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Coronavirus Update 8

Today, our school has opened to support those who have been identified as key workers and/or those children who are classed as vulnerable.  Due to reducing the numbers of staff in school, moving forward, I would like to ask that you contact the school via e-mail: if you have any queries.  Mrs Midgley or I will be on-hand to support you.


These are unprecedented times.  I am proud of how our school community: children, staff, parents and governors have responded to this national crisis.  We intend to continue to support those who need it. 


To that end, please keep up to date with the School News section of the website, as we will continue to post information to that place as and when we receive it.  We will also continue to update the Home Learning Guidance to ensure your child/ren have a wide range of online resources available for them to use at home.


Updates that have been added since Friday 20th March include:


Rock Steady-Distance Learning Programme
On Monday 23rd March we will release the first lesson from the Rocksteady Distance Learning Programme, available to all subscribers. This platform allows children to continue their learning at home as well as support parents with activities, ideas and advice through this challenging time.


Parents will access this new service directly through their online account. There is no admin required on your part. For children who do not have access to a computer at home, please USE THIS LINK to access a range of free music related worksheets.


Lincolnshire Music Service-FREE Online Instrumental lessons during COVID-19 crisis!

During school closures as a result of COVID-19 we are going online! Our award-winning music teachers are gearing up to deliver lessons via Google Meet/Hangouts which has been approved by Lincolnshire County Council. During a time of great stress we feel it is important to try and retain a sense of continuity, especially regarding music progression and simple enjoyment!


FREE online Instrumental lessons are available to pupils who currently receive tuition from an LMS teacher. If you currently do not have instrumental tuition through LMS but would like to explore the possibilities of learning a new instrument, it is still possible however this will be charged. We have a wide range of instruments in stock so it's likely we may also be able to source an instrument for you.


So why not encourage your child/ren to learn a new skill. Spaces will be limited.  If interested in learning more click on the link:  LMS Music lessons and Resources


Inspire+ Fitness Videos

The sport charity Inspire+ have created a series of fun fitness videos to encourage children to be active.  Why not keep up to date with the Inspire+ Fitness videos?  Join in with the fun in the comfort of your home.  Come on, let's go...  Inspire+ Fitness Videos-You Tube Channel


Audio Story Books - FREE from Audible

With school closures and social distancing affecting us all, Audible have 100's of FREE story books for all to enjoy.  Just CLICK on the link below, select the story you would like to listen to and enjoy in the comfort of your home:  Story Books


Healthy Minds - Supporting Mental Health & Well Being

The service offered by Healthy Minds Lincolnshire is a vital service which could help support you and your child/ren at home, at this difficult time.  Please CLICK HERE to view the resources.


Please visit the Home Learning Guidance for a full breakdown of online resources as well as continuing to visit the class pages.


In addition, please find a note from MJH Productions:


MJH Productions-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

As we face the uncertainties of this global pandemic, we must all make sensible and well-informed choices about the safety and well-being of our families, friends, colleagues and communities.

With this is mind, our production of JOSEPH will be postponed, until further notice.

In the coming weeks, we will be speaking with our creatives, production team, venues, schools, sponsors, and our loyal and supportive cast, to decide upon the best time to re-launch the project.


The show MUST go on, and we will return and we would love it if you would stay with us, but for now, we must all focus our time and energies on staying healthy, and safe.


These are unsettling times but we will endeavour to support those who need it.  Please see updates from the Government:


Information to cascade to parents and carers


From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

  • children of critical workers
  • vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:

Critical workers

If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.  The Government has published a list of critical workers:

Further details on exams and grades announced


New details regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on summer exams has been released.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.


Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.  Find details on the impact on summer exams here:

Handwashing advice


The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)


Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.


If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.