COVID-19 Update 10-07-2020
Re-opening schools in September, supporting learning, End of Year reporting arrangements, Access to examination grades on Year 11 and 13 August results days, Year 6 to 7 transition, Virtual Open Event, laptops for disadvantaged students, Planned building works, House fundraising
I hope that my weekly letter finds you well. As we approach the end of term, work around the Academy has gathered pace. We are planning, in earnest, for a full September reopening and I have been pleased with the progress made. I have held a series of meetings this week with the Health Protection Team in Lincolnshire, the Head Teacher at North Kesteven Academy, many district and county Head Teachers of all phases, as well as the roofing contractors who will be beginning their work next Friday on site. We are entering an exciting time for the Academy, as well as a challenging time. More about all of this below.
Re-opening schools in September
After many meetings this week, including with the Chair of Governors, I am pleased. I have to accept that, in meeting the latest government guidelines, there is no perfect solution for reopening. However, with much creativity and no little amount of hard work, my timetable and site team have moved mountains so far. I will publish my full risk assessment and FAQs after 20 July when I meet with the Full Governing Body but, for now, I can share that we do plan to bubble our youngsters around the building which will minimise as much risk as possible, albeit the running of the whole building will be different for everyone. We have installed 25 hand sanitiser stations around the whole site and have installed a one way system to encourage sensible use of our corridor and communal spaces. Work continues on the canteen to ensure social distancing and we are planning further measures for breaks and lunches to be as safe as possible. More modifications are planned, including the installation of some outdoor sinks for handwashing during breaks and lunches to avoid queues at the toilets. It has been wonderful to see between 70-80% of our youngsters return in Years 10 and 12 and I honestly can’t wait to see the rest of our much missed student body in September. I will publish more detail in the coming fortnight.
All curriculum arrangements will remain in place in line with the guidelines we have published. All curriculum plans will be published on the website by 9am on a Monday morning. All of our face to face learning is also complimented by this and this will all continue. If there are any other queries regarding the curriculum work, then please contact the assigned member of staff on the curriculum documents.
End of Year reporting arrangements
For all year groups except Years 11 and 13, reports will be published next week on Go4Schools. This will be via your usual login. If you are experiencing problems logging in or accessing your child’s report, please contact Mr Kirk at email@example.com who will be able to help.
Access to examination grades on Year 11 and 13 August results days
Thank you to all parents who have been in touch to request face to face collection on 20 August for GCSE results. As previously communicated, for A level examinations and GCSE where collection has not been requested, we intend to issue these grades securely at 9am on the morning of results day. We will post out full instructions on how to access the results before the end of term.
Year 6 to 7 transition
In an effort to support our new Year 7 September cohort, all of our transition boxes have now been delivered. It has been a pleasure to visit so many primaries in person this last week. We are intending to hold a transition day for all new Year 7 pupils on 2 September when our staff are usually in training. Mr Adlington will publish more information about this in the coming week.
Virtual Open Event
Next Tuesday, 14 July, we are hosting a Virtual Open Event via our website. If you know of family, friends or colleagues looking for a school place for September 2021 please let them know. Full details will be published but, in short, go to the website and click on the banner which will take you to our VLE with a number of sections, including a narrated PowerPoint from me.
Laptops for disadvantaged students
The final batch of computers landed in school yesterday and are being configured. We will be issuing these machines in the next week to eligible families.
Planned building works
Scaffolding will be erected next Friday, 17 July, for the work to begin on our roofing project. This is a 30 week project beginning with the gym roofing over the summer holidays. This will be completed before the end of the summer holidays to avoid congestion around the back of the site from September. From September, there will be two contractor compounds on the front of the site near the three storey building. For this reason, only staff, buses and disabled visitors will be allowed around to the front of the school to ease the inevitable disruption this will cause. Parking spaces will be more limited for a short while as old roofing is removed. I will publish more detail about this in due course.
This initiative goes from strength to strength. When discussion began about this project, we did not expect to achieve the targets as we felt this was ambitious. However, every House has surpassed its target by a country mile! At the time of writing, Mr Skaley and Stuart House are well in the lead with almost £1800! We are so very grateful for the support you have all shown so that we can continue to do our bit to raise funds for worthy causes. The JustGiving links can be found on the website under the Our Curriculum tab, House fundraising challenge. Great work everyone!
Virtual Sports Day
Virtual Sports Day has been going on all week. Are you as eager to find out the results as I am? More in our Full School Assembly video coming soon… As usual, I will keep you updated on developments via the Academy website and parent email. I will also ensure that our social media channels are updated accordingly. If you have any further questions with regard to whole school arrangements, please email the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was Mahatma Gandhi who said “The future depends on what you do today.” This initial lockdown and return have brought new challenges, new learning and new opportunities for all of us. I am convinced that we will come back closer, stronger and better equipped for the times ahead of us.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr D Hardy