During the current COVID-19 crisis all relevant letters and links for parents/carers will be posted to this page.
Tuesday 26th May – planning for wider re-opening.
Key workers requesting places at school from 2nd June, please click here to access online form, or scan the QR code shown below.
Year 6 parents – please click here to complete the short survey regarding potential school re-opening for Year 6 from 15th June. Alternatively, scan the QR code below.
Friday 22nd May – letter regarding wider re-opening of school
SurveyMonkey forms for children of key workers and Year 6s will follow over the weekend and you will be alerted by text when they are ready for completion.
Please note that this plan indicates a PROSPECTIVE opening date and this could well be delayed should infection rates begin to rise in our region and local area. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, we appreciate the difficulties that this creates for parents.
Friday 15th May
Please click the link below to read the latest letter to parents regarding the potential phased reopening for some pupils from 1st June.
To enable us with planning for reopening, we would like to gather parental feelings about sending their children back to school before the summer holidays.
Please click here to carry out an online or alternatively, scan the QR code below so that we can gauge parental feeling about a returning to school before the summer holidays. If you have more than one child, please complete the survey for each one – it will take you less than one minute. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Parents who feel that they now need to access emergency childcare due to critical worker status are asked to email their initial request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, emergency childcare cannot be provided simply because parents have been asked to return to work by their employer.
Places are allocated according to need and requests will be considered in light of a range of information and evidence that parents will be asked to provide. Failure to provide this may result in an application for emergency childcare being turned down.
Monday 11th May
Response to the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday 10th May:
Like you, we have limited information but many questions and concerns in response to the Government’s latest announcement regarding the easing of the current lock-down measures. At the moment we are waiting to receive more information and at this stage are not in a position to answer all your questions regarding a potential re-opening on 1st June.
In the short-term, nothing has changed; we remain open for children of critical workers on an individual need basis and we ask that those parents let us know by email their needs for the next three weeks.
We will provide further information in the coming days and weeks, once we are able to do so. Please bear with us; we want to get our children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so but this must be carefully planned and coordinated to protect the safety of everyone in our school community.
Thursday 30th April – free school meals
- Universal credit with an earnings threshold that does not exceed £7400.
- Income support
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HMRC that does not exceed £16,190
Friday 24th April
Welcome back (but not really!) to the summer term. During this week and into next week, staff will be getting in touch by phone – if you have any questions or concerns, please do share them as we may be able to advise, reassure or provide support.
Teachers will continue to add suggested tasks and activities to their class blogs, don’t forget that we are not expecting children to learn as they would be doing in school. It is a good idea to break up the day into a wide variety of different activities that children can help to plan and choose – practical things like baking, cooking, sewing, singing, dancing, alongside more relaxed or calm tasks like reading, puzzles, problem solving, yoga, arts and crafts, mindfulness colouring and plenty of downtime where they can watch TV, play, be physically active and just chill out!
There are lots of ideas on the class blogs (up to date blogs are accessed via the first drop down tab from ‘Classes’) and there are many different suggestions and activities online.
We know that you will have many questions regarding when school will return, what will happen about transition, new starters, leavers etc. As we do not have a clear indication of when schools will reopen, it is difficult to set any plans and so we have few answers to those questions at the moment; they will very much depend on decisions made by the Department for Education. A return to school will take a great deal of planning and direction from the Government and Local Authority. Please be reassured that we will keep you informed of all plans, as and when they are finalised.
‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed many aspects of life for families with children in the past few weeks. As a result, some families may be experiencing additional difficulties. Although One Point hubs and family centres are closed due to Covid-19, their staff can still offer advice and guidance on a number of issues that families may be experiencing during this difficult time. Stanley One Point hub provides support for anyone living in Consett or Stanley – the contact number is 03000 261 111. Some of the support they offer is detailed below.
Help for parents
Staff can work with you to ensure that your child is happy and healthy, and will offer advice to tackle any problems that might affect their learning and development, including:
- bedtime routines
- getting ready for the day, including the importance of a healthy breakfast
- help with setting boundaries, or putting rules in place
- family relationships
- support for children with special educational needs
Support for family relationships
Relationships break down for many reasons – see below some of the circumstances where staff at One Point can help:
- you are a young parent and need support, including help with parenting skills
- if you – or your child – is a young carer
- if your family is going through a separation, or are living apart
- if there is domestic abuse in your family
The help they give will depend on your situation. Examples of support include:
- practical help to develop skills such as cleaning, cooking or housework
- parenting classes
- referring you to organisations that can help you
- family meetings
Whether you and your partner are together or separated, disagreements in your relationship can affect your child’s behaviour, emotions and feelings, both now and in the future. The ‘Relationships Matter’ programme can give you free support and space to talk about your relationship and how family disagreements can impact on your child.
Further information about Stanley One Point service can be found by following this link http://www.durham.gov.uk/stanleyonepointhub
Friday 17th April
We hope that all of our children and their families are well and have managed to relax a little during the Easter break.
School is set to reopen to children of critical workers on Monday, where emergency childcare is needed. Parents who are already accessing this support are asked to email their requirements to the following address: email@example.com. We appreciate that for some families, circumstances may have changed; if this is the case, let us know by email. Please bear in mind that the Government guidelines remain the same; if a child can remain at home, then they should do so.
Also, please do let us know if you are experiencing any other difficulties that you think we may be able to help with or that you feel we need to know about. This could include support with online platforms for pupil work (Reading Buddy etc.), access to free school meals vouchers (for families in receipt of certain benefits) or telephone advice and support from our family worker, Julie Patterson. Requests can be made, in confidence, by email to the address above or you may leave a message on the school answerphone: 01207 503982.
The problems with the Government website issuing free school meals vouchers have eventually been sorted and we have managed to access the site and download the vouchers. These are being sent out to eligible families today. Further vouchers will be sent out next week.
Finally, please continue to share what your child is doing via their class blog, Tapestry or the school Twitter account. It is really uplifting to see your children’s efforts during this strange and worrying time and we have been so impressed by their imagination and creativity. Well done!
Stay safe, we are thinking and praying for you all.
Best wishes, Jennifer Gill.
2nd April – school will be closed for the Easter holidays.
As we have had no requests for emergency care during the Easter break, we will remain closed for this period. Emergency contact during this time: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try to have a break from schoolwork and relax as best you can. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our children and their families at this time. We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to those who are working so hard to keep vital services running during this difficult time. Stay safe everyone.
2nd April – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
- Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
27th March – message to all
Thank you for the lovely posts on our Twitter feed showing what our children have been doing this week at home. They have cheered us up during a strange and worrying time. Please continue to post the amazing things that you are doing at home. WELL DONE parents – you are doing an awesome job!
Please do not be concerned that your child should be doing ‘schoolwork’ – we don’t expect them to be sitting at a desk, completing worksheets and learning new content or concepts.
Don’t forget that learning comes in many forms and there are so many activities that can be done at home which contribute to their learning in the broadest sense – games, baking, physical activities, arts and crafts, singing, dancing, drama, den building, treasure hunt, rock painting, create your own TV show, quizzes…etc. If you have any great ideas, please post them on the Twitter feed @stpatricks_aab
Please encourage them to keep on top of their reading either using Reading Buddy or actual books and basic maths using TT Rockstars and MyMaths. Links below:
Tuesday 24th March – message for parents from Durham County Council
As the situation with coronavirus continues to develop we are asking you to carefully consider whether or not your child needs to be in school.
We appreciate that the central government guidance around what constitutes a key worker is quite broad, however we would like to remind you that the reason schools are remaining open is primarily to ensure that those frontline workers who are key to helping this country get through this situation, can get to work.
Each school will have different levels of demand for these places and may handle this situation differently in order to ensure the welfare of all staff and children. We ask you to respect any restrictions your school may put in place to help them cope during these challenging times.
Finally can we remind you that in line with Public Health England guidance, the best place for your child, wherever possible is at home with you, helping to maintain good social distancing for our wider community.
Key message from the Prime Minister – 23rd March
‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.
Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.’
Full message available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020
Monday 23rd March
We are pleased to say that school was able to open today for emergency childcare.
We appreciate that this is a difficult time for parents and would like to thank them for their support.
If you have concerns about yourself or a member of your family that you cannot manage at home, you are advised to visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19