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- Read MorePublished 23/09/20We are looking forward to welcoming you to The Piggott School during our virtual Open Evening activities starting next Wednesday 30th September. enter some content for your news story here. Check out our Open Evening trailer Open Eveni
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Virtual Open EveningPublished 16/09/20
Choosing a secondary school that your child will be happy and thrive in is a big decision. This is a major milestone in your child's life and the decision is an important one. We regret not being able to welcome you through our doors, so we want to help make this decision as easy as possible for you and your child by providing you with a series of Open Evening activities that will take you inside The Piggott School.
Wednesday 30th September
On Wednesday 30th September, we encourage you to explore our Open Evening videos with your child. They will provide you with the opportunity to virtually tour our school, hear from our staff and pupils and get a sense of the culture and community that exists at The Piggott School.
Wednesday 7th October & Thursday 8th October @ 3:30pm join our LIVE WEBINAR
On these two dates, parents and pupils are invited to join a LIVE Webinar that will offer a chance to ask some questions and interact with some members of the school community. This webinar will be a closed forum so if you would like to join one of the sessions, we invite you to register your interest below.
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Contingency Planning: Lockdown Arrangements for Home LearningPublished 11/09/20
Dear Parents/ Carers
I write in regards to our contingency planning: lockdown arrangements in place in the case of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the school community.
- In the event of a national, or local, complete school lockdown, work will be provided online via Show My Homework (SMHW), Google Classroom and our other online platforms, supplemented by Teams lessons for all year groups.
- In the event of a year group ‘bubble’ lockdown, work will be provided online via SMHW, Google Classroom and our other online platforms, supplemented by Teams lessons for that particular year group(s).
- In the event of a class/form group self-isolating, work will be provided online via SMHW, Google Classroom and our other online platforms. Some Teams lessons may also be possible.
- In the event of individual pupils self-isolating, work will be provided via SMHW, Google classroom and our other online platforms, and also distributed by the pastoral assistants.
The feedback during the latter half of the Summer term was that 4 or 5 hours per day on MS Teams was too much for many children. Teams lessons in partial or complete lockdown will follow the current three lessons per day, for approximately one hour each, starting at 9am, 11am and 1:30pm. The remaining time during the day will be for children to undertake exercise, directed study, household chores, revision and homework completion.
Teams lessons will be led by the class teacher and, where possible, moderated by an additional member of teaching or support staff. As we will now have seven year groups (as opposed to five during the Summer lockdown) and we may have individual year groups working from home, we will retain the current timetable rather than transition into a new, specific homeworking timetable.
Some timetable changes may be implemented to assist departments in proving full coverage, possibly including a 3pm to 4pm lesson in some subjects.
Staff who are self-isolating, and are fit and able, will set work and conduct Teams lessons wherever possible. Staff who are unwell will not be expected to conduct Teams lessons. In the event of other schools’ or nurseries’ full or partial closures, staff may need to care for their own children at home. In these situations work will be set for students and, wherever possible and practicable, staff will conduct Teams lessons.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they must remain at home. Please let your child’s tutor and Head of Year know via email as soon as possible if your child is at home with symptoms. All members of the household must then isolate for 14 days, or until a negative test result for the symptomatic child is received.
If you or your children receive a positive test result you must inform school immediately via email to your child’s form tutor, Head of Year and to the school office. Please mark the message as URGENT.
Thank you for your messages of support since school reopened. It has been an especially busy time for all adapting to the changes in place. School is a little different this year, but, as we hoped, still the same in so many ways, including fish and chips today.
D J Gray
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Testing and Shielding - Latest AdvicePublished 08/09/20
Here is the latest guidance for schools from Public Health England (PHE) regarding testing and shielding.
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Returning to schoolPublished 01/09/20
Please read the letter below regarding returning to school.
Mr D J Gray (Headteacher)
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Deadlines for Autumn Exam entries for AS, A-Level, & GCSEPublished 01/09/20
The autumn exams are an opportunity for students who either were unable to receive a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade, to sit their exams. If you wish to be entered in the autumn then please be aware that the deadlines are very tight.
Deadlines for entry
AS & A levels
3 September 2020
GCSEs except English language and maths
7 September 2020
GCSEs in English language and maths
2 October 2020
AS & A levels
5 October to 23 October 2020
2 November to 23 November 2020
Please also note that if you have submitted an appeal, this will not be concluded before the autumn deadlines and to avoid disappointment, you should consider making an entry straight away. Entry Form can be found here
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Student guide to on-site learningPublished 26/08/20
Please download and view the Powerpoint presentation attached below.
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On-site learning - A safety plan in response to Covid-19Published 26/08/20
Re-opening the Wargrave site for all learners from September 2020
- Schools have been directed to fully reopen in September for all students.
- Rotas and part time arrangements for students are not allowed.
- The Secretary of State has said ‘Education is not optional’.
- The school will be responding to the guidance provided by the Department for Education and Public Health England.
- Adhering to a ‘system of controls’ and building upon the ‘hierarchy of protective measures’ that have been in use throughout the coronavirus outbreak – DfE guidance.
- The essential ‘system of controls’ provides a set of principles that will effectively minimise risk.
Protective measures from the DfE guidance – ‘System of controls’ to be implemented by the school
- Minimise contact with individuals who are displaying symptoms by ensuring that people who are ill stay at home.
- Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene – ‘Catch it, Bin it. Kill it’. The use of tissues and lidded bins.
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
- Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE.
- Active engagement with the NHS Test and Trace
- Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community.
- Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.
- Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable.
How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will include:
- Grouping children together – super bubbles
- Avoiding contact between groups
- Arranging classrooms with forward facing desks where possible
- Staff maintaining distance from students and other staff as much as possible.
In preparation for re-opening the school site to all of the school community, staff and students are required to understand and adhere to the code of conduct outlined below.
The School day:
- Only students and staff who are in good health are permitted to enter the school site – do not come to school if you have coronavirus symptoms.
- The school is not planning to provide any COVID-19 testing, at this time.
- The timings of the school day have been revised in order to minimise movement across the site.
- Students will have tutor time and three lessons across a single day.
- All timetabled lessons will take place over a broader period of time (four week cycle)
- Total learning time across the curriculum remains the same.
- Timetables will show on SIMS and a structured four week plan will dictate the timings/dates of lessons.
- Signage will be displayed to support staff and students in understanding the structure of the school day, indicating which week and lesson pattern to follow.
- Staggered arrival times, break times, lunch times and departure times will be issued to each year group in order to minimise group movement.
- Signage will dictate one way systems and movement around the school buildings.
- The curriculum remains broad and ambitious with no subjects removed.
Equipment and Facilities:
- Equipment – students must bring their own equipment for learning. Equipment should not be shared with other students.
- Uniform – Apart from the school tie, students should wear full school uniform. Uniform should be washed often in order to meet hygiene requirements.
- PE kit – If a student has a timetabled PE lesson, they should attend school in PE kit for the full day.
- Fresh clothing may be brought into school for after the lesson but this measure aims to reduce movement and time within the PE changing rooms.
- The school canteen will be providing food during the school day. Safety measures will be introduced to minimise contact in this facility. Students must adhere to social distancing.
- All toilet facilities will be available to students. The facilities will be checked regularly to ensure access and availability to hygiene materials.
- Extra wash basins are being installed externally around the site to promote handwashing.
Travelling between home and school :
- All students are encouraged to travel by foot or by bicycle wherever possible.
- If travelling by car, students should be dropped off at the turning circle in the car park or along the initial part of the driveway.
- Please ensure that speed limits are adhered to and all drivers should be vigilant in terms of safety.
- Students who are travelling by public transport should wear masks and should actively distance from other transport users.
- Children and staff who choose to wear a mask on the way to school must not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival and dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin, or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their form room. Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care provides more advice.
- Upon arrival on site, students should wash their hands thoroughly.
- Students should aim to arrive close to their arrival time and move immediately to their tutor base after washing their hands.
- Classrooms will have a modified layout, where possible, so that desks are facing the front of the class. The teacher will lead the lesson from the front.
- Upon entering the classroom, all instructions given by staff must be followed. This will ensure the safety of all.
- Tutor time will take place at the start of the day.
- Tutor time is a crucial part of the pastoral care within the school and we believe that it is vital in securing the well-being of all our school community.
- We are not permitted to have assemblies. We will come together as a year group and school through Collective Worship and assemblies via MS Teams streamed into tutor bases.
- Please see guidance below regarding Learning in the classroom.
- Movement between lessons:
- External doors to classrooms will be used where possible, accessing outside space as quickly as possible.
- Students will move directly to the location of the next lesson following one-way systems. This will be supervised as necessary and students will need to take responsibility for social distancing.
- Students will be received by staff and where applicable, will line up outside of the classroom to support staff in controlling safety and distancing as they enter.
Break time and Lunch time:
- All social times will be staggered across the school day.
- Year groups will be treated as ‘super bubbles’ and they will distance from other year groups whilst outside of the classroom.
- Arrival times are staggered.
- Break will take place during Lesson 1
- Lunch will take place during Lesson 2
- Staff will be promoting social distancing. If risky or dangerous behaviour is observed, students will be challenged. There will be consequences and sanctions in place for unsafe behaviour. Safety for all of our students and staff is paramount
- Departure times at the end of the school day are staggered.
- Students are encouraged to leave the site promptly to minimise gatherings.
- Staff supervision will take place at the end of the school day.
Learning in the classroom:
- Teaching staff are accountable for the safety in their teaching venue.
- Teaching staff will modify their teaching style to adhere to social distancing.
- Deployment of Teaching Assistants will be planned to ensure the safety of all staff and learners.
- Staff and students are encouraged to wash their hands more often than usual and use santiser.
- Staff and students will actively promote and follow the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Students should not borrow or share equipment or resources with other students.
- Weather permitting, doors and windows should remain open in order to support respiratory hygiene and air flow. Air conditioning should not be used.
- Staff and students are permitted to wear masks and/or gloves if they choose to.
- Cleaning material will be available in all learning spaces and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned at regular intervals throughout the school day. Pupils will need to assist in the cleaning of desks and other surfaces.
- Whole school cleaning will be robust and thorough.
Changes to learning styles:
- Classroom layouts will be modified – all desks will face the front.
- The exception of this will be in specialist rooms, e.g. computer rooms and some science labs, where equipment will define the layout.
- Seating plans will be in place and students should remain seated at all times.
- The teacher will remain at the front of the class and maintain distancing. They will not be able to circulate around the class as per normal teaching conduct.
- Group work is not permitted. Staff will plan for alternative learning activities.
- Resources such as worksheets, textbooks or learning materials cannot be shared.
- Staff will be maximising the use of technology to support learning and progress in the classroom.
- In order to minimise risk, staff will not be able to collate work to physically mark it. Staff will consider other means of assessment to measure understanding and progress.
- The use of teacher led peer and self-assessment, verbal and whole class feedback and electronic assessment will facilitate effective dialogues for learning and progress.
- The use of our online resources, especially those with feedback mechanisms, will continue to be used to support the learning and progress of learners.
- Staff will plan carefully to consider students with additional needs. Where necessary, additional intervention will be provided to support the management and understanding of change and new processes.
Behaviour and conduct on site:
- Normal behaviour policy and procedures apply and are supplemented by COVID specific requirements.
- An addendum to the Safeguarding and Behaviour policy is available on the school website.
- Health and safety for all of our school community is paramount.
- Students are expected to follow instructions promptly and comply with expectations.
- There will be consequences and sanctions in place for unsafe behaviour.
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School uniform supply update from Stevenson'sPublished 21/08/20
As the UK’s largest specialist Schoolwear retailer we are very aware that for pupils returning this
Autumn Term, it is going to be a bit different. At Stevensons we have been working hard to make sure
any disruption is kept to a minimum, but with the most challenging year in our almost 100 years of
existence, it has proved tough.
In “normal” times one of our key measures of performance is stock levels, making sure we have the
right stock in the right place at the right time we know is critically important. But these are not
“normal” times, and many factors from country lockdowns, factory shutdowns and delays to
supplier shipments have conspired to work against the delivery of our own high standards. But please
rest assured we are doing everything we can to lessen the impact on our customers.
Don’t panic, we’re on it!
This year we know we will struggle to have all the stock we need before term starts. We don’t like it
any more than you. Our School Account Management Team will be in regular contact to keep all of
our partner Schools up-to-date with any specific school stock issues.
Pop-in to Top Up
As the start of term approaches, our stores will move from appointments only, to accepting
customers popping into store to pick up any outstanding/remaining items, without the need to
pre-book. This should make it easier for those last-minute top-up items or customers needing to
We won’t stop doing everything we can
Our fantastic warehouse teams have been packing orders at a record rate. The teams have been very
busy dealing with an incredible 90% increase in online orders, this summer. We have fulfilled 92% of
the orders this year compared to the 96% from last year and we are working hard to fulfil the orders
that haven’t been sent out as of yet.
We are sending out items as we receive in deliveries, so we are having to split more orders than
necessary. So, we’d ask customers to bear with us should there be a delay to part of any orders. If any
of the items ordered are temporarily out of stock, they will be sent on as soon as we receive them.
When we say, ‘it’s in the post’, we really mean it
We are aware that some postal deliveries are taking longer than expected and so are asking
customers not to phone us to chase specific delivery dates, but to please email us with the order
details to avoid extended queuing on the phone. Our customer service department is working
tirelessly trying to respond to customers queries, aiming to respond within 48 hours.
We are making extensive use of our social media channels, pop-ups on the website and information in
the website ‘News’ section of stevensons.co.uk. We will continue this approach to keep customers
up-to-date with the constantly changing situation.
Rest assured, we are working hard to make this Back-to-School as near to normal as we can.
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A Level & Level 3 Vocational ResultsPublished 13/08/20
A Level & Level 3 Vocational Results
I am pleased to announce another outstanding set of A Level and Level 3 Vocational results for The Piggott School in each of our Academic, Applied General and Technical courses. Staff and students have all worked exceptionally hard and this is reflected in the grades awarded.
A level results at The Piggott School continue to show year on year improvement, from an already very high baseline. Our A level pass rate was 99.7% with grades at A* & A again at our highest ever at over 33%. 66% of our results were graded at A*-B and 88% graded A*-C. The average point score per A level entry was 39 points using the QCA system.
Our Vocational Level 3 pass rate for Applied General qualifications was 100%, with Distinction star to Merit being 97%. For Technical subject entry, every student passed the course with at least a Merit grade, 86% at Distinction or Distinction star.
This once again shows our outstanding sixth form as a centre of excellence for Academic, Applied General and Technical learning.
I wish all our students the very best for their future and thank all the teaching and support staff for their continued dedication and professionalism.
D J Gray
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Results Day InformationPublished 10/08/20
Please read read the letter below if you are expecting some GCSE and A-Level results
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School Nursing NewsletterPublished 15/07/20