Message from Eastleigh College

Support for Year 11 pupils

We recognise that the exam and assessment changes this summer will have caused uncertainty for schools, pupils, their families and future employers. The College is wholly committed to ensuring that no course or apprenticeship applicant will be disadvantaged as a result of the exam and assessment changes and we will work with every individual to ensure transition to College is as smooth as possible.

For those yet to apply or yet to be interviewed, staff will ask to see Year 10 and Year 11 reports, mock results and any GCSE or vocational courses already completed, to inform decisions about all course and apprenticeship offers.

Please note our applications process remains fully operational and interviews will be conducted via phone, or Microsoft Teams. Contact details for any enquiry are available on our website here and applications can be made here.

FSM Food Box Delivery

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please complete the Google Form (link here https://forms.gle/FQkaz2XHChk4opQc6) if you wish to participate in the food parcel scheme delivered from Harvest Fine Foods.

The scheme is for FSM children who are eligible. We feel this is a better way to get food to those children who are entitled, as the food is delivered to the door of your home and you do not need to leave your home. We are hoping deliveries will commence week beginning 6th April for Cherbourg campus parents and week commencing 13th April for Shakespeare campus parents.  Deliveries will be for 2 weeks at a time.

Please complete the form by Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 12 noon at the latest.

If you have any queries, please contact Julia Hughes, Business Manager, at julia.hughes@crestwood.hants.sch.uk

Important Information FSM

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Thank you for all your support this week, I have been completely overwhelmed by your efforts in trying to keep your children focussed! I’d also like to thank you to my staff for all their efforts in keeping the work and activities coming, this is new territory for all of us!

FREE SCHOOL MEAL COLLECTION MONDAY 30TH MARCH

Free School Meal parcels can be collected from CHERBOURG CAMPUS BETWEEN 9AM AND 12PM. These parcels are for the week beginning 30th March and 7th April (2 weeks) We will be observing strict social distancing and only allowing 2 people in the hall at one time, so do be prepared to wait. As well as the prepared food parcels there will be additional food to choose from, kindly donated by the community. Please only take what you need.

Once the 12pm deadline has passed, we will be offering the remaining parcels to anybody in the Crestwood Family as all the food must go by the end of the day. It will be on a first come, first served basis. They will not be delivered and cannot be reserved in advance. Please arrive between 12pm and 3pm.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS FROM 7TH APRIL ONWARDS

From 7th April onwards we have arranged for all Free School Meal food parcels to be delivered to your doors by Harvest Foods. These will be sent out every fortnight. If you wish to opt out of this scheme please contact Julia Hughes, Business Manager at julia.hughes@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

These deliveries will commence the week beginning the 7th April for Cherbourg students and week beginning the 13th for Shakespeare students. Vouchers are not being offered as we do not want parents or students to leave home unnecessarily.

This is an example of what could be in the parcel for each child, for the fortnight: it may vary:

  • 6 Satsumas
  • 4 Bananas
  • 6 Apples
  • 1kg Carrots
  • 1.5kg Potatoes
  • 2 Spanish Onions
  • 1 punnet Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tins of Baked Beans
  • 500g Linguine Pasta
  • 2 loaves of Bread
  • 1 x 250g Margarine
  • 1 Bottle orange squash 1ltr
  • Packet digestive biscuits
  • 8 portions of mini Baby bel
  • 1kg Bag frozen peas
  • 1kg Bag chicken nuggets

Please remember that if your child needs support for their mental health then they can call Monday to Friday, between 9am – 2pm:

  • Zena Smith 07385 252141
  • Karla Walters 07388 376789
  • Denise Sharp 07385 252049
  • Michaila Dieng 07385 252050
If you need a friendly ear as a parent then call:
Jane Cole, Parent Support Officer, on 07388997380 between 8.30am and 4pm, Monday-Friday.
Stay safe, stay inside, keep in touch
Krista Dawkins
Headteacher

Update to Work Pack

  • Attached is an updated version of the Work Pack sent last week.
  • Please note, most work can be accessed on mobile phones and done on paper.
  • Please ask students to check their school emails and to email staff should they require support.
  • As stated earlier in the week, not all work is to be done immediately.
  • Please check the deadlines set on ClassCharts as these might have been extended.
  • Please see the letter sent by Mrs Dawkins on 25 March 2020 for further clarification.
  • See the school’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/crestwoodcommunityschool ) for regular updates

http://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/content/uploads/2020/03/Work-pack-2-27-March-2020.pdf

GCSE Examinations Update

On 20 March the government published the following guidance regarding the cancellation of exams this summer.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020.  We would recommend Year 11 students and parents read this guidance as it answers several of the questions we all have regarding how grades will be awarded.

It does now appear it would not be appropriate to continue to set work for Year 11 students.  However, we would thoroughly recommend students maintain good study and learning habits over the next few months in preparation for the next stage of their education, whether that be ‘A’ levels, college courses, apprenticeships or training.  We would encourage students to research their new courses, read around the subject(s) and make use of the free online resources such as Seneca (https://www.senecalearning.com/).
There is still the slight possibility that coursework and controlled assessment tasks as they stand will be need to be moderated. If we need anything from students, we will contact the parents and students affected as a matter of urgency.  In the meantime, students do not need to continue with coursework.

As far as we know, results day for students is still Thursday 20 August 2020.  However, there has been some discussion although nothing definite about this date being brought forward to July.  As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

Work Pack One

Please find attached work pack one to be completed by students during the school closure:-

http://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/content/uploads/2020/03/work-for-students-in-the-event-of-school-closure.pdf

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

Myself and my Senior Leaders in school are meeting at least daily each morning and an update will be sent out at the end of each day to parents/carers, to avoid you being bombarded with emails once the Prime Minister has conducted his daily briefing . Please, whilst I know you are all worried, I reiterate that I am unable to offer you personal advice and you must do what you feel is best for you and your family.

Guidance from the NHS (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/)

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms, either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.Read more

Partial School Closure

We have seen a sharp rise in staff absences today due to the new guidance issued by the Government on 16.3.20. We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, however our staffing levels are not sufficient to provide an education and supervision for the whole school. It is with regret that we will be closed tomorrow to Year 9 students – Wednesday 18.3.20 only.

If staffing levels continue to fall we reserve the right to continue closing the school to year groups but would aim to this on a rotation, but avoiding Year 11. Our plan, is at this moment, to close to Year 8 pupils on Thursday 19.3.20 and potentially Year 8 and 9 on Friday 20.3. 20 but this may all change due to staffing and Government announcements.

Work will be classed on Classcharts for students to access from home.

We really appreciate parents understanding at such a difficult time.

Parent Bulletin – 13th March 2020

Please find attached Parent Bulletin for week ending 13th March:-

http://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/content/uploads/2020/03/parent-bulletin-20200313.pdf

Latest Coronavirus Advice

Dear Parents,
 
I am writing to give you an update following the Government’s press conference today, following a Cobra Meeting.
 
I urge all parents to continue to watch the news and follow the advice and guidance issued by the Government. That advice is: 

 

  • If you either have a new persistent cough, are finding it difficult to breathe , have a high temperature, or a combination of these symptoms, please stay at home for 7 days if you live alone or isolate yourselves as a family for 14 days if one person in the household has symptoms. 
  • All non essential travel should be avoided.
  • Pubs, clubs and Theatres should be avoided.
  • All social gatherings should be avoided.
  • If you display no symptoms then you carry on as normal.
 
I am not a medical expert and I am not in a position to offer any other advice but I urge parents to act in a way that they feel is appropriate for their families. I have stated previously we will support our families in whatever you decide to do in your best interests.
 
For those students off school as they are displaying symptoms or in a household that displays symptoms, will have their attendance coded to reflect this as exceptional circumstances.
 
As a result of the guidance issued today the PGL trip will be cancelled, as will the DofE Silver Award trip, as these are deemed as non essential. 
 
As a school you know we have taken other measures as outlined in my letter on Friday and we will continue to act in the best way for our students, staff, parents and community.
 
To clarify for you we have no staff members off work because they display symptoms of the Coronavirus. I do however have staff who have significant health issues that have decided to stay away from school for the time being to protect themselves, which I believe is reasonable actions.
 
As for closing the school it is not my decision it is the Government who will decide. If we have many staff off and we are operationally unable to open, then this will be a decision made with Hampshire County Council. As such, staff absence presently is minimal. 
 
Please do inform the school immediately if you are self isolating, due to your child or others in the household have symptoms, so we code this correctly. 
 

I will endeavour to keep you informed as more guidance is released. I cannot say anything other than I have stated here. Please stay safe and follow the advice issued. #Crestwoodfamily

Best Wishes,

Krista Dawkins
Headteacher