Start of Term Arrangements
* ALL OUR PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN CIRCUMSTANCES RELATING TO SCHOOL CLOSURES/COVID-19, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS AT THE END OF AUGUST FOR LATEST UPDATES*
MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2020
Year 7 students will start school on Monday 7 September, all other year groups will commence the term from Wednesday 9 September. Students should arrive at 8.15am, in full school uniform, on Monday 7 September by 8.25am for a year group assembly.
Arrival time for Year 7 is 8.15am. Please ensure your child has their full equipment, in addition your child will need to bring their trainers, as part of our COVID 19 risk assessment we are unable to lend equipment to pupils.
Students can purchase food from the canteen at lunch time or alternatively bring their own packed lunch. There will not be food available to purchase at break time, therefore please ensure your child brings a snack with them. Please ensure that your child brings in money on the day if they wish to buy food from the canteen. Students will be guided how to use the cashless catering system on the first day of term. We will be following the Department for Education’s (DFE) guidance here, ensuring that all students will have the facility to wash their hands after registering their biometrics account.
If your child wishes to hire a locker, these will be available to hire during this day, your child will need £10 cash for this. £5 of which is a deposit that will be returned at the end of the year upon return of the locker key.
Your child will spend the first part of the day within their tutor group. They will conduct a range of transition activities to get to know others in the group as well as the school. Your child will also have at least two lessons following their normal school timetable. We hope this will help your child meet other children in their year group and begin to settle into school routines.
Students will be dismissed from the school building at 3pm.
TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2020
Your child must be at school for 8.15am. Please ensure your child has their full equipment, including their trainers, a full PE kit is not required for this day.
Students will spend this day within their foundation teaching groups, these are the classes that are not set based on ability, such as Geography, RE, History and PSHE. Students will experience a range of activities during this day to support their transition. We will require all students to sit a reading age test as well as an English writing test. Please reassure your child that they will not need to prepare for these tests, these will enable us to support students with any catch up required due to the disruption after the last few months.
Students will be dismissed from the school building at 3pm.
WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2020
Year 7 will not be in school on Wednesday 9 September, this is to allow for the other year groups to have their safety briefing and tours around our new one-way system.
THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020
All students will be returning to TRS on the 10 September. The start and end day for each year group is different to allow a staggered entrance. Year 7 are expected to arrive between 8.15 and 8.25 and dismissed at 3pm. Your child will enter the school via the main entrance and go straight to their tutor room. Students will follow their normal timetabled lessons on this day.
Continuity through COVID-19 at The Regis School
Since the lockdown, we have been adapting everything we do as a school so that our students have been fully able to continue with their education from home.
Throughout, our focus has been on securing continuity of learning and maintaining the same high levels of pastoral support for our students. Our staff have worked tirelessly to develop a strong, engaging home learning programme – tailored to each class and year group.
We have also remained open to children of critical workers, and those who may be more vulnerable, to provide a safe, caring environment during this time.
A United Approach
As part of United Learning, we have been able to draw upon our national network of schools, specialist advisors and centralised support. This means that, to support distance teaching and learning, we have taken advantage of educational best practice and used only the safest and most effective technologies.
From teaching ‘live’ lessons to creating comprehensive online work packs, we have put in place a successful programme that has enabled students – from Year 7 to 11 – to make progress through this challenging time. Where necessary, we have also provided a number of devices and laptops so that each of our students can access their work – and wider resources available – online.
We are particularly proud that some of our staff across United learning were involved in the development of the Oak National Academy resources, an initiative funded by the Department for Education and used by students across the country.
Effective Home-School Partnership
Whatever the circumstances, our partnership with parents and carers is always one of our most important.
We know that – even at the best of times – it can be difficult to know how to support young people in their learning. That’s why, as well as keeping in touch with our students, we have worked closely with families to give them the tools and guidance they need for home learning.
This has included hosting 'Town hall' meetings to share information as well as to answer any questions and alleviate concerns within our wider school community.
Preparing for the Next Academic Year
We continue to follow the advice and direction of the government and will always do what is safe and in the best interests of our young people.
Following recent government updates, we look forward to welcoming some of our older students back before the summer holidays. Our staff have been working hard to ensure this can be done safely and with all the necessary hygiene and social distancing measures in place.
In the meantime, our home learning programmes have proved successful and effective and are constantly improving. This means that – whatever restrictions might remain in place by September – we are prepared for all eventualities.
How will this Affect Transition to Year 7?
We want all our new Year 7's to feel happy, welcome and supported in joining us at The Regis School. Teachers and staff are getting everything ready for their transition ahead of September – even if this might look a bit different from previous years!
There will still be plenty of opportunities over the coming weeks to support your child’s transition. This will include, but not limited to, the transition package of materials to be sent on the 29th June, which includes welcome videos and a range of 'getting to know you' tasks.