World Book Day

Staff have enjoyed sharing their love of books and reading with students today, as part of World Book Day.

You may have been able to spot a character or two around the site.

Anyone seen Wally?

Atlantic Academy Gardening Club

Students have spent the Spring 1 half term planning an exciting development on our school grounds, to provide a beautiful resource for fruit, vegetables and a space for mindfulness.  Shortly before half term they have started a campaign to raise funds and resources for their project, including preparing a presentation to Mrs Slater and Mr Tellem to seek funds.  Students are very excited to have received an initial budget of £300 to set up their garden, and are looking to secure further donations.

Gardening Project Update -23.02.21

Full re-opening of schools – March 2021

We are pleased to announce our plan for the return of all students to Atlantic Academy.  In order to support the initial testing for asymptomatic cases of Covid-19, we are staggering the return over a two day period, with all pupils returning to class from Wednesday 10th March.  An overview of the key dates and year groups involved is given below.

We need to ensure that students have minimised their contacts prior to receiving confirmation of a negative coronavirus test.  To support this, we will arrange for bus transportation to be staggered on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March.  Confirmation of timings will be shared with parents shortly.  A copy of the letter sent to parents can be found here

Please can all parents ensure they have completed consent forms for students to be involved in the lateral flow tests, these were sent by email and school comms on Friday 26th February.  Further information about the lateral flow tests can be found by following this link.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to Atlantic Academy next week.

 

Awarding of student grades 2021

Students undertaking assessments in 2021 will have their grades awarded based on work completed over the course of their studies.  Teaching staff are reviewing the information published this week by Ofqual, to determine the appropriate strategy for assessments.  The overview below provides a useful summary of the information for students and parents.

We are looking forward to all students returning to face to face teaching from Monday 8th March, and will be publishing our plans for this shortly.

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Careers Day for Year 11 students

On Friday 26th February, students in year 11 will be working with our careers team to support them make their post 16 choices.  Following a disrupted year, students have not had he same opportunities for visits and tours of establishments, therefore we welcome the partnership with Careers SW to offer bespoke support programmes for students who are yet to apply for their next steps.

Where students have made their choices, we have been delighted with their offers and the support available from local colleges.  Students were very nervous about telephone or ‘zoom’ interviews, and have been put at ease by the College recruitment staff.  They are now starting to plan their next steps, with creative routes into music, art, TV and film for some students, practical courses in sports and hopsitality for others alongside academic courses in a range of subjects.

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Digital parenting – a brave new world?

It has been amazing to see how creative students and staff have become in delivering learning opportunities remotely at this time.  We have all been inspired and learnt new skills to support students, both in school and at home, to make the most of the resources they have at hand to support their progress and development.

We are mindful, however, that this has resulted in young people and their families having greater amounts of screen time and relying on technology for connections to learning, work and wider social interation.

We have provided some links we hope parents may find useful when supporting young people and their online activities.

Parent guides to different digital games and platforms

Digital parenting advice from Vodafone and O2

Online safety advice from the NSPCC

Google Safety Centre

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

This week we are championing the apprenticeship route into careers for young people, with a focus in PHSE session for all pupils.   We will also be working with Careers SW to offer guidance and advice sessions for Year 11 pupils, to ensure all students have a clear plan for their post 16 routes.

Apprenticeships offer an amazing opportunity for young people to gain qualifications and experience working with an employer and a local training provider.  Students who have moved into apprenticeships since leaving Atlantic Academy have reported that they love being part of a team, and that learning whilst on the job has brought them incredible insight into the knowledge and skills required to be successful in their chosen careers.

In partnership with Petroc, we are pleased to share details of a range of events to raise awareness of apprenticeships for students.  Please see the information below.

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‘Express yourself’ – Mental Health Awareness

This week staff and students have been exploring the theme ‘Express Yourself’, as part of children’s mental health week. We have also been promoting our virtual drop ins, allowing students working remotely to request a 1:1 session with our SEMH team, replicating the successful service which operates in school.

Today, students combined this with awareness abs support for local food backs, by bringing in food items to donate in exchange for expressing themselves via non uniform. The contributions from students and staff have been amazing, thank you to all who have donated.

Year 8 students show off our amazing collection for local food banks.

Exeter College Virtual Apprenticeship Expo

South West Virtual Apprenticeship Expo – 11th Feb 2-6pm

Are you ready you to kick-start your career via an Apprenticeship route? The South West Virtual Apprenticeship Expo is the biggest Apprenticeship and careers event to take place in the South West annually during Na

tional Apprenticeship week and this year is no exception . This is the pe


Apprenticeships are available in a wide variety of sectors, at a range of levels – and open to anyone over the age of 16.
rfect opportunity for you to meet with high profile employers with LIVE vacancies and find out more about Apprenticeships across different industry sectors.

The Apprenticeship route can be used as a great alternative to full-time education – allowing you to kick-start your career, gaining valuable work experience alongside gaining a qualification!

With over 30 employers exhibiting …and counting, this virtual event gives you the chance to engage with real Apprenticeship employers and current apprentices to discover the benefits of earning and learning through an Apprenticeship.

On the day you will have access to an exciting range of unique activities to ensure you get the most out of the virtual experience:

  • THREE Keynote talks from leading industry experts, including a comprehensive introduction to ‘What is an Apprenticeship’
  • Job Finding sessions with a live Q&A on everything you need to know to begin your Apprenticeship journey
  • Sector specific showcases – dedicated sessions on the areas you are interested in from industry influencers
  • MULTIPLE Apprentice stories – hear from young people that were making these same choices last year
  • Over 30 Expo Stands from employers with LIVE vacancies
  • Advice Zone with impartial Apprenticeship advisors
  • Information on Higher Apprenticeships and how these could be a great alternative to university

Join us online for the school’s session from 2 – 4pm, or the second session from 4 – 6pm.  Bring parents, friends or classmates – register now: https://hopin.com/events/south-west-apprenticeship-expo

For more information about the Virtual Apprenticeship Expo 2021 contact Morven Maclean morvenmaclean@exe-coll.ac.uk

Remote Learning Update – Jan 2021

Information on our remote learning provision is now available on our website, along with key information for parents and carers.   Surveys have been circulated to gather feedback from parents and pupils, which will help us to further develop this provision.

We are also pleased to confirm the additional chromebooks have now arrived, and devices are being made available for students who have requested them.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you require any help or support accessing remote learning at this time.