Vulnerable children and children of critical workers school access

If you are the looking for your child to access a place at school due to them being vulnerable or because you are a critical worker please complete THIS FORM.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for WPS Parents/Carers during Covid-19 Closure can be seen by clicking HERE

 

ParentMail

We are sending regular communication via ParentMail whilst the school is closed.  Please make sure you can access ParentMail and we encourage you to also download the ParentMail app.  If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the ParentMail help site: www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/

The latest letter sent to all parents via ParentMail can also be seen below:


Letter to Parents/Carers Tuesday 12 May 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Update following recently updated guidance from the Department for Education

I hope you and your family are still coping well under the circumstances.

On Sunday, the government announced plans for the partial reopening of schools, dependent on certain conditions being met.

Secondary schools have been asked to begin to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups. 

We can now begin detailed planning for this provision, with safety considerations uppermost in our minds, and will provide an update to Year 10 and Year 12 students and their parents/carers by Friday 22 May at the latest.

For students in Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13, our provision will continue in its current form for the time being. We continue to remain open for the children of critical workers and some more vulnerable children. If you are a critical worker and your circumstances have now changed you can request provision by completing the form available on our website. 

We will also be updating our Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Carers during Covid-19 Closure (available on the website homepage) in the coming days.

The full government guidance for parents/carers on opening schools to more students from 1 June is available here.

I also include an update from Thames Valley Police regarding social media use and an invitation to take part in a University of Oxford research study below. 

Student engagement in our current online provision continues to be high and I would like to thank parents/carers once again for the crucial role you are playing in supporting your child(ren)’s learning alongside helping to maintain their mental and physical health. 

We are increasingly aware of many wonderful community-minded initiatives that parents/carers are involved in, too, thereby modelling our school value of Everyone Caring to our young people. 

As ever, you can get in touch with specific queries by completing our general enquiries form.

Best wishes for your health and wellbeing,

 

Tim Martin

Headteacher

 

Message from Thames Valley Police

 

During this period of COVID 19 lockdown children and young people are increasingly using social media. TVP has launched a media campaign which highlights some of the safeguarding issues that this increased use can bring. The key messages highlighted in the campaign are as follows:

 

For children:

  • Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to a parent, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult.
  • The Police are here to help and support you – you will not be in trouble.
  • Know who you are talking to on-line. If something doesn’t feel right – tell someone.

Key messages for parents

  • Trust your instinct for signs that something is wrong - you know your child better than anyone.
  • Have your children suddenly become very secretive? 
  • Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why? 
  • Do they seem distracted?
  • Do they have sudden mood swings? 
  • Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media? 
  • Have open conversations with children about their internet usage.
  • Use parental controls and seek guidance from the available free resource.

TVP is strongly advocating the use of the NCA CEOP website www.thinkuknow.co.uk for information on staying safe online – this contains links to advice for children of different age groups, parents/carers and professionals including teachers.

 

Invitation to take part in a research project from the University of Oxford

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We are inviting young people (aged 13 – 18 years old), and you, to take part in an online study run by the University of Oxford. Your responses will help us understand how worry and resilience affect us during the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19.

 

We will ask you to complete a survey each week for three months or until after social isolation measures are in place. The first one takes about 20 minutes and each follow up takes 10-15 minutes. We will then re-contact you monthly until 12 months from the start of the study for further 10-15 minute surveys.

 

Please follow this link for further information and feel free to contact us with any questions

https://oxfordarcstudy.com/

 

Every participant (adolescents and their parents/carers) completing the surveys will have a chance to win an Amazon voucher.