I think that it is safe to say the school year for everyone has not quite been what any of us expected and that there have been many challenges for students, parents and staff over the last few months. However as we are now in our last week of the 2019/20 academic year we should all be proud of what we achieved together and hopeful for the new start in September 2020. It is clear that this new start will look different to the usual start to a school year and for our students some changes and adaptations will be evident. As an Academy we are also very aware of the need for a new approach to some of the areas of school life and potentially learn from some of the innovations and new practice we implemented during this period. Certainly, as well as the essential health and safety revisions to school we need to provide a quality education for all our students which reflects the change in learning since March and also our students’ mental health and well-being needs. I am absolutely certain however that the attitude, resilience and positive nature of all our young people will ensure that we all embrace this ‘new’ normal.
Within this letter I want to ensure that everyone is clear on the arrangements and expectations for September so that we can all start in the best possible way. Since the Government guidance was published on 2nd July for the full opening of schools we have been putting in place plans to meet the needs of all. I fully appreciate that at times, for some, these arrangements are not ideal for everyone but it is our role to ensure the safest possible return for both staff and students. Also, as you are aware the guidance is constantly changing and therefore there may be amendments to our plan and risk assessments.
The key amendments which will be in place for September 2020, initially up to October half term, are as follows:
Start of Term
Break and Lunchtimes
Movement to school, around school and lessons
In March when the coronavirus outbreak was increasing, the Government made it clear that no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school. Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well at secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
The Government has recognised that some pupils will not be able to attend because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised. If you or your child are anxious about returning to school, please get in touch so that we can support you.
From 1st July 2020, Campsmount Academy uniform will only be available to purchase from SWI Schoolwear (with the exception of skirts, ties and sports socks; which can also be purchased from reception). Orders can be placed online or by telephone. Please see the uniform page on our website for current guidance as well as a sizing guide and information regarding placing orders. As usual, trousers and shirts can be purchased from wherever you prefer.
I am delighted to inform you that our new Campsmount tartan style skirt has arrived in school. As before students have the option of wearing either black trousers or a skirt. If students choose to wear a skirt, our new Campsmount skirt must be worn from September 2020 for students in Year 7 and Year 8 only. The tartan style skirt will then be optional for Years 9, 10 and 11 until September 2021, when it will become a compulsory item of the uniform for all year groups. Orders for skirts can be placed for Years 7 and 8 and purchased via ParentMail, or ordered by emailing SST@campsmount.com.
Alternatively, we will be holding dedicated sales days where skirts can be purchased on the day and orders collected. The dates for these events are:
Please see the uniform page on our Academy website for a sizing guide and pricing.
The Exam Results this year are:
Year 13 A Level: Thursday 13th August 2020 8am
Year 11 GCSE: Thursday 20th August 2020 (A letter will be sent to all Year 11 students to outline the arrangements this year for collection of results)
Our 2020-2021 Calendar, which outlines the key events next academic year, will be sent out via ParentMail by the end of this week. It will also be available to view on the school website. We have decided at this time to keep this as normal as possible however we may need to adapt when we return in September. An example may be that we conduct parent evenings virtually. The calendar dates for the academic year 2021-2022 will also be sent to you all by the end of this week. In addition, please see our website for details of the Doncaster LA Staycation Summer Activity Programme or the Families Information Service page of the Doncaster Council website.
At the end of the summer term we will also be saying goodbye to a number of our staff who have made a significant contribution to Campsmount over a number of years. Fortunately, we have a particularly low number of staff who leave once they have become part of the Campsmount family. To those who are leaving I wish to thank them for their commitment to our students in particular Tina Arnold who has done 36 years in our catering team and Carol Stokoe who has been an English teacher in the school for 22 years and she led our English Team for a number of those years.
Finally, may I personally thank every student, parent, staff member and Governor for their support as this is the last letter I write as Principal of Campsmount Academy. As you may be aware, due to the success of Campsmount Academy, we have established Leger Education Trust and we are going through a period of rapid growth. As a result, I will be moving to CEO of this Trust, but still very much part of the aforementioned Campsmount family. I know that through the new Principal, Ms Elizabeth Browne the Academy will go from strength to strength and as the Trust offices are based in Campsmount it will be a privilege to see all the students thrive in the years to come. In the time I have been at Campsmount I have always felt that the school community have stood with me side by side and this is what makes our school so special. This has never been more apparent than during the last few months when I have been constantly amazed by our truly collective response. It has been a genuine privilege to lead the school.
I hope all families have an amazing Summer break and stay safe and well.