Parents will be aware of concerns following news of a small number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Europe, including in Northern Italy and Tenerife. This has coincided with the half term break, when many schools support students with travel including ski trips.
Portland Spencer Academy has not supported half-term travel to areas where there are confirmed coronavirus diagnoses: however, we appreciate that parents may have arranged independent travel during half-term.
Government advice is that any families who have returned from Iran, specific areas of Northern Italy comprising thirteen towns south of Milan, identified areas in South Korea or in Hubei province in China in the last fourteen days should stay indoors and contact NHS 111. This advice applies whether or not there is anyone showing the flu-like symptoms associated with coronavirus in the home.
The Spencer Academies Trust continues to monitor NHS advice closely, and is acting under advice from Public Health England.
Advice available from Trust websites will be updated daily throughout the week beginning 24 February.
Minister congratulates Portland Spencer Academy
Pupils at Portland Spencer Academy are celebrating after receiving a letter from Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP. The letter congratulated them on results which place their school performance amongst the very best in the country.
As Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP is responsible for monitoring performance in schools.
Results for the 2016-17 academic year have now been analysed, and Portland Spencer has been identified as amongst the top 2% of schools for progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Successes build on the school's ASPIRE pact, which encourages exciting learning and a culture of high expectations.
Mr Gibb offered his congratulations to the Principal of Portland Spencer Academy, Kate Green, in a letter received this week.
He said: "I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school have made."