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
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.
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!
The Solebay Kickz took first place in the regional dance competition, see the tweet below for more information.
Tom Hunt, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ipswich, will be visiting Piper’s Vale Primary Academy to see how Paradigm Trust is improving education in the town.
Piper’s Vale Primary Academy has made huge leaps in academic progress over the last 12 months with Y6 SATS exceeding the national average in Maths and achieving it in English, and prides itself in ensuring pupils have every opportunity to meet their potential.
Commenting ahead of his visit to Piper’s Vale, Tom Hunt MP, said:
“I am delighted to have been invited to meet the pupils and teachers at Piper’s Vale today. We want to ensure that all the children of Ipswich have access to the best possible education and we can do this by learning from the best schools and academies in our town.”
Kimberly Morton, Principal, Piper’s Vale Primary Academy, said:
“We are pleased to welcome Tom Hunt MP into our school and community. We are all working together hard to ensure all pupils get the support they need to meet their potential and while we have had some fantastic results, there is still a long way to go. On-going support from Tom and his team over the next Parliament will be invaluable in helping us ensure the school reaches its potential.”
Pupils at Piper’s Vale Primary Academy benefit from modern buildings, extensive playing fields, outside space and a huge range of extra-curricular activities including swimming. Families benefit from wrap around care at the breakfast club and on-site nursery.
If you would like to find out more about the school and speak or meet with Principal Kimberly Morton, please call the school office on 01473 320413.
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Ipswich Academy held their community quiz in order to raise funding for students to participate in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Have a look at the tweet below to see how they got on!