School Closure Arrangements

School Closure

Can we ask parents to support their sons to ensure learning is not disrupted during this unprecedented and difficult time.  Students should access the appropriate resources using the Year Group links above whilst working from home, maintaining contact with staff via Microsoft TEAMS and 365 where appropriate.

It is imperative that students continue to read for at least 1 hour per day – the ‘Scholarly Reading’ programme at St Aidan’s aims to encourage our students to read more around each subject they study and increase their ‘cultural capital’ and knowledge of the world around them – please use the following link: (

Do you need support?

Please refer to the ‘Support’ page above for advice and guidance on keeping yourself well during this time.  This gives handy tips and advice on well being as well as links to virtual appointments for our school nursing team.  Contact them directly if you need them.

If you need pastoral support please contact Gemma Hogg – or Joanna Jackson –

If you need your son to attendance school please contact Gemma Hogg –

If you need access to the food bank please contact Gemma Hogg –

If you need ICT Support please contact Daniel Naughton –

If you are in Year 11 and need careers advice ad guidance please contact Emma Osmialowski –


We will be in contact with you regularly.  Updates will also be added the homepage of the website and via twitter accounts listed below:

  • @St_ Aidan’s (St. Aidan’s Main School)
  • @AAASixthForm (St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s Catholic Sixth Form)
  • @ourlady_cet (Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Education Trust)

and will continue to update information and advice via our twitter accounts.

Additional resource and web links:

  • Online resources for parents and school to help with home schooling. 7th April.
  • Cambridge textbooks – Free access
  • Open University Free course
  • Learning by Questions offers 60,000 questions, allowing pupils to deepen their knowledge, freeing up what limited time teachers have…
  • Me Power provides more than 100 practical tactics and tips to improve examination performance.
  • KAZ-Type is a typing software that is differentiated in order to be accessible to both mainstream students and those with special educational needs.
  • has GCSE quizzes that relate to different specifications and are set up and ready to go.
  • allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly.
  • can be used to create keyword flashcards online and give out to students.
  • Another great app for creating timed quizzes is for added competition for keywords or ideas.
  • is a useful app for all languages and uses videos to help learners.
  • Tableau Public is a great platform to connect to a spreadsheet and create interactive visuals.
  • Looking for visual thinking? Try, to help students better understand, remember and generate new ideas.
  • can provide short bursts of revision for many GCSE topics and tracks progress too. It even allows the pupils to access past papers and mark schemes.
  • allows pupils or teachers to create mind maps and flashcards using key terms.
  • app uses a dictionary with a focus on key terms and a content-rich curriculum.
  • Introduce creativity into your English classes – try Young Writers.
  • Exam season can be stressful for pupils and mindfulness can be a way to combat this and improve grades overall.  helps pupils focus and relax can be a useful tool for achieving top grades.
  • Poll Everywhere is a vital tool to gain feedback; ideal for voting and gathering data online.
  • Brainpop has a great set of videos, freely available for pupils.
  • Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension. Try Edupuzzle.
  • Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. Try Padlet.
  • Seneca Learning offers many online courses for pupils.
  • There are loads of online resources pupils and parents can use. Safer Internet Day is all-year-round in my opinion.
  • Young Money supports teachers to develop and deliver high-quality financial education…
  • Super Movers is an initiative from the BBC and Premier League and is designed to help primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day.
  • Unio creates lesson plans, content and provides feedback and evaluation tools.
  • Finally, it’s been around for a while and just as good, BBC Bitesize resources and videos.

Y11 Impartial careers guidance

In line with statutory guidance, all students should have a 1:1 career guidance appointment with a qualified practitioner before they are 16. If you have not yet had your 1:1 careers interview you can access impartial guidance via the National careers Service or find An Apprenticeship. There are also links to general careers website for further information and advice. Many apprenticeships, further education and training programmes are now recruiting for their September intake, it is important that you start to make applications to your chosen provider. information. 16 Providers


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