On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown given the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. General guidance on what you can and cannot do during this period is available here. During this period our academies remain open for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers and all pupils will be receiving remote learning.  We will be in regular contact with parents and carers and pupils to keep them updated on developments and any changes in individual provision.

Free school meals vouchers: 29 January 2021

All those eligible for free school meals are able to access food vouchers for the February half term break – please click here for guidance on using the vouchers.

Information about COVID-19

You can visit Thurrock Council for COVID-19 information and get help and advice from the Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action Contact Centre website or by calling 01375 511 002.

Always remember:

Government asymptomatic testing programme

This academy now has in place a regular testing programme for consenting staff and students. In line with the latest government guidance, from Thursday 21 January we will pause the seven-day serial testing for those who are identified as close contacts of positive cases while further evaluation is carried out by Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace.  This means that close contacts of anyone who tests positive will now be asked to go home and self-isolate for ten days as previously.

More information about the testing programme is available below:

Please note that this test is voluntary.  All staff and secondary school age pupils are eligible for tests. Staff and parents of pupils under the age of 16 and pupils over 16 must have completed a consent form before doing a test – the pupil form is available here.

Below is some information about the procedure for doing a test – rest assured we have staff available to support pupils with any questions or concerns they may have about the programme.  A member of staff will be in contact with each parent and carer and pupil to talk through the process including consent but please do contact the school on 01708 853781 or email if anything arises that you are not sure about.

Mental Health Support

Public Health England’s Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

Tips include:

  1. Be there to listen
    Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
  2. Stay involved in their life
    Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
  3. Support positive routines
    Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
  4. Encourage their interests
    Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
  5. Take what they say seriously
    Help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.