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Letter from the Headteacher - May Day

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a good start to the new summer term with a number of Year 11 students engaging in the Period 6 revision programme and the extra-curricular clubs going straight back into full swing. The Year 11 and 13 students have some crucial weeks ahead of them and we’re doing everything we can to support them leading up to and through the summer examinations. We are aware that some students have part-time jobs but it is concerning that some of them say that they can’t attend a revision session because of a work commitment. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is that your child’s main focus at this time is their exams. To that end we would appreciate it parents and carers could talk to their children and their potentially their child’s employer to ensure an appropriate work schedule is in place at this time. We would also really appreciate it if parents and carers could encourage their child to prioritise the revision sessions in the last two weeks leading up to their exams. We hope that everyone enjoys the Bank Holiday weekend and we’ll see the students again on Tuesday 3rd May.

Please see some information that we would like you to aware of leading up to the week beginning 3rd May.

Joe Hatch Stars for Wales U16 in the UEFA development tournament.

During the Easter Holidays, Year 10 student Joe Hatch was selected to represent Wales U16 in the UEFA development tournament. This was Joe first international call up. He scored twice in three games in the group stages of the tournament against Spain and Turkey and scored a crucial penalty in the Wales victory in the penalty shootout.

Congratulations Joe, we are all extremely proud of you and you are a true example of hard work and determination can make your dreams come true. You are inspiring us all and we are looking forward to watching your continued development!

Mr Law


This week we were blessed with beautiful weather for our first round in the North Devon Schools Athletics Meet. We took a whopping 47 students and it was fabulous to see so many students out representing the Academy. They were, as always, an utter delight to supervise demonstrating courage, hope and resilience against tough competition. We came away from the event in 4th position overall. A pleasing result.

Extra special mentions to so many of our athletes. In Year 7 our top performers included Mia B, who secured herself 2nd place in Javelin and 3rd in 100m and Long Jump, and Rhys W who was super bouncy over the high jump winning 3rd.

Year 8 was the best represented in terms of numbers and we have so many mentions. Rosie W came 2nd in 800m; Tilly L was 2nd in discus Mattie T came 3rd in long jump. Joel G claimed our first, first place 🥇 of the night in 100m - sprinting a phenomenal 13.57 sec. He also went on to get 3rd in Javelin. Sam K, Jackson J and Bertie S also secured third place in each of their events.

We sadly didn’t have any year 9 girls due to a DofE trip. But the boys came away strong. Reece H got another 🥇 in discus whilst Max P came 2nd in 200m.

Finally, our Year 10s demonstrated true leadership across the evening. Morgan P came away with a 2nd in triple jump and 3rd in 800m. Whilst Beatrice also managed to get a 3rd in long jump. Oscar smashed the 1500m coming in 2nd.

An exhausting but thoroughly eventful evening. Well done to all. We are super proud of you.

Special thanks to Mrs Hill, Mrs Ball, Miss Andrew and Mr Hall for helping me organise the teams and running different events throughout the evening - we couldn’t have done it without you

Miss Norris (Head of PE)

Reminder 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 pleasant bank holiday weekend with your family and friends.

Yours Sincerely

Steve Rogers


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