Our Ref: 2021/068/AND/SAF
27th May 2021
Following a considerable period of national disruption our wonderful students have enjoyed a very positive and uninterrupted period of learning in the academy. We are extremely proud of our students and the progress they are making in their learning.
The half-term break marks the end of our year 11 students’ journey at Amington and these students have performed exceptionally well in demonstrating a commitment to achieve the best outcomes they possibly can. Following the half term break, year 11 students will be provided with careers guidance, remote learning opportunities and pastoral support via EduLink or MS Teams. We are looking forward to being in regular contact with those year 11 students who require additional support, especially given the challenges of the past year. I can speak for our entire staff group in saying that they will be missed and we all wish them well as they go on to be successful young adults.
As I indicated in my previous letter, students in years 7 and 8 will have an increased level of independence after half-term within our Covid-19 protocols, as we create new class sets for subject teaching. We believe that the strong friendship bonds and the support from our dedicated form tutors has been essential for our students to navigate a challenging year, so these will remain as a constant. However, in order to progress learning even further, following form time each day, students will be in their new class sets and new timetables will be shared before the break.
With our year 11 students no longer on-site full time after half-term, we are able to make some changes to the timings of our day, whilst continuing to minimise the Covid-19 related risks for all students and staff. Entrances and exits will remain as they currently are with the new start and finish times indicated below:
Year 9 Start 8.30 Finish 15.00
Year 7 Start 8.35 Finish 15.05
Year 10 Start 8.40 Finish 15.10
Year 8 Start 8.45 Finish 15.15
Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your child arrives on-time for their learning and in full school uniform.
As you will be aware, Friday 28th May will be our final staff development day of the academic year. In normal circumstances, it is not a requirement to provide learning on staff development days, however, as part of our Covid-19 recovery curriculum, learning will be provided remotely via MS Teams and I am pleased to share the remote learning timetable at the end of this letter.
The final half-term of this school year begins on Monday 7th June. In order to ensure our next cohort of GCSE students have the experience of the examination process, year 10 students will be sitting exams in the first two weeks after half-term and individual exam timetables have been shared with students and parents via EduLink. In addition to our continuing focus on academic excellence, our students will have the opportunity to be involved in a number of exciting events such as our academy sports day; year 7, 8 and 9 practical days; year 10 work experience; transition events for our new year 6 students; and we will say a final goodbye to our amazing year 11 students at our year 11 prom. Further details of each of these events will shortly be shared with students, parents and carers.
We all have lots to look forward to on our journey to become an outstanding academy.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr A Deen