Barr’s Hill is currently running as a virtual school for our students.

Vulnerable children and children of key workers should attend as normal. 

  • Monday:08:45-15:00
  • Tuesday: 08:45-15:00
  • Wednesday: 08:45-15:00
  • Thursday: 08:45-15:00
  • Friday: 08:45-15:00

All other students should attend live lessons through Teams.

  • Tutor: 08:45 – 09:00
  • P1: 09:00 – 10:00
  • P2: 10:00 – 11:00
  • P3: 11:30 – 12:30
  • P4: 13:00 – 14:00
  • P5: 14:00 – 15:00

Access to virtual learning
If your child is struggling to access remote learning, please contact your child’s Hub Director. A small number of laptops are still available for those who don’t currently have access to one.

Free School Meals
All pupils eligible for Free School Meals who are asked to learn remotely will be issued with voucher codes each week to replace the Free School Meal they would normally receive in school. If you are unsure or think your contact details are not correct then please contact your child’s Hub team as soon as possible. If any parents have had a change of circumstances and think that they may be eligible for Free School Meals then please let us know.

When will my child return to school?

  • Vulnerable children and children of key workers should attend from Monday 4th January.
  • All other students should expect to return after the February half term, pending further government guidance.

Personalised timetables

Each child has a personalised timetable below. Please ensure your child is logged into Teams and ready to work for each lesson.

Students will also receive work set as assignments. Please review these with your child at the end of each day and assist with submission if necessary.

To view your child’s personalised timetable, you’ll need to enter the password below. Passwords are available from the hub teams.

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Every child has a personalised timetable of live lessons that are delivered through Microsoft Teams. In addition to live lessons, your child will be set ‘Assignments’ which are work they can complete independently. Students in Y7-9 will also have optional projects or challenges they can complete for rewards.

Many of our students will also have 1 to 1 or small group intervention lessons for literacy, numeracy or other specific subjects.

We also expect all of our students to continue reading. Depending on their age, students will have access to Reading Eggspress or Common Lit. We have also launched ‘Reading Bingo’ to encourage students to regularly read for pleasure

Remote learning is difficult for any child, but there are several things you can do to help:

  • Provide a quiet space, free from distractions where your child can work.
    • If you’re out during the day, consider removing temptation by disabling games consoles or mobile phones (if not needed for Teams).
    • If possible, clear a table or desk for your child to work at.
  • Ensure your child has the equipment needed for live lessons:
    • A device that can run Teams, with video and audio.
    • Their 5 (pen, pencil, ruler / calculator / dictionary / planner / reading book)
    • Paper to write on.
  • Use the provided timetable to discuss your child’s progress each day. Check that they are completing and submitting their assignments.
  • Reinforce the importance of attending each session – two weeks is 50 hours of learning!

Please Note – If you wish to contact your child’s teacher to ask any questions, this should not be done in the chat function of a Microsoft Teams lesson. This chat is for students only. All queries should be sent to your child’s hub director.

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disa-bilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families.

We will keep closely in contact with all our families to ensure that any concerns are understood. Where we can we will adjust our provision to make things easier and teachers will adjust live les-sons to ensure that students are well supported and their needs are met.

Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers. This might be verbally in live lessons or direct feedback to work submitted in lessons or for assignments. Students will also undertake regular mini assessments as part of their live lessons as they normally would in class.

Students can log into their Teams account using the link at the top of this page. Their login will be their school username, followed by

e.g. j.smith would be

The password is the same one your child uses to log into school computers.

Parents of Year 7 students, you can find your child’s login details stuck into their planners.

Students will receive a call via teams when their live lesson begins. Before answering, they should consider the following:

  • Do they have their 5?
  • Are they in a quiet space where they won’t be interrupted?
  • Is there anything in their background they wouldn’t want other people to see?
  • Have they muted their microphone to avoid disturbing other students?

Assignments will be set by teachers, and should be submitted on time. You can see all of your child’s active assignments by clicking on the assignment tab of their Team.

Please send any Teams queries, including login issues to

Each live lesson will begin with some basic expectations to keep all of our students and staff safe. You may wish to read the below with your child ahead of their first lesson to ensure they are ready.

  • Please ensure your background is blurred and your mic is switched off until you need to ask a question/respond. As with any lesson, usual PRIDE standards are expected, but in this new learning environment, you may have to be extra patient with staff and other students, as we all work together to make this effective learning time. A few specifics:
  • Please note the IT Acceptable Use Policy applies, as in school, and has been posted on the website, emailed out to students and parents.
  • Please dress appropriately.
  • You can choose not to turn “video” on if you feel more comfortable with audio only.
  • Respect other people’s consent and privacy, don’t record, share or criticise.
  • Try to make sure no one else is in the background of your video or anyone’s personal information is on show.
  • Staff and students will follow the normal safeguarding policies, so if anyone has a concern, staff will share it with the safeguarding team so that support can be put in place. Please bear in mind staff will record sessions, but we would ask students not to use this feature please.

There will likely be a short delay at times, depending on internet loads, so try not to talk over people where possible.

Our safeguarding number for the Virtual School is  077 24 046 375.

We’re used to running on full speed and used to being busy, but the present situation means we need to slow down a little.

This means connecting with those around us, learning something new, being active, noticing the small things (grounding), eating well, exercising, relaxing and sleeping. Being in the now means we can focus on recharging and not thinking about any particular goal, if we allow ourselves time we can be more creative later.

If we enjoy a slower pace of life, perhaps it will eventually feel a much needed time to pause, reflect, and regroup. It’s about kindness to yourself at the moment. Keeping to a routine, can be really helpful, as sleep is really important to our state of mind.

Make sure you have set breaks each day and also alarms for getting up and getting lunch.  Any structure we can create at home will help, you don’t have to wear uniform for Teams lessons but getting dressed rather than staying in pyjamas all day is super important!

Small achievements need to be recognised rather than trying to plan too far ahead; take one day at a time. Try and make yourself a list of all things you have achieved so far and also what you’re grateful for, what are the positives in being at home, what opportunities can there be? Share your achievements by  sending a photo to your Hub/teachers, so we can celebrate them together.

It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing when working at home and self-care is really important at this time so I’ve attached a wellbeing action plan so that it can be used while working from home. It is a personalised, practical tool that we can all use whether or not we have a mental health issue. There are sections for you to complete, including a positive daily plan.​ Please check all the links which cover topics for:

·         Mindfulness

·         Maintaining calmness

·         Talking about your feelings

·         Engaging with others

·         Lots more!

Mr. Oliver