Following on from the letter written by Leigh Academies Trust CEO, Simon Beamish on Tuesday 23rd March, I wanted to share with you the following Wilmington Academy communication plan as we approach the reopening of the academy on Monday 8th March.
Prior to the announcement of lockdown in January, I am pleased to inform you that the academy has created a purpose-built infrastructure to facilitate COVID-19 testing of staff and students. Alongside this, the Leigh Academies Trust have employed Health Care Assistants (HCA’s) to support on site testing. We have been successfully running lateral flow tests with staff and key worker/vulnerable students on site throughout the national lockdown. Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, leaders have been discussing the safest return of students and staff to our academy and we will be informing you of the plan for student testing at Wilmington Academy in due course.
Since the start of the academic year, the academy has put in place a robust ‘system of controls’ which the DFE has directed to remain. I will be writing to you next week to remind students of the academy’s expectations to ensure there is absolute clarity in relation to the conduct of our students and the operational plan. Please note that the expectations of students and staff to wear face-masks in classrooms is an additional requirement, so I would appreciate it if you would begin organising face masks in preparation for your child’s return to face-to-face teaching.
GCSE/P16 Summer Examination Outcomes
For students who are in Year 11 and Post-16, the academy will be writing a bespoke letter in relation to the latest DFE announcement.
Student and Parent/Carer Support
Understandably there will be students and parents/carers that are anxious about returning to school. As a result, we will be writing to all parents/carers/students to offer some additional support prior to our return.
I want to conclude this letter by thanking you for all of your support through this difficult time. My staff and I are looking forward to seeing the students once again and are working hard to ensure the transition from remote learning to returning to the academy is as seamless as possible.
Mr M Gore