Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (Covid19) Updates for Parents

In light of the emerging national situation regarding Coronavirus, we are continuing to monitor the updates and advice from the Department for Education, Department of Health, Public Health England (PHE), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The health and wellbeing of all our students and staff is of paramount importance to us and we understand that information on social media can be concerning. Therefore, please continue to check your emails and our website for regular and reliable updates directly from the school on this matter. Please refer to this page on the website for the latest information, including useful links with advice and guidance relating to Coronavirus.

Covid19 – Safeguarding Policy 

COVID 19 – Safeguarding Policy Adendum March 2020

Free School Meals Vouchers – answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Please open the document here for further information about the scheme and any questions you may have.

 

COVID19 – Parent Update 22.05.2020

There have been few developments regarding the re-opening of schools since my last update and on the eve of half-term, I would like to focus my message on the importance of taking a break. Lockdown has inevitably merged home and school, study and free time, and this is an opportunity to claim back leisure time and switch off. I would encourage all students to do this, ready to return to home learning on the 1st of June, rested and re-energised.

In this second half of the term, we will continue to work to improve our home learning offer to ensure that as many students as possible are taking part. In particular, we will renew our efforts to support those students who have struggled to engage with the work, to try and overcome whatever barriers have been getting in the way. With home learning likely to be a feature of education for some time to come, it is essential that all students continue to access learning. We are very grateful for your support thus far and invite you to continue to communicate with us to help your child benefit from the home learning offer and the staff support available.

Parent Survey

Your views are indeed critical to getting this right and I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the parent survey available through this link Parent Survey, ideally by the end of the day on Monday 8th June. This will help us to further improve our support with both engagement with home learning and student well-being.

Government guidance regarding secondary education, and specifically around the suggestion of a potential return of Year 10 students, is expected over the half-term break, and we have been actively preparing the school site to ensure that students and staff can work in the safest environment possible. However, for clarity, we have no plans, at present, to change our current provision for students after half-term until more detailed guidance is received. I will keep you informed, as always, of any changes.

Message from the Languages Department

Year 7 parents will have received a Groupcall message asking your child to make their language choices for September.  Please complete the form by clicking on the link below by Friday 5th June.

Year 7 Language Choices

After half term, the Languages Team will be asking all Year 8 students to focus on the language that they have opted to continue with in Year 9 (French or Spanish).  We will, therefore, be removing dual linguists from one of the two Google Classrooms that they are currently in so that they do not receive work that they are not expected to complete.

Healthcare Professions – Year 11

Please see below information from the University of Plymouth about face to face Zoom workshops for Year 11 students interested in a career in medicine, dentistry or biomedical sciences.

As part of the Peninsula Pathways to the Healthcare Professions Programme, we offer further support and guidance to potential students considering a career in medicine, dentistry, dental therapy & biomedical sciences. This programme takes place in Years 11 – 13 and offers support in areas such as study skills, reflective writing, personal statement writing, UCAT practice, mock interviews, admissions talks (application and selection process), ethics & debating and problem based/enquiry based learning.

Under normal circumstances our Pathways workshops would be held on the University of Plymouth main campus and facilitated by our student ambassadors. Due to the current situation, we are converting these face-to face workshops to online workshops via Zoom. This programme is free of charge and students do not have to feel obliged to be looking at studying at the University of Plymouth to access them. Please follow the link below for more information and an application form to join the workshops:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/outreach/medicine-dentistry-biomedical-healthcare/peninsula-pathways-workshops

Year 11 Information

We appreciate that our Year 11 students may still have questions about the final stretch of their journey at Isca Academy. As mentioned in previous letters, we will do our best, within safe operating guidelines, to organise a leavers’ assembly and Prom in the next academic year to ensure that their journey with us feels complete. We will be in touch later in the term with more information about results day, leavers’ hoodies, and other end of year business.

Please remember to contact us if your circumstances have changed and you require/no longer require on-site school provision for your child by emailing us at: attendance@iscaexeter.co.uk . Please include in your email the name/s of your child/ren, and details of why the place is/is no longer required.

I wish you all a safe and restful half-term break.

Miss Aimee Mitchell, Headteacher

 

Communication

A reminder of key contact points:

Question

Email address

COVID19 or reporting self-isolation

cornovirus@iscaexeter.co.uk

Free School Meals

fsm@iscaexeter.co.uk

Attendance

attendance@iscaexeter.co.uk

IT Support

helpdesk@iscaexeter.co.uk

Safeguarding Concerns

Kcampbell.bellis@iscaexeter.co.uk

Student wellbeing

wellbeing@iscaexeter.co.uk

General school enquiries

adminoffice@iscaexeter.co.uk

 

Archived Updates

May 15th Update

May 12th Update

May 7th Update

May 1st Update

April 24th Update

Year 11 Update April 23rd

April 17th Update

April 9th Update

March 27th Update

March 20th Update

March 19th Update

March 18th Update

March 17th Update

March 16th Update

Letter to Parents 13 March 2020