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Haverhill Community Sixth Form and SWA to close tomorrow following cases of COVID-19

This is a joint release sent on behalf of Unity Schools Partnership, Suffolk County Council and Public Health England.

Sunday 6 September 2020

It has been confirmed today that five members of teaching staff at the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill have tested positive for COVID-19. A further two members of staff are waiting to hear the results of a test.

On the advice of Public Health England, and as a precautionary measure, the school will be closed tomorrow. This will allow for a deep clean to take place and for headteacher, Andy Hunter, to determine what contact may have taken place between those members of staff who tested positive and all pupils, staff and wider school community.

Anyone who has been in close contact with infected staff has been contacted today and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Further contact tracing will continue and additional pupils and staff may be asked to self-isolate.

Andy Hunter, headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy, said: “The safety of pupils and all those who work at the school is my biggest priority. Obviously this is a huge disappointment after working so hard to get the school back up and running.

“I will be looking closely at the systems we put in place to try to understand how the transmission occurred and to make sure we do everything possible to limit the chances of the same thing happening again.

“I am very disappointed by this disrupted start to the school term. We have taken very extensive precautions. We were delighted that term had started so well last week and were looking forward to the final two year groups starting tomorrow.

“But I have had excellent support from Public Health England, Public Health Suffolk and Suffolk County Council. We are determined to do all we can to stop the further spread of the virus and agree with the precautionary action to close the school tomorrow.”

An Incident Management Team, consisting of representatives from Public Health England, Public Health Suffolk, Children & Young People services at Suffolk County Council and the Unity Schools Partnership, has been formed to deal with this issue.

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Understandably, this news may worry parents across Suffolk, but it is important to remember that the risk of children contracting COVID-19 is still very small. Evidence suggests that children are more likely to contract Covid-19 at home.

“It is safe for children to be in school and incredibly important for their development and wellbeing. We will continue to offer our support and guidance to ensure that pupils at Samuel Ward are able to get back to their classrooms by Tuesday.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership, of which the school is a member, said: “We are working closely with Samuel Ward Academy, Public Health Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Public Health England.

The school is hoping to reopen on Tuesday and will notify parents by 5pm tomorrow.

“While it is regrettable to close the school for a day as a precautionary measure as well as have staff and students isolate, this incident has shown that systems are in place and working to quickly deal with any issues related to Covid-19.”

Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection, Public Health England East, said: “Our aim is to protect the staff and pupils of the school and prevent any further spread. On this occasion, closure of the school for a day is required to enable contact tracing to be completed so anyone needing to self-isolate is informed before returning to school.”

The First Day of the New Term


Here at HC6 we are looking forward to welcoming in our new Year 12 students and welcoming back our returning Year 13 students a week from today. All sixth form students need to arrive at school at 8:40 on 03/08/2020. Year 13 will head of to tutor time and Year 12 will meet with their head of year and inclusion officer in the sixth form block to collect their student ID's, timetables and a map of the site if required. Both year groups have been emailed a helpful 'Preparing to Study at HC6' or a 'Returning to Study at HC6' information guide via email and can get in touch with their Head of Year before hand if they need too.

The HC6 Cafe is now cashless


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a measure to ensure the safety of our students and staff the Sixth Form Cafe will be cashless form the start of the new school term. Students wll be able to purchase food and drinks from the cafe using the Parent Pay system. Do get in touch if you need support to set this up prior to the start fo term.

GCE A Level & BTEC Results Day


We are excited to welcome back our 2019-2020 Year 13 students this Thursday to collect their results.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic students have been invited in at specific times (09:00, 09:40 & 10:20) to reduce the number of people within the Drama Studio at anyone time. If you cannot remember your allocated time slot do get in touch wit Miss Hopkins at and she will get back to you promptly. Staff will be avialble on the day to offer UCAS guidance and support should you require to apply to university through clearing.

We are wishing you all the very best of luck!

Enrolment Invitation Letter

Thursday 16th July 2020

Dear Student,

Firstly, thank you for completing the HC6 Virtual induction. We are so pleased to have seen so many of you taking part. If you have not done so yet, do not panic, but you must ensure this process has been complete before you enrol with us in August. Please check your school email account as you will have received all of the relevant information about the induction process from me on 6th July.

This brings me on to our enrolment morning. This year we will be holding it as usual on the Friday after GCSE results day, 21st August 2020. The event will run from 9:00 – 12:00. In order to ensure that social distancing can be applied the event will be held within the school canteen and all of our applicants have been divided into groups with each group being invited in at a specific time to meet with a member of the HC6 leadership or tutor team. Please find your allocated group and time at the bottom of this letter. On the day we will provide a one-way system throughout our site that is signposted towards our canteen in case you have not been on our site before.

During the meeting you the member of staff will talk with you about your chosen A Level or BTEC subjects, look at the entry requirements and ask to see your GCSE results, so do remember to bring these with you. As you are aware, here at HC6 we will still apply our entry requirements however these have been slightly relaxed due to the unprecedented changes to this year’s exam process. The discussion will focus on your future goals and career paths to ensure that the courses that you enrol on align with these aspirations. Once your subjects have been confirmed we will then take you through our Home Learning Agreement and ICT Acceptable Use Policy, you must sign both in order to complete the enrolment.

Once you have enrolled your next step is to arrive in the sixth form block at 8:40am on 3rd September 2020 where you will be greeted by myself, Mr Hogg and Miss Coe. We will then direct you to your new tutor room where you will spend the first half of period 1 with your new tutor, receiving your timetable and getting to know your peers. The second half of period 1 you will attend your first HC6 assembly in the drama studio and your form tutor will accompany you to this.

We look forward to seeing you at enrolment, if you are unable to attend due to prior arrangements please do let me know at your earliest convenience so that I can reschedule your enrolment prior to your first day of term.

As ever do get in touch with either myself, or your Head of Year 12, Mr Hogg, should you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Daisy Hopkins
Head of HC6/ Assistant Head Teacher of SWA

You have been placed within ‘X’ for enrolment day.

Please arrive to your appointment 5 minutes early.