School Closure Information - A Message from the Head Teacher

26/05/2020  Re-opening Update: Unfortunately, due to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, the planned return of Year 10 will now have to be pushed back until 15th June. Further details about these arrangements will be shared in due course.

22/05/2020 RE-OPENING 1st JUNE FOR YEAR 10 STUDENTS - UPDATE (Click to view)

14/05/2020 RE-OPENING UPDATE - A letter from Mr Bowhay (click to view)

In line with government advice, the school is currently closed to all students except the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

This means that for the vast majority of our students who have to remain at home at this time, it is vital that they keep up to date with their studies by following the guidance on “Home Learning” below.

If you have any questions about the work set for your child or have any other type of query, please contact the school’s main office either by telephone or email. There will always be a member of staff available to help you and we can also put you in direct contact with individual teachers if there is a specific subject-related problem.

Important Information - Home Learning

It is vital for our children’s education that during this period of enforced closure they do not fall behind with their studies but maintain their learning [see parent/student guidance]. Students will therefore be expected to complete the equivalent of each day’s school work at home as follows:

  • Work for all students in all year groups will be posted daily on Show My Homework which can be accessed via the links on our website or through their own App. Please ensure that both you and your child are able to access this tool prior to any potential closure.

  • All students should read for at least 20 minutes each day [CLICK here to access online books].

  • Students are also able to ask questions and communicate with staff via the SMHW platform.

  • Staff may also use school email and other online colaboration software e.g. Zoom, Kahoot to engage and support our students.

  • Students will be expected to hand in completed work on their return although online submissions will also be possible in some cases. Examples of student's home learning [CLICK HERE] are published on our website/Twitter.

  • Depending on the subject, students will be instructed to complete the work in their normal exercise books or possible specific workbooks which they will be bringing home by the end of the week.

  • In addition, all students will be issued with a brand new exercise book on Friday morning to take home and use to complete work if they do not have anywhere else to do it. 

  • If you or your child encounter any problems or have any queries about any of the work, you can email the school directly using the usual address: 

  • If the problem you are having is IT related then please email one of our technicians via 

  • Parents should continue to check the school website regularly for any updated information: 

Although the vast majority of students have internet access at home, we recognise that this is not the case for everyone so although some of the work will be paper-based anyway, please let us know as soon as possible if you anticipate a problem accessing work online via Show My Homework or any other platform.

The academy understands that this is a worrying time for us all. The academy,  its safeguarding team and key pastoral staff are available for anyone who needs reassurance and information on keeping mentally healthy will be put on the website and distributed in the form of leaflets. We appreciate the closure will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from an ideal scenario, but we’ll keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please do not hesitate to do so via phone or email

I also want to share with you a poster for parents published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It is clear and informative and provides sensible advice for parents at this time.

Free School Meals Information: A text message has been sent to all parents to explain that there will be a voucher posted out (20th March 2020) to all parents of students who qualify for free school meals.  The voucher is to the value of £20 and can be spent on food items at Asda Arnold, Asda Hyson Green, Asda Strelley or Asda West Bridgford. Further updates will be placed on our website.

Please consult the school website daily for updates. 

Thank you for all your cooperation and support during these difficult times. We know that our staff and students will rise to this challenge and we will see the best of you all during these difficult times.

Steve Bowhay

Head Teacher


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