UPDATED JANUARY 18TH, 2021 – This page is for information and is updated from time to time if new information becomes available.

LOCKDOWN & REMOTE LEARNING 

Lockdown & Remote Learning: College Statement  

Following the announcement 5th January by the Prime Minister of a new lockdown in England from Wednesday 6th January, Bath Academy can now confirm the following: 

  • Online learning has commenced for all students from 11th of January 
  • Online classes will occur as per the existing timetable 
  • Summer 2021 exams will be cancelled 

Details surrounding the assessments for summer exams should become available over the coming weeks. Testing for COVID at the College will be rescheduled when the College re-opens. 

In the interim, it is essential that students take their remote learning and any online tests, assignments, and formative assessments seriously, as tests and mocks will form key elements in assessing the grades to be provided to the examination boards for the award of qualifications. Bath Academy would like to thank parents and carers for the support and understanding you have shown and the way in which you have embraced this new way of working. 

The team at Bath Academy is meeting online daily and working hard to ensure full access for all students to our curriculum. Full details of our Remote Education Provision is explained below under Continuity of Education . We understand this is a very difficult time, but the College is committed to providing as many of its normal functions online as possible. We have moved our Social Programme and Student Personal Development Programme online with details and links to join emailed to all students as well as posted on Microsoft Teams. 

Details of personal tutor groups, UCAS advice, the medical programme, and additional support and extra-curricular activities will all be given to students as they are arranged, including SEN and mental health support. Should you have any issues in connecting and accessing the curriculum remotely please let us know as quickly as possible. 

For further clarification, concerns or questions, please email: info@bathacademy.co.uk .

CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION

In the event of a full or partial closure, 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.

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 info@bathacademy.co.uk 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:

Covid-19 – A Quick Guide for Parents & Carers

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 2020:

  • 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

COVID-SAFE CHARTER

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.

For the full details of the BSA Covid-Safe Charter, please click here.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

INFORMATION AND ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS IN STUDENT ACCOMMODATION