Coronavirus Updates

UPDATE: MONDAY 10 August 2020

 

Breakfast parcels will be available Tuesday 11 August 11AM – 12PM.

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 13 JULY 2020

 

Relationship and Sex Education Consultation July 2020:  Please click here to view changes to relationship and sex education that will come into effect from September 2020.

 

School Meal Service from September 2020:  Please click here to view a letter from the academy’s catering company, Aspens Services.

 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 3 JULY 2020

 

Head of School Update – 3 July 2020:  Please click here for an important update.

 

UPDATE: TUESDAY 24 JUNE 2020

 

Year 6 Transition:

We have provided an update for our new students joining us in September- please click here.

 


 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2020

 

Phased Reopening for Year 10:

To view our plans for the phased reopening to Year 10 please click here.  The risk assessment can be viewed here.

 

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 8 JUNE 2020

 

YEAR 11 – Summer Learning Activities: Take a look at the following activities that have been set by NEW College and Wakefield College and get a headstart on preparing for your chosen course:

Click here for NEW College Summer Learning Activities

Click here for Wakefield College Summer Learning Activities

 

 

UPDATE: TUESDAY 19 MAY 2020

 

Important Changes to Exams and Academy Calendar 2021:  Please click here to view an important update regarding these changes.

 

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 18 MAY 2020

 

Become an Art World Record Breaker:  Our Art teacher, Mrs White, would like to invite all students and their families to help us be part of a Guinness World Record attempt on Thursday 21 May 2020.  Click here to read the full details.

 

Y10 Taster Days at Wakefield College  Please click here for a presentation from Wakefield College regarding this year’s Taster Days.

 

 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2020

 

Message from the Head of School:  Please click here for an update from Mr Bush following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10 May 2020.

 

Y10 Taster Days at New College, Pontefract  Please click here for a presentation from New College regarding this year’s Taster Days.

 

Y11 Students – Message from Leeds College of Building  As you may be aware, our Open Event on Saturday 16 May is no longer taking place, but we still want  students to be able to access the information they need to help make a decision about their future.  We are running virtual open events on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May and Thursday 21 May; where our tutors and support staff will be available to answer any questions about our courses.  Register today:  For more information and to book an appointment with a member of the team, students should visit the website https://www.lcb.ac.uk/events/

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 11 MAY 2020

 

BREAKFAST PARCELS These will be available for collection between 9.30am and 10.30am, tomorrow, Tuesday 12 May. First come, first served – please bring your own bag.

 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2020

 

CELEBRATE VE DAY WITH US!

Friday 8 May 2020 will mark 75 years since VE Day as the United Kingdom remembers the end of war in Europe.  The coronavirus outbreak means that we have not been able to celebrate this special occasion in the usual way through assemblies and learning in school linked to the event, however Mrs White, together with some historical input from Mrs Waterson, has put together an information pack.  Here is all the information you need on what VE Day is, why we celebrate it, and the ways in which you can make sure to mark the occasion in lockdown.

VE Day Celebrations Information

Please send us any photos of your celebrations so that we can showcase them on our website next week:  [email protected]

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 4 MAY 2020

 

WEEKLY FOOD PARCELS

For the past year the Academy has been part of the National Schools Breakfast Programme, which provides a selection of breakfast items weekly.  This has continued during the current school closure and therefore we now find that we have a surplus amount of food which we would like to give to parents/carers of the Academy.

With effect from Tuesday 5 May and every Tuesday thereafter, we will be offering breakfast food parcels to all our students’ families.  Please note these will be on a first come, first served basis, you must collect in person and bring a reusable bag with you.  The collection point will be outside Main Reception from 9.30am until 10.30am every Tuesday.  We will be following the governments guidelines of social distancing and ask all who to attend to adhere to this please.

To help us with the organising of the parcels, could parents/carers who wish to take up this offer please email [email protected] with your child’s name and year group.

 

ADVICE FROM WAKEFIELD COUNCIL: Wakefield Educational Psychology Service have put together a useful guide which pulls together the vast amount of advice, resources and websites that parents/carers might have seen with regards to communicating with their children about the coronavirus, as well as information regarding educational activities.  Please click here to view the booklet.

 

UPDATE: THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2020

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS: Please click here for information on how to redeem your vouchers issued by Edenred.

 

 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2020

 

NEW WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: Today sees the launch of our new weekly newsletter to students, parents and carers. Please click the links below to access these:

Key Stage 3 Newsletter – 24 April 2020

Key Stage 4 newsletter – 24 April 2020

 

 

UPDATE: THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2020

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE: Vouchers for eligible students have been ordered and should be emailed to parents by the end of this week.

 

Wakefield College – UPDATE: please click here for an update for Year 11 applicants.

 

HOME LEARNING: Our Home Learning has been updated to include information on Microsoft Teams.

 

YEAR 7 PARENTS:  Wakefield School Immunisation Team will be in touch with you regarding the upcoming HPV vaccinations in September. Please see the posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

 

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 20 APRIL 2020

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE: Vouchers for eligible students will be continue and will be emailed out across the course of the week.

 

New College Pontefract – UPDATE: Check out our latest important information for Year 11 applicants on Summer Independent Learning activities, students still awaiting interview and how the current situation might affect enrolment and course choices – click here

 


 

 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020

 

Ofqual sets out details for schools, colleges, students, parents & carers on how GCSEs will be awarded following the cancellation of this year’s exams – CLICK HERE

 

New College Pontefract: Check out our latest important information for year 11 applicants on Summer Independent Learning activities, students still awaiting interview and how the current situation might affect enrolment and course choices – click here

 

Wakefield College: Latest updates for Year 11 students – click here

 

 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

 

I would like to say a huge thank you to all parents and carers who have been so supportive in encouraging your child to access and conduct home learning. These unprecedented times call for us all to learn new skills and work in a different way. As a parent myself, I know how difficult it can be trying to work at home whilst ensuring your child is accessing the work the academy has set and are able to complete it. This can be stressful and challenging, and I don’t want to add to peoples worries with concerns regarding educational work. We have had to adapt very quickly to these new pressures so I wanted to say thank you for your patience and encouragement during these testing times. As we approach the Easter break, I want our students to have a break and as such no work will be set over that 2-week period. Students can access work if they still wish to but nothing new will be set. During the break staff will be putting together clearer guidelines that will be aimed at reducing stress for both students and parents/carers and allow better interaction between teachers and students. More details will follow when we return from our Easter Break.

 

I would like to introduce you to the Chair of Trust Board, Annette Hall.  In Leeds, Annette led a school in very challenging circumstances in moving from Special Measures to become one of the most improved schools in the region, achieving a ‘Good with Outstanding Leadership’ grading from Ofsted.  This school became one of the first academies in the city.  A second academy was added when Annette was appointed Executive Principal in 2012.  Annette set up an Academy Trust adding a third school under the sponsorship of Leeds City College, serving as CEO before her retirement in 2016.  Annette has gained extensive Trust Board experience including serving on a single academy board, Chairing a MAT of four academies based in Ashton-under-Lyne, and serving on the Board of the (then) Leeds Metropolitan University.

 

Please read her letter to the community during these unprecedented times – click here

 

Please stay safe

Kind regards

Wesley Bush
Head of School

 

UPDATE: TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2020

 

For the latest government guidance regarding school closures, please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS – all parents of students eligible for free school meals should have now received their vouchers via email (check your junk/spam folder), please email [email protected] with the name of your child(ren) if you have not yet received them.

 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

 

GCSE update – OFQUAL “We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.”

 

UPDATE ON FREE SCHOOL MEALS PROVISION –  CLICK HERE

 

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM WESLEY BUSH, HEAD OF SCHOOL.  A huge thank you to all our parents and carers who have found a way of keeping their children at home today. This will be massive in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Much appreciated. #StayHomeSaveLives

ED LOUNGE.  Please note that globally Ed Lounge is currently very slow and unresponsive due to the large number of students trying to access it.  If you see “504 Gateway Timeout” you will need to keep refreshing the page – press F5 on your computer or the refresh button on screen.  The website will eventually let you in.  Please be patient.  If you have refreshed more than 10 times consecutively and you get the same error message we would recommend using BBC Bitesize or Mathswatch instead until Edlounge resolve the issue.

 

UPDATE: FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020

 

ACTION NEEDED: Year 8/9/10 Option Choices – click here for more information

Provision of Free School Meals to eligible students during prolonged closure – click here for more information

 

UPDATE: THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020

 

If you fall into the Key Worker category: Health workers – NHS, delivery drivers, armed forces, social workers, Police and other emergency services and therefore wish your child(ren) to come to school, please e-mail [email protected] by lunchtime today (19th March) and inform us of: Your name, name of child(ren), occupation and place of work and days of work.

 

Our exam boards have published statements on their websites, please click the links below:

AQA: www.aqa.org.uk/coronavirus-updates

OCR: www.ocr.org.uk/news/coronavirus-advice/

Edexcel/Pearson: www.pearson.com/uk/educators

 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2020

 

SCHOOL CLOSURE FROM FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL CLICK HERE

 

For those students who are currently self-isolating, below is the link to access Home Learning.  This information will be updated regularly.

Click here to access Home Learning

 

UPDATE: TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020

 

Following government guidelines yesterday all students from households where a member is self-isolating should NOT attend school for 14 days – please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Provision of work during this absence will be in place from Friday 20 March 2020.

 

UPDATE: MONDAY 16 MARCH 2020

 

Like you we are constantly monitoring the national situation with regards to Covid 19. We are reminding our students of the government guidance about active prevention of virus spread and doing everything we can to review and increase our cleaning routines where necessary.

Thank you for all of the enquiries regarding future actions and rest assured that we are actively engaged (as every school will be) in contingency planning. It is worth noting that only Government directives will result in school closures therefore in our day to day work we are carrying on completely as normal. This is the case across the country for all settings.

We really value the help of our parents and local communities in providing the support for all of our students to learn and achieve to the best of their abilities. The Trust and all staff will continue to maintain the high educational standards in each of our four academies and thank you for your commitment to our common goal.

 

Letter from the Head of School dated 12 March 2020 – please click here

 

Trust statement regarding coronavirus – please click here

 

 

The Featherstone Academy