Take a look at this piece of art, sent in by Mehreen, a year 3 pupil at Old Ford Primary Academy. A loving message reminding us that it’s not all doom and gloom out there.
Further to our message yesterday (Monday 23 March), we can confirm that from next week we will be issuing an £11.50 Tesco voucher, each week during term time, for pupils who are eligible for a free school meal. We are in the process of confirming contact details so that we can get vouchers to you (by email, by default). Please do not contact the school – wait for us to contact you – we will be in touch as soon as we can. Please do **not** come to school to collect a packed lunch. A £10 voucher will be provided, today, for this week. If government guidance changes, we will follow this. We will keep the situation under review and intend to move back to distribution of food once the current restrictions on movement are relaxed.
The Government has now provided its definition of key workers. This is available here. Parents/carers have already been asked to indicate to their child/ren’s school if they feel that they qualify as a key worker. If you have already done so, but your status may now have changed or be unclear, please contact the school. If you have not yet contacted the school to say that you qualify as a key worker, and you would like your child to be in school, please let the school know urgently so that we can make plans. Our intention is to be pragmatic in determining who qualifies as a key worker – so please do get in touch for a discussion if that would help.
Following the government’s announcement this evening that all English schools are to close at the end of this Friday 20 March, I can confirm that Paradigm Trust schools will be closed to pupils from Monday 23 March onwards. I will communicate a likely re-opening date as soon as I am in a position to do so.
These are unprecedented times and I appreciate that this will be exceptionally challenging for pupils as well as their parents/carers. We have made preparations to ensure that learning can go on in the coming weeks – physical and digital materials will be shared with pupils in the coming days and arrangements will be made for materials to be collected/distributed to pupils who are already absent.
Arrangements are being made to provide free school meals to those pupils who are eligible, and to open for pupils who are vulnerable and pupils of key workers, as defined by government. We will communicate these arrangements as soon as we can.
We will provide as much information as we can, as soon as we can.
For the remainder of this week, our intention is to keep all of our schools open. There may well need to be partial closures at some or all of all schools – these will be communicated to you absolutely as soon as we become aware of the necessity. Please check the websites of individual schools – these will include information as to any partial or full closures. We will also make announcements via text message and Twitter (and Facebook where appropriate). We will endeavour to return phone calls and emails in a timely fashion but there are likely to be greater delays than normal and I ask for your patience and understanding.
Thank you for your support.
Bill Holledge, CEO
World book day 2020 saw pupils and staff from across the Trust dressing up as characters from their favourite books. A big well done to everyone that got involved. See below gallery for some of our favourites from Ipswich Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, and Solebay Primary Academy. More to follow next week!
Pupils at Old Ford Primary recently performed ‘Peter Pan’.
Here’s a snippet from their performance:
Last week, pupils at Old Ford Primary Academy celebrated UNICEF’s World Day for Cultural Diversity and talked about how diversity at Old Ford makes the Academy an exciting and vibrant place to be.
Year 6 pupils across our Primaries have been sitting their SATs tests. We are very proud of all their hard work.
Here are Y6 pupils from Piper’s Vale enjoying a well earned visit to the park after their tests finished.
Spring has sprung, and our pupils have been waiting for chicks and ducklings to hatch, after carefully looking after their eggs.
Chick from Culloden
Sunshine the first duckling to hatch at Murrayfield
Ducklings at Old Ford
Bouncer, first duckling at Solebay
Old Ford Primary have taken a delivery of some fabulous new Djembes! Pupils are enjoying learning to drum with the very talented Calum Huggan!
December is kindness month at Old Ford Primary Academy. Pupils will try hard to be kind to friends and family. They will be doing kind acts every day and talking about why this is important. A small act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone else’s day!
Last week, pupils across our academies found ways to raise money to support Children in Need. Here are a selection of photos of our pupils.