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We write to you in a time of uncertainty and concern around the educational landscape and the wider communities. Times such as these demand the need for community and support for one another in whatever capacity that may be. The Meadow community is strong and always has been which is why the staff at Meadow are so very proud to work here. The staff have been working tirelessly to not only support our families but to also support our pupils, providing work and email contact.

 

Family at this time is the most important thing and we urge you to look after yourselves and those around you- community is stronger together.

 

The education of our pupils is still of paramount importance to us and we will continue to deliver home learning tasks to your child. We appreciate that there are anxieties over what learning your children might be missing but please do not worry, we will make sure that everything is caught up and consolidated upon return to full school life.

 

As you will be aware, all National Examinations have been cancelled. Again, please do not worry about any impact this will have on your children and their future education, we will be following DfE guidelines as to how to proceed to ensure that all children get the results they need.

 

Life has taken a pause for the time being but we must continue to support the key workers and the people around us. Schools have been asked to try and remain open from Monday 23rd March to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and

children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response if they cannot be

safely cared for at home. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then

they should be. It is stressed that schools, colleges and other educational

establishments remain safe places for children but the fewer children making the

journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower

therisk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider

society.

 

If our school is unable to provide care at any point because it is unsafe to do so we will work with neighbouring providers and the local authority to find an alternative setting for those children.

 

The Government are currently working on a national voucher scheme to support parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. In the meantime, we are looking for an interim solution to support these families. Please contact us at school if you have any concerns over this matter.

 

It has been an extremely turbulent and emotional time and we would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period. Please stay safe and look after each other.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Laura Benardout                                             Miss Gayle Jenkins

Head of School                                                     Executive Headteacher