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1:1 Digital Device Opt-in Letter

1:1 Digital Device Opt-in letter

‘Technology alone will not improve education, but it can be a powerful part of the solution’ (Sundar Pichai, CEO Google).

As teachers and parents, we are also continuously looking at ways to equip our young people with the opportunities and tools to grow and shape their future. To support this, from September 2021 we will be building on the skills students developed in their online learning over the past year as we expand our ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) and supplement it with a ‘1:1 Digital Device’ purchase scheme for students.

Research conducted by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) shows that if used in lessons in the right way, students who have access to digital devices to support their learning make great gains in their learning. We have been talking with parents, carers, schools, students and staff over the past few months to gather as much intelligence as possible about the variety of different methods employed and their effectiveness. Many schools already have such a strategy and enjoy its embedded practice already.

We believe access to digital devices in lessons will:

  1. Prepare students for life in an ever-changing world… for jobs that haven’t been invented
  2. Inspire students to own their learning… bringing creativity inside and outside of the classroom
  3. Challenge students and staff to innovate… and be competitive in the 21st Century.

Despite its potential benefits, it would of course not be appropriate for digital devices to be used in all lessons or indeed the whole lesson; there would be occasions when writing with a pen is still required. Students will be taught how to use these devices safely and responsibly by their teachers. Home learning activities would benefit from using a digital device as tasks will be set on Google classroom to support learning in lessons. Students would need to bring the digital device into school fully charged each day having charged it overnight, much like a mobile phone. Our school’s IT infrastructure operates at a specification that will cope with enabling free WiFi access to all students.

So, from September 2021 any student in the school who wishes to, and / or is able to, can bring in their own digital device (BYOD), for example a laptop or tablet, and use it in lessons under the clear direction of their teachers.

Although the benefits to learning would suit any student, there will be no obligation for any families to buy a device for use in lessons from September 2021; there will be a stock of devices for loan to students within the school day if you don’t wish to lease one. Students with special educational needs or students who are eligible for pupil premium funding would likely benefit the most from using a digital device in their learning and so we are therefore keen to discuss financial support to anyone who falls into those categories. The experiences of other schools who have such a scheme already, is that within a year most students were routinely using digital devices in lessons.

We also recognise that not all families have portable digital devices at home that could be brought into school and are therefore using a national company to enable families to lease a device using a pay monthly scheme. Subject to final due diligence checks, the devices would be ‘Lenovo Chromebook 300e’ and the company supporting the school is ‘London Grid for Learning’ through ‘FreedomTech’. These devices would cost £13.50 per month over three years and come built in with warranty, accidental damage, theft insurance and the immediate temporary loan of a device for offsite repair service. The full package represents a saving when compared to high street packages including insurance. There is no need for a credit check to take part in the scheme.

  1. BYOD scheme
    If any parent/carer would like to take advantage of the BYOD scheme, please complete the Google form linked here so that they can used in September: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-oB-mRFhl9eaVB_e8ZtkHiSw1XhwTBTmcevjdkV6z-Inr6w/viewform
  2. Digital Device lease scheme
    Alternatively, if you would like to express your interest in taking advantage of our school’s Digital Device lease scheme, please complete this Google form after which you will then be contacted with the specific details including about how to register your details on Freedom Tech’s online portal to take advantage of the scheme. Devices will be available after October half term.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTqL7pOUwWO5TJmMGa5qfH42OzUZe0cINffZ9zPA18zJq0Uw/viewform

Start of Year Arrangements September 2021

Start of Year Arrangements September 2021

Please refer to the Lateral Flow Testing Schedule at the end of this letter for start and dates.

Please note once students have arrived for their testing appointment they will be in school full time. Years 7-11 students start school and have their test at the allocated time based on which college they are in.

Year 7 (current Year 6) Starting dates and times:
Year 7 students in Asiatic college: 8.45am on Monday 6th September.
Year 7 students in Barbary college: 9.25am on Monday 6th September.
Year 7 students in Katanga college: 10.05am on Monday 6th September.
Year 7 students in Masai college: 10.45am on Monday 6th September.
Year 7 students in Nubian college: 11.25am on Monday 6th September.

Year 8 (current Year 7) Starting dates and times:
Year 8 students in Asiatic and Barbary college: 12.05pm on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 8 students in Katanga college: 1.00pm on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 8 students in Masai college: 1.40pm on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 8 students in Nubian college: 2.20pm on Wednesday 8th September.

Year 9 (current Year 8) Starting dates and times:
Year 9 students in Asiatic college: 8.45am on Thursday 9th September.
Year 9 students in Barbary college: 9.25am on Thursday 9th September.
Year 9 students in Katanga college: 10.05am on Thursday 9th September.
Year 9 students in Masai college: 10.45am on Thursday 9th September.
Year 9 students in Nubian college: 11.25am on Thursday 9th September.

Year 10 (current Year 9) Starting dates and times:
Year 10 students in Asiatic college: 8.45am on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 10 students in Barbary college: 9.25am on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 10 students in Katanga college: 10.05am on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 10 students in Masai college: 10.45am on Wednesday 8th September.
Year 10 students in Nubian college: 11.25am on Wednesday 8th September.

Year 11 (current Year 10) Starting dates and times:
Year 11 students in Asiatic college: 8.45am on Tuesday 7th September
Year 11 students in Barbary college: 9.25am on Tuesday 7th September
Year 11 students in Katanga college: 10.05am on Tuesday 7th September
Year 11 students in Masai college: 10.45am on Tuesday 7th September
Year 11 students in Nubian college: 11.25am on Tuesday 7th September.

Year 12 (current Year 11) Starting dates and times:
Year 12 to come into school for their Lateral Flow Test on Monday 6th September then go home and are to return to school on Tuesday 7th September at 10.00am for their induction.

Year 12 Surnames A&B: 12.40pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames C&D: 1.00pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames E to G: 1.20pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames H to K: 1.40pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames L to M: 2.00pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames N to R: 2.20pm on Monday 6th September.
Year 12 Surnames S to Z: 2.40pm on Monday 6th September.

Year 13 (current Year 12) Starting dates and times:
Year 13 to come into school for their Lateral Flow Test on Tuesday 7th September then go home and are to return to school on Wednesday 8th September at 8.50am and follow their normal timetable.

Year 13 Surnames A&B: 12.40pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames C&D: 1.00pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames E to G: 1.20pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames H to K: 1.40pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames L to M: 2.00pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames N to R: 2.20pm on Tuesday 7th September.
Year 13 Surnames S to Z: 2.40pm on Tuesday 7th September.

With regards to the Lateral Flow testing process, all students who have previously provided consent forms will be tested at school twice within the first two weeks of term, if you wish to withdraw your consent please email covidenquires@finhampark.co.uk

If you are a parent or carer of a current Year 6 student joining Finham Park School or of a child who has not previously given consent, please complete the consent form at the back of this letter.

From September 2021 education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. The good news is that this is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

Finham Park School will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is an outbreak in a setting or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

When students return in September we will be moving back to a vertical system of mentoring, organising students into mixed age groups during mentor time within our college system, and will no longer be arranging students in ‘year group bubbles’.

We hope all students enjoy their summer after this very challenging and unprecedented year and feel refreshed for the new year at school in September.

Student rota for the Lateral Flow Testing Centre

End of Term

Arrangements for the last day of term

The last day of term is Tuesday 20th July 2021.  The school day will finish by 12.25pm.  Students who are entitled to free school meals will be able to collect a packed lunch at break time, but we will not be providing any other canteen service for lunch.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8.50am to 9.05am: Mentor period – Years 8 and 10
  • 9.05am to 10.05am: Period 1 as normal
  • 10.05am to 11.05am: Period 2 as normal
  • 11.05am to 11.25am: Break
  • 11.25am to 12.25pm: Mentor period / End of Year Assembly

Students will be dismissed one year group at a time between 12.00 midday and 12.25pm.

The first day back after the summer holiday is:

  • Year 7 (current Year 6): Monday 6th September 2021 at 8.50am.
  • Years 8 to 11 (current Years 7 to 10): Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 8.50am.
  • Year 12 (current Year 11): Monday 6th September 2021 at 8.50am.
  • Year 13 (current Year 12): Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 8.50am.

We hope all students enjoy their summer after this very challenging and unprecedented year and feel refreshed for the new year at school in September.

Virtual Open Evening 2021

Open Evening Website

Year 11 & Year 13 – Summer Party 2021

GCSE Results

Students and staff at Finham Park school are celebrating another year of excellent results: students achieved a record number of top grade 9s. We are equally proud that around 70% of the grades our students achieved were a grade 5 or higher, and 84% were a grade 4 or higher.

Our male students have done particularly well, having achieved the highest attainment score for several years across all subjects. Around 80% of our students achieved 5 grade 9-4 or equivalents, meaning our cohort is very well equipped to move on to the next stage of their education.

Over 75% of students achieved at least grade 4s in both English and Maths, with 87% achieving it it in English alone.

A record number of our students have once again applied to our sixth form, and 100% of students have been able to progress to the next stage of their education or to a job. We are incredibly proud of our students and wish them well for their next steps.

Mr Bishop, headteacher, said “we are all incredibly impressed with our students performance once again this year. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff who worked tirelessly to ensure students have access to the very best opportunities as they love into the next stage of the their learning careers. Congratulations to everyone.”

A Level Results

Finham Park Sixth Form students continued to perform well this year with results showing that over a fifth of our students studying A Level subjects achieved A*-A grades, a 10% improvement on last year. Almost half of our students achieved A*-B grades and nearly three quarters of grades were awarded at a C grade or above. 8 students achieved exceptional results with all grades being awarded at A/A*. 98% of students who applied are going to the university of their choice, with 6 students being accepted onto medicine courses.

Mr Bishop, the Headteacher, said “congratulations to all our students on your results. The hard work and dedication you have put in over your school career has paid off today enabling lots of you to secure the next stage in your education or employment. May I wish you every continued success as you now make the most of the opportunities before you.”