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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

10 November 2021


It is pleasing to inform you that the number of students currently absent due to COVID-related illness has reduced by over 50% compared to last week’s figures.  The number of staff absent due to this reason remains broadly the same, at five absences.  Whether these reductions are due to the half-term ‘circuit-breaker’ or the actions we took in relation to cancelling ‘large gatherings’ it is impossible to say but let us hope that this trend continues.  Obviously, we will continue to monitor the figures closely as history shows that the situation can change very quickly.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, please ensure that, should your child be absent for COVID-related reasons, that they access their work on the Microsoft365 applications for their class.  You will find some supporting materials for how to do this on our website and also via Edulink.

Unauthorised Social Media Accounts

Increasingly, schools are experiencing problems with unauthorised social media accounts that display names, images and logos without permission.  This can present a range of issues in relation to data protection, copyright infringement and online abuse/safeguarding, sometimes requiring police intervention.  In addition to the College’s existing policies and procedures relating to online safety and social media, can I ask all parents/carers to remind students of the following important points:

  • Students must not post or use the names or images of College students or staff without their permission.
  • The creation of unauthorised online accounts with a direct association to the College (e.g. displaying the College’s name or logo) is strictly forbidden.

Mr Tanner - Principal

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