Latest News

Holyhead School update on Exam Cancellations and Predicted Grades

posted Mar 23, 2020, 9:09 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 9:16 AM ]

Please take some time to read the updated guidance in the link below, that we are sending out about the Government's decision on Friday 20th March to cancel the summer exams, and the practical implications for us at Holyhead while we wait for further details and confirmation of how the grading system will work Ofqual. We fully understand that many parents/carers and students are concerned and worried, wanting definitive answers about what is going to happen, and how the system will work, unfortunately though these answers from the Government aren't available to us yet.

Once the Government/Ofqual give us further information and some certainty of how the system will work, we will update you, however, in the meantime, our messages for students are to try not to worry about what might happen and focus on doing the best you can with the work that teachers are setting.

Holyhead response to Ofqual’s statement on predicted grades / assessments following the cancellation of the Summer 2020 exam series (Monday 23rd March)

ABSENCE MONITORING

posted Mar 23, 2020, 4:28 AM by Mark Giudici

ABSENCE MONITORING

All student absences need to be reported via ParentMail. You need to do this in order to stop teachers contacting your child to discuss non-completion of work. If they are not ill, they should be completing work. We will issue negative MyPoints and contact home for all students not doing the work set. We want to avoid unnecessary offence. Please make sure you let us know if your child is ill. We will pass this on to their teachers.

As you are aware the school is 'closed to students' from an educational perspective until further notice (except children of Key Workers as per Government guidelines).

We do understand that many parents will be working from home and home learning will look very different to school. Teachers are planning to work to provide some stability for both students and parents and they will be working on this on a daily basis. We cannot emphasise enough on how the immediate priority must be the mental and physical health and wellbeing of all members of the household.

We fully understand that this is a period of huge social upheaval.

Students have had assemblies last week explaining the arrangements in detail.

Students are to complete homework set by Subject Teachers on Google Classroom between 8.40am to 3.20pm Monday to Friday (please make sure your child is taking frequent breaks in between).

Should your child be unable to complete their homework everyday from Monday to Friday due to illness, symptoms of Coronavirus or any other reasons please report the reason via ParentMail on the absence section.

If you are not registered, please email enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk with below details and we will send you a link to register:

* Your child's name

* Year

* Your email address

This will enable us to ensure your child is receiving the right educational needs whilst at home

If you child does not have access to a laptop/ PC or internet, please email enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk as a matter of urgency so we can arrange for a pack to be collected from school.

Message From

Holyhead School

National Online Safety Guides for Parents/Carers

posted Mar 19, 2020, 7:48 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 7:54 AM ]

With the Government announcement of school closures from Monday and schools moving to online learning, it is important to provide support for parents/carers in helping to keep children safe while online.

Please take some time to look at the safety guides produced by National Online Safety, they are designed to help adults to understand the online world. They can also be found in the Safeguarding section of the Parents/Carers tab of the website.
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6NzI5Mjc4Y2FkNWI0MjRjZA
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6NGVlZDZmMTZiYzU5YjVlMw
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6NjU5MDBhYzNhZDE5NWIzOA
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6OWZmYzRmMWVhNDE3OGFi
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6MzdhZDg3ZTExNTJhZWJkMA
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6MWYwODliZDQzZjg2YTg4Mg
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6NzA4ZTVhYzI5N2I1OTMzYQ
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6YWNkODIyYTM5YzE4MTQ4
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6MzkwYzRhZTY0ZjQxOWZiOA
https://docs.google.com/a/holyheadschool.org.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aG9seWhlYWRzY2hvb2wub3JnLnVrfHNjaG9vbHdlYnNpdGV8Z3g6MzE1MjhjM2EyNTE5MjhlYg
   

Enforced closure of Holyhead School from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice

posted Mar 19, 2020, 4:19 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 4:20 AM ]

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Government announcement on 18/03/2020 and further to my previous correspondence, it is with great regret that I confirm we are closing to most students from 23/03/2020 until further notice.

Please ensure you are continually checking the website for updates. This will also include how to manage the arrangements for students receiving Free School Meals and for those who do not have ICT access at home. Crucially, it also gives instructions on how to manage ‘Google Classrooms’, the school’s virtual learning environment.

We have been responding to changing Government advice as soon as it is released. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. We have been just as frustrated as you are.

Some form of on-site education is available for the children of parents/carers who meet the ‘Key Worker’ definition that will be released by the Cabinet Office. We will publish this list on the school website as soon as it becomes available. The current definition lists NHS staff, the Police and food delivery drivers.

Please contact us using enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk if you meet this definition and would like us to register your child for on-site education.

We will be contacting the parents of vulnerable students with the offer of the same provision.

You have received a revised Home: School Agreement and combined with the advice we have posted on the school website, this should enable us to work together proactively.

We are now operating as a ‘virtual school’ with staff and students using Google Classroom to follow their normal timetables.

There are unprecedented times. We will face them with determination and compassion.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Trafford
Principal

Parental Communication regarding Holyhead School and the COV-ID 19 virus

posted Mar 18, 2020, 8:38 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 8:39 AM ]

Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank you for your continued support. Your cooperation and understanding has made it increasingly possible to manage student/staff safety and continue to provide a good quality education.


I have created a new section on the school website where you can find everything you need in relation to the school's response to the national challenges we are all facing. Please follow the link on the homepage. 


The students who are in attendance today have been informed that the school Website and Twitter account will now act as the main source of communication with parents (assisted by ParentMail). This is where daily announcements will be posted by 7.30 am. Specifically, it will outline which year groups are affected by partial closure. 


The plan as at 18/3/2020 at 12.45 is as follows;


Day

KS3 and KS4

KS5

Thursday 19 March

Closed to Year 8 and Year 9

Year 12 and Year 13 to work from home in the afternoon if they are on 'free' period or their teacher is absent

Friday 20 March

Closed to Year 8 and Year 9

Year 12 and Year 13 to work from home in the afternoon if they are on 'free' period or their teacher is absent




Monday 23 March

Planned for closure to all students except Years 11,12 and 13

*to be confirmed



Please ensure you are continually checking the website for updates. This will also include how to manage the arrangements for students receiving Free School Meals and for those who do not have ICT access at home. Crucially, it also gives instructions on how to manage ‘Google Classrooms’, the schools virtual learning environment. 


We have asked you to respond to a form which replaces the previous Home: School Agreement. It is vital that you complete this. This has been shared via ParentMail. We have also asked that you ensure your contact details are up to date.   


The next request is that you let us know immediately if you are a front line NHS member of staff or care worker. We request that you notify us via our enquiry email address ‘enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk’  This may mean different arrangements for your child in the event of school closure. 


I am also writing to confirm our plan to close to all staff and students at 2.30pm on Friday 20th March 2020. This early closure is designed to enable staff and students to be able to ensure they secure adequate provisions for members of their family who are over 70 or experience some other form of vulnerability. If their shopping is already completed, it’s a chance to check in on elderly relatives and help around the house. Community and family values have never been so important! It's only one hour but it’s a chance for everyone to focus upon ‘kindness’, something that binds our unique and special community. 


I apologise for the constant communication over recent days. However, I hope you recognise my intention to ensure that the school is prepared for every eventuality and that you as parents/carers, are given every available piece of information to keep your family safe. 


I will write a separate letter should the Government decide to action full school closures.


Yours faithfully,


Ross Trafford

Principal


Emergency School Closure for All Year 12 Students on Wednesday 18th March 2020

posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:58 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 6:01 AM ]

17th March 2020
Dear Parent/Carers,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that we are requesting all Year 12 students to remain at home on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

This is a precautionary measure in case of increased staff absence, following the Government’s announcement last week.

Any staff shortages would mean that we were unable to adequately supervise students at the required ratios. This is not a risk I am willing to take. Year 12 have been chosen because they are old enough to take responsibility for their own learning during time spent at home. They also have increased access to learning resources using their Chromebooks.

We have had a very small number of staff reporting absent today. None have confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus. Some have minor flu-like symptoms that the Government are recommending they respond to by self-isolating at home. These are control measures being used as part of the next phase of the Government Action Plan.

At present, there are no plans to extend this measure any further than Monday, but of course, we will keep you updated. Please use the school website and official Twitter feed to stay up-to-date. We will also be communicating via ParentMail.

Thank you for your continued support. There is information via Public Health England or our website.

Please contact us if you require any further information. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford
Principal

Emergency School Closure for All Year 8 and Year 9 Students on Thursday 19th & Friday 20th March 2020

posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:49 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 6:04 AM ]

17th March 2020
Dear Parent/Carers,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that we are requesting all Year 8 and Year 9 students to remain at home on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020.

This is a precautionary measure in case of increased staff absence, following the Government’s announcement last week.

Any staff shortages would mean that we were unable to adequately supervise students at the required ratios. This is not a risk I am willing to take. Year 8 and Year 9 have been chosen because they are old enough to take responsibility for their own learning during time spent at home. They also have increased access to learning resources using Google Classroom.

We have had a very small number of staff reporting absent today. None have confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus. Some have minor flu-like symptoms that the Government are recommending they respond to by self-isolating at home. These are control measures being used as part of the next phase of the Government Action Plan.

At present, there are no plans to extend this measure any further than this week, but of course, we will keep you updated. Please use the school website and official Twitter feed to stay up-to-date. We will also be communicating via ParentMail.

Thank you for your continued support. There is information via Public Health England or our website.

Please contact us if you require any further information. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford
Principal

Emergency School Closure for All Year 10 Students

posted Mar 16, 2020, 8:47 AM by Mark Giudici

Emergency School Closure for All Year 10 Students
on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th March 2020
Dear Parent/Carers,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that we are requesting all Year 10 students to
remain at home on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March 2020 .

This is a precautionary measure in case of increased staff absence, following the
Government’s announcement last week.

Any staff shortages would mean that we were unable to adequately supervise students
at the required ratios. This is not a risk I am willing to take. Year 10 have been chosen
because they are old enough to take responsibility for their own learning during time
spent at home. They also have increased access to learning resources using Google
Classroom.

We have had a very small number of staff reporting absent today. None have
confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus. Some have minor flu-like symptoms that
the Government are recommending they respond to by self-isolating at home. These
are control measures being used as part of the next phase of the Government Action
Plan.

At present, there are no plans to extend this measure any further than this week, but of
course, we will keep you updated. Please use the school website and official Twitter
feed to stay up-to-date. We will also be communicating via ParentMail.

Thank you for your continued support. There is information via Public Health England
or our website.

Please contact us if you require any further information. Sorry for any inconvenience
caused.

Yours faithfully,


Mr R Trafford
Principal

Ofsted Inspection Report (4th - 5th February 2020)

posted Mar 16, 2020, 6:04 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 8:25 AM ]

Dear Parents and Governors,

Attached is the latest report from the inspection undertaken by Ofsted on the 4th and 5th of February 2020.

It captures much of the amazing outcomes achieved by staff, students, parents and Governors by working together on behalf of the local community. It makes me very proud to read such a positive affirmation of our collective efforts. You should be proud too!

The judgement of the school’s overall effectiveness is ‘good’.

It is a shame that we are no longer considered to be one of the 35% of schools rated as ‘outstanding’ on the previous inspection framework. Since the introduction of the new common inspection framework in September, only 5 schools out of 200 inspected have reached the enhanced threshold. It now becomes something to work towards over the next four to five years. There is no reason at all why this position should be reserved for private/Grammar/independent schools or for Multi-Academy Trusts in more affluent areas.

The students conducted themselves impeccably during the two days and amongst the many notable examples of excellence reported, it was the proud, happy and aspirational nature of our respectful students that really shone through. They are a very special group of young ambassadors for Handsworth!

I have now amended the School Improvement Plan in order to address the recommendations of the Lead Inspector. We will continue to work tirelessly to improve the life chances of those we care so much about.

I would like to take this time to thank you for your continued support. It's this spirit of partnership and togetherness that enabled us to receive such praise and recognition.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford
Principal

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Monday 16th March

posted Mar 16, 2020, 5:39 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 5:40 AM ]

Dear Parent/Carer,



I am writing to provide further guidance on procedures surrounding the complex and rapidly-changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the processes we have decided to take.


Please see the "Coronavirus Updates for Parents" section on the school website for the precautions we have already been taking and those planned should we be required to implement them.


Following on from the Prime Minister’s address on Friday, we are moving to ‘Stage 3 - Delay’ in our preventing and Managing Sickness procedures.


With immediate effect, please do not send your child/children to school if they have:

  • A new or continuous cough and/or

  • A high temperature


The latest government advice is found on the website. The government presently says that “If you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection (Covid-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when the symptoms started”.


We will be monitoring these two symptoms of coronavirus closely in school and will contact parents to collect children who are displaying them.  Daily updates from the Department for Education are being received and, as we have been doing, will pass on key information as appropriate.


In recent days we have been exploring options of remote learning and digital learning during a school closure - we will keep you updated with the process should the need arise.  The G.C.S.E and A Level examinations are rapidly approaching;again, we will keep you updated as things are changing so rapidly once we hear from Ofqual the exams regulator.


We have taken the very difficult decision, after considering everybody’s health and welfare, to cancel school trips for the foreseeable future.  We understand how disappointing this will be for the students as it is for staff, but we feel this is such an unprecedented situation there is sadly no alternative.


It is with deep regret that, with accordance with our risk assessment, we have to cancel our Annual Presentation Evening.  We are going to re-schedule as soon as possible.


I wish to reassure you that, at this point, I am not aware of any confirmed cases within the school community.


Please keep us informed of any developments so we can keep our children as safe as possible.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely, 


Mr R Trafford

Principal


1-10 of 18