This Headteacher blog is one of a number of changes to our website that we hope will make it easier for you to access information about our enforced closure as we go through the next few weeks. We do not yet have any idea when the school will reopen to all students so it is sensible to put extra channels of communication in place so that we can keep in touch with you.
Students will, this week, have started to settle into a new pattern of work through distance learning. Teachers are working hard to set work on a daily basis through Show My Homework (SMH) and this can be accessed on any desktop PC, Laptop or Mobile Device. Full instructions can be found elsewhere on this website. Students can contact their teachers via SMH or their school email facility, which is in Office 365, during normal school hours. Any specific queries about distance learning should be made initially via this channel. Teachers will do their best to answer as soon as they are able. Please be aware that, like you, they are dealing with complex issues at home, including their own child care issues, so please be patient if there is a short delay in your child receiving a response.
In order to protect our Reception staff, our front office is now closed so you will not be able to contact school by telephone. Instead, we have set up some dedicated email addresses for parents and students to communicate to us with any specific questions or concerns.
These are as follows:
Any queries about free school meals should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all parents of those eligible for free school meals have been contacted.
IT-related issues should be directed to email@example.com. We have already had a number of queries about lack of IT access at home and some basic refurbished computer equipment has been loaned to a number of students . You may have other technical questions about how to access the system and this is the best email address to use as it will give you direct access to our IT team.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact school using the dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other queries should be addressed to email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
I have written separately to Year 11 students and their parents (this letter is still on the website). I have promised to update these parents as soon as I know how the examination boards intend to award grades. To date, I have no further concrete information about how this will be done, though we believe that teacher estimated grades will form the basis of any overall judgement. It would also appear that the intention is to have in place an appeal process for those students who do not believe that the grade they are awarded is accurate. As I said in the original Year 11 letter, it is so sad that these students have not been able to complete their full time at Freddies and we hope to see them again as soon as we are able to get together for a proper celebration, whenever that may be.
I would like to thank you for the patience you have shown so far through what has been a rapidly changing situation over the past week or so. This is a situation that is totally new to us all and there are bound to be some teething problems with the direct learning package being put in place for students. We also have no idea about when the enforced closure will end so I am unable to answer any questions about what the immediate future will hold. I am confident, however, that our wonderful staff are rising to the challenge as they always do.