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          COVID-19 Updates

          23 OCTOBER 2020

          Please click here to read a letter from the Associate Principal and Principal


          LETTERS FROM THE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

          16 October - please click here

          9 October - please click here

          2 October - please click here

          LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

          25 September - please click here

          STUDENT ABSENCE REFERENCE GUIDE

          Please click here  to view the student absence reference guide

          LETTERS FROM THE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

          18 September - please click here
          11 September - please click here

          14 SEPTEMBER - UPDATE

          A reminder of the arrival and start times for students in YRs 7 - 11:

          START TIMEEND TIMEFRIDAY END
          YEAR 78.50am3.00pm1.40pm
          YEAR 88.55am3.05pm1.45pm
          YEAR 99.00am3.10pm1.50pm
          YEAR 109.05am3.15pm1.55pm
          YEAR 119.10am3.20pm3.00pm

          Students must not arrive to school earlier than the time allocated above. Understandably, some students are travelling on the bus network and, as such, may arrive much sooner than the published start times.


          Since the Academy reopened on Tuesday 8 September, it has been a challenge to meet the demands of students arriving early and is imposing additional pressures on the school. Therefore - and in order to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus - from WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, any student arriving before their allocated start time, will now be asked to wait in the Front Yard with their year group (or the Middle Yard if Year 7). Students will be in a holding area as set out in the diagram below. It is worth recognising that this holding area will be open regardless of the weather situation.

          Students will be permitted to enter the building to access their lesson from 8.40am


          1 SEPTEMBER 2020

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal with regard to students' return to school from 8 September.

          Please click here  to read updated behaviour guidance.

          WEDNESDAY 15 JULY

          Please click here to read a letter from the Principal which provides details of the planned return for all year groups in September.  Please click on the links below for this letter by year group:
          Year 7     Year 8     Year 9    Year 10      Year 11     Year 12    Year 13

          FRIDAY 10 JULY

          Please click here to read a letter from the Principal.

          FRIDAY 3 JULY

          Please click here to read a letter from the Principal.

          THURSDAY 2 JULY

          Guidance for parents – children attending out-of-school settings during the COVID-19 outbreak

          Please click here to read government guidance for parents which covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children.

          FRIDAY 26 JUNE

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          FRIDAY 19 JUNE

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          Please click here to view the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Coronavirus (COVID-19) booklet for parents.

          FRIDAY 12 JUNE

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          THURSDAY 11 JUNE

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal about partial re-opening to Years 10 and 12 students.

          Please click here  to view the Student Behaviour & Discipline Policy Addendum for updated behaviour guidance relating to the return to school following the COVID-19 school closure.

          FRIDAY 5 JUNE

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          TUESDAY 2 JUNE

          Woodkirk Academy's proposed plan for partial re-opening to Year 10 and Year 12 students from 15 June 2020.

          Please click here 

          YEAR 10 SURVEYPLEASE CLICK HERE
          YEAR 12 SURVEYPLEASE CLICK HERE


          PLEASE SUBMIT NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 5 JUNE, 9am


          MONDAY 1 JUNE

          Leodis Academies Trust
          Extending Provision - Re-opening of Schools

          Please click here  to read a letter to parents.

          MONDAY 25 MAY

          We have received the updated information with regard to secondary schools being asked to provide face-to-face support for Year 10 and 12 students from 15th June.  We are considering the implications of this for students and staff and will be in touch week commencing 1st June with further details.

          Thank you for your patience  


          FRIDAY 22 MAY

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal

          FRIDAY 15 MAY

          Please click here to read a letter from the Principal.

          THURSDAY 14 MAY

          Advance notice: WOODKIRK ACADEMY IS CLOSED DURING THE MAY HALF-TERM PERIOD.

          MONDAY 25 MAY - FRIDAY 29 MAY

          SUNDAY 10 MAY

          Following the prime minister's announcement on Sunday 10 May, 2020, please read below the response from the Principal, Mrs Barton:

          "You will be aware that the government has updated the national guidance with regards to Covid-19. The prime minister outlined that students facing examinations next year may spend 'some' time with their teachers prior to the summer break.  We are now considering this guidance and will inform parents, once we know more, prior to opening. This will also include our plan to address it.  Until then, these students must remain at home until further notice. 

          Please note that the Academy is still closed to the vast majority of students, and will operate, as in previous weeks, for the foreseeable future.  Updates will be shared via the website, text and e-newsletter, as required."

          W/B: 11 MAY 2020

          Home-learning link

          7 MAY 2020

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          W/B: 4 MAY 2020

          Home-learning link

          SAFEGUARDING CONCERN ABOUT A STUDENT AT WOODKIRK, EMAIL THE DETAILS TO: safeguarding@woodkirkacademy.com  

          1 MAY 2020

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

          29 APRIL 2020

          Student Finance : university or college tuition fees

          Students in England are encouraged to apply now for student finance.

          The Student Loans Company has confirmed that the application service will remain open to students as part of its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are encouraging students in England to apply for student finance as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the new academic year.

          New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020. 

          Applications for student finance can be made by clicking here


          27 APRIL 2020

          HOME LEARNING RESOURCES

          Info

          CLICK HERE to be directed to the home learning resources w/b 27 April 2020Here you will find links to each subject. Use the subject menu on the left-hand side 
          CLICK HERE for additional resourcesHere you will find extra learning resources, such as audible reading books


          GOVERNMENT-BACKED HOME-LEARNING.
          Launched 20 April 2020

          BBC BITESIZE DAILY LESSONS

          OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY DAILY LESSONS

          LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

          LEEDS CITY COUNCIL - LINKS TO SUPPORT HOME LEARNING


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          24 APRIL 2020

          Click here to read a letter from the Principal

          17 APRIL 2020

          Click here to read a letter from the Principal.

          Please click here to view a guide on what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live.

          9 APRIL 2020

          BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND - FRIDAY 10 / MONDAY 14 APRIL

          Due to the limited number of students accessing childcare through Woodkirk Academy, the school will close Friday 10 and Monday 13 April. The Academy reopens to Key Workers and vulnerable students on Tuesday 14 April.

          Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

          Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

          • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. 
          • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker and there is no appropriate childcare at home, then educational provision will be available for them.

          Please contact the Academy if you feel your childcare needs can only be met by Woodkirk Academy (0113 887 3600)

          Leeds Domestic Violence Service

          We know this will be a difficult and worrying time for those living with domestic abuse.  Click here for details of support available to you.

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          3 APRIL 2020

          Click here  to read a letter from the Principal

          Letter from Ofqual to GCSE, AS and A Level students - please click here  to read

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          1 APRIL 2020

          Click here  to read Newsletter - Special COVID-19 (safeguarding) updates

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          30 MARCH 2020

          HOME LEARNING RESOURCESInfo
          *** CLICK FOR WORK W/B 30 MARCH ***This link will bring up a document 
          FULL HOME-LEARNING RESOURCE PAGEThis link will direct you to the page within the Academy's website


          NEWS UPDATES


          27 MARCH 2020

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal.

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          25 MARCH 2020

          Year 11 BTEC Health & Social Care and BTEC Business students' results will be available on OPT on Thursday 2 April.  Click on 'useful documents'  to view.

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          24 MARCH 2020

          NEWSLETTER FROM WOODKIRK ACADEMY

          Stay-at-home-and-away-from-others guidance (gov.uk)

          Further to the announcement on Monday 23 March by the Prime Minister, please find a link to an outline of the guidance which is being enforced.

          It is essential that we all observe these clear instructions. Whilst it can be easy to ask your child to socialise with their friends, this goes against the instructions. Adults and children should NOT socialise with people outside of the household. These measures are crucial to prevent the spread of the virus. 

          Please read the guidance very carefully (summary)

          23 MARCH 2020

          Years 11 and 13 parents - please click here  to read a letter regarding examinations.

          Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Tomorrow, all schools will be closed except for vulnerable children and those of critical workers. If your work is not critical in the response to Coronavirus then please keep your child at home. This will help to halt the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
          “We will be closely monitoring what is happening in schools and will ensure they get the support they need in the weeks and months ahead.”

          22 MARCH 2020

          Details on exams and grades announced by the government.

          CLICK for further details on arrangements for exams which have been cancelled to fight spread of coronavirus

          QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXAM SITUATION


          20 MARCH 2020

          3pm

          Final update letter from the Principal, Mrs Barton -  CLICK HERE - 20 MARCH

          LINK TO SCHOOL WORK RESOURCES

          STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL ON MONDAY 23 MARCH - PLEASE BE AWARE THE GATES FROM SCARBOROUGH STREET ARE CLOSED. Access to the school can only be made from Rein Road.

          9am

          GOVERNMENT KEY WORKER LIST (CLICK)

          Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

          Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

          • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
          • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. 
          • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. 
          • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. 
          • Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

          GOVERNMENT KEY WORKER LIST (CLICK)

          Please be aware that Woodkirk Academy is still experiencing a partial closure. As such, Year 12 students are again being asked to work from home. Apologies for this continued inconvenience during these unique and difficult times. Best wishes.

          19 MARCH 2020

          Please click here   to read a letter from the Principal

          PLEASE COMPLETE AN IMPORTANT QUESTIONNAIRE ABOUT YOUR JOB / OCCUPATION. In advance of the government's announcement of who is defined as a 'Key Worker', this will allow us to compile an important database beforehand so we can act swiftly before the weekend. CLICK HERE 

          18 MARCH 2020

          TEXT SENT TO PARENTS

          UPDATE FROM WOODKIRK ACADEMY: As with today, The Academy will be open on Thursday for all students EXCEPT Yr12. In due course, additional information regarding the government announcement will be shared with parents via a letter home and added to the school website. Please allow us time to consider this communication and we ask for your patience by not contacting school for information


          17 MARCH

          Please click here  to read a letter from the Principal  

          GOVERNMENT ADVICE: Self-isolate

          Regrettably, but in line with government advice and guidance, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the production.

          The cast and staff have been informed and they are all aware.

          There will be a full refund.

          16 MARCH 2020

          Further to the announcement by central government  on Monday 16 March, we would advise any parent who understandably chooses to self-isolate their child to access BBC Bitesize in order to continue a learning experience from home. 

          13 MARCH 2020

          Please click here to read a letter from the Principal, which has been distributed by student post today.

          12 MARCH 2020

          We are aware of the decision made to close schools in the Republic of Ireland.  We are continuing to monitor the recommendations and instructions from the UK government and will respond accordingly.  As such, the school remains open for students and staff.

          The Government has announced that school trips abroad should be cancelled as part of the ‘delay phase’ of the government’s plans to tackle COVID-19  (Coronavirus).  It looks like this will affect the ski trip to Canada.  We know parents will have a number of questions, as do we, and we would ask that parents bear with us whilst we look into this further in order to respond fully. Miss Mills will be contacting the ski company and we will be in touch in due course.

          5 MARCH 2020

          We are aware that some parents and students are anxious about what’s being called the “Coronavirus” and the stories in the press about schools closing or keeping students off school. 

          We wanted to provide some clarification on the actions we are taking as an Academy. 

          It is important to note that viruses such as the coronaviruses are quite common across the world. This particular strain can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems and there is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.  

          The Department for Education has issued guidance to schools and as an Academy, we will be following this guidance. 

          The full guidance can be found at:  CLICK FOR GUIDANCE

          We currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) so there is no reason to close the school or keep any students off school. If there are any confirmed cases, Public Health England will contact us and issue guidance on next steps.  The current guidance is to avoid infection as you would with any cold or virus by:  

          • washing hands often with soap and water (or alcohol sanitiser);

          • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing it in the bin. 

          Essentially: “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.”

          Please rest assured that the safety and welfare of students and staff areof paramount importance. We will continue to follow guidance from the DfE and Public Health England. 

          If this advice changes, we will let you know.