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Announcements

Updated on 1st March 2021 09:53

Sections updated: Exams

Schools Reopening

The latest government guidance on school reopening says you can welcome pupils back on a phased basis during the week of 8th March to help manage your coronavirus testing programme.

On the week starting 8th March, we will be staggering pupils initial testing and return to school as follows:

Monday 8th March
  • Remote learning for all pupils
  • First COVID-19 test for pupils in Years 10 and 11
  • Year 11 testing 8:30am-11:30am
  • Year 10 testing 12:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday 9th March
  • Remote learning for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Year 10 & Year 11 in school
  • First COVID-19 test for pupils in Year 7
  • Year 7 testing 8:30am-11:30am
Wednesday 10th March
  • Remote learning for pupils in Years 8 and 9
  • Year 7, Year 10 & Year 11 in school
  • First COVID-19 test for pupils in Years 8 and 9
  • Year 9 testing 8:30am-11:30am
  • Year 8 testing 12:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 11th March All pupils to attend school as normal
Friday 12th March All pupils to attend school as normal

 

Coronavirus Testing

To help us keep everyone safe, we’ll be offering rapid coronavirus testing to all our pupils as they return from 8th March. Pupils will be asked to take 3 coronavirus tests at school, with 3 to 5 days between each test. Test results will take about 30 minutes to process.

If you have consented to your child being tested for COVID-19, you will receive a text message prior to the day of their first test with a timeslot for them to attend. For this test only, pupils are only required to come into school to take the Lateral Flow Test and they can return home straight afterwards to continue their remote learning. Test results will be provided to parents/carers on the mobile number or email address provided on the consent form.

For the second and third COVID-19 tests, pupils will attend school as normal and will be called out of lessons to take the test. Again, test results will be provided to parents/carers on the mobile number or email address provided on the consent form.

Pupils can return to school after their first negative result. If at any point they test positive, they’ll need to self-isolate in line with government guidance.

Testing is voluntary, and you and/or your child will need to give consent for it to be carried out. However, we strongly encourage your child to take part so we can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

If your child is not participating in testing, they should attend school as usual in line with our phased return arrangements.

After the 3 initial tests at school, pupils will be offered coronavirus tests that they should take twice a week at home. We will be in touch once we have received further information about this.

 

To find out more on who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff.

Attendance

School attendance will be mandatory and our usual rules on attendance will apply.

As a reminder, pupils should self-isolate and not come to school if they:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive
  • Live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive
  • Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive

In line with the latest government guidance, pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend school. If your child is in this group, they should continue to learn from home until further notice and you should inform us if you have not done so already and provide a copy of their shielding letter.

 For pupils who are self-isolating or shielding, we will continue to provide remote learning through Class Charts in line with how we have done so previously.

 

Our Safety Measures

Rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to make sure our pupils can return to school safely. From 8th March, we’ll be taking the following protective measures:

  • We’ll ask that all pupils wear a face covering in classrooms, communal areas and corridors. This is in line with the latest government guidance for schools
  • Pupils will be kept in year group bubbles during break and lunchtimes and will be expected to maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • We will be continuing with staggered start and finish times for each year group, with the use of different entrances and a slightly altered school day. Please ensure that your child does not arrive at school before their designated start time to avoid congestion on the pavement outside the school gates
  • Where pupils need to move to a different classroom they will be walked to a collection point and picked up by their next teacher so that there is no unsupervised lesson change over causing congestion

Timings of the School Day

Entry/Exit Point Entry Time Exit Time
Year 7

Bromford Road

Technology Gate

8:35am

3:45pm Monday

2:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

1:30pm Friday

Year 8

Bromford Road

Technology Gate

8:35am

3:55pm Monday

2:40pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

1:40pm Friday

Year 9

Bromford Road

Top Gate

8:50am

3:55pm Monday

2:40pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

1:40pm Friday

Year 10

Asholme Close

Rear Gate

8:35am

3:45pm Monday

2:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

1:30pm Friday

Year 11

Bromford Road

Top Gate

8:35am

3:45pm Monday

2:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

1:30pm Friday

Uniform

Pupils will be expected to attend school in full uniform, including Hodge Hill College tie, blazer and black shoes. To avoid the need to use the changing rooms which are smaller than classrooms, on the days your child has PE, they need to attend school in their PE kit if they are in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Full details of the school PE kit can be found here: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/Uniform/. No hoodies are allowed to be worn in school and jogging bottoms must be plain navy.

Please ensure your child brings with them each day:

  • A school bag
  • A reusable water bottle with water only
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser

 

Remote Learning

We will continue to provide remote learning for pupils who are self-isolating or shielding. All lessons and learning will take place on Class Charts and pupils should follow their normal school timetable. Resources include recorded video lessons and you will be contacted regularly about your child’s engagement and progress. We are providing weekly assemblies, form time activities and enrichment through the platform. For more information:

Remote Learning

Our Remote Learning Plan FAQsClassCharts ‘How to...’ GuideContact DetailsUseful WebsitesDaily Sessions

 

Letter from Councillors of Birmingham City Council to Families on Remote Learning


Exams

The Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSEs and A and AS Level exams will NOT go ahead this summer. He has also confirmed that they will use a form of teacher assessed grades and that these will be applied fairly and consistently and will be externally moderated. 

OFQUAL and the DfE have now produced their decisions based on the exam consultations. A summary of those decisions can be found in the letters below:

Mrs Millington's Latest Letter to Year 10 Students on Examination Updates

Mrs Millington's Latest Letter to Year 11 Students on Examination Updates

Full details of the decisions can be found in the link below:

Decisions on How GCSE, AS and A Level Grades Will Be Determined in Summer 2021

Exams FAQs:

My child will be sitting external vocational exams in February. Will they still go ahead?

No. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel these exams due to the current national lockdown. Teachers will be in touch with pupils directly and we will provide more information as soon as we can.

Are the summer exams still going ahead?

Under the current circumstances, it is NOT possible for GCSE, AS and A Level exams to go ahead as planned this summer. This has been confirmed by the Government.

 What are the current proposals?

 Ofqual and the DfE are currently consulting on the arrangements. Below is an outline of the current proposals, but they are subject to change.

  • Grades will be awarded by teachers using guidance that has been developed by Exam Boards. These are likely to be awarded in May/June.
  • Schools will use a range of evidence to make this decision. This could include mini ‘exam-style’ tests that the school makes or are provided by the exam boards.
  • The grades teachers set will be subject to extensive internal and external moderation.
  • An appeals process will be in place.

Can I respond to the consultation?

Yes – pupils, parents and teachers are all encouraged to respond. The deadline for responses is Friday 29th January 2021.

 Can I find out my grade in advance?

Teachers cannot talk to you about your grades. To do so would constitute exam malpractice and you MUST NOT ask them.

When will the details be finalised?

The consultation will finish by the end of the month, and we are likely to have firm proposals in place by February half-term. We will ensure you are kept updated as soon as possible.

Free School Meals

The current national Free School Meal voucher scheme will be ending on Friday 5th March 2021. 

We encourage parents/carers to apply for Free School Meals through the online service found on: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/FSM/. Parents/carers can also come into school if they require assistance in completing the online form and we are happy to help with this application over the telephone too. 

 

Additional Support

Lockdown has been a challenging period for all of us, and we’d like to thank you for your continuing support during this difficult and uncertain time. If you or your child have any concerns about returning to school, or if you think your child might need extra support when they return, please get in touch with your child’s Achievement Coordinator:

Year Group Achievement Coordinator Email Address
Year 7 Miss Perks year7@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk 
Year 8 Mr Popo & Mrs Clowes year8@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk 
Year 9 Mr Read & Miss Maleady year9@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk 
Year 10 Mrs Moore & Miss Barnes year10@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk 
Year 11 Mr Ahmed & Mrs Savic year11@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy

The Government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been created to soften the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus. The grant will only be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.  Below is a summary of the focus areas for Hodge Hill College: 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy


 

National Lockdown