Vulnerable children and children of critical workers school access
If you are the looking for your child to access a place at school due to them being vulnerable or because you are a critical worker please complete THIS FORM.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for WPS Parents/Carers during Covid-19 Closure can be seen by clicking HERE
We are sending regular communication via ParentMail whilst the school is closed. Please make sure you can access ParentMail and we encourage you to also download the ParentMail app. If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the ParentMail help site: www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/
The latest letter sent to all parents via ParentMail can also be seen below:
Letter to Parents/Carers Monday 1st June 2020
Re: Update at the Beginning of Term 6
I hope your child had a good break over half-term and feels refreshed for the final term of the academic year. Lessons restart today and our staff continue to work hard to provide the best online provision possible.
Since writing to you before half-term, the government has confirmed that secondary schools are to offer some face to face support for Year 10 and 12 students from Monday 15 June in order to supplement their online provision. We will be in touch with parents/carers of students in these year groups separately regarding our plans to do this safely and effectively.
In light of this future increase in the number of students on site, may I remind everyone that the school grounds are not to be used for access, picnics, sport or socialising.
Our in-school supervision continues for the children of critical workers and some more vulnerable students. If you believe your child is eligible for this supervision and would now like to take up a place, please complete this form.
Our online provision remains the only mode of education this term for Years 7, 8 and 9, and will remain the predominant mode for Years 10 and 12. Our Chromebook programme and familiarity with Google Classroom puts us in a strong position relative to other less technologically-advanced schools, although we continue to refine our approaches to online teaching and learning and improve the consistency of its quality as our experience grows.
Most students have formed strong study routines and are engaging well with online learning. Our records suggest that eight out of ten students are currently completing work in all or virtually all of their subjects on a regular basis.
However, as time goes on, we appreciate that some students may find it increasingly difficult to maintain their motivation away from the school environment. Whatever you can do to support your child’s online learning (accepting that this can sometimes be a challenging business) is much appreciated.
Looking ahead to September, we very much hope that all students will be able to return to school. However, I believe it would be unwise at this stage for us to assume too much or speculate too deeply. Instead, we must wait and see what advice and guidance emerges as the situation develops, frustrating though it may be to live with the uncertainty.
In the meantime, we aim to keep parents/carers regularly updated as part of maintaining an important sense of connectedness within our school community. Here are links to our FAQs for Parents/Carers during Covid-19 Closure and our general enquiries form. On the theme of connectedness, you may be interested to view the collaborative video message that staff recently produced for students.
Finally, I would like to recognise Year 11 and Year 13 students who would usually be reaching the end of their timetabled lessons and sitting exams prior to leaving school at this time of year. The pandemic has been particularly cruel to these students, robbing them of the opportunity to demonstrate their hard-won learning in the arena of formal exams. However, I am confident that the considerable learning they have acquired, together with the caring attitudes they have developed during their time at WPS, will serve them well in the next stages of their lives. On behalf of the school community, I wish them all the very best for the future.
With best wishes to you and your family for the coming term,