January School Closure Information
Britain official went into lockdown on the 5th of January. As such, we schools are closed until the lockdown is lifted.
School Timetable Structure for Remote Learning
With effect from Thursday 6th January 2021
Following the move to remote learning for most students, the school timetable structure will revert to the normal timings of the school day (shown below).When live lessons are scheduled via Teams, they will take place during their usual timetabled period(s).
08:45 - 09:10
|09:10 - 10:00||Period 1|
|10:00 - 10:50||Period 2|
|10:50 - 11:10||Break|
|11:10 - 12:00||Period 3|
|12:00 - 12:50||Period 4|
|12:50 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 14:20||Period 5|
|14:20 - 15:10||Period 6|
Online Learning – A Guide for Students and Parents
A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
As a minimum, teachers will set work in the ‘Working from Home’ folders on SharePoint and this work will be broadly the same as what would have been taught in school. However, in some subjects, adaptations have to be made. For example, Drama group work may be replaced with monologues, Dance and PE will be adapted to students working alone, Science practical work may comprise of a video clip to watch, etc.
All the lessons are being delivered according to student timetables. Students need to follow the instructions below to join the lesson.
1. A few minutes before the lesson is due to start, log onto Teams and go to the relevant Teams for your timetabled lesson
2. On “General” channel in Posts tab, you will see the lesson notification as below when your teacher is ready to start the lesson:
3. Click “Join” to attend the lesson
When online live lessons begin, the remote curriculum will again be similar to the curriculum that is followed in school. Adjustments will be made to ensure that the curriculum is suitable for online learning.
To view the guide, in full, please follow the link below:
Useful Links for Remote Learning
Office 365 Links:
To access Microsoft Office Software like Word and Powerpoint - portal.office.com
To access your files saved on onedrive - testbourne-my.sharepoint.com
To access your Emails - outlook.com/testbourne.school
To access Testbourne's SharePoint Student Portal - testbourne.sharepoint.com/sites/students
To access your Teams groups - teams.microsoft.com
Teams Via Gaming Console:
As you can log onto Teams by only using a Internet browser, you have the ability to use your games console inbuilt Internet browser to logon and take part. This works particularly well when using an Xbox One or Xbox Series X as they are made by Microsoft and uses Microsoft Edge, which is compatible with Teams. However Sony's Playstation uses a different Internet browser so functionality is limited to text chat only.
Click below for a set of instructions as to how to use the Xbox Internet browser to log into Teams.
Tips for Working from Home
While these tips are handy for any parent working from home, many of the ideas presented are true also for students who are learning from home:
Key Worker Request From
If you are a 'Key worker' or your child is considered 'Vulnerable', please fill in this attendance request form and we will get back to you.
Covid-19 Testing in Schools
Schools have started to mass test students for Covid-19. For more information, please follow the relevant link below.
- Mass Asymptomatic Testing in Specialist Settings - GOV.UK
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting Tested - GOV.UK
Please be aware of the procedure by following the instructions given by the NHS on how to to take the self-swab test (poster below).
If you would like to volunteer and help with the mass Covid-19 testing, please fill in the form below:
Covid-19 Testing Volunteer Form.
GCSE Exams 2020-21
It has been announced that GCSE exams for year 11 students have been suspended due to our current Covid-19 crisis. A statement from the government can be found here.
Whilst a exam substitute is unclear, below is a link to guidance to what we might expect in the coming future:
Safeguarding and Wellbeing Information
With the school moving into partial closure to all students, except children of key workers and vulnerable, it is important that we share important safeguarding and wellbeing information with all parents and carers.
The information sheet below provides an overview of key information.
Letters to Parents
If you have missed any email that we've sent out to parents during the national lockdown from January 2021, please follow the link below.
School Contact Information
If you would like to contact the school, please choose the appropriate email address from the list below.
Covid related concerns – firstname.lastname@example.org
IT related issues – email@example.com
Pastoral concerns – firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum concerns – email@example.com
Safeguarding concerns – firstname.lastname@example.org
General queries – email@example.com
Thank You for Your Support
We at Testbourne have received many positive messages sent to us by members of the community. Please follow the link below to view them.
If you have any feedback you would like to give us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Years Weekly News Update
While students are learning from home, our Heads of Years have started a new weekly catchup letter that update students on their performance as well as share examples of work that really impressed them.