Lockdown and Academy Closure

Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening, we will close the Academy from tomorrow (5th January 2021) until Monday 22nd February 2021.

Our provision for vulnerable students and the children of critical workers will remain. These students will be split into year group classes and will participate in the remote lessons using a provided device. Students are asked to bring headphones in if they have any so they can participate in lessons privately. Students are expected to wear uniform unless otherwise advised. A new form will be sent out this week asking parents to register as critical workers if they need their child(ren) to attend Forge over the next six weeks.

We are awaiting guidance for families who receive free school meals and we will be writing directly to these families as soon as possible.

A level and GCSE exams are a key issue. We are waiting for guidance and will write directly to the affected students as soon as we know anything. BTEC and other vocational exams will still go ahead this month.

We are going to encourage all students, including those at home and those on site, to follow their normal timetable supplemented by Satchel One and Live Learning. All students will move to our remote learning system which they have used before. Plans are already in place and this system is ready to implement from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January). Our live learning guidance can be found here: https://bit.ly/3nFoUEs

I’m sure that you will appreciate that we do not have advance warning of these announcements and therefore there are always things to plan and change. We will write shortly with further detail.

Please stay at home and continue to follow guidance. Take care of yourselves and each other. These are difficult times but together we can get through this. We are here for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any concerns or questions by calling the Academy, emailing [email protected] or Messaging us.

Thank you.

Dr Lisa Mason
Principal
Ormiston Forge Academy