Newsletter

Our return to school

I am delighted to report that our return to school under COVID conditions has been very successful. Our staff and students have risen to the challenge magnificently and school is running well. You will recall that we described these arrangements here: https://www.uhs.org.uk/page/?title=COVID%2D19+Latest&pid=257. There are some aspects of the changes that the students have particularly enjoyed. These include split lunches and dedicated play areas for bubbles with students having more space across the site.


We have reviewed all the arrangements day by day and made a number of small changes as we have gone along. The areas below are important reminders, updates and some new information for next week.

Arrival and dismissal from school

Thank you for supporting us on these arrangements. It has been particularly helpful that parents have been picking up and dropping off students well away from the school and so avoiding long delays and congestion in The Greenway.


To sustain this, we would ask that students do not arrive more than 5 minutes before their entry time.


Having reviewed our dismissal routines we are amending them on Monday 21st September.

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These small changes will help students to leave the site with greater distancing between bubbles. It will also reduce 'bubble mixing' at bus stops and on buses.


We would remind you that, where possible, students are encouraged to avoid public transport, particularly at peak times, and to walk or cycle to school if they possibly can. Students arriving by bicycle will be supervised in storing their bike in one of our cycle stores and they will then be directed to enter the school by their designated entrance.

Classroom routine

It would be helpful to share with you our standard classroom protocols. Students are aware of these and I know would enjoy telling you how they are working in practice. They are on display around the school, particularly in every teaching room.
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Hygiene

Students have quickly adapted to our COVID hygiene routines, regularly washing and sanitising their hands. It is also extremely helpful that students all carry and regularly use their own personal sanitiser. We are asking them to use their personal supply during lessons as an extra precaution.
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Face coverings

Whilst at this time we are not recommending the use of face coverings staff and students may use them if they wish in corridors when moving between lessons or in communal areas within the building. We are keeping this under constant review and may change this advice as we move forward. It is for this reason that we ask that all students carry a face covering (along with their own personal sanitiser at all times).

Catering

The increasing number of students are now ordering and taking our 'grab a bag' lunches. As things settle down over the course of this term we hope to gradually extend this offer.


We understand that the circumstances of some families may have changed during COVID-19. This means that you may now also be eligible to claim free school meals. If you think this could be the case, please complete the application form on our website https://www.uhs.org.uk/page/?title=Catering&pid=19. The link to the form can be found at the bottom of the web page and will take you through to our catering company.

School events and visitors

Unfortunately I have to confirm that we are still unable to plan school open events for the foreseeable future.


Our normal open evening will necessarily be replaced with online materials and videos on our website. These will become live over the next couple of weeks. We will update you via Twitter when they do.


We are currently examining ways in which we can consult with parents instead of traditional parents' evenings. Again, we will provide details of the first of these events for Year 7 parents in due course.

Forgotten items

We would ask that you ensure that your son/daughter carefully checks that they have all equipment, lunch/snacks, correct school uniform, PE kit, etc. before they leave home. I apologise in advance that we will no longer be able to meet parents at our gates to collect forgotten items. I am sure you will understand our reasoning for this.

Sixth form

It is with great regret that we have had to temporarily close our on-site sixth form provision. Having said this, learning continues with live lessons online for all students. All of our sixth form students are now in a period of self-isolation which means that they are remaining at home and not receiving visitors. There are more details in previous update letters on the website: https://www.uhs.org.uk/page/?title=COVID%2D19+Latest&pid=257.


We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 28th September.

Covid

We are all aware that the threat of extended school closure remains high. It is for this reason that we are constantly reminding students and ourselves of our COVID procedures.


If students feel ill whilst in school they must inform a member of staff immediately. If they are displaying symptoms that could be COVID they will be treated by our welfare officer and, if necessary, the parents will be contacted so that the student can go home. It is important that if students are displaying COVID symptoms before they leave home, they must not come in to school. Absences should be reported via the student absence line by calling 01895 234060 and choosing option 1.

Examinations

We are sorry at the moment not to be able to offer clear plans for this summer's public examinations for Year 11 and Year 13 students. We await government and Ofqual guidance on this. You will be aware that the overall content, format and timing of exams may be subject to variation.


We will update parents as soon as we have information. Meanwhile, our staff and students are working full steam ahead so that they can demonstrate their hard work in the examination/ assessment arrangements that are finally confirmed.

TWITTER & instragram

Please feel free to browse our Instagram and Twitter accounts for up-to-date information and updates on the variety of activities taking place at Uxbridge High School. Our Twitter accounts are @UxbridgeHighSch, @UHSPrincipal, @UHS_VAPA and @UHSPE. Our Instagram account can be found here.


Please note that our accounts are public and you can browse them at any time without having to sign up for an account.

Parent Governors

We are always keen to hear from parents who may be interested in serving as parent governors on our active governing body. You do not need to be an expert in education to play a valuable role in the governing body but you will have the best interests of the school at heart and want to help our school be the best it can be. Equally we would be delighted if you were able to bring additional professional experience to the governing body. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please contact the Principal in the first instance.

Finally

May I thank you all as families for your support of all that we are doing at UHS to keep the school open and to maintain teaching and our full curriculum. I sincerely hope that the precautions that we are taking and you are observing at home will help us towards to an easing of the current conditions.


As ever, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone on 01895 234060 or by email on office@uhs.org.uk.