UPDATE POSTED 10/04/2020 - 13:35
Dear Parent/Carer, further to our last communication with you regarding free school meal vouchers, due to the demands across the UK, the order we have placed for your vouchers is still being processed. Unfortunately, we do not have a confirmed delivery date yet. We would like to assure you that everything possible is being done to ensure you receive the vouchers as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would like to draw your attention to the Local Authority’s Crisis line. The crisis line is for people in financial difficulties and in need of urgent help (e.g. food parcels, gas/electric) the line will be open over the Easter weekend. The number to call is 01952 380400, lines are open between 9am and 1pm from Good Friday (today) to Easter Monday.
UPDATE POSTED 09/04/2020 - 11:19 - Free School Meal Information Latest Update
At the time of our last communication with you, we shared the information that Telford and Wrekin Council would be providing vouchers for Free School Meals over the Easter holiday period. However, this arrangement has now been changed and schools are now being asked to facilitate the distribution of these vouchers. We have already placed our requests for the vouchers, but due to the demands across the UK, they are taking some time to be processed. Our school has requested that you receive one voucher of £30 for each eligible child to cover the two week Easter holidays, which we hope you will receive very shortly.
From week commencing 20th April you will receive these vouchers on a weekly basis and they will have a value of £15 per week for each eligible child.
We apologise for the change to the arrangements and would like to assure you that everything possible is being done to ensure you receive the vouchers as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE POSTED 06/04/2020 - 08:18 Free School Meal Information
I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.
Please find attached a letter from T&W providing information regarding free school meals during the calendared Easter holiday.
As you are aware, over the last two week, families in receipt of FSMs have had packed lunches directly to the door and the Government have confirmed that their new national voucher scheme will start on Monday 20th April after the Easter holidays.
Although free school meal provision does not normally cover school holidays, it is recognised that families may be under increased financial pressure at this challenging time. The Council, in partnership with schools, has therefore decided to continue to support children and families eligible for free school meals over the Easter holidays, until the Governments new scheme starts.
As an alternative to the daily packed lunch delivery, you will be provided with access to supermarket vouchers to the value of £30.00 per child to cover the two week Easter holiday period. You will be able to use the vouchers at a range of supermarkets.
You will receive a separate letter from T&W next week with all the details of how to access your personal food vouchers.
Best wishes and kind regards
UPDATE POSTED 11:12 25/03/2020 - SCAM WARNING
Message from HM Government:
We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately.
UPDATE POSTED 16:30 22/03/2020
We can now confirm the arrangement for the distribution of free school meals from next week:
Many thanks and kind regards
UPDATE POSTED 09:03 20/03/2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware from 2.35pm today The Telford Langley School will close to most children. From Monday 23rd March If it is safe to do so and wherever possible children should stay at home to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Please note the following:
We are now able to provide the definitive list for Key/Critical Workers and the official guidance relating to school provision. Please take time read the information below and most importantly, if you are identified by this list as a critical worker, please click on the link at the end of this e mail to provide us with the information that we need in order to organise our provision from Monday onwards:
UK Government has asked that these key principles are followed:
Health and social care
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 distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
We need to establish whether any parent/carer in your household is a key worker and if you would like your child/children to continue to attend school while you provide essential services.
Please take 2 minutes to complete this short form to help us gather this information quickly and plan for the children we need to support in school from next week.
For the majority of children who are not attending school we ask parents/carers to follow the guidance to do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. They should therefore remain at home.
If you have any questions please contact the school in the usual way.
As always thank you for your support and kind regards
Further update posted 16:25 19/03/2020
Firstly, continued thanks for your ongoing support at this challenging time.
At this point I would like to outline what the latest UK Government announcements mean for our school in the short, medium and longer term, notwithstanding the constantly evolving circumstances:
Continuing and sincere thanks for your support as we work together to get through this difficult period and look forward to welcoming all student back in school as soon as is possible.
Very best wishes and kind regards
On behalf of the Directors, Staff and Students we would like to welcome you to The Telford Langley School. We are a school in the heart of its community and are committed to ‘Ensuring Excellence’ in everything we do. It is our privilege to lead The Telford Langley School.
We firmly believe that all students should feel safe, happy and cared for in an environment that is well disciplined allowing students to be successful and enjoy their learning. Our ethos is that every student should be effectively challenged and supported in order to maximise their academic success and make the best progress possible. All of our students must receive a challenging and appropriate curriculum partnered with high quality teaching in a calm, well-ordered learning environment. We aim to give our students the best possible platform to secure a bright future. We are very proud of our polite, helpful, well-mannered students.
The school values the development of well-rounded individuals with sound moral values. Students are encouraged to be respectful and tolerant. Relationships with others are a strong foundation of this school. We encourage and recognize students who ‘let their light shine’ by developing any talents they possess. Fundamental to our philosophy is a commitment to raise the aspirations of young people whilst equipping them with the knowledge, skills and qualities to help them achieve more than they ever dreamed possible
Mr Steven Carter. BEd (Hons) NPQH