We are very much looking forward to welcoming students both old and new, back to Brockington College.

We are taking robust and comprehensive measures to enable you child to return to school safely, such as staggered break and lunch times, increased hygiene and hand washing, and students remaining in consistent bubbles, which will all contribute to minimising risks.

This #backtoschoolsafely page contains information from the school, the local authority and the UK government, which will be updated regularly to provide a comprehensive guide to all the latest information

Correspondence to parents and carers

Following confirmation today of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school community, all parents/carers have received correspondence via email.  

The school remains open for all students and staff, apart from those who have been asked to self-isolate.  Further updates will be provided tomorrow. 

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time, it is very much appreciated.

Accessing remote learning when unable to attend school

To support those who may not be able to attend lessons on site due to self isolation,  students will now be able to remotely access work via the Show My Homework platform.  The ‘work for students who are unable to attend school’ notification will link to a google classroom central store of work, set by each subject for each year group.  The work uploaded will run alongside the lessons being taught in school.

This will launch on Monday 14 September; please note, some subjects may be added throughout the week as we get this up and running.

If you have any queries, please contact the subject teacher or your child’s head of year or pastoral manager.

Social distancing and self-isolation guidance

A letter reminding all families of the importance of social distancing outside of school, as well as quarantine and isolation guidance.

Brockington College risk assessment

View the full COVID-19 Brockington College risk assessment.

Updates from Brockington College

26.08.20 The Department for Education has updated its advice on face coverings in schools

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a new statement on the 21 August on when children should wear face coverings. They now advise that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.”

As a result, the government is revising its guidance on face coverings for staff and children in year 7 or above in England. Nationwide, while the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary, schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances. Read the full Department for Education news story here.

The Trust and senior leaders at Brockington College have put together the following guidance

All students (except for those with a medical exemption) will be required to wear face coverings when inside the school building, apart from when in classrooms and when eating in designated dining areas.  

The government definition of a face covering is as follows. In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

Face coverings should be appropriate in design, non-branded and refreshed at least daily.

On arrival to their allocated assembly point, students will be required to put on a face covering, if they are not already wearing one from their journey.

Students will require their own face covering and their own personal hand sanitiser, in order to put on and remove their face coverings safely.  Form tutors will ensure that students have these items as part of their daily equipment checks.  Face coverings and personal hand sanitiser will be as a vital part of school equipment as a pen and pencil.

Students should be reminded to not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it. Before removing, they must wash their hands immediately, dispose of temporary face coverings in a  bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag or small covered container, and then wash their hands again. 

Students will be permitted to wear their face coverings in classrooms, should parents/carers or students express a desire to do so; however, all safety and hygiene protocols must be followed.   

This guidance will also apply to staff and visitors to the school.  However, staff who choose to will wear a visor in classrooms, so as not to inhibit communication.  

We appreciate that this may be late notice for parents and carers of year 7 students who are returning to school tomorrow, Thursday 27 August.  We would strongly encourage that these guidelines are followed on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August but will expect all students to have face coverings and hand sanitiser with them from Tuesday 1 September.

24.08.20 Transport and travel update
Transport and travel page updated.

05.08.20 Start of term arrangements and expectations 
Letter sent to all parents and carers

Updates from the local authority

14.08.20 Leicestershire County Council has published new practical guidance about returning to school on themes such as attendance, hygiene and school transport, as well as information about health, well being and adapting to new routines.

Practical Information about returning to school in Leicestershire.

Hints, tips and resources about managing worries and anxiety, keeping fit, structured routines and eating healthily.

Updates from the government

24.08.20 Resources for parents and carers
Returning to secondary school: what parents need to know leaflet

Updated 21.08.20 
Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their child’s return to school.