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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Changes for Term 5

30 March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

As we reach the last week of term, I want to thank all parents and carers for your support in helping to ensure the students were able to return to the academy safely. We are grateful for your support in helping to keep the community safe by allowing your students to engage in the testing programme and encouraging them to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.  Since the students return we have continued to adapt and refine our practices in line with the Government’s roadmap to recovery and in line with the operational guidance for Schools set out by the Department for Education.

Changes for Term 5

From Term 5 in line with the Schools guidance we are planning to return to the following practices within the academy:

  1. Students will return to the dining hall for lunches and be able to access a full lunch menu. Please see attached menu from Chartwells, at the bottom of the page.
  2. Live Assemblies will recommence for all students
  3. Physical Education classes will be able to access offsite facilities such as Swimming and Sports Facilities, in line with the reopening of these facilities as approved by the Government.
  4. Travel Training groups will be able to visit destinations, once approved for opening by the Government and in line with all health and safety measures set by the venues. 
  5. Primary students will be able to access Swimming Lessons
  6. We will begin to phase the opening of wrap around clubs and lunchtime activity clubs to encourage greater student engagement and support working parents with childcare. Further detail about each club will be sent out separately as they become available.

These changes will be undertaken in line with all health and safety measures. We will review the impact of these changes carefully to ensure that we can continue to control the potential spread of Covid-19.

I am sure you will agree that it is important that the students have access to a full lunchtime menu, learning opportunities continue to be reinstated and that wrap around provision is increased to extend their learning and support working parents.

Changing Rooms on site

As you are aware as part of the guidance for schools return, it was recommended that students did not use and access PE changing rooms. As the Covid-19 rates are now lower in Medway, we are able to begin to allow students to once again get changed on site rather than attending in their PE Kits. For term 5 we will be allowing the following tutor groups to bring their PE kits into school to get changed for their lessons. All other students are to continue to attend in their PE Kits on their allocated days, as they have done for Term 4.

Forms who will need to bring PE Kits into the academy:

Elephants: Mrs Beesley

Tigers: Ms Fray/Miss Redman

Miss Cook

Mrs Theodosi

Mrs Brook

Mrs Horton

Miss McCormick

Mr Tullett

Student Testing

Students in Year 7 and above, will continue to be tested twice weekly in the academy with the Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) throughout Term 5. Students will only be tested in the academy if they do not have any symptoms.

Students who have symptoms will need to isolate at home and get a full PCR test to check they do not have the virus. Students with symptoms can only return to the academy, if they have had a PCR test and the result was negative or they have completed the isolation period of 10 days and no longer have a temperature. 

Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by Bradfields Academy, F2E or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by Medway Local Authority, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities. Parents and carers should apply to Medway LA to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme can be made via Medway Councils website: https://www.medway.gov.uk/testandtracepayment

To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:

  • they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
  • they are employed or self-employed
  • they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
  • they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment

That their child or young person:

  • is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
  • has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

We can provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, please email Office@fortistrust.co.uk if you require a letter to be written. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate. Once your application has been processed, Medway Council will contact parents/carers with the outcome.

We look forward to all students returning to us for the start of Term 5 on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

I wish you all a safe, happy and enjoyable Easter break.

Yours faithfully

Ms M Sweetlove

Principal