Westminster City School opened to all our young people from September 2020.
School staff worked hard on plans for a safe return for all to our Palace Street site. These plans are reviewed daily in light of updated government guidance.
In advance of our re-opening, further information about our plans was circulated to all within our community. This included a Loom video from our Headteacher, a letter from our Headteacher (on our Letters home page), and a short video for all our pupils and students, outlining our preparations for their safe return to our School.
Our Letters home page continues to hold all letters sent home to parents/carers, while our social media accounts and weekly newsletter to all within our School community, ensure everyone is kept up-to-date.
Michaelmas term 2020 may have started and be continuing in a different manner to the usual new school year but all at Westminster City School are happy to have our young people back to Palace Street.
Our timetable and curriculum
Our 2020-21 timetable has been written to include a full curriculum offer and we have no plans to alter this curriculum for any pupil/student. Some subjects have adjusted their programmes of study so that the learning is as safe as is possible.
We have staggered the start and finish of every school day to ensure that our young people are kept apart at the busiest times of the day.
We remind our young people to ensure that they leave adequate time to get to school and that they should not be arriving before the start time for their year group.
Our School site
We have divided our School into six zones, with one zone for our Sixth Form and then a further five zones, one each for Years 7 to 11.
Pupils and students complete learning in these zones for all their subjects with the exception of Art, DT, Music and PE, as each of these subjects has specialist COVID secure plans for their areas and the delivery of their curriculum. We also adjusted some teaching groups to minimise the movement of young people within each zone.
Each zone has sanitisation stations and every classroom contains sufficient products to ensure our pupils/students can regularly keep their hands clean.
We have adjusted the outdoor spaces on our site. A temporary marquee has been built in our playground and additional toilet facilities brought in to ensure all year groups have access to outside space and can eat their lunch without interacting with other years.
Our cleaners are also working different shifts to ensure each zone within our School is cleaned frequently.
Year group 'bubbles'
Our young people are in their year group ‘bubbles’ and do not mix or share spaces with other year groups. Pupils and students therefore do not need to maintain a 2m social distance from others within their year group.
However, there are other measures, such as the use of one-way systems and agreed routes to and from the playground, that must be adhered to. Our young people should not mix though with peers in other year group ‘bubbles’.
All our young people are required to complete a set of cleaning protocols on arrival and each year group is allocated to one of three different entrance points. Teaching and support staff need to move between the zones to deliver lessons but are expected, where possible, to maintain a social distance from colleagues and young people.
At the start of our Michaelmas term, our pupils and students underwent an extensive induction process, so our plans and expectations were made clear to all.
A temporary marquee has been built in our playground and additional toilet facilities brought in to ensure all year groups have access to outside space and can eat their lunch without interacting with other year groups. Our catering company, Caterlink, are ensuring as full a dining service as possible.
|COVID-19 risk assessment (September 2020)||06th Oct 2020||Download|
|Confederation of Schools Trust||28th Aug 2020||Download|
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|Secondary school guidance - COVID-19 early outbreak management||02nd Sep 2020||Download|
|Pupil guide to remote learning (autumn 2020)||15th Oct 2020||Download|
|Remote learning policy (autumn 2020)||15th Oct 2020||Download|