This information was posted on Tuesday, 05-05-20, 7pm
Schools across the UK are now in their seventh week of closure. Our school has been open throughout to offer a limited number of places to the children of critical workers and children who, for a variety of reasons, are vulnerable. The school has been open over the Easter break, but due to no demand for places, we closed on the Easter bank holidays and will be closed this Friday on the VE day bank holiday. If you are unsure if you qualify for a place please contact the school office on 01482 441152.
A parents guide to how the government expects schools to respond to school closure can be found here.
Can we thank you again for all of the support that you have been giving children at home at this difficult time, especially in helping children access their learning.
We have no guidance on when schools will reopen at this moment in time.
Children of Critical Workers / Vulnerable children: We remain grateful that so many parents and carers have made real efforts to find alternatives to school for their children’s care. That has enabled us to reduce to a minimum the number of staff who are travelling outside their home and also to cope with the reducing numbers of staff available to work in our schools.
Homeworking: The school website is being constantly updated with ideas for home learning during the shutdown. The activities we have planned aim to be interactive, fun and creative. Please send examples of work of which children are proud and we will share via Twitter.
Free School Meals: The vast majority of families who qualify for free school meals have managed to access their vouchers (£15/week/child). Some parents have applied for free school meals this week and have been successful and have received their first vouchers. To apply please visit click here.
Staying Safe Online: There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
Social Distancing: We would like to remind parents and carers how important the ‘stay at home’ message is. It is hard for everyone, but it is so important that we all do everything we can to reduce any contact beyond our household to an absolute minimum. Please remember, it is now completely clear that families must stay at home other than in a very limited set of circumstances and that children cannot socialise with one another. Please do all you can to support the NHS and slow the spread of the virus.