Kingscourt’s Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 have returned to school on June 1st. Stringent safety processes have been set up including the children being placed into small ‘bubbles’ to ensure they don’t mix widely. Children’s wellbeing has been carefully thought through as all staff ensure that they are introduced back into school life. We are making a lot of use of our glorious outdoor space for outdoor learning in the fresh air too.
As a school, we are committed to the safety of our pupils and balancing the needs of both the students in our physical classrooms and those who remain in our virtual ones.
We recently surveyed parents* who had returned children back to school in June and we are very proud of the results:
• 100% of parents said that their child benefited from the return back to school.
• 98% agreed that our return to school process was managed well.
• 100% said that every possible risk mitigation that could have been taken, was taken by us.
We look forward to welcoming the school community back through our doors in a safe, orderly and effective manner.
If you would like to find out how Kingscourt could give your child a flying start to their education. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call our temporary admissions number 07394 553352
* Results based on a Return To School survey of 41 parents, run in June 2020.
We will all have to adapt our behaviour during the school day to ensure everyone's safety. Please take a look at our Back to School Guide for the specific measures we are taking and how you can help us.
The wellbeing of our students, parents and teaching staff is also a key priority and we are aware that the transition back to school will be a challenge. As a member of the Cognita group, our school community has access to a wide range of resources designed to provide support in adjusting to this new way of being.
This includes live webinars with our education experts, podcasts and a series of videos and resources on wellbeing. This evolving set of content can all be found at www.cognita.com.
As well as following all relevant Government advice, for example postponing or cancelling international school trips, we are taking a number of steps to keep our school community safe while preparing for potential school closures.
In order for us to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and wider school community, we are taking significant precautions in our Admissions process. This includes suspending open mornings.
We are working hard to provide other means for you to get to know our school. Please see Who To Contact in order to speak to us about arranging a private tour on another date in the future.
Using our learning from our schools in Asia and the practice they have put in place, we have produced an effective strategy to ensure our children will continue learning through any prolonged school closure. Importantly, this includes establishing a virtual online teaching and learning programme – particularly for our GCSE, A-Level and IB Diploma students.
We are also in contact with the various public exam boards to understand what contingency plans they have in the event of a more extensive outbreak.
We are committed to keeping our children on track with their learning at all times.
Following the latest Government guidance, we ask you to keep your children at home for 14 days if anyone in your household has either:
The Government has provided further details on how to isolate, when to stop the isolation period and what to do if a member of your household is particularly vulnerable. We recommend that you read this on their website.
Please also report any symptoms or isolation within your household to the school (see Who To Contact).
Parents and pupils should contact the school to report any symptoms, to ask any questions or to share any concerns as well as to let us know if your household is having to isolate:
Headteacher: Jamie Lewis
Assistant Headteacher: Amanda Bembridge
Assistant Headteacher: Helen Carroll
Business Manager: Isaac Xenitides
The Department for Education has also set up a dedicated helpline for parents, teaching staff and education leaders to provide support and advice on coronavirus.
The helpline will be open Monday to Friday, from 8am until 6pm. It can be reached by calling 0800 046 8687.
The Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.
To help stop the virus from spreading:
The full advice poster can be found on the Government's website.
There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below: