Principal’s Blog

We were really pleased with Year 11’s response to home learning last week – now we would like to know how we did.

More than 100 students were logging in and we appreciate the efforts made by them and parents.

We know it is not easy, but it is important students keep up with the work set.

While we are pleased that so many students worked at home last week, I am concerned that those who decided not to are now falling further behind. This will mean that they struggle in the academy to keep up with the rest of the students in their class.

Unfortunately, it may not be the last time the academy’s impacted by coronavirus.

While nothing replaces the classroom experience, we showed again last week we can switch to an online alternative to ensure students receive the best possible education.

Teachers responded to students’ questions during their Year 11 timetabled lessons, either via email or by the chat facility on Google Classroom.

After half term, video conferencing technology will allow teachers to give ‘live’ lessons online.

But can we do better? We are learning too and there will always be ways to improve.

I am organising a survey to go out for Year 11 parents and students to respond and share thoughts on the online learning experience.

I sense it is going to be another important few days in education.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to outline thoughts on next summer’s exams, and we are waiting to hear what may or may not happen in England.

It is vital we do so as quickly as possible to enable schools to plan.

I am particularly conscious time is running short for our Year 11s.

There are not that many school days left until exams potentially start in May and students, teachers and parents need clarity and certainty about the way forward.

Everybody can be assured we will be doing our best by our students. All we ask is that they do their best too.

We have continued to offer a full curriculum and not cut back, with all option subjects being taught in Key Stage 4.

That makes it even more important students log on when asked to learn from home.

Just a reminder, they should not attend if they display any Covid-19 symptoms. This, from Public Health England, is a clear and simple guide on what to look out for.

Finally, our Virtual Year 6 Event continues to receive positive feedback.

Some terrific testimonials from former students and various other videos and information can be found here.

As always, I hope you stay well.