Firstly, everyone at National hopes that you and your family remain safe and well.
As you will be aware, the government made a request for secondary schools to start reopening from 15 June. In preparing to re-open to more students, it is extremely important for us to get this right, with the safety of students and staff at the centre of our planning and decisions.
We know that, as parents, this will be a concerning time for you, so we want to reassure you that our plans will adhere to the government’s guidance, as well as local authority advice, and we have taken our own individual academy site into consideration. Over the last week, we have carried out risk assessments to ensure we can open safely – and we will continue to review these on an ongoing basis. Already, considerable changes have been made to our site, systems and policies to respond to Covid 19.
What does this mean?
Year 10 and 12 students
Initially, students in these year groups will be returning for pastoral care and year 10 will have the opportunity for face-to-face support to supplement remote learning – but please note, not all students will be in the academy at the same time. We will have a maximum of 60 (1/4) of year 10 on site at any time. Further details of the specific arrangements will be sent separately to the parents/guardians of students in these year groups.
All other year groups
At this time there are no plans to widen provision to other year groups. We will continue to keep you updated should the government issue new or further guidance. Therefore, other year groups should continue to access the detailed curriculum set by the academy available on SharePoint.
At the current time, we are unable to offer any before or after school extracurricular clubs or activities.
Children of keyworkers
We will continue to provide childcare for the children of keyworkers. Please contact main reception if you wish to access this provision.
Support and home learning
We appreciate these plans may be different to other secondary schools, both locally and nationally, however it is important that the wider opening of our academy is done so based on our own risk assessments.
We will respect whatever decision you make, in the interests of the health and safety of your family but can assure you our site and systems are as safe as we can make them.
Our remote learning provision will continue to support children and their families, as it has done during the period of partial closure.
Important updates to policies
We would also like to draw attention to some important documents which have also been approved by Trustees. Please ensure you take the time to read these:
As ever, we are here to support you in whatever way we can, so please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. And finally, thank you again for your continued patience and your support of National Church of England Academy.
Mr M Brailsford – Principal