COVID-19

Spring Term 2021


School Guidelines

Our School Guidelines ensure the School environment is as safe as possible for the whole community. We hope that you will find the attached booklet helpful, reassuring and informative. 


Remote learning information

Junior School

When a period of remote learning is announced, the first day or two will be spent completing independent tasks set by teachers who will arrange the continued remote learning timetable.  

We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. Broadly speaking this follows our current long and medium term plans with adaptations in place for the provision of certain subjects and tasks that cannot be replicated remotely. Examples of changes include: practical experiments in Science demonstrated by the teacher and filmed rather than pupils undertaking an independent investigation. PE lessons a combination of live streaming and recorded lessons. In the Junior School, pupils will be taught according to the remote teaching timetable which replicates as closely as possible the timetable followed in school. The majority of lessons will be taught live with teacher input at the beginning of the lesson followed by an independent or guided task. The teacher will be available for the duration of the lesson time. Occasional lessons will be independent tasks set and completed online or set online and completed offline.  

Parents can expect approximately 6 hours of remote teaching and independent work each day in the First School and Year 3. In Years 4, 5 and 6, there will be approximately 7 hours of remote teaching and independent tasks each day.  

Pupils will access remote education using Microsoft Teams and their school email credentials. School can assist with the provision of laptops, routers and dongles to access remote education. If a pupil cannot access remote education online, they will be posted printed materials to enable them to access learning. Junior School parents should contact Angela Zellar or their daughter’s form teacher if they need further assistance.  

 In the Junior School, we expect the pupils to fully engage with the remote timetable and if they are absent from a lesson we will follow this up as we would do in school. We appreciate parental support in ensuring that pupils have an adequate working space and access to a device and the internet to enable learning on Teams. Teachers will monitor and mark assignments and work that is handed in. In the event of a concern, they will engage with the pupil first to follow up, then speak to the parents via email or telephone. Pupils with additional needs will be supported by Mrs Weisgard to ensure continued progress. Form Teachers will also provide supplementary support where necessary.  

If a pupil is self-isolating but not ill, they will access remote learning as normal. If a pupil is ill, they will not access remote learning and will return to remote learning when they are recovered. The Form Teacher will ensure every child is up to date with their learning following a period of self-isolation or illness.   

Senior School

Students can expect to have a full timetable of their usual lessons; most will be live but in some cases work will be set by the teacher for them to complete independently.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we would do in school. Students access education using Microsoft Teams and their school email credentials.

If a child does not have digital or online access at home, the school can assist with the provision of latops, routers and dongles to access remote education. Students can contact their form tutor for further assistance with any issues.

In the Senior School, students will be taught according to the remote teaching timetable which replicates as closely as possible the timetable followed in school. Lessons will be taught live by teachers; lessons will also include tasks where students work independently, however the teacher will still be available for questions and support for the duration of the lesson time.

Students are expected to engage fully with the school timetable, to contribute in class and complete their homework, just as they would in school. Registers are taken for every lesson and any absences are followed up. Similarly, any concerns regarding a student's performance are followed up initially with the student and then via the tutor contacting parents.

We appreciate parental support in ensuring that students have an adequate working space and access to a device and the internet to enable learning on Teams.

Feedback takes place in various forms: 

  • Students will receive oral feedback in lessons as in the live classroom
  • Assignments will be set and marked through Microsoft Teams
  • Quizzes and tests will be set and marked as usual for assessment purposes

For students with SEND:

  • Teachers have been provided with strategies for each student with SEND which will help them better access online teaching
  • The SEND Coordinator works with the students to provide further support and is in regular contact with students who may require this

Students self-isolating will be able to access live lessons through Teams as the school provides hybrid teaching in this instance.


Coaches

The School will be operating our coach and minibus schedules as normal with the exception of the late services which will not run (until further notice).
 
Please do make sure you are familiar with the policy of “staying at home if you are unwell” which you will find in the guide.

Students travelling back from overseas must follow Government Guidance on isolation and quarantine if necessary.
 
Unfortunately, parents will not be allowed to enter the School buildings and we would ask you to observe social distancing and avoid congregating when dropping off and collecting the girls.
 
Parents should report absences in the normal way. In the Senior School an email should be sent to absence@nlcs.org.uk and the Junior School, please notify the Junior School Office junioroffice@nlcs.org.uk
 
We understand that some students may be feeling anxious about returning to School. We want to reassure you that our pastoral team are here to help and support our students with any matters that are concerning them. At the back of the guide you will find a list of contacts.


Admissions Update

We are currently unable to offer our regular series of open events or tours.
 
We will be holding virtual open events for all entry points to the School (4+, 7+, 11+ and Sixth Form) for admissions in 2022 and beyond in the Summer term. For further information visit nlcs.org.uk/openevents We look forward to meeting you very soon.