Covid-19 Updates

Update 05.01.21

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National Lockdown to come into force on Wednesday 6 January
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The Prime Minister has announced that a new national lockdown will come into force at 000.01 on Wednesday 6th January.
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During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools and colleges will remain open to the most vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. Our covid risk assessment is updated regularly as a live working document to reflect any changes necessary to keep pupils and staff safe during this critical period.
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All other pupils will be educated remotely via Seesaw, our online learning platform:  Seesaw Student Login.
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Pupils have been given their log on details and have been taught how to navigate this resource prior to lockdown.  However, if you have difficulties in accessing your child’s Seesaw account then please contact the school office for log on details.  Teachers will set work each day for pupils to complete at home and submit for assessment; this is set out in the timetable below:
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Alternatively, if you would rather that school provides paper-based work for your child this can be provide for you via contact with the school office.
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Teachers will remain in contact with you throughout the lockdown to offer any additional help and guidance that your child requires to learn whilst at home.
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Update 02.09.20.

Our covid risk assessment has been revised to include guidance relating to isolation periods and the wearing of masks.

.Update 02.06.20

Our covid risk assessment for the wider opening of school has now  been agreed following careful consideration.

Update 25.05.20

You will have heard that primary and secondary mainstream schools are being asked to reopen 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.

Update 22.04.20 – Access the latest home school learning resources:

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:

Distance Learning – additional recommended resources

Pupil wellbeing page

Support page for parents during Coronavirus

 

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