Covid-19 Testing – Consent Form
We will be contacting all families who have given permission for testing on Friday 26th February by parent comms to let you know when your child’s testing slot is. If you have not given permission please do so on the consent form by clicking here: Consent Form
Returning to the Academy Site and COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing
Year 11 – Careers advice available
Speakers for Schools
Click on the file below for the details on the schedule for Speakers starting Monday 1st February 2021
Update Friday 15th January 2021
Update: Remote Learning
From Monday 18th January a new Remote Learning timetable will be in operation – it will follow the same timetable as the normal Academy day.
Teachers will set work in line with our normal whole academy timetable. We expect where possible for students to be following their timetable remotely and for them to submit work completed for relevant subjects daily.
Speakers for Schools
We are delighted that Speakers for Schools are once again able to offer weekly live broadcasts from world renowned speakers on a variety of subjects. You don’t need an account and it’s completely free. See the attached schedule for what is being broadcast next week and how to log in to watch.
Update Friday 8th January 2021
Update: Thursday 7th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will be aware during the last lockdown the Government provided vouchers to families who were entitled to free school meals.
At present the Government is still considering how to best ensure those families should receive the free school meal entitlement during the current lockdown period.
Whilst we await their decision we have decided to provide a weekly bag of groceries to families who are entitled to free school meals which will be available for collection from the main entrance to the Academy
Year 7 to 9 between 11am – 11.30am (Thursday 7th January 2021).
Year 10 and up between 11:30am – 12pm (Thursday 7th January 2021).
Each bag will contain:
- Loaf of bread
- Ham or tuna or chicken
- A selection of fruits
- Pasta sauce
- Biscuits or flapjacks or yoghurt pots
We anticipate that we will be providing a food bag next week as well. Next week’s bag will be ready for collection on Monday 11th January 2021 between 11 – 11.30am (Year 7 to 9) and 11:30am to 12pm (Year 10 and up) from the main entrance to the Academy.
As soon as we receive guidance about whether vouchers will once again be available to families we will update you.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from the Principal – 5.1.21
Letter from the Principal – 31.12.20
Letters from the Principal – 21.12.20
Letter from the Principal – 9.12.20
Lunchtime ordering changes from 23.11.20
Please be aware that changes to the way students will receive their lunchtime meals will be changing from Monday 23rd November. You will be receiving correspondence from us via letter and School Gateway in the next two days.
Translation of guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
We have translated our guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.
The guidance is now available in the following languages:
- Chinese – traditional
- Chinese – simplified
ChatHealth is a secure and confidential text messaging service for all 11-19-year olds. It is manned by the School Nursing service and allows young people to easily and anonymously get in touch with their school nurses and ask for support with regards to their health. This is not an emergency service, and young people can expect a response within 24 hours. (Please see the attached poster).
The number for ChatHealth is: 07507333176 and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm (inclusive of school holidays).
Year 13 results Day
Please click here for more information on the Year 13 Results Day
13.07.20 – Update from Stevensons (school uniform provider)
22.6.20 – Important Information Regarding Covid-19 Testing
We have been informed that Hounslow will be hosting a Mobile Testing Unit for coronavirus testing for residents at Grasshoppers’ Rugby Club, Osterley, on Tuesday 23rd June and Wednesday 24th June 2020.
Mobile Testing Units are an essential part of the national testing programme as they offer pedestrian appointments as well as drive-through appointments.
You must register via the gov.uk portal before attending a mobile testing unit and bring your 16-digit code or appointment confirmation with you on your mobile phone.
Testing site location:
Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Syon Ln, Osterley, Isleworth , TW7 5PN
Criteria for testing:
Anyone over the age of 5 who is symptomatic is now able to receive a test at one of the testing centres. You should be within the first 5 days of symptoms when you have your test, as otherwise it is not effective.
Coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste
This test can tell you if you have coronavirus at the time the swab sample is taken. The test to tell if you’ve ever had coronavirus (‘antibody test’) is not available yet.
Book an appointment:
Appointments are open for both Tuesday 23rd June and Wednesday 24th June at Grasshoppers’ Mobile Testing Unit from 8pm on Monday 22nd June via the nhs.uk link:
If you would like a pedestrian appointment at the Mobile Testing Unit, please put “unknown” in the box requiring your vehicle registration number. This should allow you to continue the booking process.
If you have any problems refer to the helpline detailed below, or you can use the 16-digit authorisation code that is sent you via SMS and go to the testing centre anytime on foot or in a car between 10.30 and 15.30 where local authority staff will help you.
The testing centre will be operating between 10.30-15.30 on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Alternative testing provision
Please note that if an appointment is not available at the Grasshoppers’ site, then the same testing criteria apply for bookings at the Twickenham testing site and they operate 7 days a week. They do however only offer drive-in appointments.
There are also home testing kits available, bookable via the same website: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Questions or problems
If anyone has any problems booking via the portal, please contact the National Coronavirus Testing Helpline on 0300 303 2713
Capacity for testing is limited so is released on an hourly basis; it is recommended to try at regular intervals to access an appointment.
If you are displaying coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate for one week from the start of the symptoms, and members of your household should isolate for two weeks from the start of your symptoms. If you are showing symptoms.
If you have any questions about testing, please contact email@example.com
Richmond College is organising a Virtual Open Event that will be held on Wednesday 24 June, 3-5pm. This is available for any students who wish to find out more about studying at Richmond upon Thames College so could be of interest to Year 10/11 students.
What you can expect at Richmond College’s Virtual Open Event
They have set up a webpage where you can get most of the information that you would have been able to get a regular Open Event, which you can look at any time.
Here you can:
- Watch a welcome video from our Deputy Principal, Dr Jason Jones
- Browse a gallery of images from our new college campus in a virtual tour
- Access quick links to pages of interest
- Register to attend up to 4 specific curriculum information sessions, which will take place on Wednesday 24 June between 3.00pm-5.00pm.
Curriculum Information Sessions
These sessions will be run via Microsoft Teams and will give potential students and their parents a chance to find our more about specific subject areas from our teachers directly. Attendees will also be able to ask any questions via the chat function.
You can visit the page, find out more and book online here: www.rutc.ac.uk/openevents
Please find below some useful documents for parents and students including details about local services and support.
Online workshop for parents this Wednesday 10th June. For more information and how to sign up, please click the document below.
Changes to plans for wider re-opening to Years 10 and 12
The Prime Minister has announced that secondary schools should plan on the basis that from the week commencing 15th June 2020, we can invite year 10 and 12 pupils back into school in small groups for some face-to-face support with their teachers, subject to the government’s 5 tests being met.
We will not, therefore, be opening more widely from the 1st June 2020 as previously planned.
Thank you for your understanding as we respond to national changes and thank you in advance for understanding that we may need to make further changes should the national guidance change.
In line with government guidance, we will be offering this face-to-face support to supplement remote education with Google Classrooms for year 10 and year 12 students. Google Classrooms will remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups. This is in addition to the vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers currently attending from other year groups.
We have, therefore, amended our wider plan for students in Years 10 and 12 to return to Rivers Academy. A personalised invitation for your child will be posted to you. If you have not received this personalised invitation by Friday 12th June 2020, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential postponement to wider re-opening
Following potential changes announced by the Prime Minister at the weekend, it is increasingly unlikely that we will be opening more widely to additional children in Years 10 and 12 next week. Following the announcement on 28th May 2020 we will update our website with confirmation of plans as soon as possible.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding.
Latest letters and Home-School Agreement – 21.5.20
Speakers for Schools have been working with Rivers Academy for a number of years, providing high profile speakers to help engage, inspire and raise the aspirations of our students. They are pleased to announce the schedule for their Virtual Talks programme for the week commencing 11th May. The Virtual Talks can be streamed live, require no login and are completely free.
The complete schedule for the Virtual Talks can be found here
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have spent the majority of the last few days chasing the FSM vouchers for our families from the DfE provider Edenred. We understand, the issues we are experiencing, like many schools are being addressed but due to the volume of requests it is taking longer than anticipated.
We have today contacted the Local Authority who provided the Easter vouchers and they have informed us they would be able to provide vouchers in approximately 48 hours. We have made the decision to accept their proposal and we are grateful to Hounslow Council for their support with this. We have today passed the information required to Sodexo, the Council’s provider, and they will email vouchers directly to the families. It is hoped this will be sent in the next couple of days. As soon as we have further information we will keep you posted. Vouchers will then arrive weekly on a Monday for each eligible child.
Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to chase these up for families.
The government have updated their guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The link this information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y9n49dgj
You may have seen on the BBC news website, the problems schools are having with the vouchers system set up by the DfE. We want to assure you that we are doing everything we possibly can to speed up and chase the vouchers for our families. These will be sent to you as soon as we receive them.
ConnectingKids@Home – Hounslow’s Promise – Follow this Link:
If any of our young people would like some guidance or support around their well-being, the Hounslow Youth Counselling Service has a range of ways in which they can support you. Please visit the link below:
We are aware that these extraordinary times may well place a large strain on our families. Should you require support from food banks during this time we are able to make referrals for you. For further support in this please email: email@example.com and one of our safeguarding team will be in contact to support you.
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
This is a scam email – it is not from a local authority. Please do not respond to it, and delete immediately, share this message with others.
Thank you sincerely for following government advice in keeping your child at home wherever this is at all possible. It is so important that each of us plays our part in the country’s fight to defeat the virus.
Late last night the Government published guidance for maintaining education settings, giving information about the definition of key workers. Information for parents and carers was published at the same time.
The principle is that if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. The Government is asking parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible – schools will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Click Here for a link to our Parental Feedback Form – Key Worker Audit