Covid-19 information including Self-Testing
Update - Monday, 15 March 2021
Please click here for all other Covid -19 College information including 'What to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or you have a Safeguarding Concern'.
Update - Monday, 15 March 2021
Please follow this link to access the COVID-19 Self Testing Student Briefing.
Update - Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Please click here to access an update letter regarding the Lateral Flow Tests.
Update - Wednesday, 3 February 2021
Please click here to access a short LFT FAQ's presentation.
Update - Friday, 26 February 2021
Please follow this link to the Principal's Briefing No.6.
To access the consent form for your child's Lateral Flow Test please click here.
Update - Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Further to the government announcement yesterday the College confirms that all students will be returning from Monday, 8 March 2021.
We are in the process of preparing the most effective and safe roadmap for the return of all our students along with the other Trust secondary schools over the coming days. We will update you, by the end of this week in order that all households can prepare accordingly for the return arrangements across all Year Groups.
Please refer to the government's DfE guidance for further information.
In the meantime, a polite reminder that we require all outstanding consent forms for the lateral flow tests to be returned by Wednesday, 24 February so that the College can be suitably prepared for the students’ return.
Update - Friday, 12 February 2021
Please follow this link to the Principal's Briefing No.5.
If you are a critical worker, or your child is classed as vulnerable, please click on this link to indicate that your child will be returning to College.
Please follow this link to the Principal's Briefing No.4.
Included in this latest briefing is information on the Lateral Flow Testing Facility, results of the Parent and Student survey and other relevant updates.
Update - Thursday, 14 January 2021
Please follow this link to the briefing to launch the Remote Learning Parental and Student Survey and to provide any relevant updates at government level.
Update - Friday, 8 January 2021
Please click on the links to read letters emailed home to Parents and Carers today for students in Years 7 - 10 and students in Year 11. Please also follow these links for letters sent to Parents, Carers and students in Year 12 and Year 13.
Please click here for the 'Virtual Enrichment Programme' 2021
Please follow this link for some wonderful examples of emails received by our College from parents and carers, during December 2020 and January 2021, who have taken the time to say 'thank you' for the support that we have been offering their children during this unprecedented time.
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Firstly can we say a very big thank you to all of you who have been so supportive in communicating with the College over the last two days which has enabled us to all work in partnership to support your child’s learning during this period of uncertainty.
We have been particularly impressed with the attendance to our online lessons so far, and look forward to welcoming Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 to join their timetabled lessons live via Teams which will start with morning registration at 8.55am with their Tutors (Wednesday, 6 January). This will be followed by their timetabled CPSHE lesson for all Year Groups in which Mrs Hutchinson and Ms Lilley will be providing a briefing to support each Year Group.
A reminder that you can access the previous New Year briefing via the College website if you need any support on how to access Teams tomorrow.
As some of you may be aware, the College did experience some teething problems with one of our external providers earlier in the week which has now been resolved. Tomorrow morning will involve all lessons across all Year Groups being delivered ‘live’ via Teams. Our broadband and external providers have reassured us that we have the capacity and infrastructure to deliver the required lessons at any given time. Please do bear with us if we experience any unforeseen technical issues tomorrow and we will do our best resolve them as quickly as possible. If you need to communicate with us regarding any issues with remote learning, please continue to use the Year Group support email addresses as previously published.
The College will continue to keep you posted on any developments, and we would once again encourage you to view tomorrow’s briefing once it has been published on the College website later in the day in order that we can continue to work in partnership with you.
Thank you for your support.
Please click on this link to access the Years 7 to 10 CPSHE briefing
Please click on this link to access the Year 11 CPSHE briefing
Please click on this link to access the Sixth Form briefing
Monday, 4 January 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown this evening, I can reassure you that the current plans shared today for Remote Learning at Ivybridge Community College will remain in place.
Please rest assured that we will continue to provide a provision for learning for children of critical workers and vulnerable students. All appropriate resources, such as transport and catering will continue to run as normal during this period. The only variation following the announcement this evening is with reference to the invited exams groups (specific Year 11, 12 and 13 students) who are no longer permitted to attend College whilst we await an update on these exams. These students should continue to access Remote Live Learning via Teams with the rest of their Year Group from tomorrow.
The College will continue to keep you posted on any developments, and we would once again encourage you to view the New Year Briefing (please see below) released to you today in order that we can continue to work in partnership with you over these challenging weeks ahead.
Thank you for your support.
Please click here to read the latest WeST letter to Parents and Carers following the Prime Minister's announcement regarding the national lockdown.
Please click on this link to access the Key Messages briefing from the Principal.
The link also includes step by step instructions on how to access your remote learning and ‘live’ lessons via Teams and epraise, and to know and understand all channels of communication during this time of learning away from College.
Regarding our return to College on Monday, 4 January 2021 we wish to confirm:
- Buses will be running as usual and collect from all stops.
- The Dining Hall will be open as usual.
- All students attending College should report to their Tutor in the morning as usual.
- All students attending College should wear uniform/pe kit depending on their timetable.
- All students classed as ‘vulnerable’ are invited to attend on Monday, 4 January 2021.
- Keyworkers’ children are still able to attend as planned. (It is helpful if parents complete the survey here letting us know that their children may attend at some stage in the week).
We look forward to welcoming our students back to College.
Remote Learning Student Guide - Jan 2021
This guidance is to help you access and complete your independent Remote Learning on Monday, 4 January and Tuesday, 5 January. Please click here.
WeST Update Sunday, 3 January 2021
Update on Return to School - January 2021
Despite the challenges, difficulties and the entire situation being far from normal, I trust that everyone was able to enjoy the festive season to some extent.
You will be aware from significant media coverage that returning to school for the Spring Term is not going to be as originally planned. Following the latest government guidance, I am writing to update you on developments regarding a change to our start of term arrangements, including mass testing through Lateral Flow Devices (LFD). Please note that this is based on current guidance and will change if we are advised differently.
In accordance with the most recent government guidelines, we have revised the previously planned return dates to school for pupils as follows:
Date to return to school
Primary age pupils
Week of Monday, 4 January – nearly all WeST primary schools have a training day on Monday 4. Term starts for most children Tuesday, 5 January.
Secondary age Years 11 and 13
Monday, 11 January.
Remote learning week of 4 January.
Secondary age Y7-10 and 12
Monday, 18 January.
Remote learning from 4 -18 January.
Please check your child’s school website for the specific requirements for returning to school.
Parents who are key workers or whose pupils are eligible for free school meals, who would like their children to come into school whilst their respective age group are engaged in remote learning should contact their individual schools. I would like to emphasise that this provision is put in place for our younger pupils who are unable to be left at home throughout the day. Older pupils will access remote learning from school as they did during the Summer Term. More details will be sent from individual schools regarding these arrangements.
Parents of pupils eligible for free school meals and those of critical workers who use school transport will be contacted separately in the case of any revised arrangements.
Lessons for all pupils who are at home will be delivered from their published start of term date, remotely through each school’s remote learning offer. Should you need any further guidance on accessing our remote learning provision, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s individual school.
Thank you to those amongst our parental body who have already volunteered to help us with this programme; we will be in touch shortly with more information. I would like to thank you all, as always, for your on-going support as we navigate this difficult time, and take this opportunity to wish all members of our community a very happy New Year.
CEO Westcountry Schools Trust
Coronavirus testing FAQs
What if a pupil tests positive?
Participating staff and pupils who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Pupils will be given all the support that they need throughout this process. Staff will provide guidance on safe travel and additional precautions for other pupils will be looked after accordingly.
Pupils will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ (similar to those done in local and regional testing sites) on the same day (or as soon as possible). Staff will give parents guidance regarding this. During this time while pupils wait for the PCR result (via text / email) they will need to self-isolate. If the PCR test returns a positive result they will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
They will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. A small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.
What if a close contact at school/college tests positive?
A close contact of someone in school/college who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to return to school if they agree to be tested once a day for 7 days and the test is negative. If they do not want to take the test, they will need to self-isolate as per the national guidelines. This does not apply to household members or close contacts outside of school who will still need to self-isolate. Further details will be provided at the time, but if you would prefer to self-isolate instead of doing daily testing, you can.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Guidance for parents and students on what a positive or negative test means for your child and household can be found on pages 24 and 25 of the schools and colleges testing handbook using the link below:
Update Thursday 31 December 2020
COVID-19 update 31 December 2020 Return in January 2021 and Testing in Secondary Schools
Following the government’s announcement yesterday in response to the rapidly rising case rates due to the new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19, all secondary schools in England have been requested to push back the staggered return by one week. This staggered return will enable all schools more time for the rollout of rapid testing and, on top of existing protective measures in place, will help keep our schools as safe as possible for students and staff.
During the first few weeks of the spring term, we will focus on preparing for the rollout of rapid testing to help find symptomatic cases, working with the support of Mrs Jill Chapman, a medical professional who is a COVID Advisor, and the Westcountry Schools Trust. The plans for this rapid testing will be communicated to you in due course.
We will continue with a staggered return in January as planned, with some slight adjustments in accordance with the new government guidelines. The Senior Leadership Team are currently working remotely with all staff to ensure we provide a smooth and safe return to the New Year.
From Monday, 4 January 2021
Face-to-face provision will be available for all students of critical workers and vulnerable students. Please ensure you have completed the online survey to notify the College of attendance here.
All Year 11, 12 and 13 students will commence Remote Live Lessons via Microsoft Teams following their normal College timetable.
Students who have upcoming public examinations over the next two weeks will be invited to attend College on the days they have lessons in these subjects in order to have face-to-face preparation lessons.
All other students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be provided with independent Remote Learning tasks to complete on Monday, 4 and Tuesday, 5 January 2021. From Wednesday, 6 January 2021, all students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will commence on their Remote Live Lessons via Microsoft Teams following their normal College timetable.
We will be releasing a pre-recorded New Year Briefing to all parents/carers and students at the beginning of the week in order that we can share the above information with further clarity and provide instructions on how to access all Remote Learning. We recommend that all parents/carers watch this together with their child(ren) to ensure that everyone is fully informed for the weeks ahead.
From Monday, 11 January 2021
Face-to-face provision will be available for all students in Years 11 and 13, and key invited examination groups in Year 12.
Face-to-face provision will continue to be available for all students of critical workers and vulnerable students.
All other students will continue to access their Remote Learning timetable for the week.
From Monday, 18 January 2021
All students across all Year Groups will return to College for face-to-face teaching as per normal timetables.
In order to support the introduction of the Testing Programme over the coming weeks, we will be asking all parents/carers to complete an online survey and further information will be provided before any testing commences with any students or staff members.
Some additional key points to support a return to College:
1. All forms of school transport will run as normal from Monday, 4 January 2021.
2. Catering services at the College will be open as normal for students attending College from Monday, 4 January 2021.
3. All students attending face-to-face lessons in College are expected to wear their normal College Uniform and attend with the appropriate learning resources.
4. The wearing of face masks at all times around the College and in all lessons to help reduce the spread of the more transmissible variant of COVID-19. Students will be permitted to remove their mask during the day for eating and drinking purposes during break times, and if participating in class discussion. Students may wish to have a spare mask with them to use during the day. (Unless exempt).
5. Following all social distancing measures and one-way systems around the College.
6. For students in Years 7 to 11 who have not yet completed our online survey, to confirm attendance arrangements and have suitable IT access at home. We kindly ask that you do this as soon as possible by using the link here.
As we move in 2021, we very much hope that you are able to look forward with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the year ahead. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.
Year 11 update
Following the Principal's message last evening, for anyone who has signed up for the next 5 week block of additional Maths and/or English lessons in place of Core PE, these sessions will now begin week commencing Monday, 11 January. Students will be informed of the details of their sessions when they return to College.
If you are a critical worker, or your child is classed as vulnerable, please follow the link below to indicate that your child will be returning to College from Monday, 4 January 2021.
Ivybridge Community College
Update for Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Following the government's announcement today.
Following the government’s announcement today regarding the adjustments to all secondary school opening arrangements for the New Year, please may I ask you to support the College by continuing to monitor all communication via our Website and Group Call over the coming days. This announcement has only just been shared with all school leaders across the country on the national news, and we are therefore acting in a swift manner to prepare accordingly in order that Ivybridge Community College can have a safe and smooth transition to the New Year ahead.
Please note, that all external examinations scheduled in January and February will continue to take place as normal.
Thank you to those parents/carers who are identified as critical workers and have completed the online survey, expressing your wish for your child/ren to return to College on Monday, 4 January 2020, as outlined in my letter dated Friday, 18 December 2020. You can find the survey here. Please note that the College will open as normal for children who are classed as vulnerable and children of critical workers. All College transport will run as normal.