Hammersmith Academy will close on Monday 23rd March 2020 as directed by the government and Public Health England to help control the spread of COVID-19. Students will finish school on Friday 20th March. At this stage, the Academy has not been informed of when it will reopen.
The Academy will remain open to students:
- whose parents are keyworkers
- are deemed vulnerable
- have an EHCP
All other students must remain at home.
Parents can be assured that the Academy is well prepared for this closure and has a robust home learning plan in place. This will maintain the Academy’s high level of education. Full details of this plan has been sent to parents but is summarised as follows:
- Home Learning Packs – Every student in Year 7-Year 11 have been issued with a pack providing them with a timetable and work.
- Show My Homework – Students and parents can access daily work from this portal. Click here to login.
- Pastoral & Academic Support – A comprehensive support system is in place to support students whilst they are learning from home.
- Wellbeing – Students have been given advice on how to stay healthy and happy whilst they are away from school and their peers. Staff will remain in regular contact with students.
Parents who are keyworkers should fill in this online survey and declaration by Sunday 22nd March 2020. Click here to complete the online survey.
It has been announced that GCSE and A Level examinations will not be taking place this summer. We appreciate that this is a worry for students and their parents and we do not yet have a clear understanding from the government as to how grades will be awarded. However, it is important to note that the government has stated that grades will still be awarded.
At this stage, we understand that Ofqual will calculate grades based on a range of data, including mock assessments and coursework. Therefore, we expect all GCSE and A Level students to continue completing coursework and working as if they were sitting summer exams, as we do not know what exact considerations will be made by the exam boards.
I take this opportunity to thank the Academy’s dedicated staff who have been brilliant in their resilience and resolve during this time of uncertainty. They have worked tirelessly to ensure students are minimally impacted by the disruptions.
Furthermore, we thank the students for their calm and mature approach in this highly disruptive period.
By working closely together with parents, our students will continue to receive a high level of education and support that they deserve.