Welcome to my weekly blog.
For students and parents, there are some confusing and, potentially, mixed messages out there about returning to school.
I would like to reiterate we will continue to make decisions based on what is right for our students.
We are working as hard as we can and as best we can in what are difficult circumstances for everybody.
The academy is following Government guidance. We have continued to remain open for vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers.
We will do so next week (half term) from 8.30am to 1pm Tuesday to Friday but not on Bank Holiday Monday (25th).
The Easter break saw students in the academy creating rainbow chains and handprints for the NHS, which made colourful displays.
Holiday activities are being devised by staff again and I would like to thank those doing so and covering the four days.
Secondary schools are due to open to Year 10 students only in July, with Years 7 to 9 not returning until September.
As mentioned last week, we have plans in place to increase numbers returning to school in July under strict social distancing, to keep students and staff safe.
We will continue to monitor what happens over the next few weeks – including a planned return for some in primary schools – to see how this impacts on our plans.
Students are continuing to engage in home learning and I am grateful for parents supporting children with it.
We are always looking at new ways we can support our students, particularly now we know Years 7 and 9 will not be back in school before September.
Teachers have been videoing the first part of lessons that will help with independent learning. We believe this will make home learning easier and sustainable. More details will be provided shortly.
In the meantime, I hope students and staff can enjoy a worthwhile break next week. We all need it.
Finally, as always, if students need to talk to somebody about work or anything else, please contact tutors or heads of year. They are there to help.