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Posted on: 06/11/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 8


Welcome back

It has been lovely to see our students return back to the Academy after the half term break. They have arrived back with enthusiasm and eagerness. Students are wearing their uniforms with pride and they are showcasing Hope Academy to the highest standard within the community.

Blended Learning Plan and Tier 2 (Rota Plan)

Within Section 5 of 'Guidance for Full Opening of Schools', the DFE sets out its expectations for what a school’s remote learning offer should be if a class, group or small number of students need to self-isolate, or if there is a local lockdown.

The government tiers for local areas are spoken about in a different context to the education tiers that we are to use. Please see below for a description:

Tier 1 - involves remaining fully open, as the government has been clear that ensuring schools and educational settings remaining open should be prioritised over other areas when restrictions are considered.

Tier 2 - asks secondary schools to adopt a rota system and further education (FE) colleges to limit on-site attendance, whilst all other settings, including alternative provision (AP) and special schools, remain fully open.

Tier 3 - requires secondary schools and FE colleges to limit on-site attendance to just vulnerable children and young people, the children of critical workers and selected year groups, other settings remain fully open. In the event of tier 3 local restrictions being implemented, the Department for Education will issue operational guidance for the affected area that will confirm which year groups should be prioritised.

Tier 4 - goes further to limit attendance to just vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers at all settings, excluding AP and special schools. Where there are no local restrictions in place, education provision should continue to remain fully open to all, and these tiers do not apply.

A page has been created to guide parents and to share the Tiered plan and Blended Learning Expectations. Please click here for further information.  


Year 8, 9 and 10 Virtual Information Events

We would like to invite parents/carers of years 8, 9 and 10 to attend a Virtual Information afternoon hosted by each Head of Year.  The meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 11th November. The meeting times and links for the event have been emailed out to parents. Heads of Year will be sharing important information about the year ahead, including guidance on your child’s report, the format of Parents’ Evenings next term and the Academy’s ‘Blended Learning’ Plans. We look forward to seeing you next week.




Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event

On Wednesday 11th November, we will be hosting the first of our Year 11 GCSE Preparing to Perform events between 3pm and 5pm. The purpose of our Preparing to Perform event is to give parents and students the opportunity to participate in subject specific workshops that you feel your child needs to focus on and which will then help them to prepare for the mock examinations commencing on Monday 30th November 2020. Subject staff have pre-recorded sessions which were added to our website on Tuesday 3rd November. It is imperative that families watch the workshops before they attend any of the live Q&A sessions. Each workshop will cover revision strategies as well as useful information for the mock examinations. To ensure that we are able to address as many questions as possible. We ask that questions are submitted prior to the meeting using the google form on our website. Click Here  to access website.


Extra-Curricular Timetable update

Unfortunately updated Government guidance this week has confirmed that we cannot continue to offer our afterschool provision for extra-curricular activities. Only facilities which provide a child care function for working parents are allowed to continue.  We are still however able to offer the Year 11 Raising Achievement Sessions related to exam preparation as this supports students with their forthcoming mock exams. Please encourage your children to still attend. Please see below timetable:





Remembrance Day – 11th November

We will be selling poppies at the academy up until the 11th November. To ensure we are selling these in the safest way possible, we will be distributing a poppy box and collection tin to each year group bubble. Poppies will be sold during Inspire time. Students will put their money in the tin and collect their own poppy. Please ensure students have the correct change as no change can be given. The poppies cost £1. 

On Wednesday, 11th November, students are welcome to come to the Academy wearing their cadet uniforms/scout uniforms. Can you please ensure that the uniform has not been worn for 72 hours prior to Wednesday to allow for the quarantine period.

The Academy will have a 2 minute silence at 11am that will begin with a reflection to remember the soldiers that have fought for our country, and to appreciate the soldiers that still fight today.  

Harvest Collection

I would like to say a huge thank you for all your donations for the Harvest Food Collection. We were overwhelmed with your generosity, we gave a massive 430kg this year!



Collecting Students Safely

Can I please remind all parents who drop-off and collect students at the end of the academic day to remain in vehicles. If for any reason you need to get out of your vehicle, please ensure that you wear a face mask. Please avoid parking or dropping off at the front of the school in the laybys close to the zebra crossing. It’s important that the area remains a car free zone for the safety of all students.

Kasia’s Reflection

Our first week back after the half term saw us reflecting upon the Saints. All Saints’ Day took place on the 1st November.  It is also known as All Hallows’ Day which is why Halloween takes place on the 31st October. In the Christian church it is a day where we remember all the saints of the church, both known and unknown, who have reached heaven, and all our deceased relatives and friends.

Saints, broadly speaking, are all people who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teaching. Throughout the New Testament, ‘saint’ is used to refer to all who believe in Jesus Christ and who followed His teachings. In other words, sainthood refers not simply to those who had faith in Christ, but more specifically to those who lived lives of virtuous action inspired by that faith. We ourselves can be saints in our lives by thinking of others and doing what we can to help those in need. It is these little actions of kindness that can bring the big effects of love into the world.

God of the Ages:

We praise you for all your servants who have done justice, loved mercy and walked humbly with you.

We praise you for all apostles and martyrs and saints of every time and place, who in life and death have witnessed Your truth and love.

Help us to live a life of goodness, where we can be saints in our everyday lives.


Dates for the diary

Please see important dates from now until the end of December

Wednesday 11th November

Y8/9/10 Parent Information event 3.00pm-4.00pm

Wednesday 11th November

Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event 1 3.00-5.00pm

Monday 30th November

Year 11 Mocks until 11th December

Tuesday 24th November

Y7/11 Individual Photographs

Tuesday 24th November

Journey of Hope virtual session – 6.00pm-7.00pm (Details on our website)

W/C 7th December

Y7 CATS/KS3 Progress tests

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