Dear Parent/Carer

 

Important May Half Term Information

 

I write to remind you that the half term holiday will commence on Monday 31st May 2021. The Academy will reopen to students on Monday 7th June with the staggered start and finish times continuing for individual year groups as outlined below. Please note that students should arrive on site promptly and in good time for the start of lessons. Therefore, please could I bring your attention to the expected time of arrival for each year group. These timings allow a prompt start to learning for all students.

 

Year Groups Lessons Start Arrival at the Academy
Year 7 & Year 10 8:30am 8:20am
Year 8 & Year 9 9:00am 8:50am

 

I also wish to remind you that following parental consultation, break and lunchtimes have now been extended by 5 minutes. This is to allow more time for all students to have their snack/lunch, use the facilities and refresh before returning to lessons.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

Both attendance and punctuality remain a priority as always, and we would urge you to remind your child of the importance of good attendance AND arriving to school on time, as per their allocated arrival time above. Uniform also remains an ongoing focus, and the vast majority of our students attend in full school uniform every day. As outlined in previous correspondence, students are not expected to wear their jumpers for this final term. Trainers of any type or design are not permitted.

 

Face Masks

Further to my letter dated 14th May 2021, I can now advise that students will no longer be asked to wear face coverings whilst in the Academy. Let us remain positive that we will not have to readdress this further and we can continue on our road map closer to normality Please note that if your child prefers to continue wearing a face mask moving forwards, this will obviously be supported.

 

Free School Meals

During the half-term break, students will still receive their entitlement to a free school meal in the form of a voucher, which will be issued direct to parents/carers via Wonde.

 

Finally, please could I request that you contact the Academy on 07817 840444 if your child tests positive for Covid-19 during half term. This is a dedicated line for

reporting any confirmed cases and will ensure that we can continue to act quickly and follow guidance from Public Health England. Should your child develop symptoms during the half term break or come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive with Covid-19, please be reminded to follow the appropriate guidance regarding self-isolation. Your child should not return to school if they have symptoms (until tested negative), OR if they have had close contact with anyone who has tested positive with Covid-19.

 

As ever, I wish to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents/carers and staff at the Academy for the fantastic way in which you have all relentlessly risen to the challenges that have been presented during this academic year. The differing regimes, systems and procedures have been far from ‘normal’, and I would particularly like to mention how exceptionally well our students adapted to the changes throughout.

 

We will remain in contact with all parents/carers should there be any further changes in government guidelines as we navigate through this unusual time, but in the meantime, I would like to wish you a pleasant half term break and to thank you all for helping to keep Covid-19 cases to an absolute minimum within our Academy.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jayne Schofield

Principal