As the Covid-19 outbreak continues, I am writing to update you with respect to our ongoing plans to manage these issues.
At the moment, the intention seems to be to keep schools open for as long as possible. We are conscious, however, that this may change quickly. In the event of school closure, we will do our best to provide work for our students using Google Classroom. We will also prioritise supporting Y11 and Y13 during this critical period.
Partial School Closure
It seems inevitable that staff absence levels will increase in the weeks ahead as colleagues are instructed to self-isolate, either because they are ill themselves or because someone in their household has become poorly. While wehave processes in place to cover such scenarios, it is likely that our resources in this respect will become overstretched quite quickly. In these circumstances, we may choose to instruct one of our year groups to stay at home for a period of time. This will then free up a number of our teaching staff to be redeployed to cover other staff absences. If these actions become necessary, we will probably choose to ask Year 9 to stay at home first as they are the oldest non-examination cohort. Further escalation of these issues may cause us to ask Year 8 or Year 7 to stay at home.
In the event that such actions become necessary, we may need to act very quickly. We may only be able to communicate such decisions to parents on the day itself and will use email and our website for this purpose.If at all possible, we will try to provide such information the day before any school closures decisions are applied.
The current guidance states that self-isolation is appropriate if someone has a new persistent cough and/or a high temperature. If you need further advice in this respect, please contact medical professionals as school staff are not able to offer guidance in this area.
If you decide to isolate your child at home, please let us know by contacting the absence line on 627229.
If we notice students in school with a persistent cough and/or a high temperature, we have set aside a separate room for them to wait while their parents are contacted and asked to take them home.It is our intention to authorise absences for students who need to self-isolate. Please provide a note to this effect on their return to school.
Provision of Work
If we need to partially or fully close the school, every effort will be made to provide work and ongoing support for our students, with particular priority being given to our examination cohorts.
If students need to self-isolate while the school remains open,they will need to monitor the assignments and lesson materials being posted on Google Classroom and do their best to keep up in this way.Regrettably, it will not be possible for our staff to set work for individual students who are absent from school for these reasons.
We have been working with our school cleaners to prioritise the regular cleaning of ‘touch surfaces’. We are also monitoring the toilets on a daily basis to ensure that soap, hot water and hand dryers are all provided and working properly. Unfortunately, this is being made more difficult by a small minority of our students who wilfully overuse or even abuse these facilities. While this can be very frustrating in normal times, it is particularly so in the current climate. We would consequently ask all our parents to speak to their children about these matters and to let us know if they see or hear of any students who behave in such a socially irresponsible manner. We would also encourage parents to provide their son/daughter with tissues that they can use during the school day.
In the event that our catering staff are unable to come into school, we may be unable to provide hot meals during the school day. We may consequently need to switch to a cold service and/or packed lunches for all students. Again, this might be necessary at very short notice.
We will continue to monitor these circumstances very carefully, particularly with respect to government advice regarding expected school actions.
The Year 11 Business Studies students enjoyed a day out at Amazon’s new fulfillment centre to witness a complete business operation process using high tech robotics and innovative ways of working to ensure customer orders are fulfilled on time, in full.
Students were given the opportunity to pack and label a package to be sent directly to a customer, watch the robots ‘pick’ and deliver goods to specific locations with the factory and had the opportunity to ask probing questions regarding the daily operations of this global business.
They were even rewarded with their own Amazon water bottle as a parting gift!
On 4th March, Fallibroome Economists were invited to Alderley Edge to attend an economics seminar day with EconplusDal, who has gained global recognition through his YOUtube channel.
Econplusdal is a teacher and Head of Economics who has vast experience in getting students to A and A*s in A Level exams through focussing on key core skills and exam secrets that unlock the door to exam success.
The students were treated to a full day,split into the two focuses of economics, Micro and Macro. They were challenged against 3 other local schools, St Ambrose, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge where their knowledge and understanding of economic content shone through.
Fallibroome Academy is hosting a live broadcast of BBC Radio 4 ‘Any Questions?’ on Friday the 3rd of April 2020. The live broadcast goes out at 8.00pm in the evening and is recorded and re-broadcast at 1.00pm the following day. Attendees need to be sat in the performance hall between 6.45pm and 7.15pm.
For those of you who have not tuned in the format is the same as Questions Time. At this stage we have not been informed who is on the panel. Every attendee can submit a question and the production team choose the questions that are asked on the night.
Tickets are available free of charge from school reception, but they are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please read the following letter from Headteacher Mr Francis Power which gives advice on what to do if your child has not been given a place in Year 7 this coming September.
As you know, offers of places at Fallibroome have now gone out to parents. If you have not been successful in gaining a place here and would still like to join us, the following advice might be helpful:
Accept the place that you have been offered before the March deadline. That place can be declined at a later date if a place becomes available here. If you decline your current offer and are then not successful at appeal or via the waiting list for a place at Fallibroome, then there is a chance that your child would not have a secondary place at a local school at all.
Write to (or ring 0300 123 5012) the Admissions Department at Cheshire East to request that your child’s name is placed on the waiting list for Fallibroome.
If your circumstances have changed since the original application was submitted (for example, a change of address/school), make sure that you give this information to Cheshire East as this will affect your position on our waiting list.
Once the March deadline has passed, the Authority will start to backfill places from the waiting list. Every year, we take between 25 and 30 students from this list, usually because a number of families move out of the area or choose to go to the private sector. This means that it would certainly be worthwhile to register for this process if you are still keen to join us in September.
You also have the right to an independent appeal, but I suggest that it would be better to wait until after Easter just in case you are offered a place from our waiting list. If you would like to pursue the appeal process, I have attached some guidance documentation and a copy of the school’s case for your information. You will need to submit your appeal on the proforma attached to the Chair of the Admissions Committee, c/o the Clerk to Governors here at Fallibroome. This can be emailed to Mrs Allbutt at . All appeals for Y7 places for September will be heard by early July.
Thank you for your interest in joining our school. I appreciate that this can be an emotional process for families and that it can be difficult to decide how best to proceed from this point. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Allbutt either by email () or on 01625 827 898.
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I am writing to inform you that the funeral for Claire Smith will be taking place at 10.00 am on Friday 28th February at St Michael’s Church in Macclesfield.
In light of the strength of Claire’s connection to our school, we know that our entire staff body will want to be present at this service and that many of our students and parents will also want to attend. As a result, I have chosen to take the exceptional step of closing the school on this date. We will reopen as normal on Monday 2nd March. A number of school events are scheduled for the 28th so we will move these to an alternative date and details about this will be communicated to students next week. The Battlefields trip will go ahead as normal (26th to 28th).
If your son/daughter is able to attend the funeral, please encourage them to do so in their school uniform. This will give Claire’s family a clear visual sign of the strength of support that exists for them right across our community. As Fallibroome was very much at the heart of her life, I know that Claire would have appreciated such a gesture too.
We have had a Book of Condolence open in school this week and many of our staff and students have used this to record their thoughts and memories about Claire. It is our intention to move this book to the main Reception desk for the whole of next week so that parents, ex-students, family friends, etc. can come into school and add their contributions. The Reception desk is open from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm if you would like to avail of this opportunity.
While we are always very reluctant to disrupt the school day in any way, we feel that is very important to offer our full support to Claire’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.
Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.