School Closure Information Archive

Here is where you will find any older information posted by the school

Posted 22/03/2020

As direct result of ongoing communication and direction form the government we would like to emphasise that 

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. 

If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

 
Gavin Williamson
 
Please note where the Academy has not been informed of a student attending, we will be unable to offer supervision. 
 
#StayHomeSaveLives

Posted 20/03/2020 17:10

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Academy supervision for Monday is now staffed and we will be unable to take further numbers. Please continue to check the Academy website next week for further updates, information, learning support and ongoing supervision requests.

Kind regards,

A.O’Brien

Posted 20/03/2020 11:35

Dear Parent/Guardian

Following on from the update yesterday, please note that a list of critical workers and further guidance has been published earlier today by the government.

Parents who believe they fit into one of the categories and require student supervision from the Academy next week must contact us by that by 1 pm today by via ParentHelp@albionacademy.co.uk 

Please note that guidance suggests that children should stay at home where possible. In these circumstances ‘School’ is seen as a necessity to support Key workers who would be unable to fulfill their role without.

It is also noted that teachers are identified as a critical group. Like the country at large, the Albion workforce is also subject to the same guidance relating to self and enforced isolation. The Academy will remain open as long as possible, however where it not essential for staff to be in work I have asked them to follow government guidance and work from home. It is imperative in these circumstances’ parents who believe they fulfill the ‘key worker’ criteria must identify in advance if they will require support to ensure we have the number of staff to effectively supervise and deliver learning. We will confirm the arrangements for Monday with individual parents/guardians.

As stated previously, your child’s learning is important to us. The letter and guidance on the website provide detail on how this will occur remotely. We will shortly be adding video guides to ensure this happens.

Kind regards,

A.O’Brien

Posted 19/03/2020 16:10

Dear Parent/Guardian

As many of you are now aware we have now been instructed to close the school to most children on Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with social workers and Education, Health and Care Plans.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. I would like to ask parents who believe they fall into the category and contact the Academy no later than 12 Noon on Friday the 20th March via ParentHelp@albionacademy.co.uk

 We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure whom this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email, text, Arbor app and information on the school website.

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, the latest letter, FAQ’s and information on the website will highlight how this will happen in an ongoing manner. Hard Packs have work have been posted to all students in years 7-10 today.

Kind regards,

A.O’Brien

Posted 18/03/2020 21:50

Dear Parent/Guardian

Following the two momentous announcements today from the government with regard to school closures on Friday and schools to remain open to key workers from Monday, we will be texting, e-mailing and using the Arbor App to communicate with all parents and guardians on once we have more government guidance. 

In particular, can we ask all parents who feel they are likely to fall under the currently unspecified, key workers description, to closely watch their emails, the website Thursday and Friday. This is when we plan to contact you with a means of ascertaining who is a key worker, and will require their children to be in school from Monday next week.

We will be sending this via the Arbor App also (sorry for the belt and braces communication) if you have downloaded this. Thank you for your patience in what are fast changing and unprecedented times.

Kind regards,

A.O’Brien

Posted 17/03/2020 14:55

Dear Parent/Guardian

As you are aware The Albion Academy has remained fully open until this point and I would like to thank the staff, students, parents and carers for their unrelenting support and understanding at this unique and challenging time.

We have made the decision to close to year groups 9 and 10 for the rest of this week, this will be reviewed at the end of the week, please keep checking back here for the latest information.

Read the full letter here

A.O’Brien

Executive Principal.

Posted 17/03/2020 08:00

Dear Parent/Guardian

As you are all aware we are faced with a completely unprecedented situation. As you would expect we are following advice from the government, NHS and Public Health England. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published. This official advice will underpin all the actions we take. Currently the academy remains open. 

It is possible that for a period of time, the school will be open but a higher than normal number of staff may be absent. We will do everything we can to remain open but if staff absence does become and issue we may open partially for certain year groups with a priority to keep examination classes in school. However, this would be a last resort. 

This page of the Academy will include a series of guidance documents and links to a series of systems that will operate in the face of any closure. We are currently uploading links to work for students who are at home. If this is an extended period please note that set work will be updated via Microsoft Teams. The guidance will be on this page later today. Please make sure that you check the Website and Twitter regularly for updates.

Whilst I appreciate that there will be a wide range of different views about how we should be responding and what action should be taken, I hope you will appreciate that I am duty bound to follow the official advice from government.” 

A.O’Brien

Executive Principal.

Coronavirus – COVID-19 Update

We are following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) which can be found on the PHE website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

We continue to emphasise with both staff and pupils the importance of handwashing and hygiene, in line with the guidance about how best to prevent the spread of infection. We are taking opportunities to reinforce these messages regularly and to encourage staff and pupils to wash their hands at regular points throughout the school day.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Opening hours: 8am to 6pm- Monday to Friday) Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk