Dear Parents and Carers,  

As per my email of last week and as we look forward to the start of Term 6, we wanted to update you with regard to our distance learning programmes. 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of yesterday afternoon, it is now clear, as we suspected, that a large number of our students, particularly in current years 7, 8 and 9, will be continuing to learn remotely, from home, and, as such, we have further reviewed and refined our distance learning package.  

Additionally, Mr Johnson stated that “up to a quarter” of students in Year 10 and Year 12 should be able to access some “face to face” learning in schools from 15th June; the details of which remain unclear with further guidance promised in the coming days. But, as you know, our planning continues through the ongoing assessment of our staffing capacity, alongside the questionnaire that parents of students in Years 10 and 12 will be sent tomorrow to gauge feeling about a possible return for their children from 15th June. Once further guidance is published and our position clarifies, more news will follow on this later this week.  

For Years 7-10, students can continue to access their work via the Show My Homework platform. You may have noticed that there has been a branding change with the app, and this is now called Satchel One; there are no other changes 

Understandably, remote learning does pose many challenges for children and their families, but please do remember that our teachers are available to support our students with their work. Students can contact their class teachers with questions about their work via Show My Homework or via email. Equally, when a task has been completed, this should be submitted to their teacher so that they can then receive feedback and guidance on their next steps. This feedback is vitally important for helping consolidate and shape future learning.  

At school, our students are very used to a structured timetable of lessons that helps them organise their day. In order to help them manage their workloads at home, we suggest that they follow the timetable below throughout Term 6. This is based on students completing three study sessions a day. While, of course, this can be flexible, we hope that it will help students and their families help manage chunks of work and structure their week. 

Years 7 & 8

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
English Maths Geography Science French/Spanish
Art Performing Arts PE Technology Food
RE IT History English Maths

Year 9

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
English Maths Science Maths Science
History or Geography Option Block B English History or Geography Option Block B
Option Block A Option Block C Option Block C Option Block A Catch Up
Option Block A Option Block B Option Block C
French

Spanish

Construction

Food

Textiles

Health & Social Care

Business Studies

RE

Art

Technology

BTEC Sport

Drama

Dance

Performing Arts

Construction

Food

CACHE

IT

Triple Science

GCSE PE

BTEC Sport

Music

Sociology

Photography

Business Studies

Studies

Hair & Beauty

CACHE

 

 

Year 10

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
English Maths Science Maths Science
History or Geography Option Block B English History or Geography Option Block B
Option Block A Option Block C Option Block C Option Block A Catch Up
Option Block A Option Block B Option Block C
French

Spanish

Construction

Food

Textiles

IT

Health & Social Care

Business Studies

RE

Computer Science

Technology

BTEC Sport

Art

Drama

Dance

Construction

Food

CACHE

Textiles

History

Technology

Spanish

BTEC Sport

Music

Sociology

Photography

Business Studies

Hair & Beauty

Health & Social Care

 

Work will continue to be set fortnightly by teachers with clear guidance on the tasks and activities that students should be completing and clear deadlines for submission of tasks. 

Alongside this, we feel it is important for students to participate in exercise, enjoy fresh air, perhaps engage in activities together as a family such as baking, or family games, and spend time processing the very challenging circumstances that we find ourselves in. As ever, young people’s well-being is vitally important.  

For our students in Year 12, they will continue to be set work directly from their class teacher through their existing methods of communication, including via email, Microsoft Teams or Show My Homework. Again, all work should be submitted directly to the teacher so that feedback and guidance on next steps can be received.  

If you have any questions regarding your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact:  

Mrs Shilling, Teaching & Learning: ashilling@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs Banbery, Head of the Middle School: abanbery@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

Mr Brooke, Head of Senior School: jbrooke@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs Winslow, Head of Sixth Form: lwinslow@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

Mr Hadlow, Director of Post-16 Education: shadlow@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

Finally, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support through these exceptional and challenging times. 

Yours faithfully,

Jon Watson
Trust Executive Principal