EASTER MESSAGE TO PARENTS

 

Friday 3rd April

 

As the Easter break approaches I am sure you too are reflecting on what a 'normal' Easter break entails. Many children will be hoping to see family and friends, go on trips, experience annual Easter festivities, and I know from personal experience the conversations as to why this cannot happen are not easy.

 

George Spencer Academy lays its foundations on being a community school with the notion that we are here to support the families of the children within our care. If there is any support we can provide for you regarding the well-being of your child during this unprecedented time please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

 

During the Easter break we will remain open to cater for the children of our key workers and our reception staff will be available over the phone to direct messages from you to the relevant person. We will be working on an increased skeleton timetable over the Easter break so please be aware that emails to Directors of Learning, Curriculum Leaders, teachers and support staff may not be responded to as swiftly as during term time.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to personally say how proud I am of your children. We monitor Google Classroom daily and it is rewarding to see so many students engaged in their activities, having dialogues with their teachers, meeting deadlines and truly demonstrating what we mean when we say we want them to be self assured learners who take responsibility for their own learning and their future. They really are incredible young people.

 

I wish you and your family a peaceful Easter break.

 

Yours sincerely,

H Corbett (Principal)

 


 

 

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS

 

Monday 30th March

 

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support during our first week of remote learning. I understand from your feedback that our students are engaged in their learning and our quality assurance system indicates they are open to a regular dialogue with their teachers. We are pleased it has started smoothly.

 

Please refer to the Remote Learning Offer we sent to you on Friday 20th March (available on our website) of key staff who are ready to help should you require any further assistance or if things are not running smoothly from home.

 

Our Pastoral Team are starting to contact home to check in on our students. This is a routine call and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

 

We are mindful that Google Classroom could feel overwhelming for some students considering the large amount of resources/sessions on there. We kindly ask that you work with your child to plan their time against teacher deadlines and their normal school timetable, which can be found at the front of their planners. If you require any further guidance on deadlines, expectations on time allocation or have any concerns that are personal to your child please contact the Director of Learning for your child’s year group. 

 

The George Spencer aim with our Remote Learning Offer is that ‘we start strong and then become even stronger’.  With this in mind, Year 10 and Year 12 students will begin to notice an increase in expectations from their teachers as we try our best to ensure they keep up with their learning ready for Year 11 and Year 13. 

 

I will continue to keep you up to date on our offer plus any additional information regarding your child’s learning.

 

Kind regards.

Mrs Corbett

 


 

MESSAGE TO YEAR 11 & YEAR 13 PARENTS

 

Monday 23rd March

 

As we start our remote learning offer we are also unpicking the latest government guidance for how grades will be awarded to Year 11 and Year 13 students. We know this will involve teacher assessment and accurate predictions. Once we have definite guidelines in place we will share them with Year 11 and Year 13.

 

We have been contacted by some of you asking about the end of year prom as many have heard other schools have cancelled the event. We have not. If we need to move the prom to later in the year we will. As shared in assemblies on Thursday we will also ensure we provide Year 11 and Year 13 with a full leavers experience. We chose not to rush an experience for them on Friday for many reasons, two of these reasons link directly to the safety and well-being of our students. Firstly, the social distancing measure would have put students at risk with traditions like shirt signing etc and secondly, we have approximately 50% of students in Year 11 and Year 13 who would have missed out due to socially isolating and we wanted them to be part of the leavers experience.

 

I understand Miss Jenkinson, our Vice Principal of Achievement, has already contacted parents of Year 11 with some of the above information – stressing that 'we will make it happen' for their leavers experience – this also applies to Year 13. We will both continue to keep you all informed on developments with grades being award to students plus adaptions to leavers events as the academic year progresses.

 

We will continue to try our best to make the right decisions and should you have any queries please contact us at the school.

 


 

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE

 

The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 


    

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