COVID-19 Information

COVID Statement


Returning to School in September - 16th July 2020

Information about the reopening of the Academy will be sent to parents by email tomorrow (Friday 17th July). If we don't have an up to date email for you or you just want to confirm your email address, please can you complete the survey using the link below:


Survey for Parents/Carers Regarding Return to Academy in September - Friday 10th July 2020.

The Academy is working to prepare for all students to return in September.  To inform our planning, we would like to collect some information from families.  It would be very helpful if you could complete the survey below by Monday 13th July.

As soon as plans are finalised we will share them with you all via the Academy website and social media.

Completing the survey will also give you the opportunity to provide us with an accurate email address, which will be used to send information about tutor groups home.  From September all students will be in year group forms, so all students will have a new tutor group.

The survey should be completed by the families of students joining us in September too.

Key Worker/Vulnerable Students - Letter Home Regarding Summer Holidays - 3rd July 2020:

A letter has been published for parent/carers of vulnerable/key worker students who have been attending the academy throughout the lockdown period and can be viewed here:

Government Guidance - Published 25th June 2020:

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. 

Mid-Summer Half Term Update - 24th June 2020

A mid-summer half term letter has been published and can be viewed here:

Mid-Summer Half Term Update 2020 

Year 10 Virtual Assembly

For the next four weeks Year 10 students will have a weekly assembly published in a Y10 Assembly classroom on Google Classroom. They should join this group with the code: 3jp5kvu.

The first assembly has already been released and focuses on their return to school next week.

Information about KS3 virtual assemblies to come.


Update June 11th 2020

Please see attached information regarding the opening of the academy for Year 10 students from Monday 29th June 2020:

Update about Reopening for Year 10 Students

An addendum to the Behaviour Policy was adopted by Rye Hills Academy from 4th June 2020 in response to delivering face-to-face sessions following COVID-19 school closure and can be viewed here:

Rye Hills Academy Behaviour Policy COVID-19 Addendum

Further updates on the school closure will be posted here as well as our social media pages:

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @RyeHillsAcademy 

Stay at Home Guidance:

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

Guidance: Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance: Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings:

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers:

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers: Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance: Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1st June: guidance for parents and carers - Updated 11 May 2020:

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

Where possible, it would be helpful for institutions to share this message with parents and students through your communication channels.

Contact Information

You can contact the school via our 'Contact Us' form here. Alternatively you can ring the office between the hours of 9am and 12noon on 01642 484269. 

Free School Meals 

Update Monday 20th April 2020: All parents who have been receiving vouchers electronically have received an email this morning with information and guidance on the national voucher scheme. The system is continuing to run very slowly at the moment. Please read and use the attached tips to try and improve the process.


Parents/carers of students entitled to Free School Meals will be sent a voucher via the e-mail address you provided on the school system. In this email you will receive a reference number which you use to redeem an e-Code for a supermarket of your choice.

If you have no email address, you will receive a phone call from the school to confirm your choice of supermarket and the vouchers will be sent by post. The postal vouchers cannot be sent until you have spoken to someone from school to confirm your choice of supermarket.

Please allow 48 hours for the email to arrive.

These should be arriving in your inbox from Tuesday 7th April 2020. Please check your junk mail/spam folders.

If you have not received them by Wednesday 8th April, AM, please email

It's important that you email rather than phone, as it will allow us to double check the the email address used to issue the voucher.

Please consult the document below before you email, as this might answer the questions you have.

DfE Free School Meals 

Google Classroom

All departments have now established 'classrooms' on Google Classroom which will allow your child to work from home should the need arise. You will need to read the instructions document and to access the Classroom Codes for your child's year group.

All students do know how to log in as they have used Google Classroom to complete a survey in the last fortnight, but the instructions provide further guidance should you need it.

We have also established an email address which can be used specifically for help with anything Google Classroom related:

Instructions and Class Codes are here on our website:

We will be sharing student work on the following website every Friday:


Support for parents/carers

If you are finding virtual schooling through Google Classrooms a little challenging, have a look at the attached parent guide and don't forget to get in touch by emailing if you need further support.

Quick Parents Guide

Edge Update from Mrs Lloyd:

Parents - In year 7, 8 and 9 students have Edge lessons within their timetable. These are important lessons which aim to develop the the life skills and attributes that employers are telling us they need – leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication (LORIC). We don't want students to miss out on this while attending virtual school.

There are so many fantastic activities you can be doing, from home, that can link towards the Edge challenges and work towards gaining the Edge qualification.

The Edge platform has many challenges available, but to make it simpler, and narrow down the activities that are best suited while you homeschool, PIXL have provided an alternative Edge booklet (link below). You can find an editable version of this booklet in each of the Edge classrooms. The codes you need to join these are below.

All challenges link to the LORIC attributes we have been working on in Edge lessons. Make sure you log on to your google Edge classroom as there is a space there to upload evidence of any challenges completed and Mrs Lloyd can guide you through navigating the Edge software, all the activities are logged and will count towards the Edge qualification.

Welcome to the Pixl Edge Programme


Work Packs

If you are unable to access our online work on Google Classroom because you do not have a computer or the internet we have put together work packs.

These will be available from the main reception and can be collected by students or parents/carers.

The packs contain 2 weeks worth of work for core subjects for Years 7-10.

Year 7 Nurture Group packs are also available. If there are difficulties collecting them, please email Mrs Watson:

Dates and Weeks

For those following their academy timetable, here are the weeks:

  • Week 1 - Monday 29th June 2020
  • Week 2 - Monday 6th July 2020
  • Week 1 - Monday 13th July 2020

Useful Links

Coronavirus: A Book for Children (click front cover below). You can also log on to Accelerated Reader and quiz on the book.



Dave the Dog is Worried About Coronavirus, a nurse dotty book -  book about coronavirus.


PE with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach:

Online Reading ( with Accelerated Reader levels):

Official Rye Hills Instagram Pages: 

  • Rye Hills Academy & Careers @RyeHillsAcademy
  • Rye Hills Food Studies @RyeHills_Food
  • Rye Hills MFL @RyeHillsMFL
  • Rye Hills Edge @Rye_Hills_Edge
  • Rye Hills Art @RyeHillsArt
  • Rye Hills English @RyeHillsEnglish
  • Reading at Rye Hills @ReadingatRyeHills
  • Computing at Rye HIlls @RyeHillsComputing


BBC Bitesize: Daily Lessons, Careers Information, Learn & Revise.

Education Endowment Foundation: EEF COVID-19 Resources for Parents: 

Tees Valley Music Service Lockdown Newsletter May 2020

Musinc: The Tees Musical Inclusion Partnership are offering young people a range of remote music opportunities. All 7pm - 8pm. Facebook:

Careers Education, Information and Guidance Links

Virtual Work Experience: Observe GP Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16+. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.

Success at School  #CrisisCareersHeroes Find out more about the many job roles of our key workers during COVID-19. See if this might be a career path for you.

Speakers for Schools are very pleased to announce the launch of their Virtual Talks programme!

Students will be able to hear masterclasses and interviews from speakers from a range of sectors including business, arts, academia, media and more. Speakers will be sharing their own stories and expertise on a variety of subjects. Please click on this link to watch the live careers talks:…/vtalks/upcoming-vtalks/

With the launch of our exciting Virtual Talks #vtalks we have just released our Vtalk Library so you can access previous talks for your students on demand. Let us know what you think! Check it out here


Year 11

We have page dedicated to sharing up to date information with Year 11 students here:


COVID-19 Letter regarding immunisations


We know how difficult certain aspects of lockdown are and understand the impact that this can have on mental wellbeing, and also the possible increased risk from online threats.

Cleveland Police have shared the clip below to support children and inform parents on how to stay safe online.

Also, please can I remind you of the links available to support your wellbeing on the Rye Hills Academy website at:

The Rye Hills Academy safeguarding team are contactable at school in a number of ways if you require any help and support.

By email at:

Or by phone on 01642 484269 from 9-12 each school day.

The Police are contactable on 101 or 999 in case of an emergency

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child the South Tees Multi Agency hub is available for advice and referrals on 01642 130700 between 8.30am - 5pm Monday - Thursday and 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday.

Outside of these hours contact the emergency duty team on: 01642 524552


We look forward to seeing you all when school reopens. Stay safe!

Mental Health & Wellbeing

To avoid unnecessary face to face contact we will no longer be offering the drop in sessions with our pastoral team.

If any student would like to talk to someone they can contact The Link in Redcar. A daily phone line has been set up between 2pm and 4pm.

This service is available for all students and not just for those who have already been referred to The Link.

The number is 01642 505580, then press Option 3.

They have set up a You Tube channel too:

  • Daisy Chain Project Teesside - Telephone Support Service
  • NHS – Health A-Z (Mental Health) whole range of audio guides and signposting to mental health helplines, support groups and expert advice. Also ability to put local postcode in and find out what resources are local to you;
  • Public Health England & NHS Every Mind Matters – generic health and wellbeing information linked to NHS;

  • YoungMinds and The Mix;

  • Action for Children mental health resources and information;

  • Childline mental health support and guidance;

  • MindEd Hub Health Education England (in association with Young Minds have agreed a number of accessible on-line modules);

  • Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust NHS local Access to Children & Young Peoples services;

  • Alliance Psychological Services children & young people’s therapies and intervention;

  • Samaritans if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak;

  • Doorways: Here to Listen - The Doorways Youth project supports young people aged 13 to 25 living in and around Saltburn.
  • The Junction Newsletter - The Junction - Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter Support for Children, Young People and Families.
  • COVID-19 Message from Childline - It can be difficult to cope when there’s so much changing around us. You might be worried about schools closing, friends or relatives getting ill or what'll happen in the future. Childline and our counsellors want to support you through this. We’re working hard to make sure you can still speak to a counsellor when you need to.
  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online).
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online).
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online).
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online).
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC).
  • Kooth - Kooth will provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 11-18 years via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor.  We would like to ensure that young people are signposted to a safe environment where information, advice and guidance is accessible through age appropriate, pre-moderated articles, forums and our live/static chat service in an aim to reduce some of those anxieties surrounding Covid-19. 
  • Kooth: How has COVID-19 Affected the Mental Health of Children and Young People in the United Kingdom?

For more useful links please see our page here.

Aged 18 or under and feeling worried, anxious or low in mood? Would you like to speak with someone in confidence about this?

Across Middlesbrough and Redcar Telephone Emotional and Wellbeing Support is available from the providers below:

Provider Name



Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind 

Middlesbrough: 01642 257020




01642 796630

01642 257020- automated to take messages which are checked regularly throughout the day.


Web site:


The Junction Foundation

01642 756000   



Web site:

The Link


01642 505580


Web site:


If you require emergency Mental Health support contact

NHS Crisis Team direct on 03000132000.


Across Stockton and Hartlepool Emotional and Wellbeing Support is available from the providers below:


01642 352747

Option 1 Adult Mental Health

Option 2 Children, Young People & Families o

Option 3 Workplace Wellbeing

If you require emergency Mental Health support contact

NHS Crisis Team direct on 03000132000.