We continue to closely monitor and implement any required action following the daily Government advice we are receiving. Regular updates from the Principal will be communicated to parents via email and also posted here.
The academy is now closed and will reopen on Monday 7th September as follows:
We will be operating a staggered year group intake in the first week as identified below and online work will be set for year groups on days they are not expected in school during the first week. Please note normal school times apply.
Monday 7th September - Year 7 only
Tuesday 8th September - Years 7 and 11 only
Wednesday 9th September - Years 7, 10 and 11 only
Thursday 10th September - Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 only
Friday 11th September - All year groups
Entry to Site
Upon arrival at site, students travelling on public transport will be required to dispose of their masks in the bins provided, or if using non-disposable masks will need to store their mask in a plastic bag within their school bag. Students will wash their hands or use a hand sanitiser and then proceed to their year group bubble area for roll call. There will be multiple hand sanitiser points around the academy, but we would encourage students to carry their own also. I would be very grateful if parents and carers could support with this. Once registered, they will proceed to their tutor bases. In order to minimise congestion and to discourage cross year group (bubble) interaction, students should not wait for friends outside the academy.
Each year group will form a bubble and will be allocated a series of classrooms, an outdoor space, toilets and a roll call area. They will also be allocated a wet break area. Departments will be able to book specialised classrooms, eg. science labs, IT suites, catering room, but each room will only be used by one bubble per day and will be cleaned at the end of each day. In line with guidance, students will be seated in rows facing forwards. Secondary schools are allowed to have movement of students between classrooms within their bubbles for option subjects and core subjects for which students are set.
Teaching and Learning
Schemes of work are currently being reviewed by all subject areas to compensate for lost time and missed key areas of curriculum. We are also considering work missed by the year 6 students who will be joining us in September, to bridge the gap. Appropriate removal of students for intervention is allowed to proceed. Classroom procedures will extend to intervention room areas and intervention work will be planned by bubble.
Year 10 into 11 – Period 6
In order to lessen the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown and ensure students meet their potential in their Summer 2021 final exams, we have listened to feedback from Year 10 students and parents and will be extending the academy day to six periods for Year 11 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (3.40pm finish). I am very grateful to our teaching staff who have readily committed to the extra lesson preparation and delivery. This will add a vast number of learning hours for Year 11 across the year, will therefore be hugely beneficial to students and it is my hope that they fully commit to this intervention. Please discuss this with your child, and ensure that after school appointments are not booked on these days. The late bus will be operating on those days.
Equipment and Uniform
It is vital that all students come to school fully equipped as we will not be able to loan any and students will not be able to share. Students will be expected to wear their full academy uniform including tie and blazer. Please note that the government guidance no longer requires daily laundering.
On days when students have practical PE lessons, they will need to attend school wearing their full PE kit in line with our uniform policy. Our usual high expectations on uniform apply to PE kits. We are unable to provide changing facilities. PE lessons will follow strict risk assessed protocols.
I fully appreciate how hard lockdown has been for families. During the first few days at school, a well-being programme will be delivered via assembly, tutor time and lessons. Time will be devoted to ensuring that students have an opportunity to share any anxieties they are or have been feeling. If you feel your child would benefit from a one to one conversation with a member of the pastoral team, please contact their Director of Learning:
Year 7 Mrs Gavin firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8 Mr Munt email@example.com
Year 9 Mrs McHale firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10/11 Ms Molineaux-Inglis email@example.com
We have opted to retain our canteen service. There will be strict protocols in place for queueing and purchasing food. The canteen will be open for hot and cold food and will operate a one-way system, on a take away basis only. The dining area will be closed. Following their purchases, students will return to their allocated break/lunchtime bubble space. Students will only be allowed access to the canteen once per break so it is important that they buy everything they wish at that time. Many of you may consider sending your children with a packed lunch. We are not allowed to use the cash machine, so please ensure that your children’s lunch accounts are topped up. Please note that the water fountains are switched off and students must bring their own water to school.
Rules and Procedures
- To protect your children and our community, we will be enforcing the following protocols. On the first day each year group is on site, I will be outlining protocols for safety and classroom procedures. Every student will be expected to adhere to the guidelines issued. There will be a zero tolerance on the following:
- Breaking social distancing rules or leaving their seat without a legitimate reason
- Coughing or spitting to simulate any of the symptoms of COVID as a ‘joke’.
- Pretending to be ill or alleging other students are ill as a joke
- Passing or throwing any equipment around the teaching space that may potentially spread the virus
- Antagonising any other student about any issue to do with COVID
- Failing to follow any clear instruction given by any member of staff
- Deliberately breaching another bubble
If any of these rules are broken that may endanger members of the academy, the student concerned will immediately be removed from the area. Parents and carers will be contacted and the child will not be allowed back in class until a meeting has been held. The academy’s most serious sanctions will be considered and this may include fixed term exclusions or could lead to a permanent exclusion if the safety of other students or staff is seriously compromised.
Visitors to site
Only staff and current registered attending students will be allowed access to site. Parents and carers may access site by appointment only. Only one visitor at a time may enter reception, so you may be asked to wait outside for a short period of time. Social distancing is required at all times on site and all visitors will be expected to wear masks. Your understanding of this would be greatly appreciated.
It is my hope that the arrangements outlined above give you an insight to the ‘new normal’ that students will experience in September and that you will have confidence in the measures we are putting in place. I understand that there may be apprehension following the lengthy lockdown closure, but essentially it is in every student’s best interest to resume their learning and attendance by all in September is a government requirement. My very dedicated team of staff and I are working tirelessly, following government guidance, on the key priorities which are to ensure that students feel welcome and safe, can settle quickly into the best possible learning environment and are relaxed and happy. If you have any queries or questions about the new measures we are putting in place, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
We thank you all for your support and patience during this unprecedented period, and assure you that Six Villages will continue to plan the way forward with the best interest of every child in mind.
Mr P Slaughter
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
Government advice about not leaving your home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
The 111 online coronavirus service can provide more help if you are unsure what to do.
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
- Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.