24.03.2020 Covid-19 update Letter

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: COVID-19

Thank you to all parents who contacted us following my last letter and for your continued support and understanding during these very challenging times. In response to last night’s directive from the Government, and following guidance from the Local Authority, it is necessary for Foundry College to review its position once again.

On Monday, onsite provision or face to face tutoring, was being delivered to 29 of our students and remote learning arrangements were put in place for the remainder. In light of the Prime Minister’s clear message to stay at home, some parents have contacted us to advise that their son/daughter will not be attending from today. Since Monday, following the issue of personal letters by the NHS advising self-isolation for 12 weeks for those with very significant health-related issues and others sharing their homes, to shield from infection, there has been a further reduction in staffing availability.

Foundry College will remain open but now has to prioritise provision for the students with the greatest need.

With effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March, if there is a parent working from home or who is not a key worker, we would expect your son/daughter to remain at home unless your child has an assigned social worker or EHCP and we have prioritised them to be in the group of greatest need.

We are all inundated with media messages and it can all become quite confusing and overwhelming. What is clear is that we must all play our part in assisting in the delay of the spread of the virus in order to protect those who are most vulnerable. We will do this by restricting our contact with others wherever possible and this includes reducing the amount of contact at Foundry to the absolute minimum.

From today, there will be no further face-to-face tutoring for medical/vulnerable students who were receiving their education at home, until further notice. Also today, we will be contacting the parents of each student who was on the “to attend at Foundry” list to clarify and confirm each individual student’s provision going forward.

All students are set up with Doddle through which work will be facilitated by a designated tutor or teacher. Wellbeing calls will also be made daily to touch base and iron out any difficulties.

Thank you again for your on-going support and understanding during these very strange and anxious times. We will continue to prioritise the health and welfare of our students and our staff whilst being mindful of our ambition to maintain the best possible education provision.

Warmest wishes,

Jay Blundell

Ofsted commented;

“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”

“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”

“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”



Student Outcomes 2018-19

The Staff and Management Committee are delighted to celebrate the results of our 2018-2019 cohort.

Foundry College is more than a school where staff deliver the curriculum.  We are an environment where pupils are able to learn for life through a wealth of different experiences and enrichment opportunities. Staff support our pupils not only as highly qualified experts in their different curriculum fields, but also as daily mentors. Our educational expertise,  personal commitment and dedication to improving the life experiences of  vulnerable young people make significant contributions to building pupils' resilience and fostering a culture of mutual respect and co-operation.

Our primary focus is to work hard with pupils to help them secure the best outcomes they can and to improve their chance of success in further education, training or employment.

Year 2

One student was eligible for KS1 SATs and was assessed to be at the National standard.

Year 6

One of two students eligible for KS2 SATs was assessed to be at the National standard.  The second student was disapplied by their home school.

Year 11

The summer 2019 cohort once again exceeded realistic expectation with 15 of 19 students achieving at least one level 2 qualification.

All 19 students were entered for a qualification in both English and Maths, with 9 students achieving GCSE passes in each subject and 7 students achieving passes in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths.  8 students were entered for double Science, with 7 students achieving at least one grade 4 and 4 students achieving passes in both GCSEs.

Qualifications were also obtained in a further thirteen other subjects, including a range of traditional academic GCSEs and a selection of vocational options.

Thank you to everyone involved in the partnership without which these excellent outcomes for our pupils would not have been possible.

Miss Jay Blundell— Headteacher








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Headteacher: Miss Jay Blundell

Foundry College

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RG40 1PX

Tel: 0118 334 1510


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