Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020
The Secretary of State for Education, in mutual agreement with Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT), has now given final approval for the closure transition plan of Houghton Regis Academy. This follows the substantive and final decision taken in February to proceed to closure of the Academy. From September 2020, the Academy will become a Key Stage 3 only provision until closure.
In order to minimise the impact of the closure on pupils, parents, staff and the community, and to ensure that any pupils at the Academy, up to closure, have access to a good quality education, the approved closure transition plan will now come into effect. This means the Academy will remain open for some year groups until 31 August 2022, when a new secondary school is due to open in the area. The Trust has also been working closely with Central Bedfordshire Council to secure high-quality school places in the locality for all current year 9 and year 10 pupils to ensure they will receive the best possible education in a fully and appropriately staffed school. Offers will be sent out shortly to these parents.
For further information please see attached:
Academies in GAT will be offering some age groups the opportunity to attend school, in addition to our current key worker and vulnerable pupil provision, from the 8th June.
We have implemented Covid-19 Revised Operating Procedures and Risk Assessments in close consultation with staff and will continue to follow the Government Guidance closely to ensure our staff and pupils remain safe.
Each academy will have individualised arrangements according to their site and staffing capacity. Each academy will be communicating directly with their parents, carers and relevant stakeholders. Visit specific academy websites for further details.
Please find below a copy of the report that has been compiled following the responses received on the proposed closure transition plan during the listening period at Houghton Regis Academy.
This note confirms the arrangements for the continued provision of supermarket vouchers to parents/carers whose child normally receives a free school meal (note this does not relate to pupils in receipt of universal infant free school meals).
Following the government announcement this past weekend (04.04.2020) our academies will be working to get vouchers out to eligible families for the two week Easter period.
Your academy will send you an email or text message with an ‘eCode’ which will enable you to choose an eGift-card from the range of supermarkets below. Together with the eCode will be some instructions on how to generate your eGift-card.
The voucher can then be presented on a smartphone or tablet at the supermarket checkout.
If you have any further questions please contact your child's academy directly.
Thank you for the responses received during the listening period. Please note that the listening period has now closed.
The Trust will now consider the representations made on the proposed closure plan before finalising the closure transition plan.
We will continue to work closely with Central Bedfordshire and the Department for Education to minimise any disruption to pupils, families and staff as much as possible.
You should only send your child to school if you have to because your work is critical to the Covid-19 response.
For further information please refer to the government website and our other news articles.
On Monday, the Government provided updated advice in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, including more robust self-isolation guidance for households. This included specific advice for vulnerable people, who the Deputy Chief Medical Officer specified as adults who are advised to get the flu vaccination due to underlying health conditions.
As always, the health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and the wider school community, is our absolute priority. While the latest advice regarding vulnerable people specifically relates to adults, we respect and support any decision by parents and carers of vulnerable children to keep their child at home during this unprecedented time.
We are committed to providing all our pupils with the best possible education. To ensure they can continue to do so safely, we are putting robust measures in place to minimise the disruption that we recognise this may cause families, and to ensure our pupils will be able to continue their education during this time.
We will continue to closely monitor and update our parents and carers with the latest Government advice. More information regarding vulnerable groups can be found on the Public Health England website.
Consultation on a proposed change to term dates commencing September 2020 onwards.
Following the consultation to propose a change to term dates of six academies within the Trust on the East Coast, we would like to inform you that following a review of the responses to the consultation, the Trust has agreed to proceed with the change with effect from September 2020.
For further information, please view the attached documents.
The Secretary of State for Education, in mutual agreement with the Trust, has now made the substantive and final decision to proceed to closure of Houghton Regis Academy. However, in order to reduce the impact of the closure, we have agreed a proposed closure transition plan which means the Academy will remain open for some year groups until 31 August 2022.
We will now conduct a ‘listening period’. The listening period is an opportunity for stakeholders and interested parties such as pupils, parents and staff to be provided with more information about the proposed closure process. It is also an opportunity for you to submit your views on how the process can best be managed. This will start on 28th February and end at 5pm on 27th March 2020.
On Tuesday, 10 March at 6pm there will also be a public meeting at the academy, which all interested parties can attend. The aim of the session is to allow stakeholders the opportunity to give their views on the proposed closure transition plan.
For further information, please find below a letter from the Trust.
For admissions information for current Year 9 and Year 10 pupils, please click here
Greenwood Academies Trust is monitoring daily updates and advice from the UK Government in regards to the Coronavirus. We are keeping our Principals updated with the Government’s latest recommended measures to keep pupils and staff safe. Although the risk to individuals remains low, and we have not had any issues within our Academies, as always the active involvement of the whole Academy community in maintaining good hygiene practices will be vital in minimising the chances of any viruses spreading.
Our Principals will keep pupils, parents and staff advised of any necessary arrangements as soon as practicable in relation to daily Academy activity and any visits overseas. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and issue any updated Government guidance to Principals.
The Department of Health and Public Health England are advising extra precautions for people returning from a number of areas overseas and all our Academies will be following this guidance, which can be found here, along with a list of affected countries. If any members of your family, including pupils, visit any of the listed countries or are visited by people coming to the UK from these countries, they should follow the advice in the link above.
This week it’s been National Apprenticeship Week and it’s a great time to highlight the variety of apprenticeships across the Greenwood Academies Trust. There are currently over 20 new apprentices completing Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships across the Trust in areas such as teaching support, IT, laboratory technician, accounting and business administration.
Leamarie joined the People Directorate in November 2019 working towards a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship. She is gaining experience across a range of functions in the team, including payroll and the maintenance of staff records. Leamarie enjoys seeing how the work she does contributes to the team’s objectives. Check out this short video where Leamarie tells us a bit more about her apprenticeship experience:
Sam Dickens is almost a year into a Learning Assistant apprenticeship which will see him gain the Teaching Assistant Level 3 at the end of it. Based at the Purple Oaks Academy in Northampton, Sam finds one of the most rewarding aspects of his role is supporting students to learn key life skills. He hopes to use his qualification to go on to university.
Many of our existing staff are also gaining recognised qualifications at Level 4, 5 and 7 in a range of areas including HR, catering, senior leadership, teaching support, and facilities management.
Beth and Joe in the People Directorate are both developing their careers by working towards the HR Consultant (CIPD Level 5) qualification via the apprenticeship route. This is what Beth had to say - ‘Having the opportunity to study for a professional qualification through an Apprenticeship is an option I did not think would be available to me. However, this is a great way for me to further my professional and personal development, and gaining this accreditation will be hugely beneficial to both my individual role and the contribution I make within the wider team.’ Whilst Joe has found that his apprenticeship has enabled him to develop his knowledge and understanding of the day to day queries that come in the People Directorate and well as more complex issues. ‘It’s something I did not realise I could do.’
We love celebrating the success of our apprentices too! Congratulations to Kieran at Stanground Sports Centre who has recently completed his Level 2 in Leisure Operations. 'I have really enjoyed completing my apprenticeship at Stanground! The course was interesting and I have learnt lots of new skills, including achieving my NPLQ qualification. The team have been really supportive and have helped me along the way'.