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Our Academy is now closed, except for students of Key Workers
We are delighted to be able to play our part in the current situation by remaining open for vulnerable children, and the children of key workers on the frontline of the crisis who are unable to facilitate childcare of their own.
In order to be able to effectively manage this, we will need to follow government principles and guidance on the definitions of 'key workers'. This includes parents/carers who have certain roles in health and social care, education and childcare, certain key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport and utilities, communication and financial services.
The full list of specific key worker roles is set out here:
The government has provided this additional guidance:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. Please note that in line with social distancing, where you have any alternative options for childcare, your child should not be in school with others.
If you feel that, having read the guidance, your child qualifies for key worker educational provision, you will need to print or download and complete the Key Workers Application Form and email it back with evidence of your entitlement to this provision to:
Please note that we will not be able to facilitate any provision without this fully completed form and supporting evidence.
Whilst your application is being checked and verified, by us, you should simultaneously opt-in to the provision at the Academy on a weekly basis using the following link:
For next week’s provision starting on Monday 23rd March 2020 you should complete the opt-in notification no later than 8.00pm on Sunday 22nd March 2020.
For all subsequent weeks, opt-in notification must be completed no later than 12.00pm midday on the Friday of the proceeding week so if, for example, you wished to opt-in for provision Monday 30th March till Friday 3rd April 2020 inclusive, you would have to ensure you have completed the opt-in no later than midday on Friday 27th March 2020.
If you have opted-in for a week, we will expect you to notify us using the student absence line (0208 304 4916 then option 2) by no later than 8.30am if he/she is unable to attend on a particular day (or even sooner if possible). This will enable us to keep your child safe and factor in their absence for resource and staff planning.
Students whose education will be facilitated on the Academy site under this provision will need to report to main Reception and he/she will be escorted to the Business Suite adjacent to the Agora for registration each day by 9.30am (but no earlier than 9.00am). He/she will then remain on the Academy site in supervised sessions until 2.30pm. The Academy is unable to provide food and drink, so all students will need to be provided with a breaktime snack and packed lunch by parent/carers (please note alternative letter for students who are eligible for free school meals). Expectations of uniform, behaviour and engagement in learning will remain the same as for any normal Academy day and, where necessary, the Acdemy’s behaviour system will be applied.
Ms T Askew
A full copy of this letter can also be found on our Letters Home page