Update on September Opening 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Re: Update on September Opening

On Thursday 2nd July, the Government announced that schools will fully reopen from September and welcome all students back to school. In order for us to do this safely there are a number of adaptions to academy we have had to make which will impact on the ‘normal’ running of the academy day.

We are keen to provide as much information as possible, to help students, parents and carers plan for the months ahead. In addition to this letter we will be posting regular updates and information via the school gateway app, on our website ( and twitter page (@Delta_RASA).  You can register for an account on the school gateway website where you will be able to view the desktop version. Alternatively, you may wish to download the free smartphone app - available on Apple and Android supported devices. Just search for and install “schoolgateway” from your app store. All you need to register is the e-mail address and mobile number that we have on record for you.

Changes in September will include;

Year groups will remain in their own ‘bubbles’ and will not be allowed to mix with other year groups in the academy.

Year groups will have their own ‘zones’ within the academy and the vast majority of their lessons (except for specialist teaching such as PE, Technology, Music, Computing and Art) will be taught in their zones.  Teaching staff will come to the students as opposed to the students moving.

Students will follow a curriculum and lesson structure which is as close as possible to that which they are familiar with.  Minor adjustments may need to be made to allow for our new working arrangements and to ensure all students are safe.

Any specialist rooms used will have a thorough clean if they are being used by different year groups.

There will be staggered start / finish times and year groups will use different entrance / exit points to minimise overlap between different year groups.

Students will need to bring their own bag and will be given a planner and knowledge organiser on their first day. 

The academy has purchased a stationery pack including a pencil case for all students that will have a black pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and highlighters.

The main hall will be converted into a second dining space to enable year groups to separate at break and lunch time.

All students will be expected to wear full academy uniform from September including full academy PE kit as the restrictions on laundering clothes daily clothes have been lifted

There will be no canteen open before school, students will be asked to arrive on or as near as possible to their start time and go straight to their lessons. A breakfast club provision will be available in “zones” at the start of Period 1. Students should not arrive early to attend Breakfast club.

There has been a considerable amount of work completed by the academy so we can open for all students safely in September, therefore I would appreciate it if all parents can support the academy to ensure all students are safe, equipped and ready to learn albeit in a different environment than they are used to. 

We have posted virtual tours for each year group on our website ( to show all students where they enter the academy and what their zones consist of. 

The government has recommended that all schools adjust their start and finish times temporally in the first instance to reduce potential overlap between year groups, therefore the start and finish times for each year group are;

Year 11                 8:20 – 2:20 (Y11 Students will be asked to stay until 3:30 for daily enrichment)

Year10                  8:20 – 2:20

Year 9                    8:40 – 2:40

Year 8                    8:40 – 2:40

Year 7                    8:30 – 2:30

These times will be reviewed regularly and adjusted if needed.  We will consult with parents / carers if there are any changes moving forward.

Arrangements for the first week in September 

In order for us to discuss in detail with each year group the risk assessment and strategies we have to keep everyone safe we need to stagger the start of the first week.  The schedule is as follows:

  •  Wednesday September 2nd -Year 11 and Y7 only (Year 11 11am start and Year 7 8:30am start)
  • Thursday September 3rd-Year 11 (8:20am), Year 7 (8:30am), Year 10 (11am) and Year 8 (8:40am)
  • Friday September 4th -Year 9 and all other Year Groups (Start and finish times above)

Actions required if cases are confirmed in school

If we discover any positive cases of Covid 19 in our academy we have an action plan in place that follows Public Health England guidelines.  This may include sending students from that year group (not the whole school) home to isolate.  If this is the case students will continue to access lessons remotely using Microsoft Teams.  Please ensure your child is able to access Microsoft Teams, guidance is available on the academy website.

Public Transport

Students who travel by public transport must wear a face covering when travelling on a bus unless they meet the exemption criteria set by the government. 

Face coverings can be very simple, like a scarf or bandana, as long as it fits well and covers the mouth and nose. 

Face coverings should be put on prior to boarding the bus and should be worn throughout the duration of the journey, including when disembarking the bus.

Students who wear disposable face coverings on public transport will need to dispose of them in the bins provided on arrival. If students arrive with non-disposable coverings they will need to bring a sealable plastic bag to safely store them in their bag during the day.

Further information is available on First Buses website (  

Recent Assessments                                                                                                

It was great to see the fantastic response to the recent assessments we sent out.  These have all been marked and feedback has been provided through Microsoft Teams or via maths QLA’s. Finally, we have developed some summer work packs to keep the students engaged over the holidays week by week.  We will either hand these out during the face to face sessions or post them out before the holidays.  The summer work packs do not need sending or bringing back in to school. 

Results Days

A separate letter will be sent to students who are due to receive exam results this summer with more information on how the day will run.

In line with our risk assessment please can we ask that if you would like speak with a member of staff that you call or email the academy ( in advance to make an appointment.

It has been great to see our Year 10 students back in the academy over the last few weeks and more recently our Year 7’s, 8’s and 9’s for their face to face sessions with their learning managers and teaching staff.

I would like to thank you for all your support in home schooling your children; we all know this is no easy task, especially amid a world of distractions.  I would also like to thank all of those who have taken the time to contact us to thank the academy for the work we have provided and the provision we have put in place. Your support is warmly appreciated by everyone at school.

We are all looking forward to getting back to as close to ‘normal’ as we can be in September and doing what we do best, face to face teaching.  The academy will be closed over the summer holidays however If you have any queries regarding the arrangements please email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Kind Regards

Rob Burton