The Sele School

Letters sent Home

Academic Year 2021 - 2022

Please note that because most letters are now sent by email, the text of the email and the date on which the communication was sent to Parents and Carers is shown below. Letters are listed with the most recent at the head of the list; older letters may be removed from this page. 

Message from the NHS regarding Covid Vaccination

The following message was received from the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust on Thursday 13 January 2022 with a request that it be brought to the attention of Parents and Carers. 

'What to do if your 12-15 year-old child missed their appointment at school to receive their Covid vaccination

If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you have the following alternative options. You will need to accompany your child to any venues offering the vaccination to give consent:

Booking vaccination appointments online

You can book your child's 1st dose online from the day they turn 12. You can usually book their 2nd dose from 24 hours after they had their 1st dose. You'll be offered appointment dates from 12 weeks after their 1st dose. Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Getting the vaccine at a walk-in vaccination site

Your child can get a 1st dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site from the day they turn 12. They can get a 2nd dose if it's been 12 weeks since their 1st dose. Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site

Kind Regards
The Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community School Age Immunisation Service'

Revised Catering Arrangements

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 13 January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

From Monday 17 January, we will be returning to full catering service and lunchtime will once again start at 1.25pm; this means breakfast, break and lunch service will be available with sit-down meals. We will continue with year zones for outdoor break and lunch as well as the indoor zones for wet break and lunch as this has been highly effective in holding students to account for keeping their environment clean.

Kind regards,

Mr Quach

WJEC Hospitality & Catering Practical Examination

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Wednesday 12 January 2022
 
Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you of the forthcoming WJEC Hospitality & Catering Practical Examination. As part of the examination task work, students are required to undertake a practical examination which is worth 60% of the overall grade. During this practical, students must prepare, cook and present a final menu in response to an examination task set. The practical examination will take place on either Monday 7 or Wednesday 9 March from 9am to 2pm. Mrs DeBiasi will inform students which day they will sit the examination.

Students are expected to arrive in good time for this examination, so that we can check that all students are in attendance and are ready and equipped.  Examinations are overseen by experienced invigilators and the school conducts these in accordance with the rules and regulations of the examination boards.  Students who are unable to conduct themselves as outlined will be removed from the examination room. Please note that the examination boards take rule breaking and removal from the examination venue very seriously and they could decide to disqualify a candidate from all future examinations. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your support.

Mrs C Walsh

Data, Assessment & Examinations Manager 

Walk in Covid Vaccine Clinic for over 12 year olds

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Tuesday 11 January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

We have received the information below from the NHS Hertford & Rurals Primary Care Network, regarding walk in covid vaccine clinics for over 12 year-olds.  I would ask that if you are intend taking your child to one of these and you need to collect them early from school, that you let me know in advance and put a note in your child's planner. 

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

COVID VACCINE CLINICS

On behalf of Hanscombe House, New River Health (Castlegate and Church Street), Wallace House and Watton Place GP surgeries

Dear Patient/Parent/Guardian,

On behalf of the local GP surgeries, we are offering some walk-in clinics this week, to help offer covid vaccinations for children aged 12 years and over.  Please see the details below.

Clinic Location

·         ST ANDREW’S CENTRE (BACK OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH)

St Andrew Street

Hertford, SG14 1HZ

Date/time of clinics

·        WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY - 15.30 TO 19.30

·        THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY – 15.30 TO 19.30

·        SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY – 09.00 TO 12.30

·        SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY – 14.30 TO 17.30

THERE IS NO NEED TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR GP SURGERY – JUST TURN UP WITHIN THE ABOVE SET TIMES.

What to bring

·         Form of ID for the patient

·         Details of patient’s previous covid vaccinations (if applicable)

·         Patients under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Useful information

Ø  For 12–15-year-olds, that have had a covid infection in the last 8 weeks, they will not be able to receive the vaccine. For 16-year-olds and over, they will not be able to receive the vaccine if they have had a covid infection in the last 4 weeks.

Ø  There must be at least an 8-week interval between first and second dose covid vaccines.

Ø  These clinics will be offering the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine.

Ø  Due to the nature of walk-in clinics, we may be busy and therefore you may be required to wait outside – so please wrap up warm and bring an umbrella!

Thank you

Hertford & Rurals Primary Care Network

(Hanscombe House Surgery/New River Health Surgery/Wallace House Surgery/Watton Place Clinic)

New automated absence call system

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Tuesday 11 January 2022

Good morning,

This morning we tested a new automated absence call system. Some parents may have received alerts this way. From tomorrow we will be using this automated system for absence. Please follow the instructions if you receive a call or a text alert, making the reason for absence clear.

Kind regards,

Ross Gallacher; Deputy Headteacher

Update on student Covid testing - week commencing 3 January

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Tuesday 4 January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a lovely start to the New Year. Leading up to the opening of the school, please be aware we have made some minor changes.

School will officially open on Friday 7 January at 08:40 for all students.

  • On Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 January, students come into school for their allocated test time only and then return home (see schedule below). Please note, this is a change to previous information as students on Thursday were due to stay after testing; this is no longer the case and ALL students will return home to study following their test on school site. Students do not need to wear school uniform when they come for their test.  We will only test students where parental consent has been received.
  • Please check the school website on a regular basis, the reality is that there is a potential that the school may need to send certain year groups home due to shortage of staff. We will aim to communicate this to relevant parents by 8am in the morning via email. We will also place it as an alert page on the website.
  • Please ensure your students wear layers in school, it is important we continue with open window to provide good airflow.

As a community, we have done extremely well to keep the school open and I am confident this trend will continue if we work together and test twice a week and apply hands, face and space.   Due to our limited supply, please order test kits for home testing from the NHS, or collect from a chemist.  I understand the commitment you have all shown and for one more winter, I think we can navigate through this with equal success.

Wednesday 5 January

Year group

Time

Location

Year 9

·         Y9 Alpha

·         Y9 Omega

·         Y9 Zeta

·         Y9 Sigma

 

9am to 11am

·         9am to 9.30am

·         9.30am to 10.00am

·         10.00am to 10.30am

·         10.30am to 11.00am

Hall

Year 8

·         Y8 Alpha

·         Y8 Omega

·         Y8 Zeta

 

11.30am to 1pm

·         11.30am to 12pm

·         12pm to 12.30pm

·         12.30 to 1pm

Hall

Year 7

·         Y7 Alpha

·         Y7 Omega

·         Y7 Zeta

 

1.30pm to 3pm

·         1.30pm to 2pm

·         2pm to 2.30pm

·         2.30pm  to 3pm

Hall

 Thursday 6 January 

Year group

Time

Location

Year 11 and sixth form

·         Y11 Alpha

·         Y11 Omega

·         Y11 Zeta

·         Y12 and 13

 

9am to 11am

·         9am to 9.30am

·         9.30am to 10am

·         10am to 10.30am

·         10.30am to 11am

Hall

Year 10

·         Y10 Alpha

·         Y10 Omega

·         Y10 Zeta

 

11.30am to 1pm

·         11.30am to 12pm

·         12pm to 12.30pm

·         12.30pm to 1pm

Hall

 Kindest regards, 

Mr Quach

Testing in school in January 

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Friday 17 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Please be advised that Tuesday 4 January is an Inset day and no student should attend school.

At the start of next term, we will be testing students, where we have received consent, via a lateral flow test.  This will mean a delayed start for all students, to on site learning in January.  Students that have not consented must not attend school until Friday 7 January when on site learning will re-commence for all students.  Students at home will be tasked with school project work to complete on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 January. Please be advised that all Covid measures are open to amendment due to continuing changing circumstances.

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9, who have consented to the tests, are to attend on Wednesday 5 January at the allotted time (see below). Once tested, these students will return home to continue with project work and will continue to work at home on Thursday.

Students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13, who have consented, are to attend on Thursday 6 January at the allotted time (see below).  Once tested, as long as the result is negative, these students are to remain at school.

If you have not already sent in the consent form, one is attached that you may still complete if you wish to do so.  Please do not send your child in on Wednesday and Thursday if you have not sent in a consent form.

School will start again at 08:40am on Friday 7 January for all students.

I would like to wish you all a healthy, safe and wonderful Christmas holiday.

Testing Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 January 2022

Wednesday 5th January 

Year group

Time

Location

Year 9

·         Y9 Alpha

·         Y9 Omega

·         Y9 Zeta

·         Y9 Sigma

 

9am to 11am

·         9am to 9.30am

·         9.30am to 10.00am

·         10.00am to 10.30am

·         10.30am to 11.00am

Hall

Year 8

·         Y8 Alpha

·         Y8 Omega

·         Y8 Zeta

 

11.30am to 1pm

·         11.30am to 12pm

·         12pm to 12.30pm

·         12.30 to 1pm

Hall

Year 7

·         Y7 Alpha

·         Y7 Omega

·         Y7 Zeta

 

1.30pm to 3pm

·         1.30pm to 2pm

·         2pm to 2.30pm

·         2.30pm  to 3pm

Hall

 Thursday 6th January 

Year group

Time

Location

Year 11 and sixth form

·         Y11 Alpha

·         Y11 Omega

·         Y11 Zeta

·         Y12 and y13

 

9am to 11am

·         9am to 9.30am

·         9.30am to 10am

·         10am to 10.30

·         10.30am to 11am

Hall

Year 10

·         Y10 Alpha

·         Y10 Omega

·         Y10 Zeta

 

11.30am to 1pm

·         11.30am to 12pm

·         12pm to 12.30pm

·         12.30pm to 1pm

Hall

 Kind regards

C Quach; Headteacher

Consent for student testing on site

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Monday 13 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Further to my email last week regarding on-site Covid testing of students in the New Year.  Initially advice was that we did not need parents to re-consent if they had previously done so.  Guidance has changed and we do now require consent from all parents and carers. If you sent consent last week, that will suffice.  For all other parents and carers, even if you gave consent in the spring of 2020, please complete the attached consent form and return it to me on reception as soon as possible and by this Friday at the latest.  I have also enclosed the privacy notice and the terms of consent for testing.

Further information about the testing day will be released later this week.

Kind regards

Judith Adams

Office Manager

Parent Governor Election

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Monday 13 December 2021

Dear Parent or Carer 

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION 

There are vacancies for four parent governors on our school’s Governing Body and I am writing to invite nominations. Please think about becoming a governor or encouraging others to volunteer. 

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the Governing Body and play an important role; the Governing Body works together as a group, meeting about five times a year for Full Governing Body Meetings, with additional sub-committee meetings every term. Governors are jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the school, promoting high standards of educational achievement and ensuring our resources are used to maximum impact. 

Life as a governor is interesting and varied and we feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the school’s performance. In looking to fill this vacancy the Governors of the school have identified the following skills, experience and attributes that they feel would help strengthen the governing body:  

Experience in business, administration or finance; working in a people facing role; management of people or systems; work in education or related settings; work with young people or in a training and learning environment; an interest in education and/or safeguarding and equalities to enable all young people to have the best start in life. 

Please note that we wish our Governing Body to represent the whole school community and would be happy to receive applications from people who have worked in other fields, who have other skills and experience. We are also aware that participation in a variety of activities in a voluntary capacity will add to the valuable experience you are able to bring to your role as a Sele Governor.  

Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role. This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external governor training; those new to being a governor are expected to attend induction training. 

The term of office for parent governors is four years. For further information about the role please get in touch with the Headteacher or with Sophie Bruton, Clerk to the Governors (clerk@sele.herts.sch.uk or telephone 01992 581455 x 134); Sophie works part time but will be return your call/email at the earliest opportunity and will be happy to help. 

If you would like to stand for election, please complete and sign the attached nomination form and return to the school office, no later than 12 noon on Monday 20 December 2021. 

Please include a few details about yourself and why you would like to become a Governor (not exceeding 200 words). This will then be circulated to all parents to help them decide who to vote for if an election is required; you do not have to complete this section, but if you don’t you may put yourself at a disadvantage if there is an election. 

An election, by secret ballot, will be held if more nominations are received than the number of vacancies. If an election is needed details of the procedure will be sent to all parents early in the New Year. 

Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close. The enclosed sheet summarises the disqualification criteria to serve as a governor. Anyone standing for election must certify that he/she is not disqualified for any reason. 

Please note that Governors are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a DBS Certificate when appointed and the school will advise on this process. In addition Governors names are published on our website and they are required to provide certain information (for example about Business and Pecuniary Interests) that is also published on the school website; if you wish for further detail please check the Governance Section of our website.   

Parents/carers who have paid employment in The Sele School for 500 hours per academic year or more or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely 

Mr Chris Quach; Headteacher  

Covid Vaccine

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Thursday 9 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

This email is intended for parents and carers of students that did NOT receive a Covid vaccine in school.

Please find attached information from the NHS Immunisation Team, for parents and carers regarding how you may obtain a Covid vaccine for eligible children if they wish to have one, if they did not receive one at school.

Kind regards

Judith Adams

Office Manager

Covid Testing at school - New Year

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Wednesday 8 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

I will be sending an email later this afternoon, to all of our new parents, that is parents and carers of Year 7 students and any that have joined us in other year groups since Spring 2020.  The message is regarding the testing of students in school at the start of next term as advised by Government.  More information will be sent in the New Year, regarding testing arrangements.

As well as our new families, this message will also be sent to parents and carers where a response was not received previously.  Therefore, if you do NOT receive an email later today asking you to complete a consent form, it is because we already have your consent; should you now wish to retract that consent, please let me know.

Kind regards

Judith Adams

Office Manager

Messages from Herts County Council

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Monday 6 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find attached two messages from Herts County Council concerning:

A winter reading challenge

Opening hours of QE2 Urgent Care

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

ASDA's Green Token Scheme

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 3 December 2021 

Dear Parents and Carers 

I am happy to announce that the Year 10's at Sele School have been included in ASDA's Green Token Scheme. ASDA of Ware are kindly letting us take part in this scheme until January 31, 2022. 

Any money given, will be donated to the Greenhouse Project to further the Year 10's efforts and endeavours to tidy up the garden, grow plants and sell them to the public. This teaches awareness of a healthier diet and the efforts involved in growing food and not taking the hard work for granted. It also gives the Year 10's work experience, volunteer experience and experience interacting with the general public.

In order to vote for the Green Token Scheme, please follow the link below. You can vote every 7 days. All votes count, so if you can help us in this effort, it would be appreciated. Thank you for all of your support for the students and the Sele School. 

www.asda.com/green-tokens Please  click on the site for Ware and vote for the Sele School PTA 

Kind regards 

Ms A Adams 

Standard Operating Procedures (Covid) and Free School Meal Information 

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 3 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

What a week it has been, I would like to inform our community that The Sele School remains one of the safest places to work and study in during this period of uncertainty; I have revised our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) which can be found on our school website (and is attached to this message) to respond to any potential future threats in light of recent COVID developments. We have now moved to Stage 1 of our SOP, which was effective in managing cases in the start of the academic year. We only have five cases with three of these emerging from this week. 

Furthermore, Hertfordshire County Council have confirmed that they will once again be funding vouchers for use in major food retail stores, for pupils in receipt of free school meals over the Christmas period, of £50 per pupil. In view of this opportunity I strongly encourage any families who have not yet claimed for free school meals and think that they may be eligible to access the application process using the following link as soon as possible: 

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx#year3 

If applications are successful, the school will automatically be advised of this change in circumstances and families will receive a voucher via email before we break for Christmas. The order will be processed during the final week of term so that we can help families resolve any problems in accessing the voucher before school closes. 

The free school meal application link shares a further link called ‘Extra Help’ which provides details regarding support with music lesson funding and half price bus travel for eligible students. 

We have also been advised of a fund called ‘Household Support Fund in Hertfordshire’ that offers potential support for eligible families relating to food and energy costs whilst families recover from the effects of COVID. If you would like to know further details about accessing this fund, please use the link below: 

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/household-support-fund-in-hertfordshire 

With the CPI (Consumer Price Index) at 4.2%, I want to help as many people as I can through this period of increased costs. Therefore, with only two weeks left until we break for Christmas, lets stick together and make this festive season a bright one for all?. 

C Quach; Headteacher

Living Streets and Travel to School

The following message from Living Streets, a charity we are working with to encourage more active travel to school, was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 3 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Living Streets (the charity for everyday walking) and the Active and Safer Travel Team (Hertfordshire County Council) have been working with us this year to encourage more active travel at our school. 

They have been running active travel initiatives in school and gathering pupil feedback on the barriers to walking and active travel. They would like to collect your views and thoughts too, via the short online survey below. All responses are anonymous and will be a valuable addition to the work we are already doing. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SQG3FS7

We thank you for your assistance in participating in the survey.

Kind regards,  

Sophie Bruton; Community Engagement Officer 

Face Coverings in School and Exemptions

The following message was sent to Parents ands Carers on Wednesday 1 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are aware, students and staff are currently required to wear a face covering while inside the school setting, this has been in place as of Monday 20 September.  Your child should bring their own face covering and it should be worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth.

Please be reminded that if students are exempt from wearing a mask, the school should be informed of this with a brief outline of the reason for exemption, therefore if your child is exempt and you have not already done so, please let us know and provide evidence of exemption by replying to this email.   

Students that are exempt should wear a lanyard or have a Government exemption card to show staff and this may be checked against the list we have. 

Kind regards

C Quach; Headteacher

New Measures for schools in response  to the Omicron Covid variant 

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Monday 29 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

All schools have been given the following instructions from the DfE regarding how settings should manage the Omicron variant. The key change is around close contact with the Omicron variant. Please find details below: 

Information for all education and childcare settings on new measures in response to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.

The new measures will be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while we gather more information. 

Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.

At The Sele School, this has been in place since September, thank you for your continued support.

Testing

All educational and childcare settings should continue to encourage staff and students to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. 

This is part of our SOP, please follow the procedures to keep the school open and our community safe. 

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age

The school will be notified of any Omicron cases.  We will inform all families who have been in close contact with the positive case and the student will be required to self-isolate for ten days. 

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

?I understand the importance of keeping our school open and if needed, further measures such as return to grab-and-go for lunch, return to bubbles and ending of student movement between lessons etc. will be re-introduced if the situation worsens.

Kind regards 

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

 

Key Stage 3 Homework Timetable

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers of Key Stage 3 Students on Tuesday 16 November 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,  

On Wednesday 17th November, the attached Key Stage 3 homework timetables will be implemented. Currently homework is placed on Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via your child’s school email address. However, after taking on board the views of several stakeholders, students will also write homework in their planner. Tutors will be monitoring the consistency of homework set and I strongly encourage you as parents/carers to check your child’s school planner to support in the completion of homework. Any queries or clarification regarding homework should be raised with the form tutor and subject teacher in the first instance. 

Our current online tool for the setting of homework is under review and I will contact you in the New Year when we have explored alternative provisions available that meets the needs of all our stakeholders. 

Homework set will involve a variety of tasks from research and enquiry through to application. While homework tasks are set to further develop knowledge and understanding of a particular topic, we strongly urge students to take ownership for their learning and read widely around the topics they are studying. Subject staff are happy to support students in recommendations for wider reading. Varying homework tasks are set to ensure that students feel challenged and push themselves out of their comfort zone, so they become equipped with the skills needed to become lifelong learners. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we review and adapt our homework policy. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding homework. 

Kind regards,

Miss Samantha Burgess; Assistant Headteacher 

Letter from Hertfordshire County Council

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Wednesday 3 November 2021 

Dear Parents and Carers 

Please find a letter attached for parents and carers from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health and Jo Fisher, Director of Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council explaining extra measures that they are asking all schools to implement.  The measures are mostly already in place at The Sele School including the wearing of face coverings at all times within the school setting; exceptions do apply.

Children aged 11 and over and staff should continue to wear face coverings when travelling on public and/or home to school transport as advised. Please read the letter for all the details. 

Kind regards

C Quach; Headteacher

Homework Information

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 22 October 2021 

Dear Parents and Carers,  

This half term queries have been made regarding parental access to the homework being set as well as the amount across subjects.  

Currently homework is placed on Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via your child's school email address. Subjects have a page on Teams, where homework and resources are displayed. This is the only online tool we are currently using to display homework; however, we are still actively encouraging students to write homework in their student planner.

At The Sele School, we believe in the importance of students taking ownership for their learning and therefore students must endeavour to take responsibility for the homework being set by either accessing Microsoft Teams or writing the homework in their planner. Staff are always happy to clarify the homework at any given opportunity if further explanation is needed.  Please be aware, homework that is completed online can be emailed to the member of staff or uploaded to the Microsoft Teams page. Our current online tool for the setting of homework is short-term while we explore alternative online provisions available that will meet the needs of all our stakeholders.   

At Key Stage 3 homework is set weekly for most subjects, except for The Arts, who set homework as and when required. This is due to the practical nature of these courses. A Key Stage 3 homework timetable will be generated and handed out to students and parents after half term.  

At Key Stage 4, homework is set as and when required due to the varying demands and requirements of the GCSE courses.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with homework.  

Kind regards,  

Miss Samantha Burgess; Assistant Headteacher. 

The Sele School Behaviour Policy

The following message from the Deputy Headteacher, Mr Gallacher, was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 22 October 2021 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

As you will be aware I surveyed the staff, parents and students on my arrival at The Sele School regarding behaviour, attitudes and personal development. Following the feedback received the school will be implementing a new Behaviour Policy from the 1st November. 

It was clear from the feedback many parents did not understand the current policy. This policy should provide much needed consistency and clarity on our approach to rewarding and managing expectations. This policy has taken on board all the feedback received and reflects the direction of change that you, the parents, have asked for. I have detailed below some of the key changes. 

Rewards

There are three different rewards available to students. Students will receive merit points in lessons and this will result in half termly rewards which are available every half term. Merit points will accumulate over the academic year and be available for a ‘points mean prizes’ reward that the student can choose. This includes the top prize of an iPad or bicycle. The house also now operates a house system with half termly rewards for the top house each half term. The winning house at the end of the academic year will have a rewards trip.

Half Termly rewards

15pts Phone call home

25pts Postcard Home

35pts Queue Jump

45pts Certificate Home

50pts Week Queue Jump

 

House Rewards

October: Pizza party

December Non-uniform

February Indoor Cinema

April Non-Uniform

May Picnic

July Trip (Year Total)

 

Behaviour for learning (Detentions)

This is about establishing a positive relationship with yourself, others and the curriculum. Students who do not for example complete classwork will receive detentions to complete the work. Positive behaviour for learning allows students to make good academic progress and have good relationships with both adults and peers. It helps students operate in the transition from school to employment and adult life. 

Disruptive behaviour

This refers to students who disrupt the learning of others. Outside the classroom this may be students not completing sanctions or wasting school resources disturbing the running of the school. In the classroom an example would be shouting out. In the classroom students will have three warnings to correct their behaviour. Disruptive behaviour will result in students removed from the classroom for a full school day. They will access their classwork from a reflection room. 

Extreme Behaviour

Any behaviour that is considered extreme is behaviour that requires immediate action. All members of staff do not need to use the warning system. These behaviours can result in suspension, up to and including permanent suspension depending on the severity of the events. 

Attendance and Punctuality

Students who are late to school or lessons will receive a ten-minute detention plus the time they have missed. The rationale is for the student who makes the effort, whilst late, to arrive as quickly as possible should not receive the same sanction as a student who makes no effort to arrive. This approach will make students take ownership of their attendance to all lessons. 

All the information contained in this letter will be explained in further detail to the students on their return after half term in an assembly. I would encourage you to refer to the policy for further clarity on any aspects of the policy. I will be sending out a further survey in the weeks ahead to gain more feedback on how our new systems and procedures are operating. I would like to invite a selection of the parents who respond to this survey to provide further feedback and more information on this will be provided in due course. 

I wish you and your children a restful half term and look forward to welcoming everyone back through our gates. 

Kind regards,
Ross Gallacher; Deputy Headteacher 

Letter from the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Wednesday 13 October 2021

Dear Parent or Carer 

Please see message below that Herts County Council have asked we share with all parents and carers. At The Sele School, we already have put into practice most of the recommendations suggested. Please click on the 'joint letter' link to access the information. 

"The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting."  

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager  

SIMS Parent Lite App

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on 11 October 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Thank you to all those parents that have already downloaded the SIMS Parent Lite App.  For those new to the school and others that do not yet have the App, you will shortly receive an email inviting you to download the App; we would like all parents to accept this invitation and follow the step by step instructions to set up the SIMS Parent Lite App.

Available on iOS, Android and computer browser, the SIMS Parent Lite App provides a convenient and accessible solution for parents to electronically review and request changes to the data held on themselves and their children.

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

Homework Club

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers of students in Years 7 to 11 on Wednesday 6 October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

Homework Club will begin again, in the library, on Monday 11th October after school. Students may attend on the following days: 

Monday             Year 7                 3.30 -4-30

Tuesday             Year 8                 3.30 -4-30

Wednesday       Year 9                 3.30 -4-30 

Thursday           Closed

Friday                 Year10 /11         3.00 - 4.00 

Spaces are limited to 20 students per session due to Covid restrictions. Students /parents may request a place through Form Tutors, Head of Year or Ms Coyle. 

Students and Parents will be asked to sign a homework club contract which will be sent home on the first day of attendance. 

We are also happy to offer the following to students without a printer at home, students may email work which they need printing to Ms Coyle via the school email. This will then be printed and available to collect at breaktime, the next day in the library. We offer only black and white printing in school on A4 paper only. 

Students should, as good practice, email a copy of the completed homework to their subject teacher, to show that the work is complete and confirm that they are waiting for a printed copy. 

ecoyle@sele.herts.sch.uk  

If you have any questions regarding Homework Club, printing or the library please contact me on the above email. 

Kind Regards 

Eleanor Coyle

Extra Curricular PE Timetable

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Monday 4 October 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

I am pleased to inform you of the Sele School Extra Curricular PE Timetable (see attached) which will inform your child of the range of sports choices that will be running both at lunchtime and after school every week. 

If your son/daughter wishes to come to these clubs, they will be starting this week (week commencing 4 October 2021). 

If you or your child has any questions, please let the PE department know and we will be happy to answer any questions. 

Kind Regards

Mr Adonis Marmaras; Teacher of PE

Winter Uniform and Dress Code

The following letter was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 1 October 2021

Dear Parent or Carer  

REMINDERS ABOUT UNIFORM AND DRESS CODE  

I am writing to ask for your support in maintaining the high standards of dress we are so very proud of at The Sele School. Parents/Carers, staff and students have worked hard to ensure that our students represent themselves and the school in the best possible light and wearing their uniform appropriately and with pride is one aspect of this.  

As we head into Autumn and Winter I would also like to remind you that our classrooms will have the windows open throughout to aid ventilation. To ensure students are as comfortable as possible, a warm winter coat is advisable, which may be worn in the classroom while windows are open.   

On days when students have a P.E lesson, they must wear the full Sele School P.E. kit for those days only; PE kit should not be worn on any other day.

The red Sele School top or Black BTEC sport top must be worn with either: 

·         The Sele School leggings or if you do not have these,

·         Plain black jogging bottoms, plain black sports leggings or plain black shorts.  

Students are also permitted to wear The Sele School hoody or a plain black hoody with minimal logos, and a winter coat over their PE kit. Socks must be either The Sele School red socks or white/black sports socks.  

Items of clothing that are not in line with the above will be confiscated, repeat offenders will receive sanctions as per school policy. Students who are unable to remove items may be asked to return home or parents contacted to provide alternatives.  

The school uniform is to be worn as follows:

  • Ties worn in a traditional manner 
  • Shirts should be tucked in at all times with top buttons fastened at the neck
  • Skirts must be at least down to the knee and not pencil slim with slits, skirts should not be rolled over at the waist
  • Trousers (school regulation type) should be of a reasonable width and length.  
  • Blazers must be worn at all times, in school and whilst travelling to and from school, unless permission is given to remove them.
  • A winter coat may be worn to and from school.  
  • PE kit must be worn for the day, on days students have PE

Jewellery

Students may wear one pair of small studs, in the ear lobes, if their ears are pierced. One plain nose piercing, (single piercing and only in one nostril) is allowed but must be covered by a plaster whilst in school uniform. No other piercings are allowed on the face, the body or in the mouth.

For Health and Safety reasons all jewerllery (rings, earrings, nose piercings etc) must be removed for PE.

Wristwatches may be worn; however, the school cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.  

Hairstyles

Hair should be of a natural colouring with no extreme of cut (no shorter than a ‘number 2’) or colour.

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to work hard on providing the safest and best possible experience for all during these difficult times.

Yours sincerely                                                                    

Mr S Millar 

KS4 Science Rotation Lessons

The following message was sent to Parents and Carers on Friday 17 September 2021

Dear Parent or Carer 

KS4 Science Rotation Lessons 

I am writing to inform you that following parental queries and feedback regarding the Key Stage 4 Science lessons, from Monday 20 September Science lessons will be taught on rotation by subject specialist teachers. 

Students will be issued with new timetables which will show the changes for Monday onwards. 

Please note: It is not possible at this stage to change the subject names on the timetable so it still reads like your son/daughter has only one subject, whether that be Ch (Chemistry), Bi (biology), or Ph (Physics). However you will notice that they no longer have the same teacher for all of their lessons and they will need to go to different rooms for different teachers. To clarify, on the timetable D10 is Chemistry lessons, D13 is Biology lessons, D4 is Physics lessons and D12 will be used for all subject areas. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Yours sincerely 

Mrs C Walsh

Data, Assessment & Examinations Manager

Safeguarding

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 15 September 2021 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this email finds you well.

We recognise the importance of working together to ensure our safeguarding measures protect our young adults. Therefore, moving forward, The Sele School has created an email to allow any family member or member of the public to report safeguarding to a dedicated team. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please send them to:

This email is strictly controlled and only staff with the appropriate safeguard training can access the messages. It can also be found on our website under "Quick Links"

Kind regards,

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

Covid Measures from September 2021

The following message was sent to all parents and carers on Thursday 2 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

As we look forward to welcoming our students when they return to school for the start of the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year, I am sure you are fully aware that Covid remains a threat both to your child’s education and to the health and welfare of our students, staff and the wider school community. The Sele School has an enviable record of managing the threat posed by Covid and minimising disruption to our students’ education; we are very positive about the need to retain this excellent record as we move forward into the Autumn Term. 

To try to ensure that our staff and students remain healthy throughout the term, we have introduced a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ (SOP) and expect all members of the school community to adhere to this until further notice. Staff have been issued with details of their SOP and the details below are specific to students; details of how the SOP will affect visits to the school by parents and others has also been included as ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for information. 

The measures that the school has put in place to try and minimise the possibility of Covid affecting your child’s education in the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year reflect the guidance given by the Local Authority and by Public Health England. The school reserves the right to amend any aspect of these measures at any time; should this be necessary parents will be informed direct by email and information on the school website will be updated. 

Please note that after 6 September 2021 The Sele School SOP will also be available on our website for reference. We know that our school community is highly responsible and therefore we trust that all concerned will do what is best for their family, the wider community, and our school. 

For clarification - all testing is to be conducted at home, this will NOT take place in school. 

Student SOP:

  • At home, test twice a week. Negative results do not need to be submitted to the school
  • Stay on the left-hand side when walking along the corridor or using the stairs
  • Socially distance wherever possible
  • Stay in zones and sanitise/wash hands regularly
  • Follow the school seating plan

Refusal to follow the SOP could result in any of the following sanctions: Fixed Term Exclusion; being offered an alternative timetable or a permanent exclusion for placing the health and safety of the school community at risk. Note that the list of possible sanctions contains examples, it is not exhaustive and does not represent the full scope of alternatives available to the school to manage the CV19 risk. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are parents allowed onto the school site? 

Unfortunately, during the school day, the school is not open for parents or the general public to visit. Only professionals or parents/carers with an agreed and identified purpose will be allowed on site via a booked appointment. Covid measures for visitors can be found on the school website after 6 September 2021. 

What if my child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case? 

The following steps must be followed; failure to do so will result in your child being refused admission into the school at any period during the first 10 days after contact with a person who has Covid. Where this is the case they will not be able to return to school until the steps have been followed. 

For 10 consecutive days starting from the day of contact with a positive case, you must:

  • Test every evening for 10 days and submit photographic evidence of results with visible barcode to Jadams@sele.herts.sch.uk. Submission must be made by 8.30am; your child cannot attend the setting if you do not submit photographic proof of a negative test result with a visible barcode.
  • Identified "Close Contact Students" who do not have evidence of a negative test and are in school will be sent home
  • Wear a face covering for 10 days (unless you have medical exemption – if this is the case please ensure that the school has full details)
  • The staff have the right to move your designated seating to an isolated space in the classroom to increase social distancing

What if my child's lateral flow test is positive?

The student must isolate immediately, and a PCR test must be booked. Report the positive lateral flow test to school (and to the Gov.uk website) and once the result of the PCR is received, also report this to the school, these results should be sent to covid@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Continue to self-isolate until the result of the PCR test is received. Follow the advice you're given when you get the result. 

If the result of the PCR is negative, the student can return to school IF the advice on the test result states isolation is no longer necessary. If the result is positive, the student must isolate following the advice on the test result.

Information regarding tests and isolation can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

What if I don’t agree with the Covid safety measures taken by the school? 

Whilst we respect the views of all members of the school community, it is essential that the health and well being of our staff, students and their families take priority and that we take a cautious approach to the management of Covid. As operational matters, these measures are specifically excluded from the scope of the school Complaints Policy, which cannot be used to challenge the school’s approach to this issue. 

If you wish to make your views known there may be options such as contacting your local MP or the Secretaries of State for Health and/or Education. As a school we will be unable to enter into correspondence about our SOP other than acknowledgement of receipt of any communications. 

Should you feel strongly that the measures The Sele School is taking are not compatible with your views another option may be to seek a school under the School Standards and Framework act 1998, which gives parents the right to choose another school. Should you wish to take this course of action The Sele School will work with you and the local authority to find a suitable alternative setting where you feel comfortable with the Covid measures. 

Of course we hope that you will agree that the SOP is a sensible and balanced approach to the challenges that we face in the coming year. I look forward to opening our doors to your children next week and have full confidence we will be able to keep the school open throughout this year if we work together. 

Kindest regards, 

Mr C Quach; Headteacher

Lateral Flow Testing 

The following message from Mr Quach was sent to parents and carers on 27 August 2021

Please direct any query to the Head's PA  dcallus-scott@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we draw closer to the start of the school year, can I remind all families to ensure that any child attending The Sele School is completing lateral flow tests twice a week leading up to the first day back. Please, do not send your child into school if they have symptoms such as new or continuous cough, change or loss of taste or smell, high temperature – they must stay at home and book a PCR test.

If you do not have any lateral flow test kits, information on obtaining these can be found at the Hertfordshire County Council website.

Please also note the following message from Hertfordshire Local Authority:  

"Children and young people aged under 18 years and 6 months who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend the setting as normal. Again, any child who is experiencing symptoms must not attend and parents and carers should be advised to book a PCR test or speak to their GP."

I will also send you a letter after Inset day outlining a summary of our covid specific measures on site.

If any student tests positive or have had direct contact with a positive case from today onwards, please let me know by emailing covid@sele.herts.sch.uk so I can work with Public Health England.

Kind regards,

Mr C Quach

Headteacher; The Sele School

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