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End of Year Letter

17 July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As the summer term, and the academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank all parents and carers one final time for their hard work, perseverance and support throughout this period of partial school closure. It has been fantastic to see some of the work produced by students in this period, many of whom have taken this opportunity to become more creative and independent learners.

School is so much more than the curriculum of subjects taught, lessons learned and clubs attended. Education and development at this age is more than just the totality of our knowledge and experience, but it is the social aspect of coming to school, making friends, learning how to interact with one another. This is one of the vital elements of creating well-rounded young men and women ready to enter the adult population and our school building has not felt the same since March because of this.

Unfortunately we were not able to say goodbye properly to our Year 11 and Year 13 pupils in the way that we would have liked to. We are hoping that when restrictions ease we will be able to host an event for these students.

I would like to thank all parents who responded to the feedback survey last week regarding remote learning. As explained in my previous letter regarding September reopening, we have refined how we will deliver remote learning in future if required.

We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming all students back in September, we adjusted our curriculum to provide opportunities to catch up from any learning missed during this period and we are committed to providing a curriculum that includes the full breadth of subjects on offer, for all students, whilst adding the additional elements required to minimise transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Between now and then though, please ensure that you encourage all students to take a break, and where possible and safe to do so, socialise with their peers. This unprecedented situation in schools has been tough on everyone, but we must remember that our young men and women require the most support during these times.

If you have any questions or concerns about our reopening in September, please do contact us via email on office@fakenhamacademy.org throughout the summer break. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child, please contact Mr Verma via e-mail at rverma@fakenhamacademy.org.

We look forward to welcoming Year 7 and 12 students back on Monday 7th September, and all remaining students on Tuesday 8th September.

Thank you, with very best wishes for a safe and restful summer break

Richard Allen Evans

Principal