Letter from our Principal: Update on our Academy closure
Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education yesterday it is with great regret that I have to inform you that the School will remain closed at this time. We will be continuing with the period of home learning that has been put in place and which was shared with you through our previous communications.
The site will remain closed to all pupils except for those pupils whose parents are not able to make provision for their care and are included in the categories of key workers which will be published by the government later today, along with children identified as being either vulnerable or requiring an Educational Healthcare Plan.
If you would like your child to be supervised at School next week because you fall into one of the key worker categories, please complete the google form by 8am on Monday 23rd March.
To access the form please click here.
Providing this information will allow us to know what level of staffing will be required to supervise any children cared for on site.
Formal lessons will not be taught during this onsite supervision, but we will provide opportunities for pupils to complete their remote learning tasks, perform some form of light physical activity and supervised study during the day. As such, we would like any child requiring supervision to bring with them their remote learning packs and login details, and a reading book.
Please note that School buses will not operate next week, so pupils may need to find an alternative way to school. Although pupils do not have to be in school uniform, they will be expected to dress in appropriate attire for school, remembering some of our existing rules about ‘inside and outside’ academy wear. A sandwich lunch will be available. Any child who does come to School next week should report to the main reception on Victoria Avenue East by 8.30am each day.
We are currently considering the viability of offering onsite care for the children of key workers during the Easter holiday and I will provide further information about this shortly. Similarly, we expect to provide care after the holiday should it still be required.
At this stage, I cannot say for how long the School site will remain closed to other pupils, although many indicators suggest that it could be for several months. In recent weeks, staff have developed online resources for pupils to use, and we will continue to upload these to google classroom as and when is required. In addition, we will also release other materials to those who do not have access to remote learning. Please remember to contact the school using the email addresses provided in previous communications, should you have any other issues.
We are also providing a remote form of pastoral care during this period of School Closure which includes phone calls from the pastoral team, resources being loaded to google classroom, and some other opportunities for our community to get together, albeit remotely, to continue our feeling of ‘belonging’. If you are feeling isolated or worried at all about your child, then please contact the pastoral teams and they can offer further support. There is also additional guidance available on our website.
Pupils will not be expected to engage with remote learning during the Easter holiday; a further update on site closure will be provided towards the end of the holiday.
Beyond the information that external examinations will be cancelled, we have not been provided with any further details outlining how the government anticipates students in Year 11 to be either assessed or accredited for their GCSEs. Whilst I do not expect that an exact replica of the expected exam season will take place, some form of external assessment cannot be ruled out at this stage, nor can the need to have the most up to date understanding of their current level of working. We are therefore writing to all pupils in Year 11 to explain what we feel they should be doing during the coming weeks. In summary, this is to continue to engage with the home learning packs as instructed to do so, interact with your teachers should you have any questions, and continue to build your knowledge bank and skills of learning. Our advice of course, may well be amended in the light of more information which emanates from the examination boards and government.
We are aware that the Coronavirus has impacted communities in many different way, and would therefore like to encourage members of our community to continue to support each other during this period, living out our values in action.
We will endeavour to maintain contact with parents as well as pupils during this period, and please continue to check social media and our website for further information and some innovative ways in which we hope to bring our community together.
Finally, on behalf of all who work at Co-op Academy North Manchester, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding shown by you during recent weeks.Continuing to send my very best wishes to you, our community and those who you care about.
Mrs R Smith