Clayton Hall Academy COVID-19 Update

In March the government announced the closure of all schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we closed our doors to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable students. Since that time, we have remained open to through term time and most holiday periods for these young people. We are now planning to begin to open Clayton Hall Academy more widely to offer face-to face provision for our Year 10 students from 15th June 2020 at the earliest.

This will not be full-time provision and we will not have more than 25% of the Year 10 cohort on any site at any time, in line with government direction.

We are very conscious of the challenges and concerns around this wider opening and have invested considerable time and effort in preparing for this. We have sought health and safety advice from H&S experts and from guidance issued by the government, NHS and the unions which support our staff. We very much look forward to seeing our students in school again but are also working hard to ensure that the remote learning opportunities and resources that we are offering to our students learning from home, are of an increasingly good standard.

We have taken a huge steps forwards in using IT as a major vehicle of communication and resource. The introduction of some ‘Live’ lessons using Microsoft Teams beginning from the 8th June is another example of this.

We have developed a UET Trust and Academy specific planning framework for responding to COVID-19 which we work to constantly and which is robust and detailed. Please find our Risk Assessment documentation and Equality Impact Assessment documents for your reference and reassurance.

We take very seriously our civic duties and our responsibilities to our students, parents, staff and wider community and as public servants want our contribution to resolving the current situation to be well considered, substantial and optimistic. We are also very proud of the hard work and commitment of our staff and school community in rising to the challenges of these unprecedented times.