Advice on the Coronavirus issued by Public Health England: Click here
Information from Gov.uk - Click here
For the latest assembly: Click here
News and Letters
Sigma Newsletter - (July 2020). Click here
Letter for Parents/Carers about September - (15/07/20). Click here
Letter for Year 11 students about Final Grades - (15/07/20). Click here
Letter for Parents/Carers - (04/07/20). Click here
Letter for Year 10 Parents/Carers - (10/06/20). Click here for Letter
(Attached documents: Update Behaviour Policy and Home School Agreement)
Letter for Parents/Carers - (21/05/20). Click here
Letter for Parents/Carers from ECC - (15/05/20). Click here
Letter for Year 10 Parents/Carers - (24/04/20). Click here
Letter for Year 9 Parents/Carers - (24/04/20). Click here
Letter for Year 7 and 8 Parents/Carers - (24/04/20). Click here
Letter for Year 8 Parents/Carers about Options - (14/04/20). Click here
Letter for Year 11 Parents/Carers - (03/04/20). Click here
Letter updating about Free School Meal Vouchers - (03/04/20). Click here
Year 6 Admission Appeals Update: Currently scheduled for Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June. This may be subject to change.
Any updates will communicated immediately.
Letter for Parents/Carers - (26/03/20). Click here
Letter for Year 11 Parents/Carers - (24/03/20). Click here
Letter for Parents/Carers from ECC - (24/03/20). Click here
Statement about Free School Meals - (23/03/20). Click here
Headteacher Update - Keyworkers, Vulnerable Children and Free School Meals (20/03/20): Click here
ECC & Joint Headteacher Assoc Letter - (20/03/20). Click here
Year 11 Students update (19/03/2020) Click here
Headteacher Update (18/03/20): Click here
Update Coronavirus – Partial School Closure (18/03/20) Click here
ECC & Joint Headteacher Assoc Letter - (18/03/20). Click here
Headteacher Update (17/03/20): Click here
Headteacher Update (16/03/20): Click here
User Guide to access materials via Gmail and Go4Schools:
This includes password reset for Go4Schools
To contact staff as a student regarding work set, use the guide: Click here
If you have any particular concerns about any online content, report directly to CEOP: Click here
For other matters, please use use: email@example.com
Useful contacts for Emotional Well-being and support:
This document provides suggestions of activities to do to help our Mental Health: Click here
Online safety resources for students
Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Children can talk with Childline about anything, whether big or small; their trained counsellors can help. See their website or call free on 0800 1111.
Updated in relation to COVID-19, this website provides support for young people to take control of their online life. Topics include help and advice, skills and inspiration on matters such as friendships and bullying, safety and self-esteem.
A free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework. Bitesize provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects. It also supports children and young people’s wellbeing and career choices; since 20 April daily lessons have been published to help pupils across the UK with home schooling.
Online resources for parents and carers
The ESCB is a statutory multi agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Essex. It has produced guidance for parents and carers to help them understand online safety and exploitation generally.
A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. See their website for further information.
A charity fighting child poverty and neglect, and helping all children have a better chance in life. They have produced information about online safety.
The NSPCC has produced several online safety guides, from setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps.
A website offering expert safety advice in relation to a range of online harms, endorsed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command.
Independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents.
Parent Zone for families
A website with a range of digital age resources for families, including guides on digital platforms and trends.
The Children’s Commissioner has published a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents, and a safety guide for children. The kit and guide have been designed to help ensure children are safe and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak – when their screen time maybe higher than usual.
EWMHS: 0300 300 1600
Caroline Benham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful numbers:
School Nurses: 0300 247 0015.
Text service for 11-19 year olds: 07520 615734
Berechurch Family Hub (Essex Child and Family Well-being Service) 0300 247 0015 or http://www.essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk
Social Care: 0345 602 7627 (Family Operations Hub)
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service COVID-19 Resource Hub: Click here
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 12 (22/06/20): Click here
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service COVID-19 Resource Arguments Resource: Click here
Educational Psychology Service Parent Helpline: Click here
Essex Welfare Service (EWS)
The EWS is a new service to help vulnerable people in the community who are staying at home during the coronavirus period, are in need of support and unable to access the support they need at this time: https://www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk/ Schools have been asked to share this with parents for information and / or on the website as you are able to ‘self-refer if you are experiencing difficulties
EWS Contact: Call: 0300 303 9988
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm
Seeking medical help for sick children during the COVID-19 crisis
This poster with advice for parents when a child is unwell/injured has been approved by NHS England for dissemination to support parents and carers of when to seek help and advice and which service they should contact.
This video produced locally by two clinicians (and approved by NHSE/I) informs parents of the services available and when to seek help.
Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:
MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers, and other professionals working with children
the Every Mind Matters platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health
guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
#OnlineSafetyAtHome pack is now available for you to download, containing new activities for parents and carers to use at home!
Access them here:
You can also access CEOP's new guidance for parents and carers designed to help you manage some of the key challenges that we have told about in our recent survey.
Two new Parent Info articles explore how parents and carers can support their child's mental health, and highlight things they can do to manage the wellbeing challenges of family life under lockdown:
Tik Tok: a guide for parents
A new Parent Info article explores how Tik Tok works, the parental controls available, and how they can help their child to stay safer on the platform.
No doubt over the past few months you've heard children (and maybe a few adults) talk about the latest Tik Tok challenges or their favourite celebrity's lockdown live stream.
This activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how children and young people can stay safe while live streaming:
OM Wellbeing Videos:
From Sports England for students feeling overwhelmed during this time.
Essex County Council
On-line Resources pack for young people children and families: Click here
School Spotify Playlist:
The Music Department have created a Happy Playlist on Spotify which is being regularly updated. These have links back to school and include our very own Anorak Patch. Spotify is free and there is no need to purchase a subscription to stream the playlist.
Happy songs for TLA playlist: Click here
If you have any requests, please email the music department to get your happy tunes added to the playlist: Click here