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Information Updates

School's Current Status: CLOSED 

School will be closed from 3pm on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice - except for children of 'key workers' and those in various vulnerable groups. Please check this page regularly as we will post updates on the current situation relating to the coronavirus as well as other important information and messages. Please ensure that school has up to date contact numbers in case we need to get hold of you and an active email address for sending correspondence. As school is now closed to the majority of our children please find information for home learning under the home learning tab on the left and on individual class pages.

                                                                                                                   

Letter to Parents and Carers from the Director of Children's Services and the Director of Education Services

Dear parents/carers and guardians, 

As you will be aware central government has recently changed some of their plans about the return of our children to our schools.  

On 15th June revised guidance was issued to both the primary and secondary sector in which schools were asked to continue with their plans for the wider re-opening of schools for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, year 6 and a quarter of Year 10 and Year 12 at any one time.  In addition schools are asked to continue to support critical workers and vulnerable children.

We appreciate that this may well present you, as carers, with some frustrations and anxieties.  Each school has worked hard to develop their plans about the offer they can make based upon the available staffing and the space they have available. Unfortunately, many schools do not have the space to offer a place to every child who falls into the above categories.  

Schools have been advised to continue with the offer that they had in place for the widening of participation that largely began in Stockport for primary schools on 10th June and 15th in high schools.  Whilst they will continue to be as flexible as possible to accommodate additional children if places are requested, this may not always be possible.  If you are a key worker and are unable to access a place at school but still require childcare please contact the local authority through school.enquiries@stockport.gov.uk  .  

Schools will of course continue to provide home learning for any children that are not in school.

Schools have worked hard to develop their own local offer and these will vary from school to school.  Whilst this can also be frustrating, the offer they can make is dependent upon the resource available within school, both the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and the people available to work on this.  Central government has recognised that as schools are welcoming more children into their buildings, it may be more difficult to maintain the same level of remote education provision for pupils not attending. Individual schools will let you know, via their website and usual communication routes, what offer they can make to your child.  

Please be assured that schools are very concerned about the needs of all the children who are not currently attending school.   They are currently thinking about how to best serve children when they do return to school, taking into account any gaps in learning that have emerged since the lockdown began.  

Thank you for your patience at this very difficult time

Yours sincerely, 

Chris McLoughlin 

 

Director of Children’s Services

Steve Nyakatawa

Director of Education Services (Interim) 

                                                                                                                   

26.06.2020 - Letter to Parents - Closure over Summer Holidays

Dear Parents,

TOTAL SCHOOL CLOSURE FOR SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2020

As we approach the beginning of July I realise that the summer holidays will very soon be upon us.  Therefore, I write to give you notice that school will close completely for the summer.

Having given this decision much consideration I strongly consider that it is in the best interests of all that this decision was made, and it was ratified by governors at a recent committee meeting.

School has remained open every week day since the lockdown began in March, including Bank Holidays, all over Easter and the VE Day.  Therefore, I consider that the staff, who have worked extremely hard during this period, are given opportunity to have a break from school so that they can be re-energised and ready to return to teach the children at the beginning of September under the leadership of Mr Sanchez.

The government have announced funding for ‘holiday clubs’ but as yet have not shared with us or local authorities what format these will take or where they will be held. So unfortunately I am unable to give you any information about these at present.  I will contact you once we actually have some idea about these, but at this moment we are not intending to hold one at our school as it may mean that we get children from other schools having to attend and this is something we do not encourage.  Again, should this situation change I will contact you as early as possible.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at school – even though I can’t promise to have an answer!

Thank you for your continued support in these strangest and most concerning of times.

Take care and stay safe,

Jill Gray

Headteacher

                                                                                                    

25.06.2020 - Urgent Free School Meals Voucher Information - Action Required!

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been having ongoing problems with the FSM vouchers from Edenred and, as they are to be continued over the summer holidays when school will be fully closed we have made the decision that it would be easier if we provided the supplier with your email address so that you can apply for the vouchers yourself and they will be sent to you direct from Edenred electronically.  You can also choose which supermarket you want your voucher for.  You will not need a printer as the barcodes can be taken directly from your phone if that is what you wish.

You will receive paper vouchers from school for the remainder of the school term, but should you require the vouchers for the summer holidays we will require your email address.

Therefore, please complete the slip below, including your email address and we will send this to Edenred to issue you with future vouchers.  If there is a problem with this please contact Mrs Evans or Mrs Holt at school as soon as possible.

If you prefer, you can email Mrs Evans at jane.evans@st-thomas.stockport.sch.uk from the address you wish your vouchers to be sent to – but please indicate your child’s/children’s’ names so we know who the email is from.

We need this information by Wednesday next week at the latest.

Kind regards,

Jill Gray

Headteacher

 I wish the FSM vouchers for ___________________________________________________ to be sent to

_______________________________________ (email address).

The email address belongs to _______________________________ and I understand that this is the account the vouchers for the summer holidays will be sent to and confirm that I am able to access this email account.

Signed: _______________________________________ Print name: __________________________

Date: ________________________________________

Please click on the link to download and print a copy of the slip above to be returned to school. FSM Voucher Email Address

                                                                                                    

Important Information Update 10.06.2020

Please be advised that those children who are in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 who have received letters and are due to return to school on Monday 15th June 2020 school will be re-opening as planned on this date. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis regarding the R number and remain in discussions with other schools, the local authority and governors prioritising the safety and well-being of all St. Thomas' stakeholders. 

Please continue to check the school website for further updates.

                                                                                                    

Important Information Update 08.06.2020

If your child is due to return to school on Monday 15th June please read the message below regarding the rise in the R number.

Please note that we are currently in discussion with other local schools, the local authority and governors regarding the fact that the Government guidance on the conditions to re-open the wider school to selected year groups is currently not being met, as the R rate for the North West has risen above 1.

Taking this into consideration I plan to speak to the Chair of Governors and other local Headteachers on Tuesday 9th June regarding prioritising the safety and well-being of all St Thomas’ stakeholders, and whether to delay our wider opening until it is considered safe to do so.

PLEASE CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS EITHER CONFIRMING THE WIDER RE-OPENING OR FOR DETAILS OF THE REVISED PLAN FOR RE-OPENING.

                                                                                                                    

05.06.2020 Free School Meal Shopping Vouchers

Please be advised that following the government's change in decision that FSM shopping vouchers can now be given for over the Whit holiday period, we have today posted vouchers to those entitled back dated for the past 2 weeks. 

                                                                                                                   

Important Information update 02.06.2020

School to re-open for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 on Monday 15th June 2020

For children who are in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 school will re-open on Monday 15th June. Those who are returning to school on this date will receive a letter in the post this week with further information. 

                                                                                                                    

13.05.2020

A Letter from the Local Authority - Announcement by Boris Johnson, 10 May 2020 - Schools Announcement - Stockport Local Area Response

We know that as parents/carers you will have listened to the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the 10 May 2020. The announcement has answered some, but also raised many, questions and some concerns for parents/carers and colleagues from our early year’s settings, schools and colleges. Colleagues from the local area are meeting with representatives to listen to the concerns to make sure they are taken into account when planning for the return of our children and young people.

We would like to reassure you that the safety of our children, young people and staff is our primary and main concern. The announcement stated that there is an expectation from Central Government that Early Years settings, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children will be in school following the May school holidays, and also that those within secondary schools who have exams next year (current Year 10/12) will have some face to face contact. 

As a local area we are clear that we need to take stock of this announcement. We need to make sure that any way forward is safe for everyone within our schools. At this point it is clear that any return for children and young people will not look the same as before Covid-19. The pandemic has changed things for us all both in the short and longer term. There will need to be consideration of how we best support children and young people through this period, and this focus will not be solely academic. 

The Covid-19 period has brought with it stress, uncertainty and anxiety for us all, including our children. We need to make sure any return to settings, schools and colleges is safe for children’s physical and emotional well-being. 

We will be working in partnership with Early Years settings, School Leaders, from both primary and secondary including academies, Colleges and our Parent/Carer groups throughout this period, to formulate a measured response to the announcement.

We will publish further information on the Council websites and the local offer as soon as we can and we will keep you updated as regularly as we can. We hope that we can reassure you we will be working together to ensure the well-being of Stockport residents. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email: school.enquiries@stockport.gov.uk and we will respond as soon as we can. Our Parent Carer Forum (PACTS) are also available to support individual families, email info@PACTStockport.co.uk.

Safety and well-being is and always will be paramount in our decision making for our wider Stockport community.

Chris Mcloughlin - Director of Childrens Services

Paul McDowell - Chair Primary Consortium

Julie Kersh - Chair of Primary Consortium

Keith Turmeau – Chair of Secondary Consortium

Rob Metcalfe - Chair of Special Schools Consortium

Danny Pearson - Principle Aquinas College

Sherann Hillman & Paul Harper, PACTS

                                                                                                                    

11.05.2020

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you are aware that yesterday evening the Prime Minister announced the possibility that children in Reception classes as well as those in Year 1 and Year 6 may be able to return to school after the Whit half term holidays. At this time we know no more than you do about this so cannot offer any more information or give answers to any questions you may have. We will endeavour to keep you updated if and when we do find out more.

For now school remains closed except for the children of key workers.

We will send out the next batch of FSM vouchers next week and the teachers continue to update their class pages on the website. Don't forget, you can also use BBC Bitesize website which has 3 lessons per day for each age group, and also the national academy website which also has similar lessons.

Please do remember that although the slogan has changed the message is still that you should stay at home but if you do need to go out please ensure you continue to socially distance. Also please ensure that you and your child(ren) maintain the high levels of hand-washing that we have all been encouraged to do, making sure you wash thoroughly and use soap and warm water. The soap is very important.

Stay safe,


Jill Gray
Headteacher

                                                                                                                    

24.04.2020

Free school meal update

Free school meal vouchers were posted last night. 

I can only apologise for the delay, but I can assure you that it has not been for the want of trying to get them.  Mrs Evans has spent several full days on a website that was obviously not equipped to cope with the demands of every school in the country trying to acquire them.  She achieved the breakthrough at home yesterday evening!

 Each eligible child receives one £15 voucher per week, and each Nursery child will receive one voucher per fortnight.

 You simply shop as you would normally and then present your voucher at the till. 

 We will endeavour to get future vouchers out to you in good time, but obviously we are reliant on the website working and the Royal Mail and all mail is taking longer at present.

 If you are having financial issues we do have a supply of Foodbank vouchers and we are able to issue these to you if you contact school.  The local Foodbanks are being hugely supportive of families in need during this time of crisis and have been proactive in contacting us to ensure that our families are not struggling.  You can email me on the address at the top of this letter and I will get one in the post to you or arrange for you to collect it from school.

 I hope to be able to welcome all our children back before the scheduled summer holidays, but until then please stay at home and stay safe.  If you are stuck for work do visit BBC Bitesize as they put on 3 lessons per day for each year group and this will help your child keep their mind ticking over where school work is concerned – I will be asking who has done some work!!  Also, please keep checking the school website for updates.

                                                                                                          

22.04.2020

Shopping Vouchers 

Please be advised we are working very hard to obtain the shopping vouchers. The first lot of vouchers will be with those who are eligible this week. Nursery children who are eligible will get £15 per fortnight.

To help speed up the process in receiving your vouchers please contact the school office to provide them with an up to date email address that you have access to.

If you require any further information regarding the vouchers or grab bag packed lunches please contact the school office.

                                                                                                                   

22.04.2020

** Important Travel Information for Year 6 parents **

Pupils aged 11 to 16, MUST have an Igo card to travel using any child ticket on buses in Greater Manchester.  They must also have a Igo card to make an application for the Yellow bus scheme

Applications for Igo passes, apply at:

https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/igo-pass (available now)

Applications for the Yellow Bus Scheme, apply at:

https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-yellow-school-buses.( available 1st June 30th June)

Applications for free school travel (for eligible pupils), apply at:

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/travel-to-school (available week of the 6th May)

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