Announcement

FAQs during the COVID-19 shutdown

 

In line with other schools across the UK, the College is now closed until we are told we may reopen. Pupils across the campus will be learning remotely and have been appropriately equipped to do so.

During the Easter holidays we will continue to teach the children of Key Workers.

Below are some FAQs you may find useful.

Why has the College closed?

The shutdown of the College is at the advice of Public Health England and the Department for Education.

What should I do if my child develops a cough/fever/flu-like symptoms while they are at home?

If your child(ren) experience symptoms of coronavirus during a shutdown (or imposed period of isolation) follow medical advice regarding whether they are able to do school work. We would not expect them to do the work set if they are unwell.

Remote learning– what are the expectations?

Pre-Prep pupils have already taken home a pack of activities to enable them to continue their learning at home. The pack contains instructions as to how to engage with each task.

Shell pupils have been given a pack - the work set covers the amount of time your child would spend on that area of the curriculum. There is extension work provided should that be required.

  • Shell teachers will correspond with parents through parent post or email directly.
  • Pupils should spend as much time on each task in their work pack as they would in the lesson. For example, a single lesson would be 35 minutes a double lesson 70 minutes. Prep will not be set.
  • Staff can be contacted, via email, between the hours of 09:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Monday-Friday. Please allow a 24-hour response time.

Form One to Upper Third have compulsory core subjects (English, maths and science). We will do our best to follow current schemes of work; the work set will reflect the amount of lesson time in the week.

Work for non-core subjects will be set once a week and can be undertaken at parents’ discretion. However, please communicate via email with the appropriate member of staff if, with your consent, the work is not being done.

N.B. for practical reasons, only Lower Third and Upper Third will receive music work.

  • All tasks for the day will be set by their subject teacher by 09:00 in the morning on Firefly.
  • Work that needs to be submitted must be done by 16:00 on the task due date. Please be aware that not all tasks will require a submission.
  • Pupils should spend as much time on each task as they would in the lesson. For example, a single lesson would be 35 minutes a double lesson 70 minutes. Prep will not be set.
  • Tasks, when completed, must be marked as ‘completed’ on Firefly by the pupil. They will be commented on by the subject teacher.
  • Work will be marked within a week of submission. Late submissions may take longer.
  • Staff can be contacted, via email, between the hours of 09:00-12:00 and 14:00 and 16:00 Monday-Friday. Please allow a 24-hour response time.

Senior School pupils will be set one task a week, via Firefly, commensurate with each subject’s allocated weekly time on their timetable.

Pupils will be expected to follow their normal academic and prep timetables from home.

Pupils will be expected to submit one significant piece of written work per week via Firefly as briefed by each subject teacher. Teachers will feedback within one week of their submission.

All resources needed to complete work will be shared by teachers via Firefly.

All teachers will be checking their email daily, pupils are expected to communicate with their subject teachers via email.

Information about how those in examination years will be assessed is available here.

Information for Sixth Form is available here.

My child has locked themselves out of Firefly – what should I do?

  • For IT password or lockout queries contact the ICT Department on 07483 064 203. This number is available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • For technical issues please email ictsupport@bishopsstortfordcollege.org.