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11/05/20: Update for parents/carers

Dear parents/carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May we will be working towards opening our schools to more pupils. Currently, we are waiting for additional information and guidance as to which children and how many, schools will be open to. I would like to assure you that the safety of our children will be our primary consideration when planning for greater numbers of children to attend.

Sajid Gulzar
Executive Headteacher & CEO
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)

Update on alternative FSM provision for w/c 27th April

During this period of school closure, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

In previous weeks, we have provided eligible parents and pupils with a £15 eCode per week. During the week commencing 27th April, eligible pupils will be issued with a £60 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week for four weeks. This is in line with updated guidance from the DfE and Edenred who provide the eCodes and eGift Cards. If eligible, once you have received this £60 eCode, you will receive no additional codes for the remainder of this half term. At this time, there are no plans to provide vouchers for May half term (w/c 25th May). Your £60 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card .

eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.  You can also find more details and FAQs here.

If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address we have on file (this is often the one you have used with School Money). Orders will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the eCodes and them being emailed to parents/carers.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

If you need to check your child’s eligibility for free school meals, or claim for more than one child, please do so by going on to the following website: cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/birmingham. If your application is successful, school will not be able to provide an eCode until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated eCodes.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).

20/04/20: Update on alternative FSM provision

During the coronavirus outbreak and this period of school closure, we are now pleased to be able to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you. The DfE have funded these eGift cards as part of a national scheme for the value of £15 per week. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like an eGift card for including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and more.

Eligible parents and pupils will be receiving their initial £15 eCode via email this week, starting from Monday 20th April. These eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.  You can also find more details and FAQs here.

You will then receive an additional eCode from w/c 27th April with a total value of the equivalent of £15 per week for the remaining weeks through to May half term (not including May half term). This is line with the latest DfE guidance for administering the scheme.

If you do not receive a voucher you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address we have on file (this is often the one you have used with School Money). The DfE vouchers will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the vouchers and them being emailed to parents/carers.

If you need to check your child’s eligibility for free school meals, or claim for more than one child, please do so by going on to the following website: cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/birmingham. If your application is successful, school will not be able to provide vouchers until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated vouchers.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).

Alternative Free School Meal Provision w/c 20/04/20

During the coronavirus outbreak and this period of school closure, we are now pleased to be able to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you. The DfE have funded these eGift cards as part of a national scheme. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like an eGift card for including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and more.

Eligible families will be receiving their initial eCode via email w/c 20th April which can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice. You will then receive eCodes on a weekly basis until further notice (during term time only).

We will publish further information w/c 20th April once the initial eCodes have been distributed.

Please note: the launch of this voucher scheme means that we will no longer be offering daily packed lunches for collection.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).

Message from CEO

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are living through historic and unprecedented events. For schools to be closing for an unspecified period of time would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago. Our number priority has been and will remain to be the safety and security of our pupils. We do however, understand the need for some schools to remain open in order for key personnel to ensure the safety of the nation and to keep the country functioning. 

This is an especially confusing and unsettling time for our children and a worrying time for parents and carers. In know some of you will also be worried about your children’s learning during the school closures. We have provided a wealth of resources and ideas on school websites for you to use throughout the time that schools are closed. School staff will be adding to these as time goes by. I want assure you though, that whatever learning our pupils miss out on, we will catch them up very quickly when they come back to school and there will be little or no lasting impact. 

My advice to you both as a teacher and a father is to spend as much quality time with your children as you can. Try to learn new things together such as a new language on-line or a new hobby. Explore books and new knowledge together, talk to them about what is going on in the world to help them to make sense of it. Although we are being told to physically distance ourselves from family, friends and neighbours, this is a really good time to reinforce the idea that we are one community and need to look out for each other. 

I pray that all of you and your families remain in the very best of health and look forward to the day that we can welcome all of our children back to school. 

 

Sajid Gulzar 

CEO

School Closures due to Coronavirus

Unfortunately, the PACT schools have had to close due to government advice about the Coronavirus outbreak. The reason the government has issued this advice is to try and halt the spread of the virus.

Two of our schools will remain open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. More information about these categories can be found here. If you have not done so already, and you/your child falls into one of these categories and you would like to access the provision, please complete this form and then contact the school using the email below.  We will then get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the provision we can offer.  However, guidance states that if you can keep your children safe at home then it is highly recommended that you do so.

This is a difficult time for all of us and we fully understand that you may have concerns surrounding your children’s education during the period at which school is closed. In order to try and address your concerns, we have provided some useful links to websites that children can access from home to support their learning.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you have any questions or would like to contact a member of staff during the period of school closure, please click on the name of your child's school below for contact information:

Prince Albert School
Heathfield School
Highfield School
Birchfield School
Sutton Park Primary School

You can find some more information about Coronavirus in the links below:

nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

youtube.com/watch?v=FJrpfmnOnpc

Free School Meals during closure - COVID19

Parents: Please complete the survey here to request a daily packed lunch as part of the Free School Meals service (if you are eligible).  

As of the 20th March 2020, we are asking that you complete this as soon as possible.  Then, from the week commencing Monday 23rd March, we will re-launch the survey on a weekly basis to enable eligible families to join the scheme or leave the scheme as needed throughout the period of school closure.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time.

URGENT: Key Worker Parents - School Closure (Covid-19)

Following on from the government's announcements of national school closures, can all parents who believe themselves to fall into the 'key worker' bracket please complete this online survey.

This should only take around 2 minutes and will really help us to arrange appropriate provision for key worker's children. Senior leaders will meet on Thursday to review responses and plan for this provision.

Thank you for your support at this time.  We really appreciate it.