All articles

Coronavirus – update

Coronavirus latest update 

We wish all members of the Haileybury Turnford community our very best wishes during this time.  Please follow all government advice fully.

During this period, all information for students, staff and families will be communicated via text, email and our website.  We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts for some news and information.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff.

Sixth Form teachers will use their school email accounts to communicate with student. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff.

All staff contact details can be found on our website.

 

21st May 2020

Can I be tested for coronavirus?

The government is clear that the country is past the peak of COVID-19 infections, and that it is time to start easing some of the lockdown measures, including for schools.  The government has also announced this week that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test.  Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.  A coronavirus test can be booked here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

When will school re-open?

The government are asking secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote learning of Year 10 and Year 12 students and to be ready to do that from 1st June at the very earliest.  With senior staff, I have been planning for different possible scenarios and I can provide an update.  The most important principle guiding our planning work to move beyond the current arrangements is to ensure that school can be safe for students and staff. 

During next week and week commencing 1st June (first week after half-term) we will continue with our planning for a phased re-opening.  We hope to have initial meetings in school with some Year 10 and Year 12 students and their families week commencing 8th June (second week back after half-term).  The purpose of these meetings will be to re-familiarise students with the school environment, to discuss how they have coped during lockdown, talk about the work that has been done at home in recent weeks and to start thinking about next steps.

We will not be in a position to start face-to-face teaching, even with small groups of Year 10 and/or Year 12 students in school week commencing 1st June or week commencing 8th June.  We will continue to be guided by government guidance for secondary schools as it emerges and plan to move towards teaching small groups on a very limited scale from week commencing 15th June at the very earliest.

Once school starts to re-open, it will be very different to the school that students previously attended.  We will be following all social distancing measures and we will have very small number of students attending to ensure school is safe for all students and staff.  This will involve staggered days and times for students, smaller class sizes, a different timetable, frequent handwashing and additional cleaning to our school facilities.  I am confident we can manage this successfully, but our approach will be to take small steps over the coming weeks to ensure this can happen in due course, whilst at the same time being ready to adjust our plans as necessary.

Following half-term, week commencing 1st June, I will communicate more specific details about our plans and send you a short survey to complete to seek your views, worries and potential issues.  In this survey, we will ask whether you would attend a face-to-face meeting in school with a member of staff, during the week commencing 8th June.  Ultimately, it will be for each family with a Year 10 and Year 12 student to decide whether they wish to attend such a meeting, or send their child to school for the provision that we are able to offer, based on the information and guidance we are able to provide about how we will manage our re-opening.

 Therefore, from 1st June we will continue with the existing arrangements for working from home for all students other than those vulnerable students and those whose parent is a critical worker and cannot be safely cared for at home.  Further details about our home learning arrangements for after half-term will be sent to you before the end of this week, which are being coordinated by the relevant senior staff with oversight for each year group.  We will also publish the next edition of our Newsletter for families and e-Principal’s Book at the end of this week to share our students’ achievements whilst they have continued to work at home.

And finally …

I am pleased to welcome back Mrs Megaw today, who returns as part-time Art & Photography teacher following her maternity leave.

Please continue to look after yourselves, and most importantly, stay safe.  If there are particular issues over the May half-term break please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  We are not asking teaching staff to be working over May half-term other than a small number of volunteer staff in school: it is important that staff, as far as possible, are able to spend time with their families.  However, planning for our potential re-opening will continue, we will continue to deal with urgent issues, and we remain available to provide whatever support we can.  I will write to families following the half-term break on Monday 1st June unless there are any urgent updates that are required during next week.

 

21st May 2020

Coronavirus Drive-through testing in Hertfordshire has expanded

Our NHS partners have provided us with the attached information about how to access Hertfordshire’s pop-up COVID-19 drive-through test centres.  In addition to the weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday), an additional day has been added – Thursdays.

The pop-up sites in Watford (Thursdays) Hertford (Saturdays), Watford (Sundays) and Stevenage (Mondays) have been commissioned by local NHS organisations and are supported by the military. Testing at each site will open at 10am and run until 4pm.

Please note because the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Stevenage has now re-opened adjacent to the test centre, please ensure you follow the signs to the test centre as there will be queues for the Recycling site.

Information about the test criteria, together with an explanation of what to do if you meet the criteria for a test is included in the attached document, please note the eligibility criteria has changed, in addition to the extra day, both testing criteria and an additional symptom have been included.  Please click the link below.

Coronvirus testing in Hertfordshire has expanded

 

15th May 2020

When will school re-open?

The government are asking secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote learning of Year 10 and Year 12 students and to be ready to do that from 1st June at the very earliest.  With senior staff, I have been planning for different possible scenarios but it is too soon to take any final decisions.  The most important principle guiding our planning work to move beyond the current arrangements is to ensure that school can be safe for students and staff.  We remain in a public health emergency, and all next steps will be taken with this in mind.

Once there is further information, I will communicate the details to you clearly.  It is very unlikely for much to change on 1st June from the current arrangements in school and existing arrangements for working from home are likely to continue during the week commencing 1st June for all students other than those vulnerable students and those whose parent is a critical worker and cannot be safely cared for at home.  I will provide further updates next week.

Information published by the government for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Mental Health Awareness Week: 18th-24th May

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place next week.  The theme is kindness.  Lots of information can be found here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week  Wednesday 20th May is “Thank a Teacher Day”, so please do consider sending a message to a member of staff that has helped during lockdown.  More details can be found here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/thank-a-teacher-day-20th-may/ 

And finally …

Please continue to stay in touch with staff.  Our latest Bulletins for students in Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 have been published this week.  They are wonderfully uplifting and a celebration of each year group community.  If you haven’t seen them, they can be viewed here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/newsletters-bulletins-and-e-principals-book/  My great thanks to staff, students and families for your contributions to these bulletins.

 

12th May 2020

I hope you remain safe and well following the Bank Holiday weekend in which we commemorated the 75th anniversary of VE Day and our gratitude for the enormous suffering previous generations endured.  It was a poignant reflection, given our current difficulties.  It was really uplifting to see the VE Day celebrations taking place amongst members of the HT community – thank you for sending us your photographs, many we have posted to our Twitter feed and Facebook page.  Do take a look!

When will school re-open?

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday evening, further government guidance was published yesterday.  The full guidance can be found here: Click here.  The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is also available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.  Parents and young people can contact this helpline by telephoning 0800 046 8687 between 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday or follow the link here: Click here.

The government are asking secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote learning of Year 10 and Year 12 students and to be ready to do that from 1st June at the very earliest.  It is very unlikely that students in other year groups will return before the next academic year.  The next step for the school is for me and senior staff to plan how to respond to this initial government guidance.  The most important principle guiding our planning work to move beyond the current arrangements is to ensure that school can be safe for students and staff.

School will therefore remain closed for the foreseeable future, other than to vulnerable students and those whose parent is a critical worker and cannot be safely cared for at home.  Please contact Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal directly at goodesm@haileyburyturnford.com if you feel this provision applies to you.

Once we have further information about any partial re-opening arrangements, I will communicate the details to you clearly.  Further details will not follow until next week at the earliest.

And finally …

Please continue to stay in touch with staff.  Our Year Achievement Coordinators and Assistant Year Achievement Coordinators are continuing to coordinate contact with families.  Please do contact them with any issues or concerns.  Equally, do not hesitate to contact me directly, or any other member of the senior team if necessary.  All staff contact details can be found on our website: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/  We have also published our Mental health and Wellbeing Newsletter which can be found here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/05/Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Newsletter-1.pdf  to provide further support and guidance to families.

 

7th May 2020

When will school be open again?

This remains unknown, despite significant speculation in the media.  We expect to hear some information from the Prime Minister this weekend.  We will then be in a position to plan for what will happen after May half-term and communicate this with families.

Student achievements

The latest newsletter for families, and e-Principal’s Book have been published today.  They continue to show and acknowledge the excellent work our students are doing whilst at home.  Thank you for all you are doing to support your children – we know that it is difficult, and that each family has differing circumstances.

VE Day 75

Tomorrow sees the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We would like to encourage all families to support and mark this important occasion by taking part in a lockdown VE Day celebration or by taking part in one of the VE Day activities which we shared earlier in the week. Details can also be found on the school’s website – https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/05/VE-Day-75-celebration.pdf, on Class Charts and our Twitter feed. Please do share your VE Day experiences with us, and send a photograph to Miss Newman via email at newmand@haileyburyturnford.com

And finally …

We say farewell to Mrs Sylvester this week.  She has worked at the school since 2007, and given such excellent service, teaching English to so very many students.  She has moved on to a Head of English position at a special school in Hertfordshire.  We wish her our good wishes as she moves onto this new post.

 

1st May 2020

Work setting during the next 3 weeks

We plan to continue setting work for students in the same way during the next 3 weeks up to May half-term.  For projects on Class Charts, the new due date is 22nd May.  Students should be choosing to complete projects that they have not tackled in the past 3 weeks.

Students in Year 7 and 8 should continue to complete a minimum of 3 projects each week from a range of subjects.  If students are able to, they should complete more projects than this each week with a suggested maximum of 6 projects each week.  We remain mindful that each family will have different circumstances and we wish to continue to set work which is both manageable and sustainable for families.  If all projects are completed, Miss Newman has also uploaded some further resources onto Class Charts which will be available from Monday.  Please contact Mr Walsh further with any queries.

Students in Year 9 should continue with project work or coursework if more appropriate for some subjects.  This work continues to be set on Class Charts.  If all projects are completed, Miss Newman has also uploaded some further resources onto Class Charts which will be available from Monday.  Please contact Mr Megaw with any further queries.

Students in Year 10 should continue with completing work set by their teachers on Class Charts which in some subjects will continue to be in the form of longer project-style pieces of work.

Students in Year 11 should continue to prepare for Sixth Form work, which can be found on the school website here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/prep-work-for-sixth-form-college-and-work/

Students in Year 12 will continue to have work set by email by their class teachers, and advice and support is available for Year 13 students here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/04/Letter-to-Year-13-students-3.4.20.pdf  Sixth form students should continue to keep in touch with the Sixth Form management team for support as necessary.

When will school be open again?

This remains unknown, but we should expect to hear more information from the government next week.  Once we have further information we will be in a better position to plan for what will happen after May half-term.

Keeping in touch

We have published the third of our Student Bulletins for students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 this week.  Do take a look at them if you haven’t already – they continue to provide a great way to keep our students connected to their year groups, and provide positive news during this difficult time for us all.

 

28th April 2020

When will school be open again?

Boris Johnson was very clear yesterday that the lockdown is likely to continue for a while yet.  We plan to continue setting work for students in the same way in the coming weeks up to May half-term.  Once there is further information about any easing of the lockdown, and the implications for schools, we will start to communicate how this will apply to us.  It is very likely that some form of social distancing in schools will be necessary, as part of any phased re-opening in due course.  Like you, I am waiting to see what the government decides in the coming weeks.

Exams in Summer 2021

Supporting current Year 10 and Year 12 students is going to be hugely important to support their preparations for public exams in summer 2021.  Although the focus in currently on Centre Assessed Grades (to replace exam grades) for our current Year 11 and Year 13 students, we are aware that Year 10 and Year 12 students will require significant support once school re-opens.  Much more detail about support for students in these year groups will follow once school is open again.  During this closure period, we would urge all Year 10 and Year 12 students to do all they can to keep working, and to remain in touch with their teachers for support.

‘Thank You’ to the NHS and Key Workers

It was wonderful to see so many students, family members and staff wearing blue last Thursday.  Thank you for sending your photographs to us!  We have shared many of these photographs on our website, on our Twitter feed and Facebook page and you can now view our staff video too here: https://vimeo.com/412342897

An update on our new building

Our planning application has now been made and meetings have continued remotely between the school, the Department for Education and our contractor during the past few weeks.  The timescales have not changed as a result of school closure, and it is hoped that work will begin this summer once planning permission has been granted.

Keeping in touch

We are continuing to contact families, led by our pastoral teams, to check whether there is anything further we can do to support, including providing help with work queries.  We are prioritising contact on need, but if there is anything you require support with, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us.  We want to help as much as is possible at this time.

 

24th April 2020

‘Thank You’ to the NHS and Key Workers

It was wonderful to see so many students, family members and staff wearing blue yesterday.  Thank you for sending your photographs to us!  We have shared many of these photographs on our website, on our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Our latest newsletter for families

Our latest newsletter for families has been published today.  It is on our school website, and has also been sent to you.  It shows some of the excellent work, and achievements of our students this week.  Very well done to all of our students for continuing to adjust to, and persevering with completing your school work from home – we know this is not straightforward and difficult for many families.  Please do not hesitate to contact your Year Achievement Coordinator or Assistant Year Achievement Coordinator with any queries – we are here to help.

Internet access and digital devices

Last weekend, the government announced potential support for some disadvantaged secondary school students, for care leavers and children with social workers who do not already have internet access or digital devices to enable access to remote education resources during school closure.  We have received further information today and Mr Megaw, Assistant Principal will be coordinating this process on our behalf.  The information received today states that students in Year 10, ahead of GCSEs next year, are eligible if they would otherwise not have internet access or digital devices to enable access to remote education resources.

Guidance for families when a child is unwell or injured

The number of children attending Urgent Care and Emergency Departments has dropped in recent weeks.  Families are understandably concerned about taking their children to health settings at this time but this has resulted in some children presenting late and as a result being very poorly.  The East & North Herts and West Herts Trust have produced the attached guidance for parents/carers when a child is unwell or injured.  Please take a moment to look at the guidance.

https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/04/covid19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_or_injured_poster-1.pdf

If there is anything else you need support with, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

 

20th April 2020

Over the weekend, the government has been very clear that schools will remain closed for the foreseeable future.  The government also announced potential support for some disadvantaged secondary school students, for care leavers and children with social workers who do not already have internet access or digital devices to enable access to remote education resources during school closure.  As soon as we have the details about this we will provide further information to enable us to place orders for devices for eligible students.  Please note, parents and students will not be able to order the devices themselves.

In addition to our curriculum, with work being set on Class Charts (Year 7-10) and via email (Year 12), some additional online resources have been launched today.  The government has launched a new website to support online learning: https://www.thenational.academy/and the BBC has launched their updated BBC Bitesize website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize  As a priority, students should complete the work set by our teachers, but some of these resources might be of interest to families to supplement our HT curriculum.  We would value any feedback should families access any of these resources.

Say ‘Thank You’ to the NHS and Key Workers by wearing blue this Thursday 23rd April

Mrs Goodes has written to families this morning to let you know about this initiative which we would encourage you to support on Thursday so that we can show our collective appreciation as a school to our NHS and key frontline workers, working to help to save lives.

Staff change

In addition to the staff changes I communicated last week, Mrs Tarantini-Amor has now moved on to her new school.  She has been with us for 3 years, teaching Spanish and supporting our English as an Additional Language provision with real skill and commitment.  We wish her well as she moves on to her new role as SENCO at Roding Valley High School in Essex.

 

16th April 2020

Welcome to the Summer Term.  Even if the weather perhaps feels like summer, nothing else is normal.

I hope that everyone managed to have a good Easter weekend, and stayed safe and well.  As we adjust back into term time again this week please continue to stay in touch with staff as particular issues arise.  Equally, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  All staff email contacts can be found on the school website here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

This week has seen the launch of our new projects for students in Key Stage 3, with the aim to ensure that work set is manageable and our curriculum is sustainable during school closure.  Thank you for the initial positive feedback this week and to our students for completing great work at the start of this week.  We plan to continue celebrating this work through our regular newsletters and awards.

Years 7 and 8: Project based work via Class Charts

Year 9: Project work or continuation with coursework if more appropriate for some subjects via Class Charts

Year 10: Continuation of GCSE work, though this may now be in the form of a longer project-style piece in some subjects via Class Charts

Year 11: Preparation for Sixth Form work which can be found on the school website here: https://haileyburyturnford.com/prep-work-for-sixth-form-college-and-work/

Year 12: Work set by email – the same as before Easter

Year 13: No work will be set – there is advice and support available for Year 13 students here:  https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/04/Letter-to-Year-13-students-3.4.20.pdf

Staff changes

At the end of the Spring Term, we said farewell to Mrs Noble, our school counsellor, who has chosen to retire.  She has provided wonderful service since first joining the school in 2004.  She has supported many of our students over the past 16 years, providing a confidential counselling service which has become ever more in demand over the years.  We will miss her calm and reassuring presence around school, and wish her well for her retirement.

Mr Morgan, our temporary Maths teacher left us at the end of the Spring Term, and we have been joined by Mr Uriri to teach Maths in the Summer Term.

At the start of this term I would also like to welcome Mrs Bisceglia joining us in Modern Foreign Languages, and Mrs Puchalski joining us as Subject Leader for Drama whilst Mrs Wells is on maternity leave.  In addition, Mrs Ashby, Faculty Leader for PE is on maternity leave, and Miss Simeou is our Faculty Leader for PE this term.

 

3rd April 2020

This will be my final letter to families before the Easter break.  Currently, I do not plan to write to families during next week or over the Easter weekend, unless there is urgent information which I need to communicate.  We will continue to post updates to the school website over the Easter break and use text and email to share particular information if necessary to do so.

It has been a quite extraordinary few weeks, and certainty not anything I had ever imagined could happen.  The whole HT community has come together magnificently to respond to the health emergency pandemic.  Thank you for all you are doing to support each other, and for the support for your children in such uncertain times.

From after the Easter break, starting on Tuesday 14th April, we will be setting work in a different way.  Ms Just, Vice Principal, is writing to families about this in more detail.  We hope it will help to address some of the challenges around workload for some families, and provide a manageable and sustainable curriculum over the coming weeks.

We have been continuing to develop the information for families on our school website at www.haileyburyturnford.com.  There is specific information for families about keeping your child safe online and information to provide support for parents at this time, which can also be accessed here – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/healthy-parenting.  I hope these prove useful, with some good practical ideas.

Do continue to look after yourselves, and most importantly, stay safe.  Do continue to stay in touch and connected with friends and family using the wide range of ways to do this.  If there are particular issues over the Easter break please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  We are not asking staff to be working over Easter other than a small number of volunteer staff in school: it is important that staff, as far as possible, are able to spend time with their families.  However, the school is set up to deal with urgent issues, and we remain available to provide whatever support we can.

Our Summer Term begins on Tuesday 14th April, and I will write to families at the start of term.

 

31st March 2020

I hope you and your family remain safe as we all continue to adjust to staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

I currently plan to communicate with families twice this week: today and later in the week before we break for Easter.  There will be communication from other staff throughout the week, including information from Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal, today who has updated families on safeguarding arrangements during our school closure.  We are also making contact with different year groups with specific relevant information, and we will circulate our newsletter for all families at the end of the week.

If there is more urgent, or breaking news which I need to communicate, I will continue to do so as the need arises.

I am very grateful to families for taking the time to provide feedback via our survey at the weekend.

The two key themes arising from the survey results are:

  • the great thanks that families wished to give to teachers for the work set to date, and for the regular updates being provided by the school
  • the different challenges for families arising from work being done from home

This feedback is helping us to shape our curriculum, and how we wish to set work for after the Easter break.  We will share more details about this before the weekend.

Once we reach the Easter holiday, we will treat this as a holiday from school work, and teachers will not be setting work from Monday 6th April to Monday 13th April (inclusive).  Our summer term commences on Tuesday 14th April, and we will again setting work from that date.

Do continue to look after yourselves, and most importantly, for all of us, is to ensure that we follow the government advice to stay safe, and to provide support for each other at home.  Please continue to stay in touch with us, and to seek support and advice as necessary. We are here to help, and provide whatever support we can.

 

27th March 2020

We have reached the end of our first week, in which we have all had to adapt to huge changes in our lives.  I hope that you are managing to work out new routines at home which I have no doubt will continue to change over time, as all families continue to deal with their own circumstances.

Thank you for all of the messages of support that have been sent to me and other members of staff throughout the week.  This has been hugely appreciated, and has really helped us to remain connected as a community at the start of our closure period.  I hope we have been able to provide the right reassurances and support, and are able to sustain this in the coming weeks.  We want to give families the opportunity to provide further feedback.

Please click on the link to our survey below to provide some feedback to us over the weekend. This will support us with our planning over the coming weeks.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7RX8QXZ

Students have completed some wonderful work throughout this week.  Do take a look at the first of our weekly newsletters for families, showcasing our students’ work and achievements from this week.  Our students are amazing, and we thank you for the great support you have been providing them too.

Do continue to look after yourselves, and most importantly, for all of us, is to ensure that we follow the government advice to stay safe, and to provide support for each other at home.

Please continue to stay in touch with us, and to seek support and advice as necessary.  We are here to help, and provide whatever support we can.

 

25th March 2020

I hope that you are adjusting to, and coping with the significant changes to our lives which are now with us. I hope that we have been able to provide reassuring responses when you have tried to contact us for support, advice, or answers to particular issues in the past few days. I also hope that you are managing to work out some kind of new routine at home. This will be more difficult for some households, and is likely to change over time, as all families deal with different circumstances. Try to go with what works for your household over the coming weeks, and adopt new routines which work for your family.

We will seek feedback from you at the end of the week to help us adapt what we are doing, and to provide the best possible support and guidance we are able to provide to families whilst school is closed. Please do share your feedback and thoughts with us should you wish to. We wish to keep in regular contact, and provide the right reassurances and support. Equally, do not hesitate to make contact with either me directly, or specific members of staff with particular queries or questions specific to you. All staff email addresses are listed on the school website at https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

It has been hugely uplifting to see such a positive response from students throughout this week, with lots of work sent to teachers. We have plans to share examples of our students’ work, and we have done this using our Twitter feed this week.

We are focusing on up to the Easter break at present. As we move in the summer term, we will continue to adapt the ways we are working to ensure we are providing the best support should there be a long closure period. Most importantly at present, we must all follow the government advice to ensure we all stay safe: to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives, to remain positive, and have faith in ourselves and communities that we will get through this health emergency.

 

24th March 2020

Our Prime Minister was very clear when speaking to us all last night:

Stay at home
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
• Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.
Government advice can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

and full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-athome-and-away-from-others

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you to all families for considering whether it is essential for your child to attend school if you are a critical worker or if your child is vulnerable. Having only a very small number of students at school has meant that we have been able to have a very low number of staff at work. This has enabled us to protect our staff as fully as
possible, and ensure they too are able to follow all government advice as fully as possible. Thank you.

It is a very difficult time for us all and it will continue to be challenging for us all to adapt to our new circumstances. Please remember that teachers are available during the school day from 8.30am until 3.00pm via email. Please do make use of email to gain reassurance as any issues or concerns arise. If there are more general questions or queries about work setting for students, please contact Miss Newman, Director of Teaching & Learning, via email at newmand@haileyburyturnford.com.

It has been excellent to see so much work completed and sent to staff in the past two days. We have plans to celebrate our students’ achievements with our
community during our closure period, and we will communicate more details in the coming days.

 

23rd March 2020

Today we see the start of a period of school closure, and the strongest advice from government about how we should all act to stay safe, protect ourselves and others. Our teaching staff have been adapting to these new arrangements too, and have been uploading learning materials to Class Charts at www.classcharts.com Students must ensure that they can access our online
curriculum, and contact staff by email should there be any difficulties.
Teaching staff are setting work, following the normal school timetable. It is Week 1 on the school timetable this week.

To help our students adapt to working from home, we have created a short video with some practical guidance which can be accessed from the links below, please copy and paste into your search engines.

https://turnfordorgmy.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dursol_haileyburyturnford_com/EQPA1zlVvMZKpttyXJMh6AwBG_zIc9n5FVo
CTchmWKpQMQ?e=4%3av1fDVd&at=9

We have created a short video for parents too:

https://turnfordorgmy.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dursol_haileyburyturnford_com/EXJpNag4NRREhtnCye1KNx4ByzinA90PEbRbKUTuquYpw?e=1Vvmze

It is a very difficult time for us all and we recognise it will be challenging to adapt to our new circumstances.

Please remember that teachers are available during the school day from 8.30am until 3.00pm via email. Please do make use of email to gain reassurance as any issues or concerns arise. If there are more general questions or queries about work setting for students, please contact Miss Newman, Director of Teaching & Learning, via email at newmand@haileyburyturnford.com

 

22nd March 2020

Coronavirus latest information for parents and carers: Sunday 22nd March
From tomorrow, school is closed until further notice. There will be further information tomorrow morning to support the start of the next phase of our response to the coronavirus pandemic, including reminders about our
expectations for students, and support for families.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff. Sixth Form teachers will use email to communicate with students. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff. All staff contact details can be found on our website: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

If you have indicated the necessity to access our provision in school from tomorrow, you will have had further contact from Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal, today. I must stress that students must not arrive in school tomorrow
morning unless this has been pre-arranged for those families with key workers and vulnerable students. Please direct any queries about this to Mrs Goodes by email at goodesm@haileyburyturnford.com.

For parents of children who are in receipt of Free School Meals, please direct any queries to Ms Just, Vice Principal. We have already communicated with you about arrangements for this week. Ms Just can be contacted by email at justk@haileyburyturnford.com.

There will also be further information tomorrow following the cancellation of this summer’s exams for students. Our Prime Minister was very clear today about the responsibility each one of us have to follow the government
guidance about social distancing. Please could I strongly urge every person to follow all government advice fully as our community responds to this global health emergency. Please stay safe, and provide support for each
other.

 

20th March 2020

From Monday 23rd March, school is closed until further notice.
We wish all members of the Haileybury Turnford community our very best wishes during this time.

I have been overwhelmed by our community’s response this week, working together to support each other. One simple example of this was seen in the amazing response to our local food bank collection. A huge thank you for all donations. Our staff have been magnificent, and responded with such compassion and care to provide the necessary support for our young people as events have unfolded throughout the week.

Thank you for all the messages of support and good wishes from parents too, who have wanted to pass on their thanks to staff members. This has been hugely appreciated – thank you. From Monday, all information for students, staff and families will be communicated via text, email and our
website. We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts for some news and information. The latest information will be available on the homepage of our website too.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff. Sixth Form teachers will use email to communicate with students. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff. All staff contact details can be found on our website: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

More detailed information will continue to be circulated to specific year groups. We have communicated separately to those families with key workers and vulnerable students with details about next week. Parents of
children who are in receipt of Free School Meals have also been communicated with, to share arrangements for next week.

Please can I strongly urge every person to follow all government advice fully as our community responds to this global health emergency. Please stay safe, and provide support for each other. There will be further communication over the weekend if necessary, and certainly on Monday morning.

 

19th March 2020

Our students and staff have been simply magnificent in school today trying to process yesterday’s announcement that we will close at the end of the day tomorrow and that exams this May/June have been cancelled.

We have written separately to different year groups throughout the day with more specific information for individual year groups, including the arrangements for working at home whilst school is closed.

The school is only partially open to students in Year 7, 8 and 12 on Friday 20th March.

From Monday 23rd March, we will only be open for the children of key workers and children who may be considered vulnerable.  We are still waiting for more guidance from the government; Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal will be writing to parents as soon as this government guidance is published to schools.

Tomorrow, we also expect the government to give further information about the alternative arrangements which will be put in place as a result of exams not taking place this summer.  We will share this information once it is published.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

Current government advice is as follows:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

Thank you for your continued support throughout this very difficult week and the numerous kind messages of support for our staff and their families.  We will continue to do all we can to support the whole HT community throughout these unpredictable times.

 

18th March 2020

I am sure you are aware that the Prime Minister announced earlier this evening that schools in England will close at the end of the day this Friday 20th March until further notice, but will still be required to look after the children of key workers and children who may be considered vulnerable.  Much more detail will follow for families tomorrow. 

The Prime Minister also announced that public exams will not be taking place as normal in May/June for students.  The government has not yet communicated what alternative arrangements will be put in place.

We will be meeting with Year 11 and Year 13 students tomorrow morning in the Hall to speak with them, and provide information and support.  We will write to families with further information tomorrow.

Our contingency planning for school closure means that we are ready to support students during this period through the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We also have plans in place to support those students who do not have Internet access.  Further detailed information will follow tomorrow now that this decision has been made by the government.

We have a partial closure until the end of the week with Year 9 and Year 10 students not in school which was communicated to those year groups earlier today.  We are open for all other year groups tomorrow.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

Current government advice is as follows:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found from the first hyperlink below, and we have also issued a Pastoral Newsletter today to all families which can also be viewed from the second link below and it is also on our website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/03/Pastoral-Newsletter-8-COVID-19-Advice-Support-and-Information.pdf

Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if your household are required to stay at home.  Otherwise government advice continues to be that your child should attend school as normal unless your child has other illness or unless a student is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

Thank you for your support throughout this very difficult week and your understanding during these unprecedented times.

 

17th March 2020

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.
Current government advice is as follows:

• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

• if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

• A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

• A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found from the first hyperlink below, and we have also issued a Pastoral Newsletter today to all families which can also be viewed from the second link below and it is also on our website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid 19 stay at home guidance

https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/03/Pastoral-Newsletter-8-COVID-19-Advice-Support-and-Information.pdf

Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if your household are required to stay at home. Otherwise government advice continues to be that your child should attend school as normal unless your child has other illness or unless a student is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

We currently have a number of students and staff who are self-isolating, but do not have any students or staff who have tested positive for coronavirus, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

If students become unwell during the school day with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, we will contact you for them to go home. Equally, staff will be sent home should this apply to them.

Our aim remains to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes. Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and as a result of an increase in staff absence through self-isolation it is necessary to partially close the school to Year 9 students on Wednesday 18th March (tomorrow). We have made this decision to ensure we can maintain safe and appropriate staffing levels. Please
contact Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal directly at goodesm@haileyburyturnford.com if you are a Year 9 parent who has any specific queries or concerns.

Events and activities beyond the core timetable have been suspended until further notice.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully. Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students. We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Curriculum resources for students in Year 9 who are well, and for students in other year groups currently selfisolating, will be issued tomorrow morning to go with the work already set on Class Charts.

Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found
at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

 

16th March 2020

The government has updated its guidance to all persons this afternoon.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

All persons should self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

We ask all families to keep their children away from school for a period of 14 days if they are concerned that their child might be displaying these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.  Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if this applies to your family.  Otherwise government advice is that your child should attend school as normal.  This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

We currently have a small number of students and staff who are self-isolating, but do not have any students or staff who have tested positive for coronavirus, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

If students become unwell during the school day with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, we will contact you for them to go home.  Equally, staff will be sent home should this apply to them.

Our aim remains to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes.  Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and in the event of heavy staff absence through self-isolation it may be necessary to partially close the school to some students.  We would only make this decision when it is essential in terms of safe staffing levels, and our decision about when to send children home would be made on the basis of their age and whether they have public examinations planned for this summer.  Decisions may be made at short notice but we would hope to inform families on the day before if we have to partially close to some year groups.  We currently plan to be open to all year groups on Tuesday 17th March.

We have either postponed or cancelled a number of events this week and next week.  Year 8 Parents’ Evening is postponed on Thursday 19th March, as is our Music Concert on Tuesday 24th March and Awards Evening on 26th March.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully.  Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Whilst the school is open we are not in a position to provide specific work for individual students whose families have chosen to keep them absent for precautionary reasons.  Teaching staff are focusing on teaching those students in school.  However, homework set on Class Charts should be completed by students who are well, but self-isolating, and we have produced further online curriculum resources for students to work from which will be sent out and also placed on our website tomorrow.

Clearly there remains significant uncertainty ahead, but we are making preparations to ensure our students and staff can continue to work from home, if not unwell themselves, during a closure period which could last for an extended period.

Our cleaning team will continue to take additional measures, as per guidance provided to them, and we continue to promote regular hand washing for all members of the school community.  Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

 

13th March 2020

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

As communicated last week, the government has updated its guidance to all persons.  All persons should self-isolate for a period of 7 days should they show the symptoms of either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.  We ask all families to keep their children away from school for a period of 7 days if they are concerned that their child might be displaying these symptoms.  Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if this applies to your child.  This guidance also applies to all staff members who should self-isolate for a period of 7 days should they show these symptoms.

Our aim is to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes.  Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and in the event of heavy staff absence through self-isolation it may be necessary to partially close the school to some students.  We would only make this decision when it is essential in terms of safe staffing levels, and our decision about when to send children home would be made on the basis of their age and whether they have public examinations planned for this summer.  Decisions may be made at short notice but we would hope to inform families on the day before if we have to partially close to some year groups.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully.  Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Clearly there remains significant uncertainty ahead, but we are making preparations to ensure our students and staff can continue to work from home, if not unwell themselves, during a closure period which could last for an extended period.

Our cleaning team will continue to take additional measures, as per guidance provided to them, and we continue to promote regular hand washing for all members of the school community.  Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

Useful websites:

The school is following Public Health England advice which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

As per the advice, good personal hygiene is very important; students are reminded of the importance of regular and routine hand-washing.

Travel advice with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK in the last 14 days can be viewed here, which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Self-isolation advice from NHS England can also be viewed here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

 

10th March 2020

The school is following Public Health England advice which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

As per the advice, good personal hygiene is very important; students are reminded of the importance of regular and routine hand-washing.

Travel advice with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK in the last 14 days can be viewed here, which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Self-isolation advice from NHS England can also be viewed here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/