Friday 17 July 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As the end of term races towards us, I would like to bring it to a close with a few words of thanks. Later this afternoon, all of the staff will be coming together via 'zoom' and I will thank them for what they have done this year. None of what they have done is in anyone's job description and yet they have done whatever was needed with imagination, energy and good cheer. I am immensely proud of them all and I hope they will be proud. The full update can be found here.
Friday 10 July 2020 - Headteacher's Update
It is customary that I write to all parents and carers at this time of year to set out any major changes that you need to be aware of ahead of the new school year.
In any year, there is always change as we adapt to the external environment and seek to drive our school forward. However, because of the Covid pandemic, there are still many decisions to be made before 7 September comes around. The full update can be found here.
Monday 6 July 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As you will be aware, throughout this pandemic, Hessle High School and Penshurst Primary School have never closed. We have remained open through holiday times and bank holidays to provide what we hope has been valuable support to the families of key workers within our communities. The past fifteen weeks have seen a partnership between home and school that has never been so important as we have, together, supported the continuing education for our children and young people. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 30 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Later this week, we are promised guidance from the Government on how we will be expected to open for all learners in September. It is pleasing that we are getting this before the end of term and I am hopeful that it will give us as much detail as possible so that we can understand what the implications will be for us at Hessle and Penshurst. Of course, I will keep you informed in due course. The full update can be found here.
Friday 26 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
With three weeks to go to the end of term, we are keen to bring as many of our children, pupils and students back to school as we safely can.At Penshurst, over one hundred children are attending regularly and we are currently exploring ways in which we can bring all the other pupils back for a short meeting with teachers, before the end of term. The full update can be found here.
Wednesday 24 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Today is the day that our new Year 7 students will find out which House they are going to be in from September and I am sure there has been great excitement throughout the day. All of our Houses are fantastic so I know that our youngsters will already feel great pride about being a part of their new pastoral community. The full update can be found here.
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Monday 22 June 2020 Headteacher's Update
Consultation on changes to the school day I write to you in order to launch a consultation on changing the school day. This consultation, although not statutory, will allow any parent/carer to express any views or concerns that they may have with this change. The full update can be found here.
Friday 19 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
This week has seen over 300 children return to our schools at one time or another; supported by over one hundred staff.
It has taken a lot of work from staff at all levels to reach this point and I hope that all parents, whether your child has returned to school or not, will be reassured that we have been able to do this successfully. We have learned a lot too and we are confident that, when the time is right, we will be able to safely welcome back even more children. As you will know the Government advice on schools opening was adjusted earlier in the week. They are now telling schools that, if we have the capacity to welcome back more children, we can do so. I can tell you that, at Penshurst, we do not have any more capacity in terms of staff or rooms that would enable us to do this. We regret that this means a great number of children will not now return to school until September; however, we will continue to set work for those children and keep in touch with you to check how they are. The full update can be found here.
Friday 12 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
This will be the last daily update that I will send to all parents. From Monday, we will have some children in school and some working from home. Therefore, in order to make the letters more relevant to you, I will only send you an update which relates to your child. They will therefore be sent less often so as not to 'clog up' your inbox. If you would still like to read all of the updates, you will be able to find them on the school website. The full update can be found here.
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Thursday 11 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Much of today has been spent welcoming staff back to school, providing them with enhanced Health and Safety training and familiarising them with the Recovery Curriculum that some pupils and students will engage with when they return to school next week. The emphasis is clearly on wellbeing. We have put together activities that provide the children with an opportunity to talk openly about how they have felt during the Covid lockdown and the impact it has had on them and their family. The small groups will really help in this respect, making the children feel comfortable with each other and willing to listen and share. The full update can be found here.
Wednesday 10 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I write tonight to confirm a specific element of our plan for safer reopening of our school. As you will know, returning pupils will be placed into 'bubbles' consisting of a much reduced number of children and staff. This reduces the amount of contact that they may have with others. It also means that, if we were to have an actual, or suspected, outbreak of Covid, we could shut down that bubble while still allowing the rest of the school to remain open. This is the standard practice across schools as they open more widely. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 9 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
The Government's announcement today that Primary Schools will not be reopening for all pupils before the summer break is not surprising. We have eighteen full sized classrooms at Penshurst; if groups were limited to 15 children in each, we would need thirty classrooms in which to teach our 450 children. This might still be possible if we were to bring children into school on a rota. However, at this stage, the Government guidance advises against this. However, we are pleased to be able to open from next week for children in nursery and reception and Years 1, 6, 10 and 12. All available places in these groups are now filled. If you later change your mind and decide that you wish your child to attend, please contact us and we will put them on a reserve list. The full update can be found here.
Monday 8 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As you would expect, we are busily preparing for the wider reopening of our schools next week. By the middle of next week, we expect to welcome around 170 children at Penshurst and around 190 students at Hessle High and Sixth Form College. They will receive a very warm welcome from all of the staff who have missed them greatly. The full update can be found here.
Friday 5 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As I have flagged up several times this week, we are writing to many of you this weekend with details of our wider re-opening for affected year groups. For those not affected by this, home learning will continue until the end of term. If you have any questions or queries about this please contact the school. The full update can be found here.
View the changes we have made to our classrooms here.
Thursday 4 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I have just left a 'virtual' meeting in which we have signed off the Wider Reopening plan. Anyone who has a child in the affected year groups will receive a letter in the next few days outlining our plan. Please read this carefully. Whilst putting this plan together, I have been awed by the dedication and commitment of our staff. There are over two hundred people working in our Academy and they have all been absolutely terrific during this lockdown. Now, more than ever, they have put their hands up and simply said 'what can I do to help?' They know how difficult this has been for our children and for yourselves and they now want to do whatever they can to help. The full update can be found here.
Wednesday 3 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Many thanks to those parents who have informed us of their up-to-date intentions with regards to sending their child back to school. We are currently working on those adjustments and fine-tuning our planning. I can confirm that places in all of the affected year groups have now been allocated and a waiting list will be put in place for anyone wishing to change their mind or whose key worker situation changes. We will be writing to all parents who have requested a place on Friday and will notify you by text message that this letter has gone out. Many thanks for your patience and quick responses to our calls and messages. The full update can be found here.
Monday 1 June 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As we gear up to welcoming more children back to school from the 15 June, much of today has been spent checking the site and preparing classrooms and playgrounds. We will write to parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, Year 10 and Year 12 later this week with detailed plans for how we intend to welcome back your child from 15 June but the measures we have in place. The full update can be found here.
Friday 29 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I write to you with further information regarding the wider reopening of schools to more children. While the Government have reaffirmed their desire for schools to reopen from Monday 1 June, they have also made it clear that this should be a phased return and the precise details are to be decided by the Headteacher of individual schools.The full update can be found here.
Friday 22 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I hope this email finds you well. Today you will receive a letter from our Trust Chief Executive clarifying the position of the schools in our Trust, including Hessle High School and Sixth Form College and Penshurst Primary School. This states that there will be no return of children, other than those of key workers, until at least the 8 June. I hope to be able to write to you by 1 June with more detailed plans for the return to school for each year group, once the Government has made their next analysis of the national situation on 28 May. The full update can be found here.
View the Trust Chief Executive's letter to parents here.
Thursday 21 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As you will have read in the press, the Local Authority has strongly advised that schools do not open for more than just key worker children from 1 June. As many parents begin to return to work in key industries, the demand for places in school has increased. In order for us to plan provision effectively and safely, please give us as much notice as possible if you believe that your child is eligible to return to school. The full update can be found here.
Wednesday 20 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Today is National 'Thank a Teacher' Day and we have been overwhelmed by the number of parents, carers and children who have taken the time to contact the school and individual teachers to express their gratitude for the work that they do. 'Work' is probably the wrong word. People do not choose to teach, or to work with young people in schools, simply because it is 'work'. There are easier ways in which to earn a living, believe me, but there is nothing more rewarding than working in schools with young people. We do it because we love it but, like anyone, it is really great when someone says 'thank you'. So, thank you for doing that. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 19 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Thank you to all of those that have either completed the 'Return to School' surveys or provided your response to our admin staff when they have called you. With this information, we will now start to prepare detailed plans. The full update can be found here.
Monday 18 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Many thanks to all of you that have completed the 'Return to School' Surveys. These have been sent to parents of children in our Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, Year 10 and Year 12. In line with the Government's ambition for schools to open more widely, these are the cohorts of pupils and students that will be our priority in the first instance. The full update can be found here.
Friday 15 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Having spent much of this week in discussions following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10 May, I am now able to provide you with some further information about how we will welcome your children back to school. The full update can be found here.
One of my sincere hopes is that this crisis leaves a legacy of which we can all be proud in terms of how our communities and neighbourhoods have come together to help those in need, and to show their appreciation for key workers. The full update can be found here.
Hessle Against Covid-19 information can be viewed here.
Thursday 14 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Tomorrow we will be sending a short survey to the parents of children in nursery, reception, Year 1, Year 6, Year 10 and Year 12. This will ask whether it is your intention to send your child back to school when we are ready to welcome them, based on the Government's decision. Please respond as soon as possible as this will help us to organise the school in such a way that is as safe as possible. The full update can be found here.
Parents’ Home Learning Survey Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here.
Wednesday 13 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
It has been a quieter day today with fewer guidance documents flying out of the Department for Education which has given us time to digest them and to reflect. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 12 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
We continue to digest the Government statement regarding children returning to school and to make plans for that to happen. There are still more questions than answers and, once we obtain more information about how we can reopen safely, I will begin to communicate our plans to you. The full update can be found here.
Monday 11 May 2020 - Headteachers Response to the Prime Minister's Statement.
I’m sure like me, many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation yesterday evening. You will have heard the Prime Minister indicating that the Government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1 June, starting with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. The return of any students to secondary school is unlikely to occur until later and may begin with students in Year 10 and Year 12. The full update can be found here.
Thursday 7 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
If we have learned anything from the past seven weeks, it is how difficult it is for us to cope with our loss of freedoms. The freedoms to socialise, to go to work, to leave our homes. I am sure we have reflected on these losses and considered how much we take them for granted. While it is reassuring that everyone is constrained by the same rules, the impact of the current lockdown does not affect everyone equally. I do not need to spell these out but I want you to know that I, and all of the staff and Governors at the Hessle Academy, are acutely aware that many of you will be finding this current situation extremely difficult. You can always contact us. We may not be able to help directly but we will put you in contact with someone who can. The full update can be found here.
Family Life During Lockdown - Advice and support can be found here.
Wednesday 6 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
As businesses begin to re-open and employees start to return to work, we anticipate a greater demand for places in school. Currently, we are able to keep both sites open with minimal staffing ensuring that the children are safe and healthy. If you feel that your child is eligible to come to school because your employment is deemed to be that of a key worker, please read the following guidance carefully before contacting the school. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 5 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Since schools closed in March, there has been an unprecedented effort to bring learning opportunities online. At Hessle and Penshurst, we have tried to do our bit by scheduling daily lessons and activities but, with a few clicks of a mouse or swipes of an iPad, there is a world of learning available to anyone with a curious mind. The full update can be found here.
A video of Hessle High School students doing their bit to keep the community spirit up can be viewed here.
Monday 4 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I hope that this email finds you well as we went into the fifth week of school closure and home learning. We are promised a significant announcement from the Government at the weekend which may include an update on a possible schedule for children returning to school. As you would expect, we will study this announcement closely and I will write to you shortly afterwards with information on what this means for you and your child. The full update can be found here.
Friday 1 May 2020 - Headteacher's Update
It was when my five year old asked me to help her with her digraphs at the same time as my nine year old needed help with photosynthesis that I realised home schooling was going to be a challenge. If that sounds familiar to you, then you have probably spent some time on Google preparing for your own child's 'lesson'. And it seems everyone is in the same situation as this BBC article illustrates ... The full update can be found here.
Thursday 30 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
In addition to setting work remotely and keeping in touch with our learners, many of our staff have found more ways to contribute to the collective national effort against the coronavirus. A number of them have volunteered to be part of the NHS community work, delivering groceries, running errands and calling in on more vulnerable members of our society. How they find the time to do this amazes me but we are very proud of them. The full update can be found here.
A video of Hessle High School staff doing their bit to keep the community spirit up can be viewed here.
Stay at Home Project details can be found here.
Wednesday 29 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Within our schools, this week has a really pivotal feel to it with perhaps more of our time now being spent on planning for the future and the return of children to school that we are all eager to see. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 28 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Tomorrow we will be contacting all of our High School students again. We know that our teachers are in regular contact with the students through Google Classroom, helping them and commenting on their work. But, we felt it was important to write to them with more general information and reassurance in a way that is appropriate to their year group. Some of them may be worried about GCSE grading, option choices, sixth form information or even next year's GCSE exams. We don't have answers to all of their questions - who does? - but we want them to know that we are asking, and planning, and that we will be in touch with them just as soon as we can. It is now five and a half weeks since we closed our school and the length of time does not make things easier. For that reason, our messages include contact details for our pastoral staff and our school nurse. We hope they know who to contact if they need any help at all. The full update can be found here.
Monday 27 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Today we have had around thirty children in school across our primary and secondary sites. These are predominantly the children of key workers and this brings to over 500, the number of key worker shifts that have been made possible because of the commitment of our staff to keeping our school open. We are very proud to do what we can to help. The full update can be found here.
Friday 24 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I will begin by wishing all of our Muslim parents, learners and friends, 'Ramadan Mubarek'! As we come to the end of another week of lockdown and Day 15 of school closure, we can be thankful for another week of glorious spring weather. Wherever you have spent the week, I hope you are safe and well. The full update can be found here.
Thursday 23 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Today's update is mainly aimed at the parents of students in Years 10 and 11, as well as those of you who are eligible for Free School Meals. The full update can be found here.
Wednesday 22 April 2020 - Headteacher's update
At a time when everyone is making greater use of their internet connection for online meetings or working, it is more important than ever that we consider our online safety, especially when this relates to our young people. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 21 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
I hope that this message finds you all well and that your children are back 'into the swing' of learning from home. While we continue to set work for each day, there are a vast range of resources available through other sources for those students that wish to do more work. The BBC have produced a programme of daily lessons covering all year groups and most subjects. Our first impressions are that these are very good indeed and offer a variety of learning activities. The full update can be found here.
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Monday 20 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Welcome to the summer term and I hope that you and your family have stayed safe over the Easter period. I am sure, like me, you will have had your plans thwarted by the lockdown, but at least nature has come to the rescue and given us some lovely weather with which to enjoy this most beautiful time of the year. The full update can be found here.
Tuesday 14 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
It feels like a long time since I last wrote to you with an update on what has been going on in school.
The truth is …… very little! While we have remained open for students of key workers, the number of
students on both school sites has been low. The full update can be found here
Friday 3 April 2020 - Headteacher's Update
Today marks the end of the Spring Term and, although it doesn’t have the normal ‘end of term’ feel, it is important for our children are able to enjoy some time to relax over the next two weeks. The full update can be found here
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Thursday 2 April 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Communicate! Communicate Communicate!
Those have been our three biggest priorities ever since the outbreak of the Coronavirus began to affect schools a few weeks ago. We know that a vacuum can soon fill with fear and so we have tried our best to communicate as much as possible with learners, staff, parents and all of our other stakeholders. The full update can be found here
Free School Meal (FSM) vouchers I am pleased to inform you that from week commencing Monday 20 April 2020, we will be moving to the new Government coordinated FSM voucher scheme which will be provided by Edenred. I am sure you will already have seen and heard about this in the daily media information. The full update can be found here. Please download the user guide here.
Free school meals voucher codes will be sent via email. If you don't have access to an email address please contact us without delay on 01482 648604.
Wednesday 1 April 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
It was PE day for the students in school at Hessle High School today as the students were supported in school by PE teachers, Mrs Shiels and Mr Douglas. After a morning of normal work studying English, Maths and other subjects, and lunch during which the children shared cupcakes to celebrate Mrs Shiels’ birthday, the children got changed and hit the sports hall. The full update can be found here
Photographs from today's PE event can be viewed here
Tuesday 31 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
We have been extremely keen to hear feedback from all parents and learners with regard to how the home learning is going for you. We welcome this and, for students at the High School, we would encourage you to complete the survey we have sent them. The full update can be found here
Monday 30 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Today, we have introduced an online survey for all students, asking for their feedback on our home learning programme. Already, many have responded extremely honestly about what is working for them, and what isn't. If your child has not yet completed this, please encourage them to do so in order that we can continue to support them, and you. The full update can be found here
Friday 27 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Firstly, thank you to those key-workers for your cooperation in only sending your child to school if it was absolutely essential. We have managed to maintain provision for those small numbers of children while observing sensible social distancing and with a very small number of staff in school. I hope that this provision has helped in some small way to supporting you in the vital and incredible work you are doing for your community. School will continue to open for you over Easter and if you need your child to attend school, please contact us. The full update can be found here
Thursday 26 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
I hope that you are continuing to adjust to the new circumstances in which we find ourselves. We are continuing to post work for students on Google Classroom and please remember that there are also a wide range of online learning resources linked to our website. We hope that this work is proving to be stimulating for the children and that it is keeping them duly occupied. Our teachers are keeping in touch with students when they ask for help but please allow them a little time to do so as they are also busy planning future lessons and working on longer term planning. The full update can be found here
Year 11 Student Letter can be viewed here
If you are experiencing any difficulty with the internet and logging onto Google Classroom, please click here and provide us with as much information as possible to help us assist with your query.
Wednesday 25 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Good afternoon and I hope that you and your family are well and coming to terms with the new restrictions under which we are all living currently. The children in our schools continue to do well, enjoying the space that they have, exploring the school site and working hard on their tasks. The full update can be found here
Tuesday 24 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night and the further closing down of shops and businesses, the number of students in school has fallen again today. We continue to provide them with structured learning and a safe environment, but the reduced numbers also allows us to further reduce our staffing levels. Thank you for your cooperation in following the Government guidelines on social distancing and staying at home. The full update can be found here
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals we have updated the procedure, please check you have received a message from Wonde explaining how you can receive vouchers. The letter can be viewed here
Monday 23 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
Today, our school opened for around sixty students across Penshurst Primary School and Hessle High School. All of the children have responded incredibly well to the situation; they have had lessons, break and lots of fresh air. Some have made new friends. You should be proud of them, and their parents, who are making a huge contribution to the efforts to fight the virus. The full update can be found here
Thursday 19 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
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Information on how parents and students can still access support from the School Nurse can be found here
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Tuesday 17 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
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Hessle High online learning resources list
Penshurst Primary online learning resources list
Information for parents of learners who are self isolating and eligible for a Free School Meal:
Hessle High School students please order a lunch grab bag by 10am each week day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
These can be collected from the school reception from 12 noon.
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These can be collected from the school office from 12 noon.
Friday 13 March 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
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Guidance and Information on why to stay at home.
School Trips & Visits - We are currently following advice from the Government and Public Health England with regards to school trips. At this stage, we have not cancelled any trips, although the situation is being monitored and could change. In the meantime, we are continuing to take deposits and payments but are working with the trip providers to ascertain their cancellation policies, in light of the situation. Once we have more information regarding your child's school trip, we will publish it here.
Wednesday 26 February 2020 Headteacher's Daily Update
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