Temporary Closure of Accrington Academy until further notice.
As you will be aware, the Government has announced that all schools in England will close temporarily for the vast majority of children from the end of the day on Friday 20th March.
This decision has been taken on the advice of medical and scientific experts in order to manage the spread of COVID-19 and relieve pressure on the health service.
From Monday 23rd March, students’ education will continue from home.
The Academy will, however, remain open for two specific groups of students:
- Those whose parents are defined as key workers (employed in the NHS, emergency services or elements of the food supply chain.)
- Those who are particularly vulnerable.
For the majority, learning will now take place from home. The academy have prepared well for these circumstances so that all our students can continue their education during the closure. I am extremely grateful to staff across the academy for the way in which they have taken on this challenge.
For Google Classroom codes, please visit; https://accrington-academy.org/wpdm-package/google-classroom-code-letters-y7-11/ here you will find the crucial codes for Google classroom, we will be setting and assessing most learning using this platform.
We have updated the Google Classroom codes for Y7, 8 & 9: https://accrington-academy.org/wpdm-package/updated-google-classroom-codes-y7-8-and-9/
From Monday 20th April, the Academy have prepared further learning resources for after the Easter Break. Information can be found at: https://accringtonacademy.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/Student/EdNQ7iFNnIlNjg2c-dMrtCsBKg30byMg1H1vlcYPgl1zlg?e=sl3B3a
The Government has also decided that no external exams will take place this academic year. They have assured us that this decision will not unfairly penalise students. Ofqual have just released the guidance on this summer’s exam season. Please rest assured we have a clear plan for your children and will be providing the centre assessed grades by May 29th as Ofqual have asked us to do. We won’t be able to share those grades with students or families at that point as they will still be subject to moderation. We will use all the information we have and the key stage 2 start point data for year 11 and Key stage 4 start point data for year 13 to help us to decide on those grades. We are confident we will get our students onto the next stage in their education with realistic qualifications that reflect their ability and effort accurately. They will receive results in August as usual according to this guidance.
After Easter we will be working with children in Year 11 and 13 to prepare them for the next phase of their Education and the work we set them will help them to get ready for this.
As regards Free School meals. We have begun using the national voucher scheme now. We will continue to do everything we can to support our families and our community. Please get in touch with us quickly if you have any issues about either the continuity of education plans or the Free school meals scheme.
We are entering times of further uncertainty, speculation and concern and our responsibility as a school, like yours as a parent, is to give our young people the learning, support and reassurance that they will need in the coming weeks.
We will continue to update parents on a regular basis with important information as we receive it. We will continue to communicate with you by email. Please also regularly check on the school’s website and social media platforms.
I told you all when I arrived here that children’s learning was not a rehearsal and that I would ask all our staff to treat your children as though they were our own. We will try and live by those words in the coming weeks. The most important thing for me now as the Headteacher is that you and your families and all the staff remain healthy and well in the coming weeks. Secondly, we will keep a continuity of education going for your children via remote learning and we will try to be a presence in your children’s lives even if they are not physically in the building. I will continue to communicate with you as much as practicable.
Thank you for your continued support and for working with us in the weeks ahead.
Mr J Kerfoot
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A new page has been created to allow us to place new and important information for parents in one place. Recent communication letters can be found there along with quick links to important sections of the Academy website. Look out for further additions to this new page soon.
Two Week Timetable
The Academy runs on a two week timetable, this week it is:
~ Accrington Academy’s Mental Health Ambassadors have opened new room where young people can talk about any issues they may have ~
~ New ‘TAALK’ room has been established to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in partnership with local charity Ynot Aspire ~
The always exciting Sportshall Athletics competition didn’t disappoint as 7 Hyndburn schools were represented by their Year 5 and 6 athletes at Hyndburn Academy. The races were closely contested - spectating teachers and teammates cheered louder than ever as the...
~ Young performers deliver sell-out show for their annual Christmas Cabaret ~
~ Audiences invited to judge their favourites, with Accrington Academy winner to perform at regional CHARM event ~
Students wow audiences of friends, family and local primary pupils in another fantastic winter show!