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For the week ending: 26 February, 2021

A Parents Guide to Covid19 at Ormiston Denes Academy

Dear Parent/ Carer

You will be aware that the Government recently announced that schools will be opening from the 8th March and that each student is to be tested prior to their return. Like many schools, to ensure the ongoing safety of our staff and students, we are phasing the students return.

Following consultation with OAT, it has been agreed that in order to allow the school to open to all as quickly as possible, we will be starting the testing process for students from Thursday 4th March.
Consent to a test is voluntary but it plays a very important role in our efforts to reduce infection by identifying asymptomatic cases and so we are strongly encouraging all students and staff to take part. Any family who has not already completed a consent form for this testing process can log onto ParentMail, where you will have been issued with a consent form.

Each year group will be invited in for a test on a specific day. Once they have completed their test they will be asked to leave site immediately and return home. On receipt of a negative test result, they will return to school and continue their learning on site as per the schedule below. All students will still be in their year group bubble and following all expectations as per the autumn term.

Date Testing Day Full Return to the Academy
Thursday 4th Year 11 (off-site afterwards) Vulnerable/keyworker students only
Friday 5th Year 10 (off-site afterwards) Vulnerable/keyworker students only
Monday 8th Year 7 (off site afterwards) Years 10 & 11 (and vulnerable/keyworker students)
Tuesday 9th Year 8 (off site afterwards) Year 7, 10 & 11 (and vulnerable/keyworker students)
Wednesday 10th Year 9 (off site afterwards) Year 7, 8, 10 & 11 (and vulnerable/keyworker students)
Thursday 11th All students in school


Test day timings. We have a limited amount of space in our test area. Students may only access school at the times shown below. If they are unsure of their tutor group, please have them contact their year head or pastoral manager.

Thursday 4th Year 11

9.30 am Miss Getvoldsen
10.15am Mr Ford
11.00am Mr Dack
11.45am Mrs Neild
12.30pm Mrs Westgate
1.15pm Mrs Shipton
2.00pm Mrs Marno
2.45pm Mr Tanoe

Friday 5th Year 10

9.30 am Mr Contrino
10.15am Mrs Wilkinson
11.00am Miss Welsh
11.45am Miss Thompson
12.30pm Mrs Turner
1.15pm Miss Sideaway
2.00pm Miss Swan

Monday 8th Year 7

12.30pm Mr Bhur and Miss Drama
1.15pm Miss Pattinson & Mr Shaw
2.00pm Miss Grimmer & Miss Lee

Tuesday 9th Year 8

12.30pm Dr Bernthal-Hooker & Mrs Baldwin
1.15pm Miss Glover & Miss Best
2.00pm Miss Bobby & Miss Grice

Wednesday 10th Year 9

9.30 am Mrs Buckenham
10.15am Miss Coles
11.00am Mr Armstrong
11.45am Mrs Groome
12.30pm Mr Woodrow
1.15pm Mr Buisst

The aim of phasing their return is so we can look after their wellbeing, as we realise this may be a stressful time for students as they return to school. It is also a new experience for us as a school in managing such a scenario.  What I can assure you is that remote learning will continue during the testing week.  School will continue to be open for vulnerable and keyworker students during this whole process.

We will have members of staff to guide students through this entire process.

Lateral Flow testing – how it works. Please refer to our website and the lateral flow section to read further info on the testing process

We have tried to explain this process as clearly as possible, but if you are unsure about any of it, please contact the school either via or by emailing your child’s year head or pastoral manager.

Free School Meal Vouchers. The latest FSM is in hand and will be issued to families shortly, please look out for an email from EDENRED.

GCSE Exams 2021. Although we are waiting on further details it has been agreed by the DfE that grades this year will be based on teacher assessment.  Checks will be made at academy, OAT and exam board level to ensure fairness and consistency.

Teachers will be able to use evidence about your performance, gathered throughout your course, to inform their judgement. This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, to help assess you.

Results will be issued on 12th August and there will be an opportunity to appeal if a student believes the correct procedures were not followed.  There will also be a retake opportunity in the autumn term.  As we receive further details we will update you accordingly.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you are unsure about any of the detail within today’s email.

Have a nice weekend.

Yours faithfully

Mr Jim Nixon, Principal

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