Students should aim to follow their usual college timetable as far as possible. All students have a log-in for Google Classroom. The class teacher will set work via Google Classroom and students should work on this for their allotted hour, before moving on to the next subject. For those students that have told us that they do not have IT access, we will be posting out work to be done in the same way.
Google Classroom allows students to submit work to teachers and to post questions. We will also be contacting students, if necessary, via their college email accounts. Any email communication with staff should be via college accounts only. If staff are unwell, we will endeavour to ensure work is still available but the list of useful websites is also of great value in this scenario.
Of course, many parents may wish to offer other educational experiences at home to supplement the remote learning we can offer. This would be fantastic and if we can offer any help and guidance with this, please do get in touch.
How to access and use Google Classroom: Google Classroom - Student Guide
How to access Remote Apps (the college network, including all programmes and email):
Go to the College’s website:
- Scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Student Login’
- Students should sign in with their usual College username and password
- Once students are logged in, they can access:
- Their saved documents by clicking on ‘File Explorer’
- Microsoft applications such as Word, PowerPoint or Publisher by clicking on ‘Microsoft Office 2016’. Students can also access their College email from this folder using ‘Outlook 2016’
- Adobe software such as Photoshop by clicking on ‘Adobe Design’
- To return to the Remote Apps home screen, click on ‘All Resources’ in the top left hand corner
- www.mathsgenie.co.uk – Especially useful for revision in Years 10 and 11
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize all subjects
- https://www.senecalearning.com/ all subjects
- https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff (English GCSE)
- https://www.educake.co.uk/ Students should have a log-in for Science and Geography
- www.linguascope.com MFL
- www.language-gym.com MFL
All of the College’s routines, rules and expectations are outline in an information booklet which you can download below. This information is also provided to the families of all students new to the college so that they are completely familiar with life at The Spires College.
Guidance for Students
Homework is work that you are required to do outside of your timetabled lessons. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, some homework tasks might need to be completed at College (in break, lunch or after College) because you need books, equipment or ICT resources that you don’t have at home. Some students find working at home difficult. If this is the case for you, you should complete your homework in College.
You will be given a Homework Timetable. Your tutor will show you how to record your Homework Timetable in your planner.
Your Homework Timetable will help you to plan your time. Your Homework Timetable tells you what homework you should expect to complete each day. The day on which you are expected to complete the homework might not be the day on which it is set. Your subject teacher will tell you:
- (a) What homework you need to do
- (b) What day you should do the homework on
- (c) How, and where, you should record the homework in your planner
If it is easier for you to complete your homework on a different day from that detailed on your timetable, that’s fine, as long as you meet the deadline.
Your planner is a very important tool. It will show you, each day, exactly what you need to do that day outside of your timetabled lessons.
If you don’t bring your planner to school or you don’t write down your homework properly, you will be given an L1-Planner. If you lose your planner you should tell your tutor. You will need to buy a new one.
Your tutor will check your planner each week. You must show your planner to your parent or carer and get them to sign it. Your tutor will tell you on which day they will check that your planner has been signed.
If you don’t complete your homework by the deadline, you will be given an L1-Homework and your teacher will ask you to complete it by a new deadline, probably the next day. Your teacher will write a note in your planner and may also set you a break or lunchtime detention.
If you fail to complete your homework by the new deadline, your teacher will give you an L2-Homework and you will be required to attend an after school department detention. Your teacher will also ring your parents or carers.
It is your responsibility to:
- (a) Bring your planner to school every day
- (b) Complete your homework every day; your planner will tell you what homework you need to do each day
- (c) Record your homework carefully, exactly as directed by your teacher
- (d) Ask your teacher if you don’t understand what you need to write down or where you need to write it down, or what you need to do
Remember, you don't need anybody's permission to talk about your worries and you have the right to talk to anyone that you wish.
Our Safeguarding Team below is here to support you. You can also talk to any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable.
Please see the link below for information about keeping yourself safe:
- Lost property should be handed in to reception as soon as possible, not left in classrooms, offices, or taken home, etc.
- Items that are named will be returned to their owner via form tutors if practical or, if the item cannot be left in the tutor’s pigeon hole, a note will be left for the tutor to give to the owner. The owner should then collect the item from reception by the last Thursday before the next school holiday.
- Un-named items are sorted and stored temporarily. Students should enquire at Reception if they are looking for something they have lost.
- On the last Thursday before each school holiday, un-named and un-claimed lost property is displayed in the reception foyer and students and parents are invited to claim items that have been lost.
- Items remaining after this are donated to charity, or disposed of.
Please remember that the college is not responsible for personal property bought onto the college site, nor is it liable for any loss should personal property be damaged, lost or stolen. Please carefully consider whether it is appropriate for personal items to be brought to college.