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Current information in relation to the Coronavirus

06/07/20

Please use this email to contact the school during this difficult time:

mss_pupilsupport@swale.at

Please use this email for help with Google Classroom:

MSS_classroomhelp@swale.at

Letter regarding September re-opening

Letter to Parents regarding re-opening [pdf]

 

Letters Home - 01/07/20

Headteacher Letter to Parents 29th June 2020 [pdf]

Information about Results Days Letter to Parents 29th June 2020 [pdf]

Careers Letter to Parents 25th June 2020 [pdf]

 

Important information - please read - 23/06/20

Please read this Important letter regarding changes to the dates of Staff Development days

 

Meopham School Bulletins - Term 6 - 29/06/20

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 6 Week 4

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 6 Week 3

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 6 Week 2

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 6 Week 1

 

COVID-19 Behaviour Policy Addendum [pdf]

 

School Reopening Update 2 - Year 10 and Year 12 Pupils - 08/06/20

Please read the this Letter to Parents 8th June 2020 [pdf]

 

School Reopening Update - Year 10 and Year 12 Pupils - 01/06/20

Please read this Letter to Parents 1st June 2020 [pdf]

 

Please read this letter from the headteacher - 22/05/20

Last day of term 5 letter 22nd May 2020 [pdf]

 

Photo message from Meopham School Staff - 22/05/20

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Meopham School Bulletin - 22/05/20

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 6

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 5

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 4

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 3

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 2

Please read the Meopham School Bulletin Term 5 Week 1

 

Please read this letter from the Headteacher - 13/05/20

Letter to Parents 13th May [pdf]

 

Trust Bereavement Strategy (Covid-19) [pdf] - 07/05/20

 

Please read these letters - 04/05/2020

Year 10 Parent Letter May 2020 [pdf]

Remote Learning Years 7 to 9 May 2020 [pdf]

 

Google Classroom update - 01/05/20

Please read this information about Google Classroom Parental Summaries [pdf]

 

Remote Learning Expectations letter to Parents - Term 5 and Beyond - 17/04/20

Please read the Remote Learning Term 5 Expectations [pdf]


ADDENDUM COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Meopham School [pdf] - 14/04/20

 

Letter from Ofqual - 06/04/20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please read this letter from Ofqual: Letter to students - Summer 2020 grading [pdf]

At the bottom of page 2 there is a link to the Government website with further detailed guidance.

 

Key Worker Letter & Google Form

20/03/20

Please read the

Urgent Key Worker Letter [pdf]

Children of Key Workers Google Form;

https://forms.gle/742Wx9Mxn8WTyReo8

 

School Closure Guidance letter

19/03/20

Please read this letter regarding the school closure

School Closure letter 19/03/2020 [pdf]

And this guide to the student use of Google Classroom

Student guide to Google Classroom [pdf]

 

Student Guidance in the Event of School Closure

18/03/20

Guidance for Students in event of school closure [pdf]

 

Latest Coronavirus self-isolation information

18/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to draw your attention to the most recent Public Health England guidance about self-isolation in the event of a possible Coronavirus infection.  We now know that the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

We would ask that if any members of your household are experiencing these symptoms that you self-isolate the entire family.   

The guidance for self-isolation has now increased from 7 days to 14 days.

Please click here for the more detailed advice from the Government:  
Stay at Home Advice

Thank you very much for your continuing support during these challenging times. 

Mrs S. Dickinson

Headteacher

 

Updates regarding After School Meetings and Activities

17/03/20

After School Clubs and Enrichment Activities

As you will be aware, the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing continually. The Trust and the school are responding to the latest guidance on a daily basis. We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone all sporting and enrichment activities before and after school until further notice. However, Year 11 after school academic intervention will continue at the present time.  

YEAR 8

We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone Year 8 Options evening scheduled for Wednesday 18th March 2020. You will be contacted when a new date has been set. This delay will not impact the Options process for your child in any way. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and appreciate your support and understanding at this time.

YEAR 11

We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone the Year 11 parents' evening scheduled for Thursday 26th March 2020. You will be contacted when a new date has been set. Mock exam results will now be given to students in lessons, as they become available. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and appreciate your support and understanding at this time.

 

Current guidance in relation to the Coronavirus

10/03/20

Please read the Head's letter regarding current guidance in relation to the Coronavirus

 

Useful Links

Government Coronavirus action plan

Government information for the public

Handwashing - How to wash your hands properly - NHS

Public Health England website

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Latest Coronavirus self-isolation information

18/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to draw your attention to the most recent Public Health England guidance about self-isolation in the event of a possible Coronavirus infection.  We now know that the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

We would ask that if any members of your household are experiencing these symptoms that you self-isolate the entire family.   

The guidance for self-isolation has now increased from 7 days to 14 days.

Please click here for the more detailed advice from the Government:  
Stay at Home Advice

Thank you very much for your continuing support during these challenging times. 

Mrs S. Dickinson

Headteacher

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Updates regarding After School Meetings and Activities

17/03/20

After School Clubs and Enrichment Activities

As you will be aware, the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing continually. The Trust and the school are responding to the latest guidance on a daily basis. We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone all sporting and enrichment activities before and after school until further notice. However, Year 11 after school academic intervention will continue at the present time.  

YEAR 8

We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone Year 8 Options evening scheduled for Wednesday 18th March 2020. You will be contacted when a new date has been set. This delay will not impact the Options process for your child in any way. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and appreciate your support and understanding at this time.

YEAR 11

We have, therefore, taken the decision to postpone the Year 11 parents' evening scheduled for Thursday 26th March 2020. You will be contacted when a new date has been set. Mock exam results will now be given to students in lessons, as they become available. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and appreciate your support and understanding at this time.

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GCSE Results Day – 22nd August 2019

22/08/19

Students and staff at Meopham School are celebrating another set of stunning GCSE results. 

An incredible 88% achieved Grade 4 or above in English, with 68% achieving a Level 5.  Results were equally strong in Maths, with 81% achieving a Grade 4 and 64% achieving a Grade 5.  79% achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, with 57% achieving a Grade 5.  This is a significant increase in the already strong results achieved last year, which secured an Outstanding Ofsted judgement in January of this year. 

There were many students celebrating exceptional success.  Connie Baillie achieved 9 Strong (Grade 5 and above) Passes, including Grade 8s in English Language, English Literature and History.  She also achieved two Starred Distinctions in Health and Social Care and Sport.  Connie said, “I am just so happy to have achieved these results.” Teddie Humphrey achieved 8 Strong Passes, including two Grade 8s in Science, and Grade 7 in both History and Catering, as well as a Starred Distinction in Business Studies.  Teddie said, “I am so relieved and happy.”  Harry Ives achieved 9 Strong Passes included two Grade 8s in Science, a Grade 7 in Maths, and a Starred Distinction in Business Studies.  He said, “I am so shocked.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my great teachers.” 

Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “We are thrilled with the outcomes achieved by our students again this year.  Incredibly, we have further improved on the considerable success achieved over the past three years.  We are delighted that our students have continued to perform so strongly across the board.” 

Deputy Headteacher, Kate Girling, said, “I am so proud of what our students and staff have achieved.  Everyone has worked so hard and I am overjoyed to see our students rewarded for their hard work.”

Suzanne Dickinson added, “The exceptional outcomes consistently achieved by our pupils is a testament to our highly aspirational and supportive ethos.  The impact of this on the lives of our pupils is transformational.”

Pictured:  Connie Bailie, Harry Ives and Teddie Humphrey

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A Level Results Day – 15th August 2019

15/08/19

Meopham School is celebrating yet another successful year for Sixth Form students.   Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, said, “We are delighted with the excellent examination results achieved by our students again this year.  This is a testament to their hard work and dedication, and that of our staff.”  Head of Sixth Form, Jenny Vik, added, “We are proud that so many students have achieved such stunning results. These outcomes will lead to exciting opportunities for their future.” 

The school has a number of individual success stories.

Cameron Miller, who achieved four Level 3 qualifications including A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and Finance, and a Level 3 BTEC in Business Studies said, “I’m really happy with my results, especially my B grade in Finance and my Distinction in Business Studies.”  Grace Toombs was also celebrating achieving four Level 3 qualifications, including a B grade in A Level Psychology and a Starred Distinction in Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care.  She said, “I am over the moon with my results and looking forward to starting university in September. My teachers have always believed in me and I couldn’t have achieved these results without them.” 

Another student who achieved fantastic results, Ali Adams, said, “I am so pleased with my results.”  Ali achieved Distinctions in both Health and Social Care and Business Studies, and a C grade in A Level Psychology. 

Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, added, “We are immensely proud that our highly aspirational and supportive ethos is producing students who excel academically, and who have developed the strength of character to thrive in their future endeavours.”

Cameron Miller, Grace Toombs, and Ali Adams - A Level Students at Meopham School

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Head's Letter to Parents

16/07/19

Please read the Head's Letter to Parents for July 2019

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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

05/07/19

The Hottest of Camping Trips

Last weekend, 29th & 30th June, saw temperatures rise to 35C in some parts of Kent, and for 110 pupils this was the heat they undertook their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in! Pupils from three Swale Academies Trust schools arrived at Meopham Secondary School loaded with heavy backpacks and plenty of water. At 9am they began their 15km hikes in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs.

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Each team had organised a personalised route which passed through at least 3 checkpoints dotted around the countryside. A group radioed in after an hour to say they’d had a bag break but they were going to carry it to the next checkpoint and could a replacement be dropped off.

This shows the resilience and independence they had rapidly developed during the previous months of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The first group arrived back to Meopham School at around 4pm a little hot and eager to setup camp and cook their dinner.

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Pupils took their tents and setup camp for the night. Pupils worked completely independently of staff; pitching their own tents and cooking their evening meal. The temperature was still in the high twenties at 10pm and some had decided sleeping in a tent was far too hot and decided to camp under the stars.

The Sunday morning saw pupils waking early, cooking breakfast and taking down their camps ready for another full day of walking. The first team left just before 9am and the last team returned by 4pm all having completed 12km of cross country walking, as a team.

The teams had to undertake a “project” while out walking. They had decided that they would attempt to collect something from the landscape beginning with every letter of the alphabet. As a result we ended up with a rather unusual collection of road side debris including; a number plate, a toy zebra, a leek and a length of rope!

The pupils showed great resilience throughout the weekend and worked excellently as a team to complete their Bronze Awards.

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