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Information from the Head of the Virtual School

Author: The Virtual School

Posted: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:39

Year 8/9 Art and Design University Day

Year 8/9 Art and Design University Day

Today some of our Year 8 and 9 students are visiting De Montfort University and finding out what it is like to study art and design. This is what they have done:

We have been doing a fine art sketching project, using a variety of different objects to create a composition which we will then draw. We have also created a 3D set design for a play and then presented it to the whole group. As you can see it involved a lot of work for us all. Our final task has been making circles and spirals out of straight lines.

Our students had lots to say on the day including ... "my favourite activity was making the spirals"; "I didn't like the 'manky mushroom' we had to draw"; "it has made us want to come to uni"; "I like drawing the things in a box" and "I definitely want to come back for the residential in June!".

Tags: Virtual School, Education, University

Posted: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:13

Participation Event: Scrooge the Musical

Participation Event: Scrooge the Musical

On the 14th December 2017, 12 young people in Years 8 and above attended the Virtual School participation event to see Scrooge the Musical at the Curve.

Scrooge the Musical is based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The show was brought to life with some great singing, acting and dancing. Some young people even spotted a famous celebrity on stage playing the very energetic 'Tom Jenkins' who also has a key role in the BBC show East Enders. Some of the young people who attended the event have their own aspirations to take up drama currently and in the coming new year and this was the perfect event to showcase the involvement of adults, young people and children putting on a performance together.

Feedback from the night was very positive and the young people enjoyed the show and would go to see a musical again. They also came away with more of an understanding about the story of Scrooge the Christmas Carol. Whist the young people were there they all enjoyed a free ice-cream and were given their own copy of A Christmas Carol on behalf of the Virtual School.

Tags: Virtual School, Education, Participation, Music, Theatre

Posted: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:53

Looking forward to 2018

Hi Everyone,

It feels like I've only been Virtual School Head for about five minutes, but it's really a full six months!

Since my appointment there have been other changes in the Virtual School team, with Penny Boyd appointed Secondary Team Manager and two new members of staff joining the team in January.

I want to inform you that we are planning lots of exciting participation activities for you to join in with during 2018, so look out for information on the website and updates in the Fox News newsletter. I also welcome your views and suggestions about how we can help to promote your education, and here is our email address: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Let's all look forward to a happy and rewarding New Year.

Best Wishes,

Tony Barnard

Virtual School Head

Tags: Virtual School, Education

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

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