Yesterday the Ipswich Star featured Piper’s Vale Primary Academy, as children in Year 6 returned to school. Please click the link below to read the article.
Following the Government’s decision that schools can re-open, we will open to Y6 pupils on Monday 1 June, mid morning, and we intend to open to pupils in nursery, reception and Y1 on 2 June. We are also making plans to provide face-to-face contact for Year 10 from 15 June but NB Government has indicated that only around a quarter of Y10 students are likely to be able to attend at any one time.
The Board has confirmed its arrangements to partially re-open schools (primary schools in the first instance) from 1 June. These arrangements are available here, together with specific safe working practices for staff working in administrative and office-based roles. The arrangements to partially re-open Ipswich Academy to Y10 students will be published as soon as these are available – which we anticipate will be sometime wc 8 June.
The Government has produced guidance on ‘What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak.’
The Government has provided its definition of key workers. This is available here. Parents/carers have already been asked to indicate to their child/ren’s school if they feel that they qualify as a key worker. If you have already done so, but your status may now have changed or be unclear, please contact the school. If you have not yet contacted the school to say that you qualify as a key worker, and you would like your child to be in school, please let the school know urgently so that we can make plans.
Current government guidance is that vouchers for pupils who are eligible for free school meals will not be issued for the half term break. Given this, we will not be issuing vouchers next week. If government guidance changes we will issue vouchers as soon as we can.
World book day 2020 saw pupils and staff from across the Trust dressing up as characters from their favourite books. A big well done to everyone that got involved. See below gallery for some of our favourites from Ipswich Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, and Solebay Primary Academy. More to follow next week!
Ipswich Academy held their community quiz in order to raise funding for students to participate in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Have a look at the tweet below to see how they got on!
BBC Radio Suffolk had the opportunity to speak to the new Principal of Ipswich Academy yesterday. Follow the link below and skip to 01:21:00 to hear the full piece. (Please note you may need to create a BBC account to access the media).
Former Olympic Triathlete Abbie Thorrington has been appointed Principal of Ipswich Academy. She is poised to build on the school’s recent successes to ensure its pupils develop through meaningful opportunities to be successful and enjoy all aspects of their lives.
Abbie, who is currently Assistant Principal at Ipswich Academy, will take over in June from current Principal Helen Winn, whose successful leadership led the Paradigm Trust school to achieve its best ever GCSE results in August. Eight years on from the 2012 Olympics, Abbie’s hard work and dedication to teaching has paid off as she secures the top job in the acclaimed Ipswich secondary school.
Bill Holledge, Chief Executive of Paradigm Trust, comments:
“Abbie has been a key part of the leadership team which achieved strong results in summer 2019, as well as having been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management. She has demonstrated excellence and ambition in her role as Assistant Principal, building a strong rapport with both our pupils and the wider community. We are delighted to give her the opportunity to continue her work as Principal.”
Abbie Thorrington, newly appointed Principal at Ipswich Academy, says:
“I am incredibly honoured to take on the role of Principal at Ipswich Academy. I grew up in Ipswich and have always been a part of its community. Since retiring from athletics I have been able to utilise that experience, including the dedication and resilience developed through training, to support my teaching career here. I have big ambitions for the pupils of Ipswich Academy and, as we enter another Olympic year, will do everything in my power to make all our pupils’ dreams a reality.”
A recent Ofsted report recognised that Ipswich Academy leaders, including Abbie Thorrington, had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience. The school is currently oversubscribed for places.
Over at Ipswich Academy, 35 enthusiastic students embarked upon their Duke of Edinburgh journey. The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a nationally recognised award for young people which is designed to provide a sense of adventure and recognise achievement.
Listen to the full feature below.