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18th January 2022 - Please see letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education, Essex LA.

COVID Testing

Please continue to test at home twice a week.  Students will be given lateral flow tests to bring home.  Results should be reported to the college via TestRegister.

You can find a short pictorial guide to the testing process and how the test swabbing is completed here

You may find this video, provided by the NHS, showing the Orient Gene testing kit we will use in college in September useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDcEE071jeo 

You may find this video, provided by the NHS to support home testing useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&t=50s

Face Coverings

Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in college and on transport to and from college.

Cleaning/hygiene measures

Students will be expected to wash or sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day.

Tissues are available throughout the college to ensure that students can catch it, kill it, bin it

Uniform and equipment

Students should wear full college uniform.

Students will need to bring their own stationery and equipment into college and should avoid sharing items with other students.

Timing of the day

College will start at 9.00 am and students should not arrive on site before 8.30 am. College will finish at 3.30 pm.

Risk Assessment - click here

A guide to home learning can be found here

Remote Education Provision

A summary of our remote education provision can be found here

COVID-19 Catch Up Premium

We intend to spend our Covid-19 Catch-Up premium for 2020/2021 on…

Subsidising laptops for pupil premium students to ensure all students can access remote learning.

External GCSE examiners to support with the marking and moderation of GCSE mock exam for our November series.

Digital devices for our 2022 GCSE cohort to ensure they are fully prepared for remote learning in the event of further national/local lockdown. The devices will also support the college in sustaining new teaching and learning approaches harnessed during the extended period of remote learning.

A whole-school literacy strategy to ensure all students maintain at least expected progress in terms of reading age, spelling age and vocabulary acquisition. Form time reading strategies, library re-development, and enhanced accelerated reader packages to improve average reading ages are just a few of the approaches we will invest in.

A departmental covid-catch-up fund where each department can bid for resources to support students in catching-up on lost learning. This is already active and a number of interventions and resources across music, PE, English, drama and textiles have already been sourced, purchased with some already being used.

An on-line after-school programme of small group tutoring in English, maths and science. Students will be identified from end of term/assessment data and invited to attend the weekly session that will run for fifteen weeks with specialist teachers.

Well-being resources and interventions. Year 11 were treated to a paint-run as part of the leaver’s events to help create memories and boost well-being. Weekly well-being activities are being run across the college every Monday and Friday during the summer term. Other targeted well-being interventions will be supported via the pastoral team.

As always, should you have any queries, please email admin@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk and the most appropriate person will contact you as soon as possible.