Following the advice from the Government, we confirm Atlantic Academy will close for the majority of students with effect from 3.15pm on Friday 20th March. The school will still be open for some children, including those of key workers, and we will be circulating information to all parents once this has been clarified by the Government; this is expected to be confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The announcement tonight also confirmed that GCSE exams will not take place in May and June. We currently do not have any further information on how GCSE grades are to be awarded for students, however are reassured by the announcement that no student is to be disadvantaged from progressing onto their chosen post 16 destination because of the closure of the school.
Plans are already in place for work to be set for students to complete via the econtact book, and this will link to other resources where appropriate, particularly the google classroom. Teaching staff will be available to support students with the work that is set, using the academy email system or by responding directly to work set on the google classroom.
The use of google hangouts for students to communicate using their school email address, will be enabled shortly; guidance on use will be circulated. Students’ coaches and members of student support team will be contacting pupils using this method to maintain communication, to check on progress and to answer any questions students might have. Please remind students to use this tool responsibly, and to follow the guidance and education for online safety that they have been taught.
We are aware of some students who do not have access to the internet, and will be providing paper copies of work to be completed. This will usually take the form of revision materials and workbooks. If you feel that this applies to you, please contact us using email@example.com, or contact the school office by phone.
In order to communicate information effectively with our wider school community, we will be using Schoolcomms, and the latest news page on our website. Please ensure that you have downloaded the Schoolcomms app, or can access this via the internet, for instant notification of messages.
I recognise that this is a concerning time for many families, and we want to offer as much help and support as possible. Please contact us using the firstname.lastname@example.org This email address, which will be monitored daily, may be easier than phoning as we have experienced high call volume over recent days. Specific advice for students in Year 11 will be shared as soon as we have this.
I thank you for your support over the recent weeks.