Start of Module 2

Three female Leigh Academy students sitting at a table, working together.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you and your families have benefitted from a break over the half term.

As we return to Module 2 on Monday 8th November I wanted to write to you with some update and reminders.

COVID-19 Updates

Before the break we had an extended period of ‘enhanced measures’ aiming to reduce the transmission of and numbers of positive Covid cases amongst students and staff at The Leigh Academy.

Over the half term break we have been informed of a small number of cases amongst students. We are also all aware of the increasing number of cases locally and nationally. It seems most prudent therefore to keep some measures in place as we return but also to adapt others to ensure the optimum learning and functioning of the academy.

Vaccinations

The NHS Schools Immunisation Team will be at The Leigh Academy on 8th and 9th November and we encourage all families to read the shared information shared by the NHS and PHE and make an informed decision that is right for your child.

LF Testing

The DfE has requested us to remind all families of the importance of twice weekly testing and in particular for all students and staff to test on Sunday 7th November, before returning to the academy (any positives to be reported to info@leighacademy.org.uk)

Face Coverings/Masks

We are asking all students, staff, parents, visitors to continue to wear these when transitioning around the building when we return to Module 2 (some staff and students may also wish to wear these in lessons and are welcome to do so)

Each student must bring their own face covering/mask every day – navy blue fabric masks can be bought for £1.00 via ParentPay and collected from main reception.

Timings of the Day

We will continue with the current break and lunchtime model with each year group on their own breaks and lunches as this is working well currently, we will review later in the year as we would like to return to college model in due course.

Assemblies

We will continue to hold College assemblies virtually, and we will begin to reintroduce year groups assemblies in person.

PE Kit

From Monday 15th November we will return to students wearing academy uniform every day. On days when students have PE they should bring their PE kits and trainers to the academy with them in a PE bag and they will get changed into their PE kit for their PE lesson and change back into their uniform for the rest of the day. This will mean that students do not need to remain in muddy, wet kit all day.

It will also mean that students can bring their PE kit to change into when attending after school sports club and fixtures and will allow a greater range of sporting activities. The PE department will write to you next week with an updated schedule of after school activities.

Ventilation

We continue to keep doors and windows open where possible to ensure ventilation.

Cleaning

We continue with a robust cleaning schedule

Hand Sanitising

We continue to remind students and staff to wash hands regularly and thoroughly and have hand sanitiser stations throughout the academy.

Remembrance

As is our tradition we will be commemorating Remembrance Day on Thursday 11th November, we ask that students bring a donation to purchase a poppy in support of the Royal British Legion.

Biometrics

The following letter was sent out to parents/carers at the end of Module 1. A reminder to give consent by clicking this link. A reminder also that we are moving to a cashless system and as such parent/carers will need to ensure that their children have money uploaded via ParentPay. If you have any queries regarding ParentPay please email parentpay@leighacademy.org.uk.

Punctuality

A reminder that students in all year groups should be on site each day by 8:20am, this is to ensure that sessions can begin promptly at 8:30am. There are consequences in place for lateness and a further update will come out to parent/carers and students next week with reminders regarding these. Please do encourage your child to be on time every day, as this is an essential habit not only for education but for when they move into the workplace.

We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 8th November.

Kind Regards,

Julia Collins
Principal