Learning Packs during School Closure for Covid-19
We have delivered Learning Packs to all of our children throughout week commencing 20th April 2020. This is to cover the next half term (Summer 1).
This information is also included in the Information / Curriculum Overview tab.
School remains open, please contact us if we can support in any way.
Coronavirus : Latest update (11/05/2020)
I’m sure you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement last night indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from the 1st June. He said that this is likely to start with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This is part of the government’s conditional plan.
I am sure this has caused anxiety and worry and you have lots of questions. At the moment, school remains closed for all children, other than those of key workers and those who are categorised as vulnerable.
We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education before we make any decisions. We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to socially distance in school and keep our children, staff and families safe.
You know we will do what is best to keep our children, staff and community safe.
Thank you and we will get through this together.
Julie Allen MBE
Coronavirus : Latest update (20/03/2020)
Clarification re: Key Workers
Revised guidance was received at 3pm today regarding Key Workers. As it currently stands:
Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical/key workers by the government can send their children to school, if required.
Please contact school: 01226 710447 / email@example.com if you require childcare.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well and observing the guidance:
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
We are missing you and our children very much. Just to update you on a few things:
Free School Meals vouchers of £15 per child have been sent home to parents/carers where we have an up-to-date email address, this was checked by school staff last week. Those without email, E-vouchers were posted First Class on Wednesday 1stApril.
We are also going to be sending additional vouchers to cover families during the Easter holidays ~ so, you should receive a £15 voucher weekly per child.
If you have not received a voucher and you feel that you are entitled, please contact school on 01226 710447 or:
https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/free-schoolmeals / Alternatively contact the Local Authority on: 01226 787787 Option 3.
No lunches will be prepared in school from Monday as all families are now in receipt of FSM vouchers. If your child is attending care in school, please provide them with a packed lunch. We will provide snacks and a free breakfast for those attending from 8 – 8.30am.
School intends staying open during the Easter holidays, including Bank Holidays, for vulnerable children and those of key workers who have been identified, thanks to our school staff.
On the last day, Friday 20th March, we had Channel 4 Dispatches in school filming. If your child/ren were in school, then you should have received a text asking for permission for them to be in the film. It is due to be broadcast on Wednesday, 8th April at 9pm.
These are very difficult times when we must look after each other, that’s a real strength of the Birkwood Family and one that I am very proud of and I know our staff and governors are too.
Please stay safe and well … ‘until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hands’ … the children know this from when we sing our Gaelic Blessing.
With love and best wishes to you all,
Julie Allen MBE
We now have a new service for people that live in, or are registered with a GP in, South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) and Bassetlaw who have been bereaved during the COVID-19 period. The service is for people aged 11+. Please use our ‘Counselling’ referral form below for this service.