Each pupil in Year 7 to Year 10 will meet with their tutor twice a week in two of the four lunchtime tutor periods identified across the timetable from Monday – Thursday. Tutors will allocate tutees to specific days to enable them to see smaller groups for live sessions lasting a minimum of twenty minutes. If a tutor has particular concerns about a tutee, or a tutee requests additional support, a 1:1 session can be arranged. In addition, there will be a form period on Friday afternoon. Sixth Form and Year 11 tutors will make their own arrangements with their tutees. (When your child is not scheduled to be with their tutor for a lunchtime period, they can complete any unfinished work, review completed work, add to their Lockdown Learning Journal, or email academic teachers requesting catch-up support.)
All work will be set as assignments through Google Classroom to support teacher and pupil organisation. If this is not possible or desirable for a particular subject or task, pupils will be informed by their teacher and advised how to submit work.
Work set for each day will be posted on Google Classroom by 6pm the previous evening. Any ‘live’ sessions arranged by a teacher will be published as assignments and take place at the time of the timetabled lesson in the morning. As far as possible every pupil should attend scheduled live lessons. If they are unable to attend, they should notify the teacher in advance and find out how they can catch up.
Although a framework of lessons is provided for the week and your child’s teachers will be available at the scheduled times to respond to questions or offer further support, there is flexibility for pupils who wish to create their own schedule. Apart from the requirement to attend live lessons, pupils can use the schedule of assignments published each evening before 6pm to plan their work for the next day. We recognise that some pupils need clearer structure, whilst others are more comfortable designing their own daily routine. The structure provided has been designed to meet the varying needs of different children and different family circumstances.
The afternoon has less formal teaching in order to prevent excessive screen time and enable pupils to incorporate physical and co-curricular activity into every day. Our distance learning programme seeks to preserve the balance and enrichment that we value in our school curriculum.
Pupils in Year 11 will continue with their normal timetable until Friday 8 May when they would have started their study leave. From Monday 11 May, a pre-Sixth course will be introduced preparing all our pupils for the next stage of their academic career.
Pupils in the Lower Sixth should complete up to four hours of study in each Higher Level subject and up to three hours in each Standard Level subject. In addition, further guidance will be provided so that, where appropriate, IAs, TOK and Extended Essay work will continue as planned. Pupils should follow the time allocations of their ‘normal’ timetable with staff indicating by 6pm the previous evening if a live session is being scheduled.
Pupils in Year 13 have already been introduced to pre-University work that will prepare them for the next stage of their academic career. Support is available throughout the term and we will be open as usual on IB results day to issue results, celebrate achievements and offer advice on next steps. For those who are unable to come to school on that day, key members of staff will be available to offer guidance and support by telephone or video call.