During this period of school closure, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.
During the week commencing 1st June, eligible pupils will be issued with a £45 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for three weeks. Your £45 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.
If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders for an email from Edenred before contacting us.
If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at email@example.com and Edenred can look into this for you.
If you need to check your child’s eligibility for free school meals, or claim for more than one child, please do so by going on to the following website: cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/birmingham. If your application is successful, school will not be able to provide an eCode until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated eCodes.
Further vouchers will be issued for the week commencing 22nd June, depending on any decisions regarding school re-opening and those year groups in attendance. We will of course update you further via our website.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I last wrote to you on 19th May about the possible timetable for the opening of our schools. Following a meeting of the PACT trust board this afternoon, the board have decided to delay that decision until 3rd June. The board are keen for our schools to open as soon as it is safe to do so and will decide on an opening date for year 1 pupils in the first instance. The trust board are in agreement with plans to stagger opening for different year groups as previously communicated. I will therefore update you further on 3rd June.
Key worker and vulnerable children will be able to continue to come in to school as before during the week beginning 1st June.
I would like to take this opportunity wish all of our families who are celebrating, Eid Mubarak!
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you with more detail following the government’s announcement about opening schools to more children from after half term, subject to further scientific advice (due on 28th May). We have now received further information and guidance from the Department for Education, which we are using to plan for receiving more children.
I understand that announcement has raised a number of concerns, worries and questions from parents. Let me assure you that the safety of your children and of our staff is our main priority. Schools will be closed over half term and on 1st and 2nd June in order that we can fully prepare for the return of more children starting with year 1 pupils only on 3rd June. Your headteachers will provide you with more details about these arrangements in the very near future. We are planning on welcoming reception children back on Monday 8th June, year 6 on Thursday 11th June and finally nursery on Monday 15th June.
The provision currently in place for vulnerable and key worker pupils will continue. Our schools will of course teach pupils in much smaller groups in line with the government’s guidance. We will also be making changes to the usual working day. The Head of your children’s school will write to you giving you more details about the changes that will be made and arrangements for dropping off and picking up children which will also change. Although we will do everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible, we cannot of course completely guarantee your children’s safety in respect of Covid-19.
At this stage, it is too early to say much more other than to give you some idea of the steps we are being asked to take in response to this announcement. These include ensuring class sizes are small, limiting the amount of contact between different groups of children and additional protective measures, such as increased cleaning and encouraging good hand hygiene.
I will point out that the guidance is clear that parents of eligible children will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.
It is important that we know exactly how many children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 will be attending when able to do so. You will receive a call from school this week to ask if you will be sending your child in. If you have missed the call please contact our firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Knowing exactly how many children will be attending will really help us to plan for their return.
Finally, we know that there are many parents reading this who are not affected and who will be expected to continue to provide home schooling alongside the resources we are sharing. Due to safety measures, and the guidance that is governing how we operate during these challenging times, we will be unable to accommodate additional children other than those in the year groups detailed earlier. We will not, therefore, be able to accept requests for siblings in other year groups.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Your headteacher will write again, next week, with further information.
I hope that you are safe and well and managing to navigate your way through these difficult times as best you can.
As you are all aware, some of our PACT schools have remained open throughout the enforced closure - due to Covid-19 – to support our vulnerable children and the children of keyworkers. Following the government’s announcement regarding schools potentially reopening on the 1st of June, we will be closing all of our schools over the half term holidays. This will allow us to prepare our school and staff in readiness for opening and to ensure that the school is as safe as possible for your children.
As soon as we have more information to share with you, we will contact you again.
Keep safe and well.
I am currently working with senior colleagues on a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of all of our schools to some children. Parents/carers of children in Y1 will have been contacted on Monday 18th May to ask if they will send their child in should school be open after 1st June. Parents/carers of pupils in nursery, reception and year 6 will also receive a call this week asking the same. I intend to provide parents/carers with a clearer plan for opening from tomorrow afternoon.
Again, I would like to assure you that any plans that we put into place for re-opening will prioritise the safety of pupils and staff above all else.
It’s now been 7 weeks since we were at school and although we are not seeing you all, you are all in our thoughts and we send our well wishes to you all in the hope that you are safe and well. It has been a challenging time for everyone so it’s okay if you are finding things difficult.
The entire team at Highfield are missing the children and look forward to welcoming them back. This can only happen once the government deem it safe to do so. We hope that this is sooner rather than later. In the meantime, we will continue to support you all as we have been throughout the closure..
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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May we will be working towards opening our schools to more pupils. Currently, we are waiting for additional information and guidance as to which children and how many, schools will be open to. I would like to assure you that the safety of our children will be our primary consideration when planning for greater numbers of children to attend.
Executive Headteacher & CEO
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)