Welcome Back Year 10

Welcome back, Year 10. My name is Mr Leitch - the new Headteacher here at King Henry School. It has been a strange time to become your new Headteacher during the pandemic and I really hope that you and your families are safe and well after the past few months. I am ambitious for KHS and want it to become a truly extraordinary school, and this includes making Year 11 an extraordinary year for all of you.

As such I am delighted to be able to welcome small groups of students back from next Monday. My priority has been to get Year 10 students back into school in safe and purposeful way. Student and staff safety continues to be prioritised.

You will be assigned a specific day to attend school and a specific group. For example you may be assigned to Monday Group 1 or Wednesday Group 4. You will attend school just once each week, always on the same day and in the same group. This means you will spend four days in school between now and the Summer, meaning that remote learning will continue to be your main method of learning. However, crucially, you will get a face-to-face lesson with a English, Maths and Science teacher on your day in school. You will find out about your allocated day and group in a letter on Weds or Thursday.

When you arrive on the school site, you will be told to enter through one of two entrances. Depending on your allocated group you will enter the Main Hall or the New Hall. As you enter the hall, you will have a temperature check followed by a well-being session.

Once complete you will go to a specific classroom which will remain your classroom for the rest of the day - teachers will move between classes but students will stay in their allocated room. There will only be a maximum of 11 students in each classroom and 11 desks and chairs.

You will then have your rotation of English, Maths and Science, with teachers explaining and modelling how to complete your set tasks in these core subject over the rest of the week.

There will be one short break and you will be escorted to a specific playground so that we can maintain social distancing. The canteen will not be open and you will need bring food and drink if you want refreshments at break time.

The school day will end at 1pm and each classroom will be dismissed via two gates to ease congestion. Students should travel to and from school on their own and ideally you should avoid public transport. If you do need to use public transport, remember you should wear a face mask on public transport.

In terms of uniform, it is difficult to dry clean full school uniform at the moment so between now and the end of Term, I will give Year 10 students the option of wearing your KHS uniform or KHS PE Kit. If wearing uniform, you do not need to wear blazers during this time. From September, our usual full uniform expectations will return for all students.

Over the next four weeks, we will celebrate students work and achievements during this extended school. However we will also add an additional rule too. Students cannot be out of class on their own. If any student breaches social distancing, they will receive one verbal reminder. If it happens again, students will be asked to leave site. Protecting the safety of other students and staff will be the priority at this time.

In terms of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), the Government’s guidance is that this is not required in schools. However, I will support students and staff who wish to wear PPE, such as face masks. However any face masks should be plain and suitable for school.

We will all need to act differently during this extended opening period. We won’t be able to share equipment or sit next to our friends or move between playgrounds at break. We will need to use hand sanitiser before entering classrooms and will only be able to leave a classroom when supervised by a member of staff. And we must respect social distancing rules when in class and in corridors. All of these measures are being put in place to keep everyone in our KHS community safe. They also mean that we can ensure that you have some face-to-face teaching and feedback in your core subject before the start of Year 11 - a crucial opportunity for you to get ahead.

Above all though, we want to see you, to check on your well-being and to reconnect our King Henry Community. I can’t wait to meet you and to work with you as we make our school a truly extraordinary place. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Mr R Leitch

King Henry School