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Year 13 Results Day

A Level results will be published and distributed to students at 8am on Thursday 13th August 2020 through an online platform. A staff team will be available to contact students should they require any support. This can be requested by emailing Ms Carnegie-Gomez once they have received their results. Key links: UCAS: Students will be able see whether they have been accepted into their university choices by logging into their UCAS account. UCAS Clearing Launch: If students have not achieved their firm or insurance offers then they may want to enter Clearing The Complete University Guide to Clearing UCAS Adjustment: If students have exceeded their offer grades then they can enter Adjustment

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Year 11 and Year 13 Results

17th July 2020 Dear Parents and Carers, We hope that you and your families are continuing to keep safe and well during these challenging times. As we approach the end of the summer term we want to provide clarity on the arrangements for the upcoming Year 11 and Year 13 Results Days in August. Under normal circumstances all students would be invited into school to collect their results. Year 11 would have interviews to either confirm their places on Sixth Form courses or to discuss alternative pathways reflecting their GCSE performance. Year 13 students would be supported by a team of staff in the building to accept their University offers or helped through the Clearing process to gain a place at an alternative university setting. Due to Covid-19 however, our normal results days cannot go ahead and so alternative arrangements have been made. Please see below for details:   A Level Results Day: Thursday 13th August 2020 A Level results will be sent via email to each student by 8am. This means that students do NOT need to come into school to collect them. To ensure each student receives the important results email in August, we sent a test email on Friday 10th July to all students via their school email account on Outlook. Parents and carers were also informed of this by a text message. On receipt of the test email, each student is required to submit a Google Form (link provided in the test email) to confirm they understand the results process. Any student who does not complete the form will be contacted by the school before the end of term. UCAS automatically receives notification of each student’s A Level grades from all the major exam boards so there is no need for students to do this. There are however, some grades which are not automatically sent. Please take a quick look at this handy UCAS guide to see if this applies to any of your child’s courses. Students need to be patient with the online UCAS system on Results Day as there are thousands of young people using the online system and it is bound to be a little slow at times. A significant number of students will be guaranteed one of their University places based on their results. If the results are very close to meeting the University offer, it is worth your child phoning the University directly to see if they will still be accepted. If your child does not meet the requirements and does not secure their University place then they will need to enter Clearing. If this is the case please watch this clip from UCAS to help understand the process. Despite the students not coming into the school building on Results Day, there will be a team of dedicated Sixth Form staff available throughout the morning to offer support and guidance if required. If any student needs support they should email Ms. Carnegie-Gomez (Head of Sixth Form) at  lcarnegie@eastbarnetschool.com. The email should briefly outline the query and include a contact number. On receipt of the email, a member of the team will phone the student back.   GCSE Results day: Thursday 20th August 2020 GCSE results will be sent via email to each student by 8am. This means that students do NOT need to come into school to collect them. To ensure each student receives the important results email in August, we sent a test email on Friday 10th July to all students via their school email account on Outlook. Parents and carers were also informed of this by a text message. On receipt of the test email, each student is required to submit a Google Form (link provided in the test email) to confirm they understand the results process. Any student who does not complete the form will be contacted by the school before the end of term. If students meet the grade requirements for the A Level courses chosen, or the A Level team decide that the grades achieved are close enough, then students will receive confirmation of this via email and no further action is required until the Year 12 induction in September. If, however, students do not match the entry requirements then they will be emailed an appointment time for a telephone call to discuss alternative courses. If your child is asked to come into school, you are encouraged accompany them to discuss more appropriate course options.   Opportunity to sit exams As you will be aware, all GCSE and A Level exams this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. All schools were therefore directed to submit provisional Centre Assessed Grades and rank orders to the relevant awarding body in accordance with the Ofqual guidance (see link below) and in line with the awarding body instructions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020 Subject teachers used a range of evidence to generate the Centre Assessed Grades and all departments were involved in a rigorous internal standardisation process to ensure the predictions were robust. For the reason of fairness, awarding bodies are also putting these grades through a standardisation process to ensure grading standards are consistent across all centres (schools). The rank order of candidates will not be changed but the final grades candidates receive may be different to the Centre Assessment Grades submitted by the school. If, on results day, students are really unhappy with their grades and the results mean that A Levels, college courses or University places cannot be pursued as planned, then there is an option for students to sit some or all of their exams in the autumn term. Whilst we do not want to discourage this, students need to consider the implications carefully. Due to Lockdown measures students have not been taught in school since the end of March and this may have created a significant knowledge gap. Good performance in the autumn exams will therefore require extensive revision and lots of independent study. There is also a cost implication for sitting exams in the autumn term.   […]

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Updated September Plan and Risk Assessment

17th July 2020 Dear Parents / Carers, Today we are sharing with you the updated school plan for September and our most up-to-date Risk Assessment. Both are subject to change due to the ever-changing national picture. We will ensure parents are updated at the end of August with anymore information. To access the documents, please click the links below: Updated School Plan for September Risk Assessment Thank you.

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Eid in Lockdown

Ramadan and Eid were carried out in lockdown this year for us. Normally this is a time, when Muslims fill the mosques till late night praying. It’s a time to make the most of preparing special meals which are then handed out to people in your neighbourhood. Extra special effort is made to visit people and break the fast together in the community and the family. This wasn’t something that could happen this year with lockdown. People found different ways to celebrate Ramadan and Eid. I had family members whose children created a mosque in a corner of their lounge using cardboard boxes or Ramadan corners. But it wasn’t all bad, fasting during daylight hours became easier as we were not struggling through traffic to get to work. Ramadan suddenly became less tiring. There was more time to focus on the merits of Ramadan and not eating or drinking during daylight hours became easier. Eid is a huge celebration in the Muslim world. However, the exchange of sweets, food and presents suddenly became obsolete. Everyone stayed at home. No visiting, no hugs and kisses, no special food shared amongst the community once again. We still made the day special by dressing up, some people used zoom to conduct Eid Salah (prayers). Families, video called each other instead whilst wearing their new Eid clothes and trying to groom their lockdown hair. And most people celebrated by having a lockdown barbecue on the day of Eid. Overall, it was still a great day as people concentrated on each other a lot more and everyone tried to speak to each other even if they were in a different time zone which normally doesn’t happen because everyone becomes so busy on the actual day. A lovely day even in lockdown. Ms Idrees

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Reopening of EBS – September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers As you will have read in EBS News, we have an exciting plan to enable us to open East Barnet School in September for all year groups. The safety of our staff and students is paramount and we have been following Government guidance alongside advice from the local authority and from unions in formulating these plans. We have run a very successful pastoral reintegration programme with Year 10 and Year 12, and as such we will follow a similar support programme for all other year groups from Monday 7th September to Friday 11th September. On Monday 14th September all students will return to a full timetable, but with staggered start times, break/lunch times and finish times. Please read all the following information contained in this letter so that you and your child are clear about the return to school plan and in particular to ascertain your child’s allocated start date and specific arrival time. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe. We wish you all a fabulous summer break and look forward to seeing our wonderful students in September. Yours sincerely, Laura Coffill Associate Deputy Headteacher   When will my child return? We have carried out thorough risk assessments to ensure the safety of our children, parents/carers and staff. Part of the risk assessment is to ensure students are formally inducted back into the building and understand the safety and hygiene measures in place.  As such students will all receive a two-and-a-half-hour reintegration session that explains to them the new procedures as well as checking in on them, giving them their new timetable and answering any questions they may have.   Will there be break time and lunchtimes? For the pastoral reintegration sessions in the first week back there will be no break or lunchtime. Students will only attend school for the allocated morning or afternoon session. From Monday 14th September onwards, students will have staggered break and lunchtimes in their year group bubble.  Food is only served at lunchtime not at break time, so your child should bring in a snack.  We have students will severe allergies, as a result we are a nut free school, please ensure the snack does not contain nuts.  Due to the need for staggered lunchbreaks, snacks will not be served at breaktimes until further notice.  Each year group will have their own space to be in and allocated time slot to eat at lunch, to avoid any unnecessary mixing with other year groups. Please ensure that your child’s on-line lunch account is topped up if they are buying food at lunchtime.   Will the start and end of the school day timings be the same? We will be staggering the start and finish times of the school day to minimise contact between different year group  bubbles of students and parents/carers. We encourage, where possible all students to walk to school and to only take public transport if absolutely necessary. Parents will not be allowed into the school building unless arranged by prior appointment. Parents/carers may drop their child close to or into the school grounds but should remain in the car. Whilst we want to encourage punctuality, to avoid unnecessary mixing, your child should not arrive before their allocated start time for the week commencing Monday 14th September. Year Time Entrance 7 8:30am Front Gate 8 8:40am Front Gate 9 8:50am Front Gate 10 8:40am Side Gate 11 8:30am Side Gate 12 8:50am Side Gate 13 9:00am Side Gate   Will the usual school curriculum resume? At East Barnet School, mental health and well-being will continue to be at the forefront of what we do. The priorities for our students in the first session will be to establish any well-being needs, identify any concerns or anxiety they may have and adjust to the new style school routines and procedures.  They will also have quality time with their Form Tutor/Head of Year. We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we are able to offer students, and this will resume from Monday 14th September, although some practical activities will have been modified for health and safety purposes. In order to maximise learning in the classrooms, the normal sanctions and rewards will be in operation, staff will issue warnings as well as house points to students.   Will online learning continue? Some online learning activities may be set as Independent Learning as apposed to more traditional book work.   Will my child be expected to socially distance and what hygiene measures will be in place? As previously mentioned, children will remain in their year group bubble throughout the school day and movement around the building will be minimal.  Where possible, students will be socially distancing.  Upon arrival, students will line up outside the building on markers, they will sanitise their hands on entry to the building, after a break/movement in the building, and on dismissal.  Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned throughout the day and classrooms will always be ventilated and supplied with tissues, bins and sanitiser. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will be adopted with regards to coughing and sneezing and students will wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.   Can my child wear a face mask? The government guidance states that the wearing of face masks by students is not necessary and that it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission when not used correctly. However, if your child wants to wear a face mask, it will not be refused but it must be plain with no logos and only cover the face and mouth.   What should my child bring to school? During the pastoral time, students will receive their new planner and timetable.  Exercise books will be issued in lesson time.  Students are expected to bring their equipment which includes- a pen, pencil, green pen, ruler, eraser and reading book.  It is also advised that they […]

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Reopening of EBS – New Year 7s – September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers We are so excited to be welcoming your child as an East Barnet Student in September.  I know the transition period has not been as expected, but I know Mrs Foley has been communicating with you and putting lots of information on the website to keep you updated.  I am now writing to explain the plan to enable us to open East Barnet School in September for your child, our new Year 7 students.  The safety of our staff and students is paramount and we have been following Government guidance alongside advice from the local authority and from unions in formulating these plans. In order to help your child feel safe, secure and reassured we will be running a thorough induction program throughout the week commencing Monday 7th September.  On Monday 14th September all students, including Year 7 will return to a full timetable, but with staggered start times, breaktimes, lunchtimes and finish times.  Please read all the following information contained in this letter so that you and your child are clear about the return to school plan and in particular to ascertain your child’s specific arrival time. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe. We wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to seeing your child in September. Yours sincerely, Laura Coffill Associate Deputy Headteacher   When will my child return? We have carried out thorough risk assessments to ensure the safety of our students, parents/carers and staff. Part of the risk assessment is to ensure students are inducted into the building and understand the safety and hygiene measures in place. As well as this induction, during the first week your child will be getting to know their form tutor and class members, receive a timetable and a planner, have a year assembly and their first East Barnet School photo!   Will there be break time and lunchtimes? For the first three sessions, Monday to Wednesday there will be no break or lunchtime. On Thursday and Friday students will have a break and a lunchtime.  Hot food will be served at lunchtime or your child may bring a packed lunch.  No food will be served at break time, so your child should bring in a snack.  We have students will severe allergies, as a result we are a nut free school, please ensure the snack does not contain nuts.  Due to the need for staggered lunchbreaks, snacks will not be served at breaktimes until further notice.  Each year group will have their own space to be in and allocated time slot to eat at lunch, to avoid any unnecessary mixing with other year groups. Please ensure that your child’s on-line lunch account is topped up if they are buying food at lunchtime.   Will the start and end of the school day timings be the same? We will be staggering the start and finish times of the school day to minimise contact between different year group  bubbles of students and parents/carers. We encourage, where possible all students to walk to school and to only take public transport if absolutely necessary. Parents will not be allowed into the school building unless arranged by prior appointment. Parents/carers may drop their child close to or into the school grounds but should remain in the car. Whilst we want to encourage punctuality, to avoid unnecessary mixing, your child should not arrive before their allocated start time for the week commencing Monday 14th September. Year Time Entrance 7 8:30am Front Gate   Will the usual school curriculum resume? At East Barnet School, mental health and well-being will continue to be at the forefront of what we do. The priorities for our students in their first sessions will be to establish any well-being needs, identify any concerns or anxiety they may have and adjust to the new style school routines and procedures.  They will also have quality time with their Form Tutor/Head of Year. We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we are able to offer students, and this will resume from Monday 14th September, although some practical activities will have been modified for health and safety purposes. In order to maximise learning in the classrooms, the normal sanctions and rewards will be in operation, staff will issue warnings as well as house points to students. These will be explained to your child as part of their induction.   Will my child be expected to socially distance and what hygiene measures will be in place? As previously mentioned, children will remain in their year group bubble throughout the school day and movement around the building will be minimal.  Where possible, students will be socially distancing.  Upon arrival, students will line up outside the building on markers, they will sanitise their hands on entry to the building, after a break/movement in the building, and on dismissal.  Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned throughout the day and classrooms will always be ventilated and supplied with tissues, bins and sanitiser. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will be adopted with regards to coughing and sneezing and students will wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.   Can my child wear a face mask? The government guidance states that the wearing of face masks by students is not necessary and that it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission when not used correctly. However, if your child wants to wear a face mask, it will not be refused but it must be plain with no logos and only cover the face and mouth.   What should my child bring to school? During their induction, students will receive their new planner and timetable.  Exercise books will be issued in lesson time.  Students are expected to bring their equipment which includes- a pen, pencil, green pen, ruler, eraser and reading book.  It is also advised that they have a glue stick,  and some colouring pencils.  […]

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Year 12 Update Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian, It has been the most wonderful two weeks welcoming the students back to school.  They have been so mature about the whole process and we couldn’t be more proud of them! I am writing now to explain how the next three weeks of face to face learning will operate, and to reassure you that we have not only planned this, again with government guidance in mind, but also from evaluating the past two weeks practice. From Friday 3rd July, your child will be invited into school for subject specific tutorials, these will last between an hour and a half and two hours.  The dates and times of these tutorials are indicated in the table below. Friday 3rd July -AM Arrival Time Room Subject-COLUMN A Art 9:20 419 Computing 9:20 416 Economics 9:25 425 Maths 9:30 428/426 PE 9:35 423 Psychology 9:40 Faraday Friday 3rd July -PM Subject-COLUMN B Digital Media 12:25 416 English Literature 12:25 425 Politics 12:30 428 Photography 12:35 426 Physics 12:40 415/419 Sociology 12:45 Faraday Friday 10th July -AM Subject- COLUMN C Biology 9:20 415 Business Studies 9:20 Faraday German 9:25 419 History 9:30 423 PD Engineering 9:35 425 Psychology 9:40 426 Spanish 9:40 428 Maths coulmn D (1) 9:45 416 Friday 10th July -PM Subject- COLUMN D Cambridge Technical Business 12:25 Faraday English Language 12:30 420/423 Geography 12:35 428 History 12:35 419 Maths 12:40 425 Psychology 12:45 415 Friday 17th July-AM Subject Column E (1) Biology 9:20 419 Chemistry 9:25 Faraday Drama 9:30 428 Economics 9:35 426 Sociology 9:45 415 Friday 17th July-PM Subject Column E (2) Economics 12:25 426 Sociology 12:30 415 Further Maths 12:35 423 Photography 12:40 420 Product Design 12:45 419 As you can see, your child we be mixing with more students, but we are maintaining the same hygiene measures and class sizes will not exceed 15 students. During their time in school, students will not have a break and no food will be supplied on site, if your child has two sessions in a day, they should leave the premises after the morning session and return for the afternoon. They cannot remain in school between the two. Students have also been asked to bring in their exercise books/folders for these subjects as well as any additional equipment such as a calculator for Maths. They should also have a water bottle and their school badge. It has been explained to the students that these sessions will not involve new learning, instead they will review the work they have been completing, fill any gaps in knowledge and answer any subject specific questions they may have. As with the pastoral sessions, students should arrive and line up on the dots outside the building, on entry they will be allocated a seat number and should follow the one-way system to their classroom. Please look closely at the table above as start times have been staggered.  If for any reason your child was unable to attend the pastoral session but will be coming in for these subject tutorials then please contact Ms Carnegie-Gomez as soon as possible.  We need to plan for numbers and students need to understand the social distancing and hygiene measures in place.  If you do not contact Ms Carnegie-Gomez, unfortunately we will be unable to let your child participate as the safety of the students and staff remains our priority. If you have any questions or queries about the arrangements for the next two weeks, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Yours Sincerely, Miss L Coffill