Update on Arrangements for January 2021

7th December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Arrangements for January 2021 – first week of term  

You will have seen media coverage of recent government proposals for secondary schools in January.   The Government has advised that secondary schools in England should not fully re-open to all students and staff in the first week of term (week commencing 4 January 2021).   

I would like to update you on our plans, following these latest announcements.   We have planned to provide as much face-to-face teaching as we can, to support students who have upcoming external examinations.   We have put a full programme of remote learning in place for all other children for this week.   

A full breakdown by year group is provided overleaf. In summary:

  • Monday 4th January, the school will be closed for all students for a staff training day.    

School will be open from Tuesday 5th January for:

  • All students in Year 11
  • Vulnerable children in all year groups  
  • Children of critical key workers in all year groups

All other students will receive their learning remotely for the first week of term.  Students are expected to engage fully with their timetabled remote learning and I thank you for your support with this.   

We will welcome all students back at school for face-to-face teaching from week commencing 11 January 2021.

Remote Learning

Students are well practised in accessing our remote learning offer via Microsoft Teams.  If you would like an update or refresher on how to access remote learning, please review our guide to remote learning, via this link

I appreciate that these changes come at short notice but we continue to follow all Government guidance on COVID-19 in order to safeguard our students, staff and wider school community.  

We are currently awaiting further guidance on the government’s plans for voluntary testing in schools.   We hope that this will be a positive development, to allow us to minimise the disruption to staff and students and maintain as much in person teaching and learning as possible.  We will update you as soon as we can, as more information is provided by the government.

Vulnerable and Critical Worker Provision

Vulnerable and critical worker children are able to attend the academy from Tuesday 5th January. Please fill in the attached form and return it to if you meet these criteria and would like to request a place.  Information on critical workers is available on  

The deadline for returning the form is noon on Sunday 3rd January to allow us to effectively prepare for Tuesday 5th January.  

Free School Meals

We are awaiting information on arrangements for students on free school meals during this week and will update further once we have confirmation of this provision.

I would like to thank all members of our school community for their support throughout this term and wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas.   

Yours sincerely,

Rob Burton


For Tuesday 5th January – Friday 8th January only, the following arrangements will be in place:

  • Year 7 – 10 Remote learning.  A full timetable of remote learning activities will be provided for Tuesday 6th – Friday 8th January.   You can access this via Microsoft Teams. Your child is required to engage fully with all activities included in their timetable and I would like to thank you for your support in this.  They will return to school on Monday 11th January.    
  • Year 11 - Students should report to the academy as normal from Tuesday 5 January to benefit from face-to-face teaching.
  • Vulnerable children and children of critical workers - Please complete the attached form and return it by noon on Sunday 3rd January to book a place.  Students who have booked a place will attend the academy as normal from Tuesday 5th January.  You can find more information about this via the following link.