[22/06/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

I continue to hope that you are all safe and well.

It has been a refreshing but busy week at the academy this week; leading staff training to prepare for a staged reopening in line with the Trust’s Risk Assessment which has been shared with you via the website on 19.06.20. All staff who are not shielding have completed training to facilitate an improved experience of home learning for Years 7-9 and face to face for Year 10 and 12 starting on 29 June.

The Year 12 timetable was shared earlier in the week and individual teachers will be sending out Zoom invitations to students in their classes over the next week.

Individual Year 10 timetables and further guidance for attending the academy has been emailed out to each Year 10 parent/carer. If you have not received this information please contact It is essential that this extra information is read carefully so that students fully understand the routines and expectations they will need to follow to access the Year 10 face to face provision.

Improving communication

We are striving to improve our communication with all members of our academy community and hopefully you have received a phone call from your child’s tutor over the last two weeks to complete a well-being check.

To enable us to complete this successfully if you have changed any of your contact details please could you send an email to directly so that this can be amended in your child’s records which are held centrally. Please ensure you add your child’s name and tutor group in the email title.

Home Learning – Submitting work in ClassCharts

We would like to inform you about a new function within ClassCharts, regarding sending work back to teachers for them to view and give feedback. All staff received training on this, this week!!

There is now a way in which work can be submitted / uploaded, within ClassCharts, to the class teacher to view and comment once it has been completed, rather than having to email it separately. We are positive that this function will provide improved communication and feedback to all students.

The ability to do this will be mentioned by the class teacher in the instructions given with the home learning. We have also sent out instructions via an announcement in ClassCharts to all parents and students on how to do this.

To submit/upload completed work – Within the home learning instructions set by teachers you will see a blue box with the text ‘+ UPLOAD ATTACHMENT’. Click on this box and then select the files you want to submit/upload. The submitted/uploaded files will appear below the blue box in the home learning instructions.

Further home learning resources

The University of York have launched the Learning Hub to help with KS3 and KS4 learning from home. More information on this can be found here: The Learning Hub.

I have also recently been sent this Parents’ guide: From parent to parent: a guide to
getting through coronavirus for parents and carers

Year 11 update on Sixth Form Transition – 29 and 30 June 2020

Unfortunately due to the health and safety restrictions in place regarding Covid 19 we are unable to proceed as planned with the two Sixth Form Induction Days scheduled for 29-30 June. However, Ms Jackson and Mr Chuhan are putting plans in place to have the following available in the week beginning 29 June: a Sixth Form Induction video; a Q and A live session including some Year 13 student ambassadors; specific subject induction materials uploaded to ClassCharts and emailed to all Year 11 students and external applicants.

Health Care Plan updates for all students

If your child currently has a Health Care Plan for a medical issue Mrs Ryan will be emailing you to ensure that this plan is up to date or amend. If your child does not currently have a plan but medical details have changed during the closure period please email to request contact to discuss whether a plan is required.

The next steps

I know that there is lots of speculation about what will happen over the summer holidays and what September will look like for secondary schools. At the moment all that we have to go off is speculation. I will let you know via my weekly briefings as soon as we know any more.

Competition time:

This competition, run by UCL openDemocracy, launched on 15.06.20, and is open to school and university students (aged 14 and up) to share their vision of the future, with prizes of £200, £100 or £50 in book tokens plus the chance for personal mentoring from the panel of some of the world’s foremost thinkers and some fantastic work experience with either UCL or openDemocracy.

Entrants can submit either a written article, short video or image that describes their vision for the world after the coronavirus crisis has passed.

Year 13 Updated guidance for prospective students

The Student Loans Company (SLC) has updated their guidance for prospective part-time undergraduate and postgraduate master’s students who can apply now for student finance.

The guidance for prospective students can be found here: Guidance for prospective students

Department for Transport: Safer travel guidance for passengers

From 15.06.20 it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport including a bus, coach, tram or train. Where travel with children is necessary, such as to an education setting, consider whether children could walk or cycle, accompanied by a responsible adult or carer, where appropriate. The law requiring passengers to wear face coverings does not apply to children under the age of 11. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3, for safety.

Children, even if they are over 11, are not required to wear face coverings on school transport. School transport is that provided by local authorities, academy trusts or schools for the specific purpose of transporting children to and from their home and school.

The Department for Transport’s guidance can be found here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Take care and stay safe

Kate Kell
Head of School