School Closure Update - 24th March

24th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you and your families are managing to stay well.  We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must follow the government advice to stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. 

The Government guidance is clear that parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thank you to everyone across our community who has followed that advice today.  The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.

Our Community Classroom is here to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable only. If your child falls into these categories and you have not sent your child to school today but intend to do so next week, you must let your child’s year group lead know by 12 noon on 26th March 2020 so we can plan the number of staff we will need.  We cannot guarantee places unless you confirm to us that you will need one. Our Community Classroom will now be based at another local school and not on the Ark Tindal site.

A reminder of the details for children who can be sent to school;

  1. Children who are vulnerable: Full details of which children are covered are set out below.
  1. Children whose parents are key workers and who meet ALL the following conditions:
  • The parent must be in a critical role based on government advice - full details of these critical roles are below; and
  • The parent must have had confirmation from their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service; and
  • Their child cannot otherwise be cared for safely at home.

This is such a fast-changing situation, and as such parents are asked to re-confirm on a weekly basis that you want to send you child into school for what we are calling our ‘Community Classrooms.’

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to help us all.

Kind regards

Rebecca Eaton

Headteacher

Government Guidance on Vulnerable Children
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Government Guidance on Key Workers
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

USEFUL LINKS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Universal Credit
https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

Employment & Support Allowance
https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant
https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-get-the-government-3000-coronavirus-grant-2549866/

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-apply-for-a-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-2549863/

Citizen’s Advice
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/if-youre-struggling-with-living-costs/

Emergency Funding
https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/emergency-funding.aspx

 

 

Welcome from Mrs Eaton, Headteacher

Rebecca Eaton

Welcome to Ark Tindal Primary Academy. Our school is a nurturing, exciting and innovative place to learn and we are all driven by the common vision of enabling every child to go to university or into a career of their choice. 
 
At the heart of everything that we do is the determination to develop our pupils through a variety of experiences, challenges and opportunities, whilst enhancing moral values  particularly respect, good manners and good behaviour.
 
At Ark Tindal we pride ourselves on helping every child to feel safe and happy in the school environment. Children are valued by their classmates and teachers, and we have dedicated staff to ensure that all our pupils are settled, comfortable and ready to learn. It is important to us to celebrate the achivements of our pupils, be it academic, sporting, artistic or in social groups outside of school.

Read more >

What's on at Ark Tindal

30 March

PSHE / Rights Respecting Day - activities in school

31 March

Parent / Carer Coffee Morning - Year 6 SATs preparation with Mr Rand and Miss Francis - POSTPONED

01 April

Easter Assembly, egg competition and Easter Fair in school - POSTPONED

Update on Coronavirus – This school will CLOSE on March 20 AND REMAIN CLOSED until further notice.

As part of its announcement about schools, the Government also said that;

Exams will not take place in May and June

Schools will be open to help support the children of key workers and for vulnerable pupils

Provision for food will be made for pupils who qualify for Free School Meals

We expect further details on how this will work in the coming days and will liaise closely with the Department for Education to ensure that we support our key worker parents and vulnerable pupils in any way we can.

Our other key aim is to ensure and maintain as much stability for the pupils’ education as possible and we have been planning for this outcome. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we have been working hard to put in place contingency plans to ensure pupils can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning.

We will update this page and keep in touch with parents and students via phone and e-mail.

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

At these periods of uncertainty, it is essential that we have up to date email addresses for all parents. If you haven’t recently received an email from us, please email info@arktindalprimary.org or your child’s year group email with up to date contact details. Year group emails are:

T.Nursery@arktindalprimary.org

T.Reception1@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year1@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year2@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year3@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year4@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year5@arktindalprimary.org

T.Year6@arktindalprimary.org

 

This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Rebecca Eaton

Headteacher

20th March Update

March 20th 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

As you know, the Government has said that schools must close from this Friday, March 20th ,  but that they will open to support vulnerable students and those of certain key workers (see full details below).

The Government guidance emphasises that parents should keep children at home wherever possible and that the fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational setting, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.  We all need to work together to try and stem the spread of the virus. 

However, there are two categories of children for whom the school will continue to provide care at this time:

  1. Children who are vulnerable: Full details of which children are covered are set out below.
  2. Children whose parents are key workers and who meet ALL the following conditions:
    • The parent must be in a critical role based on government advice -  full details of these critical roles are below; and
    • The parent must have had confirmation from their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service; and
    • Their child cannot otherwise be cared for safely at home.

If your children fall into either of the above two categories, please confirm by e-mail: info@arktindalprimary.org or by phoning the school office: 01214643049 before 12 noon on Friday 20th March that they will attend school on Monday otherwise we cannot guarantee a place for your child.

Once you have let us know that you need to send your child to school, we will send you a form to complete.  If you are a key worker, you will be asked to confirm your role, that you are required by your employer and that your child cannot be cared for safely at home.

This is such a fast-changing situation, so we will ask parents on a weekly basis to re-confirm you want to send you child into school for what we are calling our ‘Community Classrooms.’

 

Exams

Exams are cancelled in May and June and the Secretary of State for Education says he will provide further information soon for students who are impacted. As soon as we have this information, we will share it with you. 

Free school meals

We will make sure that families of students who qualify for Free School Meals have information on our plans to provide food for children as soon as we have finalised them.

Learning at home  

It is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home.  We have been working hard for several weeks to put in place contingency plans to ensure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. 

Work will be set and shared both online through web-based programmes and through work packs that have been created.  If your child does not have a hard copy these are available from the school office or the relevant year group links on our website.  Staff will and keep in touch with pupils on weekly basis via phone. Please ensure that your child completes the work set for them every day.

During the weekly phone call teachers will review the work that your child has completed with them and provide additional support as necessary.  Online work will be regularly reviewed and set by your child’s teacher. Please ensure that we have up-to-date contact details for your family.

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We will continue to update you on any developments via email / text and with regular updates on the school website and twitter.

This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Kind regards

Rebecca Eaton

Headteacher

 

 

Government Guidance on Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

 

Government Guidance on Key Workers

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.