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Umberleigh Academy
Umberleigh Academy


Dear Parents/Carers

The staff are pleased to be welcoming you all to the new school year.  We hope that you have had a happy and safe holiday.   

The Covid-19 situation continues to change and as a result, so does the advice given to schools from the Government.   We are pleased that the children will be able to enjoy more freedom in their education.

Changes relevant for Umberleigh Academy are as follows:

  • There is no longer the need for the children to work in separate bubbles so they will be able to enjoy playtimes, lunch and lessons together again. 
  • The Brumble Bee children should be dropped off and collected via the original route which is by the side of the infant classroom. 
  • Children will sit at group tables rather than in rows in the classroom.
  • Staff and visitors will no longer need to wear face coverings.

There are, however, some measures that we will continue with as they make good common sense in keeping everyone safe and healthy in the normal running of a school.  They are:

  • Regular handwashing and the use of anti-bacterial hand gel to ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Thorough cleaning regimes by our dedicated cleaner Tim.
  • Occupied spaces will be well ventilated.  A balance to be found between ventilation and a comfortable environment for learning.
  • Continue to follow public health advice on testing, self isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The benefit of attending school continues to significantly outweigh the Covid-19 health risk to children.  Attendance is mandatory for all children and we will be doing everything we can to ensure your child can continue to attend school.  Alongside the measures detailed above we have a TEAM Outbreak Management plan and risk assessment in place should any changes occur. 

We look forward to a happy, healthy and productive Autumn term.

Corrinne Smith

6th September 2021

Welcome to Umberleigh Academy

Umberleigh Academy is a vibrant small school situated in the lovely countryside of North Devon. As part of the TEAM Multi-Academy Trust with Pilton Bluecoat and Brayford Academies, the children benefit from an extensive range of curriculum opportunities not always available to a school of this size. Children receive specialist teaching in music, physical education and French, take part in residential trips and enjoy visiting our partner schools for a range of activities. Our small classes ensure that children receive learning that is personalised, stimulating and enjoyable. Our school has an ethos where children's voices are heard and they are encouraged to develop important personal skills that develop their independence and ability to work with others. Our aim is for every child to achieve their very best and enjoy their time at Umberleigh Academy.

Corrinne Smith

Head of School



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