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Letter from the Headteacher - Planning For Next Year

Dear Parents and Carers

Time rolls on and the weather has been kind, meaning we’ve all enjoyed some sunshine throughout the week. We were really pleased to hear that our Y12 students returned negative PCR tests and as a community we certainly seem to be more fortunate than some other local secondary schools who have reported a number of Covid 19 infections. For that reason, it is essential that we all remain vigilant by continuing to wear face coverings (unless exempt) on the corridors and following social distancing measures as we move towards the end of term. We also encourage students to continue using the lateral flow tests twice a week so we can keep our community safe.

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.

Senior Students Appointed

The Head Girl and Head Boy interviews took place this week. The panel were incredibly impressed by the students’ applications and interviews. We are delighted to announce the following appointments:

Head Girl: Jess Addie

Head Boy: Pat Howard

Deputy Head Boy: James Powell

Deputy Head Girl: Ellie Marshall

RSE Day Celebration

The PCRE department has been celebrating RSE Day where schools were invited to celebrate excellent Relationships and Sex Education that promotes the wellbeing of children. Students have been nominating members of our school community who they think show inspiring qualities of what a positive respectful relationship should be like. We received over 100 nominations for both students and staff. This response was a heart-warming reflection of how our staff and students model positive relationships with each other and shows how our school values of respect and kindness are demonstrated on a daily basis.

Year 10 Careers Event – Flossy and Jim

As a part of our careers programme, we were fortune to have Lynette from ‘Flossie and Jim’ join us with a virtual session for our Year 10 students on Tuesday morning. Their journey had its ups and downs and they have produced an incredible brand with creativity. Lynette took us through how they shaped the company from the ground up. This included how to motivate oneself at times of desperation and that resilience is key in achieving your goals. The students were engaged and were keen to check out more of the creative work from Flossy and Jim. We really appreciate the support with our careers programme. Many thanks to Lynette. Trendy Fun Kids Clothing And Gifts | Flossy and Jim

Y10 Duke of Edinburgh Students

The Y10 Silver Expedition Team completed their practice expedition last week with a gruelling 18 mile route on day 2 carrying full equipment around the North Devon coastline and countryside. The group displayed excellent teamwork and communication as they navigated their way around the route which started in Lee, where they had camped the previous night, to Roadway Farm above Woolacombe. The weather was kind with a mixture of light cloud and sunshine and a welcome cooling breeze. All were in good spirits on arrival in camp despite being out for nine and a half hours! They were certainly glad to remove their boots and cook themselves a good evening meal followed by marshmallow toasting around the camp fire. Needless to say, they all slept very well.

The qualifying expedition starts on 30th June with the route over three days covering approximately 45 miles. The students are really looking forward to the challenge. We wish them luck and are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

Education Secretary’s Exams 2022 Announcement

Gavin Williamson announced on Wednesday that it was highly likely that next year's A-levels and GCSEs in England are likely to face "adjustments" so that students would not be at a disadvantage due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. He was confident that exams will take place next year but felt it was likely that some modifications would have to be implemented. We will report any further developments to students and their parents as we receive them from the DfE and Ofqual. The school’s advice to students is that they remain focused and take every opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding so that they are fully prepared for their assessments next year in whatever form they take.

Year 6 Summer School

Last week we announced our Year 6 summer school which will run between 9th to 13th August. The response was overwhelmingly positive with the spaces being filled in a few days. We look forward to working with our new students in the future.

Yr11 – Leavers Event Second Reminder

In line with the recent announcement that the unlocking process and the relaxation of CV19 restrictions has been postponed for four weeks, we are making changes to our Y11 leavers’ event. This is to align our school’s position with Government guidance and something our governing body has insisted we do. Thus making sure we are compliant with national guidelines. The decision has been taken to postpone the event until Tuesday 20th July 5-7pm. The theme and elements to the evening will remain the same as before. It is just a change of date. Letting you know this now should give you plenty of warning to make any necessary arrangements around pickups/drop offs and any working commitments your son/daughter may have. You will receive further communication about this event in the coming days, along with an LFT CV19 testing kit which will need to be done on the morning of the event.

PE Shorts Reminder

As you know, we have asked students to wear their PE kit to school so that they do not need to use the changing rooms in order to promote good social distancing. On the whole this has worked well and students have worn their correct PE kit. However, as the weather has become warmer a number of staff and students have raised concerns about female students wearing Lycra Nike Pro shorts. These shorts are not on the agreed PE kit list and we ask that parents and carers ensure their child wears the correct PE kit to school.

Face Coverings

As we mentioned earlier in the letter we strongly encourage students to continue to wear face coverings on the corridors and in places where they cannot easily socially distance. Its important that students remember that the face covering is specifically about protecting other people and its everyone’s responsibility to wear them correctly at the appropriate times.

Home Testing

We strongly encourage all students to continue to use LFT tests twice week. These should be completed on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. This will allow us to work together to keep everyone safe.

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.

Guidance video - Covid 19 home testing

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: positiveorvoid@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk If your child has a void result then we would be happy to offer them an in school LFD test the next day they are in school.

The school will retain a small test centre for those students who might struggle to complete their tests at home. However, this centre will only have a very small capacity as we need the space to create as many student support rooms for SEND students or those that are engaging with Covid catch up. Therefore, we strongly encourage parents and carers for their children to complete the tests at home. This is to allow the school to focus on teaching and learning and pastoral support.

DfE Guidance

Parents and Carers please see the latest DfE guidance for schools (updated 18th June)


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.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Rogers


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