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Virtual Open Events 2020

16/09/20

Due to restrictions of Covid-19 we are unable to run our annual Open Events as usual.  We are busy creating a virtual open event experience for potential pupils and their parents.

To find out more information click here.

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Communications and Information in relation to Covid-19

01/06/20

If your child has received a POSITIVE test result for coronavirus please can you inform us using the following designated email address:

tws_covidemergency@swale.at

Please note that this email address is NOT to be used for any other notifications.

If your child has any symptoms of coronavirus or will be absent from school for any other reason please contact the school using either Edulink or the following email address:

tws_attendance@swale.at

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COVID-19 FAQs for Parents and Carers

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17.11.2020 - Letter sent to school community re positive case Year 7

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14.11.2020 -

Gov.uk Guidance for contacts with people with confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Gov.uk Guidance for full opening: Schools

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14.11.2020 - Letter sent to school community re positive case Year 8

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09.11.2020 - Letter detailing changes to face mask guidance

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Sports Fixtures - have all been cancelled due to the new Covid regulations, we are hoping they will resume after 2nd December 2020

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14.09.2020 - Gov.uk What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the Autumn Term

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28.09.2020 - Masks in school

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25.08.2020 - Letter with full details about September reopening

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21.07.2020 - Letter with details about September reopening

21.07.2020 - Covid-19 Statement

Swale Academies Trust is following all Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) advice throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

All Trust schools have undertaken rigorous risk assessment processes in close consultation with staff, Trust leaders, governing bodies, and union representatives.  Our comprehensive assessments are regularly reviewed and updated as guidance changes. 

All schools have put in place a number of protective measures, based on the available guidance, to manage the identified risks and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and families.  These measures are underpinned by the DfE guidance and are primarily based on the five essential measures of:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

If you wish to discuss the risk assessment approach or specific protective measures in place, please contact the school office for further information.

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01.07.2020 - End of term and new school year arrangements

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08.06.2020 - Letter sent to all relating to the phased reopening of TWS

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01.06.2020 - Letter in relation to pupils in Years 10 and 12

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23.05.2020 - Update from Jon Whitcomb, Trust Principal

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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13.05.2020 - Letter to parents re Government update around Secondary Schools

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03.04.2020 - Summer 2020 grades

Please click here to read a letter issued today from Ofqual in relation to GCSE, AS and A level grades.

More information can be found on the Department for Education website by following this link.

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20.03.2020 - Letter re closure of educational settings

Please read the guidance on the link below issued last night:​

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Page summary
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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19.03.2020 - Letter to parents re Key Worker status

An update further to last night's communication about closing the school from end of Friday 20th March 2020.  We have spoken to the pupils today about remote learning and will be sharing more details and guidelines tomorrow.

An email has been sent home to help us identify those children whose parents are key workers, if you are a key worker and haven't responded please do so.

Thank you for your continued support.

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17.03.2020 - Letter to parents - Coronavius update

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16.03.2020 - Letter to parents re Coronavirus

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03.03.2020 - Letter to parents with Coronavirus advice 

 

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Sixth Form Transition website launched

22/04/20

We are excited to launch the new Sixth Form Transition website for our current year 11 students!

Each subject page has some recommended reading, tasks and ideas of what to watch in preparation for Sixth Form at TWS. There are 19 subjects to view plus core activities and careers.

The website can currently only be accessed through the students’ google accounts – so please encourage them to log on and get ahead!

https://sites.google.com/swale.at/the-whitstable-school-year12/home

The website will be available to everyone on this website for external students and parents - please check back soon! If you need any of the subject pages please email Mrs Brown who can send them as a PDF.

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Year 8 Options Evening - Change of Date

10/03/20

The Year 8 Options Evening has been moved from Thursday 19th March 2020 to Thursday 23rd April 2020 between 4pm and 6pm.

Please make a note of this change.

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September 2020 Year 7 Admissions

04/03/20

Year 7 places have now been allocated by KCC.

If your child has received a place here at The Whitstable School congratulations, you will shortly receive your offer paperwork in the post.

We look forward to meeting you at our transition evening.

The school was oversubscribed so sadly this does mean some pupils may not have been offered a place.  For details about our independent appeals process please go to our Admissions page which can be found under Information.

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Notices and dates for your diary

03/02/20

  • The newsletter for Term 1 and 2 is now available.
    Click here to view it
  • Parent Forum date change - please note the parent forum meeting in March has now been moved to Term 5 on 16th April 2020 5pm - 6pm
  • Year 7 Valentines Disco Thursday 13th February 2020 6pm - 7pm
  • Term 3 ends Friday 14th February
  • Term 4 starts Monday 24th February
  • Parents' Evening Year 8 Thursday 5th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 7 Thursday 12th March 2020
  • Year 8 Options Evening Thursday 19th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 11 Thursday 26th March 2020
  • Term 4 ends Friday 27th March
  • Easter Break Monday 30th March to Monday 13 April 2020
  • Term 5 starts Tuesday 14th April 

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Term 3 Information

06/01/20

  • Pupils have received new timetables - please ensure they familiarise themselves with it especially days when PE kit is needed.
  • 6th Form parents' evening - Thursday 16th January.
  • Swale Academies Dance Fever - Friday 17th January (selected pupils)
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - Monday 27th January.
  • Exams - please see the exams page for timetables and information.
  • Contact details - if you have changed any details: address, telephone or email please do let the school office know so that we can update our systems. This will ensure that you don't miss notices and letters.
  • Lost property - is stored at reception.  Pupils should go there to look for any lost items.
  • Open drop in sessions with the Headteacher - every Friday between 9am and 9.30am.
  • Last day of term 3 - Friday 14th February.
  • Term 4 starts - Monday 24th February.

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End of term arrangements and activities

16/12/19

17th & 18th December
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime.  The show takes place at 6.30pm in The Stage, tickets are £4 available now from reception.

18th December
Christmas Lunch in the Restaurant. click here to see the menu.  Annual Christmas Jumper Day, a minimum of £1 donation will be collected from pupils participating.

19th December
Winter Soiree.  Including a choir and session band.  Join us from 5.45pm for a festive evening.

20th December
School will be finishing for pupils in Years 7-13 at 12.20.  Those pupils unable to go home at this time are welcome to work in the school library.  Pupils that receive a free school meal will be able to purchase food at break time on this day.

The last day will count towards the Attendance Challenge, pupils will need to attend on this day in order for them to receive their 100% attendance reward in Term 3.

We wish all of our pupils and parents a very merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January 2020.

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Winter Soiree

05/12/19

Festive refreshments and live music.

Free entry - donations welcome.

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Book Fair in school next week!

14/11/19

We are having a Book Fair in school next week.  

Located in the library pupils will be able to peruse and purchase books at break, lunch and after school.

Books start from as little as £2.99, there is lots of choice.

Payments can be made the following ways:

  • Cash - please send in as close to the correct amount as possible
  • Cheque - made payable to The Whitstable School
  • Book Fair gift vouchers - can be purchased online here (if you purchase online you will receive a 20% discount)

Any queries please contact Mrs Davies in the library at julie.davies@swale.at

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Sixth Form Open Evening 21st November 2019

31/10/19

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The Whitstable School receives prestigious Artsmark Award 

08/10/19

Pupils and staff at The Whitstable School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. 

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, The Whitstable School  had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school. 

The Whitstable School was supported by Artswork in planning and developing their initial objectives. Artswork worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement. 

”As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, The Whitstable School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.” 

On receiving the award, Mr Chaplin, Senior Assistant Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. The pupils and staff have worked extremely hard over a 2 year period to promote high quality arts and cultural education. We are wholeheartedly committed to the arts and the fundamental Impact they have. We, as a school value the arts in a time when they are being marginalised and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.” 

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: 

“I would like to congratulate The Whitstable School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.” 

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Year 10 Parent Consultation Evening

02/10/19

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The Whitstable School gets the best results for a high school in the district!

27/09/19

Of the students in Year 11 who sat their exams at The Whitstable School, nearly 90% of students achieved a pass in at least one GCSE English subject or GCSE Maths. Overall, 65% achieved a pass in both English and Maths. Notably, every student in our Grammar stream achieved 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 to 4 including English and Maths. In fact, these students achieved on average over half a grade higher than their peers nationally! 

Particular congratulations go to Megan Chatwin, Marcus Jackson, Alex Dickers and Orla Preston-Hibbert  who achieved GCSE grades 8 and 9 across their qualifications, including English, Maths, Science, Food Technology, Geography, History and Photography. The school is also delighted with students, such as Daisy Cooper, who made excellent progress achieving on average, 2 grades higher than their peers across the country who had similar KS2 starting points.

Not to be out done, the vocational BTEC subjects all achieved 100% pass rates with students getting the top Distinction and Distinction* grades in Business Studies, Drama, Music, Health & Social Care and Sport.

This is the second year of the reformed GCSE examination system which are increasingly relying on students’ ability to recall knowledge and vocabulary over a significant period of time. This is not something that can be achieved easily and our students should be very proud of the resilience and high levels of effort they have shown over their time spent here at The Whitstable School.

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