I hope this letter finds you well and that you and your family have had a well rested Easter holiday. It was pleasing to see so many students involved in the wide range of activities that were delivered over the Easter break. The behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm of the students was excellent.
To facilitate a seamless start back, your support in going through the contents of this letter with your child/children would be most appreciated.
Attendance & Punctuality
Since the return from lockdown the attendance of our students has been consistently high. Thank you to all parents/carers for ensuring that their child is in school. All students should aim for 100% attendance in Modules 5 and 6. To support this, each college will be running a tutor group competition to reward students who achieve high levels of attendance.
Please be reminded, in the event your child is too unwell to attend please contact the school on 01322 272111 and press the option for your child’s college, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your child’s full name, year group and college with a brief description of the reason for absence. This procedure should be followed every morning if your child is too unwell to attend. It is important that students are in school every day and this procedure must be followed to ensure that all absences are authorised.
The site opens from 8.15am for students. Students should arrive by 8.30am each day to allow plenty of time for them to get to their first lesson which starts at 8.40am. We will continue to have different year group entrances which are outlined below. These will be closed at 8.40am and students must sign in at the Main Reception and lateness will result in a catch-up club detention. If a child is ten minutes late every morning, they miss the equivalent of a whole lesson’s learning during that week. Lateness also disrupts the learning of other students in the class.
Year Group Entrance
- Year 7 – Entrance into Phoenix Centre (PE block)
- Year 8 – Gate leading into the Quad near the Library
- Year 9 – Fire exit doors into the Restaurant
- Year 10 – Entrance at the back of Minerva via the staff car park
- Year 11 – Main reception doors (left hand side)
Uniform & Equipment
Please take time over the next few days to ensure that your child has the correct uniform and equipment to minimise any potential disruption on their return. This includes wearing suitable shoes (trainers are not permitted) and masks. Mobile phones and ear pods are not permitted and will be confiscated if used by students inside the academy.
- Blazer, white shirt, tie (with college stripe) and black trousers. Students may also wear a plain black V-neck jumper (no logos).
- Formal school shoes – no trainers allowed.
- No jewellery – only small stud earrings are permitted.
- Mask re: Covid safety guidelines (ideally with a spare)
- Blazer, white blouse, black pleated skirt no shorter than 6cm above the knee – please check this before we return. Students may also wear a black V-neck jumper (no logos). Formal school shoes – no trainers allowed. No jewellery – only one pair of small stud earrings are permitted. No fake tan, fake nails, false eyelashes or nail varnish.
- Mask re: Covid safety guidelines (ideally with a spare)
Students should return with a suitable school bag (able to hold an A4 folder), pencil case which contains; 2x blue/black pens, a red pen, 2 pencils, rubber, sharpener and highlighter. A glue stick and colour pencils are encouraged but are not compulsory. Students will also require specific equipment for PE, science and maths such as their PE kit and a scientific calculator.
In addition, students should have a reading book, a face mask, and a bottle of water. Please inform the relevant college if your son/daughter is missing some equipment, as we will try and assist where possible.
Students should bring their Chromebook into school everyday, charged ready for use as part of their daily equipment.
New Footpath and Vehicle Entrance
I am delighted to be able to inform all parents and students that our new landscaped footpath will be open from Monday 19 April. This footpath is accessed via the public footpath which links Common Lane and Tredegar road. Students must not walk in/out the vehicle entrance as there is no pavement and using this entrance on foot is a health and safety risk. Students will receive a catch up club detention if they do not comply.
Year 7-9 MYP Graduation Stars
We are launching the MYP Graduation Stars this module to students in years 7, 8 and 9. This is a new reward strategy where students work towards collecting as many of the twelve stars as possible over Modules 5 and 6. More details of this exciting reward strategy will be provided in due course.
As per the government guidance, the home testing kits programme will continue and kits will be distributed accordingly. If you have not yet registered you can still do so via the LAT portal, ensuring that you have completed all of the required stages, including the declaration (having watched the video in full) and the consent. If you have already completed this you do not need to do so again.
The safety of our students and staff is paramount. Measures will also be in place and enforced to minimise risk and these will include:
- Regular handwashing and hand sanitising throughout the day.
- Students must wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose when inside the academy buildings, including when in classrooms (unless they have a medical exemption).
- Social distancing must be observed when moving around the academy site.
- Instruction as to how to move safely around the academy if necessary, e.g. to designated outdoor areas and toilets.
- Learning spaces, and where appropriate play spaces, will be thoroughly cleaned with antiviral cleaner at the end of each day.
- Expectations about sneezing, coughing, tissues and disposal (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’) as well as the importance of avoiding touching the mouth, nose and eyes with hands, will be reinforced.
- Students experiencing symptoms of coronavirus will be isolated immediately and parents/carers will be contacted.
- Wellbeing support will be made available to support students during the transition back to school.
- In line with Government guidance the Academy Behaviour Policy and Home Academy Agreement has been amended to reflect these changes and this can be found on our website. Any student intentionally not complying with the new guidelines within school will be sanctioned accordingly and parents/carers informed. This is to safeguard the whole of the school community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we are able to do to support your child with their transition back into school.
Mr M Gore