Letter from the Headteacher - Keep Going
Dear Parents and Carers
It has been great to see the school start to get back to a bit of normality now that the home testing process is fully up and running. This has allowed our staff and students to concentrate on teaching and learning. A number of staff have commented on how nice it has been to see and hear our children being involved in extra-curricular activities after school. This is something that we’ve all missed as it’s such an important part of our school.
We are also delighted by the fantastic attitude the Year 11 and 13 students have displayed toward their mock examinations.
The latest guidance from Ofqual was released yesterday and our senior leadership team and teachers will be looking closely at that guidance to ensure our assessment and moderation processes are robust, consistent and fair.
Once again, I will look to pick out a few highlights from the week and offer some reminders to ensure that everything runs really well next week.
Red Nose Day
Once again, a huge thank you to Mrs Hill and the Prefects for arranging a highly successful Red Nose Day. The students and staff raised and amazing £683.22 as well as many donations to the foodbank. This will all go towards those that need it most within our community during these incredibly challenging times.
We are a Nut-Free School
We have a number of students and staff who have life-threatening allergies to nuts. This is predominantly related to peanuts, tree nuts and almonds although the allergies and reactions range across all types of nut. These foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death. Even touching contaminated surfaces may cause a reaction. Please do not send nuts of any sort or any products that contain any type of nuts as part of the ingredients for lunch or snacks. Although products with disclaimers identifying that the product may contain traces due to manufacturing methods rarely contain even the slightest trace, these should also be avoided where possible. Thank you for your support in keeping our students and staff safe.
Remote Learning Feedback
Many thanks to those parents and carers who have completed the Microsoft Form on remote learning during the lockdown from January to the start of this week. It is great to have the students back in school and we obviously do not wish to have the students working at home for a prolonged period again. If you have not yet had opportunity to respond to this questionnaire, please do so by following the link below by Thursday 1st April.
Parents/Carers Picking Up & Dropping off Their Child & Accessible Parking
Thank you again to the Parents/Carers who are following the designated pick up times for their child and using the designated pick up and drop off bay. However, please could we once again appeal to all drivers to approach the school along Worth Road rather than up the hill to reduce any congestion. Please see the link for guidance how to use the pick-up & drop off bay. https://www.ilfracombeacademy.org.uk/post/dropping-students-school. Parents should also 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 for parents to arrange to pick up their child away from the school site to increase safety, the flow of traffic and increase the likelihood of getting away from the school site in good time. The Police were having to move some parents away from double yellow lines this week which is a real concern. Please can parents ensure that they do not drive down through the longer staff car park on Worth road as students will be walking through that area towards their bus. We have also asked parents that need to use the accessible parking bay at the front of school to drop their children at school at 9.05am so that we can ensure all our students walking to school are safe.
Year 11 & 13
As you are already aware, both year 11 and year 13 students are currently undergoing their mock examinations which will finish by the Easter holidays. After Easter, students in Year 11 and Year 13 will have a further four weeks of face to face teaching before completing some additional mini assessments in a classroom setting. These assessments are due to be completed by May half term (Friday 28th May).
A number of students and parents have begun enquiring as to when the final day of school will be for students in Year 11 and Year 13. Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to provide you with a definitive date at this stage. We are currently in negotiations with Devon County and other local schools to finalise an agreed date for Year 11 and Year 13 to finish this academic year. Additionally, we are still waiting on further guidance from the Department of Education on this matter.
We will, of course, inform you of a date as soon as this has been agreed. We appreciate that the current circumstances are frustrating but are hopeful that this can be resolved in the not too distant future. In the meantime, we would encourage you to keep an eye on any correspondence that the school sends out.
If you have any further questions or concerns at this stage, please contact the relevant Head of Year or Pastoral Coordinator.
The home testing will continue through the rest of this term and students will be receiving a new box of test for use in the Easter holidays. It is essential that everyone who has consented to testing continues to test themselves on Sunday and Wednesday each week including the last Sunday of the Easter holiday (Sunday 18th). This is to ensure that our community remains safe and that we can all focus on teaching and learning in school. Social media reminders will be sent out each Sunday and Wednesday to help students keep to the testing schedule.
Completing the Test
Please see the link below for NHS guidance video on how students can complete the LFT CV19 test at home. Also, the attached guide gives further details and guidance.
Reporting Your Results to the NHS
Report your result so the NHS can monitor the spread of the virus, support communities across the UK, combat the virus and save lives. You can report your results online by visiting www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Alternatively, you can call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines), the lines are open 7am to 11pm.
Reporting Results to School
In addition to reporting all results to the NHS we would also like parents and carers to inform the school of only any positive or void test results that you record at home. Please email: email@example.com If your child has a void result we are happy to offer them an in school LFD test the next day they are in school.
Parents and Carers please see the latest DfE guidance for schools
As ever, the school will continue to monitor and make any adjustments in our way of working in line with any further guidance. This guidance will always be clearly communicated to our students and their parents/carers.
I hope all our students and their families enjoy the weekend.