We have been very pleased with the way the majority of Darrick Wood students have returned to classroom learning and the way they have conducted themselves around school. As we approach the end of term teachers are very busy working on plans to inform the grades for Years 11 and 13 this summer, but at the same time we know each and every child needs our full attention and as ever we will do our very best to support their learning through to the end of term and of course onwards. In time, I think we will find that a lot of the skills we have all had to learn (e.g. Teams) will provide us with new ways of learning, a blended approach, in the years ahead. More on this another time.
One of the many pleasures of being Head Teacher is that you get to see students and congratulate them on their achievements. This has not been something I have been able to do very much of over the last year, but over the past couple of days I have been delighted to present some of our students awards (e.g. Jack Petchey Award). I also met, socially distanced, with a Year 10 student, who has been doing fabulous work in Art. I hope as restrictions start to lift we can see a return to more of this in the weeks ahead.
Thank you to everyone for their support of the asymptomatic LFD home testing. Please note the email that was sent this afternoon regarding a new system for registering the test results (negative, void or positive). This registers the results with the School and then with the government website.
We have been advised that students should continue to test twice weekly through the Easter break and definitely on the evening before or on the morning of Monday, 19th April when the summer term begins. We will distribute more tests to students next week, enough to cover the Easter break. Families and households can also access home test kits for adults.
Testing within 90 days of a positive PCR test result
The following has been mentioned before, but is being reiterated locally and I have said I will pass it on:
Public Health England recommend that staff and students who have tested positive for Covid-19 following a PCR test should be exempt from routine LFD testing for a period of 90 days from the onset of their symptoms or a positive PCR test outcome. This is because fragments of inactive virus can remain and be detected by testing during this period and lead to a false positive. Should individuals develop new Covid-19 related symptoms during the 90-day period they should request another PCR test.
Year 11 and 13 Assessments 2021
A weekly timetable for ongoing assessments for Years 11 and Year 13 students is available, and the link has been emailed to all students in these year groups. Students should check the document, but also be mindful that this is subject to change and there may yet be other assessments their teachers will inform them of. The timetable is accessed on the School’s SharePoint site for students but a link is provided here for parents also. A further overview timetable will be shared with students early next week, so they can also get a picture of what the assessment schedule might look like over the next half term after Easter. As ever, and subject to examination board guidance that has yet to be published, these plans are subject to change under current circumstances. Before the end of this term, students in Years 11 and 13 will be sent the proposed evidence base for each qualification, although this will also be subject to change dependent upon examination board guidance that has not yet been published.
We have been notified that we must keep a record of any instances where it is perceived that parental pressure is being put on teachers that might influence a grade awarded this summer. This could have serious consequences where a candidate is then accused of malpractice.
We are aware of a technical issue with Bromcom this afternoon affecting today’s registers. There is no need to contact us about this. Bromcom is aware and we are hopeful the issue will be resolved soon.
We have heard that Darrick Wood School’s former Head of Physics for many years, Mark Bromfield, sadly passed away recently. Whilst he retired in the mid-2000s, this popular teacher is fondly remembered by many of our longer serving staff. It is also possible that he taught some of our current students’ parents and we thought you would want to be aware. We extend our condolences to his family.
End of term arrangements
We have sometimes closed earlier on the last day of term. This year we will not do this as we feel that students need as much time in class as possible. On Thursday, 1st April 2021, the last day of term, students will be dismissed at their current usual time after period 5 (Years 7&8 3pm, Years 9&10 3.05pm and Years 11, 12&13 at 3.10pm).
Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is recruiting teacher trainees: