Letter from the Headteacher - Almost Advent
Dear Parents and Carers
It’s been a short week at The Ilfracombe Academy, but we’ve still managed to pack lots of things in. Mr Law the newly appointed ‘Minister of Fun’ led a fantastic trip to the Champions League Manchester City vs PSG game. Mr Law will be giving us a full report next week. Mr Vale also led a Year 13 trip to Falmouth University to have a look at what they might expect when they go to university including their courses, facilities and accommodation.
Once again it is great the Covid figures have continued to stay low and we will, as ever, remain vigilant. To that end, please can parents continue to encourage their children to wear face coverings in school and to complete LFD testing on Sundays and Wednesdays each week.
Below are a few points that I would like to make parents/carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 29th November.
Children in Need Grand Total
A huge well done to Mrs Hill and her team for raising so much money for Children in Need. The grand total was £1,468.88. This is a fantastic sum of money and we are proud of our children for taking part in events across the week.
Target Setting & Progress Reporting
Thank you to all parents/carers that have already contributed to the ongoing review into target setting and progress reporting.
This review was launched on Wednesday 24th November via a letter to all parents/carers from Mr Twomey (Deputy Headteacher – curriculum and student outcomes).
We are thrilled with the response received so far. Your views, along with the views of staff and students will be used to inform changes from September 2022.
The survey closes at 7pm on Monday 29th November. A link to the survey has been provided below.
Sports Results - Year 10 Runners Up
Mr Law reported that the were extremely unlucky to end runners up in the Year 10 cup final. The game was evenly matched all the way with only thing separating the two teams being a controversial free kick and subsequent lucky bounce separated the two teams. Ilfracombe had plenty of chances but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. Towards the end when the Year 10s were pushing on for the equaliser Jessie R made some world class saves. Mr Law is hoping that Gareth Southgate took notice as he deserved a call up after that performance.
Every Ilfracombe player played extremely well and should be proud of getting to the final and putting in a fantastic performance. Sometimes we learn more from defeat and certainly today was one of those days. We will get them next year in the year 11 final!
Final score Ilfracombe 0-1 Park.
The Year 7 and 11 teams are playing their finals at the time of writing this letter and we hope that they can pull off some famous victories.
Romeo & Juliet
Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be a stunning production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The play will be performed on 17th and 18th February next year in St Christopher’s Hall. Tickets are available on Weduc: £12 for adults and £6 for children. Make sure you buy your tickets soon as this will definitely sell out fast.
Reminder Parent Morning & Afternoon Drop Off Concerns
A number of parents have complained the way some parents have been approaching the student drop off point before and after school. The complaints range from tail gating, aggression and blocking. School staff and parents have also mentioned their concern about the speed that some parents approach the drop off point as it could cause a catastrophic incident if a child was hit by a vehicle. We ask that all parents are respectful and courteous to each other at all times and that they take every effort to keep all our children safe as they arrive and leave the school.
In order to ensure everyone’s safety we would like to remind parents that they should approach the drop off and pick up point by driving down Worth Road from the John Fowler’s junction. We also ask that after parents have dropped off their child, they turn left out of the drop off and pick up point and continue down Worth Road. This allows parents to drive into the drop off point without crossing over the flow of traffic ensuring the process is completed safety and efficiently. School staff will be on hand to direct parents that way and we appreciate your understanding. This is especially necessary during the busy periods when lots of parents are dropping off and picking up at the same time as any vehicles that attempt to turn against the flow of traffic cause a huge amount of congestion. This can be frustrating for parents but ultimately dangerous for students that are trying to walk into school. Please see the link below that shows a video of how the process should work.
Furthermore, we also ask Parents to ensure that they don’t park on the pavement or any double yellow lines to ensure that all pedestrians are safe. It would be advisable that parents arrange to pick up their child away from the school site to increase safety, the flow of traffic and increase the likelihood of you getting away from the school site in good time.
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 our students and their parents/carers have a lovely weekend.