Year 7 Return to The Leigh Academy

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Following on from the letters sent home from Mrs Collins last week, I wanted to write to you all and go through the Year 7 specific details for your child’s COVID-19 testing in school and return to the academy.  I am really looking forward to having all of Year 7 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. 

COVID-19 Testing

The times for Year 7 testing will be on Thursday 11th March, Tuesday 16th March and Friday 19th March.

Test 1 – Thursday 11th March

Year 7 Surname
8am – 8.30am

8.30am – 9am

Chaucer A – M

Chaucer N – Z

9am – 9.30am

9.30am – 10am

Darwin A – M

Darwin N – Z

10am – 10.30am

10.30am – 11am

Brunel A – M

Brunel N – Z

11am – 11:30am

11.30am – 12pm

Da Vinci A – M

Da Vinci N – Z

In order for students to participate in the COVID testing a consent form must be completed by parents/carers.  This only has to be completed once.  Students will then have 3 COVID tests in the academy over the next fortnight and will then be asked to test twice weekly at home. Further details re home testing will be sent out after the 8th March. 

Remote Learning

Year 7 students will remain at home, completing remote learning set in the google classrooms from Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th March. 

Return to The Academy

Year 7 will return to the academy on Thursday 11th March.  On this day all Year 7 students will have their COVID Test, wait for their results and then go into the academy for the remainder of the day.  Students should NOT arrive until their COVID test is due to take place (please see the times below).  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.  Year 7 full timetabled lessons will resume on Friday 12th March, students will be expected to continue with online learning until this date.

Test 2 – Tuesday 16th March

Year 7 Surname
8am – 8.30am

8.30am – 9am

Chaucer A – M

Chaucer N – Z

9am – 9.30am

9.30am – 10am

Darwin A – M

Darwin N – Z

10am – 10.30am

10.30 – 11am

Brunel A – M

Brunel N – Z

11pm – 11:30am

11.30am – 12pm

Da Vinci A – M

Da Vinci N – Z

Test 3 – Friday 19th March

Year 7 will then have Test 3 in the academy on Friday 19th March this will take place throughout the day and will not affect the start or end time of their school day, so ALL students should arrive from 8.30am as usual.

Year 7 Tutor Group
9am – 10am CH1 and CH2
10am – 11am DA1 and DA2
11am – 12pm BR1 and BR2
12pm – 1pm DV1 and DV2

Reminders

From Thursday 11th March, when Year 7 return all students will need to be in full academy uniform, following our usual high expectations with natural colour hair and no artificial nails and only one pair of earrings.  Please spend the week before ensuring that your child is fully prepared and equipped for learning.  On arrival students will line up in their tutor groups each morning as usual.

Chromebooks

Students will be expected to bring their Chromebook into the academy each day, fully charged and will be responsible for their device.  Students will be using Chromebooks in lessons to support their learning and to access applications and software used in digital classroom tasks. 

Knowledge Organisers

The Knowledge Organiser is a useful tool that contains the content of the learning for every subject for the whole term, supporting students in their revision, with home learning tasks, classwork and wider learning opportunities.  Please find a copy of your child’s Knowledge Organiser for Module 4 attached.

Face Masks

Upon our return to the academy, we will be following the recommended guidance and asking students to continue to wear face masks, including during lessons and at any point where social distancing cannot be maintained.   We encourage students to also bring a spare mask 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 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. 

Finally, we understand the last few months have been extremely difficult for many different reasons.  Our priority is the well-being and safety of your son/daughter and ensuring they continue with the educational journey as smoothly as possible.  The Year 7 Leadership team and our Tutors will continue to support any issues they may have and will continue to stay in contact with you all with updates on the Year 7 Google Classroom and communication via emails or letters home over the next few months.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughters Tutor, Miss Austin (Student Services Manager), Miss McCabe- Knowles (Assistant Head of Year 7) or myself and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Stuart Lindars

Head of College

Leading on Year 7 & 8