Update on Thursday 28th May, 2020

Please note that following Government updates over half-term, Kingdown School will be looking to update our plans with you as soon as possible after half-term.

Below is a copy of the letter sent from Mr Locke on Friday 22nd May

Dear Parents/Carers of students in Year 10 and Year 12,

I hope you and your family are well.

You may have heard the Prime Minister say recently that students in Year 10 would get ‘some face to face contact’ with their teachers this academic year, and/or have read one of the many articles in the press about students’ return to school. I am therefore writing to you today to update you on the plans we have been working on to enable your child to begin their return to Kingdown next term. I would like to reassure you that at the forefront of all of our planning is the safety of our whole school community. The details below are an outline of our plans for next term; details on the logistics will follow shortly after the half term break.

Year 10

From Monday 8th June, students will be invited in to school for a fortnightly 121 tuition slot with their core (English, Maths and Science) teachers. Students will receive a timetable showing the date, and start and end times for their tuition sessions. Each core subject area will offer a 30 minute session, which will allow students the opportunity to review work completed during lockdown and introduce new curriculum content as appropriate.

Students will also have the opportunity to book in separately to meet with their Options subject teachers. Details will be shared of how to book these appointments after half term.

Please note that parents will need to organise for the dropping off and collection of their child(ren) as the usual school transport systems will not be available.

Year 12

Students in Year 12 will use a similar booking system to the Year 10 options subjects, to book appointments with their subject teacher(s) for 30 minute remote-based 121 sessions from Monday 15th June. We are aiming for all Year 12 students to be able to receive a 121 in each subject area at least once per fortnight, and at least weekly in many cases. We are hoping to include some face to face teaching with Year 12 students later in the term, along similar lines to Year 10 students.

Key worker and vulnerable students

Our provision for the children of key workers, and those classified as vulnerable, will continue as normal throughout next term. Please contact Mr Dudley (dd@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk) if you require further details on this provision, which will operate as a ‘separate school’ through Term 6.

We believe that the approach outlined above for both Year 10 and Year 12 students offers the best mix of meaningful learning opportunities for students, and a safe working environment for both students and staff. We have taken extensive preparations to ensure that the school will be kept clean and hygienic following the wider return of students to the school site, and that the approach will enable strict social distancing to be observed by all members of the school community. As noted above, detailed logistics information for students and parents, including individual student timetables, will be shared early next term.

These plans, as of Friday 22nd May, remain subject to further Government decisions; guidelines and timings may change as a result. Please be patient and support us as we plan for these unprecedented times.

Finally, to assist with our planning, could I please ask Year 10 parents to indicate whether at this stage you are planning to allow your son / daughter to return to school in Term 6.

Please complete the survey at the bottom of this page adding details as requested. Please note that your survey response will not be binding; this is simply to give us an indication of the likely take-up by Year 10 students.

With very best wishes


Dave Locke
Kingdown School