End of Term Letter 16/10/2020

Our Ref: FCG/SJM

15 October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

As we near the end of the autumn term, I would like to thank you for your support in these unprecedented times. At Somercotes Academy, we have been pleased to welcome all students back into the Academy. Attendance has been high and the Academy community has quickly adapted to our new way of working. I thank you for your support of our enhanced protective measures.

October Half Term

The Academy will be closed to all students for two weeks over the half term break. All students are expected back in the Academy on Monday 2 November 2020.

Year 11 Revision Programme

In order to support our Year 11 students in the run up to exams, the Academy is offering a programme of before and after school revision sessions. Numbers for these sessions have already been high and I do encourage you to promote these sessions with your child. After school sessions finish at 4pm and a schedule of the sessions is available on the Academy website.

Changes to Key Stage 3 Rooming

As you will be aware, we have kept all aspects of our return to school under constant review. Up until half term, each class of students in Years 7 to 9, has been taught in a set classroom for all lessons apart from for PE lessons. From 2 November 2020, students in these year groups will now also have their timetabled Technology, Textiles and Art lessons taught in specialist rooms. This will enable practical work to be carried out in an appropriate environment. Student movement will be carefully controlled and all rooms will be cleaned to prevent any mixing of year groups.

Home learning on FROG

I would like to thank you all for the support which you continue to give your child with their home learning. Homework is set via the FROG VLE platform to ensure fair access to materials for all students. Staff are monitoring their tasks, marking any work submitted via FROG and leaving comments for students. In the event of any student or groups of students being required to self-isolate, work and feedback will be provided via the VLE.

Travel on School Buses

In order to ensure the safety of all passengers and the driver, can we please ask that all students wear face-coverings whenever they are on school transport and worn throughout the journey to and from school (unless they are exempt).

School Uniform

The vast majority of students attend every day looking very smart; I would like to thank you for your continued support with uniform. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you, however, that tight-fitted trousers, stretch material or cropped trousers are not permitted as part of the Academy uniform policy; boys and girls should all be wearing full-length tailored black trousers. As always, you can refer to the Academy website if you are unsure. Socks should be black or white ankle socks only. Please can we also remind you that jewellery is not permitted, other than a wrist watch (not a smart watch) and a pair of small studs in the ears. As the weather becomes colder, it remains important that windows and doors are open in the Academy to ensure good ventilation. We are, therefore, encouraging students to wear layers under their uniform if they feel the cold. A plain black V-neck jumper worn under the blazer is an optional part of the Academy uniform and can be worn. Students may also wear a T-shirt or thermal layer under their shirts so long as this is not visible. All students should bring a warm, waterproof coat to the Academy to be worn at break and lunch as required.

Virtual Open Evening

Families with children in Year 5 and 6 may be interested to know that the Academy’s Virtual Open Evening is now on the Academy website.

Covid-19

If your child experiences a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss / change to their sense of taste or smell, can we ask that you please do not send them to the Academy and book a COVID test.

If someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms, the household should self-isolate and the member of the household should get a test. Students should not return to the Academy until the results of this test are known. If the household member’s test is negative, the student can stop self-isolating and return to the Academy. If the household member’s test is positive, the student should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days from when the member of their household first had symptoms. The same applies if someone with whom the pupils have had close contact tests positive or shows symptoms.

As always, please ring the Academy each day to report your child’s absence.

Finally, can I reiterate again my thanks to you in all that you are doing to support your child’s education and wellbeing. If you have any questions or need further support, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our email address enquiries@somercotesacademy.co.uk or by telephone on 01507 353459.

Please be assured that we are continually reviewing our practices to provide the best education we can at this time.

My very best wishes to you and your family.

Yours faithfully

Mrs F Green
Principal

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