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Year 10 letter

22 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Further to my recent letter regarding the wider opening of Sirius Academy West to pupils in Year 10 from 1 June 2020. I am sorry to inform you, that following new advice provided on 21 May, the Trust has taken the difficult decision to defer our plans. The school will remain open to vulnerable children and those of key workers only.

Following the latest information from Public Health England relating to the greater risk of transmission by secondary aged pupils, advice from unions, together with the lack of further guidance from the government, we feel that it is no longer in the best interests of our pupils to provide a 3-day timetabled offer that may be unsustainable, and lead to the spread of the virus.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused to parents/carers who had expressed a wish to send their son or daughter to school on Monday 1 June. As soon as we have guidance from the government, we will endeavour to re-open to pupils in Year 10. Staff will continue to set work and provide feedback

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the matter further, please contact me through the e-mail address: [email protected]

The Trust is carefully monitoring the current situation relating to the wider opening of schools and will inform parents/carers as soon as we have more information.

Thank you for your continued support during this very challenging period. Yours sincerely

Cathy Taylor Chief Executive

Closure letter

Dear Parent/Carer,

On Monday 23 March 2020 the school will be closed to all pupils with the exception of those whose parents have contacted us that are eligible to continue to send their children in to be cared for by our staff.

Pupils must continue to stay at home until further directives from the government are made.
It is important that pupils distance themselves socially during the period of closure.

To ensure that children at the school who are registered to access free school meals will still have their entitlement and we will provide vouchers to the value of £15 per week (the equivalent of the cost of free school meals). For the next two weeks, until the Easter holiday, we will post an e-voucher from Asda for £15 that must be used to purchase food. Further details of the plan to continue to support children eligible for free school meals will be given as soon as we are aware of the national scheme.

During the period of closure, staff will continue to provide work and support your child via e-mail. All pupils have a school e-mail address that will be used to send individual work from their class teachers according to their timetable. Communication between the teacher and your child will enable their learning to continue.

To access your son or daughter’s school e-mail

  1. Log onto Sirius Academy West’s website at https://www.sirius-academy.org.uk.
  2. Scroll down the home page of the website to the tab labelled ‘Student Logon’.
  3. Enter your child’s e-mail and personal password.

Staff will send work and receive work via e-mail during the period of closure. It is very important that pupils continue to complete work and maintain contact with their teachers.

Pupils who do not have access to a desktop or laptop computer will be provided with work from the school and we will endeavour to continue to send work during the period of closure.

We will keep you updated with any changes via the MyEd app and our website.

Sirius Academy West is committed to safeguarding pupils, staff and the wider community. I am confident that if we work together we can ensure that all pupils can continue their education during this difficult situation.

Yours sincerely
Cathy Taylor

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Sirius Academy West is an inclusive and ambitious educational community that delivers a high quality, engaging and innovative learning experience tailored to suit the individual needs of our pupils, prioritising their holistic academic and interpersonal development. At Sirius West we encourage intellectual curiosity, constructive scholastic discourse and the pursuit of excellence in every endeavour. Through our state-of-the-art facilities, expert teachers and collaborative approach to learning our students leave us ready to make the seamless transition to further education, training or employment, securing purposeful, gratifying future vocations.

However, our pursuit of excellence is not wholly consigned to the academic. We place substantial importance on developing resilient, emotionally literate and professional young adults. Our ethos: RESPECT typifies the values we expect every student to exhibit. Respecting each other, their environment and their education, to name but a few of our core values. This social and emotional development is supported and enabled by an exciting enrichment programme that offers pupils opportunities to learn new skills and participate in a wide range of learning taking them beyond our curriculum and the classroom. Our ‘pledges’ promote self-reflection, soft-skill development and enhanced cultural capital together with offering students great opportunities to develop into confident young citizens keen to contribute to their community.

Developing a cohesive bond between home and school is of utmost importance to us. If we share a continuity and consistency of message our children have a significantly increased chance of success. We look forward to an enjoyable and fulfilling relationship with you in the coming years as we work closely together in pursuit of this goal. We trust that parents, guardians and carers will engage fully with all aspects of Academy life and we welcome your comments and feedback.

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