Online Learning – January & February 2021
Further to the government announcement that secondary schools in England will be closed (except to critical worker and vulnerable students) until at least February half term, please see below the arrangements at Longsands Academy.
All Covid-19 updates are added to the Covid-19 page of our website, it is worth checking this regularly to find the most up to date information.
The remote education we provide at Longsands will be as close as possible to any normal day in school. Our remote learning offer will be a combination of pre-recorded lessons, independent work and live lessons with the timetabled teacher delivering lesson content or instructions to students. Instructions for all lessons will be set on Doddle and live lessons will be delivered on Microsoft Teams.
The following links give more detailed guidance about remote learning and the support available:
For any technical or password issues please email email@example.com
Critical workers and vulnerable children
We are open to supervise the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This provision is offered to the children of parents and carers who are critical workers or meet another critical criterion who are unable to work from home and/or unable to make other arrangements for their children so have no alternative but to attend school. Students attending school will be supervised by staff in following the remote learning offer. Places are booked by completing a form that is sent out on a weekly basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries about this provision.
Access to equipment and technology
We remain committed to ensuring every student has access to an electronic device so that they can continue to receive a high quality of education. We are acutely aware that remote learning places significant pressures on family access to IT, particularly where there are two or more siblings in the household. We do have a limited number of laptops available to loan to students to enable remote learning where this would otherwise be impossible. Please contact email@example.com to discuss your child(ren)’s situation further.
Free School Meals
Students who are eligible for Free School Meals will be offered support via vouchers. If you have any queries on this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding and wellbeing
We want to ensure that your child’s welfare and well-being is protected. Since March 2020, we have monitored an open email address – email@example.com for students, and parents and carers to contact us if they are anxious or worried during lockdown. We have a range of resources and advice to help support your wellbeing on our website, and our student support team remain ready and available to support you with your learning and your general progress
If you become aware of a safeguarding concern, please use one of the following resources for help:
- CEOP safety centre
- Cambridgeshire Social Care
- Email the school to let us know firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that this address is only monitored during term time)
- In an emergency the police should be called
It is my pleasure as the Principal of Longsands Academy to welcome you to our website.
Longsands Academy, part of the Astrea Academy Trust, is a successful, fully inclusive secondary school serving the community of St Neots and its surrounding area. We pride ourselves on providing an engaging, purposeful and supportive environment in which all of our students feel empowered to reach and embrace their full potential with confidence and become responsible, well rounded citizens.
The pursuit of academic excellence is at the heart of the Academy. Through high expectations of behaviour; a commitment to great standards of teaching delivering a knowledge rich curriculum; and the strong, supportive relationships that exist between staff, students and their parents/carers – all students, regardless of their background or personal circumstances, are encouraged to achieve their academic aspirations.
Our enrichment programmes help students understand the opportunities available to them. This further promotes an aspirational culture around student achievement, which drives a sense of purpose in class, and improved outcomes and life chances for our students.
We recognise the importance of student support, ensuring everyone has access to a committed team of professionals who work tirelessly to maintain their well-being. This ensures our students develop the confidence and resilience to make the most of their time with us.
Longsands Academy delivers academic excellence, embraces the value of enrichment, and invests in community citizenship. Through this, we deliver on our core purpose: to secure the best possible experience, learning, and outcomes for every young person for whom we have responsibility.
I look forward to welcoming you to our Academy.
Mr N D Owen