June Reopening Update
Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
It has been nearly two weeks since the announcement that schools may partially reopen on 1 June to students in year 10, if the government thinks it is safe to do so. Schools have been asked to offer students some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education being offered.
Unfortunately there has been very little guidance from government about managing the reopening of schools. Decisions about when to open, what type of provision to offer and to which students have been left to schools and as a result the approach being adopted by senior leaders varies between schools.
After much consideration and consultation with unions, the local authority and secondary Headteachers across Shropshire, we have decided to:
- Further develop our remote learning system to include live, face-to-face teaching via Microsoft Teams to as many students as possible, starting with year 10. We will dedicate time for teacher training and developing resources during the week commencing 1 June 2020, and aim to start offering live lessons from 8 June 2020.
- Offer all students in year 10 one-to-one tutoring sessions in school with a teacher to provide support and guidance to supplement their remote learning. These sessions will be arranged by appointment and will allow us to limit the number of students on site at any one time and adhere to safe working practices. We aim to start these sessions from 15 June 2020.
Therefore, from 1 June 2020 Bridgnorth Endowed School will remain open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers.
We will provide a follow up letter with further details on the above in the week commencing 1 June 2020.
In the meantime, we have made some improvements to our existing remote learning system and systems for monitoring students’ wellbeing.
Improvements to the remote learning system
- We are delighted to be able to introduce a method of submitting work via Class Charts. We realise that there have been some issues with SharePoint, and we are confident that students will find submitting work far more straightforward using Class Charts.
- Teachers will be using new software to record demonstrations using audio to supplement the work being set to all students. These will not include the interactivity of a live lesson, but it will allow teachers to explain key constructs to students in depth.
Improvements to our systems for monitoring wellbeing
- We have invested in the ‘wellbeing’ module within Class Charts. This simple system will allow students to share how they are feeling at any time which will enable us to offer increased support to students when needed.
Details of how to use these new systems can be found here on the school website and have been emailed to students.
We would like to thank you for your continued support during this difficult period.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Year 6 Transition
It's really important that the children joining Bridgnorth Endowed are ready for the new challenges of secondary school and arrive feeling excited about all of the opportunities it has to offer.
We understand that moving from Year 6 to Year 7 can seem very daunting, but the aim is for students to feel as comfortable and confident as possible about this big step.
Primary School Visits
The process starts with members of the team going out to meet each child at their primary school and spending time getting to know them.
They chat about all sorts of things, including favourite subjects, brothers and sisters, friends at the school and any worries they may have about settling in.
Based on this information, the Year 6 pupils receive letters, letting them know their tutor group and which of the three houses they will be in.
At the beginning of July, there’s a chance for the new starters to try things out for themselves at a special transition day, which includes a tour of Bridgnorth Endowed, a range of subject taster lessons, a fun activity and lunch in the school cafeteria.
The next event in the admissions calendar is the New Parents’ Evening where pupils and their parents come into school to meet their tutor, run through the basics of school life and buy their badges and ties.
Following that, if students have any concerns, the school will find a tailored solution to the issue. This could include an extra visit or a coffee morning with a member of the pastoral team.
First Day at School
At the start of the new term, students go directly to their tutor groups, where they meet everyone in their form and collect maps, planners and timetables before heading off to lessons.
One of the main concerns that students worry about is getting lost, but we make sure there are plenty of members of staff around and older students are always more than willing to help.
During the day, the whole year group comes together for an assembly and an extremely warm welcome to Bridgnorth Endowed School. The Year 7s then go into lunch early, giving them the chance to get to know the system, as well as their new classmates.
Our specialist team of pastoral staff are fully trained to support students with a wide range of social and emotional needs.
Some are qualified as Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA), an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists which recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
The team treats each and every student as an individual, they are non-judgmental and always endeavour to create a caring atmosphere whilst imposing clear boundaries.
However, all staff have pastoral responsibilities for the students in their care and, through daily contact, form tutors play a vital role in delivering help, support and advice.
Our highly qualified team is able to plan and deliver programmes, either on an individual or small group basis, to help students develop new skills and coping strategies.
The following programmes are currently available to students:
|Anger management||5-6 sessions|
|Self-esteem, self-awareness, resilience and anxiety||5-6 sessions|
|Friendship coaching||Single sessions at break times and lunchtime|
|Restorative practice||As required|
|School counselling||As required|
Personalised Learning Venues
The majority of pupils at Bridgnorth Endowed School will flourish and achieve as expected through quality first teaching in the classroom.
However, this is reinforced by a robust alternative provision process for students that need time out from the classroom environment due to disciplinary, safeguarding, emotional or health reasons.
Whether used as a sanction or a support mechanism, some children benefit from additional small group or 1:1 attention to enable them to make the progress required to reach their full potential.
Led by an experienced pastoral team, the school has established a highly effective series of intensive short-term interventions across three venues, each designed to help students get on track.
Students are referred for alternative provision by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the parents or carers are kept informed at all times. Following the referral, the student’s needs are assessed and any issues are raised before a plan is put in place.
The student’s progress is monitored and reviewed fortnightly, after which time the student will either embark on a reintegration programme back into school or they will continue with personalised learning.
Personalised Learning Centre
Sitting within the grounds of the school, the newly-refurbished Joseph Barritt Centre is home to the Personalised Learning Centre (PLC), a quiet and comfortable venue where support is given to students who are experiencing a range of difficulties.
This may include pupils with behavioural and/or emotional issues, those struggling to maintain a full timetable or individuals that are at risk of exclusion.
The centre has a main study area with ICT equipment, two smaller rooms, a private sensory room for students who are particularly distressed, an office, toilet facilities and a kitchen. It is manned by two full time members of staff and can accommodate up to ten students.
In a nutshell, the PLC provides invaluable space that's outside the classroom but very much a part of the school.
Located in the heart of the school, the Study Centre is used for students who are unable to attend normal classes for reasons other than disciplinary action.
It provides a safe, quite place to study that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the main school; an option that can benefit a student going through a particularly anxious period, or following illness or injury.
The Study Centre may also be used as a stepping stone for students reintegrating back into the classroom, after time spent in the Personalised Learning Centre or away from school.
This could be for just a single lesson, specific lessons on the timetable or for a specific amount of time, depending on the support plan that’s put in place.
Internal Exclusion Room
The Internal Exclusion Room (IER) is used for day-to-day referrals which arise from poor behaviour, failure to complete work to a required standard and other issues relating to the expectations of the school. Students typically spend up to a day in the IER but that may be extended for more serious or persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy.