In order to clarify what role SEN schools have in the government guidance and what are are doing at St. George’s, I hope you find the following information clear.
We are continuing to offer school places to pupils from key worker families and those pupils who are the very most vulnerable, mostly with social care involvement
We are gradually offering more places to pupils where it is safe to do so
We have liaised with families and have an accurate picture of which families would take up a place should we be able to offer one and are updating continuously
We are not expecting children to return to school if parents and carers feel they are safer at home. There is no pressure to return. Home remains the safest place for the vast majority of pupils
When pupils come to school we have to make sure we have enough staff with the appropriate knowledge and skills to meet the needs of our pupils. Currently we only have 25% of our staff available. We have risk assessed all staff and increased adults in school in line with need i.e. more children joining us. We have a clear view of who falls into what category i.e. those deemed not vulnerable, those living with someone who is vulnerable, those with caring responsibilities etc. There is clear guidance from the government and HR regarding who we should be approaching first if needs be. We will need to explore who it is safe to draft into the school setting to increase our staffing capacity
Due to staff in vulnerable categories and the requirement to socially isolate, we are not able to guarantee that those students in school will be working with staff they know, in their usual class setting or following their usual timetable.
We are constantly risk assessing the school physical setup for increased student numbers. Half of the school is currently closed off due to the availability of staff, the requirement of enhanced cleaning and ensuring health and safety is robust and effective. I have met with key union representatives and members of the Governing Body for a walk round to show practice (2nd June). They were fully satisfied with our arrangements
Our classrooms are very small as you know. We have to maintain social distancing as best as we can and cannot have too many children and adults in school at any one time. Currently we have no more than 4 students in a group at a time.
We are running 9 ‘group/bubbles’ where a small number of staff and students work consistently together with no social mixing. This is to ensure should anyone test positive, only that one class should be required to socially isolate.
We are currently at capacity (5th June) and will not be taking any further young people on for at least 2 weeks. This is to ensure health and safety measures are working before we expand any further. We are also restricted by the numbers of staff able to safely work
I hope you understand that an awful lot of preparation and risk assessing has to take place to ensure we can minimise risk to students and staff alike. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to safe working practice as students, families and staff are always at the forefront of all we do. Please contact school if you have any questions.
We will continue to phone families every week
We will post information and updates on our website
We continue to use our text service to send information
Home learning is available in a variety of different ways depending on the needs of your child. Thank you to the teachers who are keeping in touch and guiding you.
Thank you all for your support at this
difficult time. Also, thank you to those staff in school for putting themselves
“on the line” every week, making sure children are happy and engaged and well
Welcome to St George’s Special School
In the community of St George’s School everyone is considered as an individual and is valued equally. Everyone is made to feel welcome and has a voice.
Our school is a safe place to achieve, have fun and to develop skills towards individual, informed paths as we leave school and move forward in life. We learn to make choices for now and the future and to become as independent and self-sufficient as possible taking our place in society as part of Modern Britain.
We do our personal best and celebrate our achievements however large or small. As a team we experience the world and work towards achieving our goals and dreams and being the best we can be.
High standards are achieved through high expectations, robust target setting and high attendance
Staff, students and stakeholders alike treat each other with tolerance, compassion and respect.
St. George’s practises a Total Communication approach valuing and listening to all
St Georges School Watergate Road Newport Isle of Wight P030 1XW
Telephone: (01983) 524634
Designated Safeguarding Leads: Steff Gleeson Deputy Head Sue Holman Headteacher Dave Piggott Safeguarding Governor
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