Where can you find support during the school closure?
During the school closure, our staff will be contacting all families to speak with pupils twice every week. We are also visiting many of our families in the community. This is to keep in touch with you but also an opportunity where you can share any concerns or questions you may have. Our staff will be able to signpost you to support and any other resources that may help you.
If you need to contact someone at school please call 0121 693 5363 between 8.30 am and 1.45pm weekdays.
Work will be sent home for pupils to complete. There are also lots of tasks and further learning on our virtual platforms such as Doddle and MyMaths.
Please contact the school if you are experiencing any difficulties logging on.
Remember, if your circumstances change and you think you are entitled to free school meals for your child, please contact us on 0121 693 5363
Pause Managing Worries and parent call back
Managing Bereavement Support – for losing someone close to you
Mental Health and Support advice lines – offering mental health support in Birmingham and Solihull
CAT Team Support- support for young people with Autism
Childline - You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
Telephone:0800 1111, anytime.
Samaritans - Offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever is getting to you.
Telephone 116 123 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Other useful contacts where you can find advice to support your families’ mental health and about accessing support to foodbanks during this difficult time.
Keeping Safe Online
For information on how to keep your child safe whilst online or too report any concerns please see the links below.
23/03/2020 : Dear Parents and Carers
We spoke to each parent/carer on Friday to determine whether you are able to accommodate your child at home during the school closures or whether you are a key worker or due to vulnerabilities of your child they need a place at school as alternative child care arrangements are not available to you.
For those accommodating pupils at home:
If you stated that you were able to accommodate your child at home please do not send them into school. If your circumstances change ie you become a key worker, please phone the school and ask to speak to a member of the SLT to determine whether we have the capacity to have your child in school. Home learning packs have been sent home along with a list of useful websites to help you to support your child’s learning during this time.
For those who require a place at school:
For those who will be attending I wish to clarify that our school will not be able to offer the timetable and teaching your child would usually receive. They will not follow their usual timetable and may be working with staffs that are less familiar to them. Also, partly due to staff constraints, we will be operating on a reduced day. Pupils will attend from 10am – 1.30pm. In addition we have reduced the footprint of the school so tomorrow morning when pupils arrive they should go to the following class areas:
Year 7 – JC building
Year 8 – Dennis Lewis building
Year 9 – Gylnn Purnell building (catering room)
Year 10 – Art room
Once they arrive the pupils will meet the staff team who will be working with them this week. During the school day the pupils will be given a half hour lunchbreak and will have the option of hot/cold food as usual. All pupils attending should wear their school uniform. If your child usually has medication at the start of the day can you please ensure this is administered at home before they come to school. All pupils attending will be expected to follow our usual rules and procedures and should attend school ready to engage in the learning and activities in a positive manner.
Throughout the school day we will be asking the pupils to wash their hands, this will include when they first arrive in school. This is in line with the Department of Public Health advice regarding frequent hand washing.
Useful information :
Kooth a free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham
A statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing Cllr Kate Booth and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture Cllr Jayne Francis. This document reinforces Birmingham’s position that we support the phased reopening of schools only when it is safe to do so and also emphasises the need for risk assessments.
Download [ 1134tr-Reopening-of-Schools.pdf ]
Please find below a statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing Cllr Kate Booth and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture Cllr Jayne Francis. This document reinforces Birmingham’s position that we support the phased reopening of schools only when it is safe to do so and also emphasises the need for risk assessments.
This has been published on the council website at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/news/article/618/statement_on_re-opening_of_birmingham_schools.
And also available here : 1134tr-Reopening-of-Schools.pdf