It is strange sometimes to remember that the country is in national lockdown as life is so busy at Manchester Academy. I hope we are offering all our students academic challenge and stability during this difficult time and I have been impressed with the way students have responded to schooling in a lockdown.
I hope you are well during this second period of national lockdown? It’s business as usual in Manchester Academy although last week, on Thursday and Friday, we put into operation a slightly changed timetable model to make sure that student bubbles are separated.
England has returned to a national lockdown but there is a key difference this time – schools, including Manchester Academy, remain fully open.
We have made it to the end of a long half-term, and I want to praise our students for their stamina in completing an eight-week half-term after many of them had not been in school for a long time due to lockdown.
This week we have been interviewing for the senior student leaders in Year 11, we had over 60 applications from the year group which is incredible.
Martin Luther King said about leadership, “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy.”
Schools are complex at the moment – one-way systems, group bubbles, split breaks/lunches and arrivals – yet Manchester Academy students have taken these challenges in their stride and coped brilliantly with the demands of the new term.
Although this is the Autumn Term, we have had a wonderful week’s weather and this has meant the students have been able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I want to thank all of our students for continuing to support the measures we have in place to protect our community from Coronavirus.
It has been an amazing first week back at Manchester Academy. There has been a lot to take in for students but by midweek, the new routines and systems were running like clockwork.
It is strange to approach the end of term without the usual celebrations and end of year events. We have enjoyed having Y10 with us over this half-term and the attendance to the online lessons Manchester Academy has offered has continued to be strong.