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Friday 4th September 2020

The following letter was sent out to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming your children back to school next week. As this is not a straightforward start to term, we have produced a handbook to help you understand the new procedures and timings. This has been updated since July and can be found here:
https://www.bishopluffa.org.uk/covid-19/parents-and-carers-handbook-september-2020/

There is a safety video that shows students what the expectations are within school. Please could you ensure that your child has watched this video before they return, using this link.

The key messages for students are:

  • Everyone should have a face mask to wear in corridors, communal areas and when queuing.
  • Students need their own equipment and reading book, as these items cannot be shared.
  • Students must not congregate on site – they must go straight to their allocated room or waiting room as detailed in the Parents and Carers handbook.
  • Students should wear PE kit if they have PE on that day as detailed in the Parents and Carers handbook.
  • Students must wear their blazer over their PE kit, as many students use the blazer to store personal belongings.

A reminder of the first day for each year group:

Monday 7th September

Year 7 - 8.05am to 2.05pm
Year 12 - 8.05 to 2.25pm
▪ Detailed instructions have been sent for Induction Days.
▪ Packed lunch is required for the first two weeks of term.

Tuesday 8th September

Year 8 - 8.25am to 2.25pm straight to period 1
Year 9 - 8.05am to 2.05pm straight to registration
Year 13 - as required by their timetable

Wednesday 9th September

Year 10 - 8.05am to 2.05pm straight to period 1
Year 11 - 8.25am to 2.25pm straight to period 1

Thursday 10th September

Whole school returns.

Year 7 and 12 will be issued with timetables on their induction days on Monday 7th September. All other years will need to have accessed their timetable ahead of their return to school as students will go straight to their first lesson or registration - please note registration rooms may have changed.

How your child can access their timetable
Students can access timetables on Frog either via the App or website, as a parent you can access timetables though the INSIGHT app or website or though the Frog App.

Please let your child know that we look forward to seeing them back in school next week and I am sure that we will all adapt to the new arrangements quickly. Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Williams, Deputy Head

Thursday 3rd September 2020

The following letter was sent out to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

The staff were back at school today; we have conquered our own nervousness and now can’t wait to see your children back with us!

We managed to have a Eucharist outside and we had a combination of face-to-face and virtual meetings. We have also tested the new arrangements for serving food. This has shown us that we can give students a valuable experience at school that is a significant improvement on working from home.

One thing that we have decided following today, is to ask all staff and students to wear a face mask when they are on corridors, in communal areas and queuing for lunch. Please can you make sure that your child has a face mask every day for school. Face masks can have patterns on them, sports teams, etc., as long as they are inoffensive. Some staff and students will want to wear face masks in classrooms, as well, because of their own or their family’s health conditions. No-one will be asked to remove a face mask and we will be talking to students about being tolerate of people’s different needs.

We will send more details about the health and safety measures we have taken tomorrow. Timetables will be on Insight and Frog in the morning. 

We know that the normal butterflies around returning to school could well be worse this year. We are ready for students to have different levels of confidence as they return. Everyone will find the new arrangements strange at first but I hope that your child will find joy in seeing other students and staff once again.

I have taken strength in the words of St Teresa of Avila, and hope you will too:

‘All things pass: God never changes.’

Yours faithfully,

Mr Austen Hindman, Head Teacher

Friday 28th August 2020

The following letter was sent to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Bishop Luffa Travel Arrangements Autumn 2020

As part of our planning for the safe return to school for our students, we are writing to update you on the latest information from our local travel providers.

Safe travel guidance

Where possible we encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school. The Government is keen that schools make it as easy as possible for students to cycle in, which is why we have expanded the number of cycle racks available. Our local council shares the same aim, and there are currently extra cycle lanes available across the city.

If your child needs to use public transport to travel to school, then they will be asked to follow the transport guidelines, which include wearing a face covering when on buses, coaches or trains and when they are inside stations.

Student groups on public transport

It is not possible to eliminate the risk of spreading the Coronavirus completely, but we can take action to minimise the risk. Students will have spent their time at school in year group bubbles, so we will ask students to sit in these bubbles when they get on to buses that leave directly from school:

Single decker bus Double decker bus
Order of seating:
Driver - Yr. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and Sixth form
students
Order of seating:
Lower level: Driver - Yr. 7, 8, and 9.
Upper level: Yr. 10, Yr 11, and Sixth form
students

We recognise that this could mean family groups being kept apart during the journey and then mixing immediately afterwards: there will be many inconsistencies like this, but I’m sure that you can see that this has some benefits. Please note Bishop Luffa staff will only enter buses in an emergency.

Local travel providers

Please find below the details we have received from our travel companies concerning bus travel arrangements for September 2020. Please note that some of the bus timings and route numbers have changed. Timetables are attached for each route. We recognise that some of the routes have changed and we have been in discussions with the providers. The bus companies are struggling with the low numbers using their service and hope to be able to resume some of the routes that have been cut, at some point. Where there is considerable disruption to your child’s route, you should have received a separate email.

Buses
Provider: Stagecoach
Selsey and Hunston
For students travelling from Selsey and Hunston to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate a 651 to the school which will only be open for school and college students to travel on. Returning in the afternoon they will need to continue using normal service buses back to Hunston and Selsey which will be operating every 15 minutes.

Witterings and Birdham
For students travelling from The Witterings and Birdham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate a 653 to the school which will only be open for school and college students to travel on (please note that this journey will operate 10 minutes earlier throughout). Returning in the afternoon they will be operating the normal 652 from the school back to Birdham and The Witterings which will only be open for school and college students to travel on.

Bognor Regis, Aldwick, Rose Green, Pagham and North Mundham
For students traveling from Bognor Regis, Aldwick, Rose Green, Pagham and North Mundham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate the same journey departing Bognor Regis High Street at 06:30 (please note that this journey has been renumbered to 660). This service will only be open for school and college students to travel on. Returning in the afternoon the normal 660 from the school back to North Mundham, Pagham, Rose Green, Aldwick and Bognor Regis which will once again only be open for school and college students to travel on.

*Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea, Flansham Park, Bognor,Regis, North Bersted
For students travelling from Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea, Flansham Park, Felpham, Bognor Regis Town Centre and North Bersted to Bishop Luffa. Stagecoach have put a new journey on the 600 which will operate between Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea and Flansham Park, at Flansham Park the service will turn into a 700 towards Portsmouth via Chichester. Returning in the afternoon students will need to use normal service buses back to North Bersted, Felpham and Flansham Park which will be operating every 15 minutes. For students continuing to Middleton-on-Sea and Elmer they will need to change at Bognor Regis, where an every 30 minutes service is being operated on the 600 towards Elmer.

Havant, Emsworth, Southbourne and Bosham
For students travelling from Havant, Emsworth, Southbourne and Bosham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate the original journeys to and from the school. Please note that this service has been renumbered as a 770 and will only be open for school and college students to travel on.

Routes which are busy
Buses which are designated for school students only, as detailed above, will run with maximum capacity. Beyond this, double-decker and single-decker buses, which run before and after the school designated buses and are open to the public, will be limited to 34 and 21 persons respectively. Parents should be aware that there is a chance their child will not be able to take a seat on these buses if the bus has reached this capacity.

Stagecoach do not envisage demand exceeding capacity on its buses, however, they will have spare vehicles that they can send to duplicate bus routes to cover busy journeys throughout the day. Initially they feel it will be hard to predict which journeys will be busy, but they will do everything they can to reduce the amount of time that customers are waiting.

Tickets
All normal tickets will be accepted on and sold on all buses, including those which Stagecoach have dedicated for school students’ use only. You will still be able to buy singles, returns, day tickets and weeklies tickets from the bus driver on the day.

Stagecoach still won't be giving change and ask students to have exact fares or use contactless payment. Also, all their ‘dayriders’ and ‘weeklies’ tickets are available at a lower price on the Stagecoach App. They also have ‘Termrider’ tickets for under 16s.

Covid arrangements
For details regarding how Stagecoach are making journeys safer during the pandemic please visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

Provider: Compass Travel
We are sorry to advise you that Compass Travel have withdrawn the 141 service from Elmer to Bishop Luffa. If your child uses this route, you should have received a separate email from the school. Please contact the office if you have not received this.

We have been working with Stagecoach to create an alternative solution for pupils in the areas around Elmer. Please see above for the alternative option that Stagecoach are providing to cover the route marked *.

For all other Compass bus information, please refer to their website: https://www.compasstravel.co.uk.

Trains
Provider: Southern Rail
From Monday 7 September Southern rail are making changes to their timetable to support the start of the academic year. The link below will give you information on:
• Changes to the time table.
• How your child can travel safely on the train
• How busy the train will be.

https://www.southernrailway.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/serviceupdates?uq=637339378958330000#INCC33D24A60FD44080BCF3D91D8D36B7E3

This is a difficult time for students, families and the travel companies themselves. We are all praying for a smooth start and that the measures put in place will keep everyone safe. Hopefully we will see your child back at school very soon.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Williams, Deputy Head

Tuesday 14th July 2020

The following letter was today sent to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

Helping your child prepare for returning to school in September

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. We are really looking forward to welcoming your child back to school in September. This letter is an attempt to support you so that you can support your child as they return to school. However, we are all in the dark here and will be learning together!

We have worked with families in the past who have had long periods away from school, often for medical reasons. The following tips have been the most useful pieces of advice according to the families that we have worked with:

1. Re-establish a routine. During lockdown for many of us our routines will have changed. Some of us will have been waking up later and going to bed later. To help your child prepare, it would be beneficial to re-establish the routine of getting up at the right time for school as we get closer to their return in September

2. Put your child in control. Talk to them about how they can stay safe in school, for example washing their hands before and after eating. Please reassure them that the school are putting measures in place to help keep them safe including:

  • Staggering break and lunch times
  • Staggering arrival and departure times
  • Having social distance guidance markers on the floor in corridors
  • Installing additional hand-washing stations.

3. Discuss anxieties. It would be completely normal for any child to have mixed emotions about returning to school and many people will be feeling exactly the same. Young minds have created a page with tips on ‘starting a conversation with your child’  https://youngminds.org.uk/starting-a-conversation-with-your-child/

4. Be prepared. Encourage your child to find their uniform, PE kit, bus pass card, school books, bags, drinks bottles etc. so that this is not left to the last minute, creating anxiety.

5. Share information. As you receive information from the school about the return, please discuss this with them so that they can visualise the arrangements. There will be a handbook that collects all of this information in one place.

6. Seek support. The transition back into school may be more challenging for some pupils. If you feel that your child is struggling, please contact your child’s form tutor or Head of House who will be happy to support them.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Jackson, Assistant Headteacher

Monday 13th July 2020

The following letter was today sent out to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your continued support of the school this year. It is your strong relationship with us that has enabled us to negotiate such challenging and unprecedented circumstances. We are now
very much looking forward to finally welcoming all the remaining students back in September – we have missed them!

There will be some changes to Heads of House and Form Tutors from next term as some staff move on or retire. We know that some children and families will want to have the opportunity to say
goodbye to colleagues, so we are letting you know the details today in advance of September. I have enclosed a full list of the groups and staff from September.

We are unable to confirm rooms at this time as we continue to work through plans for next term. We will contact you again at the beginning of September to confirm the tutor room for each group.

Thank you again for your support. We wish you and your family all the very best for a safe and restful break.

Yours faithfully,

Mr N Topley, Assistant Head - Head of KS3

Friday 10th July 2020

The following letter was today sent out to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

I am finally able to give you some actual details about how school should look in September! The intention is that every student is back in school as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

The main principles that we have followed are:

  • We want to have all lessons taught by specialist teachers
  • We need students studying for exams being taught in specialist classrooms
  • We will minimise the amount of movement around the school and maintain ‘bubbles’.

To ensure that we are able to bring students back safely and instruct them in the new procedures that they will need to follow, we will have a staggered return in September:

  • Monday 7th September: Years 7 and 12 in school
  • Tuesday 8th September: Years 7, 8, 9 and 13 in school
  • Wednesday 9th September: Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 in school
  • Thursday 10th September onwards: Everyone in school.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be in separate areas and teachers will come to them. Older students will also have zones of the school where they spend most of their time, but will be able to move to specialist classrooms, like Science labs and Technology rooms, as normal.

We hope that maintaining bubbles will allow us to keep as much of the curriculum as possible going and will mean that we can, in time, begin to offer an extra-curricular programme. However, for the first two weeks of the new term there will not be clubs after school, while we all get used to the new routines.

To help maintain these bubbles and to avoid large groups of students mixing, we are also going to stagger students’ arrival and departure from school. This means that your child’s school day will be 20 minutes shorter than normal. Sadly we have had to reduce the amount of social time in school to enable this to happen.

Year Group Start Time Finish Time
7 8.05 2.05
8 8.25 2.25
9 8.05 2.05
10 8.05 2.05
11 8.25 2.25
Sixth Form Varies depending on timetable Varies depending on timetable

We would like to encourage your child to walk or cycle to school where possible. If you drive your child to school, please can we ask that you arrive no more than five minutes before their start time to avoid congestion. There will be further details about buses next week. Students with siblings in year groups that have a different start and finish time will be able to wait in school as required.

School will be very different in September and I am aware of the strain that this is putting on your children and on you. We are planning for the fact that students will come back to us in very different places academically and mentally. I can promise that we will not bombard them with tests the moment that they set foot in the building and that we will all be undertaking training to help us identify and support students with mental health issues.

I appreciate that this email raises lots of questions. Next week you will receive more detail on how school will operate and we will put all of this together into a handbook so that you have one point of reference in September. Please can I add the caveat that guidance changes quickly at the moment, so we will have to adapt to local and national changes as they arise.

Thank you, as always, for your patience and support.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Austen Hindman

Head Teacher

Monday 6th July 2020

The following letter was today sent out to all parents and carers via Parentmail:

Dear parents and carers,

I’m sure that many of you will be aware that the Government has now published guidance on reopening schools in September. We are working to turn this guidance into a workable plan for Bishop Luffa School and hope to be able to share that plan with you very soon. There are two principles that are clear:

All students should return to school on a full time basis from September;Schools should adjust the way they operate to reduce the risk of infection.

Please note that it is unlikely that school will return immediately to the way it was before lockdown. It would help all of us if you begin to talk to your child about this. Students will not be able to mix freely across years and social time will be very different. If students come back to school with that expectation, then hopefully the reality will be a pleasant surprise.

This school year will end as advertised on Friday 17th July. We will not set lessons on that day; instead we will be having our final whole school assembly online at 10am. Our Key Worker provision will finish on Thursday 16th July.

The school building has now been open non-stop since February Half Term. This has meant an incredible amount of work from our site staff and cleaners. To make sure that they, and all our staff, get a break, we will be closing the school physically and virtually for the first week of the summer holiday: 20th – 24th July. If you need anyone at school urgently during that time, then please use head@bishopluffa.org.uk.

I would like to thank you all for your support over the last few months: your messages and prayers have kept us all going.

Yours faithfully,

Austen Hindman, Head Teacher

 

Monday 6th July 2020

For the attention of Year 7 Parents and Carers

Dear parents and carers

Please note that tomorrow's planned Year 7 into Year 8 Parents and Carers Induction Evening has been postponed until Tuesday 14th July. This will be a virtual event and information on how to access the meeting will be sent to you before Tuesday. It will start at 6.30pm and conclude by 7.00pm.

 

Friday 5th June 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YEAR 10 AND YEAR 12 STUDENTS

Extending face to face provision to Year 10 and 12

Dear Parents and Carers

The Government has asked schools to consider how they can involve students in Years 10 and 12 in ‘face-to-face’ contact with their teachers. This will begin on 15th June.

Schools have been left to decide how they want to implement the guidance, but one thing is clear: for all of our students, the main experience of school will be online for the rest of the term.

We have been working on a programme that gives students opportunities in school that they couldn’t have at home, while following the stringent health and safety guidelines that the Government has set out. If we are asking students and staff to take the risk of coming into school, then we want it to be a meaningful experience, important to their courses, which cannot be delivered on-line.

Within the DFE guidelines we are able to have 25% of students in Year 10 and 25% of students in Year 12 in school at any one time. This means that we can have a maximum of 60 Year 10s and 30 Year 12s in the building each day. We will have the children of Key Workers in school at the same time, so we expect to have approximately 140 students on site.

Students will be taught in separate ‘bubbles’ and will follow strict hygiene rules. Their start and finish times will be staggered and they will not be in for an entire school day or expected to wear school uniform. A detailed timetable for your child will follow next week, with further guidance on the expectations at school. Here is an overview of the programme:

Year 10

Wb 15th June: Triple Science, Performing Arts, Product Design and PE

Wb 22nd June: Triple Science, Performing Arts, Product Design and PE

Wb 29th June: English

Wb 6th July: Maths

Wb 13th July: Combined Science

Although a small number of Year 10 students will not be involved in the early phase of reopening due to their subject choices, all students will have had the opportunity to take part in lessons in school by the end of term.

Year 12

Year 12 exams will continue online as per the communication from Mr Saunders. Exams will end on Friday 26th June. From 29th June students will be invited to attend practical subjects to supplement their online learning and from 6th July for progress review meetings with individual subject teachers and personal tutors.

We look forward to giving you more information next week.

Yours faithfully

Steve Williams, Deputy Headteacher

 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Dear parents and carers,

I would like to thank you all for the work that you are doing to keep your children engaged with school. The amount of work being completed and the amount of contact that we have had from students has surpassed our expectations.

I have been ready to write to you for over a week to explain the Government’s plans for schools to return, but as you will have seen from the news, the guidance so far has been about primary schools. We are expecting a document to come out this week that sets out the expectation for secondary schools. What is clear is that the majority of our students will be learning online for some time. To help us prepare for this, we will be asking you and your children to fill-in surveys about the lessons so far. This has been new to all of us and we need to adapt to the needs of our students.

We continue to open the school for the children of Key Workers and for students with Education Health Care Plans. The students in school do the same work as the students at home, guided by a small number of staff. If you are returning to work after 1st June and need help looking after your child, please contact us at keyworker@bishopluffa.org.uk. We will prioritise Keyworker families and children with EHCPs, but we will try our best to help where we can.

If your child is struggling to work at home but doesn't have an Education Health Care Plan, we may still be able to help. Please contact your child's Head of House and we will work out how we can support you, either by bringing your child in to school or through contact with staff online.

If you have a child in Year 10 or Year 12 you may have seen that there is a promise of 'face-to-face time with a teacher on a limited basis' for your child before the summer holiday. We are waiting to see what that means, and have the same questions that you would have about safety and transport to school. However, if it is possible to give some students a meaningful experience safely in school this academic year, then we will be very excited to welcome them back. I will contact Year 10 and 12 parents when we have a firm proposal, with safety plans included, for students to come in to school.

Thank you, as always, for your support and prayers through this difficult time.

Yours faithfully,

Austen Hindman, Head Teacher