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#WeAreOne – Week 13

All children back to school in September

On the 2nd July the Government set out their intention to ensure all children return to the classroom at the start of the Autumn term. The details of this proposal can be read here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools . We will be working hard to ensure that we implement the principles set out by the government so that children can safely return to the classroom next term.

Woodfields – September 2020 Opening Plans

We have commenced our planning and are revising our risk assessment process for September 2020 in readiness for the wider re-opening of the Academy. These risk assessments are very detailed and cover all aspects of the academy day to ensure all COVID-19 guidance will be adhered to. We will also be reviewing our individual risk assessments for our staff.

The Astrea COVID-19 Risk Assessment review will cover all aspects of Woodfields academy day, including:

  • Reducing transmission of COVID-19
  • Implementation of infection Control
  • Protection and Control and all reasonable and practical steps we could take to reduce risk
  • Hand Washing requirements
  • Rules on travelling and transport
  • Managing the risk of any individuals who may start to display symptoms and managing the risk of any confirmed cases
  • Deliveries and maintenance on school site
  • The on-going provision of food
  • Managing the on-going cleaning of the school building
  • Effective timetable planning and effective management of classrooms
  • Effective communication to parents and carers
  • Effective management of cohorts including SEND and Behaviour
  • Effective Use of Outside Space

Government Guidance – September 2020 Opening

The new government guidance published on 2nd July 2020 is very exciting and means we are working hard to ensure all our Woodfields students can come back in September 2020.

If you remember when the government made the decision to ask schools to open only to a small number of children, this was done with the aim of reducing transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), to protect the NHS and save lives. As the situation improved, the government began to consider how we could bring more children and young people back into schools, and supported primary schools to do so from 1 June, focusing on some year groups being educated in small ‘bubbles’, and secondary schools from 15 June, with year 10 and 12 spending some time in school in small groups, with public health risk reduction measures in place. Since 15 June, primary schools have also had flexibility to bring back other pupils where they have space to do so.

Now, the circumstances have changed. The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and the government are clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools. Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later.

The government now aim to get all pupils back to school in September 2020 and measures have been set out in guidance for schools to provide a framework for school leaders to put in place proportionate protective measures for children and staff, which also ensure that all pupils receive a high quality education that enables them to thrive and progress.

In welcoming all children back this autumn, schools will be asked to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined to reduce the risk of transmission.

Woodfields is now planning to ensure we follow this guidance so that we are confident that we are managing risk effectively. While our aim is to have all pupils back at school in the autumn, we will also need to plan for the possibility of a local lockdown and how we will ensure continuity of education should this happen across Doncaster.

We are excited to begin this planning work and cannot wait to have all our students back at Woodfields again !!

Ofqual Consultation on GCSE’s 2021

On the 2nd July Ofqual published a consultation document on proposed changes to some GCSE and A-Level qualifications for next academic year. The consultation sets out various proposals on how some qualifications could be adapted to enable them to be delivered safely, whilst also recognising the significant amount of school time Ks4 & Ks5 students have missed. The full documentation can be read here alongside a link to have your say.

What do to today?

Please find a link to a document on our website where students and parents can find an example of a suggested school day whilst they are learning remotely. Some students may have their routines well organised and may be working well, if so I would not suggest that they change anything. However, this may help any students out there who are finding a lack of structure difficult to cope with. Click here for Example Day
Stuck for something to do…. Take a look at our ‘Background Knowledge’ grid full of tips and ideas of useful websites to do some background reading and watching on relevant topics to keep your mind active and knowledge up to date.. Please click the link Background Knowledge
Find links to all distance learning information on our Academy website.

Over the holiday, there may still be tasks set on Frog for your child to complete. Any tasks will be set at the beginning of the holiday. This is not compulsory, but we do want to ensure that if your child would like some summer learning, that they are able to access it. We look forward to seeing all students back in September, rested and ready to learn.

Frog Learning and Student Achievements

Many of our students continue to engage in a very positive way with Frog Learning with colleagues across the different curriculum areas reporting how pleased they have been with the quality of work being produced.

Our Modern Foreign Languages Department would like to say a big “well done” to the following students for their consistent effort in Spanish and for producing excellent work: Kenzie O, David N, Caitlin M, Jessica W, Sienna B, Isla O, Lilly S, Kiera T, Ellie B, Ebony B, Ethan R, Peter DF, Mollie H, Keira P, Louie W, Jack B, Abbie D, Tia E.D, Roberts A, Liam B, Bethany C, Alfie N, Lucy R, Layla A, Sabrine A, Nicola L, Shane H, Kyle M, Shane M, Anaya M, Leoni P, Tyler B.M, Jack K, Abigail C, Abby-Antonio P, and Eva H.

Also this week Ms Murray was delighted to hear news of Peter D-F being awarded the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) (https://idea.org.uk/)

Whilst the Maths Department were greatly impressed with Alfie N and Shane H achieving their respective bronze and silver certificates in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Mathematical Challenge.

If you require support with any aspect of Frog Learning please contact FrogHelp@astreawoodfields.org

MyON Reading

We have been incredibly impressed with our students dedication to online reading on myON, we have now exceeded 20 hours of reading time, impressively over half of this time has been accrued by our Year 9 students. It would be great to see other year groups challenging the amazing success of Year 9. MyON offers a range of titles, genres and topics for students to read (or have narrated) at their leisure. https://www.myon.co.uk/login/index.html

GCSE Revision Guides

If you are wishing to purchase GCSE Revision Guides for students in Y10 to work through in preparation for their return to the Academy please find a list of the exam boards we will be using for academic year 2020-21. This will enable you to purchase the correct book for the correct exam board.
Astrea Academy Woodfields GCSE Examination Boards 2021
Revision guides can be purchased directly from most reputable book retailers.

Capital Building Projects

Projects On-going

  • IT Equipment – brand new PCs in two of our Business/ICT classrooms;
  • Dining Room – furniture upgrade to enhance the dining hall experience;
  • Humanities – new flooring on entrance stairs/foyer and freshly painted walls to brighten the whole block;
  • Maths & English – new classroom flooring in four classrooms;
  • Sixth Form – full refurbishment including flooring, painting, blinds new student PCs and furniture.

Future Projects and Timeframes

  • Y Block Refurbishment – commenced July 2020;
  • New Main Hall & Reception – approval granted !!!! Anticipating a start date of Winter 2020;
  • New Technology Block – approval granted !!!! Anticipating a start date of Autumn 2020.

National Mental Health Response During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. Please visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown where you will find a series of practical tools and strategies to support your child in returning to school as well as signposting to other useful information and guidance.

Online Safety

As all the schools in the country are now closed to most students, children will inevitably be spending more and more time online. Whether that time is learning online via Frog Learn or socialising with friends via Instagram, Zoom or HouseParty, it is important, now more than ever, that we continue to educate children about how to keep themselves safe online. Please see the link below to the NSPCC website which contains some very clear and useful information about how to keep children safe online. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus now

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.

Who can get a test
You can get a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • for yourself, if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • for yourself, if you live in Leicester, where there is a coronavirus outbreak
  • You can get 1 test for each person with symptoms or one for yourself if your hospital tells you that you need it.

Please see link below for more information:


Doncaster Public Health Team

Astrea Woodfields are also working closely with our colleagues in the DMBC Doncaster Public Health Team who are responsible for ensuring the safe and wellbeing of the Doncaster population. DMBC have given a clear statement that Doncaster COVID-19 cases are well managed and it is safe for schools to be open. We have attached the link below for you to read:
Last updated: 02 July 2020 12:02:40

Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives

Please continue to follow the updated Government’s advice on how to protect you and others during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check this out the latest Government guidance found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via the Academy App or if you need to reach out to any of the team here at AAW during this difficult time, together as always, we are all here for each other!
Safeguarding – Miss Lisa Bland – safeguarding@astreawoodfields.org
Frog – Mrs Julie Atkins – Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org
App – Mr Jacob Gorham – Astrea.App@astreawoodfields.org
Counselling – Mrs Joanne Boulter – Joanne.boulter@astreawoodfields.org
Careers Advice and Guidance – Careers Inc – https://www.careersinc.uk/blog/2020/03/18/virtual-careers-advice/
Supervision of Key Worker children – Mr Alistair Hartley – Alistair.hartley@astreawoodfields.org
Free School Meal Vouchers – Please message in via the App
New Y7 Parental questions (Transition) – Mr Luke Sadler – Luke.Sadler@astreawoodfields.org
Academy site team management – Mrs Claire Hudson – office@astreawoodfields.org
Principal – Mr Adam Atkinson (Principal’s PA – Ms Karen Bromilow – Karen.Bromilow@astreawoodfields.org)


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