Y7 – 10 update for Parents

22 April 2020

Re: School updates – April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope this letter finds you and your families well and in good health. We are about the embark upon the strangest of summer terms.

I would like to convey warm regards and best wishes from the whole staff body here at Leytonstone School. We very much miss our pupils and their families and look forward to being reunited as soon as it is safe to so.

Remote learning

Our new learning platform hosted by Google Classrooms is fully functioning. We experienced a number of issues with our previous VLE ‘MILK’ but we are confident that we are now in a position to ensure that all pupils are able to continue learning at home whilst the school remains closed. If your child has still not logged into Google Classrooms, please ensure that they do so as soon as possible. Pupils are set one assignment per subject, per week with a focus on consolidating prior learning so that we can hit the ground running once school reopens. Details on how pupils can log into Google Classrooms are on the school’s website. Form tutors will be calling all pupils who have not yet logged onto the platform over the next two weeks. If your child does not have access to a computer and/or the internet, please let the school know as soon as you can or pass this information to the Form Tutor when they make contact.

If you would prefer printed work packages, please contact the school via the normal channels and we will make copies available.

Whilst the school is closed, it is not our expectation that pupils spend all day working independently. We are encouraging our pupils to also use the time to read, connect with their families and learn new skills. The global situation surrounding Covid-19 can cause young people in particular to feel anxious and/or despondent about what the future holds, so it is important that we recognise this and support our young people by giving them the space to process recent events.

We do believe that it is healthy for our pupils to attempt to maintain some routines whilst they are away from school. As far as possible, pupils should aim to rise and sleep at set times and stick to a timetable of activities throughout the day. Please get in contact with the school if you would like support in organising a timetable for your child; school may not be open but we are all still working to try to support our young people in the best way possible.

The Education Endowment Foundation also has some fantastic, free resources to support learning from home: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/?mc_cid=7dede45ca9&mc_eid=564f35ac20

Leytonstone Food Bank 

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our families and local community, seen in some bumper donations to our food bank! We currently have all manner of food and personal hygiene items readily available for any families in need. Please contact the school as soon as you can if you would like to receive a food parcel. If you are unable to make the journey to school for collection, we will try to arrange delivery.

Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for free school meals, you will have been enrolled onto the national supermarket voucher scheme organised by the Department for Education. It is clear that this system has struggled with processing vouchers on a national scale and we know that some of our families have not experienced a good service.

We are in the process of making our own provisions for our pupils eligible for free school meals and will be in touch about this as soon as possible.

Teachers at the school will be making contact either in person or over the phone over the next two weeks. If you receive a call from a ‘private number’ can we please ask that, over the period of school closure, you answer these calls as it is likely going to be a member of staff from the school trying to get in touch.

Waltham Forest Council has been producing helpful daily bulletins, full of useful information which can be accessed via the website here: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/coronavirus-latest-information?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

I will end with an excerpt from our co-constructed school ethos, opportunely launched in January of this year:

‘Life brings us CHALLENGE, but we take care of ourselves and each other;

when things get difficult WE KNOW WHERE TO GO.’

We are living through some very challenging times but as a school we intend to continue to serve our pupils and their families the best we can until we meet again.

Please get in touch with the school if you are experiencing any difficulties and we will support you.

Jessica McQuaid

Head Teacher