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  • End of Term Letter to Parents

    Published 21/07/21

    Dear parents/carers,

    As we reach the end of an extraordinary academic year, I wanted to thank you again for all your support over the last 18 months, whilst we have all been dealing with the challenges of a global pandemic.  This has certainly been a difficult and challenging time for us all and the support of our parents and carers has made a big difference to the smooth implementation of our Covid-19 operating procedures and risk assessments.

    In a year like no other we are also extremely proud of our students and the resilience they have shown adapting to all the challenges thrown their way, including national lockdowns, remote learning, social distancing, face masks and testing amongst many other things.

    From September we will again be closely following the guidance provided by the government and Public Health England and the most up to date guidance for Education settings can be found here

    Currently the guidance says that, as pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term.  Settings can stagger the return of pupils across the first week to manage this.

    I have set out below our current plans for the start of term to give you as much advance notice as possible.  However please be advised that, if there are any further changes to the existing guidance, these arrangements may be subject to change. We hope to confirm our full operating arrangements for the start of term during the week commencing Monday 9th August, or as soon as possible thereafter. Our website will also be updated regularly to keep parents and carers informed of the arrangements for September. 

    Staggered Start of Term and Year 7 Transition day

    Wednesday 1st September

    Staff Training Day

    Thursday 2nd September

    Staff Training Day

    Friday 3rd September

    Year 7 Transition Day

    Monday 6th September

    Start date for Year 7 & Year 11 only

    Tuesday 7th September

    Start date for Year 8, Year 10 & Sixth Form

    Wednesday 8th September 

    Start date for Year 9 - All year groups in school

    After a successful and slightly different transition process again this year, we are ready to welcome all our new Year 7 students into school on Friday 3rd September for a special transition day just for them.  Other year groups will then have a staggered start between Monday 6th and Wednesday 9th September when we will be testing students on their return to school. 

    Testing

    We currently plan to test all students on their return to school at our on-site Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Testing Centre in line with government guidance and as we did in the Spring Term.  If you have already given your consent for your child to be tested and they took part in the testing in the spring, the original consent form remains valid and you will not need to give your consent again. 

    If you have not already provided your consent and would like your child to be tested, we will send you a letter and consent form to complete in August.  We strongly recommend you agree to your child participating in the on-site testing so that we can minimise any risk to a smooth start to the school year.

    School Day

    The academy day extends from 8:30am to 2.55pm.  There is a later finish of 3.55pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for Year 11 and VI Form, as well as extra-curricular activities for other year groups.

    Period 

    Time 

    Duration

    Tutor Time

    08:30 - 08:50 

    20 minutes

    Period 1

    08:50 - 09:50  

    1 hour

    Period 2

    09:50 - 10:50 

    1 hour

    Break 

    10:50 - 11:10 

    20 minutes

    Period 3 

    11:10 - 12:10 

    1 hour

    Period 4

    12:10 - 13:10

    1 hour

    Lunch 

    13:10 - 13:55 

    45 minutes

    Period 5 

    13:55 - 14:55 

    1 hour

    Period 6 - Extended Day *

    14:55 – 15:55 

    1 hour

     *Optional for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 unless directed for specific interventions or catch-up

    ‘Bubble’ and Class Organisation

    As per the current government guidance, we are not planning to keep students in year group/class bubbles.  However, we are required to have outbreak management plans in place to cover the possibility that in some local areas it may become necessary to reintroduce ‘bubbles’ for a temporary period, to reduce mixing between groups.

    Should it be necessary for us to implement our outbreak management plan, we would operate using the same bubble and Covid operating arrangements we are currently using.   

    Uniform & Equipment Expectations

    All students will be expected to wear the correct school uniform from the start of term.  Uniform will be expected to be back to our normal high standards as per the school uniform policy found on our website here, together with details about how to order school uniform.

    Transport

    The current guidance is that children travelling on Education or public transport should continue to wear a face covering provided by their parents/carers.   We do not know if this rule will remain in place in September and we will keep you updated if the guidance changes  

    Attendance

    The Government’s guidance states that students will be expected to attend school, as normal, come September. A small number of students may still be unable to attend because they are self-isolating with symptoms, have had a positive test result themselves, or they have recently been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If this is the case please notify the school, so that your child’s attendance is correctly logged. Attendance will be a focus point for every child and as such we need to be confident that any absence is correctly logged.

    The Student Services team will continue to offer pastoral, medical and wellbeing care to all students across the Academy. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

    Results Days

    Letters have been sent out to all Year 11 and 13 students, and we look forward to welcoming them back to TCA on 10th August for A-Level results and 12th August for GCSE results. On both days, we have organised for staff to be on hand to discuss next steps with each student and to ensure they feel supported before they leave the site.

    Finally, I hope you and your families have a safe and restful summer and I will let you know as soon as I am able to finalise the full arrangements for your child(ren) returning to school in September.

    Best wishes,

    Mr Scott

    Principal

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  • Communicating arrangements for the autumn term at all Brooke Weston Trust schools

    Published 12/07/21

    Communicating arrangements for the autumn term at all Brooke Weston Trust schools.

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  • Sports Themed Non-Uniform Day

    Published 09/07/21

    Each year we take great pride in supporting one of our local charities that has achieved national recognition – Scottie’s Little Soldiers. It supports the children of families that have lost a parent in service to our country in the armed forces.

    The amazing experience of Euro 2020 is just the kind of event where we can reflect on how lucky we are to have the chance to experience it with our loved ones – but also together as a community.

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  • School Diversity Week & Pride Month

    Published 23/06/21

    Our Librarian Miss Robinson has put together some reading recommendations, things to watch and activities you can get involved to celebrate School Diversity Week and Pride Month.

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  • Students impress with Charles Dickens museum display

    Published 23/06/21

    A group of Year 7 students who have been working on a project that celebrates the 160th anniversary since the publication of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations will see their work go on display at Wisbech Museum.

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  • Latest Update: Year 6 to 7 Transition for September 2021

    Published 21/06/21

    An update from Brooke Weston Trust's CEO regarding Year 6 to Year 7 transition events.

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  • Update on Face Coverings

    Published 17/06/21

    Dear Parent/Carer

    In the last few days we have had a number of confirmed positive cases in the same year 7 class that were all identified initially by asymptomatic LFD rapid testing.  As soon as we were made aware, we asked the whole class to self-isolate preventing onward transmission outside of the class bubble. Today we have had a student in year 8 who has tested positive on a LFD test which appears to be unrelated and we have again asked the whole class to self-isolate whilst we await the results of a confirmatory PCR test. 

    In view of the recent confirmed cases of Covid-19 at TCA and the increase in community transmission rates, Cambridgeshire Public Health have advised us to reinforce the message to all staff, students and parents to complete twice weekly testing.  Public Health are very happy with the infection control measures we already have in place, however due to the increased transmissibility of the current Delta variant, they have also asked us to also reintroduce face coverings for students in school

    Based on advice from Cambridgeshire Public Health, we will be re-introducing the mandatory use of face coverings for students based on the guidance we had in place before the Easter holidays as follows:

    Face coverings - Students

    From Monday, it will be 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 Spring Term.

    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 Spring Term. 

    Face Coverings for Staff

    All staff must continue to wear a face mask when on duty and must also wear a mask when moving from classroom to classroom or where the 2-metre rule may be broken.  All staff working closely with students in a lesson must also wear a face mask. 

    Please note that the guidance for students to wear face coverings recommences immediately, however we will not apply sanctions for not wearing a mask until Monday. Over the next couple of days we will gently encourage students to start wearing their masks again and explain the benefits of doing so and it would be really helpful if you could also do the same.  However, from Monday sanctions will be applied in line with our Behaviour Policy if students do not arrive to school wearing a face covering.    

    Also, can I please remind you that, under our current guidance, parents/carers are not allowed on site unless by appointment and this guidance has not changed.  All meetings where possible should be either online or via telephone and should only be face to face in exceptional circumstances. Please therefore do not come to reception unless you have an appointment or have been asked to do so by a member of staff. 

    Yours faithfully

    R Scott
    Principal

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  • Miss Rose completes 80-mile walking challenge in 12 days

    Published 16/06/21

    Maths teacher Miss Rose walked 80 miles in 12 days to raise money for the two charities close to her heart, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Air Cadets.

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  • Refugee Week 2021

    Published 16/06/21

    Pop star Rita Ora, Inter Milan footballer Victor Moses, author Judith Kerr and Marks and Spencer founder Michael Marks — all famous people you may not know were refugees.

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  • Cyclist William shows grit to achieve new personal best

    Published 14/06/21

    Year 9 student William Horspool’s determination to improve and succeed at cycling has seen him repeatedly beat his personal best times in recent weeks.

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  • Action-packed year ahead for talented motorbike racer

    Published 14/06/21

    Lewis Lakey’s time at TCA may have drawn to a close but an exciting new chapter lies ahead for the keen motorcyclist, with an action-packed calendar of race events lined up.

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  • BWT update: Year 6 to 7 Transition for September 2021

    Published 28/05/21
    For Year 6 children and their families the move to secondary school can be an anxious time. We know this is even more likely to be the case this year as children have not had the opportunity to visit the school they will be joining. Becoming familiar
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