CORONAVIRUS UPDATES - Mount Carmel High School

This information posted on this page is intended to keep parents/carers/pupils informed of developments and updates in relation to their children at our school during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Scroll down the page for previous information that has been issued.


HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE 18 MAY 2020: 9.00am

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

COVID-19 school advice and guidance

1.    We have spent most of the past week reading and considering the latest advice and guidance from the government with a focus on schools’ phased re-opening and the expectation that staff should be encouraged back to work who cannot work from home.
2.    New government advice and guidance regards schools continues to be published every day, so some things have changed and are likely to continue to change as we move forward in re-opening schools.
3.    We have been warned by the Prime Minister that the route map published by the government is dependent on the data regarding the reproductive rate (R) of the virus data that is monitored daily.
4.    I do suggest that you read the guidance  and subsidiary guidance for schools yourself. I have included the link below: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

5.    Let’s focus on what the latest government guidance says and how it affects us all! 
(This is my personal brief summary only)
•    The PM announced that if you cannot work at home then people should be encouraged back to work, unless they have a medical condition that means they are self-isolating or have children below nursery age that do not qualify for childcare.
•    Staff who are shielding a member of their household can now return to work if it is safe and social distancing can be put in place effectively.
•    Vulnerable pupils (as identified in the guidance) who have been entitled to attend school throughout this crisis, should now be encouraged to start going to school rather than stay at home as long as they do not have a medical condition that means they are self-isolating.
•    We continue to provide provision for pupils of critical workers who need child care. However, parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 situation (as outlined in the government guidance) should still keep their children at home if it is possible to ensure their child is kept safe at home while they attend work. 
6.    As we move forward in this crisis we are asking parents to follow these key principles:
•    If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they must be.
•    If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, who is not safe at home, then educational provision will be available for them at school.
•    Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
•    Parents must also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They must observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
7.    We will continue to provide online learning for pupils who will continue to stay at home, (Y7, Y8 Y9 and Y10) who are not pupils of critical workers or classed as vulnerable pupils.
8.    As of 1 June, we will start planning to provide some face to face contact with Y10 to support their learning as best we can as they are preparing for their exams this time next year. We are awaiting further guidance on this matter but please be realistic about what we can provide for Y10 pupils given the current social distancing restrictions and precautionary health measures that are in place.
9.    We will continue to ensure social distancing is in place at school and take other precautionary measures, including risk assessments, as we start bringing more staff and pupils back in to school. 
10.    Parents of pupils in priority groups will not be penalised for not sending their children into school but will be strongly encouraged to do so.
11.    Now let’s focus on our next steps during this crisis!
•    From the start of this pandemic we have followed government advice and we will continue to do so.
•    The health and safety of all concerned will remain our top priority. 
•    We make no apologies that as a school, we will move forward slowly and cautiously, taking additional advice where necessary.
•    I will continue to keep all parents informed as we move forward, via my weekly HT updates. Please do not hesitate to contact school directly via email with any concerns.
•    We will be bringing some staff who we feel cannot work from home back into school as of Monday 18 May and updating our daily staff rota to continue to supervise and support pupils with online learning and school-based activities.
•    We will be consulting with key workers and asking them if they are able to keep their children safe at home or if they now need to send their children into school, so they can go work.
•    We will be consulting with parents / carers of our vulnerable pupils and encouraging them to start sending their children into school as appropriate.
•    We will consult with parents of Y10 pupils and ask them: if they are ready to start sending their children back to school, and, do they have any concerns about  face to face contact? We do not yet know what this will look like or when it will start but when it does it will include small numbers of pupils and it is unlikely that any normality will be able to be put in place regards resuming lessons. 
•    We will be updating our risk assessments and COVID-19 precautionary measures at school and bring them in line with the latest government guidance as soon as possible.
•    Please keep up the great work you are doing at home and contact school immediately if you or any member of your family tests positive for COVID-19.
•    During May Half Term ( 25 – 29 May ) teachers will not be setting work online or giving feedback. We will be contacting parents this week, whose children are attending school regularly to see if you need school to stay open next week.  

12.    Online Learning from Home
We are continuing to closely monitor pupil use of ‘ShowMyHomework’ (SMH) and other online learning platforms. Once again last week 80% of pupils logged on to SMH and completed at least 1 task. Based on the engagement of your child/ren, I have sent a letter to all parents this week. 

Now it has been confirmed by government that it still looks like they will be taking GCSE exams, it is vital that Y10 pupils continue to complete work in all subjects to a good standard for their ability! 

We will continue to provide work online for pupils in Y7, Y8, Y9 and Y10. Teachers have been advised the following:
•    keep setting work in line with the day to day, year by year timetable only! 
•    be careful not to set lots of research or multiple tasks. Try and help pupils and parents by chunking work up into individual manageable tasks that link together.
•    avoid setting tasks that involve using subscription programmes such as Netflix. 
•    if your subject has a rotation – drama, music art, DT and food, please clarify which work is to be done on which week by which group. 
•    keep doing our best to also provide positive comments / feedback and deal with misconceptions to all the pupils who are engaging in remote learning.
•    pupils collecting work or having it sent home should have started sending photos of their work and email or upload it to SMH via a smart phone.  

Free School Meal Food Parcels

If your child is eligible for a free school meal, then you are entitled to a weekly food parcel - per pupil. Please continue to order them via the school email account and pick up between 12noon and 1pm every Monday from the school main reception. Please be aware that we will not be providing food parcels for the May half term holiday, so there will be none available on Monday 25 May. If any family is short of food, please contact school by the main school email account and we will put you in touch with local support groups.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents

Many thanks to Y11 pupils and parents who brought back into school their work books. This is in case we need them to provide additional evidence to Ofqual. 

We are now well under way with this process and will keep parents informed. Mr Barrett our Careers Information Advise and Guidance officer has sent all Y11 pupils an email regards transition arrangements to post 16 providers.  Please will all Y11 parents ensure that their children have responded to this email. We want to ensure that all pupils have made at least 2 applications and are starting to complete the transition units online. 

National Thank the Teacher Day

On Wednesday 20 May the UK government has asked the nation to engage with ‘National Thank the Teacher Day’.  We would very much like pupils, parents and other relatives to help recognise and celebrate the hard work that senior leaders, teachers, support staff, governors and all those that are working so hard at Mount Carmel and who are making a massive positive contribution to pupils, families and communities during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Please will you send in your messages of support to the school email, school website, Facebook or Twitter pages. I know the staff will really appreciate this as they are all working so hard in such difficult circumstances. I do hope as many of you as possible will take the opportunity to recognise the efforts of the staff at our school and other local schools. 

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. These accounts are being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. Please also continue to send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk 
Show my Homework enquiries: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Many thanks for your continued support and patience. 

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Bowers
Headteacher


HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE 11 MAY 2020: 9.30am

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

COVID-19 school advice and guidance

I hope that you are staying safe by following the government advice and staying at home and only going out if it is absolutely necessary. If we do leave the family home, stay at least 2m apart, regularly wash your hands or use some sort of sanitiser. 

As you are aware, coronavirus (COVID-19) testing has now been extended to all essential workers and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus(COVID-19). Full details can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. If any parent or member of the household is tested positive, please inform school immediately.

I am not sure if last night’s statement regarding the COVID-19 crisis from the Prime Minister was what I expected. There was certainly a lack of detail for the next stages and for me, it raised more questions than it gave answers. The plan to bring reception and Y1 back at primary seems very much at odds with keeping a social distance to me. It looks like Y10 may possibly return sometime in late June but there was no mention by the Prime Minister of Y7, Y8 or Y9.

We await further details today from the government about the relaxing of the current lock down regulations and a ‘road map’ that will start getting the country back to some sort of normality. We will review our current school arrangements when we know more details.

We are continuing to closely monitor pupil use of ‘ShowMyHomework’ (SMH) and other online learning platforms. Last week 80% of pupils logged on to SMH and completed at least 1 task. We appreciate that home schooling is not an easy task, but we really are here to help in any way we can. You just need to contact the school via email or your child’s subject teacher via SMH. Sadly, we still have too many pupils who are doing very little work at home. We cannot stress how important it is that pupils have some sort of daily routine and complete all the work set online or provided in work packs each Monday! Pupils who do not do this will fall further behind their classmates each day meaning that they will have more to catch up when we do return to school. We are doing our very best every day – we need everybody else to do that too!

It is particularly important that Y10 pupils continue to complete work in all subjects to a good standard for their ability because this time next year it still looks like they will be taking GCSE exams!

Free School Meal Food Parcels

If your child is eligible for a free school meal, then you are entitled to a weekly food parcel - per pupil. Please continue to order them via the school email account and pick up between 12noon and 1pm every Monday from the school main reception. If any family is short of food, please contact school by the main school email account and we will put you in touch with local support groups.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents

Many thanks to Y11 pupils and parents who brought back into school their work books. This is in case we need them to provide additional evidence to Ofqual. 

We have now started the process of awarding GCSE grades for all Y11 pupils in all subjects. This will be completed in the next 3 weeks and submitted to Ofqual. We have a plan to work with teachers and curriculum leaders to ensure that as best as we can we will ensure that pupils are awarded the grade the evidence suggests they would have achieved if they would have sat their exams this summer. 

This grade will then be compared with the pupils’ and year group’s average KS2 score, and the previous performance of the subject and the school.

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. These accounts are being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. 

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk 
Show my Homework enquiries: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Please also continue to send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience. 

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Bowers


HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE 4 MAY 2020: 9.00am

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

COVID-19 school advice and guidance

I hope that you are all well and staying safe by following the government advice and staying at home and only going out if it is absolutely necessary. If we do leave the family home, stay at least 2m apart, regularly wash your hands or use some sort of sanitiser, regularly drink hot liquids and when you return home put all your clothes immediately in the washing machine and take a shower, to reduce the risk of bringing the COVID-19 virus into the family home. 

As you are aware, coronavirus (COVID-19) testing has recently been extended to all essential workers and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Full details can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. If any parent or member of the household is tested positive, please inform school immediately.

The speculation continues in the media about schools re-opening, (even though we have not been closed). There are now conversations taking place about the re-opening of schools in phases but still no timescales available or guidelines for us to follow. LAs across England and Wales have been asked to consult with schools. Thank you to the members of the PTFA who provided views of parents and pupils. The topic was also discussed at the weekly DfE meeting with teaching professional association representatives last Friday.

Many of you have asked what my personal thoughts are about the current situation and likely next steps. I continue to try not to spend too much time or energy on speculating what the future holds and instead focus on doing the best I can to support you, our pupils and families. I am really pleased that schools have been consulted in the process. I now hope that government ministers take on board the information provided by schools to shape the next steps along with scientific and medical advice. 

According to the Prime Minister last Thursday we seem to have passed the peak rate of infection for COVID-19 and we are beginning to see a decrease in the rate of infection and deaths. He has also promised a ‘road map’ for getting us back to work, opening schools and ensuring travel on public transport is safe to use. We seem to have reached a very delicate stage in the pandemic and the government are standing by the 5 key measures being in place before lockdown is relaxed and will continue to monitor the reproductive rate (R) of the COVID-19 virus to keep it below 1. 

Due to the crippling effect on the economy caused by COVID-19, government official announcements tend to suggest that the lockdown measures may be relaxed on 7 May. If this happens, I think the government will be cautious, because government strategy seems to be stopping the spread of the virus, reducing the death rate, allowing the NHS to cope and will avoid a 2nd spike of infections. Social distancing measures look here to stay for some time and if the lockdown is relaxed I think they will be maintained. When schools re-open I think it will only be partially and, for everybody’s safety, we will be expected to ensure that social distancing measures continue. This will be a challenge for all concerned and will feel very alien. It will also require a great deal of self-discipline. 

We are continuing to closely monitor pupil use of ‘Show My Homework’ (SMH) and other online learning platforms. Last week we have managed to engage with more pupils than ever in schoolwork at home. Thank you so much to 70% of you that are clearly doing your very best at home to support your child/ren. We know for many reasons that home schooling is not an easy task, but we really are here to help if you need it. You just need to contact the school via email or your child’s subject teacher via SMH. However, we still have a number of pupils who are doing very little work at home and things do not seem to be improving and others who are still not engaging with school. We cannot stress how important it is that pupils have some sort of daily routine and complete all the work set online or provided in work packs each Monday! Pupils who do not do this means that every day they fall further behind their classmates and this means that they will have more to catch up when we do return to school. We are doing our very best every day – we need everybody else to do that too!

The new day by day year group timetable we introduced last week, seems to have resolved a lot of the problems regards teachers setting too much work and not making it clear what learning task to do first in a sequence of tasks. Please do give us feedback again this week on how this system is working and if there is anything else you think we can do to help at this difficult time!

It is particularly important that Y10 pupils complete work in all subjects to a good standard for their ability because this time next year will be taking their GCSE exams!

Free School Meal Food Parcels

If your child is eligible for a free school meal, then you are entitled to a weekly food parcel - per pupil. Please continue to order them via the school email account and pick up between 12noon and 1pm every Monday from the school main reception. If any family is short of food, please contact school by the main school email account and we will put you in touch with local support groups.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents

To assist school in generating a Centre Assessed Grade, pupil workbooks, exam questions etc may be used as an additional evidence source.  Please can you collate your work in a plastic bag and drop it in the Year 11 work collection box at reception. When collating your work, ensure that all loose worksheets/paper are secured in your books. Do not worry if you do not have all of your books, as these are an additional layer of evidence that may be used.

To avoid unnecessary contact with others and ensure that social distancing protocols are followed, work must be dropped off on the allocated slots listed below:

• Pupil surname A-C - Monday 4th May 9-11:30am
• Pupil surname D-I - Monday 4th May 12-14:30pm
• Pupil surname J-O - Tuesday 5th May 9-11:30am
• Pupil surname P-Z - Tuesday 5th May 12-14:30pm

The work collection box will be removed after each drop slot, so work not dropped at the allocated slot will not be accepted. Where any additional work has been completed after school closed on 20 March 2020, caution will be taken in using this as evidence if it suggests a change in performance.

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. These accounts are being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. 

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk 
Show my Homework enquiries: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Please also continue to send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience. 

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Bowers


HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE 27 APRIL 2020: 9.00am

Dear parents, carers and pupils,

I hope that you are all well and making the most of the good weather we have been having at the moment. Please do stay safe by following the government advice of staying at home and only going out if it is absolutely necessary. If we do leave the family home, stay at least 2m apart, regularly wash your hands or use some sort of sanitiser, regularly drink hot liquids and when you return home put all your clothes immediately in the washing machine and take a shower, to reduce the risk of bringing the COVID-19 virus into the family home.

First, the swirling speculation in the media, about the possibility of schools and colleges reopening. You may have heard the Chief Medical Officer’s comments on Wednesday 22 April, that social distancing will continue at least until the end of the year! Then amid the birdsong you may have also heard a collective sinking of the nation’s hearts. Mine certainly did! That announcement seems to indicate that we should not expect life to return to ‘normal’ in the near future. There has also been more media attention about what the eventual reopening of schools may look like, what we can learn from other countries, and what the detailed planning process should be like. I, like you, want schools to re-open as soon as possible but only when it is safe for all concerned to do so. I also hope that re-opening will be something done with us rather than to us, as has been the case so far in my view, since the start of this crisis. Let’s see what happens in the next few weeks.

As I have previously stated, I see little point spending significant time or energy speculating about what might happen next, until we get official information from the government or Department for Education. In the meantime, we are now set up for schools to be closed until at least May Half term.

Feedback from parents, carers and pupils.

Thank you once again for your feedback regards online learning. I hope you saw a significant shift in the areas of concern that you reported before the Easter break.

  1. The amount of work set by teachers should have been more manageable and appropriate for the age and ability of the pupil.
  2. Work should have been set as per the day to day timetable for each year group.
  3. Families should no longer be receiving multiple phone calls from staff but the pastoral team only.
  4. Families of SEND pupils should have been contacted by SEND team and supported with school work if necessary.
  5. Please do also use the  BBC Bitesize online lessons. Please have a good look at these resources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

We are continuing to closely monitor pupil use of ShowMyHomework and other online platforms. It is great that approximately 85% of pupils are engaging with the online resources but worrying that some pupils are doing the bare minimum! Sadly, we have lots of pupils who are only completing 1 or 2 subject tasks a week, rather than 3 subject tasks per day as per the timetable! School closures will no doubt affect all pupils' education across the UK but some pupils will be affected far more than others.

I cannot stress enough how important it is that all pupils complete the tasks set by all teachers in all subjects so that your child does not fall behind other pupils of a similar ability in our school and across the country. We know how difficult it must be for parents at the moment, who are not qualified teachers or subject specialists. All we ask is that you and your child / children do their very best. Please remember if you need help, all you or your child has to do is contact the teacher online who will provide helpful feedback. I particularly worry about Y10 who this time next year will be taking their GCSE exams.

Free School Meal Food Parcels

If your child is eligible to a free school meal then you are entitled to a weekly food parcel per pupil. Please continue to order them via the school email account and pick up between 12 noon and 1pm every , Monday from the school main reception. If any family is short of food, please contact school by the main school email account and we will put you in touch with local support groups.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents.

Once again can I remind you that at this stage there is no need to ask Y11 pupils to send workbooks into school or complete coursework, but they should keep work books and coursework safe at home until we have more information.

We strongly recommend that all Y11 pupils make at least 2 applications to different post 16 providers. If any Year 11 pupil needs additional support to complete an application, please contact the school office email account and we will forward a message to Mr Barratt.

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. These accounts are being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. 

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk

Show my Homework enquires: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Please also continue to send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience.

Best wishes and stay safe
Mr Bowers


HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE 20 APRIL 2020: 10.00am

First of all, I hope that you are all well and have managed to have a good stay at home Easter holiday. Apart from the Easter bank holiday weekend school has remained open for pupils of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Can I reiterate that the best way we can all stay safe is by following the government advice of staying at home and only going out if it is absolutely necessary. If we do leave the family home, we need to stay at least 2m apart, regularly wash our hands or use some sort of sanitiser, regularly drink hot liquids and when we return home put all our clothes in the washing machine and immediately take a shower, so we are not bringing the COVID-19 virus into the family home.

On Thursday 16 April we were all informed that the UK government are extending the current lockdown regulations for at least another 3 weeks and yesterday we were told by Gavin Williamson that there are no plans yet to re-open schools. First of all, I see little point spending significant time or energy speculating about what might happen next, until we get official information from the government or Department for Education. In the meantime BBC Bitesize have introduced lessons online. Please have a good look at these resources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Unless things change we are preparing for schools to be closed until at least May Half term but I also want us to learn from the first 2 weeks of pupils and parents working at home and looking after pupils of key workers and vulnerable pupils in school.

Feedback from parents, carers and pupils.

Thank you so much for your feedback regards how we best support you and your children at this difficult time with working remotely at home, either online or on paper. It was great to see that 85% of all our pupils logged into Show My Homework and completed at least 1 task a week in the 2 weeks before the Easter holiday. Our records show that lots of pupils did far more learning at home than just 1 task. Well done and thank you. Keep up the good work. However, the feedback also highlighted 3 major issues that we need to address as a school.

  1. The amount of work set by teachers is far too much, in fact quite overwhelming and not selective enough for the age or ability.
  2. Due to the above it is often difficult to know where to start and select the most appropriate tasks.
  3. Some families were receiving multiple phone calls when 1 phone call could cover all the issues.

As a result of the above we are making the following adjustments to our policy and practice with immediate effect as of 20 April 2020.

  1. We are introducing a day to day remote learning timetable for each year group. Each day teachers will set work to be completed either that day or by the end of the week. (Please see the links below for year group timetables Y7 – Y10)
  2. The work set on Show My Homework will be clear and part of a sequence of learning tasks overtime. In most subjects, pupils will need to complete one task and submit it to their teacher, before moving on to the next one. The work will be bespoke to that particular class and as much support and feedback will be provided as possible by the class teacher.
  3. We are going to try and have a more co-ordinated approach regards weekly phone calls home and home visits. Phone calls will normally only be made Pastoral or Assistant Pastoral Leaders rather than teachers or Curriculum Leaders.
  4. Families of SEND pupils will be contacted by SEND team weekly and will support with school work if necessary.

If you do not have access to the internet at home or do not have a device that your child can complete homework, please do come to the school reception and collect packs of school work for your child on a Monday from 11am – 12 noon.

Free School Meal Food Parcels

As you are aware, we have decided to continue with the food parcels arrangement rather than the government national voucher scheme. We believe this is in the best interest of pupils and families and best value for money. Please continue to pick up between 12 noon and 1pm on Mondays, starting Monday 20th April from the school main reception. If any family needs an additional food parcel, can they please contact school by the main school email account and we will put you in touch with local support groups.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents.

We are now more aware of how Ofqual and examination awarding bodies will calculate GCSE grades in 2020. We will keep you informed when we get more information. Please see the letter to pupils and parents on the school website.

The next priority for all Y11 pupils is to ensure you have a place at a post 16 provider or a modern apprenticeship. Mr Barratt has sent out a survey to all Year 11 pupils on Show My Homework (SMH) for pupils to provide us with updated information. We strongly recommend that pupils make at least 2 applications to different post 16 providers. If any Year 11 pupil needs additional support to complete an application, please contact the school office email account and we will forward a message to Mr Barratt.

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. These accounts are being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. 

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk

Show my Homework enquires: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Please also continue to send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Bowers

Distance Learning timetables


UPDATE 20 APRIL 2020 9:30am

Information video for Year 11 pupils from Ofqual regarding grading of exams Summer 2020

https://youtu.be/VXuDOrtJY1Q


UPDATE 3 APRIL 2020: 1.00pm

An important notice for Year 11 pupils and parents regarding examination grading arrangements 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Use this link to read the notice 


UPDATE 3 APRIL 2020: 11.00am

School is open Monday to Friday throughout the Easter break except for bank holidays Friday 10th and Monday 13th April.
Please note this is for children of key workers only and we ask those parents to email office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk if this is required.


UPDATE 2 APRIL 2020

Xavier Bowers (Headteacher Mount Carmel RC High School, Thursday 2 April 2020).

Dear parents, carers and pupils,

COVID-19 school advice and guidance

First of all, I hope that you are all well and coping with the government measures that are in place as a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.  The best way we can all stay safe is by following the government advice of staying at home and only going out if it is absolutely necessary. If we do leave the family home, we need to stay at least 2m apart, regularly wash our hands or use some sort of sanitiser, regularly drink hot liquids and when we return home put all our clothes in the washing machine and immediately take a shower, so we are not bringing the COVID-19 virus into the family home.

School arrangements during the Easter holidays

School will continue to remain open, only for vulnerable pupils and pupils with parents who are key workers during the 2-week Easter school holiday (Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April). However, we will be closed on the Bank Holiday’s (Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April). During this holiday period, staff will no longer be setting work, making phone calls home or providing feedback and additional support for remote learning. We will start doing all these things again on Monday 20th April.

Feedback from parents, carers and pupils.

I would appreciate feedback from parents, carers and pupils about how you think we are doing as a school during these unprecedented circumstances. I would normally ask for feedback in the form of what is working well (WWW) and what could we do better (BI). Have we set too much or too little work for pupils to complete? Would parents like us to set work week by week, so it is not so overwhelming and perhaps more sequenced? Would parents like more guidance about what learning from home should look like? These are just some of the key issues that I am aware of but please feel free to give feedback on any issue related to how we can best support you during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please send all feedback to the school email account.

If you do not have access to the internet at home, please do come to the school reception and collect packs of school work for your child.

Free School Meal Food Parcels

We have decided to continue with the food parcels arrangement rather than the government national voucher scheme. We believe this is in the best interest of pupils and families and best value for money. However, we will not be sending out food parcels during the 2-week Easter holiday. The next pick up will be between 12 noon and 1pm on Monday 20th April from the school main reception.

If any family needs an additional food parcel can they please contact school via the main school email by Friday 3 April by 1pm and we will get back in touch to make arrangements.

Year 11 Pupils and Parents.

We are still waiting to find out how government (Ofqual) are going to work with examination awarding bodies to calculate the GCSE grades. We will keep you informed when we get more information.

The next priority for all Y11 pupils is to ensure you have a place at a post 16 provider or a modern apprenticeship. Mr Barratt has sent out a survey to all Year 11 pupils on Show My Homework (SMH) for pupils to provide us with updated information. We strongly recommend that pupils make at least 2 applications to different post 16 providers. If any Y11 pupil needs support to complete an application, or needs additional support, please contact the school office email account and we will forward a message to Mr Barrett.

If you have any concerns or queries during the school closure, please continue to use the email addresses below. This account is being monitored during normal working hours (8.30 – 4.00) Monday – Friday, but please remember to make it clear the name of the pupil, year group and concern. 

General office: office@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk

Show my Homework enquires: smh@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk

Please do send photos to the school ‘Facebook’ account of all the activities that you are up to. We will also try and post photos of school-based activities.

I would like to wish you and all your family a happy and holy Easter.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Bowers

Headteacher

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