Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus: Update from Brigantia Learning Trust - 26/05/2020

As you are aware from my previous communication academies within the Brigantia Learning Trust are being asked by the government to prepare to open more widely sometime after the half term break and I thought you would be keen to know more about our planning for when this stage arrives.

These are extraordinarily difficult times and as a Trust we are being asked to make some of the most important decisions we will ever take. Throughout this process some will agree with our decisions and some won’t and that is absolutely fine. What I can absolutely assure you of is that we will continue to be honest and open with you and try to share as much information as we can about what we are doing and, crucially, why we are doing it. The safety of pupils, students and staff remain our greatest priority.

Please see my letter in full below.

https://www.longleypark.ac.uk/media/1287/parent-update-letter-210520.pdf

Yours faithfully,

Mike Westerdale
Chief Executive Officer

 

Information regarding GCSE and A Level grades - 5th April 2020

You may have seen in the news that Ofqual, the organisation that looks after examinations across the country, has issued some information about how GCSE and A Level grades will be calculated this year.  
 
We are looking carefully at this and will send out more detailed information early next week.
 
Although there hasn't yet been an announcement about BTEC grades we believe the process will be very similar, and we will let you know about this as soon as we can.
 
We will also be reviewing how we support students for the rest of the academic year in the light of the Ofqual guidance.  Your teachers will be in touch in the next week or so to let you know.
Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following the Government guidance:  Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives
 
With best wishes
Mo

 

Update for all students - 24th March 2020

Dear all

I hope that you are well and adapting to the new way of working.  These are very strange times, and it is really important that we follow the rules set by the Government and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Yesterday the Government significantly changed their advice on 'social distancing'.  They are now recommending that everyone remain in their home and only go out

  • for one form of exercise per day (walking, running, cycling) alone or with people they live with
  • to attend work if it is impossible to work from home
  • to attend medical appointments
  • to buy food

The reason for this is to limit the number of people we all come into contact with to protect everyone from Coronavirus.  It is important that anyone who does leave the  house stays at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from others.  Advice on washing hands regularly is still very important.

In line with Government requests to limit social contact, Longley Park Sixth Form will be closed completely from 1.30 today until further notice.  However, students in urgent need of support can access facilities at one of the Academies in our Trust:

Hinde House Primary Phase, Bracken Road, Sheffield, S5 6FH . 

Please note that you should only access these facilities if you are unable to remain at home safely. 

I know that we are all missing friends and colleagues at the moment.  Make sure that you keep safe and well and keep in touch with teachers through Cedar and Google. 

With very best wishes

Mo

Support for students

You Can Still Be SocialThe official phrase is "social distancing," but it can help to think of it as "physical distancing" instead. We can still be social, just in different ways. Take advantage of social media and video apps to support each other, laugh together, and take care of each other until the virus is under control.

We know that things may feel overwhelming at the moment so here’s a few helpful services that are still operating

Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk

Epic Friends www.epicfriends.co.uk

Samaritans www.samaritans.org
Helpline: 116 123

Childline www.childline.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 1111

Sheffield Mental Health Guide www.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk

Information regarding Sixth Form closure - 20th March 2020

Please see information below regarding the Sixth Form closure and how we will proceed, also below is information regarding key worker government guidance

Closure Letter - Friday 20th March 2020

Key Worker Government Guidance

 

Message for future students of Longley Park Sixth Form - 19th March 2020

Dear future student

We know that you will have seen the Government’s announcement that schools and colleges will be closed from tomorrow until further notice.  The government has also said they will cancel all formal examinations due this summer.  They are working with the exam boards to make sure that "every pupil gets what they deserve and is not unfairly penalised."

We want to reassure you that Longley Park Sixth Form has reserved a place for you in September.  If you have already come in to the Sixth Form for an interview you will already have an offer.  If you have not yet had an interview we will write to you in the next few days confirming that we are offering you a place. We will discuss course choices with you when you come in for enrolment.

It is really important that you continue to study and follow the advice from your teachers.  Even if you do not have to take examinations this year you need to carry on learning so you are well prepared for your next steps.  Remember, you need to keep working on Project You so you can achieve all your goals in the future!

We know that you will have lots of questions and we will keep updating our website.  As all schools and colleges will have very few staff on site, please use websites for information and avoid telephoning schools if you can.

Look after yourself, your friends and your family by following the Government’s advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

With very best wishes

Mo Nisbet

Principal

 

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, the decision has been taken to postpone applicant interviews until further notice. 

We will be offering all applicants due to be interviewed this week a place for September 2020 and will be in touch after Easter to arrange an opportunity for applicants to visit.

We look forward to meeting you all then.

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