NEWCASTLE ACADEMY POSITION STATEMENT
In March the government announced the closure of all schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we closed our doors to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable students. From June 1st we have re-opened Newcastle Academy again to the children of key workers and vulnerable students. We are now planning to begin to open more widely to offer face-to face provision for our Year 10 students from 15th June 2020 at the earliest. This will not be full-time provision and we will not have more than 25% of the Year 10 cohort on site at any time, in line with government direction.
We are very conscious of the challenges and concerns around this wider opening and have invested considerable time and effort in preparing for this. We have sought health and safety advice from H&S experts and from guidance issued by the government, NHS and the unions which support our staff.
We very much look forward to seeing our students again for some face to face provision, but staff are also working to ensure that the remote learning opportunities and resources that we are offering to our students learning from home, are of an increasingly good standard. We have taken a huge steps forwards in using IT as a major vehicle of communication and resource.
We have developed a central and Academy specific planning framework for responding to COVID-19 which we work to constantly and which is robust and detailed. Please find our Risk Assessment documentation and Equality Impact Assessment documents for your reference and reassurance.
We take very seriously our civic duties and our responsibilities to our students, parents, staff and wider community and as public servants want our contribution to resolving the current situation to be well considered, substantial and optimistic. We are also very proud of the hard work and commitment of our staff and school community in rising to the challenges of these unprecedented times.
Together we make a Difference – Newcastle Academy.