#backtoschoolsafely

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

Brockington College risk assessment

Year 11 live lessons

The timetable for live lessons for year 11 students who are unable to attend school during November is available here.  Please check regularly for updates. The google classroom students need to access is  ‘Year 11-3 live lessons code: t7l6f2k.

Brockington College risk assessment

Warm clothing and coats

05.11.20
Email sent to all parents and carers

In order to compensate for the need to keep the school well ventilated, with windows and doors remaining open, we have agreed that it will also be appropriate, where necessary, to allow students to wear their coats within classrooms.  This isn’t something we would normally consider, but hope that parents and carers will agree and support this compensation to ensure a degree of comfort in classrooms.

Please can I take this opportunity to ask you to speak with your son or daughter regarding the importance of full school uniform and remind all parents and carers that warm school sweatshirts and cardigans can be purchased from Match Fit Kit: https://www.matchfitkit.com/index.php/brockington.html

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Changes to end of day routines from Thursday 5 November

03.11.20
Email sent to all parents and carers

As you will be aware, we currently release students at the end of the school day over a staggered period of 10 minutes starting from 2.55pm to allow for a steady flow of students leaving the school grounds.

From Thursday 5 November, we will increase this period of time to 15 minutes starting from 2.50pm.

Please also remind children that from Thursday 5 November, in line with National lockdown guidelines, the ‘rule of 6’ no longer applies and that individuals are only allowed to meet outside with one other individual. We know that after school students have been spending time with each other in groups of six outdoors, but from Thursday they will only be able to do this with one other person.

The police in this area have been vigilant in following up breaches of the ‘rule of 6’ including with school children, so please be aware that we expect this to continue once the rules change on Thursday.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Leicestershire County Council - reminder to parents and carers

02.11.20
A letter from Leicestershire County Council reminding of important steps we can all take to reduce the risk of infection both in schools as well as in the community.

October 2020 update from the principal

26.10.20
letter from the principal providing all families with an update as we return to school for the second half of the autumn term.

Free School Meals

22.10.20
Free School Meals
In these uncertain times, if you think you may be eligible for the free school meals service, please visit the Leicestershire County Council website and click on ‘apply for free school meals’ to download the application form.  Alternatively, you can call 0116 305 5000.

Free school meal qualifying criteria:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit
  • The guaranteed element of pension credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Students pay for their purchases as normal; there is no way for other students to tell that a child receives free school meals.

Even if you do not intend for your child to eat school meals, completing the form could help the school to access extra funding through the Pupil Premium, which is spent on raising achievement of Brockington College students. 

If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s head of year or pastoral manager in the first instance.

Brockington College library

14.10.20 Information from Mrs Elliott, Learning Resources Coordinator
I would like to take the opportunity of letting you know how Brockington library is working under the current Covid-19 conditions.

Library webapp
Even though the library is currently closed to all students, they are still able to borrow books on an order/delivery basis. To do this, the library webapp can be accessed via this link: https://uk.accessit.online/brc00/#!dashboard. All students have had induction lessons on how to use the webapp and they can order up to three books using the library order form which is on the home page of the app. I take the books from the shelves (wearing gloves) and deliver them to the students. Returned books are quarantined for 72 hours before they can be borrowed by another reader.

Year 7 and 8 ‘library’ lessons
All students in year 7 and year 8 have a ‘library’ lesson once a fortnight. Normally these would take place in the library, where the students can browse the books and then spend time in silent reading. At the end of the lesson they complete a reading log. Currently these lessons are taking place in classrooms and students are expected to bring a book to read, either one from home or one which they have ordered from the library. A reminder to do this is posted on Show My Homework. At the start of these lessons I normally promote a couple of books and I am there throughout the lesson to help students if they are having problems ordering books from the library using the online site.

Reading Rampage – year 8
After half term the opportunity to take part in a Reading Rampage will be offered to all year 8 students. This is a Leicestershire-wide initiative in which students are encouraged to read as many books, from a list of ten that they can, and then rate and discuss them in small groups.

Like everyone, I hope that the current situation will soon pass and the library will be running as normal again. If you have any questions about the library, please do not hesitate to contact me via ele@brockington.leics.sch.uk I would also encourage you to follow the library on Twitter @BrockingtonLib

Brockington College risk assessment

12.10.20
View the updated COVID-19 Brockington College risk assessment here.

Accessing remote learning when unable to attend school

Updated guidance – 27/9/20
After carefully reviewing our online provision we have decided to move resources for those unable to attend school for any reason to Google Classrooms to make it easier for all to access (further information about this change has gone out via email).

All students have been invited to enrol in a classroom titled ‘Unable to attend school’ relevant to their year group.  Within this course, under the Classwork tab, students can find resources organised by week and subject that are being covered within school.

Should anyone be struggling to access Google Classrooms we have put together a guide covering most common issues which can be found here.

Social distancing and self-isolation guidance

03.09.20
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

28.08.20
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.