Parent Update 18 December

Released On 18th Dec 2020

Parent Update 18 December

18 December 2020

Dear Parent

Parent Update

Following yesterday’s guidance from the Department for Education, we are required to ask that Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 complete their learning from home from Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January (Monday 4 January is an INSET day). Year 11 students will be in school from Tuesday 5 January.

All students will return to school on Monday 11 January.

Students will be expected to continue their normal lessons live and online, following their school timetable. Every lesson (including tutor time) will begin with live teaching on Microsoft Teams following the timings of the school day:

Lesson Timing
Registration & Drop and Read 8:20 - 9:00
Period 1 9:00 - 10:00
Period 2 10:00 - 11:00
Break & Lunch 1 11:00 - 11:20
Period 3 11:20 - 12:20
Period 4 12:20 - 13:20
Break & Lunch 2 13:20 - 13:50
Period 5 13:50 - 14:50
End of the School Day 14:50

Where possible, you should submit the work you have completed by the end of the lesson. If you need additional time, ensure all Teams Assignments are ‘turned in’ by 5pm each day.

To prepare for this, students should follow the steps below. These can be done on a phone, laptop or tablet (or any device with internet access such as a games console). 

Download Microsoft Teams

On a phone or tablet

  • Go to your app store.
  • Search for Microsoft Teams.
  • Download the app.

On a laptop

  • Open your web browser.
  • Search for ‘Microsoft Teams download’.
  • Open the link.
  • Select ‘Download Teams’ and follow the instructions on your computer to complete the download.

If you are unsure about how to download Teams, click here to watch an instructional video.

Logging On

On a phone or tablet

  • Open the app. 
  • Enter the username and password. 

On a laptop

  • Go to 
  • Enter the username and password.
  • Click on the Teams symbol.

If you are unsure about how to log on, click here to watch an instructional video. 

Log-in Details

You will need your Stanchester username and normal password to log into Microsoft Teams.

There are exceptions to the online provision for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 between the dates of Tuesday 5 January 2021 - Friday 8 January 2021 and these are:

  • If you are a key worker
  • If your child has an EHC plan
  • If your child has a social worker

In any of these cases you may send your Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 child into school as usual. If you would like to do this, please email myself at:

Advice and Guidance

1. The School Day

Log on to Teams for registration in your tutor group by 8:20am. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the lessons you have and any problems there are with using Teams or completing Remote Learning. We will continue our Drop and Read activities Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with assembly on Friday.

For each lesson on your normal school timetable, there will be an online live lesson. More on expectations for these lessons below. 

If you are unsure about how to join a live lesson, click here to watch an instructional video. 

2. Completing and Submitting Work

After your online lesson is over, you may be set work to complete. 

  • One of the biggest mistakes students make when completing assignments on Teams is submitting blank files or thinking they have submitted an assignment when they haven’t.  Click here to watch an instructional video on how to submit assignments.
  • If you aren’t sure about something, you need to ask a question. Click here to watch a video with two ways of asking a question.
  • If you need to use a Microsoft Office programme to complete an assignment, you have access to them through your Teams log-in. If you are unsure about how to access Office, click here to watch an instructional video.
  • If you aren’t sure if you have work to complete, there are various ways to check. Click here to watch a video about the various ways you can check you’re aware of all work and messages in Teams.

Expectations of Students using Microsoft Teams

Students should show respect when working online by arriving on time to lessons, listening to the teacher and others, muting themselves when not speaking and communicating in an appropriate manner. 

Students should show commitment when working online by attending all lessons and completing all independent tasks. Although this is a strange situation, we want to minimise the disruption to education and so students must engage with online working. 

Students should be ready to challenge themselves when working online through punctuality and completing all tasks by the deadlines. 

You should remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing. You should be encouraged to talk to parents if you are feeling sad or unhappy or let teachers know. You should try and keep in touch with friends. If you would like to talk to anyone about a safeguarding concern for yourself or another person, you can call or email the school, call Childline on 0800 1111 or contact Kooth.

Finally, I am sure you have seen that the Government have proposed that schools play a part in the ‘Test and Trace’ systems in place nationally. We are awaiting more guidance from Public Health England, Somerset County Council and the DfE on what this will involve and I will get more details to you on Monday 4 January.

Please be reassured that we will only be implementing any form of testing with the express permission of parents/carers.

If there is any way we can support you in this process, please contact the school via email or phone 01935 823200.

Thank you for your understanding during this time. I hope you have a safe and restful break over the Christmas period.

Best wishes

Miss T Grainger

Acting Headteacher