JSTC UPDATE ** 27/05/20 ** 15:06
Headteacher's message to students and parents
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
As part of the 'Make A Difference' initiative, staff and students at JSTC have been writing letters to all the local care homes to let the residents know that we are thinking of them during this difficult time. One of the care homes is Ashtree House in Withern.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire Presenter, Carla Greene, spoke to the residents of Ashtree House on the 26th May to find out what the letters mean to them...
Re-starting teaching for Year 10
Dear Year 10 parent,
The JSTC team are working on focused and robust plans to enable us to deliver teaching to your children.
We will be in touch very soon about this via Class Charts. Staff are looking forward to this new development and working with your child. As a school we want to ensure that we support your child's learning at this important moment.
In the meantime we send our good wishes to you and your family in these difficult times.
Ms J Shorrock
Guidance for secondary school provision from 15 June 2020
Updated 25 May 2020
Expectations from 15 June
From 15 June, secondary schools are able to offer face-to-face support for a quarter of the year 10 and 12 cohort at any one time. Alongside this the government is asking secondary schools to:
Weekly Newsletters - Week 6
JSTC plans for 1st June 2020
Important Additional Information:
JSTC Re-Opening Information
JSTC will NOT open to students on the 1st of June. Parents and carers will be notified of any changes in due course.
Vulnerable children and those of key-workers to attend school as previously arranged where it is the safest and most appropriate option.
Please contact the school with any queries.
Year 10 Students
Year 10 students. Virtual lessons and tutorials (see letter above for full details, and with more information to follow soon).
Years 7 to 9 Students
Years 7 - 9. To continue their online home learning via Class Charts.
JSTC - Social Distancing Floorplan
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6th April 2020
6th April 2020
13th April 2020
13th March 2020
We understand that Year 7 is a vital year for settling in and getting used to all the changes starting secondary schools brings. We also understand that, as parents or carers, this may be new to you too. Therefore, we've created a series of quick-links which give you direct access to important information you're bound to need or will be desperate to ask for.
Introduction by Chair of Governors – Mr Peter Milson
There are further details in the links panel but in summary:
The Governing Body are all volunteers and there are currently 13 governors varying from teachers, parents and members of the local and business community. We work together with the Headteacher and his senior team for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at John Spendluffe Technology College.
What do Governors do?
Governors at John Spendluffe Technology College do not manage the Academy, that is the role of the Headteacher and his team; as Governors we aim to support them in doing this. At John Spendluffe we support a very successful Academy.
Governors are responsible for the strategic vision of the school and for supporting the Headteacher and his team in achieving that vision. Governors have responsibility for appointing the Headteacher, managing the Academy’s budget, setting annual targets and monitoring performance against those targets, all in the interest of raising standards of achievement.
To exercise this role, as well as the main governing body, there are a number of committees, the detail of which are in the links panel but as a an overview the committees are:
Our Governing Body are:
The governors are committed to parental and community engagement and there is always a minimum of two parents who sit on our governing body. Currently there are four governors who are parents of students of the school.
If you want to contact us then we would be happy to hear from you; please contact Mr J Treasure, Clerk to the Governing Body at the Academy or via the Governors contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 6 appeals are provisionally booked in for the 8th, 9th and 10th June 2020.
Dear Parent/ Carer,
I want to reassure you that we remain vigilant with respect to the coronavirus outbreak. Our posters around school remind students to wash hands and use other simple hygiene techniques. Soap in toilet areas is checked three times a day and any reports of concerns are acted upon as a matter of urgency.
We get daily updates from the Government which we read and are guided by the advice.
I will of course contact you if there are significant developments. In the meantime we are continuing to work with your children and welcome them to school each day.
Ms J Shorrock
Coronavirus Information The Importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
The advice remains the same for travellers returning from the lockdown areas of Italy, that you should self-isolate even if you are not showing symptoms. The advice for other parts of Italy has been expanded to cover the whole country: if you have returned from anywhere else in Italy outside of the lockdown areas, you should self-isolate if you develop symptoms and call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now 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)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Latest Department for Education information: https://twitter.com/educationgovuk & https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/
The learning community at JSTC enables its students to grow and develop into resilient, responsible and respectful young people ready for the challenges of life beyond school. As an inclusive school we celebrate our students' successes at all levels nurturing their talents and ensuring they have the skills for the next step of their career goals.
Maximising your child’s potential
On entry to JSTC your child will have a range of data linked to their potential and, from this data, GCSE targets can be set. Children develop at different rates and therefore we wait until Year 9 before your child is given a specific GCSE target grade.
Therefore, in Years 7 and 8 your child will be assigned to a ‘flightpath’ that has a narrow range of potential GCSE grades they could achieve.
What will we measure?
We will measure your child’s progress against a projected GCSE grade. If your child makes more progress than expected in Years 7 and 8 then their target grade will be adjusted and a new, higher target put in place for Year 9. If your child makes less progress than expected we will support your child to help them gain the skills and expertise needed.