Letter from the Headteacher - Easter Holidays
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of another good but challenging term, I think that everyone can be proud of what we have all achieved. Thank you to all our staff for picking up extra cover; to students showing resilience in the face of adversity and to our parents and carers for your support and messages of encouragement. I wrote to you last week explaining how we will return to school on Monday 25th April. At this stage this plan is unchanged but I will communicate any updates with you towards the end of the Easter Holiday if we receive any further guidance.
Please see some positive points of interest over the last week and some key information in readiness for our return.
The Ilfracombe Academy Gazette
Please be aware that we are a nut-free school. We have a number of students and staff with severe nut allergies. Under no circumstances should any products containing nuts be brought onto the school site.
Year 11 – Period 6 Revision Sessions & Transport
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a number of Period 6 revision sessions in preparation for the Year 11 summer examinations. We encourage all students to attend these sessions to receive extra support and help to ensure they are able to maximise their full potential this summer. Due to the number of subjects to cover and the loss of Monday 2nd May (bank holiday), we will offer two further sessions during curriculum lessons in June.
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.
Revision Session 3.25 to 4.25pm
Mon 25th April
Tues 26th April
Wed 27th April
Thurs 28th April
Mon 2nd May
Bank Holiday (period created somewhere else)
Tues 3rd May
Wed 4th May
Option A – Spanish, History Geography, Food Technology, French, DT
Thurs 5th May
Option B- PE, Music, History, Health & Social Care, Geography
Mon 9th May
Tues 10th May
Wed 11th May
Thurs 12th May
Option C –PE, IT, History, Health & Social Care, Geography, Food Tech, DT
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)
3 Bus/Taxi For students that live in smaller communities we will look to get them home either on 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. 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 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.
Sixth Form vs Year 11 Football Match – Thursday 7th April
A crowd gathered to watch a thrilling and closely contested Year 11 vs Sixth Form football match. This is the first one we’ve played since the pandemic. The windy conditions were very challenging with both sides having a number of scoring opportunities. However, Izaac Hughes showed a touch of class late on in the second half by smashing the ball into the top lefthand corner of the net. A great occasion that raised some money for charity with the only negative point being that the spectators were pretty cold.
Legendary Brothers - Ukrainian Charity Event
On Friday 18th March Rhys (Y7) returned to Berrynarbor Primary School where he was a former student to run a charity stall alongside his younger brother Jared (Y5). The boys baked a mountain of tasty treats and made keyrings with all proceeds going to support Ukrainian relief funds. The boys organised the entire event and together raised £435.50 (just over £200 coming from the cake and keyring sale). The staff were very proud of the boys’ achievement and wanted to share their success with us.
Willy Wonka Week
Last week so the return of ‘Willy Wonka Week’. This is our year 7 cross-curricular literacy week and showed our students involved in demonstrating their literacy skills in a wide range of subjects. From popping candy experiments in science to researching great mathematicians in maths. From describing the Willy Wonka chocolate room in English to creative lettering in Art, students were all working hard to gain some ‘Golden Tickets’ for amazing work. Prizes were awarded for the tutor group with the most tickets and for individual efforts in the year group. Congratulations to 7JCO for beating off stiff competition from other groups and winning the coveted tutor prize with a whopping 75 golden tickets.
Well done Year 7! Ms Walsh
Focus on Knowledge Organisers
The Senior Leadership Team are delighted with the improvement in quality of Year 10 knowledge Organiser work. A number of students have received positives today to reward their hard work. We will be focusing on Year 9 after Easter.
Living with Covid - What is the future plan?
As mentioned earlier, the Government has now updated its “Living with Covid”. As you know a number of our staff have been ill, but many have mentioned that under normal circumstances they would only have been unable to attend school/work on 2 to 3 days out of the 10 that they were having to stay at home. It is, therefore, time for our learning community to start to live with Covid and get back to normal as soon as we possibly can. However, we will take a balanced approach to this new way of working as follows:
Measures leading up to Easter break
· Students and staff can use their own discretion to wear a face covering both in school and on school transport
Assemblies in St Christopher’s Hall will continue to be delivered remotely until the Easter holidays.
Hand sanitising before and after each lesson will still be recommended
Enhanced cleaning in school of regular touch points will continue
Ventilation maximised with classroom doors and windows being open
Mechanical ventilation units continue to operate at maximum capacity
Staff and students can use their own discretion to LFD test if they have symptoms during the week leading up to the Easter Holidays. Please also note that the school will not be issuing any further LFD tests from this point forward.
Measures after Easter - What happens if my child is ill (from 25th April)
· The school will be moving back to our pre-pandemic procedures where parents are requested to inform the school if their child is ill.
· New guidance states that children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
· These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections, such as flu
The Government has removed the need to LFD test but what happens if parents decide to purchase a test for their child?
· If parents/carers decide that they wish to purchase their child or young person aged 18 a test that subsequently returns a positive Covid 19 result, the child or young person should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when they are most infectious.
· Please note that the academy will not be issuing any further tests to students or staff
What if my child was originally part of an extremely vulnerable group?
· People who are eligible for community COVID-19 treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. People in this group will be contacted directly and sent lateral flow tests to keep at home for use if they have symptoms as well as being told how to reorder tests.
Other measures that the school will action from 25th April?
· Face to face assemblies will return from Monday 25th April.
· Regular hand sanitising is still recommended
· Ventilation maximised with classroom doors and windows being open
· Mechanical ventilation units continue to operate at maximum capacity
· Students and staff can use their own discretion to wear a face covering both in school and on school transport, but it won’t be recommended and the school will not be issuing face coverings to students
These measures will be reviewed during the period up to May half term and we will continue to take advice from the DfE and PHE as and when needed.
The school will continue to keep a close eye on any new developments and/or guidance and will communicate this with Parents, students and staff at that point.
On behalf of all the staff at The Ilfracombe Academy, I hope you all have a nice weekend with your family and friends.
Steve Rogers (Headteacher)