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. 

 

Thank you.


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Interventions

Interventions are available for all year groups and are run by our friendly and encouraging English Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Staff

All Year 7 Tutor Groups are invited to visit the library during morning registration every Friday on a rota.

Bookworm Buddies

Year 7 students, who are finding reading difficult or who are not enjoying reading, are paired with an enthusiastic older reader. The aim is to help the younger student to:

  • Develop confidence and ability in reading skills
  • Choose books that they will enjoy and are suitable
  • Find meaning in the words they are reading
  • Recognise that reading skills are needed in everyday life e.g. signs, cereal boxes, posters and online.
  • Realise that reading is not intimidating or scary, but it something they do all the time and is both an important skills and an enjoyable pastime.

Year 7 students compile a Reading Log to record their reading and any tasks they complete. At the end of the Summer Term, all of the Year 7 and their buddies are awarded certificates to celebrate their achievements. For the mentors this means that they have demonstrated maturity, responsibility and have been supportive and inspirational to their younger reading partners.

Bookbuzz Scheme

This scheme ensures that all Year 7 students choose a book from a choice of 12 to keep in the first term. The aim of this is to:

  • Promote reading amongst younger students
  • Familiarise students with the Library, staff and proceedures for withdrawing books
  • Encourage students to discover new books and inspire future development within literacy

“Reading for pleasure is even more important than social class in determining academic success.”

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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