Reopening Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, September 2020

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The Principal, staff and governors intend to re-open Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy to all pupils and students from the start of the autumn term 2020. The safety and wellbeing of pupils, students and staff is of paramount importance.


The Principal, staff and governors encourage and expect full attendance from all pupils from the start of the autumn term. We support the government’s stance on encouraging full attendance. The academy’s pastoral team and the Attendance Officer will work with parents and pupils to overcome any barriers to attendance. Fining parents of absent children will continue to be a last resort, after other avenues have been exhausted.

School uniform is unchanged, and all students are expected to be in full uniform. Problems with school uniform must be reported to house blocks.

Start of Term Dates

The start of term will be staggered, in order for pupils and students to receive the best start to the academic year. Once they have started, they continue to attend.

Monday 7 September:            Year 7 and Year 12 students start

Tuesday 8 September:           Year 8 and Year 13 students start

Wednesday 9 September:      Year 9 and Year 10 students start

Thursday 10 September:        Year 11 students start. All students are now in school

Period 1 each day for 7-10 September will be Tutor Time. For Year 7 and Year 12 on Monday 7 September, periods 1 and 2 will be Tutor Time.

There are minor changes to lesson times, with tutor time at the end of each day. There are no changes to the start and end times of the school day, which remain 08:50 – 15:15. Pupils need to be on site by 08:45 at the latest.


We recognise, however, that COVID-19 is still circulating nationally and within the communities we serve and that it continues to pose a threat, although this danger is diminishing. COVID-19 poses additional risks to the health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff. Additional safety, health, hygiene and management measures therefore need to be taken.

We have received guidance from the Department for Education, and we have benefited substantially from guidance and models from a wide range of other schools and professional bodies. Government guidelines recognise that each school is different, in layout and in the characteristics of its community. Government guidance is available here: Guidance for full opening: schools – GOV.UK

This document sets out the measures and steps we intend to take.

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