Mr McCrae’s Weekly Lock-down Video Message 04/05/20

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend and are continuing to stay safe, work hard and have as much fun as possible!

Mr McCrae’s weekly message can be found here

Please contact the school office if you are having any trouble accessing work from the school blogs (blogs can be accessed by selecting the relevant year group in the column  on the right).

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

We’d love see photos or video of you learning at home!

Dear all,

I hope you are all staying safe.

I’ve just been in school and it was great to see the 18 pupils we had in today. That said, we’re all really missing seeing all of you here and missing your wonderful work!

It’d be GREAT to see photos of you all working at home! If you’ve got any, why not send them to:

office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk

We’ll keep the photos safe and won’t share them beyond or outside of school. Why not get your cameras clicking and show us how you all work at home!

In the meantime, here’s a video of me feeling sad at being in a near-empty school with none of you in it!

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Update 28/04/20

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are all staying safe and coping with the challenges of lock-down. There is still no indication as to when schools will reopen and, as soon as I receive any information, I will let you know our plans.

I also hope you are continuing to provide your children with access to our curriculum (please scroll-down to ‘Pupils’ Access to the Kingsley Curriculum’ for details). My colleagues are updating work for pupils each Friday (for the following week) and providing useful tips and advice. As ever, this can be found via the Year Group Blogs on the right-hand side of this page.
Thank you to all of you who have been in touch with queries on accessing the curriculum and I am very glad that all those issues have been sorted. If any of you have any further queries about your children’s work, please contact me at head@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and I will ensure that the relevant colleague is informed.

Finally, things at home can be a strain in these unusual times and, if there is anything we can do to support you, please contact the school office on office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and they will inform our family team who will be able to help.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Update: Monday April 20th 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

I hope you are remaining safe and are in good spirits during these very unusual times.

Thank you also for your requests and suggestions for providing appropriate work for your children. We have taken these on board and I hope you have all managed to access the work provided by my colleagues via year group blogs – details for can be found by scrolling-down to my previous post.

As you know, the government has extended its lock-down for a further three weeks and it’s probable that this will be extended further. I will keep you updated of any further developments.
We have been open for the children of Key Workers and other pupils who need our support at present and this arrangement will continue for the duration of the closure period.

I am also pleased to share with you the report from our recent OFSTED inspection (February 2020). Following your involvement, suggestions, feedback and the school’s reworking of its strategy for improvement driven by the October 2019 inspection report, OFSTED are happy that ‘Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’ and ‘The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose’. A copy of the report can be found here.

Pupils’ Access to the Kingsley Curriculum from 20/04/20

Dear parents and carers,
I hope everything is well with you and that you are able to work through the many challenges facing us all during these unprecedentedly tough times. Many thanks also for ensuring that your children access the work being set by my colleagues. The school is likely to be shut for some months and I’d like to tell you what we will be doing to ensure your children still have access to our curriculum after Easter (from Monday 20/04/20):

  • Each year group (from Y1 – Y6) will provide work for the ‘core subjects’ (English and maths) and half of the remaining subjects (the other half will be provided the following week – allowing all subjects to be covered fortnightly). This means that all pupils will have access to the full curriculum.
  • The work will be posted onto the Year Group Blog by 4pm the previous Friday
  • Obviously, as schools are shut, this is not a replacement for ‘normal’ schooling, but your help in ensuring your children at least have access to our curriculum is greatly appreciated and will maintain and develop their levels of knowledge.
  • Some parents have contacted me to express concern at the lack of structure for applying the work teachers are providing. To help with this, we have created a suggested and optional, morning-only timetable that your children could follow to structure their work over the rolling fortnight. The two week timetable can be accessed here.
  • With many of my colleagues already ill (some seriously) or tending to vulnerable people within their households, it is not reasonable to expect them to monitor pupils’ progress or check/mark their work during the closure period. When we open again, my colleagues (along with those in every other school) will be assessing how much pupils have learnt over the closure period and will be working tirelessly to fill any gaps in their knowledge. 
  • Some parents are very keen to use our curriculum to give their children relevant experiences and to even teach them themselves. To support this, we have put our curriculum on-line for you to access and bring to life in whichever way you feel appropriate. Our curriculum can be accessed here.
  • Our Early Years team will continue providing work in the same way as they have over the past fortnight

I hope that you all remain as safe as you possibly can and I hope that your children enjoy accessing our curriculum from home and we look forward to welcoming them back to Kingsley when the closure period ends.
With thanks and very best wishes,
Ian McCrae

Free School Meal Voucher Scheme and Tips for Healthy Eating!

Croydon Council have released a really useful guide to meal planning and healthy eating – it can be found here and is definitely worth reading

National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme

Launched on 31st March, although we are still awaiting confirmation and details, this scheme enables schools to purchase supermarket vouchers and issue them to individual families who would ordinarily be in receipt of benefits-related FSM. Full details can be found at the link here.

Schools can issue every family with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 (per child) to spend at supermarkets, while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

Alternatively, schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme allows schools to provide vouchers directly to families.

Management of the grants scheme

This scheme is centrally-funded (by the DfE) and therefore schools do not have to pay for these vouchers. This funding is additional to existing free school meal budgets.

Schools can access the voucher scheme using the Edenred portal. Edenred will send schools an activation email, explaining how to access the portal and order vouchers. The email will be sent on Tuesday 31 March to the email address DfE holds for your school.

Before ordering vouchers, schools should check which pupils are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Vouchers should be made available to the adult with caring responsibility for that child.

Administering vouchers to families

· Schools can issue one £15 voucher, per child, each week, for families not currently attending school.

· Schools can set up a weekly £15 rolling voucher for families.

· Schools can combine funding where a family has more than one child eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

· Schools can issue vouchers for term-time only (please consider other support options for the holiday period such as issuing food hampers).

Vouchers can be issued in 2 different ways:

1. As e-vouchers – provided to a family via their email address. This enables a family to chose their own supermarket once the voucher is received.

2. As gift vouchers – the school would need to select the supermarket when ordering the vouchers and then print the vouchers for the family. Please consider how you will get these vouchers to families, as postal services are slower than usual in places. Consider whether some vouchers could be dropped off or collected.