Here you will find the most recent and up to date Headteacher home communications.
A guide for parents and carers on COVID-19 testing in school and at home is available in the Parent Area and can be found here:
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will know, the Prime Minister has announced that schools will re-open on Monday 8 March and I am very much looking forward to welcoming students back to Arena Academy. Students have worked incredibly hard to continue their education from home and I am very proud of the remote learning and support we have been able to offer during these past challenging weeks. However, no virtual experience can replace face-to-face teaching and it is really good to be returning to the classroom.
We are finalising our plans for the first week back, which will include staggering return dates for different year groups. I will confirm these with you as soon as possible. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the welfare of students and staff is our priority and we will do everything we can to make the school environment as safe as possible.
Along with our existing, stringent measures of staggered timetables, creating dedicated bubble zones, ensuring social distancing and wearing of face masks, we will also be introducing testing. We have already successfully implemented testing for staff and key worker children in school since January. Now, we are considering how best to scale up our approach ahead of 8 March, while keeping disruption to a minimum. Please be reassured that we will follow government guidelines and best practice to ensure testing is safe and efficient.
All staff involved have undertaken rigorous training and we will follow stringent processes to manage any positive results, isolating those affected and completing thorough track and trace to limit the spread of the virus.
All students must have permission from their parent/carer to be tested therefore, can you please click this link and complete the form if you consent to your child being tested:
We will be sending a detailed Information pack to all Parents which will include essential information about how pupils will be returning to school and home testing.
In addition to this, we will also be hosting virtual Parent forums next week which will give you an opportunity to ask us any questions about testing and the return of pupils. My team will be using the next week to fine-tune our plans to ensure we have everything in place to welcome students back.
Our focus will be on helping them adjust after this period away from school, and to supporting their catch up in whatever way is necessary.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and support over this past term – it has been a real community effort.
24th March 2021
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Letter from Ms Kilroy: Further clarification for parents and carers who are Critical (Key) Workers. 12th January 2021Back to Home Learning & Support