Free Book Access

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 13:11

During this time, there are a number of places that are offering free access to books to help you and your family keep busy and learning.

All of these services offer thousands of great books; fiction, non-fiction, autobiographical and historical. They also offer some perfect choices for younger children in your families.

Kooth

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:56

Kooth is a website designed to offer support, and build friendships. It is a very valuable website that has a lot of great information and advise.

https://www.kooth.com/

Please, recommend this to the young people in your home if you think they will benefit from some extra support.

Teacher & Learning Mentor Support

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 10:00

We realise that this is a very difficult, confusing time for everyone, which is why we have devised a working rota to enable learners to have contact with their teachers and learning mentors. There will be allocated times for each subject for academic support, and a learning mentor alongside this for Pastoral Support.

SUBJECT SUPPORT TIMETABLE
Teachers are available each day via TEAMS as per the below timetable.

8:30-10:30 Maths Support - Mr Christian
Pastoral Support - Miss Rosamond
10:30-12:30 English Support - Mr Cullen
Pastoral Support - Miss Brewer & Mrs Setterfield
12:30-2:30 Science Support - Dr Cornish
Pastoral Support - Miss Stock

If you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing TEAMS please contact enquiries@endeavouracademy.co.uk

Important: Immunisation Information

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 09:52

HDFT Immunisation Team,
Immunisation Team
Suite 6, The Beehive
Lingfield Point
Darlington
DL1 1YN

Tel: 0300 003 2554
Email: hdft.immunisationteam@nhs.net

Date: 23.03.2020
Dear Parent or Carer,

RE: COVID-19

In light of government guidelines regarding Coronavirus and school closures we have no option but to suspend the school based immunisation programme. We are hoping that this will be able to recommence in September 2020. If you have already completed a consent form for your child this will remain valid. We will inform parents/carers of the schedule for the academic year when we have had further guidance from Public Health England.
Can I urge you not to contact your GP with regards to outstanding immunisations as they are extremely busy at this challenging time.

If you have any queries you can call us on 03000 032554 or contact us via our email at hdft.immunisationteam@nhs.net

If you have any questions relating to Coronavirus please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours Sincerely,
Karen Guest-Humphries

Clinical Lead,
Childhood Immunisation Team
Suite 6, The Beehive
Lingfield Point
Darlington
DL1 1YN

Further School Closure

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:48

Following Friday's announcement from the Government to close all places of leisure and restaurants to avoid social gatherings and slow the spread of COVID-19 we will be cancelling our Wednesday school social meetings. Staff are all now working form home but remain available during school hours and we are currently trying to set up a facility to have a virtual gathering via video conferencing. For anyone wishing to upskill or try something new check out www.british-sign.co.uk where we have been informed they are running free online courses to learn sign language basics. We also have tons of online learning courses accessible for parents who may have found themselves having to stay at home. Just email us if you are interested.

Important: Free School Meals

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:09

Following the Government announcement to close schools from Friday 20th March, the provision of Free School Meals for those who are eligible during term time closure will be provided in the form of vouchers in place of the daily meal value. For those who are eligible a £25 ASDA voucher will be available to cover costs for the next two weeks. Schools are allocated £2.35 per meal, per pupil therefore the voucher will more than cover the costs. These vouchers will be emailed to parents from today. Thank you for your continued support.

Dear Parents/Carers

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 08:06

We hope you and your nearest and dearest are all well during this difficult and somewhat confusing time.

Endeavour staff, like those in all other schools have sent work to our students and ask that they do their best to keep their minds active and increasing their knowledge, however, we would like to reach out to you and the young people which we are so very fond of to offer some words of comfort.

We are sure that parents and carers across the entire world will be wondering how they will encourage their own children to study at home for what may be for days, weeks or perhaps even several months, for hours each day to study subjects such as Maths, English, Science and more through the work packs and online learning facilities which have been created over recent weeks. You are not alone! Even we, as teachers are feeling the same about our own children with the academic tasks which have been sent home for them to complete, juggling our lives to support and teach them whilst we also ensure we can stay in touch with our students and their families, all of whom, as you know, are so very important to each of us.

It is likely that the students have expressed some form of excitement at the thought of some time away from school, as I am sure we would have all done at their age too, but reality may not have kicked in just yet. Please remember, children of all ages, even those 14, 15 and 16 year olds you have at home with you today are all likely to be feeling scared and unsure of what is going on in the world around them. They can hear the news, they read the posts on social media and they can feel the tension and anxiety of their peers and the adults around them. It is vital that we remember that our children have never experienced anything quite like this before although we hope it does not last too long and that their world can return to normal, when they can return to school, socialise face to face with their friends and visit much loved family members.

In the coming weeks, you may experience resistance, refusal to complete school work or simple tasks around the home, they may lack motivation and will perhaps argue with those closet to them, they are likely to get upset and frustrated at the thought of not being able to leave their homes to see their much-missed friends and family members. Please bear with them during this difficult time, stay strong and don’t be tempted to give in and let them out. Speaking as parents ourselves, we understand the struggle you face and want to applaud you in the fabulous job you do today and every other day in protecting those you love. WELL DONE!!

Young people express their feelings in many ways, and as a result you may witness negative or even challenging behaviours, perhaps anger or frustration, heightened anxieties or low moods. It is important that you are prepared and are able to support or have access to the support they may require. We have sent letters with relevant contact details of our own school staff and the agencies which may be of use during this challenging time. Please do not be afraid to use them. You will not be alone.

Use this unexpected opportunity to come together as a family, get to know one another even better, play games, cook, watch movies, catch up on the soaps and talk about absolute nonsense, for those who will allow, give hugs and brush their hair. Don’t stress yourselves or your children by placing too much emphasis on the academic work. Although we would like to see some work completed, the mental health of yourselves and your child should be placed above all else right now. Teachers have taken this into account and will not be setting too much work but have more available ready to send to anyone requesting more. It is important that we all remember the reasons as to why these young people were referred to our school in the first place. Each young person we work with has made amazing progress with regards to improved attendance, willingness to participate, making friends, developing fabulous relationships with staff and other students and as a result of all of this, parents and carers all report significant improvements at home and we must not let all of this progress go to waste.

We will miss working face to face with each of our students but hope to be able to chat to them regularly through the school email system and the keeping in touch calls and texts we will be doing throughout.

The school building is closed but our staff are still available to support you, we will be making regular phone calls. We are available Monday to Friday during normal school hours and we hope to stay in regular contact with you all.

Please pass our love and best wishes to your child and tell them we will be back as soon as it is safe to do so. We miss them and can’t wait to see their lovely smiley faces again soon.

Please stay in touch.

The Endeavour Academy Staff xx

Year 11 Student Letter

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 14:14

Dear Yr 11 Student

As we approach an important time in your educational journey, whilst you complete your school work from home when you would normally be planning to sit GCSE exams we want to let you know how proud we are of you and how we recognise how hard you have worked. We know you would have tried your absolute best in every exam but there is something important you need to know....

GCSE’s do not assess all of what makes you unique, you are special and the people who create these exams do not know you in the way we, or your families do.

They do not know you have an amazing sense of humor; they have not seen your talent for art or catering, and they do not know that your laughter can brighten up our classrooms. They do not recognise that you go quiet or that your face turns red when you are shy, yet despite this, you have attended school and spoken to a huge range of visitors over the academic year. You have made friends with your peers, shared wonderful ideas and produced some outstanding work whilst blossoming into a confident young person.

They do not know about the excitement we have shared when we have talked about your future or the kindness and patience you have demonstrated with new students arriving in Endeavour. They do not know that you are kind, thoughtful and trustworthy and that each day you try to be at your best.
We know you would have tried your hardest during exams and we are confident that this hard work will be recognised, but this will not tell you everything about all of your learning and achievements throughout your time at Endeavour Academy or how much you have grown, matured or moved forward since beginning here.

There are many ways of being smart, you are smart! Remember, we think you are amazing and there is no way to ‘test’ all of the wonderful and awesome things that make you, YOU!

Quite simply, you are going to do amazing things and be the very best version of yourself. We are proud of you and for the next few weeks, our teaching may be delivered differently, but we are still here and we are still expecting to see you all again once school is in a position to re-open.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF IN THE WAY WE BELIEVE IN YOU.

From Endeavour Academy staff

Key Worker Survey

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 14:07

Endeavour Academy is based within East Durham College, these premises are closed for 2 weeks to allow for cleaning. This survey must be returned by email, by 12pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.

Student Name;

Students age;

Name of Parent completing the survey:

Job title;

Name of employer;

Name, work address and work contact number of line manager (main switchboard number – no mobile numbers)

Email address of the line manager who can verify your job title;

Please circle to indicate if you are a lone parent key worker or if both parents are key workers

Yes

No

COVID 19 School Closure

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 15:34

19 March 2020

COVID 19 - School Closure

Following the Government announcement relating to school closures we are taking the decision to follow advice and close Endeavour Academy as of Friday 20th March from 2.15pm. The education of our students is a priority, we have been preparing for this news and have already set up virtual classes via Microsoft Teams. No parent has responded to previous letters stating they do not have internet access, so we are of the understanding that students are able to access this through devices they have at home (i.e. laptop, phone, iPad).

We can assure you that we will continue to support academic progress by setting work and remaining in contact with parents / carers daily. Student wellbeing is very high on our agenda, for this reason we will continue to keep in touch with our students and encourage them to communicate with one another via the school Microsoft Teams group chat facilities.

Our students will all receive a wellbeing pack containing mindfulness activities, useful contact numbers and website details, (keep an eye out for the little gift to remind them all how much they are loved by each one of us).

Our website will be updated with any news we receive as we receive it and we can assure you of our continued support. All key contact numbers are listed below. We are still working; we are still here, and we have every intention of getting back to normal procedures as soon as we can. Key staff will be available in school for keeping in touch days each Wednesday between 10am - 2pm, any family who feels they may face issues due to not being able to access free school meals, should contact the appropriate learning mentor for advice and support.

Contact telephone numbers:
Hackworth 07483 169 596
Dixon 07483 404 316
Browning 07483 404 309

Email – enquiries@endeavouracademy.co.uk

Website (any changes / updates will be posted here) www.endeavouracademy.co.uk

Emergency contacts:

NHS Direct 111

First Contact Duty Team / Social Service 03000 267979

CAMHS Crisis Team 0191 441 5733

Police 101 / 999

Online counselling: www.kooth.com