COVID-19

On Monday 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new lockdown in England and a move to remote learning for all schools.

Remote learning began for all in Years 11 and 13 on Tuesday 5 January, with those who need additional support with their learning or are the children of key workers welcomes on-site by invitation. Remote learning for Years 7 to 10 and Year 12 began on Wednesday 6 January.

Our Letters home page continues to hold all letters sent home to our parents/carers, while our social media accounts and weekly email newsletter to all within our School community ensures everyone is kept up-to-date.

Lent term 2021 - remote learning for Years 7 to 9

From Monday 11 January 2021, our remote learning for Years 7 to 9 involve video (Loom) lessons with assignments. 

We will follow a schedule of four lessons per day, with assignments ready for 9am on the day, as per the schedule. These assignments should take one hour to complete, which includes the time used to watch any corresponding video. Work will be due at 4pm the same day.

Pupils may find our Loom video, on using the Assignments function in Teams, helpful.

Lent term 2021 - remote learning for Years 10 and 12

From Monday 11 January 2021, our remote learning for Years 10 and 12 will involve video (Loom) lessons with assignments.

Years 10 and 12 will continue with their normal school timetable, so that they can cover the content required. Our teachers will schedule video (Loom) lessons and assignments by 9am that day. Work will be due by 4pm the same day.

Pupils and students may find our Loom video, on using the Assignments function in Teams, helpful.

 

Lent term 2021 - remote learning for Years 11 and 13

From Monday 11 January 2021, our remote learning for Years 11 and 13 will involve live Teams lessons and assignments, as per their school timetable.

Pupils and students may find our Loom video, on using the Assignments function in Teams, helpful.

Lent term 2021 - remote learning timetable

From Monday 11 January 2021, our remote learning timetable is as follows:

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Mon

English

Geography

Art 

Maths

English

History

Spanish

Science

English

Maths

Science

Option K

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Tue

Science

RS

Maths

Reading

Maths

Art

Computing

Geography

English

Option A/B

RS

Maths

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Wed

History

Science

Computing

English

Science

DT

Maths

Reading

Games

Science

RS 

Option J

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Thu

Music

English

PHSE

Reading

RS

Maths

English

Games

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Fri

Spanish

Maths

Games

Science

Music

English

Science

Reading

Option J

RS

English

Reading

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Pupils and students may find our Loom video, on using the Assignments function in Teams, helpful.

Exams and grades

The UK Government have announced that, due to the ongoing pandemic, summer 2021 examinations will now not take place.

At this stage, we are not clear what role we will play in our young people achieving grades in their qualifications. Our School will ensure grades are fair and, if you have any questions, please contact a member of our Leadership group.

A letter has been sent to our parents/carers to explain our current position. This letter can be read on our Letters home webpage. We will continue to monitor this situation and update our community as soon as we have further news, with all letters placed on our Letters home webpage.

Free School Meals

Due to the effects of COVID-19, there may be members of our School community suffering from financial hardship and reduced income. This change in circumstances could mean your child is now eligible for free school meals. 

At Westminster City School, we strongly encourage members of our community to apply for free school meals, even if you do not feel you are entitled or you were not previously eligible. If you are eligible for free school meals, we will be able to send you vouchers towards your shopping bills, whilst your son/daughter is undertaking remote schooling.

To apply for free school meals, please download the form on our website. Alternatively, please contact our School Office and they can email the form to you. You must complete your form and return it to: i.sweet@wcsch.com. (Emailing your completed form will be quicker than posting it to the address given on the form).

Please note:

  • If you can send a photo or scan of your last three Universal Credit statements with your application form, then this will help your application be processed more quickly.
  • If you are receiving Child Tax Credit and the amount has changed recently, due to your new circumstances, then please scan or send in a photo of your latest notification from them. Alternatively, you scan or send in your most recent Tax Credit Award Notice TC602 (pages 1 to 4).
  • If you are applying for benefits, so do not currently have any statements or notifications regarding benefits, please complete your form and mark the ‘not sure’ boxes.

We will then forward your information to the Council’s Free School Meals Service. We will contact you as soon as we have further information from them.

Wellbeing

For many of us, the start of 2021 may not be what we were hoping for, as we move into another lockdown to protect ourselves and others.

In these challenging times, it is important to look after your wellbeing, so you can successfully face current challenges and those that may be ahead. Below are some top tips to help us all deal with the difficulties around lockdown.

  • Mental health matters - make your mental health a priority.
    Staying at home can get you down but remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. 
    Human beings are social creatures, so maintaining relationships with loved ones is important. Keep in touch with others via phone, messaging, video calls and social media.
    If you are feeling anxious, then talk to family and friends about your worries. If you decide you need further support, then don’t be afraid to reach out to a trusted helpline or orgaisation, like Childline or the NSPCC. Both have great online resources, for young people and for parents/carers, and are available 24 hours a day. 
    Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult but you are helping to protect yourself and others.
  • Routine, routine, routine - life is changing for a while, so try to create a new and positive routine to your day.
    Make sure you keep your mind active (for example, by reading, writing, playing games, doing crosswords or art) and try to carry on with things you enjoy.
    Feel free to focus on your favourite hobby (if you can still do it from home) or why not learn something new? There are many free courses and tutorials online to help you pick up a new skill or interest.
  • Working out physical wellbeing - a healthy mind needs a healthy body and your physical health has a big impact on how you feel! Try to find a fitness routine that works for you and ensure that you undertake at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. 
    Even in lockdown, you are allowed outdoors for daily exercise, so why not go for a regular walks, runs or bike rides, ensuring that you keep a safe social distance from others whilst outside.
    Remember there are many online exercise classes, so find something you enjoy and take part from the comfort of your home. Exercises like running on the spot and press ups, sit ups, tricep dips, squats, calf raises and the plank can all help if you are trying to build muscle. If you don’t have any weights, then improvise with a can of tinned food. Make some space, put on some fun music and start working out!
    When exercising, keep challenging yourself! Why not download a step counter on your phone to see how far you go, then try to beat that number the next day? If going for a jog, then see if you can go a little further each day and aim to be able to run for 30 minutes without a break.
  • You are what you eat – watch your diet! What you eat can significantly impact your physical and emotional health. It is important to keep a good diet and hydrate yourself well, even while in lockdown. 
    Some top tips include: try to eat breakfast, as it gets your day off to a good start as by providing you with energy; try to avoid foods which make your blood sugar rise and fall rapidly (eg sweets, biscuits or sugary drinks) and try to eat fruit and vegetables as they contain the minerals, vitamins and fibre needed to keep you mentally and physically healthy.
  • Get some shut eye – lack of sleep can significantly disrupt your day, affect your mood and lower your productivity. 
    Ensure you have good sleep routine by trying to wind down before go to bed (have a bath, listen to music or read a book) and by going to bed at roughly the same time each night.
    You should also avoid caffeine or sugary snacks in the evening and try to stay away from electronic devices for an hour or so before bed.

Downloads

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Remote learning policy (autumn 2020) 15th Oct 2020 Download
Pupil guide to remote learning 01st Jan 2021 Download
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