Arrangements for September 2021

In-school testing

Following the announcement (6th July) by the Department for Education, we will be re-introducing in-school mass testing when students return to school in September. The advice is that all secondary school students should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests (3 to 5 days apart) upon their return in the Autumn term.

Please ensure you have completed the electronic consent form that has been emailed to you. A response is required whether you consent to your child taking part in the testing or not. If you are having issues completing the form please contact the Academy Office, we recommend that all students engage in then testing so that we can support in reducing the transmission of Covid and therefore have arranged a series of staggered starts to allow testing of all year groups, but also give all students a much needed transition into their new year group. We want all students to have a superb start to their year.

We will start testing on Tuesday 7th September.

Students will be returning to school on:

  • Year 7 – Tuesday 7th September at 8:35am (Testing from 9:00am – 10:30am)
  • Post 16 – Tuesday 7th September at 11:00am (Testing from 11:30am – 12:00pm)
  • Year 8 – Wednesday 8th September at 8:35am (Testing from 9:00am – 10:30am)
  • Year 9 – Wednesday 8th September at 11:00am (Testing from 11:30am – 1:00pm)
  • Year 10 – Thursday 9th September at 8:35am (Testing from 9:00am – 10:30am)
  • Year 11 – Thursday 9th September at 11:00am (Testing from 11:30am – 1:00pm)

After students have been tested they will remain onsite. All students will be in the Academy on Friday 10th September, ready to start the new academic year in full.

First day arrangements

Students are to use the correct gate every morning as this corresponds to their line-up location. Form tutors will greet and accompany students into the building and into form period (or assembly) every morning. In instances of poor weather, we will bring students straight into the building. Line ups will be promptly at the following times:

Year group Time Location Enter via
Year 7 8:20am Basketball court (Front of school) Side gate entrance
Year 8 8:25am Basketball court (Front of school) Front entrance
Year 9 8:25am Playground by canteen Front entrance
Year 10 8:20am Paved area (double gates) Side gate entrance
Year 11 8:20am Playground by canteen Front entrance
Post-16 8:25am Paved area (double gates) Side gate entrance

Students will be allocated a locker in the new term upon receipt of a £10.00 deposit payment. Payments can be made via our online payment system, ParentPay. Login details will be sent to you in due course. Cash payments will not be accepted.

General information — Uniform

From September, all students wearing skirts must wear a knee-length pleated skirt with black tights. Skirts that are non-pleated will not be permitted. In addition, black school jumpers will no longer be permitted inside the school building. Parents are also reminded that the only piercings permitted are a single pair of studs in the ear. All other piercings, if applicable, must be removed prior to arrival at the Academy. This includes clear inserts in piercing holes or covering piercings with a plaster, neither of which are permitted, please ensure any piercings are removed prior to the new academic year.

We are very pleased to inform you that extra-curricular clubs and activities will be on offer upon our return in September. Breakfast clubs, sports clubs, subject-specific clubs and academic support will all be available. Further details are to follow in September. We would also like to share some key dates in September with you:

  • School photos – Monday 20th September (All years)
  • New Tutor introductory phone calls – Week beginning Monday 20th September (Years 8-13)
  • Meet the tutor evening – Tuesday 5th October (Year 7)

We are excited for the Academic year ahead, and for our students to return to an Academy where they can flourish and develop, as we move forwards in our ‘Grace Way’. May I also take this opportunity to thank you for being such a welcoming community, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 6 weeks here, with an incredibly dedicated staff and truly excellent student body. Please do follow us on social media, where will be regularly updating you on our achievements. Our sports event today was an excellent example of the exceptional behaviour and attitudes that we want to continue to foster as part of the ‘Grace Way’

I wish you a restful and enjoyable summer break.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs N Whiles