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Information from the Head of the Virtual School

Author: The Virtual School

Posted: Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:47

Newly Appointed Virtual School Head

Hello everyone,

This is a post to let you all know the Virtual School has a newly appointed Virtual School Head.

Tony Barnard has been successfully appointed and he is delighted to be in post.

Vicki Taylor will continue in her role as Primary Team Manager, and it is hoped a new Secondary Team Manager will be appointed soon.

You will be informed when this has happened.

Best wishes and have a good summer!

Tags: #Virtual School

Posted: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:41

New Virtual School Heads of Fox Academy (Temporary)

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who attended last week's Celebration Events, we hope you enjoyed the occasion! We were pleased to see many of you at the event, and it was great to see so many achievement awards being given out.

We wanted to let you know that since Sally-Ann Harding left her post, Tony Barnard, and Vicki Taylor, are now sharing this position on a temporary basis

This position has now been advertised and a new Virtual School head will be appointed fairly soon. As ever, don't hesitate to get in touch with us about any aspect of your education.

Thanks and best wishes.

Tony Barnard and Vicki Taylor.

Tags: #Education, Fox Academy, #Virtual School

Posted: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:45

Goodbye from Virtual Head

Hello everyone,

I hope you have had an enjoyable half term. It's getting a lot lighter now in the evenings and mornings so you'll be able to find lots of great things to fill the additional hours of daylight I hope.

Those of you undertaking exams this year – please contact us if we can be of any help at all and if you would like some additional support or tuition. We also have lots of great activities set up for you so will be in touch about these soon.

I have enjoyed working with you over the last five years as the Head of your Fox Academy. However, I am now moving my job so will be leaving Leicestershire at the end of February. I would like to wish you all well in the future and reassure you that Tony Barnard and Vicki Taylor will be here to help you with your education until a permanent Virtual Head is appointed.

Take care of yourselves.

Good bye everyone.

Sally-Ann Harding.

Tags: #Virtual School

Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:48


Hello Everyone!

Welcome back from half term!

I hope you all enjoyed your week off, and that you have all settled in to your new year group since returning to school or starting a new school or College.

Please look out for a copy of Fox News (an update from the Fox Academy) It is available to see here on the Beacon Website, and a copy is being sent out in the post to all of you.

Don't forget about the up and coming Careers Event which is taking place on 1st November 4.30pm- 6.30pm - I hope many of you will be able to come along. See the attached flier.

Keep up the hard work and I hope to see as many of you at the careers event soon.

Best wishes

Sally-Ann (Virtual School Head)

Tags: #Education, #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Achievement, #Exams

Posted: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:53


The Fox News Autumn Update newsletter is out!

Click on the link below to read it electronically or keep an eye on your letter box in the coming days.

Tags: #Education, #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Competition

Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:54

Hello Everyone !

I hope you found the time to enjoy yourselves over the Easter holidays as the days get longer and lighter.

We know exams are around the corner for some of you, and we hope you are revising as much as you can to achieve your very best.

Here are three top tips for you to have a think about when preparing for the exams.

1. Create a revision timetable and grab yourself some helpful revision books!

2. Create revision notes and test your memory!

3. Don't panic if you feel a bit nervous. This can help you to be more focused. Don't forget to speak with the people that can help support you through your exams and if we can help at all, then let us know!

On behalf of the Virtual School Team / Fox Academy, we wish you the best of luck in your exams, and hope you can all push yourselves before you take a well-earned break over the summer.

We hope you all have a great summer term! If you have any questions, please get in touch, if we can help at all. Whatever it is, we always welcome your views, wishes, and feelings.

Thanks and take care,


Virtual Head - The Fox Academy – Leicestershire's Virtual School for Children in Care


Tags: #Education, #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Exams

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:10

Hello Everyone !

Hello Everyone !

I was so very pleased to attend the recent celebration of achievement award nights at Loughborough University in January, (check out this picture of some of your Fox Academy Education Officers enjoying the occasion) and it was absolutely fantastic to see so many of you up on stage collecting your awards for all of your achievements.

I hope those of you who were able to attend the celebration events, will take an awful lot from it, and that it may further encourage you to keep pushing yourself to achieve the very best you can.

Taking exams this year? I know some of you might be feeling a little anxious as the exam period for many is not too far away. However, try to keep focused and make use of the support that is available to you. You can contact your Education Improvement Officer directly, (the person who plays a leading role in your PEP) or you can speak to your Designated Teacher / Designated Person in school / College, (representative from the school / College who has specific responsibilities for CiC). If you are unsure who they are or what they do, please get in touch. Remember, it is better to ask than not ask!

On behalf of the Virtual School Team and from me personally, we wish you well, and hope that you try your best when for the rest of the academic year. Good Luck!

If you have any questions or you might have a query relating to your education (maybe what financial support is available to help you) then do not hesitate to get in touch … You might wish to give us some ideas around how we can improve our service or how we can improve your PEP meetings. Whatever it is, we would always welcome your views, wishes, and feelings. J


Virtual Head - The Fox Academy – Leicestershire's Virtual School for Children in Care


Tags: #Education, #Virtual School, #Achievement, Fox Academy, #Celebrating

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:51

Autumn Term 2015

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you have had a good start to the new school/college term.

Your views are really important to us at the Fox Academy. Following feedback from some of you, we have updated your Pupil Views Booklets and these are already in use to support your PEP meetings this term.

Many more of you will be attending your PEPs to talk about your education plans and we would love to hear from you about how your views have made a difference to what's happening at school/college.

Thank you to those children who have sent us views about the Letter Box and Bookworm books. I am glad you love getting the books and enjoy reading them at home.

For young people in Year 8 and upwards and also at college, we have ten places left on our new business mentoring scheme which will also involve careers advice and the chance of some work experience. Please contact us or ask your social worker to let us know if you are interested in this opportunity.

Have a great term and get out and enjoy the sunshine before the clocks go back!

The Virtual School team is here to help you with all things to do with school/college. We'd love to hear from you!


Tags: #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Education, # Bookclubs

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2015 13:52

Summer Term 2015

Hello everyone,

I am still hoping that we will get some really sunny weather soon and be able to spend more time outside!

I know that many of you are taking exams and tests soon and so I would like to wish you the very best of luck with these. If there is anything that any of the Virtual School team can do to help you, then please do get in touch with us on this email address: educ.childrenincare@leics.gov.uk

I hope all of you manage to get a break over half-term and are able to enjoy some good weather!


Tags: #Education, #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Exams

Posted: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:18

Celebrating Your Achievement

Hello everyone

I hope you really enjoyed the Celebrating Achievement Events at Loughborough University. It was great to see so many of you there and to hear about all of your successes.

Thank you for your votes for the new Fox Academy logo which you have now chosen. There was a clear runaway winner and we look forward to sharing it with you here soon. This will be included on your PEPs, on the Virtual School pages on this website and our letters to you from us.

Your views and opinions about your education are really important to us. You can share these with your Designated Teacher / Person in school / college and help us to support you further by sharing them with us in your PEPs. You can also contact us through the Beacon website or by emailing us at educ.childrenincare@leics.gov.uk.

Isn't it great to see the days are getting longer and lighter and many of you will be able to spend more time outside as a break from all your school work!

Have a great term.

Sally-Ann (Virtual School Head, The Fox Academy)

Tags: #Virtual School, Fox Academy, #Celebrating, #Achievement, #Education

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