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Start of term update

30th December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Important update - arrangements for January 2021 – first two weeks of term  

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a peaceful and safe Christmas. 

My letter today includes important information relating to when your child will return to school at the start of this coming term. 

You will have seen media coverage of recent Government announcements for secondary schools in January.   The Government has advised that secondary schools in England should not fully re-open to all students and staff in the first two weeks of term (weeks commencing 4 and 11 January 2021).  I do appreciate that these changes come at short notice but we continue to follow all Government guidance on COVID-19 in order to safeguard our students, staff and wider school community. 

I would like to update you on our plans, following these latest announcements.  We will provide as much face-to-face teaching as we can, to support students who have upcoming external examinations.   We have put a full programme of remote learning in place for all other children.     

A full breakdown by year group is provided overleaf. In summary:

  • On Monday 4th January, the school will closed for all students for a staff training day.
  • School will be open from Tuesday 5th January for:
  • Vulnerable children in all year groups
  • Children of critical key workers in all year groups
  • School will be open from Monday 11 January for all students in Year 11 and those Year 10 students taking external examinations in Sports Science and iMedia
  • School will be open for all students from Monday 18 January.

All other students will receive their learning remotely for the first two weeks of term.  Students are expected to engage fully with their timetabled remote learning and I thank you for your support with this.   

We will welcome all students back to school for face-to-face teaching from week commencing 18 January 2021.

Remote Learning

Students are well practised in accessing our remote learning offer via our Microsoft Teams Classroom.  If you would like an update or refresher on how to access remote learning, please review our guide to remote learning, via this link https://www.ashhillacademy.org.uk/online-academyIf your child is currently eligible for free school meals and they do not have access to a suitable device, such as a laptop or tablet, or you do not have Wi-Fi/internet access, please complete the online form which can be found by clicking here.

We are currently awaiting further guidance on the Government’s plans for voluntary testing in schools.   We hope that this will be a positive development, to allow us to minimise the disruption to staff and students and maintain as much in person teaching and learning as possible.  We will update you as soon as we can, as more information is provided by the Government and we will be requesting consent from parents and carers for the testing of students in due course.   

I would like to thank all members of our school community for their support and wish you and your families a happy and safe New Year. 

Yours sincerely,

 
Graham Moffatt

Principal – Ash Hill Academy

 

For Tuesday 5th January – Friday 15th January only, the following arrangements will be in place:

  • Year 7 – Remote learning. A full timetable of remote learning activities will be provided.

You can access this via the Microsoft Teams Classroom via the Academy’s website. Your child is required to engage fully with all activities included in their timetable and I would like to thank you for your support in this.  They will return to school on Monday 18th January.  

  • Year 8 - Remote learning. A full timetable of remote learning activities will be provided. You can access this via the Microsoft Teams Classroom via the Academy’s website.  Your child is required to engage fully with all activities included in their timetable and I would like to thank you for your support in this. They will return to school on Monday 18th  

  • Year 9 - Remote learning. A full timetable of remote learning activities will be provided.   You can access this via the Microsoft Teams Classroom via the Academy’s website.  Your child is required to engage fully with all activities included in their timetable and I would like to thank you for your support in this.  They will return to school on Monday 18th January

  • Year 10 – If your child has external examinations in January, for Tuesday 5th January – Friday 8th, a full timetable of remote learning will be in place. Students should report to the academy as normal on Monday 11 January to sit their external examinations in Sports Science or iMedia.

 

  • Year 10 - If your child does not have external examinations in January, they should access  remote learning.  A full timetable of remote learning activities will be provided.  You can access this via the Microsoft Teams Classroom via the Academy’s website. Your child is expected to engage fully with all activities included in their timetable and I would like to thank you for your support in this.  They will return to school on Monday 18th January.

 

  • Year 11 – For Tuesday 5th January – Friday 8th, a full timetable of remote learning will be in place. You can access this via the Microsoft Teams Classroom via the Academy’s website. Students should report to the academy as normal from Monday 11th January to benefit from face-to-face teaching.