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Principal's Bulletin: October Half Term

Emailed to parents and carers 26/10/20


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during this half term. It has been wonderful welcoming staff and students back to the academy and, despite the challenging situation we all find ourselves in at the moment, I am sure you will all agree everyone has settled back into school life really well.

In this letter you will find information about our COVID-19 measures, reminders regarding our uniform and equipment expectations and changes to the timings of the school day for Years 10 and 11.

Up until the Friday 16 October, I am glad to report that overall student attendance stood at 94.5%.  Thank you for entrusting the academy to look after your child. However, as we have had our first positive case of COVID-19 last week, I need to draw your attention to the following and ensure students are equipped for after the half term break. 

[1] COVID-19: Important Notice

If you think your child or anyone in your household needs to take a COVID-19 test, please contact us using the student absence line 01473 466145.

If anyone in your household has symptoms, please do not send your child in to the academy. Under no circumstances should a student attend the academy if they, or anyone in their household, have taken a test and have not received a negative result. 

It is vitally important that we record all details of families taking tests so that we can help to protect every other student and member of staff attending the academy as well as their families.

Please click on the link below to understand how the academy must respond in the event of a positive case and the actions we take (click on +COVID-19 Measures). 

[2] COVID-19: Face Coverings

Given the increased incidents of reported COVID-19 cases across Ipswich, our own recent case and the move by Essex to Tier 2, I am now asking parents/carers to ensure their child now brings in, and wears, a face covering whilst in the academy buildings (optional in the classroom) when they return after half term.

At present, staff as well as students in Year 10 and 11 must wear a face covering whilst inside academy buildings (optional in the classroom). Given the increased supervised movement of students in Years 7, 8 and 9, as we maintain and increase their use of practical and specialist rooms, all students are now required to bring a face covering to the academy and wear it when they are inside the academy buildings. They can, of course, remove the face covering when they are sitting inside to eat. The wearing of face coverings is optional in classrooms and outside the academy buildings. Please ensure that the face covering worn is appropriate to be worn in the academy, with no words or images that may be scary or offensive.

If you feel your child has a health or disability reason which prevents them from wearing a face mask please contact the academy on the email address below.  If your child has been provided with an exemption certificate which allows them not to wear a face mask please email a copy of the certificate to  office@westbourne.attrust.org.uk so that staff can be made aware of your child’s exemption. Students who are exempt will be issued with an exemption lanyard to carry whilst they are in school.

For details of the full measures and risk assessments in place at Westbourne Academy you can visit the policy section on our website. We are more than happy to talk to you about the daily measures and routines that we follow and you may contact Mrs Wiernicki or me on the telephone numbers below: 

  • Mrs R Wiernicki – 01473 466148
  • Mr M Bouckley – 01473 466136

Our measures and routines are reviewed daily and, where necessary, adapted to ensure the continued safety of the whole community. I am sure you will agree that it is vital that we all work together for the protection of all members of our community.  Please support your child by reinforcing the need for them to observe social distancing and caution at all times both inside and outside of the academy.

[3] Reminders: Uniform and Equipment

To view our expectations with regards to uniform standards and equipment please click on the link below: 

Academy Jumpers:

Please note that these must be worn as part of the academy uniform. 

PE Kit:

Students arriving at school in their PE kit this term has meant that students have been able to have a longer PE lesson and therefore a better learning experience. 

Please may I remind you that students, where possible, must be wearing their Westbourne Academy PE hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or blazer and trousers over their PE kit. Branded clothing, grey tracksuits for example, are not appropriate and must not be worn. Students need to be organised when they are wearing their PE kit and remember to place their equipment and mask into their bags.


  • no rings in Years 7 and 8
  • one PLAIN ring per hand in Years 9, 10 and 11
  • one bracelet per arm
  • no facial piercings, including tongues
  • no piercing retainers
  • one pair of stud earrings or small sleepers
  • a wristwatch
  • no necklaces or chains to be worn outside a student’s shirt
  • if jewellery reappears it will be confiscated.

 Make-up & Hair:

  • make-up is allowed if it is discreet
  • no shapes cut into hair, no unnatural colourings
  • colouring is permitted if it is naturally blended and of natural tones

Any application of makeup that is deemed to be excessive in any way will not be tolerated. The academy reserves the right to be the final arbiter of what constitutes extreme hairstyles, but a general guide should be as follows:


May I remind you that all students are required to bring to school a scientific calculator; the math’s department recommend the Casio fx-83GTX. This can be purchased from the academy via School Money for the discounted price of £5.00 (normally £11).

For those who use a PayPoint card to purchase meals etc, please contact Ms Green on 01473 466157 (Mon/Wed/Fri 8am - 4pm) and request a letter with a barcode which can only be used for this purchase. We will arrange for the barcode letter to be sent to your child’s class.

[4] Reports & Timetables

Please note that printed reports were issued to students in Years 7 and 10 on Friday. Year 11 reports will be issued after half term along with their PRE timetables for November.  Any students in Years 7 and 10 who were absent on the last day of term will be given their reports when they are back at school after half term.

There are a series of minor changes taking place after half term that have affected timetables for all students. Paper copies of timetables were distributed in class on Friday. Students will be able to see their new timetable on ShowMyHomeWork in the normal way.

[5] Changes to the Start and End times for Year 10 and Year 11

To facilitate the running of Period 6 and to ensure Year 11 students can go straight to Period 6 the following changes will take place after half term. 


Start Time

End Time

Entry/Exit Point


08:15 gates open for Lesson 1 start 08:30


Castle Road


08:30 gates open for Lesson 1 start 08:45


B Gate

[6] Chartwells: New Menu for Autumn 2020

Our caters, Chartwells, are introducing a new menu for the autumn term. You can view it here:

Every day, students can choose from two hot main meals, plus jacket potatoes with toppings, pizzas, pasta dishes, salads, subs, sandwiches and hot snacks such as toasties, paninis and pasties. Home bakes are made fresh every day such as flapjacks, cakes and cookies. 

Meals Deals are priced at £2.30 and include a small bottle of water. A range of snacks, drinks and squashes are on sale and are individually priced. The daily allowance for children eligible for a Free School Meal is £2.30.


I hope that you find this information useful and thank you for your continued support. I wish everyone a safe and peaceful half term break.


Mr M Bouckley - Principal