The School Day

St Michael’s has a 10-day timetable. The school day is divided into six 50-minute periods. Most subjects take double periods but for some, there may be a single period. Each year group has an assembly once or twice a week, form time once or twice a week and PSHE twice a week in form groups. Lunchtimes differ slightly for each year group. The break down is below:

Please note that this is our standard timetable. This may change to follow government guidance on reopening schools in September.

TEMPORARY CHANGES FROM SEPTEMBER 2020

Staggered start and finish times The first week ONLY will incorporate a phased return of year groups with staggered start and finish times. This will enable us to explain the stringent health and safety precautions we have introduced. The table below indicates the day(s) and time(s) your child will be in school for the first week only.

 

Uniform

Our high expectations regarding uniform remain unchanged and students will be expected to adhere to the uniform policy at all times. The only exception to this will be if students have PE on their timetable; they will be expected to wear their PE kit to and from school, as social distancing requirements make the changing rooms inaccessible. Please note that the uniform policy has not changed and violations, such as false nails; facial piercings; unnatural hair colour and extreme hair styles, will result in sanctions.

Movement around the building

To mitigate the potential for cross contamination of the C-19 virus across year groups, we are introducing teaching and breaktime year bases. This means that most year groups will have classrooms in a specific area of the school and the teachers will move to the class. There are exceptions of course, such as PE but we are aiming to reduce movement around the school as much as possible. Eating and play areas will also be year-specific. These will be clarified with the students during their induction days in the first week of September.

Hygiene expectations

Toilets will be year-group zoned and there will be high expectations of personal hygiene, with numerous additional sanitisation stations around the building and regular opportunities to use them. Additionally, we would like to encourage your child to bring a personal hand sanitiser to school. To avoid cross contamination, it is vital that your child brings their own stationery to school, including pens, pencils, eraser and the recommended calculator.

Food provision

Social distancing measures and the zoning of students for break and lunchtimes means that we will be unable to provide hot plated meals until schools return to normal provision. Instead, we will be providing grab bags with a variety of options, such as pizzas; pasta pots;’ baguettes and sandwiches alongside cookies; waffles and drinks. A full list of options and details of how to pre-order food will be emailed out to parents and placed on the school website in the next few weeks. The biometric fingerprint system will not be used until the Government releases schools from pandemic health and safety-related procedures. Unfortunately, this will necessitate a pre-ordering system and the grab bags will be issued in the students’ zoned areas at break and lunchtimes. In light of the logistical burden this will create for the catering staff, we would like to encourage students to bring packed lunches to school until we can open the dining hall fully.

The behaviour policy

The highest standards of behaviour are expected at St Michael’s. Nevertheless, in light of the current pandemic, we have made additions to the list of sanctions to incorporate Covid-related behaviours. Please ensure that your child is aware of the potential dangers of spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing; shouting; singing and touching others. Our priority is the wellbeing of our students and staff. Consequently, if your child deliberately flaunts the rules, we will have no alternative but to send them home as they will be considered a health and safety risk to all those around them.

Curriculum

Students will be following their usual timetable and there will be no narrowing of the curriculum. Nor will there be fewer learning hours per week. Wherever possible, we will endeavour to deliver our normal curriculum. However, there might be slight changes to sequencing in order to adhere to social distancing protocols, mainly affecting some of our more practical subjects. We will be creative in our approach to tackle this. In addition, there will be a blended learning offer for those students who have to self-isolate, should that become necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if your child…

• is absent from school through illness So that we are sure of the whereabouts and safety of our students, we ask that parents/carers ring the school by 9 am each day of absence (please use the absence mailbox when you hear the main school telephone menu). For absences of less than 3 days, on return to school, a letter signed by parents/carers is required to confirm the reason for absence and the dates involved. We ask that this letter be brought to school on the first day back. For absences of 3 days or more, medical evidence is required. This can include the label from prescribed medicine.

• has a medical or dental appointment If medical or dental appointments have to be made in school time, an appointment card or a letter from parents/carers should be shown to the Form Tutor (who should sign it) and then handed in to the school office when the student signs out. Where possible, we would ask that appointments be arranged for after school hours, weekends or during the school holidays.

• wants to go on holiday in term time The government’s stance on taking children out of school during term time makes it clear to parents that they are expected to maintain their children in school throughout term time. We are therefore required not to authorise any holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 6 Any requests for holiday in term time must be submitted using the local authority form, copies of which are available from the school reception. Any requests that are not submitted on this form will be automatically rejected. A fine will be incurred if your child is taken out of school for holiday purposes unless it has been agreed with the school.

• is ill whilst in school Students who start to feel unwell at school should see the Head of Year and Reception will be asked to ring parents/carers if it is felt a student needs to go home. For safety reasons, students who are unwell will not be allowed to go home unless collected by a parent/carer or an adult nominated by the parent/carer. Please discourage your child from calling you themselves, as we will need to speak to you in order to assess whether your child needs to go home and to be sure they can get home safely with the appropriate adult.

• is not wearing the correct school uniform – please send in a note to explain the problem. Students must report to their Head of Year for their note to be signed. This note should not last for more than one day. Failure to meet uniform requirements will result in the student going to Refocus.

• has forgotten dinner money or sandwiches Students must see staff at Reception at the beginning of lunch.

• cannot do PE for some reason (e.g. an injury or illness) Please send in a note to explain the problem.

• has something that makes her/him ill from time to time (e.g. asthma, hay fever, fits, and migraine) Make sure the Form Tutor and Head of Year are aware of the problem. If a student needs to take regular medication (either prescription or non-prescription), it is possible to send this to school, where it will be kept in a locked cupboard for use when required. Parents/carers will need to complete an authorisation form, which is available from Mrs Stockton – see Contacts.

• is being bullied or picked on or you would like to speak to a member of staff for another reason Phone to make an appointment. We will always try to see you, but it helps if we can agree a convenient time. We cannot help to sort out problems if we do not know it is happening.

Pupils who are Late for School

It is important for pupils to arrive at school on time so they can fully participate in all the school has to offer. The school gates close at 8:35 am to ensure that pupils have time to get to their first lesson on time.

If a pupil is late, it causes a lot of disruption to school in regards to the taking of registers and the interruption to learning by a pupil arriving late to a lesson. Parents are informed of their child’s lateness by text on the same day.

Pupils who are late to school will be issued with a late slip and will receive an automatic 10-minute detention at break time. If, for any reason, a pupil fails to attend the detention, they will be issued with a 30-minute detention, which usually takes place on the following Wednesday, directly after school.

Parents will be informed of this detention by text message or email. If the pupil fails to attend this detention, they will be issued with a 60-minute detention, which usually takes place on a Thursday after school. Parents will be informed of this detention by text message.

When a pupil is persistently late for school, the pupil’s Head of Year will contact parents to arrange a meeting to discuss and resolve the situation. However, if the situation continues, then parent and child will be asked to attend a meeting with the school’s governing board.

Lunch Time Arrangements

Your child may have school dinners or bring sandwiches. All students stay on the premises during lunchtime. If there is a special reason to leave school, please bring a letter to the main reception and obtain permission to leave from a senior member of staff. School dinners are taken in the dining hall. Sandwiches must be eaten in the dining hall.

Dining Area Code of Conduct
  • Leave your coat, bag and equipment in the rooms provided or in your locker  Eat your food in a polite and well mannered way
  • Line up in a quiet and orderly manner for your turn
  • Avoid shouting across the dining room, always talk in a quiet and polite way to other students
  • Remember to treat lunch-time supervisors in a polite and respectful manner – they are members of staff too
  • Return all plates, bowls, cutlery and glasses to the disposal area
  • Collect your meal on the tray provided to avoid spillages
  • Vacate the building in a sensible and orderly manner
  • In the event of spillage, quickly wipe up the mess in order to leave the dining area clean and tidy
  • All litter must be cleared away by students personally