A beacon of hope to disengaged young people using creativity to open the door to learning and development
Wac Arts College – Closure Due To Coronavirus
Dear students, parents, carers, referrers, and colleagues,
From 3pm on Friday 20th March 2020 the college building will be closed.
Given government guidance about school closure and self-isolation within households, and the impact that this has had on students and staff, this has become an inevitability.
We hope to re-open on Monday 20th April 2020 and this will take one of two possible forms:
- If we are able to, we will open the college building for normal activities
- Otherwise, we will operate remote learning through our Google classroom, GDrive and Gmail systems
It is too early to give further details, but as soon as I can, I will communicate this. At the very latest, I will be in touch during the final week of the Easter holidays.
Remote Learning and Other Support
In a lot of ways the college is well set up to continue delivering teaching and learning through Google classroom, GDrive and Gmail systems. If you need any help or support with this please get in contact (see contact list below).
I appreciate that this is going to be a significant change in how everyone learns but we are confident that it can be a successful and enriching experience. Key to making it a success will be your help and support in these difficult and challenging times in establishing a good space to work, emotional encouragement and monitoring of what is being done. First and foremost, we suggest you try to establish as regular a routine based around the college day as you can, with opportunities for breaks and time in the fresh air. Education will continue albeit in a different place and in a different way.
Staff will be working from home during this period and will be available to respond to questions and provide help and guidance primarily through email. Please note however, that this will be in normal working hours, and please be mindful that many will also be juggling their own responsibilities during this time.
Exams & Accreditations
I appreciate that this is a major concern for all students and families in year 11 and 13. The Department for Education announced yesterday that all exams due to be held in May and June will be cancelled (including GCSEs) but the DfE has said it will work to ensure that pupils get the qualifications they need. We already have predicted grades for all of our GCSE, BTEC and RSL qualifications and we assume this will form the basis of student grades in the absence of exams or missed coursework due to this crisis.
One of my major concerns is for the mental health of all in the college community. Our counsellor, Cate, has kindly agreed to speak with students who may need support via email to begin with and over the phone or suitable video messaging service if necessary. Her email address is: cate.dunne@WacArtsCollege.co.uk.
I would encourage everyone to take the very best care of their own wellbeing and of those closest to them. It may be some time before normality returns, and we will all need fortitude, generosity and kindness to get us through. Rest assured the college will be in touch and continue to support all students. If you need any advice and guidance about accessing support from your local authority, social services or local education authority please let us know and we can signpost you to that.
If you receive bursary these payments will continue.
If you receive free school meals please get in touch so that we can help you connect with your local authority who are putting plans in place to support you.
If you are a key worker and need assistance with childcare once again please do get in contact and we can help you connect with your local authority who are putting plans in place to support you.
Please do not hesitate to be in contact should you have any questions.
James Fornara (Principal)
M: 07539 918797 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camille Curtis y Van Dyke (Deputy Head, Head of Post-16 & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
M: 07497 112723 E: email@example.com
Glenn Dallas (Head of Pre-16)
Joanna Thompson (SENCo)
M: 07497 112728 E: Joanna.Thompson@WacArtsCollege.co.uk
Cordelia Longworth (College Business Manager)
M: 07572 206601 Cordelia.Longworth@WacArtsCollege.co.uk
Our doors maybe closed but our college remains open.
All the best,
Welcome to Wac Arts College
We provide alternative education for 14-19 year olds through a creative arts and media curriculum. The school consolidates over thirty years’ experience of using arts and media education to turn disengaged young peoples’ lives around.
We believe passionately that learning can – and should be – enjoyable. A creative curriculum puts pleasure back into learning, particularly if you have been alienated from or excluded by ‘traditional’ and ‘mainstream’ statutory education.
Avoiding and resisting learning in school can often be signs of imagination and creativity. Many young people in alternative education are especially well suited for a career in the creative industries and our curriculum ensures that young people are able to work towards meaningful accreditation and qualifications enabling them to access the creative industries and other post-19 options in accordance with their aspirations and dreams.
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