Update 27th May 2020 - Temporary School Closure

 

As a precaution, we are closing Christ the King Academy and St. Mary’s Catholic Academy sites for all
staff and pupils for the next 48 hours. We have taken this decision as a very small number of the
Academy community have recently tested positive for Covid-19.
We are currently working closely with Public Health England to determine our next steps. We have
taken this precautionary decision to temporarily close while we undertake detailed risk assessments.
We are also taking the opportunity to clean all sites thoroughly. We do not wish to expose any pupils
or staff to additional risk whilst we are undertaking these steps.
Any staff or pupils directly affected have been contacted already by senior staff.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We appreciate your concerns and are working hard
to address these as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about your child’s health, in the meantime, please contact 111.

Helen O’Neill
CEO

 

Update 22nd May 2020

 

Dear Parents,
I hope this note finds you safe and well.  I wanted to update you, before the bank holiday weekend, with the school's plans on a safe return to school, for some year groups, in line with government guidance.
 

A letter will be issued on INSIGHT on Tuesday 26th May 2020, informing you of these plans. A text will also be sent confirming that the message is available online and anyone unable to access INSIGHT can contact school for a paper copy.

Kind regards

Mr Eccles

 

Update 18th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we start another week with lockdown restrictions in place I am writing to update you on where we are in terms of our planning.

Updated government information:

As you know from my message on Friday the government released a lot of information last week in relation to possible plans from June 1st. These are mainly for primary schools with some changes to support Year 10 and Year 12 to make sure their home learning is as effective as possible. You can read the guidance for parents and carers here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june  

The government are also set to release some further clarification for Secondary Head teachers to help with their planning.

We are well on the way with our planning and will continue to update you as these are completed. Our current work is looking at risk assessing the Academy and making sure our building and its facilities are safe to return to. This includes making sure we have enough hand washing and toilet facilities and are able to clean the building thoroughly during the day. In addition we need to ensure we have the correct capacity with staffing and the correct training for how to work in a new way once students start to return. As I said in Friday’s message we must not rush these plans and make sure we get them right so that everybody is safe.

  

Help from Year 10 and Year 12 Parents

Our plans are to offer Year 10 and Year 12 a face to face meeting to check how students are coping and offer some support with home learning. It may well be after June 1st before we are able to put our plans into place. We are currently looking at how we might then start to bring Year 10 and 12 into school, in very small groups of 10 – 14, dependent on classroom size, to offer some further support with home learning. In order to help us with this planning Year 10 and 12 parents will receive a survey via email and text this evening. I would be very grateful if you could complete this to help us with our planning. 

Years 7-9 parents

Once we have completed plans for Year 10 and 12 we will start to plan out how we can offer similar support to Year 7-9. I am very concerned to make sure that we continue to offer the best possible online learning in the meantime and staff are currently working on developing and improving our current offer.

We will continue to set work using INSIGHT each day for students and would ask that you get in touch if there is a problem. The Academy also remains open for our provision for critical worker children and vulnerable students.

These are very difficult and testing times for everyone in our community. I am very grateful for your patience and understanding at this time. Everything we are doing is aimed at making sure our St Mary’s family stays safe and well. Thank you for your continued support,

Stay safe and keep praying

Mr Eccles

Head teacher

St Mary’s Reading – May 3 Update

Dear Pupils,

I hope you enjoyed last week’s Reading Booklet. Please make sure you keep a record of this reading and any other independent reading you complete in your Reading Record.

To support you with your 30 minutes reading each day, this week I am sharing Reading Booklet 5 with you.

Reading Booklet 5 contains a narrative poem, ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes, and some associated activities.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE READING BOOKLET 5 DOCUMENT

I continue to encourage you to keep in contact about your reading and to take a look at the Literary Canon blog for other literacy quizzes and competitions.

Keep reading and take care.

Miss Jones

Update 15th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

At the end of another busy week I am writing to thank you for your patience and continued support with your child's home learning at this difficult time. 
Government advice:
As you will know the government has released a lot of information over the last few days in relation to possible plans from June 1st, these are largely focused on primary schools with some information on supporting Year 10 and Year 12 to make sure their home learning is as effective as possible. You can read the guidance for parents and carers here:
 
We are currently working through these plans. Our focus is currently looking at how we can best support all of our students home learning during lockdown. We would like to be able to see all of our students but we can only do this once it is safe to do so and that is currently not the case. This is limited by  many things, including the number of staff available and our ability to provide a safe working environment for everyone.  There is also a massive need for parents and students to feel as safe and secure as possible.
 
Year 10 and Year 12 Parents
We are currently looking at how we might be able to act on government advice for Year 10 and Year 12. This might involve some face to face tutorial time on an individual basis. There are a number of things we are considering in relation to this, in particular around health and safety, safe social distancing in the building, hand washing and sanitation capacity. It is vital that we get our plans right to make sure that your children and our staff remain safe. We will not  rush this as we want to get this right. We also have to make sure we have the correct staffing levels. Some staff for example are in high risk groups and shielding, some staff like myself live with people who are shielding and are only able to work from home. It may well be after June 1st before we are able to put our plans into place. I will provide you with more information on Monday when these plans have had more detail added to them. Please can Year 10 and 12 parents keep an eye on their emails and texts as we will ask for some additional information on Monday to help us with our planning.
 
All Parents
We will continue to set work using INSIGHT each day for students  Please contact us if you have any worries in relation to this. The Academy also remains open for our provision for critical worker children and vulnerable students. Can I thank all of our parents who are involved in this vital work and our staff for their hard work which has allowed this to happen. I would also like to thank our teaching and support staff who are supporting students learning at home and our pastoral staff who are helping some families and children at this difficult time. 
 
I know that lockdown is a huge challenge to us all. We are grateful for your support, prayers and understanding at this time. We will be in touch on Monday to outline our future plans. 
I hope you have a pleasant and a safe weekend,
Stay safe and keep praying
 
Mr Eccles
Head teacher

Update 11th May 2020

Dear all,

I hope you are well and enjoyed the extended bank holiday weekend and the nice weather. Thank you for your continued support in challenging and difficult times. Following the Prime Ministers message on Sunday it remains vital that we continue to follow government guidance on social distancing.
 
Today the government released in more detail their "plan to rebuild" following this outbreak. This is very much a phased approach and depends on how data about infection rates changes in the next few weeks. If you would like to read the full advice you will be able to read it here:
 
It is clear from the advice that if things go well, Year 10 and Year 12 might return for some lessons before the term ends. Whilst we would all like to get back to normal as soon as possible I am sure we also understand the health reasons why this is not possible. As soon as we get more details about how and when we might be bringing more Year 10 and 12 pupils into school I will share this with you. We are currently carrying out a great deal of careful planning to make sure that school is as safe as it can be for when more pupils can come back. This will almost certainly be a phased approach with a smaller number of these pupils attending school for a limited time each week. 
 
This means it is really important that we continue to do our best to make our young peoples home learning as effective as possible. This is very much about students doing their best overall and trying not to become too stressed out about a particular piece of work. Please use your school email account to email your teachers politely if you need their support. Lockdown is really more of a marathon than a sprint, and so it is about keeping a steady effort over the coming weeks. Please try and keep to good routines, get some regular exercise and a decent amount of sleep.
 
In the meantime St Mary's remains open for Key Worker children where absolutely necessary and for some vulnerable children. Thanks to the staff who work each day to allow this to happen. 
 
I will keep updating you through the Academy's website and in the meantime ask you to stay safe and to keep praying,
regards
Mr Eccles

St Mary’s Reading – May 2 Update

Dear Pupils,

I hope you enjoyed last week’s Reading Booklet. Please make sure you keep a record of this reading and any other independent reading you complete in your Reading Record.

To support you with your 30 minutes reading each day, this week I am sharing Reading Booklet 4 with you. Like last week, this contains an extract from a book and some associated activities.

This week’s Reading Booklet 4 extract is chapter one from ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE READING BOOKLET 4 DOCUMENT

I continue to encourage you to keep in contact about your reading and to take a look at the Literary Canon blog for other literacy quizzes and competitions.

Keep reading and take care.
Miss Jones

Update 10th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 7pm this evening, we would like to clarify how this affects your child.

From tomorrow, there are no changes to the pupils who can attend school – these are the children of critical workers (as outlined in government documentation which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision). We also provide care for vulnerable pupils who staff at school have already been in contact with from the start of the partial closure.

Unless you have previously agreed a place in school, please do not attend tomorrow.

We are working hard to see how we can safely get some Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in from June 1st. We are also planning how Year 10 and Year 12 may see staff before the summer. Again, more clarity from the government is needed as it is essential that we do this in a way which protects our pupils, staff and all of our families.

When we get updated guidance from the government, we will be able to let you know if this situation changes.

Thank you for your understanding.

Mrs H. O’Neill   Mr S. Eccles  Mrs S. Smith

COVID19 Update 8th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today is the end of another busy week home schooling and providing supervision for key worker children. Can I thank your ongoing support. Please continue to support your child in completing their school work at home, which is set on INSIGHT each day. I am aware that some students have struggled with this and we will be contacting parents whose children haven’t logged into INSIGHT recently next week by letter to see if we can help.
The government are set to update their advice on Sunday for the country. If any new advice is issued for schools we will be in touch as soon as we can to update you with arrangements. Please be patient as we will need some time to plan a response before we can share it with you.
Today is the 75th anniversary of VE day. We reflect today on the relief the world felt at the end of the second world war in Europe and we remember the millions of people who lost their lives as a results of world war 2. There are lots of lockdown activities to take part in, starting with a 2 minutes silence on your door step at 11am. I have included an image of a flyer which came through my letterbox with suggestions for the day and a prayer we used in our staff briefing for today.

veday

 A prayer for VE Day

 

From the Act of Commitment for Peace

 

Lord God our Father,

we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,

for the relief of want and suffering,

and for the praise of your name.

Guide us by your Spirit;

give us wisdom;

give us courage;

give us hope;

and keep us faithful now and always.

Amen.

I hope you have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend. We will update the website early next week as soon as we have any new information and plans to share,

Stay safe and keep praying

Mr Eccles