It has been an unusual start to the year and I want to thank all our parents/carers with regards to communicating with us regarding school opening arrangements.
I would also like to thank all parents/carers for completing questionnaires with our Pastoral Team and sharing with us your thoughts and feelings about the current unprecedented situation our nation is in.
We have revised offer during this time where we will provide a blended approach to learning with onsite face to face learning available to all students complemented by remote teaching for those who are working at home.
All our students thrive on structure and routine. As a result, we have created a timetable for our students to ensure they have access to a full and engaging curriculum whilst making learning safer for all.
All students will have lessons taught through a combination platforms such as Google Drive, Google Meets (video conferencing), MathsWatch, LEXIA, KAMI (to annotate pdf worksheets), Pearson Active Learn etc.
We are committed to continue to provide your daughter with the highest quality education and the highest quality of care through these difficult times.
We will continue to keep you updated via email but also will update information on our website.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that the person who can help you gets in contact. Alternatively you can call the school main line on 0207 703 7189 during school operating hours.
We are here to help.
Sophie Nelson - Headteacher
Please see below sections for further information with regards to our revised offer:
The school has been sent testing kits which will allow us to test staff and students.
The procedure of the test is that swabs are taken from the back of the mouth (tonsils) and swabs of both nostrils.
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible for as many vulnerable and key worker students.
The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.
All our students have been assigned a key worker to help support remote and onsite learning.
Key Workers have contacted students, parents/carers and have arranged times when they will meet with their key students throughout the week.
On the remote learning days key workers will also work with and support students with activities such as;
Our staff will continue to refer to EHCP outcomes with students where there are targets that students need to work on.
Our Pastoral & Well-being team will continue to support students with regards to personal and mental well being matters. The team also have a timetable as to when they contact each student and this is done on a weekly basis. This will be identified on students individual timetables.
Pastoral & Well-being team
Carl Samuels: Pastoral Manager
Amita Kumari: Safeguarding Manager
Counselling and Mentoring interventions will continue to operate for assigned students as arranged last term. Our School counsellor will be onsite weekly on Wednesdays, however will contact any assigned students if they are working from home.
We will be able to continue to offer Counselling support for our students. The scope of what we can offer will be more flexible in reaction to the unprecedented changes we are adapting to.
Our School counsellor will be onsite weekly on Wednesdays, however will contact any assigned students if they are working from home.
Outlined below are some basic questions/checks we would like you to make before any Counselling interactions begin;
If you have carried out the above checks and want to begin communicating with us you will need to know what we can offer?
Please note it would have to be agreed to what length of time sessions would last for. For some people a quick ‘check in’ email may be enough, but for others it may be a different arrangement that we will need to plan for.
Students can email Julia Lartey on email@example.com and let her know if you would like to proceed with sessions and indicate what method of communication would suit.
St Giles Mentoring
The St Giles Charity provides weekly mentoring support for students at PhoenixPlace. Vanessa has been working with a number of our students where she offers guidance, motivation, emotional support, role modelling, information and advice.
"My aim is to help you take the steps in the right direction for your life".
Parents/ guardians and the students can contact Vanessa Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and can arrange telephone conversations, skype or zoom chats.
Footsteps YP Senior Worker
M: 0738 741 1012
Our Educational Psychologist will also be accessible to staff (eg training and supervision) and continue with any educational assessments started last term.
Our School Nurse will operate under a referral capacity via the Safeguarding Manager.
We will contact you shortly with the revised offer for those students who access our Theatre Troupe (drama therapists) provision.
As last lockdown our staff team of key workers, pastoral and well-being staff will schedule and conduct home visits (where it is safe to do so) to check in on families.
This will start from week beginning 16th January 2021. These visits will mainly be for students who are fully working remotely.
School Opening Times
PhoenixPlace will be open to students at the following days/times;
Students coming into school will continue to follow the normal rules and procedures:
We aim to ensure that students continue to access the majority of all subjects (whether onsite or remotely). Students will follow a daily time table onsite consisting of the following:
Year 8: English, Maths, Science, Music, Business, PSHE, Social Communications, Art
Year 9 English, Maths, Science, Business, ICT, PSHE, Social Communications, Art & Princes Trust
Year 10: English, Maths, Science, Business, ICT, PSHE, Social Communications, Art & Princes Trust
Year 11: English, Maths, Science, Functional Skills, RE, ICT, PSHE, Art & Princes Trust
(Please see below revised timetables)
We will be offering remote learning and support for students who are working from home.
Key Workers have arranged times with students, parent/carers where key workers are able to communicate with and support students at home.
Students have their own individualised timetables for remote learning support.
Key workers will be working with students to ensure that they access the onsite sessions remotely on
Tuesdays-Thursdays. Students will be expected to join the sessions on time and conduct themselves sensibly online.
Where student experience difficulties online, work packs will be sent home.
As always students are expected to follow the school’s behaviour policy; please understand it is there to protect students as well as staff, and during this difficult time of the pandemic we would urge students to behave responsibly with maturity and be extra vigilant in complying to the school rules and expectations.
We have a duty to protect and safeguard the whole community of PhoenixPlace. In order to adhere to social distancing rules, please be aware that staff will be reluctant to engage in restraint, which as you know, is always a ‘last resort measure’. Should a student put themselves and others at risk by breaching the school behaviour policy or a restraint is deemed necessary, the student will be expected to go home immediately and will be taught ‘virtually’ from home thereafter for the rest of the term. The Pastoral Team will be available to discuss this in more detail with parents/carers if you so wish.
We understand that students may be suffering with anxiety during this unprecedented time and we all need to find ways to communicate and deal with anxiety in a safe way that does not compromise the health and well-being of all. Students have access to all our staff who are aware of students needs, as well as our Pastoral Team, Safeguarding Manager, School Counsellor, School Nurse and Mentors if they need support and help and we encourage all students to seek these support systems.
Due to new Covid guidelines and information, PhoenixPlace will be making some adjustments to the way that we work. We must now request that all students wear face coverings (masks) everywhere in the school building. This is a measure taken to safeguard all the school community and all staff will also be wearing a face covering/mask.
During this difficult time, we must all act responsibly. PhoenixPlace understands that we are all missing family members and friends. However, we must request that students are not meeting with people outside of their bubbles and therefore ask students during this time not to be visiting other households.
What students need to do:
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should inform the school and they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
See below the national advice about coronavirus symptoms to look out for, as well as information about what to do if you are concerned.
We will keep in close contact with you throughout this period.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
1. If your daughter or anyone in your household have symptoms (a temperature or a new, continuous cough, or loss of/change to their sense of taste or smell) please let the school know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting the school on 0207 703 7189. You should then keep your daughter and the rest of your household at home.
2. If your daughter were to get these symptoms in school, we would make contact with you to ensure she could get safely home. Please note that Transport for London’s guidance is that any student with symptoms and any person collecting that student should not use public transport to get home, alternative arrangements should be made.
3. Anyone with symptoms needs to self-isolate along with all of their household and get tested as soon as possible. You can find out how to get a test, and how long to isolate at nhs.uk/coronavirus.
4. If the test is negative, and the person no longer has symptoms, the household can leave self-isolation and return to school.
5. If a child or a member of staff tests positive, then we would liaise with the Department for Education and the Health Protection Unit for advice on who should self-isolate and for how long. We expect this to be students who have been in close proximity within the class bubble and will ensure that we take the most cautious approach following all of the Health Protection Unit’s advice. The households of these other children do not need to isolate, unless their child also develops symptoms.