Safe Return 2021

Vulnerable children and children of key workers are welcome back on site.

12th January 2021

Letter from Mr Mann: Further clarification for parents and carers who are Critical (Key) Workers. 12th January 2021 (Click to download pdf)

8th January 2021

Letter for parents and carers of year 11 students from Mr Mann. 8th January 2021 (Click to download pdf)

4th January 2021

As many of our lessons are taking place online, we have produced a Powerpoint guide to accessing Microsoft Teams which can be found here:

Guide on how to use Microsoft Teams


Date: Monday 4th January 2021

Dear parents/carers,

As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister has this evening announced a further lockdown in England and, regrettably, the closure of all schools from tomorrow (Tuesday 5 January) until February Half Term, except to vulnerable children and those of critical workers.

As we were already expecting to provide remote learning for the first part of the term, your child should be aware of the arrangements for accessing their education online.  However, should you need more information about accessing Microsoft Teams, or to borrow a device, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] 

We have worked hard to refine our remote learning offer, based on our experience of the first lockdown and over the past term, and your child’s education will be as close to in-person learning as possible.  Students will register at the same time and have form time at 8:30am for Years 7/8 and 9:00am for Years 9/10/11.  All lessons will be delivered live and teachers will be available throughout the lesson to respond to questions.  An online learning timetable and guide on how to use Microsoft Teams were given to your child on the last day of the term before the holidays.  You can also view the guide and online learning timetable by following this link:  https://www.arena-birmingham.academy/safe-return-2021/

I appreciate this is an anxious time for all families and particularly those expecting to take exams in the summer.  In his address, the Prime Minister said that not all exams would go ahead, and that the Department for Education would work with the exams regulator, Ofqual, to make alternative arrangements.  While we do not yet know what these arrangements will include, please be assured that – as was the case last year – we will work tirelessly to make sure Arena Academy students are as well supported as possible.

I understand the disruption and stress this will cause and would like to take this opportunity to thank you, once again, for your support over the coming difficult weeks.  Naturally, we will be in touch when further information becomes available.

Kind regards,

Mr Mann

Headteacher

A PDF version of this letter is available here: Letter 4th January 2021


Remote Learning

Students will register at the same time and have form time at 8:45am. 

All lessons will be delivered live and teachers will be available throughout the lesson to respond to questions.  An online learning timetable and guide on how to use Microsoft Teams were given to your child on the last day of the term before the holidays.  You can also view the guide and online learning timetable further down this page.


Free School Meals

If your child is entitled to a free school meal, they may collect a packed lunch each day from reception between 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm.


Access to equipment and technology

CORE Education Trust is committed to ensuring every student has access to a laptop or tablet device so that they can continue to receive a high quality of education.  Should you need to borrow a device for this period please contact: [email protected], arrangements will be made for you to collect a laptop from school on Monday 4th January.

If your chid has any difficulties logging into Microsoft Teams or you have any general questions about online learning, please contact us at: [email protected]


Timetables for Online Learning:

Week 1: Weeks beginning Monday 11th, Monday 25th January, Monday 8th February

This full timetable for all year groups is available for download as an Excel file HERE.

Week 2: Weeks beginning Monday 18th January, Monday 1st February

This full timetable for all year groups is available for download as an Excel file HERE.