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School closed until Feb half term

Updated Monday 18th January at 12.25pm

On Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced another national lockdown in response to the surging cases of coronavirus. This lockdown requires everyone to stay at home other than for very specific reasons. 

All schools will be closed until the February half term and only vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers will be on site.

We will provide more home learning via MS Teams for all pupils during this lockdown.  All lessons and learning will take place on MS Teams and pupils should spend at least 3 hours per day completing work set by their teachers.  The majority of lessons will be run either live or via pre-recorded video lessons.  Parents will need to enable their children to access the MS Teams platform to join live lessons and engage with their learning from home. All pupils are expected to join live lessons at a specified time, this can be done from a laptop or a smartphone. Lesson timings have been emailed to parents directly, please contact reception@elps.co.uk if you haven't received this email.

We understand that some children will need to share devices in which case pupils should try and join some lessons where they can. Lessons, in most cases, will also be recorded and be available to view afterwards through MS Teams. 

If you don't have access to any form of technology at home, then please contact reception@elps.co.uk

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER FROM THE ASSOCIATE HEADTEACHERS (11 January 2021).

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR FAQs (18 January 2021).

Vulnerable Pupils

If your child is considered vulnerable, we will be in contact with you directly. Pupils should attend in full school uniform and arrive at school by 7.50am and will be dismissed at 2.30pm. 

Children of Critical Workers

If both parents (or the only parent) are critical workers and there is NO OTHER OPTION for you but to send your child to school, then they are able to attend school. They should arrive at 7.50am and will be dismissed at 2.30pm and should attend in full school uniform. 

You can find details of who qualifies as a critical worker here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision. 

If you are a Critical Worker and you have NO OTHER OPTION but to send your child to school, please COMPLETE THIS FORM ASAP with your full details.

Free School Meals

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), the school has been making arrangements for a food parcel to be made available to you. This will provide all the ingredients needed for meals to be cooked at home with full recipes.

From Monday 18th January 2021, those entitled to Free School Meals will be sent vouchers which can be redeemed at supermarkets. You will receive your vouchers on EITHER Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. You will receive £15 per week for every child entitled to free school meals. Everyone who is entitled to FSM should have received an email from the school. This will have been sent to the email address we have on file. If you have NOT received an email, please contact us on fsm@whtc.co.uk AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. (Please check your junk/spam folder)


National Lockdown

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England is currently in a national lockdown. 

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law reflects these new rules.

Leaving home

You must NOT leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.