UPDATE 3rd April 2020
I would like to thank you all for your support over the past 2 weeks.
To support those children of key workers and with social workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to offer daily support at Chessbrook throughout the Easter holidays. Those children who fall into the vulnerable category (have an EHCP or a social worker) have already been contacted. As per my most recent letter, please contact us if you feel your child is vulnerable and needs the additional support from us.
I will update you further regarding the plan for after the Easter holidays.
Try and have a relaxing time and stay safe.
UPDATE 30th March 2020
As we enter the second week of operating in a way that supports the government's advice on staying at home and social distancing, I wanted to highlight a couple of key points from the letter I sent home last Friday.
Firstly I would like to thank you for your continued support. This is a very challenging time for us all and we need to do all we can to stay positive and ensure we support each other. If you or your child is finding the whole situation overwhelming, there are a full range of resources available on the #JustTalk website. You can access these by clicking on the image on the right hand side of this page.
We are continuing to offer support and a timetable for all students in a variety of ways. Today we have four more teachers being trained to deliver 'live' lessons via our virtual curriculum, TUTE.
We have identified the students who will be attending Chessbrook based on the government advice on vulnerable students, those with an EHCP and those with parents who are key workers.
Please contact us if you feel you or your child needs any additional support throughout this time.
Your child's PLM will continue to make regular contact with you.
UPDATE 26th March 2020
I am updating you regarding the Summer exams for your Year 11 son/daughter. I am now in a position to share the process as outlined below:
“Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead…”
Following the Department for Education’s announcement on Friday 20 March confirming the process for calculating students’ grades, this is what we know of the awarding process for summer 2020:
Step 1 - The awarding bodies will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead
Step 2 - To produce the above, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance in mock exams and non-exam assessment
Step 3 - The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in
Step 4 - Calculated grades will aim to be provided to students before the end of July
Step 5 - If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis
Step 6 - If students do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.
I would also like to share that Hertfordshire Children's Services have set up a contact line for parents to provide ongoing support and advice from educational psychologists and special advisory teachers. The number is 01992 588574 and they are available Mon-Fri 2:00-4:30.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school via the admin e-mail address:
UPDATE 25th March 2020
We have been informed that a scam e-mail is being sent to parents, asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free School Meals. This is a scam email.
Please remember to never give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you are not sure they are genuine.
Please see this government link for further helpful information:
UPDATE 23rd March 2020
I would like to thank you for your support with getting students logged in to their virtual lessons and in to Chessbrook.
In addition to the main office number 01923 212025, you are able to call the following two mobile numbers if you have questions or concerns:
Please monitor the website for further information and updates.
UPDATE 22nd March 2020
I would like to remind you that we have managed to put in place a timetable for all students from Monday 23rd March. This is made up of time in the centre, virtual lessons being delivered by Chessbrook teachers and a full and wide range of resources through google drive and our website.
We have managed to offer laptops to all students who do not have access to one and also a pack containing a range of stationery and resources. This pack will enable your child to complete work from the safety of their home. It also provides information about how to look after your mental health while you are self isolating and social distancing and gives contact details for any additional questions or needs you may have.
I would like to stress that if your child is able to stay at home and complete their work, this is in the best interest of their health and the health of others. Our offer of support in the centre is for those vulnerable students and those whose parents need them to be catered for to enable them to go to work and carry out services in response to Covid-19.
In his update this evening, the Prime Minster stated that it is crucial that we "follow the social distancing rule and keep 2 metres apart". He also reiterated that if you can stay at home, you should.
I would like to echo the messages above and remind you that we are available to provide support, advice and care for those who need it.
Please remember to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
01923 212025 - Chessbrook Office
UPDATE 20th March 2020
Chessbrook will remain OPEN from Monday 23rd March.
Alternative Provision and GADE will be CLOSED from Monday 23rd March.
Following the announcement and clarification of who falls into the categories of 'key workers' and 'vulnerable groups', we have created a full timetable for each of our students from Monday 23rd March. This will be made up of lessons at Chessbrook, lessons in the virtual classroom with Chessbrook teachers and an element of independent study through the Google classroom.
You will have already been contacted to arrange collection or delivery of a laptop and full set of resources.
Please remember to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
01923 212025 - Chessbrook Office
Thank you for your ongoing support.
UPDATE 18th March 2020
You will be aware of the announcement this evening that all schools are to close on Friday 20th March. We are in the process of putting together a pack for each student so that they are able to continue with their learning. Lessons will be delivered daily via our virtual learning platform and your child will be expected to take part. There will also be a variety of lessons available through Google classroom, all of which will be monitored and marked by staff. There will also be a full range of resources available on the school website under the 'Closure' tab.
We will be providing all students with a laptop, stationery pack and all the required log on details to be able to access all their learning resources. You will need to sign for the device and we will be in touch to arrange this.
Your child's learning mentor will be in very regular contact with you to ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org This email will be constantly monitored and we will respond as quickly as we can.
We are not in a position to confirm when the school will be open again but will be keeping this section of the website up to date and also communicating regularly with emails and telephone calls.
We have put a great deal of effort into making these arrangements for your child and would ask for your full support in ensuring they take advantage of these learning opportunities.
We will spend the next couple of days considering what additional support we are able to offer students, especially those with an EHCP, those who are currently working with a social worker and those whose parents are key workers.
We are thankful for your support and with your help will do our best to ensure we continue to deliver a high quality learning experience throughout these challenging times.
UPDATE 16th March
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is being very closely monitored by the government and they have a strategically planned response in place.
As of 13th March 2020, the government announced that they have entered the 'delay' phase of the epidemic, which means they are seeking to flatten the peak of infections.
At Chessbrook we have taken a number of steps to ensure good hygiene is maintained at all times. We have made students aware of the importance of good personal hygiene. Hand washing facilities, hand sanitiser solution and tissues are available throughout the centre and all rooms are equipped with anti bacterial wipes to clean all surfaces on a very regular basis.
If any of our staff or students have any symptoms, including a high temperature or new continuous cough, they are being asked to self isolate for 7 days. Any staff or students who have been in contact with someone displaying symptoms of a high temperature or cough are being asked to self isolate for 14 days. Advice has also been given to follow NHS guidance if symptoms persist after the period of isolation.
As of 17th March, we will have stop our Outreach Services to other schools and prevented unnecessary visitors to Chessbrook in an attempt to reduce the risk of exposure to infection.
We are currently able to offer a full service to all of our students and have made arrangements for them to continue to receive educational provision in such event as a full closure of the school. This includes laptops being made available to all students at home and lessons available via the school website, via Google Classroom and also live online taught lessons from our teaching staff on a daily basis. We will also be in touch with parents on a weekly basis, even if the centre is closed.
COVID-19 Letter: 27th March 2020
Summer Exams Update Letter: 26th March 2020
COVID-19 School Closure Letter: 19th March 2020
COVID-19 Letter: 16th March 2020
Public Health England
World Health Organisation Hygiene Advice
Anxiety Support for Young People - COVID-19
Self Isolation - Managing Mental Health