Arrangements for January return

Friday 18th December 2020

Arrangements for January return

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, many thanks for supporting your child’s learning from home this week. Yesterday evening, news broke of the plans for school return in January, the purpose of this letter is to explain our provisional plans but also emphasise that these could change due to a range of variables many of which are difficult to control. However, we wanted to share these plans with you now to help you with your own planning and arrangements.

All Swansea schools shall be using two planning and preparation days (as explained in the earlier letter from the Interim Director of Education) to prepare for pupils returning in January. It is our ambition to be able to accommodate for all year groups to return to school by Monday 11th January. The phased approach will include Year 11 returning to school on Wednesday 6th January and Year 10 returning on Friday 8th January. From Wednesday 6th January the school will continue with a distance learning model (for Years 7-10), where pupils will follow their normal timetable remotely from home. Due to this week’s blended learning for all pupils, all year groups are now experienced with this aspect of the school’s blended learning model. Here is the link for information required for learning from home: Pupil Area – Pontarddulais Comprehensive School (pontcomp.co.uk)

Year 11 have been prioritised as they have an ‘internal assessment window’ that will count towards their final GCSE grades, starting from February 22nd. As soon as more information is shared with the school, regarding this emerging assessment model, we shall communicate to pupils and parents, as necessary. Year 11 prepared extremely well for their mock examinations, this has now given them a solid platform to build on for next term. Teachers will be able to give feedback in class and through a ‘full report’ to parents next year on how individual pupils can further improve in readiness for the internal assessments. Well done Year 11 – teachers have been hugely impressed!

From Wednesday 6th January provision for vulnerable children will be available and if critical workers need emergency childcare for pupils in years 7 and 8 then contact the school to check eligibility. A childcare place must be booked at least 24 hours in advance so that resources can be put in place and the booking can be confirmed, as necessary. Please be aware any pupils that have agreed emergency childcare eligibility would not physically follow their normal timetable, in school, but instead will be supervised separately in a designated classroom where they can access their normal timetable online.

We have all learned, during the last few months that circumstances can change quickly so please be mindful that your child’s return date could yet be amended. If this is the case, we shall endeavour to communicate the change as quickly as possible.

I hope now we can all look forward to spending Christmas with our family, and loved ones, with an added degree of reassurance. Finally, I would like to wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable festive break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. G. Rees

Headteacher