Dear Parents and Carers
Updated Return to the Trinity Catholic School for all Pupils- September 2020
I hope you are all well and trust that you are looking forward to your children returning to school. I wanted to write to you regarding the recent changes regarding face masks, buses and also to remind everyone about the changes for September that we shared at the end of the year.
Following the recent announcement by the World Health Organisation and the subsequent announcement made by the Secretary of State for Education, we have decided to introduce the compulsory wearing of face masks in school. Students in all years must come to school with a plain face mask. We would like all students to use a washable re-usable face mask (without logos) that is hand washed each night. If a student only has access to a disposable mask then it should not be worn for more than one day. A student must wear a face mask when:
- Taking public or school transport.
- Moving around the school.
- Using the toilets.
- Inside the building at break and lunch, except when eating or drinking.
Please note the following points:
- Face masks should be fabric rather than disposable and washed daily
- Face masks should have elastic ties or straps around the ears or head and should not be a bandana, scarf or other such items.
- All face masks should be one plain colour – no patterns or inappropriate logos or designs will be allowed
- Face masks must be stored in a sealable plastic bag when not in use
- Masks should be removed by the straps, not by touching the main section, that cover the mouth and nose.
If your child has a medical or education need that affects their ability to wear a face mask please email the school office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Day Back
To ensure a smooth start to the year and offer important transition activities for certain year groups, year groups will return as below:
|Year Group||Return Day and Time|
|Year 7||8.50am Thursday 3rd September|
|Year 8||8.50am Monday 7th September|
|Year 9||9.10am Monday 7th September|
|Year 10||9.10am Monday 7th September|
|Year 11||10.15am Thursday 3rd September|
|Year 12||Registration: 1.15pm-3pm Wednesday 2nd September
First day: 9.45am Monday 7th September
|Year 13||10.15am Thursday 3rd September|
Pupil grouping and zones
Each year group 7 to 11 and then the Sixth Form as whole will become part of a pupil group known as a bubble. We have structured the school day and timetable to minimise the interactions between these groups. Each bubble will be taught in a zone in school for the majority of their subjects and only leave their zone to access lessons which require specialist rooms and for break and lunch. Rooms that are used by multiple groups will have more frequent and deeper cleaning than normal. Sixth Form students will no longer be allowed to leave the school site during lunchtime.
Altering the school day start and finish times
To release pressure on the public transport services and to reduce crowding at the start and the end of the day, we have made some adjustments to start and finish times for different year groups. This staggering is also applied to our break times to ensure that there is a maximum of three bubbles on lunch or break at any one time. Your child should aim to arrive at school no earlier than ten minutes before their scheduled start time to avoid gatherings.
Your child should gather in the following areas:
|Year 7 – Lower Beechdale yard||Year 10 – Upper Beechdale yard|
|Year 8 – Kingsbury yard||Year 11 – Beechdale yard from 10am|
|Year 9 – Kingsbury quad||Year 12 and Year 13 – Sixth Form Block|
|Year 7 & Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11 & Sixth Form|
|8.50- Reading||9.10- Period 1||9.10- Period 1||10.15- Form|
|9.05- Period 1||10.00- Form||10.00- Break||10.30- Period 1|
|10.00- Form||10.15- Break||10.15- Form||11.25- Period 2|
|10.15- Break||10.30- Period 2||10.30- Period 2||12.20- Lunch|
|10.30- Period 2||11.25- Period 3||11.25- Lunch||13.15- Period 3|
|11.25- Lunch||12.20- Lunch||12.20- Period 3||14.10- Period 4|
|12.20- Period 3||13.15- Period 4||13.15- Period 4||15.10- Period 5|
|13.15- Period 4||14.10-Period 5||14.10-Period 5||16.05- Depart|
|14.10-Period 5||15.10- Depart||15.10- Depart|
School travel and buses
We would urge all parents to consider allowing your children to walk or cycle where possible. If students are using public transport, they must provide their own face covering which must be removed on arrival at school. For those of you who are reliant on school buses and public transport, we are working with the bus companies to support your children’s travel to Trinity. We have been in negotiation over the summer with Nottingham City Transport to try to arrange extra buses and a change of time for some of the journeys to and from school. This is to try to accommodate the ‘Split’ start and finish times we have had to temporarily introduce due to the ongoing Coronavirus issue. We have had some success as we now have two staggered journeys for the A1 and A2. This does mean that the Yr 11 and Sixth form who start at 10:00 am and finish 4:05 are less well catered for but the 77 and 28 buses will still run from Aspley Lane. The 35 will continue to run up Beechdale Road. More detail is available on the NCTX website but a summary can be seen below:
- Service 28 pm
This journey will remain unchanged at 15:35 ex Beechdale Road
- Service 77 pm
One journey will leave at 15:25 ex Beechdale Road, another journey will operate at 15:45 ex Beechdale Road
- Service A1 am
The first journey will arrive at 08:30, a second journey will arrive at 08:50
- Service A1 pm
The first journey will depart at 15:25 ex Beechdale Road, a second journey will depart at 15:45 ex Beechdale Road
- Service A2 am
Two journeys will arrive at 08:30, two more journeys will arrive at 08:50
- Service A2 pm
Two journeys will depart at 15:25 ex Beechdale Road, two more journeys will depart at 15:45 ex Beechdale Road
The 650 and 218 buses are operating their usual service. The school is currently in communication with Nottinghamshire County Council regarding the running of additional vehicles if possible. Further information will be provided next week.
As a school, we will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. The only short-term adjustment that we have made is the temporary suspension of orchestra lessons and this is due to the enhanced constraints regarding the use of musical instruments. It is with a heavy heart that I have made this temporary measure, it is a decision that has been taken purely from a safety perspective and we will look to return orchestra lessons to the timetable as soon as is reasonably practical. PE will be still going ahead with changing rooms being cleaned between groups, additional ventilation where possible and activities that are aligned with the most recent level of guidance. Therefore, students will require PE kit to access their lessons in September.
Distancing of teachers and support staff
Teaching staff are advised to keep a distance of 2m where possible from students. This is partly due to the fact that they will be working across bubbles. For the majority of lessons, students will remain in a teaching room and the teachers will move to the room to teach them. We will be working with our teaching assistants to ensure that they are able to work as safely as possible without compromising the support for our students with special educational needs.
In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, it was made clear no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school. Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school in September to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, well-being and wider development. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up an absence
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
Hand Cleaning and respiratory hygiene
All around the school we are installing even more hand sanitisers and will be insisting on their use before a pupil enters a classroom, when they leave a room, before they eat, after they eat as well as on arrival and departure. In terms of coughs and sneezes, students and staff will be expected to comply with the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach and tissues will be provided around school as well as bins for their proper disposal.
Use of equipment
There will be limited sharing of equipment so students must attend school in September fully prepared for lessons. This includes pen, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, scientific calculator, colouring pencils and a glue stick.
Uniform and behaviour
It is important to mention that our rules around uniform and Sixth Form dress code have not adjusted and as such we expect all students to arrive for school in September meeting our requirements.
I would like to confirm that Year 7 students will receive a free lunch on their first day in school – Thursday 3 September.
Thank you for your anticipated continued support.