Last Update: 23rd February, 2021

As I am sure you are aware, it has been confirmed schools and colleges are due to re-open on Monday 8th March for face to face teaching.  Government guidelines state that all education providers must test both staff and students.  The FRA is categorised an Independent Training Provider (ITP) and we have been advised today by the Department for Education (DfE) that we will only receive tests for distribution from the end of March.  This means that our planned re-opening is delayed.  We are extremely disappointed by this and had hoped to welcome you and our staff back at the earliest opportunity, but above all else we must prioritise the health and wellbeing of our FRA community.  The timing outlined by the DfE means we are likely to receive the test kits at the beginning of the Easter holidays, unfortunately, this means our planned re-opening is delayed until Monday 12th April.  We know you will be bitterly disappointed by this unexpected news, as are we.  We have done everything in our power to secure tests earlier, to no avail. However, if the situation should change, we will write to you immediately.  In the meantime, remote delivery will continue on your scheduled days. 

As the situation and government guidelines continue to update, we shall update our plans accordingly.  I hope this provides some reassurance that we are working round the clock to get you back into the Academy at the very earliest opportunity.  If you have any concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 247 0039, via live chat or

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards 

Lee Lucas

Principal & CEO