12th June 2020
Phased Opening of Astrea Academy Woodfields
I am writing to provide more clarity on the recent government announcement regarding Secondary Schools. The DfE has published their expectations of secondary schools to begin to provide some ‘face to face support for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils to supplement remote learning’ from week commencing 15th June. This is not the same as re-opening to the full cohort or offering in-school provision to all. Any form of national re-opening will be dependent on scientific advice and, at a local level, on risk assessments of the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff. The outlook for pupils in Years 7 to 9 is that September will be the earliest likely return date but the Academy will continue to support pupils with online learning. Students in Years 7 to 9 should continue to work from home on the Frog online platform.
The DfE has published a guide for parents, which can be found here:
In preparation for this announcement we have been working on Astrea Pre Opening Action Plans to ensure that the health and wellbeing of all staff and children is at the forefront of all decision making.
In-school provision for Year 10 and Year 12
In accordance with government guidance, no more than 25% of students from each year group can be in at any one time.
The first two days (15th and 16th June) will be staff INSET days so that updated policies can be shared and routines and procedures clarified, as well as any final preparations to classroom spaces. We will continue our in-school provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils on the INSET days. On the 17th to 19th June, the academy will offer 1:1 face to face meetings with individual students from Years 10 and 12. From the 22nd June, in-school provision will be available to Year 10 and 12 students.
Staggered start and finish times for different groups of students will be established in order to minimise contact and the risk of infection. Pupils will be allocated to specific groups (bubbles) and will remain in these groups for the remainder of this term.
In Year 10, the focus will be on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science – and these will be undertaken as face-to-face lessons, as well as online / distance learning. Where is it feasible (as a result of staff capacity and availability) other theory-based subjects can be offered through face-to-face / online / distance learning, such as History, Geography and MFL. The curriculum offer will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis and other subjects will continue to be supported through online learning.
If your child is in Year 10 and you have responded to an App message to request a place in school, your child will first be allocated a time to meet 1:1 with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. These meetings will take place between 17th to 19th June. During this meeting, we will look at the individual needs of your child. From the 22nd June, your child will receive their in-school provision. Further information will be sent to you in a separate letter detailing arrangements around timetables, expectations, behaviour, lunchtime arrangements, transport arrangements, etc.
In Year 12, face-to-face sessions will focus on careers development, UCAS applications and academic tutoring, which will be supplemented by online / distance learning. Academic subjects will continue to be taught online and via distance learning.
In-school provision for Children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Pupils
We will continue our in-school provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils. As parents/carers working arrangements change, and/or you believe your child is eligible to access this provision, please contact us at email@example.com. To plan staffing, we ask that you make contact with us as soon as possible as we cannot accommodate children without prior knowledge.
Any child displaying COVID-19 symptoms must be kept at home to self-isolate. Any incidents of COVID infection within households must be reported to school immediately.
Where possible, pupils are encouraged to walk/cycle to school. If that is not possible, please ensure that your child adheres to Government guidance when using public transport.
As I am sure you will appreciate, COVID-19 represents huge challenges to how we run our school and we are working hard to develop a practical, safe plan to implement the government guidance. We want our children to return to school as soon as possible but we recognise that the health and safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance.
Thank you for support