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[06/07/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Dear Parent(s) /Carer(s) and Students

I hope you all continue to be well and are beginning to see some positives in the gentle easing of lockdown and are looking forward to changes in the coming weeks, whilst following guidelines and keeping each other safe.

Last week we began our programme of Year 10 face to face delivery with 235 Year 10 students attending the academy. It was certainly refreshing to see so many positive, happy faces who were prepared to set their alarms (for the first time in 14 weeks for some) and make it in by 8.45am, many of whom have grown a foot with the sun and rain and extra sleep. Sessions were delivered in by English, Maths, Science, History and Geography specialists and even those who were shielding logged in via Zoom to ensure they were part of the new programme of academic delivery. There were a few minor technical issues which we hope have now been resolved and I look forward to seeing even more students attending this week.

Year 12 Zoom sessions were a big hit with many students committing to more than the initially planned sessions showing the dedication of both the students and staff at the academy to drive learning forward and ensure any questions are answered over the next few weeks to enable transition into Year 13.

In addition the Sixth Form Induction programme got well underway and all resources continue to be available via Class Charts and the website. Please direct any further questions regarding our Sixth Form to Ms H. Jackson (hjackson@nunthorpe.co.uk or Mr S. Chuhan (schuhan@nunthorpe.co.uk) it is not too late to apply to our ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form provision.

We also continue to deliver to our vulnerable and key worker children provision which has expanded considerably with many more people returning to work. If you do require this provision until the end of term please ensure you email Mrs J. Sinclair (jsinclair@nunthorpe.co.uk so that we can ensure that we have the correct staffing levels in place.

Summer closure

It is important to note that the academy will be closed to all students from 17 July. The last vulnerable and key worker children provision session will finish at 3:00pm on Friday 17 July.

Year 6: Welcome to the academy bulletins!

I hope you are all well and you child is starting to feel excited about starting Nunthorpe Academy. With the difficulties we have faced and continue to face we have a lot of uncertainties. Mrs Thomas is trying to make transition as smooth as possible and ensuring students and parents have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have in the lead up to September.

School Zoom meeting – Mrs Thomas is well underway with Zoom meetings through primary schools and these have had a great response. Students have asked hundreds of questions and Mrs Thomas has tried to answer them all to help to reassure them before they start in September. If your child has not received this at school then please contact Mrs Thomas who is more than happy to organise an extra one off session for those students. Please email Mrs J. Thomas (jthomas@nunthorpe.co.uk to express your interest.

Houses/Tutor groups – This information is going to be available at the end of this week and Zoom meetings will be organised with Mrs Thomas and the House Senior Pastoral Manager for to you attend and ask any questions you may have. However having read the government guidance released on Thursday we will need to establish a year group registration group rather than our usual vertical tutor groups in the first instance when you arrive. As soon as we have been able to update our risk assessments and considered all of the guidance currently available (and forthcoming) we will inform you via email and through the academy website, social media and twitter.

If you have not received any emails in relation to transition and transition challenges please email Mrs Thomas to ensure we have your correct, up to date details. We look forward to welcoming your child into our community as soon as it is safe to do so.

Rewards – all year groups

Well done to all students who have received achievement points throughout the 2019-20 academic year!

All achievement points for this academic year have been accredited to students for term 1 and 2 through Class Charts. Any student wishing to ‘cash in’ their achievement points on Class Charts in the reward store section, must take the opportunity to do so before Friday 17 July. All behaviour and achievement points will be reset ready for September and students will not be able to redeem their well-earned reward after this date as all systems need to be set up for the new academic year starting in September.

All orders will be honoured in September and students will be asked to collect items from student services at dedicated times.

Planning for September 2020

As many of you will be aware on Thursday, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term. The guidance, listed below, has been developed in close consultation with sector stakeholders and medical experts from Public Health England.

Over the next few weeks we will be carefully reviewing the guidance, reviewing risk assessments and planning for the safe return of all of our students, and welcoming our new Year 7 students. As soon as I am able to share our plans with you I will in the meantime if you are interested in the changes that need to be planned for the link to the guidance is here: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Take care and stay safe

Kate Kell
Head of School