We are delighted that there were not any national plans to delay our return to school in January 2022. However, the concern remains around staff absence, which we just cannot predict. We will continue to do all we can to limit the spread and would ask that we continue testing twice a week (Sunday and Wednesdays evenings) so that we can identify the asymptomatic cases and protect other people.  If a student is identified a close contact, then they are asked to increase testing and take a LFD every day for 7 days.

Covid-19 Latest – updated 19/01/22

Government changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace and all positive results must also be reported directly to Mr Eddy, Headteacher, by emailing jeddy@thetauntonacademy.com

It is important to note the day of onset of symptoms, or the day of the positive test (if asymptomatic) is day 0. This is to ensure isolation days are full days. For example, if onset of symptoms or positive LFD (if asymptomatic) is on a Saturday, this is day 0, Sunday is day 1 and so on.  An LFD should be taken on the morning of day 5 (Thursday in this example), and continue to isolate, even if it is negative. Then another LFD 24 hours later on day 6 (Friday in this example). Only if this second consecutive LFD is negative, isolation can cease and permission is given to come to school immediately after this test on the Friday.  If, however, the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Further Government information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.


To see a copy of all communications, please go to the latest parent letters. Current information and guidance can be found on our Coronavirus Latest page.

Testing – Day 5 and 6

Before your child returns to school following isolation, please confirm both lateral flow tests are negative by emailing attendance@thetauntonacademy.com
Thank you for your continued support.


Yr 7 Students of the Week

Year 7 3

Cristina, Max, Lucy, Kobe, Isabelle, Harri, Joshua and Poppy. This confident group of students spoke to parents at our open evening about their experiences of starting here.

Yr 8 Students of the Week

year 8 (3)

Sebastian for an outstanding performance at sports day, beating two school records.  Jame for contribution to school life by helping with a whole school activity. Karina-Crina for being an outstanding member of her tutor group.

Yr 9 Students of the Week


Please congratulate this week’s Year 9 Students of the Week: James and Mona. Both have made a lot of effort in their lessons and are very friendly members of Year 9.


If you have a safeguarding concern you should contact the school office in the usual way. If you are unable to do this, please email safeguarding@thetauntonacademy.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If your concern is urgent, you should consider contacting the emergency services or the Children’s Social Care duty team on 03001232224.

At The Taunton Academy, we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well-being is of paramount importance and it scaffolds all we do as a school. If you have any concerns at all, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Leads, Jenny Webb, or Tamara Dixon, during term time. Safeguarding policy.

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Bonzo Update

Our school therapy dog, Mrs Dixon’s miniature schnauzer Bonzo, is thoroughly enjoying his job supporting our students, helping with their wellbeing and reducing anxiety.
BBC Somerset’s James Craig has been talking to pupils and staff about how Bonzo is making a big difference.
You can listen to the full report here:
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Year 7 Transition


For Year 7s joining us in September 2022, information about transition can be found here.


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I could not be prouder of you all. I see class after class of students engaged in their learning, happy to be in a place where they know they are surrounded by people who want them to do well. We are continuing to make the school better and better and all of you play a vital part in that.

Mr J Eddy

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