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Letters to Parents


 

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Ofsted Review

You may be aware that the Government has recently commissioned Ofsted to conduct a review into sexual abuse in schools and colleges across England. This is in direct response to nationwide, anonymous concerns raised on websites and on social media relating to both sexual harassment and sexual abuse. The purpose of the review is to ascertain the effective practice that is already in place across the country whilst also identifying areas for further development.

At Nottingham Academy we have been asked to be part of this review, with the visit scheduled to take place on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May. This will incorporate both primary and secondary and across both campuses. A key aspect of the review will be to gain the views and opinions of students and pupils. To this end, please find attached some additional information about the review (this has been provided by Ofsted) which includes details about how you, as parents, can opt-out/withdraw consent for your child to potentially be involved in the discussion groups.

If you would like to remove your child from the list for the student discussion groups, please complete the opt-out form here by 9.00am on Tuesday 4th May.

All information acquired during the visit will be anonymised and will contribute to the wider body of evidence that Ofsted is accumulating as part of this review. Schools will not receive individual feedback, as the visit is for research purposes and not part of the inspection schedule.

We look forward to contributing to this important aspect of Ofsted’s work, and in doing so, ensuring that we continue to refine our practice at Nottingham Academy for the benefit of all pupils/students.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs J French                                   Mr H French

 

Primary Principal                          Secondary Principal

Nottingham Academy                   Nottingham Academy            

Centre Assessed Grades Update
 

Dear Parents/ Carers

I am writing to provide you with a further update on the Academy’s plan for the Centre Assessed Grades that we will be submitting in June 2021 in the absence of formal examinations. We will continue to provide you with as much information as we have available, but many elements are subject to change as the Exam Boards are still due to release final information. We do expect there to be additional guidance that will determine how we can use previous and future assessments to allocate an overall grade.

Faculty areas are in the process of identifying curriculum content that have been covered with least COVID disruption throughout the whole of the GCSE or A Level course. The topics and areas that have been identified will be the focus of any further assessments that the students will take.  

Although every subject already has evidence of progress and attainment for each student (that has been tracked since the start of their courses), students will complete in class assessments to provide them with an opportunity to further evidence their ability and performance.

The identified areas for assessment will be shared with students before the Easter break to allow time to do some focused revision before we return for the Summer term.

The following table outlines the processes we are implementing to ensure we maximise students’ opportunities in achieving their best possible grades.

Dates

Activity

29 – 31 March 2021

  • Teachers will share with students the identified topics that will be assessed
  • Revisions materials and resources will be provided for students to complete during Easter break

5 – 16 April 2021

  • During Easter break, students can prepare for their assessments by working through the revision materials
  1. April 2021 - 7 May 2021
  • After Easter, students will continue to follow normal timetable
  • Each subject will adjust their curriculum to ensure students are prepared for the planned assessment work
  • Teachers will inform students when an assessment is scheduled and the topic(s) that will be assessed
  • Students will have time for some focused preparation
  • Students will be assessed using adapted exam board questions as part of the evidence that we will use to help judge their overall grade

10 - 28 May 2021

  • During these three weeks teachers will mark and provide feedback on the in-class assessments
  • Teachers will prepare students for and carry out any final assessments that may be required
  • The marking of the assessments will be moderated and quality assured

7 – 18 June 2021

  • Subject areas will collate ‘Portfolios of Evidence’ that will be used to assess each student’s final grade
  • Each portfolio will include all assessments, combined with any other student performance data and work that the exam board guidance allows
  • Moderation and quality assurance of all new and old assessment data, following exam board guidance, will take place

18 June 2021

  • Deadline for all Centre Assessed Grades to be sent to the exam boards

Teachers are not permitted to tell students what the final Centre Assessed Grades will be, however, they will be allowed to provide students with feedback on their performance on assessments and will guide students as to what they need to do to further improve. The evidence gathered by subject areas will be stored to enable us to supply it to exam boards as an explanation of how our grades have been awarded.  Exam boards are likely to ask for a sample of evidence and this process may result in some adjustments to Centre Assessed Grades.

Final grades from the exam boards will be released to students on exam results days which this year will be Tuesday 10 August 2021 for Year 13 and Thursday 12 August for Year 11.   There will be an appeal process in place and details of this will be sent to you in advance of results day.

We are confident that this structure will support all students through this unique circumstance. Students will have as many opportunities as feasible to show their capabilities over the next few months, where completing all work set to the best of their ability will be key.

As you will appreciate, we may need to slightly amend this schedule if anything changes, but we will continue to keep you all well informed. If in the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the academy at admin@nottinghamacademy.org and we will do our very best to support you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Harry French 

Principal

Easter Newsletter 
 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

I am writing to express my thanks for your support during this term and to share with you some activities that are available for your child over the Easter break and to share information about the term ahead. 

Thank you to parents and students for engaging so positively in the Academy’s Mass testing programme which saw students take part in three voluntary Covid-19 tests between Tuesday 2nd March and Friday 19th March.  

I want to reassure you that we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and will continue working in partnership with the local public health authority to further review and adapt our response to Coronavirus when we return for the Summer Term. 

Communicating positive tests to the Academy over the Easter Break 

During the Easter break (05/04/21 to 16/04/21) please can we ask that parents inform Nottingham Academy about any positive COVID-19 tests. 

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 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 when positive test result was received.  

Parent/Carer Forum at Nottingham Academy 

I would like to thank parents / carers who attended The Parent Forum last week. Once again we had a very productive meeting with discussions focused in two areas: 

  1. Recovery and Catch Up 

  1. School Uniform 

The Academy’s catch up strategy is available on our website and provides a detailed summary of the steps that are being taken to support our students to recover and catch up from the two periods of lockdown.  

The academy is considering introducing a school blazer in September for Years 9,10,11. Initial discussions with parents were positive and further work will be undertaken to explore this change at the start of the summer term. As this develops, I will of course contact parents. A Parent Forum area has been set up on the academy website here: https://www.nottinghamacademy.org/parentforum  

Easter Holiday Clubs 

Nottingham Academy is hosting two FREE Easter Holiday clubs. Places are still available. Find out more information and sign up: 

Nottingham Forrest Easter Club  

Epic Partners Easter Club  

We are keen that as many of our students as possible are able to participate in the clubs so encourage you to sign up if you can. 

Parents Evenings 

Unfortunately, Parents Evenings have not been completed in line with our normal schedule or arrangements this year. To ensure that all parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress, Parents Evenings have been scheduled for the summer term (dates at the bottom of this letter). Initially, we have planned for these to be online and will send details about how you can schedule appointments closer to the parent evening dates, but we do hope that towards the end of term we may be able to hold face-to-face meetings. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact the academy at: admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Year 9 Options

Parents of Year 9 students will be aware that GCSE options changed from Year 8 to Year 9 last academic year. Students will be given the opportunity to select their GCSE options when we return in April. Further information about the courses available and the options process will be published W/C 19th April 2021. Please note that a Year 9 Parents Evening has been scheduled for Thursday 28th April and will take place online. 

Class Charts – Have you logged in yet? 

Parents at Nottingham Academy can access their child’s achievement, behaviour data on daily basis. Class Charts has received a good deal of praise from parents who find it extremely helpful in supporting their child’s learning and in supporting parents to gain a better insight into their child’s life at Nottingham Academy. If you would like to login to your child’s Class Charts account, please contact reception who will be happy to provide you with your login details so that you can access your child’s information. 

Key Dates for the Summer Term 

Date 

Activity 

W/C 19/04/21 

Publication of Year 9 Options 

28/04/21 

Year 9 Parents Evening (Online) 

07/05/21 

Deadline for Year 9 Option Forms 

16/06/21 

Year 7 Parents Evening (X Band) 

23/06/21 

Year 7 Parents Evening (Y Band) 

07/07/21 

Year 10 Parents Evening 

14/07/21 

Year 8 Parents Evening (X Band) 

21/07/21 

Year 8 Parents Evening (Y Band) 

21/07/21 

Year 12 Parents Evening 

27/07/21 

End of Summer Term 

Finally, I would like to wish all students and their families a relaxing holiday.  

Thank you for your continued support; it is greatly appreciated. 

Harry French 

Principal 

Options 2021
 

1st April 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Re: Year 9 Options

I am writing to inform you that the guided choice process for your child will start after the Easter holidays. This process will help to determine which subjects your child will study at GCSE level, alongside their core subjects of mathematics, English, science, and physical education.

To support with the decision-making process there will be presentations available on the academy website from Tuesday 20th April. These will provide you with an introduction to each of the courses on offer. The presentations will also be shared with your child during tutor time.

In addition, the guided choice booklet will be available after the Easter break.  It will include more detailed information with regards to assessment structure, career pathways and will advise you of which subjects will be included within each option block.

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that students who are currently studying either Spanish, Urdu, or French may request to cease studying their language at the end of the academic year and replace this option with Health and Social Care in Year 10. Any student wishing to make this change will also need to select either geography or history as one of their other options. This change should be requested as part of the options process.

It is advised that your child takes every opportunity to discuss their potential choices with subject teachers so that can make informed decisions. To support this, we have scheduled a remote Parents Evening for Y9 students on Wednesday 28th April. Details on how to register and carry out these video appointments will come out after Easter.

Once all the information has been shared and students have made their choices, all completed option forms will need to be returned to school by the 7th May 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Harry French

Principal

Nottingham Academy

 

Year 11 and Year 13 GCSE and A Level Examination Grading Update 

Thursday 11th March

Dear Parents / Carers

Re: Year 11 and Year 13 GCSE and A Level Examination Grading Update

It has been excellent to welcome your child back to the academy. I am aware that there has been a great deal of recent uncertainty about how GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded this year, unfortunately I am unable to offer a definitive answer at this point.

Leaders are still waiting for the final important details from the examination boards to finalise our planning and processes for awarding Centre Assessed Grades. Guidance on the types of assessments to use, the weighting given to the different types of assessments and the processes to moderate and quality assure the assessments are due to be released by exam boards ‘towards the end of March’.

To ensure that we continue to prepare your child for their next steps, we will continue to deliver new content and consolidate what has already been learnt by revisiting and revising completed content. We will continue to assess students on the content that they have learnt. We also expect students to complete some more formal assessments on the course content we have been able to deliver. These will be provided by examination boards and will not be available until next term, after the Easter break. The format is currently unknown although the guidance suggests they will be based on past paper questions from previous examinations.

We anticipate that these actions will be supportive in helping us determine final grades, depending upon weighting guidance. It is therefore essential that Year 11 and Year 13 pupils continue to attend every day and work hard in lessons and at home as this will influence their final outcomes.

I will provide further detail as soon as the information becomes available, however in the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the academy at admin@nottinghamacademy.org and we will do our very best to support you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Harry French

Principal

Restart of 'In Person' Learning for all Students
 

Friday 26th February 2021 

 

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. Students 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. 

 

Changes in Information 

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. 

 

 

Adjustments to Remote Provision on Friday 12th February 

09 February 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Adjustments to Remote Provision on Friday 12th February

Your will be aware that we have asked our teachers to provide your child with a mixture of ‘live’ and ‘partially live’ lessons in line with their normal taught timetable.

Please be aware that there will be some adjustments to our provision on Friday 12th February in order to undertake some important staff training and to create an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our students during this period of national lockdown. These changes are:

  • Tutor time will take place at 8.40am as normal. Please can all students be in attendance as this will be the final tutor session of the half term.
  • Periods 1 – 4 will take place as normal, however 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.
  • A rewards assembly, hosted by Heads of Year will take place at 1.50PM where we will be recognising the hard work and achievements of our students; this will be an exciting and memorable occasion. We encourage as many of our students to join in as possible.

Keyworker / Vulnerable Provision during Half Term

Please be aware that the academy will be closed for the full duration of half term and there will not be an onsite Keyworker / Vulnerable provision.

We are strongly encouraging both staff and students to reduce their screen time over the half time and to focus on other activities, creating a focus on each of our personal wellbeing during this break.

Finally, my staff and I would like to thank you for your fantastic hard work and support over the duration of this half term.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact me via admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Principal Update - Year 11 and Year 13 Exams Consultation 
 

Dear Parents / Carers,

RE: Ofqual Consultation for awarding grades this Summer

Following the cancellation of this year’s summer exams, the Department for Education and Ofqual have launched a consultation seeking views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance accurately, acknowledging the disruption they have faced this year.

Similar alternative arrangements are proposed for students taking vocational and technical qualifications, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, to ensure students are treated fairly and are equally able to progress.

 

The consultation closed on Friday 29 January. We have studied the consultation in detail and have responded as a group of Greenwood Academies Trust secondary academies. Once the outcome of the consultation has been published, we will communicate clearly with you regarding what it means for you and further plans for supporting you.

In summary, Ofqual and the Department for Education propose that:

  • Students would continue with their education during this academic year
  • Students would be assessed by their teachers in a period beginning in May into early June
  • Teachers would submit grades to the exam boards by mid-June
  • External quality assurance by the exam boards would be ongoing throughout June
  • Results would be issued to students once the quality assurance process is complete, most likely in early July
  • Student appeals could be submitted immediately following the issue of results and would first be considered by schools and colleges.

We would like to draw your attention to the following statement in the consultation: ‘we propose that teachers should make final assessments of the standard of their students’ performance during late May and early June’ therefore it is extremely important students continue to engage with all lessons.

 

We would like to reassure you that we are here for you and will continue to deliver lessons whilst lockdown continues. Please do get in touch if you need any help whatsoever, whether academic or pastoral. We really do hope to see you back in school soon and in the meantime please take care.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Updated Arrangements for Remote Learning 8.1.20
 

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 

 

Summer Exam Series 7.1.20
 

07 January 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Summer Exam Series

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.   

The government has also announced that individual schools can confirm whether or not they are able to continue with applied exams this month. Due to the current situation, we will not be proceeding with these as we do not feel this is in the best interests of your child. There may be the opportunity for them to sit them at a later stage but if this is not possible, the government and examining bodies have assured us that they will be treated fairly and therefore not disadvantaged. 

We understand all of this is very disappointing, especially as your child has worked so hard. We thank you very much for understanding that we are doing the very best we can in the current extraordinary circumstances.  

If you have any questions, please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Staggered start to January return 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

Supporting Year 11 - Changes to Timetable
 

December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Supporting Year 11 students in readiness for Summer 2021 exams

I am writing to share some of the strategies we are implementing after the Christmas break to support Year 11 students in achieving the highest possible grades in their Summer 2021 courses and exams. The two strategies detailed in this letter are part of a range of interventions that we will use to accelerate progress.

Strategy 1: Wednesday Period 5 Lesson

Since September all Year 11 students have had a citizenship lesson on a Wednesday for their last lesson. When we return in January this lesson will be re-allocated to another subject studied to give the Year 11 students more time to ensure they can achieve the highest possible grade. The key elements of the citizenship programme will continue to be covered, either in form time or as part of this lesson, but the main focus will move to support students in improving their work, and subsequently maximising the grades gained.

Strategy 2: Use of form period

Year 11 students currently have a 30-minute form period at the start of the day. In January the forms will be re-organised. Students will go in to a form with either a teacher of maths, English or science (their core subjects). Students are being allocated where their need has been identified as greatest by their teachers. During their form period students will complete their usual pastoral work and notices but will also have some time each day to address their given subject.

The impact of these strategies will be reviewed regularly and, if required, strategies and groups will be amended to focus on the changing identified needs.

A revised timetable of after school revision lessons will be shared after the Christmas break along with plans for the next round of practice examinations that students will sit.

Finally, I would like to mention the latest government guidance around the qualifications for the current Year 11 students. The latest guidance has stated that:

‘in “recognition of the challenges faced by students this year”, and on top of the three-week delay in exams, the government will: Allow more generous grading – which will be “in line with national outcomes from 2020, so students this year are not disadvantaged”’

The detail of how they will support students with their exams and assessments to ensure this is currently very limited with the detail due to be published in late January. Once we have the required information, we will share it with you so you can continue to support and advise your children.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your children achieve the best possible outcomes this year.

Yours faithfully

Mr Matt King

Deputy Principal

Sixth Form Celebration 
 

Dear Parents / Carers,

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

Celebrating!

We have been fortunate that most of our students have been able to attend Sixth Form this term and focus on their Level 3 studies with little interruption. However, we recognise that this has been challenging for all of them and we have been impressed with the maturity, determination and academic attitudes shown from our students.

To acknowledge this, we have created a ‘Student of the Month’ award for those who have shown 100% attendance and have received positive feedback from their teachers. Our winners to date are:

  • September 2020: Macy Cook (Year 12)
  • October 2020: Amir Moosavi (Year 13)
  • November 2020: Oguchi Anamalu (Year 12)
  • December 2020: Anna Nevison (Year 12)

On Wednesday 16th December, we also held a Celebration Assembly to celebrate the many successes that our Sixth Formers have had during this term and bring some festive cheer. Lots of students were given a ‘shout out’ from their subject teachers for many reasons including ‘continuing to work hard’, showing excellent effort and commitment to their studies and for being  ‘a pleasure to teach’…

Our overall category winners were:

  • Female Student Athlete (awarded by the Wildcats Basketball Academy): Latisha Willis
  • Male Student Athlete (awarded by the Wildcats Basketball Academy): Dijarn Russell Walters
  • Year 12 Attendance Award: Nidaa Raoof
  • Year 13 Attendance Award: Maise Evison
  • Year 12 Attitude to Learning Award: Lydia Crofts
  • Year 13 Attitude to Learning Award: Emma Sargent
  • Year 12 Great Start Award: Onome Epetuku Igbinosa
  • Year 13 Most Improved Student: Dean Mahmood
  • Year 12 Outstanding Progress Award: Nidaa Raoof
  • Year 13 Outstanding Progress Award: Maise Evison
  • Sixth Form Star Student of the term Award: Chantell Newman

It was an enjoyable afternoon and we hope that it served as a reminder to our students that despite the challenges, their hard work is being acknowledged and celebrated.

Reboot!

Sixth Form Students are role models to the younger students within the Academy and alongside the Academy Measures we adhere to; to prevent the risk of spreading infection; we would like to remind you that we have very clear expectations of our students:

  • Social Distancing – Maintain 1M+ distance in the Sixth Form Centre
  • Face Masks – All students must wear a face mask (unless medically exempt) whilst in the Sixth Form centre and when walking on the corridors
  • Mobile Phones – Being able to use a mobile phone within the Sixth Form centre is a privilege of being a Sixth Form student. However, all phones and head phones must be put away whilst walking the corridors and during lessons

Next Steps!

The majority of our Year 13 students have completed the UCAS process and applied to universities. It is always an exciting time when they start to receive their offers and we will be offering support and guidance to them when they need to make their firm choices.

For those students who are unsure about university and their next step, we are offering Careers Guidance each week in the Sixth Form Centre, where they can receive 1-1 advice and support. Please remind your son/daughter to make an appointment if they wish.

Important Exam Dates!

Although there have been assessment weeks this term to monitor student progress and inform predicted grades sent to UCAS, the following exams will be the first that will take place in official exam conditions and provide students with essential exam practice before the summer examinations.

  • Thursday 7th January 2021: Year 13 Exam Preparation Morning
  • Friday 22nd January 2021: Year 12 Exam Preparation Morning
  • W/c 1st February 2021: Year 13 Pre-Public Examinations Week
  • W/c 8th February 2021: Year 12 Pre-Public Examinations Week

Those students studying vocational subjects will also have official exams in January 2021 which will count towards their overall grade. Your son/daughter will receive a statement of entry from the examinations office to confirm dates and times.

We hope that you all have a peaceful holiday and that our students take this time to rest and reenergise. We look forward to welcoming them back refreshed and ready to continue with their studies. Please see the additional letter sent at the end of ter

Yours sincerely,

Ms Merrill                   Ms Beldham

Head of Year              Standards and Progress Leader

Principal Letter - Own Clothes Day Friday 18th December 
 

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Own Clothes Day on Friday 18th December

As you know Nottingham Academy has a long tradition of supporting local charities.

On Friday 18th February, in exchange for a minimum donation of 50p students may wear their own clothes. It is important to make it clear that students must still wear appropriate clothing for a school day. Appropriate footwear, levels of makeup, jewellery and hairstyles which form part of the school uniform policy will still apply. If every student and member of staff in the school supports this event by donating a minimum of 50p, we would raise over £700 in one day.

This year we would like to direct donations to the Emmanuel Winter Shelter.
This winter, 'you can make the difference’ in supporting homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults across Nottingham, donations will go directly to support young people and adults facing homelessness this winter.

Should students not wish to wear their own clothes they can attend in full school uniform on the day as normal, these students will still be able to make a donation to the charity should they wish. Students should not bring the donation with them on the day but if they wish to donate should visit this link:

virginmoneygiving.com/fund/emmanuel-house-winter-appeal

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Principal Autumn Update 9.11.20
 

09 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Autumn term update

I wanted to write to you and provide you with some updates for the second half of the Autumn Term.

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 0115 7483380 Option 1

Break Provision Re-instated

From Monday 9th November, break time snack sales will resume. Please be aware that if you have not activated and credited your Parent Pay account your child will not be able to purchase items from the canteen.

Invitation to attend a Parent/Carer Forum at Nottingham Academy

As Nottingham Academy continues to develop, I would like to offer an opportunity to help us contribute to our improvement journey by joining us for our first ‘Parent/Carer Forum’ of the year. The Parent Forum provides parents and carers a relaxed and informal place to meet with staff from Nottingham Academy, to share their views on how things are going Academy and how we can improve.

In particular, the Parent Forum aims to:

• Develop a partnership between Nottingham Academy and parents/carers in order to support and promote learning and teaching.

• Give parents/carers a voice and to provide a channel through which they may raise general issues with the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council.

• Provide a mechanism through which the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council may consult and inform parents/carers.

The Parent’/Carers’ Forum is not used for individual complaints and issues.

Concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or teachers will not be discussed. The Parents’/Carers’ Forum is used as an advisory and consultative body only. Strategic decision-making continues to rest with the Principal and the Academy Senior Leadership Team.

The First Parent/Carer Forum meeting will take place via Zoom at 5.00PM on Tuesday 17th November. To register your interest, CLICK HERE. Alternatively please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org if you would like to attend.

Principal Drop-In

From Tuesday 10th November I will be introducing a weekly drop-in session for any parents or carers who have any concerns, questions, or something they would like to discuss in person. These Principal Drop-In sessions will continue every Tuesday morning during the Autumn term. Parents or carers are invited to come along to the school between 8.45 am and 9.45 am. No appointment is necessary, and you will be able to meet with me or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

I have been extremely impressed with the focus of our students on return to the academy after half term. My staff and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that they continue to receive the very best education possible.

Thank you for your continued support; it is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely, 

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

ParentPay Principal Letter November 
 

08 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: ParentPay

Nottingham Academy introduced online payments in September 2020 to facilitate payments for school meals.

There are still a significant number of parents who have not yet activated their ParentPay accounts. Activation letters were re-issued on Wednesday 4th November 2020 and we require that you sign up to ParentPay, and ensure payment has been made for your child’s meals, by Wednesday 11th November 2020.

Whilst we will always ensure that students have access to food and drink, from Wednesday 11th November 2020 the following system will be in place for any students who do not have money on their school meal account;

  • Your child will not be issued a free lunch
  • Your child will have to request a meal slip from their Deputy Head of Year and will then be issued a meal
  • Your child’s meal account will go in to a deficit balance
  • You will receive a debt letter and will be expected to put money on your ParentPay account to pay off the debt
  • Please note that your child will not be able to purchase food/drink at break time if there are insufficient funds on your ParentPay account

If you require help and guidance to set up your ParentPay account please contact the Academy as soon as possible by emailing Parentpaysupport@Nottinghamacademy.org

We appreciate that many families are struggling at this difficult time. As an Academy we are able to offer a range of support so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harry French

Principal

Nottingham  Academy

Principal Half Term Newsletter 22.10.20
  

22 October 2020 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Re: Half Term Newsletter  

I am writing to express my thanks for your support during the first half term of this academic year and to update you ahead of next half term.  

As the pandemic progresses, our whole community is facing challenges and our collaboration and support for each other has never been more important. You will be aware that the current COVID-19 alert level in Nottingham is High, with new 2,237 new cases recorded in the seven days to 16 October – the equivalent of 672.0 cases per 100,000 people.  

On each occasion that we have been informed of a positive COVID-19 test within the Academy, we have followed the latest government guidelines and worked closely with the local public health authority to ensure the appropriate steps were taken as quickly as possible. This has included asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate, as a precautionary measure, ensuring the Academy continues to be a safe teaching and learning environment for as many pupils and staff as possible.  

Communicating Positive tests to the Academy over the Half Term Break 

During the half term break (17/10/20 to 02/10/20) please can we ask that parents inform Nottingham Academy about any positive COVID-19 tests. 

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please inform the school by contacting admin@nottinghamacademy.org. Please include the following information:  

  • Your child’s name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • The date that the child became symptomatic 
  • Date when they were tested and when the positive test result was received.  

As a community, we continue to do our utmost to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. When we return, face coverings will continue to be mandatory in all community areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, this includes lesson changeovers in particular. Furthermore, pupils will continue to 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. 

I want to reassure you that we continue to take the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, staff and the wider school community extremely seriously and will continue working in partnership with the local public health authority to review and adapt our response to Coronavirus when we return for the second half of the Autumn Term. 

National Wear Red Day – Thank you for your support. 

On Friday 16th October, staff, and pupils replaced an item of their school uniform with a red replacement as part of National Wear Red Day.   

This initiative was to raise awareness of issues surrounding racism and also to raise money for Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity.  

Thank you to the hundreds of pupils and staff who took part. Donations (no matter how small) can still be made via the organisations Just Giving page: https://justgiving.com/theredcard .You can find out more about the work of Show Racism the Red Card on their website: https://www.theredcard.org/wear-red-day 

Training Day Reminder 

A teacher training day will be taking place on Monday 2nd November. Pupils should return to school on Tuesday 3rd November. 

Invitation to attend a Parent/Carer Forum at Nottingham Academy 

As Nottingham Academy continues to develop, I would like to offer you an opportunity to help us contribute to our improvement journey by joining us for our first ‘Parent/Carer Forum’ of the year. The Parent Forum provides parents and carers a relaxed and informal place to meet with staff from Nottingham Academy, to share their views on how things are going at Nottingham Academy and how we can improve.  

In particular, the Parent Forum aims to: 

  • Develop a partnership between Nottingham Academy and parents/carers in order to support and promote learning and teaching.  
  • Give parents/carers a voice and to provide a channel through which they may raise general issues with the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council.  
  • Provide a mechanism through which the Principal and the Academy Advisory Council may consult and inform parents/carers.  

The Parent’/Carers’ Forum is not used for individual complaints and issues.  

Concerns or complaints involving individual children, families, or teachers will not be discussed. The Parents’/Carers’ Forum is used as an advisory and consultative body only. Strategic decision-making continues to rest with the Principal and the School Senior Leadership Team. 

The First Parent/Carer Forum meeting will take place via Zoom at 5.00 PM on Tuesday 17th November. To register your interest,  CLICK HERE. Alternatively please email admin@nottinghamacademy.org if you would like to attend. 

Principal Drop In 

From Tuesday 10th November I will be introducing a weekly drop-in session for any parents or carers who have any concerns, questions or something they would like to discuss in person. These Principal Drop-In sessions will continue every Tuesday morning during the Autumn term. Parents or carers are invited to come along to the school between 8.45 am and 9.45 am. No appointment is necessary, and you will be able to meet with me or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Class Charts – Have you logged in yet? 

Parents at Nottingham Academy can access their child’s achievement, behaviour data on daily basis. Class Charts has received a good deal of praise from parents who find it extremely helpful in supporting their child’s learning and in supporting parents to gain a better insight into their child’s life at Nottingham Academy. If you would like to login to your child’s Class Charts account, please contact reception who will be happy to provide you with your login details so that you can access your child’s information. 

Do you have a child in Year 6 at our Primary Academy? 

You will be aware that the deadline for applying for your child’s secondary school place is fast approaching. Pupils on roll at Nottingham Academy Primary do not need to apply. They will automatically transfer to the secondary phase and are guaranteed a place at Nottingham Academy Secondary Academy. The deadline for applications to other secondary academies across the city is 31st October 2020. 

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 is placing on our students, teachers and the wider community, we remain focused and committed to providing the very highest standards of education for your child.  

Thank you for your continued support; it is greatly appreciated. 

Harry French

Principal 

Principal Letter 05.10.20 COVID Update 
  

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

 

05 October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: COVID 19 Update

Following my letter at the end of last week, you may be aware that we have taken a number of actions over the course of the week in order to reduce the risk of transmission in both our Year 9 and 10 bubbles.

On each occasion 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 asking some of our pupils and staff to self-isolate, 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 does not show any COVID-19 symptoms. Year 7, 8 , 11 and Post 16 bubbles remain open. We are also continuing to work closely with the Department for Education and Greenwood Academies Trust to ensure this risk continues to be minimised as much as possible. We will remain in contact with our parents and carers to provide regular updates and information.

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:

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