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UPDATE FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS/CARERS REGARDING SUMMER 2020 GRADES FOR GCSE, AS AND A LEVEL

MESSAGE FROM HEADTEACHER -  3RD APRIL 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

Year 11 & Year 13 Examination Results 2020

Please find below a link to the letter sent to schools today from the Chief Regulator at Ofqual outlining how grades will be calculated for GCSE, AS and A Level students this summer.  

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

Further information for students parents and carers can be found following the link below: 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf

I will of course be in touch with you again as soon as I receive further instructions regarding summer results.

We have been advised that centres (the academy) must not, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued. 

Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

Stay safe,

Gary Smith
Headteacher


Message from headteacher -  2nd April 2020

Update for parents/carers with regards to Easter opening

The academy will remain open over the Easter break to provide supervision for the children of key workers and for students supported with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) or those who have a social worker.

This will include remaining open on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Please continue to follow NHS guidance on self-isolation and social distancing:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Stay safe.

Gary Smith
Headteacher


Message from Headteacher -  31st March 2020

Staying Safe Online: Resources for Parents & Carers

Further to Mrs Sherman's letter on 23rd March, please find below some resources for parents and carers to support you with online safety and the use of social media.

During this period of school closure, we understand the importance of technology for families and friends to stay in touch, as well as to support online learning. In order to allow you to manage these apps and devices safely, please do take the time to review some of the websites below:

  1.  NSPCC:
    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
  2.  Get Safe Online:
    https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/
  3.  UK Council for Internet Safety:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-safety-online-a-practical-guide-for-parents-and-carers/child-safety-online-a-practical-guide-for-parents-and-carers-whose-children-are-using-social-media
  4.  Internet Matters:
     https://www.internetmatters.org
  5.  CEOP: 
    https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/How-can-CEOP-help-me-YP/How-can-CEOP-help-me-parent/
  6.  Thinkuknow:
    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
  7.  Childline:
    https://www.childline.org.uk/
  8.  Google:
    https://safety.google/families/families-tips/

Stay safe,

Gary Smith
Headteacher


Message from Headteacher - 24th March 2020

Free School Meals Support

To support students in receipt of free school meals with lunch provisions during the school closure period we will be sending you Tesco gift card vouchers. 

The free school meal grant is worth £2.24 per day and the Academy will top this up to £2.75, meaning the gift card voucher has a weekly value of £13.75 per child.  

We will send you 2 weeks worth in the first instance to cover the period from the school closure until the Easter break. This will be sent to you in the post.  This means if your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive £27.50 per child for this period.

You can spend the gift card in any Tesco Store (you cannot spend in Tesco petrol stations). To spend in store present at the till with the barcode clearly visible.

If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals then please follow the link: https://www.essex.gov.uk/free-school-meals

Thank you for your continued support at this time and best wishes.

Gary Smith
Headteacher


Message from Headteacher - 23rd March 2020

As of Tuesday 24th March all children of Key Workers and those children in other eligible categories will work from The Upper Academy.

From Tuesday 24th March, in order to deploy staffing and resources efficiently, children of Key Workers and those children in other eligible categories will work from The Upper Academy.  We will be operating both academies from a single site in order to ensure we streamline facilities.  This will mean that we can give all students attending access to a greater number of staff and facilities.

The Lower Academy will remain part of our strategy, and we may use this site again over the coming weeks.


Message from Headteacher - 20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

If you are a Key Worker or have a child that meets the other criteria, please can you identify yourself via email to admin@basildonacademies.org.uk as soon as possible to enable us to contact you directly.

Schools are, being asked to continue to provide care for children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response (Key Workers) and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children including children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans https://www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs/extra-SEN-help

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The government has given clear guidance on:

If children can stay safely at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

I will continue to provide you information via all platforms as further details are made available

Kind regards

Gary Smith
Headteacher