Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that you and your families are all keeping safe. We would like to thank all the students for the calm return to school earlier this month.
Last day of term arrangements – Thursday 1st April 2021
We will be closing by year group on Thursday 1st April. Please find below what time your child’s year will be leaving school. Free School Meal lunches will be available for students to collect before they leave school site. Students are requested to go straight home and not congregate in groups as this breaks social distancing guidelines, and helps to keep everyone in the community safe.
Year 11 – Leaving at 12 noon via gate C.
Year 10 – Leaving at 12.30pm via gate C.
Year 9 – Leaving at 12.45pm via gate B.
Year 8 – Leaving at 12.15pm via gate A.
Year 7 – Leaving at 1pm via Gate A.
Sixth Form – Leaving 1pm via gate A.
School reopening – Monday 19th April 2021
School begins back on Monday 19th April with students needing to be onsite and ready to start their first lesson at 8.45am. As we will be continuing to follow the government guidance, students will still be expected to enter through their year gate and stay in their year bubbles, wearing masks at all times.
Please be reminded that there is a bank holiday on Monday 3rd May and school will be closed.
The majority of students wear our school uniform very well and look smart and respectful. After the Easter break any student wearing incorrect school uniform will receive a 30 minute detention. Students should be wearing full correct uniform or School PE kit when attending. This includes correct school shoes. Please see the following link for further guidance on what your child must wear to school: School Uniform
No coats to be worn in classrooms and hoods should not be up onsite unless the weather requires it. Plain black tracksuit bottoms, black jumpers and black trainers are the only items for PE allowed – no tracksuits, no hoodies and no converse style trainers are allowed. Pupils will be sanctioned after Easter for any of these items. These are the standards we had before the pandemic and we expect students to maintain this now they are back on site.
We are now approaching an assessment term, it is really important that all students attend school on all days, with it being vital year 11 and 13 attend to enable them to preform to the best of their ability in the assessments. All year groups will be assessed in the next term.
We will be introducing knowledge organisers after the Easter break, which every student will have for every subject. This will form part of the essential items that students should have with them at all times, strategies will be shared with the children on how to remember and recall this information as this is essential for success in tests. Thank you for your support in ensuring these are used at home.
Interventions will be ongoing for catch up with students who are identified for extra support. We thank you in advance for your support with the programs we put in place.
Could we please again remind parents that if you feel it is necessary to drive your children to and from school that you respect our neighbours. This includes not blocking driveways, parking on double yellow lines, mounting pavements so people can’t pass and causing a disturbance.
We would like to remind both students and families that the UK is seeing a gradual and cautious lifting of restrictions, the full information is here: www.gov.uk covid-19
This means that outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are now allowed. Visiting other households indoors is not allowed. When meeting outside, there is still a requirement to keep 2 metres apart from people in different households. Travel abroad continues to be not allowed, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad are not be allowed.
Please encourage any family members that are offered the vaccine to take advantage of this to keep them safe.
If you or your child become ill, including over the holidays, with COVID symptoms you should let us know by either ringing the school after 8.15am or by completing the Covid form on our website www.moseley.bham.sch.uk/reporting-covid-19-absence/ .
If there is a positive Covid case in your household then the entire family must isolate and you should let the school know using the form above.
Information about home testing and how to report results is here: www.moseley.bham.sch.uk/home-testing-kits/
Year 8 Progress Evening
The Year 8 Progress Evening will be taking place on Thursday 29th April 2021 virtually. More information will be sent to year 8 students after the school holidays.
We are aware that Ramadan starts on the 12th April and we know it will be very different this year with no large family meals taking place. We would like to wish those celebrating a Ramadan Mubarak. We will have areas in each year group bubble for students to rest during lunch times during the month of Ramadan after the holidays.
In September, the school started to use ParentPay to allow parents to pay for school meals online. We would like to thank all the parents who have activated their accounts and are actively using ParentPay to pay for their child’s meals. As the school is now completely cashless, we would ask those parents who have not yet activated their account, to do so. In the future, ParentPay will be used for trips as well as school meals so it is important that all accounts are activated. If you require assistance with this or would like some further information, please call the school or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents/Carers Mental Health
The PIPA Trial is exploring the effectiveness of an online resource for parents/carers to help reduce depression and anxiety in young people. The trial is being coordinated by the University of Warwick and involves families of young people aged 11-15 years. Moseley School and Sixth Form is one of the schools participating. The trial is free and conducted completely online; eligible parents/carers and young people will be asked to complete some questionnaires and will receive access to some online parenting resources.
Please look at the school website – follow the link for Mental Health/Parents and there is a letter about how to sign up which contains more information. If you have any questions, please speak to Maggie Snowball at school 0121 5666444 or contact the PIPA trial team at PIPA@warwick.ac.uk or 02476574316/02476575078.
Post-LAC Pupil Premium
If your child left care via one of the Court Orders listed below, school may be able to claim Post-LAC Pupil Premium, which could provide additional funding to support your child in school:
Special Guardianship Order; Child Arrangement Order; Adoption Order
Please contact your child’s Head of Year or House Pastoral Manager to discuss your situation in confidence. You are not obliged to inform school but we may be able to support your child more effectively if we are aware.
Many adults find themselves looking after someone else’s child without realising that they may be involved in private fostering. A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (that is to say without the involvement of Birmingham Children’s Trust) for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or immediate relative. If the arrangement is to last, or has lasted, for 28 days or more, it is categorised as private fostering.
The Children Act 1989 defines an immediate relative as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of full blood or half blood or by marriage or civil partnership), or a stepparent.
Please contact your child’s Head of Year or House Pastoral Manager to discuss your situation in confidence.
We hope you have a restful and peaceful break.
Mr A Bate