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  • COVID-19

    Published 23/03/20

    You should only send your child to school if you have to because your work is critical to the Covid-19 response.

    For further information please refer to the government website and our other news articles.

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  • Free School Meal Vouchers

    Published 03/04/20

    This note confirms the arrangements for the continued provision of supermarket vouchers to parents/carers whose child normally receives a free school meal (note this does not relate to pupils in receipt of universal infant free school meals).

    The next supermarket voucher to be issued to you will be for the period from Monday 20th April and will be for the value of £15 per week.

    Your academy will send you an email or text message with an ‘eCode’ which will enable you to choose an eGift-card from the range of supermarkets below. Together with the eCode will be some instructions on how to generate your eGift-card.

    • Morrisons
    • Tesco
    • Sainsbury’s
    • Asda
    • Waitrose
    •  M&S

    The voucher can then be presented on a smartphone or tablet at the supermarket checkout.

    If you have any further questions please contact your child's academy directly.

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  • Houghton Regis Academy Listening Period Closed

    Published 30/03/20

    Thank you for the responses received during the listening period. Please note that the listening period has now closed.

    The Trust will now consider the representations made on the proposed closure plan before finalising the closure transition plan.

    We will continue to work closely with Central Bedfordshire and the Department for Education to minimise any disruption to pupils, families and staff as much as possible.

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  • Coronavirus Information: UPDATE

    Published 18/03/20

    On Monday, the Government provided updated advice in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, including more robust self-isolation guidance for households. This included specific advice for vulnerable people, who the Deputy Chief Medical Officer specified as adults who are advised to get the flu vaccination due to underlying health conditions.

    As always, the health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and the wider school community, is our absolute priority. While the latest advice regarding vulnerable people specifically relates to adults, we respect and support any decision by parents and carers of vulnerable children to keep their child at home during this unprecedented time.

    We are committed to providing all our pupils with the best possible education. To ensure they can continue to do so safely, we are putting robust measures in place to minimise the disruption that we recognise this may cause families, and to ensure our pupils will be able to continue their education during this time.

    We will continue to closely monitor and update our parents and carers with the latest Government advice. More information regarding vulnerable groups can be found on the Public Health England website.

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  • East Coast Term Date Changes Update

    Published 28/02/20

    Consultation on a proposed change to term dates commencing September 2020 onwards.

    Following the consultation to propose a change to term dates of six academies within the Trust on the East Coast, we would like to inform you that following a review of the responses to the consultation, the Trust has agreed to proceed with the change with effect from September 2020.

    For further information, please view the attached documents. 

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  • Houghton Regis Academy – Listening period begins ahead of closure

    Published 26/02/20

    The Secretary of State for Education, in mutual agreement with the Trust, has now made the substantive and final decision to proceed to closure of Houghton Regis Academy.  However, in order to reduce the impact of the closure, we have agreed a proposed closure transition plan which means the Academy will remain open for some year groups until 31 August 2022. 

    We will now conduct a ‘listening period’. The listening period is an opportunity for stakeholders and interested parties such as pupils, parents and staff to be provided with more information about the proposed closure process. It is also an opportunity for you to submit your views on how the process can best be managed. This will start on 28th February and end at 5pm on 27th March 2020.

    On Tuesday, 10 March at 6pm there will also be a public meeting at the academy, which all interested parties can attend. The aim of the session is to allow stakeholders the opportunity to give their views on the proposed closure transition plan.

    For further information, please find below a letter from the Trust.

    If you wish to submit your views on the proposed closure transition plan, please click here or email consultation@greenwoodacademies.org.

    For admissions information for current Year 9 and Year 10 pupils, please click here

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  • Coronavirus information

    Published 26/02/20

    Greenwood Academies Trust is monitoring daily updates and advice from the UK Government in regards to the Coronavirus. We are keeping our Principals updated with the Government’s latest recommended measures to keep pupils and staff safe. Although the risk to individuals remains low, and we have not had any issues within our Academies, as always the active involvement of the whole Academy community in maintaining good hygiene practices will be vital in minimising the chances of any viruses spreading. 

    Our Principals will keep pupils, parents and staff advised of any necessary arrangements as soon as practicable in relation to daily Academy activity and any visits overseas. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and issue any updated Government guidance to Principals. 

    The Department of Health and Public Health England are advising extra precautions for people returning from a number of areas overseas and all our Academies will be following this guidance, which can be found here, along with a list of affected countries. If any members of your family, including pupils, visit any of the listed countries or are visited by people coming to the UK from these countries, they should follow the advice in the link above.

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  • National Apprenticeship Week 2020

    Published 07/02/20

    This week it’s been National Apprenticeship Week and it’s a great time to highlight the variety of apprenticeships across the Greenwood Academies Trust. There are currently over 20  new apprentices completing Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships across the Trust in areas such as teaching support, IT, laboratory technician, accounting and business administration.

    Leamarie joined the People Directorate in November 2019 working towards a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship. She is gaining experience across a range of functions in the team, including payroll and the maintenance of staff records. Leamarie enjoys seeing how the work she does contributes to the team’s objectives. Check out this short video where Leamarie tells us a bit more about her apprenticeship experience:

     

     

    Sam Dickens is almost a year into a Learning Assistant apprenticeship which will see him gain the Teaching Assistant Level 3 at the end of it. Based at the Purple Oaks Academy in Northampton, Sam finds one of the most rewarding aspects of his role is supporting students to learn key life skills. He hopes to use his qualification to go on to university.

    Many of our existing staff are also gaining recognised qualifications at Level 4, 5 and 7 in a range of areas including HR, catering, senior leadership, teaching support, and facilities management.

    Beth and Joe in the People Directorate are both developing their careers by working towards the HR Consultant (CIPD Level 5) qualification via the apprenticeship route. This is what Beth had to say - ‘Having the opportunity to study for a professional qualification through an Apprenticeship is an option I did not think would be available to me. However, this is a great way for me to further my professional and personal development, and gaining this accreditation will be hugely beneficial to both my individual role and the contribution I make within the wider team.’ Whilst Joe has found that his apprenticeship has enabled him to develop his knowledge and understanding of the day to day queries that come in the People Directorate and well as more complex issues. ‘It’s something I did not realise I could do.’

    We love celebrating the success of our apprentices too! Congratulations to Kieran at Stanground Sports Centre who has recently completed his Level 2 in Leisure Operations. 'I have really enjoyed completing my apprenticeship at Stanground! The course was interesting and I have learnt lots of new skills, including achieving my NPLQ qualification. The team have been really supportive and have helped me along the way'.

    For more great content regarding apprenticeships and working at GAT, please visit the @Work4GAT Twitter page! We also invite you to have a look at our Vacancies page! 

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  • Meet an apprentice

    Published 06/02/20

    My Name is Sam and I have been an apprentice at Purple Oaks Academy since February 2019. Purple Oaks is a special academy that has students with a range of special educational needs, but mostly autism and severe learning difficulties. 

    Why did you decide to start an apprenticeship? 

    I decided to start an apprenticeship at Purple Oaks Academy as I am a practical learner (I’d rather learn on the job than through exams and textbooks). I first joined the Academy in September 2018 on a college placement which I thoroughly enjoyed as I learned a lot about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Autism. I was then told there was an apprenticeship position available for the classroom that I had worked in whilst a college student and I was keen to apply to further my knowledge on SEND.

    Can you describe a typical day?

    A typical day for me at Purple Oaks Academy consists of me welcoming the students into the academy and supporting them to complete their morning task. I help them to understand their schedule for the day, as some students find it hard to cope with transitions. The children will then start their first lesson and I support them by helping them to understand their work or regulate their emotions if they’re finding it hard to cope. 

    The children then go out for playtime and I encouraged them to play games and start conversations. After the break, they go to Snack, where they learn key life skills. After another lesson, it is lunchtime followed by a 15-minute Relax session to help the children calm their emotions and prepare for learning.  During this time, they learn how to regulate themselves and cope with their emotions as sometimes their high-anxiety levels can cause them to struggle throughout the day. After Relax is finished, they will move on to their afternoon session which is usually a topic lesson based on our them, followed by Reward Time, if they have made the right choices, then a story and snacks before going home.  

    During the school day, I support the class teacher to deliver the best teaching and learning possible for the children during structured lessons. Throughout the day we are consistently promoting that our students learn key life skills to set them up for their future, whether that’s by teaching them to tie their shoelaces, put their coat on or regulate and manage their emotions. 

    What do you like best about your role? 

    The thing I like best about my role is how rewarding it can be. I get to see first-hand what a difference we can make to a student’s education. Also, the staff I work with whilst being at the Academy have been extremely supportive to me throughout my apprenticeship, especially my mentor who provides any help I might need. 

    As part of my role, I have also had many training opportunities provided by the Academy.  Just last week I was sent to do a Paediatric First Aid course. 

    What are your plans after you complete your apprenticeship? 

    After I have completed my apprenticeship I would like to get a full-time job with children or adults with learning difficulties, such as autism; and then in a few years, I’d like to go to university to do a degree to become a teacher of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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  • Consultation on a proposed change to term dates commencing September 2020 onwards

    Published 06/01/20

    Six Academies within the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) and two David Ross Academies (DRET) on the East Coast are proposing a change to term dates commencing from September 2020.

    For further details please see the attached letter.

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  • Greenwood Learning Alliance Big Bang Leadership Day

    Published 06/11/19

    Big Bang Leadership Conference places available to external delegates! £100 per person, 20.11.19, KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough. Email cpd@greenwoodacademies.org to book!

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  • Re: Proposal to amend the age range at the Ingoldmells Academy

    Published 14/10/19

    Following the consultation for the proposal to amend the age range from 4-11 to 2-11 at the Ingoldmells Academy, we can confirm that the Greenwood Academies Trust has submitted a significant change business case to the Department for Education for approval to proceed with the proposal.

    Please find below a copy of the consultation report for information.

    Any further updates will be posted here.

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