Covid-19

At Park Academy, welcoming back students into a safe environment has been our priority. Modifications have taken place to the school day as well as to how the Academy operates, and these are continually under review to ensure the safety of staff and students, as well as continuing to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

Letter from the Principal re Face Masks 19OCT20a

Currently, the times of the school day have been staggered to minimise the mixing of bubbles and to reduce pressure on public transport.

Year 7 – 9 Years 10 – 12
Academic Mentoring 8.30 – 8.40am 8.50 – 9.00am
Period 1 8.40 – 9.40am 9.00 – 10.00am
Period 2 9.40 – 10.30am 10.00 – 11.00am
Break 1 10.30am – 11.00pm 11.00 – 11.30am
Period 3 11.00 – 12.00pm 11.30am – 12.30pm
Period 4 12.00 – 1.00pm 12.30 – 1.30pm
Break 2 1.00pm – 1.30pm 1.30 – 2.00pm
Period 5* 1.30 – 2.30pm** 2.00 – 3.00pm**

*On Fridays, students will leave site at the end of period 4 to allow the Academy to be deep cleaned

** Year 9 students will finish at 2.20pm and Year 10 students will finish at 2.50pm

On arrival at school, all students in Years 8 – 12 will arrive through the main entrance onto school site and will then be directed to where they enter the building. Year 7 students will enter and leave through the back gate situated on Apple Tree Avenue. As this entrance is further away from the school building, please ensure your child arrives at school in plenty of time. The gate at this entrance will be shut at 8.25am.

When in school, each year group will be based in a distinct area of the school to facilitate year group bubbles. Teaching staff will be assigned to bubbles which will ensure subject specialist teachers are available for all year groups. Within the classroom, desks will be forward facing. Teachers will follow social distancing recommendations between students and other members of staff. Sanitisers will be made available in each zoned area and students will be expected to make use of this provision

Attendance and Illness

From the start of the Autumn term 2020, student attendance at the Academy is mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply, including:

  • Parents/carers’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the Academy;
  • Academy’s responsibility to record attendance and follow up any absence;
  • The ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with the Local Authorities’ codes of conduct.

The Academy is aware that there may be circumstances where pupils can not attend school due to Covid-19. Please see the document below outlining what to do if your child or someone in the household is displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Parent Information Document – Covid 19

Plan for Local Restrictions

The Academy is closely following guidance set out by the Government for all education settings. In preparation for any changes in the current level of restrictions which may result in the partial or full closure of the Academy, the document below outlines the actions that the Academy will take at each level. Parents will be informed of any change in the provision of education as soon as it is possible to do so.

Planning for Tiered Local Restrictions

Face Coverings

The Academy is currently following Government guidance that states that face coverings are not necessary in education settings as many other mitigating measures are in place. Students and staff are able to wear masks should they wish to. If the area was to experience a local lockdown, all staff, students and visitors will need to wear a face covering at the Academy. Should this become the case this will be communicated to all parents and the guidance below will be sent out.

Face Coverings Guidance

Where next

Admissions

The 2020 admission policy can be viewed here If you are interested in a place for your child at Park Academy please contact the Academy…

Admissions