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  • COVID-19 updates & information

    Published 26/04/21

    April 26th 2021

    Lateral flow home testing kits: Information & guidance on how the test should be completed:

    Positive COVID-19 cases – March 24th

    We have received confirmation of two positive COVID-19 cases in Year 7, resulting in some students being asked to self-isolate.

    We encourage parents/carers to continue with the twice-weekly home testing over the Easter holidays and to record the test results on the government website (see below) and also notify the school whether the result is positive, negative or void.

    Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

    Click here for information for parents/carers regarding the re-opening of school.

    Click here to read our expectations around behaviour, uniform and attendance. 
    At a glance:

    •    At TCA our behaviour expectations remain the same as the autumn term with year group bubbles forming the learning community.
    •    Pupils are to arrive on site no earlier than 8:10am and enter school building at 8:25am as directed by duty staff wearing face masks.
    •    We also expect students and staff to wash hands frequently and maintain social distancing whenever possible.

    Face coverings

    It is mandatory for every student to be wearing a face covering on arrival at school and to wear a face covering in ALL inside areas except classrooms unless they have a specific medical exemption.  Sanctions will be applied in line with our Behaviour Policy if students fail to do so, as was the case during the Autumn Term. 

    From 8th March 2021 to the Easter Holidays, students and staff will also be encouraged to wear a face covering in the classroom where 2-metre social distancing is not possible.  This is an additional control measure to mitigate infection and protect others.  The wearing of face coverings in classrooms is highly recommended but not mandatory, and therefore sanctions will not be applied if students choose not to wear a face covering in classrooms.

    Teachers have a two-metre zone marked around them classrooms, so do not need to wear a face covering in class unless they choose to do so, or will be moving around the class.  

    A face covering is not required to be worn by students when outside in their bubble for active lunch or during PE.   

    Students must wear a face covering when moving around the corridors of their own bubble community and when leaving their bubble areas and entering communal spaces, unless they have a specific medical exemption.  For example, lesson transition to specialist classrooms, going to the restaurant to collect lunch or to use the toilet facilities etc.  Again, sanctions will be applied in line with our Behaviour Policy if students fail to do so, as was the case during the Autumn Term. 

    PE/Dance kit

    Students can wear their full TCA PE kit (as published in the student planner) to school on days when they have a PE/Dance lesson. No alternative items of clothing are allowed as 'PE kit'. This will be for the period up to Easter and will be reviewed.

    Click here to view a letter to parents regarding PE uniform expectations. 

    COVID testing: Walkthrough video

     

     

    After-school clubs

    After-school clubs will resume w/c March 15th - click here to view a directory of what's on offer after school.

    Please follow this link for further information regarding re-opening of BWT schools.

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  • GCSE, AS and A level information - summer 2021

    Published 06/01/21

    Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England, Summer 2021 (from the Joint Council for Qualifications)

    See the Examinations page on our website (under the Student tab) for all the latest information.

    March 22nd - Letter to Year 11/13 students and parents/carers regarding Summer Centre Assessed Grades.

    UPDATE: Click here to view information from the government on how qualifications will be awarded in 2021 (February 25th 2021)

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    Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, confirmed in the House of Commons  that GCSE, AS and A-level exams will not go ahead this year. He said he wished 'to use a form of teacher assessment grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently across the country'.

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  • Sexual abuse in education settings

    Published 06/04/21

    Date: 6 April 2021 

    Dear students, parents and carers, 

    We are of course very aware of developments in the national media recently regarding sexual abuse in education settings. Last week the Government announced a major review alongside a dedicated helpline to provide support and guidance to adults and children who have been victims of abuse. The main elements of the announcement are: 

    • NSPCC helpline: The new dedicated, confidential helpline will be run by the NSPCC and is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663, which is live from today (Thursday 1st April). Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools - NSPCC website 

    • Ofsted review: The Government has also asked Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools. The review will look at the extent and the severity of the issue and ensure schools have appropriate processes in place to allow pupils to report concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately. It will make sure there is sufficient guidance on how schools should deal with sexual harassment and violence allegations. The review will conclude by end of May 2021. We will of course review our policies and procedures to ensure they fully comply with their recommendations. 

    All professionals recognise the complexity of the issues involved and that these reach beyond schools and into aspects of wider society.   

    Our school already follows the statutory guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum introduced last year. This new guidance advocates the explicit teaching and development of important attributes such as respect, honesty, kindness, tolerance and courtesy. Important issues such as personal privacy, respect and consent to ensure that more young people have a good understanding of how to behave towards their peers, are part of the guidance.  

    The curriculum on relationships and on sex complements, and is supported by, our school’s wider policies on behaviour, inclusion, respect for equality and diversity, bullying and safeguarding. The curriculum and wider policies are part of a broader ethos and approach to developing pupils socially, morally, spiritually and culturally; and our pastoral care systems. 

    Schools clearly have a crucial role to play in teaching young people about sexual consent and respect for women and girls, but schools cannot do this job alone. Parents and families also have a role and there are clearly issues for us to address in wider society.  

    We understand that our student, parent and carer community may feel worried. We do have robust systems and processes already in place to keep children and young people safe, and to enable them to report any incident or anything thing that is worrying them.  If you are in any doubt about our processes for reporting incidents and our approach to handling them, please visit the safeguarding section on our school’s website here . These sections will continue to be updated as further guidance emerges and also contain details of named specialist safeguarding staff you can talk to.  

    If you are unhappy with the way the school has handled a reported incident, I would urge you to follow the Brook Weston Trust’s formal complaints procedure. The policy can be found here.  

    I am also sharing with you this resource for parents on on-line safety. The National Sexual Violence Resource Centre (NSVRC) has also published resources for parents in relation to talking about consent, which you may  find useful. 

    I know this is an extremely worrying time for students, parents and carers. Please be assured we will listen to all our students, review and act upon our policies and procedures and ensure we offer high quality relationships and sex education to all. 

    Yours faithfully 

    Richard Scott 

    Principal 

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  • Virtual Higher Education Fair

    Published 05/05/21

    Students and parents/carers are invited to attend an online event which will explore the different routes from school to higher education.

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  • Students graduate from the Scholars Programme

    Published 04/05/21

    Students celebrated their success during special online graduation ceremonies to mark the completion of the Scholars Programme.

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  • Boxing fitness sessions

    Published 04/05/21

    Students got to try something new when the Youth Dreams Project delivered boxing fitness sessions in school.

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  • International Dance Day

    Published 04/05/21

    Our dance students celebrated International Dance Day with some wonderfully creative performances.

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  • World Autism Awareness Month

    Published 28/04/21

    World Autism Month aims to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world to help us spread kindness and autism awareness.

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  • Staff achieve Qualified Teacher Status

    Published 28/04/21

    Congratulations to two members of staff who achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) this month.

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  • Wisbech Museum Young Curators

    Published 28/04/21

    Wisbech Museum is looking for new members to join its Young Curators group for 16 to 24-year-olds. 

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  • Women's History Month

    Published 26/04/21

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Miss Robinson has put together some recommended reads that can be borrowed from the library. 

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  • Prizes awarded for Endeavour project

    Published 26/04/21

    A number of Year 7s have been awarded certificates and prizes for their engagement with the Endeavour challenge.

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