First week back bulletin

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04 September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer and Student

Following my letter dated 24 August 2020, I wanted to write to you today to update you on our first week back at The Gateway Academy. A massive thank you for all of your input this week.

I am delighted to advise you that attendance this week is on average 94%. The students have made a great start back and just to have the students’ energy back in our building, to see them learning and to be able to provide them with the education they deserve is incredible.

Some reminders:
Start and Finish Times for Year Groups
As you are aware, to ensure the Academy is as COVID secure as possible, we have put a number of measures in place. Year 11 will have additional time to support them in preparation for their GCSE examinations. Timings are as follows.

Year Group Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Start Time 08:20 08:30 08:40 08:50 08:10
End Time 14:00 14:10 14:20 14:30 15:30

PE and Dance Kit Policy September 2020

To address social distancing issues due to COVID‐19 PE kit procedures will run slightly differently from September 2020 until further notice. Students will be expected to attend school in their PE kit on days when they have PE or Dance practical lessons; this will remove the need to use the

changing rooms in large groups. The following points are to be followed with regards to what we class as satisfactory PE kit:

 T‐shirt
o Gateway Academy PE T‐shirt.
o Other sport style top as plain as
possible, with minimal branding.
o No crop tops.

 Bottoms
o Gateway Academy shorts.
o Plain shorts.
o Jogging bottoms as plain as possible,
with minimal branding.
o Sports leggings (these must be sport
leggings and not fashion leggings from
high street shops).

 Trainers
o Sports trainers.
 Long sleeve top
o Gateway Academy rugby top.
o Plain sports top with minimal branding.
o Gateway Academy jumper which can be purchased from Kit Locker (link on website – Student Zone > New
PE Kit > Link (http://www.theglc‐‐pe‐kit)).

If students arrive to school in clothing we feel is inappropriate and not following the guidance stated above, students will be asked to go home to change.

We understand that some students may have PE two days in a row, particularly GCSE students and this is why we have eased the rules on what we class as normal PE kit; however, when we have use of the changing rooms again then we will expect all students to return to wearing the full Gateway Academy PE kit.

Student Equipment
It is important that students bring their own equipment to school, including a reading book, writing equipment, scientific calculator (new students please note that the Maths Team will provide details the first week back of correct equipment to purchase).

Face Coverings
Currently we are encouraging students to wear face coverings in corridors and in the Courtyard Cafe. We are keeping an active eye on the latest Government guidance and will make it compulsory if we become an area where  transmission of the Coronavirus is high.
We would recommend your son/daughter uses a reusable face covering so that they can use this more than once, as inevitably they will be removing and putting their face covering on throughout the day. Unfortunately, if this is not possible, your son/daughter will need to bring in several single‐use face coverings for use throughout the day. All face coverings should be stored in a sealable plastic bag so that this will be secure from contamination throughout the school day. Reusable and single‐use face coverings are available to buy in shops and/or online. Below is a website you can use to make your own face coverings ‐‐ when‐to‐wear‐one‐and‐how‐to‐make‐your‐own/face‐coverings‐when‐to‐wear‐one‐and‐how‐to‐makeyour‐ own. All reusable face coverings should be washed at the end of a school day, ready for use the following day.

Regular Cleaning
Hand sanitation zones have been set up in all areas across the Academy including in every classroom, corridor, canteen area, reception, student entry areas, etc. Regular cleaning will take place across the Academy every day and areas in ‘heavy use’ will be cleaned more frequently including the Courtyard Cafe, toilets, etc.

Contact Details
There will be regular communication for all parent/carers over the coming weeks and months. It is therefore, extremely important that we have your most up‐to‐date contact details at all times. Please ensure that if you are changing your contact details, you e‐mail Ms O’Dwyer at
I will continue to write to you every week for the first half term to ensure that you are kept fully informed of how the new procedures are working in the Academy and any changes to Government Guidance.

As always, a massive thank you for your support at this time.

Best wishes,
Yours sincerely
Mrs G McLaughlin

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