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School Updates - End of week update 16th October


Click here to read the Hounsdown School Reopening Risk Assessment - Updated 16th October 2020



End Of Week Update

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Thank you all for your support in another very busy school week – as a school community we continue to negotiate some very tough times in a very positive, forward looking and collegiate manner and the students have responded admirably to all the changes to routine that have been imposed upon them!  Please see below some important notices to be aware of: 

INSET day – Monday 19th October. 

As previously notified, we are closing school at 12:30pm on Monday 19th October for INSET training for staff.  School buses will therefore leave at 12:45pm.  Students who are in receipt of Free School Meals will be able to collect their food during break time on this day.  As stated previously, please notify us if any Year 7 or 8 students need to remain in school to be supervised until 3pm. 

Safety in school 

As you will be aware, other than those people who are exempt, students are all required to wear face coverings in school when moving around our site.  The overwhelming majority of students have risen admirably to this requirement and we thank them for their adherence.  However, a small minority of students require regular reminders to wear their face coverings.  Please can we ask you to check that your child brings an appropriate face covering to school each day.  For your information, from Monday 19th October students will receive an official school ‘warning’ if they are not wearing a face covering at all times inside the buildings and in corridors.  Students who receive 2 warnings will face an after school detention.  Student do not have to wear a mask in lesson but may do so if they choose to. 

In addition, we are re-emphasising with students the guidance from the government regarding practices to help stay safe from coronavirus: ‘Face, Hands, Space’. 

Thank you in advance for your support with this matter, to ensure that we all show consideration and care for each other at this difficult time. 

Cycle Safety 

Members of our local community have advised us that some students are not wearing their cycle helmets when travelling to and from school. In addition, there have been instances reported of discourteous behaviour. Please could we ask for your support in reminding students to be safe when riding in the local area – to follow the cycling code and to remain vigilant towards other cyclists and pedestrians. 

IT at home 

As you know, we continue to make great strides with our online school resources, including a huge amount of work available through our Microsoft Teams platform.  This is all accessible by students from home using computers / tablets and smartphones.  However, we are aware that not all students may have access to computers and have previously surveyed all students so that if needed we can support by lending equipment home – this is organised on a case by case basis. If any students require support with this, please contact the school by either telephoning or emailing admin@hounsdown.hants.sch.uk

Yr 11 Half-Term Revision 

Year 11 students begin their first round of mock exams after half-term beginning on Monday 2nd November.  Revision resources can be found on Microsoft Teams and students can also use applications such as BBC Bitesize, Seneca Learning, GCSE Pod, Science Activelearn and Hegarty Maths.  In addition, the following subjects are offering online revision sessions (accessed via Microsoft Teams and can be found in the corresponding subject channels on the Year 11 Team page) during the half term holiday, these are available to all students: 

Science          Monday 26th October 9-12   

Geography     Monday 26th October 10-12  

History           Tuesday 27th October 11-2  

Maths             Tuesday 27th October 12-1  

Maths             Wednesday 28th October 12-1   

Maths             Thursday 29th October 12-1  


Teaching ‘Set Changes’ 

Please be aware that we will at each half-term review the setting of students in their classes. As part of this process students may move up or down ‘sets’ in order to ensure that they are in the most appropriate group.  Letters confirming individual set changes will be sent home and any questions relating to this process should be addressed to the class teacher. 

Yours sincerely, 

The Senior Leadership Team 

Resources Map

Dear Parents and Carers

Please see attached a resources map for all years indicating the key topics being covered and where resources are. This is as a guide for parents only, students who are accessing work remotely should be able to get to either the resources described for more detailed information or be accessing the lesson content from the Class Team for each subject.

Hounsdown School

Virtual Open Evening 2020

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Frequently asked questions for parents

Bus Information

Letter from PHE and NHS Test and Trace about booking a COVID-19 test

Letter from PHE and NHS Test and Trace to school and college leaders

September 2020 Curriculum Newsletter - details published in July of changes to school for September

Government guidance on returning to school  

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