Letter from the Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers
It’s been a really busy and wet week at The Ilfracombe Academy. This week did see the Covid figures rise again but PHE and Health Protection Team still felt that we did not need to alter any of our measures. This is due to the fact that our case numbers are still considerably lower than other schools in the region and the cases are not linked to anyone particular tutor, class or group. A large number of our students aged between 12 to 15 were also vaccinated against Covid 19 this week which will be another measure that will hopefully manage the number of infections we have within the community.
We are fortunate that we have a non-pupil day on Friday 22nd October, meaning we have a clear 10 days before we welcome students back on Monday 1st November. The PHE team have asked us to remind all parents and carers that regular LFD testing on Sundays and Wednesday are essential and that this should continue over the school break. It is essential that everyone completes a LFD test on Sunday 31st October, the day before our return, to make sure that we have every opportunity to keep everyone safe.
Below are a few points that I would like to make Parents/Carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 1st November.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - Extra Non-Pupil Day – 4th January 2022
Devon County Council have confirmed that as the extra bank holiday falls within schools’ May half term Holiday, schools must allocate another non-pupil day. The decision has been made to extend this year’s Christmas holiday by one day.
Elsie Burrows - United Nations COP26 Awareness Ride
Elsie Burrows in Year 9 has embarked on an epic journey to cycle 600 miles from London to Glasgow for the United Nations COP26 Climate Change meeting. She is cycling to both raise awareness of climate change and to raise money for three charities. Protect Our Winters; Sustrans and WWF. She’s just over half way on her journey and checked in with Mr. Law for a quick chat online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El_5GzqHXxg
Whilst on her journey, she is stopping in to various primary schools and getting students to make some climate pledges. As a school, we will be making some pledges too in the near future. If you want to follow and support Elsie on her journey you can see her on Instagram @pedalfabf or visit the website https://pedalfabf.wordpress.com/
Well done Elsie. We’re immensely proud of you. You’re showing excellent resilience. Keep it up!
Reminder Year 11 Period 6 Mock Exam Support
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a number of Period 6 revision sessions in the lead up to and throughout Year 11 Mock examinations. We encourage all students to attend these sessions to receive extra support. These sessions will be carefully planned to maximise our students’ preparations for these important preparatory examinations. As a large coastally and rurally isolated school we will endeavour to offer free transport home to as many students as possible. This means that students are able to get home without having a negative impact on their parents’ working arrangements.
The period 6 bus routes will be as follows:
Bus 1 – Berrynarbor, Combe Martin & Lynton
Bus 2 – Woolacombe and Mortehoe
Three taxis will also take students home that would normally go home on smaller buses.
The Period 6 Mock Revision Sessions
Please see below for details of the sessions available.
The transport will run as follows:
1 Bus - Berrynarbor (4.40pm), Combe Martin (4.50pm) and Lynton (5.00 to 5.15pm)
2 Bus - Mortehoe (4.50pm), Woolacombe (5.00pm)
For students that live in smaller communities we look to get them home either in school transport, another bus or in a taxi (5.00pm)
These sessions will either be delivered in the same classroom that your child is taught or they will be informed of any changes on the day by the subject Head of Department.
We also understand that your child may have an identified Special Educational Need that would make it too difficult for them to extend their school day. For these reasons, we have asked these sessions are revision based rather than delivering new content.
This is a huge commitment from our teaching staff who are ready, willing and able to give up their own time to help support our students. We therefore hope that every child takes up the opportunity of attending every session with their specialist teachers as they are without doubt the best resource we have to offer them.
We hope that you can see that we are trying to do everything we can to support your child through the next year and hope that you will encourage your child to attend these high-quality sessions to give them every opportunity to reinforce their knowledge and allow them to fulfil their potential.
If you have any questions about the Period 6 sessions, please direct them towards Mrs Tilley (Head of Year 11) via her email address below.
Knowledge Organiser Half Term Expectations
We are really pleased with the students work ethic with regards to the KO’s , therefore the expectation for the students to do two pieces of home learning tonight (bearing in mind they have completed on today during prep time) . They will not be expected to do any prep throughout the half term break. Normal expectations of three pieces per night will resume on the 1st November.
Safeguarding – Unsupervised Party
We would like to pass on to Parents and Carers that we have it on good authority that an unsupervised youth party is being organised for tonight (Thurs 21st Oct) . We strongly advise that your child does not attend this event and that you closely monitor your child’s whereabouts this evening and over the weekend.
Measures that help to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19; please
speak with your child to support these measures at school.
Ensure LFD tests are taken twice weekly; we advise Sunday and Wednesday evenings, please report results to school
Please also make sure that a phone call is made to the school reception (01271 863427) for any positive cases.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Clean surfaces often, paying particular attention to surfaces touched often (e.g. light switches or electronic devices)
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag immediately and wash your hands
Wear a face covering in indoor, out of classroom, communal spaces at school and on public transport
Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day
Link to Covid 19 guidance is available here - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Public Health England has updated its parental guidance. Please see this link: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The guidance offers with answers to some frequently asked questions and includes NHS leaflets which explain the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.
I hope all our students and parents/carers enjoy a restful half term break and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 1st November.