Announcements | 17th December 2020

Christmas closing

17 December 2020

Dear parent/carer

In light of recent Government announcements surrounding the measures secondary schools are required to have in place from January, I have made the decision to allow students to leave school at lunchtime tomorrow.

On Tuesday, the Government announced that secondary schools will offer regular COVID testing of secondary school students and today it was announced that there will be a staggered start to the school term, with years 7-10 having remote learning for the first week. To enable our staff to begin preparing for these changes, students in year 10 and 11 will be allowed to finish school at 12:20pm and students in years 7-9 will be allowed to finish school at 12:35pm. If they are entitled to free school meals, or would like to purchase lunch before they leave, lunch will be available as normal.

If childcare arrangements mean you would like your child to remain in school until their usual finishing time, please email info@ipswichacademy.org.uk and we will ensure that suitable provision is available.

Please note that further information and guidance on both in-school testing and remote learning for years 7-10 years will be released in due course.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to thank the students for their incredible resilience this term. Everyone at Ipswich Academy would also like to wish you and your families an enjoyable, safe and relaxing Christmas break. We look forward to welcoming students back in January.

Yours sincerely

Abbie Thorrington
Principal

Announcements | 17th December 2020

Work experience opportunity

Drax have created a virtual work experience programme for our students. The Drax placement is only available to schools, they work with and is a great way for students to gain experience of the world of work and develop essential employability skills. Places are limited so please apply as soon as possible. Please contact victoria.addis@paradgimtrust.org if you would like any support with the application process.

Further details can be found here.

Announcements | 15th December 2020

IMPORTANT – Covid-19 Letter to close contacts

15th December 2020 

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days  – 8P/8A

Dear parent or carer, 

We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Ipswich Academy. 

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child  has been in close contact with the affected child. In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until Thursday 24th December. 

If your child is well at the end of the 10 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. 

Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

Work set for students during the 10 day isolation period and contact home

As previously communicated with you, we will be using Google classrooms to support students with their learning during their isolation period. Students have had a lesson familiarising them with the platform. From Wednesday 16th December  work will be uploaded onto Google classrooms for students to complete by all of their subject teachers. If you need to loan a laptop, please get into contact with the school. Laptops need to be returned on Tuesday 5th January 2021. 

Please find below the timetable that students will follow for the remainder of the week, this will also be shared with students on their school email account. It is expected that students complete all of the work set. To access live lessons, students will be sent the link in advance of tomorrow morning, they will need to click on the link at the desired times. 

WednesdayThursdayFriday
Reg 0900-0920Live registrationLive registration
P1 0920-1020History – recorded History – recordedKnowledge organiser
P2 1020-1120English Live – Miss Lander English Live- Lander Live rewards assembly 
P3 1140-1240Maths – recorded Maths – recorded English Live – Miss Lander 
P4 1315-1415Knowledge OrganiserScience Live- Miss GrundyMaths – recorded 
P5 1415-1515Science Live- Miss GrundyKnowledge OrganiserKnowledge Organiser

We will be making contact home over the telephone in the coming days, if however you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to get into contact with us. 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .  


People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

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

Symptoms of COVID 19 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. 

Once again, thank you for your support and swift action today.

Yours sincerely

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Announcements | 15th December 2020

IMPORTANT – Covid-19 update

15th December 2020

Dear parent or carer, 

We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

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

The 10 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Uncategorised | 14th December 2020

IMPORTANT – Covid-19 update

14th December 2020

Dear parent or carer, 

We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

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

The 10 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Announcements | 14th December 2020

IMPORTANT – Covid-19 Letter to close contacts

14 December 2020 

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days  

Dear parent or carer, 

We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Ipswich Academy. 

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child  has been in close contact with the affected child. In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until Wednesday 23rd December. 

If your child is well at the end of the 10 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. 

Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

Work set for students during the 10 day isolation period and contact home

As previously communicated with you, we will be using Google classrooms to support students with their learning during their isolation period. Students have had a lesson familiarising them with the platform. From Tuesday 15th December  work will be uploaded onto Google classrooms for students to complete by all of their subject teachers. All students who informed us that they do not have a laptop at home have been loaned a laptop today, please ensure these are returned on Tuesday 5th January 2021. 

Please find below the timetable that students will follow for the remainder of the week, this will also be shared with students on their school email account. It is expected that students complete all of the work set. To access live lessons, students will be sent the link in advance of tomorrow morning, they will need to click on the link at the desired times. 

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Reg 0900-0920Live – MIss ThorringtonLive – MIss ThorringtonLive – teacher TBC
P1 0920-1020PSHE Live – Miss RutherfordPSHE Live – Miss RutherfordPSHE Live – Miss RutherfordLive – year 7 rewards assembly
P2 1020-1120English – recordedFrench – recordedMaths – recordedEnglish – recorded
P3 1140-1240Maths – recordedScience – recordedScience – recordedFrench – recorded
P4 1315-1415French – recordedEnglish – recordedFrench – recorded Maths – recorded
P5 1415-1515Science – recordedMaths – recordedEnglish – recordedScience – recorded

We will be making contact home over the telephone in the coming days, if however you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to get into contact with us. 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .  


People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

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

Symptoms of COVID 19 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. 

Once again, thank you for your support and swift action today.

Yours sincerely

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

News | 8th December 2020

Christmas 2020

News | 7th December 2020

Performing Arts Workshops

Announcements, News | 1st December 2020

Exam certificate collection

Announcements, News | 20th November 2020

Y11 virtual consultation evening

The online system for booking appointments and attending the virtual appointments can be accessed here:
https://parents-booking.co.uk/ipswichacademy

Booking will go live from 12pm on Monday 23rd November.

Please read the full letter below:

Last updated November 20, 2020