Module 6 Return – Operational Changes and Expectations

Dear Parents/Carers,

Operational Changes

From the start of Module 6, we will be making a few operational changes to the geographical location of year groups on site. This will impact on the entry and exit points for each year group, along with their lesson and break/lunch locations. The table below provides a summary of the changes that will come into effect from the first day of Module 6.  Students have been informed of the changes but we would appreciate it if you would remind your child where their Entry Point, Lesson Location and Exit Point is.

Year Group

Entry Point

Lesson Location

Exit Point

7

Restaurant

Jupiter Top Floor

Jupiter Side Gate

8

Jupiter Side Gate

Jupiter Middle Floor

Jupiter Side Gate

9

Minerva Back Door

Minerva

Minerva Back Door

10

Main Reception

Apollo

Main Reception

11

Sports Hall Side Gate

Neptune

Phoenix Gate

Post-16

Sports Hall Side Gate

Olympus

Phoenix Gate

Expectations

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 Module 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 admin@wilmingtonacademy.org.uk 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. 

Uniform & Equipment

Please take time over the half term 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). Mobile phones and ear pods are not permitted and will be confiscated if used by students inside the academy.

Uniform

Boys Uniform

Girls Uniform

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.

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.

Equipment

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.

Year 7-9 MYP Graduation Stars

We have successfully launched 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.

Safety Measures

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.
  • 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.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Gore
Principal