Update – 17 March 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
We have just been notified that The Holgate Academy will be closing today due to staffing levels and to ensure the safety of students.
As National work collaboratively with Holgate Academy at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, all sixth form lessons taking place there will cease for at least the next two weeks, along with any sixth form lessons that take place on main site.
The National Academy is currently well staffed and fully open to students. Please continue to follow the government guidance and refer to our website in the first instance for any updates.
Thank you for your support and understanding regarding updated practices and procedures as we deal with the unprecedented national climate.
Mr M Brailsford
Updated – 16 March 2020
At the time of writing, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our academy. However, we continue to monitor the situation very closely.
What is the current risk level?
The risk to the public has been raised to high. The UK government made a statement to the public on their response to the outbreak on Thursday 12 March. You can visit the website below for access to a wide range of information:
The government has made clear that there is no immediate plan to close schools nationally, however this position may change. We will closely monitor this and update you as the situation changes. If you have any concerns in relation to our academy’s position, in the first instance please see our academy website and social media channels which we would update if there were any change.
The government has also updated its advice in relation to what you should do if you feel you have coronavirus symptoms. You can access this information on the NHS website:
We are also putting in place a number of additional measures to help limit the impact of our activities on the spread of coronavirus.
Cancellation of all academy trips
In line with government advice and guidelines, academy staff are currently assessing all options and holding discussions with numerous 3rd parties regarding forthcoming trips. Each trip is being assessed individually and parents/carers will be informed of any changes, postponements or cancellations as and when they happen.
The welfare and safety of our students and staff remains the absolute priority.
Should you need to reach out to us for further clarification, please be aware that it may take significantly longer than usual to respond to your enquiry given the unprecedented volume of correspondence that our team are currently dealing with. Thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and co-operation.
Cancellation of academy events
With immediate effect we are restricting the movement between academy communities with which we work closely, including meetings and events planned within our academy, until further notice – for example parent evenings, performances or guest speakers. Where possible, we will reschedule these for a later date or find alternative ways of communicating. HSFC continues to operate as normal and remains open.
Please note: in order to ensure we continue to deliver on our duty of care to our students, it may be necessary to continue to hold some face-to-face meetings. We will review each situation on a case by case basis.
We know this time of year is also a particularly challenging time for many of our students who are preparing for their summer examinations/ Ofqual – Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – advise that we should continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. Ofqual are working closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education, and are planning for a range of scenarios. They state that their ‘overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.’ We will keep you up to date with any developments and intend to follow the advice given by the government and relevant bodies.
Reminder – have we got your up to date contact details?
We should have two points of parent/guardian contact information for your child – this should include an email address and phone number (preferably a mobile number). If this requires updating, please let us know. For GDPR purposes you must do this in writing, therefore please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or provide us with a hardcopy written letter.
If you are worried about any symptoms, please call NHS 111. Please let us know if you or any member of your immediate family have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity.
As you will appreciate, this is an unprecedented time and we will work together with you to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our community and the education of children remain at the forefront of our decision making.