In light of the Prime Minister's announcement Longdean is only open for children of key workers and invited students if no other childcare is available. If at all possible keep your children at home to protect the NHS and save lives as per government advice.
Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
Update from the Head Teacher:
Dear Parents and Guardians
No real announcements today as no developments that impact on school. I have outlined a couple of reminders about Easter and an article on grade awarding in the Summer.
Ofqual guidance on grades:
This link is to an article outlining the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) response the rationale for awarding of grades. I am pleased they have noted the detrimental impact on Year 9 & 10 students that we share. We will see how this develops this week.
Second reminder is if your child is in school at all over the holidays please remember it is 9am to 3pm and lunch will be provided. We are expecting 7 students. We will not deliver formal lessons but activities for approximately 90 minutes. Students in Years 9 - 11 will be given the option to complete coursework.
Sessions will roughly run as follows:
9 -10.30 am
10.30 - 11 am break
11am - 12.30 pm
12.30 pm lunch
1.30 - 3pm
A positive from the Mayor:
Just read of the schools contribution and your delivery of food to support our fantastic NHS colleagues. It’s a great accolade to the community work of the school – well done.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting my new neighbour. I asked him where his partner was and what she did for a job. He explained that she had just returned from a night shift on the ICU at Watford General Hospital. She has to arrive at 6.30 to spend 60 minutes getting dressed in her PPE gear. She then works from 8pm to 8am dealing solely with those suffering from covid 19. Members of her team have sadly succumbed to this virus as have a number of her patients. Many she sees on each shift are not likely to be there when she returns. She has set up an isolation room at home in case she develops symptoms herself. This is the reality we face at the moment. It is for this reason I fully support the sentiment of the quote ' that heroes don't always wear capes, sometimes they wear scrubs.' Please support all our NHS staff by following the rules to stay at home even in this good weather. My neighbour is adamant that this will make a difference. I have nothing but admiration for her and her colleagues and I will be proud to deliver our small contribution of PPE to her hospital tomorrow.
Look after yourselves, look out for each other and stay safe.
Show My Homework and ICT systems access:
Students don't need to log in to Show My Homework to access homework. All homework is visible from the open calendar at https://longdean.showmyhomework.co.uk .
This is accessible from any web based device – phone, tablet, PC or Mac without a password. All work from all teachers and all classes for all students are searchable without log in.
Some resources that are copyrighted and activities are only available after log in.
The most common issue is where students are going to the default SMH page rather than https://longdean.showmyhomework.co.uk .
For access to other ICT systems such as Office 365, Microsoft Office and Ranger Outpost please visit our website here, and for educational content click here.
Communication with the school:
Please continue to communicate with the school over the weeks ahead using school email addresses in the format below:
For pastoral issues please contact your child’s Pastoral Manager or Director of House
For subject queries please contact your child’s subject teachers
I would also encourage parents to share these email addresses with their children so they can speak to us directly if they are anxious or concerned once the school has closed. We have retained the services of our school counsellor who will be available once the school has closed should she be needed.
We will also use the SIMS APP and the website to continue to keep you updated with events and we will use Show My Homework to set work for your children.
Page Updated 15/03/2020
Main School: 01442 217277
Fax: 01442 233098
Pupil Absence please call
Da Vinci: 01442 205706
Franklin: 01442 205707
Gates: 01442 205760
Pascal: 01442 205703
Film Studies: @LongdeanFilm