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Thomas Deacon Education Trust

Covid-19

Update: 03/04/20

 

TDET remains committed to providing a safe place for children of critical workers during the Easter holidays, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

 

From Monday 6th April, the following academies will be open:

 

  • Welbourne Primary Academy is open for pupils from Welbourne Primary and Queen Katharine Academy.
  • Warboys Primary Academy is open for pupils from Warboys Primary and Upwood Primary.
  • TDA Junior Academy, is open for Gladstone Primary Academy, Thomas Deacon Academy, TDA Juniors and the Peterborough Pupil Referral Service.

These arrangements will be in place until Friday 17th April.

Meals will continue to be provided for all children attending school during the holidays.

Update: 30/03/20 

All TDET schools have been open for key worker children and vulnerable children for the last week since lockdown with staff attending to supervise the children in school.

 

A system of safeguarding is in place so that all children who are vulnerable, at risk, looked after or on the child protection register have ‘safe and well’ checks made on them.

 

Free school meals have been provided by the TDET catering team and delivered out into the community by the facilities team; as of today, all eligible for FSM will receive food vouchers to use in local supermarkets.

 

From Tuesday, the school provision will be rationalised as follows:

 

  • Welbourne Primary Academy is open for pupils from Welbourne Primary and Queen Katharine Academy.
  • Warboys Primary Academy is open for pupils from Warboys Primary and Upwood Primary.
  • Gladstone Primary Academy Gladstone Street site is open for pupils from Gladstone Primary, Thomas Deacon Academy, TDA Juniors and the Peterborough Pupil Referral Service.

Update: 20/3/20 [Audio recordings of this correspondence available below] 

Dear Parent,

We have been notified that the guidance the Local Authority agreed on Thursday with the Department for Education around support for parents from Monday 23rd March onwards, has been superseded and this letter outlines the current position (March 20th am).

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 remains clear. The government have requested these key principles are followed:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home safely, then they should be.
  2. Parents should not rely for childcare on those ‘who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category’. This includes grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  3. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

The Government has requested that all schools provide optional care for a limited number of children. These are:

  • Children who are vulnerable i.e. those who are:
    • Supported by Social Care
    • Children in Care – known as Looked After Children (LAC)
    • Young carers
    • Disabled Children
    • Or have an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  • Children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. 

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March onwards.

The government has also published an updated list of key workers which is included to the right.  The guidance has also been revised to outline that this support is for children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as ‘critical workers’ by the government. 

Please complete the pro-forma here should you fall into the Key/Critical Worker category.  No childcare will be provided without completion of this form

I want to reiterate the key message about the closure plans: Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. We absolutely understand that families are worried about being able to work but these are extraordinary times and we are all having to make some very difficult decisions and sacrifices.  However, with the challenges we face with our own staff and the national social distancing policy, we wish to minimise any risks and the number of students attending should only be in circumstances where it is essential.

This remains an ever-changing situation and the position may well change again in the future.  We will continue to update you as the need arises. 

I wish to thank all our school staff, volunteers, and governors who have helped in recent days to keep the school open, and who will continue to do so over the coming months. I would also like to thank you for your continued support and understanding during this period.

Best wishes,

Julie Taylor

Chief Executive

Update: 19/3/2020

Dear Parent

On Wednesday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday.

He also indicated that all the GCSE, AS and A-level examinations due to take place this summer, have been suspended; and that students would be credited for their learning in some other way.

Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place and access to meals.

Although we have been anticipating such an announcement, and prepared for various scenarios, the limited details so far released raise considerably more questions than answers. You will all have your own legitimate concerns and queries.

The Secretary of State gave no undertaking that schools would be expected to sustain a pattern of normal learning during the closure; rather that any available staff would be expected to support other frontline efforts. Each of our academies are working through potential options to support these children from Monday and parents will be contacted about these arrangements.

Headteachers and Principals and their Leadership Teams from our nursery provision to post 16, supported by TDET Central Services, are working tirelessly to ensure we can provide the ongoing support needed to our community and families at this difficult time.

Thank you for your support and for your patience.

Best wishes

Julie Taylor, Chief Executive