Belmore Primary Academy
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Weekly update from the Head

22 January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this finds you well.

There remain very few clues to how long the current lockdown and partial closure of schools will last. We were told initially that schools would be closed until half term at the earliest and the Government are not clear yet whether the closures will continue into next half term. They have said that schools and parents would get two weeks’ notice about when we might reopen. Not only do we not know yet when we might reopen we also do not know whether it will be a full reopening or just certain year groups as happened back in June. I will let you know as soon as I have any more information.

Staff are working hard to support your children and the learning that they are providing for children at home and are ensuring regular contact with yourselves and your children. In addition some year groups are running live sessions with small groups of children to support them with their learning and to keep motivation and engagement as high as possible.

We are always looking to improve how we work and how we help you so I would appreciate it if you took 5 minutes to complete a survey to let us know your thoughts on how well you think home learning is going and what you think we could do better or in addition to what we are doing. It is hard sometimes without feedback to know how well we are doing so your feedback is vital. Please click here to complete the survey.

We have offered as much help as we can to parents. I have moved us to the national Free School Meal voucher scheme which is now providing parents with supermarket vouchers every week if their children are not in school. Please note that the vouchers are only for those parents who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. The Government have not made vouchers available for those parents in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who would normally get a free lunch when they are in school. If you have not received the email with your vouchers and you think you are eligible then please contact the school at enquiries@belmore.school. In addition for some families we have provided laptops to help ensure their children can access the remote learning. As I always say, if you are having problems or issues with anything at this time then contact us through your child’s year group email address or on the main school email and we will do our best to help you if we can.

Take care for now

Paul Bateman

Headteacher

Paul Bateman
Headteacher