Category: General

Face Masks in Classrooms

Please find below an extract of a recent government announcement regarding the wearing of face masks in classrooms. As a school we would like to thank parents and students for your on-going support with this, we had a very high level of compliance which was fantastic and I am sure this will continue.  Please do pass this information on to our students.

Government Announcement – Tuesday 6 April,

The government confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter break.

This cautious approach will help limit the risk of transmission and enable continued monitoring of the effect of school and college returns, as twice weekly testing is established and embedded in pupil’s routines.

It is expected that face coverings will no longer be required to be worn in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at Step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than Monday 17 May. At that point the next stage of easements, including increased social contact indoors, will be confirmed following a review of the latest data on infection and vaccination rates. It will also allow time for the vaccination programme to reach everyone in priority groups one to nine with their first dose before any change is committed.

Rapid testing will continue to play a crucial role in keeping schools and colleges safe, as millions of tests are now taken each week by students and staff. With as many as one in three people who have the virus not displaying symptoms, testing is helping find and isolate cases, stopping outbreaks before they develop. Since Thursday 4 March this year, around 17 million coronavirus tests were taken across all nurseries, schools and colleges. Please continue to self-test and report your results as before

Exam Information

Dear Parents/Carers/Students,

Please be aware all January Exams will be going ahead as planned. Please check your Edulink Exam Timetable Tab for dates, times and venues. **Note if your timetable is blank , you do not have any scheduled exams.  Only those showing exams must attend.  

Important information regarding January exams

As you are aware the Government has said that the exams scheduled for January can proceed at the discretion of the school. As these exams involve small groups of students and with due consideration to how hard our students have prepared for these  we have made the decision that these exams will still go ahead as planned.

Year 11 and 13 – Please note if you are unable to attend then please be reassured that the exam boards have made the commitment that students will not be disadvantaged and the exam board will award a grade for any student who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for their next steps . Students unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date but there is no confirmation of this at the moment. If that is not possible, we will put in place arrangements to ensure you are not disadvantaged. 

Year 10 and 12 – Please note if you are unable to attend then please be reassured that there will be an opportunity to take the exam in the summer or failing that, January 22

However we would like to draw your attention to the following important measures which have been put in place to ensure the safety of our students, the members of staff involved and the wider community.

We would ask students to please to note the following important points ;

•             Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the exam.

•             Walk to school alone or with only one other person and stay 2m apart in line with the current lockdown regulations.

•             If they travel on public transport they should travel alone

•             On arrival at school students will be asked to adhere to 2m social distancing and wash/sanitise their hands

•             Students will wear face masks until seated in the exam room

•             Exam desks will be 2m apart and all facing the same way

•             Please bring their own equipment and bottle of water.

•             At the end of the exams students will again wash/sanitise their hands

Thank you for your support with these measures and we look forward to  welcoming students and offer our usual reassurances and encouragement prior to the exams.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Winter Food Bank

On Thursday and Friday this week we are collecting food bank donations for The Hope Centre. Students and staff are encouraged to bring in tins and packets to support those in need this winter. Sixth Form students will be collecting items on the gate both mornings in return for P Points. Thank you in advance.

Sixth Form Open Event

Our Sixth Form open event will be held on Wednesday 12th November at 6:30pm for Year 11 students and their parents. Everyone is welcome to come and find out more, whether from Abbeyfield or other schools. Due to current restrictions this event will be held remotely. More information and the link to join will follow nearer the time. We are very excited to be able to share our Sixth Form successes with you and begin the next steps of your education at Abbeyfield School.

Office ProPlus Free

As an Abbeyfield student with a school Office 365 email account you can download and install the latest full version of Microsoft Office on up to five devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices, as well as PCs and Apple Macs. This offer is available for as long as you’re a student at Abbeyfield school.

Please click the link below for instructions on how to install Office on your own device such as a home PC or tablet.

Returning to School Arrangements for September

Year GroupTiming (First Day)Entrance/ Meet and Greet
78:45 Arrival time
15:00 End of school day                                     
PE gate, Back Quad to meet tutors
811:30 Arrival time
15:00 End of school day 
Community Entrance, Back Quad to meet tutors
910:00 Arrival time
15:00 End of school day    
Main Gate, Back Quad to meet tutors
1011:30  Arrival time
15:10 End of school day    
Main Gate, Back Quad to meet tutors
1112:00  Arrival time
15:10 End of school day   
Community Entrance, Back Quad to meet tutors
1210:00  Arrival time
15:10 End of school day  
PE Gate, Back Quad to meet tutors
1312:00  Arrival time
15:10 End of school day   
PE Gate, Sixth Form Team to meet on Back Quad

Virtual Sports Day

We are pleased to announce that Abbeyfield School are hosting a virtual sports day! This will take place on 2nd July and more information on how to send in scores will be sent to students closer to the time. Over the next 2 weeks a video of a teacher completing each event will be posted and more information will be made available. You will be able to practice the event and even see if you can beat the teacher! Make sure you social distance while practising!