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Co-Principals' Letters to Parents

16th July 2020
head@hattonacademy.org.uk

End of Year letter & Details for School Opening to All Pupils from September

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope this letter finds you and your family well. As we come to the end of the school year, it is a good time to reflect on what we have achieved, update you on important details for September and look forward to a successful 2020/2021.

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your continued support for the school and for working in partnership with us to ensure that your child ‘Aims for Excellence’.  Without us working together we could not have achieved so much. In the course of the year we opened our incredible W Block, Auditorium and Café. The student cast, band and tech crew performed and produced Oliver! across 3 sell out nights. We held our first ever Hatton Dance show, awarded 86 reading millionaires, handed out 341 Ambassador of the Week Certificates amongst many other successes across the academy.

Everyone at Hatton continues to be very proud of the academic performance of our students, we were once again the top performing school in the county in regards to progress and the exceptional results placed Sir Christopher Hatton in the top 1% of schools in the country. 

You can view our end of year ‘Celebration’ here which includes a video from our Student Influencers.

Plans for Reopening of the Academy to all Pupils

The plan for the opening of the academy to all students has taken on board the guidance published by the government on July 2nd 2020.

Whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the office of National
Statistics analysis on coronavirus related deaths linked to occupations, suggest that student and staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations. They say there is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults do.

We will minimise, where possible, the number of contacts that a student has during the school day, outside of their year group or VI Form ‘bubble’ to help reduce the risk of transmission in school.  All our protocols and risk assessments are being updated for September in order that you can be confident we are managing risk effectively.

The guidance states that attendance to schools will be mandatory for all pupils from September. In line with Government guidance the academy will be implementing a staggered start and end of the day for all year groups.

We are going to outline the plan in bullet points as we hope that makes it easier to understand;
when I talk about a year group, it is the year group your child will move into in September.

To help support students in the return to full time education in the first week of the new academic year your child should arrive for their first session on site as detailed in the tables below:

Arrangements for September

Date

Year 7

Wednesday 2nd September

Arrival:13:00 Departure:14:40 - Venue Auditorium (W Block)

Thursday 3rd September

Arrival:8.35 Departure:14:40 - Tutor rooms in W Block

Friday 4th September

Arrival:8.35 Departure:14:40 - Tutor rooms in W Block

Monday 7th September onwards

Arrival:8.35 Departure:14:40 - Tutor rooms in W Block

 

Date

Year 8

Wednesday 2nd September

Not in school

Thursday 3rd September

Arrival:8:40 Departure:14.45 - Venue Auditorium

Friday 4th September

Arrival:8:40 Departure:14.45 - Tutor rooms in D block

Monday 7th September onwards

Arrival:8:40 Departure:14.45 - Tutor rooms in D block

 

Date

Year 9

Wednesday 2nd September

Not in school

Thursday 3rd September

Not in school

Friday 4th September

Arrival: 8:50 Departure:14:50 - Venue Auditorium

Monday 7th September onwards

Arrival 8:50 departure 14:50Tutor rooms- middle floor C block

 

Date

Year 10

Wednesday 2nd September

Not in school

Thursday 3rd September

Not in school

Friday 4th September

Arrival: 9:00 Departure:14:55 - Venue Main hall

Monday 7th September onwards

Arrival: 9:00 Departure:14:55 Tutor rooms middle floor C block

 

Date

Year 11

Wednesday 2nd September

Not in school

Thursday 3rd September

Arrival: 9:10 Departure:15:00 - Venue Main Hall

Friday 4th September

Arrival: 9:10 Departure:15:00 - Tutor rooms in A Block

Monday 7th September onwards

Arrival: 9:10 Departure:15:00 - Tutor rooms in A block

 

Date

Year 12/13

Wednesday 2nd September

Arrival:13:30 Departure:15:00 - Venue Main hall

Thursday 3rd September

Arrival: 9:30 Departure:15:00 Tutor rooms

Friday 4th September

Arrival: 09:30 Departure: 15:00 Tutor rooms

Monday 7th September onwards

Year 12 Arrival: 9.05 Departure 15:00

Year 13 Arrival: 8:55 Departure 15:00

  • Students travelling by bus must wear a mask and sit with their year group - this applies to school and public bus.
  • All students will be expected to wear full uniform when they arrive in school.
  • The library will not be open for books during break and lunch times, but our Accelerated Reader programme will continue.
  • Years 7 to 13 will operate in a year bubble with allocated locations across the academy. They will only leave their bubble for access to specialist teaching areas.
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 will study their full curriculum including all option subjects. They will use the specialist facilities where possible or study the theoretical aspects of the courses in the short term.
  • Students with Special Educational Needs will be supported by Teaching Assistants that will be attached to a specific year group and with Teaching Assistants based in the same location.
  • At the location of each bubble there will be a support team consisting of Heads of Year and Teaching Assistants. Our normal behaviour policy applies, this includes after school reflections (detentions). An updated behaviour policy addendum will be available on the website.
  • Students are expected to bring in their own pencil cases which should include as a minimum: a black pen, a red pen, a pencil, a ruler and a scientific calculator. Students in Year 7 – 9 are also expected to have a DEAR (reading) book.
  • The canteen will not be operating as normal. Students will be expected to order food during form time via their form tutors from a limited menu, this food will be delivered to each bubble during lunch time- Please also ensure your child brings in enough drinking water to last them the day.
  • Homework will continue to be set through Edulink.
  • Parents are only allowed on site by prior agreement - we will continue to communicate with you by email and telephone or arrange a remote meeting.
  • All students will stay in their bubble at break and lunch.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in each classroom, we would strongly recommend students also bring their own hand sanitiser, along with tissues.
  • Face masks are not required but you may choose for your child to wear one.

- If your child chooses to wear a mask they should be plain in colour with no emblems

  • Students will not have to social distance but must remain in their year group bubbles.
  • Government guidance states that where possible staff should remain a 2 metre gap between themselves and students.
  • Entrance and Exit to the school site - Initially Students will only be able to enter an exit the academy site through the main entrance off the Pyghtle. The gates onto Cedar Way and on to the Hemmingwell estate will remain locked.

 

Earlier this week many of you joined our remote meeting in relation to the opening of the academy to all pupils from September, the slides to the presentation can be accessed by following this link.

Actions parents/carers and children must agree to:

Children must not come into school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in the last 7 days.

The symptoms are:

A new, continuous cough or high temperature, or has a loss of, change in, their normal sense of taste or smell.

  • If anyone in the household develops symptoms, then they must contact the school as a matter of urgency.
  • All children will be required to wash/sanitise their hands upon arrival and follow the guidance displayed in school. Hands must be washed or sanitised frequently throughout the day.

Engagement with the NHS Test and Trace process

Parents/ carers must also be ready and willing to:

  • Book a test if a child is displaying symptoms.
  • Make arrangements to collect their child immediately if children are displaying symptoms or agree to them being sent home.
  • Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with (outside of school) if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops symptoms or someone who tests positive or coronavirus.

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/), or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.

We fully appreciate there is a great deal of information outlined in this letter, once again we thank you for your ongoing support, if you have any further questions please email: head@hattonacademy.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Nick Salisbury and Alastair Mitchell
Co-Principals' Sir Christopher Hatton Academy