This update is first and foremost for our students, but we also want to reach out to all parents, carers and all members of the Noadswood family here, so please read it –
It is about our pastoral support system:
Throughout the period of closure, all of our staff have spent a great deal of time thinking about you and your families and how we can support you both during this time and as we slowly edge towards a new academic year in September 2020. We know that school is going to be very different from what we have ever known it to be. At time of writing, we don’t really know what is going to be happening in September in terms of which students will be on site, when, what times people will be in and the sort of timetable we will be running. What we are absolutely clear on though, is that we want to support you as you transition into the next academic year; however that will look.
We anticipate that all students will have some form of face to face contact with us and we want to ensure that we provide you with some top notch pastoral support, whatever your return to school may look like. In order to do so, we think that you will benefit from having time with your peers, reigniting those friendships and getting used to this new version of school, together, with support that’s as bespoke to you, at your age and stage, as possible.
As such, we have made the decision to move all tutor groups from their current vertical groups that include a mixture of all year groups 8-11, to horizontal groups – a tutor group with just students from your year group, as of September 2020:
- New Year 7s will be in tutor groups by themselves as usual,
- Our current Year 7s will stay in the groups they are in and move up to year 8 together,
- Years 9, 10 and 11 will move from their current groups into a brand new tutor group with others in their own year groups only.
The House Leaders are working really hard at the moment to create these groups. They are thinking about all sorts of important ingredients in order to get this right; from friendship groups to specific intervention groups to key staffing. We have an excellent team of tutors here at Noadswood and we are thinking carefully about where to place all our colleagues to ensure that each tutor group has a member of staff who can best support their needs. You will receive an email by Friday 3rd July at the very latest, telling you which tutor group you will be in and who your new tutor will be.
We remain absolutely committed to our house system that is at the heart of our school, and alway s will be – so every student will a member of a horizontal tutor group that belongs to a house. For example, 8-1 Anderwood would be Year 8 Tutor Group 1 of Anderwood students.
We know that this is a big change and some of you may feel apprehensive about who your new tutor will be and who else will be in your group. In order to help overcome this and for you to ‘meet each other’, each tutor will be holding a virtual Microsoft teams meeting in the weeks beginning the 6th and 13th July. You will be sent an invite and further details of this, nearer the time via your ePraise account.
This decision has been made with you, our students, at the absolute centre of our thoughts. We want to do all we can to make coming back to school as supportive as it can be. We would really love to be able to use your tutor time (whatever time or day of the week that may be!) as a time to deliver some key work and pastoral support that you will need and so we are confident that this is the best move for you guys.
We appreciate this is change, and it’s change being managed while we can’t be together as normal to talk everything through. So your voice and your ideas shared with us as we continue to work on this plan will be hugely valued – more important than ever in these circumstances. If any of you, students (or your parents/carers) have any comments, suggestions or questions about this, please do make contact with me using the email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Miss Marshall using the email: email@example.com and we will be straight in touch.
In this together with you all,
Mrs Loveday, Assistant Headteacher, and all in the Noadswood Leadership Team.
Please read this document below to establish for yourselves the ways that Noadswood are working to mitigate risk as we look forward to seeing more Y10 students back on site. We welcome your suggestions and questions about this document to firstname.lastname@example.org