Dear students, parents and carers.

We hope that you are keeping well and have enjoyed some sort of a summer break in what remains a very strange year.

We are looking forward to seeing all our students back and of course to welcoming our new students into Year 7.

We have been busy preparing for the changes that will be needed in September. This page contains information to help you prepare for the new school year. Many things will be slightly different so it is important that you familiarise yourself with this information. There is also comprehensive information available in booklet format here: Information for parents (booklet)

Mary Cox

  • Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing.
  • Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children.
  • The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school.
  • Schools should ensure that they implement sensible and proportionate control measures that follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.
  • Consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of pupils and staff in contact with each other to only those within the group.
  • Attendance from September is mandatory.

Year 7 – Wednesday 2nd September

Year 11 – Wednesday 2nd September

Year 12 – Wednesday 2nd September

Year 8 – Thursday 3rd September

Year 9 – Thursday 3rd September

Year 10 – Thursday 3rd September

Year 13 – Thursday 3rd September

A map to identify the entrances to be used in September is available here: Student Entrances

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11* Year 12 Year 13
Arrival time 8:30-8:45am 8:30-8:45am 8:30-8:45am 8:45-9am 8:45-9am 8:45-9am 8:45-9am
Entrance Main/ Maths Main   to Quad Main   to Quad D&T Health Centre Main Main
End of school time 3pm 3pm 3pm 3:15pm 3:15pm* 3:15pm 3:15pm
Exit Main/ Maths Main   to Quad Main   to Quad D&T Health Main Main

Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be in tutor group bubbles for lessons during the school day wherever possible and will remain in the same classroom with teachers moving rooms. In year 9, children will be grouped for their core subjects but will remain within the security of their year group bubble. The guidance from the DFE for year group bubbles will be maintained at all times. Year 10 and 11 will each be year group bubbles and although we will avoid mixing between the year groups and will maintain

“mini bubbles” for most subjects, there will be some movement of students between classes during the academy day to allow students to study their chosen options. In Key Stage 5, due to the small number of students and joint year 12 and year 13 classes in some subjects, our sixth form will be classed as one bubble.

Students will be clearly told in the first week around the required expectations, procedures, and maintaining the 1m+ social distancing guidelines. In particular, catering will be reviewed and re-sited in a temporary but accessible location and there will be very clear procedures around toilet use to ensure all students have the required access, whilst recognising the need to maintain the integrity of the year group bubbles in order to keep your children safe.

Year 7, 8 and 9 will have tutor time at the start of the school day.

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 will have tutor time at the end of the school day.

Tutor time will be with the teacher taking the class at that time.

To ensure that students from different year groups are not mixing with each other during the academy day we will operating a different system for catering facilities on site.

Further details will be released at the start of term. This will include a temporary menu and relocation of the facilities to ensure safe access. We operate a ‘cashless’ system at the academy and therefore no cash payments are accepted on site. All students purchasing from the academy menu will therefore need to ensure that funds are credited beforehand as is already the case. Students eligible for free school meals will not need to add credit to their accounts. Any students wishing to bring in a packed lunch will still be able to do so.

There will be significant additional cleaning taking place throughout the day. We will be following government guidance around:

  • Regular cleaning of settings
  • Minimising contacts and mixing as best we can
  • Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices

We will make every attempt as a school to encourage children and staff to adhere to social distancing, however, we cannot guarantee this. We have to accept that, despite rigorous risk assessment and careful planning and consideration, our students will not always distance themselves from each other or the staff.

Whilst it is not compulsory, all staff and students are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings in corridors, canteens and other indoor, communal areas. Students will not be allowed to wear face masks/coverings in lessons.

Masks are not to be worn in outside, external areas of academies.

Face coverings must be appropriate in design. Where this is not the case, an alternative will be provided for that day only. The Principal will decide what is and is not appropriate in each academy.

All staff will be provided with a visor which they are can wear at any time as they see fit. Trust staff who travel to multiple academies will wear visors when visiting each academy.

All students are recommended to carry face coverings as they will need to wear them on transport and in any shops they visit on the way to and from the academy.

All students will be given a tutorial on the safe use of face coverings on their first day at the academy and should have a sealed plastic bag in which they can safely and hygienically store them after correctly folding them when not wearing then outside or during lessons, as stipulated within the updated guidance.

Students should attend in full school uniform. Government guidance states:

All schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term. Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.

Uniforms/Clothing does not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.

We advise that plain school coats (logos are to be avoided) are worn only when needed as they are not allowed to be worn inside the buildings.

There is no change to expected equipment however, students will receive a pencil case containing a black pen, green pen, pencil and ruler.

Students should also have a scientific calculator. The model used is Casio fx-83GTX and it will be available to purchase in school. You can also purchase from other stores including Argos, and Amazon amongst other suppliers.

Students are expected to have their own set of colouring pencils (ideally 12 colours).

We are currently finalising the details of PE for the Autumn term. Please have your full PE kit ready to be used and we will update this section at the start of term.

The details below are correct at 25th August 2020. Please check the weblink by clicking here for the very latest information.

Once you have read this information, if you believe that your child may have Covid-19 please follow the information on the website and also contact the school to discuss this with us.

Staying safe

If your child or someone in your household shows any of the symptoms of Coronavirus they must not come to school.

It is important to check if the symptoms match closely to those directly relating to coronavirus. To check if you or your child may have coronavirus symptoms, visit this site:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your immediate support bubble (this is not the same as the bubble you are in at school), must also stay at home until you get your result.

The easiest way to access information regarding reopening is through the Information for parents (booklet). You can also view the reopening risk assessments from the links below. These will be updated on an ongoing basis as needed.

Please note that guidance now states that hand dryers are permitted to be used.

1. Reopening risk assessment

2. First aid

3.Office-Staff

4. Procedure for first aid

5. Infectious diseases

6. Social distancing

7. Additional daytime cleaning procedure

8.Supply and use of PPE procedure

ATT COVID19 Procedure – Symptomatic Pupils and Staff

ATT COVID 19 Procedure – Managing Confirmed Cases of COVID19

Appendix 1 SCA Site COVID