15th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you know, we are holding parent and pupil consultations with our year tens this week to establish both the academic and pastoral needs of our pupils moving forward. If you have not booked your appointment, please do so using the following link https://parents-booking.co.uk/stjamesacademy or by calling the school on 01392 209922.

From 22nd June, our year ten pupils will return to school for one day per week of face to face teaching. Your child will be allocated to a pod and they will attend for the same day each week from Monday to Thursday until the end of the summer term. We will write to you on Wednesday 17th to confirm which pod your child will be in and, therefore, which day they will attend school.

On Fridays, pupils will be invited in for 1:1 or small group pastoral or academic intervention and support sessions. We will contact you separately if your child is expected to attend on any Fridays between now and the end of the summer term.

When we write to you with information about your child’s pod, we will include details about their room, their entrance route and door to the school and their seating plan as well as other health and safety information.

In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you could share the following information with your child and discuss it with them in preparation for them coming back to school.


The day will begin at 9.00am and finish at 2.50pm. Pupils should arrive at their entrance on time but not earlier that 8.55am. The day will be scheduled as follows:

Period 1 Period 2 BREAK Period 3 Period 4 LUNCH Period 5
9.00-10.00 10.00-11.00  11.00-11.20  11.20-12.20 12.20-1.20  1.20-1.50  1.50-2.50

Each pod will be taught English, maths, science, history, travel and tourism or geography and MFL (or additional English where they do not study MFL) every day. These lessons will focus on introducing new content that can then be consolidated through home learning online. Lessons will also focus on addressing the gaps that have arisen during lockdown. It is important to note that the main educational provision will remain as online learning


Pupils should wear their uniform to school, including their tie but they are not expected to wear their blazers as we know that these are less easy to wash and dry regularly. If you need any support with uniform, please contact TWJ@stjamesexeter.co.uk and we will be able to supply some for you.

Break and Lunchtime

Each pod will have its own area to socialise. At no point must any member of any pod engage with a pupil from a different pod. Pupils will be supervised by the staff teaching in their pod at break time and lunch time.

Where possible, we ask that all pupils bring a packed break time snack, lunch and water bottle. Where this is not possible, pupils will be able to order from the canteen in the morning and a lunch can be delivered to their pod. Please be aware that this will not be available at break time and that the lunch menu will be limited. Pupils will not be able to use the water fountains so it is very important that they bring a sufficient amount of water with them.

Health and Safety

Pupils should only attend school if they and everyone in their household has no symptoms of COVID 19. On arrival at the school, pupils should enter via their allocated entrance and socially distance, using the floor stickers to keep a two metre distance from their peers.

Pupils will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day as well as on entry to and exit of the school building and at the beginning and end of lunch and break time. We have sufficient sinks, soap and hand sanitiser but pupils are welcome to bring their own sanitiser too if they would like to have some on their person.

Pods will remain in one classroom and will not mix with other pods or use the same social or toileting facilities. Pupils will have allocated, socially distanced desks within their classroom pod and they will not share or change these. The room plan will be displayed at the doorway of each classroom. Pupils do not need to bring any stationary or books with them as we will provide one Chromebook per room pupil for use in the lessons. Each pupil will use the same device all day. These will be wiped with antibacterial wipes before and after use. If we have loaned your child a Chromebook, they should bring this with them for their day, ensuring that it is fully charged.

There will be cleaning stations located across the school. These will be accessible to all staff and pupils and will include the following:

  • Blue roll
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Lidded bin

Pupils from a pod will only be allowed to the toilet one at a time. There will be cleaning products in the toilets for before and after use in addition to the hourly cleaning that will be taking place.

The government do not recommend face coverings be worn in educational settings. However, should your child wish to wear a face covering, they are welcome to do so. If they intend to wear a covering, please ensure that they have read the following advice about how to do so safely: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

Rewards, Reset and Refocus

The expectation is that pupils will take full advantage of the opportunity of having face to face contact with teachers again and work hard during their time in school.  This is vital time to get help and support in their learning. Therefore, pupils will not be allowed to disrupt the lesson time in accordance with our usual behaviour policy which will apply and staff will give merits and behaviour points to their pod. Any behaviour points allocated will refresh each lesson.


Pupils should walk or cycle to school wherever possible. You can also drive your child(ren) to school. Public transport should be avoided wherever possible. If pupils or staff do need to use public transport, it is recommended that they wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing. Pupils who have to use public transport should carry hand sanitiser with them and use this before and after their journey. If pupils need to adjust their start time in order to avoid busy times, this can be arranged.

I know that is a lot to take in so please do take the time to talk it through with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact headteacher@stjamesexeter.co.uk or call reception on 01392 209922.

We are really looking forward to welcoming year ten back and to starting to teach face to face once more. Thank you for all of your support in recent months.

Take care and stay safe,

Lindsay Skinner