Dear parents and carers,
School is closed from tomorrow up until after February half term. Learning will go online via Seesaw. Our staff will be available to support. The first work will be provided tomorrow afternoon and once again we will endeavour to support in every way possible. I will write to you all more formally tomorrow. Please ensure your children engage with home learning. It is so important, it will give them the sense of belonging and support well being.
We will open for key workers and vulnerable children from Wednesday. At the end of this message will be the government list of key worker categories. We know those of you needing to access this will require a rota system.
Would you please email
if you require support if your child is considered vulnerable or you need support as a key worker.
I must emphasise that such provision must be seen as a last resort for parents , lockdown is about minimising contacts to quell the spread of the virus.
If you are utterly in need and require key worker/ vulnerable provision tomorrow please email me on
tonight or tomorrow and we will do our best to support.
All the very best everyone, we need to create a daily learning community where children feel valued by school and their teachers. We will do our best!
I would like to add that not one member of school staff sent me a letter to say they would not be in school tomorrow. They were all to be present to support our children.
We will endeavour to support, but differently.
Keep safe, Mr Budd
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
This includes those involved in food:
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Upperwood Academy is a caring, supportive and inclusive school which believes in developing four key aspects in every child: academic excellence, physical well being, social confidence and a desire to improve.
Our aim is to create a happy and secure atmosphere where your child will always be encouraged to do their personal best. We provide a broad, balanced and enriched education and place a great deal of emphasis on the traditional values of hard work and good behaviour.
'Pupils know how to keep themselves safe in school, online and in the local community. When they share their worries with staff, they are confident they will be followed up effectively.'
'In lessons, pupils concentrate and focus when they are being taught. They show real enthusiam and engagement with their learning. As a result, pupils do well at every stage of their schooling. They leave Upperwood Academy with high standards and go on to their secondary school as capable and confident pupils.'
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