Update: 02/07/20 – Free School Meals – Further Update
Following the message we posted on our website on Tuesday, we have since been informed that schools who are closed over the summer holidays for seven weeks can order seven weeks’ worth of vouchers at a value of £105 per child. We had already placed an order of £90 per child (to cover 6 weeks) so we will arrange to place another separate order of £15 per child to make up the difference. To clarify, you will therefore receive the following:
6th July £30 per child (to cover w/c 6th July & w/c 13th July)
8th July £90 per child (to cover w/c 20th & 27th July and 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th August)
8th July £15 per child (to cover w/c 31st August)
From Monday 7th September all children are expected to be back in school and Free School Meals will resume in school as normal.
Update 01/07/2020 – Free School Meal Vouchers
School will order two weeks’ worth of vouchers for delivery w/c Monday 6th July. The value of these will be £30 per child.
Following guidance from the Department for Education, a ‘one off’ voucher will also be sent on Wednesday 8th July (one week before the end of term) to all eligible children for the value of £90 per child. THIS IS TO COVER THE WHOLE OF THE SUMMER HOLIDAY PERIOD.
Update 30/06/2020- Year 6 Leavers
FAO Parents of Children in Year 6. We know many of you are wondering about the usual ‘Leavers’ events we usually do for our Year 6 children at this time of year. Because of Covid, we are unable to celebrate in church or school as we would like so we have decided to delay such celebrations until the Autumn term when we can have the celebration your amazing children deserve. The children in Year 6 are a fantastic cohort and they will be missed at St Bede. They have truly embraced our school values and shown their resilience during the difficult time. We wish them the best of luck for secondary school and know they will continue to make us proud. Thank you for all your hard work Year 6. Look out for a little online surprise from your Year 6 teachers!
Update 17/06/2020 – Holiday Club
Update 12/06/2020 – School re-opening Mon 15th June
The Directors have made the decision to extend the wider opening of school for w/c 15th June to parents who accepted places in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Please refer to the timetable in the letter sent via email on Thursday.
Update 11/06/2020 – School re-opening Mon 15th June
Urgent Update 06/06/20 – Delayed Reopening
Our trust directors have decided to delay the opening of our academy for non key worker / vulnerable children in Nursery, Reception, Year one and six until 15th June. See the letter below.
Guidance and Resources to Support your Child’s Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Pandemic- 05/06/2020
Supporting your child’s wellbeing on their return to school
Supporting your child’s wellbeing at home
Back to School Social Story
Mindfulness and Well-Being Activity Pack 1
Mindfulness and Well-Being Activity Pack 2
Learning Mentor Activities
Inside Out Worksheets
Bolton NHS Trust Healthy Families Team Lockdown Support Pack
Update 22/05/2020 – PGL
We now have confirmation that the PGL Trip has been cancelled. All parents will be contacted by our Finance Team in due course to arrange a bank refund of monies paid.
Update 21/05/2020 – School Re-opening
Update 20/05/2020 – School Re-opening
Update 18/05/2020 – Healthy Families Team Lockdown Support
Update 12/05/2020 – PGL
We are currently still in contact with PGL regarding our trip on 12th – 15th June and hope to have a confirmed update for parents/carers as soon as possible.
Update 12/05/2020 – School Re-opening
We know, as parents, you will be worried about the phased reopening of schools. We want to reassure you that we are working through the current Government guidance to ensure that plans to reopen consider all essential safety requirements.
This will include safe provision based on:
- Size of classrooms
- Age groups of children
- Social distance requirements
- Health and availability of staff
Please remember the final decision of when and how we open following rigorous risk assessments, rests with the directors of the MAT who are taking all of these measures into account.
The safety of our staff and pupils is of paramount importance to us all.
Update 11/05/2020 – School re-opening
We’re aware that the announcement last night will raise many questions in terms of school re-opening for children in Rec, Yr 1 & Yr 6. We’re currently waiting for guidance from the DfE and will consider this over the next three weeks to plan for a safe re-opening for these children. We ask you for your patience and will communicate to you as soon as we have all systems and procedures in place.
Update 06/05/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers
We have been advised by the DfE that Free School Meals vouchers are not available during school holidays. The school will therefore order one week’s worth of vouchers for delivery w/c 18th May, and a further order will be placed for delivery w/c 8th June. The number of weeks for this delivery will depend on the situation regarding school closures at that time and we will keep you updated via our website
Update 30/04/2020 – Holiday Club
Holiday Club for May Half Term: Please see attached letter (Holiday Club Letter) if you are interested in care for your child during May half term.
Update 29/04/2020 – PGL
We have received notification from PGL. They are hoping that their activity centres will be open by June and will therefore be able to accommodate and deliver our trip as planned. They are monitoring Government advice closely and will be back in touch with us if the situation changes.
Update 29/04/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers
We have received the following information from the DfE:
Some parents may have experienced some slow running of the eCode redemption website on 27th/28th April. This was due to an identified issue with the system.
This meant that many people were experiencing ‘Invalid eCode’ error messages on the eCode redemption website.
The DfE would like to apologise for any inconvenience. Anyone trying to redeem an eCode received on 27th and 28th April and receiving error messages can now try again.
Update 16/04/2020- FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS
Parents whose children are eligible for Free School Meals should receive an email next week (w/c 20th April) which will contain a 16 digit eCode. The eCode needs to be exchanged for a supermarket eGift card; please see attached Instructions/FAQs (link to FAQs PDF). We have ordered 4 weeks’ worth of vouchers for each eligible child, at £15 per week. Therefore if you have one child you will receive £60, two children £120, three children £180. Further vouchers will be ordered at the end of the 4 weeks, should schools continue to be closed.
‘Grab Bags’ will also be provided for w/c 20th April, just in case there are any issues with the FSM Voucher scheme. However, from w/c 27th April ‘Grab Bags’ will no longer be available.
Should you have any queries regarding the Free School Meals Voucher scheme, please refer to the FAQs in the first instance. If the FAQs don’t answer your query please contact the school and we will try our best to assist you if we can.
Update 15/04/2020- Regarding reception admissions 2020-21
- Offer emails will go out to families from 7.00am on Thursday April 16th
- Parents should contact the school office to accept a place for their child either by phone or by email
- Parents are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any queries
- If you DO NOT require place for your child, please forward an email to email@example.com
- Any late applications have not yet been processed due to current circumstances. Allocation for late applicants are expected to take place in the month of May.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER
We have now received information from the DfE regarding the Free School Meals (FSM) voucher scheme, which has been set up for eligible families to access whilst schools are closed. We are looking to get this activated as soon as possible, however in the meantime ‘Grab Bags’ for eligible children on FSM are still available to collect from school between 11:30am & 12:30pm. ‘Grab Bags’ however are not available whilst the school is closed for the Easter holidays (Mon 6th – Tue 14th Apr).
To access the Free School Meals voucher parents whose children are eligible will receive a text, and will then need to provide school with an up to date email address. Please send this to FSM@stbedeacademy.org providing your name, your child’s name and their class.
Please note that children in Reception to Year 2, who have a FSM as part of the ‘Universal Free School Meals Scheme’ are not eligible to the voucher unless they meet the requirements outlined on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. Once everything is set up, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your voucher.
PGL – we are still waiting for an update from PGL regarding our trip to Boreatton Park in June. Until PGL cancel this trip we are unable to offer any refunds, we will keep you updated with any further information once received.
I am so proud of all my staff who continue to keep essential services running, look after the buildings and care for some of your children. They are doing an amazing job during difficult times and enabling NHS and other front line workers to do theirs.
Update 27/03/2020 @ 09:00
We have been overwhelmed with applications from Key Workers. The places allocated far exceeded the Government recommendation of 20%. Therefore in a bid to keep both staff and pupils safe we must reduce the number of pupil places. We will now only offer places if both parents are Key Workers or if a single parent is a Key Worker. Texts will be sent out next week to parents who are still entitled to a place after the Easter break. If you do not receive a text your child will not have a place. Children who have been identified as vulnerable will continue to receive a place. Children with EHCPs also have a place but due to staffing ratios we cannot provide the normal 1-1 provision. Please bear this in mind for the welfare of your child.
Update 20/03/2020 @ 12:00
Update 19/03/2020 @ 14:00
Coronavirus Outbreak: School Closure & Key Workers (Please click here for a list of Key Workers)
Thank you for your support over the last couple of weeks. Following on from the update last night, we have now held a meeting this morning to discuss how we operate under the current educational guidance.
Please be aware guidance may change from the Government and our plans may need to be reviewed but we will let you know if this is the case.
The Government announced that schools in England will be closing from the close of school on Friday 20th March until further notice. We would like to reassure you that in line with current guidance our two Academies, Tonge Moor and St Bede, will remain open for all children of ‘key workers’ and those children classed as vulnerable, as long as they are not displaying any symptoms or are not in self isolation.
We are still awaiting clarification from the Government regarding who is classified as a ‘key worker’ or a ‘vulnerable child’ and we have contingencies in place to be able to act quickly when we receive this information.
With regards to our Breakfast and After School Club, this is will be available for all children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.
Our Easter Holiday Club provision will run as normal (unless guidance changes) but priority will be given to children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.
If you feel you may be classed as a ‘key worker’ and wish to access any of the above provision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 9 a.m. on Friday 20th March with the following information:
o Your child’s name and year group
o Your name and occupation
o Whether you are a single parent / carer or otherwise the name and occupation of the other parent / carer
If you think you and / or your partner may be a key worker, please provide one of the following:
o An email from your work email account
o A letter / email from your employer confirming your role/
o Photographic staff ID
o Any other relevant documentation
As you can appreciate, there are many issues that we need to plan for and address going forward but I can assure you that your school will remain an important and integrate part of our community and will continue to provide support for its families.
We will keep you all updated via the school website and twitter account.
Jack Hatch O.B.E
Stay at home guidance
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you live with others and you or one of them display one of the symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Hand washing advice
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible they have now extended their opening hours to cover weekends.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Guidance for those with asthma:
The staff at St. Bede are putting together a list of activities that can be completed at home and also links to online learning. These should be on the school website by the end of this week. The work is based on subject matter that has already been covered in classes. It is important that we support our children to rapidly recall and retain facts so that this information is stored in their long term memory. Currently the school website also contains links to online learning activities for each year group. These are updated regularly and can be found under the Curriculum section of the website.
Sharing home learning
To keep the ‘school community’ alive, please feel free to share via Twitter pictures of work and activities that children have completed. You can use our main school twitter page or if your child’s class has an individual twitter page, please feel free to share on this platform.
What would happen in the event of a school closure?
At the moment there are no plans to close. However, if the school does have to close we would notify parents through Twitter, the school website and any other means possible. Children would be expected to access the home learning resources which will be available in paper form and on the school website by the end of the week. Notifications would be available on the school website and Twitter on a date for re-opening the school.
Collective Worship, Assemblies and PTA events
Class assemblies have been postponed until further notice. Children will no longer attend assemblies & collective worship in the hall or Church, instead children will celebrate collective worship in class.
Easter Services and the PTA Easter Bingo event have been cancelled.