Assalamu alaykum, Dear Parents
I hope you and your families are well. You will be aware, the most recent government advice is to allow some face-to-face teaching for year 10 pupils from next week with the possibility of phasing-in other year groups later in the summer term. However, like many other schools across the country, we believe it is still too early and unsafe to open. We have also considered the guidance on implementing protective measures for education and childcare settings and feel it will be difficult to implement the recommendations to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, while at the same time continuing to deliver online learning successfully. Therefore, we will not be returning to school in the summer term and will continue to monitor the situation closely, insha’Allah.
We are currently preparing to return to school in September 2020 and are considering all our options. I have outlined below our proposal for various situations we may find ourselves in, to get some feedback from parents:
- All pupils return to school as a result of restrictions being lifted and no or minimum social distancing rules in place.
- Pupils alternate between face-to-face and online learning. A certain percentage of pupils attend school every day depending on the size of each class and we intend for the rest of our pupils to take part in lessons from home via live-streaming – this means pupils will be able to participate in lessons from home as and when lessons take place. We would also alternate between pupils attending school to ensure all pupils have access to two and three days of face-to-face learning each week.
- All pupils continue with online learning as lockdown/restrictions are in place.
Furthermore, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of the school during what has been a difficult time for most people. We have witnessed our teachers, parents, and pupils come on board and work incredibly hard to adapt to online teaching and learning despite some of the challenges it has presented. Please continue to make dua for our staff, pupils, and their families, and continue to have patience with us while we endeavour to deliver lessons in the most effective way possible given the current limitations. May Allah SWT bless you all – Ameen.
——————————————————————————————UPDATES CONCERNING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
• SCHOOL SITE CLOSURE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lady Aisha Academy will now be operating solely online either through live sessions or pre-recorded teaching sessons, until further notice. Lessons for all pupils will continue to run daily as per the timetable from 8:45am – 3:00pm, and all content will be made accessible via their school accounts. All students are expected to log in daily and punctually, and participate in all their lessons.
• PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS AND ADMISSIONS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lady Aisha Academy has currently closed its school site and has moved all operations online, therefore we will most likely be holding entrance tests, interviews and registrations online or via email and phone calls, as opposed to in person. Please continue to send in your applications, as other than moving online, the school is running as usual.
Please note that our contingency plan for September, should it be not possible for us to return t,o the school site at the beginning of the academic year, is to continue to operate online (as we are now) until it is deemed safe for us to re-open again.
——————————————————————————————Easter holiday dates
Lady Aisha Academy will be closed to all students (except year 11s) for the Easter holidays, from Monday 6th April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020.
The school office will remain open from 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday during the holidays.
School will reopen for students on Monday 20th April 2020, with the doors opening at 8am and school starting at 8:30am.Work Experience
We are currently arranging and sourcing Work Experience placements for our pupils in Year 11. If you are able to offer any of our students a placement in your area of work, please do contact the office, as we would be very interested to hear from you.Vaccination Dates
Year 8 HPV first dose: Monday 9th September 2019
Year 9 Meningitis ACWY & DTP: Thursday 2nd April 2020
Year 8 HPV second dose: Monday 6th July 2020Applications for Year 6 pupils
Applications are now open for students in Year 6 who would like to apply for Lady Aisha Academy 2020 – 2021. If you would like to submit an application for your daughter and have not yet done so, please apply as soon as possible. Thank you.Adverse weather conditions
In case of really bad weather such as heavy snow, our most likely course of action will be that the school will remain open and running, and students should come in when they can, as soon as possible.
Thank you.Healthy Eating
We have decided to start a healthy eating scheme as we are concerned about the number of sweets, crisps and sugary drinks the pupils consume. The above mentioned foods will not be allowed on school premises except on Wednesdays.