Arthur Mellows Village College

Delivering learning for life within an aspirational culture

SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION (24.03.20 2 pm)

From Monday 23 March 2020 the College will only be open to those students where ALL PARENTS are key workers and have identified themselves as such to the College.  Other specific groups of students will have been notified by the College if they are eligible to be in attendance.

Parents / Carers / Students should appreciate that the position is extremely fluid and correct as at the time of writing.  We will always follow advice from external agencies.  Any change in procedures or opening arrangements will be communicated by email as soon as they are known.

The office email address: office@arthurmellows.org remains the best way to contact the College.  We will endeavour to respond to individual enquiries as soon as possible.

For those students where attendance at the College has been confirmed, arrangements for attendance is as follows:

  • The school day will be as normal: 8.45 am to 3.05 pm.  Students MUST NOT arrive on site until 8.30 am.  The latest they should arrive is 8.45 am.
  • Students DO NOT need to be in School Uniform but should have their PE kit with them.  Students will be asked to wear a lanyard and an ID badge for safeguarding reason
  • All students should access the site through Main Reception where they will be registered and asked to congregate in the Sixth Form Café (social distancing to apply) until 9.00 am.
  • Any students arriving on bikes should bring their bike through Main Reception and store it near to the locker area on the main corridor.
  • There is no need to advise the College of individual days your child is attending.  Providing they are on the list we hold, they should just attend on days where it is absolutely necessary due to our limited staffing resources.
  • ID as to key worker classification could be requested by the College at any point during this phase.

If students are considered to be in high risk groups, or are displaying symptoms, as per Government advice please advise the College and remain at home.

School Supervision Provision

Parents are advised that the provision at school over the coming weeks will not be the same as a normal school day.  Students will not follow their normal timetables; they will be supervised whilst working independently, in the main on computers, doing the same work that has been set for students who have to remain at home, ie via SharePoint.  Free School Meal provision will continue (more information to follow on this).

Transport

If your child usually has transport provided and you require this to continue, please contact the Local Authority regarding this on 01733 317455.

All other children will need to make their own way to school as normal.

Refreshments

For students on site, there will be a downscaled refreshment service via our catering provider.  Students can also bring their own refreshments if they wish to.  Free School Meal provision will continue (more information to follow on this).

Behaviour

The College’s Behaviour Policy will apply whilst students are on site.  Parents / Carers will be contacted in the event of poor behaviour and will be asked to collect their child.

General

Thank you to everyone for adapting to the current developing situation that we find ourselves in.  The College will continue to provide updates as often as possible to the situation and provide key information to assist with ‘remote learning’.  We recognise that we will not always get everything right but are doing our best to support students during the school closure period.

Students Working Remotely

Our plan to support students with working from home is to set work via SharePoint.  Students should be familiar with how to access SharePoint; if in doubt please see the information leaflet on the ‘school closure’ section of the College website.  We are, however, aware that some children may not have access to the internet at home. Therefore, please could you contact us via the office email to let us know if you DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS and we will try to arrange to have hard copies of work ready to collect from Main Reception on alternate Mondays between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm (subject to social distancing rules allowing us to do so).

Please note the College is unable to print work off and make it available for collection UNLESS students DO NOT have Internet access.

We are investigating the possibility of access to video conferencing for students and further information will be forthcoming if we are able to facilitate this.

Please also see the ‘Home Learning Update’ at the bottom of this page for alternative ideas and general advice.

After School Provision

  • The Alley Homework Club based in the Library has been suspended.

Future Events

  • Year 10 Parents Evening on Monday 30 March 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Information Evening on Wednesday 25 March 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

GCSE and A Level Examinations

See link below for further guidance on examination results.

Child Protection

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Jo Sludds, Nathan Steele and Chris Phillips.  In the coming weeks, should you have any safeguarding concerns please email the College on office@arthurmellows.org using the subject “Safeguarding” and marking the message urgent.  If you feel a child is at imminent risk, our advice is to also contact the most appropriate agency such as Children’s Social Care or the Police.  If a child is presenting with a serious mental health problem please contact 111 or present to Accident and Emergency requesting the support of the mental health crisis team.

The following website also has useful advice regarding mental health support:

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/

 

Instructional Video: Accessing Group Emails on SharePoint

 

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Year 11 Assembly 28.04.20.

 

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Year 13 Leavers Assembly

 

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