Headteacher’s update/Covid advice/Testing

Please read the guidance notes at this link if you think your child or a member of your household has Coronavirus symptoms – please do not send your child to school

Guidance for Thamesmead students and families – corona virus and self isolation DEC 2020

Covid contact tracing form for parents

Instructions for reporting positive Covid-19 cases (including during holiday periods)

You should only report a positive case of COVID-19 in your child to us at Thamesmead, if they were in school within 48 hours of developing COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive.

Symptoms that you should consider are;

  • headache
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child’s case meets these criteria you should complete the contact tracing form  with as much information as you can and email to us immediately at info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk

For school holidays, this Inbox will be checked between 8am-9am. We will aim to contact anyone identifying as a close contact before midday. This will be done via email or text message. (out of school hours, staff are working remotely)

All students and staff members should continue to test during any school holidays twice a week and ensure that they carry out a home test particularly on Sundays prior to returning to school.

Latest letter from the Headteacher

16th June 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Please see attached a letter and poster about the latest situation in Surrey with regards to rising rates of COVID-19.

Surrey County Council Letter to Parents and Carers_June 2021

A5 Leaflet_Testing_Vaccinating

Thank you for continuing to support us by carrying out the tests with your children. This week I have been given data from the NHS which indicates that the numbers of completed tests attributed to Thamesmead have declined considerably since March. I recognise that this may be because you are testing at home and not logging the test with the NHS online. Please do take the time to complete this part of the process. It provides the NHS with a more accurate picture of testing activity and will help us to know the true picture of testing amongst our community. If you have not been maintaining the routine in testing your child/ children twice weekly please can I urge you to do so, I continue to hear of cases occurring in local schools. Testing is the best precaution we have available to prevent disruption to education for our students, and in turn to prevent us having to ask you to take time off work to supervise your children if they are required to self-isolate. Everyone doing their part limits the risk for all. We will be distributing new kits next week but please contact us if your son or daughter has run out already and you need more as we have a supply in school.

The government announcement on the extension of the existing measures will mean that we will not be in a position to make any further changes to schooling for this year, such as removing social distancing requirements and year group bubbles so they will remain in place until the end of term now. We remain hopeful however, that we will be able to return to a more normal looking school in September and continue to plan for this.

Thank you for your on-going support.

Phil Reeves

16th March, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Student Home Testing

We are now in the final stage of our onsite testing programme, which has been an immense logistical challenge and would certainly not have been possible without the support of our hardworking volunteers and staff. The students have been positive, supportive of each other and have risen to the challenge. We are so proud of what we have achieved and the unwavering collective Thamesmead community spirit.

Once your child has completed their third onsite test and is confident to self-administer a test at home they will be provided with 2 ‘Home Test Kits’ (6 individual tests) to complete at home. The packs have everything a student will need including a leaflet on how to take the test and how to report results. Students should self-test twice weekly with tests 3-5 days apart – we recommend that they test every Sunday and Wednesday.

We understand that each child has individual needs. Many children will adapt to testing becoming part of their routine, others will find it more challenging. Taking part in testing is voluntary and all children will be able to attend school whether they take part or not. However, our early experiences of testing on site have shown us that it does identify positive cases that may be hard to identify otherwise. Therefore, we would like as many of the students to participate as possible in order to reduce the risk asymptomatic infection may pose to our community. If your child needs more support and would prefer onsite support from staff, please do contact the main school office.

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Students will also need to tell the school via the main school office if the test result is positive info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk

If a student has a positive test result they will need to stay home and self-isolate. If the result of the test is unclear (void) they will need to do another one. Positive Home LFD test results at should be followed up with a confirmatory PCR test which can be booked via the link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

I am strongly encouraging all students to take part in the national testing programme. We have seen and been thrilled with the very high engagement levels in our onsite testing and I very much hope to see this continue with home testing. If you do not wish to be part of the programme please send the unopened kits back into school. Please also ensure that students look after the kits as they are clinical devices.

Please contact Mrs Ramdhony, our COVID Coordinator, at c.ramdhony@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk or via the main school office, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

Some frequently asked questions

What type of tests will be used? 

We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.  Further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigen-testing-for-people-without-symptoms

Are LFD tests accurate? 

Lateral Flow Devices identify people who are likely to be infectious. These individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying them through this test is important.

These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested.

The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that they are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes.

It is important to remember that these tests are only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as on wearing face coverings and social distancing.

How are LFD tests different to PCR tests? 

There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:

polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample – you send the sample for processing at a lab

lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus – LFD tests give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test.

How will personal information and test results be shared?

When students take a Lateral Flow test, they need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that they need to share some information about the student.

They will need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):

●   child’s name

●    child’s test result

●    the reference number on the test Kit

They will also need to tell the school or college their test result.

Under UK law, a child’s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’.

Schools and colleges will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again.

When someone reports test results online, they are sharing information with DHSC. DHSC may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer health services and guidance if someone needs to self-isolate. They might also use data anonymously (a person’s name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.

What if a child is finding it difficult and has forgotten how to self-swab?

Click on the link to the governments advice website which includes instructions and a video showing how to take the test Help and support is available.


4th March 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers

Key information for the return to school

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the students back to school over the course of next week and have been working hard to ensure that this will be as safe as we can make it. We know that the opening of schools is the first step on the way to the wider opening of society and the economy. If this goes well, and infection remains low then we can look forward to more parts of lockdown being relaxed when the time is right.

There are a few key points it is important I share with you, and I hope they will answer any questions that you may have. The turnaround time has made it hard for us to prepare and deliver the webinars we were able to run in the summer, however, I hope that if you do have unanswered questions you know that they can be sent to us and we will do our best to answer them.

Mr North will be sharing the booklet below with the students to remind them of all the important measures we have in place in order to reduce the risk of any transmission of COVID-19 within school.

March 8th – Reopening Information for Students

All of these steps together work to keep us safe. The more we can observe and support as a whole community the more we work together to protect our community.

Suspected cases of COVID-19

Please remember that if a student or member of your household feels unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, or tests positive for COVID-19 you must still let us know, book a PCR test via the NHS on 119 and then self-isolate as a household. The guidance on what to do if this is the case is here

There are three symptoms you should look for. They are;

  • A persistent cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of sense of taste and smell

In addition, we would recommend that if your child has an upset stomach or feels sick that you do not risk sending them to school but be precautious and keep them off school to monitor them and contact your GP or 111 if you are concerned. In some cases, these have been symptoms that students have first experienced.

Should any student have travelled to another country they will be required to quarantine for 10 days on their return and should not return to school until this has been completed.

Please notify the school if either of these situations apply to you.


To clarify all students are now expected to return to school from next week unless there is a good medical reason why this is not possible. Remote learning will only be available where students have been asked to shield by a medical professional or when students are required to self-isolate as a result of testing positive for COVID-19, or being a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Our remote learning guidance can be viewed here.

New measures we are putting in place

With the rise of new more contagious variants such as the Kent variant and the South African and Brazilian variants we can see the importance of adding protective measures to what we were already doing. The increase in infections we experienced as a school at the end of November and into December demonstrates this. I hope that adding these new measures, and your full support of them will allow us to keep infection rates in school as low as they were for the first 3 months of the school year.

Face Coverings:

As you are aware the government advice to schools has made very strong recommendations that students wear face coverings during lessons if 2 metre social distancing cannot be observed. This is based upon guidance from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. According to the Health and Safety Executive guidance asking students and staff to wear face coverings in classrooms is a proportionate measure in the existing climate.

In nearly all of our classrooms we cannot accommodate our students and ensure 2 metre social distancing. This means that wearing a face covering becomes an additional layer of protection that staff and students can use to keep each other safe from the risk that they cannot socially distance.

As we are asking students and staff to wear face coverings in lessons and we want them to feel comfortable we will be more flexible about the type of face covering you wear providing it is one that will be effective. Therefore, we will permit students to wear disposable face coverings if preferred. Students should also understand that they must be worn in the toilets also as these are shared indoor spaces.

There are times in the classroom where the teacher may need to remove their mask to be heard properly. If this is necessary, the teacher will only do so when they are at a distance of 2 metres or more from the students and they will only remove it for the time needed to instruct.

Please note that this guidance is up to the end of the spring term when it will be reviewed by the government to assess if it is still a necessary measure.

We understand that some people cannot wear face coverings and are exempt. If this is the case, please let us know and we will work with you to ensure that this can be managed in a safe and sensitive way that both helps staff identify these individuals easily and can minimise difficult situations.

There are various sources of science and health-based information that argue for and against the use of face coverings. As a school we are not scientific experts and must base ours on that which informs the DFE guidance. I am pleased that the majority of you support us with this measure and will expect your child to wear a face covering during their lessons. This will mean we can all reduce the risk of further infection occurring and this will reassure us all as we return the students to the classroom. I would like to reassure you that the students who have been with us in school throughout this lockdown have been wearing face coverings throughout their lessons with no significant discomfort or health concerns occurring.

Do Do not
Bring reusable face coverings if possible. Bring a bandana.
Ensure they fit tight around your nose and mouth Wear a face covering that is too big and has gaps
Bring a sealable plastic bag to store it in. Place it in a pocket or bag, or wear it off the face when not in use.
Bring enough face coverings to change them through the day if they are being taken on and off frequently. Reuse dirty face coverings.
Ensure your face covering is plain or a simple pattern. Please do not wear face coverings with logos, slogans, embellishments or offensive or inappropriate images.
Bring a separate face covering to wear on public transport and put it away safely while in school. Do not wear the same face covering in school that you have worn on public transport.
Have your own supply of sanitiser to use when putting on and removing your face mask. Touch anything after removing your face covering until you have sanitised or washed your hands.
Let us know if your child cannot wear a face covering.



You are aware that we will be conducting Rapid Lateral Flow testing on the students. We wrote to you yesterday with the details on this. Again, thank you to the significant majority of you who are supporting us with testing the students on their return. We have made a video that walks you through the test centre so students will know what to expect. You can view it below. There is also an NHS video which explains exactly how to take the swab and this can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCqo7MhQT6U

You will be aware that families of school children will now be eligible for home testing kits, as well as the school students themselves. This is good news as it is yet another measure that will help reduce the chance of any asymptomatic infection spreading in school. We understand you will order these yourselves and school will not be distributing family kits to you. The web link for this is here . Please note we will be providing our students with the home testing kits that they need.  I hope that families will be keen to support us by embracing this and testing yourselves alongside your children. We will write to you in the next week with details of how home testing is to operate for both students, and families.

If you have any concerns or questions about testing that you have not yet raised or had an answer to please do let us know.

Teacher bases:

We will be returning teachers to one classroom for their teaching. Teachers moving from classrooms each day was creating excessive pressure for staff and not conducive to good starts and ends of learning. Students will be in different classrooms for their three lessons each day. We are confident that we can mitigate against any risk created by 1) the staggered day and double lessons means there is no increase in students mixing in the corridors between lessons 2) teachers taking responsibility for all preventive measures being in place in their own room 3) students cleaning their work space at the end of their lesson before leaving.

Staggered arrival to the Dining Hall:

In an attempt to try and reduce Key Stage 3 students mixing in the Dining Hall queue we will be asking Years 7, 8 and 9 to arrive at different time slots. This is explained in the student booklet. Please be assured that we will work with the caterers to ensure that there is a good selection of food available for the students who have a later arrival time.

Existing measures that will remain in place:

The following are measures that will remain in place;

  • Staggered arrival times for KS3 and KS4
  • Separate dining facilities for KS3 and KS4
  • Students taught in class bubbles as often as possible
  • Separate arrival, departure, toilets and break time zones for each year group
  • Hand sanitizers available throughout school and in every classroom
  • Tissues, lidded bins, and cleaning materials available in every classroom
  • Classrooms and equipment cleaned between any change of students
  • A cleaner on site during the day focusing on cleaning frequently touched and high traffic areas
  • Enhanced cleaning at the end of each school day
  • Additional hand washing stations in practical classrooms
  • Soap and towels checked regularly in toilets
  • Good ventilation throughout the school
  • Face coverings worn in internal shared spaces
  • 2 Metre markings throughout the school
  • Teacher zones marked in classrooms
  • A separate medical room to deal with any suspected cases
  • PPE for any staff who need to deal with a suspected case on site
  • Practical activities planned to minimise risk (PE, DT, Music, Drama etc)
  • Students wear PE kits if they have PE or Dance on their timetable that day

Rules for travel to and from school

Public transport should be avoided wherever possible and students should try and walk or cycle to school.

The 400 and 813 buses will start running at the normal times and routes from Monday 8th March.

If students travel via school bus, public bus, or train they should observe social distancing rules, try and sit with others from their bubble and avoid mixing with other bubbles, and wear a face covering unless exempt (please note this is a legal requirement for students over 11 and subject to a fine if not observed).

Where the school bus comes on site we will supervise the queue and that students are wearing a face covering, and seated in bubbles before the bus leaves.

We have liaised with the bus company to ensure that they will be well ventilated and cleaned regularly.

Students travelling via public transport should have a clean face covering that they can wear in school.

Please avoid driving students to school and please do not drop students outside the school. This is dangerous. It creates further hazards on the road at a time when students are arriving and leaving school in high numbers. The zig zag markings indicate spaces where it is not safe to park. Please recognise this and do not pull up to drop students off here even if the road appears quiet. They are marked for a very good reason.

Visiting school

In order to reduce contact please can you avoid dropping into school unless absolutely necessary. If there is a problem, please contact us and we can see if we can work with you to solve it without you needing to come on site.


Please remember that students should not be borrowing essential equipment from school or friends. The equipment students need to bring with them is listed in the information booklet for students.

I know there is a lot of information here. I am sure that I will have left some things unanswered and if this is the case please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

We are really looking forward to getting the students back into school and the return to face to face learning. I hope that our remote provision has been successful and mitigated as best as we could against any interruption to learning. With these measures all in place we hope that we can look forward to the students learning alongside their friends in school with minimal disruption ahead.

Thank you, as ever, for your on-going support throughout this period of lockdown and remote teaching.

Yours faithfully


Phil Reeves

3rd March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

Asymptomatic Testing using Lateral Flow Devices

On 22nd February, the government announced that all secondary school students will return to school in w/c  8th March. All students will be tested using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) 3 times within a 2-week period and will then use home testing kits to test themselves at home twice a week. The results of which will need to be reported either online or by telephone using the details in the testing guide.

The school has been regularly testing students and staff who have been working on site since the beginning of the term. Our testing centre has been scaled up to accommodate the volume of tests required and our staff and team of parent/grandparent volunteers have been fully trained to support students to self-administer their tests.

Thank you for providing your support with this process. For us to be able to process this number of tests in the time we have available we will depend upon your full support. If you have any questions or concerns remaining please get in touch with us and we will do our best to respond.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

1. Arrangements for testing

Testing will begin for students from Monday 8th March and will conclude during w/c Monday 15th March. As you can imagine we have not been testing at full volume so we may need to alter the 2nd and 3rd testing times in due course. Each tutor group has been allocated a specific time to arrive at the School via the Sports Centre entrance, (details at the end of this letter) where they will follow a queuing system which leads them to be registered and then on to be tested. Students will not be permitted to deviate from the queuing system, as all students must maintain a two-metre distance from each other at all times. All students must wear a face covering at all times (other than while administering the test), unless they have been previously identified for an exemption. Once the student has administered their own test, they will then leave the school premises via the allocated exit point and must return directly home and observe the rules of lockdown. The 400 and 813 school buses are running again from Monday 8th March.

Please note that a significant amount of the queuing system is outdoors. Therefore, whilst students are not required to wear their school uniform for their testing appointment, it is advisable that they dress appropriately for being outside and have an umbrella.

On the day your child attends for their first test, they will take the test and will then return home immediately. After their first test they will then be attending full-time school, as normal.

It is of the utmost importance that every effort is made to ensure that your child comes to school at the correct time as we have an immense number of students to facilitate. The numbers of tests we must conduct in a day mean that we cannot offer any choice over the appointment time.

Date Outline
Frday 5th March No live lessons. Staff set work for students to complete

TLC – students on-site by prior arrangement

Monday 8th March Y11 on site for testing across day – No lessons for Y11. 28 Y11 drama students to remain on site for performance task.

TLC – On site for testing and remote lessons by prior arrangement.

Y10 – Y7  Remote learning

Tuesday 9th March Y11 on site for lessons (8:50am start, finish at 3:15pm)

Y10 and Y9 on site for testing across day – no lessons for Y9 and Y10

Y7 and Y8 Remote lessons

Y7 & 8 TLC – On site (Y9 & 10 by prior arrangement)

Wednesday 10th March Y11, 10 & 9 on site for lessons

Y 7 & 8 on site for testing – no lessons

TLC – Y7 & 8 (by prior arrangement)

Thursday 11th March

(Wk 3)

All students onsite (KS3 8:20 start, KS4 8:50 start)

Second testing cycle begins with Y11

Friday 12th March

(Wk 3)

All students onsite

Second testing cycle begins with Y10 & 9

For remaining tests carried out from Thursday 11th March, students will leave their lesson at their allocated time to have their test and will return to their lesson. Once the three tests have been administered, students will be provided with home test kits to continue their twice weekly testing.

2. Consent, privacy notice and registration

Thank you to those parents/carers who have already given consent for testing. If you have not yet completed consent it is essential that you do this now at this link. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RF27HurRRkOcwa-UXm33Dyd2I84x8cJGiufkwXsJJ7BUMUxRQkM1REtBWUJYVVpZVFRJSFFENVgwVi4u so that your child can be tested.

Tests are not compulsory, but it is safer for everyone if as many people as possible participate in testing. A member of staff will greet each student in the Registration Centre and will check that we have obtained consent. If consent has not been given, a test cannot take place and the student will be sent back home.

3. Administering a test

A Lateral Flow Test is self-administered. A testing assistant will be on hand to explain the process and to support students to complete their tests correctly. Please see the NHS guidance video linked below and share with your son/daughter should they have any concerns about how the test is administered.


The Department for Education (2021) states the following as the reason for the first three lateral flow tests to take place on the school site:

“It is important that initially pupils and students are supervised whilst swabbing to make sure they are doing it correctly. This is why testing will initially take place on-site (via ATS). As a result, secondary schools and colleges should offer students three tests on-site, three to five days apart, upon their return. Testing on-site (via an ATS) initially is a condition of being able to transition pupils and students to test at home.” (DfE, 2021: 7)

4. Test results

The result of the LFD test will be sent directly to the prime parent contact we hold on our school’s system you have provided. We cannot guarantee how quickly they will process message results however, if a test taken in school is positive, we will notify you immediately, ask you to collect your child and conduct our tracing process for any close contacts. When your child begins using home testing kits you are required to report the outcome to the NHS. Guidance on how to do this in the step-by-step booklet that you will receive with the home test kits. Government guidance states that you will need to inform us of positive test results. We are waiting further guidance as to how this is to be recorded and will update you in due course.

5. Remote learning during the testing period

On the days when students are not on site for their test, they will be expected to engage with remote learning as usual.

They would not be expected to engage with lesson content on the day when their year group is scheduled in school for testing.

Some staff are involved in running the test centre so there may be some lessons which do not have a live lesson component. However, students should still go to their class ‘team’ for each lesson at the correct time so that they do not miss any learning activities.

6. Asymptomatic testing – households
The Department of Health and Social Care announced over the weekend that, from Monday 1 March, households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week. Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders. More information is available here.

Schools and colleges should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Letters containing advice on where to access testing will be made available for schools to share with parents and staff shortly.

Thamesmead Asymptomatic Testing Schedule

Tutor 11 Arrive at Thamesmead Sports Centre external entrance Testing
Monday 8th March
Drama Group 08:25 8.30-9.00
11EMC 08:55 9.00-9.15
11RSI 09:10 9.15-9.30
11JBU 09:55 10.00-10.15
11HMA 10:10 10.15-10.30
11LSO 10:55 11.00-11.15
11MLO 11:10 11.15-11.30
11JBL 11:55 12.00-12.15
11JHA 12:10 12.15-12.30
Tutor 10 & 9 Arrive at Thamesmead Sports Centre external entrance Testing
Tuesday 9th March
10LDR 08:25 8.30-9.45
10RPR 08:40 8.45-9.00
10MJO 08:55 9.00-9.15
10HJO 09:10 9.15-9.30
10RHA 09:55 10.00-10.15
10LTH 10:10 10.15-10.30
10LRO 10:25 10.30-11.00
9JBU 11:25 11.30-11:45
9NHA 11:40 11.45-12.00
9FWI 11:55 12.00-12.15
9KHI 12:10 12.15-12.30
9SBO 13:25 13.30-1:45
9RPI 13:40 13.45-14.00
9JWI 13:55 14.00-14.15
Tutor 8 & 7 Arrive at Thamesmead Sports Centre external entrance Testing
Wednesday 10th March
8BSI 08:25 8.30-9.45
8TSP 08:40 8.45-9.00
8CLA 08:55 9.00-9.15
8RLO 09:10 9.15-9.30
8EWH 09:55 10.00-10.15
8KWA 10:10 10.15-10.30
8SCO 10:25 10.30-11.00
7FFO 11:25 11.30-11:45
7CVA 11:40 11.45-12.00
7PTH 11:55 12.00-12.15
7DLE 12:10 12.15-12.30
7HCO 13:25 13.30-1:45
7SME 13:40 13.45-14.00
7HLO 13:55 14.00-14.15




26th February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you have had a good week.  It has certainly been a busy but rewarding week for my team and I as we work through the details and plans that will return our students to school.  The DFE has updated its document for parents about schools during the pandemic which you can access here   Gavin Williamson, Secretary for State, has also written to parents to explain why the government are confident that it is now safe to consider reopening schools.  I have linked this for you to read here 

We have agreed an outline plan for the week of Monday 8th March which I would like to share with you so that you can plan for the return to school.

The requirement to offer a test to all students before they return is a big undertaking and the plans below are necessary to ensure it can be done as smoothly as possible and allow us to bring the students back into school as quickly as we can.

Testing appointments will run through the day and we will let you know when they will be.  Students will return home after their appointment to wait for the result.

The disruption testing will cause means there will not be lessons for the year group on their first test day.  If the student has a negative result they will be able to return to school for lessons the next day.  Should a student not be able to take a test they will be expected to return on the same day as their year group.

Date Students Outline of day
Fri 5th March All No live lessons.  Remote learning will be set for students to do independently.

Staff will attend school for testing, training on self-testing and to prepare school for the safe return of students.

Mon 8th March Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children


Onsite learning and test.
Year 11


Attend school for test appointment.  No lessons that day.
Years 10- 7 Remote learning.
Tues 9th March Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children Y7 & 8 Onsite learning.

Y9 & 10 Onsite learning if place is required.

Year 11


Onsite for lessons.
Years 10 and 9


Attend school for test appointment.  No lessons that day.
Years 8 & 7 Remote learning.
Weds 10th


Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children Y7 & 8 Onsite learning if place is required.


Years 11, 10 & 9 Onsite for lessons.


Years 7 & 8 Attend school for test appointment.  No lessons that day.
Thurs 11th – Fri 19th March All students All on site.

Testing cycle continues with students leaving lessons to complete 2nd and 3rd tests 3-5 days apart from 1st test.

We will write to you over the course of the next week to provide full details about these plans.  However, I hope that this gives you clearer information on when the students will return.

We have also been looking through the details shared with schools yesterday, regarding the GCSEs examinations and how Year 11 students will be assessed.  Mrs Eley will contact Year 11 students and parents shortly to explain the plans in more detail but the letter here from the Head of OFQUAL provides a useful overview  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021  This decision does leave the judgment firmly in the hands of centres to assess their students but there is a good deal of work for us to do to formulate a plan that will work for our students once we have access to all the necessary information.

Thank you to all families who have now provided their consent for students to be tested on return.  We have had a fantastic response.  We will contact the outstanding families individually to ensure we have as many of these done ahead of Monday 8th March to support with the smooth running of this process.  We will write separately about testing as there is a good deal of information to share with you about this.  However, I would like to reassure you again that this is a simple process that our students in school have quickly adapted to doing weekly, taking it in their stride as part of the new routines we must all follow to keep one another safe.  We will respond in time to those of you who have contacted us with questions or worries to support you with these.  Again, if you are able to help by volunteering to support with the testing, do please get in touch with Mrs Patterson j.patterson@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk .  There is a small amount of training to do in advance but you will play a big part in helping bring the students back to school as soon, and as safely, as possible.

I will be in touch several times next week no doubt as we confirm plans.  In the meantime, enjoy the spring like weather this weekend and I hope that you and your families all remain safe and well.

Phil Reeves


24th February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you are well. We have received further guidance from the Department for Education since the Prime Minister’s announcement about the return to schools on Monday. There is still a lot of planning my team now need to do to make this happen but these are the things I believe it is important to share with you at this stage.

A Staggered Return

Secondary schools are to begin returning from March 8th once students have had the opportunity to take a test at school and received a negative test result. This will mean that students will return at some point in this week, not on March 8th. Once we have confirmed how we will test the students we will notify you of dates and times for testing and the planned return date for each year group. We will prioritise the oldest students with GCSEs first. There is an expectation that we must test all students three times in this period of return so following this first test we must conduct another two tests with each student.

At some points during this transition period we may not be able to deliver live lessons as staff prepare to bring students back into school. This will be confirmed in our plans when we share them with you.

Testing for Asymptomatic Cases

Students who are under 12 years old will need to have an adult administer the home test kits with them. We will continue running a small testing site in school after the initial testing phase is complete to support any students with testing who cannot do it at home.

Staff will also be tested in the same way receiving home testing kits at the same time as the students. This will reduce the burden on schools administering the testing and will allow us to focus our available time and resources on teaching lessons.

Thank you to the majority of you who have now given us consent for your child to participate in testing – we are nearly there with collecting these. If you know you have yet to do this please complete the consent form by clicking on this link. Please notify us if you are having any difficulty with it so we can help.


Playing your part to keep infection down

Testing is voluntary but it is strongly encouraged in the guidance provided to schools as an additional measure they can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. There will be a very small number of students for whom testing is not possible, however I expect the majority of our community to engage with this. If you or your child are questioning whether they wish to participate I would ask that you consider the context of schools being opened first, with a month to assess the impact on community spread, before going ahead with wider opening of businesses and society. If infection rates in schools lead to a concerning increase in the R rate, then it is clear from the Prime Minister that there will be a delay to the wider opening of society.

The same must be said of wearing face coverings properly, and observing social distancing rules which will remain in place as we bring students back into schools.

I am sure the availability of rapid testing in school will serve to reduce worries that some parents and students may have about returning to school. Students, and parents have a responsibility to support schools with all the measures in place to ensure COVID-19 infection rates do not rise. The more students, and families who choose to not support these measures the greater the risk is of asymptomatic infection occurring in school. We saw first-hand how quickly new variants can spread at the end of 2020 with a significant increase in positive cases amongst students and staff, as well as in the secondary age population nationally, therefore I ask that you support us with engaging with the testing process, and other preventative measures to do your part to prevent any further extension of the national lockdown.

We will be happy to answer questions you may have about testing over the coming week to reassure you that this is a safe process and support you with any concerns you may have.

Extension of wearing Face Coverings

Secondary school students have also been asked to wear face coverings in the classroom if they cannot be seated 2 metres apart. This is the case at Thamesmead. Therefore, we ask that you ensure students have face coverings that are both effective but will be comfortable to be worn for up to two hours at a time. The guidance makes it clear that plastic visors are not acceptable alternatives. Teachers will also be subject to the same expectations. Students will not need to wear masks if they are outdoors at break and lunch time. This is scheduled to last up to April in the first instance.

A suitable face covering is one that has at least two layers. Students should also have enough that they can wear a clean one as soon as the mask they have been wearing becomes damp. This may mean they have to change their face covering within the day. We recommend that you purchase or make reusable face coverings that can be washed. This will save you a considerable cost in the long term as well as being more environmentally sustainable in the longer term. School will have a small stock of face coverings for students to use if they lose their face covering or forget to bring a mask to school but we do not have a budget to provide large numbers of students with face coverings each day and will charge students who regularly require face coverings from us. Please note standard blue disposable face coverings do not fit smaller children’s faces and therefore are not an effective preventative measure. Please ensure that your child has a face covering that is the correct size for their face. Guidance on what constitutes an effective face covering can be found at the end of this letter. To ensure students, staff and families are all as best protected as possible please take time over this next fortnight to check your child’s face coverings meet these guidelines. We will reinforce with the students the importance wearing face coverings correctly has in helping reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread and as that you ensure your children understand the significance of doing so.

The guidance remains the same as previously guidance for those students who are exempt from wearing a face covering. We are also considering how we manage this for students who need to wear glasses.

Remote Education

If students do not return to school on March 8th as they are yet to receive their first test, they will be provided with remote learning until the day when they are able to return to school to be tested in that week. On site provision will remain available for those students who have been accessing this during this period of lock down. On occasions in this period as we transition students from remote learning to school based learning there are likely to be some occasions where live teaching cannot be provided. We will notify you of these but I ask for your understanding and support that bringing children back on to sight for testing, offering on site learning to children of critical workers, and delivering live remote lessons will place a great demand on staffing on occasions.


The guidance makes it clear that all students are expected to return to school unless there is a legitimate medical reason why they cannot. If a student has symptoms for COVID-19, or is in a household where someone else has symptoms or has tested positive then they should not attend school. If you are concerned about your child returning to school from March 8th please do contact us so that we listen to your concerns and explain the steps available to us to support your child in returning to school.

Can you help?

We made a request for volunteers to support us with testing at the start of the new term and have been appreciative of those who have been supporting us with our onsite testing in recent weeks. We will now need to expand this significantly to help bring all students back on to site quickly and safely. If you are able to provide any support in the weeks commencing March 8th and March 15th please contact us and let us know. We will be able to provide the training and PPE that you will need to help us with this. If you volunteered earlier this term we will contact, you again. A strong volunteer response will enable us to run the testing with a minimal impact upon learning.

Thank you

I was made aware over the half term break of some lovely comments that some of our parent community had shared with the Get Surrey website in response to a call they made for details of Surrey Schools who had done a good job in managing remote learning through the pandemic. As ever we are appreciative that so many of you take the time to share your support for the school and it is a continued reward to us to know that our hard work to support the students has been so appreciated.

I will be in touch within the next few days with more detailed information. Thank you for your patience as we finalise our plans.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


22nd February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back from a much needed half term break from remote schooling for us all. I hope that you are all well and are starting to see loved one in older age, and critically vulnerable categories protected by the vaccine with its successful roll out these last few weeks.

The Prime Minister has made his announcements about students returning to school on March 8th to the House of Commons but as of yet we have no details provided about what this will look like. This is good news, but I ask for your patience as we wait for details and understand how they will need to be applied here at Thamesmead. As soon as we have information to share we will of course write to you with them. Until this moment comes please understand you have as much information as me.

One thing I would like to ask you to do as a matter of urgency if you have not done so already, is to ensure you have given permission for your son or daughter to participate in the COVID-19 testing we have at school as this will be a significant part in reducing risk when students return to us. You can do so by completing the forms at this link https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RF27HurRRkOcwa-UXm33Dyd2I84x8cJGiufkwXsJJ7BUMUxRQkM1REtBWUJYVVpZVFRJSFFENVgwVi4u

We have been running testing successfully at school since January with both staff, and students from Year 7 upwards attending school through this time. It has been a simple, self-administered process that we have adapted to and should not be the cause of anxiety for students or parents. We will include further details in return to school planning and communication about the testing process.

Best wishes and thank you for your patience.

Phil Reeves


To request a place in school during lockdown as a Critical Worker please complete this information



Link to online Consent form for student Covid testing in school (Lateral Flow tests)


How to do your test COVID 19 instruction leaflet for schools


Guides & Videos to assist with remote learning can be found here



Remote Learning Timetable (via Teams)

Time Length (Minutes) Activity
8.45 -9.00 15 Tutor
9:00 – 10:30 90 Lesson 1-Periods 1 and 2 Subject
10:30 – 10:50 20 Break
10:50 – 11:15 25 Preparation and consolidation
11:15 – 12:00 45 Lesson 2-Period 3 Subject
12:00 – 12:30 30 Preparation and consolidation
12:30 – 1:00 30 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 90 Lesson 3-Periods 4 and 5 Subject
2:30 – 2:50 20 Preparation and consolidation

If your family is in a position whereby you cannot access remote education for your child/ children please notify us so we can support you to make this available. You can e mail us or telephone to make this request.

Previous Headteacher updates below … (in date order)


8th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

And so we have reached the end of a very unusual week which I never could have imagined when I wrote to you on the 2nd January with our adapted plans for the return to school. To think that we would start new term seeing the news that GCSE and A Level examinations were cancelled for the second year in a row pushed into third place in the news stories that day seems to sum these unpredictable and ever changing times up.

First of all, I hope that your families all remain safe and well at this time when rates of infection and hospital admission seem so very high.

I hope that you have all been able to adapt quickly within your families to working from home, and supporting the students to settle back into remote learning relatively smoothly. We do understand this is not an easy task. We have been pleased to see high levels of engagement in many of our lessons and the staff I have spoken to are telling me that the students are applying themselves well to lessons. I joined Mr Patel in the Year 7 assembly this morning and could see that the majority of the Year group had logged in but there were still a large number who were not there. We know that there can be issues with internet signals and technology that might prevent students joining their remote learning at times. I have asked the staff to look out for signs this might be a problem so we can work with families to eliminate these barriers and ensure all students can get on line to engage with their lessons. If you are still experiencing frequent barriers accessing remote learning, then please do let us know so we can help.

I would also like to remind you that if you are worried about your child’s well being that there are ways we can help. We have a number of links to websites, apps, and agencies who can often provide valuable support in the first instance. You can access them here. You can also raise any concerns that relate to school and remote learning with your child’s tutor in the first instance, and then the Head of Year. If you are seriously concerned about the wellbeing of your child or another student, then you can contact our safeguarding team at school with your concern. Details of how to do this are here.

I have had some reports of younger students not settling into their remote lessons with the standards of behaviour we would expect. If we know this is the case, we will contact you individually but I would like to ask all parents and carers to take time to remind the students that our staff are often also working from home. This may involve having to manage their own younger children’s remote learning as well as teach their class at the same time. This makes it all the more important that their behaviour is respectful and cooperative. Remote teaching is not an easy task no matter how easy the amazing team here at Thamesmead make it look. Thank you for supporting us with this message. If you are able to cast an occasional eye or ear over what they are doing as well this will also be appreciated.

This month has seen many sudden policy changes from Gavin Williamson and the Department of Education that the school has had to adapt to quickly, and I think we have done remarkably well in the circumstances! One change that was confirmed yesterday is an expectation that the amount of remote learning a day a student should experience in secondary school should increase from 4 to 5 hours. Our experience from our previous phase of remote learning is that the school day replicated remotely is very demanding on students AND staff. Being on screen all day is very different to being in the classroom.

Therefore, we have adapted our remote timetable to build in time in the day for consolidation or preparation tasks. This is time that allows students to finish tasks that they may not have been able to complete in the lesson, improve work that they have had feedback on, or to do work to help them prepare for the next lesson. We have placed this in three suggested places because we know working at home students cannot always stick rigidly to the school day when other things are going on round them at home. The three suggested slots allow your family some time to agree the best place to build this in. We know not all of you may be able to get everyone through lunch in 30 minutes for example!

This time will also help develop student’s independence in managing their own learning, an essential skill to develop for success in school. Staff will be asking students to do tasks in this time so please do reinforce the expectation with your children that they use the time well and do not consider it additional break time.

Our adapted plan for the day is shown above and we have updated our remote learning guidance on the website. It will be explained to students on Monday.

I remain deeply frustrated that we are not in any position to inform our Year 11 students and their parents about how they will be assessed in the absence of GCSE examinations this year. What is clear is that we will now have to go through a period of consultation between the DFE, OFQUAL and the teaching profession to agree this which is likely to delay this decision well into February. I recognise that in a pandemic one never knows, if and when, worst case scenarios may occur but it has always been a possibility that there would be disruption to the exams. It is simply unacceptable that no plan B was prepared for this eventuality and that our exam students are now left to wait for answers while a plan is prepared. I have been asking staff this week how Year 11 have reacted to the situation, and Mrs Eley has spoken to them to reassure them that we will do our upmost to see they are not disadvantaged. I am full of admiration of their composure and continued motivation to work hard in these circumstances. They deserve so much better than this.

I am pleased to report that our local MP Mr Kwasi Kwarteng has been in touch to arrange a chance to meet with me. The Headteachers of the six Spelthorne Secondary Schools are arranging to meet him collectively and we will raise this matter. Should any parents feel strongly enough about the cancellation of exams, or other education issues arising from government policy in recent weeks that you chose to write to Mr Kwarteng (or your own MP if living in another borough) then please do share with me a copy of this communication. I can then reference this when preparing my concerns, demonstrating more fully the views of our wider community.

In another announcement from the DFE this week Gavin Williamson encouraged parents to contact OFSTED if they felt that their child’s school were not providing adequate remote education. Our parents have always been both fully understanding of the difficulty teachers face teaching remotely, and so very forthcoming with your appreciation and gratitude for our staff and the work they do. I do recognise that sometimes you may have legitimate concerns and ask that if this is the case that you do contact us first and we will do our best to work with you to see if we can put it right.

I would like to publically thank parents that have been in touch this week to generously and kindly donate money to the school so that we can support students in the school who do not have access to laptops at home. It is so kind and thoughtful of you to consider the needs others at such a time and has been one of the positive moments of this week.

I will try to keep you updated as the situation develops and changes, but the Prime Ministers briefings this week have indicated that this period of lock down and remote learning will likely continue for some time, possibly even beyond the February half term as first announced. This provides a period of certainty and I anticipate I will not need to write to you as frequently as I was last term, or when we entered the first lock down. We will continue to communicate with you weekly, and when there is something important to share we will do so in addition to this.

Thank you again for all of the support and encouragement you provide to our school through these times and please continue to communicate with us if you have questions or need some support.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


5th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, that England is to enter another period of national lockdown I am writing to update you on our plans for the next half term.

As we will not be required to mass test all of our students in the next fortnight this frees up staff capacity and we can commence remote lessons for all year groups from tomorrow. We believe it is important to commence with this as soon possible given the uncertainty and changes of recent weeks about how education will be delivered. Now we know that this period of remote learning is set to be in place up to, and including the February Half term holiday we think it is most useful if we can establish a routine for our students as soon as possible. Most of our staff will be able to deliver this learning quickly but I ask that you are patient with any of the teaching staff here who are parents and may be establishing learning routines with their own younger children at home, or cannot yet access the critical worker provision at their own child’s school. For these teachers there may be less live teaching initially, with more independent work set.

As we know our period of remote teaching is going to last for a significant period of time we have readjusted our planned timetable again. The timetable we shared on Saturday and before Christmas was planned for a brief period of remote learning. If we stick with this, it will cause a noticeable imbalance to the timetable and therefore we are sharing an amended plan for all lessons starting from tomorrow. This includes Year 11 who followed the previous schedule today. The plan is above.

Please understand that our longer ‘double lessons’ should be planned to ensure that learning is broken down into smaller chunks so that they are manageable and do not involve excessive screen time. Please let us know if you find this is not the case.

I have attached a copy of our remote learning guidance which explains clearly how remote learning will operate. It meets the Department of Education statutory guidelines and expectations for remote education. You can see our expectations of staff and of students, as well as guidance on how to access the learning via Microsoft Teams. Please note the expectations of parents on pages 8-9. We ask that you review these and support us with them, doing so will ensure your child’s learning can progress in this time. Please also remind your child of the expectations and guidelines for students. This will help them understand that we are all expecting them to apply themselves responsibly to their work in this period of school closure.

During this period of remote learning we will only ask students in Key Stage 4 (GCSE) to do further work outside of timetabled lesson time so that they do not fall behind with important content. This also includes Year 9 RPE as they have commenced the GCSE course.

Although it was not made clear in the Prime Minister’s statement, it has become clear in the reporting since that the summer examinations will not go ahead as planned. This will be devastating news for many of our Year 11 students who have been working harder than ever this year. While it is right that exams should not continue as planned, it is unacceptable that our Year 11 students have been left with this uncertainty. We will now wait for the Minister of Education, Gavin Williamson, to work with OFQUAL to devise a backup plan that both Headteachers and teachers were asking for as far back as September in case it was needed.  What is most important now is that our Year 11 students remain resilient. They must understand that they cannot become despondent and disengage from their GCSE study fearing there is little they can do. The work they complete now will still be of great importance and we anticipate that this time around there will be some form of formal assessment planned as part of the process that awards them their final GCSE grades. We will do our upmost to support them through this period and the new assessment process to help them achieve their potential. Miss Shillabeer, the Year 11 Tutors and teachers will be working closely with the students to provide the support our Year 11 need in this moment of uncertainty and I hope they will be able to remain hopeful that they will still succeed. As soon as we know more information we will share this with our Year 11 students and parents.

We have been contacting parents where we know there is a need with;

  • On site provision for critical worker’s children or vulnerable learners
  • Support with ICT access
  • Free School Meals

If you have not been contacted and think you need help with any of these please e mail us at info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk

Please understand that in order to minimise social contact amongst students we are only permitted to offer places in school to those who meet the criteria listed here. This list now includes parents whose work is linked to managing the end of the Brexit transition period.

We believe we have identified all families where IT access limits a student’s ability to join our remote lessons. However, we think there could be more families where siblings have to share a device such as a laptop which means they cannot access the live teaching. If this is the case, please let us know as we may be able to help with the loan of an additional device.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded to my letter earlier today giving consent for your child to use the Rapid Flow Lateral Device testing for COVID-19 with us. If you have not read and completed this form, please do so as soon as possible. This is especially important for those students who are accessing our on-site provision during this lockdown as it will increase the safety of all students, staff and families if we can test and identify any asymptomatic positive cases and quickly ensure they are isolating as required. We will write to you individually before we test your child for the first time.

Can I also remind you that the conditions of the lockdown mean that parents should not be visiting the school site unless it is essential. The country has been asked to minimise possible contacts between individuals and therefore please call or email us first if you think there is a reason why you need to visit the school and we will try to resolve the issue without the need for you to come on to the school site.

The reports from the medical and scientific bodies make it clear that the situation is grave at present and that there is no alternative but to close schools if progress is to be made to slow down the current spread of the new strain of the virus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. We know teenagers catch this new strain and rates of the virus are very high in Spelthorne at present. This all makes this action necessary. We will be doing our very best to support your children through this period, and I trust we will together all now play our parts in helping bring transmission down so the students can return to school as soon as possible.

As ever, thank you for your on-going support. As weary as we may feel this will come to an end at some point, and we must keep focused on that.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


2nd January 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers

I apologise for sending you this letter on a weekend, but I wanted to update you regarding our plans following the announcements made in the national media on 30th December. Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, has updated the expectations of schools about when and how they re-open in January in support of the national campaign against COVID-19. All secondary schools have been asked to further extend the staggered start to the Spring term. In addition, it has been confirmed that schools have been asked to host testing of students and staff for COVID-19 using the new fast-acting lateral flow tests.

At Thamesmead School this means that for students in year 11 learning will begin with remote lessons on Tuesday 5th January. Students in these year groups should remain at home and should log on to Microsoft Teams at 8:35am on the 5th January for registration with their form tutor. Online lessons will begin with period 1 at 9am and will then follow the remote learning timetable that we shared with you at the end of last term and can be found at the end of this letter and on our website. At present it is planned that students in year 11 will return to school for face-to face teaching on Monday 11th January. For those students in Year 11 who are due to sit a Health and Social Care examination on Monday 11th we intend to run this exam as planned.

We will provide on-site education for our more vulnerable children and children of critical workers from the start of term. Staff will be in contact directly with some families on Monday 4th January to invite students to school from Tuesday 5th January. If you are a critical worker and are unable to source care for your child during this first part of term, please contact the school office (info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk ) to book a place, if you haven’t already done so. If you have already alerted us to needing this place last term or over the holiday, then we will have planned for your request. We will confirm arrangements with you on Monday 4th.

Students in years 7, 8, 9, and 10 will remain at home for an extra two weeks and return to school for face-to face teaching on Monday 18th January at normal times. There will be a delayed start to the new term for these year groups. We hope to provide remote learning for these groups by Thursday 7th January at the latest. We will write to you by the end of Monday 4th to confirm on which day this will be. We are not able to provide remote learning for Years 7-10 initially as we need to take time to both train staff in how to use the lateral flow tests and conduct the testing, as well as plan and set up the testing we need to do with students the following week.  Thank you for your patience as we take the necessary time to do this.

We are currently scheduled for all students to return to school on Monday 18th January. This date may be subject to national change depending on the national COVID picture. Meanwhile we will be working to set up a rapid flow testing centre as we are now required to carry out testing on an ongoing basis. The set up will include the collection of parental consent forms for all our students. When we have more details on this a further communication with parents will be sent and will include the consent form. Once up and running the aim is that we will roll out regular testing to the whole school community. This in turn will hopefully reduce the future need for self-isolation periods for staff and students where possible infection occurs.

There are some considerable logistical issues that we need to overcome to make this testing possible, which we will be doing our very best to resolve. We would welcome help from anyone who can spare the time to assist with testing of students in school. Volunteers will be required to undertake online training (2 hours max) and some on site dry run training before being able to administer testing. If you could help with the testing on an ongoing basis please email info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk  with the words COVID-19 TESTING VOLUNTEER in the subject heading and include your contact details and the regular times you would be available. You do not need to have medical training or background to support as there are number of roles involved that you can assist with. We will then get in touch with you. Thank you in advance to anyone who does feel able to support us with this request.

During periods of remote learning and on return to school, all students must continue to follow the rules set out for Tier 4. This particularly includes those related to mixing with other households when they are not in school and when they are travelling to and from school. As students return in phases to on-site education, they will resume our COVID protocols, including regular handwashing/sanitisation, wearing face coverings and strict observation of our social distancing (bubbles) protocols.

Please do feel free to contact the school during this staggered start-up period if you need further clarification. I will update parents in the case of further changes. We will contact you over the start of the new week with further information about remote learning and regarding the plans for testing.

While these arrangements are challenging for us all, may I wish you all a happy New Year and thank you for your support with these matters. I hope that the brighter news on the horizon around vaccination will bring an end to disruption and a return to normality for us all.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

All Remote Learning (Year 11 from 5th Jan/ Years-7-10 date TBC)

Time Length (Minutes) Activity
8:35 – 8:50 15 Tutor
9:00-10.20 80 Lesson 1-Periods 1 and 2 Subject
10:20-11:15 55 Break and prep
11:15-12.35 80 Lesson 2-Period 3 Subject
12:35-1:25 50 Lunch and prep
1:25-2:45 80 Lesson 3-Periods 4 and 5 Subject

If your family is in a position whereby you cannot access remote education for your child/ children please notify us so we can support you to make this available. You can email us or telephone to make this request.





Face Coverings

We wrote to you on Tuesday 1 September explaining our expectations with face coverings. This letter is on our website here https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Face-coverings-in-school.pdf

Do Do not
Bring a reusable face covering. Bring a disposable face covering or bandana.
Bring a sealable plastic bag to store it in. Place it in a pocket or bag, or wear it off the face when not in use.
Bring enough face coverings to change them through the day if they are being taken on and off frequently. Reuse dirty face coverings.
Ensure your face covering is plain or a simple pattern. Please do not wear face coverings with logos, slogans, embellishments or offensive or inappropriate images.
Bring a separate face covering to wear on public transport and put it away safely while in school. Do not wear the same face covering in school that you have worn on public transport.
Have your own supply of sanitiser to use when putting on and removing your face mask. Touch anything after removing your face mask until you have sanitised or washed your hands.
Let us know if your child cannot wear a face covering.


What to bring to School

  • Face coverings and a sealable plastic bag
  • Hand sanitiser

Pencil case to hold:​​

  • 2 writing pens (in case one runs out!)​ blue or black ink​​
  • 1 X 4 coloured ink pen​
  • 2 X HB pencils​​
  • Pack of 10 or 12 colouring pencils​
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener​​
  • Ruler​​
  • Pack of highlighters​​
  • ​Casio fx-83GTX ​ calculator​
  • Protractor​
  • Maths compass​
  • Round bladed paper scissors​
  • Glue stick​
  • Whiteboard pen​

Items that can be purchased from school in September:

  • Casio fx-83GTX calculator
  • Stationary pack in a ziplock bag containing:

Inkjoy Black Pen
Maths compass
Scissors (round bladed for paper)
Glue stick
Whiteboard pen

Students should also bring a reading book into school each day.

Transport to School

Government guidance is that where possible public transport should be avoided and walking and cycling is to be encouraged.

Dropping students off

Due to this advice we expect that there will be more students getting lifts to school. Manygate Lane is already congested and, as a result dangerous for our students as they leave. An increase in traffic at the start and end of the day will increase this risk. It will also make it hard for students to social distance if students are all leaving or getting into cars pulled up outside close to the school. Please also be considerate of our neighbours. To support us with this we ask you to drop students off in locations further away from the school.

Our car park will be locked to all traffic from 8:15 to 8:30 and 2:45 to 3:00 as it is being used as a thoroughfare so that our students can be kept socially distant as they enter school.

Public Transport

If travelling by public transport students need to follow social distancing rules and wear a face covering if they are over 11 years of age. Students should sanitise or wash their hands after travelling. They should bring a fresh covering to wear in school that has not been worn on public transport.

School Buses

Students using the school bus will need to take care when travelling to;

  • Wear a face covering
  • Take care when queuing and boarding to respect social distancing and to keep a good distance from others wherever possible.
  • Sit only with students in their year group bubbles.
  • Sanitise their hands when boarding and leaving the bus. Sanitiser will be available on the bus.

Bus timetables have been changed to match our staggered day. Bus timetables can be found on the school website here https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/transport-to-school/

The bus company has requested that students have the correct change for their bus fare.

Arrival and Departure and Year Group Bubble Zones

Each year group have their own entrance/ exit and playground zones. This is to reduce interaction between year groups and support social distancing.

Colour coding and coloured arrows will guide students to their zone.

Zones and colour coding have been shared with you in the student guide emailed to you on Wednesday 3rd September and linked below. Each student will be given a coloured badge to wear on their blazer that will help make it easy for us to identify which zone and entrance they need to use and guide them to it.

We want students to spend as much of their break and lunch outside in the fresh air.  It is known that the risk of transmission is much lower outside. In case of bad weather we have identified indoor spaces for each year group to use, but we will only use these when weather is severe. Therefore, as the weather gets colder students should consider wearing coats to school or bring umbrellas for light rain. Please make sure your child’s coat and umbrella is clearly named.



Food will be available to students to buy. Students must ensure that their card is loaded with money at home as we cannot use the machines in school.

Year 7, 8 and 9 will have access to the canteen.

Year 10 and 11 will have access to the Pod in the Quad.

Hot food is available from both. All year groups have access to covered seating at break and lunch time if they are eating hot food.


Students should bring a water bottle with enough water to last for the day. Water fountains are contact risks and we have switched them off. We make jugs of water available to each year group at lunch time they can refill bottles with, as used jugs can be washed frequently after use.


DfE expectation Steps we have put in place
1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school We have been communicating regularly with you about what to do if a student has been in contact with someone with COVID symptoms. We will maintain this communication.
2) Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools We expect all students, staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all communal interior spaces. This includes corridors, the dining hall, and reception. Students and staff may choose to wear face coverings in classrooms and outdoors if they wish.
3) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual


We have set up wash stations and sanitising stations across the school. We have made use of classroom sinks for hand washing. We have turned of hand driers and replaced with paper towels. We have opened up staff toilets and decommissioned toilets for students to use. We have clear signage around the school about good hand hygiene. We have installed hand sanitiser stations across the school.


Further for September – Over the summer we have installed 64 hand sanitiser stations. Break and lunch time will be longer allowing plenty of time for handwashing. Arrival times are planned to allow students time to wash hands before school.

4) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach All classrooms have tissues for student use, we have placed lidded bins in all rooms, we have displayed signage reminding all in school about this. We have cleaning kits in each classroom.
5) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach We have a daytime cleaning service to clean frequently touched surfaces. We have cleaning kits in each room. We have wipes in spots where surfaces may be touched more often.


Any room used is cleaned thoroughly at the end of the day.


Students will be asked to wipe down their work stations after they have used them. They will be able to sanitise them before use as well if they wish.


Further for September – we have increased our cleaning service. We will have cleaning routines for frequently used shared kit such as PE equipment, tools or musical instruments.

6) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible We encourage 2 metres social distancing in our corridors and open spaces and this is marked out.


We have put students in bubbles and have kept them separate through use of staggered arrivals/ breaks and departures. Students use dedicated entrances, toilets and playground areas for their bubble.


We have kept bubbles in specific rooms for the day.


We have put a one-way system into place.


7) where necessary, wear appropriate PPE


This is if a student or member of staff is unwell with COVID19 symptoms in the school day. We have supplies of the necessary PPE to deal with such a situation safely.


Return to school (PART 2) – Student and Parent information booklet

September Student & Parent Information Booklet

Return to school (PART 1) – webinar invitation

1st September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you have all had enjoyable summers and your families remain safe and well.

We are ready for the new school year and looking forward to welcoming the students to school after such a long period of time with only small numbers of students in the school.

To remind you;

Monday 7th September – Year 7 only start at 8:20am

Tuesday 8th September – Year 7, 8 and 9 start at 8:20am

Year 10 and 11 start at 8.50am

Please remember that your child should not attend school if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been required to isolate for a period of time after being in contact with a confirmed case or returning from a country where a period of quarantine is required. The guidelines on what you should do if you think someone in your household may have COVID-19 symptoms are always at the top of this page.

It is also vital that you check we have up to date contact details for you in case we need you to come and collect your child. Please take a moment to check the Parent Portal to see that we have correct mobile telephone numbers. It is particularly important that we have a second contact if you are in a position where you cannot take a call during school hours. Should your child be unwell during the school day we need to be able to reach someone immediately. If you need to update or add a contact number to your records, please email this to info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk

We wrote to you at the end of the summer term outlining our plans for how we are going to bring the students back safely. Many of these details remain the same but as you will no doubt be aware there have been some key changes announced by the Government recently.

In order to inform and help you prepare the students of all the updated measures we have in place to ensure a safe return to school we will be sharing key information with you throughout this week. We will be doing this over the week as we do not want to overwhelm you with lots of information in one go. Today we have attached a letter that explains the situation with face coverings in school. I have also attached below a link to the Department for Education’s leaflet for parents and carers of secondary school children about the return to school.

Face coverings in school

Schools_Secondary_Leaflet – Parents information – returning to school

On Thursday 3rd September at 6:30pm we will hold a webinar for parents where we will go through the steps and measures we have in place and you will be able to ask any questions that you may have. You can sign up for this here


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You will need access to Zoom on whichever device you plan on using. Please can we ask that only one parent from each household registers to ensure the numbers trying to log on do not become too high and cause any issues with access for other families.

We hope that you will be able to participate in this session. If you have any problems registering, please do not hesitate to get in touch so we can try to ensure it is resolved quickly.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

17th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

It is a strange way to end the school year with a near empty school. Normally we would be standing on the gate and wishing the students well as they leave us for the next 6 weeks, and I must admit that when I did this back in March while I considered it may mean we would not see them until September and our plans were made with this in mind, I must admit it seemed almost unreal that it could be the case. I have been working in education for 22 years now, and some of my colleagues here even longer, and I can honestly say we have been working for the past 5 months through a situation that has been unlike anything we have known. It certainly puts the interruption of a snow day into perspective! School has been empty for too long. To miss so many significant moments in the year from GCSE exams, and the prom, to sports day and our school production has been hard for all. While I am certain many of our students may have let out a cheer when they learned we would be closing school, I hope that now after all this time, they are looking forward to coming back and that the experience will enable them to value what coming school does offer them for their learning and progress, as well as their social development and relationships with others. Our year 10 students told us when they returned to school last month that they just wanted to come back, and I hope that will be the same for all of our year groups now too. While I know my staff are all very much ready for a holiday, I know that also we are really looking forward to having a school full of students again.

School will still not be normal again in September and we will still have to much of our work with parents remotely unless things change significantly. If you have not read my letter to you yesterday, then please do so as it explains some important changes we have to make. Thank you to those of you have emailed questions. Please allow me some time to respond, things have been moving rapidly as the end of the year has come round so soon. As explained we will write to you in mid-August to confirm exact arrangements and to share details with about the webinar we plan to allow you to learn more.

I would like to finish by saying some thank yous. I would like to thank the team of staff here for all that they have done, all the effort that they have put in, to keep things as close to normal as was possible. It may not always have been perfect but I can assure you it was their best. I would like to thank our governors for their additional support in these times. I would like to thank the students for their resilience and perseverance with us as we learned these new ways of working. Finally, on behalf of the staff here at Thamesmead I would like to thank you all for your constant support, encouragement and the endless positive messages of thanks and your kindness shown. They really have kept us all going and reminded us just why being a teacher or working in a school is the best job in the world.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy summer, and we look forward to the safe return of your children to Thamesmead School in September.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

Return to School in September

·         Year 7 will start at Thamesmead school at 8:20 on Monday 7th September.

·         Years 8-9 will start back (with Year 7) at 8:20 on Tuesday 8th September.

·         Years 10-11 will start back at 9:00 on Tuesday 8th September.

Contacting the school during the holidays

If you need to make contact with the school over the holidays please e mail us on info@thamesmead@surrey.sch.uk . This address will be monitored but you may need to wait a little longer for someone to get back to you. As staff will be enjoying a much-needed rest I do ask you to only get in touch if it is an urgent matter and leave less important queries until nearer the start of the new school year.

Year 7 and Year 8 Remote Progress Meetings

Thank you to the parents who were able to participate in these meetings. As you know we piloted a system we had not used before to hold these, and as we may need to continue to use these systems for other year groups in the new school year we would appreciate your feedback on they worked. Mrs Eley has emailed you with some questions for you to answer if you have feedback you would like to share. I hope you found the opportunity to talk with your child’s teachers helpful.


We were pleased to introduce our blazer badges to recognise the student’s achievements of our different values over the year. These have been issued and sent home. We are looking forward to seeing them worn proudly on student’s Thamesmead uniforms when they return in September. If your son/daughter has been awarded and sent a Thamesmead Value blazer lapel badge, could you please iron it on to the blazer as per the instructions in the letter that accompanied the badge. Likewise, if your son/daughter is a house captain or prefect, please sew on the badge on the left hand side lapel of the blazer.

Uniform reminders

At this time of year I know that many of you will be thinking about purchasing new uniform items for the new school year.   It helps get students off to a great start in September as it means we can avoid conflict with them over uniform in those important first few days of the new school year. For those of you with daughters, thank you for supporting us with ensuring that their skirt is the correct length for the new term.   We also expect ties to be in good condition and any that are damaged or drawn on will need replacing. Another aspect we ask for support with is piercings, haircuts and make up. Please ensure that any haircuts, or semi-permanent make up (such as nails or eye lashes) that is not in line with our expectations have grown back or been removed before we return to school. Piercings that are not in the lobe will need to be able to be removed when we return to school in September so please do not let your children have any done in the latter weeks of the holiday.

For the full uniform policy please click here: https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Uniform-Policy-2020-2021.pdf


Headteacher’s Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.

Year 7:                Freddie Green, Alfie Potter

Year 8:                Rowan Bailie, Sarah Campion, Angelica Gomez, Erin McCarthy

Year 10:              Suki Liu

Supporting your child to return to school in September

We are working hard to prepare for September and currently planning how we can help children make sense of their time in lockdown.

Parents have an extremely important role to play in preparing for the return in September. The key areas to focus on are building resilience, taking time to reflect on the positive aspects of their life, trying to take an optimistic outlook and also showing gratitude. Working on these areas, openly sharing and discussing with your child will help to change mindset and reframe the perceptions so they are able to show resilience and bounce back when things get tough and don’t go as planned.

If you think your child might be worrying about the return to school Dr Kathy Weston has created some practical tools you can use to help your child flourish.

  1. Be proactive in focusing on resilience – openly talk about how resilient they have been during lockdown and celebrate this. Openly encouraging your child to be optimistic will help the develop resilience, you can do this by sharing what you are grateful or hopeful for. Use the family resilience game as a conversation starter to start this off: https://schoolsallianceforexcellence.co.uk/Portals/0/DKW_Family_resilience_game_v3.pdf
  2. Develop optimism. Look at things from different perspectives, weigh things up and offer opinions. Teach them to take their turn and to listen to others. This will give your child a chance to be reflective and to build on being optimistic. The questions to encourage family chat can be used as a good starting point: https://schoolsallianceforexcellence.co.uk/Portals/0/50_Questions_to_Encourage_Family_Chat.pdf
  3. Develop altruism. Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings or animals. If your child is able to show care for others this will help to build their self-esteem. Look for opportunities where your child could help other human beings or animals and celebrate when they have done this successfully. It could be as simple as helping with the washing up or it could something like helping a neighbour by doing their shopping or taking their dog for a walk.
  4. Build on verbal literacy and value oracy. Many of us have been stuck at home during lock down with little opportunity to talk to others outside out immediate family. You can help your child to develop their verbal literacy and the oracy skills by using 50 Things to ask your grandparents (this can of course be used with any one, not only grandparents). This is an excellent way to encourage your child to be develop more in-depth conversations, which will greatly help with their ability to express themselves at home but also with their literacy when they return to school. Your child could also then write a report, biography or story based on what they find out: https://schoolsallianceforexcellence.co.uk/Portals/0/50_Things_to_ask_your_grandparents_on_a_video_call%20%281%29.pdf
  5. Collect words like you would collect shells. To promote  literacy, a love of reading  and oracy try to proactively find words that you wouldn’t normally use and discuss the meaning and how you could use the new words to enrich your child’s vocabulary. Reading becomes easier the more words your child knows. Show that you value words and embed reading opportunities into your everyday life. Collins on line dictionary promotes a new word everyday https://www.collinsdictionary.com/word-of-the-day
  6. Practise hand writing. We have been heavily dependent on electronic communication during lockdown, so it is important to look for opportunities for your child to practise their handwriting. Summer holiday plans may have changed this year, but encouraging your child to write postcards to family and friends would provide a great opportunity to practise their handwriting and written communication skills.
  7. Build numeracy into everyday activities. Involve your child in working out quantities for cooking, look at signs in shops relating to percentages and discuss what it means, see if your child can work out the price of something after sales discounts are applied, telling the time on 12 and 24 hour clocks, working out how long it will take to travel somewhere when you go out.

There are also 3 videos that will support what you can do with your child over the summer.

For more information about Dr Kathy Weston or the work that she does on developing resilience and building positive self-esteem please go to http://www.drkathyweston.com/

South Western Railway – Child Fares for 16+

Discounted fares can be obtained on South Western Railway  for students aged 16, by applying for a student fare card. You may want to apply for this if you child will need to se the trains next term and turn 16 in the Autumn Term.


Summer Photography challenge

Our Capture the World photography challenge has produced some excellent entries over this term.  Here are a few of the latest ones. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part.

Don’t forget to send in your entries on the theme of ‘Amazing Adventure’ before 3rd September.

Surrey Arts – SMASH programme

Surrey Music and Arts Summer Holiday workshops are open to all online. Some are free too. There are a range of group and 1-1 lessons, plus tater sessions. Check the Surrey Arts website pages for more information.


Virtual Sports week

The results are in! Congratulations to Phoenix House on winning the Virtual Sports challenge, but also congratulations to everyone who took part.  The results can be seen on this attachment.

Winning House News

After a hard fought contest throughout the year with dedicated House Leaders encouraging, leading and inspiring their Houses to participate, get involved and have fun, the end has come. There can only be one winner, but it feels like all four houses are winners when you think about how this year has gone……

But there can only be one winner…..and that winner is



Many congratulations to all of the students participating in the special events and working hard to earn rewards. It really did go down to the wire!  Mr North

School Comms text messages

This week with an increase in communications to parents by text, we have been made aware of large number of parents who are not receiving important messages as they do not have notifications for the SchoolComms App enabled on their phones.  Please make sure that you have the latest version of the app AND enable notifications using these instructions.

For Apple devices:

On your phone go to Settings

  1. In here scroll down to the “Notifications Centre”
  2. Select School Gateway
  3. In here ensure that under the heading “Notification Centre” it is switched on
  4. Close the screen; you will now receive notifications when new app messages come through

For Android devices:

On your phone go to Settings | Applications Manager

  1. Scroll down your list of apps until you find School Gateway and select it
  2. In here there will be a tick box that says “Show notifications” ensure this is selected
  3. Close the screen; you will now receive notifications when new app messages come through
16th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Our plans for September

As you are aware the Department for Education (DfE) has issued schools with guidance for how they should reopen to all students from September. This guidance makes clear that there are 6 key preventative measures that schools must follow to ensure a safe return of students to school. They are:

1.       Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school

2.       Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

3.       Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

4.       Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach

5.       Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

6.       Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE

We have already addressed the majority of these as part of our preparations for our Year 10 students returning to school from June this term. The table we have attached with this letter summarises the measures we have in place to address these.

To address point 5 above we need to make significant changes to how we operate the school. These are explained below.

Minimise Contact – to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission schools are asked to minimise contact between students in different year groups.

The DfE guidance makes clear that secondary school year groups are to be considered a social bubble. Schools should do what is practicable to ensure each year group bubble is kept apart from the other year groups bubbles throughout the day. To adhere to this guidance, we have had to make the following adjustments:

·         Thamesmead has a small main building, with limited access points to the site. If all of our students arrive or depart at the same time we cannot keep them apart. Therefore, we will need to stagger the days for students in Key Stage 3 and those in Key Stage 4 to keep help us keep year groups apart. This means a different start and end time for our Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

o   Key Stage 3 students will need to arrive at school at 8:20 for hand washing and will finish school at 14:45.

o   Key Stage 4 students will need to arrive at 8:50 at school for hand washing and will finish school at 15:15.

·         To provide access to the canteen facility and to keep students separate as they move through the building break and lunch need to be staggered. This requires us to extend the time we allocate to these in the school day.

·         To reduce students moving around the building we will need to timetable double lessons. This reduces the number of times students move around the school from 7 to 3.

·         Where possible students will be taught in the same room for 2 or all 3 of their lessons in a day. We will allow practical lessons to go ahead in the specialist subject classroom so practical learning is not restricted.

·         Contact sport will be avoided in PE lessons. Students will be allowed to wear PE kit to school on days they have practical PE lessons and remain in their kit for the day so that the changing rooms are not used.

·         We will limit the equipment that is shared by students in different bubbles. Where this cannot be restricted it will be cleaned between uses. Students will not be able to borrow everyday equipment such as pens, glue or calculators and must be fully equipped with the things they need to access their lessons every day.  This is the equipment they will EACH NEED to have with them every day

2020 Equipment List 

·         Year group bubbles will have designated playground space and time to access the canteen/pod to keep them separate from other year groups.

·         Each year group will have a designated entrance and exit to the school site. Students will be advised of this prior to their return.


The overview plan for the school day is below

Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11
Arrival and Hand Washing 8:20 8:20 8:20 8:50 8:50
KS3 Tutor time 8:30 8:30 8:30
P1-2 8:40 8:45 8:45 9:00 9:00
Break1 10:40 10:45 10:45 11:00 11:00
P3 11:05 11:05 11:05 11:20 11:20
Lunch 12:00 12:05 12:05 12:20 12:20
P4 12:45 12:45 12:45 13:00 13:00
P5 13:45 13:45 13:45 14:00 14:00
KS3: End of day

KS4: Tutor time

14:45 14:45 14:45 15:00 15:00
KS4: End of day 15:15 15:15

We ask you to do your best in supporting us to ensure your child/children arrive within their allocated arrival time. We understand that some students will be dependent upon train times and may arrive ahead of their time slot, or may normally travel with older siblings but wherever possible we would like them make plans that allow them to arrive within their allocated time.

Social distancing – to further reduce the risk of transmission, and keep the numbers who could be asked to self-isolate down schools are asked to do what is practicable to keep their distance from others.

The following steps will help all students and staff keep their distance from each other;

·         To deliver the timetable Teachers will need to operate across different classes and year groups.

·         Teachers will be kept 2 metres apart from students as much as possible. 2 metre teaching zones will be marked at the front of the classroom that the students should not enter.

·         Where staff need to work with students at less than 2 metres this should be at the furthest distance that is practical, side on, and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

·         As each year group forms a bubble, students will be able to be in classes of up to 32. They will be sat side by side in rows. Practical lessons will try to ensure 1 metre plus for activities where students are more mobile.

·         When moving through the corridors, halls and when outside students will be expected to keep 2 metre distance between each other.

·         We will continue to use our one-way system we have put in place. Combined with the staggered day this will reduce year groups from getting close to each other.

·         We will not run any activities that brings together more than one Year Group at a time.

·         We will not hold assemblies in person.

Other key points

Transport – Students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school. If students need to use the train or a public bus, then they will need to wear a mask and do their best to maintain a safe social distance from others. It is important that they then wash their hands on arrival at school. We are liaising with the school bus company and the local authority about their arrangements for ensuring a safe journey. We will share more with you when we hear from them.

Attendance – The expectation from the DfE regarding student’s attending in September is that all will be required to attend school unless they are self-isolating because they have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus. In this situation we will be required to provide remote learning for the student. After changes to the government guidance there will be very few children who remain on a shielding list and will need to remain at home for the protection of their, or family member’s health. If after viewing this list, you still have concerns about your child returning to school due to risk factors please contact the school to discuss this so we can consider the measures that can be put in place.

Face masks – students travelling to school on public transport will be expected to wear a face covering. Present DfE guidance says that they should not be worn in school. As this guidance is subject to change we will review this nearer the time based on the latest medical evidence and guidance.

Uniform – We will expect students to return in full uniform for the new school term. Please check our uniform policy to ensure you are aware of this. https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Uniform-Policy-2020-2021.pdf

Parent visits – All parent visits to school will need to be arranged in advance. This will mean parents cannot drop items into school if a student forgets them for the day. Therefore, it will be helpful to ensure that you are able to top up student’s canteen cards remotely for occasions when they might forget their lunch.

Further details – This is our outline of the essential things we think you will want to know before September. Clearly there are many other questions you may have, and there is more detail we will need to go into. However, I am mindful that September is a long time away and things may change further. Therefore, we plan on holding a webinar for parents on Thursday 3rd September at 6:30pm. This will allow us to go through the plans with you and will allow you to ask questions you may have throughout the event. These events have worked well when we have used them on other occasions this last half term and we think it is the best way to go over the more detailed plans nearer the time with you. We will share the link with you so that you can register nearer the time. We will also write to you at the same time, as well as issue the students with a guide to what they can expect on return to school.

Return to school – Please remember that Monday 7th September will be the return date for Year 7 students only. All other students (including Year 7 will) then be in school from Tuesday 8th September.

If you have questions that you would like answers to before the beginning of September you can email them to us on info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk but I hope that the webinar event will help us answer many questions nearer the time.

Staff who are leaving Thamesmead

We are saying good bye to Mr Barrett (RPE and Duke of Edinburgh) who is sadly relocating and will be taking up a post in Wycombe as second in charge of Humanities, Miss Bhambra (English), Mrs Kareer (Science), Miss Egleton (English), Mrs Gonzalez, Miss Curtis, and Miss Franklin (Teaching Assistants), Miss Godfrey (Cover Supervisor) and Mrs Wood retires after 14 ½ years working as a Teaching Assistant at Thamesmead. We wish these staff the very best for their next posts. While we are sad to say goodbye I am pleased to report that we are fully staffed for September. We also welcome back Mrs Loong (MFL), Mrs McCarthy (Science), and Mrs Ward (PE) from their maternity leave.

Thank you for your support with the steps we have taken to support the students and their learning through this pandemic. I am sure the students are as ready for a break from remote learning as the staff here are. We are really looking forward to welcoming the students back into school in September. Thamesmead has not been the same without them. I will write to you to wrap up the year with any final messages tomorrow.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

DfE expectation Steps we have put in place
1.       Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school We have been communicating regularly with you about what to do if a student has been in contact with someone with COVID symptoms. We will maintain this communication.
2.       Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual


We have set up wash station and sanitising stations across the school. We have made use of classroom sinks for hand washing. We have turned off hand driers and replaced with paper towels. We have opened up staff toilets and decommissioned toilets for students to use. We have clear signage around the school about good hand hygiene. We have installed hand sanitiser stations across the school.


Further for September – Over the summer we are installing sinks into key areas outside to increase handwashing stations further. Break and lunch time will be longer allowing plenty of time for handwashing. Arrival times are planned to allow students time to wash hands before school.

3.       Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach All classrooms have tissues for student use, we have placed lidded bins in all rooms, we have displayed signage reminding all in school about this. We have cleaning kits in each classroom.
4.       Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach We have a daytime cleaning service to clean frequently touched surfaces. We have cleaning kits in each room. We have wipes in spots where surfaces may be touched more often.


Any room used is cleaned thoroughly at the end of the day.


Further for September – we will increase our daytime cleaning service. We will have cleaning routines for frequently used shared kit such as PE equipment, tools or musical instruments.

5.       Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible We encourage 2 metres social distancing in our corridors and open spaces and this is marked out.


We have put students in bubbles and have kept them separate through use of staggered arrivals/ breaks and departures. Students use dedicated entrances, toilets and playground areas for their bubble.


We have kept bubbles in specific rooms for the day.


We have put a one-way system into place.


From September these will be adapted as explained in detail in the letter.

6) Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE


This is if a student or member of staff is unwell with COVID19 symptoms in the school day. We have supplies of the necessary PPE to deal with such a situation safely.


The latest DfE guidance for parents about education can be viewed here




10th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you all remain well. It seems that slowly we see the country taking steps to return to some semblance of normality. We have been working hard in school to plan the systems and structures we need to have in place to ensure we will meet the Department of Education (DfE) guidance on the full opening of schools in September. I hope to have this finalised early next week to share with you. There are some complexities that have taken us some time to work out and after much thought we seem to be there! The DfE will confirm in the middle of August if it is possible for these plans to go ahead, and clearly the start of the new school year being a full 7 weeks away allows a significant amount of time in which the situation will hopefully improve further.

Some things that I can confirm for you are:

We will start term on Monday 7th September for Year 7 only. This is because the Year 7 have not had any opportunity to visit the school before joining us and it is vital that we allow them a day to come to school without all the other students in school to settle in and learn their way around.

The rest of the school will start on Tuesday 8th September. This is a one-day delay to our planned start of term for Years 8-11, but I hope that you can understand the reason why this is necessary. We had considered an earlier return to school for Year 7 but after the lifting of restrictions on travel to many destinations we need to consider this could mean some students being on long planned holidays if we were to change the planned start of term, and would not be fair to those joining a new secondary school.

The DfE have asked secondary schools to treat year groups as social bubbles and do their best to keep them separate throughout the day. Therefore, it will be necessary for us to stagger the starts and ends of the day for different year groups and we are finalising the timetabling of this to ensure it will be effective for all. Doing this will mean we have to lengthen the lunch break and as a result it will also lengthen the school day from our 2.30 finish time. We will share these timings with you next week so you can see how his may affect the journey to and from school for your child/children.

The guidance makes it clear that students will be expected to return to school in full uniform so I trust this will give you ample warning to purchase any new items of uniform that you will need. While we have been flexible with those attending school this last few weeks this has been to recognise that shops have not been open for much of the last 4 months, but now this has changed we will expect uniform to be worn fully. The only change to this will be on days when students have PE. As we are unlikely to be able to manage changing and meet the DfE guidance on minimising contact between students we will ask students to arrive at school in PE kit on days where they have practical PE lessons on their timetable. Our up to date uniform policy is available at the link below. Please do take time to check this as we have updated it this summer. All of our uniform can be purchased at Shepperton Sports & Ski who are now open, have an appointment system in place for fittings and are also doing web orders.  https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Uniform-Policy-2020-2021.pdf

Progress Reports

You should be aware that progress reports were emailed to all parents for students in Years 7-10 yesterday. Please contact the PCS office at school if you have not received yours.


Year 7 and 8 Progress Meetings.

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons next week we are holding a limited number of remote Progress Review meetings for parents of Years 7 and 8 as these events were not able to run earlier in the year.  This means that staff may not be available to teach periods 4 and 5 on these days. All students will be having work set for them to complete in this time in their careers team. It will be titled: Metacognition Lessons 1 + 2. Some students may have completed or looked at part 1 in a previous lesson, but if not they should complete this first.


Year 10 will also be set work for any GCSE lessons missed. These lessons have been designed to support students with the planned return to school and the switch back from remote learning to classroom based learning and will be an important part of the work we plan to do in September to help students settle back into school.


Changes to our Pastoral System

As part of our planning and preparations to welcome all students back in September we have been reviewing our pastoral system, including the tutor groups for students in Years 8, 9 and 10. We are making the following changes:

  • To increase consistency across the pastoral system we are reducing the number of tutor groups from 8 to 7 in Years 7 to 10
  • Students in Years 7 to 9 are to be taught in their tutor groups (rather than having a separate tutor group and teaching group for the majority of subjects) allowing for better communication between subject teachers and tutors and better support for learning.

This will involve changes of tutor groups for some students. Heads of Year have given careful consideration to these changes based on a number of factors including friendship groups, combinations of students and staffing changes. I am aware that some of you will be worried about the prospect of these changes, especially in the current situation but we have given this great consideration and are confident these changes will allow the school to provide the best possible pastoral care and support in September and throughout the academic year. Confirmation of these changes will be emailed to parents on Tuesday 14th July.


Lower Sunbury Road Plans

You may be aware that the County Council are considering a project as part of the ACTIVE TRAVEL scheme announced by Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, involving Lower Sunbury roads. These schemes have been proposed to utilise the emergency funding made available by the government to improve cycling and walking routes. This will see several major Sunbury roads restricted to cars travelling from east to west. All traffic exiting Sunbury in the direction of Shepperton and Walton, will need to go via Sunbury Cross roundabout. While there is no doubt it will improve cycling and walking in the Lower Sunbury area it will redirect a significant amount of road traffic to Sunbury Cross and the Upper Halliford Road/Gaston Bridge Road.  In turn, I fear this will make Green Lane and Manygate Lane busier and make walking and cycling routes that our students use more congested, and as a result more dangerous. I would also be concerned about the safety impact this would have on the journeys to school for all of the children who attend one of the Sunbury Schools in the Nursery Road area. As this is part of the COVID-19 emergency response there is no need for the council to consult on these plans and they can introduce these changes in a very short time span.


Details of the plans can be seen by following these links:





There is also a survey here, open until 14th July.  https://spelthornelibdems.org.uk/en/survey/lower-sunbury-active-travel-zone


If you wish to contact the council with any concerns or support for the scheme you can email Nick Healey, Area Highway Manager, Surrey County Council at nick.healey@surreycc.gov.uk or rebecca.harrison@surreycc.gov.uk or highways@surreycc.gov.uk


Headteacher’s Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.  Well done!

Year 7:                Cameron Dadzie, Nayana Shrestha

Year 8:                Harrison Pescud

Year 9:                Freddie Simpson

Year 10:              Miles Koe


Friends of Thamesmead 200 Club Lucky Lotto

Over the period of lockdown the FoT have continued to make their 200 Club Lotto draw.

Winners from April-June have included Mrs Buckle, Mrs Vincent, Mrs Capper, Mr Moss, Mrs Budd and Miss Jones.

The annual Grand Draw took place last week and the £200 Jackpot winner was Mr Theaker (School Governor) and runner-up was Mrs Vincent, winning £100.  We thank all the parents who support this fundraising scheme.

If you would like to be part of this and in with a chance of winning next term, you can find the details and join here https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/parents/pta/


School Comms App

We have noticed that some parents using the School Comms app are not receiving messages as they do not have notifications enabled.  If you use the School Comms app please remember to keep it updated.


For Apple devices:

  • On your phone go to Settings
  • In here scroll down to the “Notifications Centre”
  • Select School Gateway
  • In here ensure that under the heading “Notification Centre” it is switched on
  • Close the screen; you will now receive notifications when new app messages come through


For Android devices:

  • On your phone go to Settings | Applications Manager
  • Scroll down your list of apps until you find School Gateway and select it
  • In here there will be a tick box that says “Show notifications” ensure this is selected
  • Close the screen; you will now receive notifications when new app messages come through



Best wishes to you all for the weekend and I will be in touch again early next week with more details about September.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


3rd July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As I am sure you are aware the government announced its guidance explaining how schools are to return in September. Once again you will have no doubt heard about this through the media at the same time as we did at school, with official guidance being released by the DFE later in the day after these leaks were reported on.

The guidance makes it clear that the government expects all students to return to school in September and we will now be working through that guidance so that we can plan how we will do this and share this with you before we finish for the summer holiday. I will write next week to keep you updated as our plans develop.

What has been made clear is that to ensure safety and reduce the risk of infection whole year groups are to be treated as bubbles, but they are not to mix with other year groups in the day. Schools are not allowed to run rotas, with each year group being expected in school each day, therefore it is very likely that to achieve this that we will have to stagger the day and look at a different timetable to the one we would normally run. This may affect lesson lengths, start and finish times, and break and lunch times. I think it is important to make you aware of this.

There have been comments in the media and suggestions in the guidance about reducing content or the number of subjects for part of the year. I would like you to know that we plan to avoid reducing students learning as we believe it is important they do not lose out on having a broad and balanced curriculum as a result of the interruption of the last 4 months. Instead we will be working hard to plan how we support students so that this is not necessary. Our remote live lessons will have helped reduce the need for us to do this also.

I would like to reassure you that we will now be taking the time to make sure that our plans will prioritise keeping students, staff and families as safe as possible while working to return learning to a best near normal as we can for September. As soon as we have clarity on exactly how that will look I will share it with you.

GCSE Exams 2021

The guidance confirms that GCSE exams will go ahead close to normal with proposals for minor adaptations. Ofqual have written to us about how they intend to adapt GCSE exams next year. They have made some small adaptations to reduce the amount of physical work required in some subjects such as English and Art, and looked at allowing greater choice for students over the questions they answer in subjects which have a large number of topics like History and Geography. They have also suggested GCSEs may start a month later in June to allow more time for students to prepare. We will be responding to the consultation on behalf of Year 10 however some of you with children going into Year 11 in September may wish to look at this yourself and possibly even respond. The consultation is open until 16 August 2020. The link for this consultation is here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-launches-consultation-on-2021-exams-and-assessments?utm_source=e8238d66-848e-4134-aa96-115c9fa2b50b&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Progress Reports and GCSE Options

Mrs Eley is writing to parents in Year 7 and 8 this week about the plans we are making to ensure parents of Year 7 and 8 can talk to staff about student progress this year as we had to cancel our progress review meetings for these year groups during the lockdown. We will not be able to offer appointments for every parent to speak to each of their children’s teachers but we are working to making sure that where there are concerns or there is a need that there is the chance to talk to staff before we finish for the summer. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Year 9 parents will get a letter to confirm their GCSE choices for Year 10. We are also finalising our reports for this term that we hope to send home next week. Again, Mrs Eley will confirm this in writing with parents and she will explain how we have adapted this process to acknowledge the very different conditions in which we have been working.

Sports Day

Under normal circumstances we would have held our sports day at this time of year. It plays a significant part in our annual house competition and in fact, a good day on sports day has turned the whole competition on its head in some years! The PE department and house leaders do not want to lose the excellent participation and engagement we get from our students on sports day and therefore they have planned a remote sports week for this year with a number of physical challenges students can complete to win all important points for their house. This will run next week. I know Mr Cowley has already shared the plans and poster promoting this with you but here is a brief reminder of how students can get involved.

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 6th July, the Thamesmead Virtual Sports Week will be live until 2:30pm on Friday 10th July. You therefore have a whole week to prepare and practice for each of the 9 challenges.

Which house is going to come out as overall winners?

Who is going to try to complete all challenges?

Who can demonstrate the Thamesmead Values?

To submit your scores for the Virtual Sports Week, you will be expected to complete the Microsoft Form that your Teacher uploads before the deadline on Friday.

Any questions, please ask your PE teacher or contact Mr. Cowley directly.


Race Across the World Results – from Mr Patel

For 11 weeks, our Race Across the World has seen us virtually visit new cities around the world, with parents, staff and the students contributing, to our brilliant final total of 35,033 km! 

This is the distance from Thamesmead School – Sydney – San Francisco with our final destination being, St John’s, New Foundland.

As we were also running this as a House Competition, here are the final standings:

1st: Phoenix-     14,480km

2nd: Dragon-     12,587km

3rd- Griffin-        4,732km

4th- Centaur-     3,234km

Thank you for taking part and supporting our campaign by sending in your kilometres each week! As a House Team, we thank you for your support, which has got us closer to getting back to Thamesmead, which is a huge achievement!


Headteacher’s Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.

Year 7:                Ollie Gell, Nayana Shrestha

Year 8:                Megan Corti, Carmen Highfield, Samuel Parker

Year 9:                Dulcie Barry, Lauren Creeke, Harry Norman, Georgia Thomas

Year 10:              James Dixon, Rhys Glands, Jasmine Gillman, Emily Rickwood, Millie Searle.

Inset Day – Wednesday 8th July

This is to remind you that Wednesday 8th July is a long planned Inset day and there are no live lessons planned for this day, as all staff will be involved in these training activities to help us prepare for the new school year.

Baby Edmondson Jones

We were delighted to hear that Mrs Edmondson Jones gave birth to a very healthy and happy baby girl called Clementine this week and we wanted to share that good news with you all. Both are doing well.

Finally, we have more wonderful art work to share with you and, we hope, inspire our students to keep striving to develop their creativity and talent while at home in lockdown. I have really enjoyed seeing this amazing work over these last four months and I hope you have done so too.

Celebrating Student Art June2 2020

Thank you for your continued support and have a good weekend.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


26th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers  

I would like to share with you that Dave Hill, who was Executive Director of Children, Lifelong Learning and Culture at Surrey County Council sadly passed away unexpectedly this week. Dave had joined Surrey in 2018 and joined the local authority to help drive essential transformation and improvement to this department that impacts on so much of the work schools do with our children. Our thoughts are with Dave’s wife and daughters at this sad time. 

There have been several announcements from the Government this last week around social distancing, a return to schools in September and the wider relaxing of lock down restrictions. Regarding the change surrounding social distancing from 2 metres to 1 metre, this has not changed the guidance for secondary schools on which students, and how many students can be invited into school on any one day. We have planned our provision for Year 10 to bring the maximum number of students we can bring in each day and this will not change whether they are 1 or 2 metres apart. The reality of this change is that it would only allow us to fit 15 in a classroom rather than the 10 we can currently manage at 2 metres. Therefore, we will be maintaining 2 metre distancing for the remainder of this term. It does not allow us to bring students in from other year groups for teaching either. 

I need to ask for your patience with information about September and how that will look. We are expecting guidance at some point next week and once we have had time to process that we hope we will be able to have some plans to share with you before we break up for the summer holidays. One thing I am committed to is allowing the new Year 7s some time in school before the rest of the school starts. We are not permitted to do this before we break up and so it will need to be in September. This may mean some slight movement in our start of term for some year groups so we can do this. I am sure you will appreciate the apprehension that our youngest students feel on joining secondary school, and this will be exacerbated by not having access to the usual transition time with us. Again, we will confirm this with you as soon as we have certainty over what September will look like regarding how many students we can bring into school at once. 

I would like to remind you that Wednesday 8 July is a long planned Inset day and there will be no live lessons on this day. We have contacted Key Worker parents who are using our provision to see if they need support on this day but for all other students it will operate as a normal Inset day. We have this day planned to prepare for the new year ahead and work with new staff who are joining the school to help them prepare also. 

I would like to say thank you to Mrs Chaperlain who has finished with us this week. Mrs Chaperlain stepped into support the teaching of Spanish from February and suddenly found herself teaching her classes remotely having only really got to know them for a month. We are very grateful for her help, particularly supporting our GCSE Spanish groups with her expertise in the language. Mrs Loong, our Head of Modern Foreign Languages returns from maternity leave to work for us from Monday and will be picking up the classes Mrs Chaperlain had been taking. We welcome Mrs Loong back, and she has been working hard to master Teams so that she is ready for meeting her new classes remotely. 

Headteacher Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated this week for a Headteacher’s Award.

Year 7:                Nya Gibson, Mia Lewis, Rowan Norbury, Rhyley Onuona, Arthur Roffey, Nayana Shrestha

Year 8:                Daisy Anderson, Sarah Campion, Ethan Medlycott, Harriet Meek, Lydia Mouawad, Harrison Trehern

Year 9:                  Annelise Ambrosino, Lottie Davies, Carl Egginton

Year 10:                Harvey Fox

Mr North has asked me to share this message for students. 

In order to promote the positive ethos that Thamesmead school has strived to create during the lockdown period, all students have had a remote House Assembly last week during tutor time. Part of that assembly encouraged students to reflect on the online learning they have been doing and to “Thank a Teacher”. This can be done very simply by filling in the gaps in a PowerPoint slide, which is designed in their House colours and send it to the relevant House Leader. (This can be found in Files in their Tutor group channel) Please find below the email addresses of the House Leaders. All students need to do is fill in their name, tutor group, the teacher’s name and the personalised brief message. Trust me when I say that teachers love receiving these tokens of appreciation and, if you could encourage your son/daughter to fill one out, I am sure they would not only put a smile on someone’s face but also gain House Points for their individual and House totals.  

Phoenix – h.hoadley@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk 

Dragon – d.patel@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk 

Griffin/Centaur – r.north@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk (covering for summer term 2) 

I wrote to you about the issues surrounding the Black Live Matters campaign two weeks ago. I am delivering the remote assemblies this week and will be discussing issues surrounding racism and events in the news with the students as well as setting some activities for tutors to do with students on the same theme. If you are having discussionwithin your family, or you would like some guidance as to how you might open up, or now continue such a conversation there are some helpful suggestions and resources here that you can look at. Some of the earlier content is targeted at younger children but halfway in there is a link to a guide for parents to the Black Lives Matters movement which is very helpful. It provides a useful explanation over why the ‘all lives matter’ slogan detracts from the very real issues the BLM campaign is seeking to tackleAlso, it is clearly written for all parents regardless of their ethnic background to help them talk to their children about race and the currenissues surrounding this. 


Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients – from Mr Barrett

Congratulations to all those below who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Certificate for 2020.  The Duke of Edinburgh will be sending an electronic certificate direct to participants in recognition of their hard work, despite the challenges of coronavirus.

Names with an asterisks have completed the section, but are still waiting for assessor reports, for example from furloughed staff.  So a little more to do when we can before the Duke of Edinburgh will send an electronic certificate.

Is your child’s name missing?  Don’t get cross, please get in contact (s.barrett@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk).  I have been in contact with a number of participants and we haven’t quite got some sections finished, despite all our efforts.  Let’s do our best for the next roll of celebration on Friday 3rd July 2020.

Year 9

Dulcie Barry

Holly Bentall

Libby Bentall

Billy Bletcher

Adrian Chiu

Laetitia Clift

Danny Drew

Millie Griffiths*

Zoe Hall

Lola Holt

Amelia Horn

Ava Kitching

Edie Mark

Annabelle Martin*

Lily Mckimm*

Elodie Morris-Hunt*

Keira Muir

Joseph Stothard

Thomas Tucker

Katy Upton

Louise Webster

Ellie Wolfe


Year 10

Rhys Glands

Charlotte Maynard

Holly Penegar

Mia Robinson

Lucy Tendler

Charlotte Wan*


Online safety guidance

This document for parents is about online safety and has lots of useful information for parents https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

Marathon run for MIND

Benji Duncan in Year 11 is training and running for a marathon in October. He is trying to raise £5000 for the charity ‘Mind‘ to help people with mental health issues as during lockdown it has been a tough time mentally for everyone, with people not being able to see their friends, but even more so for those suffering from mental health issues. If you would like to sponsor him please visit his Go Fund Me page  https://gf.me/u/x997qy

Have a good weekend

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


19th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Goodbye to Mrs Edmondson-Jones

Sadly, we must say goodbye to Mrs Edmondson-Jones today. Many of you will have known that she is expecting her first baby any minute now. Lockdown has actually meant her students have been able to have lessons with her right up to the final weeks of her time with us and we will hopefully be hearing her good news very soon! I know many students will miss her lessons which have inspired so many of our students in their learning of Science, and we will miss her leadership of Griffin House. Sadly, Mrs Edmondson-Jones is also relocating to the North of England and therefore will not return to us. 

Miss Thayaparan is joining the science department and has been working with Mrs Edmondson Jones all week to get to know the classes she will take over for the rest of the year. Miss Thayaparan was working with us up to December earlier this year and we are really pleased that she is returning to join the school permanently. Miss Godfrey will be taking Mrs Edmondson Jones Health and Social Care classes to the end of the term. 

Year 10 return to school. 

It has been fantastic to see Year 10 returning to school for some face to face lessons this week. We have worked hard to make this happen and it has been rewarding to see these plans working so well. Over 80% of the students invited in each day have attended. The students have impressed us with the work they have done remotely, and they have conducted themselves impeccably when back. Each student who has been in school this week has also had a wellbeing meeting where we have been able to check in on how they have been and are feeling. These next two weeks we are now doing one to one sessions with students where we know they need some more support to help fill gaps that are evident in their learning following the lock down. Y10 parents of the students identified in need of these sessions should receive a text message today with details on the day and time. Please understand that not all students are being invited in, only those where the gaps are greatest. We will then follow these sessions with further face to face lessons for Year 10 in July. 

This week we have been given guidance that we can bring students from other year groups in for an individual meeting if considered beneficial and they are possible to schedule in line with protective measures, and the provision already in place. We will be looking at how we might do this, and anticipate that we will target students in other year groups where we have concerns about their engagement with our remote provision. We will let you know about this in time. 

Headteacher’s Awards 

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.   

Year 7:                Finton Bull, Rowan Norbury, Emily Simpson 

Year 8:                Sarah Campion, Isla Cousins, Jessica Hornibrook, Sebastian Janssen, Ashmin Lalli, Freddie McAvoy, 

Erin McCarthy, Ethan Medlycott, Harrison Pescud, Lemar Shah   

Year 10:              Amy Bullamore, Jack Donovan, Chloe Frewin, Gracie Hornibrook, Meakaran Kandiah, Ralph Palmer-Andrews, Millie Pearson, Holly Penegar, Mason Pescud, Tianna Phelan, Eleanor Richards, Nathan Smith, Lucy Tendler.   

Thank you to all the students who entered the House Bake Off at home competition. There were many incredible and delicious looking entries which we have shared on the attached sheet to get your mouth watering! Congratulations to the winners. 


Race Across the World

Our Race Across the World Campaign continues to reach new destinations around the world! We have now covered a grand total of 23,251.33km as a school and have reached the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete!  Keep those kilometres coming in for your house to Mr Patel each week! d.patel@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk

The campaign ends on Wednesday 1st July @3pm!

Government provision for tutoring and catch up 

It has been pleasing to hear the Government announce plans to support schools with helping students catch up with their education following the crisis. I have received the details of how this will work this afternoon. I am pleased to hear that they have been guided by the Education Endowment Foundation as to the best way to support those who are falling behind. As an organisation they have an expertise and solid reputation for research and practice in this area. We have been encouraged when meeting our Year 10s at where their learning is at present, they have clearly been working well at home. I hope this is a reflection of the progress students have made in all year groups. The notion of catch up can make things sound scary. While there is no doubt the remote learning is no substitute for being in school with your teachers, I am confident that the hard work my staff have invested in remote learning has helped minimise this for the majority of our learners who have engaged with it. I look forward to hearing more about our access to this support and funding how we will be able to use it to support Thamesmead students where it is needed 

This also follows the encouraging news that free school meals support will now be made available to eligible families throughout the summer. Once again I share the details of how to claim if you think you would be eligible for this support in case there have been families where the situation has changed recently. 

FSM Application Form April 2020

I hope that you are all remaining safe and well. Enjoy the weekend. 

Yours faithfully 

Phil Reeves 

17th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are all well. We have welcomed Year 10 students back into school this week. Each day we have invited up to 50 students a day in to work with our subject teachers. We have seen close to 90% of students invited in, join us and it has been wonderful to see more students returning to school for lessons with their teachers.

A huge amount of planning and preparation was required to ensure that everything was in place to ensure the students, staff and our community could be kept safe with an increase in students in the school and it is pleasing to see all of these steps running smoothly this week. Thank you to parents of Year 10 who have spent time back with us in school, who have passed on feedback to us. What is most reassuring is hearing that students have found the time back in school supportive of their online provision and learning which will continue to be the main form of education through to the end of term. They have behaved brilliantly and responsibly and supported us with all of the measures we have in place regardless of how inconvenient they may make things.

We will remain hopeful that come September we will be able to get as many of the students into school as possible, and if the rest of the week runs as smoothly we can be confident that we will have a model of socially distanced schooling that we can now expand and develop should this be needed as we move into the new school year. I will keep you updated as the guidance on the reopening of secondary schools changes.

I would like to remind you that if staff are in school teaching Year 10 then online lessons will be disrupted. The table below will indicate which staff will be in school at different times over the rest of the week. If staff are only in school for one teaching session, then they will set work for lesson 5 if they are in school for a morning or work for P1 if they are in school for the afternoon session. The following teacher’s lessons will be affected;

Wednesday 17/6 Thursday 18/6 Friday 19/6
Miss Lane – History Mr Cowley – PE Mr Phillips – History
Mr Cowley – PE Mr Phillips – History Mr Loffstadt – DT
Mrs Long – Art Mr Hoadley – PE Mrs Eley – Food
Mrs Haines-Bevan – Drama Mr North – MFL
Mr Hoadley – PE Mr Bate – PE
Mrs Rosethorne – History Mrs Foster – History
Mrs Hayes – Food Mr Loffstadt – DT
Mrs Brooks –   Art Mrs Haines-Bevan – Drama
Mrs Savvari – MFL Mrs Rosethorne – History
Mrs Foster – History Mrs Hayes – Food
Mr Bate – PE
Key All day AM session only PM session only

Children of Key Workers and those in other key categories

We will continue to provide spaces in school for students in these categories if this is needed. Please complete the attached form and email it to info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk to let us know if your child fits one of these groups and you would now like to start using your place. You can check these criteria here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Key workers form – June 2020

Citizenship Lesson

As detailed in my letter last Friday, please remember that Friday 19th, period 5 is our next citizenship lesson and students will be working on different material to their normal timetabled lesson.

Student conduct in the community

I have received some reports from local residents that young people of school age are congregating in the Greeno park after school hours and behaving in a manner that is causing concern. Should this be Thamesmead students it would be so disappointing as we have been impressed with the maturity and behaviour of the students we have worked with in school during this crisis. We are aware the conduct of these individuals is not meeting the present social distancing regulations, would warrant police involvement, and is also leaving a mess. I hope this behaviour will stop, but if this continues to be a problem we will be working with local councillors to support them to identify any individuals who may be our students, and if necessary as this behaviour is concerning and breaking social distancing regulations, it is likely to involve the support of police. Therefore, if your children are leaving the house at the end of the school day we ask that you check they are not conducting themselves in this manner. This will mean we all support our community in helping stop such behaviour and keep these young people safe.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

12th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

The events of the past two weeks surrounding racial equality have been significant and normally we would seek to engage our students in discussion and reflection through assemblies, tutor sessions and classes. They are certainly events which warrant learning from, however difficult and uncomfortable they may feel. The remote circumstances we find ourselves in adds an extra level of challenge to doing this and as a school we must take time to ensure the best ways to do this so that it is done carefully and well, but we will be doing it.

For all students, trying to make sense of these events and form opinions can be hard when the debate stirs strong emotions and the views expressed across media become so polarised. However, we acknowledge that this will have been a very difficult two weeks for members of the Thamesmead Community who are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Seeing or hearing reports about the death of George Floyd, the protests that have followed around the world, and the continuous news stories will present to these young people a frightening reality of a world where people are still experiencing racism every day.

I want Thamesmead to be a school where students know they will be treated equally. When we established the four cornerstones of our school vision, respecting our community was included to help us work to achieve this. Just as we went into lockdown we had been updating our Equality Policy which was approved by our governing body this week and the updated version will be shared on our website soon.

One of the objectives we have set ourselves to work on as a school is to develop student and staff understanding of protected characteristics and how equality and diversity can be better promoted. Engaging our students with the issues being discussed and raised in society at present will be one of the actions we can take to help us achieve this. Our school cannot be a happy school for all of our community if we cannot continue to better this understanding.

I would like all of our students to reflect on recent events in the media and consider the role they have to play in ensuring that unequal treatment, discrimination and hatred is not accepted, both at Thamesmead and within society. As a school we stress the importance of children doing the right thing when they know others are being treated badly and how doing nothing sends a message of acceptance. Yet they are not always strong enough or confident enough to do this.

The partnership between school and home is essential if we want the young people in our community to go out into a world where racism does not pollute our society and hold people back unfairly. We need them to understand discrimination and hatred is not acceptable. We need them to be brave and speak out to support those who are the victims and not cover for those who abuse. We need our students to understand that when they say nothing when they know there is a problem that they become part of the problem. This needs constant reinforcement at home and at school, and the more students are prepared to stand up to any form of prejudice the more it will stand out as unacceptable within our school and community.

If you are not sure where to start, talking to your child about the article below is a short read and might provide a place to start. Essentially it suggests 1. Do not avoid talking about it – be open and allow them to ask questions 2. Model the behaviour you want to see from your child – you are the greatest influence on them 3. Keep talking about it – the conversation has to keep going for it to stick.


Phased return of students to School

We are looking forward to welcoming year 10 students back into school from Monday. As you are aware we can have up to 25% of the year group in school at one time. Thank you to those parents who participated in the webinar on Wednesday night to understand the steps we have taken to ensure the school will be safe and how we have planned the student’s learning. We know that some students will be apprehensive about coming to school again and beginning to mix with small groups of students but we are confident that once they are here they will feel comfortable with all the steps we have taken.

As we look forward to seeing more of our Year 10 students returning to school on Monday it is a good time to remind you all that if there have been any changes to your contact details then please do update them with us. You can send them to info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk which is also the email address you should use if you wish to contact us at school. Although we are inviting more students on to our site we are still not able to have visitors on to site.

I would also like to share again the procedures you should follow in case there is a suspected case of coronavirus in your family and household. The link to this is at teh top of this page.

Student Leaders

We have completed the process for selecting and voting in House Captains, their Deputies and Prefects for next academic year. Congratulations to Callum Stewart (Centaur), Josh Ballard (Dragon), Millie Pearson (Griffin), and Tate Foxhall (Phoenix) who are our house Captains. Also to Talia Hill (Centaur), Alice Horan (Dragon), Rhys Glands (Griffin) and Holly Fletcher (Phoenix) who were voted as deputy house captains. There is a long list of Year 10 students who applied to be prefects and have been successfully selected and these are detailed below.



Our next school citizenship lesson will be Friday 19th June in Period 5. We will once again distribute the work via Show My Homework for the students to complete in this period instead of their timetabled lesson. Work will appear on the morning of the lesson. Detailed below is what we expect the students will be working on. As with the last lesson we have ensured that in each lesson’s materials there are signposts as to where support for each issue can be accessed if relevant. If you wish to withdraw your child from material linked to Sex and Relationship Education, please let us know and we can provide alternative content. Should the students have any concerns arising from participation in the activities then they will know that they can raise them with their form tutor. The following topics are being studied;

7C – Mental health

7D – Democracy – having a say

7G – Diversity

7P – Internet safety

8C – Enterprise project

8D – Council spending

8G – Charity campaigning

8P – Mindfulness


9D – Interview skills

9G – Teenage pregnancy

9P – Drugs

10C – Community contribution

10D – Careers

10G – Enterprise

10P – STIs


Headteacher’s Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.

Year 7:                  Chloe Evea, Eden Foxhall, Thomas Gilbert, Isis Ireeta, Rowan Norbury, James Taylor-Jenkins and David White

Year 8:                  Dominic Longley and Sarah Vassallo

Year 9:                  Grace Austen-Reed, Dulcie Barry and George Prendergast

Year 10:                Baxter Cameron, Lauren De Lord, Erin Howick, Abigail Maynard, Olivia Mensah, Himani Patel and Hinal Patel.

We have also heard that two of our students have been successful in having their writing selected for publishing as part of the Young Writers competition. Several have articles that are being published and we will announce these names in the coming weeks.

We hope that their achievement can inspire other students to write. At the moment the English department is promoting a creative writing competition through Generation Lockdown (https://generationlockdown.co.uk/).

Thamesmead Race Across the World

You will know that Mr Patel has been encouraging students to keep active during the lockdown and send in their kilometres travelled as part of their exercise to see how far Thamesmead can travel. We have made it to Sydney which is incredible but we now have until 1 July to make it back home. Please keep sending your kilometres in to Mr Patel.

Art in the Community

Students who have been attending school in recent weeks have been working on some squares for a collaborative project with a local artist to thank the NHS. I think you will agree they have done some excellent work.

We would also like to tell parents about a photography competition called ‘Hold Still’ being championed by the Duchess of Cambridge https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

I wish you all a good weekend.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


9th June 2020


Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are well.

This Thursday, June 11th we are holding another staff training day in preparation for our planned phased reopening to Year 10 on Monday 15th June. This means that there will not be any live teaching and students will be set independent work to complete at home for the day for each lesson. Staff will be asking the students to focus on tasks that consolidate what has been done, and ensuring they have been able to finish all the work that has been set recently. Each subject for the day will set students a lesson based on where they are at present in their work. Students should log in as usual and instructions for the task will be placed in assignments within MS Teams.

As some face to face lessons will be taking place for Year 10 in school from Monday the teachers delivering these will not be able to deliver live remote lessons on that day. Students will be told if this is the case. Unfortunately as the staff are in school teaching at this time we will not be able to set work for students to do in these situations. If staff are only in school for one teaching session, then they will set work for lesson 5 if they are in school for a morning or work for P1 if they are in school for the afternoon session. The following teacher’s lessons will be affected;

Monday 15/6 Tuesday 16/6 Wednesday 17/6 Thursday 18/6 Friday 19/6
Miss Lane – History Miss Lane – History Miss Lane – History Mr Cowley – PE Mr Phillips – History
Mrs Robins Kent – PE Mr Phillips – History Mr Cowley – PE Mr Phillips – History Mr Loffstadt – DT
Mr Cowley – PE Mr Hoadley – PE Mrs Long – Art Mr Hoadley – PE Mrs Eley – Food
Mr Phillips – History Mrs Burtsell – Music Mrs Haines-Bevan – Drama Mr North – MFL
Mrs Long – Art Mrs Eley – Food Mr Hoadley – PE Mr Bate – PE
Mr Patel – PE Mrs Rosethorne – History Mrs Rosethorne – History Mrs Foster – History
Mr Hoadley – PE Mrs Chaperlin – Spanish Mrs Hayes – Food Mr Loffstadt – DT
Mrs Charlton Graham – History/ Geography Mrs Brooks – Art Mrs Brooks – Art Mrs Haines-Bevan – Drama
Mrs Foster – History Mr Evans – Music Mrs Savvari – MFL Mrs Rosethorne – History
Mrs Williams – Drama Mrs Foster – History Mrs Hayes – Food
Mr Bate – PE
Key All day AM session only PM session only


While this looks like a large amount of lessons please recognise each teacher will only teach 5 classes a day and the majority of staff will be delivering lessons on line as normal. We have over 60 teaching staff and the maximum number of teachers involved in anyone day is no more than 11 therefore most lessons will continue unaffected. I trust you can appreciate that staff cannot be preparing and teaching face to face in school as well as setting remote lessons for students to do at the same time.

Surrey Police have asked me to share the important message below with you. In support of this I would like to stress that one of the reasons the government are reluctant to bring too many secondary school children back into school is because the likelihood of them mixing with many other students outside of school is great. It is therefore clear that it is considered scientifically important at this stage to continue to ensure young people continue to follow the social distancing rules if the work that has gone into bringing down infection rates nationally is to continue. Please take the time to share this message with your children and ensure they are fully understanding of their responsibilities in helping combat the infection.

Letter to parents re ASB in Spelthorne

Once again I would like to share the process for applying for Free School Meals. I am aware that as this situation continues and the furlough scheme’s life span is now known that a few more businesses are having to make difficult decisions about employees. I hope that few of you will find yourselves in this situation but remain alert to the fact that is possible and therefore would like to share this again as it is possible help that may be appreciated in these circumstances.

FSM Application Form April 2020

I have written to Year 10 parents separately today regarding our plans for Year 10 to attend face to face lessons in school from Monday 15th.

Finally, I am pleased to share another celebration of the fantastic art work that our students have been producing whilst working remotely. The quality of the Year 9 and 10 work is impressive I am sure you will admit, and the Year 7 and 8 photography work is clever, witty and should make you smile. I hope you enjoy looking at our students’ talented creations.

Celebrating Student Art June 2020

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves



Specific guidance for Year 10

Video information for Year 10 students regarding returning to school

Guidance for Y10 parents – returning to school from 15th June onwards

Student routines in school during coronavirus

Guidance for Thamesmead students and families – corona virus and self isolation

Webinar recording from Wednesday 10th June – Year 10 parents



4th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that you are all keeping well.

You may be aware that guidance was issued to secondary schools on reopening to more pupils on bank holiday Monday, 25 May.

It states that from 15th June secondary schools should start to provide some face to face contact for Year 10 students that will complement their remote learning. However, remote learning is to remain the main form of delivery for the remainder of the summer term. Year 10 have been prioritised by the government as they are due to sit their GCSE examinations next summer.

The scientific advice that has guided the Department of Education’s guidance has indicated that there is still a need to control numbers of pupils attending school to reduce the risk of increasing the rate of infection. Therefore, the maximum number of students we are allowed to invite into school from Year 10 at one time will be limited to 50.

Secondary schools have been given the freedom to identify the face to face support that will best suit the needs of their community, so long as it conforms to the key health and safety guidance set out. Starting with a focus on the health and safety of our students, staff and their families we have then designed a provision following consultation with our subject leaders. We have been pleased with the quality of our remote learning provision and know that this has allowed us to maintain a good standard of education to be delivered to all of our students throughout the period of lockdown. You have told us that you have been pleased with this remote provision. If we shift our focus to providing large amounts of on-site provision to small groups of Year 10 students this will have a detrimental effect upon the availability of staff to teach the remainder of the year group and students in Years 7-9 remotely.

With all of the above taken into account we have prepared a model of face to face provision for Year 10 students that will commence from Monday 15 June, but will also ensure that there is minimal interruption to our online provision.

We have also prepared a detailed risk assessment plan so that we can be confident we are taking all the steps necessary to minimise the risk to students, staff and families. We have held a training day for staff so that they understand this plan and feel confident returning to school and ensuring the safety of our students. This will be supplemented with further training next week to prepare. The plans have been shared with, and approved by our governing body. It is important to state that the plans we have made represent our very best effort to reduce risk, but it is impossible to eliminate all risks and guarantee the safety of children and staff from a virus.

A summary of protective measures we will be taking;

·         Providing training for staff

·         Review of all policies and procedures relating to the health and safety of students and staff

·         Ensuring those who have symptoms do not come into school

·         Enhanced cleaning routines, including daytime cleaning

·         High profile focus on personal hygiene and health – hand washing, etc

·         Doors propped open (inc. main toilet doors) – to minimise surface contact and allow supervision of hand washing

·         Additional hand washing and sanitising stations

·         Staggered days for those attending including arrival, breaks and departure

·         Increased emphasis on students and staff taking personal responsibility for their safety

·         Keeping groups of students and staff distinct and separated – with teaching ‘bubbles’ set up

·         Class sizes of no more than 10

·         Social distancing in the classroom – 2 metre rule maintained

·         Social distancing in the school building – 2 metre markings throughout corridors and one way systems

There are many more detailed steps we have planned but the above gives you a summary of the main steps we have planned. Parents of Year 10 please see below re more detailed information.

Children of Key Workers and those in other key categories

We will continue to provide spaces in school for students in these categories if this is needed. Please complete the attached form and email it to info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk to let us know if your child fits one of these groups and you would now like to start using your place, if you haven’t done so before. You can check these criteria here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Key workers form – June 2020

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9

While the government have said they will keep the return of other students to secondary school under review, it is most likely that we will not see students from these year groups return to school this term. The scientific advice guiding the Department of Education suggests that older students are more likely to mix more widely outside of schools and therefore secondary school opening will remain very restricted until this risk of infection spreading is reduced. We will continue to deliver and develop our online remote learning provision as best as we can for these students. We have planned our year 10 provision so that it minimises the negative impact upon our remote provision for other year groups. However please understand that if a member of staff is required in school to deliver face to face support for Year 10 students or support other students entitled to be in school then lessons will not be taught by them on these days. Teachers will let students know in advance that this is the case.

Pastoral Support for students

We are preparing for supporting students wellbeing and emotional needs when they return to school. These will be varied but we anticipate that many students will be anxious about returning to school and may have experienced trauma such as the bereavement of family or friends to COVID or seen loved ones very poorly. We know some of you have made us aware of this, however if your family has been affected in this way and you would like us to be aware please do contact your child’s Head of Year to let them know. We can then liaise with you to establish the level of support that may be needed as they return to school.

Visiting the school site – Students and parents

During this time, students and parents are not permitted to be on the school site unless they have been invited to attend for face to face contact or a pre-arranged meeting. If there is a reason why you believe it is necessary for you or your child to come on to the school site, please contact us to discuss this before attending the school.

Parents of Year 10 only.

We will write to you by the start of next week with the details on the face to face provision we will make available to students in Year 10, and explain fully the steps we will be taking. Once you have received these details we will share a survey with you to identify how many students will be attending and to gather any questions you have. We will also be holding a webinar on Wednesday 10 June at 6:30pm which you can join to hear about these plans and ask questions. If you would like to sign up for this webinar please follow the link below. Please note this is for Year 10 parents only. Please register in advance for this webinar (you will need to do this in advance):


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you wish to access this on your phone you will need the Zoom app downloaded.

Our plans to allow more students back into school to access face to face support with their teachers has been carefully designed to reduce risk of infection through minimising mixing between large numbers of students. They will spend their day in dedicated teaching ‘bubbles’ of no more than 10 children and will not be mixing with other bubbles. It is therefore important that students continue to observe social distancing outside of school according to the present government rules.

Other notices

Tomorrow in period three our students will be completing their next citizenship lesson in place of their usual timetabled class. They will be directed to this work in tutor period tomorrow morning.

I have attached a poster regarding Child Abuse and Exploitation that the police have asked me to share with our community. It advises on steps you can take if you are worried about a child’s wellbeing.

CSAE poster

Headteacher’s Awards

Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers or tutors this week for either the commitment put into their online learning, or contributions to morning tutor sessions. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.

Year 9:                 Finley Brooks, Chloe Codd, Aleksandra Hababicki, Amelia Jones Liddell, Connor Stockwell and Madelyne Watson.

Year 10:                Lucy Tendler.

Finally, we are aware that many of you have generously given money to a fund set up by parents to go towards a ‘thank you’ celebration at the Red Lion for the staff here at school for the work they have done during this period. I wanted to say a personal thank you to all who have been so kind and generous. It is something very unexpected and we are happy to work hard to teach, and care for our students through this time. It is a very generous thing for you to have done and I am so very grateful to you for thinking of my staff in this way.

Yours faithfully


Phil Reeves

22nd May 2020

Dear Parents

As you are aware we have been planning for the occasion when we can safely bring some of our students back into school. The last government guidance issued was clear that the expectation is that it would be students from year 10 who we should plan to deliver some ‘face to face’ contact with. The national debate around primary schools reopening on 1 June has dominated things, and as I have shared, there has been little in the way of final detail on the expectations of what this face to face contact should look like for secondary schools.

An announcement is due on 28 May about whether the health conditions have been met so that it will be safe for children to return to school from 1 June. I expect that only after this will the focus return to how this will work with secondary age students.

What I feel able to share with you at this stage is that the very earliest we might open for some Year 10 students, would be the week of 15th June. I would like to make clear that this is not a date when we will reopen, but that it is the earliest I think it might be possible should the government say that the necessary conditions have been met to permit schools to open to more students. In the meantime, I remain confident our remote provision means our students are losing out much less than those in the many schools where this has not been widely available.

Therefore, I will write to you again in the first week of June to update you as to how likely this is. Once we are more certain of when we will begin to open to more students I will then share with you the details on the steps we are taking to ensure we can do so safely. I appreciate those of you who have got in touch with supportive messages about this making it clear that you think it better to take time and not to rush the decision.

To help prepare for the time when we can reopen to more students we will be using Wednesday 3 June as a staff training day. To allow the staff to participate in this we will not run timetabled lessons. For students we have planned a day of careers learning activities that we would like them to engage with and we will share the details of this with you on our return.

We remain open to those students who have parents who are key workers or meet the specific government categories that entitles them to attend. School will remain available on 3 June for these students. Attendance at school for key workers children must be pre-arranged by contacting the school directly.

The DFE have issued guidance for parents on supporting secondary children with their education but I hope that our daily provision means much of this will not apply. You can view it here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

I have attached our latest online safety help sheet that Mrs Garraway, has prepared to help you monitor your child’s internet browsing history. I hope that you find this helpful.

Online Safety

As mentioned on Wednesday we have seen many Headteacher’s awards issued this half term. Below are the names of the students who were nominated by their teachers for the excellent hard work and commitment put into their online learning since lockdown. They have been awarded 5 achievement points on SIMS and received a Certificate.  Some received more than one!  Well done, congratulations and keep up the good work.

Year 7:    Megan Andrews, Mason Boyle, Zac Clarke, Chloe Cox, Edward England, Ava Jenkins, Rowan Norbury, Arthur Roffey, Lisa Roth, Ayan Sohail.

Year 8:    Sarah Campion, Josh Daniel, Marlon Gomez, Carmen Highfield, Jessica Hornibrook, Owen Marley, Hannah Mukasa, Abigail Nixon, Mia Sheppard, Sarah Vassallo, Leo Wilkinson.

Year 9:    Annelise Ambrosino, Dulcie Barry, Ruby Bray, Adrian Chiu, Chloe Codd, Danny Drew, Carl Egginton, Amelia Horn, Edie Mark, Annabelle Martin, Ben Mills, Benjamin Nixon, Kit Parsons, Audrey Pitcher, Bryce Rosling, Joseph Stothard,  Georgia Thomas, Isabelle Tugby, Ellie Wolfe.

Year 10:  Oliver Alexander, Freddie Allen, Baxter Cameron, Juliet Carroll, Alex Chung, Tom Digby, Holly Fletcher, Tate Foxhall, Carys Fuller, Jacob Gelona, Sienna Gillman, Lewis Kean, Charlotte Maynard, Olivia Mensah, Grace Morgan, Sky Morgan, Ralph Palmer-Andrews, Jack Pescud, Mason Pescud, James Quinn, Bethan Scammell, Millie Searle, Arthur Starr, William Taylor, Eleanor Thomson.

Remote lessons will commence again on Monday 1 June at 8:30am.

I hope that you all remain safe and well, and that you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend ahead.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves

20th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I know many of you will be expecting details from me soon about how we intend to allow some of our students to return to school for some face to face contact with their teachers. I have asked you from the outset for your patience and I must thank you for this as you have given me just that.

We are still awaiting Department of Education guidance that was intended to be with secondary schools at the start of this week. It is now overdue, and in turn that means we are unable to complete the necessary steps we must take to have confidence that we are doing all we can to ensure it will be safe to begin a phased return of students to school. Until I have received this, and then been able to review our planning after examining the guidance I cannot share any of our plans with you. I apologise as I know this is something that you will have many questions on.

I have attached a letter from Julie Iles, Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, and Liz Mills, Director for Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture at Surrey County Council, that they have asked Head teachers to share with parents. Once again, please can I reassert that I am remain grateful for the support our parent community have shown the staff at Thamesmead throughout this crisis.

SCC Letter to Parent and Carers 19 May 2020

Mrs Long has once again shared some wonderful Art work completed by the students while working from home. I hope you will enjoy a moment appreciating the incredible talent on display here. Please do share this with your children. We do hope it will inspire them to work with equal commitment on their next piece of art work. I am really pleased to see the boys better represented in this sample too. You can view the work here https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/celebrating-student-art-in-lockdown/

You will know that we normally share the names of those who achieve Headteacher’s awards via Thamesmead Talk. There has been a significant increase in the number of students nominated for these while they have been working remotely. I know many of students have really shown us how resilient and committed they are in these times and the staff have wanted to recognise this. Our communication processes are working slightly differently while we have reduced staff on site and we aim to celebrate these with you at the end of the week.

Finally, my emails tell me it is ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ today! I am never sure who decides these things but I am going to take the opportunity to thank my team of dedicated staff for all they have done for the students of Thamesmead this last half term.

Take care

Phil Reeves


15th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are continuing to review official guidance and advice that has been shared over the week about the possible return of students to school in the next half term. There has been a huge amount of discussion nationally about this and I am sure you can see from the news reporting on the issue that there remains a lot of work to do. We have begun to consider plans in light of the Department of Education’s advice but there is now work that needs to be done at local level with the local authority and other Headteachers. Thank you for being patient with me as I take the time to carefully consider all these steps. As I have written previously I will share any plans with you as soon as the time is right.

One of the highlights of my week was reading the attached information on the good work so many of our students have been doing towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards during lock down. It was a pleasure to hear these individual tales and I encourage you to read, and be inspired by their experiences.

DofE Special May 2020


We are excited to announce that since the launch of GCSEPOd we have almost reached 1,000 videos viewed. Feedback from staff and students is that these ‘pods’ are very helpful to supplement and consolidate learning covered during remote lessons. I hope that students will continue to utilise and benefit from this excellent resource over the coming weeks.


I would like to thank you for your continued support of the school during the school closure by ensuring that children are logging on to access their lessons remotely. We have been using an online survey called Socrative to identify when students have logged on and I am pleased to report that the vast majority of our students are attending their lessons. Despite the numerous challenges of remote learning and following the school timetable while working at home many of our students have still managed to achieve 100% attendance!

1-to-1 meetings

As part of our pastoral support provision during the school closure we are extending our programme of one-to-one meetings for all students. These meetings will take place with your child’s form tutor or member of our pastoral or inclusion teams and be conducted using Microsoft Teams. The meeting will be prearranged and focus on student’s well-being, experiences while remote learning and additional support that the school might be able to provide. Student will receive more information about this next week.


A message from Miss Walker…

I wanted to make you aware of some high-quality literacy resources from The National Literacy Trust that are now available for free

Zone In is an online portal aimed at children aged 13+. New content is added each week, including reading materials, activities and video tutorials presented by guest speakers, starting with beauty blogger Rose Gallagher:


Family Zone is a platform aimed at younger children and contains weekly author exclusives, reading activities and free books:


I hope you find these resources useful

Parental Engagement remote learning

First of all, we would like to thank you all as parents and carers who have written to us expressing kind words of support during this period of school closure, as well as supporting and guiding your children through the online learning experience. As a school we are continuing with our online learning to ensure that all students get the best deal possible. There might be, of course, times when some students lack motivation, or systems in place do not go as planned or just simply yearn to come back to school. This is completely normal given the circumstances. For this reason, please find below a link to a video you might find helpful in taking stock of the home learning experience and routines that go with that, along with a checklist that you may find useful in revitalising efforts.

Mr North

Video link


Checklist based on the video 


Internet Safety – House Party

This week’s internet safety tip is an attachment on the increasingly popular social media app House Party. We know that many of our students are using this app, and in some cases spending large amounts of time on it. Please read this help sheet to provide useful guidance on how parents can ensure students are not put at risk through their use of it.

 House Party safety advice

Thamesmead ‘Feel-Good’ Bake Off

This year’s spring bake off is going to be centred around our student’s favourite things, we will be running our Bake-Off competition over the May half term and would love to see as many students as possible taking part!

Students may bake anything they like, sweet or savoury, but the bake has to represent something that makes them happy. This could be a pet, family member, book, film, TV show, or anything else.

Students may enter alone, or we would like to encourage multiple students from the same household who would like to enter in a team. The prizes will be House Points and the winning student(s) will get the chance to be a guest judge at next year’s Christmas bake off! The House

Points to win are below:

1st place = 15                2nd place = 10             3rd place = 5

We would love to have photographs of the students’ bakes by Wednesday the 3rd of June. All entries will be shared with the Thamesmead community via the school website and our Facebook page.

Shepperton Lockdown Doorsteps

We were visited today by Shepperton Lockdown Doorsteps who are doing a photography project on documenting different households and organisations during the lock down to raise money and donations to the local food bank. A small number of the school staff and some of the students we had on site today posed for a socially distanced photograph for the publication that they plan to produce. If you would like to donate to their project or be involved then you can do so by visiting


Thank you for all your continued support and messages of encouragement.

Have a lovely weekend,

Phil Reeves


12th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Since Sunday evening I have been working through the most recent government guidance available to understand more about the plans for a phased return to schooling announced in the Prime Minister’s briefing.

It was clear from that speech that the priority is students in primary schools with the youngest and oldest primary students being prioritised to return from the 1st June. This is all subject to the scientific and medical guidance indicating that it is deemed safe and appropriate to begin to return children and the adults that work with them, back into schools.

In the Department of Education guidance which has followed the Prime Minister’s speech it talks of offering “some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year “. It is clear that this contact is not expected to be a return to a normal timetabled provision, and is intended only to provide support for the learning that students in Year 10 are completing at home. As yet, we have limited information about the way in which this face-to-face support may be offered or the precise date from which that support should be offered. The guidance released to schools late last night suggests that it should be from the 1st June, if this is safe and possible, but there remains a lot more to be decided at government level before this can happen.

I have been looking at the guidance today and it provides some of the information that will allow us to start planning how this might work, so that it would be safe for students and staff, but there is still much more information I need before we can share any plans with you as to how this would look. I would like to make clear that the 1st June date is not guaranteed, and we will not return students to school until we are confident that everything we need is in place so that we can do so safely.

As soon as we receive this further information from the Department for Education, we will be back in touch with you to share our plans in accordance with that guidance. We will take into account the possible impact this may have on what we can provide for our students in Years 7-9 before we commit to delivering on site provision for Year 10 only.

In the meantime, our status is as it has been since the 23rd March – our schools are only open for those children of Critical Workers who need to be cared for while their parents/carers are at work and for those children deemed ‘vulnerable’. If your child falls into this category and you know feel that it is necessary for them to attend school, please do contact us. The most up to date guidance for parents on education can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

On another note, Thamesmead is currently recruiting for the role of Senior Finance Officer. With discussion of job insecurity being high profile in the news at present we would like to draw your attention to this in case you know someone, with experience of finance, who is looking for a secure position. The details are available here https://www.tes.com/jobs/employer/thamesmead-school-1005906

Thank you, once again for your continued support, and patience at this time of unprecedented challenge, which is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Phil Reeves


7th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I am mindful that the government will be making announcements on Sunday regarding possible next steps for easing the lock down restrictions that are in place at present. There has been lots of speculation in the press about what they may include and some of this speculation has been about when schools might reopen. I wanted to make clear that, as was the case when the announcement was made to close schools, we have had no notice as to what might be announced and if it will include plans for education. There has been no official date or planning shared with schools as of yet. Therefore, if the announcement does cover plans for schools please understand that we will be hearing it at the same time as you. We will need time to consider this, consult with the local authority and other local schools, consider fully the health and safety implications, and carefully adapt the early planning we have done ourselves, before we can share this with you. I know many of you will be anxious about this and will have many questions, but I ask for your support in giving us time to respond to any announcements and allow us to contact you. I would like to reassure you that the health and safety of our students and staff will be our prime concern. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I am also mindful that the long weekend is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE day and while we have done lots to manage the delivery of education under lock down I am conscious (especially as a history teacher) that we have not been able to deliver as much as we would hope under normal circumstances to commemorate this as a school, given the hard work that is going in from my staff delivering our timetable from home. We have here a link to a useful home pack from English Heritage that is designed to help families at home mark the occasion https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/visit/ve-day-75/eh-ve-day-at-home-pack.pdf which you may wish to look at.

You will recall from my previous letters that we have asked students to submit all work to their teachers via assignments in MS Teams to ensure that it gets to the right place and is easy for teachers to find. In order to help students who have found this difficult we have made three instructional videos to help students working on different devices.

The students have the links to these in their emails but they are here for your reference also.

Uploading work to Teams assignments via a computer: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/5a6b083b-fcef-4561-9b42-403a8975f47e

Uploading work to Teams assignments via a tablet: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/34570461-f8e5-4290-870b-1fef03c4c5c4

Uploading work to Teams assignments via a smart phone: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/7a5328cc-d99b-485b-9bc5-b303d3c77963

Mrs Long, our Head of Art, has asked me to share with you  (via the link below) some of the fantastic Art work that students have been producing at home during their remote lessons, and some of it is simply incredible. I am sure you will enjoy looking at some of this lovely work produced by our talented students. The Art Department would like all students to see the high quality of work that has been produced by some of their peers, and hope that by sharing this, others will aspire to produce work of an equally impressive standard. I could not help but notice that the work from our older students here is largely produced by girls and hope that the boys in Years 9 and 10 can take up the challenge to share some equally inspirational and creative work in the next fortnight.

Celebrating Student Art May 2020

As you know we have been working hard to support the local community: Our design technology department has made approximately 400 PPE face visors for local hospitals and care homes; we have also identified those who would benefit from receiving food parcels in these very difficult times, hopefully this will have eased pressure on some. Through the support of Always, who have provided us with sanitary products, we are working to combat period poverty. We have been sent items which are being held at school and whilst we have already given a large quantity out to local families we do have more, if you feel you would benefit from receiving these items please get in touch and we can arrange this.

We understand that there are lots of families whose circumstances have changed beyond their control through no fault of their own. We would like to help and offer support where we can. Whilst we appreciate we can’t solve all problems we will do our best to access the right support or find an agency or charitable organisation that can help. So in these times please do get in touch if you think we can be of help to you or one of our families.

Have a good bank holiday weekend. I will be in touch again next week.

Yours faithfully


Phil Reeves

6th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are well, and that your families remain safe and healthy.

With this Friday being the rearranged May bank holiday, to celebrate the 75 anniversary of VE Day school will be closed and there will be no online lessons.

New registration process for lessons

This week we have introduced a process we have been able to develop, that will help us monitor effectively how many students are participating in each lesson. We know that there are times when students cannot be online for the lesson but do try and do the work off line, or when they can. However we are keen to build a better picture of overall engagement and where students may not be engaging at all. This will be important in helping us plan for our curriculum as we move forward through the stages of this crisis. This has been shared with students and is a simple step they should take at the start of every lesson. There is a tutorial for the students here to help if you have any problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSCgltiTJkY&feature=youtu.be. Hopefully after three days of doing this the students have now got the hang of the process but please do encourage them to make this their first step each lesson.

Year 11 Progression

Year 11 Esher College applicants have been sent a letter with information about preparation study guides.

The link to this (and all college applicant information) is also on our website here


Reading at Home

This week’s internet help sheet has been emailed to you and has been provided by Miss Walker and Mrs Garraway with tips on how you can make the most of many of the resources that have been made available to families during the lockdown to support students reading and literacy.


During the school closure please do not think we have stopped the rewards. We have not. We are continuing during our online learning, and as parents/carers you will be receiving notifications of these via the Parent Portal. The current Houses leader board is below. Phoenix are in the lead but all to play for – so now is the time for all students to win as many points as they can to contribute to their House’s total. Points are also added to individual totals which contribute to winning the Thamesmead Values reward badges. Good luck – having a target can really help you focus your attentions during this time of uncertainty.

Wellbeing activity for younger children

The link below is a colour in guide for younger children with advice on how to stay happy at home. Some of you with younger families may find it of use.


PPE Visors

Mr Loffstadt, Mrs Scarrot, Mr Todd and Mr Cowley have all continued to make hundreds of PPE visors with Mr Todd adapting some with cartoon tops to make them less intimidating for use with young children. They have been distributed for key workers across the following organisations this week;

·         The Burlington Care Home, Shepperton

·         HMP SEND

·         Princess Alice Hospice

·         Sunbury Nursing Home

·         Ashton Lodge Nursing Home

·         Charlton Grange Care Home

·         The Children’s Community nursing teams – Richmond, and Kingston.

·         Shooting Star Chase Hospice

We are glad that we have been able to use our resources at school to support all of these teams in the vital work that they are doing to care for those who are more vulnerable at this time.

Thank you for your continued support and positive messages that you have sent into school this week. I continue to share these with the staff each week and it makes a difference to them to hear that their hard work is helping our students and community so much.

I wish you all an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


1st May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are keeping safe and well. It has been a while since I shared with you the links to the latest Department of Education advice and guidance to parents. This is updated frequently and while I have not seen it necessary to share these minor changes with you here is the latest link for you for your ease of reference should you need to refer to it.


I anticipate that from next week we may begin to hear some ideas about government plans for how schools be able to open again in the future. I will share concrete details with you whenever they are available, but there will be significant planning involved to make any of these plans happen. When we are in the position where we have enough information to begin this, we will depend upon your patience and understanding.

Staying Safe at Home

We have been asked by Surrey County Council to share the link to their advice sheet pointing out services you can access if you are worried about online crime, the safety of a child, domestic violence or mental health.


Internet Safety

We have been trying to ensure we focus on providing weekly advice for parents that recognises that our students are spending significant amounts of time online at present. This week’s internet safety newsletter covers the topic of ‘netiquette’. This gives some useful reminders as to how to ensure your child thinks carefully about their conduct toward others when using virtual platforms. I think we have all seen examples of when adults find it hard to regulate their online behaviour and act or respond in ways that is impulsive or regretful, it is even harder for teenagers who may need increased support and guidance to help them manage their actions and emotions. The attached advice sheet gives a simple summary of strategies that can help ensure online behaviour does not upset others.

Netiquette and Social Media

Year 11 Transition

We have received news from more of the Sixth Form and further education colleges this week about support they are offering Year 11 in advance of their new courses starting in September. Strode’s College, Egham have sent us a booklet containing a range of tasks that students can do for each subject they are interested in studying. This has been emailed to Year 11 parents and is on our website here. There will be another batch of tasks shared in June. We are also aware that Brooklands have emailed applicants with news of things that they have made available for students to do who plan on joining the College in September. All of these along with other useful Year 11 information from colleges is here https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/careers/careers-calendar/

Please also read the item below on GCSEPod as this has developed resources that may be useful to prepare Year 11 for their next stage also.

GCSEPod Webinars for Parents

In anticipation of the school shut down we invested in some additional internet based resources to support our learners learning from home. One of these is GCSEPod which is relevant to students in Year 10, but also those in Year 9 and 11. The attached help sheet has information on how each year group might benefit from their independent engagement with the resource. There is also detail on a webinar aimed at supporting parents in using this with their children at home. This is a resource that will be highly beneficial to any GCSE student who uses it alongside their GCSE studies at any stage of their learning and we would like to see students continue to use it once schooling returns to the classroom again too.

GCSEPod Update 1st May 2020

Generous support from Shepperton Aurora Rotary

We are grateful to the Shepperton Aurora Rotary club who have been in touch with us to ask about ways in which they can support some of our students who are most in need at present.

Visors for Princess Alice and Sunbury Nursing Home

This week we have delivered 180 of the visors that our Design Technology department have been making using the laser cutter here at school. The recipients, Princess Alice Hospice and Sunbury Nursing Home were very grateful. We will continue to make more and if you know of any other local organisations that would appreciate a donation please let us know.

Thank you for all your continued support and kind words you have asked me to share with our staff here. I hope that you have a good weekend.

Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


29th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you are well. I have received some emails from parents this week asking us about events that were scheduled to run such as progress meetings that we were due to hold for particular year groups. They are good questions to ask and I would like to address this. We have a number of significant tasks we are having to deliver at present such as awarding Year 11 centre assessed grades in place of their GCSE exams, and trying to manage the transition of Year 6 into the school while schools remain closed. Once we have these up and running, we will turn our attention to considering how we might be able to provide you with some feedback on how your children are progressing with their learning. Clearly, we must investigate technical and logistical solutions to make this possible. We need to be sure that the time we invest will allow us to create an experience that is easy for both parents and staff to access. I would like to ask for your patience as we work through these priorities and I hope our forward thinking approach to learning will reassure you that if we can find a remote solution to something as important to us as progress meetings, we will.

Students Submitting Work

As we are now more familiar with MS Teams and are using it for the bulk of our remote learning, we will be asking students to submit any work to staff using the assignments function. This will make it easier for staff to keep track of work which has been filling staff in boxes with individual emails from students. Students will receive training on how to do this in tutor time tomorrow and will hopefully be comfortable with the process after this. If they continue to find it difficult then if they let their teacher know we provide some individual support to help.

Queries about Year 11 GCSE grades

We have much greater clarity about how we will be assessing our Year 11s to provide them with the grades that will inform their GCSE results now that we have received further guidance from the DFE, exam boards and OFQUAL. This process must remain fair and objective for all. Therefore if you have any questions about Year 11 GCSE grades they must now be directed to Mrs Eley, Deputy Headteacher so that they can be responded to without unknowingly jeopardising the fairness of the process for other students or putting individual staff members in an unfair position. Thank you for your support with this.

Year 11 Transition

Many of you have also been in touch to ask about work that Year 11 students can do to prepare them for their next steps at College and beyond. We have written to Year 11 parents individually, but I am pleased to say that Woking College have been quick to respond and have made activities available on their website for year 11s to do independently in this time as good preparation for their courses in September. They can be found here https://woking.ac.uk/year-11-transition-work/ along with a reassuring message from the Principal, Brett Freeman. https://woking.ac.uk/information-for-students-staff-parents/information-for-year-11-new-applicants-prospective-parents/ .

This work is targeted at students going to Woking in September however having had a look at it, much of it would be of good use for any Year 11 planning on continuing with college studies at any institute. We have contacted other popular colleges and they have promised us they will be in touch soon with any resources they are planning to share.

Extra-curricular clubs and activities

I am pleased to share with you several extra-curricular opportunities for our students to work on at home. We are proud of the opportunities we offer our students after school and it seems that now some of our staff are getting to grips with their remote teaching they are ready to extend the work they do with our students.

Details of a remote learning Science week that Miss Edmondson-Jones has put together to replace the activities we had planned in school has been emailed to you. They look great fun and could be done with all the family, so I encourage you to get involved.

Miss Long and Miss Jones wish to continue with their Capture the World photography competition and the attached slides should explain how students can get involved in this. Keep your eye out as the theme will change each fortnight.

Miss Dos Remedios is starting a film making club for budding directors and again the attached slide should give you details on this.

In addition, do not forget to encourage the students to let Mr Patel know about the kilometres they and their families travel on their daily exercise, as part of his Race Across the World challenge we shared at the end of last week.


Thamesmead Student’s fundraising for NHS Charities

You may wish to support one of our students, Daniel Calvert in Year 9 who is dying his hair blue to raise funds for the NHS charities. He hopes to raise £500. You can support his fundraiser here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jade-calvert2


Yours faithfully

Phil Reeves


Message from PC Caroline Barnes 3885

Youth Intervention Officer for Spelthorne

Schools in Spelthorne have had to close due to measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

If your child is off school this is not an excuse for them to go out and cause anti-social behaviour in the community and cause more upset and distress to members of the public who like us all are trying to manage the current situation in the best way possible.

Unfortunately, we are seeing a large number of reports of groups of youths gathering in areas within Spelthorne behaving in an anti-social manner.

Your child should be at home during school hours and should be adhering to the social distancing requests made by the Government at this time. The social distancing requests apply to all young people following the shutting of all schools across the country on Friday afternoon.

Please talk to your children about what is expected of them during this difficult time and advise them that should they be found responsible for any anti-social behaviour or criminal acts they will be dealt with.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.






School Trips Update

We have had a lot of enquiries regarding the trips we have planned. We are liaising with all travel companies and our insurers regarding these. Once we have gathered all the information we need to make decisions we will contact you regarding each trip and explain the way forward. Thank you for your continued patience here. You will understand that these companies are very busy dealing with enquiries at present.