Maintaining Resilience in Attendance
I begin this week’s update with a reflection of the disappointment felt by all staff at Leeds East Academy following last Friday’s significant drop in attendance.
A light dusting of snow led to the school experiencing one of its worst days of attendance of the school year. Having spoken to many students about their day away from school, it would seem that it is the choice of the child or parent / carer as to whether students attend school in the event of snow. I would like to reiterate that it is the legal requirement of all parents / carers to ensure that their child is in school, unless one of the following applies: (i) Students are too ill to attend. (ii) Students have the prior permission of the Principal to be absent.
In instances of snow, the Academy will remain open in all but the most extreme cases. In the event of critical weather conditions, I will text parents and communicate a clear message of closure through the Leeds East Academy website and our social media channels.
On a more positive note, I am pleased to inform parents that I have responded to parental feedback and sought to further enhance our ability to meet the welfare needs of every child. This week we have appointed a full time school nurse who will be based at Leeds East Academy every day of the week. The role of the school nurse will be twofold: (i) Deal with the immediate medical needs of children in school; determining where necessary whether or not to send a child home. (ii) Visit children at home who are ill; providing medical advice and support. This role is aimed to enhance the care that we are able to provide to students both in and out of school, and I am looking forward to welcoming our school nurse shortly after the half term break.
Alongside all of the above, this week we have also finished work on our September 2017 curriculum. The Academy will provide more support through additional lesson time in core subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science, with students also benefitting from smaller class sizes than ever in all subjects across the curriculum. To support this, we will be expanding our teaching capacity with the introduction of 13 new teachers from September including 3 new English teachers, 6 new Maths teachers and 4 new Science teachers.
I wish to make it clear to staff, students, parents and carers that when I express how deeply committed I am to the success of this school, I am persevering to ensure that all students receive the very best teaching and the most personalised learning possible. I look forward to updating you on progress with our September recruitment in the coming weeks.
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