Here are the latest updates from the Academy amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
Update on Academy learning from home procedures
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support and patience over the first couple of weeks of the Academy closure. This unique set of circumstances has presented a number of challenges for everyone both at school and at home. Although our physical school may be closed for the vast majority, we continue to work hard to ensure we provide the best possible support and educational provision for all of our students.
Over recent weeks we have been in contact with a number of parents as we gather valuable feedback on our approach to home learning and the use of Firefly to deliver tasks to our students. Moving our teaching to these mediums in such a short space of time was never going to be without its challenges and although we are aware that there are still some small technical issues, we are reassured that most of these initial glitches do appear to have been resolved – and we thank you for your patience with this.
We are however very mindful that although the continuation of learning is extremely important, the new teaching methods we have adopted, along with the change in routine for many of our students, have caused some additional stress and anxiety, and we are keen to ensure that we support not only our students’ academic progress but their emotional and mental wellbeing as we move forward.
With this in mind, we write to you to provide an update on how we are continuing to develop and refine our learning provision to students as we move towards Easter and beyond.
We have taken the decision that as of Monday 6 April there will be no new tasks set by teachers on Firefly for students until the end of our official Easter holiday. This will provide students with time to catch up on any learning tasks set by their teachers and submit any outstanding work. No learning tasks (apart from reading for Years 7 & 8) will be set by teachers over the Easter holiday to also allow time for students to rest and recuperate ahead of the Summer Term. Home learning will then recommence on Monday 27 April.
We will also be working with our teachers to further streamline the setting of tasks on Firefly so that only learning activities appear within each student’s Tasks To Do list, with our extra-curricular offering now appearing as Recommendations in a separate area of the Firefly dashboard. This small change is intended to make the management of tasks much easier for students.
We have created a short video which explains all of the above and we would be grateful if you would watch this along with your child. The video can be viewed on Firefly, within the Coronavirus latest section of our Academy website www.saintwilfrids.co.uk or via the St Wilfrid’s YouTube channel.
Finally, I would like to wish you and your family a safe, restful and relaxing Easter. We continue to pray for every member of our St Wilfrid’s family and although there are undoubtedly still many challenges ahead, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you to best support your child.
IMPORTANT EXAMINATION INFORMATION
I am well aware that a level of anxiety remains regarding the awarding of grades at KS4 and KS5 this summer.
As you may have heard, Ofqal is working closely with the DfE, examination boards and school leaders to ensure that the awarding of grades is fair and reflects the true picture of yourperformance on your chosen course.
The DfE has issued some guidance about how this may work. However, we await further information which will guide us as to how, as a school, we will support this process. The link below takes to you the DfE document:
It is important to note that schools will be using a range of information to submit a judgement about the calculated grade for you in every subject that you have been entered for. Until a clear process has been identified by the authorities, we are unable to identify how this will work. We are also not able to comment on your potential grades at this stage and we would ask for your understanding with this. This process will involve decisions based on your work set by teachers at the Academyand it is highly unlikely that we will take into consideration information from private tutors. The current government intention is to publish grades in July, although an exact date has yet to be confirmed.
I do wish to remind you of the importance of completing work set by subject teachers as this may provide additional evidence to inform the grades you are awarded. If you are asked for additional work will you please send this electronically to your teacher, or await further instruction if you are producing work which cannot be sent via email/Firefly. It is important to remember that the knowledge and skills that you are developing now will help to ensure that you are ready to progress to your next steps in education or employment when you have completed your studies at the Academy.
I trust that you and your family will keep safe in the coming weeks and I would like to assure you all that my staff and I will work to secure you the grades you deserve.
Miss C Huddleston
All sporting clubs and fixtures are now cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future.
We would like to reassure all our parents/carers, students, staff and the wider community that the Academy is continuing to closely monitor all the relevant guidance from Public Health England and other government agencies about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Currently, the UK government is continuing to say that schools and colleges should remain open, so that is what we are doing until we are instructed otherwise. Following the advice received, we have taken a number of key actions to help keep the Academy community safe. These include putting in place extra cleaning, ensuring access to hand washing facilities along with daily reminders on how to minimise the risk of contracting the virus.
Please be reassured that we continue to review all information available from the government along with public health advice and will communicate with you should any changes to our normal routines be necessary. The link below may provide you with further information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
We thank you for your continued support.