School Closure - Important Information

22nd March 2020

School Contact Number during closure: 07389720671
 
A school mobile phone has been allocated for use during closure starting from Monday 23rd March.  There will always be a member of the senior leadership team on site.  The SLT member who is in school that day will have the mobile on them during the hours of 8.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday.  

Dear parents/carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.  If you are a key worker who is needed at work and have no alternative childcare for the coming weeks, please let the office know by the end of the day if possible or Friday morning at the latest.  

We are waiting for the government to publish more information, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you are a key worker who may need support.  Please let the office know or come to the drop in session at 3pm Friday 20th March in the community room.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by texting, emailing and updating the website. 

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home:

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn by:

  • Setting up Home Learning pages on our website for each class with activities and tasks for the children to do at home
  • Sending home exercise books and pencils for children to use when completing home learning tasks
  • Setting up an email account for each class so class teachers can email you regularly during closure
  • Being in contact regularly via text, email and website

Whilst the school is closed, the expectation is that all children continue to learn whilst at home.  It is important that your child continues to have structure to their day and a range of activities to do.  

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with:

  • School trips
  • Breakfast or after-school clubs
  • Events
  • Internal exams or tests including SATs

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via email: admin@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Rebecca Kennedy

Acting Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

School Update on Closure and Examinations

The government has taken the decision to close schools across England from Monday 23rd March. In accordance with this our school will close at 3.30pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

In a written statement on Wednesday 18th March the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has said: “We will not go ahead with primary school assessments or secondary exams this summer”. This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled: 

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests

We appreciate that particularly for our Year 6 pupils who will be leaving us and moving on to Secondary School in September that this may be upsetting. However, we will ensure that all necessary information regarding their progress and achievements will be fully communicated to their new Secondary Schools.

From next week, schools in England will be expected to play a new role in support of vulnerable learners and key workers. This will involve us being open for some pupils. We will directly contact some families of pupils and will be in touch with parents/carers about key worker status.

My thanks to all parents and learners for their patience and calmness during these challenging times. We will ensure that all children will be provided with work during this school closure and you will receive guidance on this.

Yours sincerely

R.Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy

Acting Headteacher