COVID-19 Update 19-03-2020
Closure of the Academy to Years 9 & 10 pupils only to continue.
Firstly, thank you for your overwhelming support at this difficult time. I have been bowled over by the outpouring of community spirit and positivity we have been shown. Please excuse the length of this letter as I try to capture every development in one place.
For tomorrow, I can open the Academy following today’s arrangements where Years 9 & 10 remain at home. From Monday, I have staffed a skeleton service to ensure that all children of key workers can send their children to school.
Work will continue to be set and will be uploaded to the website. Reminders will also be sent via Twitter and Instagram.
We are going to keep all Year 11 examination work in the Academy. Since the announcement about the cancellation of the examination period we expect to be asked for evidence relating to the awarding of grades. Also, we will be giving Year 11 their remaining mock examination papers to take home and complete for submission on 30th March. As this is a large amount of paperwork, we expect that parents may prefer for them to be dropped off at our main reception. However, if you wish to post them to us that is also fine.
For those pupils in Year 11 taking practical subjects who still have coursework to complete, provision will be made for this and will be communicated tomorrow to parents. From after Easter, we will also be publishing A-level pre-learning activities and tasks for our students wishing to remain into the sixth form.
In relation to Years 7 to 10, we are receiving a number of enquiries about collecting books from the Academy in order for pupils to complete work in them. These are currently being collated and will be available from Monday at 9am until Tuesday at 4pm. Any work completed in these books should remain with the pupil until the Academy re-opens. If work has been completed online and can be emailed to the class teacher, this is also fine.
Additionally, for those who do not have home internet access, we have today sent home hard copies of packs of work.
For pupils eligible for Free School Meals, we need to know by 4pm on Friday if your child will require lunch provision. In the absence of a national answer to this at this time we are planning to ensure we meet need but want to be clear on the numbers we are serving.
From Monday 23 March we will have a skeleton staff in place and, as mentioned, the Academy will be open for children of key workers. These pupils should all enter the Academy through main reception in full uniform at the normal time and register in the main hall. Buses will be running as usual and bicycles must be locked up using the facilities at the front of the Academy as the main bike sheds will not be accessible. Please note, the ASDA gate will not be open.
There will be a smaller admin team on duty from next week so please bear with us if we are a little slower getting to the phone.
We have also been informed that all Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are postponed for the foreseeable future too.
I would be grateful if you would continue to keep up to date with the Public Health England guidance on Coronavirus via the website below, which is currently being updated daily:
As usual, I will keep you updated on developments via the Academy website and parent email, including the posting of curriculum plans as we have for today. I will also ensure that our social media channels are updated accordingly. I am in contact with LincsFM and will be informing them of my intentions for tomorrow.
We are in a position to keep our canteen running at capacity in order to serve the needs of local residents over 70 who are being forced to self-isolate. As we mobilise as a society to provide the largest peace time war effort in order to protect our most vulnerable from this virus, I feel that we cannot close our doors and not redirect our efforts to support those most in need. If you feel you know of any local residents who would benefit from this service we want to hear from you please via the email below or on the usual Academy phone number. We will not leave anyone behind on my watch.
If you have any questions with regard to whole school arrangements, please email the Academy at email@example.com
Finally, I have been amazed by the good humour, resilience and indefatigability of my whole staff team. In asking for willing volunteers to help me remain open next week, many have stepped up who are not in ‘at risk’ categories. To say I am proud of them is an understatement.
During our inspection when trawling through our Parent View comments, the Lead Inspector said to me that, when a new Head Teacher starts at a school and change is inevitable, it can take some time for trust to be developed and for relationships to be formed between the Head and the parents he serves. I believe this to be very true. I hope that, as we navigate uncertain times together, our mission and beliefs are coming across to you that we are so much more than a school. We will not let our community and its residents down and will fight tooth and nail to protect our own, strengthen our community and save lives.
I will stay in touch with you as I have promised until such time as I also self-isolate. In the meantime, stay safe, stay in touch and go well.
Mr D Hardy