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Waveney Valley Academies Trust Covid-19 Statement

"In line with the recent publication of the government’s roadmap setting out the next steps in terms of dealing with the Covid-19 emergency, Waveney Valley Academies Trust have worked closely with our school leaders to build an approach to further facilitate the opening of our schools.

We have created our own roadmap which outlines the order in which wider opening will be undertaken. We believe that our own approach is in line with that of central government, with a focus on monitoring and review to assess any increased risk as children are gradually reintroduced to a school environment, albeit one with a very different feel to the school they left back in March. 

The Trust will ensure that all appropriate resources are available to schools, and that appropriate safety measures are implemented, in line with government advice. As a Trust, we pride ourselves on collaborative working and therefore have an expectation that every staff member, parent and young person will continue to support and work with our school leaders as we welcome young people back to the classrooms. Obviously it is essential that the new, covid-secure practices, which have been put in place under government guidelines for everybody’s safety, are followed. The Trust will support school leader’s decisions around proportionate responses and/or action where students / pupils fail to follow these guidelines.

In conclusion, we would like to express our thanks and our gratitude for the work our staff have undertaken so far in these unprecedented times, and for their ongoing collective efforts over the next few weeks and months."

In response to the COVID 19 situation, we have produced an addendum to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

This is only available electronically and can be found on the Policies page of our website.

Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council have also issued updates in relation to safeguarding at this time.

 

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Myself and Mark Chapman, our Chair of Trustees, want to say thank you for your amazing work across our six schools this year, and for the way in which more and more colleagues are thinking about, and supporting, other schools as well as their own, through a range of formal and informal visits, Trust reviews, WhatsApps, joining our SLT, Business Managers or DSL networks or presenting at our half-termly Headteacher meetings.  We’re particularly pleased to see 54 colleagues accessing the five levels of our Trust training, including thirteen colleagues being seconded to their own school’s Leadership Group.

The 3850 children across our schools are getting a better and better deal as this support spreads from school to school. This culture is what Trusts are designed to bring about.

I’d like to particularly thank Jamie White and Helen Wilson for their work as Directors of our Primaries and Secondaries.

As well as Southtown joining us, and two very strong new Headteachers being appointed, one of the highlights of this year has been that we were able to put over £400k into Alde Valley Academy and Sir John Leman High School for structural improvements, including new toilets. 

Next year, now that we have reached a certain size, we expect to receive an additional significant amount of funding, which we can use to further support our schools.

Despite everything, this is the year that the Trust was able to move up a gear in terms of enhancing the deal for our students, and supporting and challenging each other.  We could not be prouder; our work could scarcely be more important.

Thanks again, Jeremy and Mark.