School Calendar

Term Dates

We have had to change the start of the school year and the timings of the school day to respond to the government guidance on full school reopening:

    • To allow for additional staff training, which we need on enhanced safeguarding and COVID-19 mitigation, we will have INSET days on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September – this is a change to the previously published calendar
      • To allow us to induct students into these new ways of working we need to bring students back a few year groups at a time, so:
        • Year 7, Year 10 and Year 12 ONLY on  Friday 4th September
        • Year 8,  Year 9, Year 11 and Year 13 ONLY on Monday 7th September
        • All years in every day from Tuesday 8th September
        • This is also a change to the published calendar
  • Staggered starts and finishes:
    • The government requires us to keep year groups separate from each other in school.
    • To do this we will teach (as we always have done) in year groups, and operate strict one-way systems and zoned areas for break and lunchtime,  but we will need to alter other aspects of the school day to keep year groups separate:
      • Year 7 will need to arrive at school between 0820 and 0830 and enter the site via the East gate from Heath Lane only.
        • On their first day they will be met and collected and their induction day will teach them everything they need to know for subsequent days
        • Parents should, if they wish, drop their children off away from the school gates and encourage them to walk the last few hundred metres to encourage Independence and reduce crowding around the gates.
      • Year 8 will need to arrive at school between 0820 and 0830 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 9 will need to arrive at school between 0830 and 0840 and enter the site via the East gate from Heath Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 10 will need to arrive at school between 0830 and 0840 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 11 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter site via the East gate from Heath Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 12 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only.
        • On their first day they will be met and collected and their induction day will teach them everything they need to know for subsequent days.
      • Year 13 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • We appreciate that these new start times may be inconvenient for parents/carers, especially those who have children in more than one year group and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
      • Please do not drop-off children outside the school gates or try to enter the care aprs – this remains dangerous to everyone as it was before March 2020 – and the roads are marked with zig zags and double yellow lines to protect everyone.
    • At the end of the school day:
      • Years 7 and 8 will finish at 1530 and leave by the same gate from which they entered.
      • Year 9 and 10 will finish at 1540 and leave by the same gate from which they entered.
      • Years 10, 11 and 12 will finish at 1550, or may be invited to stay for an extra session after school until 1700.  Information about these sessions will follow in September.  They will leave by the same gate from which they entered.

 


SUMMER TERM 2019-2020

Monday 20th April – Thursday 16th July 2020
Bank Holiday – Friday 8th May 2020
Half Term: Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2020

The Hemel Hempstead School also takes two non-attending INSET days on the 20th and 21st July 2020, which are converted into twilight CPD for staff.


AUTUMN TERM 2020-21

DUE TO COVID -19 

Friday  4th September (but see above) – Friday 18th December 2020

INSET dayWednesday 2nd September 2020 and Thursday 3rd September 2020 (school closed to students)
Open Day – Saturday 3rd October 2020
Half Term: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2020
Occasional day: Friday 27th November 2020

Day in Lieu of Open Day: Monday 30th November 2020

SPRING TERM 2020-21

Monday 4th January – Friday 26th March 2021

Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February 2021

SUMMER TERM 2020-21

Monday 12th April – Tuesday 20th July 2021 (TBC)
Bank Holiday – Monday 3rd May 2021
Half Term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021

 

2 further INSET days are still to be allocated in 2020/21