As of today (Monday 11th January) Public Health England has closed the school until further notice due to a high number of confirmed Covid 19 cases amongst staff. Parents/carers, please check your emails for updates.
Details of services which can provide food support during the school closure can be found on the following page:
Kilgarth Risk Assessment July 2020 (2 revised Sept 2020)
Our risk assessment for the wider opening of school has now been agreed following careful consideration:
Kilgarth Risk Assessment June 2020
You will have heard that primary and secondary mainstream schools are being asked to re–open after half-term for some year groups. Government guidance recognises that special schools operate very differently to mainstream schools and that careful planning and preparation is required to allow pupils to return in a way that is safe for all members of the school community. Priority will be given to Year 10 pupils who are studying towards their GCSEs and a letter has been sent to all parents/carers to explain how we are planning carefully for welcoming back our pupils when it is safe to do so.
As ever, thank you for your support and patience during these uncertain times. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes as and when we receive further government guidance.
Work will continue to be set for all year groups for you to complete with your child at home.
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched two new free home school learning resources. Both resources offer a series of daily interactive lessons that your child or ward can complete in addition to the paper resources that school has sent home. Both resources can be accessed through laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
The Oak National Academy Online Classroom and Resource Hub
The Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
The Oak National Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/
New BBC Bitesize
The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Core Subject Paper Based Resources for Year 7 ,8, 9 &10 Pupils
School will deliver additional paper based resources over the next week to the home address of each pupil in Years 7, 8, 9 & 10. These will cover the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Each pupil will receive a study guide and a work book. These will provide support for parents and carers to home school pupils and provide practice activities for pupils to complete. School will send out weekly emails to parents and carers to let you know what topics to study with your child or ward.
Foundation Subjects – If your child or ward has completed the work that was sent home before Easter then please contact the school office. Additional work packs can be sent out at parental request.
Help and support with home schooling
We realise that it is challenging to deliver education to your child in a home setting. Please remember that we are still here at the end of the phone or via email should you need advice and support during this challenging time.
Please don’t forget the vast range of additional learning resources that we have already signposted for parents and carers to use when home schooling. Please click the links below:
Update 07.04.20 5pm – Accessing Free School Meals:
As a school we have been distributing free school meal vouchers through a company called Wonde. Eligible parents and carers will continue to receive vouchers in this way until the end of the Easter holiday. Any eligible parents who have not received communication from Wonde should contact the school office for assistance.
After Easter, all schools will transfer onto a new system co-ordinated by the Department for Education (DfE). The new system, operated by Edenred, will issue free school meal vouchers via the email address that school holds on record. The value of the vouchers has increased to £15 per week to support you through these difficult times. The school office has endeavoured to check all parental email addresses by phone to ensure that you receive your vouchers in a timely manner. However, in the unlikely event that your voucher does not arrive by Wednesday 22nd April 2020, you should contact the school office for assistance.
We will also continue to work with the Neo Café who aim to deliver food hampers to the homes of all pupils who receive free school meals.
Other useful information that you may need:
- Social Care 9am to 5pm (Central Advice and Duty Team) – 0151 606 2008
- Social Care Out of Hours (Emergency Duty Team) – 0151 677 6557
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – 0300 303 3157
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Advice Line 0151 488 8453
- NHS for urgent advice – 111
- Careers Connect 0151 600 7874/ 07792 737 527