Whilst we’re very fortunate to have so few positive cases of COVID-19 lately, there has been a rise in the local area. Sandwell Public Health are encouraging the re-introduction of face masks, so we’re taking the precautionary measure of asking students to wear face masks (unless exempt) in communal areas of the Academy (when walking between lessons) from Thursday 24th June until further notice. Should cases increase then mask wearing may be extended to classrooms.
We have been advised that one of our Year 8 students has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result we have asked a number of students to self-isolate as a precaution. You will have already been contacted by the Academy if your child is affected. The Academy will remain open for other students, and providing your child remains well they may attend as normal unless directed otherwise. Students working from home may access their home learning here.
As we slowly return closer to ‘normality’, we are delighted to be able to proceed to the next stage of easing restrictions, whilst maintaining government guidelines. This will apply when students return from the half-term break on Tuesday 8th June. Whilst face masks are no longer compulsory, students may continue to wear them if they feel more comfortable to do so. The following information will also be explained to students in detail during Tutor Time at the Academy tomorrow.
Following the Stakeholder consultation period for the proposed merger between Q3 Academies Trust and The Mercian Trust, the Q3 Academies Trust Board have made the decision to vote to progress with a merger application to the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC). We are pleased with the outcome of the Stakeholder consultation and would like to thank everybody who participated.
We would like to commend our Year 13 students for their exemplary attitude and work ethic throughout the past few weeks. It has been a busy and demanding time for students across the country, and we are proud of how well this Year Group has risen to the challenge and shown the best of themselves.
The Academy has been made aware that part of the local sewer system has collapsed, and as such our toilets cannot be drained. This means that we are unfortunately unable to open safely to all students. We have very limited toilet access by means of Grace Payne Inspiration Centre, so only students in Years 11 and 13 may attend the Academy, and only for the duration of their scheduled formal assessments; they should only attend if they have a scheduled assessment on their exam timetable, and return home once completed.
We have been made aware that major roadworks will begin on Scott Bridge on Newton Road from Monday 17th May, and last for 43 weeks. This may impact your journey to, and from, the Academy, so please plan your route ahead. Further details can be found here.
We’re sure you’ll have heard in the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that from Monday 17th May face masks for students will no longer be compulsory. Students may continue to wear face masks if they wish, we appreciate that this supports some students’ health and wellbeing. All other COVID-19 safety measures will remain in place until further notice.
We have been advised that one of our Year 9 students has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result we have asked a number of students to self-isolate as a precaution. You will have already been contacted by the Academy if your child is affected. The Academy will remain open for other students, and providing your child remains well they may attend as normal unless directed otherwise. Students working from home may access their home learning here.
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