Welcome to First Base Ipswich Academy

Welcome to First Base Ipswich Academy

Christmas Holiday COVID Notification Expectations and Associated Date Changes

CHANGE OF DATE: Friday 18th December – SCHOOL CLOSED

On 8th December, the Department for Education (DfE) declared that if schools stayed open until Friday 18th December then school leaders may have to communicate isolation decisions to families up to and including Christmas Eve.  As a result, the DfE decided to announce that schools could close to pupils a day early and make Friday 18th December an INSET Day.

All Raedwald Trust schools will be taking up this option.   This means that our previously published INSET Day on 12th February 2021 will be cancelled and will now be a normal school day.  We hope that this action will reduce the risk of lots of people having to isolate over the Christmas holiday.  It also means that if we are unfortunate enough to have to isolate pupils or staff, they should know by Wednesday 23rd December at the latest, so that families’ Christmas Bubble arrangements can be changed and elderly relatives are not put at further risk.

I am aware that this may impact on some people’s working arrangements and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Even though our schools will be closed to pupils over the Christmas break, it is important that if your child develops symptoms within 48 hours of being at school (i.e. before end of the day on Saturday 19th December) and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, you should contact the Raedwald Trust by emailing covid@raedwaldtrust.org and a member of Raedwald TrustTeam will contact you to discuss next steps. This email address will be checked regularly up until late afternoon on Wednesday 23rd December.

If your child develops symptoms on or after Sunday 20th December, you DO NOT need to contact the school.

You must, however, follow the directions you are given by NHS Test and Trace.

If your child is required to isolate during the Christmas holiday and this means that they will not be able to return to school on Tuesday 5th January, please phone the school on Monday 4th January to make us aware of their predicted return date.

We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to you from all the staff at First Base Ipswich Academy.

First Base Ipswich Academy is a Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupil referral unit in Suffolk.

First Base Ipswich Academy is an outstanding, thriving, happy school where everyone is included and supported to achieve their best. Our core values of kindness, curiosity, resilience and reflection are at the heart of everything we do. Our children learn these values and are supported to develop positive and confident attitudes towards their learning, their peers and adults.

We have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of people who give their all to ensure that the children are supported and encouraged both academically and socially, emotionally and behaviourally.

We believe that First Base Ipswich Academy is a place where children can learn to enjoy learning and have a positive school experience. Our partnership with parents and carers means that they are regularly updated about their child’s progress and their views are welcomed. We work closely with children’s community schools and other professionals to ensure the best outcomes for our pupil’s futures. Our outreach work plays a vital role in supporting community settings to achieve success with our pupil’s.

At First Base Ipswich Academy we take pride in our focus on promoting inclusion and equality for all.

First Base Ipswich Academy

Raeburn Road




Tel: 01473 719553

Email: adminfirstbase@raedwaldtrust.org

First Base Ipswich Academy