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The roads around Thomas Deacon Academy and Peterborough Regional College are very busy and a little awkward at times with several cross-roads, bus stops, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. These dangers increase significantly when you consider pedestrians, cyclists and cars pulling over to drop students off for school and college. 

Please may we respectfully request that parents take extreme caution when dropping their children at Thomas Deacon Academy, remaining mindful of other road users and observing the law at all times.

We thank you for your co-operation.

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  • Set up and distribution of CGP resource books

    Published 11/06/20

    Thank you to all staff currently in the Sports Hall at TDA helping to set up the CGP KS3 and KS4 GCSE resources which will be distributed to students during next week (Details of times slots from tutor ‘phone call homes and emails to follow). What a great ‘team effort’. Mr Carroll


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  • Update to all parents/carers 5th June 2020

    Published 23/03/20

    It’s been a busy week! We continue to review of all updated DfE, and medical guidance. The email below and attached documents give you an overview of our planning and thinking to date about our phased extension of on-site educational provision for Years 10 and 12. We also wish to support collection of ‘hard copy’ home learning materials for Years 7-9.

    NB: Government and medical advice is changing constantly. Therefore, it is highly likely that some of the detail below will be under constant review and subject to change

    As of Monday 8thth June, we will no longer be using SMHW as our platform for setting work for students. We will move to a more ‘blended approach’ to learning activities. W/c Monday 8th June will be a ‘Consolidation and Catch Up’ week for learning. I have asked all teachers to direct students to complete any unfinished work already set on SMHW and / or to complete tasks set on the year / subject website page on the TDA website. A move to setting on line work via the relevant website pages for subjects on the TDA website will start from Monday with this being fully operational by Monday 15th June or sooner.

    From Monday 15th June, we plan to extend school opening to support the Government ambition that students in Years 10 & 12 receive some ‘face to face’ support before the summer break. While the reopening of TDA is a welcome return to some sort of normality for us all, as with the lockdown, this is taking place with regulations and guidelines in place in order to protect the health of everyone in the school and wider community.

    Year 10 students

    For Year 10 students, from Monday 15th June, they will:

    • be split into smaller ‘bubbles’ of between 6 and 8 students within their tutor group;
    • be allocated one morning a week to attend school;
    • attend from 9am – (TBC);
    • meet their tutor at the front entrance and line up on clearly marked 2m standing points in a ‘mini’ tutor group line;
    • follow the instructions of the tutor and enter the building;
    • use hand sanitiser on immediate entry to the building;
    • be taken to a classroom set out to adhere to social distancing expectations;
    • be allocated a desk;
    • have a tutor session which will cover PSHE material linked to dealing with COVID – 19 and be issued with CGP hard copy course booklets for English, Maths and Science;
    • be dismissed by their tutor, supported by SLT, and instructed to go directly home and not gather in friendship groups.

    Year 12 students

    For Year 12 our plan is to work with tutors in a similar way as above but to begin from Monday 22nd June. This will ensure we have tested our systems and processes with Year 10. To avoid contact with Year 10 students, Year 12 are likely to start their time at TDA at 9:30am and finish at 11am. (More detailed schedule and plans for Year 12 to follow.) Also, as part of the blended approach, hard copy course booklets will be distributed by the tutor with supporting online material placed on the website.

    Years 7-9

    For Year 7-9 we will purchase course workbooks for the Maths, English and Science, in the first instance, and put in place a distribution plan. We hope to achieve this during w/c 15th June (again, details TBC). Home learning work for all other subjects will be made available for our Home Learning pages on the TDA website.

    From w/c 15th June (or sooner) tutors of Years 7-9 students will be making regular phone contact with all students and their families in Years 7-9 to offer support and guidance as to how to learn at home and use the resources provided.

    Next Steps

    On Monday I hope to share with you a ‘Returning to Thomas Deacon – a guide for staff, parents and students’ which will give greater detail on our expectations, systems and processes. This will provide all the vital information you need. (N.B: as medical / Government advice changes it will be necessary for us to update sections of this guide)

    After the first week with Year 10, we will conduct a full review and start to investigate the possibility of students attending a mini tutor session followed by teacher input from subjects. Again, this is our early thinking on this and will require detailed discussion and planning.

    Free School Meals Information

    We are acutely aware that some families’ circumstances may have changed during this lockdown period. Should any parent think that their child may be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) please apply using this link Norfolk County Council are the organisation that checks FSM applications on our behalf. You will need to set-up a “Synergy” account with them, this should only take a few moments, once you have entered your details Norfolk County Council will write to you directly with the result of your application. If your children already receive FSM you do not need to do anything.

    Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.

    Mr Carroll

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  • Free School Meals - Update 22nd April

    Published 19/03/20

    Dear Parent/Carer

    Free School Meal Entitlement

    We understand that the times we are currently living in are both uncertain and challenging. Alongside this many families are facing changes in their financial circumstances. If your circumstances have changed, and you believe that you now meet one of the following criteria, please follow this link to the Norfolk County Council site (our service provider): for an online application or complete the application form below and return by email to: or post to: Free School Meals, Norfolk County Council, Floor 8, County Hall, Norwich, NR1 2DL:

    · Income Support.

    · Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.

    · Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

    · Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190.

    · If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

    · Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

    · Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week.

    · Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as from 1 April 2018).


    If you have previously applied or been eligible for free school meals, you need not re-apply, as we will continue to re-check your entitlement each month and will notify you should you become re-eligible.

    Parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals will receive an email from (If we do not have an email address for you, you will receive a text message with the e voucher detail.) Please follow the detail in the message and register for a 5 day e voucher.

    Free School Meals E Voucher System:

    Once you have selected your supermarket of choice, the next stage will be that you will receive the voucher to spend in store. Please note that this can take up to a further 24 hours to receive the voucher after you have selected the supermarket, however we understand there is a delay in some supermarkets issuing their vouchers, meaning that they are taking a number of days to fulfil the request. We are working with the supermarkets and Wonde to reduce the time taken for the voucher to arrive but please bear with us as we follow up directly. Once the voucher arrives, it will cover the full 5 day period to Friday and will not be a daily allowance. Please could we ask for your patience in the meantime.

    Free School Meals Scam! 

    There is currently an email circulating claiming to be from the Department of Education or catering providers asking parents for their bank details to allow them access to Free School Meal vouchers.

    If you receive one,  please do not reply to it or give out any bank details. 

    Mr Carroll 


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  • URGENT NEWS - Home Learning Information

    Published 27/02/20




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