COVID-19 Case Confirmed

We have been informed today of one positive case of coronavirus within the school community at Haygrove School. Working with colleagues at Public Health England and at Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team, we undertook a risk assessment and identified the children who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case and asked them to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last contact.

With this advice and support we were able to act swiftly and take effective action. PHE has carried out a risk assessment and is satisfied with all the measures we are taking to keep our students safe. Our response includes a comprehensive deep clean of the affected areas.

We must stress that children self-isolating at home do not need to get a COVID test unless they develop symptoms. If any other students become symptomatic and are awaiting tests or results, the guidelines state that they must self-isolate for 14 days; they must not come to school.

Clearly this has had an impact on the school community especially those students involved and their families. The affected year group - Year 10, which comprises 213 students - will have access to comprehensive online resources which build on the curriculum they would be following at school and they have been set assignments so they can focus on meaningful and ambitious work that reflects their usual timetable. Teachers will use instructional videos to support learning and give clarity on what is to be taught and practised in each subject. 

Somerset County Council will be working with us to ensure that vulnerable pupils get the support they need whilst self-isolating. The County’s e-Learning and Information Management team is also supporting us with online learning and technology. We also have access to lap-tops through a government scheme if there are pupils who need them to do their work.

A letter has been sent home to each year 10 student and to the rest of the school.

Letter to year 10

Letter to rest of school



Our YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING will this year be an online only event due to COVID-19 restrictions. From 6pm on Tuesday 29 September interested parents/carers and students will be ablel to access an 'open day experience' via our website. Please watch this space or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. 


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Year 7 Catch Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up funding is designed to target and support students in Year 7.

In 2016 the eligibility criteria for catch up funding changed to reflect the changes to end of KS2 assessments.

Students are now eligible for catch up funding if they scored less than 100 in Reading and or Maths. The aim is to accelerate progress so that students catch up with the attainment of their peers.

Leadership 2018/2019

  • Miranda Frost Assistant Head oversees Pupil Premium and catch up funding and monitors the impact of this work. 
  • Tim Handel, SENCO liaises directly with staff to reintegrate them into the full curriculum. 2018-19 sees the first year of a more formal Nurture group with specialist staffing provided. 
  • Curriculum Leader Maths & Curriculum Leader English, will oversee this provision for their respective areas.


Objectives of Year 7 Catch up Funding 2018 / 2019

We have identified the following barriers to the progress of the students considerably below expected progress:

  1. Weakness in reading ages
  2. Number bonds
  3. Self-esteem

Our objective is to overcome these barriers. We seek to:

  • Close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support.
  • Target curriculum and nurture provision to close the attainment gap and raise self-esteem and aspirations.
  • Increase the parents involvement in supporting the progress of these students outside the school day.

We have identified other students that are below age expected attainment but can operate within whole class situations. Our objective is to overcome barriers though supporting staff to implement strategies to identify and target intervention to support quality first teaching.


Summary of Spending 2017-18

LSA small group work and 1:1 intervention support for non-secondary ready students      £10,000

Summary of Planned Spending 2018 - 19

Nurture group for students with very weak literacy and numeracy and low self-esteem      £7,500
LSA small group work and 1:1 intervention support for non-secondary ready students £2,500
TOTAL    £10,000


Impact of 2017-2018 work


19 students were highlighted as having less than 95 as a Ks2 Maths result. Work was carried out throughout the year with intervention, and extra focus during class time. Tracking of progress through the year shows 11 % had mad considerable progres by Easter but 53 % had made considerable progress by the summer.


18 students were highlighted as having less than 95 as an average KS2 reading and Grammer score. Work was carried out throughout the year via a variety of interventions, alongside focussed quality first teaching. 33% had made considerable progress in the first 2 terms and this progress was sustained in the final term.


2018-2019 plans 

Need for baseline data in literacy considered important so early reading and spelling tests to be carried out to inform next steps.

Creation of a research Nurture Group will be trialled offering a revised curriculum in Maths and English. This will operate in the first instance to the end of 2018, with plans to continue this if impact seen. When possible students will re-enter the curriculum to continue their study with their peers.

Staff are made aware of students’ abilities and continue to plan for this in order to support learning and progress. Staff expertise has been refocused to ensure quality first teaching.




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