An all-age school for pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties, and physical and sensory impairments
We wanted to keep you up to date and reassure all of our parents, carers and the wider community of our support and understanding during these challenging times. We are taking significant steps to reduce the risk of infection in school and remain open at this stage.
We will be using this space to update you with the latest information and decisions made by the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.
Monday 30th March at 1:09
The current situation brings us many challenges and some opportunities. It is important that we look after our mental health and well-being and that of our young people. The Government have put together some helpful advice which you can find by following the link below.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
IASK – Information Advice & Support Kent – Information advice and support for SEND Children & Young People.
Helpline 03000 413000 9am – 5pm
Confidential free helpline for emotional support, information, advice & guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life
Ashford 01233 500477
Family Food Bank email@example.com
Unit 4, St Johns Court Open 8.30am – 4.00pm
Ashford Business Park, Foster Road
Folkestone Rainbow Centre 07913 573403
69 Sandgate Road firstname.lastname@example.org
Folkestone, CT20 2AF Open Tuesdays & Fridays 2.00pm – 3.30pm
New Romney Christian Centre Open Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Hardy Hall Open Friday 6.30pm – 7.30pm
One Church Distribution Centre (Formerly The Ark)
The Ark Church Open Wednesday
Noahs Ark Road email@example.com
To self-refer please call 07718 108875
Health Visiting Service
Ashford Canterbury & Coastal
0300 1233092 0300 7900156
01304 799700 0300 1231240
Friday 20th March 2020 at 4:20pm
We are writing to you as we have followed the government and local authority guidelines and have prioritised placements for keyworkers children and for those deemed to be vulnerable with an EHCP. We are constantly monitoring our staffing expertise, ratios and illness so that we can still safely offer the best service we can in the current climate and conditions.
Therefore, we are not expecting your child/young person in school from end of school today Friday 19.03.20 until further notice. We have already worked extremely hard to support with activities, guidance and advice across a wide range of areas (not just pure education and learning!) you will see this outlined below. Please be advised that if your child/young person does come into school on Monday and they are not due in, we will unfortunately be sending them home as there will be no school -based provision for them.
We would like to let you know about some of the ways we are trying to support your young person whilst the school is closed.
The building may be closed but our support of you and your family will carry on. Here are some of the ways we hope this period of closure can be made a more positive experience for all:
Beacon Learning Zone
We have set up a ‘virtual classroom‘ for every class in school. We will try and update this as frequently as possible to ensure there will be work put into the pupil’s class page by their teacher. It could be a task for them to complete, some links to useful websites, suggestions for activities and some suggestions for you as a parent to help support your child at home. These have been produced by the class teacher specifically for your child’s class and they will be updated regularly. To find them you need to go to www.blz.org.uk.There is also a direct link to BLZ on the parent zone of the website.
We will be producing a weekly newsletter which will be put on our website and on Facebook so that we can keep in touch and keep you updated in these difficult times. We will be putting regular posts on our Facebook page so that we can keep in touch and can keep you informed about anything you may need to know.
We will remain contactable via email you can use the parent voice email firstname.lastname@example.org or email me or your child’s head of zone if you have any specific questions or concerns.
Our emails are listed here:
Deputy Headteacher email@example.com
Zone 1- Nursery to Year 6- firstname.lastname@example.org
Zone 2- Year 7-9 and Specialist Classes- email@example.com
Zone 3- Year 10-14- firstname.lastname@example.org
Beaconplus- College Base Provision- email@example.com
If you have a safeguarding concern or wish to contact any of our multi –agency support team, their contact details are below. There is also a safeguarding information leaflet on the parent section of our website.
Zone 1: firstname.lastname@example.org 07741643485
Zone 2: email@example.com 07799259265
Zone 3: firstname.lastname@example.org 07741643483
We hope that you and your family keep safe and well and that it won’t be long before we see you back in school.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Friday 20th March 2020 at 8:55pm
We are open to the children of key workers as on this list.
We have asked that by midday today parents on that list let us know if they are intending to send there young person in today. In terms of vulnerable young people due to the specialist staff that are needed to make safe prevision for our specific young peoples needs, we will be open to those we have identified as those who are most in need of our specialist support.
This will be subject to change daily dependent of those who available
All other learners will have access to remote learning and support from the school details will be out today.
Thursday 19th March 2020 at 4:20pm
Dear Parent / Carer,
I write with reference to our recent correspondence and the announcement by the Government regarding School closures for all UK schools, however there were exceptions to this directive.
The exceptions related to children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Key workers have been defined as follows:
Police & Emergency Service workers
Delivery drivers who need to deliver food and supplies such as petrol
Vulnerable Children have been defined as follows:
Any child with a social worker
Any vulnerable child with an EHCP – I am currently awaiting further guidance in relation to the parameters around this requirement
I must emphasis not all children and young people who have an EHCP will be expected or able to attend school from Monday 23rd March 2020. We will be confirming arrangements for your child/young person tomorrow which will include distance learning from home and for an identified group some provision in school will be made available subject to staffing.
If you are a Key Worker (as identified above) and will need your child to attend school next week, we ask you to advise us by email return and at the latest by 12.00 pm tomorrow Friday 20th March. We will then endeavour to make contingency planning to support you in some way. In the first instance please can you email the school at the address below to advise us of your requirements, stating the following:
Your child’s name:
Confirmation that you are they only person available to care for your child during this time:
Days next week you are working:
Yes – My Child will attend, my profession is:
I request the school to call me to discuss my circumstances further (contact number please):
Please note we only require one response per family.
If you do require a call from the school a member of staff will be in contact with you within the next 24 hours to discuss your intentions.
As I have referenced in recent letters regarding the Coronavirus; if your child has an underlying health condition and or you consider it is in the best interest of your family to keep your child at home for the duration of the pandemic please do so. This will not adversely affect your child attendance record.
For those parents of pupils who have already chosen to keep their child at home or are now choosing to do, please continue with these precautions for the foreseeable future and continue to check the parent emails/communications we send and the website which will be updated frequently .
A huge thank for all your continuing support, please stay safe and keep well.