Coronavirus (Covid 19) Aylesford School Announcements

16 March 2020


Coronavirus (Covid 19) Aylesford School Announcements

Please see below for latest information from Aylesford School regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19).

Note this information is subject to change - please check back regularly for the most up-to-date status


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 6/4/20 4.00pm

During this period of uncertainty it is likely that we all be spending more time online. This includes us and our children.

SaferInternet.org have produced a guide to ensuring that we are all keeping safe online during this time - We would encourage all parents/carers and students to read this in coming days.

Click here to visit saferinternet.org


 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 3/4/20 1.00pm

Exam update from Ofqual

Ofqual - Guidance for Teacher,Students and Parents

Ofqual - Letter to Students

Dear Parents and Carers and Year 11 and Year 13 Students,

I hope that you are all safe and well and are looking forward to your Easter break.

Many of you have been anxious about how your grades and qualifications will be awarded and have been working hard to get work completed.

I am pleased to be able to give you the latest information and hope that this will alleviate some pressure and stress.

Above is a letter from OFQUAL to students explaining how grades will be awarded. I have also attached a document called ‘Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level. Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in Maths’. Please read these two documents carefully.

Your teachers and myself will be submitting grades for each of you and for all of your subjects and we have to take into consideration a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

It is really important that you keep all of your work, PPE’s, Mock Papers, Class books and any other evidence you have of your work in a safe place - we are likely to need this later on and we will contact you when this is needed.

You will see from the guidance and letter that you are not required to do any new work or tasks - if we need anything from you we will contact you. Of course you are able to continue to complete your work if you think it will add to the evidence your teachers have in awarding you the best possible grade.

It has been a real pleasure to work with you all and I could not be prouder of the young people that you have become.

Thank you for your continued support - we will of course be in contact with you after Easter!

Please stay healthy and safe,

Kind Regards

Miss Kelvie



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 3/4/20 11.00am

Please see below a letter sent to all parents/carers today regarding the Easter break.

Easter Break Letter - April 2020

Kind Regards

Aylesford School


 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 2/4/20 1.00pm

We have written to all parents/carers regarding Mental Health and Well-being, and you will receive a letter via email shortly.

The letter can be accessed by clicking the link below. The letter contains a number of useful strategies to maintain good mental health and well-being during this challenging time as well as a number of resources and support links to help you provide advice and support to your child if necessary.

Mental Health and Well-being - April 2020

Kind Regards

Aylesford School


 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Wednesday 1/4/20 10.00am

English Department Update - To the Parents and Carers of Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to make parents aware of some changes to the English remote learning.

The English department would like to start by saying thank you for all the work we have been receiving - we have been impressed by the amount and quality of work being returned and have tried to congratulate students by email or phone.

You will notice that on Tuesdays and Thursdays we have now assigned reading instead of classwork - we feel that three days a week of classwork and 2 days of reading will allow a better balance, help students who are feeling overwhelmed and also allow students to benefit from reading which is so important.

Over the 2 week Easter break we will not be setting any English classwork however we know that some students might choose to complete an optional research project. We would prefer for students to do this by hand and keep it for submission when we return to school - we will celebrate the work completed by creating a new display board in the English corridor.

1. Research an environmental issue (deforestation, global warming, plastic pollution) and create a factsheet or leaflet using language to persuade people to do something about it

2. Research an equality issue in society such as gender equality or racism and write a speech giving your opinions on the issue—this can be submitted as a document or video!

3. Write a book review about a book you have read in March—include your likes and dislikes and comments on characters, setting and plot. Design a new front cover for the book.

4. Research life during world war 1 or 2—for a soldier or someone at home during the blitz. Write 3 diary entries showing their experiences and thoughts.

Please contact any of the English teachers if you need any support, advice or work -we are all happy to help,

Kind Regards

Mrs Johnston​



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 31/03/20 10.00am

Letter to all Year 10/11/12/13

    Aylesford School Update from Miss Kelvie - Headteacher and Mr Wright Executive Headteacher  

    Dear Parents and Carers

    OFSTED SUCCESS AND OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

    You will remember that our school was inspected by Ofsted at the beginning of this month. Ofsted have paused the publication of all inspection reports during the coronavirus crisis.  However, we are delighted to tell you that Aylesford School was judged to be ‘good’ in every area. We look forward to sharing the report with you once it has been published. 

    We are aware that everyone will be feeling anxious and stressed at this very challenging time and want to reassure you that the staff are fully committed to supporting families.  We write this communication in hope that it will help to alleviate some of the pressure you are under.

    The absolute priority is to stay safe and healthy - nothing else is as important! Please follow government guidance and stay at home as much as possible - this also applies to our young people.

    There are lots of students that are showing up as not having logged into Show My Homework at all. This could be because they have logged in manually or used their parents log in or used a tablet which doesn’t require you to log in each time. It is a real concern that there are over 40 students in Year 11 and 10 who don’t appear to have logged in at all and it is really important that Year 13, 12, 11 and 10 keep up with their studies .

    We still do not know how grades are going to be awarded to Year 13 and Year 11 students. The rumour is that we will need to submit Predicted Grades and Highest Mock/PPE Exam paper grades (These could be second attempt papers after level up), they are then likely to ask us to send a sample off which is why we need to ensure we have good examples of work - even if they do not ask us for sample work, this will be needed if we have to appeal any grades we are not happy with.

    When Year 11 and Year 13 have completed work they should submit it to their teacher for marking. If it is not possible to send to their teacher they must keep hold of all work and books - we will contact them when we need it.


    Our staff have been asked to try and provide an education remotely - this is new to us all and much of it is trial and error. Teachers have set work on Show My Homework and we ask all students to attempt what is being set. Our staff will mark work in line with our assessment policy. This means that not every piece of work will be marked and this is the case when students are in school too. They will keep in touch with you via email during the school day. 

    We know that parents and students are trying their best at present, and that parents are trying to juggle staying safe, working from home, keeping children occupied and entertained as well as trying to home educate - you can’t do it all, you can only try your best. Parents who are struggling to get children to work at home or who are experiencing issues in accessing the work, printing the work, submitting the work, please do not let is cause you lots of stress - there are more important things to worry about - all we ask is that you communicate any issues with us so that we can support you!

    If you have an issue accessing Show My Homework (SMHW) check the guidance we have posted on the website and on facebook in the first instance. If you are still having issues accessing SMHW please contact your child’s mentor - they will be making contact with you if they haven’t already. If after trying those things you still have trouble please contact Mrs Land:

    niamh.land@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

    If you have an issue with a particular subject please contact the Head of Department or teacher of the subject. Staff contact details and email addresses can be found on our school website.

    Please remember education comes in many forms including the promotion of life skills, development of good character and the art of communication - all are crucial at this time. Do not be afraid to allow your child to spend some time away from Show My Homework doing other activities such as cooking, cleaning, arts and crafts, writing letters to family and friends who they are unable to see, doing some fitness and even a bit of social time using zoom or house party or facetime if you have it.

    Other information you might find useful:

    Free School Meals
    We have ordered vouchers for those students who are in receipt of Free School Meals but they are yet to arrive - we are working to resolve this and as soon as we receive them they will be sent out to families.

    Access to ICT
    Those parents who have emailed in directly to indicate that their child has no access to ICT have all received the following reply from me:

    Thank you for your email!
    I am trying to resolve ICT access issues but like everything at the moment this is proving difficult as shops are not open, deliveries aren’t taking place in many cases and many of my staff have to self isolate.
    We will be working in this order of priority over the coming weeks to address issues that have been emailed to me regarding non or limited access:
    Year 11 and 13 students who must get sample and completed coursework to us.
    Students with no access- not even a phone to work from. We will work from Year 12 to Year 7
    Students with limited shared access.

    We just don’t know if and when we will be able to help Year 10 down to Year 7. When Year 13 and 11 have finished their work we will reallocate laptops and we have ordered some more so hope to be able to help Year 10 as the next priority.

    Paper packs are being sent to all Year 7, 8,9 and 10 students who do not have or have limited access to ICT today.

    Most of the work can be accessed using a smart phone.

    School Trips and Events that Parents have paid for:
    All school trips and events have been cancelled until we re-open (we really do not know when this will be).
    Parents will receive a full refund but we have limited availability of staff and so we ask parents to be patient with us.

    Please stay healthy and keep safe.

    Kind Regards

    Miss T Kelvie and Mr M Wright


    CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 31/03/20 10.00am

    Letter to all Year 7/8/9

      Aylesford School Update from Miss Kelvie - Headteacher and Mr Wright Executive Headteacher  

      Dear Parents and Carers

      OFSTED SUCCESS AND OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

      You will remember that our school was inspected by Ofsted at the beginning of this month. Ofsted have paused the publication of all inspection reports during the coronavirus crisis.  However, we are delighted to tell you that Aylesford School was judged to be ‘good’ in every area. We look forward to sharing the report with you once it has been published. 

      We are aware that everyone will be feeling anxious and stressed at this very challenging time and want to reassure you that the staff are fully committed to supporting families.  We write this communication in hope that it will help to alleviate some of the pressure you are under.


      The absolute priority is to stay safe and healthy - nothing else is as important! Please follow government guidance and stay at home as much as possible - this also applies to our young people.


      Our staff have been asked to try and provide an education remotely - this is new to us all and much of it is trial and error. Teachers have set work on Show My Homework and we ask all students to attempt what is being set. Our staff will mark work in line with our assessment policy. This means that not every pice of work will be marked and this is the case when students are in school too. They will keep in touch with you via email during the school day. 


      We know that parents and students are trying their best at present, and that parents are trying to juggle staying safe, working from home, keeping children occupied and entertained as well as trying to home educate - you can’t do it all, you can only try your best. Parents who are struggling to get children to work at home or who are experiencing issues in accessing the work, printing the work, submitting the work, please do not let is cause you lots of stress - there are more important things to worry about - all we ask is that you communicate any issues with us so that we can support you!


      If you have an issue accessing Show My Homework (SMHW) check the guidance we have posted on the website and on facebook in the first instance. If you are still having issues accessing SMHW please contact your child’s mentor - they will be making contact with you if they haven’t already. If after trying those things you still have trouble please contact Mrs Land:

      niamh.land@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

      If you have an issue with a particular subject please contact the Head of Department or teacher of the subject. Staff contact details and email addresses can be found on our school website.

      ​Please remember education comes in many forms including the promotion of life skills, development of good character and the art of communication - all are crucial at this time. Do not be afraid to allow your child to spend some time away from Show My Homework doing other activities such as cooking, cleaning, arts and crafts, writing letters to family and friends who they are unable to see, doing some fitness and even a bit of social time using zoom or house party or facetime if you have it.

      Other information you might find useful:

      Free School Meals
      We have ordered vouchers for those students who are in receipt of Free School Meals but they are yet to arrive - we are working to resolve this and as soon as we receive them they will be sent out to families.

      Access to ICT

      Those parents who have emailed in directly to indicate that their child has no access to ICT have all received the following reply from me:

      Thank you for your email!
      I am trying to resolve ICT access issues but like everything at the moment this is proving difficult as shops are not open, deliveries aren’t taking place in many cases and many of my staff have to self isolate.
      We will be working in this order of priority over the coming weeks to address issues that have been emailed to me regarding non or limited access:
      Year 11 and 13 students who must get sample and completed coursework to us.
      Students with no access- not even a phone to work from. We will work from Year 12 to Year 7
      Students with limited shared access.

      We just don’t know if and when we will be able to help Year 10 down to Year 7. When Year 13 and 11 have finished their work we will reallocate laptops and we have ordered some more so hope to be able to help Year 10 as the next priority.

      Paper packs are being sent to all Year 7, 8,9 and 10 students who do not have or have limited access to ICT today.

      Most of the work can be accessed using a smart phone.

      School Trips and Events that Parents have paid for:
      All school trips and events have been cancelled until we re-open (we really do not know when this will be).
      Parents will receive a full refund but we have limited availability of staff and so we ask parents to be patient with us.


      Please stay healthy and keep safe.

      Kind Regards

      Miss T Kelvie and Mr M Wright



      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 30/03/20 09.00am

      Dear Year 13 IB Students Only- Message from Mrs Dighton

      I just wanted to send you a gentle reminder about the urgency of getting your Reflective Project and your RPPF form sent over to me this week. Thank you to those of you who have already sent me your first drafts, however there are still a few students who haven’t sent me anything. The final deadline for submission is this Friday (3rd April), this means that your work will be sent to the IB exam board and after Friday your work cannot be changed. It is really important that you get this work to me and that it is your best work because this is likely to be used to give you an overall grade, as well as your other IB coursework. As you will know by now the IB exams have been cancelled so your coursework will be used (amongst other assessments) to give you the final grade that you deserve. Please be aware that any IB student who does not send me any work by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, I will be contacting your parents as a matter of priority. Please do not hesitate to contact me on amie.dighton@aylesford.kent.sch.uk if you have need too.

      We have been working hard on this project for months now and I am excited to read all of your chosen subjects over the next few days.



      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 27/03/20 09.00am

      A reminder that Show my homework can be accessed without a user name and password - please see the guide below

      SMHW guide without login



      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Wednesday 25/03/20 10.00am

      AYLESFORD SCHOOL - IMPORTANT: If your child does not have access to ICT at home e.g. no laptop or computer, please can you email Miss Kelvie on tanya.kelvie@aylesford.kent.sch.uk stating child’s full name and year group.

      Thank you


      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 24/03/20 12.30pm

      Message for all Year 13 and Year 13 Parents

      Dear Parents and Students of Year 13,

      As you may be aware, the Government have confirmed that the GCSE resit exams in English and Maths are cancelled, as are all BTEC and CTEC examinations, and we have also had confirmation that the IB exams are also now cancelled. Students will be awarded their grades based on predictions, mock exams, prior attainment and also the coursework you have produced for your subjects. Other evidence could also be used, but we are still awaiting confirmation on this. Please read the email below carefully to ensure you have the best chance at receiving the grades you deserve.

      As well as the evidence mentioned above, your coursework for each of your subjects is now critical in ensuring you are awarded a true and fair grade. The Sampling process that normally occurs every year where we send off student work to be quality assured has now been ‘paused’ by BTEC until further notice, and as of yet it has not been confirmed how this will take place (The exam board has obviously realised that it is going to be difficult to collate everything when we are all working from home). It is therefore vital that all Year 13 students are spending their time at home this week completing assessments and coursework to the best of their ability. Where possible this should be completed to your Target grade. Although it is unclear how coursework will be used, it will definitely be used in some capacity to grade work and justify exam results, so I strongly urge that all students take this opportunity to complete the work set.

      Each of your teachers will be setting work remotely via either Show My Homework, email or if they are brave like Mr Elcome, you may be lucky enough to be invited to an online lesson with your teacher. Please log in to these portals every day so that you do not miss anything and please adhere to any deadlines which your teachers are setting you. Failure to do so may result in staff contacting home or even worse, you may not get the grade you deserve. You may also want to check your spam folder on emails in case some emails are filtered here instead of your inbox.

      This is not the way I wanted your final year at Aylesford School Sixth Form to end, but as a school community we can all work together remotely to ensure that whatever your plan is after Aylesford that you get there successfully. Please contact me should you have any problems or queries.

      #staysafe #stayhome

      Mrs Dighton
      Director of Sixth Form


      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 23/03/20 11.45am

      Message from Mr Matthews - Year 11 Progress Leader

      Dear parents and students,

      As you may be aware, the government have confirmed that the GCSE exams are cancelled but that students will be awarded GCSE grades based on predictions, mock exams, prior attainment and other evidence yet to be confirmed. Please read the email below carefully to ensure you have the best chance at receiving the grades you deserve.

      As a school we may be asked to submit work to be moderated to back up students results. We are therefore requesting year 11 students to spend their time this week completing assessments to the best of their ability. These will be used alongside their mock exams to justify the results and therefore we strongly urge that students take this opportunity to complete the work set.

      Each of your teachers, or Heads of Department, will be setting you appropriate tasks to complete on Show My Homework. This needs to be checked regularly and deadlines need to be adhered to in order to give students the best chance possible of achieving the grades they deserve.

      It is also important that you check your emails regularly (please check your spam folder also as sometimes emails will be filtered there by your provider). Some subjects have sent out invites to online learning platforms to make conversing with students and submitting work easier. Instructions will be in these emails where it concerns your child.

      Since it is being completed at home we do not expect students to complete it in exam conditions - they may use books, revision guides or the internet - but we cannot accept work that is clearly not the students own work or work that takes substantially longer to compete than would normally be allowed, as this is not a true reflection of their ability - each of the assessments set should have a recommended time stipulated by the class teacher. Teachers will return work that they do not feel is reasonable to accept as a students own and clarify its validity or ask that it is repeated in exam conditions.

      The government hopes to get students grades to them in July - if you are not happy with the result you received you can contact the school who can try to appeal if we agree with your concerns or you will have the opportunity to take the exams ‘at the soonest possible opportunity’ - probably in the autumn term.

      I encourage students to submit work daily as tasks are completed. Yo will be contacted if your child does not complete work or it is not to the standard they are capable of; support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

      Please contact myself or class teachers with any queries.

      Kind regards,

      Daniel Matthews


      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 23/03/20

      Dear Parents/Carers

      Please see below the guidance from the Education Secretary,Gavin Williamson

      He states “You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home you should”



      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 22/03/20

      Dear Parents/Carers

      EXAM UPDATE -YEAR 11/13

      We now have an update on how grades will be awarded following the cancellation of the exams.

      The full details of this announcement can be found here:

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced?fbclid=IwAR2Si7L5hPUM5RibCj2sXx17jJvamRQnhga6sZj6plRJjhmEonAn89FTco8


      In summary…

      -      As we knew this year’s exams are cancelled and will not be sat this summer.
      -      Universities have promised they will flexible and support students to access their courses.
      -      All students will be given a grade to reflect the work they have put in.
      -      Ofqual will work with teachers to generate a grade that reflects this hard work by asking teachers to submit a grade which reflects the individuals work.
      -      The teacher submitted grade will be evidenced by mock exams results, coursework and will be combined with prior attainment grades to produce a final grade that is fair.
      -      School will be given full guidance on how to do this at a later date and it will be robustly monitored.
      -      The aim is to provide these grades to students by the end of July.
      -      These grades will follow the same distribution as previous years so will not stand out from previous years grades and will be awarded proportionately.
      -        If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis.
      -      In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again.
      -      The Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.

      As this is all of the information any of us have at the moment I will not be able to answer any questions as I do not have any more details than you. We will keep parents and students up to date as this moves forward.

      This does mean that students do not have to prepare further for exams or assessments. However, we may call individual or groups of students for coursework/ evidence that may currently be at home. We will be in contact.

      Kind regards

      Miss Kelvie - Headteacher
      Aylesford School


      CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 19/03/20

      Dear Parents and Carers

      There have been significant announcements this evening from the government.

      As you will understand, these will have a huge impact on our work as a school and as you as families.

      It is clear that from Monday the school will be shut, as will all schools until further notice.

        We will be planning to meet the expectations placed on schools in the speech and we will be contacting you over the next couple of days regarding how we will provide for the children of key workers and the other key groups mentioned. More information will follow in the next few days once we have clearer details of what this might look like and who it will apply to.

        Boris Johnson has also said that all exams in May and June will be cancelled. At the current time we have no further information on this announcement but we believe that exam boards may look at samples of work. We will therefore use the next two days with Year 11 and Year 13 in school to get the best samples of their work together. Students undertaking Food, Art and ICT practicals will still be allowed to do these as an example of their best work. Certainly, their best work will be used to appeal any grades that are awarded that we believe to be unfair.

        Again, as soon as we know what these changes mean and what will be put in place as an alternative, we will let you know.

        I will be in contact again over the next couple of days with more information.

        Thank you for your continued support.

        Kind regards

        Miss T Kelvie
        Headteacher