Stronger together . . . every child in a great school Welcome to Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST); a tight knit family of schools based around natural geographical proximity in the South West. Initially formed as a small multi academy trust of only two schools in 2011 the Trust has experienced several iterations of growth and change. In essence WeST, as we recognise it today, was launched in September 2017 with the ambition of deli...
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Dear Parents and Carers
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Day 5 – Enrichment Activity 3
Day 4 – Enrichment Activity 2
Updated 10th July 2:35pm
This week Year 2 have been exploring mass and used terminology such as 'heavier than' and 'lighter than' to compare different objects. Today we took our learning outside and used weighing scales to explore the weight of natural resources around us.
The Year 1 children have loved finding out about the Rio carnival since being back in school. This week we used our designs and all the techniques we have explored to create our own headdresses! The children paraded around the playground and were very proud of their colourful creations.
Although we are delighted to welcome back the Year 10 and 12 students on a partial re-opening, we are acutely aware that the majority of our students are still studying only at home.
**Wednesday, 1 July 2020**
Please click here to access a copy of the letter from the Principal, dated 01.07.20, regarding returning to College. Please note confirmation of all uniform updates on the website will be finalised by Friday, 17 July for the September 2020/21 intake.
**Friday, 26 June 2020**
This video has been created to give parents, carers, governors and the wider community an overview of our approach to distance learning during this period. We hope it demonstrates the journey we have been on as a College and we thank you for your feedback and continued support during this time.
Mrs Kelly Olive, Associate Deputy Principal
New DfE guidance published on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
**Friday, 19 June 2020**
**Friday, 12 June 2020**
We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 and 12 students next week. Just a reminder that all College transport is running as usual with normal pick up times and bus stops. Please remember your coats.
Please click on this link to access a copy of the letter from the Principal, dated 11.06.20, regarding returning to College, sent to all students in Year 10. Please note that the original letters were individualised for each student.
Digital Safety During Covid-19 - please follow this link for further information.
**Monday, 8 June 2020**
The College announces the partial opening on Monday, 15 June for Years 10 and 12 students only.
Although we are saddened that we are unable to open the College to all our Year Groups, we are delighted to begin to welcome back to our community students in Years 10 and 12, commencing Monday, 15 June 2020. (Letters have been emailed with information regarding specific College dates for each individual student.)
This is a government decision based on the fact that both of these Year Groups are about to enter their forthcoming examination years in September. Consequently we have been working relentlessly to ensure that our site meets all the high health and safety expectations deemed necessary, as well as preparing appropriate teaching for these two Year Groups.
Meanwhile, we continue to miss our students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and appreciate how distance learning is never the same as being at the College. Therefore, we will continue to develop this work and provide a blend of learning opportunities. We hoped that you enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of your tutors and arrangements are being put in place to provide more direct contact with them shortly. Please be assured that we cannot wait to see you all when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
We thought that you would like to see examples of just some of the measures we have put in place for our partial re-opening of our classrooms, which we have organised to support social distancing, including a yellow outlined area in which teachers are permitted to stand in and the new signs to remind all about how to keep safe at the College. Please see the images below.
Finally, we will continue to keep you abreast of any new government directives and refer you to the College website for further information if you wish to know about the detailed planning behind the partial re-opening.
Best wishes --
Please click on the following Year Group links to access a copy of the letter from the Principal, dated 05.06.20, regarding returning to College, sent to all students in Year 10 and Year 12, and the attached appendix. Please note that the original letters were individualised for each student.
Please click here to access a video highlighting social distancing measures that have been put in place to facilitate the partial re-opening of the College.
** Monday, 1 June 2020**
Additional parental and student support and information can be found here.
** Friday, 22 May 2020**
Please click here for an update letter from Mrs Hutchinson, Principal.
Please click here for an update letter from Mr Haring, WeST CEO.**
Please click here to download the 'WeST Toolkit for Reopening of Schools'
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CORONAVIRUS: The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Year 3 Children have recently enjoyed a fantastic curriculum day focusing on their current topic about 'The Romans'.
All children at Stowford School have been focusing upon Climate Change and what they can do to help.
Parent guide for partial reopening - click here (apart from the dates everything else stays the same).
Over the last weeks, school has felt slightly more normal as we welcomed back children in Year 1 and Year 6. The children have been amazing, both in terms of their attitude to learning and how they have adapted to the changes of routine in school. The children have been taught in their class bubble of up to 15 children for the day; they learn and play with this group. I would like to thank my team for providing the safest and calmest environment for your children and the support from our governing body.
After further government guidance updates and subsequent meetings with the trust, governors and school leaders, I am delighted to be in the position to extend our partial opening to all year groups. From Monday 29 June, we will continue to provide education for 2 days for children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6. In addition, we will offer 1 day a week to children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5.
As a school, we feel it is so important for as many children as possible to attend school before the end of the academic year. This will give us the opportunity to support your children’s emotional development, teach a few maths and literacy objectives and give the children chance to socialise in their class bubble of up to 15. Most importantly however, we would like the opportunity for the children and staff to feel some kind of closure on an exceptionally challenging period.
Please read the parent guide for partial reopening. I look forward to seeing your children in school later in the term.
Stay safe, Steve Bone Headteacher
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