COVID-19 Guidance for Education Settings

Latest Guidance:

We continue to take daily advice and guidance from the Department of Education and Public Health England, who are publishing updated guidance on their page every day at 2pm until further notice. For specific cases, where students are showing any symptoms or in relation to visits and exchanges, we are taking direct advice on a case by case basis. The situation is changing daily and we will aim to continue to update parents regularly on any developments which affect our school. We are grateful to our Medical Support Officer and our International Office staff for their dedication in ensuring we are constantly updated with changing circumstances.

We continue to advise our staff and students to wash their hands with soap and water, use alcohol sanitizers and cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throwing this away properly in the bin. People who feel unwell and have any possible symptoms should stay at home. If you are worried about symptoms you should call NHS 111 or the DfE Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 0468687 and not attend your GP surgery or any healthcare environment.

Face masks for students and staff are not recommended to protect from infection as there is no evidence of benefit.

Students or staff who have returned from Category 1 specified countries will be advised to self-isolate. People returning from Category 2 countries are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.

All other staff and students should continue to attend school. The latest advice and guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Update on Visits and Exchanges:

1. We took the decision to return the Long Term exchange students who were already in Girona. This is because we were informed that a student at the school had tested positive for the virus. Public Health England advised the students could stay in Spain and follow the guidance on hygiene awareness.  The partner school remains open and all activities are continuing there. However, with the support of parents, we took the precautionary measure of repatriating them. No students have had direct contact with the student concerned and in line with the advice, they have returned safely to the UK and will return to school, with close monitoring by parents and staff.  If students develop any possible symptoms they should self-isolate and follow the guidance above.

2.  For the same reason, the school took the decision to postpone the Year 10 exchange to Girona. We are looking for alternative dates to run this exchange later in the year. At present, the Girona students still intend to travel to us in May, unless the situation changes.

3. The French authorities have issued guidance to their schools to prevent students travelling on visits and exchanges. Therefore, in-coming visits from Dinan, Lyon (long term) and Avignon to Ingatestone have cancelled their plans for the home leg.

4.  We are in contact with the Headteacher of our exchange school in Lyon to ascertain whether this exchange visit is still viable and hope to have their decision within the next 24 hours. 

5.                  The Paris Work Experience visit has been postponed by our partner school in Paris.  We are investigating the possibility of alternative dates later in the year.

Where visits are postponed or cancelled, yet restrictions have not been put in place by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we will do our utmost to recover as much finance as we can or to rebook flights and visits for a later date to avoid losing these funds. Given the unprecedented demands on airlines and insurance companies, we are expecting this to be a considerable job for our International Office and we would ask for your patience in this matter. We will update you on any developments as they occur.

All other visits and exchanges are currently going ahead unless we receive further advice and guidance that these are not possible. The International Office are in regular contact with Headteachers in our partner schools so that we have the latest advice and guidance in the area of travel. Next week, Madrid and Frankfurt Work Experience for L6, Russia for L6 and Heidelberg for Year 10 are all currently going ahead. The Belsen 7Project, which leaves on Sunday 15th March is also going ahead.

We understand if parents take the decision to withdraw students from the visits if they are concerned about future developments. We just need to make it clear that money committed may not be refunded if this happens before the Foreign and Commonwealth Office deem this necessary. 

We are taking continuous advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, our insurance company and the Department for Education. All of the advice we have received thus far indicates educational visits should continue as usual unless there is restriction on travel to these areas. Should this change, of course we will keep you updated but our intention is to continue to deliver our programme as scheduled and to continue to ensure an excellent educational experience for all of our students, where advice and guidance allows.

Year 9 Enterprise Days

Our Year 9 students participated this week in an Enterprise Day organised and delivered by our Lower Sixth IBCP students as part of their Personal Professional Skills module which focuses on transferable work and life competencies. The IBCP course emphasises critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively – all skills that our Lower Sixth students had to adopt for this project.

The Year 9 task for the day was to create an ethical café / food outlet and produce and present a business plan for it, including a budget & marketing strategy. The students were very fortunate in having some “experts” on hand to assist them in the task – namely representatives from Lloyds Bank, local independent entrepreneurs Abigail’s Lifestyle and Delicatessen and alumni entrepreneur, Jamey McIvor along with the marketing co-ordinator from the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society. These experts presented some key ideas on entrepreneurial skills, budgeting, marketing and corporate social responsibility to the students and were then on hand throughout the day for students to “drop in” for more specific advice and guidance. In the afternoon each group presented their creations to our expert panel who judged them and awarded prizes.

 Lower Sixth IBCP students commented, “As part of the IBCP we have the opportunity to run the Enterprise Day here at the Anglo. This day helps us develop skills such as time management, organisation, team work and event management.” “We were able to discover skills we didn’t know we had, and were able to give back to the school.”

One Year 9 student said, “This event has been really challenging but this helps you for the future.  It has been really good learning from the professionals; seeing how they do it and applying it to ourselves.”

One of our professional colleagues remarked, “It’s important to us as local businesses to support the community and the Enterprise Day gives us that opportunity. It’s wonderful to hear the students’ uninhibited ideas and then to take that creativity and help them craft it into a viable business opportunity is extremely rewarding. The students seem to enjoy the experience and they gain some valuable lessons in business over the course of the day.”

Fiona Bell, Careers Leader and Ben Knights IBCP Co-Ordinator for AES concluded, “These days are a unique multi-faceted opportunity for both our Year 9 and Lower Sixth IBCP students. For Year 9, they experience being entrepreneurs, considering the ethical, social and moral responsibilities of opening a business, developing their financial awareness, creativity, teamwork and presentation skills. For the Lower Sixth students, they are organising a corporate event and have all of the responsibilities that this entails: business meetings with the experts, coordinating resources, venues and students, as well as themselves! They can see how their soft skills improve and develop between the 1st and 2nd days, receive expert feedback and start networking with professionals.” https://www.facebook.com/chelmsfordstarcoop Hello Abigail. CapitalFlowers

Schools Will Rock You

The Anglo’s recent production of Schools Will Rock You unwrapped like a delicious box of chocolates; with a treat for everyone. The juke box musical, based on the songs of rock super group Queen, leads the audience into a futuristic world where the magic of music is lost through mass production and then rediscovered.

With spectacular lighting and sound bursting from every corner of the hall, this unique production, set across 3 stages, had the audience of parents, staff and pupils mesmerised from the start as they feasted on an impressive array of singing and dancing. Presented over 4 evenings and with 2 different casts for the lead roles all students from Years 8 to U6th got the opportunity to perform in the dazzling production. With students singing and dancing on scaffolding high above the audience there really was a sense that something very special was happening. The tremendous hard work and creativity of staff and students shows that Anglo really can say ‘We are the Champions’. 

25th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Tuesday 10th December, the Upper Sixth Community group hosted the 25th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

Record numbers attended and guests were treated to a festive afternoon tea (with generous additions of sherry and mulled wine!)  before being entertained by students with performances including extracts from our very successful, recent production of “Schools Will Rock You”.

Thanks to the generosity of parents, students, friends of the school and local businesses (Including-Just Pampered, The Blue Strawberry and Livingmind.co.uk), all our guests left with an early Christmas present and a wine bottle charm, made by one of our staff as a souvenir of the day.

“Let the Adventure Begin” kindly lent us a sweet cart to enable guests could choose from a selection of old fashioned penny sweets followed by an impressive selection of sandwiches, cakes and treats which our students had prepared for them.

The event finished with a sing-a-long to well-known Christmas carols. We have had the most fantastic response from our guests and their families who clearly thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon with their Anglo Community Family. One guest even took to the stage to congratulate the students on their hard work and several guests left saying “same time next year”. If you are a member of the Ingatestone, Mountnessing and Margaretting Senior Citizen community and would be interested in attending our community events including Community lectures, Silver Surfers or annual festivities like the Christmas party, please contact enquiries@aesessex.co.uk  and we will ensure information about 2020 events are circulated to you.

Politics students invitation to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Our Upper Sixth Politics students were very  fortunate to be invited to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The students were shown around the very impressive George Gilbert Scott building including the grand offices and conference rooms and internal courtyards, highlights included Durbar Court the former heart of the India Office and the Locarno suite of reception rooms. Our hosts, Marie-Claire and Beverley shared some fascinating insights from their careers which have included postings all over the world, highlighting the critical work of the FCO and explaining how the organisation works to improve diversity, relationships with other countries and supports business and enterprise. The students were also informed how to access careers at the FCO  and how they could use their language skills in this context. We are very grateful to the staff at the FCO for the time they spent to make this visit so meaningful.

The FCO was an inspiring visit, it was fascinating to be able to learn about one of the fundamental organs of our country and the ever-changing role they play in international relations- no two days are the same. What truly captured my attention was the mirror challenge- this is where they placed mirrors on the walls with a name plaque underneath with places where women have never been ambassadors, places such as Paris, Tokyo and Washington. The aim of the mirror challenge was to inspire women and girls to try and achieve equality in the FCO.”

The students  finished the day with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included the chambers of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Another hugely successful Careers Convention

We held another hugely successful Careers Convention on Thursday 14th November, with 583 students and families attending. At this year’s event we had over 40 contributors from the world of work, training organisations and representatives from Further and Higher Education including Teledyne e2v, Tees Law, Anglia Ruskin Medical School and House & Jackson Pet Clinic. This was a great opportunity for our students to talk to professionals in an informal setting to find out about careers and associated pathways. Students were also invited to attend presentations on the different types of apprenticeships on offer including the new higher and degree apprenticeships and to also hear about the post 16 opportunities Chelmsford College offers.

If you would be interested in participating as an exhibitor next year on Thursday 19th November 2020 we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact enterprise@aesessex.co.uk

Year 8 participate in annual drugs awareness day

Year 8 participated in our annual drugs awareness day.  The programme is organised by the Citizenship Department as part of the school’s commitment to ensuring our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe.  All pupils completed three workshops on legal highs, the law on drugs and the effect of drugs on the body.  Both legal and illegal substances were considered.

The workshops concluded with a presentation from Russell Symons from Impressionable Minds, an award winning education organisation working to educate young people on matters related to crime.  Russell shared his own very powerful testimony of how drugs impacted on his life and the ripple effect across families and society.  Russell was hard-hitting, honest but at the same time left pupils with a message of hope.  Russell’s story concluded the workshops incredibly well.

Year 11 students organise Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health

The Anglo was brimming with sunshine yellow as Year 11 students organised Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health amongst young people on Mental Health Day and to raise money for MIND. This follows on from our “It’s ok not to be ok” campaign. We are encouraging students to talk about their own mental health and to review how their lifestyles can support them to improve their health and well-being. We will be talking abut the importance of regular exercise, sleep, giving to others altruistically and talking to someone if you are struggling and need some support. We are working to remove the stigma, to let students know it is brave and a positive step to admit you are struggling and ask for help. We are encouraging our students to look out for their friends and to look out for the signs of struggle: cancelling plans, poor attendance, sounding down, becoming easily tearful or sudden changes in behaviour.

We have staff who are now mental health first aid trained, we are implementing lessons on managing stress, anxiety and workload, we are giving student ideas about how they can connect with other people more effectively and join groups where they can learn new skills and gain a sense of belonging.

The world is sunny and yellow at Anglo today, but we know this is not the case for all our students and staff. It’s ok not to be ok.

Mr Carstairs, Year 9 Year Leader said: “Our first Hello Yellow day at Anglo has seen a variety of ways to express awareness and support for World Mental Health Day 2019.

Students and staff (some very dodgy socks and ties, and even a teacher dressed as a banana!) have adorned yellow accessories and decorated the school to let us all know that we are not alone with our mental health and wellbeing. The feeling created by this camaraderie emanates into our everyday school-life, where our pupils and staff continue to show that they really care.”