Covid-19

We will keep this page updated with relevant information and links regarding Covid-19.

Please use the documents and links below to learn more about the support we are offering during this time.

Lateral Flow Tests

Dear Parents/ carers,  

Your child has now completed three lateral flow tests in line with the government mass testing programme. Your child is now required to conduct two tests weekly using the tests provided. One on a Monday and one on a Thursday every week until further notice (stipulated by the government). All students involved in the programme have received training and conducted tests themselves in school, so are comfortable with the process.  

It is recommended that the test is taken in the morning before they attend school (so there is less chance of them getting infected between taking the test and attending school). However, you may choose to do the test the evening before, especially the first time, to give yourself more time to get accustomed to the test. If your child tests positive at home, they must complete a PCR Covid test and stay at home until they receive the results.  

Within the packs there is also a leaflet with further guidance and details of how to register your tests. You must register your result to NHS using the link in the leaflet it can also be found here https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and  to the academy using this link: Student results.  

We continue to follow government guidance to ensure all our staff and students remain safe at school. The completion of these are an important part of maintaining a safe place to work and learn.   

If you have any questions, please contact the academy via info@arkboulton.org.   

Please read the following documents for additional information:

The Big Ask

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has today launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

All schools are encouraged to support their pupils to complete this survey. A range of teaching resources have also been produced, including lesson plans and activity packs, to help teachers incorporate this into their lessons.

Parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Letters to Parents

To view previous letters and guidance for parents look at our academy letters page.

Lockdown Rules

Covid Safety Measures

To support the safety of our students we have put in place a number of initiatives to prevent further spread of Covid-19, these include:

  • Year Group Entrances: Each year group has a specific entrance and exit point that reduces the likelihood of interaction across bubbles
  • Class Bubbles: As much as possible, classes remain together throughout the day in one small bubble
  • Separate Lunch Areas: There are separate lunch halls for years 7, 8 and 9. KS4 students recieve lunch in their classrooms
  • Facemasks: All staff are required to wear a face mask in communal areas. However students are not required to following the latest government guidance.
  • Lateral Flow Tests: All staff and students are urged to complete a twice weekly lateral flow test to ensure the safety of everyone around them.

Please note: we request all parents and visitors book an appointment in advance of any visits to the school, including the school office. To do so please call or email (info@arkboulton.org) with your enquiry and wait for a response detailing a confirmed booking time for you to arrive at the school. Please ensure that you come at the time and date specified for your visit and maintain social distancing whilst on school premises.

Parents who wish to drop/pick up their children need to wait at the drop/pick up point just outside the TA centre, and should NOT enter the site without a prior appointment.

School Safety Measures