COVID-19

With the UK under lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, our young people and staff are staying home to protect themselves and others.

During this challenging time, we will continue to keep all within our strong and supportive community updated on future developments via email, our weekly bulletin, our School's website and our social media channels. Our Letters home webpage also contains all letters that have been sent to our parents/carers at this time, to ensure all within our community are kept up-to-date. 

Show My Homework
All pupils and students should be using Show My Homework to keep up with their studies. Our School’s regular welfare checks continue and, where possible, many extra-curricular activities are now offered online. 

Survey to Year 12 parents/carers
We are asking parents/carers of our current Year 12 students to complete a short survey about the face-to-face meetings for their son or daughter in June and July. Our survey can be completed by clicking here. Thank you.

Survey to Year 10 parents/carers
We are also asking parents/carers of our current Year 10 pupils to complete a short survey about the face-to-face meetings for their son in June and July. Our survey can be completed by clicking here. Thank you.
 

Remote learning timetable from Monday 27 April

Our timetable, from Monday 27 April, includes three lessons of 90 minutes, 30 minutes of reading/revision, 30 minutes of exercise, and 60-90 minutes of homework. It aims to support routines crucial for learning and wellbeing, whilst helping our young people manage their daily habits.

Our lessons include content or a pre-recorded video, uploaded by a teacher on Show My Homework, for pupils to complete. Pupils should aim to undertake this work during the time scheduled, in order to have some semblance of a school day. This also helps to support healthy study habits and aid their wellbeing. 

In addition, assessments take the form of weekly quizzes in each subject to help pupils consolidate their learning and allow teachers to see where they require further assistance.

Our timetable is as follows:
8.45am - Assembly/thought for the day, and pupils to check Show My Homework
9am - Lesson one (90 minutes)
10.30am - Lesson two (90 minutes)
Lunchtime and exercise
1.30pm - Revision slot
2pm - Lesson three (90 minutes)
3.30pm - End of day and homework (60-90 minutes)

Years 11 and 13 have been contacted  about the exact breakdown of lessons for their timetable. For all other year groups, the timetable of lessons is: 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 12
Mon

English

Geography

Art

English

History

Spanish

Business

Science

C Science

English

PE 

Geography

RS

Biology

History

Economics

Chemistry

Psychology

Geography

Tue

Science

RS

Maths

Maths

Art

Computing

PE

Geography

History

English

Science

Art

Spanish

Economics

Physics

Business

G&P

Sociology

Maths

Further Maths

English

Wed

History

Science

Computing

Science

Geography

DT

Spanish

Maths

Economics

Science

History

Maths

English

Biology

History

Economics

RS

C Science

Thu

Music

English

PHSE

RS

Maths

Games

English

Maths

DT

Music

Business

DT

Science

Maths

Further Maths

English

Chemistry

Psychology

Geography

Fri

Spanish

Maths

Games

Music

English

Science

Art

RS

Maths

Economics

C Science

Maths

English

RS

C Science

Physics

Business

G&P

Sociology

Transition for Years 11 and 13

For Years 11 and 13, who would have sat GCSE and A Level examinations this summer, our staff are providing additional transition work to prepare these young people for their future. 

With over 90% of our sixth formers having applied to start university this autumn, our teachers are continuing to help students understand the changes and challenges of future undergraduate learning. 

For our Year 11, staff are encouraging pupils to further understand post-16 options, including by providing bridging modules for numerous subjects which allow pupils to see the differences between Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 learning.

See the end of this webpage for the engaging transition work that our Year 11 pupils should be undertaking at this time.

Happy and healthy

During this challenging time, it is important to think about our mental health and physical wellbeing. At Westminster City School, alongside our continued focus on ensuring minimal disruption to learning, we would like to offer some tips to our young people, and their parents/carers, on staying happy and healthy.

Mental health matters
Make your mental health a priority. Staying at home because of COVID-19 can get you down but it is important to 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 organisation, like Childline or the NSPCC. Both have great online resources, for young people and for parents/carers, and are available 24 hours a day.

Life is changing for a while, so 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? For example, you could join the daily bakealong with chef Olivia Potts on InstagramLive. There are many free courses and tutorials online to help you pick up a new skill or interest.

Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, any difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

Working out physical wellbeing 
A healthy mind needs a healthy body! So, try to find an fitness routine that works for you and ensure that you undertake at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

During the current restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, the UK Government has agreed that leaving your house to undertake exercise is permitted. Make the most of that extra sunlight and get outside. Just remember to keep a distance of 2 metres from others around you.

When exercising outside, try to 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.

Millions around the world have been enjoying daily work outs by Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel and many of his exercises help if you are trying to build muscle. There are also plenty of other keep fit and exercise programmes and videos for you to follow, for free, online. 

Find some exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home, like running on the spot and remember that 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!

Good behaviour online

Our high expectation for the conduct of all Westminster City School pupils does not change because you are working and studying online.

With all at our School staying at home, we are all making more use of online facilities to keep in touch and to continue learning. It is important that we conduct ourselves online with all the politeness and consideration that we do in the real world.

Show My Homework is used to replace lessons, but email and the Teams app are also used to share other important information.

Email
You should check your email at least once each day for updates from your form tutor, Head of Year and other Westminster City School staff.

Remember that our School systems are provided for educational purposes. You should not use it for socialising – use your own personal email for that!

When using your Westminster City School email, please remember:

  • Keep your messages short and polite
  • Write as if you were writing a letter, with a formal salutation and sign-off
  • Use correct English spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout
  • Use emojis sparingly and animations not at all
  • Only use the Reply All option if you are certain that everyone needs to read your response - don’t spam people!
  • Use a brief subject line and change it if your reply is about a different topic

Instant messaging
Like email, you should remember that Teams Chat is provided by our School for educational purposes. Use other apps to have fun with your friends.

As with email, please remember:

  • Keep conversations in Teams Chat school-focused and on-topic
  • Don’t spam people - consider if your conversation should be in a team discussion channel or a one-to-one chat

Video conferencing
When using video conferencing, please remember:

  • Make sure that others at home know you are on a video call and not to disturb you
  • Keep your microphone muted, unless you are speaking
  • Position the video image of the speaker directly underneath the camera, so you are looking into the camera as you watch

Respect
Finally, a word about respect.

On all online services, everyone is due respect. If you ever feel uncomfortable, or that another person is bullying you, do not respond to them. Instead forward the message to a teacher immediately. Write ‘Forwarded concern attached’ in the subject box, so that the member of staff realises that it is a concern.

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