15th July 2020
We hope all our children and families have a good summer break. On behalf of all staff we would like to say thank you for your messages of support and thank you gifts during these difficult times, it is very much appreciated.
The school will open as planned on Thursday 3rd September. We will be working through the holidays to ensure we follow the latest government guidance - details will be sent out to all parents via our text messaging service well before the start of the Autumn term.
Update 3rd July
Stay safe and hope you enjoy the summer break.
Update 16th June
Dear parents we have welcomed back our Y6 children today and have an increase in key worker children attending. The school is now at capacity for the number of children we can have in because of the limited space and layout of the building. So sadly, even though we would love to welcome back our Reception children and Y1 children, they will not be able to attend this term. As you know, the government announced last week that no other year groups would be attending school this term but then announced that they can if schools have the space - which again, as much as we would love to have the children back, we don't have the space. Schools get to know these changes when you do so we have no prior warning of any changes.
Update 10th June RE: WIDER OPENING
Following a robust and rigorous Risk Assessment, the Board of Trustees of New Seaham Academy trust and staff of the school have agreed that in order to minimise the risk to all to a reasonably acceptable level, we would like to invite Y6 children back to school from wb 15th June.
Update 4th June: *KEY WORKER PARENTS*
As there is a significant increase in Key Worker children attending childcare provision for wb 8th June, please note the change in arrangements to help keep everyone safe:
Please observe strict social distancing when waiting outside the gates with only one adult bringing children to school
Please note, parents will not be able to come to collect their children at any other time apart from 3.30pm.
We will be making changes to the organisation of the childcare provision in school to help keep everyone safe and to try and reduce the transmission of infection when children are in school.
We hope you all continue to #staysafe
Update 1st June: *KEY WORKER PARENTS*
The school will be open only for child care provision for key worker children for wb 8th June.
Please note you will also need to email a letter from your employer as evidence of your key worker status.
We hope everyone continues to #staysafe
Update 29th May: NOTICE TO PARENTS FROM NEW SEAHAM ACADEMY TRUST
The health and safety of our children, staff and their families is paramount in considering whether it is safe to open the school more widely. The school is currently conducting robust risk assessments and when these indicate the risk is minimal, we will then consider inviting more pupils to attend school. The school will keep you updated from the school website and from the school's Facebook page.
The Board of Trustees
Update 21th May: NOTICE UPDATE FOR PARENTS OF RECEPTION, YEAR 1 and YEAR 6
Further to our notice yesterday, can we politely inform parents that all safety measures contained therein follow the specific government advice provided to all schools.
We understand these are upsetting for our children and their families - as well as upsetting for all of us in school - and whilst we do not want to introduce such measures, we are compelled to do so in order to adhere to government advice.
You will shortly receive a text from parentmail with a link to the online form which needs to be completed by 3.30 pm, Monday 25th May.
* Please do not call or email the school with your responses *
As ever, we appreciate your cooperation and understanding during what are unprecedented challenges for us all.
Update 20th May: NOTICE FOR PARENTS OF RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND Y6
As you are aware, the government has asked schools to consider the wider opening of schools from after the half term if their 5 tests have been met. Our half term will finish on June 8th so any wider opening of the school would be from that date at the earliest. We are currently conducting a robust risk assessment on the possibilities for New Seaham Academy using guidance from the government, the Education Unions and Durham LAs Health and Safety Team.
All of us at the school would love to the have the children back in with us as soon as possible - but only if it is safe to do so. The health and safety of our children and their families and the staff and their families will be paramount in any considerations. In order to assist us in our risk assessment we will need a general idea of how many children may be attending should the school open. Ultimately it will be parental choice in deciding whether they think it is safe for their children to attend and no parent will be penalised if they do not send their child to school should we have a wider opening.
We will of course do our very best to try and make everything as child friendly as possible but the protective measures needed to try and mitigate risk will have to prevail. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about whether you think it is safe for your child to attend.
The school now has online home learning packs available located under the "HOME LEARNING" tab at the top right corner of this page.