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23rd July 2021

We would like to wish all pupils, parents/carers and staff a happy and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all in September.  Key information for the start of the next academic year can be found in the letter below.  Pupils entering Year 6 in September should have been contacted directly with a start date (either 9th or 10th September) and all the relevant information.  Please contact the school if you require any further information.

 

29th June 2021

If your child is self-isolating please see the Remote Learning area of the website for timetable details.

27th June 2021

We now have 4 confirmed cases of Covid-19, three pupils and one staff member.  Pupils and staff identified as 'close contacts' have been made aware and are self-isolating.  If you have been contacted by school and your child has been identified as a 'close contact' please read the information below from the Public Health Team in Wakefield:

Pupils identified as 'close contacts' 

At the time the initial positive results were confirmed, we asked close contacts to isolate. As the parent/carer of one of the children asked to isolate, can I thank you for your cooperation with that.

We want to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus in the community and the wider district. This is why we are writing to all parents of students who have been asked to isolate as close contacts, asking them to seek a PCR test at their nearest local testing site.

Details of how to access testing are provided at the end of this letter. When booking you can either state that you are a contact of someone with COVID-19, or that the local authority has asked you to get tested.

I understand you may be concerned about this, but please be reassured we are writing as a precaution to reduce the spread of the virus. Whilst the risk of serious illness from Covid-19 is unlikely in children and younger adult age groups, it can still be a very unpleasant virus.

If your child tests positive on PCR then the whole household will need to self-isolate for ten days.

Please do remember the importance of hands, face, space, and where possible meet people outside your household outside or in well-ventilated places. All adults over 18 are now able to book their COVID-19 vaccination, so please do book your appointment without delay.

 

Getting a COVID-19 test

PCR tests for Wakefield residents

Test sites are at the former Westgate Station Car Park (WF1 1XP) and Castleford Swimming Pool (WF10 5DX). These sites are open from 8am – 8pm and from Thursday 24th June no appointment is required (although you can book online if you prefer).

This week mobile testing units are available at:

  • The King’s School, Pontefract, 26th and 27th June – no appointment required for this test site
  • South Elmsall Market 9am-3pm, 23rd June, 24th June and 27th June
  • Wakefield Sports and Social Club 9am-3pm 24th and 25th June
  • Hemsworth Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church 9am – 3pm 23rd June and Friday 25th June
  • Trinity RLFC 24th and 25th June
  • Carleton Community Centre, 24th and 25th June

For most mobile units apart from the King’s School, you do need to make an appointment. You can do this by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

If you live in a different local authority then please visit the web link above or look on your local authority’s website for advice.

Please remember, if you have symptoms, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.

 

A reminder of guidance for meeting other people:

  • Up to 6 people or two households can mix indoors.
  • Up to 6 people or two households can stay overnight in somebody's home.
  • Up to 30 people can mix outdoors.
  • Hugging friends and family is allowed, but please consider the vulnerability of people you hug and the people they are in contact with

 

26th June 2021

We have three confirmed cases of Covid-19, two pupils and one staff member.  Pupils and staff identified as 'close contacts' have been contacted directly and are self-isolating.  Please see the advice below:

Positive Covid-19 Cases 26th June 2021 

26/06/2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The pupils and staff who have been in direct contact with the confirmed cases have been contacted and will be staying at home for 10 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.  We offer lateral flow testing for all pupils twice per week and can also provide pupils with lateral flow tests to take home as well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test ,by calling 119, or attending a drop-in testing centre.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Yours faithfully,

Louise Quinn

Headteacher

                                                                                                           

 

18th June 2021

Due to the expansion of the school we are recruiting for a Class Teacher, HLTA and two TA posts for next academic year.  Please click below to go to our vacancies page:

 

Changes to guidance on mask wearing 17th May 2021

From 17th May 2021 the DfE has removed the requirement for pupils to wear masks in classrooms.  Pupils will still need to wear masks when travelling around school and in communal areas.  All other Covid-19 measures will continue.  Masks will continue to be required on home to school transport unless your child is exempt.  Children who want to continue to wear a mask in classrooms are welcome to do so.  Please ensure your child continues to bring a mask to school.  

Easter Holidays

School is closed from Monday 29th March 2021 and reopens on Monday 12th April 2021.  Wishing you a happy and safe Easter!

 

Lateral Flow Testing

The Government is asking that all secondary aged pupils are tested twice per week.  We have been offering pupil testing since December 2020 and will continue to offer this twice per week in school.  The Government is also offering families the opportunities to test their secondary aged child(ren) and themselves twice weekly at home.  If you would prefer to test your child at home and would like support with accessing the tests please contact us via phone or admin@highwell.org.uk.

 

National Careers Week 1st - 7th March 2021

It is National Careers Week this week and pupils across the school are undertaking a range of learning and activities related to exploring future careers.   Please click the button below to see a parents guide to National Careers Week:

 

Pupil Expectations March 2021

 

Parent/Carer SurveyParent/Carer Survey

Please click on the button below to complete our parent/carer survey on your experiences of our education provision during the current lockdown: 

 

INSET Day Monday 22nd February 2021.  School will re-open to pupils on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.   

 

Adverse Weather Closure Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Due to heavy snow overnight and continuing snowfall High Well School site will be closed today.    Remote learning will be available for pupils today and pupils will be emailed by their class teams with times of lessons and online resources which can also be used.  The remote learning section of the website will be updated with a timetable for each class by 9am today (2nd February 2021).  Please click the button below for Remote Learning or visit the section in Parents & Carers for further information.

 

Letter to Parents/Carers from Wakefield Council 11th January 2021

Please click the button below to view a letter from Wakefield Council on school places during the current lockdown:

Accessing Remote Learning

We now have a dedicated remote learning section on our website.  Please go to Parents/Carers and you will find a section on remote learning on the right hand side. 

 

Updated Risk Assessment 05/01/2021

Please click the button below to read our updated risk assessment.

 

Free Mobile Data for Remote Learning

We have access to a number of schemes that provide free extra mobile data to assist with home learning. These schemes are available to anyone without a fixed broadband connection. Further information on one of the schemes is available at https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data.  If you are interested, please contact the school.

 

Urgent message for Parents/Carers regarding Tuesday 5th January 2021

In response to the Prime Minister's statement this evening we will need to delay re-opening High Well School until Wednesday 6th January 2021.  We will be in contact with every family on Tuesday 5th to discuss the plans for the next 6 weeks which will include a mixture of both onsite and remote learning.  We appreciate your patience and support with this fast changing situation, however the safety of  pupils, staff and families is of utmost importance. 

 

 

Community Support

A reminder to all parents that, within your community, the Children First Hubs are there for families who need extra support and can help with a range of problems.  Please see numbers below:

Hemsworth                      01977 722305

City Limits (WF1)          01924 303272

Airedale                             01977 724350

Normanton                       01924 307878

 

Reminder to parents/carers:

If your child presents with one or more of the following symptoms please keep your child at home and book a test.  If you require any support with testing please contact us directly.

  • A high temperature (feels hot to touch on chest or back)
  • A loss or change in what you can normally taste and smell
  • A new continuous cough - this means coughing a lot more for more than one hour or 3 or more coughing fits in a day

Click below to read the latest information on how to access a test in Wakefield

Remote Learning:

For support or questions with home learning packs or online learning please email:

               homework@highwell.org.uk

Staying safe online:

The link below offers top tips on how to keep safe online.  We also have further information available in the Parents/Carers section of the website under Safeguarding:

Follow us on Twitter: @hwswakefield

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

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Welcome

-Welcome to our website.

On behalf of the staff and Governing Body I would like to welcome you to High Well School.

High Well is a special school for pupils aged between 11-16 years with an Education, Health and Care Plan for Severe/Profound Social, Emotional and Mental Health...

Our Rewards

Each month pupils with staff agree a personal target relevant to their social and emotional development.  Progress against the target is recorded and tracked on a daily basis.  If a pupil achieves their target at least 85% of the time they gain a place on the Gold Award trip.  Silver is 75% and Bronze is 65%.  Pupils are involved in making suggestions for Gold and Silver trips.  

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Donna Richardson, Business Support Officer
High Well School, Rookhill Road, Pontefract, WF8 2DD
admin@highwell.org.uk
01924 572 100