Letters to Parents
Principal Half Term Newsletter 22.10.20
22 October 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Re: Half Term Newsletter
I am writing to express my thanks for your support during the first half term of this academic year and to update you ahead of next half term.
As the pandemic progresses, our whole community is facing challenges and our collaboration and support for each other has never been more important. You will be aware that the current COVID-19 alert level in Nottingham is High, with new 2,237 new cases recorded in the seven days to 16 October – the equivalent of 672.0 cases per 100,000 people.
On each occasion that we have been informed of a positive COVID-19 test within the Academy, we have followed the latest government guidelines and worked closely with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps were taken as quickly as possible. This has included asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate, as a precautionary measure, ensuring the Academy continues to be a safe teaching and learning environment for as many pupils and staff as possible.
Communicating Positive tests to the Academy over the Half Term Break
During the half term break (17/10/20 to 02/10/20) please can we ask that parents inform Nottingham Academy about any positive COVID-19 tests.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please inform the school by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information:
- Your child’s name
- Date of Birth
- The date that the child became symptomatic
- Date when they were tested and when the positive test result was received.
As a community, we continue to do our utmost to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. When we return, face coverings will continue to be mandatory in all community areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, this includes lesson changeovers in particular. Furthermore, pupils will continue to be supported to wear face coverings in lessons if they wish to do so. Please ensure your child has an appropriate face covering and a plastic bag to keep their face covering in whilst it is not being worn.
I want to reassure you that we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and will continue working in partnership with the local public health authority to review and adapt our response to Coronavirus when we return for the second half of the Autumn Term.
National Wear Red Day – Thank you for your support.
On Friday 16th October, staff, and pupils replaced an item of their school uniform with a red replacement as part of National Wear Red Day.
This initiative was to raise awareness of issues surrounding racism and also to raise money for Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity.
Thank you to the hundreds of pupils and staff who took part. Donations (no matter how small) can still be made via the organisations Just Giving page: https://justgiving.com/theredcard .You can find out more about the work of Show Racism the Red Card on their website: https://www.theredcard.org/wear-red-day
Training Day Reminder
A teacher training day will be taking place on Monday 2nd November. Pupils should return to school on Tuesday 3rd November.
Invitation to attend a Parent/Carer Forum at Nottingham Academy
As Nottingham Academy continues to develop, I would like to offer you an opportunity to help us contribute to our improvement journey by joining us for our first ‘Parent/Carer Forum’ of the year. The Parent Forum provides parents and carers a relaxed and informal place to meet with staff from Nottingham Academy, to share their views on how things are going at Nottingham Academy and how we can improve.
In particular, the Parent Forum aims to:
- Develop a partnership between Nottingham Academy and parents/carers in order to support and promote learning and teaching.
- Give parents/carers a voice and to provide a channel through which they may raise general issues with the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council.
- Provide a mechanism through which the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council may consult and inform parents/carers.
The Parent’/Carers’ Forum is not used for individual complaints and issues.
Concerns or complaints involving individual children, families, or teachers will not be discussed. The Parents’/Carers’ Forum is used as an advisory and consultative body only. Strategic decision-making continues to rest with the Principal and the School Senior Leadership Team.
The First Parent/Carer Forum meeting will take place via Zoom at 5.00 PM on Tuesday 17th November. To register your interest, CLICK HERE. Alternatively please email email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Principal Drop In
From Tuesday 10th November I will be introducing a weekly drop-in session for any parents or carers who have any concerns, questions or something they would like to discuss in person. These Principal Drop-In sessions will continue every Tuesday morning during the Autumn term. Parents or carers are invited to come along to the school between 8.45 am and 9.45 am. No appointment is necessary, and you will be able to meet with me or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Class Charts – Have you logged in yet?
Parents at Nottingham Academy can access their child’s achievement, behaviour data on daily basis. Class Charts has received a good deal of praise from parents who find it extremely helpful in supporting their child’s learning and in supporting parents to gain a better insight into their child’s life at Nottingham Academy. If you would like to login to your child’s Class Charts account, please contact reception who will be happy to provide you with your login details so that you can access your child’s information.
Do you have a child in Year 6 at our Primary Academy?
You will be aware that the deadline for applying for your child’s secondary school place is fast approaching. Pupils on roll at Nottingham Academy Primary do not need to apply. They will automatically transfer to the secondary phase and are guaranteed a place at Nottingham Academy Secondary Academy. The deadline for applications to other secondary academies across the city is 31st October 2020.
Despite the challenges that COVID-19 is placing on our students, teachers and the wider community, we remain focused and committed to providing the very highest standards of education for your child.
Thank you for your continued support; it is greatly appreciated.
Principal Letter 05.10.20 COVID Update
Principal: Mr H French
PA to the Principal: Mrs T Bieeu
Nottingham NG3 7EB
Telephone: 0115 748 3380
Follow us @NottinghamAcademy
05 October 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Re: COVID 19 Update
Following my letter at the end of last week, you may be aware that we have taken a number of actions over the course of the week in order to reduce the risk of transmission in both our Year 9 and 10 bubbles.
On each occasion we have followed the latest government guidelines and worked closely with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps were taken. This has included asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate, as a precautionary measure.
As I mentioned previously, I am aware this may cause some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each case in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.
Additionally, our robust health and safety measures ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and does not show any COVID-19 symptoms. Year 7, 8 , 11 and Post 16 bubbles remain open. We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and Greenwood Academies Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible. We will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.
Changes to our local operating procedures
It is important that, as a community, we continue to do our utmost to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. It is for this reason that we have taken the decision that face coverings will become mandatory in all communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, this includes lesson changeovers in particular. This change to our local operating procedure will take effect from Tuesday, 6th October, and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Furthermore, from today pupils will be supported to wear face coverings in lessons if they wish to do so. Please ensure your child has an appropriate face covering and a plastic bag to keep their face covering in whilst it is not being worn, from Tuesday, 6th October.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:
If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:
- washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- washing your hands as soon as you get home
- covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterward
I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff, and the wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.
Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.