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Letters to Students & Parents

End of Term

20th July 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

We have finally made it to the end of term and in the last week have managed to ensure the students have had a more ‘normal’ experience including Sports Day and Reward Activities. I’d like to thank all the staff for their hard work and endless support over the year. Sadly, some staff are leaving us; Louise Laming, Tanya Wiles, Glenn Moore, Rebecca Brownbridge, Julie Edwards, Lauren Tonks and Charlotte Crosby. They have all given so much to the students and I wish them all the best moving forward.

I am looking forward to September and ensuring that all students get both great learning opportunities and can participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. We will be lateral flow testing students twice prior to starting back in September and you will have received details with specific times and dates for your child. We hope to make any disruption as limited as possible.

We will be resuming a full food service in September for all students and I have included sample menus for you to look at. We have also given you a copy of our uniform policy, for clarification, there is no specific school bag that students are expected to have, the only branded elements of the school uniform are the blazer, tie and skirt. If you have any queries or need any support with uniform, please call the school and we will be happy to help.

The internal timings of the school day have also been altered to ensure that all students get the best learning possible. The start and end of the day have not changed, and transition times have been added so that students do not lose learning time moving around the site.

I want to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday and will see all students on the week on the 1st September.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Halpin,
Principal


Post 16

19th July 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

Lincoln Castle Academy Sixth Form has a well-established history of academy success and a reputation for excellence in Lincoln and has a real community feel. Both Years 12 and 13 are integrated allowing lifelong friendships to be forged in the bespoke Sixth Form Common room and I look forward to this continuing in September.

The past 18 months have been incredibly challenging and we hope to have a more normal approach to education in the next academic year. This will of course, mean students sitting external exams for possibly the first time in their academic career. We are here to support this and to ensure they are successful in their next steps.

For clarity, I just wanted to confirm a few changes going forward to next year to support our students:

Dress Code

Sixth Form Dress Code 2021/22 is ‘Business Casual’. Subtle make up and jewellery are permitted. A tie may be worn, but is not mandatory. Outdoor coats must not be worn inside the academy.

What is appropriate:

  • Smart trousers/chinos
  • Skirt or dress (no shorter than 4 inches above the knee)
  • Polo Shirt/Blouse/Shirt/Smart top
  • Smart jumper or cardigan
  • Jacket or blazer (optional)
  • Smart shoes or boots (no UGG type boots)
  • Plain sweatshirt with a shirt or polo shirt underneath

What is NOT appropriate:

  • Bare shoulders
  • Bare midriff
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Offensive slogans
  • Skirt/dress shorter than 4 inches above the knee
  • Vest tops/Bandeau tops / Bodycon dresses
  • Leggings/Tracksuit bottoms
  • Flip Flop /Sliders/Trainers
  • Caps and hats
  • Hoodies/Fleeces
  • Denim/leather jackets or similar
  • Sweatshirt/hoodie/jumper/t-shirt with logos or slogans across the front
  • Denim/leather skirts

 Consequences:

A student who is dressed inappropriately will be issued with a verbal warning and may be asked to go home to change. After two verbal warnings parents/carers will be contacted.

We value our student’s education and want to support them to succeed. Going forward all study periods will be supervised study by one of the sixth form team to ensure that students make the most of independent learning time.

Students will no longer be allowed off site at lunch or during the school day. This is due to safeguarding. We have a new catering firm, Mellors, who will now be providing food across the whole site. Microwaves will still be available in the common room for students to use.

Mobile phones will only be allowed in the common room and should not be used anywhere else in the academy. (The acceptable use policy will be issued to sign in September).

Please do not hesitate to contact either myself of Mr Roe – Head of Post 16 if you need anything further.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Halpin,
Principal 


Letter for Year 10 Parents

12th July 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

At the end of this term your child will receive a written report from their form tutor to detail the progress they have made this summer term.

In September (when hopefully) COVID restrictions are lifted, Lincoln Castle Academy will be holding a Year 11 Progress Meeting during an evening to discuss your child’s academic progress and the support we will put in place during the academic year to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.

This will include all students being provided with free revision guides and packs funded by the school, 1-on-1 intervention sessions, small group tuition and additional revision classes to support them.

This will be a great opportunity to find out about what Year 11 holds and to ask any specific questions you have about the year ahead.

Year 11 can be an incredibly challenging and stressful year for students and we want to ensure your child gets all the support they need, both academically and pastorally to do their best and be successful in their next steps, be that in sixth form, college or an apprenticeship.

I will be in contact again nearer the time to confirm the date of the Year 11 progress meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Halpin, Principal


 


Please click on the tabs below for a helpful reminder of current rules and restrictions including those that come into force on 17th May for your convenience.

THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM 17 MAY:

  • People will be allowed to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people.
  • People will be allowed to meet indoors in groups of six, or with one other household.
  • Domestic overnight stays will be allowed in groups of up to six people or two households.
  • Social distancing with family and friends will become a matter of personal judgement.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RULES?

  • You no longer have to stay at home, although government guidelines urge you to stay local and minimise travel.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people, or two households, are allowed - including in private gardens.
  • You should stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household, or one metre plus with precautions (such as a face covering).
  • The police can fine you up to £10,000 for taking part in illegal gatherings.

THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL APPLY NO EARLIER THAN 21 JUNE:

  • The government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact.

  • You should continue working from home if possible.
  • If your job involves working in other people's homes - for instance, as a cleaner, a tradesman or a childminder you can continue to do so.

FROM 17 MAY:

  • Face coverings for pupils are no longer necessary in classrooms or in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.
  • Twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.
  • All remaining university students will be eligible to return to in-person teaching and learning and should get tested twice a week upon return.

FROM 17 MAY:

  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants can open indoors, and serve food and/or alcohol to seated customers.
  • Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, can reopen.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs, can reopen.
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can resume.
  • Steam rooms and saunas can also reopen.
  • Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can reopen, in line with capacity limits.
  • Indoor events with up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted.
  • Outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower, will be permitted.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RULES?

  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities can open.
  • Indoor leisure facilities, including gyms, and spas (but not saunas), are open for individual exercise.
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants can serve food and alcohol to customers seated outside.
  • Indoor venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, are closed.
  • Outdoor playgrounds are open.
  • Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas are open.
  • Libraries and community centres can open.
  • You can stay overnight in self-contained holiday accommodation, but only with members of your own household.

THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL APPLY NO EARLIER THAN 21 JUNE:

  • The government hopes to reopen nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances.

  • All shops and retail outlets are now open.
  • Personal care premises, such as hairdressers, salons and close-contact services, can open.
  • People who offer these services in the home, such as mobile hairdressers or massage therapists, can also operate.

COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information click on the boxes below:

  


If you should wish to receive a copy of the Academy’s COVID 19 risk assessment, please email enquiries@lincolncastleacademy.co.uk


We are committed to a policy of treating each person equally and we have carefully considered and analysed the impact of our policies on equality and the possible implications for individuals with protected characteristics, recognising the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.

9 Protected characteristics: Age, Sex, Race, Disability, Religion, Gender re-assignment, Pregnancy or maternity, Marriage or Civil partnership, Sexual orientation.


Paper copies of information on this website can be requested from enquiries@lincolncastleacademy.co.uk