Dear Parents & Carers
Throughout the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation we have followed government advice and managed to keep the Academy open and running almost as normal. It has not been easy and I am very grateful to the staff and for your support in what has become a challenging time. As things stand, we do not have any confirmed cases of the virus, but as a result of the government’s announcements, we now have a number of self-isolating staff and also staff who fit the high risk category who are now unable to be in.
You will have received a letter from the Leigh Trust outlining the full closure of the Academy from Friday for all students and staff.
Due to staffing numbers, we have had to take the decision that for the remainder of the week, students in Years 9, 10 and 12 should not attend the Academy. For those students, we have a full schedule of work that will be emailed out to students via their academy email address and to parents. We also have a full programme of well being activities that will be posted daily via the Google Classroom.
I would like to draw your attention to the following documents on our website:
Knowledge organisers: https://lgflive.wpengine.com/knowledge-organisers/
Independent learning: https://lgflive.wpengine.com/2020/03/16/independent-learning/
Students that remain at home are expected to complete the work provided. For health and safety reasons students must not be in the vicinity of the Academy grounds.
Please be aware of government guidance on ‘social distancing’. Although some students are
not required to be in the Academy, they must remain at home or in the care of responsible
adults completing set work.
Those in Years 7, 8, 11 and 13 should attend as normal for the next 2 days. They should bring everything they would normally bring according to their timetable and for year 7 & 8 also to bring their PE kit. I would ask that year 11 in particular bring a suitable bag so that they can take books and resources home.
Whilst the exam arrangements are as yet unclear, I would like to reassure all parents that we will be supporting all children to be fully prepared for whatever assessment methods are decided.
We would like to be able to support parents who are key workers and who are not in a position to provide childcare. If you work in the NHS, the police, ambulance or the fire service and you need us to continue to supervise your child in order to go to work, we ask that photo evidence of a work badge via email is provided to the college admin team before 8am to let us know that we should expect your child in the Academy. We will provide a supervised room where they can complete learning activities.
They should report to the theatre on arrival at the Academy. Their timetable will not be as normal but may join another year group in lessons.
All students attending the Academy must of course follow the uniform policy and dress code as usual. Whilst I understand these arrangements are going to be challenging, I hope you appreciate this decision has not been taken lightly. We will review this situation and contact you via the website and text message to tell you when we are able to re-open for all year groups.