Student and Family Guide to Returning to School November 2020

As we move into the 2nd ½ term of the academic year we have reviewed some of our processes and practice with the intention of giving our students as “normal” a school experience as possible in these very unusual times. Our key priorities are the health, safety and well being of all our students and staff and delivering the best possible curriculum opportunities to all our students.

Monday 2nd November 2020 – students return to school for a 10.30am start.

Following the October half term when students return in November, we will continue to operating the school in Year Group Bubbles. This is to enable us to provide the safest environment for everyone in school.

As in previous years it is essential that all parental contact details are accurate to allow communication should we need to reach you about your child.  If you have changed any of your contact information it is vital you let the main office know.

This information aims to cover all the information students and staff need to know about how the school will be arranged to ensure the safety of everyone.

Should you have any questions about this information please contact us.

Who you can contact for support

Year group / specific year group enquiries:

Year Leader email addresses:

General enquiries

New Y7 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y8– This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y9 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y10 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y11 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Main school office

Telephone: 0114 2322338

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Facebook: @chaucerschool


Changes to Uniform expectations from Monday the 2nd November

We are pleased to confirm that we will be returning to full uniform expectations every day, including blazers, from Monday 2nd November.

Students will no longer wear PE kit to school on the days that they have PE as the changing rooms have been reopened and will be sanitised between each group using them.

Attendance Expectations

Please see the letter regarding student attendance expectations here


Please ensure that your child has basic equipment including black pen, pencil, purple pen, ruler and rubber in order for the to be able to take part fully in lessons. Basic equipment is available from all  local shops as well as from the school shop. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Arriving at School – Gates will open at 8:20am

Each Year Group Bubble has been given a designated entry point to school.   Parents are asked not to enter the school site either by foot or by car.   Year 7 parents are able to use the car park at the “8 Foot Way public house” directly above the school site, to park vehicles should they wish to walk their child to the school gate.

Below is where students must arrive and leave the school site; staff will be on duty to support this process. 

Y7 - Chaucer Road entrance onto field, down the slope to entrance at the back of room 119

Y8 - Main gate via curved path, to and through Assembly Hall, across courtyard up central staircase

Y9 - Staff car park entrance on left hand side, through the staff entrance by Construction and up the stairs to English

Y10 - Main gate up steps to main student entrance, through double doors by Attendance Office/Money Loader

Y11 - Staff car park on right hand side, round back of sports hall through amphitheatre up the rear-science stairs


Students arriving late to school will need queue at the main student gate.  This will be clearly marked with social distanced space indicators.

Year Group Bubbles – Teaching spaces

Students will be provided with a coloured wristband to show which Year Group they belong to.  The colours are shown below:

Y7 - Based in Humanities & ICT  Y8 – Based in Maths and MFL Y9 – Based in English  Y10 – Based in DT/RE and Art Y11 – Based in Science /MFL

Where movement to a different zone in school is needed this will be done under staff supervision


School Day

We have made some slight changes to how the day will run.  This is to ensure all students are able to access social times within their Year Group Bubble.

Upon arriving students will report to their classroom base – please note these will not be the same form rooms as last year.  Lists will be clearly printed on the day however timetables can be accessed in advance through the school holidays via MCAS.  Students must go DIRECTLY to their base for tutor time at 8:30am

Social Time & Allocated Space

Students will not be allowed to mix with students outside of their Year Group Bubble.  This includes where students have siblings in different year groups. For this reason each Year Group Bubble has an area of school for social times.  Students must go directly to their allocated zone by the routes they have been assigned. Students must remain in their allocated zone.

Break / Social Spaces

Y7 = Tennis Courts Y11 = Back of School / Y8 = Courtyard Y9 = Tennis Courts Y10 = Back of School  

Lunch times

Lunches will take place in Year Group Bubbles in a specific zone in school.  Students must go directly to their allocated zone using the route below.

  • The canteen will be separated into Year Group Bubbles.
  • School lunches will be served in the Assembly Hall

Y7/Y8 = Canteen Y11 = Assembly Hall / Y8/Y9  = Canteen Y10 = Assembly Hall


Breakfast Clubs and After School Activities

For the first two weeks we will not be operating any activities before or after school.  This will be reviewed and additional information shared to keep you informed.


To prevent large numbers of students gathering at social times, students will be allowed to go to the toilet during lesson times. When visiting toilets during lesson times they must go directly to the toilet then return directly to their bubble using the most direct route.


Upon returning to school we are taking every precaution we can to maintain a safe environment for all our students and staff.  We will be ensuring all areas of school are regularly sanitised especially high-touch areas and as we have already described students will be remaining in specific areas of school. 

Our teachers will be moving between bubbles to ensure our curriculum is delivered by the specialist teams needed to enable all students to make swift progress once back in the classroom.  To ensure the safety of staff and in line with government guidelines all adults will be observing 2 metre distance from one another and students, where possible, to maintain the integrity of the ‘bubble system’.   For this reason staff will be predominantly teaching from the front of the classroom rather than moving between students as they normally would and may wear items of personal protective equipment as required.

Classrooms will be organised so all desks are forward facing and students are not facing one another in group settings as they may have prior to lockdown.  Again this is in line with government guidelines for returning to school.

Parental Contact & Meetings

It is essential that all parental contacts details are accurate to facilitate contact if a child becomes unwell.   We will have a space in each bubble to allow children to be seen if unwell  however we will not have a central medical room where a child can sit if they feel unwell,  as we cannot mix children from different bubbles. At this point a decision will need to be made to either return them to class or to send them home.

School will be nurturing and look out for all young people as they return to school. Where young people do not follow the expectations, particularly around COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines, contact will be made with parent/carer to support and if necessary the young person will be removed from site.

Meetings/Parents visiting site - parents are asked not to attend site without a prior appointment so that we can manage the number of people on site and to minimise the number of people waiting to be seen. Parents are asked to phone or email staff directly to enable as many queries to be resolved without the need for a face to face meeting.

Relationships and Behaviour for Success - Student and Parent Guide

The Chaucer School approach to relationships and behaviour is developed through a ‘Trauma Informed’ and ‘ACE aware’ approach where relationships are at the centre of everything. This approach supports all young people, all staff, parent(s)/carers and any external agencies who work in school. Chaucer School believes that all young people are entitled to access a curriculum that is relevant, understanding, adaptive, agile, ACE aware and trauma informed that caters for all learners. Full information on our student and parent guide can be found here. Please ensure you do read all the information before we return in September. 

A full printable guide can be found at