" What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19"

What we are doing

  • We will continue to focus on high quality teaching and learning and delivering a broad and ambitious curriculum.

  • We will be providing regular, meaningful feedback to all students.

  • We will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and pastoral needs of all students, maintaining a personalised approach, using school systems and engaging external services as appropriate.

  • We will continue to uphold the highest standards of health & safety by meticulously following our school risk assessment and COVID-19 prevention measures.

  • We will continue to provide remote education via Google Classroom to those pupils who have been asked to isolate as per the government guidance. Please see our 'Keep Calm & Keep Learning' booklet for further information regarding our remote learning policy.

  • We are lending Chromebooks to students who have restricted access to devices at home, we also offer to refurbish old laptops, please see our section on "Access to online learning - devices ".

What is expected of students?

We expect all students to:

  • Follow the classroom expectations during lesson time, please see the poster below.

  • Follow all other Coombe health & safety measures which are in place to protect our school community (the one-way system, zones, year badges, social distancing etc).

  • Try their hardest to complete their work to the best of their ability and be ‘brave not perfect’ when learning.

  • Keep on talking to their teachers about what they are worried about and work with their teachers to address any less secure learning as a result of the lockdown period.

Student & Family Wellbeing

Lockdowns can impact on the wellbeing of students and families, please find below a list of resources that you may find helpful. We also publish a weekly newsletter, Coombe-Unity, where you will find tips, advice and ideas on what to do at home during lockdown to improve and/or maintain your wellbeing.

An organisation who specialise in working with young people. They have a wide variety of resources on their website which cover a range of topics. This is a direct link to their section on COVID 19 support.

A website produced by the NHS with a range of help and advice for parents who may be concerned about their child’s mental health.

An online service who provide digital support to young people who are experiencing issues with their mental health. They provide articles, wellbeing ideas and online community support.

A wide range of resources which provide information to help your child understand how they might be feeling. They also offer a range of ideas of things that can be done to support wellbeing.

Fresh air, sunlight & exercise!

Every week the PE department creates a week long physical Inter-house competition. We hope that every student will contribute to this at least once but multiple entries are encouraged and will be celebrated. See our weekly challenge page by clicking on the button below. Students can also access this from their portal, under Curriculum sites > Coombe PE, where they will also be able to access home learning PE lessons and a wide range of exercising videos collated by the PE Department.

Exercise should be a key part of your daily routine, as should getting fresh air and sunlight. These things are important for physical and mental health, and again offer scope for doing activities as a family. If your child is well in themselves and able to, then they should be encouraged to be active for at least an hour each day. Try to encourage your child to spend time outside during their break and lunch time – even 5 minutes kicking a football in the garden or a walk around block will help lift their mood and help them to focus better on school work when they return.

Here are a few other things they might be able to do:

Please bear in mind that exercise can also mean things other than ‘working out', here are examples:

  • Help with the housework etc - scrub a floor, wash the walls, push the vacuum cleaner!

  • Help with the gardening

  • Walk the dog*

  • Walk to the shops for an elderly neighbour*

  • Dance!

* Please ensure that current guidance on social distancing is observed.