Year 10 Return to The Leigh Academy

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Dear Parents/Carers,


Further to Mrs Collins’ previous correspondence last week, I am writing with further detail about Year 10s return to the academy.

I am really looking forward to having all of Year 10 back in the academy with us for face to face education and I hope that your child is looking forward to coming back too.

As always change does sometimes bring with it anxiety and I want to assure you and your child that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure The Leigh Academy is as safe as possible, as well as delivering high quality teaching and learning.

We will begin Year 10 COVID-19 testing on Thursday 4th March.  If you have not already done so, we would ask you to revisit the consent form.  A reminder of the timings for COVID-19 test 1 can be seen below:

Year 10
9.00am – 9.30am

9.30am – 10.00am

Chaucer A – M

Chaucer N – Z

10.00am – 10.30am

10.30am – 11.00am

Darwin A – M

Darwin N – Z

11.00am – 11.30am

11.30 – 12pm

Brunel A – M

Brunel N – Z

12.00pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1.00pm

Da Vinci A – M

Da Vinci N – Z

Students will come into the academy for their COVID test and then go straight home.  Students can wear their own clothes and should also wear a face covering/mask.  They will enter via main reception and line up in the PE corridor before going into the sports hall which has been transformed into our COVID testing centre.  We have been testing on site throughout January and February and we have a trained team of staff ready to support every student to carry out their COVID test.  Students are to continue with their remote learning at home, and complete the work set for them on Friday 5th and Monday 8th March.

After students have had 3 COVID tests in the academy, students will then be asked to test twice weekly at home.  Further details regarding home testing will be sent out after 8th March.

Some of our extremely clinically vulnerable staff have now thankfully received their first vaccine, but are still being instructed to shield.  There is no plan to vaccinate teachers/school staff as yet and therefore we must ensure that the safety procedures are strictly adhered to.  There will be no tolerance of those who are not prepared to follow the COVID safety expectations and I hope we will continue to enjoy your understanding if and when we might have to sanction your child/young person for not adhering to the expectations.

Year 10 will then return to the academy on Tuesday 9th March. This will be a staggered return as follows:

Year 10 start time:
9.00am – 10.00am CH08, CH09 and CH10
10.00am – 11.00am DA08, DA09 and DA10
11.00am – 12.00pm BR08, BR09 and BR10
12.00pm – 1.00pm DV08, DV09 and DV10 no lunch break, extended tutor time

On this day all Year 10 students will have COVID-19 test 2, wait for their results and then go into the academy for the remainder of the day.  Students will have an extended tutor time session to support them in their return to the academy, support their wellbeing and discuss their academic progress since working at home.  It is intended that once the whole year group is tested, that they will go to their period 5 lesson, and tutor time at 3:00pm, leaving the academy as normal at 3:30pm.  Please note that Da Vinci students will not have a lunch break on this day, and will be expected to have eaten before they come into the academy at 12:00pm.

Year 10 full timetabled lessons will resume on Wednesday 10th March.

Year 10 will then have COVID-19 test 3 in the academy on Monday 15th March. This will take place throughout the day and will not affect the start or end time of their academy day.

Face Masks

 Upon return to the academy, we will be following the recommended guidance and asking students to continue to wear face masks/coverings, including during lessons and at any point where social distancing cannot be maintained.  We encourage students to also bring a spare mask/covering and a plastic bag to keep their mask in when eating or not in use.  If your child is medically exempt from wearing a face mask/covering then we can provide a clear visor which may be more appropriate.  Please ensure all medical exemption evidence is shared with your child’s Student Service Manager.

Student Expectations whilst in the academy building

 Please would you take the time to remind your child about our academy expectations:

  • Arrive at the academy and leave to go home at the designated time.  Do not congregate in Colleges, winter gardens or in communal areas.
  • Use sanitiser to disinfect hands on entering and leaving the academy as well as at the start and end of each lesson within the day.  Wash hands with soap regularly throughout the day.
  • Avoid physical contact at all times.  No hugs, shaking hands or play fighting.
  • In the classroom, sit in the same place at all times.  Do not move the table or chairs and remain in the designated seating plan.
  • Maintain a social distance of 2m from others, wherever possible, both in lessons, during transition to classrooms and outside of classrooms.
  • At Break and Lunch Time, go outside (if the weather is good) or designated venue (if weather is poor).  You must not use the social spaces inside the academy.  Maintain a safe distance of 2m from others at break and lunch times.
  • Do not share belongings (stationery, food and electronic devices) and ensure the current mobile phone policy is adhered to at all times.
  • Use the toilet designated to your year group bubble.  Only enter the toilets if there is a free cubicle and always wash your hands.
  • Be respectful, resilient in their learning, embrace challenges and be compliant to all staff instructions both in and outside the classroom.
  • Display good manners when travelling to and from the academy and ensure the reputation of The Leigh Academy is not brought into disrepute at any time.


We will be returning to the academy as we mean to go on. The highest of expectations of uniform are essential.  Therefore, in the time that we have left before the return on Tuesday 9th March can we ensure that everyone has the correct full uniform.  Can we also ensure that false nails, false eyelashes and semi-permanent make-up such as fake tan and eyebrows are removed/not reapplied.  We will be busy enough ensuring that safety measures are adhered to, we need you to do this part at home before they return.  Please spend the week before then ensuring that your child is fully prepared and equipped for learning.

Full PE kit will be worn on days that students have PE but a reminder that hooded tops and branded items are not acceptable.

We would recommend that students wear layers underneath their uniform in order to be warm in classrooms where windows will be open.


Students will be expected to bring their Chromebook into the academy each day, fully charged and will be responsible for their device.  We will continue to support any students who do not have a device to work from and fill any gaps in provision as we can.  Students will be using Chromebooks in their lessons to support their learning and to access applications and software used in digital classroom tasks.

Cucina Catering

The academy restaurant will be fully open from Thursday 11th March so please ensure that your child has a packed lunch, snacks, a bottle of water for the days when they are in the academy before then.


From the date that a year group returns, other than those who are medically shielding, all students are expected in the academy.  The absence procedures are as they have always been and notification of any absence should be sent through to the year group admin.  Those with COVID symptoms must not attend the academy and must notify us.  Those with a household member that has tested positive must also isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

Digital Engagement Scores

Many students received excellent engagement scores reports and a letter congratulating them will be on the way shortly.  They are showing a continued high level of engagement in lessons, despite the challenges they may have faced during the academy closure.  I am really pleased to see so many Year 10 students developing the skills and attitudes of effective learners, giving themselves the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

Year 10 Assessment

We will update you later on this module with information about the Year 10 assessment timeline for the rest of the academic year.

Thank you for your patience and support. The whole return to the academy is a complex operation with many moving parts, any one of which might cause us to have to modify the plan.  We will keep you fully informed at all times.  Wish us luck!


Yours faithfully,



Ms S Forde

Head of College

Leading on Year 10