Parent Update 4th June 2020

3rd June 2020

Dear parent,


Welcome to the new half term. I hope these messages continue to find you and your loved ones safe and well.


Year 10 and 12 face-to-face support


As you may be aware, the government's expectations regarding this are now clearer then before half term, but match very closely with our phased return approach that we shared with year 10 and 12 parents before half term. I will be sending separate messages to year 10 and 12 parents about this provision to avoid clogging up inboxes of parents of other year groups. If you are a parent of a different year group but are interested, all our emails are also available on the school website under News.


Remote Learning update


For all year groups, including year 10 and 12, the main way of continuing learning this half term will be remotely. Students will be given some information about organising themselves on Teams, following lots of useful feedback from families, for which, thank you.  It is duplicated/attached here for your information. Our pastoral staff are in regular contact with some families to support them while school is closed. We were aware that some families have not had that, and so volunteer staff have been in touch with most, if not all, pupils across years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 over the last few school weeks to catch up and to have a chat about their remote learning. The feedback has been really useful and we've been able to give some on the spot advice to support that learning, and also to congratulate many students on how diligent they have been with their learning. Apologies if you haven't had a phone call. If you have concerns, contact your daughter's head of year. Hopefully the attached is also helpful with that continued work.


Supporting learning: a message from Miss Vlismas, school librarian


Over the next few weeks, GCSEpod will be running a series of webinars for parents who would like:

  •         more information on how GCSEpod works
  •         to meet like-minded individuals
  •         to have your questions answered by a GCSEpod expert
  •         to learn how to make the best use of the resource during this time

If you are interested in signing-up for a session, please follow one of the links below. If you would like some more basic information on what GCSEpod is, please scroll down to our info table.


PARENT WEBINAR - Introduction to GCSEPod



What is GCSEpod?

A curated database of over 6,000 revision videos. It is easy to use and should feel familiar to anyone comfortable with Netflix or YouTube.


Why is it useful?

Unlike YouTube, the content is filtered by exam board and subject so students will only see the content they need. The videos are made by subject specialists. Many departments in school will set their GCSE classes homework assignments to complete in GCSEpod.



Paid for by the school. Free for St Anne’s students


How do students access it?

Online at on any computer or smart device. Students can also download the app to a smart device – recommended for iPhone/iPad users. Content can be streamed instantly from the internet or downloaded to be watched later when internet is not available.


Students Getting started

Students have already been registered, so they just need to activate their account by following the instructions below. If they have already activated but can’t remember their details, please ask them to contact Miss Vlismas in the Library channel on Teams.

  1.       Go to and click “Login” in the top right-hand corner
  2.       Click “New here?  Get started.”
  3.       Select “Student”
  4.       Enter your child’s name, date of birth, and “St Anne’s”
    [no full stop after ‘St’]
  5.       Ask them to create a username, password, and a password hint.
  6.       Ask them to untick subjects they are certain they aren’t taking.
    [These can be update later on in Settings if a student changes subjects or make a mistake during set-up.]


God Bless

James Rouse




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