Principal's Blog - 16th April 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break and are starting to enjoy the easing of lockdown. This term is one of my favourites; like many of our staff I enjoy driving to and returning from work in daylight (most days) as the clocks have gone forward. Somehow the daffodils and other flowers that I cannot name brighten the mood and point to brighter, sunnier and warmer times ahead. I have a sense of optimism about what will come in the summer term. It has been wonderful to welcome our young people back to the academy, the way in which they have returned has brought a smile to our faces - long may it continue. Our young people are resilient, like their routines and enjoy school. We are just delighted to have them back.

This term will bring new challenges. Following the road map plans, I am looking at how as a school we can start to go back to “normal”. From June 21st we may even be able to open the academy site up wider still and allow movement between all bubbles. There are some key changes that may stay, ie: staggered breaks but we are currently reviewing feedback from staff, students and yourselves regarding this and I will update all stakeholders soon.

Assessed grade process

We are currently working extremely hard on the Year 11 and Year 13 teacher assessed grade process. Last term Mrs Carroll presented the rationale to the students. The JCQ national guidance was only released as we broke up and there is still much more to come. We really do appreciate that this may be unsettling for our students but would ask you to please trust the process. A booklet will be shared shortly explaining how each subject will assess and what information they will use for this.


As lockdown eases can I please ask that we all continue to follow the national guidance. Our academy protocols will continue to be tight and place safety at the heart of our operations, please support us in making sure that this is not compromised by out of school behaviours. If students get a positive LFD test at home, they must now also get a PCR test for confirmation. The PCR test should be booked immediately and should be undertaken within 2 days. If you need more advice, please call 119 for assistance.

Students who have a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result.

If students have a positive result please report this to the attendance lead Mrs T. Penberthy or myself. [email protected] or [email protected]

As the weather gets warmer, I will be encouraging students to go outside as this is an opportunity for fresh air and to remove their face coverings. If you have any spare picnic blankets, please bring these in as it would be nice for the students in each bubble to have some to sit on.

Emma Baker



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