Dear Parents/Carers

 

I just wanted to catch up with you all as we end our first two weeks physically back at the Academy. Firstly, can I say a huge thank you to our young people for the mature manner in which they have approached their return to the Academy. From a personal point of view and I know that I speak for all the staff, it has been wonderful to see our students coming back and really enjoying their time with us. We cannot wait to invite more students back as soon as is safely possible.

 

At the start of our planned return, I did say that we would review after two weeks and from this review we have concluded that we can start to open up more spaces to students in year 10. If you would like your child to return then please do get in contact with us and we will try to make arrangements. As we progress towards mid July 2020, we hope to offer places for all our year 10 students, although they may not be able to return on a daily basis until September 2020. Year 10 onsite teaching is planned to end on Friday 17th July 2020. This is to enable us to bring in year 9 students for their transition to key stage 4 at High Pavement. For the week commencing the 20th July 2020, year 10 students will be taught remotely. 

 

Until this point, year 9 will continue to work remotely supported by the year 9 team. Again, our priority is to achieve some sort of transition to High Pavement and this is provisionally planned for Monday and Tuesday of the week commencing 20th July 2020. 

 

The term will end for all students on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

 

Year 11 students have been the worst hit during this time, as a result they have lost their ‘Suits Day’ and their time at Stone Soup Academy has been cut short. We are deeply sorry about this and we will make every effort to put something in place once this is all over to celebrate your time with us. We hope that you all enjoyed the year 11 leavers edit that was sent out to year 11. Let me assure you that there was a huge amount of emotion from all staff in both completing this and in hearing all your wonderful feedback.

 

Looking towards the future. In September, we are hoping to return to some sort of new normal. The term will start on Thursday 3rd September 2020. I will send out further details at the end of this term when we have more information in regard to social distancing, and which may impact our decisions moving forward.

 

A little prior notice that exam results day for year 11 will be on Thursday 20th August 2020. Unlike previous years, due to the current situation, we will only be sending out your results by post. If students would like us to email, we are happy to scan their results and send them on the day if they forward their emails to us. Results can only be sent to the student.

 

I hope that this updates you all regarding what is going on in these ever changing times. We will update the website so please check regularly for news and updates.

 

Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Keep safe

 

Warmest regards

 

Kerrie Henton

Principal

Stone Soup Academy

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