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Overview

Schools will be open as "normal" in September, in that all students will be returning, based on;

  • The prevalence of coronavirus decreasing
  • The new NHS test and trace system being in place
  • More clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safe environments in schools
  • Time out of school being detrimental to children’s development
  • The low risk to children of becoming severely ill from coronavirus

This means we’re planning to open to all of our pupils in September. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and are working hard to make the school a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone. We wanted to get in touch to explain what you can expect from us and what we will expect from all of our parents and carers.

Attendance

Attendance will be mandatory in September, as the government expects all pupils to attend school. The usual rules will apply, meaning we’ll be recording attendance and following up on any absences.  If your children have been staying at home due to the current shielding guidance, the government is due to pause this guidance on 1st August if there's a continued decline in coronavirus transmission rates. That means they should be able to come back to school in September. However, if you’ve received clinical or public health advice that your children should still remain at home, please let us know and continue to follow that guidance. We’ll be offering remote education to these pupils, but we will require a copy of any official documentation sent to you to ensure we accurately record the absence.

 

Curriculum

Although there will need to be some changes to reflect the teaching time that was lost during the lockdown, we will still be doing our best to provide an ambitious, broad curriculum. Our current plan is to resettle students in the first few weeks with a bespoke PSHCE based team-building and careers / aspirations focused work programme. We have entitled this “A Return to Onsite Academics” and further details will be shared nearer the time. We will be assessing our students to identify their starting points and gaps in their knowledge created over lockdown and this will be reported back to families during the ‘meet the tutor sessions’ in November, with an indication on the intervention pathways we will need to follow for each specific child. We must stress at this point, we are not simply planning to test and retest your child over and over again. A broad range of formative and summative assessment will be used whilst we continue to deliver our exciting and sequenced curriculum. A full breakdown on the provision maps can be found on our website in the curriculum sections.

Pastoral support

We are aware that the lockdown has been a difficult time for many of us, including our students. Please let us know if you think your children might need extra support when returning to school, such as if they feel anxious about coming back or they are experiencing bereavement. You can get in touch with your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year via our school email.

 

Return Schedule in September

We will have a carefully planned phased return to RBA for our year groups. This is to also accommodate and fully support our brand new  Y5s who did not have a physical transition day into RBA in the summer.

Monday 7th September

Y5s Only

Tuesday 8th September

Y5+6 only

Wednesday 9th September

All Students in School

We’re extremely grateful for all the support we’ve received so far from the school community. We’ll continue to keep in touch if there are any updates to our plans or if we need to make changes due to new or updated government advice.

Thank you,

Sam Farmer

Principal