End of Term Arrangements – Module 1 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Friday 16th October is the last day of Module 1.  The day will be a normal school day.  The start of Module 2 begins on Monday 2 November.  Lessons start at the usual time of 8.40am. Entrances and Exit arrangements will remain the same for all year groups.

We value the partnership we have with parents, it is greatly appreciated that you discuss the following with your child and we would like to thank you for your support during Module 1.

COVID-19

Thank you for your continued support in the current situation.  Please can you remind your son/daughter of the importance of adhering to the expectations set out to keep everyone as safe as possible.  If your child is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, please follow the advice below.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

What to do if your child has symptoms:

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you have the test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  3. Please inform the school of absence and provide updates of any further information.

Anyone you live with anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

Mobile Telephones

I would like to remind you that mobile phones should be switched off during the day and remain in your child’s pocket/bag.  If you need to contact your child in an emergency during the day, please go through their College Admin Team.

Attendance

Please ensure your child is in school and ready to start their learning by 8.40am.  This is the time the lessons start, not the time the students should be arriving at school.  We also encourage your child to attend school every day to ensure their progress is maintained and they do not fall behind in their subjects.

Uniform

Most students’ uniform is exemplary. There has been an understanding that a minority of uniform ordered during lockdown has had a delay. We do expect full uniform issues to be resolved by the start of module 2. In regard to footwear, we would like to reiterate that appropriate footwear is as follows:

Boys: Plain flat shoes – BLACK only. No shoe may be above the ankle bone. No Converse or VAN footwear. Trainers are NOT allowed except for PE 

Girls: Plain flat shoes – BLACK only. Maximum height = 3cm (1inch)

No shoe may be above the ankle bone. Trainers are NOT allowed except for PE 

Skirts should be resting just above the knee and we ask that you use the break to purchase a suitable length skirt where an existing skirt is too short.

If a student is unable to comply with this, they will lose their social time and be required to be with a staff member in their college during break and lunch. If your son/daughter has a medical reason as to why they cannot wear the appropriate footwear, this needs to be verified in writing by a medical professional. Final decisions rest with the academy.

Equipped to Learn

All students should have the equipment needed to learn with them each day.  This includes:

  • 2 black pens, 1 x red pen
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scientific calculator
  • Reading book 
  • Sharpener

All students should have a suitable bag that is able to store/transport several books and an A4 sized folder.

We would also like you to be aware that the following are also prohibited from our school site and will be confiscated:

  • Fizzy/energy drinks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Chewing gum

Travelling to/from the Academy

We encourage all students to take road safety seriously and we actively promote that if riding a bike to school, every child should have the correct safety equipment such as a safety helmet, working bright lights and that brakes have been checked.  Please discuss how to ride safely to the academy.  “Wheelies” are incredibly dangerous and it would be appreciated if this can be emphasised at home.  

If travelling by foot, please encourage children to use the crossings provided and be aware of their surroundings whilst respecting our local community.

If you drop your child off at a point away from the academy, please can you ensure that you are considerate of local residents, as this has been raised as a concern around Tredegar Road and Wilmington Court Road.

Please find attached a list of useful numbers and email addresses for when you contact the academy to report your child’s absence and for when you contact us for general queries.

Thank you all for your support.  We hope you have an enjoyable, safe two week break.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Devlin  |  Mrs S Goodall Mr P Lonergan

First Deputy   |   Head of Apollo College   |   Head of Jupiter College Head of Minerva College

 

Useful Numbers and Email Addresses

Reporting Absence

When reporting your child absent, please could we ask that in the first instance that you call the academy and leave a message on the relevant college’s absence line on each day of absence.

Reporting student absence:

  • Option 1 then;
  • Option 1 – Minerva College – *5 for general queries or to leave a message
  • Option 2 – Apollo College – *3 for general queries or to leave a message
  • Option 3 – Jupiter College – *6 for general queries to to leave a message
  • Option 5 – Post 16 (Sixth Form)

For general queries or to leave a message:

  • Option 5 – Minerva College
  • Option 3 – Apollo College
  • Option 6 – Jupiter College
  • Option 7 – Post 16 (Sixth Form)

Alternatively, should you be unable to call the academy, please use the relevant email address for your child’s college:

The above email addresses should also be used for general enquiries about your son/daughter.