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Letter following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new national lockdown (5 January 2021)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly I wanted to thank you for your continued support and understanding. I am sure you watched the announcement last night from the Prime Minister that schools have been asked to close to all students except for identified (vulnerable) students and students whose parent/s are critical workers.

As much as I completely understand the need to keep everyone safe it is always difficult to have to tell parents and students that we are unable to have them in the academy. As a parent myself I also understand the difficulties that you will be facing and want you to know that we will provide as much support as possible to you and your child during this period.

This week’s provision in school

If your child has been identified as being able to access our provision (based on government guidance) you will have received a letter confirming a place.

If you are a critical worker and would like to access our provision and haven’t already, you must complete the following form confirming your occupation:

Once this has been checked you will be sent an invite confirming a place.

Please do not send your child to the academy unless you have received an invite confirming a place for your child.

All other students will be following remote learning in their relevant Google classroom.

Home learning

From this week, Year 11 should be following their normal timetable, at the normal times and accessing the relevant Google classroom where their class teacher will be online to support.

Years 7-10 can access generic learning in their Google classrooms but will be asked to follow their timetables at the normal timetabled times next week with the support of their class teacher online.

If you have any issues or difficulties with remote learning then please contact your child’s LPSO in the first instance. Their contact details are as follows:

Year 7

Ms McLean (LPSO)

Mr H Egalton (LPSO)

Year 8

Ms Mitchell (LPSO)

Mr Talabi (LPSO)

Year 9

Mr Blagbrough (LPSO)

Mr Poole (LPSO)

Year 10

Ms Thistlethwaite (Senior LPSO)

Mr Graham (LPSO)

Year 11

Ms Jackson (LPSO)

We will be providing more detailed information on remote learning and support available over the next few days in addition to our guidance at


The Prime Minister also confirmed that it would be unfair to continue as normal with exams this summer for Year 11 students. The Department for Education is currently consulting with Ofqual around what changes will be made and how grades will be awarded and I will keep you updated as and when I receive any information. I fully expect that students will still need to sit some form of assessment either remotely, internally or externally so it is incredibly important that they continue to work remotely in preparation for this and their further learning and next steps.

Year 11 vocational exams starting this week will still go ahead and it is vital that students come in for their exam if they are fit and well enough to do so. The Year 11 team will be contacting students directly to remind them of when they need to be in.

We will be continuing with our plans to implement testing for staff and students but this will only be offered to those in the building at present.


I will be in touch again later in the week with further details around remote learning and free school meals.

I again want to thank you for your support and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Chris Beard

Head of Academy