Maintaining “World-Class” education during lockdown
Dear Member of the Haven High Community,
I would like to thank you for your continued support for the Academy and to take this opportunity to update you on progress and next steps. We appreciate that for many of you the last 8 weeks have been challenging dealing with isolation, working from home, home schooling, employment changes, illness and probably many others too.
Since the “lock down” in March we have revolutionised the education process for our amazing students and transferred education from the classroom to their home. I am so proud of the transition that has been achieved and we continue to strive to provide a “world class” education for all. We understand that less than 10% of schools nationally are “live streaming” lessons and we are one of them. I am extremely grateful to our staff who have adapted to the new normal.
We will continue to evolve our curriculum, add requested lessons where appropriate, include assemblies, weekly challenges and guest speakers in addition to our weekly debate and Cultural Passport for the Co24.
In addition to supporting our students through their education we have also provided comprehensive pastoral support. Between lessons staff have made many thousands of welfare /progress checks, we are truly grateful for the lovely feedback that you have provided. Our “on call” mental health team have been kept busy and have responded quickly and efficiently to all enquiries, involving external agencies where appropriate.
We have actively supported our NHS through the production of PPE, wash bags, face / lip creams and of course bags of sweets! The academy has remained open to support the families of Key Workers and staff have even volunteered to work during their holiday periods.
The Government have made several recent announcements which we are now considering in detail. Our key responsibility is to ensure the safety of all members of the academy community whilst providing the students with an education which will enable them to achieve their true potential. This is a delicate balance and we appreciate your patience whilst we sort through the detail.
Whilst all decisions are subject to change, at the moment we will continue to deliver education through our online facility rather than having large groups of students attend the academy, it is likely that this approach will continue until September. We are currently planning to have face time, as directed by the Government with the students from the Co 21, principally to establish the Study and Support program for their final year at school. We await further direction from the Government about engaging with additional year groups.
We are confident with our current education provision however students who are not currently engaging with their online learning will be asked to attend the academy on a daily basis for additional support.
For those in receipt of Free School Meals we will join the National Voucher Scheme after the half term holiday and e vouchers will be sent to the email address that you have kindly supplied.
We are in the process of planning for the transition of students from Primary School and we will do our best to provide a worry free move to our academy for them.
We are keen for students in the Co24 to visit the Marian Campus prior to their start in September and as plans evolve, they will be communicated via WEDUC.
Regardless of any changes that may occur we want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff remain the key priority. Education will be maintained, and expectations will not change. From this situation we are convinced that the academy will emerge better, fitter and more agile, new ways of working are already being established which will help shape how we work in the future.
In summary we would like to thank you and the students of Haven High Academy for adapting to the situation and continuing to make us proud. Our academy values of resilience and excellence have been tested but so far you have all come through with flying colours. Please continue to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in due course.
Having any issues with our remote learning platforms at HHA? Don’t worry we will work our hardest to get you back on track.
Please complete the form below with as much detail as possible and it will be sent directly to Mr Bruce who is managing a lot of the remote learning content. it is very important you provide us with all of the required content so we can swiftly solve your issue and get back to you.#
If you want more information on remote learning at HHA please look at the next section of this page.
To support with the education of students at Haven High Academy we will be using a range of online platforms.
- Classcharts: https://www.classcharts.com/
- MS Teams: https://products.office.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software
- GCSEPOD: https://www.gcsepod.com/
Plans for how the students will be educated using these platforms will be communicated regularly on this website and our Facebook page it is important you keep yourself up to date with what is happening within the Academy.
MS Teams is an communication tool that allows video conference calls, lesson resource sharing and discussions to take place.
Classcharts is our core tool for setting homework within the Academy. Teachers allocate homework to students at the Academy and this will pop up on their weekly calendar.
Below are some useful guides to get you started with this remote learning tool:
We have invested in an award-winning digital content and learning provider, called GCSEPod.
- Supporting students at KS4 for over 10 years
- Used in over 1,300 schools worldwide
- Recommended by the Association of School and College Leaders
- Winner of multiple educational technology awards
Independent learning and revision materials:
- 27 GCSE subjects.
- Exam board specific playlists.
- Available on computer, phone or tablet.
- Apps available for Android and Apple.
School Remote Learning Guides
The Acadmey may be paritally closed currently to students and staff but we have a duty of care to protect our young learners and provide them the world class pastoral support they would usally obtain while they are being taught within the Academy.
We have our pastoral team at hand to support students at this time of need with their concerns.
If you have an important concern that you feel needs to be addressed by our pastoral team please complete the form below. Please provide your full name, contact details, member of the pastoral team you would like to direct your concern towards and your concern. Please beware that using this service will securely send your information to all of our pastoral team members and they will deal with the concern inline with the safeguarding policy within the Academy.
Designated Safeguarding lead
if you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our DSL for support.
Email Address: Joao.firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: 07942 542475
Student Mental Health Support
If you have any concerns or worries and want to talk to someone about it please contact us.
Haven High Academy is monitoring daily updates and advice from the UK Government in regards to the Coronavirus. We are keeping updated with the Government’s latest recommended measures to keep pupils and staff safe. Public Health England (PHE) says coronavirus presents as: “Flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
A link to the information on the DfE website is below:
Although the risk to individuals remains low, and we have not had any issues within our Academy or the wider trust, as always the active involvement of the whole Academy community in maintaining good hygiene practices will be vital in minimising the chances of any potential viruses spreading. We have purchased additional hand soap and will increase access to hand washing facilities for students and staff. Please encourage your child to wash their hands regularly at home and at school.
The Department of Health and Public Health England are advising extra precautions for people returning from a number of areas overseas and we will be following this guidance, which can be found here, along with a list of affected countries. If any members of your family, including students, visit any of the listed countries or are visited by people coming to the UK from these countries, they should follow the advice in the link above.
Public Health England Update
The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a new coronavirus (COVID-19) advice service for the education sector, including parents and carers.
Please see the details below:
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
8AM TO 6PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY