Village Primary Academy

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Update: Friday 4th September - Attendance information from Derby City Council

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 10:37am

Please read information from Derby City Council regarding school attendance requirements.

Update: Summer Provision in the Local Area

Date: 20th Jul 2020 @ 10:21am

Please see the information below regarding activities available around the local area of the Summer Break.

Update: Tuesday 14th July 2020 - further information on Academy opening in September.

Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 11:34am

Please read latest update from the Trust. 

Update: Thursday 18th June 2020 - Further wider opening of Academy

Date: 18th Jun 2020 @ 3:33pm

Please read the latest update from the Trust.

Update: Friday 5th June 2020 - Wider opening for Year 6 children

Date: 5th Jun 2020 @ 1:54pm

Please read latest update from the Trust. 

Harmony Trust Position Regarding Wider Opening of Academies

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 2:54pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will be aware the Prime Minister has asked all schools to begin to consider how they can safely achieve wider opening of schools from 1.6.20, if at that time the government feel it is safe to do so. Currently all school leaders are working closely with the health and safety experts within the Trust to carefully consider the guidance we have been given by the Department of Education, to identify what steps we need to take to minimise the risk to pupils, parents and staff to achieve this. Please be assured your child’s safety and that of our staff is of paramount importance to us and we are working through a wide range of measures to reduce every risk.

Thank you to those parents who have already completed our questionnaire regarding your view on sending your child back to school when it opens more widely. If you have not already done so we would be grateful if you could complete this, as it is assisting with our planning. We will be writing to you again tomorrow with more information on the trust position and the plans from each academy.

Urgent: Parents please read and return questionnaire

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:01am

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Please can you help by filling in this quick questionnaire to help us prepare for 1st June re-opening. 

Many thanks 

COVID-19 - Planning for possible re-opening of schools

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 11:18am

Please read the attachment regarding schools re-opening on the 1st June 2020.

Home Learning and Information Questionnaire

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 5:01pm

Dear Parent / Carer,

At the Harmony Trust we value your thoughts and opinions.

We would be grateful if you could complete the short survey below. 

We would like to understand your thoughts on how we communicate with you and your opinions on the home learning your child is receiving.

This feedback will be taken into account by the academy and The Harmony Trust as we develop our ways of working.

As always, we will continue to prioritise the need for everyone to stay safe and well, including pupils, staff and families.

Please return this questionnaire by Friday 15th May 2020.

Many thanks

Admissions - September 2020

Date: 21st Apr 2020 @ 12:10pm

If you have applied for a place for your child to start in Reception in September 2020, you will have been notified by the Local Authority of your child's allocation to a Harmony Trust Academy. 

Due to the current circumstances, in relation to Coronavirus, our schools are currently not operating in the traditional manner. However, we want to assure you that we will be in touch later in the Summer term, to ensure your child is registered, and you are fully informed of the next steps in your child's educational journey. 

We look forward to welcoming you, and your child, into our school later this year. 

If you have any specific questions in the meantime, please complete the contact the Academy via email, and we will respond to your query as soon as possible.

Keeping Safe at Home

Date: 21st Apr 2020 @ 12:09pm

If you’re at home and worried and need somebody to talk to, you can contact Childline on this number or go to their website to contact an adult who can talk to you about any worries you have, no issue is too big or small.  

childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/

If you feel anxious or worried, this website has lots of activities you can use to help you feel better:

annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Or try making a keep calm kit, following these instructions:

    

      

 

Staying Safe Online

You might be spending a lot more time online.  It is very important to be careful who you are talking to online.  Follow these rules and you won’t go wrong!  This applies to all the websites and apps you might use like Roblox, Minecraft or TikTok.   

Information for Parents

There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
  • Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)   

Procurement Policy Note _02_20 - Supplier Relief due to COVID-19

Date: 9th Apr 2020 @ 3:47pm

During these unprecedented and challenging times Central Government have issued a guidance document to all public bodies concerning supplier relief (support):   

Click here for the guidance document

The Harmony Trust are keen to work with their suppliers through this government initiative and assist in keeping the economy running wherever possible. If you feel that you meet the criteria for supplier relief as detailed in the guidance then please complete the questionnaire linked below so that we can make an informed decision about any future support.

Click here for the questionnaire

Please return the completed questionnaire to: accountspayable@theharmonytrust.org

Suppliers invoicing for goods / services which continue to be provided as normal during the disruption will continue to be paid upon receipt of invoice.  As most of our schools are currently closed please email rather than post your invoices to us.

Covid-19 - National Free School Meal (FSM) Voucher Scheme - do we have your correct email address?

Date: 1st Apr 2020 @ 12:17pm

As you may have seen in the media the government have now rolled out the national free school meal voucher scheme which will now be used to issue weekly vouchers ‚Äč(excluding school holidays) to families eligible for FSM.

We will start to access the scheme from Monday 20th April, following the Easter Break.  You will receive an email with an e-Code and instructions on how to download a voucher for your chosen supermarket.

The vouchers will equate to £15- per eligible child per week and we hope to process the first ones on or before Monday 20th and Monday 27th April and on a weekly basis thereafter until your child returns to school.

In order to make sure you can access your voucher please make sure we have the correct and latest email address, if you are unsure please email:

info@village.theharmonytrust.org

Giving the name of your child and your preferred email address and we can then make sure that you receive the activation email for your vouchers.

The government have decided that there is no requirement to continue to provide Universal Infant Free School Meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 who are unable to attend school.

Only children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported.

Please note there have been reports of families, not ours, receiving scam emails and text messages from fraudsters asking for banking details in order to provide access to FSM vouchers, we will never ask for your bank details in order to supply the vouchers if you receive such requests please delete them as they will be fraudulent.

Free School Meal Vouchers

Date: 26th Mar 2020 @ 2:04pm

Covid -19 - Free School Meals

Please note, whilst the government identifies a national solution, all pupils eligible for Free School Meals will be allocated a voucher for £4 per day. 

These will either be received by email or text message and can be redeemed in a number of supermarkets or online.  If your child/children are eligible, please keep a close eye on text message/email platforms for the vouchers.  You will receive vouchers to cover until Friday 3rd April 2020 in the first instance. 

Please be advised there may be a delay in the supermarkets issuing the vouchers due to unprecedented levels of demand. We are doing all we can to resolve this and we appreciate your patience.

If you do not receive your vouchers over the coming days please email: Info@village.theharmonytrust.org 

Letter - Keeping Safe in an Education Setting

Date: 26th Mar 2020 @ 11:28am

Please read further information regarding Social Distancing in School Settings from the Government. 

 

School Closure Announcement

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 12:17pm

Coronavirus Update 17 March 2020

Date: 17th Mar 2020 @ 7:22pm

Please read update about the Coronavirus sent home to all parent/carers today. Thank you for your continued support. 

Covid-19 Update

Date: 12th Mar 2020 @ 8:05am

You may have seen several reports in the news regarding confirmed cases of Coronavirus throughout the UK.

 

I would like to reassure you that we remain in regular contact with Public Health England, the Department of Education and our Local Authority to ensure we have the most up-to-date advice and information. On their advice the school remains open as usual.

 

The Department for Education has established a coronavirus telephone helpline 0800 0468687, which is operational 0800-1800 Monday-Friday to answer your queries. You can also email DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

 

The latest advice and information about the virus and the situation in the UK can be found on:

 

 

The situation is continuing to change and therefore guidance regarding actions that should be taken for schools is being regularly updated.

 

Following the advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England, we are ensuring that children have been reminded about how to thoroughly wash their hands along with the importance of this.

 

In line with the most recent guidance, we will be ensuring that the children wash their hands when they come in to school and before they leave school at the end of the day. The advice also states that we should all wash our hands before leaving home to go to school or work.

 

Good hygiene is important at all times but, due to the current situation, we would ask for your support in playing our part in minimising the risk of the virus spreading at this time.

 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice: Like with other illnesses, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands with soap and water
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

The NHS website contains useful hygiene and prevention advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

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