Coronavirus Update

26 March 2020

Please see Mr Walker’s latest update below:

Good afternoon. I hope you and your family are well.

As you know, we have asked students to complete their set work by 10.00am tomorrow morning. If this has caused/causes your child any stress or anxiety, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or tutor via e-mail. You will be aware that we are testing a system that is very new to all of us, so there may be some changes we need to make along the way. Treading lightly, we will record uncompleted and poorly completed work, so that we can inform you and help students continue their learning. It is so important that you communicate with us so that we can make any necessary adjustments to this new way of learning. If you are worried in any way, please contact your child’s tutor, Head of House, or me. We are trying our very best to get this right for everybody. Please note that we will have a break over Easter, and begin to set work again after the Easter period.

Student-staff communication

Some staff communicate with students via e-mail. Please can you remind your child to check their school e-mail inbox each day.

Students managing the Virtual School work list

Following feedback from parents/carers and students, we have discovered a method to remove students’ completed work from the Virtual School. Thank you to those parents/carers who helped us test this.

The message students will receive is below:

‘Welcome to your new daily e-mail from the Virtual School. When you have completed the work, log into the Virtual School, go to your homework page and click the Mark as completed button alongside each assigned task. Click the OK prompt when asked to confirm. The task then moves to the Past Homeworks section. If you made a mistake signing the work off, you can get it back by pressing the Mark as not completed button.’

Year 11

I know this situation is troubling everyone. We have been talking to Truro College about how we can work together on transition to post-16 work. We will ensure we do the same with all post-16 providers, so that we can come up with a plan that supports all students. We should have more concrete information about exam grades and transition after Easter. I am desperately sorry about this situation, but please know that we are trying our very best to build our plan.

Last week, Mrs Snowdon sent all Year 11 students an e-mail regarding applications to post-16 providers. This is a really important process, and we ask that pupils complete this straight away, if they have not already done so. Mrs Snowdon is going to resend the e-mail to all Year 11 students this afternoon.

Thank you for all your continued support.