Staggered Return to School in January 2021

As some of you will have seen in the press, the Government announced yesterday that secondary schools should arrange to have a staggered return to school in January.

The Government has indicated that part of the rationale for this approach is that secondary schools will be asked to administer rapid lateral-flow testing to staff and students from the first week back. Our Trust, the Boudica Schools Trust are currently liaising with partner agencies about what this may look like and further details will be shared as they are available. The Trust is keen to ensure that schools have the appropriate support to do this in a way that is safe and responsible. Please see here for a letter from our CEO, Don Evans.

From a school perspective, we will need to take some time to plan for this and for the staggered return to school. For this reason:

  • School will be shut to all students on January 4th. This will be a strategic, logistical planning day for staff who will be in school as usual. Students in all year groups should undertake remote learning from home on this day.
  • On January 5th we will re-open only to students in exam years (Y11 and Y13), vulnerable students and students whose parents or carers are critical workers. All staff will be on-site delivering lessons to Y11/13 students and planning and delivering online learning in line with their
  • All other students should remain at home and work remotely using the work available in their Google Classroom and via the front page of the school website. These students will return to school on the 11th January.

We had already asked staff to update our Blended/Remote Learning offer in readiness for the Spring term and this piece of work will be in place for January 4th. Students will also be set work through their Google Classroom. Advice on how to access the Google Classroom is found by clicking on the blue text here

We have produced some tips for best accessing remote learning and these are found by clicking on the blue text here We have also produced some video content for how to access Google Classroom and complete assignments which can be found by clicking on the blue text here.