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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Welcome Back: reopening from 8th March - details for the first week.

YOU MUST NOT COME TO THE NOTTINGHAM GIRLS’ ACADEMY SITE IF…

You are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19.

You have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 10 days.

You live in a household with someone who has any of the symptoms of Covid-19.

You live in a household with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 10 days.

Arrangements for Asymptomatic Testing and the Staggered Return to School.

It is essential that pupils stick to the allocated time slots for each tutor group.

Year 7 
  • Year 7 will come in for testing at the time allocated for their tutor group on Monday 8th March.

Time

8.30 - 9.15

9.30 – 10.15

10.30 – 11.15

11.30 – 12.15

13.15-14.00

14.15-15.00

Group

7KMG

7LGR

7HKA

7KFI

7LDO

7AGR

  • Year 7 will return to full-time onsite provision, on the Year 7 corridor on A floor, from 8.30am on Tuesday 9th March. They will then be expected to attend onsite every day thereafter. They will need to wear full school uniform (or PE kit if they have Dance or PE).
  • Year 7 will receive their second onsite Covid test on Thursday 11th March.
  • Year 7 will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Tuesday 16th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home.
Year 8 
  • Year 8 will come in for testing at the time allocated for their tutor group on Tuesday 9th March.

Time

8.30 - 9.15

9.30 – 10.15

10.30 – 11.15

11.30 – 12.15

13.15-14.00

14.15-15.00

Groups

8KMN

8TWH

8LMU

8NCR

8KCO

8CGR

9SEL

9ESE

9SMA

9SJO

9BOA

9ATR

  • Year 8 will then return to full time onsite provision, in ROSLA, from 8.30am on Wednesday 10th March. They will then be expected to attend onsite every day thereafter. They will need to wear full school uniform (or PE kit if they have Dance or PE).
  • Year 8 will receive their second onsite Covid test on Friday 12th March.
  • Year 8 will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Wednesday 17th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home.
Year 9 
  • Year 9 will come in for testing at the time allocated for their tutor group on Tuesday 9th March.

Time

8.30 - 9.15

9.30 – 10.15

10.30 – 11.15

11.30 – 12.15

13.15-14.00

14.15-15.00

Groups

8KMN

8TWH

8LMU

8NCR

8KCO

8CGR

9SEL

9ESE

9SMA

9SJO

9BOA

9ATR

  • Year 9 will then return to full time onsite provision, on the Year 9 corridor on A floor, from 8.45am on Wednesday 10th March. They will then be expected to attend onsite every day thereafter. They will need to wear full school uniform (or PE kit if they have Dance or PE).
  • Year 9 will receive their second onsite Covid test on Friday 12th March.
  • Year 9 will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Wednesday 17th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home
Year 10 
  • Year 10 will come in for testing at the time allocated for their tutor group on Wednesday 10th March.

Time

8.30 - 9.15

9.30 – 10.15

10.30 – 11.15

11.30 – 12.15

13.15-14.00

14.15-15.00

Groups

10SAL

10CTA

10MME

10JPY

10JVA

10CTU

11MFO

11ELO

11CSA

11MRU

11FGL

Sixth Form

  • Year 10 will then return to full time onsite provision, on the Year 10 corridor on B floor, from 8.45am on Thursday 11th March. They will then be expected to attend onsite every day thereafter. They will need to wear full school uniform (or PE kit if they have Dance or PE).
  • Year 10 will receive their second onsite Covid test on Monday 15th March.
  • Year 10 will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Thursday 18th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home.
Year 11 
  • Year 11 will come in for testing at the time allocated for their tutor group on Wednesday 10th March.

Time

8.30 - 9.15

9.30 – 10.15

10.30 – 11.15

11.30 – 12.15

13.15-14.00

14.15-15.00

Groups

10SAL

10CTA

10MME

10JPY

10JVA

10CTU

11MFO

11ELO

11CSA

11MRU

11FGL

Sixth Form

  • Year 11 will then return to full time onsite provision, on the Year 11 corridor on B floor, from 9.00am on Thursday 11th March. They will then be expected to attend onsite every day thereafter. They will need to wear full school uniform (or PE kit if they have Dance or PE).
  • Year 11 will receive their second onsite Covid test on Monday 15th March.
  • Year 11 will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Thursday 18th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home.
Sixth Form 
  • Sixth Form will come in for testing at 2.15pm on Wednesday 10th March.
  • Sixth Form will then return to full time onsite provision, on the Sixth Form corridor on C floor, from 9.00am on Thursday 11th March. They will then be expected to attend lessons onsite every day thereafter.
  • Sixth Form will receive their second onsite Covid test on Monday 15th March.
  • Sixth Form will receive their third, and final onsite Covid test on Thursday 18th March.
  • They will then be provided with home test kits to continue testing twice a week at home.
Lateral Flow Testing for Families

NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular lateral flow testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online. You can find out more here.

Returning NGA Laptops

I sent a letter out yesterday explaining that pupils who were loaned a Nottingham Girls’ Academy Laptop must return it to school on the day they return. You can read the letter here for details of how to identify if you have been loaned a laptop we require back and how to return it.

Operating Procedures

You can find full details of how the site will be operating from next week to ensure pupils and adults are as safe as possible here.

Year 11 and Year 13 Grades

We know pupils and parents of Year 13 pupils are keen to hear the detail of how they will be awarded their grades this year.

We are still waiting for the final important bits of detail from the examination boards to finalise our planning and processes for these.

Therefore, teachers will continue to deliver new content (because content may be important for pupils' next steps) and revise completed content (to consolidate learning). They will continue to assess pupils, as usual, as we go. We also expect pupils will complete some more formal assessments on the course content we have been able to deliver. These are provided by examination boards and will not be available until next term.

All of this work will play some role in helping us determine final grades. It is therefore essential that Year 11 and Year 13 pupils continue to attend every day and work hard in lessons and at home as this will influence their final outcomes.

We will provide further detail as soon as we are able.

Wellbeing

As we look ahead to pupils returning to school, we know that emotions remain mixed. Although the over-riding feelings are likely to be ones of relief and positivity – a return to some normality, a chance to see friends again, a chance to learn in the usual environment face-to-face with staff – we know that there will also be feelings of apprehension. However your child (or you for that matter) may be feeling, please be assured that it is entirely valid given the challenges of the current situation.

The priority remains our pupils’ wellbeing, both in the short and longer term. For many, simply being able to see friendly faces and some normality will be enough to address the impact of the last few weeks and months. For others, the gradual opening up of society over the coming weeks and the chance to return to sporting, leisure and social activities will make the difference. For some, there will be the need for more support and we will do all we can to provide it. Once you’ve given your child time to settle back into school, please do contact us if you remain concerned about them.

Learning Recovery

Our key priority in the coming days and weeks is to help pupils to settle back into school and support them in getting back into routines. However, a number of pupils and parents may well be concerned about how we recover lost learning from the various lockdowns and disruptions of the last year, particularly given the media narrative around this.

We won’t ignore this issue but we also don’t believe that bombarding pupils with ‘catch up’ as soon as they come back is in anyone’s best interests. Once things have settled down, we will begin a process of identifying how secure each pupil is with the essential knowledge and skills we would expect them to have in each subject so we can then begin a process of recovery.

It’s our view that huge gains can be achieved by reshaping the curriculum (particularly for younger children who still have a long journey left at NGA), high quality teaching and careful use of homework. Other measures such as tutoring and summer schools will of course be explored, but we need to make sure we plan carefully so that we provide the right support for the right pupils at the right time.