LPSB Update 3rd July 2020
I hope that this update finds you well as we get towards the last two weeks of what has been a most unusual year. I am pleased to be able to give you some updates about what school will look like in September, and also about the process for the collection of exam results in the summer for years 11 and 13. I also have updates for you on various others things that have been going on.
Returning to school in September
Yesterday the Government published its guidance for schools on measures that need to be taken to prepare for the safe return of all students to full time education in September. Whilst it will not quite be ‘business as usual’ I am pleased to say that the guidance allows for us to operate a fairly normal school day whilst still doing our best to protect students and to reduce any potential risk of infection spreading. I will write to you in more detail nearer the end of term with details of exactly what this will look like and it is likely to include for example having slightly staggered start and finish times, staggered lunch times, and some restrictions on how students move round the site, but for the most part we will be able to offer the full range of subjects as usual to all year groups. Overall, it is good news and I am pleased that it now seems that we will be able to welcome everyone back.
Exams results days
The A Level results day for students this year is Thursday 13th August. In the course of the next week all year 13 students will receive a letter outlining the process for collecting results. As usual we will have staff on hand to support any students who need to go through the UCAS clearing process to ensure that this is as smooth as possible.
The GCSE results day is a week later on Thursday 20th August. Again, all year 11 students who have applied to our 6th Form will receive a letter within the next week outlining the process for the collection of results and then the enrolment into our 6th Form. We are obviously very aware that the 6th Form enrolment process will be unusual in that students will be receiving their Centre Assessed Grades rather than actual exam results, and again a team of staff will be on hand to support those students who need help with the next steps particularly if their grades are not what they were hoping for.
Key worker / Catch up pods / Vulnerable provision
Our key worker / vulnerable provision and our catch up pods will continue to run for the next two weeks taking us right up to the end of term. I remain grateful to the staff who have supported this programme over the last few months, and grateful to parents for keeping us informed of when your sons will be attending.
Year 10 and 12 on-site provision
Our on-site provision for Year 10 and 12 will come to an end at the end of this coming week by which time all year 10s will have had bespoke sessions for each of their option subjects as well as two whole days of English, Maths and Science catch up. Our Year 12s will have had a full day with each of their subject teachers. The feedback from these face to face sessions has been immensely positive and I believe the students have thoroughly enjoyed being able to come back on site. Teachers have also fed back on how nice it is to have a class of students in front of them once again!
Week beginning Monday 13th July - The last week of term
Although the online learning will continue until the end of term, please note that Monday 13th July is going to be a staff training day for all teachers and support staff, so although our on-site vulnerable / key worker / catch up sessions will still run on that day there will be a pause in the setting of online work for other students. Although online learning will continue for the remainder of that week the intensity will be slightly reduced as you will appreciate that my staff need a bit of time to meet as Departments and Tutor Teams to plan what the start of term in September will look like, and to ensure we have clear systems in place for catching up any lost learning when we return to school in the autumn.
We are also organising end of term assemblies for years 7, 8 and 9 on the Thursday and Friday in the final week to give those students who have not yet been on site at all a chance to meet with their tutors and see one another. These assemblies will be done with half a year group at a time to enable us to maintain social distancing. Families will receive a letter with the details of these assemblies in due course. There will also be end of year assemblies for Years 10 and 12 but these will be sent out digitally.
The Virtual Showcase!
No end of term at Langley Boys is complete without our spectacular Showcase evening so I am delighted to announce that on Friday 17th July at 7:30pm Langley goes Live with the Virtual Showcase - a celebration of the best of the best of Langley Talent.
Simply go to ‘Langley Park Productions’ YouTube channel to watch for free!
For this show we want YOU involved! Be part of the big finale by learning our short routine and filming it. We want students, staff and entire families dancing along to our finale. Find the routine and Mrs Willis and Mrs Crawford’s coaching video here: https://youtu.be/nIlz66sxnbs
Send your videos to email@example.com
Remote Reading Challenge
Even with lockdown easing we hope that you are keeping up with your reading and taking part in our Reading Challenge – full details on the school website http://www.lpsb.org.uk/school-life/remote-reading-challenge/
Year 7 & 8 are forging ahead with the most pages read for the first 2 weeks of the challenge – year 9 & 10 we want your figures! A special mention to 7W with the most students participating and to 7C with over 2,700 pages read. Not to be left out, our Langley families are obviously avid readers as nearly 4,000 pages having been recorded. A big thank you and keep telling us how much you have read. To record the number of pages for w/c 6 July please use this link:
If you are still looking for ideas on what to read, this web site has wonderful suggestions for teenagers by age and genre - https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/12/11-plus-readers.html and this recent article in the Guardian, by well-known and current authors, may fire the imagination of our family readers - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/20/books-to-help-you-escape-lockdown-chosen-by-hilary-mantel-edna-obrien-and-more
(N.B., there's a new link every week)
KS3 Virtual Art Exhibition
The Key Stage 3 virtual art exhibition is now live and features over 150 artworks and can be viewed via a smartphone, computer or VR headset. We had so much work to display we couldn't fit it into our virtual gallery so are planning a more extensive real life show in the future.
You can also have a walk around the exhibition yourself by following the below link:
For those that have difficulty with IT, I've made a video that walks you through the show here:
Prints can be purchased from our online shop with all proceeds going to The Trussell Trust at;
I am sure you will agree that the quality of the work that has been produced during lockdown has been fantastic and well done to all involved.
The Great Wall of China Cycle Challenge
We managed to complete the Great Wall of China in a truly astonishing final day. Until the final day, the furthest we had ridden in one day was 2,097km (on day 8) but we had a tall order of needing 3,188.92km on the final day. In true Langley fashion, the whole community pulled together and we managed to complete 5,122km on the final day in order to complete the challenge.
It was a remarkable final day of the challenge.
In the end the Langley community cycled 23,129km in 2 weeks (The Great Wall of China is 21,196km).
Year 7 deserve a special mention as they comprehensively contributed the most out of any year group - 2,078.48km.
Parents contributed 12,882.31km which is amazing, and Staff contributed 2,210.71km.
Year 9 Parent Serge Bouschet won the individual contribution competition dubbed 'Langley's Yellow Jacket' (a tribute to the tour de france yellow jacket) as he contributed 1,850km in the fortnight.
Nick Fretwell (Year 7 Parent) won the Longest single cycle competition with a whopping 364.62km on the final Sunday.
A massive thank-you to all staff, students and parents that got involved and made the challenge hugely successful, and a big thank you to Mr Brennan for organising the event.
The Friends of Langley Park School for Boys
The LPSB PTA, the Friends of Langley Park School for Boys will be running a second hand uniform sale in the Performance Hall on Wednesday 8th July from 2pm to 4pm.
It will be strictly social distanced. As far as possible they will be taking card payments only however there will be an option to pay using cash.
I am grateful to the Chair of the Friends, Rob Elliott, for organising this.
I would urge you all to encourage your sons and daughters as far as possible to keep going for a few more weeks although I know it gets tougher with each passing week. When we get to the end of Friday 17th July I know we will all be ready for a good rest. Time to log off and enjoy the weekend.
Mr S. Parsons
Langley Park School for Boys