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Spa Academy Askern

Spa Academy Askern

Wider School Opening

All families will have received the letter regarding the wider reopening of Spa Academy. 

The information on this page is for pupils in Year 6 and Year 5 and those accessing the key worker provision which will now be based at Spa. 

As our school reopens wider to Year 6 and 5 pupils, we are keen to ensure that pupils and their families are fully-informed as to the steps we have taken in school and most importantly, what this will look like. Below, you will find information on what our gradual wider reopening to Year 6 will look like.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please contact admin@askernspa.doncaster.sch.uk and a member of staff will be able to address these.

If you intend to send your child on Monday 8th June, you must respond to the text sent on Wednesday 3rd June to confirm this. After this, in line with our Trust schools, so that we are able to effectively plan for groupings, families must give 5 days notice that they intend to return their child. Contact admin@askernspa.doncaster.sch.uk.

 

What will the school day look like?

Unsure about what school will look like for pupils returning? Below we take you through what to expect before, during and after school.

 

What will the school day look like?

Group School Time

Year 6

Pupils will begin at 8.45am and end at 12.30pm

Key Worker & Vulnerable Provision

This provision will run from 9am until 3pm as it has done but will now be based at Spa Academy. Pupils should enter through the Y3/4 playground and entrance from 9am.

Year 5

Pupils will begin at 1pm and end at 3pm.

 

Before school...

To prepare you for the day, remember:

  • Uniform is not expected - clean clothes should be worn each day, suitable for sport.
  • As we'd like to spend time outdoors playing non-contact sport, remember your sun cream or hat.
  • You are able to bring a water bottle that can be washed.
  • Pupils are able to bring a bag - the only difference is that this will be with them at their desk and not in shared cloakrooms. 
  • Pencil cases or equipment are not allowed as many items can not be washed. Pupils will have their own individual learning pack in school.
  • Any face masks worn from home are not allowed into school - this is following guidance from the Department for Education.

 

In line with our Trust schools, so that we are able to effectively plan for groupings, families must give 5 days notice that they intend to return their child. Contact admin@askernspa.doncaster.sch.uk or 01302 700332.

 

Arriving at school...

To maintain social distancing, pupils are required to enter through specific entrances. This will avoid any large gatherings. Gates will open at 8.40am for Year 6 and 1pm for Year 5 and we politely ask, as far as you can, not arriving early, to avoid groups at the gates. Pupils should queue outside the gates 2m apart, following direction from staff. Parents are not permitted to enter the school building but may wait with their child on the playground. 

Class Entrance

Onyx

Y6 Sutton Road entrance

Y6 playground

Emerald & Ruby

Alfred Road entrance

To the left to Y5 playground

Key Workers

Y3/4 Sutton Road entrance

Y3/4 Playground, Sutton Road

Year 5 

 

Alfred Road entrance

To the left to Y5 playground

   

Arriva buses have informed us that they will only permit 20 people on any bus at any time and will not stop if they have reached their allocation. We are therefore encouraging both staff and pupils to find an alternative method of transport. 

 

What will happen when entering school?

  • Pupils will head straight into school once the gates have been opened. On the way in, they will be met by a member of the Leadership Team who will check-in with them and pupils will use the wash stations at each entrance to wash their hands.
  • Pupils will then head to their class base with their 'bubble'.
  • 'Bubbles' will have the same two teachers throughout the week - one that works with them for the first half of the week and the second for the second half of the week. Working in pairs means that these teachers are still able to support Home Learning of other pupils in school.

 

How are making school safe?

Click here to see our Photo Gallery showing what school looks like with our safety measures in place. 

 

What will the curriculum look like?

  • Teachers have been busy planning a range of activities that focus on supporting pupils' transition, creative and sporting projects.
  • Our priority is pupils' mental health and wellbeing and this focus will be embedded in our daily routine.
  • Pupils will follow a timetable, as they normally do, of Maths and English, followed by topic and sport related activities. Summer term is a term for Y6 to celebrate their achievements throughout primary school and explore, in new and creative ways, some of the skills they will be using in secondary soon - and we intend on keeping it that way!
  • Playtimes might look a little different but we are prepared with lots of socially-distant games and activities for you to play as part of your 'bubble'!
  • Year 5 will take part in our Year 6 Ready Programme - designing to support their transition to Year 6 and a focus on core skills. 

 

What will the end of the day look like?

Pupils will be released, in a phased manner, through the same entrances they came through. Parents are not permitted to enter the school buildings/playground but may wait outside the school gates. If your child usually walks home alone, they will be allowed to do so. In line with our infant feeders, we are operating a half-day basis and therefore will not be providing lunch. This will be reviewed in time.

 

Home School Agreement

By returning to school, families agree to abide by the conditions set out in the Home School Agreement below.