WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 3 April 2020

Expectations at Easter

As we begin a very unusual Easter break, I thought it was important to share our expectations during this period.

It is important that teachers and students have a break from work and can try to enjoy some time with their family.

There is no expectation that students will complete any work over the Easter period. There will be some school work available should students wish to access it but it will be more limited than in term time weeks.

Teaching staff will be unavailable during this time. It has been a very challenging term and, although some teachers will continue to work in the holidays as part of our role as key workers, they will not be available to respond to emails. It is really important they have some time to spend with their loved ones.

I hope that you all manage to get some quality family time at Easter and keep yourselves safe and well.

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Safeguarding children and families

As we continue through this lockdown period, it is clear that most children will be spending more time than usual on their mobile phones and on social media sites. Whilst these provide great platforms for enabling conversations and for socialising, this increased online activity can also bring additional potential risks. Please take the time to read some guidance for parents on keeping your children safe online at CEOP and NSPCC. These websites are full of useful information to help you recognise the dangers, the types of online child abuse and the possible signs to be aware of.

There have also been concerns raised in the news about the increased likelihood of Domestic Abuse during a period of lock-down. You can find more information together with details of how to get help or support here.

We have added a page to our website that includes more information on keeping safe and also gives some other forms of support such as who to contact if there is domestic abuse in the household. Visit our website

Universal Credit and free school meals

If any parents/carers are currently claiming Universal Credit and awaiting a response, please do let us know, as we can expedite the process internally and supply the family with vouchers for free meals.

Mental health and wellbeing

Kooth.com provides online mental health services for children, young people and adults. It is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and is completely free. Please take a look if you need support with your own mental health and wellbeing or if you need some guidance on how best to help someone else.

Weekly email

As it is Good Friday next week, we will not be sending a weekly email on Friday 10 April. We will of course keep you updated with any important news or developments as necessary.