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.

Free school meals update

We have now moved across to the Government scheme for Free School Meal vouchers.  These have been ordered and should be with you via email.  This is the same system which was in place last summer, please follow this link for the user guide.

If you feel you are eligible for free school meals, there is a quick check calculator on our school gateway account.  This will advise you whether to contact your local authority to apply (Devon or Cornwall dependent on where you live).

If you require any assistance or guidance, please contact the school office on 01237 431969 or

Learning timetables updated

Updated timetables for learning, both in school and remotely, are now available.  Work will be set via the google classroom, with google meet codes being published shortly in avance of the lesson time where there is a live input.

We welcome Miss Hannah Blackwell to our team from Monday 18th January, who will be covering aspects of Miss James’ timetable during her maternity leave.  Miss Blackwell is looking forward to meeting students, both in person and online, across the next week.

Parents have been invited to become classroom guardians via google classroom, where they will be able to see what assignments are due to be handed in for pupils. If you have any queries about how to access the remote learning, please contact the school office.

Rota – Monday 18th January – Friday 22nd January

Rota – Monday 25th January – Friday 29th January

Careers information for Year 11 students

Petroc College are launching new careers information for Year 11 students and parents, keeping them informed about developments at Petroc, and how the application and enrolment process will work in 2021.  Please follow the links for the January editions for pupils and parentsWe will be offering careers meetings with Year 11 students over the coming weeks to help them identify and apply for post 16 places.  Pupils will also be accessing this information in the PHSE sessions on a Thursday, either in school or via google meet.


C19 testing at Atlantic Academy

Our Covid test team are working hard to complete their training and make final arrangements to start offering asymptomatic testing on site next week. Today we did an on site run through, which helped us to identify a range of measures to better ensure accuracy and efficiency for this service.

Information has been shared with the parents of pupils currently on site, in order to gain permissions prior to starting testing. Please see below the members of the team, and some of the activities which will take place within our test centre.

Year 11 parent teacher evening

Bookings are now open for Year 11 parent teacher evening, using the school cloud admin system for Atlantic Academy.  Please visit the site to make appointments with your son / daughter’s teachers.

Appointments will be via a video link, joining instructions will be sent to parents ahead of the event.

Please take this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teachers, and how best to help them prepare for the summer’s GCSE examinations.  Should you require any support booking appointments, please contact the school office.

A user guide for parents can be located here.

Update on the re-opening of schools – January 2021

Following the update from the Government on the 30th December 2020, we have amended our plans for the return of pupils in January 2021.  We continue with our planned training day on Monday 4th January 2021, with only pupils whose parents are key workers, or priority pupils, returning to face to face school from Tuesday 5th January.  All other pupils, including Year 11 students who are not in these groups, will start the term with remote learning.

An overview of lessons, including the rota of lessons for Key stage 3 pupils, can be found on the links below:

Week commencing 4th January 2021

Week commencing 11th January 2021

Definitions for priority pupils have widened since the previous school closure from March 2020, and now includes all students with EHCPs, students who  work closely with social workers, young carers, students who are in care, including being looked after by relatives under special guardianship orders, or have been adopted from care.  School can also offer discretionary places for those who may be adversely affected by the school closure in terms of mental health or not having a suitable place, or ICT capacity, to access remote learning.  Please contact the school office if you feel this applies to your child, and you have not been advised to return to school in January 2021.  The office will be open on 4th January.

We ask that parents complete the google form sent out via school comms on Friday 18th December, to confirm which students will be attending the school site from Tuesday 5th January 2021. If you need to borrow a chromebook to ensure students can access all of thier lessons from Tuesday 5th January 2021, please contact the school office on Monday 4th January to arrange to collect a device.

Update from Devon County Council regarding phased reopening of schools in January 2021

Attached is a letter from Devon County Council regarding the current situation for pupils returning to schools in January 2021. As previously published, we are continuing with our planned INSET day on the 4th January, prior to opening for Year 11 pupils, children of key workers and priority groups on Tuesday 5th January.

Priority groups include all pupils with EHCP’s, children currently working with a social worker or those whom the school recognise as vulnerable. Additional to the priority pupil category for this period of partial closure includes students who cannot access learning online, even if a school device is borrowed. We are therefore inviting all pupils who would normally require paper resources sent home to attend the school site from Tuesday 5th January.

We have received some information about the testing programme, but have yet to be able to undertake training, or have any confirmation of the logistics for when this could commence. This additional information is required before we can confirm if we are able to offer this service. Full consent from parents will be required ahead of pupils receiving a Covid-19 test on site.

When further information is available, this will be shared with parents.

201222 - Letter to parents re. school return - FINAL

Christmas lunch in socially distanced ‘baubles’

Students enjoyed an amazing spread for Christmas lunch this week. With so many students ordering a lunch, service lasted for 90 minutes to ensure students could eat in the canteen in their socially distanced ‘baubles’.

Many thanks to Andy Hudson and Rosie Broughton for their hard work preparing the lunch, served with a smile!

All the food at Atlantic Academy is prepared to order, and freshly cooked each day. Andy does an amazing job catering for a range of dietary requirements; if you haven’t tried our school dinners, why not book via school gateway in the New Year.

End of term arrangements

Term ends for students at Atlantic Academy on Friday 18th December at 3.15pm as planned. Our scheduled INSET day remains Monday 4th January, with students returning to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

The end of term is about connecting with, and celebrating our school community. We will have tutor group assemblies on Friday afternoon, in lieu of the whole school assembly, where attendance and achievement awards will be given, as well as the House Cup. Students in Peppercombe are entitled to wear non uniform on Friday 18th as the previous winners of the cup.

Collections and delivery of Christmas cards are co-ordinated by Year 9

Our Christmas lunch is being served on Thursday 17th, please ensure you book in advance so we can arrange timings. There is also a Christmas card delivery service in operation this Year, many thanks to our postal workers in Year 9.