with:

  • Those teaching and support staff being deployed to support Year 10 will be returning from 10 a.m. on Wednesday 1 July 2020.
  • Those supporting Post 16 and some additional support staff will be returning from 10 a.m. on Thursday 2 July 2020 and
  • All staff, save for those who are shielding or who may be exempted through an individual risk assessment, will be recalled on or before Monday 6 July 2020 and until Monday 20 July 2020. 
  1. Specific Risks

The Academy Trust, which is now meeting monthly during this crisis, updated the academy’s risk register at the last meeting and this document will be updated on the academy website before the end of the summer 2020 term.

The Government’s public promise to cover the costs to schools related to coronavirus has not been honoured. The re-claim scheme published last week is extremely disappointing.

We estimate that Cranford’s losses and additional costs arising directly from Coronavirus will be around £500,000 by the end of our financial and academic year in August 2020.

It appears that only a small amount of this is likely to be repaid by Government in spite of all the public assurances at the start of lockdown.

As coronavirus is likely to continue to be present for some time, we are projecting that the academy will suffer further losses and costs next financial year, and possibly beyond.  Such losses are not without ramifications.

On the positive side, the academy and schools have continued to receive their normal grant funding from the Government and this has ensured that the majority of staff have been able to continue to work throughout without being furloughed at 80% of salary and all have continued to receive their full salary.

This has afforded a significant degree of protection for which we are very thankful.

As a result, we have been able to run the virtual school among other much needed community activity and because staff have not been furloughed they are able to be recalled to make preparations for full re-opening (furloughed staff cannot undertake work with their employer).

We recognise that many in our community have not been so lucky, that many parents have been furloughed, some have lost jobs and the self-employed and business owners have also been hard hit.

This is why we shall also be turning our attention to how the academy can help the whole community, over and above improving the life chances of our children.

We recognise that not everyone has job and income security in these unprecedented times and that the situation is likely to get a lot worse before it gets better with daunting numbers of job losses projected.

Cranford will do everything it reasonably can, and with partners, to support our community and affected families through thick and thin.

Cranford has planned wisely over the years and was in very good educational and financial health prior to the pandemic. 

The Executive Head Teacher, with the agreement of the Academy Trust Board, is hence now able to draw on its emergency reserves to mitigate the impact of the pandemic for the present and budgets are being strategically reviewed to negotiate these turbulent times and respond to the multiple risks.

Contractors and suppliers that we currently rely upon may not, for example, fare as well or survive the economic downturn and this could impact on the academy.

It is also incredibly difficult to plan for any simultaneous impact from the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021.

  1. The Summer 2020 Holidays

  • The last day of the on-site for Year 10 will be Thursday, 16 July 2020
  • The last pupil day (virtual school for all other year groups) will be Friday, 17 July 2020
  • The last day for teachers and term-time support staff will be Monday, 20 July 2020

The virtual school will NOT operate during the summer 2020 holidays as our staff have worked incredibly hard during lockdown and teachers and some others are in need of respite and deserve a complete break.

We are currently working on extending the provision of free school meal vouchers to those who are eligible for them in accordance with the recent change of policy announced by the Prime Minister.

At present, we do not have details of any summer 2020 programmes to be funded by central Government but we will publish the detail on the academy website when we have any information.

  1. Term Dates 2020/2021

Autumn Term 2020

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020             Teacher Development Day 1

Thursday, 3rd September 2020                  Teacher Development Day 2

Friday, 4th September 2020                       YEAR 7 & SIXTH FORM only

Monday, 7th September 2020                    ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL YEARS

Thursday, 17th September 2020                Close at 1:50 p.m. for Open Evening

Friday, 18th September 2020                     Teacher Development Day 3

Friday, 23rd October 2020                          Academy closes for half-term

Half term: 24th October 2020 – 1st November 2020 (9 days)

Monday, 2nd November 2020                     Academy re-opens for all pupils  

Thursday, 17th December 2020                 Academy closes at staggered times

Friday, 18th December 2020                      Teacher Development Day 4

Christmas Holidays: Saturday, 19th Dec 2020 – Sunday 3rd Jan 2021 (16 days)

Spring Term 2021    

Monday, 4th January 2021                          ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL         

Friday, 12th February 2021                         Academy closes for half term

Half term: 13th February 2021 – 21st February 2021 (9 days)

Monday, 22nd February 2021                     Teacher Development Day 5

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021                    Academy re-opens for all pupils

Thursday, 1st April 2021                              Academy closes Spring 2021 break

Spring break: 2nd April 2021 – 18th April 2021 (17 days)

Summer Term 2021

Monday, 19th April 2021                              ACADEMY OPEN FOR ALL         

Monday, 3rd May 2021                                May Day (Bank Holiday)

Friday, 28th May 2021                                 Academy closes for half term

Half term: 29th May 2021 – 6th June 2021 (9 days)

Monday, 7th June 2021                               Academy re-opens for all pupils

Thursday, 22nd July 2021                           Academy closes early for pupils

Note: The introduction of five additional training days in October 2020 has been deferred to October 2021 in the light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Summer break: Friday, 23rd July 2021 – Wednesday 1st September 2021

Kevin Prunty

Executive Head Teacher

National Leader of Education

On behalf of the Academy Trust

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