COVID -19 Information

21 July

Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

We hope that you and your loved ones are well.  Thank you for your continued support and patience during this extraordinary time.  Please read the details below about how The BRIT School is preparing to return in September.

Please click here for SEPTEMBER OVERVIEW - ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES TIMETABLE

To ensure that there is a smooth return to school, our dates for re-opening have changed slightly from those previously published.  We want to make sure that our community is safe and all of our students understand the new systems and processes that have been implemented and designed to keep them safe.  To do this effectively, we are inviting each group to come in one year group at a time for one day only in the first week.  

Year 10 - Tuesday 1st September
Year 11 - Wednesday 2nd September  
Year 12 - Thursday 3rd September 
Year 13 - Friday 4th September 

All students will be back according to their timetables from Monday 7th September.

To ensure that we are ready to receive our community back to school, we have made some further changes based on the government guidance and the bespoke nature of our curriculum.  For the time being, the new plans and timetables will be in place for Term 1 at least.  We will continue to review our risk assessments and respond to government guidance and will update you all as necessary.

Key Stage 4 students, those in years 10 and 11, will form a ‘bubble’.  This will allow them to attend all of their timetabled subjects without any disruption.  They will also have all of their timetabled sessions on site.  The only difference for the time being is that on a Wednesday, year 10 and 11 will be expected to attend online PPD sessions from home.  They will leave site at 1:15pm (instead of the usual 2:45pm), travel home to then attend the online PPD session at 3pm (this may be accessed from mobile devices, using Google Meet, if still in transit).  All of their other days will be as normal.  

Monday: 9am - 3:45pm
Tuesday: 9am - 3:45pm
Wednesday: 9am - 1.15pm - leave site, travel home for online PPD at 3pm
Thursday: 9am - 3:45pm
Friday: 9am-1:15pm

Some of our rooms on site will be allocated to Key Stage 4, whilst others will be for Post 16 only during this period.  This will allow for a reduction in movement, isolation from different bubbles and less need to carry out enhanced cleaning during the day, which in turn will allow for increased time for students on site.

For Post 16, students will remain in their strand bubbles e.g. year 12 and 13 Dance students will form a bubble, year 12 and 13 IDD form a different bubble and so on.  This will mean that we do not want Key Stage 4 students to mix with Key Stage 5, nor do we want Key Stage 5 students to mix between their strands.  Collaborations and work between students & strands will continue to flourish in our online sessions.

At Post 16, each strand will continue to offer 16 hours of delivery but during term 1, some of this will continue to be taught off-site and online.  This is to help in the reduction of the number of students across the entire site so that we can manage our corridors and canteen with much more confidence so that we can socially distance ourselves.  Timetables will be shared with students shortly.

The details of what can be taught in each subject will be deciphered by the specialists in those areas. For some, this finer detail is still being refined at government level but we can assure you that our staff are keeping abreast of the most up-to-date guidance for their areas.

To ensure a safe and socially distanced entrance and exit to our site, we will continue to stagger the times that students arrive and leave.  They will, according to their timetable, be directed to specific entrances and the one-way systems around the buildings will continue.  We ask that students use the toilet facilities in the relevant building that they are in and limit movement across the site.

Pathway Classes for Post 16 students (inclusive of re-sit maths and English):

Due to the nature of pathway classes being available for all students in years 12 and 13, we have taken the decision to maintain our pathway classes online for at least term 1.  This will be reviewed towards the end of the first term and we hope to be back in the classroom very soon. 

Extra-Curricular classes:

Again, many of our classes involve cross-strand, cross year group interaction.  Sadly, for now, there will need to be some adjustments to ensure that our community is safe.  The relevant departments and staff are working hard to still provide some exciting opportunities in the new term and will be in touch.

Peripatetic Classes:

Peri lessons will continue as normal.  Equipment will be sanitized between each session and students will be expected to wash their hands before and after their session.

Performances and large gatherings:

For the time being, we will be hosting no performances with audiences in our theatres.  We will also not be hosting any ‘in person’ assemblies.  These will continue online.  We will update our website once we can confirm that performances are once again safe to invite audiences in.

Parents and Visitors on site:

We urge parents to only come onto site if they have a scheduled meeting in place and if you do require to speak to a member of staff, we advise that where possible this can take place online or on the phone, rather than on site.

Attendance:

By September, it will again be mandatory to be in school.  Therefore, any absence MUST be authorised and the school needs to be informed.  Students who are unable to come into school should inform our attendance officer in the normal way lsutton@brit.croydon.sch.uk or by calling 020 8665 5242, and selecting the appropriate absence message line. Online lessons will be registered and students not in attendance will be marked absent and truancy called as usual.

Break & Lunchtimes:

Students will be directed to a particular area for both break and lunch.  We are working with Aramark, our canteen supplier, to facilitate the best method appropriate from September.  All students eligible for free school meals will receive food each day they are in school. More information will be provided when we have a clear picture from our caterers.

Please note that we will not permit any students to leave the site during the school day to access local shops. Students are of course welcome to bring a packed lunch. For Post 16 students, if they are not required to be on site until 1:15pm, they are kindly asked to remain offsite until 10 minutes before their lesson is due to start. Likewise, if a student has finished their lessons for the day, we ask them to make their way off site.  We will not allow for students to visit the library or other communal areas during term 1 unless they are timetabled to be in such locations or it is their allocated lunch space.

Water Fountains:

All students should bring their own clearly labelled water bottle and MUST only use the water fountains to fill their bottles.  They MUST NOT drink directly from the fountain.

Please be aware that we will not be allowing football or basketball during social times due to the nature of ball games and the current advice.  This could change once the rules and guidance has changed.

Health & Safety:

Temperature Checks:

As students will be arriving on site throughout the day, we will no longer be taking student temperatures on entry. However, if a student is unwell and requires a check which then displays a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher, their families will be contacted and will be asked to collect their son/daughter. 

Masks & PPE:

The government guidance does not currently require staff or students to wear masks in schools.  Whilst our students MUST adhere to the guidance on public transport on their way to and from school, they are not required to wear a mask in school.  Should they wish to wear a mask, they are welcome to.  Some of our staff have also requested to wear masks and we, of course, are supporting them in that decision.  If the guidance changes, we of course will respond to the advice.

Isolation Room:

If a student or staff member becomes unwell during the course of the day showing symptoms of Covid19, they will be directed to our isolation room on site and as stated above, in the case of a student, parents or guardians will be contacted to arrange to pick them up.

Cleaning:

The school has a programme of enhanced cleaning and there has been an increase in staff on site throughout the day to clean ‘touch points’.  Sanitizer stations can be found outside most classrooms and cleaning stations are within each room.  Movement around the site is being kept to a minimum.  Crossover of classes has also been significantly reduced via the timetable and at no time is the school capacity at more than 75% to ensure the free-flowing movement of students throughout the space.

We understand that you will have many questions regarding your son/daughter’s education for the next academic year as well as the exams they face.  At this time the government has yet to provide clarity on what will take place or change. We will keep you updated as and when the guidance from the government is released. 

Please can we remind you that you MUST wear your ID badge and lanyard to school (these will be issued to Year 10 & Year 12 w/c 7th September, Y11 & Y13 use previous badge) and enter at your allocated times.   

We can’t wait to see you at school in September.

Always BRIT

3 July

You will be aware that the government have now released further guidance for how schools can return in the new academic year.  We are working tirelessly to consider how this will be implemented in the very best way to support our whole community. We will update you as soon as we have more details.  Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to finding our new norm and creative solutions to have our students back in a safe and purposeful way to support their whole curriculum. Always BRIT.

18 June

School Re-opening from Monday 22nd June until Friday 17th July

We are opening the school to students from the week commencing Monday 22nd June 2020.  We have had to make changes since our last communication based on the bespoke nature of our vocational offer and staffing capacity.  Students will be taught sessions in smaller sub groups devised from their strand. However, to ensure a safe and socially distanced entrance and exit to our site, we have staggered the times and entrances and have created one-way systems around the buildings.  We have also allocated specific areas for toilet facilities for each strand group. Please ensure that you abide by these rules to ensure the safety of all of our BRIT School community. 

To ensure a gentle re-integration, we are starting later and finishing earlier than normal so that our students can return with confidence. Sadly, our original offer to provide lunch has changed. Students should bring any snacks with them on the day, although all students at Key Stage 4 will be off site by lunchtime.  Free School Meal students will continue to be supported as in previous weeks. 

The times allocated will enable our students and families to negotiate the many different travel routes and avoid peak times as we appreciate that the large majority of our students travel quite some distance to get to BRIT. We will continue to review our offer weekly.  If you have any questions please do contact us at covid19@brit.croydon.sch.uk We are always happy to listen to the views of our community but please be mindful that we are in exceptionally challenging times and do believe, we are doing our utmost to get our students and staff safely back to school.

During the first week back, we will be trialling the use of temperature monitors as students enter the site.  If a student shows a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher, their families will be contacted and will be asked to collect their son/daughter.

AT KEY STAGE 4

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June: Strand Groups (divided into two or three sub groups) will come into school every Monday or Tuesday for four consecutive weeks.

Dance; Film & Media Production; Interactive Digital Design, Music and Musical Theatre will be expected to come in on Monday 22nd June, Monday 29th June, Monday 6th July & Monday 13th July.

Visual Art & Design and Theatre students will be in from Tuesday 23rd June and again on Tuesday 30th June, Tuesday 7th July & Tuesday 14th July.

Students will remain in these sub groups for the four weeks, although the staffing will rotate to ensure that all aspects of our reintegration programme inclusive of pastoral and academic provision can be delivered.  Please be aware that we will not be carrying out practical activities during these sessions and our online provision across all subjects will continue.

AT POST 16

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June: Strand Groups (divided into sub groups) will come into school once a week for four consecutive weeks. Students will remain in these sub groups for the four weeks, although the staffing within strand might rotate to ensure that all aspects of our reintegration programme can be delivered.  Please note that practical activity will NOT be in place for Community Arts, Theatre, Dance or Musical Theatre.  There will be some singing activities where spacing allows. Online provision will also continue throughout the week to support the full delivery.

Students who are shielding or unable to come into school should inform our attendance officer in the normal way lsutton@brit.croydon.sch.uk.

Please note that we will not permit any students to leave the site during the school day to access local shops and we will not be permitting football or basketball in the outdoor spaces during term 5.

All students should bring their own clearly labelled water bottle.

Fire Alarms:

We have amended our Fire Alarm procedure to ensure the safety of our community.  If there is a fire alarm, students will remain in their sub groups as identified in this letter.  The member of staff working with the groups will guide them out to the car park in the usual way, remaining in these groups, maintaining social distancing.

Please can we remind you that you MUST wear your lanyard to school and entry at your times.  The gates will be closed for students until 9:30am.  If you arrive prior to this time (a few students have been asked to do so), you will need to be buzzed in by reception and wait in the forecourt after being buzzed in.  Someone will then come and check your temperature before being allowed to go to your relevant building.  The same procedure will be followed for any students that are late.

We look forward to seeing you all back in school, it will be a little different but hopefully the next few weeks will enable us all to navigate these changes effectively.

Additional information, with links to external websites that may assist your child in their return w/c 22nd June.

Attendance, COVID19 symptoms, shielding, self-isolating families/students

This is an opportunity to attend school for some face to face time with staff and peers, within limited groups, with the bulk of all students' lessons remaining online. If your child is ill for any reason they should not attend school; if they have a temperature of over 37.8 degrees they should remain at home to self isolate. A full guide to the updated COVID-19 symptoms can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Families that are self-isolating due to having COVID19 symptoms or are shielding to protect a family member should continue to remain at home. 

Please inform us and keep us updated if your child is not able to come into school, using the usual attendance channels by contacting our attendance officer, Laurie, either via email lsutton@brit.croydon.sch.uk or by telephone on: 020 8665 8623.

Should anyone in your household develop COVID19 symptoms after your child has been to school it is essential that you/they get a test, that you inform the school ASAP and then self isolate for 14 days.

Travel to and from school

All students using public transport will be required to wear a face mask or face covering. We suggest that students plan their journey in advance and, if possible, carry hand sanitiser, to be used along the way.  All students will be asked to wash their hands soon after arrival to school.

Further guidance from Transport for London may be found here: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/coronavirus-covid-

For students travelling by car, we ask that parents/carers drop their child off at the relevant entrance and do not enter the site.  Students will be reminded when using the Main Gate and the Dagnall Park entrance to maintain the current distancing rules. 

 

On arrival, students will have their temperature taken using non-contact infra-red thermometers. Any student that has a temperature of over 37.8 degrees will be held in our Covid space and we will phone and ask you to collect them, to prevent any further journeys on public transport. Please ensure your child is well enough to attend school before sending them in. 

Canteen & FSM provision update

Please note that the Canteen will NOT be open; unfortunately the costs to the school of opening for limited numbers made it prohibitive, plus concerns of student ‘bubbles’ being exposed to cross contamination. We ask that all students bring in their own packed lunch, snacks and drinks. All students should bring their own water bottle, labelled clearly. We will not permit students to leave the site during the school day to access local shops.  

Students in receipt of free school meals will continue to receive funds weekly, and this will now also continue throughout the Summer holiday period.

We strongly encourage any family whose financial circumstances have recently changed to apply for free school meals, with the first step to check for eligibility using the link below:  

https://www.brit.croydon.sch.uk/page/?title=School+Bursaries&pid=1060

If you receive confirmation that you are eligible for free school meals, please forward the downloadable certificate, to Blythe Williams at bwilliam@brit.croydon.sch.uk and we will contact you ASAP to advise you of next steps.

Mental health, wellbeing and those students that have suffered a loss

The impact of an extended lockdown, and recent worldwide events, have created struggles for most of us; please let us know, via your child’s tutor, if they have suffered the loss of a family member, or if you have concerns about their wellbeing being extraordinarily affected by the last 12 weeks. There will be a wellbeing and self care focus for all students incorporated into the next four weeks of contact time.

Students may continue to access the pastoral folder on google drive, which has resources and suggestions for supporting wellbeing.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FCYX825ZHW66akPl4b62GzqtcuPX5zlH?usp=sharing

We also recommend these national organisations to use for support if there are

further mental health concerns 

https://www.giveusashout.org/ 

https://www.samaritans.org/

Department for Education guidance

Further detailed guidance for parents and carers regarding the reopening of schools may be be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

8th June

UAL Assessment & Grading Update

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been awaiting the guidance from UAL on how students will be assessed and graded for their UAL qualifications this summer. The final guidance was published on Friday 29th May for centres. 

As a centre we will be drawing on the students work and performance over their course to provide UAL with an estimated grade using their detailed guidance. There is very specific reference to what evidence centres are permitted to draw upon when calculating a grade. Please note that unfortunately, no work that was produced towards the Final Major Project is allowed to be used as evidence in this process. Each student grade we submit to UAL will need specific requirements to justify those decisions. Once we submit the grades to UAL we will then be sampled by External Moderators from UAL who will quality assure our grades and sign them off.

Please note, UAL have expressly noted ‘Centres must not, under any circumstances, share the Centre Assessment Grades with students, parents, carers or any other individuals outside the centre before final results have been confirmed by UAL Awarding Body’. 

For full details please use this link 

https://www.arts.ac.uk/partnerships/ual-awarding-body/stories/ual-awarding-body-covid-19

UAL plan to issue results to students nationally on the same days as GCSE and A Level results.

1st June

"Creativity, community and kindness are paramount at this time."  

Stuart Worden, Principal

7 May 2020

Dear students joining us in Year 10 & Year 12,

My message is to warmly welcome all of you who are joining us in late Summer. I’m writing to say how much we are looking forward to meeting you. This time is like no other time in the history of the world. And in the history of our School. I hope that you are your loved ones have been safe and ok during these challenging days.  We are of course responding to Government guidelines regarding school opening and we are confident that when you do join us, you will swiftly become part of the BRIT family. To give you a flavour, over the past six weeks we have run classes as normal and have provided students with an online timetable, routine, masterclasses, check ins and creative projects with full pastoral support for wellbeing. You can see some of the brilliant work created here on our platform BRIT Now- an exemplar of student’s work proving you cannot stop creativity. Our innovative staff have taught classes online from dance, music, DJ-ing to production, film making, art and all the curriculum subjects maths, science, English and languages.

As a parent said to us:

“In seeing how BRIT teachers and staff are dealing with on-line distance teaching in comparison I have nothing but praise for you all. My daughter has access to amazing facilities that keep her in contact  such as google classroom, and she has done video chats with teachers on google hang out. She has eased into her new routine without feeling isolated or not knowing what to do.”

When you get here in September you will find that this school will embrace and respect you.  We want four qualities for our students to take on when they come to BRIT: originality, responsibility, ambition, and inclusivity.

This means you will find your space here to unlock your creative potential, be your own person, be kind and act responsibly to others and yourself, and you will be accepting of the diverse community of artists you will work with every day.  You will experience powerful assemblies on mental health, Black History and LGBTQ, watch and participate in fantastic productions and exhibitions.

We are working out your induction and will be in touch soon but I wanted to give you a sense of what you might expect.

We have a team of people that you will get to know and will be central to you learning and growing when join us.  The staff at The BRIT school are special. Your tutors, the pastoral team, the front of house, the library, the exams, the student services team,  the canteen, the site and IT teams and our dedicated Additional Educational Needs team, will all be ready to meet you.

The other group of people you will get to know are our sponsors and trustees. The school couldn’t survive without the generosity of the music industry and the BRIT Trust. The equipment in our studios and classrooms and theatres is thanks to them. We have dear friends including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nile Rodgers , the Utley Foundation, YouTube Music, Tim Cook at Apple and the Arts Council, all who have worked to support this school and we have an impressive Board of Trustees led by Chair David Carter. We have an active BRIT Parent community and student committee.

If nothing else, the pandemic has proved that the qualities and values of The BRIT school matter. The world needs creativity and the creative industries more than ever before; digital solutions, imaginative ideas, art, entertainment. It needs polymaths who value science, history, maths and art all at the same time. It needs original, responsible and ambitious young people to make the world work. It needs you. And it needs a more inclusive society where everyone matters. The supermarket van driver delivering what we need to survive, the care worker looking after the fragile, the artist who produces an online game, or a music video or film that can entertain. It needs a community that works for all. It’s why community matters so much to the school and why we know you will make a valuable contribution on your arrival.

 Take care and see you soon,

#AlwaysBRIT

Stuart Worden

Principal

17th April

Please click here for the latest information and guidance from OFQUAL (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) if you are a student or parent of:

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

2nd April

URGENT: School closure until further notice

Information for parents, carers, interviewees, students & our community

Just a reminder that in line with national school closures, The BRIT School is closed indefinitely at this time. Whilst our initial date of re-opening was 15th April, this is now unlikely with the ongoing updates from the Government. We will of course, update you as soon as we know more, but for now, the School will continue to provide education online and through tutorials. Where at all possible students should keep up activity, learning and working - all of which will benefit wellbeing.  We understand that you will continue to have questions as new updates emerge; please allow the School to find solutions and we will continue to communicate with you once we have processed the best way forward for our students. Please be aware that our staff are experiencing a high volume of email traffic and it can take time to respond.  Thank you for your ongoing support. 

URGENT: School closure from 5pm Tuesday 17th March 2020

With heavy hearts we have made the decision that the school will be closing due to the pressure of having too many staff absent. The Department for Education and Public Health England have now advised that it “may be necessary if there are so many staff being isolated that the school has operational issues”. We have now reached this point and it has become impossible to operate as usual without significant consequences to everyone’s safety.

We have reluctantly made the decision to cease all performances and events for the foreseeable future.

School will be open on 18th MArch only for staff and students to collect work- between 9am-2pm.

After that, communication to the students regarding work will come from the school will via Google Classroom, Google Drive and email where relevant.  We will be sending out a further update in the coming days.  Please keep abreast of our website and your inbox.  We are continuously in communication with qualification and exam bodies and will share any updates with parents and students once we know more.

We acknowledge that closing the school has a huge impact. This is an unprecedented period of uncertainty for you, your child’s education, the staff, our community and the live arts industry at large. 

If you suspect that you have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) do not come into Central.  Report your case and receive health advice by immediately phoning NHS 111.

Please read the full information as we update on our page

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