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COVID-19 Update 20-03-2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Closure of the Academy from Monday 23 March 2020

I am writing to you with my latest update in relation to Covid-19.

As the end of an extraordinary and tumultuous week has finally arrived, we have said a tentative goodbye to our Year 13 and Year 11 students. Such a day was not meant to come yet but we did not feel we could let this time pass without marking their time with us, just in case….

From Monday, I have staffed a skeleton service to ensure that all children of key workers can send their children to school. However, please be advised of the latest guidance for schools:

1. As many children as possible should remain at home in order to stem any spread of the virus

2. It is not mandatory to send your children in to school if you are a key worker. We have taken many calls from parents who do not wish to send their children in but were unsure of the ‘rules’ surrounding this

Work will be set which broadly follows the usual timetable. We would also value it if children could bring in their PE kit and leave it in school for when it becomes possible to do physical activities.

I have managed to staff the Academy for Friday 3 April which should have been a training day for staff.

Work will continue to be set and will be uploaded to the website. This will be for the whole week. For those who do not have internet access, the second set of work will be posted on Tuesday and will last until 3 April inclusive. Reminders will also be sent via Twitter and Instagram.

The Education Secretary has published guidance today to schools and academies with regard to the cancelled examination periods. Whilst an examination will be offered in September for those wishing to sit their papers, this will not be necessary unless students are not happy with the grades they are given. These grades will be achieved via a range of data sets which we hold in school and which will be bolstered by an evidence base we can provide to the examination boards and Ofqual. To this end, we ask that all Year 11 and Year 13 students continue with any coursework or NEAs they were due to submit and stay in touch with their teachers in order for these to be brought in to the Academy in due course for grading and moderation.

For those pupils in Year 11 taking practical subjects who still have coursework to complete, provision has been made for this and your child should be aware of when they can access the specialist areas if the Academy to complete assignments. From after Easter, we still intend to publish 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 still 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.

As already mentioned in yesterday’s update, 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.
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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

As usual, I will keep you updated on developments via the Academy website and parent email, including the posting of curriculum plans. I will also ensure that our social media channels are updated accordingly.

Thank you to those parents and local residents who have been in touch with regard to our provision of meals for self-isolating over 70s. Please keep these requests coming. We have an able team of staff and sixth formers ready to volunteer and we have more than enough capacity to cover these and many more requests.

I hope to be able to share some information next week of how we intend to support our community further in the coming weeks.

If you have any further questions with regard to whole school arrangements, please email the Academy at enquiries@srpa.co.uk

It is now time for me to self-isolate as I have defied medical advice for several days now. From Monday, I will have two senior leaders on site every day on a rota. A whiteboard in main reception will explain who is in charge for the day so that you know who to ask for if you attend the Academy with an enquiry. On Monday and Tuesday, Mrs Spoors will be in charge.

For the foreseeable future I will remain in touch with you as often as is practicable but I cannot guarantee that this will be every day. May I take this chance to wish you all good health as we approach a difficult and uncertain period. Together we are stronger and can beat this.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Hardy

Head Teacher

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