September 2020: Returning to school
IMPORTANT – Changes to the start of Autumn Term
It is with regret that we have had to make changes to the start of term for Swan students. This is due to a short delay on the completion of the external parts of our new school building. We apologise for any inconvenience to families.
Term will start on 7th September, as planned, however students will not be required on-site full time until the following week – Monday 14th September for year 7 and Tuesday 15th September for year 8. Each year 7 tutor group will be expected to attend school for one day during the week of 7th September for mini-matriculation activities but these will take place on the Cherwell site.
In line with government guidance, it is our intention to re-open our school to all students in September 2020. We are excited to welcome our students back as we recognise that, despite the excellent work of staff and parents during partial closure, school is the best place for our students to receive a world-class education.
We wish all of our students to benefit from the aspects of Swan life that make our school special, including our rigorously academic curriculum, entitlement to enrichment, family dining, and clear routines/behaviour expectations. We understand that the reopening of schools can never be entirely risk-free, however for the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please see here for the answers to your questions with regards to our reopening in September – FAQ Parents.
In September, school attendance will once again be compulsory for all children. We intend to make our school as safe as possible by:
Restricting the number of external visitors into the school.
Fully engaging with the government’s Test, Track, and Trace procedures.
Promoting and enforcing excellent hygiene habits, ensuring that sufficient facilities and resources are available for this.
Increasing the level of cleaning and sanitation throughout the day, especially after equipment has been used.
Encouraging children to be outdoors as far as possible.
Restricting student movements throughout the day – for most subjects students will be taught in their own class base. They will remain in the same seat and not share equipment.
Limiting large gatherings of people, for example cancelling school events, delivering ‘virtual’ assemblies, and reducing the size of family lunch sittings.
Cancelling our Wednesday elective programme of creative, physical, and community activities. We are unable to deliver these safely given the high level of external facilitators, trips out of school, mixing between year groups, and physical contact required. Most students will leave school early on Wednesdays (at 3.40pm); some students may be targeted for additional catch-up lessons.