Home Learning

This page will be updated regularly – latest update 9 October 2020


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Microsoft Teams is the tool the academy and its staff will use to communicate with its students, as well as parents and carers when supporting home learning.  We know how challenging  home learning can be.  Accessing online materials, not having resources at home to complete tasks let alone motivating our children to do the work is really stressful.  Because of this, no sanction will be placed on students who fail to complete their work.  However, this doesn’t mean we don’t want our students to try.  We work really hard to develop resilience in our students and resilience is what is needed at this time.  A communication system is in place through Microsoft Teams so teachers and students can communicate with one another regarding work set.  This system will also provide weekly updates for parents and carers in terms of work set and completed.

Accessing Microsoft Teams:

You can use this link: https://www.office.com/

Sign in using your school email address and password.  Start Teams by clicking on the icon.

Teams can be used in a few ways as a communication tool.  Every Team that you have access to has a message board.  This is the first page you will see on each Team but can also be accessed  from the Posts tab at the top of the Team.  This message board is only visible to people in the Team and all messages are visible to all Team members.  At the bottom of the page there will be a message bar.  This can be used to start a conversation with your teacher if they have enabled this feature.  Teachers can load content for you to access and complete within Teams.

Alternatively, you can download the Teams app to your phone or tablet – search in your app store for ‘Microsoft Teams’.

Click here for a full user guide



Additional Programs


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

KS3 students can also access Accelerated Reader quizzes at home using this link: click here

Free books are available on Audible.  You can also access lots of free books on Kindle, including Harry Potter – the Kindle app is free to download from your app store.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

KS4 students will also access GCSE Pod.

Please click here for a guide showing you how to log on and how to access information.


KS4 students will be set work on Seneca – click here for instructions.


Accessing Educake

All students will also have access to Educake.

Please click here to access the Educake guide.


Accessing your student email account

Please click here for a guide on how to access your student email account remotely.  This will enable you to communicate with your teachers regarding any queries you may have relating to your work while absent from school.


For any problems accessing any of these portals, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



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