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Letter from the Headteacher - Working Together

Dear Parents and Carers


It’s been another busy week at The Ilfracombe Academy. The Year 11 and 13 students have now finished their mock exams. The Year 13 students were fantastic throughout that process. The vast majority of Year 11 students were also highly motivated. Unfortunately, a small minority were quite disruptive during the afternoon exam booster sessions. We will therefore ensure that disruptive students will be taken to a separate room to ensure that the interventions are disruption free and high quality. We welcomed a large number of Year 11s to the period 6 sessions after school showing their resilience and determination to do well in these exams.


Once again it is great the Covid figures have continued to stay low and we will, as ever, remain vigilant. To that end, please can parents continue to encourage their children to wear face coverings in school and to complete LFD testing on Sundays and Wednesdays each week.


Below are a few points that I would like to make parents/carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 22ndNovember.


Sports Results

The Year 7 football team have booked their place in the final after a thrilling match against Bideford. Ilfracombe had to come from behind twice but ended up winning the match 5 – 3. They join the Year 10 and 11 teams in the finals. The Year 9s did amazingly well to qualify for the semi-finals but unfortunately lost their match against a very strong Park School team. The girls will have another netball tournament soon and we hope that more year groups will represent their school.


Parent Morning & Afternoon Drop Off Concerns

A number of parents have complained the way some parents have been approaching the student drop off point before and after school. The complaints range from tail gating, aggression and blocking. School staff and parents have also mentioned their concern about the speed that some parents approach the drop off point as it could cause a catastrophic incident if a child was hit by a vehicle. We ask that all parents are respectful and courteous to each other at all times and that they take every effort to keep all our children safe as they arrive and leave the school.


In order to ensure everyone’s safety we would like to remind parents that they should approach the drop off and pick up point by driving down Worth Road from the John Fowler’s junction. We also ask that after parents have dropped off their child, they turn left out of the drop off and pick up point and continue down Worth Road. This allows parents to drive into the drop off point without crossing over the flow of traffic ensuring the process is completed safety and efficiently. School staff will be on hand to direct parents that way and we appreciate your understanding. This is especially necessary during the busy periods when lots of parents are dropping off and picking up at the same time as any vehicles that attempt to turn against the flow of traffic cause a huge amount of congestion. This can be frustrating for parents but ultimately dangerous for students that are trying to walk into school. Please see the link below that shows a video of how the process should work.


https://www.ilfracombeacademy.org.uk/post/dropping-students-school.


Furthermore, we also ask Parents to 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 that parents arrange to pick up their child away from the school site to increase safety, the flow of traffic and increase the likelihood of you getting away from the school site in good time.


Community Consultations

Behaviour for Learning Consultation/Review

Mr Cronin will be leading a Behaviour For Learning consultation/review the week beginning 29th November. This consultation will take the opinions of all stakeholders including students, staff and parents. The initial survey will be with students.


Target Grades & Progress Reporting

Mr Twomey will be leading a Target Grades & Progress Reporting consultation/review the week beginning 29th November. Once again, this consultation will take the opinions of all stakeholders including Students, Staff and Parents. The initial survey will start with parents.


Measures that help to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19; please

speak with your child to support these measures at school.


Do:

  • Ensure LFD tests are taken twice weekly; we advise Sunday and Wednesday evenings, please report results to school

  • Please also make sure that a phone call is made to the school reception (01271 863427) for any positive cases.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Clean surfaces often, paying particular attention to surfaces touched often (e.g. light switches or electronic devices)

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag immediately and wash your hands

  • Wear a face covering in indoor, out of classroom, communal spaces at school and on public transport

  • Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day


Link to Covid 19 guidance is available here - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)



Public Health England has updated its parental guidance. Please see this link: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


The guidance offers with answers to some frequently asked questions and includes NHS leaflets which explain the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.



I hope our students and their parents/carers have a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely




Steve Rogers

Headteacher

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