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Welcoming you back safely to school

Welcome back to Monmouth Schools Sixth Form

Dear Students,

I hope that you have enjoyed the summer break and have made the most of the opportunity to relax with family and friends. It has been a very strange time for everyone, and I am sure that you are longing to get back to some kind of normality. Whilst things will not quite be back to the ‘normal’ we remember, you will be able to get back to your studies and focus on the next steps of your career. This term’s focus for Year 12 will be stepping up to Sixth Form and the transition to A levels and for Year 13 the focus will very much be on UCAS applications or gap year plans; there will be time to discuss your UCAS applications with your tutors on the first day back.

You will have read the arrangements for your home school from Mrs Miles or Mr Dorman, but I thought it would be useful to emphasise arrangements for Sixth Form students across both school sites. These new systems will take some getting used to, but they are in place to protect you and the staff. You will have a walk-through of these areas at the start of term. The information contained in the following document is in addition to what you will have already received in the Sixth Form Student Guide at the beginning of Year 12.

A reminder that there will be plenty of hand sanitiser around the site and you are encouraged to use this regularly and wash your hands with soap and water. Doors around the site will also be propped open and main door handles will be sanitised regularly. Face coverings will be compulsory except in classrooms, outside areas, cafés and the dining halls.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,

Mrs Rachel Rees
Head of Sixth Form

Two sites and co-educational teaching

Sixth Form lessons will continue to be co-educational and on both the Boys’ School and Girls’ School sites.

Sixth Form lessons will begin and end two minutes before the usual time to help minimise the possibility of contact around the sites.

Teachers will move to your classrooms to reduce the amount of movement around the school sites. For specialist subjects, e.g. Science, Art, Music and DT you will be taught in these departments, so that you have access to the right equipment. These rooms will be cleaned regularly. Should you wish to see a member of staff outside of lessons, you will need to email them and ask them to meet you in the either of the Sixth Form Centres.

We will continue to use Microsoft Teams to support learning, for example to share documents and other materials with class members or to submit work and assess it. Submitting and marking work via Teams will also help with infection control as teachers will be handling fewer books.

Please bring all the equipment you will need to school – pens, pencils, rulers, calculators etc. – as you will not be allowed to share items with other students, and teachers will not be able to lend you items.

Year group bubbles

The UK government uses the term ‘bubbles’ for groups of children who are able to mix without the full 2m social distancing. Each year group is classed as a bubble.

Sixth Form students will be in one bubble (Year 12 and 13 together). This will enable you to be able to use the common room facilities and teaching rooms in both schools.

Whilst you are one bubble in the Sixth Form, we would encourage, that you keep social distancing where possible. Within year group bubbles, we are applying a ‘no contact’ rule, so you shouldn’t get too close to your peers, but you do not have to observe the full 2m distance from them.

You will not be able to mix with anyone in other year groups or walk freely around either school site, as has been the case in the past, as we are trying to minimise the risk of cross infection with other year groups. There will be no opportunity to mix with siblings during the school day.

When transitioning between the school sites, we would ask you to be mindful of the narrow pavements and members of the public that may be walking along this route. Try to remain in single file and allow members of the public to pass safely. Please keep to the pavement that runs alongside St. Catherine’s and the MG Art block as you walk up and down between the school sites and pass to the left of St Mary’s Church. As always, please take care when crossing roads.

Break times

You will be allowed to use the Sixth Form Cafés, lockers and common room areas in both Salter and Tudor House. We would ask you to keep these areas tidy, putting litter in the bins.

MG School site

The only point of entry into and out of school for sixth form students will be the double doors leading into the Atrium opposite the Science block. You will not be allowed to use the bridge or leave the Atrium via the double doors by the library or by the Geography rooms. These areas will be used by other year groups.

At MG, Sixth Form students will only be permitted to use the following areas:

  • The Atrium
  • Salter Common room/Café
  • Salter Sixth Form study areas – Year 12 in S12 and Year 13 in S16 (middle floor)
  • Salter computer rooms (top floor) – lessons will take place here
  • Powell House (MFL classrooms) – lessons will take place here

Toilets
Girls will use the toilets by Powell only and boys will use the toilet just off the Atrium towards Powell House on the left-hand side. You will not be able to access other toilets around the school site.

Lunch time arrangements for Sixth Form at MG
You will be able to go into town, but we would ask you to adhere to social distancing. If you are staying in school for lunch, you are expected to have lunch at the site where you are taught period 5 and 6. Please do not transition to the opposite site for lunch as the catering staff have specific numbers to cater for.

Lunch time for all Sixth Form students at MG will be at 1.15pm immediately after period 5 and 6.

To access the dining hall, you will need to leave the Atrium (ground floor via the double doors), walk down the Hereford Road and cross carefully to the main school gates. Walk along the side path up to reception. Here, you will enter through the main reception doors and take the stairs immediately in front of you to enter the dining hall. You will collect your lunch from the left-hand side of the servery. Catering staff will serve the food, rather than you serving yourself, and they will hand you your cutlery. You should then exit the dining hall via the side door and go into the BAR to eat. This area will be reserved for Sixth Form students only. Once finished, you can leave the BAR via the doors nearest to the main corridor, turn left into the corridor and out of main reception. Use the path to go down to the main gates and either transition to MB or return to MG via the Hereford Road.

Study Periods
You will only be able to use Salter study areas or the common room and café to study. The library will now be a staff area and no students will be able to access it. If you are a Year 13 student, then you will be able to return to the boarding house or go home to study after lunch, if you have no school commitments.

Registration for MG students only:
Registration will take place in the following rooms:

Form Room Form Room
12MCA S12 13CEJ S16
12LJB S12 13NJM S16
12DSC P01 13VRP S22
12GD P03 13LJW S23
12ZH P04 13HTW S24
12SML P12 13SEW S25

Year Group Assemblies for MG students
These may take place once a week in S12 for Year 12 and S16 for Year 13 at the discretion of the Heads of Year.

MB School site

There are various points of entry into and out of school depending on where you have your lessons. At MB, Sixth Form students will be taught in the following areas:

  • Tudor House
  • Mountjoy Building (Geography classrooms)
  • History classrooms, H1 and H2
  • RS classrooms, R1 and R2
  • William Jones Building, conference room and L2.

Toilets
Sixth Form students will only be permitted to use the toilets in Tudor House. You may also use the toilets in the Blake Theatre.

Lunch time arrangements for Sixth Form at MB
You will be able to go into town, but we would ask you to adhere to social distancing. If you are staying in school for lunch, you are expected to have lunch at the site where you are taught period 5 and 6. Please do not transition to the opposite site for lunch as the catering staff have specific numbers to cater for.

Lunch time for all Sixth Form students at MB will be at 1.35pm except on Wednesday when lunch will be at 1.15pm.

You will not be able to access the dining hall before this time as there will be other year groups using it. Sixth Form students may eat in the Master’s Dining Room; you will not be allowed to sit with pupils from a different year group. Catering staff will serve the food, rather than you serving yourself, and individual sets of cutlery will be wrapped rather than you taking cutlery from a tray.

Study Periods
You will be able to study in Tudor House Sixth Form Centre and you may also use the mezzanine level in the library during study periods. If you are a Year 13 student, then you will be able to return to the boarding house or go home to study after lunch, if you have no school commitments.

Registration MB day students only
Year 12, Tudor House will register every morning in the Blake Theatre and Year 13 Glendower will register in the Sixth Form Centre (Downstairs). Please go straight to these areas on the first day (Wednesday 9th September).

MB House Assemblies
These will take place in boarding houses for boarders or in the Blake Theatre or Sixth Form Centre for day students.

Key reminders

Face coverings:
All pupils from Years 7 to 13 will be required to wear a face mask or visor indoors unless eating in the dining room or in the classroom or are exempt on medical grounds. Children below Year 7 will be allowed to wear a face mask or face visor if they wish.

All children will be responsible for supplying and looking after their own face coverings.

When not in use, reusable face coverings should be stored in a small plastic bag and disposable face coverings should be deposited in lidded bins.

You must wear a face covering on any public transport or school buses, for the duration of the journey.

Covid-19 symptoms:
Parents must notify the school if their child or anyone in their household has shown any Covid-19 symptoms and adhere to isolation guidance and stay away from school.

Hand sanitisers:
Please use the hand sanitisers at places throughout the school and you may also bring in your own hand sanitiser and tissues if you wish to.

Contact details:
Each pupil’s up-to-date contact information must be confirmed by parents in case of emergency and collection due to illness.

Important reading:
Please read through the overview of the new measures contained within the other sections of this document, paying particular attention to:

  • Health and Wellbeing Centres
  • Hygiene measures
  • Co-curricular programme
  • Travel arrangements
  • Embracing the new measures
    Helpful tips

Please note that details are subject to change.

Updated: 1 September 2020