Exams 2020 - Information As an academy we are working hard with staff to prepare student estimated grades which we will submit to the examination boards as outlined in the guidance below. We would like to assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that students get the grades we believe they deserve.
Important Announcement - Keith Whittlestone It is with great regret that we must inform you of some very sad and recent news.
Latest Academy Closure Updates - Due to COVID 19 / Government Guidance As you will be aware the government has enforced all schools/academies to close from today (Friday 20th March) for all students apart from those who have parents who are Key Workers.
Joseph Leckie Academy provides a safe but challenging environment which maximises opportunities for all members of the community. We work in partnership with parents to equip all of our students to be confident and effective young people and lifelong learners....
HOUSE UPDATE A big thank you to all of you who emailed your house coordinator with entries for our NHS thanks competition. More competitions and quizzes are running this week, if students want details on how to enter and earn those all important house points, please see the bulletin in your emails.
Exams 2020 - Information As an academy we are working hard with staff to prepare student estimated grades which we will submit to the examination boards as outlined in the guidance below. We would like to assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that students get the grades we believe they deserve. The Department for Education has confirmed that there will be no summer examinations this year in England. They would like to reassure teachers and students that they are working tirelessly with the regulators and government departments to ensure that students affected by this decision receive a qualification so they can progress, in whatever path they choose to follow. The exam regulator and Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. Here are the main points: Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data - including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which they feel will be the most accurate assessment of potential student achievement and attainment. Regulators and exam boards will be meet with teaching representatives before finalising the approach, in order to ensure that the process is as fair for students as possible. Students will be able to appeal their grades if they do not believe the correct process has been followed. There will also be an option to sit exams early next academic year, for any students who wish to. Students can also choose to sit exams next summer. The intention is to provide grades to students before the end of July 2020. In terms of a permanent record; the grades will be indistinguishable
Important Announcement - Keith Whittlestone It is with great regret that we must inform you of some very sad and recent news. Keith Whittlestone our dedicated and longstanding Principal of Joseph Leckie Academy, has passed away this morning. Keith was a mentor and close friend to so many and words cannot describe how much his loss will affect us. He is an irreplaceable part of all of the lives of students and staff. His love and passion for Joseph Leckie Academy and its family of students and teachers will never be forgotten. He touched everyone's lives, as a man and the leader of the Academy - an institution which he dedicated his life to, for the betterment and care of all the youngsters of Walsall - that he held so dear. We understand that this news will be upsetting for large sections of the community Keith served. During this difficult time and as we are all processing this sad news, students are advised to contact their form tutors if they need immediate support. We would kindly request that the privacy of Keith's family is respected at this very difficult time. The Academy will not be issuing any further information at this point. Thank you. --- For any students or members of the community who would like further support, and to speak to someone outside of the Academy we would recommend the below two services. Students are advised to also speak to their form tutors for support during this time. Kooth – a free online counselling and support service for 11-25 year olds living in Walsall https://www.kooth.com/ (XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use) Walsall School Nurses Chat Health line 07480 635 363 (Age 11-19) (You can chat to the school nurses about: keeping healthy, Emotional Health, Sexual health, puberty, drugs & alcohol, smoking, weight management, medical conditions in school, bullying, healthy relationships, body image and more!)
All work to enable students to have access to their education is available through the Academy's Office 365 system accessible through quick links. Picture 2 and 3 show you how to get to the login page for the Academy Learning Area. To ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, form tutors will be in weekly contact with their students and the easiest way to do this is through replying to an email. If you need help accessing your email please click on the COVID-19 section of the JLA website and select 'Student Learning Plans'. There is a link to request login details here. #stayhome
HOUSE UPDATE As our Academy moves online, so too does our house system! The house coordinators have put together a bulletin and emailed it to all students on their academy email accessible via office365. Our competition this week is to design a poster thanking the NHS for their hard work during this difficult time. To read the full bulletin and to find out how to enter, check your Academy email address #thankyounhs #virtualschool #stayhome #jlaorion #jlaperseus #jlazodiac #jlahercules
Joseph Leckie Academy
Walstead Rd West
Principal: Keith Whittlestone