From the Principal
7th January 2021
Dear parents and carers,
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.
I don’t intend to repeat all the messages from my 5th January update. If you would like to read what I said, including how you can request a device to help your child get online, please click here.
Please do keep sticking to the rules of lockdown:
- Stay at home
- Protect the NHS
- Save lives
George Green’s School students should be supporting this by not mixing outside of their households. They should only be leaving home for essential reasons.
It is all our job to protect each other.
Remote learning at George Green’s School (vGGS)
We had a great start to vGGS today. A reminder of the timings of the school day:
Tutor time: 8.45-8.55
Period 1: 9.00
Period 2: 11.00
Period 3: 1.00
Lessons will last for a minimum of 60 minutes for younger students, and up to 100 minutes for older students.
On Wednesday we will have PSHE time between 1.00 and 1.30. School will end at 1.30.
Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to free school meals and they are not attending The Provision, you will be offered a food parcel. David Roome has been in touch with all eligible families.
We would much prefer to continue offering you an ASDA voucher, but the government is not funding these. Unfortunately, the school cannot continue to use its own money to pay for them. I am working with the local authority to persuade the government to change their policy. More on this when I have it.
Unfortunately, we are not able to take requests for food items to go into the parcels. If your child does not like the food we are offering and you are struggling financially, you can request a place in The Provision and they can eat in school.
Year 11 and Year 13
We now know that exams will not go ahead in the summer, but the government has not told us what will replace them. It is unlikely that we will be told this before the end of February.
In the meantime, year 11 and 13 students should continue to work hard, as they have done today, and attend all their online lessons.
Problems getting online
If your child is having technical problems getting online, you can ask for help by emailing email@example.com. If you leave your preferred phone number, someone will call you to offer help.
Free data or Wi-Fi routers
If you do not have fixed broadband (i.e. a Wi-Fi router that gives you access to the internet) then you may be entitled to free data through your mobile phone company. So far Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile have agreed to offer their customers additional data free of charge. You can find out more about this here.
If your mobile phone company is not signed up, you may be entitled to a free Wi-Fi router (a dongle).
To apply for this free data or Wi-Fi router, the school needs to make an application on your behalf. Please complete this short form and we will do our best to get this organised for you. Please note that we will need to share the name of the account holder, your mobile phone number and your mobile provider with DfE. You can read the government’s privacy statement on this here.
Here is a link to the form you need to fill in.
If there is anything else we can do to assist you, please get in contact with us via your child’s Year Leader or give us a ring.
Best wishes and stay safe,