UPDATED JULY 28th, 2021 – This page is for information and is updated from time to time if new information becomes available.
FROM SEPTEMBER 2021:
Following July 19, 2021, the Government has confirmed the expectation that – where possible – schools deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. In response, Bath Academy can confirm the following:
- We continue adopt the Boarding Schools’ Association ‘COVID Safe Charter’.
- We have developed on-site protocols and procedures for asymptomatic testing at the start of term in September (2 on-site lateral flow device tests 3 to 5 days apart) followed by twice weekly testing at home.
- Extensive internal cleaning of the college is being done on a daily basis.
- Risk assessments are regularly reviewed and updated.
- Face coverings are only expected and recommended when travelling to and from school; the government does not expect or recommend that pupils, staff or visitors wear them in classrooms or communal areas.
- We will be providing students and parents with more specific details of government requirements before the academic year starts in September.
- Outbreak management plans are in place for potential positive cases in college to ensure minimum disruption to students’ education.
Details regarding autumn exams/assessments are available on our Exams page whilst we await further detail from the relevant government bodies and individual examination boards.
We look forward to welcoming students safely back to Bath Academy in September and thank parents and carers for your support and understanding in the face of challenging circumstances.
Please note – International students studying English Courses will continue to have flexible start dates as courses will be held all year round with both face-to-face teaching and online options.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – COVID-19 & REMOTE LEARNING
Please find below a document answering our most frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 and remote learning is being managed by the college. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 334 577 and we will give you more information.
WHAT TO DO IF…
If you’re unsure about how to manage Covid-19 concerns, please refer to the guide below that gives you guidance for different situations:
WE ARE GOOD TO GO!
Bath Academy is pleased to announce that we have been recognised by Visit England with the ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate which means we have put all the UK Government and English UK safety recommendations in place, and we’re ready to welcome students!
What does this mean?
Staying Covid-19 secure in 2021:
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
Bath Academy is adopting the Boarding Schools’ Association ‘Covid Safe Charter.’ The Charter confirms that we will comply with all government guidance and rules as well as the additional requirements of the Charter with regard to student safety and welfare.
The BSA Covid-Safe Charter includes measures that schools must implement or undertake prior to reopening. Preparation includes deep-cleaning, testing and medical procedures, staff training, arrival procedures for international students, and clear advise given to students, parents and agents.
When schools are open, guidelines cover many issues such as hygiene requirements, social distancing in the college, new fire evacuation procedures, and clear notices displayed so all information is easily visible for students.
For international students, there will be new arrival procedures following COVID guidelines including confirmation of the arrangements for collecting the pupil from the point of arrival in the country, transport to school and quarantine procedures.
COVID-19 SAFER TRAVEL GUIDANCE
The Department for Transport has issued a helpful document about how to travel safely in the UK during the pandemic, including the rules if you normally live in the UK and are travelling back from another country. You can read this here.
We will continue to offer both residence and homestay options to our students. Please note that both places have very limited availability.
Our residence has to follow strict UK Government guidelines to reduce the risk of Covid-19. We will be working with our homestay hosts to ensure our students are safe in homestays. They will be given clear guidance for keeping their homes clean Covid-19 secure. As the situation in the UK evolves, we will maintain regular contact with them, so they are aware of both our guidelines and the UK Government’s. Guidance on self-isolation will be included in the pre-arrival information and can also be found on the UK Government Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION
In the event of a full or partial closure due to Covid-19, Bath Academy is committed to providing continuity of education to its students and will do so through a process of remote (online) learning.
All our courses, including GCSE, A-LEVEL, RESIT, and UFP courses will continue online through lockdown as government regulations allow. Remote learning provision, including mock exams, formative assessments, and homework, will be provided via the following online platforms: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Showbie. To find out more about how we’re managing our remote curriculum, please click here. To see our full Academic Calendar click here.
Full Closure – In the event of a full Tier 3-4 closure, Bath Academy will ensure:
- Teachers deliver the curriculum remotely via Microsoft Teams and other platforms, either live or pre-recorded.
- As far as possible, subject lessons and formative assignment work will be set as per timetable and follow the same curriculum content as would be delivered in school.
Partial Closure – In the event of a class being asked to self-isolate, Bath Academy will ensure:
- Teaching staff deliver live lessons for students to access remotely via online platforms.
- All remote lessons (isolating students working remotely) will be delivered live by the teacher per timetable.
- Live instruction will consist of a mixture of teacher delivery and material for students to complete.
Students who are required to self-isolate will access the school curriculum via Microsoft Teams (or other online platforms), usually through live-streaming of the lesson that is taking place in the school. Self–isolating students will have full access to their teachers as usual. Teaching staff will upload assignments to ensure these students have:
- meaningful and relevant work for each timetabled lesson
- access to a well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject
- frequent and clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high quality curriculum resources.
- a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school.