Please be aware that during the holiday period the school phone, along with any messages left on the answer phone, will not be monitored. Office staff will be available to respond to any messages by phone from Wednesday 1st September 2021.

 

Over the holiday period, please encourage your child to continue testing twice a week. Unfortunately, schools have not been provided with test kits for this purpose, but they are available from local pharmacies and online. If your child does receive a positive result from a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) you must report the result to the NHS and seek a PCR test immediately. If you do receive a positive result from either an LFD or a PCR test, please inform the school using c19@smhs.staffs.sch.uk with the following details:

· Your child’s full name and teaching group

· Your name and contact number

· The date their symptoms commenced (if they had any)

· The date the positive test was taken

The inbox for this address will be checked at 10.00am up to Tuesday 27th July and periodically after this point. If required, we will work with NHS Test and Trace to identify any close contacts who need to self-isolate.

A message from us to you during these challenging times
COVID 19: Contact Information & Support

Our COVID Risk Assessment can be found at by following this link: COVID Risk Assessment

Our latest information for parents can be found in the Covid updates page.

There is a range of guidance and information that can help during these difficult times. Visit our Covid Wellbeing to find out more.

Summer Holiday Support
 

 

You may wish to support your child over the summer with some activities from the list below that can help them prepare for when they return to us in September. There are also some suggestions of activities that can also help you and your child simply have a great holiday!
 

 

· Summer Learning Support: We have provided a range of activities related to each year group and subject that your child could complete during the holiday. There are many videos from GCSE Pod, interactive resources and links to the Oak National Academy. By completing the activities, your child will be fully prepared for their return in September!
 

 

· Family Activities and Wellbeing: For our younger pupils, there are some suggestions for family activities over the holiday provided by Family Action. Have fun with your family!
 

· Rediscover Summer: The Governments Rediscover Summer Programme contains links to organisations that provide ideas in the areas of reading, creativity, sport, nature, heritage and the community. Why not have a look and try something different over the holiday!
 

 

· Reading Challenge: If your child likes to unwind reading a good book, then they could take part in the ‘Summer Reads’ challenge. There are some great suggestions for them to try out and by visiting your local library, it can all be done for free!
 

 

· Signpost to Support: We have shared some contact details for organisations that may be able to help over the holiday if you or anyone in your family is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
 

 

Arrangements for the start of the new term
 

 

In line with Government guidance, we have staggered the return to school in the new term so we can carry out testing as safely as possible. We intend to provide an opportunity for pupils to come to school to carry out their first test on the day prior to their full start day.

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We very much appreciate your support in preparing your child for their return to school so they can focus on their education and make progress from their very first day. From September, all pupils should arrive at school through the pedestrian gate from 8.30am for an 8.45am start. The day will begin with a 15 minute tutor period which will provide a daily contact and support for pupils. The tutor session will be followed by a return to 5 one hour lessons. There will no longer be a staggered end to the school day and all pupils will return to a 3.00pm finish.

 

On the first day back, pupils must be in full school uniform and bring their correct equipment for lessons. Full details regarding our uniform and Super 7 can be found on our website. In the new term, we will be contacting parents immediately if pupils do not meet our uniform expectations. We know that children who are dressed smartly and prepared to learn, are more successful at school. Pupils must wear full uniform every day even when they have PE. Changing rooms will once again be in use so children do not need to wear their PE kit all day.

 

We will maintain two separate break and lunch times to allow designated social zones for each year group and an orderly environment in the canteen. The canteen will provide a full lunch service and all children will be able to eat their food in the canteen if they wish. Initially, there will be no break time service so pupils must bring snacks from home for the morning. We recommend children also bring their own refillable water bottle to stay hydrated through the day.

How to get in touch with us

 

During term time, the school office will be open from 8.15am to 3.30pm each week day. The latest guidance encourages schools to minimise the number of people that come across the threshold at school to reduce the risks of transmission within the school and community. Therefore, if you do have any queries, please contact the main school office via phone or email and we will always aim to return your call within 24 hours. If a meeting is required we can meet virtually if necessary.

Main School Phone: 01785 258383             Main School Email: office@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Safeguarding: Should you have a safeguarding concern/query you can direct this preferably by email to:

Mr Manfredi: p.manfredi@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Mrs Bradbury: a.bradbury@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Mr Lycett: r.lycett@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

 

External Safeguarding Support: There are a range of services external to school that can also help if you are concerned.

Staffordshire First Response – 0800 1313 126

First Response is a county-wide telephone and web enquiry service for all children who:

  • Live in Staffordshire.

  • Are aged from pre-birth to 18 years old.

  • Do not currently have an allocated worker.

Have you got a serious concern about the safety of a child or young person up to the age of 18?

Do you think a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed?

Are you worried that a child is living in circumstances where they are treated badly and not cared for properly?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions and you don’t believe that the child or young person is being supported by an allocated worker, please contact the First Response Service immediately.

If you believe the child to be at risk of immediate harm, this must be reported to the police on 999 or 101.

The NSPCC website (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/) provides lots of information and advice about keeping children safe. The NSPCC helpline number is 0808 800 5000

Child Line can be contacted on 0800 1111. If your child is worried or needs support, they can receive advice and support from Childline or download the ‘For Me’ app

 

Online Safety: 

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued guidance that can help us all protect ourselves online including the reported increase in vaccine scams. The following advice form the NCSC might be useful:

 

NCSC Consumer Guidance for Smart Devices in the Home

Cyber Champions Tips

NCSC Second Hand Devices infographic

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to complete work and stay connected to family and friends during this period, we recognise many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

Thinkyouknow by National Crime Agency-CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) provides resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online

Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online 

Parent info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations

NSPCC has guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

If you are concerned about harmful or upsetting content online you can get support by:

 

  • getting government advice and trusted resources from Educate Against Hate on safeguarding from radicalisation, building resilience to extremism, and promoting shared values

If you are concerned about bullying or abuse online you can:

The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.  They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

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Click the link to find out more or make a report: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Careers Information & Guidance:
 
Our careers advisor from Entrust, Yvonne Knight, is available to offer careers support to any young person in Y10, Y11 or 6th Form who would like to talk to her via telephone or text on 07921 277401 or by e-mail on yvonne.knight@entrust-ed.co.uk. She can provide information, advice and guidance across a range of career areas such as education and training options, careers advice and job searching. Some of you may be contacted directly by Yvonne who is there to help you!