Message from Interim Head of School re: reopening of Angel Oak Academy

Dear parents and carers, 

I hope that you and your family are well. Following on from last week’s letter from Mark Ducker, CEO of STEP Academy Trust, I wanted to write to you to explain the next steps, which we will be taking at Angel Oak Academy. 

As you are aware, on Sunday 10th May, the Prime Minister made an announcement that schools, where possible, should try and bring children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to school from 1st June. All other year groups should continue to be educated at home. 

You may have also seen and read the guidance which followed on 12th May, outlining steps which schools should take to protect the safety of children, staff and their local community. 

As you can imagine, these steps are not straightforward in a primary school setting. The CEO outlined three key guiding principles in our phased return: 

  1. Safety – the safety of children and staff will be our top priority.  
  1. Community – the main purpose of expanding provision, within Government guidelines, is to further support the communities we serve. 
  1. Choice – we respect that parents are best placed to determine whether their children come to school, if eligible, or continue learning at home.     

Full and detailed risk assessments have now been carried out for Angel Oak Academy. Taking into account the building and grounds layout, whilst following government guidelines, has led us to the conclusion that from Monday 1st June, we will only be inviting Year 6 children to return to school

The decision to bring Year 6 back first allows one of the named year groups by the government to return to their primary school for the final time before leaving to start secondary. This period of transition is vital, along with the ability to say goodbye. Year 6 children will be more able to social distance in comparison to the younger children, with class sizes being a maximum of 15. These ratios have been calculated using the guidance and building and grounds layout. 

More details regarding the measures Angel Oak will be putting into place from June 1 will be communicated with Year 6 parents this week. 

The situation in school will be reviewed daily and all government guidance will be adhered to. Following the successful return of Year 6, further details will follow inviting in other named year groups. 

Whilst I understand that this is an unknown and unsettling time, I am sure that you will agree that the safety of our pupils must come first.