Year 12 Transition

24th June 2020


Year 12 Return to School / Transition Sessions


Dear Parent / Carer

We are delighted to confirm that the first of these sessions for Year 12 will be on Tuesday 30th June. The session will be jointly provided by CHS and Coleg Gwent.

We have tested the arrangements with staff and it went well. We ask that Yr12 students arrive at 9:45am and use the entrance in the top corner of the main carpark (The old main entrance of Fairwater High School). Students will be registered on the way in and required to use the hand sanitiser provided. They will then proceed along corridor to the main hall and maintain 2 metre distancing at all times. Exam desks will be set out in the hall 2 metres apart. The session will end at about 12:30pm. There will be no fixed break but students are welcome to bring their own drink and snack. Students should bring their own pens and notepads and may also use their own tablet devices if they wish (at their own risk). Only those students who have responded to the Survey Monkey may attend.

The format for the day is as follows:

9:45    Arrive, wash hands and sit in main hall.

10:00  Welcome

10:05  Update from Coleg Gwent

10:15 Q&A session

10:30  UCAS Introduction

11:00  Study Skills for an FE environment

12:00  Conclusion


The plan is to provide a further two sessions in week 2 and 3. The arrangements for these will be finalised after the first session.

As we look to welcoming your children back to school I know that many of you will be anxious or have concerns about sending your children back. The document attached will hopefully go some way to alleviate those fears and we ask that you read this guidance and support us in implementing these measure to provide a safe environment for both pupils and staff. This guidance has been set out in a FAQ format but if you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email at:

Yours Faithfully,


Marc Chapman

Head of Sixth Form



An Overview for Parents/Carers on Keeping your Child Safe in Cwmbran High School


What if my child is ill?

Under no circumstances must your child attend school if they have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

A New Continuous Cough

A High Temperature

A loss of Taste or Smell

In these cases they self-isolate for 7 days. In addition if anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been tested positive then everyone must self-isolate for 14 days.

If you are not sending your child in due to self isolation please let the school know on 01633 643950.


Is my child required to wear school uniform?

In line with the current guidance that clothes should be washed daily, pupils will not be required to wear school uniform although we expect them to wear appropriate clothing for a school environment.


How does my child get to school?

Where possible pupils should walk/cycle to school. If you intend to drive them to school then please use the drop off zone and do not leave your car. Other pupils will have a staggered start to the day and we ask that Year 12 please arrive at 9:45am.


Does my child need to bring any equipment with them?

I suggest that Year 12 bring a notepad and pen to take notes. They will also be permitted to use their own tablet if they wish (at own risk).


Where does my child go when then arrive at school?

To ensure that we can effectively manage the site, Year 12 should enter via the entrance in the top corner of the main car park. They will be registered as they enter and will be required to use hand sanitiser as they enter. Pupils will then walk directly to the main hall and will be seated at least 2metres apart.


How will you ensure social distancing in school?

The Year 12 sessions will take place in the main hall and they will arrive at a different entrance to other pupils. A one way system has been established and there are clear markings on the floor every 2 metres. Staff will be on duty to ensure that all pupils adhere to the 2m rule. Exam desks have been placed in the main hall with a minimum 2m space between them. If pupils persistently flout the 2m rule then you may be required to collect them and not send them in for the rest of the term.


Will my child be required to wear a mask?

Pupils will not be expected to wear a mask or any other PPE. We do ask that they wash their hands when instructed and that they cough/sneeze into their arms or tissue which is then disposed of in a bin.


Will my child be able to get any food or drink?

As pupils will only be attending for half day sessions the canteen will be closed. In addition all water fountains have been disconnected. Pupils can bring in their own drink (no energy drinks) and snack but must not share with any other student.


What will it look like in the classroom?

The main hall is set out in a formal exam style with 2 metre spacing between desks.


What if my child becomes ill in school?

If during the day any pupil displays symptoms of Covid-19 they will be moved to an isolation room and you will be ask to collect them. We will inform you of the collection point and will escort them to your car. They must then be kept off school for 7 days.


What toilets facilities will be available?

There will be separate girls and boys toilets available for pupils in the upper school. There will be a strict one in one out policy in operation.


What is the cleaning regime at the school?

The school will be receive an enhanced clean every day which will include all classrooms, door handles, desks, floors and toilets as well as corridors. Different rooms will be used for the morning and afternoon sessions so that no rooms are used gain without a thorough clean taking place.


What are the end of day arrangements?

Pupils will have a staggered end time to allow them to leave in an orderly fashion and maintain social distancing. We would ask all pupils to leave site immediately and not wait around to meet up with friends. If you are picking up your child we ask that you arrive as close to their finish time as possible, remain in your car and leave as soon as they have been collected.


Can I arrange a meeting with a member of staff?

Sadly, other than in exceptional circumstances, no face to face meetings with staff will be able to take place. If you have any imminent concerns then please contact the school by email or phone. Schools will not be operating as usual and the majority of staff will not be present on site. We would ask all parents to only visit reception in emergency cases.



Finally, I must stress that there is NO expectation for pupils to attend and parents/carers who choose not to send their child/children back to school will not be subject to the usual attendance processes. If a pupil who wished to attend (and registered to do so) is unable to attend please inform the school on the first day of absence. Daily registers will be taken. If pupil hasn’t registered for a return to school they will not be permitted to attend.


Thank you all in anticipation of your cooperation and support and, if you intend to send your child/children back to school at this stage, we look forward to welcoming them back to allow us to ‘Check in, Catch Up and Prepare’. In an emergency please phone the school on 01633 643950.




17th June 2020


Dear Parent/Carer,




We are planning to run a session for Year 12 during the week beginning 29th June 2020,  in school.

The session will give pupils some transition information from Coleg Gwent and will be an introduction to applying to University and using UCAS.

Depending on demand, we may look to offer further sessions in following week/s.

Please could you confirm whether your son/daughter will be attending by completing the simple survey using the link below. We will also send the link by text message.


Yours sincerely


Marc Chapman

Head of 6th Form