Academy life

Covid-19 info

Information to help everyone in our academy community stay safe and well during the current pandemic.

Since 8 March 2021, attendance at school has been mandatory for all students and an asymptomatic testing programme is in place for staff and students.

Have a look at the latest government guidance for parents and carers about children and young people attending school during this pandemic.

Information and updates for parents and carers about any specific arrangements for attending school including plans for rapid asymptomatic testing are available in our news and letters page.

Please contact any member of our academy staff if you have any questions.

Information about COVID-19

Cambridgeshire Council has the latest COVID-19 information on their website.

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Government asymptomatic testing programme

Our academy has in place a regular testing programme for consenting staff and secondary age students.

This is a combination of home testing and onsite testing – the scheme is managed in line with guidance from the DfE and pupils and staff are well used to the twice weekly testing programme.

Information about the testing programme

This is a useful Department for Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the testing programme.

An FAQ about data protection and a privacy notice which explains the basis on which we can collect personal information and what information we collect for this testing programme.

Please note that all testing is voluntary.

All staff and secondary school age students are eligible for tests. Staff and parents of students under the age of 16 and students over 16 must have completed a consent form before doing a test onsite – this will be arranged by the school office where needed.

Please note that if a staff member or parent chooses to participate in testing at home, they are committing to self-administer (or in the case of students, supervise the child) and report results via the NHS Test and Trace digital platform and to the school. There is no need for additional consent to do home testing.

Academy staff including the Covid Coordinator are available to parents and carers should they have any questions about testing.

Rest assured we have staff available to support students at school with any questions or concerns they may have about the programme.

We can support you if you're feeling sad, anxious, unwell or finding life hard during the current pandemic. Know that you're not alone. Please talk to any member of our academy staff or our safeguarding team. We can support you.

Mental health support

Public Health England’s Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign has NHS-endorsed tips and advice for parents and carers to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

Tips include:

  • Be there to listen - ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
  • Stay involved in their life - show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
  • Support positive routines - be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
  • Encourage their interests - being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
  • Take what they say seriously - help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.

There's lots more advice and support for young people in the health and wellbeing section of our website.