COVID-19: Updates

21-10-20

New Guidance on Face Coverings

16-10-20

Message from Islington Council Re: Covid-19 Alert Level High


25-09-20

Letter to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child


22-09-20

Quarantine and Isolation


01-09-20

September Opening – Safety Measures

September Opening – Behaviour & Movement


26-08-20

Returning to secondary school: what parents need to know (HM Government)


17-07-20

Information re: September Opening


17-07-20

Year 7 2020: Welcome to Arts & Media School Islington


06-07-20

Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has now issued guidance to all schools to prepare for the full opening in September for all year groups. We are currently building the ‘new normal’ for AMSI’s provision of a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. As we are able to, we will update you on the changes that will have to be put in place to ensure that AMSI is a safe environment for all.  It is unfortunate that COVID-19 will still play a part in our everyday lives and as such we have to make significant changes to the way we operate.  I hope you will be supportive of the school and will continue to check the website on a weekly basis for updates.

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021

I will also like to draw to your attention the consultation from Ofqual on the changes to assessments in  Summer 2021. We would encourage you to give feedback through this link to Ofqual by 16th July; this is particularly pertinent for the parents and carers of Year 10 students.

Keep safe,

Susan Service
Headteacher


12-06-20

Year 10 ‘Face to Face’ sessions

Daily Protocol for Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions 

15/6/20 – 14/7/20 

  • You will be informed if you are required to attend a session the day before via an email, and a text to your parents. 
  • You must wear school uniform when you come into school. If there is an issue, please bring a note and give it to the member of SLT on duty. 
  • Timings: 10:15am – 12:30pm. Please do not arrive before 10.00am. 
  • If you are using public transport to get to school, you must  wear face coverings. 
  • You must always observe social distancing protocols. 
  • When you arrive, you will need to line up outside 2 metres apart. There will be markings on the floor (like you might see outside of a shop). 
  • You will be invited into school individually by the SLT on Duty, who will tell you which room you are based in. You will wash your hands and make your way to your designated room. 
  • There will be markings on the floor which will guide your route to your room. It is important that you do not deviate from the route. 
  • The classrooms will be set up in accordance with social distancing protocols – you will  sit where you are asked to and do not move from your seat without permission. 
  • If the fire alarm sounds, it is not a drill. Stand behind your desks and your teacher will dismiss you quickly and quietly. Leave the building by the stairs as directed by staff and make your way to the back playground, keeping a distance from others.
  • At the end of the session, you will be dismissed from the room individually, and will be directed to wash your hands. 
  • On your exit from school, food will be available for you to collect. This will not be consumed on or around the school site. 
  • You must go straight home and observe social distancing practices on your way home. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to school to support your remote learning and well being.


09-06-20

We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest newsletter. The newsletter is produced half-termly and provides both an informative, as well as entertaining read about all the latest developments within our school community.

Working in partnership with others is crucial to the success of our pupils and #AMSINEWS we hope is a further way for us to engage with all stakeholders and remain supportive in these trying times.


01-06-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you have had a restful half term and hope that everyone is safe and well. We communicated with you on 22/5/20, but we are aware that not all parents received this in the post. The letter is now on the website dated 22/5/20.

Further to this communication, the government guidance now states that secondary schools will not reopen for Year 10 until the 15th June at the earliest. This is the current government guidance and may be subject to change.

When we reopen it will not be the same structure as pre-closure. There will be some two-hour’ face to face’ sessions with teachers to supplement remote learning. In accordance with DfE advice, sessions will have no more than 15 students. During the sessions, students will undertake a range of activities, aimed at supporting both their learning and wellbeing.Students must continue with all remote learning activities as directed by their teachers on Google Classroom. They must also sign in via the Attendance Register every morning by 10 am.

Students will also be expected to wear full school uniform and will be turned away if they are not wearing the correct attire.  

We will inform you via phone call and text message the day before they are due to come in confirming the time we expect them. We ask students not to arrive overly early or late for their sessions. 

Finally, please complete the survey on the website from the following link; this is important for our risk assessment planning.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me or Mr Thompson.

Ms Service
Headteacher


22-05-20

UPDATE  – This letter was sent out to parents and carers on 22 May. We are posting this as we had reports that some did not receive it. Please note that since then, the Government has updated the guidance and the earliest date for a possible return now 15 June. 
Dear Parents and Carers, 

We are pleased to say that from Monday 1st June at the earliest, we will be able to invite Y10 students into school for ‘face to face’ time with their teachers to supplement their remote learning. In accordance with DfE advice, sessions will have no more than 15 students. During the sessions, students will undertake a range of activities, aimed at supporting both their learning and their wellbeing. 

In order to make this work, we must strictly comply with social distancing measures. In adherence to Government guidelines, group sizes will be capped, movement around the site will be strictly limited and classes will be deep cleaned between sessions. 

There will be both an AM and PM session, where we will cater for different groups. The AM session will be 10:00 – 12:00, and the PM session will run from 13:00 – 15:00.

When students arrive, they will find lines marked out at 2 metre intervals. They will be greeted at the student entrance, but will need to wait and comply with social distancing protocols (i.e. queuing as you would to enter a shop). We will expect students to wash their hands on entry. 

Free School Meals will be provided for students to take away at the end of the AM session/start of the PM session. Students will need to bring the following; 

  • A pencil case;
  • Any work they have completed on paper; 
  • Their remote leaning planner for Summer Term 1 and Summer Term 2

Students will also be expected to wear full school uniform and will be turned away if they are not wearing the correct attire.  

We will inform you via phone call and  text message the day before your child is due to come in confirming the time we expect them. We ask students not to arrive overly early or late for their session. 

We expect your support in underlining the importance of students coming straight to school and leaving at the end of the session. We do not expect students to congregate around the school, and we will take no responsibility for dispersing students prior to or after sessions. I must also underline that there will be a zero tolerance attitude to any behaviour which threatens the good order and safety of the school. If you are dropping off or picking up your child to or from these sessions, please do so at the Tollington Park – please do not come down Turle Road. 

If your child is ill or displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus, please do not send them in to school. Let the school  know in the normal way you would report an absence, and ring NHS 111.


Questionnaire

Questionnaire for parents/carers of year 10 students.
We have shared further information on returning to school after the lockdown on COVID-19: Parents.


05-05-20

Dear parents/carers 

I write to you as we are now in the 5th school week post lock down due to COVID-19. I hope that you are all safe and well in these trying times as we all try to create a new normal far removed from the old. 

I hope that your child would have received contact from a member of staff at AMSI whether it be in the capacity of teaching and learning through Google Classrooms, check in calls from teachers, Heads of Year, the pastoral and welfare team, support staff and leadership. 

As families you all have different needs and we are working through this as appropriate to ultimately support and increase engagement through remote learning. I also acknowledge that many of you are supporting your child’s continued learning as best as you can in sometimes very difficult circumstances. 

This is the communication channels that you should expect from the school to either yourself or your child: 

  • Website – COVID -19 tab then the dropdown for students and parents 
  • Letters – e.g. posted workpacks to support those without internet connection or letters on the website 
  • Emails – e.g. checking in/addressing any issues raised 
  • Text messaging – e.g. to highlight a new posting on the website 
  • Telephone calls – e.g. to support Free School Meals processes 

We aim to respond to communication received within 48 hours. This is our normal expectation. Most staff are able to do so within this time but sometimes this may not be possible for a variety of reasons which are noteworthy. As a reminder, this is the student protocol for learning each day.

  1. Students should log on each day and complete the work set. When they have finished the work, it should be submitted via Google Classroom or the learning platform being used for the lesson.
  2. Students should be completing their weekly planner each day with reflections and actions for follow up on.
  3. If a student needs support, they should contact their teacher through Google Classroom or via email. [48 hour window for response]
  4. All communication with teachers must be polite and respectful. 

We continue to provide support in school for key workers and vulnerable children and I am sure that you will thank the staff that lead this support on a rota basis in school. Remote learning is ongoing and Google Classroom is our medium of delivery. Our decision to not currently do live lessons is based on safeguarding issues that must be considered for the well being of staff and students based on our context; this differs between schools. However this decision is continually under review as directives, change in capability and feedback drive our actions. We continue to recommend the government’s Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize which can be used to supplement our provision. 

In summary, if you have any questions or need support with 

Finally, I welcome Mr Stephen Badu the new Head of year 7 who joins the school in strange times but has made it his top priority to make contact with parents to introduce himself and be part of our on site school staff rota. 

Stay safe parents/carers and be in contact as appropriate – this also includes myself at s.service@amsi.school

Take care. 

Yours sincerely 

Susan Service
Headteacher 


27-04-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all, I hope that you and your families are keeping well. These are certainly unprecendented times, and it now seems that school closures, as well as other social distancing measures, may be in place for longer than we all first thought.

Therefore, I am writing to remind you that your child falls into the categories of those allowed in school, namely, Key Workers, EHCP or Vulnerable. Should you wish to take up the offer of a place at the school for your child, please get in contact with School Business Manager Nicola Lawrence at n.lawrence@amsi.school to discuss options for your child in attending school.

Should you wish your child to remain off school for social distancing purposes, please expect us to make regular contact with your child, as we would if your child was absent from school in normal circumstances.

This is part of our duty of care to both your child and yourselves.

Yours faithfully,

Susan Service
Headteacher


22-04-20

The latest home schooling timetables for KS3 and KS4 have been added to the student information page.


03-04-20

Notice re exams for Y11 students

Dear Students,

Please read the following letter sent out by Ofqual today (3rd April 2020). Please read this carefully and pay particular attention to the following sections:  Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade? 
Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.   

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me? No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.   
When will I get my results? We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need. 
Can I take my exams another time? We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.   

Please be assured that we will continue to do our best for you to ensure that your outcomes reflect the work you have done.
Keep well and be safe,

Mrs. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards


27-03-20

Dear Parents/Carers,
As we come to the end of the first week of remote learning, we thank you for the support you have given. We are attempting to keep in touch with students via email as well as some phone calls.  If you have any questions or need support with the learning, please contact the teachers or j.stubbs@amsi.school
The new restrictions are tough and any routines that you are able to establish will help you to get through this.
We look forward to welcoming our lovely students back into the school, but in the meantime keep well and keep safe.
Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards

Fantastic Achievement for Remote Learning in Maths for Week 1


26-03-20

Please ask your child to check their school email for an important email from Mrs. Stubbs.

Year 11
Information about GCSE Examinations

Year 9 Notice

Mentors will be in touch with you by 3rd April either by email or phone.  Mrs. Stubbs will send you a google form for your final option choice on 6th April; this will be your final option choices. If you have not heard from your mentor by 3rd April, please contact Mrs. Stubbs.


25-03-20

More information on COVID-19 Parents page.


20-03-20

We have now created a drop down menu on the home page for COVID-19 with separate categories for Students, Parents and Staff. All resources and information regarding Home Learning and relevant information will be placed on the individual tabs.

Letters sent to parents


19-03-20

Due to the recent government’s announcement and continuing staff shortages, Year 11 will not be in school tomorrow along with our Year 8 and 9 students.  Y7 and Y10 should attend as normal.
The school will be closed to all students from Monday apart from identified key workers. We will update you with more information as it is available. 
Please check the website regularly.  


18-03-20

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Yesterday, I wrote to you to inform you of the staffing challenges facing our school. Due to this, I have no alternative but to partially close the school to Year 8 and 9 from tomorrow, Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March in the first instance. This is in order to prioritise teaching staff and ensure GCSE lessons are being taught. 

Students in Year 7, 10 and 11 should attend school as normal unless they are self isolating and/or experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus as previously communicated.

We will update you by the end of Friday 20th March with the plans for the following week as all schools are also awaiting a clear directive from the Government with regards to our next steps.

To support teaching and learning at home for Year 8 and 9, students in school today have been given a work pack of materials from their subjects; this reflects the content being delivered this Spring term. We will post home this information to those who are absent. 

All students should also check their school email inbox for a document which has necessary login details and suggested websites for all subjects. 

They must also make use of the resources and support on Google Classroom that staff have shared with them in recent lessons.If students require help or support completing any aspects of their work, they are able to email their teachers. Contact details for teachers can be found on the school website. They can also contact them through Google Classroom.

As we move to this partial school closure for Year 8 and 9, we recommend the following websites as particularly useful for online, remote learning:

Further resources can be found on the Homework Help tab and COVID-19 Key Messages tab on the school website.

We will use the website, My Ed school app and twitter feed to communicate key messages as the situation is changing on a daily basis hence we appreciate your support at this difficult time. 

Susan Service

Head teacher


17-03-20

Dear Parent/Carer
The school is monitoring very closely the impact the Covid-19 virus is having on the school community and are working with the resources we have to hand.
Due to staff shortages it may become necessary to partially close with our priority focus being on KS4 and Year 7 in school.
Please look out for further information through checking regularly our website, twitter feed and My Ed parent app.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience at this very challenging time.


17-03-20

It is still our intention to continue to open as usual and continue to work within current guidance from the Department for Education. We will continue to communicate with parents/carers through My Ed, Twitter and our website if this changes. We do need to work together during this time.

In the event of a school closure or for any student who is already having to self isolate, we have created a page which we will begin to populate with links to resources available for home learning.

COVID-19 Key Messages


12-03-20

Dear Parents/Carers, 

I am writing  to you to update you on the school’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As things stand, there are no reported cases in our school, or local area. In this sense, and taking DFE guidance into account, it is business as usual. However, we are well aware that this is a situation that is rapidly changing, and we are receiving regular updates from the Government with recommendations on how to respond. 

As a school, we have taken the following actions:

  • Students and staff have been given advice and guidance on how to wash their hands correctly, and how best to minimize the spread of possible germs. 
  • We will be installing an increased number of hand sanitisers around the site. 
  • Site staff have had training on effective deep cleaning. 
  • We will ensure that an increased number of toilets will be open during the school day. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows; 

  • Cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath 

Should your child have any of these symptoms we strongly advise you to call 111 to seek guidance. Any absence should be reported to the school in the  normal way, via a phone call. Face masks are not a proven deterrent and as such we will not support students wearing them in school. 

We have put together a contingency plan for a very worse-case scenario. Any possible school closures will be communicated to parents through the school website, twitter feed and via the MyEd App.

More information on COVID-19 can be found here;

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Thank you for your support.