School Closure 19/03/2020
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
To all within our school community,
You will no doubt be aware of the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Education that schools are to close all schools from tomorrow afternoon and will largely remain closed until further notice to the vast majority of pupils. These are unprecedented times. As such, we really need to keep a sense of perspective. This is a sad time; an extraordinary time – but it is our time and we need to step up and be the teachers and parents our children need. Set out below is some information which I hope you will find useful.
Children of Key Workers
You may have heard that the government wish to assist key workers by making some provision available in schools for their children. However, they did not specify who these workers were or when this provision could begin. In addition, the Education Secretary stated that these pupils would not necessarily be attending their own school. At this point in time, the local authority and schools are arranging how this might happen. We have contacted you on Class Dojo asking you to complete the School Closure Questionnaire on the school’s website (under the Information Tab).
This school will definitely be closed to all pupils until otherwise stated.
As far as providing lunches for learners receiving free school meals, I am awaiting for instructions as to how this is going to happen. As soon as we receive details information will be sent to you in the usual way.
Given the unspecified duration of school closure, my focus is ensuring that children are taught rather than occupied. Teachers have been preparing for this closure for a couple of weeks and have placed learning on the website. They have also provided links to various websites and resources.
Please contact the office via email if you have any questions.
Finally for now… I just want to pay tribute to our magnificent team of staff. Each adult has been working to prepare learning, support each other and care for the children. We are incredibly lucky to have such an outstanding team of dedicated, talented professionals. You need to know that we are all absolutely devastated by this need for closure. However, we accept it and it does not diminish in the slightest our resolve to do what is best for your children. I would also like to thank all of you for your understanding, your support, encouragement and trust. I anticipate further regular announcements from the government. Subsequently, I will regularly update you. In wishing you the best of health during this time and I really look forward to welcoming you all back as soon as possible.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We have put a Google Form on the school website, under the Information Tab.
Please complete this form if you have a child with an EHCP, your child has a social worker or you consider that you are a key worker and you would require a place at our school.
Where key workers have a partner who is working from home, we would not usually expect to provide school services.
Families should be aware that, in the forthcoming days, some schools will be combining to offer joint services. We will of course keep you informed. The information on the form will be shared with Lambeth.