Chaucer School Updates and News

Update 30th April 2021

Please see the latest letter from our Head Teacher here.

Update 28th April 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Chaucer School is not alone in worrying about the impact of mobile phones and social media on the children and young people in our care.

A local school, prior to the first lockdown, made the decision to go "phone-free". See the full story on ‘The Star’ below.

This Sheffield school banned mobile phones, with one unexpected consequence | The Star

Leaders at the school reported that “the parents and children have reacted fabulously, and it's had an amazing impact in the classroom. The kids aren’t distracted by phones buzzing in their pockets during lessons and it's been good for their mental health too, because it’s breaking that culture of mobiles as the be all and end all.”
 

And it’s not just the staff who were positive. One 14 year old student said: “It's been great because when you look around people are actually socialising. They don’t just have their heads down scrolling through Instagram.”

Whilst Chaucer School reviews its policies and processes around mobile phones and their use during the school day, could we ask that you continue to have conversations with your children about their safe and proportionate use of such devices? Talk to the children and young people about the need to minimise screen-time, and explain to them the academic and social benefits of keeping their phones out of sight and out of mind.


Should you wish to discuss this further, get in touch with Mr Hammonds – Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Engagement – at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mr Hammonds - Assistant Headteacher

Mr Burnside - Headteacher

Update 23rd April 2021

Dear parents and carers,

We value what you think. Please do complete the survey we circulated yesterday (further links below), which asked for your views about mobile phones and their use at Chaucer School.

Whilst we await the views of our community, let us share with you the views of the nation as a whole. YouGov’s recent survey suggests that more than two-thirds of adults would support a ban on children and young people having access to their mobile phones during the school day – including during social times.

Do your views match this? Should you wish to discuss this further, get in touch with Mr Hammonds – Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Engagement – at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr Hammonds - Assistant Headteacher

Mr Burnside - Headteacher

Update 21st April 2021 - Mobile Phones

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

You may have seen news stories over Easter which suggest the government is banning mobile phones in schools. ‘The Star’ ran a story suggesting this on April 7th. Find a link to this story below:

 

Mobile phones to be banned in schools - as part of government drive against ‘out-of-control behaviour’ | The Star

 

The Minister in charge of Education, Gavin Williamson, has said that mobile phones not only get in the way of “exercise and good old-fashioned play”, but also incite cyber bullying and the inappropriate use of social media.

 

At Chaucer School, we are currently reviewing our stance on mobile phones. We will be gathering the views of parents and carers, the children and young people themselves, and our staff body.

 

Rest assured that Chaucer School will make decisions in the best interests of the children and young people in our care. We will always act to promote safety, well-being and academic progress.

 

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing lots of information regarding the safe and productive use of mobile phones. We look forward to working with you on this, and thank you in advance for your ongoing support and commitment.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please do respond to our Parental Voice Survey above. Should you wish to discuss this further, get in touch with Mr Hammonds – Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Engagement – at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mr Hammonds - Assistant Headteacher

Mr Burnside - Headteacher

 

For more infomation regarding school expectations please see the School Expections April 2021 on the home page of the website. 

Update 26th March 2021

Appointment of Head of School

Thank you to all students for the warm welcome that was given to interview candidates yesterday. The interviews were for the position of Head of School, to work alongside Mr Burnside to further support the continued development of the school.  Mr Burnside will remain as Executive Headteacher of Chaucer School and Director of Inclusion for the Trust.

Update 22nd March 2021

Return to school update and expectations

Two weeks in and we are delighted to say how good it has been to see students back in school. 

We know it has been a very strange and often challenging year and we are all keen to get back to as much normality as quickly as we can. We want school to feel as positive as possible for support and learning, therefore, we have returned to teachers being based in their own classrooms to help with this and to allow students to undertake bespoke and practical subject based work.

We are also ensuring that students get back into our normal routines as quickly as possible and are seeking your support, so together, we are reinforcing these basic expectations with our young people. Our expectations remain the same and they are all contained in the school planner – however as students have been out of school for quite some time it is a good time for us to restate them to the students and to seek your support in also reminding, supporting and reinforcing them.

Where young people are in need of extra support we have enhanced staff levels to support emotional health and well being, support for success, behaviour and resilience alongside the learning taking place in subjects. Students are using these extra available resources through targeted support and also before school, at break times, lunchtimes and after school. If you require further details of any of these support services please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our basic expectations during the school day to allow best quality learning are set out below:

Mobile phones/headphones – page 14 of planner - must not be seen or heard during the school day including on corridors avoiding unnecessary distraction to learning. If seen they will be confiscated until the end of the school day. Students have access to their phones before school and during their social times at break and lunch. Students do not need to carry their phones with them when they leave lessons to go to the toilet. It has always been our intention to see a 'common sense' approach to mobile phone access however if we are unable to return to pre-lockdown social time usage it may be necessary to re-evaluate our approach.

Uniform –page 8/9 of planner - full school uniform (including blazer, tie, white shirt, plain black footwear and grey trousers or skirts) is expected to be worn by all students to support self-esteem, togetherness and school community identity – separate advice is being issued directly to Y11 parents/students. We do understand that shops are not all open at present and that tie and blazer orders can take additional time (current delivery times of one week) so please do ensure that you have got any items ordered well in advance to ensure that all students can be in full uniform as we return after Easter.

Outside coats/hoodies – page 8 of planner - these must be removed on entry into classrooms and only worn at the discretion of the teacher if the room is cold due to windows being left open to ensure good ventilation. I would stress that this is at the teacher’s discretion and coats must only be worn with their permission. Outside coats and hoodies must not be worn in Science lessons at all for Health & Safety purposes.

Planners – students must have a planner with them at all times. We still believe that this is a vital tool for communication and reward recognition between home and school as well as a useful aid for students recording homework, comments, toilet pass etc. Replacement planners are available from school for £2.00

Equipment – page 10 of planner - all students should have basic equipment with them at all times including pen, pencil, ruler and a calculator. In order to help students with this it is also really important that students have a bag with them so they can keep their equipment.

Food & Drink – page 7 of planner – Students may only bring bottles of still water into school. Any fizzy drinks will be confiscated. No packets of sweets, biscuits, crisps, chocolate etc over 55g – any items over this weight will be confiscated.

Respect between staff, students and parents/carers – page 25 of planner – direct verbal abuse towards anyone (will not be tolerated and carefully investigated) with consequences applied appropriately (e.g. fixed term exclusion or behaviour contracts).

As said above, this has been a complex year and we would make a plea to parents and carers to help us to help our young people get back to those routines and expectations that contribute towards the certainty that is school. Encourage them to talk to us where they have concerns and issues and we will do all in our power to help them. Our collective goal is that all children realise their life chances and dreams in the future; learning and achieving together.

Update 16th March 2021

We are delighted to confirm that Chaucer has successfully completed the in school Lateral Flow Testing programme. Over 2000 tests have been done in school!!! A massive well done to all the students who took part in this programme – their attitude, behaviour and engagement was outstanding. Parents/carers you should be really proud of them.  

Please see the letter from TSAT  here which gives you greater details around the Home Testing that all students are now being invited to take part in following the in school testing programme.

If you have previously given consent to LFD testing, you will receive home testing kits which should be done 3 to 5 days apart and results recorded with both the NHS and school. 

Ideally tests should be done on Sunday and Wednesday evenings however this week testing can be done as follows;

Y7 and Y11 – Monday and Thursday with following weeks being Sunday and Wednesday

Y8, 9, 10  - Wednesday then Sunday with following weeks the same – Sunday and Wednesday

If you have not previously agreed to LFD testing but now wish to do so, please contact the school to complete a consent form. Your child will then do 3 tests in school to ensure that they are comfortable to do it before being issued with the home testing kits.

Update 24th February 2021

Following on from the Prime minister’s statement on Monday 22nd February I can confirm that we are busy making plans for the return of all our young people some time during the week commencing Monday 8th March 2021. We are relooking at all our processes and  plans to ensure that school remains as safe a place as possible. Further information will follow as we firm up those plans so please do keep visiting the website which will be a prime source of upto date information.

A few pointers for now:

  • We will shortly be issuing an  online form for you to complete regarding consent for your child to take part in lateral flow testing on their return to school. All students will be offered the opportunity for 3 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests  as they return to school. These tests are voluntary and must be accompanied by your consent, however we, alongside the government, would urge everyone to take part in this testing programme to best support the breaking of transmission chains of the virus.
  • Students will be expected to wear full uniform on their return into school so please do check out the whereabouts of blazers, trousers, ties etc
  • Lunch must be pre ordered in exactly the same way as before Christmas and IT technicians will be emailing your child directly so that they can re register with the Fusion app.
  • Payments for lunch etc should be made using the parentpay app. Money loaders are no longer available in school.
  • Students must wear masks unless medically exempt. Students forgetting or losing masks will be expected to purchase one from school before entry (20p for a disposable mask and £1.00 for a washable mask.
  • There is much more that we will share with you as we move to, and look forward  to reopening fully to all our young people so please do keep checking the website and social media for those important updates and thank you for your continued support.

Anne Todd
Assistant Headteacher
Chaucer School
Member of Tapton School Academy Trust

Monday 4th January - School closures

Further to the government announcement on Monday 4th January at 8.00pm, Chaucer School will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only.

All other students should access home learning remotely following their own timetable in the first instance. Resources are available in each subject folder for each year group. Should students be unable to access home learning remotely  in particular due to lack of equipment or connectivity then please do contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance,  if contact has not been made with you this week.

Parents/carers who are critical workers and wish to seek a place for their child in school should complete the online form on our website.

As always we will continue to keep you informed as soon as we are aware of any changes and/or developments and we thank you for your continued support and patience in these ever changing and complex times.

Government Guidance on COVID-19 - Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. Updates will be posted below. 

Monday 23rd August

Chaucer School wishes to reassure parents/carers that on return to school in September, our process for dealing with a child/young person who is suspected of, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID 19 is indicated in our risk assessment document and is as follows: 

If a child/young person in school becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, or  a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of smell they will be sent home and advised to follow stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID 19) infection, and to arrange to have a COVID test. 

In such circumstances Chaucer School will contact parent/carer immediately and ask them to collect their child. Whilst waiting collection the child/young person will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door and where 2 metre distancing can be maintained. 

This reinforces the need for us to have up to date contact details for parents/carers - if you have recently changed your contact details please do ensure that you have informed school of your new number/s.

Update Tuesday 14th July

Return to School September 2020

The Government has set out its plan for students to return to school, and that currently means that all students will return to school in September 2020.

Chaucer School has been and will continue to follow all Government guidelines around learning and attendance and has rigorous Health & Safety procedures in place for a safe return to school . We will continue to monitor government advice and will update our website regularly about the Government’s return to school plan.

This has been a very unsettling time for all students and we know that they have been out of normal school routines for a very long time so some of them may be feeling a little anxious about returning to us or, for our new Year 7s, joining us.

We will do everything that we can to make their return to school a safe and positive experience. Form tutors and class teachers will understand that this has been a very unusual time for everyone and that for some it will also have been quite frightening and possibly sad.

Our curriculum will have time within in it to allow students and staff to explore and understand some of the experiences that they have had and how that has impacted on them and their learning. There may well be differences in how students have been able to access learning and we will explore where there may be gaps and look to fill them – so don’t let them worry or panic about having fallen behind, we all just need to concentrate on building from where we are now. 

We are currently making our plans for how students will return to school safely in September including routes into and out of school, location of year groups within school and the spaces they will use at social time, how lunchtime will work and much, much more. We will start to share this information with you over the next few weeks and over the summer holiday period, so you have as much information as possible to help you to plan confidently for September.

Update Friday 10th July

Exam Results Collection Survey  - A new survey has been created for all current Y11 students to indicate how they would like to receive their exam results. They can chose any one of the four options but should read the information about each one carefully before deciding. The survey can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/chaucerY11results

Update Monday 6th July 2020

School Uniform update for September 2020
Planning for a return to school in September after a normal 6 week holiday can sometimes be worrying  as parents try to make sure that everything is in place for a good start back, and this year it has been complicated by all the challenges that covid19 has brought with it including unfortunately, for many, uncertainty around money as people were furloughed or even made redundant and finances became stretched.
 
As we start to think and to plan hopefully for a return to a more normal school experience  in September a number of parents have been asking about uniform and expressing concern about not being able to place orders or indeed not being able to afford to order uniform at this time.
 
 We do understand that this has been a difficult time for many and so intend to operate as below for September: 
 
Blazers 
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering a blazer at this time. We are currently unable to allow you to try blazers on but will revisit this situation in September. 
 
Year 8 - Year 11 - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your blazer fits you may continue to wear it.
 
Blazers - All students 
Hoodies and sweatshirts will not be allowed to be worn inside the building
Blazer sizing and ordering will take place early to mid September with blazers becoming compulsory from after October half term. 
Please do start to put something aside to ensure you can order in September.
 
Skirts/Trousers/Shirts  - All students 
All of these are available from the usual suppliers and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
 
Ties - All students
Available from school and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
 
Shoes - All students
Plain black footwear is available from a variety of sources and should be purchased and worn from September. Students in Y8 to Y11 please note slight changing to wording in school uniform expectations - now just reads "plain black footwear".
 
Chaucer specific PE kit
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering Chaucer logo items at this time.
Plain dark shorts/leggings with a plain t shirt may be worn in September
 
Year 8 to Year 11 students - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your PE kit fits you may continue to wear it.
 
Chaucer specific  PE kit - All students 
Chaucer specific PE kit will be available to purchase during September and October and will be compulsory after October half term.
 
As always we will work with and support our families so please do make contact if there are particular questions or concerns that you have.

Update Friday 3rd July 2020

Another busy week in school with over 160 students attending the various activities.
 
Vulnerable & Key Worker students - an increasing number of students are accessing this provision which sees them focus on computer based learning activities in the morning with teacher support followed by physical activity, team building or craft activities in the afternoon. Students have been well engaged and continue to attend regularly. 
 
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - An excellent start to our Year 10 learning pods with a large number of students attending and engaging well. They overall seemed pleased to be back in front of staff and able to ask questions directly of teachers, and the teachers enjoyed having them back in school. Many commented on how much many of them had grown!!
 
Year 8 1 to 1 meetings - Miss Penney was delighted at the turn out for the year 8 1 to 1 consultations and again staff were pleased to see so many young people and their parent/carers in school with them. If you were not able to attend form tutors will be calling up and offering an opportunity to talk over the phone or during the last week of this term.
 
Year 6 Secondary Experience - Thursday and Friday saw 90 of the students who will be joining us in September in school working with staff from their primary school and from Chaucer. A really positive 2 days (despite the very damp start on Thursday) and we look forward to that continuing next week.
All of the students coming into school have conducted themselves really maturely under extremely unusual circumstances - a massive well done to them all.
 

Week commencing Monday 6th July 2020

Vulnerable & Key Worker students - ongoing in main building. Students enter school through visitor reception
 
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - ongoing in main building (Main hall & LRC). 
 
Year 7 1 to 1 meetings - these will take place in the LINCS building which is the separate building next to the main car park entrance - some of you may remember it as the old Housing offices. Students and parents must enter  through the main entrance door directly on Wordsworth Avenue. See video for further information.
 
Year 6 Secondary Experience -  Thursday and Friday  for  students from Meynell and Southey Green only . 
 
Each activity is taking place in its own separate location within the building to reduce the risk of students and staff coming into contact with others so it is really important that you check the location of the activity you are invited to and the route you should use to come into school.

Help for Parents

We have put together a help guide for parents around Learning and Health and Well-Being and more. The new guide can be found here

Half Term Celebrations

Monday 25th May celebration letter can be found here

Tuesday 26th May celebration letter can be found here

Wednesday 27th May celebration letter can be found here

Thursday 28th May celebration letter can be found here

22nd May 2020 - End of Half Term

Our End of half term letter can now be found here

15th May 2020 - Home Learning Supplement

The Sheffield Star has been working with Learn Sheffield and local schools to produce a regular Home Learning Supplement to help families with advice and guidance for home learning, health and well-being, cooking, exercise and fun activities during this period of social distancing and young people not being able to attend school or meet their friends as normal.

 Chaucer has contributed to the content of the supplement and believes that it is another useful tool to help families and young people in these unusual times. It has the added advantage of not needing technology to access it  which makes it more available to all.

Chaucer staff will be delivering The Sheffield Star and the supplement over the next few weeks to as many families as we can get copies for so if you do receive a copy of the Sheffield Star through your letterbox  please do take the time to look through the supplement, use the advice and guidance, and take part in the activities provided.  

Kind regards and stay safe

Chaucer School

7th May 2020 - Home Contact

Hello all, as we indicated last week we are rolling out regular personal contact to all families and students. 

The purpose of this contact is to support families with any concerns and issues that may have developed over this period of lock down and to support students in accessing home learning materials to best prepare them for a successful return to school.

We will want to speak to you as parent/carer and your young person wherever possible, and explore how things are going at home, what home learning is being done, what difficulties you as families may be experiencing including any changes to finances and/or employment. We do appreciate that some of these are very personal questions but the sole reason these questions are being asked is to let us help you directly or to point you in the direction of the right sort of support, so I do hope that you will accept these phone calls in the spirit in which they are intended - one of support. If you are uncomfortable in answering any of the questions posed then please do indicate this to the person calling and this can be passed on to one of our pastoral team to follow up with you. 

Thursday 25th April 2020

Update videos from Mr Burnside, Mrs Todd and Home learning update

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Information for parents of students with special educational needs and disability can be found here

Thursday 9th April 2020

The following information has been placed onto the website

Update for students and parents of Year 11 students about exams and exam results along with support materials from Ofqual (The Chief Regulator for Exams)

· Year 11 Letter of Information about Exam Results (copy email sent to all Yr11 students)

· Year 11 Parent Information Letter about Exam Results

· Two Ofqual PDF guides about exams and grades 

 

Other news/information

Free School Meals update Thursday 9th April 2020 

Food Hampers have been delivered Tuesday/Wednesday of this week to those families eligible for Free School Meals who responded to the recent survey.

We are delighted to say we delivered over 1000+ across two days in support of our community.

After Easter a national scheme for e vouchers is being rolled out to all families on Free School Meals. The method of delivery for the vouchers will be via email or post.

Childcare Provision from Tuesday 14th April 2020

If you or your child are supported by Social Care, Childcare is available from Tuesday 14th April as required through discussion with your social worker and school staff. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10 April 2020.

If you are a key worker, we can provide childcare from Tuesday 14th April if your child cannot remain at home safely. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate you require a place by Friday 10 April 2020.

 

Information regarding uniform expectations can be found here

Home learning advice can be found here

Government Guidance on COVID-19/Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible from Friday 20th March 2020. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. 

 

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It states:

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Please, therefore, follow the information below:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then provision will be available for them in school.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the strict social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying health conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

5. Please do not send your child to school unless one or both of the following has happened:

  • you have completed the survey to say your child requires a place because you are a key worker 
  • a conversation has taken place already with you to say your child is in a vulnerable group and should attend

Any questions do not hesitate to email or call by phone into school on Monday (please do not visit school in person). Thank you for your support as we work together as one community... stay safe and look after each other.