Thank you very much for taking part in our recent survey about the remote learning experience and our handling of this closure period. Your feedback is extremely valuable and will help us to ensure the final few weeks of term are as successful as possible.
Below, we have addressed some of the comments and questions that came up frequently:
1) Would it be possible for my child to have virtual lessons on Zoom, or any other platform?
Whilst this would undoubtedly have some benefits, unfortunately, this is not possible. It would pose significant challenges for many of our staff, who are juggling home-schooling their own children as well as setting work for their classes. Many of our staff will now also be teaching years 10 and 12 during the school day. In additional, there is a safeguarding concern around staff image and the possibility of this being exploited. Furthermore, there would still be a number of students who may not be able to access an online lesson. We will continue to work on our remote learning experience and where possible, lessons will be pre-recorded or voiceovers added to PowerPoint slides.
2) My child has not received any contact from their form tutor. Why is this?
All form tutors have been asked to make contact with home on a regular basis and if this has not occurred so far, it will do in the very near future. If you feel your child would benefit from further contact with the form tutor, or another member of the pastoral team, then please email the Head of year with this request and we will endeavour to fulfil that.
3) My child does not always receive feedback for the work they are doing and feels demotivated. How can this be improved?
Our teaching staff are doing their best to respond as much as possible but with so many classes, and often their own children at home too, this can be challenging to manage. If there are certain subject areas where you feel additional feedback or support is needed, please email the Head of department – or email ‘Enquiries’, with the name of the department you wish it to be sent to.
4) My child is working for 5 hours a day and not getting through all of the work. How should we prioritise?
No one should be spending more than 5 hours on the work – just do as much as you can in the designated lesson slot on the timetable. If your child is struggling to keep up or complete all of the work on a given day, please do not worry. Our staff are very aware this is a challenging time and it is about doing what is reasonable and manageable at home. The best thing to do would be for your child to message the teacher that they are struggling, or their form tutor if they are reluctant to contact their teacher directly.
5) My son/daughter would like to focus only on the subjects they have opted for next year. Is this ok?
Yes, now that students know their options for Y9 and beyond it is fine for them to focus on those subjects. Equally, they are welcome to continue to work on all subjects should they wish to.