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12th May 2020


Re-opening of School - guidance released by the DfE


Dear Parents/Carers,

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‚Äč‚ÄčJust after 7pm last night the Department for Education released further guidance with regards to the return of students to school. I thought it would be useful to update you with the situation and our plans moving forward.‚Äč

‚ÄčThe key paragraph in the guidance relating to secondary schools is as follows:‚Äč‚Äč

‚Äč'From 1 June 2020, we expect that secondary schools and colleges will be able to offer some face to face contact with year 10 and year 12 pupils. This will not be a return to full timetables or pupils back in school or college full time, rather some support to supplement pupils‚Äô remote education.'‚Äč

‚ÄčAs always, our priority will be the health and safety of students, staff and families. Over the next two weeks we will be contacting parents of students in Years 10 and 12 about returning to school:‚Äč

  • We will be informing you of the procedures we will be putting in place to minimise risk to students, staff and families.
  • ‚ÄčWe will advise you on our expectations with regards to student behaviour, including adherence to the social distance and personal hygiene requirements, and the consequences should they not be followed.‚Äč
  • It is still the case that children are safest remaining at home, so we will be asking you how well you believe your child is coping with home learning and if you will be prepared to send your child to school.
  • If you are prepared to send in your child, we will check you have a safe method of transport to and from school.‚Äč

‚ÄčAs soon as we know how many children require places, we will be creating a rota for when students should attend school and creating a timetable that is manageable with the staff we have available. We will attempt to provide every year 10 and year 12 student with at least one face to face day before the summer holiday, but please bear in mind that we also need to continue to provide schooling for children of keyworkers and those considered vulnerable, as well as providing home learning to all students. In other words, we will be severely restricted to the amount of face to face schooling we will be able to provide. We will offer as much provision as it is safe to do so for as many students as possible, but we will need to prioritise those in most need. ‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčI'm sure you will have many questions and I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Our communication with you over the next two weeks should answer any questions you have, but as always, please let us know if you have any urgent concerns.‚Äč

‚ÄčFor parents/carers of students in Y10 & Y12, please look out for a follow-up email in the next couple of days.‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčFor parents/carers of students in other year groups, we will continue our regular communication with you about home learning and provide an update of our expectations and plans between now and the summer holidays.‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčRegards,‚Äč‚Äč

Alex Lingard‚Äč

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23rd April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you and your family are well. There are a few things I need to update you about - I've tried to keep them as brief as possible as I know how busy everyone is during these unusual times.

Home Learning

Thank you for your support in helping students keep up with their home learning tasks. We are receiving lots of positive feedback, but we also recognise that not all students are as motivated as others. I know this can be very frustrating and difficult for parents. I'll be asking teachers to report back to me which students are not completing work and we will arrange to speak to those students next week. If there are genuine concerns about not being able to access the work, then please let us know.

Emotional Health and Well-being

We have put a number of resources on the website to help support students' well-being and mental health. Please have a look or get in touch if you need support. Remember there is the online form I Need to Talk should students wish to contact someone. Alternatively, they can email their tutor or Head of Year.

Having a routine is really important in these times, so having a timetable for home learning can really help. We put some example timetables on the website at the start of the lockdown, should you need some guidance.

FSM Vouchers

There has been significant issues with the Government's free school meal voucher scheme, so after trying for some time to organise these for our parents, we have reverted to providing the Aldi food vouchers as we were before. These should be with you very soon. Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

GCSE, BTEC and A Level Results

After initially saying that results will be available at some point in July, Ofqual have announced that this year's results will be released on the original results days in August (13th and 20th August).

Following their announcement about how grades will be decided, Ofqual have opened a consultation with schools to get feedback on the proposal. This consultation ends next Wednesday. Once we hear any more, we will, of course, update you.

Rainbow Messages and Captain Tom

We received over 120 Rainbow Messages from students to send to critically ill patients at Derriford Hospital. I've been in touch with one of their senior nurses, who is delighted with the kindness shown by our students. Thank you to all the students who made the effort to send in a message.

After the amazing achievements of Captain Tom, I've asked students to send him a virtual birthday card (by 30th April) to say thank you and celebrate his 100th birthday. Students just need to post a picture of their card on social media using the hashtag #makeacardfortom

Free Offer from Pipewell Studios

Dean Moore, from Pipewell Studios in Liskeard, has made a very kind offer to all of our students giving them the opportunity to broadcast over the radio. Dean will provide all training online. Students just need access to a smart phone and a computer. Details have been emailed to students.

Face Visors

With the ongoing concerns about a lack of PPE for frontline workers, our fantastic Technology team have been busy at work making face visors for local services. So far we have provided over 200 visors for:

Liskeard District Nurses, Callington District Nurses, Beech Lawn Nursing Home, Tavistock Hospital, Eventide Home, Coombes House, Kilmar House, Pengover House, Kernow House Care Centre, Liskeard Ambulance Station, Morley Tamlyn Lodge. ‚Äč
We have orders in the pipeline for Liskeard Community Hospital, Coventry Hospital (as featured on Panorama‚Äč on Monday), a local solicitors and another local care home.

Return to School

There has been much talk about when schools will re-open. As the Government announced last week, there is still no set date and the decision will be determined by the science. Whilst we continue to be in lockdown, we thought it wise to look at other countries, such as Denmark, who opened their schools recently to see how they have managed the process. Minimising risk to students and staff will obviously be the priority. Once we learn more about the situation, we will update you with the necessary details, but whenever it is, it will require significant planning.

Best wishes,

Alex Lingard

 

 


 

21st April 2020

 

Frightening events that are widely reported in the media such as the Coronavirus pandemic can cause children to worry about themselves and others. If your child appears worried, please follow the link below for useful advice and guidance from Child Bereavement UK.

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/coronavirus-supporting-children-through-difficult-times

 


 

14th April 2020

 

Dear Students,‚Äč

‚ÄčI just want to clarify the situation with regards to school work for the remainder of the term.‚Äč

  1. You are not required to complete any more work to determine the grade we believe you would have got if you had sat the exam. We will arrive at these grades using our knowledge of you prior to the school closure*. It has been confirmed that this applies to all technical qualifications as well as to GCSEs and A Levels.‚Äč We will submit these grades to Ofqual for them to standardise (this means they could be slightly different to what we submit). These grades will be published in July/August.
  2. Teachers will continue to set you work if the syllabus has not been finished. I encourage you all to complete this work, but if you are planning to take a course next year that relates to this work, then you must complete it - it is in your best interest.
  3. In the coming weeks, I will be asking departments to set preparatory work for those of you planning to return to our sixth form. I will liaise with Mrs Hubartt about when we will ask you to do this and in what format. ‚Äč

*If you have work at home that you have completed already and would like to share with your teacher, please contact them directly to confirm if they require it.

Regards,‚Äč

Mr Lingard

 


 

9th April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I know that many of you are working or looking after others, but I do hope that you are able to enjoy something of Easter in these strange and challenging times.  Looking ahead to next term, we do not yet know when schools will re-open but it seems extremely likely that we will continue to be closed for at least the next few weeks.

Home Learning 

Thank you to those of you who have fed back your comments about the work we have been sending home for students to complete - it has been really useful and as a consequence we have taken the following action:

  • We have extended the deadline for the current work to April 17th (from April 10th)
  • From April 20th, we will set less work each week, but will include optional 'Arrow Tasks' if students are managing the workload. Mr Knipe will confirm after the Easter weekend, the arrangements (from April 20th) of which subjects will be set each week, the format of the work and how long students should spend on each.

The overview of the work set for Year 7 to 9 can be found on the website: http://www.liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk/students/work-during-school-closure. As previously mentioned establishing a routine is strongly recommended. An example of a possible timetable is also available on the same page of the website.

Access to IT

Everyone‚Äôs access to IT, a broadband connection and other resources vary and we recognise that there are no simple options and answers to home learning.  We also recognise that some families may not have a laptop, PC or tablet to use at home.  Unfortunately, our resources are also limited but we are looking at the possibility of loaning some devices. I will update you about this as soon as possible.

'Home Learning' not 'Home Schooling'

We also recognise that most parents are not teachers and many of you have other commitments making the challenge of home learning more difficult. Please remember that you are not expected to be 'home schooling' your children. If you can help, encourage or facilitate in anyway then great, but the students should be taking responsibility for their learning where possible. Our teachers are on hand via email to help if needed. Please encourage your child to contact us, if unsure.

Home Learning Supplement

Please find below an updated list of great activities that your child or children could do to keep busy during these difficult times. Many thanks to Ms Kelly and Mr Knipe for pulling all these together.

GCSE, BTEC, AS and A Level Grades

I wrote to parents of students in Years 11 to 13 last Friday giving an update on the arrangements for awarding grades. We are still waiting to hear about the arrangements for other technical qualifications, but expect the process to be very similar. As soon as we hear, we'll let you know.

Please can I ask that parents and carers do not contact the school to discuss the grades or the ranking that we will have been asked to input - we are not allowed to share this information. We also must base our judgements on the evidence we have. Can I therefore politely request that parents/carers don't contact us to give their opinion about the grades they believe their child deserves.

A few students and their parents have been asking about leaving ceremonies and events such as the prom.  It is very much our intention to fully celebrate and recognise our students leaving in Years 11-13 when we can, and to reschedule the Prom when we are able to. 

I do hope you are keeping well and positive.  Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Alex Lingard

Home Learning Supplement vol.4

 


 

7th April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčI hope you are well and keeping safe.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčRainbow Messages of Support‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Having been in touch with some of the hospital staff at Derriford, I am intending to send out a request to all of our students to draw a rainbow and write a message of support for the most critically ill patients who have no access to family or friends. Please could you encourage your child to do this and send it to us by Friday 17th April so we can forward it on accordingly. Either post it to us, drop it into Reception between 9.30am -11.30am or email it to Mr James at  najames@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk. Students need to put their name, age and school on the front of their message.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Supporting the NHS‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

For your awareness, we are one of 7 secondary schools in Cornwall making protective head visors for those working within the NHS. Thank you to Ms Yoxall and Mr Hurdwell for their amazing efforts to make this possible.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

We are also in communication with East Cornwall GP Surgeries to see if we can provide a safe temporary consultation space for those concerned about Covid-19.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčSafeguarding‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

We have updated our safeguarding policy to fit in with these unprecedented times. I will send details of the updates to you in a separate email over the next couple of days.‚Äč‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčKeeping in-touch‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Please continue to contact us if you have any issues at all with the work being set to do at home or any concerns about how your child is coping with the current 'lockdown' situation. We do recommend emailing if you can, however Reception is open for two hours every morning (9.30m to 11.30am), so phone messages will be picked up.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč Students can also use the 'I Need to Talk' online form.

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Best wishes,‚Äč‚Äč

‚Äč

Alex Lingard‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Head Teacher‚Äč‚Äč

 


 

3rd April 2020

 

Letter to students Summer 2020 grading 1

Letter to students Summer 2020 grading 2

Letter to students Summer 2020 grading 3

 

 


 

2nd April 2020 

 

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29th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,‚Äč

‚ÄčFollowing feedback from a number of parents we have decided to extend the deadline for the next round of work, due to appear on Show My Homework for students tomorrow (Monday 30th). The new deadline will be Friday, 17th April. This will allow students to have a full break over Easter. Please ignore any deadlines that say 10th April - teachers will update the deadlines as soon as possible. As we have set the work already, should students wish to begin the work during the holidays, they can.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčWhy did we originally set work to be completed over Easter?‚Äč‚Äč

Following advice from clinical psychologists and after talking to some other schools, we believed that providing work to do over the Easter holidays would help keep students occupied and in some kind of routine. This, we have been told, can help good mental health. We therefore set a week's worth of work to be completed over the two weeks in the hope it would allow students a break, but also help keep them occupied.‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčWhy have we changed our minds?‚Äč‚Äč

The last thing we want to do is to cause any undue stress and anxiety at what is already a difficult time. A number of parents have told us that their children need a complete break from school work and having more work to be completed over the holidays was putting unnecessary pressure on them.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčWhat if you want your child to do more work over Easter to help them keep busy?‚Äč‚Äč

Obviously, as the work is due to appear on Show My Homework  tomorrow, students can make a start on it whenever they want. In addition to this, we have provided a number of activities (attached) that students can do should they wish to.

‚ÄčWhat we intend to do over the next few weeks‚Äč

This is new territory for us. It is hard to gauge how much work to set and in what format for each family. Please complete the survey below to feedback on what is working well and what needs to change. Our teachers have already been trialling software to enable online tutorials (especially for our older students who have started their GCSEs and A Levels), and we will be setting more work that can be submitted online to enable teachers to feedback to the students.‚Äč

PARENT SURVEY ON HOME LEARNING

Once again, may I thank you for your patience, understanding and support. We have received so many emails from parents thanking us for what we are doing. We do though recognise there is more for us to do to get it right for everyone. As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, please get in touch.‚Äč

‚ÄčYours,‚Äč‚Äč

Alex Lingard

 


 

27th March 2020

 

 

Letter re KS3 students

 

Year 7 Work - 2 Weeks beginning 30 March

Year 8 Work - 2 Weeks beginning 30 March

Year 9 Work - 2 Weeks beginning 30 March

Submitting work on Show My Homework

 


 

27th March 2020

 

 

Letter re KS4 KS5 students

 

Submitting work on Show My Homework

 


 

26th March 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are receiving so many emails telling us about the fantastic work students have been completing at home and we would absolutely love to share examples of this!

Perhaps your child has produced an exceptional piece of written work or they have been exercising to exhaustion with Joe Wicks. They may have created a masterful piece of art or conducted a crazy science experiment in the kitchen! Whatever it is, if they have done something that you are exceptionally proud of then please send us a photo.

We will share their achievements with the wider school community via Facebook, Twitter and on the school website, as well as issue house points and merits for their achievements. The most impressive photos will also receive recognition in the school Reflection magazine and the top three submissions will receive a gift voucher.

Please send your photos and name of your child to chknipe@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

Happy snapping!

Chris Knipe

Deputy Head

 


 

26th March 2020

 

Dear parent / carer,

Throughout the school closure we will continue to provide work via Show My Homework and other online resources to support home learning. In addition to this, we will also be sending out regular updates on ideas and resources to help keep your child engaged during the school closure. These activities and resources are not there to replace the work that we have provided, instead they are there to enrich their time at home and to offer you a little more support to keep them busy. I hope you find the attached information about ‚ÄėAudible‚Äô and ‚ÄėTwinkl‚Äô useful. They are both excellent resources and during the school closures are completely free to access.

Kind regards,

Chris Knipe

Deputy Head

Free Resources to Support learning at Home - PDF

 


 

25th March 2020

 

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24th March 2020 

 

Teaching and learning letter 24 03 20 1

Teaching and learning letter 24 03 20 2

 


 

20th March 2020 - End of the week update

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I thought it appropriate to give you an end of the week update in what has been an incredibly busy and emotional week for everyone. May I thank you all for your patience, understanding and the many messages of support.

Firstly, school is closed for everyone on Monday, except staff. On Tuesday, we will open for a small number of 'vulnerable' students and students whose parents are keyworkers. Invites for these students will be sent out on Monday with details of the provision we will be able to offer. 

The Government has been very clear that to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 children should remain at home, if at all possible. Therefore, if any student not on our list turns up to school, we will have to send them home. 

Students staying at home will have work uploaded on to SMH every Monday. (An overview of the work for students in years 7 to 9 has been sent out already and will be available on the website soon.) Any problems relating to the work being set should be passed on to the subject teacher by school email. Heads of Year and/or tutors will check in with students via email each week to see if they are okay.

Parents of students in receipt of free school meals will receive a supermarket food voucher to the value of a week's worth of school meals. We have arranged this ourselves initially until the Government organises their own voucher scheme. Obviously, any FSM students attending school on Tuesday will receive the food directly from us instead.

An update from the Government about the awarding of GCSE, BTEC and A Levels has been released this afternoon (see link below). In short, Ofqual will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe each student would have received if exams had gone ahead. Schools will have to provide evidence for their judgements, such as mock exam grades and non-examination assessments. Ofqual will also take into account prior attainment data and the usual distribution of grades, so that students are not disadvantaged to those from previous or future years. We will receive more detail about this in due course. Grades are expected to be distributed in late July.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

It was very sad to say farewell to the students today, many of whom we will not now see for some time. This does not mean they do not matter to us. We work in education because we love being around young people, we enjoy their company and we hope to inspire them to be the best they can be. Whilst it won't quite be the same over the next term, we will continue to do our best for each one of them and ensure the Team Liskeard spirit lives on!

Yours,

Alex Lingard

Headteacher

 


 

20th March 2020

 

We are currently reviewing the situation regarding trips, visits and activities that have so far been paid for by parents using ParentPay. We will make an announcement early next week as to whether we are in a position to be able to pay some of these monies back into your accounts and therefore enable you to use these funds during these difficult times.

We have also requested you not to make any further payments at this time.

 


 

20th March 2020

 

FSM voucher scheme letter 002

 


 

18th March 2020

 

SCHOOL PARTIAL CLOSURE Coronavirus update 18

 


 

16th March 2020

 

Coronavirus update 16

 


 

13th march 2020

 

Instructions to students who have been kept off as a precaution, e.g. not ill themselves, but may have others in the house experiencing symptoms:

 

Years 7, 8 & 9

Maths

Log in to MyMaths (usenerame: liskeard, password: isosceles)

Log in to personal account

Go to the 'library' and work through the lessons and associated homeworks

And/or, use the booster packs to help with revision

English

Read as much or as often as you can, e.g. start a new book/novel

Log on to Spellzone, then...

If on a pathway - continue using the suggested units, tasks, games and tests.

If not on a pathway - choose units which will help your spelling, e.g. from intermediate onwards

All Subjects

Go to the school website to access the Year 7 & 8 knowledge organisers (http://www.liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk/)

Go through the topics you have covered already and use the KOs to create some revision resources, e.g. revision cards, mindmaps

If you are in Y9, these are excellent resources for your revision. Prioritise the subjects you are opting for next year.

Regularly check Show My Homework for any additional homeworks that may have been set.

 

Years 10 & 11

  • Use MyMaths and Spellzone as above
  • Use your revision guides or revision websites (e.g. Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize) to go over topics already covered and create revision resources, e.g. revision cards, mindmaps. We have also bought into a fantastic new resource called GCSEPod. Simply log in with your school email address, create a password then get going. Choose a subject and topic to work through (https://www.gcsepod.com/)
  • Regularly check Show My Homework for any additional work that may have been set.

 


 

13th March 2020

 

Heads let to parents update ref COVID 19 coronavirus

 


 

9th March 2020


Heads update let to parents ref COVID 19

  


 

March 2020

 

Coronavirus information sheet

 


 

25th February 2020

 

Heads let to parents ref COVID 19 coronavirus 1

Heads let to parents ref COVID 19 coronavirus 2

Bullying

We take the issue of bullying very seriously at Liskeard School and Community College. The Bullying Report Form (see link below to download) can be used to report any incidents of bullying that you or your friends may be experiencing.

Bullying Report Form

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

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Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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