Coronavirus Updates

Letter to parents - 3rd July

Please see Parentmail for a letter from the Headteacher to all the parent of years 7,8,9,11 and 13.

 


Letter to parents - 12th June

Please see Parentmail for a letter from the Headteacher to all the parent of years 7,8,9,11 and 13.

 


Letter to parents - 11th June

Please see Parentmail for a letter from the Headteacher to all the parent of years 10 and 12.

 


Letter to parents - 1st June

Please see Parentmail for a letter from the Headteacher.

 


 

Frog issues resolved

Our remote learning platform, Frog, is back online. Lessons will continue to be set as per student timetables. 

 

 

 


Frog Offline

Dear Families,

You may be aware that our remote learning platform FROG has not been working since Saturday afternoon. This means that your child will not be able to access her online learning. Whilst we are working on a fix, it seems likely this will extend into Monday. Please note this does not affect children using Google classroom. There are details of other online learning platforms she can use if required on our website authorised by the DfE. We will update you as soon as it is fixed. Apologies for the interruption to learning this is causing. Rest assured we are working really hard to resolve the issue. 

Alison Jerrard

Headteacher

Google for Education (for some students)

Mathswatch

Kerboodle

Active Learn

Applied Digital Skills

CS First

Music First

BBC Bitesize Daily

DFE Recommended 

The DfE have brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

Access the full list, including resources for SEND below: 

DfE list of approved online education resources for home education

 


Free School Meals Update - 22nd April

Vouchers for families eligible for FSM were sent on 2nd April and covered the four weeks commencing 23rd March 2020.

Further vouchers covering the two weeks commencing 20th April were sent on 20th April.

Please contact info@ricardslodge.merton.sch.uk if you have any questions.

 


Letter to parents - 17th April

Please see attached letter to parents, also sent via ParentMail. 

 


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK - 17th April

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

 


NHS Guidance for parents - 8th April

 

 

When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call
your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department
(A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking
everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do.
Here is some guidance:

NHS Guidance for Parents Download PDF.

 


Free School Meals Vouchers - 7th April

We have now sent 4 weeks of e-vouchers to all our families eligible for FSM via ParentMail. Please contact info@ricardslodge.merton.sch.uk if you have any questions. 

 


Ofqual update on GCSE, AS and A level - 3rd April

Please see attached letter to parents in Year 11 and 13, also sent via ParentMail. 

Letter to Parents of Year 11

Letter to Parents of Year 13

Letter to Students (Ofqual)

Further guidance (Ofqual)

 


End of term letter to parents - 3rd April

Please see attached letter to parents, also sent via ParentMail. 

 


Letter to parents - 30th March

Please see attached letter to parents, also sent via ParentMail. 

 


Updated Government Guidance - 30th March 2020

Please find below updated guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 


Merton School Nursing Team Duty Line - 26th March 2020

If your child attends a Merton Local Authority school and you would like to speak to the school nursing team during the Covid-19 outbreak, please Phone 0208 1023350 or Email CLCHT.schoolnursingmerton@nhs.net for confidential telephone health advice and support between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm

School nurses can offer health promotion advice on:

Nutrition / Growth and Development / Physical Activity / Bedwetting / Sleep / Behaviour / Allergies / Relationships and more!

Continue to follow Government advice on Covid-19. Please refer to the online 111 tool or contact the 111 helpline if your child or anyone in your household shows symptoms. 

 


Free School Meals - 26th March 2020

If your child/ren is/are entitled to a free school meal we will be contacting you in the coming days regarding our new arrangements. If you have any immediate queries please get in touch but rest assured we are working very hard on this in school behind the scenes.

 


Message from the Headteacher -  25th March 2020

Dear Parent and Carers,

The Government has asked parents to keep students at home to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and adopt social distancing. This is a very difficult time for families and we aim to support all our students to keep safe and to continue with their learning as best they can.

Ricards Lodge remains open for our vulnerable students and children of essential keyworkers who have already made arrangements with the school.

Currently, I am in discussion with Merton regarding the provision of continuing care for these students during the Easter holidays.

Examinations

The Government has announced the following:

1.  All summer exams including BTEC, GCSE AND A Levels have been cancelled.

2.  The DFE will work with exam boards to award a grade to students which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.

3.  There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.

Some questions and answers that you may have can be found here:

Additionally, further details of exams and grades can be found here

Exam boards will provide advice on unfinished coursework to schools as soon as possible. We will of course pass on this information to our students as soon as we receive it.

Ofqual is working with the exam boards to agree on a calculated grade process that will take into account a broad range of evidence and they will ensure that this is consistently applied for all students.

All schools are waiting for further guidance regarding how students will be awarded their grades and what school staff will need to provide. I can assure you that we are all monitoring the messages and advice from these two organisations and the exam boards.

Results are expected to be published in late July. Students who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again.  Universities have been asked to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

Year 11 and Year 13

Students should continue with their studies as directed by teachers. For those who have not yet completed their coursework or BTEC assignments, they should finish these and upload the work to FROG and Google Classroom or FRONTER as directed by your teacher.

Staff are currently setting up preparation materials and work for the subjects that Year 11 students are interested in studying when they move into Year 12. This will be uploaded onto FROG.

Year 7-10 and Year 12

Work has been uploaded to FROG and Google classroom for your daughters to continue with their learning. We are updating wherever possible so please continue to monitor the FROG site.

We have had to cancel out planned Year 10 examinations which were due to take place from 21st April. We will keep parents and students informed of any future dates.

Please take time to read the following documents:

 

I would like to thank you all for your support during the forthcoming weeks. I wish you and your family well and that you stay safe.

Mrs Jerrard

 

 


Additional Links & Guidance

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the hotline.