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Nottingham Academy has taken a number of actions over the course of the last few weeks in order to reduce the risk of transmission across the Academy. This portal will provide information relating to COVID 19 for the Academy community to easily access.

Restart of 'In Person' learning for all students
 

Friday 26th February 2021

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Dear Parents / Carers and Students,
Re: Restart of ‘In Person’ learning for all students
You will be aware of the recent government announcement that secondary schools will restart face to face education for all students from Monday 8th March. We are excited to be seeing our students again in just a few days.


This letter includes a great deal of necessary information for everybody to read, understand and follow, to allow us all to have a safe and smooth restart to in person learning.


Adjustments to Remote Provision on Thursday 4th March
Please be aware that there will be an adjustment to our remote provision on Thursday 4th March. No live teaching will take place on this day, students should continue to log-into teams where pre-recorded content or links to other lesson resources will be provided. This adjustment is necessary to undertake some important staff training in preparation for the restart of face to face learning.


First Days Back in the Academy – Staggered Return Days
The return of students will be staggered to allow the academy to complete mass lateral flow testing. This is in line with government guidance and to ensure the safety of students, their families and wider academy community. The return of students will be as follows:

 

Date Year  Details
Monday 8th March  Year 10 Year 10 students should enter the site through the gates on Ripon Road at 8.20am. They will line up in forms on the MUGA. Year 10 students will be based on the English corridor. 
Tuesday 9th March  Year 11 Year 11 students should enter the site through the gates on Greenwood Road at 8.20am. They will line up in forms on the yard. Y11 students will be based on the maths corridor and the end of the science corridor.
Tuesday 9th March  Year 13  Sixth form students should enter the site through the gates nearest Wildcats on Greenwood Road between 9.20 and 9.30am (for W/C 8/3/21 ONLY) They go directly in to the sixth form centre through the sixth form entrance to sign in. 
Wednesday 10th March  Year 9  Year 9 students should enter the site through the gates on Greenwood Road at 8.35am. They will line up in forms on the yard. Y9 students will be based on the humanities and languages corridors. 
Wednesday 10th March Year 12  Sixth form students should enter the site through the gates nearest Wildcats on Greenwood Road between 9.20 and 9.30am (for W/C 8/3/21 ONLY) They go directly in to the sixth form centre through the sixth form entrance to sign in. 
Thursday 11th March  Year 7  Y7 students will enter the site from Sneinton Boulevard at 8.45am. They should line up in forms in the dome area. 
Friday 12th March  Year 8  Y8 students will enter the site down the drive from Greenwood Road at 8.50am. They should line up in forms on the top yard. 

 Will Keyworker & Vulnerable Student provision continue during the staggered return?
Our keyworker and vulnerable provision will close on Friday 5th March. A limited provision will be available for vulnerable students (by invitation only) from Monday 8th March.
What will happen on return?
A new timetable will be in operation from Monday 8th March for ALL students. A copy of the timetable will be sent home to parents/carers and will arrive before Monday 8th March. Student will also be provided with a further copy of their timetable on return. Furthermore, timings of lessons will adjust for all students. The timings that your child should follow will be sent home with their new timetables.
What if I am not returning until later in the week?
Remote learning WILL continue for all students who are continuing with home learning. To enable smooth operation of the academy our remote provision will adjust to the following from Monday 8th March:
• Tutor time will take place at 8.40am as normal. Please can all students be in attendance. Important information and reminders will be shared in these sessions in preparation for their return.
• Lessons will not feature a live element. Students should continue to log-into teams where pre-recorded content or links to other lesson resources will be provided.
Remote learning will be provided for all students in line with their new timetable
Academy zoning and year group bubbles
The Academy will continue to be zoned in their year groups in the same part of the Academy to reduce movement across ‘bubbles’ of students. Break and lunch will remain staggered throughout the school day.
What will happen upon return to face to face learning?
Students will be reminded of our routines and Everyday Expectations. Students will learn about the new guidance to keep safe, social distancing and measures that they must take to prevent the risk of COVID spreading whilst at the Academy and understanding the Academy’s expectations around attendance, uniform and behaviour, which are especially important at this time. Our pastoral programme has been adapted to emphasise the importance of mental health and wellbeing for the remainder of this term.
Attendance
School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils when they return to school.
This means that the following applies when your child returns:
• It is the parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school
• The academies ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct has been re-instated.
Our expectation is that every child attends school all of the time.
Non-attendance due to COVID-19

A small number of students will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice to self-isolate because they:
• Have symptoms or have had a positive test result and provided this to the academy as evidence of permitted absence.
• Live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive and are a household contact
• Are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately inform the academy providing a copy of the NHS Track and Trace email received following a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
My child is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), should they attend?
The advice for pupils who have been confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable is to shield and stay at home as much as possible until further notice. If this applies to your child parents must provide a copy of the shielding letter sent to CEV children, to confirm that they are advised not to attend school or other educational settings whilst shielding guidance is in place.

Masks
Please provide your child with an appropriate mask and re-sealable bag within which it can be stored. On return, face coverings must be worn by adults and students when moving around the academy outside of classrooms, must be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. Masks must also be worn in corridors and communal areas including when not seated in the canteen where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors.
A very small minority of students are exempt from wearing face coverings. This applies to those who:
• Cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical impairment or disability, illness or mental health difficulties
• Speak to or provide help to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
The academy will be sensitive to the needs of our students, but will insist that students wear a face covering unless exemption has been confirmed by a medical professional.
Revised Operating Procedure (ROP) and associated Risk Assessments (RAs)
The ROP and RAs have been updated and will be available to view on the Academy website. These documents provide the detail about how Nottingham Academy will remain COVID secure under the updated government guidance. Please be assured that the academy is taking all necessary steps to provide a safe environment for your child.
Uniform
It is expected that all students attend the Academy in full uniform. On days where your child has PE on their timetable we would like them to attend the academy in their appropriate PE kit. The PE team have worked hard on adapting their curriculum to meet government guidance and also recognise students will be wearing their kit all day so have planned accordingly. Students in Y7 and Y8 will also need to attend in PE kit if they have dance on their timetable. Dance will be delivered, either on the yard or in the gym depending upon the weather.

Catering
You will be aware that the academy introduced cashless catering in the Autumn Term. NO cash is allowed on the Academy premises. A full catering service will be available for all students when they return.
Water fountains remain out of use so please bring a full water bottle.

Please ensure if there have been any changes to your contact information, change of address, email address, phone number etc. or if there is new information pertaining to your child’s medical situation.


I appreciate there is a lot of information contained in this briefing letter, but it is all necessary for a smooth and safe return to face to face learning. If you have any questions, please contact the school via the following email address: admin@nottinghamacademy.org


We are thrilled to be seeing our students again. In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to sharing further important information with parents in the coming days.


Your sincerely,
Harry French Principal.

Expectations for Online Learning
 

21 January 2021

Dear Parents / Carers 

Re: Expectations for Online Learning 

As we move towards a significant proportion of our lessons being delivered partially live or live, I would like to take a moment to share our online learning expectations with you. 

When completing home learning using Microsoft Teams, we ask that all students follow the expectations that are listed below, these have been devised to ensure that teachers and students are always kept safe and that the sessions can be as effective as possible.  

Students must ensure that when they are completing live lessons via Microsoft Teams that they:  

  1. Students should punctually attend live lessons in line with their normal timetable. 
  1. When the teacher starts the lesson, press join on the meeting within their calendar in Teams. Please be patient while the teacher checks student credentials before admitting students from the lobby into the lesson. 
  1. Students should begin lessons with their camera off and microphone muted. Students should only unmute when directed by the teacher.  
  1. Teachers will record all live lessons.  
  1. Students should consider using headphones so that they can hear clearly. Using headphones will also help to reduce background noise.  
  1. Students should ensure they are dressed appropriately.   
  1. Students must ensure their location is appropriate for an online lesson. Any computers used should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; and the background should be blurred.  
  1. Students must show respect for everyone in the online classroom. Disrespectful behaviour or any behaviour which impacts negatively on others’ learning or enjoyment may result in removal from the lesson. 
  1. Students can utilise the chat feature within lessons to raise queries. The chat feature is the speech bubble icon on the main bar that is visible during a video conference. This way your teacher can answer you directly and communicate the response to the whole group.  
  1. Inappropriate chat messages will lead to the removal of the student from the lesson. The chat function is solely for asking questions which the teacher can respond to during the video conference.  
  1. Students should participate as fully as possible in the learning activities.   
  1. You may not, at any time, record or take photos of your teacher of other participants during the video conference.   
  1. When exiting a lesson please use the ‘Leave meeting’ by clicking on the red hang up icon when the lesson has finished.  
  1. Students must comply with Nottingham Academy Responsible use of ICT and Social Media student guidelines. A copy of these guidelines is available on the academy website. 

Password Security  
Student usernames and login details must not be shared. 

Please be aware that shared login credentials (username and password) must be kept secure. Sharing of login information to anyone, particularly individuals outside of the academy contravenes Nottingham Academy Responsible use of ICT and Social Media student guidelines, puts others’ at risk and may result in a long term suspension of ICT access. 

Wellbeing During the School Day 

The timings of the remote school day mirror the normal school day with breaks and lunches included. We have asked that teachers provide 50 minutes of content in every 60-minute lesson to provide students with a chance to step away from their screen, move around and relax. Please encourage your child to take regular screen breaks during the school day. 

Tracking your Child’s Lessons 

Please be aware that from Monday 25th January onwards, teachers will no longer be scheduling lessons in Class Charts. In order to streamline teacher workload, lessons will only appear in your child’s Microsoft Teams calendar. Please continue to access Class Charts to view your child’s positive rewards and negative behaviour points. 

ICT Support Hub 

Thank you to parents who have requested devices through our ICT support Hub. If your child DOES NOT have access to an internet enabled device, please Click Here to register.  

If you are unable to logon for any reason please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org    

Raising concerns about your child’s wellbeing 

Please do not hesitate to contact the academy if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing by calling 0115 7483380 without delay, and we will do our best to offer or signpost support. 

We understand that this is an extremely challenging situation but please be reassured that all staff at Nottingham Academy are working hard to ensure that the online provision of remote learning is of the highest quality possible. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Updated Arrangements for Remote Learning 
 

8 January 2021 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Re: Updated Arrangements for Remote Learning 

You will be aware that the Prime Minister has announced a new period of national lockdown which includes closure of school sites to all but vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. 

We all know that receiving face-to-face education is best for children’s mental health and for their educational achievement. The Government will be reviewing the restrictions on schools and will ensure that our children return to face-to-face education as soon as the pressures are easing on the NHS. This is likely to be after the February half-term break. This decision does not suggest that schools are no longer safe places for our children. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.  

Provision of Online Learning During Lockdown 

It is essential that students participate and engage in online learning. To support this, we will be providing the following to all of our students: 

  • The majority of sessions are being set in MS Teams. 

  • When lessons are set, parents will be notified via Class Charts. If you do not have access to Class Charts please contact admin@nottinghamacademy.org  

  • A daily tutorial ‘Check In’ will be provided to students. This session will commence at 8.40am and is a compulsory part of the school day. 

  • Teachers will be registering students’ attendance to every lesson throughout the day. Please be aware that non-attendance to lessons will be followed up on a daily basis by our pastoral team. 

  • Lessons will be set in line with your child’s timetable. Your child should be set five lessons per year group.  

Timings for lesson delivery are as follows for all year groups: 

8.40 – 9.00 

Daily Tutorial Check In 

9.00 – 9.55 

Period 1 

10.00 – 10.55 

Period 2 

11.00 – 11.20 

Break 

11.20 – 12.15 

Period 3 

12.20 – 13.15 

Period 4 

13.20 – 13.50 

Lunch 

13.50 – 14.45 

Period 5 

  

  • From Monday 18th January, the majority of online lessons will be ‘live’. It is expected that your child is present and engaging with the content of each lesson. Please note: due to the conflicting demands, on our teachers’, ‘Live’ lessons may not always be possible.  

  • Teachers will be available through Teams to answer any queries or issues relating to the work set throughout this period of Home Learning.  

  • During a lesson your child can ask questions and seek advice from their teacher who will respond as quickly as possible. 

  • A weekly Year Group assembly will be provided each week. During the assembly we will be acknowledging and rewarding, participation and engagement with online learning. This session will commence every Wednesday at 1.50pm and is a compulsory provision for your child where critical information will be shared. 

  • Assessment and feedback opportunities have been considered within planning for each subject and your child should be receiving regular feedback for work they produce. 

If you are concerned about the level of provision available for your child, or if our provision falls significantly short of the high expectations we have set for this period of online learning, or if you can identify ways that we can improve our service, please raise your concerns by emailing admin@nottinghamacademy.org and your concern will be escalated in a timely manner. 

Changes to Examination Arrangements 

As you may be aware, the government has announced that GCSEs and AS and A levels will not be going ahead as planned this summer due to COVID 19 restrictions. We will inform you of the alternative arrangements of how your child will be assessed in each of their subjects, once these details have been confirmed by the government. In the meantime, it is important that your child continues with their studies.    

Resource Packs 

To support online learning, the academy will be providing exercise books and additional resources such as pens, pencils and specialist art resources. This ‘Grab and Go’ service will be available from GC1 reception on a daily basis between 10.00am and 2.00pm and will be free of charge.  

ICT Support Hub 

Thank you to parents who have requested devices through our ICT support Hub. If your child DOES NOT have access to an internet enabled device, please Click Here to register.  

You can access a helpful MS Teams Guide by Clicking Here  

If you are unable to logon for any reason, please email: 

admin@nottinghamacademy.org  

Raising concerns about your child’s wellbeing 

Please do not hesitate to contact the academy if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing by calling 0115 748 3380 without delay, and we will do our best to offer or signpost support. 

We understand that this is an extremely challenging situation but please be reassured that all staff at Nottingham Academy are working hard to ensure that the online provision of remote learning is of the highest quality possible. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Yours sincerely, 

Harry French 
Principal 

COVID 19 Update Year 11
 

21 December 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: COVID 19 – Year 11

I am writing to you today to inform you that we have been advised by Public Health England of two positive cases of Covid-19 within Year 11 at Academy.

Through our contact tracing processes we have identified a small number of proximity contacts who are now self-isolating as a precautionary measure, in line with the latest government guidance and Public Health England advice.

I am aware this may cause some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each case in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.

Additionally, our robust health and safety measures ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and not show any COVID-19 symptoms.

We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and the Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible and will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

 

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

 

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy

Return to School January 2021
 

18 December 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

RE: Staggered start to Spring Term 2021

You will be aware that the Government announced yesterday that schools will be staggering the return of students to school in January. The Department for Education has requested this staggered start to enable staff and students to access a round of free coronavirus testing in January. In order to plan for this, Nottingham Academy Secondary will be closed to all students on Monday 4th January.

The Academy will make provision for the following students to attend the academy in person from Tuesday 5th January:

  • Students in exam year groups:

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 should return as normal. Please follow normal start times and normal entrances. Students will be following their normal timetable.

Students in Year 12 with vocational examinations in January or February should return to the Academy as normal. Please follow normal start times and normal entrances.

  • Students who are vulnerable will be contacted by our Pastoral Team and invited to attend the academy in person.
  • Keyworker students who have completed the following link: Keyworker application form by 4.00pm on Monday 21st December will be provided with full time, in person provision from Tuesday 5th January.

The Academy is unable to make provision for the following students:

  • If your child is in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • If your child is in Year 12 and does not have a vocational examination in January or February

Provision of Online Learning

The academy has been working very hard to identify and support any students who do not have access to an internet enabled device. Whilst the majority of students have now been supported, if your child DOES NOT have an internet enabled device please Click Here to access our Home Learning Support Hub and register for a device.

If you prefer to receive a paper copy of work during this period of home learning please Click Here to register for a work pack which will be posted to you on Monday 4th January.

Online Learning

Students will be provided with online lessons delivered through MS Teams. Lessons will closely follow a normal school day and will be uploaded by 9.00am on each school day.

You can access a helpful MS Teams Guide by Clicking Here

If you are unable to logon for any reason please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Please note: due to the conflicting demands on our teachers’, ‘Live’ lessons will not always be possible. Teachers will be available through Teams to answer any queries or issues relating to the work set throughout this period of Home Learning.

Return to School

All students will return to face-to-face education from Monday 11th January.

The academy reception will be open from Monday 4th January at 8am. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further details of how your child will be able to access the free round of coronavirus testing will be communicated to you in due course.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the disruption caused to your child’s learning during this most challenging of times; we are extremely grateful for the support offered to the academy by all of our parents and community partners and wish you and all of your families a happy and healthy break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Covid Update Year 11 10.12.20
 

10 December 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

Re: Advice to All Parents

Unfortunately, I write  to advise that we have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Year 11 at Nottingham Academy.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case have been contacted this evening and have received an individual letter. These students will be staying at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Covid Update 19.11.20 *Parents please read*

19 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this finds you well and you are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

As you will know from our recent letters, we are continuing to work closely with Public Health England to help manage both the Academy’s and the wider response to Covid-19, as cases rise across the community.

In line with the latest government and Public Health England advice, any affected pupils and staff, identified through our contact tracing process, as well as the NHS Track and Trace notification system, are now self-isolating as a precautionary measure.

Due to the number of staff who are self-isolating, as a precautionary measure and in line with government guidelines, we have taken the difficult decision to move specific year groups to home learning for some days for the next two weeks.

 Please see the table below which details which year groups should not attend.

 

Monday

23.11.20

30.11.20

Tuesday

24.11.20

1.12.20

Wednesday

25.11.20

2.12.20

Thursday

26.11.20

3.12.20

Friday

27.11.20

4.12.20

Year Group Home Learning

Year 7

Year 9

Year 9

Year 8

Year 8

All other year groups will remain open

We appreciate this may be a difficult time however, the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils, parents, staff and the wider school community must remain our top priority. This change ensures that your child will have limited cover staff on the days that they are attending school.

To ensure as minimal disruption to learning as possible this change will be in place for the week commencing Monday 23rd November and week commencing Monday 30th November. We will write to you again on Thursday 3rd December with an update for the week commencing Monday 7th December.

On days when your child is not in school, work will be provided on Teams and engagement will be monitored. Please do let us know if you do not have access to a laptop/tablet or the internet, and we will support where we can. Additionally, if you are in receipt of free school meals, we will be in touch over the next couple of days to ensure we can get vouchers to you.

I appreciate this may cause some concern but I want to reassure you that, as an Academy, we take the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and the wider school, community extremely seriously and are working in partnership with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps are taken. We are also working closely with the Department for Education, and the Trust, to ensure the risk of further transmission continues to be minimised as much as possible, and we will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

Additionally, our contact tracing and robust health and safety measures have allowed us to effectively respond to this matter and ensure the Academy continues to be safe for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and not show any COVID-19 symptoms.

In the meantime, I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/  or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy or use the following link to access further information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Yours sincerely,

Harry French

Principal 

19 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Year 7 COVID 19

We have been informed by Public Health England of a case of COVID-19 within  Year 7 at Nottingham Academy. The student was last in attendance on Friday 13th November. The academy has contacted any students who may have been in direct contact with the affected student for 15 minutes or longer.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at last 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for you ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly or visit http://www.nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

COVID Response Update Important Information 12.11.20
 

 

12 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: COVID-19 Response at Nottingham Academy

As an Academy we continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and over recent days have seen a gradual increase in the number of confirmed cases, particularly amongst our Key Stage 4 students.

We have, and will continue to follow the latest government guidelines and work closely with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps are taken as quickly and effectively as possible.

As you know, since Covid-19 emerged, this response has included asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate, as a precautionary measure. I am aware this may cause some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each case in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.

Additionally, our robust health and safety measures ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and not show any COVID-19 symptoms. We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and the Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible and will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

We have developed a COVID-19 Updates section on our website where you can find the most recent updates to our Operating procedures and Risk Assessments as well as copies of all correspondence relating to COVID-19.

Mandatory wearing of face coverings in communal areas

You will be aware that face coverings are now mandatory in all communal areas within the academy. Staff and pupils are being supported to wear face coverings in lessons if they wish to do so.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Children

The latest Government guidance is that children whose doctors have confirmed that they have been assessed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school.
Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer identified as such. For this reason, parents should speak to their GP or specialist clinician, as soon as possible, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. Please ask your doctor or clinician to confirm this to you in writing.

If you believe this applies to your child, and you have medical evidence to support this, please contact our attendance team by calling 01157483380 Option 1

In the event of Bubble Closure.

As we continue to operate under the extreme circumstances created by the global pandemic, there is always the possibility that your child may need to be sent home with short notice.

We intend to keep as many pupils in education as possible. We may be directed by Public Health England (PHE) to close individual year group bubbles should our risk assessment suggest that there is a significant risk of onward transmission of COVID-19 within a bubble or if staff shortages prohibit the safe running of a year group bubble.

In the event of bubble closure:

At the end / before the school day:

  1. Parents/carers will be sent a text message asking you to keep your child at home.
  2. An email will be sent to parents/carers asking you to keep your child at home.
  3. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  4. Nottingham City Council will publish closure details on their school emergencies and disruptions portal :https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/school-closures
  5. The Academy of Twitter feed @NottinghamAcad will be updated

During the school day:

  1. Parents/carers will be sent a text message and email explaining that the bubble / Academy is closing. You must confirm that your child is safe to leave the academy site with a one word YES / NO response. This will determine if your child is released to return home or will remain at school. If a response is not received your child will remain at school.
  2. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  3. Nottingham City Council will publish closure details on their school emergencies and disruptions portal :https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/school-closures
  4. The Academy Twitter feed @NottinghamAcad will be updated

Before your child leaves the school site they will be provided with a work pack and from the first full day of closure your child’s teachers will commence delivery of online learning via Microsoft Teams and other specialist online resources.

Reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in the community

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy

Year 11 Covid Update 11.11.20
 

11 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Year 10 COVID 19

We have been informed by Public Health England of a case of COVID-19 within the Year 11 at Nottingham Academy. The student was last in attendance on Friday 6th November. The academy has contacted any students who may have been in direct contact with the affected student for 15 minutes or longer.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at last 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for you ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly or visit http://www.nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

COVID 19 Reporting During Half Term Break  19.10.20
 

Dear Parent / Carer, 

Should your child receive a positive COVID 19 during the half-term break (17/10/20 to 02/10/20) please ensure inform Nottingham Academy is informed. 

Please inform the school by contacting admin@nottinghamacademy.org. Please include the following information:

  • Your child’s name 
  • Date of Birth.
  • Date that the child became symptomatic,
  • Date of test
  • Date the positive test result was received.

We are very grateful for your support during this difficult time.

Nottingham Academy 

Principal Update 12.10.20
 

Principal: Mr H French

PA to the Principal:  Mrs T Bieeu

 

 

Greenwood Road

Nottingham NG3 7EB

Telephone: 0115 748 3380

Email: adming@nottinghamacademy.org

Website:  www.nottinghamacademy.org

12 October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: COVID 19 – Sixth Form

I am writing to you today to inform you that we have been advised by Public Health England of another positive case of Covid-19 within the Academy.

Through our contact tracing processes, we have identified a small number of proximity contacts who are now self-isolating as a precautionary measure, in line with the latest government guidance and Public Health England advice.

I am aware this may cause some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each case in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.

Additionally, our robust health and safety measures ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and not show any COVID-19 symptoms.

We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and the Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible and will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and the wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

 

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy

Year 9 Return Information 11.10.20
 

Principal: Mr H French

PA to the Principal:  Mrs T Bieeu

Greenwood Road

Nottingham NG3 7EB

Telephone: 0115 748 3380

Email: adming@nottinghamacademy.org

Website:  www.nottinghamacademy.org

Follow us @NottinghamAcademy

11 October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Year 9 Return Monday 12th October 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming Year 9 students back to the academy in the morning. All students should be returning if they are free from COVID-19 symptoms.

Please can Year 9 students enter the site through the gates on Greenwood Road at 8.35am. Students will continue line up in forms on the yard. Staff will be on hand to welcome and direct students accordingly. Year 9 students will exit the academy site at 2.40pm via the gates at Greenwood Road.

I am aware that you may have some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each confirmed case of COVID-19 in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.

The Academy continues to operate within robust health and safety measures which ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible. We continue to work closely with the Department for Education and the Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible and will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information. Parents can view our operating procedures and risk assessments on the academy website:

http://www.nottinghamacademy.org/covidnews

This portal provides current detail about how Nottingham Academy continues to provide a COVID-secure Academy current government guidance.

Mandatory wearing of face coverings

In our most recent review of our operating procedures we took the decision to make face coverings mandatory in all communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, this includes lesson change over in particular. This change to our local operating procedure will take affect from Monday 12th October for Year 9 students and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Furthermore, Year 9 students will be supported to wear face coverings in lessons if they wish to do so. Please ensure your child has an appropriate face covering and a plastic bag to keep their face covering in whilst it is not being worn, from tomorrow.

Catering

There will be no food or drink available to purchase either before school or at break times until half term. Water fountains continue to be out of use so please bring a full water bottle.

Finally, we will be working closely with our Year 9 students to target mental health and wellbeing support. We will ensure that Year 9 students have access to teaching and support colleagues who can signpost or request direct support for students who are struggling with their return to school after this most recent period of isolation.

I know these are challenging circumstances for our students, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at:

 adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

 

 

Year 8 COVID Update 08.10.20 

Dear Parents / Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Year 8, at our Sneinton Boulevard Campus at Nottingham Academy.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified students that may have been in close contact with the affected child. In line with the national guidance, we have recommended that these students stay at home and self-isolate until Thursday 22nd October.

On each occasion that we have been advised of a positive case, we have followed the latest government guidelines and worked closely with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps were taken. This has included either asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate or closing a ‘bubble’ as a precautionary measure.

As I mentioned previously, I am aware this may cause some concerns about the health and safety of your child but I wanted to reassure you that, as an Academy, we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and are closely reviewing each case in partnership with the local public health authority and acting accordingly.

Additionally, our robust health and safety measures ensure the Academy continues to be as safe as possible for all other pupils and staff, and your child should continue to attend if they remain in good health and not show any COVID-19 symptoms. We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and the Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible and will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy

 

Year 10 COVID Update 07.10.20
 

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Year 10 COVID 19

We have been informed by Public Health England of a further single case of COVID-19 within the Year 10 at Nottingham Academy. The student was last in attendance on Thursday 1st October. The academy has contacted any students who may have been in direct contact with the affected student for 15 minutes or longer. The published return date for Year 10 students (Tuesday 3rd November) will not change as a result of this further positive test.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at last 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for you ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly or visit http://www.nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Changes to our local operating procedures 

It is important that, as a community, we continue to do our utmost to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. It is for this reason that we have taken the decision that face coverings will become mandatory in all communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, this includes lesson changeovers in particular. This change to our local operating procedure will take effect from Tuesday, 6th October, and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Furthermore, from today pupils will be supported to wear face coverings in lessons if they wish to do so. Please ensure your child has an appropriate face covering and a plastic bag to keep their face covering in whilst it is not being worn, from Tuesday, 6th October.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Year 10 Self Isolation 7.10.20
 

07 October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Re: Closure of Year 10 Bubble: Monday 5th October 2020

I am writing to inform you that we have learnt of a further positive test in our Year 10 bubble this morning. We have worked quickly and effectively in partnership with the local public health authority to review this case and to undertake a broader risk assessment for the Year 10 bubble.

In order to minimise further risk of transmission, a decision has been taken in consultation with Public Health England to close the bubble to year 10 students that are currently in school. This means that your child must self-isolate, as a precautionary measure, for a period of 14 days, until Monday 19th October.

Pupils in Year 10 self isolating from today, should return to the Academy on Tuesday 3rd November if they are not presenting any COVID-19 symptoms. This date follows half term break (19th – 30th October) and the INSET day (2nd November).

Throughout this period of self-isolation, our team of dedicated staff will continue to be in regular contact with your child and support their learning through our online learning provision. Today, your child has been issued with sufficient work for two days learning and online learning will commence via Teams on Wednesday 7th October. Please refer to our Home Learning Hub at www.nottinghamacademy.org for further information about how to access Microsoft Teams and other online resources.

Following Public Health England guidelines, and thanks to our health and safety measures that are in place, the Academy continues to be safe for all other pupils and staff. Siblings of children in the Year 10 bubble should still come to school unless they present COVID-19 symptoms.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. These simple measures are:

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. If they remain symptomatic after 10 days they should continue to isolate. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

I know these are challenging circumstances for our pupils, staff and wider school community and would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy directly at adming@nottinghamacademy.org or by visiting http://www.nottinghamacademy.org.

Thank you for your continued support at this very challenging time.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy