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Posted on: 05/03/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 22

We are very excited to be welcoming our students back to the Academy from Monday 8th March – it will be wonderful for our community to all be back under the same roof again!

Whilst we will be welcoming students back by year group, live teaching via remote learning will continue for students who remain at home until their designated return date. For example, year 7 students will access remote learning on Monday and Tuesday and then return to school on Wednesday 10th March.

You will have received a letter today which details important information regarding the full re-opening of the Academy which is crucial that you and your children are aware of the plans and extra safety measures we have put in place which are designed to minimise the spread of coronavirus. Click HERE to access my letter to parents/carers.

Remote Learning

As you are aware, Kasia, our Chaplain has been collecting examples of work each week to create a celebration of student work – I hope you enjoy this week’s final compilation https://youtu.be/OGjTHIOHiM0

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weekly summary  – we are extremely proud of how our student community has risen to the challenges of remote learning and would like to acknowledge the support that they have received from you, their parents and carers! Not forgetting our dedicated Academy staff: teachers, pastoral, teaching assistants, administration, facilities, welfare and last, but by no means least, the Caterlink team.

We are currently working on plans to celebrate the amazing work students have produced and also the wide variety of achievements during lockdown.  Watch this space.

Bounceback Curriculum

You will have undoubtedly have heard much in the press about the need for students to ‘catch up’.The majority of lessons during this lockdown have been ‘live’ via TEAMs and as such, we have continued to deliver the curriculum as planned.As you are aware from your child’s reports, parent consultation meetings and other academy communications, we are on the whole happy with the level of engagement and progress students have made.All subjects will start new curriculum topics when students return to school to help remove any anxiety some children may have if they have not been able to fully engage with lessons for whatever reason.Where individual students have experienced difficulty in certain areas, we will identify this and provide additional support in order to monitor their ongoing progress.

Last week we asked students to complete a ‘Return to School’ survey which highlighted that 90% felt the main thing they missed about school was their friends.Although we will of course be focusing on the curriculum and learning outcomes, we also need to appreciate the importance of students being able to attend school with their friends and enjoy the benefits of working with their teachers in person and most importantly, spending time socialising with their peers and enjoying as wide a variety of activities as possible.This has so many emotional benefits to children of all ages.

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

As you are aware the GCSE summer examination series will not be going ahead this year.We have arranged an information evening for Year 11 parents on Wednesday 10th March at 6.00pm so that we can share the results of the recent government consultation.Please click HERE for further information.

REMINDER TO ALL STUDENTS – Stranger Danger

We have been advised by the local authority of a number of reported incidents that have occurred within St Helens.

The first occurred on Sunday near Carr Mill Dam, where a white van and blue car pulled up to a student and behaved suspiciously. The second occurred on Thursday where a pupil reported they had been followed by a male from McDonalds (St Helens town centre).

Appropriate actions have been followed by agencies, but please make sure that your children are aware and advise them to stay away from poorly lit areas and remain in small, socially distanced group when out in the community.

National Careers Week