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Latest information for families regarding Coronavirus

Update Thursday 4 March

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Wednesday 3 March

Please read our updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for March 2021

You can read the letter from Helen and a video to help pupils prepare to return to school.

 


Update Tuesday 3 March

Following the announcement that there will be a wider reopening of schools and colleges from 8 March 2021, the government has confirmed its plans for regular testing for those without coronavirus symptoms.

Here, you can find more information about the testing programme that will be in place for our school and how to report your child's results.

 


Update Thursday 18 February

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Monday 15 February

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Friday 12 February

Dear families, we have an updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for February 2021.  

You can read the letter from Helen and watch the video update.

 


Update Friday 3 February

Please read our updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for February 2021.

 


Update Friday 22 January

We have added a page dedicated to information about our approach to remote education during the corona pandemic.  

 


Update Thursday 7 January

We have sent a letter to families with an update about our educational approach following the government's national lockdown announcement. This letter can be viewed here. Helen has also prepared a video message with the same key points as the letter, which can be viewed here.

Please read our latest risk assessments following the government’s national lockdown announcement.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

Please also read our latest position statement on supporting pupils and learners following a national lockdown in January 2021.

 


Update Monday 4 January 2021 

Following the new COVID-19 variant please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form. 

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

Please also read our updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for January 2021.

 


Update Friday 18 December

We hope all of our families have a wonderful Christmas break. Helen has done a short final update which includes highlights from the term which can be watched here.

For information about what to do if someone becomes unwell over the holidays and how to inform The Rise please see here: COVID Communication over Christmas.

Also, as Helen mentions in her video, Hounslow are encouraging its residents to get testing even if not unwell. You can find more information and links here.

 


Update Wednesday 16 December

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Friday 11 December 

Please read our updated information for The Rise School.

Letter to families - The Rise School

 


Update Wednesday 9 December 

Please read our updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for December 2020.

Letter to families - The Rise School

End of term update - The Rise School

 


Update Monday 7 December

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Thursday 19 November

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Friday 6 November

Please read our updated position statement on supporting pupils and learners for November 2020, and the letter that Helen has shared with families.

 


Update Tuesday 3 November

On Thursday 5 November, England is entering a new four-week lockdown. This lockdown will not affect The Rise School which will remain open to both young people and staff. However, we know many will be feeling understandably worried and anxious about rising COVID-19 infection rates and what this could mean for loved ones. 

I want to reassure you once again, that as we have done throughout this pandemic, we are continuing to follow the guidance and ensure our settings are as safe and secure as possible. We have robust risk assessments in place at our setting which are continually reviewed and updated. We also continue to follow comprehensive social distancing rules. I have shared a video with some changes we're implementing in the Autumn 2 half-term. 

Our advice to parents remains the same:  

  • If your child is unwell with Coronavirus symptoms (or someone else in the household has Coronavirus symptoms) or has been directed to self-isolate (e.g. through NHS track and trace), they must not come in.
  • If your child develops Coronavirus symptoms or is unwell at school or college, you must collect them as soon as possible.
  • Pupils and learners who are of compulsory education age (aged 5 to 18 years) must attend their education settings during term-time and it’s the legal duty of parents and carers to ensure they attend.    

 

Please see below for our 11 videos that answer FAQ on topics such as whether your child should attend school or not. 

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

Should any parents have any concerns, questions or worries following the latest Government announcement, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. Our door is always open and we want to support all families at this very challenging time. 

Thank you again for your cooperation and support.  

 


Update Friday 16 October

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Tuesday 22 September

COVID FAQs for Families

Dear families,

Please take a look at our quick reference guide for 11 different covid related situations
 
It also includes a copy of these helpful diagrams from the BBC and NHS that might support you in your decision making about whether your child should come to school. 
 
Helen has done a video to talk through these 11 situations.  
 
Alternatively click on each link below to go to the exact minute in the video that is relevant for your question:

1. My child has Covid-19 symptoms at home

2. My child has Covid-19 symptoms at school

2b. I don't agree that my child has Covid-19 symptoms and I want them to return earlier to school

3. My child tests positive for Covid-19

4. My child tests negative

5. My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19

6. Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms

7. Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19

8. NHS test & trace has identified my child has been in close contact of someone with symptoms of confirmed Covid-19

9. We/my child has travelled and must self-isolate as a period of quarantine

10. We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

11. My child’s bubble (or whole site) is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak

 


Update Friday 2 October

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form.

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Monday 21 September

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form. 

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Friday 11 September

Please read our updated risk assessments for The Rise School and The Rise Sixth Form. 

Risk Assessment - The Rise School

Risk Assessment - The Rise Sixth Form at West Thames College

 


Update Thursday 27 August

Read the latest letter that explains The Rise's approach to returning to school safely in September.  You can also read our position statement and risk assessment.    

Head of School Helen has also recorded a video that explains the return to school for pupils which can be watched here.  

 


Update Thursday 16 July

We have sent a letter to families detailing the phased return of pupils in September 2020.

This letter can be viewed here.

 


Update Friday 10 July

On 2 July the Government published guidance about all children and young people returning to education in September 2020. In response we have updated our position statement outlining our key principles and approach.

Position statement on the return to school and college for September 2020

 


We have sent a letter to families with information about the 2020-2021 academic year.

This letter can be viewed here.

 


Update Friday 3 July

We have sent a letter to families who have confirmed that they would like their child to have two 'reconnect' sessions during the last two weeks of the school term.

This letter can be viewed here.

There is also a video explaining the plans for week six and seven.

 


Update Friday 26 June

We have sent a letter to families, welcoming pupils back to school, week commencing Monday 29 June.

This letter can be viewed here.

There is also a video with a welcome back message and explanation.

 


Update Friday 19 June

We have sent a letter to families with a summary and update of our educational approach.

This letter can be viewed here.

There is also a video update from Helen.

 


Update Thursday 11 June

We have sent a letter to Year 6 families who are phasing back to school on Monday 15 June.  

This letter can be viewed here.  

There is also a video explaining the changes for Year 6 pupils.

 


Update Wednesday 10 June

We have carried out detailed risk assessments across all our settings to make sure everybody is safe. This includes risk assessments for each site, and for visitors and contractors when visiting our sites which can be viewed here. This formed part of a comprehensive wider risk assessment process for individuals and groups.

The Rise School Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for visitors, volunteers and contractors

 


We have written to the families of the returning Year 10 pupils to explain the safety precautions that are in place at The Rise to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19.

This letter can be viewed here.

We also have a video explaining the changes in schools for Year 10 pupils

 


Update Friday 22 May

We have written to families to confirm that wider re-opening for The Rise will commence for Year 10s on 8 June, with Year 6 to follow no earlier than 15 June depending on the success and safety of the Year 10s phasing back.

This letter can be viewed here.

 


Update Thursday 21 May

The Rise School’s statement on Staying COVID-19 Secure

 


Update Tuesday 19 May

We have written to families to explain The Rise's educational approach for Summer 2 and the cohorts of pupils we will be inviting back into school.

This letter can be viewed here.

We also have a video explaining our educational approach.

 


We have updated our detailed position statement to supporting pupils and young people in our educational settings during the Coronavirus pandemic, which can be downloaded here.

For those pupils and learners not accessing learning at school or college we will continue to support them to learn at home. This can be through home learning packs and/or through our virtual learning platform. As per Government guidance, we will work with local authorities to monitor the welfare of vulnerable children who are not attending school or college and will keep in touch with other pupils and learners for safeguarding purposes.

Please stay safe when accessing materials online. The following resources may help: 

 

We have put together new resources for families during this time. Read our information sheets on managing health anxiety and managing more time at home, as well as our other Coronavirus resources on health and well-being, education and legal support.

 

We will continue to plan further and will communicate any changes if we hear more. Please look out for emails, texts and this website. If you have any questions, please contact Head of The Rise School Helen Ralston on 020 8099 0640. Thank you for your patience and support at this difficult time.