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Information on School Closure & Wider Reopening

Parents and Students

During the school closure we will continue to provide updates and important information via this section of the website.

Rod Sims


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are aware that the past few months have been a challenging time for our Year 11 and that they will now be looking towards receiving their GCSE results. As you know, we were asked to award Centre Assessed Grades as a school for each individual student in the subjects they studied. We have written a document that explains both the stages we followed as a school and the nationally applied process that will be followed by the exam boards this summer. This can be found here and we hope it gives you a clear understanding of the process. 

Results day will be on 20th August, all pupils nationally will receive their GCSE results on this day. In order to maintain a safe environment for pupils collecting their results, we will be running timed slots. (See below) This will allow for good hand hygiene and social distancing measures to be in place. To help with social distancing we would ask that only one parent accompanies their child.  Pupils should arrive at the main entrance to school in their allocated time slot and we regret that they are unable to gather in groups on the school site. 

We are conscious this year that our pupils may need extra support when receiving their final grades and as always, staff will be here to provide that. York College will be with us to ensure that pupils enrolling with them are clear about moving to their next steps. Should your child not wish to collect their results in person, they will be posted First Class later the same day. 

We wish Year 11 a happy summer break and we are looking forward to seeing them on August 20th. 

9am         Pupil surname A/B

9:15am    Pupil Surname C

9:30am    Pupil Surname D/E/F

9:45 am   Pupil Surname G/H

10am        Pupil Surname J/K/L

10:15am  Pupil Surname M/N/O/P

10:30        Pupil Surname R/S

10:45      Pupil Surname T /W 

For example Rod Sims would come into school at 10.30. 

If you are unable to come to school we will post the results to you first class on the afternoon of the 20th August and they will be with you the next day.

See you in August,

Rod Sims


Week 39 Update

Good morning. Here is the final communication from me for this school year and what a year it has been. We always talk about the YHS community and never before have we been tested as we have this year. Today I want to thank certain groups of people.

Students

Thank you to the students who have worked really hard for the last 13 weeks without a teacher there to answer their questions. Thank you to all of those students who have battled with technology that was not made for distance learning. Thank you to all of year 11 who had to leave so quickly after working so hard. We have missed you all so much during the last 13 weeks and look forward to September when we can welcome you back.

Parents

Thank you to the parents who have struggled to remember long forgotten Maths methods and History facts. Thanks to all of you that have kept motivating your children to work throughout school closure. Thank you to the grandparents, sisters, brothers and all family members who have helped our students. Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive with e mails, facebook messages and when we have phoned you. Thank you for everything that you have done and I promise you we will work so hard for your children when we welcome them back in September.

Staff

Thank you to all of the members of staff at YHS who have worked so hard whilst balancing their own family life with working from home. Thank you to all the staff who have contacted our students and families throughout school closure. Thank you to all of the staff who have been in touch with our students to keep then motivated.

Thank you to the following members of staff who are leaving YHS today: Mrs Short, Miss Crossley, and Miss El Gomati from English, Mrs Mushtaq from Food, Mr Walton from Science, Mr Ford and Miss Fletcher from the inclusion team, Mr Fisher and Mr Fairie from Performing Arts and finally Ms North from the Learning Resource Centre.

Enjoy the Summer and we look forward to September when we can all get back to what we do best.

Thank you and take care,

Rod Sims


Good morning everyone

It’s a really simple message this morning about the start of next year.

Students are to arrive at school at the following times where they will be directed by staff.  Don’t worry, we will send this information out again before September 7th.  Please can they cycle or walk to school and bring their equipment; pen, pencil, ruler and a calculator.

Start Times for Next Year

Tuesday September 8th

Year 7 arrive in school at 8.40

Wednesday September 9th

Year 7 arrive at 8.40

Year 8 arrive at 8.55

Year 9 arrive at 9.10

Year 10 arrive at 9.25

Year 11 arrive at 9.45

Tomorrow we will send out more information about how the school day will look for each year group.

Tutors Next Year

Students tutors and their tutor rooms are shown in the table below:

 


Dear Parent/Carer

September 2020

I am writing to you today about the steps that we are taking for when we welcome all our students back in September.  The safe return to school is based on the following principles:

  • If you are unwell stay at home
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Enhanced Cleaning Arrangements
  • Active Engagement with NHS test and trace
  • Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination as far as is practicable

We have considered the government guidance in detail and we are currently in a process where we are consulting with staff and unions about the risk assessment for reopening.  It is important to state that the risk assessment is a live document that may well change before September 7th and is to minimise risk not eradicate all risk.

I have attached a link to the risk assessment below:

Risk assessment - wider opening of schools September 2020

I will be happy to respond to any feedback if you e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Measures we are putting in place to minimise risk:

Transport to School

Students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school. If parents are dropping students off by car they are encouraged to not leave the car and talk to others on the school site.

School Day

Students will be kept wherever possible in year group “bubbles” and arrangements are made to minimise contact between the bubbles.

Students will be encouraged to use good hand hygiene and wash hands regularly.  There will be hand sanitiser units in every classroom and students will be expected to use sanitiser when entering a new room.

The school day will have staggered start times for each year group between 8.40 and 9.00 and staggered finish times between 2.55 and 3.15.

Break time will be staggered and each year group will have an eating area and an outside social area that only that year group is allowed to use at that time.

Dinner times are staggered to allow for separate year group provision and cleaning surfaces in between servings.

To minimise face to face contact the school will have a one way system around the school.

Certain subjects will modify the curriculum for the first half term for example PE will not use changing rooms and will limit activities to low impact exercise.

Uniform

School uniform will be worn as normal and standards about piercings and hair colour will return to our pre Covid 19 high standards.

Attendance

The guidance is clear that from September school is not optional.  We will do everything we can to reassure those who are anxious how important it is that they return to school.

Test and Trace

Test and Trace is vital in the government’s strategy to manager Covid 19 therefore it is expected that if any of our students and staff show any of the symptoms of Covid 19 that initially they do not attend school and get a test.  We would expect parents/carers to inform the school of the results of the test.

All the best,

Rod Sims


Lifestyle Competition

With many Youth and Community events cancelled this year, North Yorkshire Police have managed to adapt and ensure the Lifestyle competition goes ahead!

The Challenge is open to 8-18 year olds who live in York or North Yorkshire and is a digital project this year. The competition (with prizes!) is a great project for young people showcasing their Community spirit and increasing Community Cohesion.

Please follow the link below to find out more about the competition and how to enter.

https://northyorkshire.police.uk/what-we-do/public-campaigns/lifestyle/

To enter, please register online before 31/07/20.


Week 37 Update

Plans for September

We received the Government guidance on the opening of schools for September yesterday and I wanted to let you know as soon as possible what our plans are.  We will need to discuss the details and there will be further information to follow over the next two weeks.  All students will be back in September unless there is a change in the current infection levels of COVID 19. We will as we have done for Year 10 be publishing a revised risk assessment detailing how we are minimising the risk.  Key dates at the start of September are as follows

Monday September 7th – Staff training day

Tuesday September 8th – Year 7 will attend school on their own as they have had no transition

Wednesday September 9th – All Year groups will be back in school.

As mentioned above there will be more details to follow, for example we will need to consider staggered starts and break and lunch times.

Rest of the Summer Term

We have two weeks left of the official school term.  After Wednesday next week Year 10 will return to online learning until July 17th.   The students who have attended have been magnificent in their attitude so well done to you all and we look forward to resuming your GCSE studies in September.  Year 8 and Year 7 students are been given the opportunity for 1 to 1 meetings with their tutors next week, it was great to see the Year 9 students this week.  What bowled me over was the politeness of our students, the amount of times we were asked “are you alright” was wonderful.  During the last week of term work will continue to be set online.  Staff are training on Google classrooms in case next year we have to close again, if this happens we will be able to provide proper teaching online.

Online Maths update

I want to praise our students who are working hard online at the moment.  Mr Byrne sent me the following statistics and message:

Our students in Years 7 to 9 have:

Watched over 44 hours of Maths videos

Answered over 10 000 Maths questions

Got over 80% of the questions correct.

Done over 165 hours of learning Maths on the website.

The Maths department will continue to use this in September and next year to support and monitor pupils progress in Maths. It covers the full Maths curriculum up to GCSE. There are over 900 videos and quizzes from grade 1 to 9.

If your son/daughter is having any issues logging in please contact their Maths teacher or Mr Byrne at j.byrne@yorkhighschool.co.uk .

Free School Meals

The final term time voucher should be arriving at the end of this week.  Followed next week with a voucher for the Summer holiday period. 

Please be aware that there are attempts to defraud some parents, one of which was;  ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.’


Dear Parents/carers,

Please find a resource attached to support you and your children over the summer months, particularly after such a long time out of their normal routines. We will know later today how we will be allowed to reopen in September.

Many thanks,

Jonathan Louth

Assistant headteacher-Care and guidance

5 simple steps to support teens during Covid-19 & over the summer


Dear all

York Schools through the York Schools and Academies board have worked together throughout the COVID 19 crisis to develop wherever possible a unified strategy. The following communication is to explain some of the recent developments.

Covid catch up plan

The government announced a £1billion catch up plan to address the disruption to children’s education during the Covid-19 pandemic on 19 June:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/billion-pound-covid-catch-up-plan-to-tackle-impact-of-lost-teaching-time

It has been widely reported that this will provide schools with up to £90 for each pupil to fund catch up activities and additional money to deliver one to one tuition for Disadvantaged pupils. The government has not yet published the guidance for schools on delivering this plan, or the amount of money which each school  receive.  Parents/carers should not expect that £90 will be allocated to their child, or that they will definitely receive one to one tuition using this funding or through the National Tutoring Programme, which was also included in last week’s announcement. The additional funding is to be spent across the next school year (September 2020 to July 2021) and we will develop our plans to use it when the government guidance has been published. 

It has also been widely reported Schools could use catch up funding to run Summer Schools. In the absence of detailed information this would be very difficult to manage and there is little evidence of pupils catching up as a result of Summer Schools. In York, schools will only run Summer Holiday activities which are already established and run every year. We will pass on information to you about other activities, not provided by schools, available in the city during the holiday period.  

Pupil transitions at the end of this school year

We know that parents/carers are rightly concerned about the impact on their children’s progress because they have missed so much time in school.  The Covid-19 pandemic means that no pupils have received the teaching and learning opportunities they would have done under normal conditions. Because all pupils have been affected, schools in York agree that they should all start school or move to their next year group in September 2020 as usual. We will be working throughout next year to ensure that key areas of learning which have been missed are covered and that all pupils are given every chance to catch up.

Places in school for the rest of this term (Secondary)

The government announced on 24 June that there would be a significant relaxation of lockdown arrangements from 4 July, including a reduction in social distancing from 2m in some circumstances. The new guidance makes it clear that the government’s plan is for all students to return to school in September and that further guidance will be published on this:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

It has, however, already made clear statements about the expectations on schools for the rest of this term – “We are unable to welcome back more children to secondary school at this time, beyond the face-to-face support schools can now offer year 10 and 12 pupils, and provision for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. We are not asking secondary schools with capacity to invite further year groups to return this term”:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools

Hence we will not be inviting further whole year groups into school this term. It may be possible to invite some pupils in for meetings to discuss their progress, but because government guidance says that the number of pupils in school should be no more than the equivalent of 25% of Y10 (and Y12) the numbers may be small.

At York High School the first step of our recovery is to invite students into school for one to one meetings over the next two weeks we are confident that as we do not have a Year 12, our students do not travel to school on public transport (the reason for the 25% limit) and the successful Year 10 1 to 1 meetings that we are well within the guidance.

 The government has not yet published guidance for schools for opening next term. As soon as it does, we will be working to develop a plan for running the school in September which is safe for pupils, staff and families. We will keep you fully informed at every stage.

As always any questions to me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk

All the best

Rod Sims


Week 36 Update

It has been fabulous to see Year 10 students back in school this week.  Overall 72% of Year 10 have been in school to study Maths, Science English and Geography.  Arrangements for the 1 to 1 meetings with Years 7 to 9 are progressing and we look forward to welcoming Year 9 students on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  If you have not received an e mail to arrange an appointment please e mail reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk.

We are currently planning to use the last week of term to train our staff in the use of Google classrooms in case we find ourselves in this position again next year.  Our online provision will continue during this week.  We cannot predict the future but all the sounds from government are that we will be open to all in September.  We are planning for the first week back and will let you know what we think this will look like.  This could lead to a return to online learning for a period of time.

We are not certain as to the format but we are planning to hold a Year 11 results day that will be safe and as normal as possible.  The results day will be on Thursday 20TH August.  Quite a big week for me with a daughter receiving A level results, a son getting his GCSE results and finding out if and by how much the grades have changed from the ones we submitted for YHS.

The weather is still fantastic but thunderstorms are coming soon, make the most of it!


Good Afternoon

All parents of Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be receiving a personal email with a suggested time and date for a 1 to 1 meeting with their tutor over the next two days.  This is not compulsory but we believe that this is an important small step on the journey back to normal school.

The email will be as follows:

Since we closed on Friday March 20th we knew that the school as a community was heading into an uncertain future.   We still have uncertainty as to how we will reopen in September although the current press releases from the government are that we will all be back in September.  We are keen to see as many students as possible as soon as we are told it is safe.

Over the last two weeks we have welcomed 80% of Year 10 back into school.  Latest guidance states that schools can offer 1 to 1 meetings for students in Years 7 to 9 where it is safe to do so.  We believe that the model for 1 to 1 meetings we have used with Year 10 is successful and safe.  We want to invite students from Years 7 to 9 into school for a 15 minute 1 to 1 meeting with their form tutor on the following days.  There will be a pack of work especially for those students who have had trouble accessing the online learning.

We know that 15 minutes is a drop in the ocean compared to the time away from school but we feel that these meetings are vital in ensuring that in whatever form we return in September students are ready to return.  We know that many of our students have suffered a loss of routine, a loss of structure, a loss of friendship and a loss of opportunity.  You will hear so many people talking about catching up or a recovery plan for each child.  We believe that these meetings are the start of individual recovery plans as tutors will be able to do the following:

1. Reach out to students and welcome them back

2. Listen to how home learning has been and address their concerns

3. Discuss methods for learning at home and restore confidence about the students ability to learn.

We are looking forward to seeing our students again so please reply to confirm attendance.  On the day of the appointment if your child comes to main reception they will be met and guided to the tutor after following our safety measures on preventing the spread.  If you need to accompany your child to school we would ask that you remain in your vehicle or if on foot/bike that you remained outside of the school building.  Students will not be required to wear uniform and do not need to bring anything with them.

Looking forward to seeing you all.


Good Morning

After 10 weeks of school closure it was an absolute joy to welcome Year 10 back into school last week.  At the end of the week we had 100+ students who met with their tutor and completed the induction programme.  For those who did not attend you may still come this week, but for safety reasons you cannot take part in the lessons unless you have completed the induction process.   If you would like to please email reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk  

 All students completed a timetable – please see the below reminder. (Should have seen the shock on some faces at having to get up so early!!)

These are the days that the different bubbles are expected into school:

Years 7 to 9

Thank you to the parents who completed the online survey here are the results:

It will never be perfect and it is clear that we are all desperate to find a way to get more interactivity. We are trying to get Google Classrooms if the situation is the same in September.

We will be releasing plans for one to one meetings with tutors for other year groups this week.

Year 11

Spare a thought for Year 11 who would have had their Year 11 leavers assembly and Prom last week. 

Have a great week.

Rod Sims


Good Morning

It was fantastic to see over 100 of Year 10 in the last two days.  The next stage is the one hour induction sessions on Thursday and Friday.  Just in case anyone has forgotten, here are the start times and entrances.  Can I remind all students to arrive on bike or walk where possible and to maintain social distancing at all times.  If anyone has forgotten any of the details or would like to attend on Thursday please contact reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

After the government announcement on Monday and the success of the Year 10 1 to 1 meetings we are planning today to see if we can offer 1 to 1 meetings with form tutors for Years 7 to 9.  More details to follow.

Keep on doing your best.

Rod Sims


Year 10 Students and Parents

We are all really looking forward to seeing so many of you next week.  At the moment it looks as though we will be welcoming over 100 of you back into school.  You will all have your appointments after speaking to Mrs Becton for Monday and Tuesday and we will see you then.  Remember do not come in in large groups and maintain social distancing at all times.

If you do not have an appointment or wish to change your mind please e mail reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Thursday and Friday we are holding induction sessions for all 9 of the bubbles that we are creating.  Once we are certain who is coming in we will publish the timetable mid week. 

Keep trying your best with the work that is been set and see you next week.
Enjoy the weekend


All Parents and Students Year 7 to 9

I am going to start with an apology for the offence caused by my post at the start of the week, in particular this sentence

This will carry on and for those who are not doing the work on SMHW this could damage their life chances and opportunities.

I always consider very carefully what I am saying and I knew that I would provoke a reaction by what was posted on Monday. There was no intent to judge it was purely motivated by my worry about our students falling behind others. None of us wanted to be in this situation and myself as an individual and we as a school are very aware that it is difficult in so many different ways for families. Show My Homework (Satchel One) was not designed to provide online learning it is for homework and therefore it is far from a perfect solution. We are looking to move to Google Classrooms where we can have more interactivity if we have to continue from September with some form of online learning. We will be continuing with the current system for a little longer. We will continue to try and improve what we are offering. Please could you take the short survey (2 minutes) which will help us to improve what we are doing for the next 4 weeks.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MNL3BKS

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Westfield ward committee for funding additional counselling sessions to assist students in the transition back into school.

Special thanks also to York Rotary club who have donated £1000 to assist students who are struggling to access online learning.

Year 10 are starting to come back next week and we are keen to see the rest of you as soon as we can.

We are all in it together, we all want the best for the kids at York High School and I know we will all try as best as we can in these circumstances.

Have a good weekend.


All Parents and Students Year 7 to 9

 “I will catch up when we go back to school”

By September, which is  the earliest that you will come back to school in some form, you will have been out of school for 14 weeks.  This is over a third of the year, imagine missing this much school in a normal year.  1 in 5 of our students in Years 7 to 9 are doing nearly all the work set 2 out of 5 students are doing hardly any work.  What will the difference be between these students after 14 weeks?  We know that technology and family life make this difficult but let’s be really clear our students who are not completing the work will not catch up when we return.  In fact most meetings that I have been involved in suggest that there will be a mix of online learning and in school learning from September.  This will carry on and for those who are not doing the work on SMHW this could damage their life chances and opportunities.  I repeat that we are aware of how difficult this is and this message is to  encourage everyone to do more at the moment to make sure that they do not fall  behind those in our school and in other schools.

In summary, congratulations and well done to those who are doing the work and for those of you who have not been or only doing little bits here and there it is never too late to start.

 This is a call to arms for all of us to do more this situation is our new normal for many more weeks.  This is why Mrs Kitchens message below is vital for all to read

 Parents of Y7-9

You may see some slight differences to the work on SMHW this week as it is our Assessment week.  Teachers will be setting an assessment for each subject so that they can see what students have learned well and what they may need some further support with.  Many of the assessments will be in the form of quizzes, which help us to quickly see what students have remembered.  Some staff may set some revision prior to the assessment in order to support students further.  Please encourage your son/daughter to complete all of the assessments to the best of their ability as this will really help our planning moving forward.  If your son/daughter has not completed much online learning so far this would be an excellent time to get them going again as the revision materials will help them catch up with what they’ve missed.

Have a great week.

Mr Sims


Monday 15th and 16th 1 to 1 meeting with Year 10 Students Stage 1

From the 8th June all Year 10 Parents will be contacted by phone with an appointment time to meet with their tutor.  Attending school in a limited capacity will be beneficial educationally and for many it will be a positive step in ensuring well-being.   The decision as to whether you agree to send your child to school is entirely yours and many of you will have to consider your own family circumstances in making this decision.  We will ask you as part of the phone call to confirm if you wish to accept this opportunity on behalf of your child.  Our induction process starts with this meeting so if you plan on attending during stage 2 and 3 it is essential that you attend this appointment.

Appointments are spread out across two days to limit the number of students who can be in school at any given time to 6.  Arrival times are staggered to avoid students arriving and leaving in groups.

Monday June 15th/Tuesday June 16th

Students are expected to arrive on their own either walking or by bike.  (Click here for travel guidance)

Students will arrive at school on the 15/16 5 minutes before their appointment time where they will be met by a member of staff who will welcome the student back to school and explain the key actions that prevent the spread of infection. (Click here for daily reminder)

As part of our safety measures we will take students temperature through the use of a non-contact infra-red thermometer.  If a student has a temperature of 37.8 Degrees Celsius or above we will contact home and ask parents to collect their child from school.  This is only a symptom of Covid 19 not a diagnosis but we want to make sure that our student’s staff and you are as safe as possible.  By sending your child to school you will be giving consent for the temperature to be taken.

Students will wash their hands thoroughly before been accompanied to meet their tutor/Head of House for a 15 minute conversation their welfare, progress during lockdown and any barriers to returning.

Students will then be encouraged to leave the school site on their own and not wait for friends.

Please ask any questions when you are contacted if the member of staff or e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk


Wider Reopening to Year 10

In order to reopen YHS to Year 10 students on June 15th we like all schools have produced a detailed risk assessment.  Unlike all schools we will continue to be totally transparent and are releasing the draft Risk Assessment for consultation with all members of our community.  Please remember that a risk Assessment is to minimise risk not to eliminate risk entirely.  A risk assessment is a live document that will be constantly reviewed and adapted as we move forward.

The process that we are going through is as follows

May 25th - 27Th   First version drafted by the School Business Manager Ian Parnaby

May 28th              School Business Manager and Rod Sims review the document

June 1st                 Senior Leadership Team have reviewed and updated the Draft R A

June 2nd                Draft version submitted to Union Reps for consultation

June 3rd                Draft version sent to staff and parents for consultation

June 5th                Final version amended in response to consultation

June 5th                Final version submitted to YHS Governing Body

June 5th                Final Version submitted to the South Bank Trust

June 8th                YHS Governing Body approval

June 9th                Risk Assessment passed by Legal and Health and Safety Trust teams

June 9th                South Bank Academy Trust Board approves the Risk Assessment

June 10th              Final Version published on website.

You can find the risk assessment by clicking on the link below.   This is a consultation but we are on a tight timescale to gain approval from all the relevant bodies.  If you have any questions please e mail them to me at the following address r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk by 9 am on Friday so that we can finalise the document.

I want you to have all the facts in front of you when you make the decision to either send your child back to school or keep them at home accessing the online learning.

York High Risk Assessment for Wider Reopening of School to Year 10


Good morning everyone

Before I update you on Year 10, can I urge all of you in Years 7 to 9 to keep up the work that is being set on SMHW.  It is essential for your futures that you try as much as possible to close the gap when we return.  We are missing you and can’t wait for you to return to school.

I wanted to write to you to update you on the plans that we have for reopening and how they have been updated after government guidance issued over the last week.

  1. The start date for Year 10 returning to school has been moved back to June 15th
  2. We have had to adapt stage 3 as guidance says that only a quarter of the year group should be in school at any given time.
  3. We have removed stage 4 for now as we would be unable to maintain isolation bubbles

We hope to have the draft Risk assessment ready for consultation in the next couple of days.  This will need to be approved by Unions, Health and Safety, Legal, Governing body and the trust board before we publish the final version.

York High School Timetable for Reopening to Year 10

(All dates are flexible based on National/Local government decisions)

Stage 1 – June 15th 16th   

All year 10 students are to be invited into school during Monday and Tuesday, June 15th and 16th for a 15 minute 1 to 1 meeting with their Tutor or Head of House.  Students will be invited in with staggered appointments across the two days so that at any given time there will only be 5 students on the school site in separate rooms.

Purpose of the meeting

Check students welfare 

Identify students’ progress during lockdown

Identify any barriers to returning 

Stage 2 – June 18th 19th

Students are to be invited into school in isolation bubbles of a maximum of 15 for an induction into how school will operate for the summer term.  This will be one 75 minute session staggered across the two days.  The reason for the bubbles is so that if a member of staff or anyone in the bubble shows symptoms the entire bubble will be asked to isolate thus preventing transmission across the year group.

Purpose

Explain Social Distancing and Safety rules

Explain Behaviour expectations

Explain how learning will take place

Explore how to make online learning more effective

Motivation

Stage 3 – Starting June 22nd  

Students are to be taught in their bubbles  Only a third of the year group would be invited into school on any given day.  There will be 9 bubbles who will study Maths, Science, English and History or Geography.  We do not expect 100% take up so this will comply with the guidance that no more than 25% of a year group are to be in school at any given time.

Purpose

Enhance online learning through building understanding needed to tackle scheduled topics

Teaching content and skills to tackle misconceptions and gaps that have been caused during lockdown.


To give you an idea I have copied in a proposed timetable

 

Day

Day

Subject

Bubbles

Monday

22nd June

English (1 Triple)

7,8,9

Tuesday

23rd June

Core Science (1) 

1,2,3

Wednesday

24th June

Maths(1)

4,5,6

Thursday

25th June

Geography (1)

7,8

Friday

26th June

English (2 )

1,2,3

Monday

29th June

Core Science (1) 

4,5,6

Tuesday

30th June

Maths (2 Triple)

7,8,9

Wednesday

1st July

Geography (2)

1,2,3

Thursday

2nd July

History (1)

7

Friday

3rd July

English (3)

4,5,6

Monday

6th July

Science Triple (3)

7,8,9

Tuesday

7th July

Maths (3)

1,2,3

Wednesday

8th July

History (2)

4,5,6

 

This will be explained as part of the induction process.


Good Morning Year 11 Parents and Students

Genuine thanks to Rach Shipley for bringing to my attention her disappointment in the lack of communication for our Year 11’s.  It has been a strange time as for the last two weeks we have been working to ensure that the GCSE grades that we are awarding are fair.  For us we have been discussing Year 11 in great detail whereas from a Year 11 point of view it may appear that we have been very quiet.  As Year 11 have finished there has been minimal work set on SMHW so they have missed the interactions that other year groups have had.  As a parent of a Year 11 student myself I have no contact from the school at all.

If it had been a normal year our Year 11 students would have been in the third week of their GCSE exams this week.

Year 11 GCSE Grades

The process we have been through starts with gathering evidence of previous performance (practice exams, non-examination assessments etc).  The subject teachers have then awarded the GCSE grades based on this evidence.  The Subject Leader has then checked the evidence to make sure the grades awarded are as fair and accurate as possible.  Each subject has a member of the Senior Leadership Team attached to it and then they have checked the Subject Leaders evidence for the awarded grades.  Finally the Subject Leader and the attached member of the SLT team present the results to an Independent member of the Senior Leadership Team who interrogates and checks the data.  At this point the grades are sent to the exam board where they will check the grades against the National grades awarded. 

I can absolutely state that having been through the process I am confident that the grades we have awarded are as fair and as accurate as they can possibly be.

Hoodies and Year 11 Photos

On a much more positive note the Year 11 photos are in school and the hoodies will arrive next week.   We will be contacting you all with appointment times for you to come in and collect these items from school.  Items will only be able to be collected at the specified time to make sure that we maintain social distancing.

Results Day

Nearer the time we will be in touch with you regarding how the results are to be distributed, this will clearly depend on where we are regarding the easing of lockdown.   I know some schools are planning on e-mailing the results but we will wait as I would like you all to get your results in a “normal” way if possible.

Prom

On a sad note Prom was due to take place on the 18th of this month, this will not be taking place.  Currently we have no idea if school will be able to reopen in September so we do not have any plans to rearrange the Prom although we will look to do some form of event around the GCSE certificate awards.

All the best everyone and stay safe.

Rod Sims


Important News on Reopening to Year 10

I am able to share with you today the draft plans that we have for reopening the school to Year 10.  Before you read the details below I want to make it clear that the dates are totally flexible, if we are advised on a national or local level that we cannot open then we will not.  The main priority that is at the heart of our plans is the safety of our students our staff and our community.  We will not move through the stages below unless it is safe to do so.  I want to make it clear that it is your choice as a parent whether to send you child back to school I can categorically state that there will be no fines for non-attendance.   Our job is to minimise risk to a point where you as parents feel confident to send your child back into school.

There are significantly more detailed risk assessments and plans currently been undertaken that sit behind the 4 stages set out below.  When I have seen letters from other schools they are often repeating government guidance without me issuing pages and pages of information rest assured that we are following and acting on this guidance.    

We are also very aware that Years 7, 8 and 9 are still educated at home it is clear that the gap is starting to grow between those who are doing the work and those that are not, here is a link to recent government advice to parents.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We know that we are stronger when we work together and I stress that these are draft plans at the moment.  If you have any concerns about the plans then please e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk I will answer any questions personally or if we are getting many questions that are the same I will use facebook and the website. This is only the start further detailed guidance for Year 10 students will be sent out in the week beginning June 1st.

York High School Timetable for Reopening to Year 10

(All dates are flexible based on National/Local government decisions)

Stage 1 – June 8th 9th   

All year 10 students are to be invited into school during Monday and Tuesday June 8th and 9th for a 15 minute 1 to 1 meeting with their tutor or Head of House.  Students will be invited in with staggered appointments across the two days so that at any given time there will only be 5 students on the school site in separate rooms.

Purpose of the meeting

Check students welfare 

Identify students’ progress during lockdown

Identify any barriers to returning 

Stage 2 – June 11th 12th

Students are to be invited into school in isolation bubbles of a maximum of 15 for an induction into how school will operate for the summer term.  Each student will attend one 75 minute session. The reason for the bubbles is so that if a member of staff or anyone in the bubble shows symptoms the entire bubble will be asked to isolate thus preventing transmission across the year group.

Purpose

Explain Social Distancing and Safety rules

Explain Behaviour expectations

Explain how learning will take place

Explore how to make online learning more effective

Motivation to keep resilient

 

Stage 3 – Starting June 15th

Students are to be taught in their bubbles  Only half the year group would be invited into school on any given day so if there are 10 bubbles, bubbles 1 to 5 would be invited into school for 3 hours of English on Monday and Bubbles 6 – 10 would  be invited in on Tuesday for 3 hours of English.   School hours would be 10 – 1.  Subjects taught would be English, Maths, Science and History or Geography.  Each bubble would only have 4 teachers e.g Mr Byrne for Maths, Mrs Adams for English, Mr Drury for science and Mr Hardy for History.  This would limit contact to a maximum of 19 people.

Purpose

Enhance online learning through building understanding needed to tackle scheduled topics

Teaching content and skills to tackle misconceptions and gaps that have been caused during lockdown

Stage 4 – Starting June 29th (Only if Stage 3 is Successful)

Students are to be taught in subject based groups for all subjects.  Only half the year group would be in school.  Classes would be no more than 15 and the day would consist of a morning session 9 – 11.30 and then an afternoon session 12.30 – 3.00.

Purpose

All students would be able to access all subjects to enhance their online learning

Teaching content and skills to tackle misconceptions and gaps

The following is a link to a video where I explain some of the measures that we will be putting in place.

https://youtu.be/fRYBrIUGIGE

Thank you for taking the time to read through this document please contact me if you have any questions.

Rod Sims


 

18th May

Good Morning

Welcome to the seventh week of YHS - At Home.  Please try your best to complete the work set on SMHW, the more you do now the less you will have to do when we return.

Please remember if you are trying to contact school to use the following e mail address reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk as the phones are not always staffed.

We are planning this week about what the reopening of the school will look like and as soon as we have further details I will share these with you.  Thank you to the 80 Year 10 parents who completed the survey last week the results are as follows

  1. I would send my child to school  (18%)
  2. I would send my child to school only when I was satisfied  that safety measures were in place.  (56%)
  3. I would definitely not send my child to school  (26%)

We asked for your thoughts and I was moved by just how thoughtful and caring the comments were, these have been really helpful in assisting the planning process.

Have a great week.

Rod Sims


Update Thursday 14/05/2020


Firstly I want to explain why I have remained quiet this week about the possibility of reopening.  Like all of us I expected more from the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday and I have been waiting for more detail before speaking to you.  However this has not been forthcoming. I have always been careful to only communicate facts and not rumours.  When we know something you will know it as well.  Although there is a long document that accompanies it the following is the only direction that we have from the government.
Secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges to begin some face to face support with year 10 and 12 pupils, although we do not expect these pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage
The official information for parents is available at the following link
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

There is no mention of Years 7 – 9 returning this academic year.


What does this mean for YHS?
Sometime after June 1st we may be reopening to offer some education to Year 10 at some time.  Secondary Schools across York are meeting to discuss what they might do. 


Our thoughts are as follows
We are managing this crisis by working together as a community of teachers, parents and students and we will move forward together at the right pace.  Currently reopening is only been considered for Year 10 so please could  all Year 10 Parents to take a quick one question survey so that we understand what your views are on sending your children back to school. 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JQ6FGB6
When we have more detail we will carefully explain the plans that we will put in place when and in what form school reopens for year 10.  These will include

  • making sure that children and young people do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus
  • promoting regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach
  • cleaning more frequently to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails and tabletops
  • minimising contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of classrooms
  • reducing mixing between groups through timetable changes, such as staggered break times.

Please take the survey, if you have any questions about any of this please e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk
All the best

Rod Sims


Weekly Update - 7/5/2020

Bank Holiday Tomorrow

During lockdown it can be hard to remember which day is which but it is important to remember for all that we do not expect any work tomorrow from the students.  In any other time the phrase Bank Holiday Friday would be strange in itself.

It sounds as though by next week we will have been informed about the possible reopening of schools sometime in June.  As I always say I know as much as you and will find out when you do.  We are desperate to see the students again but we must balance that with the safety of students, staff and our student’s families.

What is clear is that for the rest of the year YHS at home will continue even if it is mixed with in school learning.  If anyone has any feedback about the different way that we have presented the work please let me know.  Remember the due date does not matter it is the timetable that we are following.  As always we know that it is not an ideal situation and we do not expect everything completed we want you to complete what you can.

Most of you will be completing your Maths work on Blutick at the moment.  They run a competition for the schools that complete the most questions in a week.  This week we were 7th so well done to all YHS Mathematicians.

I hope that you are all keeping safe especially those of you who are working in Care Homes at the moment.

Have a great weekend

Rod Sims


Weekly Update - 1/5/2020

Good afternoon. I hope that you enjoyed the video message that we released this afternoon about the importance of keeping going with the work and how much we miss you.  If you did not then here is the link.

http://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Students&pid=1278

Changes to the way lessons are presented on SMHW

We are looking to change the way that work is set on SMHW to make it easier for you after several calls we have had from parents.  We think that the due dates are causing unnecessary stress. From Monday we want you to use the students timetables not the due dates to see what work needs doing. 

  1. Each lesson will have one piece of work set
  2. The title of the lesson will include the day, date, period and subject (For example Monday 28th April Period 3 Maths)
  3. Description will start with compulsory or extension and then the title of the lesson (For example Compulsory – Romantic Poets).  Extension work is voluntary.
  4. The due date will always be the Friday of the week that the work is set do not worry about the  due date this is not like homework we want the work that the students do to be the same as their timetabled day.

If this sounds a bit confusing see what it looks like next week and as always we would welcome your feedback.

Award winners

Two weeks ago we started Resilience awards from each teacher for those students who were working particularly hard.  Katie M, Alfie H and Sophie M received double nominations.  This weeks roll of honour is:

Matthew P, Elisha A, Emily W, Meg T, Alfie H, Mason F, Kacey E, Kian R, Lily Y, Adam O, Jack T, Grace W, Josh P, Fen M, Alfie E, Oliver F, Sarah C, Caitlin T, Jake B, Abbie J, Alex D, Jess F and especially well done to Millie S who has two nominations.

Maybe next Thursday we will get some information about when the schools will reopen.  Until then have a good weekend.


Update on Home Learning from Clair Kitchen - Deputy Head Teacher

We have been delighted by the amount of work that students are completing and submitting via Show My Homework.

As a reminder teachers are setting work each day in accordance with student timetables and marking it due for the end of the week to allow students enough time to complete it.  This week 27th April- 1st May is Week A. We would like students to spend some time each day completing some work for the 5 lessons they would have had were they in school.  However, we advise that for KS3 in particular, that this is done in small periods of time spaced throughout the day.

We know that students may find some tasks more difficult than others, so please remind them that we have been working to improve resilience this year at YHS (little did we know how much they’d need it!)  Thank you for the support and encouragement that you are giving to students, we know they won’t thank you for it so we will!

Communication

During this period of home learning we would like to encourage all students to be in regular communication with their teachers.  This could simply be in the form of submitting work via SMHW, but it could also be to let teachers know that they have found a task too easy or too difficult.  Our teachers are working hard to provide useful tasks and feedback is always useful.

If you have any questions we would encourage to ask the class teacher for that subject in the first instance and for any other enquiry please email reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to the most appropriate member of staff to help with your query.

Concerns

Some students and especially those in Y10 may begin to feel concerned as to how this period of time away from the classroom may affect them.  Please re-assure them that completing the work they are being set to the best of their ability is the most effective way to prepare themselves for next year.  Spending time making revision cards on the material they have covered this year and most importantly learning this information will also stand them in good stead for their return to school.

Moving forward

Although we have no idea when we will return to school I would like to take this opportunity to let you and the students of YHS know that we are missing them and can’t wait to re-open when it is safe to do so.  Take care and stay safe.

Clair Kitchen


Update

Although we are living through unprecedented times, we have been delighted by the amount of work that students are completing and submitting via Show My Homework.

As a reminder teachers are setting work each day in accordance with student timetables and marking it due for the end of the week to allow students enough time to complete it.  This week 27th April- 1st May is Week A. We would like students to spend some time each day completing some work for the 5 lessons they would have had were they in school.  However, we advise that for KS3 in particular, that this is done in small periods of time spaced throughout the day.

We know that students may find some tasks more difficult than others, so please remind them that we have been working to improve resilience this year at YHS (little did we know how much they’d need it!)  Thank you for the support and encouragement that you are giving to students, we know they won’t thank you for it so we will!

Communication

During this period of home learning we would like to encourage all students to be in regular communication with their teachers.  This could simply be in the form of submitting work via SMHW, but it could also be to let teachers know that they have found a task too easy or too difficult.  Our teachers are working hard to provide useful tasks and feedback is always useful.

If you have any questions we would encourage to ask the class teacher for that subject in the first instance and for any other enquiry please email @reception.yorkhighschool.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to the most appropriate member of staff to help with your query.

Concerns

Some students and especially those in Y10 may begin to feel concerned as to how this period of time away from the classroom may affect them.  Please re-assure them that completing the work they are being set to the best of their ability is the most effective way to prepare themselves for next year.  Spending time making revision cards on the material they have covered this year and most importantly learning this information will also stand them in good stead for their return to school.

Moving forward

Although we have no idea when we will return to school I would like to take this opportunity to let you and the students of YHS know that we are missing them and can’t wait to re-open when it is safe to do so.  Take care and stay safe.

 

Weekly Update

Well at least we have the weather, as we finish the fourth week of YHS – At Home.   At the end of every week I want to thank all of the students who have been completing the work and the parents who have been supporting your children with their studies. 

I want to share with you some of the statistics that we have gathered together this week.  Whilst we have been off school 672 of our 730 students have logged on to SMHW (Overall numbers on role are 730 of which 130 are Year 11)

By Year Group – those who have accessed SMHW and submitted some work

94% of Year 10

87% of Year 9

88% of Year 8

86% of Year 7

On the first day of The Summer term 81% of our students logged onto SMHW.  Let’s try and get the figures up to 90% next week, well done everyone who has been on SMHW.

We have records that we have contacted by phone 256 of our students at the very least as this does not include tutors and class teachers.  It does not include e-mails or SMHW comments.  We are trying really hard to make sure that we all remain proud to be part of York High in this difficult time.

As always if you have any questions or queries or need support with anything please contact us on reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Rod Sims


Good afternoon

I hope that everything has gone smoothly on the first day back for YHS – At Home.  There have been rumours in the media this weekend about schools reopening.  We do not have any more information than you have therefore the only thing that we can say with certainty is that for the first three weeks of the Summer term we will be closed except for the children of keyworkers. 

Year 11 Hoodies – The manufacturer has reopened today and we have been informed that the hoodies will be with us in 3 weeks.  We will keep you informed if we get any updates.

During tomorrow we will be putting on the website some useful guides about the following

Advice for Parents if you suspect your child has COVID  – 19

Parental guide to Digital safety

Advice for students on contacting Young Minds for any Mental Health difficulties

Advice for students on staying safe online.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

All the best

Rod Sims


Welcome Back

Normally at the start of a term we would be reminding everyone to make sure that they had the right uniform/hair colour  and explaining if it was a training day on the Monday.  It is definite that we will remain closed for at least the next three weeks so it is a strange start to the Summer term  on Monday for YHS-At home.  

The same arrangements will be in place that we had before the holidays. 

Students will access work through SMHW we expect you to do as much as you can.

If you have any queries please contact school through reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Look forward to updating on further developments on Monday.

All the best

Rod Sims 


Free School Meals - UPDATE - 16/04/20

The National Voucher Scheme is now in place, and the first vouchers are due to be emailed out to families on Friday 17th April.

For further information about the scheme and how to apply for free school meals please click on the Parents link on the right


Update 03/04/2020

In normal times I would be writing this 15 minutes before the bell goes for the end of term.  In the last three weeks we have dealt with the most turbulent time any of us have ever known educationally.  We have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone and I want to recognise that.

  1. I want to thank on behalf of all the staff at YHS the students who are working hard at home, completing the tasks set and making sure that they do not fall behind.
  2. I want to thank on behalf of all the staff at YHS our parents, families and carers who have been so supportive of the school during this difficult time and in supporting their children to complete the work set.
  3. I would like to thank the staff at YHS for setting and marking the work, sending out certificates and ringing students and parents to support them through these difficult times.

If any keyworkers need childcare over the Easter break please contact us on

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

SMHW update

During the Easter holidays our teachers will not set any further work for students to complete, however this is a good opportunity for students to continue working on tasks they haven’t yet completed or to tackle some of the optional tasks that have been set by some teachers.  It would be good for everyone to spend some part of everyday reading over the holiday and we would love you to send us some photos of what you are reading!

Following the Easter break staff will re-commence the setting of work on a daily basis, however, having listened to your feedback, we will now set all deadlines for Friday of the week it is set, to allow students as much flexibility as possible as to when they complete it.  I would advise that as tasks are completed that they are returned back to the teacher so that feedback can be given.  We do understand that students may find some tasks difficult and in this situation we would ask them to:

1. Use SMHW to message their teacher for some support.

2. Use the internet (safely) to research possible solutions.

3. Move on to another piece of work.

Finally, we want all students to complete as many of their SMHW tasks as possible as this will help them greatly when they return to school, so please keep up the good work!

GCSE Exams

We have received the information on how the GCSE grades will be calculated.  There are links in the school closure part of the parent  and  student section of the website to the official advice but the main part is below

How will grades be calculated?

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements: 

  1.  The grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  2. Within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade.

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

The grade that the school submits may not be the same as the one you receive

On other Year 11 business a message from Mrs Nicholas

Congratulations to the Year 11 Health & Social Care group, who got their exam results this week. I am really sad that I don’t get to see you open those envelopes, but hope you can celebrate in some way, safely at home. You all worked so incredibly hard to prepare for the exam & I am so proud of what each of you has achieved. Well done everyone!

If you haven’t yet contacted me & you don’t understand the result, please get in touch via SMHW or email

 

Enjoy the break as best you can and we will be raring to go again on April 20th

Rod Sims


Free School Meals 30/03/20

We are expecting the national voucher system for free school meals to be in place by the end of this week.  Until then we are issuing Morrisons vouchers to all of those eligible for free school meals.  We sent the vouchers on Friday and you should have received them over the weekend.  If you expected to receive a voucher but did not then please contact us at reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

In these difficult times we are aware that some of our families will have lost jobs due to the current lockdown and will be eligible for Free School Meals.  We have attached the form that you will need to complete in the parent part of Information in the event of school closure.  If you are having any difficulties with the form or the process please contact us on the above address.


Update 27/03/20

Good Afternoon

We have made it to the end of the first week of school closure.  Thank you to everyone who has worked with their children to complete the work set.  We know that this cannot be treated the same as a school day and that we cannot make everybody do all of the work.  We do not expect our students to work outside of normal school hours. It is also difficult with many family members at home to access devices to do the work on.  However it is important to be aware that we could be closed for several months and we are worried that our students will fall behind others in the city and in the country, especially year 10.  We want you all to do as much of the work set as you can in these difficult circumstances.

I received a complaint yesterday that work was posted on SMHW in the evening and that teachers were commenting on work submitted during the evening and that the pinging of notifications was very disturbing.   All of us have to find different ways of working during these strange times. Many of  our staff are juggling looking after their own children are then working throughout the evening to look after YHS students.  We have standard working hours for our staff when working from home but some of our staff are unable to work during that time and are then working for your children and our school during the evening.  It makes me proud the lengths that all staff at YHS will go to for all of us.  There is a serious point from the complaint and that is in the same way that we must be careful that work e mails do not dominate our lives, I would suggest the following principles for the use of SMHW

  1. Turn off your notifications
  2. Only look at SMHW during school hours
  3. Do what you can, the more that you do the better off you will be when we return

Only 32 of our students have not used SMHW this week.

We will continue to set work next week but not during what would have been the Easter break.

Key Workers

We will remain open for childcare during the Easter Holidays except on the bank holidays.  If you are desperate for help on Bank holidays contact us as normal and we will see what we can do.

FSM

Please be aware of a particularly nasty scam where people are contacted and asked for their bank details so that they can receive national FSM vouchers and then the criminals clear out the bank accounts.

On a more positive note wasn’t the Clap for Carers fantastic last night?

More than ever be safe and enjoy your weekend.

All the best

Rod Sims


Update 24/03/20

Good evening to all our students and parents.  I hope that you have all been getting to gri over the past two days.  The situation is unprecedented for all of us and we must work together to make the most of this situation.  The school staff are all working from home except for a skeleton crew to look after the children of key workers.  Today’s update is mainly some reminders about what we are offering at the moment and how to contact us.

All communication is by e mail as reception is now shut.   If you e mail

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Your e mail will be directed to the relevant person.  We are all working and are more than happy to  help in any way that we can.

Check the website for updates at the following link

http://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Information+in+the+event+of+school+closure&pid=1277

Key Workers

If childcare would prevent you from working then we are able to offer childcare in school.  We are saying between 8 – 4 but we can be flexible within those hours.  We are here to make sure that you can keep the country going.   Please contact us if you have not already if you are a key worker

Home Schooling

Although we have found that SMHW is slower than usual it does appear to be holding up well despite the huge demand.  Work has been set and many of you are completing it.

Free School Meals

We will continue to use the order form on the website this week but in order to ensure social distancing we will  be e mailing all our families eligible for Free School Meals with our own voucher system while we wait for the government to put theirs in place.

Health and well Being

We are offering a digital counselling service for our students information on which is on the student section of the website and our facebook site.

We are at the beginning of a new normal, throughout this process we will do anything to help get through these unprecedented times

Stay Safe

Rod Sims


Important information Update 20/03/20

Monday will be a very different day, our IT systems will be under demand that they have never experienced before so if you are having difficulties please check the website for updates.

During School Closure the main method of communication is through e mail.  Please use the following e mail address and then the relevant person will be notified

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

On Monday as it is the first day of closure reception will be staffed between 8 and 12 and is our usual number 555500.   This is only for Monday the e mail address is the  main method after Monday.

Can I remind those parents who are entitled to Free School Meals that there is an order form at the following link

https://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Parents&pid=1279

We are phoning all key workers who have filled in the survey.   Where it is essential for them to attend work we are providing childcare if you do require this please complete the survey

Update on Key Workers 20/03/20

Overnight we have received the guidance on key workers.  This is for parents who would be unable to attend work if they did not have childcare for their children.  It is available for those who have one key worker in the family as well as two.  Lots of students asked yesterday do I have to come in if my mum or dad is a key worker and the answer is no.

Link to the survey is at the bottom of the post.

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including  government agencies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DKLVMYR


Information on Key Workers (19/03/20)

School will be open from Monday for children of key workers.  We have waited today for guidelines on what is a key worker however as of 2.30 we have not received any further information.  We need to balance waiting for the guidelines with the need to gather information so that we can plan.  At the moment we understand this to be that if a key worker was prevented from going to work through YHS closure then school would look after the student during school hours.  Although the definition may be widened in the future we are currently taking key worker to mean Fire Service, Police, NHS and supermarket delivery drivers.

If you are in one of the professions listed above and will need childcare please will you follow the link below

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DKLVMYR


Update after Government Announcement on School Closures (18/03/20)

We heard about the decision to close the schools at the same time as everybody else.  We will need time to find out the detail behind some of the decisions but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible what the key points are.

York High School will remain open on Thursday and Friday for all year groups.  We then close at the end of school on Friday until further notice. 

The children of key workers such as emergency workers, NHS staff and delivery workers as well as those with Education Health Care Plans will still be looked after although it is unclear at the moment what form that will take.  We will be sending out an e mail with a link to an online poll to find out how many of our parents are key workers tomorrow so please respond as a matter of urgency.

GCSE exams will not now take place in May and June.  No alternative plans have been announced at the moment therefore we urge all year 11 students to continue to prepare for the exams which could be later in the year until we hear different.

We have already planned for the possibility of closure and therefore I would like to share the following with you.

Communication

During closure the main source of communication will be the school website, we will also publish information on the school facebook site.  We will update you regularly throughout closure.  The staff at the school will continue to work from home.  It will be hard to provide feedback but we will try to provide feedback for all through web based assessments. As schools are closed until further notice we will provide work in the following way.

Year 11 (Carry on as normal until we hear otherwise about GCSE’s)

Revision tasks will be provided for students as though they are following the school timetable.  The tasks will be published on Show My Homework (SMHW).  For example if on Monday you have Maths, Science, History,  English and Design technology you will receive tasks for all those subjects.  They will not always be an hour but they will be purposeful.

Year 10

Same as Year 11 we do not know when the schools will open again so it is vital that our Year 10’s who will be sitting GCSE exams do not fall behind.

Year 7 – 9

Tasks will be set on SMHW depending on the number of lessons each subject has in a fortnight.   If you have 6 Maths lessons there will be 6 tasks set per fortnight.  If you have 1 ICT lesson then there will be 1 task set per fortnight.  These will not necessarily be an hour long.


 Update 17/03/20

In these difficult and fast moving times we realise how important it is to keep everyone in the school community up to date with the latest developments.  Here is the link to the latest update from the government about educational settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

The key announcements are

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

The link to the guidance for self isolation is below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

We have cancelled all trips over the next month and we will postpone the Year 10 Parents evening until the situation changes.

It is possible that the next phase of the government response will be school closures or that we will have to partially close to selected year groups due to increasing staff absence.  We are informing the students throughout the week as to our expectations during closure especially those in Year 11.  The main point of communication for all in the event of any form of closure will be the school website.  We are planning a series of help sheets and information that will be on the website in the event of closure.


16/3/2020 Update

The Government have updated the following stay at home guidance, for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Guidance can be found here:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


10/03/2020 Update

We continue to follow the guidance issued by the government to educational settings which can be found on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

This guidance remains current as of today's date, whilst links with in the guidance to other sources of information may have been updated, for example the categories of specified countries or areas in relation to returning travellers.

Further information from the UK government concerning Covid-19 can be found on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

In relation to school trips, we follow the latest guidance from the government's Foreign & Commonwealth Office which can be found on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

The government's key message at this stage continues to be around good hygiene practices and particularly hand washing. See previously issued poster below for more details.

Coronavirus_advice_for_education_settings_poster.pdf