Coronavirus – useful information

Advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education is being updated regularly, as any new information becomes available, we will update parents/carers via this and the Embrace website and text messages notifications. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Autumn term 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support, for all that we are seeking to do to continue to educate and support students at this time.  Normally at this point, we would have been able to advise parents/carers about the arrangements for the start of the new autumn term.  

You will have heard from government, over the past few days, that their ambition is to have all students back at school from the autumn term; we welcome this wholeheartedly as long as it can be done safely for all staff and students.  

However, the government have also stated that schools will be issued with guidance outlining the detail of their plans over the next two weeks, this takes us into the last week of the school term.  Without this guidance we are unable to inform parents/carers what that start of the new term will entail.  We will of course keep you updated as we know more. 

Work experience 2020 update

As always, the safety of students and staff comes first in any decisions that are made, and as a result we have taken the decision to cancel work experience week 2020, which was due to have taken place week commencing 29 June 2020. Please see the letter sent to all parents/carers for more details.

Live lessons through Google Classroom

We have been trialling live lessons using the Google Classroom platform, fixing errors that have arisen and training staff in the use of technology, with the intention that over the next couple of weeks all year groups will be able to access a range of live lessons.  Further information can be found in the letter distributed to parents/carers.

COVID-19 Track and Trace - Privace Notice

29.05.20
Please click here for the COVID-19 Track and Trace Privacy Notice

An update from the principal

22.05.20
Thank you for your continuing support during this challenging period, please see letter distributed to parents and carers providing various updates from Sadie Batstone, Principal. 

Letter to parents and carers from Embrace

12.05.20
You will no doubt be aware of the government’s announcement last Sunday about the easing of lockdown restrictions. This was followed by the release of further information from the government yesterday. As a result, I wanted to clarify for you the arrangements that are currently in place and the changes that will potentially be made in respect of educational provision nationally. Please see letter distributed to parents and carers from Chris Southall, Trust Leader.

An update from the principal

07.05.20
I trust that you and your families remain safe and well at this time. I thought it would be timely to send a letter out to continue to outline where we are as a college. Please see letter distributed to parents and carers providing various updates and support information from Sadie Batstone, Principal.

Update from Embrace Multi Academy Trust

01.05.20
Letter distributed to parents and carers providing an update from Chris Southall, Trust Leader.

Invitation to journal

27.04.20
A letter inviting students to take part in a weekly journaling project, with school counsellor, Mrs McPherson.

Update from the principal

16.04.20
We look to begin our new summer term on Monday and are expecting that our students return to completing their schoolwork at home. Responding to student and parent/carer feedback, we have drawn up a ‘suggested timetable’ for each key stage that we hope will help families to plan what needs doing and when; we hope this provides a better balance.  Please see letter sent to all parents/carers.

Department for Education (DfE) free school meals FAQs and privacy notice

13.04.20
During these challenging times, we want to ensure that students eligible for free school meals can continue to access support if they are not in school. We will therefore be participating in the government’s scheme to ensure families have access to vouchers in place of receiving the free school meals after Easter, and have contacted all eligible families. The DfE have produced a free school meals voucher service FAQs guide for parents/carers as well as a free school meals voucher service privacy notice.

Helping your child stay safe online during COVID-19

07.04.20
Advice and guidance from the Brockington College IT team on helping your child stay safe online during COVID-19.

Update from the principal

03.04.20
Letter distributed to parents and carers providing information and various updates from the principal, Sadie Batstone.

Emotional and physical wellbeing

30.03.20
Letter distributed to parents and carers sharing ideas and resources to support young peoples’ emotional and physical wellbeing during this period.

Year 11 mock exams

30.03.20
We are delaying the full release of mock examination marks and grades for the time being, to allow for continued moderation of papers across the school.  

As a result of school closure, government directives in force, as well as staff self-isolation, this process will take longer than originally planned.

At present we are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education regarding the process they are intending to follow for issuing student results in the summer term, and will update all Year 11 students and their families as soon as we can.   

 The most up-to-date statement from the Department for Education regarding the 2020 summer exams can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams

Please be aware of scam emails

26.03.20
We have been made aware of an email scam being sent to parents/carers regarding free school meals during school closures.

The emails states: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a fraudulent scam email; it is not from the local authority or the DfE. We urge parents/carers that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete immediately

School closure FAQs

24.03.20
Thank you to all parents and carers for bearing with us during these unprecedented times, where we have had to make decisions in response to daily (and hourly) updates. We have received a number of similar queries so have put together this frequently asked questions document to help.

School closure – further information

20.03.20
We have sent you a lot of information over the last few days but have just a few more important things to update you on, which we hope will prove useful. Further information in this letter sent to all parents and carers.

School closure information

19.03.20
Parents and carers will be aware of the government’s announcement yesterday that all
schools in England will close from Monday 23 March onwards. Further details are explained in this letter sent to all parents and carers.

Closure to students in Year 8 and Year 9

18.03.20
Letter sent to parents and carers explaining that we will not be open to students in Year 8 and Year 9 on Thursday 19 March. 

Cancellation of extra-curricular activities

17.03.20
Following the government announcement yesterday, please see this letter informing parents and carers that all after school extra-curricular activities at Brockington College, will be cancelled from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Formal Year 11 revision sessions with subject staff, will continue to take place, as per the revision timetable, but will finish by 4pm. This is, however, subject to change, and we will update parents/carers as appropriate.

Show My Homework access

13.03.20
Letter emailed to all parents/carers

Show My Homework access

Currently schools across the UK are preparing for the possibility of closure due to the Coronavirus. At this point, we don’t know if or when this is likely to happen nor do we know how long any period of closure would last. Should this scenario occur, then we will inform parents/carers and provide more detail at that point.

However, in order that we are ready for such a scenario, our teaching staff have been
preparing work and programmes of study. Should we be in a position where the school
needs to close, our expectation of students would be that they continue to work at home in the same way that they would have done had they been present in school. Therefore, staff will be setting work daily which students will be expected to complete and return to their teachers for feedback.

At Brockington College you will know that we use Show My Homework as a homework setting mechanism. Should we need to close, then the intention is that work will be set for students to complete through Show My Homework, as this is already our normal way of
working and both students and parents/carers are familiar with this tool.

So that we can ensure that all students are able to complete work at home should the need arise, we are asking parents/carers to let us know if they or their child are not able to access Show My Homework or need further help to make sure they are fully set up. Please contact my PA, Diana Walker, via dwa@brockington.leics.sch.uk with any query or where there is an issue with access to Show My Homework, so that we can ensure all students are able to access work ahead of any closure.

Informing the school of travel​

11.03.20
Parents/carers should alert the school if they have travelled and returned from any category 1 or category 2 area. Please ensure guidance is followed.

  • The latest travel guidance can be found here
  • Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here.
We would also greatly appreciate if parents/carers could inform us of any travel plans, over the next few weeks including the Easter holidays, to any of the affected areas.  This will enable us to plan any response as required, in conjunction with DfE and PHE guidelines.  Please contact dwa@brockington.leics.sch.uk

Centralising information

11.03.20
Embrace Multi Academy Trust will now centralise information and updates regarding Coronavirus.  Please check their website www.embracemat.org regularly (Link to information at the top of the page).  As new information becomes available, we will continue to alert parent/carers via text message notifications.  

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

09.03.20
The government recognises that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. The government’s overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and they will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The importance of hygiene

09.03.20
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often, for 20 seconds, with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.  Please help us in reinforcing these simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

09.03.20

  • The latest travel guidance can be found here. Please ensure guidance is followed.
  • Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here.
  • Government updates on COVID-19.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

02.03.20
Today, the Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Sat and Sun) updated 16.03.20

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Government updates on COVID-19

Coronavirus - useful information

27.02.20
Letter emailed to all parents/carers

Coronavirus – useful information

With the safety of students and members of staff in mind, I wanted to contact all parents/carers to reassure you that we are working in close collaboration with the Trust and the local authority to ensure that we keep up-to-date with all information regarding the Coronavirus. Be assured, we are following guidance and recommendations from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

In accordance with guidance, we are reminding students of the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene, as this remains the most important thing people can do to help reduce the spread of infections. Please reinforce this message at home by reminding your son/daughter to carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneezes and then put the tissue in the bin, and wash their hands regularly. We have also made the decision to introduce extra cleaning measures, to minimise risk.

The NHS have provided an information overview and answers to frequently asked questions. 

We would ask parents/carers to inform the college, where students and families have returned from a Category 1 or Category 2 area as identified here, on or after 19 February 2020. Please ensure that where this is the case, we are made aware and that guidance issued has been followed, including self-isolation and/or seeking medical advice, via 111, as necessary.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the college.