As you may be aware, late Tuesday night the government changed their advice surrounding the wearing of face masks in school. Previously they had said that the wearing of masks should not be necessary in any school. This has now been updated and the Department for Education has stated;
“Nationwide, while the Government is not recommending face coverings are necessary, schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe it is right in their particular circumstances.
In addition, the government will advise additional measures are taken in areas where the transmission of the virus is high. In these areas, defined as areas of national government intervention as listed on gov.uk, the government’s guidance will state that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils in secondary schools when moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. It will not be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and where they can inhibit learning.”
Our local area has an incredibly low rate of COVID 19 infection and transmission and as a school we have taken a number of precautions to minimise any risk, as outlined in previous correspondence to you and available on the website. Therefore, in line with the above government guidance, we will not be making the wearing of masks mandatory in any area of the school.
However, I absolutely recognise that some students will feel more comfortable wearing a face mask in the corridors and/or in the classroom and I am very happy for them to do so. Please note that masks must be plain in appearance, no logos or motifs, and must be worn appropriately and sensibly. Any student intentionally misusing a mask will be required to take it off.
I will of course review this decision in light of any updated government guidance and any changes in the local situation.
Dear students, parents and carers
Following on from my letter on 9 July and the whole school assembly today, I would like to detail the latest information before we break up for summer.
We are proceeding with our plan and will open on Thursday 3 September, as previously announced. We are still awaiting confirmation from our Directors as to whether our local plans have been approved. We have proposed in line with Government guidance recommendations for a staggered start and finish time for the day. This would mean year 10 and 11 students start at 08.45 and finish at 15.00. Year 7, 8 and 9 students start at 09.00 and finish at 15.15. Once these have been passed I will communicate with you via text message and the documents will be posted on our website. In late August I will be hosting a virtual assembly to go through the plans in detail prior to students returning in September.
All year groups will be able to continue to access the work set on Google classrooms, each department has also set summer tasks which I would encourage students to complete. In addition, teachers from various subjects will be offering 1:1 virtual tutorials which will focus on any misconceptions students may have had from completing the work over the past weeks. Students will be able to sign up for these sessions, but spaces will be limited. I have attached on a separate page, the planned sessions each week. If you would like to book then please call the school reception or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
I am excited to announce that we will be launching a student ‘House System’ in September. All staff and students will be assigned to one of three houses, devised from our Trust’s values. The House System will celebrate student success in all aspects of school life as well as promoting opportunities for leadership, competition between houses and community involvement. I look forward to sharing this further in September.
Due to the changes that we are proposing to the set up of the school in line with Government guidance, students may not have the same base group tutor as they had last year. We will try to avoid changes where possible, however there will be some. I will be able to share base group tutors during a virtual assembly that I will deliver prior to students returning in late August. Lockers will also be out of use for the start of term whilst we redistribute them to the areas of the school that students will be in. If students have any belongings they wish to collect from their lockers prior to September, please contact the school via telephone or email to arrange a visit. We will be continuing with cashless catering from September, if you need any support setting up a sQuidpay account, please contact the school reception.
The last three months have been unprecedented times for us all, the team at Ipswich Academy are very much looking forward to working with you all next year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will always get back to you.
Thank you, as always, for your support.
1:1 Virtual Tutorials
- These sessions are being put on to help you with any work you are stuck on or found difficult whilst the school was closed.
- Book your session through email@example.com or by calling reception.
- Make sure you say what it is that you would like to talk to a teacher about eg. the poem Remains for English / fractions for maths.
- You will be sent a link to the Google Meet before your session to your school email.
- If you cannot attend, please contact reception and let them know.
- Sessions will run each week during the summer break on the following days:
|11:00||Computer Science||Geography||Health and Fitness||History|
The Paradigm Trust Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) engagement process is now complete.
The results of the engagement process are now on the Paradigm Trust website and can be accessed via your school website or at https://paradigmtrust.org/rshe-engagement-results/
The publication of the results documents follows an almost year long process including open information meetings in all Paradigm schools, meetings with Academy Councils across the Trust and a month long survey period.
There are 3 main documents:
- An executive summary of the engagement process and findings (8 pages)
- A full summary and analysis of results (17 pages)
- An appendix containing all written responses to the survey, where the survey question allowed for this. (58 pages)
The survey documents have been read and discussed by the board who have agreed that teaching in line with the new requirements can begin in September 2020. As the main engagement process was completed before school COVID closure, we have no need to take up the government’s offer delaying the introduction of the new requirements.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Dear year 11 students,
The last four months have been unprecedented times for us all. I would firstly like to congratulate you all on your hard work, dedication and levels of maturity shown throughout these uncertain times.
Following previous announcements, your GCSE results will be available for you to collect on Thursday 20 August. Our plan is for students to come and collect their results in person; however if Thursday 20 August arrives and you have coronavirus symptoms or have been advised to stay at home please do not come into school. Please call the school and we will arrange for the results to be delivered. If you are picking up your results in person, you will need to abide by social distancing and handwashing expectations. Parents/carers will have to wait outside, only students are allowed inside the school building to collect their results.
The below table outlines the times where you can come and collect your results. Please ensure you come at your allotted time, if you miss your time slot, please ensure you come after 12.00pm or call Ipswich Academy reception to arrange a convenient time to collect them.
|12.00||SYSZ||Catch up opportunity if you miss your slot|
Throughout the day, support and guidance will be available on site for students from staff and our careers advisor.
Thank you to everyone who has returned their loaned devices and resources, we still have a few outstanding. Please could you ensure you return them to Ipswich Academy reception.
The team at Ipswich Academy would like to wish you all the very best in your future endeavours and we look forward to seeing you on results day.
Take care and stay safe.
The Ipswich Star has published a report on the ways in which we are bridging the ‘digital divide’.
You can read the full report here.
The school dates published at the beginning of the year stated that we had one additional INSET day to schedule. Due to the school closure to most students we still have the day outstanding. Therefore the last day of this term will be Tuesday 21st July and we will be closed to students for our INSET day on Wednesday 22nd July.
School will start again on Thursday 3rd September and I will contact you closer to the time with any changes to the school day or your child’s return.
Wednesday 10th June
Following confirmation from the government that schools are to reopen in a safe way for students in year 10, we would like to share with you the details around the arrangements we have put in place in order to reopen which have been approved by the Paradigm Trust Board (please click here for detailed arrangements).
In line with government guidance, there will only be 25% of year 10 students in school at any one time. This means that year 10 students will be invited into school for 1 day per week (Monday to Thursday). Students who wish to attend school for an additional day (Friday) to work independently with some teacher support, will be invited to do so through a simple booking system. There will be limited spaces on Fridays as we will only be permitted to accommodate 25% of year 10 students at a time.
Early this month we contacted all families with students in year 10 to find out if parents/carers would be comfortable for their child to return to school. As was discussed, we are happy to welcome students back to school but are aware that some parents/carers will not want their child to return at this moment in time. There is no pressure for your child to return.
We have booked a place for all year 10 students, regardless of whether you have said that you would like your child to return or not. This is so that students can come back to school when parents/carers are comfortable for their child to do so. By the end of this week, we will inform you of the class (pod) that your child has been allocated to and which day of the week that they will be in school.
The school day will be as follows:
|Period 1||0900 – 1020|
|Break||1020 – 1030|
|Period 2||1030 – 1150|
|Break||1150 – 1200|
|Period 3||1200 – 1320|
|Lunch||1320 – 1400|
|Period 4||1400 – 1520|
It is really important that students socially distance on their way to and from school so that we work together to keep down the risk of infection. In line with the most recent government announcement, when walking to school, students should not be in groups of more than six and should keep 2m apart from each other at all times.
We have organised the building, inside and out, to ensure that social distancing is possible at all times.
Students will be placed within a ‘pod’ for all of their lessons consisting of no more than 12 students. Four different teachers will teach each pod per day; we are trying to keep this consistent week on week. During breaktime, students will be allocated an area outside which is marked out for social distancing. At lunchtime, students will be allocated a seat in a specific canteen area where they will eat their lunch, whether hot lunch or packed lunch. Each canteen area will then be dismissed outside. We will be running a cashless system to pay for school meals – please click here for instructions to set this up.
Each pod has been allocated a classroom. Some furniture has been removed from these rooms to allow for desks to be separated. We encourage students to bring their own equipment, however each student will be issued with their own pencil case and resources if required. Sharing equipment amongst students will not be permitted. Classrooms, and the rest of the school, will be cleaned routinely throughout the day.
We are only allowing one visitor into reception at any one time, if there is someone already in reception please wait outside until they leave. If at all possible, please do not come into school. If you need to speak to a member of staff either phone or email; we must limit the number of people on site at all times, therefore face to face meetings will not happen unless we deem them urgent.
Everyone who enters the school will need to wash/sanitise their hands and repeat throughout the day; sanitiser stations have been placed at entry points to the building. Within the school building we have implemented a one-way system. To help the students to move around the school, 2m markings have been taped out in corridors with arrows indicating which direction they are to walk. Toilets will be monitored to ensure that social distancing can take place and they do not become too crowded.
We are confident that all students will follow the new rules which have been put in place to keep everyone safe. Our behaviour system has been adapted to reflect the changes within school. We will go through the new procedures (click here to view) with students so that everyone is clear about our expectations.
We will be following the normal curriculum as far as possible, with the distance learning on Google Classroom mirroring the lessons delivered in school where appropriate; distance learning will continue for those students who are not returning although we ask that work is completed online. If families are struggling with devices to access Google Classroom please contact the school.
We are aware that these are very challenging times and therefore we are doing everything we can to ensure that your child’s return to school, whenever that may be, is safe and your child is supported. We will speak to all of the students on their first day back to explain the changes and to help them to transition back into school. As we move forward it may become necessary to make some changes to what we are doing and how we are doing them. We ask that you are patient and work with us, as you always do, if we do make any changes.
On Thursday 11th June at 4:30pm we will host a short online presentation when we will outline in more detail how the school day will work. Joining details will be emailed to all year 10 students or students can click here.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support throughout these last few weeks. We look forward to welcoming back year 10 next week.
Helen Winn Abbie Thorrington
Principal Principal from 22nd June 2020
Appointments are available for you to meet with your child’s teachers on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. The booking system is available here.
Appointments with each teacher will last for five minutes. Booking will be on a first come, first served basis and the booking system is now open. The number of appointments will, initially, be limited to five for each student to ensure that all parents/carers are able to participate. Nearer to the time, if additional appointments are available, we will release these into the booking system and notify you.
In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child as held in our database:
- First name
- Date of birth
- Register class
You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.
If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Linda Winstone.
Some subjects may not be available or may be fully booked on the evening, if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in subjects not available please contact the school and we will arrange for the member of staff to call you.
We would like to invite you on the evening to fill out an Ofsted Parent View questionnaire to give your views on the school, this will be available on the night in the Senior Year Study Zone and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child’s exercise books.
Students are required to attend, with their parent/carer.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Students who left Ipswich Academy in the summer of 2019 may collect their GCSE Exam Certificates on Monday 2nd December or Thursday 12th December from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
Students who are unable to collect their certificates may nominate someone to collect them on their behalf by providing a letter giving authorisation to collect. The nominated person must bring a form of identification.