I hope you are all well and you and your children are looking forward to a restful summer with greater potential than the months of late. I know staff and students alike are certainly ready for a break and a period without an early alarm clock.
I apologise for the length of this letter but feel this an appropriate time of the year to share updates on a number of issues to ensure clear communication.
All GCSE and ‘A’ level art students who completed their studies in July 2020 can now collect their work. All art work has now been released and can be collected from main reception up until Wednesday 30 June 2021.
As lockdown eases, taking a rapid COVID-19 test twice a week, even if you do not have symptoms, will help us stay ahead of the spread of the virus, particularly as new strains appear.
As you will be aware the government announced plans to continue the roadmap plans on Monday. Therefore with effect from Monday 17 May 2021 face coverings will no longer be required for students in classrooms or communal areas in all schools, and for staff in classrooms.
Thank you for supporting the academy on our return, over the last few weeks. Students are punctual, dressed smartly in appropriate uniform, arriving well equipped and the majority are very focused and ready for learning. Students are appreciating being back in the academy with their peers and respecting the Covid requirements.
I hope you have had a restful two weeks and are looking forward to our return on Monday 12th April. This communication is to clarify the expectation for all students and staff to continue to wear face masks in lessons and all communal spaces as we were at the academy prior to the Easter break.
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you, to you all, for your support over the challenging past few months. Parents, carers and students alike have all adapted and taken on board the changes that we have had to make and supported the academy so much during an incredibly tough time.
Another wonderful week of having students back in the academy and learning in a calm and positive environment with minimum fuss about the increased Covid requirements and expectations. This week all students have received a virtual welcome back assembly from me and thanked for their positive return.
As promised, today’s communication is in relation to the delivery, distribution and completion of lateral flow home testing. Students will receive their third supervised test this week and therefore the distribution of home testing kits will begin to be rolled out for each year group as tested. Please can I advise that all students bring a bag to the academy this week, if they do not already, as advised, to be able to transport their test kits and guidance home safely without it falling out of blazer or coat pocket.