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Impington Village College outlines its plans to reopen to Year 10 and 12 from June 8

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Impington Village College has announced plans for reopening to Year 10 and 12 students from June 8, subject to government guidance.

In addition to its ongoing support for the children of key workers, the school will split the day into two sessions, with Year 10 in school from 9am-1.40pm and Year 12 students from 2-5pm.

Ryan Kelsall, Impington Village College principal
Ryan Kelsall, Impington Village College principal

Teachers will not mix between the year groups, and classes will be kept to 10 or 12 students.

In a video message to parents, principal Ryan Kelsall said: “We are awaiting the scientific guidance around opening secondary schools, which will come to us on Friday May 28 and we will take the week beginning June 1 to plan what our provision is going to look like.

“We will not be insisting that any member of our community - staff or student - attend school if they have issues that they feel make them vulnerable or if they have significant concerns about attending.

“Wellbeing, both physical and mental, is paramount for all members of our community. These are really challenging times for us all.”

He said the school’s risk assessment will be shared with parents, and a survey will be issued on May 28 asking parents to state by the end of June 1 if they intend to send their child back to school. Staff will also be surveyed to test the capacity to deliver the curriculum.

“For key workers and those families whose students require additional support, we will remain open for them from June 1. We will be expanding that provision,” he added, explaining that they intend to separate Year 7, 8 and 9.

Outlining its plans, subject to the government guidance, the college said it would

  • Open to Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday June 8;
  • Ask Year 10 students to attend between 9am and 1.40pm, when teaching will focus on the core subjects of English, maths and science, along with humanities and languages. Option subjects will continue to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the academic year;
  • Ask Year 12 students to attend from 2-5pm, supported by staff with their programmes of study;
  • Open specialist sixth form provision (SPP) to these Year 12 students from 10am to 3.35pm;
  • Base groups of Year 10 students in a one classroom for the duration of the day, with staff rotating to provide subject specific teaching, in order to create the required ‘bubble’ for students in school; and
  • Divide staff into two teams - one teaching Year 10 and the other supporting Year 12 to limit interaction.

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