It has been terrific to have a full complement of students and staff in the academy this week for the first time since March.
Colleagues, self-isolating after another tested positive for coronavirus, have returned as have Year 8, who were home learning last week.
I am pleased to say the member of staff who caught the virus is fully recovered and back working.
The systems and protocols put in place to deal with the pandemic have gone like clockwork and are working well.
The students have been fantastic. In fact some of the more rigid structure and rules have gone down well.
Staff have been saying students are working hard to make up lost time which bodes well going forward. We are grateful to parents for their continued support.
I would also like to thank the senior leadership team and the rest of the staff who have been brilliant.
A huge amount of work was done over the summer to ensure the academy was ready and seeing everything come together has been rewarding.
Staff, like the students, have had to adapt and their efforts are much appreciated.
Where tweaks were needed, they have been done over the past two weeks.
We have, of course, been listening closely to the Government and its advisors over the past few days.
Their decisions inevitably impact on what we do and how we do it.
However, you can only worry about things that are inside your circle of influence.
So much of what the future looks like is out of our hands, but we can all be reassured about our effective systems put in place.
Another element that has changed is the Year 6 Open Evening.
Instead, a Virtual Event aims to help those with a big decision to make before 31st October about their choice of secondary education next September.
The Year 6 Virtual Event will launch this Friday (25th September) with short films, featuring students and staff, and information.
More will follow over the coming weeks and we hope Year 6 children and their parents / carers find it useful.
Feedback is welcome and do not hesitate to contact the academy if you have any questions.
Please spread the word about the great work that our staff and students do at the academy.
As always, I hope you stay well.