Stratton Upper School is celebrating School Diversity Week (21-25 June).

We want to make sure that every child in our school reaches their potential and does their best. One way we are going to do this is by taking part in School Diversity Week.

School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us (justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education. In 2021, schools representing over two million pupils are signed up to take part.
 
The focus of the week is celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education. Our school community is diverse in many ways, and this is just one of them.

Year 9 and y12 pupils will take part in diversity activities with tutors and/or subject staff throughout the week.

Year 10 are involved in mock exams all week, so subject staff have been asked to postpone diversity activities until the following week.

All students are invited to part in online masterclasses- a unique educational opportunity to learn about a range of exciting topics, from poetry and history to faith and economics.

Masterclasses are watchable here: Masterclasses (justlikeus.org)*

(*Full details of each masterclass are available on the webpage)

Dear Parents,

 

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10 day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Roz Hodges

Principal

Dear Parent/Carer, 

Due to ongoing issues with network and rebuilding staff laptops, we regret that we have to postpone the Year 10 subject evening for parents, planned for Thursday 18th March. We will endeavour to reschedule this as soon as we can and will communicate details in due course. 

Many thanks for your ongoing patience and support. 

Roz Hodges 

Principal

COVID-19 testing from home for students

Parents will start to receive an activation e-mail for WONDE. This is the service we will be using to collect the Covid home test results.

Parents should activate this only when you have completed the first home test. More information on this will follow. We will also explain the process to students as we issue their first home testing kits next week.

Please do not use this activation code until your child's first home test result is due.

Update on internet access and school services

On Friday morning our CMAT trust IT team identified ransomware within our network. This situation has affected several businesses and organisations in recent days, We acted quickly to keep any disruption to a minimum for our students and staff. After a weekend of hard work, all of our schools are open as normal today; core services are either back online already or will be fully restored over the next few days.

This matter has been reported to the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre as is routine in this situation. We do not believe that any sensitive or personal information has been accessed.

As you can imagine, there are a significant number of school devices including admin desktops, student desktops and staff laptops that require checking and rebuilding. This will take some time.  Our expected timeline for restoring services is as follows:

  • All staff and student passwords have been reset – these will be shared with staff over the next 24 hours to restore access to email and cloud-based documents.  These will not be shared with students yet as they are unlikely to have access to school devices until next week,
  • Administrative computers will be restored and external communications should be back up to full strength through today and over the next couple of days.
  • Teachers’ computers will be restored through the week, but this is likely to have some impact on usual teaching and delivery throughout the rest of the week.
  • It is likely that school ICT classrooms will not be in use until next week at the earliest.

School actions

As a result of this disruption, we have put some immediate and short-term measures in place to support safeguarding and communication with parents.

  1. If you need to make emergency contact with us please call reception on 01767 220000. We will be able to pass messages on but are not able to put calls through to other phones until our regular lines are restored (hopefully later today or tomorrow).
  2. We are continuing with COVID-19 testing in school this week and will be issuing home testing kits to year groups over the course of the next week.
  3. As staff have limited access to MS TEAMS, there may be some disruption to teachers’ ability to set homework assignments online. Teachers will communicate to students where this is the case.
  4. Year 10 parents' evening - 18th March.  We are hoping to run this as planned, but will be in touch again if we are not in a position to do so by then.

Can I please thank you in advance for your patience and support at this time.  

 

Rosalind Hodges
Principal

Dear Parents/Carers

Due to problems with our IT systems, you will not receive a result for the Year 9 Coronavirus tests that have been done today.

However, please be assured that we will make contact if your child's test result is positive.

So far all results have been negative and we therefore look forward to welcoming all of Year 9 back to school on Monday.

We are currently experiencing network issues across the Trust, impacting on services including email. If you need to contact the school please phone the main school reception.

Systems such as email and Microsoft Teams can be accessed safely from home. Therefore some of our Sixth Form students will be allowed to leave and work from home if they are not able to work productively in school.

We hope to have this resolved quickly and as soon as we have more information we will send out an update.

 

We are really excited to welcome students back into school. All students and staff have been offered a rapid COVID-19 test to ensure our school is safe when we return.

Students should watch the video below for more information on the process of Lateral Flow Testing and what to expect when they arrive for their test. Students need to make sure that they arrive for their test on time so that testing can be completed as efficiently as possible.

https://youtu.be/0UMBn5uaA5o 

 

Rapid coronavirus testing and phased return of students from 8th March

In order to manage the scale of testing required, we must invite year groups back in a staggered order. We are also required to carry out 3 tests for each student with each test being between 3- 5 days after the previous one. In order to achieve this, we are staggering the return of year groups as shown in the table below. Once each year group begins to attend school, they are then with us full time, so on the 15th March, we will once again have a full school.

This is a significant logistical operation, and our testing facility will be running continuously for just over two weeks from Friday 5th March. This is going to be an intense period, as we conduct around 2500 tests in a couple of weeks.

Some important notes regarding the phased return.

  • Year groups will have their first test on the school day prior to their return date
  • Until the point of return as scheduled above, all year groups will continue to receive live remote lessons. However, as students will find it difficult to attend all live lessons on the day they are having their first test, teachers are being asked to set remote work for all students to complete at a time that suits them. Therefore, there will be no live lessons for that year group on their testing date. Please refer to the table above for the first testing dates for each year group.
  • We are asking parents to make an appointment for a designated time slot for their child’s first test through our parents’ evening booking system. Please only book one appointment slot per student with any of the staff listed. The whole year group will then return to school on the day following that first test (excluding any positive tests). This also applies to any students for whom testing consent has not been given.

Appointments will open for bookings from Wednesday 3rd March at 8am and close on Thursday 4th March at 12 noon to allow us time to make the required arrangements at our Stratton testing centre. The appointments can be booked through our usual booking system. To this end, please visit https://strattonupper.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ to book your appointments. Login with the following information:

Student’s First Name:
Student’s Surname:
Student’s Date of Birth DD/MM/YYYY

You will also need to enter your title e.g. Mr/Mrs/Miss – as we have it recorded on the school system, along with your surname – again this should be the same as we have it on the school system. You are not required to enter your forename. If you have trouble logging in, please email the office (as detailed below) to confirm the details we hold for you.

 

Ongoing Student Testing

By necessity, students will be leaving lessons to partake in the mass testing for their second and third tests, according to a rigid timetable which will be sent to parents, students and staff. We will publish the full schedule as soon as we have it and we are aiming to conclude the three tests for every student by the early part of the week commencing 22nd March 2021. This will ensure that when we return from the Easter break, all students and staff will be on a twice weekly programme of home testing.

Home testing kits will be delivered to the school and we will distribute them to students to bring home and begin twice weekly testing at home from Easter. The kits provide full instructions, and the swabbing procedures are very similar to how we conduct the tests in our Stratton on-site testing facility.

Full national guidance regarding the return of students can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 

At Stratton, we are passionate about STEM and want to inspire and nurture the next generation; to understand the role that STEM plays in modern society and it’s importance for the economy. We pride ourselves on having excellent subject staff and facilities to enable students to thrive in STEM subjects.

Why should we be bothered about STEM?

  • Growing concern from UK gov’t since early 2000’s over shortage of STEM skills in the workplace
  • Most jobs of the future require basic STEM skills
  • It is the innovation from STEM industries that sustain our economy
  • STEM pathways open up a wide range of possible careers for young people- from science to the arts, STEM skills are needed!

We would usually celebrate STEM as part of British Science Week, which this year is being held WC 8th March 2021. Due to our students returning to school during this week, we have decided to hold our STEM events in a few weeks time, WC 22nd March, where we will be linking STEM across the curriculum in subject lessons, holding Science shows during lunchtime and completing fun and engaging class practicals and demonstrations during science & technology lessons.

British Science Week is still being celebrated during the week of the 8th March and given the current pandemic, many talks from top scientists and industry experts and being held online. This is fantastic for our students, as it enables them to access talks from a range of experts without heaving to leave home! Please see below a list of upcoming events across the UK which might be of interest to your son/daughter.

 

Stratton? Date Title Link
  10/03/21 Building the future: animate materials Building the future: animate materials | Royal Society
  08/03/21 Ciruses, vaccines and Biotechnology British Science Week Talk: Viruses, Vaccines and Biotechnology - North East Scotland College (nescol.ac.uk)
  06/03/21 Kitech Chemistry, virtually science magic Kitchen Chemistry, Virtually Science Magic Tickets, Sat 6 Mar 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite
  05/03/21 National Space Centre Q&A LIVE Space Q&A with Professor Hugh Lewis - The National Space Centre
  12/03/21 Detanglin the Knots (Art and Science collaboration) Detangling The Knots: a sound and visual performance Tickets, Fri 12 Mar 2021 at 20:00 | Eventbrite
  05/03/21 Understanding your brain (how maths can help) Science Live - Understanding the brain: How maths can help
  04/03/21 The world in 2050 and beyond Stephen Gray Lecture Series, University of Kent: Astronomer Martin Rees Tickets, Thu 4 Mar 2021 at 16:00 | Eventbrite
  Various STEMtastic21- Virtual science festival (all week) STEMtastic21 - STEM – West Suffolk College | Training a region fit for the future (wsc.ac.uk)
  10/03/21 Is it a wave or a particle? IOP Events
  16/03/21 Making the Solar Orbiter Cambridge Physics Centre — Isaac Physics
  05/03/21 Introduction to Astrophysics  Science Centre Lectures | UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy - UCL – University College London
  12/03/21 The Chemistry of the Natural Elements of periodic table- a demonstration Science Centre Lectures | UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy - UCL – University College London
  19/03/21 The origin of life Science Centre Lectures | UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy - UCL – University College London
  26/03/21 Viruses Science Centre Lectures | UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy - UCL – University College London
  31/03/21 Geology of the British Isles Science Centre Lectures | UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy - UCL – University College London
  16/03/21 Mass spectrometry: From ribosomes to receptors talks.cam : Mass spectrometry: From ribosomes to receptors
  Various Cambridge Science Festival Cambridge Festival - from the University of Cambridge
Stratton 23/03/21 Year 10 Science Show- Lunchtime  
Stratton 26/03/21 Science Show JB  
Stratton TBC Sixth form Biology talks  
Stratton TBC KS5 Dissection event  
  03/11/21 Smashing Sterotypes in science & Beauty Smashing Stereotypes in Science & Beauty Webinar - The British Beauty Council
  03/08/21 Engineering and Sustainability (london Transport) British Science Week panel - engineering and sustainability (KS3) | London Transport Museum (ltmuseum.co.uk)