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    Parents are such an important part of our lively, tight-knit community.  We rely on their support in helping students get the most out of our fun but demanding routine and prepare for a more independent life at University. Look out for our regular Parents’ Forums, for the regular Progress Meetings and for our termly Parents’ Newsletter.

    Parent Updates

    Regular updates which are emailed to parents throughout the year are also available to view here.

    Dates For Your Diary

    Term Dates 2021/22

    All dates are inclusive. Tuesday 7th September is for year 12 only, year 13 begin on Wednesday 8th September.
    TermFirst Day Last Day
    Autumn 2021
    1st half
    Tuesday 7th SeptemberFriday 22nd October
    half-term breakMonday 25th OctoberFriday 29th October
    Autumn 2021
    2nd half
    Monday 1st NovemberFriday 17th December
    Spring 2022
    1st half
    Tuesday 4th JanuaryFriday 18th February
    half-term breakMonday 21st FebruaryFriday 25th February
    Spring 2022
    2nd half
    Monday 28th FebruaryFriday 8th April
    Summer 2022
    1st half
    Monday 25th AprilFriday 27th May
    half-term breakMonday 30th MayFriday 3rd June
    Summer 2022
    2nd half
    Monday 6th JuneFriday 8th July
    DateTimeYrEventDescription
    Mon 27 Sep1700 to 180012First impressions parents meetingHear about the term so far, meet your son/daughter's form tutor and other parents, provide feedback and ask general questions
    Fri 1 Oct1500 to 160012First impressions parents meetingAn alternative date (see above description)
    Thu 18 Nov1645 to 200012Parent, student, teacher meetingsA series of meetings to review progress and targets
    Fri 19 Nov1430 to 163012Parent, student, teacher meetingsAn alternative date (see above description)
    Thu 9 Dec1645 to 200013Parent, student, teacher meetingsA series of meetings to review progress and targets
    Fri 10 Dec1430 to 163013Parent, student, teacher meetingsAn alternative date (see above description)
    Thu 16 DecTBC - most likely the afternoonAllYr12 Christmas LecturesA highlight of the year. The presentation of EMC academic projects.
    Tue 8 MarTBC - throughout the dayAllYr13 EMC ConferenceAnother highlight of the year. Presentations and posters showcasing the final EMC projects.
    Thu 24 Mar1645 to 200012Parent, student, teacher meetingsA series of meetings to review progress and targets
    Fri 25 Mar1430 to 163012Parent, student, teacher meetingsAn alternative date (see above description)
    Tue 26 Apr1700 to 180012UCAS information eventAn explanation of the university admissions process. Online event.
    TBCTBC13EMC celebrationA get together to celebrate the achievements of year 13 and to award certificates
    TBCindividual appointments12End of year reviewPost assessment review of the year's progress and target setting for the year ahead.

    Year 12 Internal assessments will take place during normal lesson times in the weeks commencing 11 October, 14 February and 20 June.

    Year 13 Internal Assessments will take place during the week commencing 8 November. Mock examinations will take place during the weeks commencing 4 April and 25 April.

    Exams Timetable Summer 2022

    We will share dates here once they are confirmed.

    Homework

    Students can expect to receive one piece of homework per week per A-level, with each piece taking 2 hours to complete.  They will also complete work towards EMC projects, this should take an average of 2 hours per week.

    The homework set at EMS is structured to enable students to spend their 2 hours in the most constructive manner for them.  A typical homework task has 3 sections:

    Section A is optional – this covers basic skills and knowledge.  Students should decide for themselves if completing this section is a productive use of their time.

    Section B is compulsory – this covers typical examination questions.  It is marked, usually by teachers, and feedback is used to inform students and set targets.

    Section C is optional – this includes wider reading, challenging problems and broader content than usually covered in A-levels.  Students are encouraged to complete this section if they have comfortably completed section B in less than 2 hours.

    Students have timetabled lessons for the collection of homework during which feedback will be given.  In addition to the homework set at EMS, students should expect to receive regular tasks from their College lecturers.

    Year 12 Homework Timetable

    Each week, students will be set:

    • One piece of “Maths Alpha” homework
    • One piece of “Maths Beta” homework
    • One piece of Physics and/or Computer Science homework

    Year 13 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths S” homework
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework
    • Two pieces of additional maths homework, one from any two of the following: Mechanics, Statistics and either Extra Pure or Numerical Methods (subjects are rotated throughout the year)

    Overall Homework Timetable 2021/22

    This document provides the due dates of homework for EMS subjects: Homework Timetable 2021-22

    Absence Request Form

    If students require an authorised absence from school, they must complete and electronic absence request form which they are able to access via Microsoft Teams.  Submitting the form does not automatically result in authorisation; once submitted, students will need to wait to hear the outcome of their request.  Each request is considered on its own merits and in light of the student’s attendance and progress.

    Authorisation is typically given for:

    • Educational visits such as attending University open days
    • Medical appointments that are not able to be moved such as hospital procedures

    Authorisation is not typically given for:

    • Family holidays
    • Routine medical appointments
    • Interviews for weekend or holiday work

    COVID-19 Information and Guidance

    This document outlines our guidance for students and staff when the school is open during the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID 19 Guidance Document V12.

    It is regularly updated in light of new information and the latest version is shared with students and staff through Teams and parents via email.

     

    Working remotely

    If your son or daughter needs to isolate whilst the school is open, they will be able to join their peers in school via Microsoft Teams.  Teachers will do all they can to include them in the lesson even if they are not in the room.  If they are too ill to join, they will be able to watch the recording of the lesson once they feel better.

    During a period of lockdown the school may be required to switch to remote learning for most students.  During such a time we will communicate with parents more frequently than usual, to ensure you have the information necessary to support your son or daughter.

    The diagram below shows our timetable for learning during lockdown.  Key features are:

    • the length of online lessons are reduced, in most cases to 45 minutes to enable focused concentration with regular breaks away from the computer
    • some lessons (with a bold border) have been moved to enable lessons to be paced evenly throughout the week
    • all the normal lessons, including enrichment and support, will continue
    • a lunchbreak of 1 hour will allow for an important rest each day
    • an earlier finish time than normal will provide plenty of time for independent work and to switch off before the end of the day

    Lessons will be taught “live” by the same teachers as normal, using Microsoft Teams as the platform.  Students will be expected to complete an additional 1 hour per week of independent work per A-level.  This will provide them with valuable time developing fluency and problem solving which may otherwise be lost due to shorter lessons.  Students will cover the same curriculum online as they would have in school and we expect to work through the curriculum at the same pace as normal.

    Teachers will be using a variety of ways to access learning and offer feedback, including, but not limited to: asking questions in lessons, asking students to write using online mini-whiteboards, quizzes, homework and the associated feedback lessons, assessments, sharing written work via Teams chat and just good old fashioned conversations.  To enable your son or daughter to fully engage they will need:

    • good internet access
    • a graphics tablet or similar
    • a microphone (although not essential)
    • a means of uploading work (photo on phone or Microsoft lens, or direct to OneNote)

    We do not expect you to monitor your son/daughter’s work but if you have any concerns about their engagement in learning or wellbeing, please email their form tutor.  Likewise, if we have concerns which we are unable to address with a student, we will contact you.  Working together we aim to nip problems in the bud before they become substantial and support students to adjust to a new way of working.

    If students are unable to access online learning at home we will either provide equipment and support to overcome their barriers or will invite them into school to join the online lessons.  Very few students are expected to work in school during a lockdown and greater social distancing will take place than is normally possible when the school is full open.

    If your son or daughter has a particular learning need or disability we will adapt our provision to meet their needs.  If needs emerge as a result of remote learning, please contact their form tutor and we will review our provision accordingly.

    It’s likely to be a strange time.  Some students will thrive in lockdown whilst others are likely to struggle.  More will experience ups and downs.  Working together we will support them to cope and hopefully excel, coming out of lockdown having learnt new lessons about themselves, how well they can adapt and what it feels like to overcome.

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