What we know

  • Students will not be returning to school until at least February.

  • Some form of restrictions may continue beyond this and education may not return to normal until the summer term or beyond.

  • The government is focusing on getting the vulnerable members of society vaccinated so that we can start moving back towards ‘normal’ life.

  • The summer exams have been cancelled for all Year 11 and 13 students; they are to be replaced by teacher assessments. Currently we do not know what this means or what will be required from us as a school. The government is going to consult the profession on their ‘plan B’ options in due course – experience tells us that this is likely to take a while and that we might not know until Easter what is required of us or of these students.

What we are doing

  • We will continue to focus on high quality teaching and learning.

  • We will continue to progress through the curriculum making decisions on what content is best to deliver remotely on a subject by subject basis.

  • Where possible, we will continue to ensure that the majority of lessons have some live interaction between pupils and teacher via Google Meet. Following guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation and the Department for Education, we will continue to ensure our lessons provide variety in delivery; with plenty of opportunities for collaboration, asking questions but also independent learning.

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

  • We will provide an average of 5 hours of remote learning each day for all students.

  • We are lending Chromebooks to students who have restricted access to devices at home, please see our section on "Access to online learning - devices "

What is expected of students?

We expect all students to:

  • Login to tutor time, assemblies and each lesson on time, on each school day.

  • Participate in class conversations and be ‘brave not perfect’ when answering questions during live lessons.

  • Have their webcams on during live interactions with a teacher where possible, to improve engagement and allow their teachers to better assess their understanding of a topic.

  • Be dressed appropriately and blur their background if they are set in a bedroom.

  • Engage with the work set for them each week and to upload their work as directed, meeting the deadlines set by the subject teachers.

  • Try their hardest to complete their work to the best of their ability, making sure that they mark their work when they are provided with answers and that they respond to any feedback from teachers.

  • Let their normal class teacher know if there is any reason at all that they cannot meet the deadline set via Google Classroom.

  • Follow normal classroom expectations during lesson time (no eating, only drinking water, focus on learning etc).

  • Whenever possible, take time off from their computer/phone screens during break/lunchtime and after 3pm. If possible, go for a walk or do some form of exercise to make sure both physical and mental health are prioritised.

What is expected of parents?

  • Support your child by providing routine, structure and discipline and encourage them by offering praise and rewards.

  • Ensure children are set up for each day starting with getting dressed and eating breakfast and support them following a routine, including the lesson timetable and scheduled breaks.

  • Where possible, keep asking them about their day, what they have learned or anything they have done that they are particularly proud of.

  • Please do let the school ( know of anything your child has completed which you are particularly proud of, we would love to hear about it.

  • Promote activities that benefit their mental health and well being, with screen breaks and daily physical exercise. This could include reading, cooking, playing board games, arts and crafts or doing chores together...

  • Keep informed of latest announcements by checking their emails and the website, we also have a page on the mass testing programme currently available to students attending school on site (children of key workers and from priority groups).

  • Contact us with any queries and if there is an issue with the IT provision at home, please see our online resources page for more advice and guidance on e-learning.

Keep Calm & Keep Learning - Remote Learning Procedures

Click on the button below to access information outlining the school’s approach to ‘recovery’ curriculum planning and refinement in response to any ‘less secure learning’ resulting from the lockdown period.

It also outlines our approach for remote learning should our students need to access this due to the need to self-isolate (Tier 1) or if the school should need to partially or full close (Tier 2).

Access to Online Learning - Devices and Data

We want to make sure students can access lessons and class materials in the best way and the type of device that they use makes a big difference.

If students are using a mobile phone to access Classroom and Meet and don’t have access to a PC/laptop/tablet then please let us know by filling in this form: CGS Lockdown Chromebook Request and we will try to lend the student a Chromebook to use.

Also, if students have to use their mobile data to access the internet because there is no broadband internet at home, you can request additional data by filling out this form: Increased Data Allocation Request. This must be completed by the account holder.

Coombe Key Worker Provision

DfE Guidance

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school. All other pupils and students will receive remote education at home.

Coombe Key Worker Provision

If you are eligible for key worker provision at Coombe or you would like more information, please contact Ms Mitchell using

Pupils in school as part of the key worker provision will continue to progress through the curriculum using the online lessons provided by their teachers. All pupils will have a quiet place to work and access to a device. Pupils should bring their own headphones, a packed lunch and any books/equipment necessary to complete their classwork. All pupils will be supervised by a member of staff at all times and the health & safety precautions detailed in our risk assessment will continue to be followed closely.

Children with an EHCP will work closely with a member of our Learning Development Department to ensure that they are supported whilst completing their online learning.

Free School Meals

Applying for free school meals (FSM)

If the financial situation of your family has changed since the pandemic and you think that your child may now be eligible for free school meals, you can find our more information and apply via this Department for Education website link.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has temporarily extended free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This temporary extension is continuing and covers both pupils who are attending school and who are at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

See guidance on the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.

Pupils currently in receipt of free school meals

Following the recent announcement from the government, from Monday 18th January 2021 schools will be sending Edenred vouchers via email to those children currently in receipt of free school meals. Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem in store by either:

  • presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet

  • presenting a paper copy of the voucher

More information about this scheme and a list of possible supermarkets that the vouchers can be used at can be found here.

Other support for families

Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area.

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!

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 things they might be able to do:

Go for a run - in accordance with the current guidance they could even meet a friend for a socially distanced run!

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.