Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy

Arrangements for return to school from August 11th

Overview

Structure of the school day

Entry and exit from the school building

Pupils in S5/6

Pupils in S4

Pupils in S3

Pupils in S2

Pupils in S1

Flexibility

Free School Meals

Overview

The plans for the return of pupils to Grove Academy have been developed to continue to minimise the risk of the spread of the virus and operate within guidance issued by the Scottish Government, particularly related to social distancing. Due to social distancing guidelines we have, in effect, had to double the number of teaching sections but will have to operate with, at a maximum, the same teacher capacity. We will also not be at a full staff capacity due to a number of factors, for example a number of our staff will still be shielding due to underlying conditions.

The return of pupils to the school building will be determined by the availability of our staff and as a result, and in line with announcements made by the Depute First Minister, we will be adopting a blended learning approach. This will mean that some learning will take place in school and some learning will take place remotely. The plans outlined below have been designed to maximise the face to face contact between pupils and their teacher but also to include an element of flexibility to enable the school to adapt to changing situations. This may mean that additional time can be found for delivery in school and it is our intention so to do, when circumstances change. However, it may also mean we may have to reduce time allocations in school situations (for example staff illness due to the virus).

The approach we have taken reflects the unique challenges of a school that is already full and operating at maximum capacity. In addition, this offers pupils the chance to maintain, as far as we possibly can, a full curriculum and regular contact with their own specialist teachers.


Structure of the school day

To support social distancing and reduce interactions between pupils arriving for school, we will be operating a staggered structure to the school day. Some pupils will arrive earlier than others or leave earlier than others to reduce the numbers of pupils arriving or leaving at the same time. This flexible approach will not reduce the amount of time any pupil should be in school during the time they are in school. The staggering of the school day will be based on year groups.

The school day will be organised into a morning stream (Stream A) and an afternoon stream (Stream B). This enables the school to maximise face to face contact given our staffing compliment and will allow pupils to be allocated to their own teachers. Pupils will either be in school in a morning or an afternoon session. To limit interactions pupils will not be in school over the lunch break. Pupils who are in for a morning session should return home at the end of this session and have the afternoon to work on materials placed online or materials distributed by their teachers. Pupils who are entitled to free school meals will be able to pick up a packed lunch to take home. Pupils attending the afternoon session should attend in the afternoon only and at their designated times and use their mornings to work on materials provided online or previously by their teachers. Pupils who are entitled to a free school meal who are attending in the afternoon should arrive at school 20 minutes prior to this time to pick up a packed lunch.

The structure of the school day for those pupils attending will be as follows:

Year Group Stream A Stream B
S1/2 08.45 - 11.15 12.45 - 15.15
S3/4 09.00-11.30 13.00 - 15.30
S5/6 09.15 - 11.45 13.15 - 15.45

There may be specific instances where timings and locations are adapted to reflect the requirements of individual departments. For example, pupils who are participating in the SFA coaching program may be required to attend Dawson Park facilities directly from 09:30-11:00 or pupils who have chosen the Fitness Industry Training Academy may be required to attend the D&A College, Gardyne Campus. Where applicable this information will be transmitted to pupils directly by the relevant departments.
Pupils in S3-6 will be informed by their class teacher during the w/b 22nd June which stream they will be in for that specific subject. This will determine the timeslot they should attend school. Pupils in S2 will be informed by their Guidance Teacher via the relevant PSE team on Microsoft Teams and pupils in the new S1 will be informed by a text from the school

Entry and exit from the school building

Pupils in S3-6 will be directed, by their teachers through email, Microsoft teams and other channels of communication, to the specific entrances to the school that they should use on any given day. Pupils will be informed by their class teacher which stream they will be in for that specific subject. This will determine the timeslot they should attend school.

  • PE – back doors of dining hall
  • Music & Art – art/music stairwell doors
  • CDT and Maths- stairwell at end of CDT corridor
  • Physics & Biology – yellow stairwell accessed via assembly hall courtyard
  • Mod Studs/ Geog / chem & HE/SFL – red stairwell next to Mrs Mitchell’s office
  • English / Modern Languages – main entrance then stairs at nurse’s room
  • Bus studs/ Comp/ RE / History – main entrance then blue stairwell next to Fitness Suite

S1 and S2 pupil should use the main front entrance to the school on the days that they are attending the school building.

Pupils who arrive late out with the staggered start times should sign into the school via the main front entrance

Pupils may be required to attend venues out with the school building dependant on the courses they have chosen or to maximise the face to face contact with staff given the limited space in the school. Information on this will be provided directly to pupils and is mostly likely to apply initially to pupils in S4-6.

Further information will be provided for those pupils who have selected options provided by D&A College


Pupils in S5/6

Pupils will attend school one morning or afternoon each day every week. Each day will correspond to the choices pupils have made and have already been allocated in each of the columns for their timetable. Guidance teachers will have already provided this information to all pupils. Pupils who have a free column would not attend school on that day.

Arrangements for pupils attending the Advanced Higher Campus are being finalised as these will be citywide arrangements, currently we anticipate AH campus classes will operate on a Thursday (Column B)

Pupils will be in one subject only and will not need to move between classes or subjects when in school on that day. This will be as follows:

  • Monday: Column C subject
  • Tuesday: Column D subject
  • Wednesday: Column A subject
  • Thursday: Column B subject
  • Friday: Column E subject

Pupils will be informed remotely by their individual class teachers whether they are in stream A (morning) or Stream B (afternoon).
Example:

For Example - If an S5 pupil had the following subjects chosen (and been allocated to the following streams by the class teacher):

Col A Biology (Stream A), Col B Modern Studies (Stream B), Col C English (Stream B), Col D Maths (Stream A) and Column E Business Studies (Stream A)

They would then be in school as follows

  • Monday afternoon for English
  • Tuesday morning Maths
  • Wednesday morning for Biology
  • Thursday afternoon for Modern Studies
  • Friday morning for Business

When not in school pupils should be completing work provided online or issued by the class teacher when they were in school. This allocation articulates with the choices made by those pupils who have selected college options as part of their Senior Phase Choices and who would previously have attended college on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon prior to the lockdown.

The pupils in S5/6 would therefore be in school for 5 half days per week.


Pupils in S4

Pupils will attend school for 4 mornings or afternoons each week.

As pupils in S4 chose 6 subjects this cannot fit in a 5-day week. The times they will attend are based on a two-week rota to cover all their chosen subjects. Days will correspond to choices pupils have made and have already been allocated in each of the columns for their timetable. Guidance teachers will have already provided this information to all pupils.

Pupils will have a ‘remote learning’ day and will not attend school on that day but should devote this time for remote learning.

Arrangements for pupils attending D&A College are being finalised and pupils may be able to attend college in the relevant timeslot. Pupils who opted for college-based courses should already have been provided with some information by D&A College on their courses.

Pupils will be in one subject only and will not need to move between classes or subjects when in school on any given day.

Pupils would attend school as follows every 2 weeks:

Week 1 Week 2
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
PE/RE/SE Column F Column C Column D Remote Learning Column E Column A PE/RE/SE Column B Remote Learning

 

Dependant on staffing some pupils may be asked to attend on a Friday in place of one of the other days this may be due to a lack of available staff for reasons as outlined above. Pupils would be informed if this was the case by the relevant department. This flexibility could enable all pupils to have contact with a subject specialist in the absence of some staff.

As with S5/6 pupils in S4 will be informed remotely by their individual class teachers whether they are in Stream A (morning) or Stream B (afternoon).

 

For Example - If an S4 pupil had the following subjects chosen (and been allocated to the following streams by the class teacher):

Col A English (Stream A), Col B Maths (Stream B), Col C Modern Studies (Stream B), Col D German (Stream A) Column E Business Studies (Stream A) and Column F Art (Stream B)

They would then be in school as follows

Week 1 Week 2
Monday afternoon PE*
Tuesday afternoon for Art
Wednesday afternoon for Modern Studies
Thursday morning for German
Monday morning for Business
Tuesday morning for English
Wednesday afternoon for RE/SE*
Thursday afternoon for Maths

*Attendance for PE/RE/SE will be determined by tutor group.

Pupils in S4 would therefore be in school on average for 4 half days per week. When not in school pupils should be completing work provided online or issued by the class teacher when they were in school.


Pupils in S3

Pupils will attend school for 4 mornings or afternoons each week.

As pupils in S3 take 8 subjects this cannot fit in a 5-day week. The times they will attend are based on a two-week rota to cover all their chosen subjects. Days will correspond to choices pupils have made and have already been allocated in each of the columns for their timetable. Guidance teachers will have already provided this information to all pupils.

Pupils may have a ‘remote learning’ day and will not attend school on that day but should devote this time for remote learning.

Pupils will be in one subject only and will not need to move between classes or subjects when in school on any given day.

Pupils would attend school as follows every 2 weeks:

Week 1 Week 2
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Column D Remote Learning Column A Column E Column H Remote Learning Column G Column B Column F Column C*


Due to staffing some pupils may be asked to attend school on one of their ‘remote learning’ days in place of one of the other days- this may be due to a lack of available staff for reasons as outlined above. Pupils would be informed if this was the case by the relevant department. This flexibility enables us to deliver the full curriculum and for all pupils to have contact with a subject specialist in the absence of some of our staff.

As for S5/6 pupils in S3 will be informed remotely by their individual class teachers whether they are in Stream A (morning) or Stream B (afternoon).

 

For Example - If an S3 pupil had the following subjects chosen (and been allocated to the following streams by the class teacher):

Col A English (Stream A), Col B Maths (Stream B), Col C German (Stream B), Col D Modern Studies (Stream A) Column E Business (Stream A) and Column F Art (Stream B) Column G Chemistry (Stream A) and Column H Physics (Stream B)

They would then be in school as follows:

Week 1 Week 2
Monday morning for Modern Studies
Wednesday morning for English
Thursday morning for Business
Friday afternoon for Physics
Tuesday morning for Chemistry
Wednesday afternoon for Maths
Thursday afternoon for Art
Friday afternoon for Modern Languages


On a Friday in week 2 pupils will attend school on a specific rota related to the staffing in the Modern Languages department and the combinations of language chosen. Pupils will be informed of this by the Modern Languages department. When not in school pupils should be completing work provided online or issued by the class teacher when they were in school.

The pupils in S3 would therefore be in school on average for 4 half days per week.


Pupils in S2

Pupils in S2 will attend school for 3 mornings or afternoons each week plus, due to staffing constraints, 1 morning or afternoon every 3 weeks for Modern Languages.

The times they will attend are based on a two-week rota to cover the range of subjects they would experience in S2. As pupils in S2 follow a common curriculum, the subjects and days they will be in school will be determined by the tutor group they are in and the practical set they are in for practical subjects such as Science or HE etc.

When in school pupils will be normally based in the same room for each individual session to minimise contact with other pupils and staff. There may be movement to rooms for specialist practical subjects such as computing or CDT etc. Pupils will normally have 3 subjects each session when in school and teachers will ‘go to’ the pupils as opposed to pupils changing rooms.

As part of their normal timetable pupils will be grouped into 2 different sets:

  • The main group is their Tutor group (ie 2D1 or 2G2 etc) for non-practical subjects such as English, Maths etc. These are usually groups of 30 pupils.
  • The other group pupils will be in is their practical set (ie 2A or 2F etc) for practical subjects such as Science, Home Economics etc. These are usually groups of 20 pupils

As with the other year groups pupils will be split into stream A (morning) or Stream B (afternoon) to enable adequate social distancing. Pupils will be allocated a stream for both their Tutor group classes and their Practical sets

 

For Example - A pupil in tutor group 2D1 (stream A) and in practical set 2A (stream B) may be in schools as follows:

Week 1 Week 2

Monday afternoon -

  • Science (double period)
  • Computing

Tuesday morning -

  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Studies

Wednesday afternoon -

  • CDT
  • HE
  • Business Studies

Tuesday morning (every 3 weeks) -

  • Modern Languages*

Wednesday morning -

  • Maths
  • English
  • RE

Thursday morning -

  • Maths
  • English
  • SE

Friday afternoon -

  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama


*On a Tuesday in week 2 pupils will attend school on a specific rota related to the staffing in the Modern Languages department and the combinations of language chosen by pupils after S1. Pupils will be informed of this directly via the Modern Languages Dept.

 

WEEK 1  

Tutor Group /

Practical Set

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2d1/2d2 (2A/2B/2C) Practical Tutor Group Practical    
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Social Subjects
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business
2g1/2g2 (2D/2E/2F) Practical Practical Tutor Group    
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Computing
  • HE
  • Social Subjects
2o1/2o2 (2G/2H/2I) Tutor Group     Tutor Group Practical
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • Social Subjects
  • Science
  • Computing
2r1/2r2 (2J/2K/2L) Tutor Group   Practical   Tutor Group
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Social Subject
WEEK 2  

Tutor Group /

Practical Set

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

2d1/2d2

(2A/2B/2C)

  Tutor group Tutor Group Tutor Group Practical
  • Mod Lang
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

2g1/2g2

(2D/2E/2F)

  Tutor Group Tutor Group Tutor Group Practical
  • Mod Lang
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • English
  • Math
  • RE/SE
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Bus/Comp

2o1/2o2

(2G/2H/2I)

Practical Tutor Group Practical   Tutor Group
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Mod Lang
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE

2r1/2r2

(2J/2K/2L)

Practical Tutor Group Practical   Tutor Group
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business
  • Mod Lang
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE

Pupils in S1

Pupils in S1 will attend school for 3 mornings or afternoons each week

The times they will attend are based on a two-week rota to cover the range of subjects they would experience in S1. As pupils in S1 follow a common curriculum the subjects and days they will be in school will be determined by the tutor group they are in and a corresponding practical set (for practical subjects such as Science or HE etc).

When in school pupils will be normally based in the same room for each individual session to minimise contact with other pupils and staff. There may be movement to rooms for specialist practical subjects such as computing and CDT etc. Pupils will normally have 3 subjects each session they are in school and teachers will ‘go to’ the pupils as opposed to pupils changing rooms.

As part of their normal timetable pupils would be grouped into 2 different sets.

  • The main group is their Tutor group (ie 1D1 or 1G2 etc) for non-practical subjects such as English, Maths etc. These are usually groups of 30 pupils.
  • The other group pupils will be in is their practical set (ie 1A or 1F etc) for practical subjects such as Science, Home Economics etc. These are usually groups of 20 pupils

As with the other year groups pupils will be split into stream A (morning) or Stream B (afternoon) to enable adequate social distancing. Pupils will be allocated a stream for both their Tutor group classes and their Practical sets.

 

For Example - A pupil in tutor group 1D1 (stream A) and in practical set 1A (stream B) may be in schools as follows

Week 1 Week 2

Wednesday morning -

  • Maths
  • English
  • SE

Thursday afternoon -

  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business

Friday morning -

  • Maths
  • English
  • Modern Languages

Monday morning -

  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Studies

Wednesday afternoon -

  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

Friday afternoon -

  • Science (double)
  • Computing


Pupils in the new S1 intake will be informed by text of their Tutor Group and their Practical Set. In addition, they will be informed which stream they will be in for both.

The information following provides an indication which days they will be in school. If they have been allocated as Stream A they should attend school in the morning. If they are in Stream B they should attend school in the afternoon.

For example, if a pupil is in tutor group 1D1 (stream A) and practical set 1A (stream B) then they will be in school during week 1 on a Wednesday morning, a Thursday afternoon and a Friday morning

Information will be available for pupils as they enter the school on the room’s they should go to etc.

WEEK 1  

Tutor Group /

Practical Group

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1d1/1d2

(1A/1B/1C)

    Tutor Group Practical Tutor Group
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business
  • English
  • Maths
  • Mod Lang

1g1/1g2

(1D/1E/1F)

    Practical Tutor Group Tutor Group
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • English
  • Maths
  • Mod Lang
  • English
  • Math
  • RE/SE

1o1/1o2

(1G/1H/1I)

Tutor Group     Tutor Group Practical
  • English
  • Maths
  • Mod Lang
  • Eng
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama

1r1/1r2

(1J/1K/1L)

Tutor Group     Tutor Group Practical
  • English
  • Maths
  • Mod Lang
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE/SE
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business
WEEK 2  

Tutor  Group /

Practical Set

Monday Tuesday Wenesday Thursday Friday

1d1/1d2

(1A/1B/1C)

Tutor Group   Practical   Practical
  • Social subjects
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Computing

1g1/1g2

(1D/1E/1F)

Tutor Group Practical Practical    
  • Social subjects
  • Science
  • HE
  • Computing
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Bus/Comp

1o1/1o2

(1G/1H/1I)

  Tutor Group Practical   Practical
  • Social subjects
  • Science
  • Computing
  • HE
  • CDT
  • Business

1r1/1r2

(1J/1K/1L)

  Practical Practical   Tutor Group
  •  Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Social subjects

 

New S1- August 11th

New S1 pupils should attend school on the 11th August for an induction session.

Pupils should attend this based on their Tutor group stream – ie all pupils in stream A for their tutor group should attend in the morning (ie 08:45) and meet in the plaza between Grove Academy and Eastern Primary.

All pupils in Stream B for their tutor group should attend in the afternoon (12:45) meet in the plaza between Grove Academy and Eastern Primary.

These induction sessions will be led by Guidance Staff. Please see below for details for this day.

Further information can be found on the school website.

Stream A Times For 8.45 8.55 - 9.30 9.30 - 10.05 10.05 - 10.40 10.40 - 11.15
Stream B Times For 12.45 12.55 - 1.30 1.30 - 2.05 2.05 - 2.40 2.40 - 3.15
Dawson Meet in Plaza – then to Guidance Teacher room Hall – Induction with Mr Hutton and Mr Doherty Tour of School with Buddies Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Milne and Mrs Philip Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Milne and Mrs Philip
Gillies Meet in Plaza – then to Guidance Teacher room Tour of School with Buddies Hall – Induction with Mr Hutton and Mr Doherty Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mr Redford and Mrs Lauder Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mr Redford and Mrs Lauder
Orchar Meet in Plaza – then to Guidance Teacher room Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Terroni and Mrs Adair Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Terroni and Mrs Adair Hall – Induction with Mr Hutton and Mr Doherty Tour of School with Buddies
Reres Meet in Plaza – then to Guidance Teacher room Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Cuthill and Mrs Samson Induction with Guidance Teacher – Mrs Cuthill and Mrs Samson Tour of School with Buddies Hall – Induction with Mr Hutton and Mr Doherty

Flexibility

The arrangements from 11th August have been designed to allow a degree of flexibility to respond to a variety of different potential scenarios. It may be the case that the number of half days for specific years groups can be increased, if for example, more staffing becomes available. We have some staff with underlying conditions who are required to continue shielding and to enable provision for pupils in effected subject areas we may require pupils to attend on different days from those indicated above. This will be when we have remaining staff available.

It may also be the case that staff attending the school become ill or are required to self-isolate and dependant on the scale of this we may also require pupils to work from home if we do not have specialist subject staff available in school. We may also require pupils to attend on additional days dependant on SQA requirements.
Pupils may also be required to attend the PE facilities at Dawson Park directly. Pupils in S6 who have ‘free’ periods should not normally attend school on the relevant time slot and should use this time for private study. The S6 social area will not be available for pupils.

If social distancing guidelines change then it will be possible to have a greater number of pupils in classrooms. Please note that some changes such as reducing distancing guidelines to 1m will not enable full classes in rooms (ie 30 pupils) and we will still need to operate a system with morning and afternoon streams.


Free School Meals

Pupils entitled to a free school meal should ensure they have ordered a meal. This will continue to be a packed lunch style meal and pupils who are in school in a morning stream should pick up their lunch as the leave to go home at lunchtime. Pupils attending the afternoon session who are entitled to a free school meal should arrive 20 minutes ahead of their scheduled start time to pick up and consume their lunch prior to the start of their afternoon lesson. Please note that due to social distancing guidelines there will not be space for pupils not entitled to free school meals to consume lunch in the school.