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Here is our latest Academy Risk Assessment in line with current COVID-19 restrictions.

 SJA Risk Assessment Jan21.pdf



National voucher scheme launched for schools providing free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals can benefit from a national voucher scheme whilst they stay at home. This delivers on the Government’s commitment to provide ongoing support for the 1.3 million children that would receive benefits-related free school meals at their school.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.

Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.

Today, schools will receive an email from the Department for Education’s chosen supplier, Edenred, explaining how to access and administer the voucher scheme locally.

Full details of this scheme can be found here:



Following tonight’s Government announcement of a further national lockdown, the academy will be open to keyworker and vulnerable pupils only from Tuesday 5th January 2021. All other pupils should remain at home and class teachers will be setting remote learning for them through Google Classroom – please use previously shared login details to access this. Should you have any issues with this, please email your child’s class teacher who will endeavour to support you. For any pupils in receipt of free school meals, vouchers will be organised and we will be in touch with an update before the end of the week.




Coronavirus testing for schools and colleges from January

Today we have announced that from January teachers and pupils will have access to rapid testing to help keep schools and colleges open throughout the spring term.

From January, and starting with secondary schools, including all special schools and alternative provision, the education workforce will be eligible for weekly on the spot tests. This will help identify asymptomatic cases – which make up a third of all cases – limiting the spread of the virus. This will be backed up by daily testing for staff who have been in close contact with a positive case therefore eliminating the need for self-isolation; allowing them to continue to come into school or college.

Students and pupils will be eligible for daily testing if they have been in close contact with a positive case.

You can read the press notice and a detailed Q&A for parents, but here is a summary of the key details of the announcement:

  • Teachers and pupils will have access to rapid testing from January.
  • Staff who are in close contact with cases will be eligible for daily testing, eliminating the need for immediate self-isolation. Only if a daily test returns a positive result will the staff member need to isolate.
  • Testing will roll out as rapidly as possible from January, starting with staff and moving quickly on to serial testing of students.
  • It is the decision of the individual school or college when they would like to begin accessing this new dedicated testing capacity.

Detailed operational guidance and training materials
 are available to secondary schools and colleges so they are able to use the new testing capacity from the first week of the spring term.