The Academy is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact, and doing all we can to stay safe and reassure our staff and students. This statement will be regularly updated as the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), World Health Organisation (WHO), DfE, Public Health England (PHE) and other sources becomes available.

Statement last updated: Monday 23 March

We hope this message finds you well. 


You may have heard the announcement by the Prime Minister on 18/03/20 about the closure of schools from Friday 20th March until further notice.  Our academies have responded rapidly, to provide educational care for children of CRITICAL Key Workers. However, we now encourage parents who have applied for access to this provision to seriously reconsider whether you are able to care for your child at home, in line with the latest Government announcement on Monday 23 March.


Our country has been directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, with those we live with, and only go out for the most essential needs.  The UK Government has understandably directed all shops to close, other than those supplying essential products, such as medicine and food.


In the meantime, our staff remain committed to providing online learning resources for our pupils and encourage you to stay in contact via email should you have any queries.


Wishing our community safety and well-being during this period of time.


With hope and prayers.

STAY AT HOME, other than for:

  1. Shopping for basic necessities infrequently
  2. One form of exercise a day – only with household members
  3. Medical need
  4. Travelling to and from work when absolutely necessary

DO NOT:

  • Meet friends.
  • Meet family members who do not live in your home.
  • Gather with more than one other person.

DO:

  • Use food delivery services where you can.

Please note:

  • Police will have the powers to enforce these measures and disperse gatherings of more than 2 people
  • All shops, other than those supplying food and medical essentials, should be closed

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Whilst we understand that these are unprecedented times, all staff are saddened by the Government announcement that exams will not take place as planned in May and June this year.  Schools are waiting for exact details on the alternative arrangements needed to provide GCSE and A Level Grades for pupils. 

GCSE, A Level Exams and Btec Coursework:

  • Exams will not be rescheduled for a later date. 
  • Grades will be awarded and published in August as intended. 
  • Btec Sampling will take place for Year 11 and Post-16 students. 

The Education Secretary has stated that no child will be unfairly penalised during these arrangements.  Please be reassured that we are all here to support children and young people during this time. Once the Academy has more definitive information on this, we will immediately contact you.

Whilst health is our highest priority, please encourage all our young people to stay focused on achieving their ambitions and dreams too. This is what they truly deserve!

All students have access to resources for learning.  We recommend that you consider your child following their normal timetable, which ensures break times and a breadth of activities.  Please see the latest information letter sent by the Principal for further details and ideas.

Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form will require as much support and learning opportunities as are possible to help them maintain an organised and committed approach to preparing to achieve their best during this period of challenge.


Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How long to stay at home

If you are a pupil at our Academy and have symptoms, stay at home for 14 days.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read the NHS advice about staying at home:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Urgent advice

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

Basic Action by All

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Only travel on public transport if you need to
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Avoid gathering in groups of more than two people
  • Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Stay at home.  Protect the NHS.  Save Lives.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults