[18/05/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Dear Parent / Carer and students,

I hope you all continue to be safe, stay well and are adjusting to the new social distancing guidelines without placing yourself at any risk. I hope you took the opportunity to view the link shared on Friday to remind us all of how to use our time wisely and could think of positive examples of how you have been using any gained time you may have experienced, it was certainly thought provoking and gave the opportunity to reflect!

Spend Wisely from The PiXL Club on Vimeo.

Thank you for everything you continue to do in this time of uncertainty. I know you are all waiting for further direction, as are we from the government, about the proposed re-opening of the academy. Please be patient as this is going to take some time to organise. Student and staff safety is our absolute priority. Please take the opportunity to complete the questionnaire circulated last week about how when we do return to the academy your child would be travelling given the restrictions with public transport to help us with our planning.

Half term

Week commencing 25 May is half term and Nunthorpe Academy will be open for vulnerable and key worker children where required (please ensure if we are needed you have emailed, although will be closed for Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.

Year 9 lessons

Week commencing 1 June students in year 9 only should focus their home learning on their chosen option subjects, these were all communicated via email a number of weeks ago. This is in an attempt to focus students on more relevant materials if they are struggling to complete all of the required work set and give them an opportunity to refocus and reengage on areas that they have chosen to study. Teachers will start introducing reading around the GCSE topics and more GCSE specific content for your year 9 to get them ahead of the game for September. However if your child wants to continue with a more broad curriculum until the end of July they can continue to access work for all of their subjects!!

Year 11 Prom

Unfortunately due to the extended lockdown period and venues being unable to open we have had to cancel the Year 11 Prom scheduled for June 2020. We are investigating other options such as scheduling to a Winter Prom in December 2020, however this will largely be dependent on government guidance. We will ensure that details are shared as early as possible with Year 11 once we are able to confirm.

Year 10 Work Experience

Unfortunately due to the extended lockdown period we have had to cancel the work experience week July 2020 to reduce the pressures placed on companies trying to return to work and establish their own social distancing measures and new guidelines. Unfortunately due to the learning missed through lockdown and the catch up of the curriculum that will be required for Year 10 once we return we will not be rescheduling this event for this year group as we do not want to disadvantage these students any further in their exam year. If parents and students have arranged own placements with family or friends we will however support these students attending in their own time during any holiday period where we can.

Year 13 Updated guidance from the Student Loans Company

Deputy CEO of the Student Loans Company, David Wallace, is advising students thinking about going to university for the first time this autumn to complete their funding applications online as soon as possible.

New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020. The deadline for returning student applications is 19 June.

Applications for student finance can be made here: Student Finance.

The Student Loans Company has updated their guidance for prospective students to include guidance for those whose academic year is extended because of the coronavirus outbreak and for migrant worker student applicants. The guidance can be found here: Guidance for current students.

National thank a teacher day – Wednesday 20 May

I think you would support me in saying teachers have tried their best to provide work and feedback to as many students as possible during the continued lockdown for which I am very grateful. On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use to thank any of the teachers you might want to.
The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here: Thank a Teacher Toolkit.

Stay safe and take care

Kate Kell
Head of School