Coronavirus Pandemic – Our provision

Background

The health, safety and well-being of all in its community has been the School’s priority at this difficult time. The School has always taken government guidance throughout the coronavirus pandemic and continues to do so. This advice can be found here and here. The Lent Term finished on Friday 20 March just before schools were told to close and a remote learning and pastoral care plan had been started. The School has now embarked on its remote learning provision, which includes pastoral support for the children and their families, whilst providing supervision for the children of key workers.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is a top priority for the School and continues to be so during the current crisis. Communication between teachers, children and parents is of paramount importance. Form teachers and Tutors are in regular contact with children and their parents to check how they are and to offer help and support where they can. The School is making available resources from its Emotions 4 Learning programme and there are regular Mindfulness and other meditative sessions in which parents and children can take part.

A link to our safeguarding policy during this time can be found here.

Remote learning

Staff had worked on a remote learning plan in the last few weeks of the Lent Term and work continued throughout the Easter break. As the Summer term started on Thursday 16 April, this was put into effect with teachers accessible online and children able to access work and activities through Google Classroom and Google Meets as well as on the School’s portal for parents. The School’s aim is to give the best educational provision it can under these circumstances with as much breadth and variety as possible. It aims to help the children continue to make progress through creative and imaginative teaching.  The School is also promoting activities for the community as a whole such as putting together recipe books and undertaking compassionate action and bringing everyone together through assemblies and drama podcasts.

Children of Key Workers

The School is open for children of key workers and it offered this provision during the Easter break. It has also offered this support for two primary schools in Cambridge should they wish to use it. The School is open between 8.00am and 4.15pm with the possibility of extending these hours by request.    

Visitors and Admissions

We regret that, whilst government restrictions are in place, we are unable to welcome any visitors to the School. This includes prospective parents. However, if any parents are interested in a place for their child at the School, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Mary Robb (admissions@sjcs.co.uk) and she will be happy to discuss this with you and arrange a conversation with the Headmaster.

Re-opening

Following Government guidance, many pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returned to St John’s College School on the 1st June 2020.

The health and safety of our pupils, staff and parents has been at the heart of our planning for re-opening, and we have carried out comprehensive risk assessments to ensure a safe return. We opened under enhanced protocols which not only observe all the Government guidance but meet our own exacting hygiene and safety measures. We continue to provide the highest level of protection possible, including measures to promote social distancing, whilst at the same time doing our utmost to minimise the impact of these restrictions upon our pupils. We have remained open to the children of key workers, and the measures we have already put in place to ensure the health and safety of these children and our teachers has helped us greatly in our forward planning. Opening is on a phased basis and we are therefore committed to ensuring that our online offering persists, so that all SJCS pupils access the highest quality provision both from an academic and pastoral perspective.