Letters sent Home

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Please note that because most letters are now sent by email, the text of the email and the date on which the communication was sent to Parents and Carers is shown below. Letters are listed with the most recent at the head of the list; once the date of the relevant event has passed letters will be removed from this page.  

Collection of Year 10 Summer 2020 Examination Results - revised

The following letter was sent to parents and carers of Year 10 Students on Tuesday 14 July 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Further to my earlier letter, and the publication of information from JCQ, I am writing to inform you that the Summer 2020 examination results will be available for Year 10 to collect from school on Thursday 20 August between 10am – 11am.

If these cannot be collected in person, someone else can be authorised to collect them on your child’s behalf but they must have either a letter or the completed form below from them giving us permission to release the result to their proxy.  Alternatively, at your own risk, the Statement of Results can be posted to you if you provide a stamped addressed envelope. Please note that exam results are not allowed to be posted until after 8am on Thursday 20 August.

To comply with Covid secure advice the site will be closed to vehicles with the front gate closed for access. We are asking that only the individual collecting the result envelope comes on site through the front pedestrian gate and will have a queue system clearly marked with 2M intervals. We will be operating a one way system in school through the hall doors for the collection of results. Hand sanitiser will be available at each door. Students will need to leave site once they have collected their results.

Yours sincerely 

Mrs Claire Walsh; Examinations Officer & Data Manager 

Collection of Year 13 Summer 2020 Examination Results

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of Year 13 Students on Thursday 9 July 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

I am writing to inform you that the Summer 2020 examination results will be available for Sixth Form to collect from school on Thursday 13th August between 8.30am – 9.30am.

If these cannot be collected in person, someone else can be authorised to collect them on your child’s behalf but they must have either a letter / or the completed form below from them giving us permission to release the result to their proxy.  Alternatively, at your own risk, the Statement of Results can be posted to you if you provide a stamped addressed envelope. Please note that exam results are not allowed to be posted until after 8am on Thursday 13th August.

To comply with Covid secure advice the site will be closed to vehicles with the front gate closed for access. We are asking that only the individual collecting the result envelope comes on site through the front pedestrian gate and will have a queue system clearly marked with 2M intervals. We will be operating a one way system in school through the hall doors for the collection of results. Hand sanitiser will be available at each door. Students will need to leave site once they have collected their results.

Yours sincerely 

Mrs Claire Walsh; Examinations Officer & Data Manager

Year 10 Summer 2020 Examination Results

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of Year 10 Students on Thursday 9 July 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

I am writing to inform you that the Summer 2020 examination results will be available for Year 10 to collect from school when they return in September. It is our intention that they will be able to collect and sign for these on Monday 7th September.

Yours sincerely 

Mrs Claire Walsh; Examinations Officer & Data Manager 

Collection of Year 11 Summer 2020 Examination Results

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 11 Students on Thursday 9 July 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

I am writing to inform you that the Summer 2020 examination results will be available for Year 11 to collect from school on Thursday 20 August between 9am – 10am.

If these cannot be collected in person, someone else can be authorised to collect them on your child’s behalf but they must have either a letter / or the completed form from them giving us permission to release the result to their proxy.  Alternatively, at your own risk, the Statement of Results can be posted to you if you provide a stamped addressed envelope. Please note that exam results are not allowed to be posted until after 8am on Thursday 20 August.

To comply with Covid secure advice, the site will be closed to vehicles with the front gate closed for access. We are asking that only the individual collecting the result envelope comes on site through the front pedestrian gate and will have a queue system clearly marked with 2M intervals. We will be operating a one way system in school through the hall doors for the collection of results. Hand sanitiser will be available at each door. Students will need to leave site once they have collected their results.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Claire Walsh; Examinations Officer and Data Manager
 

Year 11 Leavers Information

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 11 students on Tuesday 7 July 2020 

Dear Parent or Carer 

Year 11 online Leavers’ Assembly: Monday 13 July at 11.30

Drop off and Collection: Wednesday 15 July by appointment 

I hope you and your families have been keeping safe and well. 

Following my email sent on 03.04.20, when I described how our Year 11 pupils were leaving us ahead of time and how several of them missed the opportunity to say goodbye and thank staff. I am now pleased to write that in order to address the abrupt end to the academic year of all our Year 11s, we will be delivering an online Leavers’ Assembly on Monday 13 July at 11.30 and students should look at their school email to accept their invitation.

Also at this assembly I will announce how the school will facilitate the collection and drop off for students to collect their hoodies; items left in their lockers; return locker keys; return borrowed uniform; text books and library books. If you no longer need the school blazer and tie, then FOSS (Friends of Sele School) would much appreciate you donating it to the school.

Due to social distancing and following Government guidelines, we will group students into ‘bubbles’ and allocate them an appointment time to come in to school on Wednesday 15 July. Students should look at their school email to see their allocated time. If they are unable to make this time slot then they should contact me and I will arrange an alternative date. Students should not turn up to school at any other time as they will not be permitted to join another ‘bubble’. Please can I ask that you also remind your child that they should not congregate outside the school in accordance with the Government guidelines.  

Students do not need to wear school uniform and should arrive at their given time and enter through the Thieves Lane entrance next to the Learning Support Centre where a member of staff will meet them and supervise 2 metre distancing rules. Students will then need to return all outstanding items that were listed in their email. Please place locker keys in a named envelope with locker number. If the locker key has been lost then a £5.00 cash charge will be required to cover administration and cost of a new key. This should also be placed in a named envelope.

We will be asking those students collecting their hoodies to sign for them so we advise that each student brings in their own pen to avoid contamination, although hand sanitiser and tissues will be available.

It was with great sadness that this year’s prom did not go ahead and I would like to thank you for your patience while we refunded the deposit. This has now all been completed, however, if you think that you have not received your refund please contact our Finance Manager via email on hkirby@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Thank you again for your continued support for the school during these unprecedented times. 

Yours sincerely
Elaine Buxton; Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader

Final arrangements for the end of term and beginning of the new Academic Year

The following message was sent to parents and carers, including those of Year 6 pupils who will join The Sele School in September, on Tuesday 7 July 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR END OF TERM AND BEGINNING OF NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

I hope that this letter finds you and your families safe and well. I would like to thank you all for your patience and support during these incredibly challenging past few months.

We are currently living through a historical moment that has forever shaped the social landscape of our nation. I must acknowledge that Covid- 19 may have significant impact – both economically and personally - on our local community, our families and our students.

I would like to reassure you that we are working hard on developing a comprehensive training programme to equip the school staff with the knowledge and skills to address any challenges that may arise from this global crisis. There will be a clear focus on developing our awareness in dealing with the strain left behind by the lockdown through the discipline of Cognitive Neuroscience. We will look at forming and supporting closer relationships within our local community whilst also creating corridors to the communities beyond our county to provide all our students the opportunities that may have been denied to them in the past few months.

With regards to the summer break, please note that on June 11 2020, the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, stated that, “schools [will] not…be open over the course of the summer…” and therefore no provision will be made available by the government to support children of Key Workers. The last day of term remains Friday 17 July 2020 with a 12.30pm dismissal.

We have also made significant plans to provide our future Year 7s with a robust Transition Programme.

Thursday 09 July, the school will be closed to ALL students (except Key Worker and vulnerable students) as we complete internal tests of the online induction programme.

Tuesday 14 July, the school is closed to ALL students (except Key Worker and vulnerable students) as we go live with the remote Induction Programme for Year 6 students. 

We are fully aware that there may be some Year 6 students who find the remote programme somewhat challenging and would benefit from the traditional face to face transition. Therefore, the school and the Governing Body have agreed to re-schedule the start of the academic year to ensure the on-site Transition Programme that could not be transferred to the remote programme, is provided.

Please note the new start dates for September 2020:

Wednesday 02 September 2020 – Staff Inset Day (school closed to all students). 

Thursday 03 September 2020 – Staff Planning Day (school closed to all students). The Sele School will only be open to staff to plan their “Re-Discovery curriculum” in response to the impact of Covid- 19 on student learning over the past few months. This will mean school can transition seamlessly to a remote platform if we find ourselves back in a National, Regional or Local lockdown. It will also shape how the curriculum is adapted to address any gaps in pupil knowledge due to the lockdown.

Friday 04 September 2020 - the school will only be open to our new Year 7 students for their Transition Day. This will allow us to run the Induction Programme and provide our future Year 7s the opportunity to make new friends as well as be entered onto the school system such as cashless catering and library cards. This will be a reduced day, ending at 2pm. 

Monday 07 September 2020 - The school will officially be open to all year groups. Years 7, 12 and 13 students are expected to arrive for an 8.40am start. Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 are expected to arrive at 11.30am. The school photographer will be on site on that day. 

Finally, the school continues to be closed to any visitors until further government guidance. As the nation moves out of the impact of the past few months, I am confident that we, as a school and a community, will also move back to a state of greater normality.

I wish you all a relaxing, safe Summer break and look forward to more face-to-face meetings in the new term.

Yours sincerely

Mr Christopher Quach; Headteacher 

Year 6 pupils - Equipment List and timing of the School Day

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 6 July 2020

Good morning

I do hope this email finds you and your family well.

As the end of term approaches, I will send information to you so that you are all well equipped and ready for the start of term in September.  I have attached a list of equipment that students will need on a day to day basis.  I have also attached information regarding the timings of the school day as they stand in normal times.  Obviously in light of the current situation with Covid-19, we are led by Government Guidelines and therefore, we may have to adjust our school day in some form or another; you will be notified of any changes to the information attached should these changes arise.

Please reply to this email to acknowledge receipt of this important information.

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

Parent APP Survey - resending the link

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 1 July 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

Please accept our apologies for the technical issue surrounding the Parent App survey. This has now been rectified and your views are greatly appreciated.  Please use the following link to complete the survey:

Parent App Survey

Kind regards,

Mr C Quach; Headteacher 

Year 7 Student Lockers

The message below was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 30 June 2020

Good afternoon

Just a reminder to please return all Year 7 locker keys if you have not already done so.  Please place in an envelope with your child's name and locker number if known.  These can be posted back to school or dropped into the white post box directly outside reception.  If your child has lost or damaged the key, we charge £5 for a replacement.  Please let me know if this is the case and I can add this to ParentPay.

Year 7 student lockers have now been emptied and we would ask that you phone the school in order to arrange to collect the contents.  The office is manned between 9am and 3pm, obviously staff may need to leave the desk during the day so if there is no reply, please do try again later.  The contents of the lockers have been placed into black bags with the locker number marked on it.  When you state a time for collection between 9am and 3pm, bags will be left outside the reception so that you do not need to enter the school.

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

HPV1 Immunisation for current Year 7 Students

The following letter was sent to parents and carers on Monday 29 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

The NHS Immunisation Team are planning their HPV1 program for current Year 7 students; the immunisations will take place at school, in September when students are in Year 8.  You must log onto the link provided in the attached letter and indicate whether or not you give permission for child to be immunised.  Please direct any query to the phone number in the letter and not to school as the Immunisation Team are organising this and not the school. Please note that replies must be received via the link by 10pm on 9 September - you must accept or decline the immunisation on behalf of your child.

Letter to Parents and Carers - HPV Immunisation

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

School 'App' - request for parental views

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 29 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

We value regular communication with all our parents and believe that through working in partnership with each parent we can improve the progress of every child at The Sele School. In the last Ofsted (2017) the inspectors noted the value parents placed on this stating “parents are very positive about communication” with school.

We recognise that the way we share information is changing rapidly in today’s society and we want to keep pace with the technology that will help us to maintain and develop our regular contact with you.

To ensure this is possible we have been looking at purchasing a new parental engagement ‘App’ that will help us to provide more relevant and up to date information to you. Before we make a substantial purchase and commit to training and development we are keen to hear your views; especially about what you would like us to be able to share with you about your child.

There is a short questionnaire which will help us consider as many views as possible. We would be grateful if you would complete this and return it to us. Once we have collated and reviewed all the responses we will let you know how we are proceeding so that you can be more involved in helping your son/daughter to make accelerated progress and ensure success.

We would like to complete this work by 16 July and would be grateful for your response by Monday 13 July 2020. Many thanks for your assistance and involvement in this project.

Parents and Carers have received a copy of this letter by email; please follow the link in the email to respond to the Questionnaire. 

Yours sincerely

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

For Years 9 to 13 a University led competition - World after Covid

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Thursday 25 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Please see information below regarding a competition set up by UCL. Judges are academics from prestigious institutions including Harvard, Oxford and UCL along with input from Industry.  

The competition is run by UCL openDemocracy and is open to school and university students (aged 14 and up) to share their vision of the future, with prizes of £200, £100 or £50 in book tokens plus the chance for personal mentoring from the panel of some of the world's foremost thinkers and some fantastic work experience with either UCL or openDemocracy.

Entrants can submit either a written article, short video or image that describes their vision for the world after the coronavirus crisis has passed.

For further info, please click on the link below

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/world-after-covid/

Kind regards

Chris Quach; Headteacher

History Residential to Belgium - Cancelled

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 23 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

I am finally in a position to update you further on the current situation regarding the History Residential to Belgium that was due to depart on the 2nd July 2020.  As we anticipated, NST (our tour company) have now formally cancelled our trip as a result of COVID -19 and government restrictions regarding school travel abroad. 

Parents will receive a refund of the monies that they have contributed via ParentPay in preparation for this trip.  However, please be aware that the school will not be able to refund this money until it is returned to us from the tour company.  At this point we do not have a date for this refund.

I therefore appreciate your patience while we attempt to resolve this as quickly as possible.

Yours sincerely

Mrs J Winship; Head of Humanities 

TCS Digital Explorer Programme

The following message was sent home on Monday 22 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer 

TCS DIGITAL EXPLORER PROGRAMME  

I am excited to inform you of a great opportunity that all our students have been offered from EDT and Industrial Cadets. They have the chance to take part in a programme called TCS Digital Explorers through Tata Consultancy Services. 

It consists of high-calibre sessions that are designed to inspire young people to take an interest in careers in the digital tech sector. With two different programmes for Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Key Stages 4 and 5, it is a fantastic offering for students to explore the digital tech industry. 

This programme is not just for students with their eye on a coding career; this event will look to challenge stereotypes and change the way students think about Tech careers.   

Digital Explorers will run online as a daily event from Monday 29 June through to Friday 3 July 2020.  There will be interactive sessions and a discussion panel with a range of tech sector professionals. For those unavailable that week, it will also be uploaded to the online platform – to be completed as a series of three module, allowing students to complete the learning at their own pace. We feel this programme would be an excellent activity to complete during the six weeks’ holiday period.  

On completion of the programme, students will leave with an insight into a breadth of tech careers; understand the essential skills required for the sector and will graduate as Challenger level Industrial Cadets.  

If you would like your child to take part, please follow the link to the Registration Pack and register before the course launch on 29 June 2020. You will be asked to provide the following information: parent first  name and surname, parent email, student first name and surname and email (please use your child’s school email address), gender, ethnicity, followed by parents confirming they have read and understood the privacy policy, online agreement and safeguarding policy. 

Once registered, students will be able to participate in either the live week (29 June - 3 July) or access the content 'on demand.' The content will be accessible online until the end of August 2020.  

I do hope many of you will take up this great opportunity in order that many of our students become Challenger level Industrial Cadets.  

Yours sincerely  

Mr S Millar                                         Mrs J Lee

Head of Careers                                More Able Coordinator 

The Sele School Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

The message below was sent home on Monday 22 June 2020, please click on the link below: 

The Sele School Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Virtual Hertfordshire Games

The message below was sent parents and carers on Thursday 18 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer 

VIRTUAL HERTFORDSHIRE GAMES 

Despite still being in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PE department at The Sele School is working hard to keep all of our students engaged within physical activity every week. 

The Hertfordshire School Games are upon us and this is a perfect opportunity to get your child to increase their daily physical activity as well as to provide some healthy competition between them and their peers. 

The Games are designed with a number of set activities for each child to complete on a weekly basis, ranging from sprints to vertical jump tests. These activities do change weekly, so as to provide an ongoing diverse experience. The activities will test endurance, strength, agility and much more, whilst allowing students to compete against their fellow classmates, forms and other schools in the county. 

Attached is the first set of challenges that the students face during the Hertfordshire games, together with instructions as a parent on how to assist them on taking their measurements. Virtual Pentathlon

The measurements are collated and then sent back to the PE department where we will collect and create leaderboards for the students to see their progress over the coming weeks. Prizes are available for individual students showing the best effort and results but also for the best forms, as a collective. We want every student to be aiming for the overall prize,the coveted Hertfordshire Champion award, which will be awarded to the best team in the county.  All results from the weekly activities will need to be sent electronically to pedept@sele.herts.sch.uk for The Sele School PE Department to collate and publish. 

All the challenges and information about the Hertfordshire School Games can also be found at https://sportinherts.org.uk/peschoolsport

The challenges will be updated weekly on Show My Homework and will also be sent to school email addresses so that students are fully informed of what activities they need to be doing during each week of the Games. 

The PE staff are all looking forward to seeing your child take part in the Hertfordshire School Games and actively engage in their weekly physical activity. 

Yours sincerely 

Mr Adonis Marmaras; Teacher of PE 

Year 6 Transition Day - Cancelled

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of all Year 6 pupils who will be joining The Sele School in September. Please click on the link to read the letter from the Headteacher: Year 6 Transition Day - Cancelled 

Phased re-opening of School: Years 10 and 12

The following message was sent to parents and carers of students in Years 10 and 12 on 10 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

PHASED RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL: YEARS 10 AND 12 

I trust that this correspondence finds all our families safe and well. 

We are writing to outline how we will begin to reopen the school to some of the students in Years 10 and 12. Please note that the predominant mode of education during this term for all students continues to be remote education via SHOWMYHOMEWORK and Microsoft Teams. This letter details how we will offer some face-to-face support to supplement our distance learning provision.

We hope that you were reassured by our previous correspondence and trust that the safety of our students, families and staff continues to be our main priority. Our planning and preparation have been guided by Local Authority advice; we have consulted various other schools and we have completed Risk Assessments to ensure that the highest standards of Health and Safety are met. We have worked hard to secure what we need to operate safely and set up the school so that we can commence a phased return. 

Our return will be staggered and so Monday 15 June 2020 will be the date of return for Year 12 students exclusively and Monday 22 June, we will invite our Year 10 students in. Please note that you are in receipt of this letter as you have indicated your wish to take up this provision, but this will only be allowed should you meet all the safety indicators on the Risk Assessment. No student will be allowed to attend if the Risk assessment has not been returned to the school and agreed by us. We will contact you if we have any concerns pertaining to your responses.

Important Key Information: 

Children or family members with any symptoms of Covid-19 including a persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste and smell must not attend school and should seek medical advice from the NHS using 111.

  • Children of critical Key Workers in any year group or vulnerable children (as previously defined by the Government) who have already been in school during the lockdown can continue to attend.
  • It is your decision whether to send your child/children into school - you will not be fined if he/she does not attend.
  • In adherence with guidance of having only a quarter of the eligible cohort in school at one time, we have maxed out the spaces available and therefore, a parent/carer who has indicated that they will not be sending their son/daughter to school, will not be able to reassess this situation and request that their child attends this phased return. 
  • As per Government guidance, we are phasing the return of our students. This means that the week beginning 15 June, school will only be open to Year 12 students (as well as the previously mentioned groups to whom school has been open throughout the lockdown). They will next be expected to attend school the week commencing 06 July 2020. Individualised emails will be sent to parents/carers with a timetable for your child to follow.
  • Year 10 students will be invited to attend school the week commencing Monday 22 June 2020. Individualised emails will be sent to parents/carers with a timetable for your child to follow. They will also attend the week commencing Monday 29 June and then the week commencing 13 July (they will not attend school the week of 06 July 2020).
  • Year 10 students are expected to attend two days a week for two hours each day and the provision will comprise of three 40-minute sessions with a member of the Pastoral team and the teachers of English and Maths. 
  • Year 10 students will be assigned to a small group of less than 8 in a designated classroom. They will have an allocated desk and will not be permitted to work in any other space. Staff will be moving from classroom to classroom, as opposed to the norm of students moving about. Students will have allocated toilets to use and must always adhere to the strict 2m distancing rule. Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • Individual timetables will indicate the staggered start and end times for Year 10 students.
  • Year 12 students will have contact with some of their subject teachers during the two weeks allocated to them. They will be expected to attend 2 hours a day and must refer to the personalised email with regards to the groups/lessons/teachers they’ve been assigned to and to know on which days they are to attend school. Their timetable will indicate which classroom they must report directly to at 9am each morning. Teachers will deliver face-to-face contact in the specified room, adhering to the 2m distancing requirement. The teachers will allocate them a desk and they must not use any other space/equipment in the room. 
  • Year 12s will not be permitted to congregate in the communal area in the Sixth Form block. They will only use E Block if they are attending a lesson in one of those classrooms and they must remain at their allocated desk. Upon arrival at school, they must use the toilets in the Sixth Form block to wash their hands and then promptly make their way through the canteen to their designated classroom. 
  • Fridays will be used by the site team and cleaning staff to do a deep clean of the entire school building so students will not attend school. The timetable for Years 10 and 12 students will run Monday to Thursday.
  • The school is clearly signposted with a one-way system and groups of students have been allocated different entry points to their assigned classroom. The signage must be followed, and any breach of these rules will be dealt with seriously.
  • Students will be expected to wash their hands upon arrival each morning in the allocated toilets. They will have access to hand sanitiser and tissues in the classrooms and where possible, doors and windows will be kept open.
  • You are reminded that as of the 15 June, the law stipulates that anyone using public transport must wear a mask. As we are following social distancing guidelines, however, students do not need to wear masks in school so will be expected to remove masks and either dispose thereof or store safely on their person before coming onto the school premises. Students should not bring a school bag with them.
  • Students must wear clean, washed clothes each day – this can be school uniform or their own clothes. It is important that they do not mix and match between their uniform and civvies and that when they are wearing non- school uniform, it is appropriate, smart wear.
  • All staff and students will have to try to remain 2 metres away from others, including whilst travelling to and from school.
  • Parents/Carers are not allowed to drive onto the school site and must drop off their child/children outside the school gate.  No one is allowed to congregate anywhere, including near or on the school site. 
  • Students found to be breaking the 2m rule and mixing with people from other households, outside or inside school, will not be permitted to return to school. Should we witness this breach of the rules, parents/carers will be contacted, and the student will have to return home immediately.
  • There will not be a break or lunch time and so a canteen service will not be available for the remainder of this academic year. Students must ensure that they have eaten breakfast before coming to school. 
  • Parents/Carers of students eligible for Free School Meals will continue to receive Edenred vouchers.
  • There will not be any access to student lockers.
  • Classrooms will not look the same and learning will be different – students will have their own desk and a folder of basic stationery which must remain in school. They are not permitted to bring equipment from home to school and must not take any equipment/resources from school back home. Teachers will not be taking a student’s work/folder home either.
  • The school building will be closed for visitors and parents/carers, but you can call the school office between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

Finally, we would like to say how much we have appreciated the support parents and carers have given the school staff and each other at this difficult time. The Sele School community has been characteristically kind and helpful - on behalf of all the staff and governors, thank you. 

You are reminded that we plan to open for students in Year 12 on Monday 15 June and Monday 22 June for Year 10 students, but only if it is safe to do so. 

Please take care and stay well.

Yours sincerely

 Mr C Quach                         Miss T Hein                   

Headteacher                          Deputy Headteacher 

Careers Education for Years 11 and 12

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of students in Years 11 and 12 on Tuesday 9 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers  

The Sele School is working closely with our educational partners to explore different options to support your son/daughter's careers' education. We have teamed up with The University of Hertfordshire to give all our students access to over fifteen online learning sessions and activities including: 'how to study online', 'personal finance' and apprenticeship information'. 

To access these, click on the link below and select 'The Sele School' from the drop-down box. 

https://aspire-higher.co.uk/events/ 

I hope that your son/daughter finds the information and experience gained both purposeful and useful as part of their careers' education. 

Regards 

Mr S Millar

Careers Education

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of Year 10 students on Tuesday 9 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers  

I wrote to you last week to introduce you to the 'My Week at Work' Programme, the online Work Experience package aiming at giving your son/daughter some of the benefits associated with partaking in real-life work experience. For those that have taken the opportunity to participate in the event, I hope you are finding the process rewarding and educational.

If you have not yet joined in, it is not too late to do so and you can access it directly via the links below:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/year-groups/year-10/work-experience 

https://learnliveuk.com/my-week-of-work-tuesday/ 

The Sele School is working closely with our educational partners to explore different options to support your son/daughter's careers' education. We have teamed up with The University of Hertfordshire to give all our students access to over fifteen online learning sessions and activities including: 'how to study online', 'personal finance' and apprenticeship information'. 

To access these, click on the link below and select 'The Sele School' from the drop-down box. 

https://aspire-higher.co.uk/events/ 

I hope that your son/daughter finds the information and experience gained both purposeful and useful as part of their careers' education. 

Regards 

Mr S Millar

English Department - lessons on Youtube

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 1 June 2020

Dear Parent or Carer 

In order to facilitate the continued progress of our students, the English department will be uploading lessons to Youtube on the channel 'Mr Luxton's English Lessons'.  There will be a notification on SHOWMYHOMEWORK each week to remind students to access these videos.  Students will be expected to complete the work from these lessons and return it via email to the relevant teacher.  

Thank you for your continued support during these critical and demanding times. We wish you and your families well. 

Kind regards from

The English Department 

Please email any query regarding this message to Mr Luxton sluxton@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Change in Curriculum Delivery for Options

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 18 May 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

CHANGE IN CURRICULUM DELIVERY FOR OPTIONS 

I hope that you and your families remain well in these exceptional times we find ourselves in.  

I am writing to update you with the situation regarding options for the coming year.

As you are aware, we have been offering students the opportunity to study two of their GCSE options in Year 9 and into Year 10, in addition to a Modern Foreign Language or alternative, with the examinations for these subjects being taken at the end of Year 10. 

Having undertaken a review of the curriculum, we have taken the decision to revert to our previous system of all options now being chosen at the end of Year 9, rather than Year 8. This means that students will commence their study of four option GCSE subjects in Year 10 and these subjects will be examined at the end of Year 11, alongside core subjects and Modern Foreign Language or the alternative subject. This is in line with the vast majority of secondary schools. 

We feel that this will give the students more time to make informed decisions around their subject choices and additional maturity and development of some of the skills which will benefit them, especially in subjects such as Drama and the Arts. It also allows a seamless progression for students to study chosen subjects into Year 12. 

To clarify, all Year 8 students will continue with Key Stage 3 subjects as per their current timetables for the coming academic year when they will be in Year 9. It is our intention for there to be an opportunity in the Spring of 2021 to attend an Options’ Evening where option choices for Years 10 and 11 can be discussed with teaching staff. The Options booklet on line will be updated in due course to reflect these changes. 

I hope that this explains the situation regarding certainty of subjects for the coming year, even as we find ourselves in uncertain times.  

Kind regards  

Jan Morgan; Assistant Headteacher 

Year 10 Students Exam Grades

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 10 students on 13 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

YEAR 10 STUDENTS' EXAM GRADES

I understand that the process around submitting predicted grades for this year's GCSEs has left you wandering where our Year 10 GCSE students will be placed. I would like to reassure you that further guidance has been released and I am pleased to confirm that the Year 10 cohort will be receiving their GCSE grades alongside our Year 11 students.

This means that all pupils, regardless of their year, will be given a predicted grade and then ranked in accordance with their chance of securing that grade as one cohort. Please note that Ofqual will not be applying any special consideration. With regards to Appeals, Ofqual will issue further guidance to schools as they have yet to formalise the process. We will issue out further guidance and updates as we receive them.

In the meantime, the school is following and administering the process to ensure all grades are a true reflection of what your son or daughter would have most likely achieved under exam conditions.

Thank you for your continued support during these critical times. We wish you and your family the best of health.

Kind regards

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

Remote Learning in Physical Education

The following message was sent home to parents and carers of students in Years 9 and 10 studying PE BTEC 

Dear Parents and Carers 

REMOTE LEARNING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION  

As you are aware, we have begun to roll out a programme of online lessons via Microsoft Teams to assist our students in their home learning. In addition to the scheduled online lessons , there are several useful features of the Microsoft Teams App that the Physical Education (P.E) department is keen to utilise. 

Using the Microsoft teams app, we will be moving towards the online submission and marking of all BTEC Assignment tasks. Not only will this allow for regular contact between students and teacher, but it will also allow for timely marking and feedback of students' assignments during these times of distance learning. 

I have attached a step- by- step guide to logging into the app; accessing available assignment details and submitting work.

Teams - how to - Tutorial 

Students are encouraged to upload their existing assignments for all units completed to-date , which will allow their teachers to collate and mark these assignments. 

Details of the outstanding assignments, along with their corresponding deadlines, can be accessed on the Microsoft Teams App, under the assignments section. Please encourage your child to login and check these details. 

Some students have informed me that their work is saved on the school's computer system and I am working on a way for students to access their work from home.  

It is of utmost importance that students are remaining on top of their workload and submitting assignments on time to ensure they remain on track and thus complete the qualification. 

Your support in this matter is most appreciated and I wish you and your family the best of health in this critical period. 

Kind regards 

Miss G Tait; Head of PE  

Health and well being - University of Oxford study

The following letter was sent to parents and carers on Monday 4 May 2020

Oxford University Health and well-being study Please note that we are aware that some people have had trouble with the link included in the letter; if this is the case please use https://oxfordarcstudy.com instead.

For information about how the study will be conducted and the purpose of the research, please follow this link Invitation to participate in the Oxford ARC Study

 

Years 11, 12 and 13 Examination Grading Process

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of students in Years 11, 12 and 13 on 22 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you and your families remain well in these exceptional times we find ourselves in.

As you know the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced that all GCE and GCSE examinations have been cancelled for summer 2020. Whilst for some young people this will be a relief, a great majority will feel that they have been denied the opportunity to show exactly how well they could perform having worked so hard to develop their skills and knowledge over their time in school.

The Department for Education is clear that they do not want young people to be disadvantaged by the cancelling of this examination series. Schools have been asked to provide exam boards with expected grades for students in place of exam results, and staff are working hard to provide this ahead of deadline. These grades will be based on a wide combination of factors, not solely on performance in mock exams.

The data we submit will be a fair and true reflection of the level an individual was most likely to achieve, and we have a robust process in place to ensure this. Guidance from Ofqual is clear that students will receive notification of their grades in the Summer in the same was as if they had sat the exams, and so there can be no dialogue between individuals and staff around the award of grades.

We would ask that any exercise books, mock exam papers, assessed pieces of work or non-examined work such as coursework are kept safe at home by parents and carers, in the event of the school being asked for supporting evidence for the award of any individual grade.

The Department for Education will provide details of an appeals process in due course for any student who feels the grade awarded fails to be a true reflection of their abilities.

We will be in contact, if any further information becomes available.

In the meantime, stay well.

Kind regards 

Jan Morgan; Assistant Head

Open letter from Minister Ford to parents and carers of SEND students

Please click on the link to access an open letter sent to the parents and carers of SEND students by Minister Ford 

Open letter to parents and carers of SEND students

Scam warning - Free School Meals

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 26 March 2020

Sent on behalf of Juliet Whitehead, Hertfordshire County Council Education Team

Scam email being sent to parents asking for bank details if they are Free School Meals

Hertfordshire County Council has received reports that a scam email is being sent to parents, asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free School Meals.  Please could all schools send out a communication to their parents, warning them about this scam email.  In addition, it may be sensible to remind them not to give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.  Please see this government link for further helpful information: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing

Regards

Juliet Whitehead

Message from Herts County Council lead on Speech, Language, Communication and Autism

The following message was sent to parents and Carers on Friday 20 March 2020

Please do not reply to this email - please use the contact details below if necessary 

The message below was sent on behalf of Sharon Coubray; County Lead for Speech, Language, Communication and Autism | Integrated Services for Learning | SEND Specialist Advice & Support, Hertfordshire County Council

Please share this information as appropriate.

To support children with communication and autism needs and their families during this unsettled period, the Specialist Advisory Teachers will be extending the hours of our telephone advice line from Monday 23rd March until the schools reopen.

It will be open daily between 10am and 2pm (term time) to provide advice and guidance for parents and carers. If you wish to speak to a Specialist Advisory Teacher please call 01442 453920 during these times.

Please note: We are unable to provide advice in relation to the coronavirus or the duration of school closures.

Kind regards,
Sharon

Message from the East Herts Family Support Service

The following message from the East Herts Family Support Service was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 19 March 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

We have been asked to send the message below on behalf of The East Herts Family Support Service

This message is not from school staff therefore should you have any query please use the contact details in the message below 

Hertfordshire Family Support Service - Service Update 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week and the recommendation to limit social interaction, in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus, we are looking carefully at how best to prioritise our service delivery. We envisage that our approach will be updated on a regular basis as the situation changes. 

As it currently stands we have taken the decision to suspend the following group sessions/activities from Thursday 19th March 2020; 

* Stay & Plays

* Rhyme Times

* Baby Sing & Plays

* Family Fun

* Active Mini Movers 

The rest of this term’s programme will continue. We will keep you up to date on this situation on social media and thank you for your understanding at this difficult time. 

We are currently working on the digital delivery of some sessions and workshops, so please follow our Facebook pages - facebook.com/thebroxbourneFCS/, facebook.com/WelHatFCS/ & facebook.com/easthertsfcs/- and keep an eye on our website - www.hertsfamilycentres.org - for updates on this. Please also encourage your friends to do the same. 

Please note that at the moment, we will continue to support our health colleagues with the running of Baby & Toddlers Health Clinics as normal. If this changes, we will let you know. 

Please be assured that we are still contactable via our main phone line - 0300 123 7572 and you can email us at broxbourne.fcsenquiries@oneymca.org 

If you have any concerns regarding Coronavirus, please visit the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Kirsty Stuart
District Manager
T 0300 123 7572; M 07904 955 487; E Kirsty.stuart@oneymca.org
A Beane Valley Children's Centre, Clappers Lane, Watton at Stone SG14 3QA
W www.oneymca.org

Message for Parents of Year 9 Students from the School Nursing Service

The message below from the School Nursing Service was sent to the Parents and Carers of Year 9 students on 18 December 2019

Year 9 Parents - The Lancaster Model