Dear Parent / Guardian,

In my previous communication, I notified you that the Minister for Education in Wales, confirmed that all schools in Wales will be closed due to the unprecedented situation created by the spread of COVID 19. The closure for pupils will start on Monday 23rd March.

This is an incredibly challenging situation for us all – there are lots of unknowns and it is important, especially at this time, to work together and support each other. I will continue to update you using Classcharts and our Facebook page on a regular basis and as soon as I receive important updates.

Our aim is to support pupils’ education and, as a school, we have been working over the past number of weeks, to put together resources for every child so that they can continue to learn at home. Pupils can access these resources through Google Classrooms and the pupils have received training on how to access these. There is a tutorial that will provide you with the information to support your child in accessing the resources on Google Classrooms and we will send this. I have also attached a list of other websites and resources that can be used to aid pupils’ learning during this time.

Work Timetable for Key Stage Three

Year 7 and 8 – Each session should last around 1 1/2 hours

Week 1

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Session 1 Maths Science English Maths Science
Session 2 Humanities – Geog French I.C.T Welsh Creative Arts
Session 3 English DT Humanities RE Physical Activity Humanities Hist

 

Week 2

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Session 1 English Maths Science English Maths
Session 2 Creative Arts Welsh I.C.T French DT
Session 3 Humanities – Hist Science Humanities RE Physical Activity Humanities Geog

 

NOTE

All key stage four lessons will follow the set timetable for 2019 – 2020.

Hours per week:  Maths – 4 hours      Eng – 4 hours     Science – 4 hours      Options -2 hours

Welsh – 2 hours          RE – 1 ½ hours             Welsh Baccalaureate – 1 ½ hours

Physical Activity – 2 hours

The Welsh Government have indicated that they will be publishing additional learning resources through their HWB learning platform and we will be sending log in details home to each pupil.

The Minister for Education also released the following statement yesterday,

“We are in an unprecedented period, one that is changing hour-by-hour, and governments around the world are having to make quick decisions. We recognise the worry and anxiety that the uncertainty around the summer exam series was causing. Today I met with Qualifications Wales and WJEC to consider options that are in the best interests of our learners. We recognise that there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series. Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available. We will be working with the sector to announce further details shortly but wanted to give this early certainty.”

I have spoken to all year 11 pupils in school today and assured them that myself and all staff at Ferndale Community School will be working tirelessly and doing everything we can to ensure that all pupils will be awarded a ‘fair’ grade in all subjects.

I want to again assure you that our priority at this time is in encouraging all pupils to continue with their learning and supporting them during this difficult time. Our staff will continue to work throughout the site closure. If you require help or support during this time please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The email address specifically established for this situation is: schoolclosures@ferndalecs.com

We will keep you regularly updated through our Classcharts and social media. Please take care and keep each other close at this unprecedented time.

With my warmest wishes

Nathan Prygodzicz