Further to our message yesterday (Monday 23 March), we can confirm that from next week we will be issuing an £11.50 Tesco voucher, each week during term time, for pupils who are eligible for a free school meal. We are in the process of confirming contact details so that we can get vouchers to you (by email, by default). Please do not contact the school – wait for us to contact you – we will be in touch as soon as we can. Please do **not** come to school to collect a packed lunch. A £10 voucher will be provided, today, for this week. If government guidance changes, we will follow this. We will keep the situation under review and intend to move back to distribution of food once the current restrictions on movement are relaxed.
The Government has now 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. Our intention is to be pragmatic in determining who qualifies as a key worker – so please do get in touch for a discussion if that would help.
Following the government’s announcement this evening that all English schools are to close at the end of this Friday 20 March, I can confirm that Paradigm Trust schools will be closed to pupils from Monday 23 March onwards. I will communicate a likely re-opening date as soon as I am in a position to do so.
These are unprecedented times and I appreciate that this will be exceptionally challenging for pupils as well as their parents/carers. We have made preparations to ensure that learning can go on in the coming weeks – physical and digital materials will be shared with pupils in the coming days and arrangements will be made for materials to be collected/distributed to pupils who are already absent.
Arrangements are being made to provide free school meals to those pupils who are eligible, and to open for pupils who are vulnerable and pupils of key workers, as defined by government. We will communicate these arrangements as soon as we can.
We will provide as much information as we can, as soon as we can.
For the remainder of this week, our intention is to keep all of our schools open. There may well need to be partial closures at some or all of all schools – these will be communicated to you absolutely as soon as we become aware of the necessity. Please check the websites of individual schools – these will include information as to any partial or full closures. We will also make announcements via text message and Twitter (and Facebook where appropriate). We will endeavour to return phone calls and emails in a timely fashion but there are likely to be greater delays than normal and I ask for your patience and understanding.
Thank you for your support.
Bill Holledge, CEO
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.
“We work to ensure that every child’s future is determined by their talent and hard work” – read more in the Ipswich Star
The East Anglia Times today ran a feature celebrating the amazing success of out Ipswich Academies:EastAngliaTimescutting