Academy Update – 22/05/2020

Posted on: May 22, 2020

We are almost at the end of this half term. Teachers, students and parents have worked hard over the last 5 weeks and engagement in online lessons and teaching remains high. We will be sending out a survey to students soon to find out how they are getting on and what improvements we can make. We have also published the results of the recent parental survey. Staff are now beginning to teach live online lessons and we will attempt to do this more after the half-term holiday. It is not the same as being in a classroom, but it is another step in the right direction.

I had intended to take a survey of Year 10 parents this week regarding reopening but I have decided to delay this until things become a little clearer in terms of Government direction. The Government has said that it will publish more scientific evidence in regards to the reopening of schools today, and will make a final decision on the 28th May based on levels of infection. Once that decision has been taken the academy will release the gradual reopening plan that we are developing for Year 10 students and an information video showing all parents what measures we have put into place to ensure the safety of the students and the staff. This will allow Year 10 parents in the initial instance to make informed decisions regarding their child’s return to the academy. Once the plan and video have been made available, we will send a questionnaire to all Year 10 parents asking them about their concerns and any barriers they foresee in their child returning to lessons at OSSMA. The academy will not be reopening for all of Year 10 on the week commencing 1st June. We will continue to be open for vulnerable students and children of key workers as we have been since the lockdown began.

The academy will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend and will be open Tuesday to Friday for the children of emergency workers only. Bee Active will continue to deliver free school meals and breakfast items as appropriate and FSM vouchers will be issued as normal over the half-term holiday. This is part of our commitment to ensure that our most vulnerable students are provided with three meals a day as often as we possibly can.

Congratulations to the SEN team for winning the Staff Lip-Sync competition. Rest assured we are planning something else for after half term which will hopefully be just as enjoyable.

I hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and please stay safe.

Nick Brennan
Head of School