Dear parent/guardian, I hope you and your families are well.
Can I firstly say how well the students have settled back in the Academy, the enthusiasm, energy and effort that’s going into their end of year shows and performances is a joy to see. They have returned with a real passion and commitment for their courses and studies. I look forward to watching all of the shows and celebrate the achievements of the graduating students in July.
From May 17th the Academy has received new guidance and I am pleased to say students and staff are no longer required to wear masks when in the building or classrooms. Of course if a student chooses to wear a mask then that will be their choice. We will continue with the use of hand sanitiser and with the distribution of home tests.
Unfortunately audiences are still not permitted for shows and if I have any further updates on this I will let you know. We will record the shows so they can be shared with you all and will be on our social media.
Key dates for your diary
Last date of term for students is July 8th for all students.
Year 2 graduation party for students is 8th July 1.15pm -5pm
E17 Art trail hosted by the Academy opens July 1st – July 16th and is free for visitors.
Results day for GCSEs is 12th August
Results day for vocational subjects is 11th August
Enrolment for students returning for next year will begin on the 18th August.
New term for returning students begins the 13th September.
More information about results days and enrolment will be sent nearer the time for students with times for collecting results, support for managing your progression into HE or work. Letter will also be sent for the date and time to come in and enrol for the second year of your course.
Please check our website for more information on the Art trail and the artists that will be showing their work.
Student Home Testing – the guidance to be given to students for your information.
Students thank you for collecting your home tests. Please don’t lose this sheet of paper as it contains the information you need to perform your test and report your results.
Testing at home does not require written consent – you consent by completing the test. A copy of the privacy notice can be found on the health and safety notice board and a copy will be given to your teacher.
You should test yourselves twice a week, ideally before college in the morning. If you are 17 or under, you should ask an adult to supervise but should still perform the test yourself. You will be testing, processing and reporting the tests yourselves. Instructions and guidance for are in the Instructions for Use (IFU) booklet you picked up with your tests. You can also seek guidance via this YouTube link.
The development of the test takes 30 minutes, after which you need to read and report your result to NHS Track and Trace – instructions on how to do this are in the IFU booklet. Can we please ask that you do a test before returning to college after the Easter break.
Reporting your results to BCA
It is really important that you also report your result to the Academy using the following link or QR code. This is a simple form through which your results will be securely and privately communicated to BCA.
- Negative – if your result is negative, you can attend college as normal, remembering to maintain social distancing, wearing your mask and practice regular handwashing.
- Void – if your result is void, please take another test, remembering to avoid touching your cheeks and tongue with the swab. If you run out of tests, please request more from the college. You should still report void results.
- Positive – if your result is positive, you should isolate immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test at a local community or drive through testing centre. Please call the college to tell them the result of your PCR test and we will advise accordingly.
- If you have a recent, unhealed nose piercing, please test using your unpierced nostril.
- If you have both nostrils pierced, please remove one piercing before testing and test that nostril, as long as it is healed.
- If you have two nose piercings which are still healing, do not test using your nose and just perform a throat swab.
If you have had your tonsils removed, please swab the area at the back of your throat where your tonsils should be. It can be helpful to use a mirror and your phone light to help.
If you require further help or require more tests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the display board.
I hope you can support your young person and encourage them to carry out the tests to ensure we continue to work together to beat this virus and ensure the students have a fun and safe final term with us.
I and all the staff here would like to thank you for your continued support at what has been a difficult time for everyone, as the restrictions slowly lift, I hope you are all able to spend more time with friends and family doing the things you love.
We look forward the working with the students over the final few weeks of this academic year.
Sacha Corcoran MBE