Partial Closure

We have taken the decision to partially close the academy from Wednesday 18th March 2020. The academy will be closed to Year 8 and 9 and will remain open for those in Years 7, 10 and 11.

This decision has been made on the basis of staffing levels and ensuring we have enough staff to support our students. We have a number of staff who are understandably absent from the academy who must work from home in line with government advice issued yesterday. This situation is unprecedented and I know many students, families and staff alike are presently very worried about the implications of the current outbreak. Please be assured that the academy is following all advice from Public Health England. We would like to stress that this decision has not been taken lightly and has been done after all the facts have been carefully considered with the safety and welfare of our community in mind.

Furthermore, the government advice issued yesterday states that any individual who is showing symptoms similar to COVID-19 must self isolate, as should all members of their household for fourteen days. If this situation applied to a member of your family please contact the academy so we can update our systems.

We will review the situation daily and keep parents informed via text and letter of any updates.

Please follow this link to get updates regarding Coronavirus.

Our number one priority is the wellbeing of our students and staff, so I hope parents and carers will understand our decision. However unlikely, if you or your child starts to feel unwell in the coming days, please follow Public Health England’s advice and contact NHS 111.

Whilst the school is partially closed, parents and carers should visit the school website for updates.

Thank you for your understanding.


Coronavirus Updates

There are increasing numbers of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) being diagnosed across the country and government advice is being reissued daily.

Symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • Continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. If you have these symptoms don’t come to school and check if you need medical help. The new government advice states that if children, or anyone in their household have these symptoms they need to isolate for a period of 14 days. If this affects your family, please ring the academy and inform us and we can ensure this absence is accurately recorded.

If you need Medical Help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you have been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see NHS Travel Advice
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Prevention is better than Cure

There are various measures that people can use to reduce the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Please make sure your children follow this advice.

Information

  • If a coronavirus epidemic means we have to close the school, or send some year groups home, we ask you to check our school website regularly.
  • You can tune into the following radio stations for information:

    • Key 103 (103.0)
    • Smooth Radio NW (100.4)
    • Century/Real (FM 105.4)
    • Galaxy (102.0)
    • BBC Radio Manchester (95.1)
  • Our website has the facility to translate key information into many languages (top of the screen)

Contact Information

Please make sure we have all your up to date contact information, let us know any changes in address, mobile telephones or email.

Protecting Learning & Progress

There are links to the school’s virtual learning environment (FROG), which your son/daughter uses to study, if school has to send him/her home, and this will be continually updated, with work for him/her to complete. We may need to prioritise keeping examination classes in school. Decisions may have to be made on a day to day basis. Please be patient and ensure your son/daughter brings a reading book to school every day. We will be doing everything we can to keep the school open and protect learning.

You can access Frog and other useful resources via our resources section.

Students in Year 10 and 11 have prepared for external exams in the summer and need to use all the revision materials that school has provided to prepare fully for their exams and will need to plan revision using their revision timetable.

Please encourage your son/daughter to keep washing his/her hands, especially after coughs and sneezes. Thank you for your support and cooperation.


For general advice on the coronavirus please visit our Advice on the Coronavirus page.

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