2nd November 2021 - HeppSY

Higher education activities and the NCOP programme

We hope you have had a good summer.  Hepp have been planning lots of events for the academic year and are excited to have a programme of sessions for parents/carers and supporters.  Our first session is on Thursday 7 October 2021 from 17:00 – 17:30.

Please find below a programme of events we will be delivering virtually throughout the academic year.  The sessions are for half an hour, termly from 17:00 – 17:30 and are for any parents/carers or supporters of students from Y7 onwards.  To register please click on the Eventbrite links below.

Thursday 7 October 2021 – 17:00 – 17:30 – How can I support my child through their higher education application?

Join us for this 30 minute information session where you’ll hear how and where students apply for HE courses, and how you can support them as a parent or carer.

You’ll hear from parent ambassadors and student ambassadors on their experience and they will share their hints and tips.  There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions.

Link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-can-i-support-my-child-through-their-higher-education-application-tickets-168551162063   

Thursday 13 January 2022 – 17:00 – 17:30 – Benefits of higher education and how can I support my child to get there?

Join us for this 30 minute parent and carer information session where you’ll hear about the different routes into Higher Education and its social, academic and employment benefits.

You’ll hear from student ambassadors on their experience and why they chose Higher Education, plus parent ambassadors will share hints and tips that worked for them supporting their child make decisions on their next steps.  There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have.

Link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/benefits-of-higher-education-and-how-can-i-support-my-child-to-get-there-tickets-168555156009

Thursday 28 April 2022 – 17:00 – 17:30 – Understanding student finance as a parent/carer

As a parent or carer, we know the cost of higher education study can be daunting.  Come along to this 30 minute information session where we’ll explain how student finance works for Higher Education. We’ll give you the facts on how much money students can receive as a loan or non-repayable bursary / scholarship, the extra financial support they may be eligible for and repayments.  Student and parent ambassadors will share their experiences and there will be time to answer any questions you have.

Link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-student-finance-as-a-parentcarer-tickets-168558724683

Thursday 7 July 2022 – 17:00 -17:30 – Open days and clearing – why they are important for your child

Join us for this 30 minute information session where you’ll find out why open days are important, what to expect at one and how your child can make the most of them. We’ll also explain Clearing, which is used by 70,000 students each year to find a place on a university level course at the end of the academic year before they are due to start the course.  You will hear from our student and parent ambassadors who will share their experiences and what they found useful. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions.

Link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-days-and-clearing-why-they-are-important-for-your-child-tickets-168589157709 

Higher education outreach activities are aimed at showing students the higher education opportunities available at college and university, and how completing a higher education course can benefit their job prospects. The activities may also improve students' attainment. The activities are being run by HeppSY, Hepp, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and other approved partners.

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme's (NCOP) aim is to increase the number of young people progressing to university and higher education by 2020. The HeppSY team and their partners are being funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to undertake outreach activities with some young people at your child's school to let them know about the benefits of going into higher education. Your child may have the opportunity to take part in activities such as university campus visits, summer schools, finance workshops and other higher education opportunities

Please see the link below for the HeppSY Privacy notice 2021-22

HeppSY Privacy Notice 2020-2021


If you have previously given consent to LFD testing, you will receive home testing kits which should be done 3 to 5 days apart and results recorded with both the NHS and school. 

Ideally tests should be done on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.

If you have not previously agreed to LFD testing but now wish to do so, please contact the school to complete a consent form. We will check that you and they are comfortable with the testing process before being issued with the home testing kits.

Please click here for instructions for home testing

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For face covering Medical Exemption please click here

Student and Family Guide to Returning to School November 2020

As we move into the 2nd ½ term of the academic year we have reviewed some of our processes and practice with the intention of giving our students as “normal” a school experience as possible in these very unusual times. Our key priorities are the health, safety and well being of all our students and staff and delivering the best possible curriculum opportunities to all our students.

Monday 2nd November 2020 – students return to school for a 10.30am start.

Following the October half term when students return in November, we will continue to operating the school in Year Group Bubbles. This is to enable us to provide the safest environment for everyone in school.

As in previous years it is essential that all parental contact details are accurate to allow communication should we need to reach you about your child.  If you have changed any of your contact information it is vital you let the main office know.

This information aims to cover all the information students and staff need to know about how the school will be arranged to ensure the safety of everyone.

Should you have any questions about this information please contact us.

Who you can contact for support

Year group / specific year group enquiries:

Year Leader email addresses:

General enquiries

New Y7 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y8– This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Y9 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Main school office

Telephone: 0114 2322338

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Website: www.chaucer.sheffield.sch.uk

Facebook: @chaucerschool


Changes to Uniform expectations from Monday the 2nd November

We are pleased to confirm that we will be returning to full uniform expectations every day, including blazers, from Monday 2nd November.

Students will no longer wear PE kit to school on the days that they have PE as the changing rooms have been reopened and will be sanitised between each group using them.

Attendance Expectations

Please see the letter regarding student attendance expectations here


Please ensure that your child has basic equipment including black pen, pencil, purple pen, ruler and rubber in order for the to be able to take part fully in lessons. Basic equipment is available from all  local shops as well as from the school shop. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Arriving at School – Gates will open at 8:20am

Each Year Group Bubble has been given a designated entry point to school.   Parents are asked not to enter the school site either by foot or by car.   Year 7 parents are able to use the car park at the “8 Foot Way public house” directly above the school site, to park vehicles should they wish to walk their child to the school gate.

Below is where students must arrive and leave the school site; staff will be on duty to support this process. 

Y7 - Chaucer Road entrance onto field, down the slope to entrance at the back of room 119

Y8 - Main gate via curved path, to and through Assembly Hall, across courtyard up central staircase

Y9 - Staff car park entrance on left hand side, through the staff entrance by Construction and up the stairs to English

Y10 - Main gate up steps to main student entrance, through double doors by Attendance Office/Money Loader

Y11 - Staff car park on right hand side, round back of sports hall through amphitheatre up the rear-science stairs


Students arriving late to school will need queue at the main student gate.  This will be clearly marked with social distanced space indicators.

Year Group Bubbles – Teaching spaces

Students will be provided with a coloured wristband to show which Year Group they belong to.  The colours are shown below:

Y7 - Based in Humanities & ICT  Y8 – Based in Maths and MFL Y9 – Based in English  Y10 – Based in DT/RE and Art Y11 – Based in Science /MFL

Where movement to a different zone in school is needed this will be done under staff supervision


School Day

We have made some slight changes to how the day will run.  This is to ensure all students are able to access social times within their Year Group Bubble.

Upon arriving students will report to their classroom base – please note these will not be the same form rooms as last year.  Lists will be clearly printed on the day however timetables can be accessed in advance through the school holidays via MCAS.  Students must go DIRECTLY to their base for tutor time at 8:30am

Social Time & Allocated Space

Students will not be allowed to mix with students outside of their Year Group Bubble.  This includes where students have siblings in different year groups. For this reason each Year Group Bubble has an area of school for social times.  Students must go directly to their allocated zone by the routes they have been assigned. Students must remain in their allocated zone.

Break / Social Spaces

Y7 = Tennis Courts Y11 = Back of School / Y8 = Courtyard Y9 = Tennis Courts Y10 = Back of School  

Lunch times

Lunches will take place in Year Group Bubbles in a specific zone in school.  Students must go directly to their allocated zone using the route below.

  • The canteen will be separated into Year Group Bubbles.
  • School lunches will be served in the Assembly Hall

Y7/Y8 = Canteen Y11 = Assembly Hall / Y8/Y9  = Canteen Y10 = Assembly Hall


Breakfast Clubs and After School Activities

For the first two weeks we will not be operating any activities before or after school.  This will be reviewed and additional information shared to keep you informed.


To prevent large numbers of students gathering at social times, students will be allowed to go to the toilet during lesson times. When visiting toilets during lesson times they must go directly to the toilet then return directly to their bubble using the most direct route.


Upon returning to school we are taking every precaution we can to maintain a safe environment for all our students and staff.  We will be ensuring all areas of school are regularly sanitised especially high-touch areas and as we have already described students will be remaining in specific areas of school. 

Our teachers will be moving between bubbles to ensure our curriculum is delivered by the specialist teams needed to enable all students to make swift progress once back in the classroom.  To ensure the safety of staff and in line with government guidelines all adults will be observing 2 metre distance from one another and students, where possible, to maintain the integrity of the ‘bubble system’.   For this reason staff will be predominantly teaching from the front of the classroom rather than moving between students as they normally would and may wear items of personal protective equipment as required.

Classrooms will be organised so all desks are forward facing and students are not facing one another in group settings as they may have prior to lockdown.  Again this is in line with government guidelines for returning to school.

Parental Contact & Meetings

It is essential that all parental contacts details are accurate to facilitate contact if a child becomes unwell.   We will have a space in each bubble to allow children to be seen if unwell  however we will not have a central medical room where a child can sit if they feel unwell,  as we cannot mix children from different bubbles. At this point a decision will need to be made to either return them to class or to send them home.

School will be nurturing and look out for all young people as they return to school. Where young people do not follow the expectations, particularly around COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines, contact will be made with parent/carer to support and if necessary the young person will be removed from site.

Meetings/Parents visiting site - parents are asked not to attend site without a prior appointment so that we can manage the number of people on site and to minimise the number of people waiting to be seen. Parents are asked to phone or email staff directly to enable as many queries to be resolved without the need for a face to face meeting.

Relationships and Behaviour for Success - Student and Parent Guide

The Chaucer School approach to relationships and behaviour is developed through a ‘Trauma Informed’ and ‘ACE aware’ approach where relationships are at the centre of everything. This approach supports all young people, all staff, parent(s)/carers and any external agencies who work in school. Chaucer School believes that all young people are entitled to access a curriculum that is relevant, understanding, adaptive, agile, ACE aware and trauma informed that caters for all learners. Full information on our student and parent guide can be found here. Please ensure you do read all the information before we return in September. 

A full printable guide can be found at http://chaucer.sheffield.sch.uk/images/Returning-to-School-Guide-3.pdf


Sheffield City Council Information and Updates

Update from Sheffield City Council 26th March 2021

Latest updates from Greg Fell the Director of Public Health Sheffield - Please click here

Update from Sheffield City Council 18th January 2021

Sheffield City Council has issued a letter for us to share with all parents emphasising the need for us all to continue to play our part in reducing the transmission of COVID 19 by staying at home. This includes where possible the children of critical workers. Please see letter here

Wider school opening update 12th June 2020

Cllr Abtisam Mohammed, Greg Fell (Director of Public Health) and Andrew Jones (Sheffield City Council)  confirmed on Wednesday 10th June 2020 that the 5 tests have been met meaning that schools in Sheffield can proceed with their plans for opening to wider groups of students. The letters can be found here:

Update 4th June 2020

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council, outlines and clarifies the changes that came into force on 1 June.

Update 22nd May 2020

An updated message from Sheffield City Councils Department for Public Health can now be found here

Update 5th April 2020

Viruses and handwashing

Ruth Granger, Health Protection Manager at Sheffield City Council, explains what we know about Coronavirus so far.

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Drug and alcohol support

The Sheffield DACT team also provide support for anyone with alcohol or drug related issues.  Services are still operating and can be accessed as follows:

DRUGS: 0114 272 1481

ALCOHOL: 0114 305 0500

Visit www.Sheffielddact.org.uk for more information.

Domestic Abuse

We have seen a surge in cases of domestic abuse and related killings have more than doubled during lockdown.  

IDAS is offering support including: online video, WhatsApp messaging, telephone calls, online chats and emails. Sheffield has a freephone number 0808 808 2241 and a website www.IDAS.org.uk

Help is also available for the abusers. If you think this could be you, we urge you to visit gov.uk/domestic-abuse for more information and help.

Always call 999 in an emergency and if you need a silent solution you can cough or tap on the phone and press 55 when prompted.

Emergency accommodation and support is available for anyone who needs to leave their home during Covid-19.

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Leading health organisations and hospital doctors back the call for smokers to quit now.

The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service saw an increase of 53% more smokers accessing the service for quit support than the previous year.

Get help here 

Update 28th April 2020

Thank you to all Key workers

Work continues for all key workers across Sheffield this weekend. We appreciate all you do for our wonderful city and for keeping so many of us safe. 

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New website and app for children's activities in lockdown

Create Sheffield and 50 things to do before you’re 5 are available from today and completely free to use. Share your adventures using #homeadventures and #50ThingsSheffield. Find out more here

childrens activities

A day in the life of a Director of Public Health

Ever wondered what a Director of Public Health does, day to day? How many emails do you get? What time do you get up? Do you really have that many meetings? Sheffield DPH, Greg Fell, fills us in on his typical day during Covid-19. Click the image to see more:

day in the life

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In response to emergency requests for supply of PPE to care providers struggling to obtain their own supplies, Sheffield City Council has supplied approximately 1 million items of PPE to the independent sector with 330,000 pieces of kit including masks, aprons and gloves being issued week on week.

Our deliveries continue to meet emergency demand and thanks to local businesses, we have enough to supply those in need of emergency PPE in the city. PPE continues to be a concern but we are working hard with national and regional partners to ensure we can to meet future demands for provision

Update 23rd April 2020

Staying safe during Ramadan

Council Leader Julie Dore has sent her best wishes to everyone everyone celebrating Ramadan at this unusual time. 

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health, has also put together his suggestions for staying safe and well during this special occasion. Watch Greg's video below. (Click the image to watch)

Ramadan video

Latest Jobs

The Sheffield City Region Job Board Facebook page lists new job vacancies in the region. See what jobs are currently featured by clicking the link here

Free e-Library during 'lockdown'

Have you exhausted all your literary content in the house? Sheffield's e-library can help.

Sheffield Libraries subscribes to a digital platform called RBdigital. It is a simple to use app for your Phone, Tablet or Computer, and can give you access to a variety of library services. These include Magazines, ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Click here for more information.

Update 18th April 2020

Thank you to everyone social distancing

Thank you to everyone who is following the Government's guidance on social distancing and self isolating. You are making a big difference.

If you are going out for daily exercise or shopping over the weekend please make sure you continue staying a safe distance of at least two metres from those outside of your household.

Please do not be tempted to go on day trips or meet up with family or friends. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. Read more

The NHS is still open for urgent care

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and GPs across the city say we are ‘still open for business for urgent care’ as the number of patients seeking care for heart attacks and strokes halves. Read more

More information for parents and carers can be found here

Further travel changes 

Further updates to South Yorkshire’s public transport timetables will take place this Sunday 19 April. Those that need to make essential journeys on public transport are urged to check before they travel 

The changes, to some bus services, are designed to make sure critical routes can continue to run for key workers and NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis. Timetable information will be available from 18:00 on Saturday 18 April. For the lastest check here

Be vigilant of rogue traders

After an elderly man in Sheffield was targeted by a rogue trader, South Yorkshire Police and the council's Trading Standards are reminding everyone to be vigilant. More often the most vulnerable people in our communities are targeted, those who may be even more vulnerable at this time of isolation. Keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly neighbours and to report any suspicious activity. Call the police on 101, Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06, or report online to Action Fraud

More information can be found here

Updates 17th April 2020

UK lockdown period extended The Government today announced that it has extended the UK lockdown period up to at least 7 May 2020. 

This means that everyone must continue to adhere to the guidelines set out by the Government to stay at home, other than for essential reasons, and to continue practicing social distancing with anyone outside of your own household, wherever possible.  

Grass Cutting Services

In response to Covid-19, council grass-cutting services will continue, where possible, with works to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists being prioritised.

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and adhere to government guidelines on social distancing, grass cutting in parks and on the highway will only be undertaken where staff health and safety is not compromised. We are working closely with our operatives to ensure they have the equipment and support they need and wherever feasible, staff are carrying out tasks alone or at a safe distance from others.

Grass cutting on some areas of the highway is crucial to maintain sight lines at road junctions, ensure safe access routes and prevent the build-up of litter on verges.

We will continue to monitor national guidance and undertake daily health and safety work to keep our parks, verges, roads and green spaces safe during this time.

Clap for our amazing Carers!

Don't forget to join in the nationwide clap at 8pm Thursday's in recognition of all our amazing key workers.

More children get primary school of choice 

Despite schools being closed, school places have still been allocated for those due to start in September 2020.

The vast majority of Sheffield school children will be going to the primary school of their choice at the start of the new school year, provided that restrictions are relaxed and schools can reopen.

More than 92% of children in Sheffield have been allocated a place at their preferred primary school exceeding last years total of 91% of allocations. Find out more here

Updates 15th April 2020

Housing Support and advice during Covid-19 

The Council has a number of different services available to support anyone who is having difficulty affording their rent, both through council housing or privately rented.

There is support for rough sleepers, repairs, illegal evictions and more. More information can be found here

Extra Support towards Council tax payments

Millions of pounds in extra funding is being allocated to help those who are struggling to pay council tax.

This is in addition to existing Council Tax Support and will see payments reduced even further for those who are eligible. More information can be found here

Timed parking restrictions still in place

The Council has received a number of questions relating to parking and driving restrictions. We want to take this opportunity to make it clear that all restrictions are still in place, other than arrangements for free pay and display parking in Council car parks for key workers.

Timed parking and driving restrictions, such as those in place for bus lanes, must still be adhered to. These restrictions remain in place to support journeys for key workers and emergency services vehicles.

All restrictions placed on the highway are there to support the safety of road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, whilst improving traffic flow. We ask that everyone continues to observe the parking restrictions and where possible avoid parking in time restricted zones to avoid having to move your vehicle.  

Car parks closed at Sheffield parks.

All parking facilities at Sheffield parks and green spaces are now closed.

People are urged not to travel to parks for daily exercise, but to remain in the local area.

Update 27th March 2020 - Please click the image below for updates from Sheffield City Council

Domestic abuse support

For people living in a situation where they are experiencing domestic abuse and violence from someone at home the current situation is likely to make things worse.

Help is still available from the police and specialist services. South Yorkshire Police officers are fully equipped with PPE to attend properties even where someone is showing symptoms.

If you need help call The Sheffield local Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 808 2241 (freephone) Mondays to Fridays 8am - 7pm and Saturdays 9am - 5pm or The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247

In an emergency call 999

For more information please visit the website below:


Healthy Minds

Sheffield City Council information can be found here

Sheffield City Council COVID-19 update can be found here