Temporary relocation of provision

Starting from Monday 30 March 2020, our staff and the small number of students we currently have in attendance have been relocated to Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy, which is operating as a regional hub.

We have decided to temporarily relocate our provision so we can provide our students with an even better quality of care in an equally safe, well-staffed academy environment in the local area. The move also enables us to provide our families with the support they need over a longer, more sustainable period of time.

Keeping our children at home

Notwithstanding all of the above, the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home in order to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Please note that it is not a compulsory requirement to send your child to the academy even if you are a key worker, so if children can stay safely at home, they should.

Where is the academy located?

Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy is a short distance from Heartlands Academy, just 2.4 miles away. The academy details are given below:

Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy
Albert Road
Handsworth
B6 5NH
https://mansfieldgreenacademy.e-act.org.uk

What does this mean for my child?

Please rest assured that your children are still being supported by Heartlands’ leadership team and teachers from our academy, as well as qualified staff from Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy. The timings of the academy day remain the same, so the only change is the location of our provision.

We have carefully considered the students currently in attendance, especially those with specific needs, and we know that Mansfield Green’s excellent facilities more than meet all our students’ requirements. As an E-ACT academy, Mansfield Green also follows the same stringent safeguarding and welfare processes as we do, and as our academies are part of the same trust, our staff already benefit from having close working relationships with one another.

Please note that we are keeping our temporary relocation under continuous review.

Providing a sustainable provision

As government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus increasingly place greater restrictions on our daily lives, and as more and more people are asked to self-isolate, we are sensitive to the growing pressures on our staff and the impact this is having on their wellbeing.

By combining provision with a neighbouring E-ACT academy, we have a much larger pool of experienced and specialist teaching and professional services staff available to look after our children. Furthermore, we can commit to providing a more sustainable provision until we can re-open our academies as normal.

How many students will there be in one academy?

The combined numbers of students at Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy is still very low, as most of our parents and carers are keeping their children at home. Just three pupils at Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy, no pupils at Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy and two students at Heartlands Academy have taken up places. As has been made clear in the latest government guidance, smaller groups of students in schools and academies are considered to carry a lower risk.

The academy premises is being regularly cleaned in line with the latest government guidelines, and students are being reminded of the importance of washing their hands throughout the day.

Help with transportation

We are in discussion with the local authority about assisting parents and carers with transportation. Should any additional options become available, we will be in touch with further information as soon as we have it.

Do I have any other options available to me?

Our number one priority is the wellbeing of our students and staff, so we hope parents and carers understand our decision. However, we recognise that a change in location may pose certain practical issues for you. If this is the case, please contact Birmingham Local Authority using the email address travelassist@birmingham.gov.uk, as they may be able to offer a suitable alternative.

For students entitled to free school meals

From Thursday 2 April, there will be a weekly food parcel for all students eligible for free school meals, this is available to collect every Thursday and replaces the grab bags.

Arrangements for students at home

Staff who are not currently based in the academy continue to work remotely and are setting classwork online and through work packs. We plan to remain in regular contact with parents and carers to ensure the quality of educational provision for all our students is maintained, whether they are based at home or in the academy over the coming weeks.

If you or your child start to feel unwell

If in the coming weeks, someone in your household is advised to self-isolate by the NHS, please let us know as soon as possible using the email address absent@e-act.org.uk. We will need your child’s name, year group, and academy.

For information, the latest guidance from the NHS can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and the latest on social distancing can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

We plan to remain in close contact with you

These are clearly unprecedented times for us all, and we are having to make tough decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. However, whether your child is based at an E-ACT academy or at home, we will do all we can to support you and your family.

I take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support during these challenging times, and ask that you contact us with any questions or concerns using the email:
heartlands.enquiry@e-act.org.uk.

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