Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Monday 27th April 2020
I hope this letter finds you, your families and friends safe and well, and that the Easter period provided some enjoyment where possible. It certainly was not the Easter break and celebration that we would have hoped for.
It did not come as a shock to learn last week that the lockdown period was to be extended for a further 3 weeks, which means that the learning for the majority of our students will continue to take place at home until further guidance and notice is given. The Academy will continue to open to provide provision to students of listed Key Workers. If your circumstances regarding this have changed, I would encourage you to email the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of staff will then be in touch and further arrangements will be made.
We wish to advise you that all learning platforms will continue to be updated and monitored, and students work will marked and feedback will be given. Contact will continue to take place via phone calls or emails to parents/carers, and students are able to contact teaching staff via their CET Portal Login and Outlook email.
Paper copies of classwork will continue to be provided to those students without internet access, and we strongly encourage reading every day for all students from any home resources available.
As in my last letter, I wish to express my thanks for the commitment to home learning by the vast majority of students, parents and carers. We know that this is not an easy task, and that motivation can be challenging for us all during this time. My message to all students is to stay strong, stay committed and do your best! You can do this!
Free School Meal provision
In line with government systems, the distribution of Free School Meal Vouchers is now underway. All families who are entitled to free school meals should now be in receipt of regular and ongoing updated vouchers. We would like to thank you for
your patience with this process, as delays with the Academy receiving the vouchers, unfortunately caused an impact on families. We are hopeful for no further delays.
Year 11 Qualifications
As you are already are the Department for Education took the decision to close schools on 20th March 2020 and cancel GCSE examinations, to provide yourselves, your children and us with certainty. The latest guidance from the Department for Education states “Students who were due to sit A-level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade. The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges by Ofqual, on behalf of the Department for Education”. The issuing of GCSE calculated grades will be on 20th August 2020, the same date as planned for release of results and we will provide further information about the process of informing students of their results when we have clarity. I recognise how frustrating this must be and I am sorry that I cannot provide any further information. I will of course keep you updated as any new advice or guidance is issued. Year 11, I cannot stress how important it is for you to continue to engage with the online learning that we have provided and over the coming days and weeks, we will endeavour to support you further in your transition to the next phase of your learning journey. Also, remember that Team Thistley Hough are always here for you, all you need to do is get in touch.
As a school community, we are embracing virtual learning and are grappling with everything this throws at us in our endeavour to ensure that our students still receive not only learning opportunities but also the support, care and guidance that they deserve. I wish to thank you all for your ongoing support with the new way of working; we sincerely appreciate your commitment with this.
I am hopeful that if we continue to work together we will all emerge from this time, with an improved understanding of what is important, not just in the educational context but also in life in general. March 2020 should mark a time in history when many aspects of life changed for the better. School certainly is not closed at Thistley Hough Academy, it is just operating under a different guise.
Please stay safe and take good care of yourselves and each other.
With very best wishes