End of year letter (and arrangements for September)
Dear parents and carers,
As another academy year draws to a close, I’m writing to let you know about the end of term arrangements and the plans for next year.
This has undoubtedly been a year like no other. Together we have faced numerous challenges and it is with great pleasure that I am able to write to you to let you know about the steps we will be taking to start easing restrictions. I am certain we all appreciate that Covid-19 will not disappear over the summer but I am hopeful that next year will be a turning point with less disruption to learning.
End of term arrangements
We break up for the summer break on Wednesday 21st July 2021. As with previous terms we will be finishing at lunchtime. This means that Years 7 and 9 will finish at 12:10pm and Years 8 and 10 will finish at 12:40.
Track and trace
Yesterday, I received updated guidance that informed us that the academy will no longer need to track and trace any positive cases from Monday 19th July 2021. This process will now be carried out by NHS Track and Trace. The download below explains this.
If your child tests positive either through a LFD or PCR test you will still need to let us know.
If your child has already been asked to self isolate, they will need to continue to do so.
Updated guidance from the Department for Education
As I’m sure you will have seen in the news, the Government has released updated guidance in line with Step 4 of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. This guidance means that we will be able to return much more normality in September when we welcome students back to the academy. We will continue with our current measures until the end of the term (this includes the requirement for the use of face coverings).
The most significant changes are around the removal of the requirement to keep students in year group bubbles which means that we can return to our normal school day. We will also be reintroducing assemblies and the normal extra curricular arrangements. Lunchtimes will be returning to 30 minutes.
Returning to our normal academy day means that all students will start the day at 8:30am and will finish at 2:45pm. Students will be entering and leaving the academy site through the main foyer doors. Tutor sessions will take place at the start of the day and we will be returning to 5 lessons per day.
Start of the new academic year
As part of the updated guidance, we have also been asked to test students on their return in September. We will continue to use the consent previously provided and you can update via our test centre information page.
To enable us to test all students, we will need to take a staggered approach to the return to the academy. This will mean that if you have given consent for your child to be tested, then they will be invited in at an allotted time to have a test before their return. A separate letter will be sent with the details of the time and arrangements for accessing our testing centre. Once students have been tested, they will need to return home straight afterwards. Test results will be communicated via email and text message (as per the consent form).
|Date of testing||Date of return to academy|
|Year 7||Monday 6th September||Tuesday 7th September|
|Year 11||Tuesday 7th September||Wednesday 8th September|
|Year 8||Wednesday 8th September||Thursday 9th September|
|Year 9||Thursday 9th September||Friday 10th September|
|Year 10||Friday 10th September||Monday 13th September|
Students are not required to wear their uniform when they come in on their testing day appointment.
I would like to draw all parents’ attention to the academy uniform policy as there have been one or two slight amendments this year in order to make it even clearer about what is expected. In particular, following feedback we are now allowing Muslim students to wear a plain white or black head scarf. We have also indicated that skirts should now be pleated, plain black and knee length (touching the knee cap when standing). Please note that skirts must not be straight or stretchy/lycra material and that trousers must not be slim/narrow fit or jean-like in their appearance.
Shoes must be plain, black (no trainers, pumps, canvas, patterns or accessories or excessive decorative features) and should not be on or above the ankle (i.e. No boots). A number of students last year had bought expensive designer shoes, only to be told that they were not acceptable at the academy. Many of you will buy new school shoes over the summer break. I urge all parents to err on the side of caution and to buy simple, plain, sensible school shoes rather than purchasing fashion shoes.
Please also note that our Dressed for Business Uniform Policy includes hair, make-up and jewellery. There must be no extreme hairstyles (including non-natural colours, no shaved heads or lines), any make-up must be subtle (no coloured nail varnish is allowed) and only one pair of small stud earrings is permitted. If your child plans on getting any piercings or changing their hairstyle, this must be done at the start of the summer so that it does not present a problem at the start of the new academic year. A copy of the uniform requirements is included with this letter and the full policy can be downloaded from the academy website.
We will be checking uniform carefully throughout the first week back and will be sending students home to rectify incorrect uniform. Your help in making sure that your child fully meets the academy Dressed for Business Uniform Policy is greatly appreciated.
Year group contacts
The allocation of Leadership Team and Learning and Pastoral Support Officers (LPSOs) to year groups from September will be :
|Year 7||Mrs Baldwin (Assistant Vice Principal)|
Ms McLean (LPSO)
Mr Poole (LPSO)
|Year 8||Ms Peavoy (Assistant Vice Principal)|
Mr H Egalton (LPSO)
Ms Pogson (LPSO)
|Year 9||Mr Heaney (Assistant Vice Principal)|
Ms Jackson (LPSO)
Mr Talabi (LPSO)
Ms Beckford (LPSO)
|Year 10||Mr Haseler (Assistant Vice Principal)|
Ms Mitchell (LPSO)
Mr Graham (LPSO)
Mr Jones (LPSO)
|Year 11||Mrs Antrobus (Assistant Vice Principal)|
Ms Thistlethwaite (Senior LPSO)
Mr McLaughlin (LPSO)
Additional Bank Holiday
Next year we have an additional Bank Holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As this takes place during the half term break we have been asked to add an additional day off. I have therefore amended our term dates to reflect this. You can view these on our term dates page.
Once again, I thank you for your continued help and support over what has been an incredibly challenging year for all. I hope you and your family have a restful break and I look forward to welcoming your children back in September.
Mr C Beard
Head of Academy