School Re-Opening Plans: An Update from the Headteacher (1/ 7/ 20)

Everything has gone really smoothly with the return of Year 10 students to the school. As you know, we are only allowed to take a quarter of the cohort each day but the attendance has been around 90% at times and so we are really pleased with the commitment of our young people and the support of parents in ensuring that they come in. We obviously also have the children of key-workers and some of our more vulnerable students in a separate “bubble” throughout the week so although an average total of 50 students in the school each day is a start, there is still a long way to go in a building that was designed to hold 900.

Regarding next year, the government have indicated that they expect all students to be returning to school in September. Of course, we all hope that this means every Park Vale student back in school full-time from the start of term. However, until they publish their official guidance, I can’t say too much to parents about what exactly will happen on the first day back. Obviously, the new term begins on Wednesday 2 September but I will be sending out a letter to all parents – including those of Year 6 students joining us for the first time – once we receive clarification regarding the re-opening of secondary schools. Hopefully this will be in the next week or so.

In the meantime, a few key dates for your diary either side of the summer break:

Year 7-9 Tutor Reviews Click here to see the letter

  • 13-17 July: Tutor Review Evenings for Years 7-9
  • Thursday 20 August: GCSE Results Day for Year 11 (appointment slots will be sent out)
  • Friday 24 July: End of Summer Term
  • Wednesday 2 September: Start of Autumn Term
  • Tuesday 8 September: Welcome Event for Year 7 parents 
  • Thursday 8 October: Presentation Evening for last year’s Y11
  • Friday 16 October: Prom for last year’s Y11

07/06/2020 RE-OPENING UPDATE - A letter from Mr Bowhay (click to view) confirming plans for a 15th June re-opening. 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 an Year 10 students. Keyworker Provision Letter

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.

Transition Statement – July Update

Due to COVID19 restrictions this year, Year 6 Transition is significantly different. Unless your son or daughter has a specific need, unfortunately, there is no face to face transition due to government restrictions.

Online Transition Resources

To support Year 6 moving up remotely, we have prepared two online resources.

 YOUTUBE Y6 Transition Talk and Academy Virtual Tour  - click link

Park Vale Academy Flying Start Booklet – click link

Uniform

Uniform can be purchased directly from two providers:

‘Just School Wear’ -  www.just-schoolwear.co.uk - 0115 965 3461

‘Schoolwear Solutions’ -  www.schoolwearsolutions.com -  0116 299 0910

September

There will be a Year 7 Welcome Evening in September. We will be writing to you over the summer to confirm how and when your child will be returning to school for the Autumn Term as well as to inform you of their House and Tutor Group.

If your child requires additional support in transitioning to secondary school, please contact:

Miss A. Walden – Transition Lead – awalden@parkvaleacademy.org.uk

Mrs S. Wakefield – SENCO – swakefield@parkvaleacademy.org.uk

Thank you for your patience and understanding at the time. 

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: admin@parkvaleacademy.org.uk 

  • If the problem you are having is IT related then please email one of our technicians via itdesk@parkvaleacademy.org.uk 

  • Parents should continue to check the school website regularly for any updated information: www.parkvaleacademy.org.uk 

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 admin@parkvaleacademy.org.uk.

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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