Online Spanish learning takes off

Students have been taking full advantage of online learning, to develop their Spanish skills. The last week has seen a surge in activity, with students enjoying the competitions and skills practise using the Language Nut app. Pictured below are some of the records we have beaten; students can see who is at the top of their leaderboard through the google classroom.

Can you beat your points and medial totals this week?

Information regarding the grading of GCSE exams

Ofqual have now published advice on how grades will be awarded for students due to to take their GCSE exams this summer. Teachers will be providing grades for their classes, based on past papers, mock exams, class work and, where appropriate, coursework.

Exam boards will then undertake a standardisation exercise, ensuring grades awarded this summer are in line with previous exam seasons, as well as student’s prior attainment.

Staff at Atlantic Academy know their students well, and will be able to use all the evidence they have to provide the grade information to the exam board. The date for results to be issued to students is not yet publish, though we now anticipate this will be earlier than the traditional results day at the end of August.

We are still awaiting confirmation on the process for awarding grades in BTEC and other vocational qualifications, but anticipate this will be a similar process.

Further information is to be shared with parents via school comms, and can be found on our website.

Online learning resources shared

The wealth of online resources available for pupils and their families during this period of school closure is amazing. We have identified some of our favourites and summarised them in this resource. We hope you will find it useful.

If you have your own favourite online learning sites, please share them with us.

Free school meal update

Families who are entitled to Free School Meals will shortly be receiving supermarket vouchers, for children who are currently working at home. For most families, these will be vouchers for Morrisons, which have been posted today. The value of these covers two full school weeks.

Please be aware, that some families have received a text as shown below, which is fraudulently asking for bank details. This is a scam; please do not share any bank details. We will send further vouchers after Easter.

Stay indoors and stay safe

We remind all of our students and families of the requirements to stay indoors, in order to reduce the spread and impact of Covid-19.  The temptation to go outside, particularly in this lovely weather, must follow the strict advice which has been given.  If you, or any of your family display symptoms including a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, you must self isolate, following these guidelines.

Everybody should stay at home, only leaving for specific reasons:

  • Shopping for “basic necessities”, as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can
  • Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if it is “absolutely necessary”
  • Only go out once per day to exercise, either individually or with other members of your household,  and to maintain 2m distance at all times from other individuals.

Message for students, parents and carers

Dear all

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 enquiries@atlantic.academy, 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 enquiries@atlantic.academy 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.

Yours sincerely 

Lynsey Slater

Principal

Sport Relief target smashed!

Following our midweek update with 165 miles completed, we started the day confident of reaching the 250 mile target. Students keen to set records and raise sponsorship starting clocking up the laps of the school during registration, raising the running total to 219 miles by 9.10am.

Students in PE lessons today took the opportunity to beat other groups records, with Year 10, our smallest year group with 20 learners participating today, reaching an amazing 45 miles. The best was then raised to reach 350 miles by the end of the day.

Much enthusiasm from Year 7, was added to at lunchtime from students across all year groups, before Year 11 were particularly competitive this afternoon.

The day ended with a few members of staff finishing off final laps of the course, bringing the total of laps of the building to 2760, an amazing 460 miles.

Well done to all involved, please remember to bring in your sponsorship money on Monday. Many thanks to everyone who have supported us.

Further advice to parents regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We are now in the delay phase of our management of COVID-19 so I would like to point you towards the latest advice from the NHS and the Government.

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 infection (coronavirus ), however mild, they need to stay at home and not leave your house for 7 days from when their symptoms started.

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

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature of 37.8°C (100°F) or more

Please read carefully and follow the stay at home guidance below:

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

Please be mindful that the school staff cannot give medical guidance or advice we can only point you towards the best advice for you to follow from the NHS.

The NHS 111 online coronavirus section

https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/  or  https://111.nhs.uk/

Lastly please encourage your children to keep washing their hands or using hand sanitiser

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at school
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving school

¡ gracias chicas !

Zoisa Peers (Y8) and Kezia Ross (Y9) gave an amazing presentation in Spanish at this year’s MFL Speaking Competition hosted by Pilton College. They talked about hobbies and family for nearly 2 minutes in front of over 100 people from 40 schools. They had a fun day, received lots of language gifts and showed off their linguistics skills, courage and resilience.

Sport Relief miles increase

Atlantic Academy students have totalled an incredible 165 miles so far this week. Congratulations to 9PEN who have amassed an amazing 45 miles in 1 session!

A special mention to the staff who have been pounding the route after school to bring the total up, 8 miles between 3 staff yesterday afternoon.

Keep the sponsorship coming in, how far can we go?