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Partial Academy Closure

It is with regret that, due to significant staff absence, the Academy will be closed to Years 8 and 9 on Friday 18th March 2022, returning on Monday 21st March 2022, and closed to Year 7 on Monday 21st March 2022. All other Year groups should attend as normal.

How do you explain the invasion of Ukraine to your children?

Many parents/carers, seeing what is happening on the news, will be asking this question, not knowing what to do for the best. Cover it up and tell them it’s all going to be fine? How do you do that when it’s all over social media, and TikTok is prompting young people to ask ‘Is this World War 3?’ Here is an article as part of the BBC Bitesize Parents’ Toolkit that you may find helpful.

Incident in the Community

As you may already be aware, there was an incident after the Academy day on Tuesday 1st March where one of our students received serious but not life threatening injuries. We are working with West Midlands Police on this matter and Sandwell Council are providing support to students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student, their family, and friends at this difficult time.

RSHE Support for Parents/Carers – March Webinars

We appreciate that some parents/carers may want support in gaining confidence and skills to discuss healthy relationships and sex with their child at home, and in a way that complements the RSHE curriculum they follow in the Academy. Below are a series of Facebook Live sessions that parents/carers may find useful. The sessions are informal and will look at frequently asked questions, provide tips on how to discuss topics at home, and offer the opportunity for live questions to be asked.

Year 9 Pathways

We are approaching the time of year when Year 9 students begin to consider their subject choices for Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). This year we have decided to delay the options process so students have more time in all their subjects before making a decision. This is especially important for the practical subjects which have lost so much time during the lockdowns.

Happy Safer Internet Day!

Today is Safer Internet Day 2022 and to celebrate, students will be undertaking a range of activities this week at the Academy to reflect on how we can all use the internet in a safer way. We wanted to take this opportunity to signpost parents/carers to some excellent resources and support to help you to ensure that your children are being as safe as they can when using the internet at home and on a mobile device or games console. Click on the links below for more information:

Year 10 Work Experience

Work Experience for Year 10 students will be approached differently this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and the fact that many businesses are still having to practise social distancing and/or employees are working from home. Therefore, as an Academy we are considering offering a blended approach to Work Experience, as follows:

RSHE Support for Parents/Carers

We appreciate that some parents/carers may want support in gaining confidence and skills to discuss healthy relationships and sex with their child at home, and in a way that complements the RSHE curriculum they follow in the Academy. Below are a series of Facebook Live sessions that parents/carers may find useful. The sessions are informal and will look at frequently asked questions, provide tips on how to discuss topics at home, and offer the opportunity for live questions to be asked.

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