Ready to Return in September 2020
This is a 'one stop' page to support parents and carers in ensuring students are 'ready to return and ready to learn' when the academy re-opens fully in September.
All key dates, times, details and supporting documents can be found below.
September return: Key information
Our latest letter to Parents/Carers (published 26/08/2020) is available here. This summarises the key information regarding our September 2020 re-opening and how Parents/Carers can prepare for their child's return.
We have also published a parent support booklet for our September 2020 'Ready to Return' that is available here. This also contains all key information for our September 2020 return, answers to frequently asked questions and a copy of our COVID-19 Addendum to our Behaviour and Ethos Policy.
Please note the change in guidance on face coverings since the booklet was issued, with face coverings now strongly recommended and encouraged for all students and staff in corridors and communal areas.
The government have launched a campaign to stress the need to have all students back in school and you can find details in these two links below:
September Return Dates, Times & Zones:
Thursday 3rd September:
- Year 7 (8.30am) and finish at 2.50pm
Friday 4th September:
- Years 7 & 11 (8.30am)
- Years 12 & 13 (9.30am) (all finish 2.50pm)
Monday 7th September:
- Years 7, 11, 12, 13 – Normal Times for start (8.30am) & finish (2.50pm)
- Year 8 (9.50am start)
- Year 9 (11.05am start)
- Year 10 (12.05pm start)
Tuesday 8th September onwards is a normal school day for all year groups:
- Year 7 – Start 8.30am Finish 2.40pm
- Year 8 – Start 8.35am Finish 2.40pm
- Year 9 – Start 8.40am Finish 2.45pm
- Year 10 – Start 8.35am Finish 2.50pm
- Year 11 – Start 8.30am Finish 2.50pm
- Years 12 & 13 – Start 8.30am Finish 2.50/3.50pm
- Interventions, Support Sessions & Detentions finish 3.50pm
- Students should arrive 5 minutes before their start time for line up (see the map below for gates and zones):
Year 7 – Gate 1, Zone 3
Year 8 – Gate 1, Zone 2
Year 9 – Gate 1, Zone 1
Year 10 – Gate 2, Zone 4
Year 11 – Gate 2, straight to tutor rooms (inside)
Years 12 & 13 – Gate 3, straight to Sixth Form Block
Uniform and equipment
Information about the academy uniform can be found here.
We will have very limited access to changing facilities for PE lessons, and where possible these lessons will take place outside whenever the weather allows. For the time being, on a day when a student has PE, they must come to school in their PE kit and wear it for the full day, with their blazer if they wish over the top for warmth. As guidance is changing regularly, we will update you on this as soon as there is a change and we can return to using changing facilities in school.
Students must bring their own equipment, including pen, pencil, ruler, protractor (but no compass), calculator and pencil crayons. For safety reasons, we are unable to lend students pens or any other equipment to avoid contamination. We recommend that equipment is cleaned each evening. Equipment can be purchased from Student Services at break and lunchtime, as well as after school.
Students will also require a scientific calculator as part of their everyday equipment from September 2020. Further detail about specification and availability to purchase from the academy at a reduced cost is available here.
Calculators and academy bags can be purchased from the main reception during our staff training days on 1st and 2nd September between 9am and 3pm. If you visit the academy during these two days to purchase equipment, please follow social distancing expectations at all times and we recommend the wearing of a face covering. Outside of these two days, please avoid visiting reception without an appointment, with our preferred way of communication being email or telephone during this time.
Covid19 Risk Assessment and related policies
Related policies can also be found here:
Summer transition work (Y6, Y9, Y11)
To help support Year 9 students with their transition into Key Stage 4, we have developed a Year 9 to Year 10 summer transition work pack. This is available to download here.
To help support Year 11 students with their transition into Key Stage 5, we have developed a dedicated bridging work website with support materials and tasks for a wide range of Post 16 subjects. This is available to access here.
MCAS, news and well-being support
You can find our latest news and letters to parents/carers at this link here. Message will also be sent through the MCAS app.
If you do not have your login details for the MCAS app, you should contact the General Enquiries telephone number/email address above.
Below are some links to documents for local well-being support services and advice.
- C19 Discover Kooth V1
- C19 Missing friends Kooth V1 1
- C19 Discover Kooth V2
- C19 Isolation V1
- C19 News V2
- C19 Routine 1
- C19 Work taking it s toll 2
- Digital safety during COVID
- Kooth 5 Steps to Wellbeing Interactive Activities
- Mental Health and Wellbeing for parents easing lockdown
- Mental health awareness week E poster 1 1
- School Nursing update
Remote Learning support
Student Remote Learning Tools and Access
Parent Support, Advice and Guidance with Remote Learning
Students should use ShowMyHomework to view the online tasks that they have been set by their teachers. This is also available to download as an app for use on mobile and tablet devices.
From September 2020, we will be using the Student Portal in place of ShowMyHomework.