NEWS @ George Salter Academy
Exam Board Qualifications Parent/Carer Letter
Please click the link below to download the latest George Salter Academy newsletter:
Exam Board Qualifications Parent/Carer Letter
Please find attached letters from the GSA Principal, Mr Price, and also one released today from OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) that outline how Exam Boards for GCSE, AS and A Level will determine final qualification grades for pupils in each subject for Summer 2020.
Information on the awarding of BTEC/vocational grades is still to be published and we will inform you about those qualifications as soon as we have it.
Rest assured that George Salter Academy will work diligently, with the support of Ormiston Academies Trust, to ensure that the process is accurate and does not disadvantage any pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13.
Government Free School Meals Voucher Scheme
As you may be aware, the Government has now published details of its national voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals.
Please click the links below to download the Parent/Carer letters and FAQ document, regarding the new Free School Meals Voucher Scheme
Free School meals coverage over the Easter Holidays
Whilst we await confirmation of the governments arrangements for Free school meals we wanted to ensure there was a provision of free school meals over the Easter holiday period.
If you would like to access this provision over this time then please complete the questionnaire attached and we will endeavour to ensure every request is responded to, even if your family is self isolating.
Please complete the form by 12.30pm Friday 3rd April 2020 so we are able to ensure we have adequate food supplies over the duration of this period.
Message from the WM Chief Constable - What you can expect from the Force
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday introduced significant social restrictions, which touch on everyone’s lives across the West Midlands.
These are unprecedented in peacetime and I know will be hard on you and your families.
I want to assure you that my officers and staff will continue to work every hour of every day to keep you safe. We will protect you.
That is our duty and that is my promise to you.
But this is my ask of you. I urge the people of the West Midlands to follow the new instructions. They are essential and it will save lives.
Nothing is more important.
Officers and PCSOs will be visible in our communities and I have asked them all to engage positively but safely with anyone we suspect is in breach of the new regulations.
Officers will explain what the new restrictions are and what we expect of everyone.
If we have to talk to you we will:
- Make it clear we are dealing with a national health emergency
- Reinforce the importance of complying with these new measures
- Strongly encourage people to adhere to them at all times
- Reinforce that the measures are there to protect our country and in particular the vulnerable
- Ask that you do not buy more food than you need. We need to look after each other.
If people do not listen to our advice then we will move to enforcement.
We are already receiving many calls on potential breaches of these arrangements. People can advise us if there are large scale breaches with large numbers of people congregating via webchat or 101. We would ask you to trust that we will target the most problematic behaviour.
This will only work if people make sensible choices and observe what they are being told.
You can keep in touch with West Midlands Police by following @WMPolice on Twitter, on Facebook as well as signing up for community messaging where you live via WMNow.
The country is facing a challenging period when helping each other and being good neighbours and friends has never been so vital.
As Chief Constable I know our communities will rise to the challenge and we will all work together to prevent the spread of the virus.
Partial opening from Monday 23.3.20 for keyworkers’ children
We have a number of students who will be attending the academy from Monday. Only those children whose parents have completed the online form and received confirmation of a place should attend.
Students will be expected to wear their school uniform and bring a PE kit (just in case). Students will only be able to arrive via main reception and should make their way to the Green Room where they will be allocated to groups. We intend to teach in the ENT classrooms which have computers and will allow access to work which is being set for all students on ClassCharts.
We hope to serve a sandwich lunch in the canteen.
We continue to advise that students wash their hands regularly, prior to their arrival, departure and during the school day.
We will monitor our keyworker online form on a Wednesday and Friday to check for changes to circumstances.
Key Workers Form Reminder
Following government advice, from today the school will be closed to the majority of students.
We will endeavour to remain open for vulnerable students and children of key workers. If you feel this applies to you, please click the link below to notify us:
You must complete this form, by today at 12:00 midday, if you wish your child to attend school next week, please note that we may ask for proof of employment.
Please rest assured that we have the best interests of our students at heart and will always do our best to provide for them with reduced staffing.
Key Workers Guidance
Government guidenance on "Key Workers" can be found here on the GOV.UK website:
Please click the link below to complete our key worker form:
Deadlines for submissions is today at 12:00 midday (Friday 20th March)
ClassCharts and Office365 Apps Information
Please click the links below to download helpful information regarding ClassCharts and Microsoft Office 365 Apps.