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Letter from the Headteacher - Prior Preparation

Updated: May 16

Dear Parents and Carers,

We had another good week with departments reporting that more students have been attending the Year 11 Period 6 revision and large number of students have been enjoying various extra-curricular clubs. We also wish our Ten Tors Team the best of luck in their endeavour to complete the challenge on Dartmoor this weekend. They have been training and planning really hard for the event and we have our fingers crossed that they have good weather.

Please see some information that we would like you to aware of leading up to the week beginning 9th May.

Year 11 & 13 Exams Letter

Mr Twomey (Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum and Student Outcomes) has written a letter to parents explaining this summer’s examination process in detail.


Exam timetables can be found on our website here Exam Timetables 2022 | TheIlfracombeAcademy

Remaining Year 11 Period 6 Mock Revision Sessions


​Revision Session 3.25 to 4.25pm

​Mon 9th May


​Tues 10th May


​Wed 11th May

Science (Chemistry)

​Thurs 12th May

​Option C –PE, IT, History, Health & Social Care, Geography, Food Tech, DT

The transport will run as follows:

​Bus/Taxi No

​Bus Route and approximate drop off time

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)

Primary Transition

Mr Cronin (Deputy Headteacher Student and Family Support) will be welcoming all the Year 6 students from our local Primary Schools on Friday 13th May to celebrate Friendship Day. The students will have the opportunity to socialise; get to know each other and will be covering topics such as our school values and online safety.

Mr Tilley has also recently taken up his original role as the Permeant Head of Year 7. This means that he will have overall responsibility and take each new Year 7 cohort through their first year at the Ilfracombe Academy. In addition, he will have a strong focus on primary transition and will liaise closely with the primary Year 5 and 6 teachers, as well as our SEND team, to ensure that the move into secondary education runs as smoothly as possible. Annually, our Head of Year 11 will rotate down to Year 8.

As a result, we are happy to announce that Mrs Tilley and Mr Cohen will be the Heads of Year 8 in September.

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 weekend with your family and friends.

Yours Sincerely

Steve Rogers


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