Mr Mark Burgiss - Head of Academy
Mr Mark Burgiss - Head of Academy

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COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus NHS Advice

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to reassure you that the school is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure the health of our whole community, including pupils and staff.   

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England are carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and have published information and advice for the public.  As the situation is rapidly developing, please check the online advice for the latest and most up-to-date information and the PHE blog for further information



UPDATE 27/03/2020:

Inspire Academy will now re-open on Monday 30th March 2020, but at a reduced capacity.  Any parent/carer wanting their child to attend will need to contact the school first.  As an Academy, we will endeavour to support every pupil, but to do this we will need to limit the numbers we have in each day, due to highly depleted staffing levels. This will mean making a risk assessment and taking in to account the safety of both pupils and staff.  We will also be working reduced hours between 10:00am and 2:00pm. 

Work for pupils that continue to remain at home during this time will still be collated by Teaching staff and will be sent home via your preferred method of contact (email or post - as discussed with your child's Form tutor).  Work will also be uploaded for each year group on our school website, under the Student Work Area for you to download.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.  This decision has been made to protect those vulnerable staff, pupils and their families during the Coronavirus outbreak.

During this time you will be able to contact the school by phone between 10:00am and 2:00pm.  These are the reduced hours we will be working to help support pupils and staff, and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  After this time, if you have any questions, please use the contact form on the 'Contact Us' page of the website, your query will be forwarded on to relevant staff by our Admin team. 

Thank you for your ongoing support during these tough times.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M. Burgiss

Head of Academy



Inspire Academy is a special school based in Chatham and every pupil that attends has an EHCP (Educational, Health and Care Plan), with SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) as their primary need.  All pupils are treated as individuals, which means staff work hard to deliver a curriculum that will suit each need, helping them to progress, not only academically, but socially and emotionally on their journey through school.

Our staff team at Inspire are passionate about providing the best possible opportunities and education for each individual.  We celebrate difference, we constantly challenge and resolve conflict, always having high expectations about pupil behaviour, relationships and attainment.  Supporting the individual can be a challenge, but this is far outweighed by the pleasure we get as educators seeing them grow and progress in all aspects of their lives.

The pupils SEMH need means that some exhibit very challenging behaviour and Mainstream schooling is not always the most appropriate setting to deal with this, as they may require some extra support.  Sometimes their first encounters of education has been chaotic and certainly challenging, many have had a fragmented education and have fallen behind their peers academically.  This often results in self-esteem issues and anti-social behaviour.

With small classes and amazing staff that truly understand SEMH, we feel that once a pupil starts at Inspire, they have every opportunity to turn their lives around.  Every child has the right to achieve and we believe that every parent and carer has the right to expect Inspire Academy to do its very best for their child.  With this in mind, we work closely with parents and carers and other agencies to help each pupil make positive choices and changes which will serve them better in their future.

A key feature that we try to adopt is teaching all pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour and consequences.  We teach them to try and put things right when they go wrong, together with learning the values of tolerance and respect for themselves and others.

We do not believe it is acceptable for any pupil to behave in an unsafe or inappropriate way without regard to others.  Through clear rules, boundaries, expectations, rewards and consequences, we show our pupils how to build positive relationships.  By doing all of this during the time our pupils are with us, we develop their academic and personal skills and confidence that will enable them to face society.

Mr M. Burgiss

Head of Academy

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