Following the government’s latest announcement on the spread of the coronavirus, the academy is only open to the children of key workers and our most vulnerable pupils until further notice.

Here we outline the main things that parents and carers need to be aware of. 

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading

The government has outlined proposals that mean that schools and academies will remain partially open to help support those most in need. This includes our most vulnerable pupils and smaller groups of pupils whose parents are considered to be key workers. However, it is not a compulsory requirement to send your child to academy even if you are considered a key worker. The advice states that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Arrangements for all other pupils 

For all other pupils, our staff will be working remotely and will be setting homework either online or through work packs. We want our pupils to understand that this is not a school holiday and that they are expected to continue to learn from home.  

Please rest assured that the families of children who have any special arrangements in place with us will also be contacted directly with further information. This includes the families of children who receive free school meals. 

SATs tests will not be held in May 2020 

The government has also announced that this year’s SATs tests will not be held in May, but that pupils will still get the qualifications they need. We have yet to receive any further detail from the government about this, but we would like to reassure you that whatever decision is made, we will give our pupils all the support they need as they move into secondary education 

If you or your child start to feel unwell over the coming weeks 

If in the coming weeks someone in your household is advised to self-isolate by the NHS, please let us know as soon as possible using the email address absent@e-act.org.uk. We will need your child’s name, year group and the academy they attend. The latest guidance from the NHS can be found here.

We will remain in close contact with you 

These are clearly unprecedented times for us all, and we are having to make tough decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and the wider community. I would however like to reassure you that all our pupils and families will continue to receive support from the academy no matter the circumstances. 

We will be in touch with further information over the coming days. However, if you have any queries or concerns, please contact us in the usual way. In the meantime, we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the academy.

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