Parental update

Thank you for your support over the last few days where learners have been accessing lessons online.  It has been a pleasure to sample many of the live lessons and learning opportunities offered via the google classroom, and to see how well many students have been communicating with staff to support progress with learning.

Following the review of our precautionary measures to reduce the risk of transmission in schools, and the period of time students have been away from school, we are pleased to be able to welcome back selected students in Years 9 and 11 from Friday 27th November.  School lessons will be in person on site for your child from this date, as long as they are not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.  The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a recent onset of:

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

Should your child be unwell with any other symptoms, please contact the school office for advice in advance of them returning to the school site.

Letters are being sent, via school comms, to the parents of the identified students.

Urgent information for parents

As you are aware, over the last week we have been made aware of a number of cases in our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. 

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 children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days from the last identified contact. 

We have today met with Public Health England and representatives from Devon County Council’s education, transport and public health protection teams to form an Infection Management Group.  The protective measures in place at Atlantic Academy to reduce the risk of transmission for Covid-19 have been scrutinised in detail, and are reported to be excellent.  No recommendations to alter our operational procedures have been provided. 

It was agreed by all members of the Infection Management Group that the best option for the school community, to understand the situation better, is to continue with online learning until Thursday 26th November, at the earliest.   We will review the situation on Wednesday 25th November, and will communicate with parents at this time on whether to start to re-open to pupils from either Friday 27th November or Monday 30th November.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, particularly considering the disruption to pupils’ learning already caused by the pandemic.  Learning will be coordinated via our google classroom, if you wish to borrow a chromebook to facilitate student learning, please contact the school office to arrange this.

Important information for parents and carers

We have been notified by Public Health England that there have been positive cases for Covid-19 within the school community.  We have sought guidance from the Department of Education and have sent letter directly to parents of students who need to self isolate.  This affects all students in Year 7 and selected students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Atlantic Academy will be open for all other students on Monday 16th November as normal.  Futher information can be found in the letter to parents linked below.

2020.11.15 Letter All Parents from Mrs Slater, Principal re COVID-19

2020.11.16 Letter to Yr 7 parents and identified parents in Yr 8 and 9.

2020.11.18 Letter to selected parents in Yr 8, 9, 10 & 11

2020.11.19 Letter to all parents

2020.11.19 Letter to selected parents in Yr 10

New requirement for face coverings to be worn in school

This evening, new advice has been issued by the Government, as stated below:

In schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. 

If students are exempt from wearing face coverings for medical reasons, please can you supply the school office with medical evidence, and an exemption card will be issued.  For students who travel on school transport and already have a card for this purpose, no further evidence is required. We therefore ask that from Thursday 5th November, all pupils wear a face covering when moving around the site.  Face coverings are not required to be worn in lessons unless a student wishes to.

Please contact the school office if you wish to discuss this further.

Student council raise funds for the Poppy Appeal

Our student leaders have chosen their first charity for the year, and are supporting the Royal British Legion poppy appeal leading up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistace Day.

Friday 23rd October will be a non uniform day, with a £1 donation to this worthwhile cause.  Poppies and other merchandise are on sale at reception, and can be worn in school up until this event.

Many thanks to the student council for co-ordinating this.

The Royal Bristish Legion Poppy Appeal.

Atlantic Academy in action

We have recently compiled a video, showcasing Atlantic Academy in action, to help pupils and parents who are making decisions about their secondary school choices for September 2021.

We hope you enjoy it, and have a chance to enjoy a sneak peak of our school community.  We are very proud of our students and staff, and all of their acheivements.  If you have any questions, visit our virtual open event webpage, or contact the school on 01237 431969.

Careers talks round 1 – October 2020. The virtual experience.

Like never before has the message on career opportunities been ever so poignant. All around us we are seeing and hearing about jobs being lost and opportunities taken, with many people beginning new ventures as old ones come to an end. We feel that this is an important moment in time to continue to provide the young people of Atlantic Academy with an insight into the life and work of many different industries. Due to school restrictions we are currently unable to welcome these inspiring individuals into school to speak to our students face to face, so as an alternative, they have been very kind as to provide us with a recorded presentation about their work and the skills and attributes required to be successful. Each short presentation provides information about the industry to get the students to think about what would be expected of them if they were to pursue a career within the industry. For each round of careers talks we provide the students with four contrasting options and they have to select two, meaning that the selection is down to them. There are in total, six rounds of career talks over an academic year and each one is completely different. Like kids in a sweet shop, the selection process can be rather challenging so to help satisfy our students desire to learn, we have decided to make each of the presentations accessible, here on our website, on our careers information page.
Can I take this opportunity to thank Lucy Warner from the NHS, Paula Hook from Willmott Dixon, Julian Vayne from The Burton Art Gallery and finally Ben Sanders the Polar Explorer.

Important information for parents and carers

We have been notified this evening that there has been a postive test for Covid-19 within the school community.  Following the advice from Public Health England, we have contacted the small number of individuals who have been identified as within close contact in the 48 hours prior to symptoms starting;  letters have been sent via school comms. These individuals will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last contact, which is until the close of day on Friday 9th October.

The school remains open for all other students, and work will be set on the Google classroom for those who have been asked to self-isolate.

We ask that all members of the school community remain calm and vigilant during this period, taking the neccessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any concerns.

Virtual open event at Petroc

Wednesday 14th October sees the first virtual open event at Petroc aimed at Year 11 students completing thier GCSEs this year.   Students are invited to find out about support and enrichment opportunities available at Petroc, whilst exploring the amazing range of courses on offer, and taking a virtual tour.