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Letters to Parents

Updated Arrangements for Remote Learning 8.1.20
 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Re: Updated Arrangements for Remote Learning 

You will be aware that the Prime Minister has announced a new period of national lockdown which includes closure of school sites to all but vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. 

We all know that receiving face-to-face education is best for children’s mental health and for their educational achievement. The Government will be reviewing the restrictions on schools and will ensure that our children return to face-to-face education as soon as the pressures are easing on the NHS. This is likely to be after the February half-term break. This decision does not suggest that schools are no longer safe places for our children. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.  

Provision of Online Learning During Lockdown 

It is essential that students participate and engage in online learning. To support this, we will be providing the following to all of our students: 

  • The majority of sessions are being set in MS Teams. 

  • When lessons are set, parents will be notified via Class Charts. If you do not have access to Class Charts please contact admin@nottinghamacademy.org  

  • A daily tutorial ‘Check In’ will be provided to students. This session will commence at 8.40am and is a compulsory part of the school day. 

  • Teachers will be registering students’ attendance to every lesson throughout the day. Please be aware that non-attendance to lessons will be followed up on a daily basis by our pastoral team. 

  • Lessons will be set in line with your child’s timetable. Your child should be set five lessons per year group.  

Timings for lesson delivery are as follows for all year groups: 

8.40 – 9.00 

Daily Tutorial Check In 

9.00 – 9.55 

Period 1 

10.00 – 10.55 

Period 2 

11.00 – 11.20 

Break 

11.20 – 12.15 

Period 3 

12.20 – 13.15 

Period 4 

13.20 – 13.50 

Lunch 

13.50 – 14.45 

Period 5 

  

  • From Monday 18th January, the majority of online lessons will be ‘live’. It is expected that your child is present and engaging with the content of each lesson. Please note: due to the conflicting demands, on our teachers’, ‘Live’ lessons may not always be possible.  

  • Teachers will be available through Teams to answer any queries or issues relating to the work set throughout this period of Home Learning.  

  • During a lesson your child can ask questions and seek advice from their teacher who will respond as quickly as possible. 

  • A weekly Year Group assembly will be provided each week. During the assembly we will be acknowledging and rewarding, participation and engagement with online learning. This session will commence every Wednesday at 1.50pm and is a compulsory provision for your child where critical information will be shared. 

  • Assessment and feedback opportunities have been considered within planning for each subject and your child should be receiving regular feedback for work they produce. 

If you are concerned about the level of provision available for your child, or if our provision falls significantly short of the high expectations we have set for this period of online learning, or if you can identify ways that we can improve our service, please raise your concerns by emailing admin@nottinghamacademy.org and your concern will be escalated in a timely manner. 

Changes to Examination Arrangements 

As you may be aware, the government has announced that GCSEs and AS and A levels will not be going ahead as planned this summer due to COVID 19 restrictions. We will inform you of the alternative arrangements of how your child will be assessed in each of their subjects, once these details have been confirmed by the government. In the meantime, it is important that your child continues with their studies.    

Resource Packs 

To support online learning, the academy will be providing exercise books and additional resources such as pens, pencils and specialist art resources. This ‘Grab and Go’ service will be available from GC1 reception on a daily basis between 10.00am and 2.00pm and will be free of charge.  

ICT Support Hub 

Thank you to parents who have requested devices through our ICT support Hub. If your child DOES NOT have access to an internet enabled device, please Click Here to register.  

You can access a helpful MS Teams Guide by Clicking Here  

If you are unable to logon for any reason, please email: 

admin@nottinghamacademy.org 

Raising concerns about your child’s wellbeing 

Please do not hesitate to contact the academy if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing by calling 0115 748 3380 without delay, and we will do our best to offer or signpost support. 

We understand that this is an extremely challenging situation but please be reassured that all staff at Nottingham Academy are working hard to ensure that the online provision of remote learning is of the highest quality possible. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely, 

Harry French 
Principal 

 

Summer Exam Series 7.1.20
 

07 January 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Summer Exam Series

As you may be aware, the government has announced that GCSEs and AS and A levels will not be going ahead as planned this summer due to COVID 19 restrictions. We will inform you of the alternative arrangements of how your child will be assessed in each of their subjects, once these details have been confirmed by the government. In the meantime, it is important that your child continues with their studies.   

The government has also announced that individual schools can confirm whether or not they are able to continue with applied exams this month. Due to the current situation, we will not be proceeding with these as we do not feel this is in the best interests of your child. There may be the opportunity for them to sit them at a later stage but if this is not possible, the government and examining bodies have assured us that they will be treated fairly and therefore not disadvantaged. 

We understand all of this is very disappointing, especially as your child has worked so hard. We thank you very much for understanding that we are doing the very best we can in the current extraordinary circumstances.  

If you have any questions, please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Staggered start to January return 2021 

18 December 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

RE: Staggered start to Spring Term 2021

You will be aware that the Government announced yesterday that schools will be staggering the return of students to school in January. The Department for Education has requested this staggered start to enable staff and students to access a round of free coronavirus testing in January. In order to plan for this, Nottingham Academy Secondary will be closed to all students on Monday 4th January.

The Academy will make provision for the following students to attend the academy in person from Tuesday 5th January:

  • Students in exam year groups:

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 should return as normal. Please follow normal start times and normal entrances. Students will be following their normal timetable.


Students in Year 12 with vocational examinations in January or February should return to the Academy as normal. Please follow normal start times and normal entrances.

  • Students who are vulnerable will be contacted by our Pastoral Team and invited to attend the academy in person.
  • Keyworker students who have completed the following link: Keyworker application form by 4.00pm on Monday 21st December will be provided with full time, in person provision from Tuesday 5th January.

The Academy is unable to make provision for the following students:

  • If your child is in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • If your child is in Year 12 and does not have a vocational examination in January or February

Provision of Online Learning

The academy has been working very hard to identify and support any students who do not have access to an internet enabled device. Whilst the majority of students have now been supported, if your child DOES NOT have an internet enabled device please Click Here to access our Home Learning Support Hub and register for a device.

If you prefer to receive a paper copy of work during this period of home learning please Click Here to register for a work pack which will be posted to you on Monday 4th January.

Online Learning

Students will be provided with online lessons delivered through MS Teams. Lessons will closely follow a normal school day and will be uploaded by 9.00am on each school day.

You can access a helpful MS Teams Guide by Clicking Here

If you are unable to logon for any reason please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Please note: due to the conflicting demands on our teachers’, ‘Live’ lessons will not always be possible. Teachers will be available through Teams to answer any queries or issues relating to the work set throughout this period of Home Learning.

Return to School

All students will return to face-to-face education from Monday 11th January.

The academy reception will be open from Monday 4th January at 8am. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further details of how your child will be able to access the free round of coronavirus testing will be communicated to you in due course.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the disruption caused to your child’s learning during this most challenging of times; we are extremely grateful for the support offered to the academy by all of our parents and community partners and wish you and all of your families a happy and healthy break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Supporting Year 11 - Changes to Timetable
 

December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Supporting Year 11 students in readiness for Summer 2021 exams

I am writing to share some of the strategies we are implementing after the Christmas break to support Year 11 students in achieving the highest possible grades in their Summer 2021 courses and exams. The two strategies detailed in this letter are part of a range of interventions that we will use to accelerate progress.

Strategy 1: Wednesday Period 5 Lesson

Since September all Year 11 students have had a citizenship lesson on a Wednesday for their last lesson. When we return in January this lesson will be re-allocated to another subject studied to give the Year 11 students more time to ensure they can achieve the highest possible grade. The key elements of the citizenship programme will continue to be covered, either in form time or as part of this lesson, but the main focus will move to support students in improving their work, and subsequently maximising the grades gained.

Strategy 2: Use of form period

Year 11 students currently have a 30-minute form period at the start of the day. In January the forms will be re-organised. Students will go in to a form with either a teacher of maths, English or science (their core subjects). Students are being allocated where their need has been identified as greatest by their teachers. During their form period students will complete their usual pastoral work and notices but will also have some time each day to address their given subject.

The impact of these strategies will be reviewed regularly and, if required, strategies and groups will be amended to focus on the changing identified needs.

A revised timetable of after school revision lessons will be shared after the Christmas break along with plans for the next round of practice examinations that students will sit.

Finally, I would like to mention the latest government guidance around the qualifications for the current Year 11 students. The latest guidance has stated that:

‘in “recognition of the challenges faced by students this year”, and on top of the three-week delay in exams, the government will: Allow more generous grading – which will be “in line with national outcomes from 2020, so students this year are not disadvantaged”’

The detail of how they will support students with their exams and assessments to ensure this is currently very limited with the detail due to be published in late January. Once we have the required information, we will share it with you so you can continue to support and advise your children.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your children achieve the best possible outcomes this year.

Yours faithfully

Mr Matt King

Deputy Principal

Sixth Form Celebration 
 

Dear Parents / Carers,

We hope this finds you well and you are staying safe and healthy during this time.

Celebrating!

We have been fortunate that most of our students have been able to attend Sixth Form this term and focus on their Level 3 studies with little interruption. However, we recognise that this has been challenging for all of them and we have been impressed with the maturity, determination and academic attitudes shown from our students.

To acknowledge this, we have created a ‘Student of the Month’ award for those who have shown 100% attendance and have received positive feedback from their teachers. Our winners to date are:

  • September 2020: Macy Cook (Year 12)
  • October 2020: Amir Moosavi (Year 13)
  • November 2020: Oguchi Anamalu (Year 12)
  • December 2020: Anna Nevison (Year 12)

On Wednesday 16th December, we also held a Celebration Assembly to celebrate the many successes that our Sixth Formers have had during this term and bring some festive cheer. Lots of students were given a ‘shout out’ from their subject teachers for many reasons including ‘continuing to work hard’, showing excellent effort and commitment to their studies and for being  ‘a pleasure to teach’…

Our overall category winners were:

  • Female Student Athlete (awarded by the Wildcats Basketball Academy): Latisha Willis
  • Male Student Athlete (awarded by the Wildcats Basketball Academy): Dijarn Russell Walters
  • Year 12 Attendance Award: Nidaa Raoof
  • Year 13 Attendance Award: Maise Evison
  • Year 12 Attitude to Learning Award: Lydia Crofts
  • Year 13 Attitude to Learning Award: Emma Sargent
  • Year 12 Great Start Award: Onome Epetuku Igbinosa
  • Year 13 Most Improved Student: Dean Mahmood
  • Year 12 Outstanding Progress Award: Nidaa Raoof
  • Year 13 Outstanding Progress Award: Maise Evison
  • Sixth Form Star Student of the term Award: Chantell Newman

It was an enjoyable afternoon and we hope that it served as a reminder to our students that despite the challenges, their hard work is being acknowledged and celebrated.

Reboot!

Sixth Form Students are role models to the younger students within the Academy and alongside the Academy Measures we adhere to; to prevent the risk of spreading infection; we would like to remind you that we have very clear expectations of our students:

  • Social Distancing – Maintain 1M+ distance in the Sixth Form Centre
  • Face Masks – All students must wear a face mask (unless medically exempt) whilst in the Sixth Form centre and when walking on the corridors
  • Mobile Phones – Being able to use a mobile phone within the Sixth Form centre is a privilege of being a Sixth Form student. However, all phones and head phones must be put away whilst walking the corridors and during lessons

Next Steps!

The majority of our Year 13 students have completed the UCAS process and applied to universities. It is always an exciting time when they start to receive their offers and we will be offering support and guidance to them when they need to make their firm choices.

For those students who are unsure about university and their next step, we are offering Careers Guidance each week in the Sixth Form Centre, where they can receive 1-1 advice and support. Please remind your son/daughter to make an appointment if they wish.

Important Exam Dates!

Although there have been assessment weeks this term to monitor student progress and inform predicted grades sent to UCAS, the following exams will be the first that will take place in official exam conditions and provide students with essential exam practice before the summer examinations.

  • Thursday 7th January 2021: Year 13 Exam Preparation Morning
  • Friday 22nd January 2021: Year 12 Exam Preparation Morning
  • W/c 1st February 2021: Year 13 Pre-Public Examinations Week
  • W/c 8th February 2021: Year 12 Pre-Public Examinations Week

Those students studying vocational subjects will also have official exams in January 2021 which will count towards their overall grade. Your son/daughter will receive a statement of entry from the examinations office to confirm dates and times.

We hope that you all have a peaceful holiday and that our students take this time to rest and reenergise. We look forward to welcoming them back refreshed and ready to continue with their studies. Please see the additional letter sent at the end of ter

Yours sincerely,

Ms Merrill                   Ms Beldham

Head of Year              Standards and Progress Leader

Principal Letter - Own Clothes Day Friday 18th December 
 

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Own Clothes Day on Friday 18th December

As you know Nottingham Academy has a long tradition of supporting local charities.

On Friday 18th February, in exchange for a minimum donation of 50p students may wear their own clothes. It is important to make it clear that students must still wear appropriate clothing for a school day. Appropriate footwear, levels of makeup, jewellery and hairstyles which form part of the school uniform policy will still apply. If every student and member of staff in the school supports this event by donating a minimum of 50p, we would raise over £700 in one day.

This year we would like to direct donations to the Emmanuel Winter Shelter.
This winter, 'you can make the difference’ in supporting homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults across Nottingham, donations will go directly to support young people and adults facing homelessness this winter.

Should students not wish to wear their own clothes they can attend in full school uniform on the day as normal, these students will still be able to make a donation to the charity should they wish. Students should not bring the donation with them on the day but if they wish to donate should visit this link:

virginmoneygiving.com/fund/emmanuel-house-winter-appeal

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Principal Autumn Update 9.11.20
 

09 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Autumn term update

I wanted to write to you and provide you with some updates for the second half of the Autumn Term.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Children

The latest Government guidance is that children whose doctors have confirmed that they have been assessed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school.
Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer identified as such. For this reason, parents should speak to their GP or specialist clinician, as soon as possible, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. Please ask your doctor or clinician to confirm this to you in writing.

If you believe this applies to your child, and you have medical evidence to support this, please contact our attendance team by calling 0115 7483380 Option 1

Break Provision Re-instated

From Monday 9th November, break time snack sales will resume. Please be aware that if you have not activated and credited your Parent Pay account your child will not be able to purchase items from the canteen.

Invitation to attend a Parent/Carer Forum at Nottingham Academy

As Nottingham Academy continues to develop, I would like to offer 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 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 Academy Senior Leadership Team.

The First Parent/Carer Forum meeting will take place via Zoom at 5.00PM on Tuesday 17th November. To register your interest, CLICK HERE. Alternatively please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org 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.

I have been extremely impressed with the focus of our students on return to the academy after half term. My staff and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that they continue to receive the very best education possible.

Thank you for your continued support; it is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely, 

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

ParentPay Principal Letter November 
 

08 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: ParentPay

Nottingham Academy introduced online payments in September 2020 to facilitate payments for school meals.

There are still a significant number of parents who have not yet activated their ParentPay accounts. Activation letters were re-issued on Wednesday 4th November 2020 and we require that you sign up to ParentPay, and ensure payment has been made for your child’s meals, by Wednesday 11th November 2020.

Whilst we will always ensure that students have access to food and drink, from Wednesday 11th November 2020 the following system will be in place for any students who do not have money on their school meal account;

  • Your child will not be issued a free lunch
  • Your child will have to request a meal slip from their Deputy Head of Year and will then be issued a meal
  • Your child’s meal account will go in to a deficit balance
  • You will receive a debt letter and will be expected to put money on your ParentPay account to pay off the debt
  • Please note that your child will not be able to purchase food/drink at break time if there are insufficient funds on your ParentPay account

If you require help and guidance to set up your ParentPay account please contact the Academy as soon as possible by emailing Parentpaysupport@Nottinghamacademy.org

We appreciate that many families are struggling at this difficult time. As an Academy we are able to offer a range of support so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

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 admin@nottinghamacademy.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 admin@nottinghamacademy.org 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. 

Harry French

Principal 

Principal Letter 05.10.20 COVID Update 
  

Principal: Mr H French

PA to the Principal:  Mrs T Bieeu

Greenwood Road

Nottingham NG3 7EB

 

Telephone: 0115 748 3380

Email: adming@nottinghamacademy.org

Website:  www.nottinghamacademy.org

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’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

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:

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

 

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy