Parent News

Spring Term 2020
Friday 27th March 2020

School Closure – Week 1

PROUD - PerseveranceWhat a hectic five days it has been, and we are only at the end of our first week. We realise that it may be taking some time for students to settle into studying at home, as well as adjusting to a different way of life, now that everyone is required to adhere to the restrictions on our movements.
We are here to help - our Home Study page has all the information that students and parents require to support their home study, along with tips and links to our ‘How to Log In’ page, which contains helpful guides with details of how students can log into the various online platforms that teachers are utilising.
• If there are any IT issues, please contact the school reception between 9am - 3pm on 01255 424266 or by emailing -  
• If there are any questions regarding the online learning activities, please use the messaging facilities in SMHW or Google Classroom to contact the teachers directly.

We are sure that you agree that it is important for students to follow a structured weekday routine – getting up at the same time that they normally would, if school was open, and settling down to work for set periods during each day. The effective independent learning habits that they develop over the coming weeks will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Maintaining good study practices over the coming weeks and months will also ensure a smoother transition back to school once we are open again. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping the mind active and continuing with the learning programme whether this be at Key Stage 3, GCSE or A Level. Many students are submitting the work they have already completed through Show My Homework and Google Classroom – keep up the good work! Together we can succeed!

Audible Books – a useful diversion

Audible Books – a useful diversionAmazon, who own Audible, have just released free of charge audible books for young people. Children everywhere can now instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All these stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet and no login is required. Start Listening! – CLICK HERE

Useful Remote Learning Tips

PROUD - UnityThis week National Online Safety published some helpful guides to assist both students and parents to get to grips with Remote Learning.
Useful Remote Learning Tips10 Top Tips – Remote Learning for Parents
Remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in difficult circumstances. For parents and carers, the idea of remote learning is not always straightforward and there can be a number of factors they need to consider, especially around ensuring their children feel comfortable and familiar with the whole concept.
Useful Remote Learning Tips 10 Top Tips – Remote Learning for Students
Students - remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in difficult circumstances. For students, it is the perfect way to ensure they still get the education they need, despite not being at school. However, it also requires a level of discipline and careful planning.
National Online SafetyThe experts at National Online Safety have also created a multitude of useful guides to help parents understand different platforms, apps and how their child might be using them; new guides are published regularly. There are ‘What you need to know’ guides on age-appropriate gaming, YouTube, Tumblr, Tik-Tok, FIFA20, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Nintendo Switch and many, many more; their latest publication covers ‘What parents need to know about Facebook’. Just follow this link to sign up, allowing access to all their information guides.
They also have a number of guides linked to mental health issues amongst children and young adults. The National Online Safety ‘Social Pressures’ information guides for parents may be of particular interest at this uncertain time. These are available on the CCHS e-Safety webpage.