Arnold Academy

Arnold Academy

Arnold Academy

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“I am delighted to welcome you to Arnold Academy. Situated on the outskirts of Barton-le-Clay, our thriving, friendly and successful school is recognised as providing an excellent all round education for our pupils in a caring and safe environment."

"Our academy is built on the foundation of a strong community, underpinned by positive relationships and shared values. This lies at the core of all that we do. We aim to provide the best teaching for our pupils, delivered through an exciting and challenging curriculum. In this way, we aim to ensure that every pupil will leave Arnold having enjoyed their experience, developed as a person and reached their full potential.
I hope that our website gives you a flavour of life at Arnold Academy and an idea of what we can offer you and your child. However, the best way to find out more is by paying us a visit and meeting some of our wonderful pupils and staff. You will always be made welcome.”

Steve Kelly
Headteacher

                  

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

12 April: What’s changed

 

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

 

 

Testing at Home

 

Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.

 

Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week 3-5 days apart, in the morning before school, if possible, or the evening before.

 

If your child has not been tested at school yet, then please get in touch with us so that we can arrange a time for them to be tested on site, before beginning home testing.

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

 

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Reporting results

 

It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

It is important to keep a note of your child’s results and share with us by emailing covid@arnoldacademy.org.uk for positive or void results or pupilnegative@arnoldacademy.org.uk with negative results.

 

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week

 

Regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.

 

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests  
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

 

To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.

 

 

 

Consultation on proposed changes to school and college travel support

 

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking parents and carers for their views on proposed changes to its home to school and college travel assistance policies, which outline who is eligible for free or discounted travel to school and college.

 

In certain circumstances, the Council provides support with home to school and college transport to school pupils aged 5-16, and students attending post-16 education.  The Council is proposing changes after parents, carers and professionals fed back about the existing policies during engagement sessions to review the policies.

 

It has launched a twelve-week public consultation to secure feedback on the proposed changes from the wider public.  The Council is proposing to:

  • Update its policy for children aged 5-16 to extend the eligibility criteria to cover more groups of children. This will include support for those in joint custody arrangements, and children with special educational needs.
  • Update the policy for 16-19 year-olds so that it is clearer for parents to understand, with the eligibility criteria remaining the same
  • Create a policy document outlining the clear eligibility criteria for parents and young people over the age of 19

 

The consultation runs until Thursday 22 April 2021 and further information, including access to the survey, is available here.