Announcement

School Closure

Updated 01 April 2020

School closure to pupils from Monday 23 March 2020

The purpose behind school closures is to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus. It is therefore vitally important that, during this enforced time, children avoid meeting other children socially, and keep to their family groups. To the extent that it is possible, families are asked to ‘batten down the hatches’ and socially distance themselves from others in order to protect themselves, their families and the public at large. The Prime Minister has emphasized that, above all, children should not be looked after by elderly relatives or grandparents, as those in vulnerable groups are at greater risk should they catch the virus.
 
Further information and guidance is listed under the headings below.
 
Staff and governors would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family well. I have no doubt that we will prevail and I look forward to seeing all again in happier and healthier circumstances. It is important that we maintain our sense of community and I am sure that the effort of daily kindness, and mutual support for all, will continue and increase.
 
May God bless you.
 
Mr A Bryant
Head of School
 
 
Children of key workers and children with additional care needs
Parents and carers who may need care for their children because they themselves are key workers, or because there are certain care needs, should contact the school via admin@salvatorian.harrow.sch.uk, or via telephone on 020 8863 2706.
 
We are committed to making arrangements for children of key workers, or those with certain care needs, to be looked after, at school if appropriate, by staff who will still be working in school. This includes the period over the Easter Break, when the school will remain open.
 
Children entitled to free school meals
We have implemented an electronic voucher scheme for those families of children eligible for free school meals. Parents / carers have been asked to nominate their preferred supermarket and electronic vouchers will be sent by email and text on a weekly basis (each Friday to cover the following week).
 
Should any family need assistance, they are asked to email the school via admin@salvatorian.harrow.sch.uk and we will do what we can to help.
 
Arrangements for awarding GCSE examination grades to Year 11 pupils
The Government have announced how they expect grades to be calculated: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced
 
In summary, GCSE and vocational teachers will be asked to provide an expected grade, and will have to back that up with evidence, such as mocks, in class assessments, and essays.  This will not be the only input, though, and the exam board will make the final decision based on our recommendation, but also taking into account things like KS2 SATs grades where available.
 
The Department for Education say they will release the grades by the end of July 2020. There will be an appeals process and it will be possible to sit an exam in September 2020 or in the Summer of 2021 if required.
 
To ensure a sufficiency of evidence to back up teachers' asssessments of grades it is important that Year 11 puils:
1) ensure all coursework is completed to the highest possible standard as soon as possible.
2) continue to write timed practice essays and exam papers at home and submit to teachers for evidence.
3) continue to revise in case you are required to take an exam in September.
 
Home learning

Pupils at home will continue to be set work via ShowMyHomework. This will be the main way teachers will communicate with pupils who are not at school during this time. Your son should check for any new work set each day and submit completed assignments for marking.

If you are experiencing problems logging in to ShowMyHomework, please contact the school via admin@salvatorian.harrow.sch.uk.

 

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