Online Safety Reminder: Due to the increase in the amount of screen time children are current accessing, particularly the use of apps, please see helpful links below:
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night in terms of school re-opening for all children, we are currently reviewing all the updated guidance sent from the DfE to plan for a safe re-opening on Monday 8th March.
We do ask for your patience and will communicate with you again as soon as we have finalised this review process and discussed our findings/plan of action with our Senior Team.
A Dose of Music
Vaccinations can cause anxiety, especially for those with an impairment, disability or condition such as dementia. Music has been shown to significantly lower stress levels before, during and after vaccinations. If you or a family member is worried about vaccination, listening to music could help. Learn more on the music for dementia website. Or download this leaflet
After half term, Bolton College’s Family Learning Service are providing free support for parents who want advice & guidance for educating their children at home thoughout the current lockdown. Telephone 07761730067 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday 10.00 am-12.00 pm.
NHS Bolton have issued these informative resources regarding the current Covid-19 vaccination programme taking place in Bolton
Looking after your mental wellbeing https://bit.ly/3aQMwRD
- Thank You Letter
- As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, this is a link to an eBook which has some top tips for encouraging children to share their feelings. http://bit.ly/3tex36t
If your child has to self-isolate and attends our Nursery and you pay fees, the fees for the period of isolation will be free of charge. Please ensure you contact the school office to let them know your child’s period of isolation, so that fees can be amended. Thank you.
As part of the national lockdown you must stay at home, except for a limited set of exemptions. By staying home, we can all protect the NHS and save lives.
12/01/21 – Update
06/01/21 – Update
URGENT UPDATE 04/01/21
Following the Government announcement tonight, Tonge Moor Academy will close with immediate effect for all pupils until further notice. The school will, however, be open for vulnerable children and children of ‘critical workers’ from Wed 6th January.
If you would like to request a ‘critical worker’ place, please refer to the email which was sent to all parents earlier today, which included a link to a form to request a place. Please complete this form by 11:00am, as allocation of places will take place tomorrow.
For children who will not be attending school from Wed 6th Jan (as they are not vulnerable or children of ‘critical workers’), further information regarding remote learning will be issued as soon as possible.
As you can appreciate, the announcement to close schools was only received at 8:00pm this evening, and we thank you in anticipation for your patience whilst we work to organise everything for this lockdown.
12/01/21 – Public info posters
01/01/21 – Update
Re- opening of School on Monday 4th January – Please see letter below;
13/12/20 – Update
URGENT: We regret to inform you that we must close the Y6 bubble as there has been a positive case.
12/12/20 – Update
In light of yesterday’s class bubble closures, please see letter below.
11/12/20 – IMPORTANT UPDATE
3P – There has been an update to the national guidance on isolation, it will come into effect on Monday and now isolation is only 10 days rather than 14. Therefore, in the case of the 3P bubble closure, the contacts who are isolating will now do 10 days from the last day of contact so the last day of isolation will be the 14th rather than 18th of December. 3P children can return to school on Tuesday 15th December
3G – There has been an update to the national guidance on isolation, it will come into effect on Monday and now isolation is only 10 days rather than 14. Therefore, in the case of the 3G bubble closure, the contacts who are isolating will now do 10 days from the last day of contact so the last day of isolation will be the 18th rather than 23rd of December.
Reception and Year 4 – There has been an update to the national guidance on isolation, it will come into effect on Monday and now isolation is only 10 days rather than 14. Therefore, in the case of the Reception/ 4P/4D bubble closure, the contacts who are isolating will now do 10 days from the last day of contact so the last day of isolation will be the 19th rather than 24th of December.
11/12/20 – Bubbles Closure: Unfortunately, we have had a member of staff test positive in school and we have had to close the Reception and Y4 bubbles.
10/12/20 – Bubble Closure: Unfortunately, we have had a positive test result in the Y3G class bubble and we are having to close it down.
BUBBLE CLOSURE: Unfortunately, we have had a positive test result in the Y3P class bubble and we are having to close it down.
12/11/20- Updated Risk Assessment
30/10/20- Updated Drop Off & Collection Arrangements
03/10/2020 – Update
BUBBLE CLOSURE: Unfortunately, we have had a positive test result in the Y6 bubble and we are having to close it down. Please do not send your Y6 child to school on Monday. Please check your email for more information. Thank you in advance.
29/09/2020 – Bolton Council – Covid-19 Quick Advice for Parents and Carers
28/09/2020 – Covid Report Email – We have created an email address purely to report a POSITIVE test result out of school hours. Email: email@example.com
18/09/2020 – Updated Risk Assessment
17/09/2020 – Updated Risk Assessment
Here’s some guidance to help you log on to Class Dojo, access work set by the teacher and upload completed work.
REMINDER: Please wear a face mask when you are entering the school playground to drop off/collect your child(ren). BE A ‘RULE FOLLOWER’
**Only one parent should drop off/collect **
15/09/2020 – A parents guide to closing a bubble
Year 2 Parent and Carers,
Please DO NOT bring your child to school on Tuesday 15th September. A letter will follow with more information. Thank you in advance.
Unfortunately, Nursery will continue to stay closed on Tuesday 15th September. We will update all parents/carers this concerns by email, update our school website together with our Twitter feed when we have more information throughout the day.
Urgent update 13/09/2020 – Nursery Closure
Please note that unfortunately Nursery will be closed tomorrow (Monday 14th September). We have been made aware of a staffing issue and where we would normally cover this with staff elsewhere in the school, we are unable to do this due to our stringent bubble system. Please check Twitter and emails throughout the day as we will send you some lovely activities for you to complete at home if you wish to do so. Thank you for your understanding and patience, we will keep you updated on this matter.
Update 11/09/2020- Drop-offs and Collections
Thank you to all the parents for being so supportive during drop off and collection time. This morning, we received excellent feedback from our parents. See the videos below:
Update 11/09/2020- Mrs Whittaker Update
Update: 10/09/2020- Drop-offs and Collections Changes
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA
It has been brought to our attention that there is graphic and distressing video circulating on the TikTok app, Instagram and Facebook. On some of these social media sites it plays automatically on the ‘for you’ stream.
We would like to remind parents, carers and young people that material on social media sites is not always appropriate and urge you to cautious about allowing your children to access these sites.
You can find out more about helping to keep children safe online at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/
Please see letter below from Bolton Council regarding the further COVID restrictions for Bolton.
Info 08/09/2020- Back to School Safety Bolton Council
Update 07/09/2020 – Updated Risk Assessment
Updated Risk Assessment
Update 07/09/2020 – Payments
Due to the current situation, payments for School Dinners and After School Club Fees need to be paid electronically from now on. Please can you contact the finance team for bank account details via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01204 328994 option 3.
You will need to quote for School Dinners on your bank payment reference
Dinners / Your Child’s Name
You will need to quote for After School Club Fees on your bank payment reference
ASC / Your Child’s Name
Thank you for your understanding.
Update 04/09/2020 – Returning to School in September
Update 03/09/2020 – Returning to School in September
Updated Risk Assessment
Update 15/07/20- September Reopening – FAQs
Letter regarding Breakfast Club and After School Club in September
Letter regarding the wider reopening plans for school in September
Free School Meals – Further Update
Following the message we posted on our website on Tuesday, we have since been informed that schools who are closed over the summer holidays for seven weeks can order seven weeks’ worth of vouchers at a value of £105 per child. We had already placed an order of £90 per child (to cover 6 weeks) so we will arrange to place another separate order of £15 per child to make up the difference. To clarify, you will therefore receive the following:
6th July £30 per child (to cover w/c 6th July & w/c 13th July)
8th July £90 per child (to cover w/c 20th & 27th July and 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th August)
8th July £15 per child (to cover w/c 31st August)
From Monday 7th September all children are expected to be back in school and Free School Meals will resume in school as normal.
New Classes – Transition Slides
Unfortunately, this year our traditional moving up day is unable to take place. In order to support the transition process, class teachers have put together some fantastic information to share with their new pupils . Click HERE to view.
Please share this with your child(ren).
New Classes and Locations for 2020/21
If you are unsure of the location of your child’s new class in September 2020, please refer to the plan below.
End of Year Pupil Reports – This year, due to the current Covid 19 situation, we are changing how we share your child(ren)’s end of year report with you. Each report will be emailed to the priority 1 contact from our school database on Friday 10th July. Those that who have requested an extra copy, we ask that you share accordingly yourselves. For those who have made a prior request for a copy to be sent to a postal address, this will be sent before the end of term.
Each report includes the attainment and progress up to 20th March when schools closed. Usually pupils make the most progress during the summer term. When schools fully reopen we will begin a recovery curriculum that will support all pupils to make accelerated progress building on their previous learning.
Thank you for your understanding
Free School Meal Vouchers
School will order two weeks’ worth of vouchers for delivery w/c Monday 6th July.
The value of these will be £30 per child.
Following guidance from the Department for Education, a ‘one off’ voucher will also be sent on Wednesday 8th July (one week before the end of term) to all eligible children for the value of £90 per child. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS TO COVER THE WHOLE OF THE SUMMER HOLIDAY PERIOD.
All PGL refunds will be processed week commencing 13th July 2020. If you have not already submitted your bank details, please email the finance team email@example.com with your sort code, account number, bank account name and quoting your child’s full name. Thank you.
Home Learning – 26/06/2020
Please see timetable below for parents/carers to collect home learning packs from school. These are for pupils who cannot access Class Dojo or online learning and cannot share their work online.
Home Learning – 26/06/2020- Bolton Council, Educational Psychology Service Numeracy Newsletter
National Online Safety have produced a great guide which gives tips to escape devices’ addictiveness and look after your family’s wellbeing. Click HERE
Update :16/06/20 – Requests for places in bubbles for Key workers, Vulnerable, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
As part of our safety planning we are constantly reviewing our teaching bubbles. Many of our bubbles are currently full. If you require a place for your child please contact the school office. Your child’s name will be added to our waiting list and you will be informed when a place is available. Key worker families should inform the office 7 days in advance of when a place is required and we will do our best to accommodate you.
After considering the most recent information published by Public Health England the MAT directors are in support of reopening at both Schools, Tonge Moor and St Bede from next week. This will allow us to offer additional bubbles for Nursery and Reception children from Wednesday 17th June. We will continue to prioritise the health and safety of the children, the staff and our school community.Those parents who informed us they required a place for their child through the questionnaire before half term will be contacted on Monday 15th June with further information about the organisation for their child’s bubble.Mrs WhittakerHead of school
If your child was due to go on the PGL trip, an email has been sent to you regarding a refund. If you have not yet received this,please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Refunds will be paid back by the end of the school year once all the information has been gathered.
Urgent Update 06/06/20 – Delayed Reopening
Our trust directors have decided to delay the opening of our academy for non key worker / vulnerable children in Nursery, Reception, Year one and six until 15th June. See the letter below.
Update 05/06/20 – Reopening School – UPDATE
PLEASE NOTE: ALL OUR BUBBLES ARE NOW CURRENTLY FULL. YOUR CHILD WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST AND WE WILL LET YOU KNOW SHOULD A PLACE BECOME AVAILABLE. WE ARE CONSTANTLY REVIEWING THE GROUPS AND WILL TRY OUR BEST TO FIND A PLACE.
Update 22/05/2020 – PGL
We now have confirmation that the PGL Trip has been cancelled. All parents will be contacted by our Finance Team in due course to arrange a bank refund of monies paid.
Update 22/05/20- School Re-opening
Following Government guidance, to help us plan a return to school for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, please can you let us know if you would be happy to send your child back to school. This can be done by emailing email@example.com or by completing the parent questionnaire HERE
If you have done this already or have been contacted by a member of staff, you do not need to do this again.
Thank you for your continued support
Update 18/05/2020 – Healthy Families Team Lockdown Support
Update 12/05/2020 – PGL
We are currently still in contact with PGL regarding our trip on 12th – 15th June and hope to have a confirmed update for parents/carers as soon as possible.
Update 12/05/2020 – School Re-opening
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Here is an update about the school plans to open to more children following the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday evening.
The MAT directors and Senior Leadership Team are working through the current Government guidance to ensure that plans to reopen consider all essential safety requirements.
This will include safe provision based on:
Whole school cleaning requirements
Size of classrooms
Age groups of children
Social distance requirements
Health and availability of staff
Please be reassured that the final decision of when and how school will open, following rigorous risk assessments, rests with the directors of the MAT who are taking all of these measures into account to ensure our school operates safely.
Update 11/05/2020 – School re-opening
We’re aware that the announcement last night will raise many questions in terms of school re-opening for children in Rec, Yr 1 & Yr 6. We’re currently waiting for guidance from the DfE and will consider this over the next three weeks to plan for a safe re-opening for these children. We ask you for your patience and will communicate to you as soon as we have all systems and procedures in place.
Update 06/05/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers
We have been advised by the DfE that Free School Meals vouchers are not available during school holidays. The school will therefore order one week’s worth of vouchers for delivery w/c 18th May, and a further order will be placed for delivery w/c 8th June. The number of weeks for this delivery will depend on the situation regarding school closures at that time and we will keep you updated via our website
Update 29/04/2020 – PGL
We have received notification from PGL. They are hoping that their activity centres will be open by June and will therefore be able to accommodate and deliver our trip as planned. They are monitoring Government advice closely and will be back in touch with us if the situation changes.
Update 29/04/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers
We have received the following information from the DfE:
Some parents may have experienced some slow running of the eCode redemption website on 27th/28th April. This was due to an identified issue with the system.
This meant that many people were experiencing ‘Invalid eCode’ error messages on the eCode redemption website.
The DfE would like to apologise for any inconvenience. Anyone trying to redeem an eCode received on 27th and 28th April and receiving error messages can now try again.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS
Parents whose children are eligible for Free School Meals should receive an email next week (w/c 20th April) which will contain a 16 digit eCode. The eCode needs to be exchanged for a supermarket eGift card; please see attached Instructions/FAQs (link to FAQs PDF). We have ordered 4 weeks’ worth of vouchers for each eligible child, at £15 per week. Further vouchers will be ordered at the end of the 4 weeks, should schools continue to be closed.
‘Grab Bags’ will also be provided for w/c 20th April, just in case there are any issues with the FSM Voucher scheme. However, from w/c 27th April ‘Grab Bags’ will no longer be available.
Should you have any queries regarding the Free School Meals Voucher scheme, please refer to the FAQs in the first instance. If the FAQs don’t answer your query please email school at FSM@tongemooracademy.org and we will try our best to assist you if we can.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER
We have now received information from the DfE regarding the Free School Meals (FSM) voucher scheme, which has been set up for eligible families to access whilst schools are closed. We are looking to get this activated as soon as possible, however in the meantime ‘Grab Bags’ for eligible children on FSM are still available to collect from school between 11:30am & 12:30pm. ‘Grab Bags’ however are not available whilst the school is closed for the Easter holidays (Mon 6th – Tue 14th Apr).
To access the Free School Meals voucher parents whose children are eligible will receive a text, and will then need to provide school with an up to date email address. Please send this to FSM@tongemooracademy.org providing your name, your child’s name and their class.
Please note that children in Reception to Year 2, who have a FSM as part of the ‘Universal Free School Meals Scheme’ are not eligible to the voucher unless they meet the requirements outlined on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. Once everything is set up, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your voucher.
PGL – we are still waiting for an update from PGL regarding our trip to Boreatton Park in June. Until PGL cancel this trip we are unable to offer any refunds, we will keep you updated with any further information once received.
I am so proud of all my staff who continue to keep essential services running, look after the buildings and care for some of your children. They are doing an amazing job during difficult times and enabling NHS and other front line workers to do theirs.
Update 20/03/2020 @ 12:00
Update 19/03/2020 @ 14:00
Coronavirus Outbreak: School Closure & Key Workers (Please click here for a list of Key Workers)
Thank you for your support over the last couple of weeks. Following on from the update last night, we have now held a meeting this morning to discuss how we operate under the current educational guidance.
Please be aware guidance may change from the Government and our plans may need to be reviewed but we will let you know if this is the case.
The Government announced that schools in England will be closing from the close of school on Friday 20th March until further notice. We would like to reassure you that in line with current guidance our two Academies, Tonge Moor and St Bede, will remain open for all children of ‘key workers’ and those children classed as vulnerable, as long as they are not displaying any symptoms or are not in self isolation.
We are still awaiting clarification from the Government regarding who is classified as a ‘key worker’ or a ‘vulnerable child’ and we have contingencies in place to be able to act quickly when we receive this information.
With regards to our Breakfast and After School Club, this is will be available for all children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.
Our Easter Holiday Club provision will run as normal (unless guidance changes) but priority will be given to children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.
If you feel you may be classed as a ‘key worker’ and wish to access any of the above provision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 9 a.m. on Friday 20th March with the following information:
o Your child’s name and year group
o Your name and occupation
o Whether you are a single parent / carer or otherwise the name and occupation of the other parent / carer
If you think you and / or your partner may be a key worker, please provide one of the following:
o An email from your work email account
o A letter / email from your employer confirming your role
o Photographic staff ID
o Any other relevant documentation
As you can appreciate, there are many issues that we need to plan for and address going forward but I can assure you that your school will remain an important and integrate part of our community and will continue to provide support for its families.
We will keep you all updated via the school website and twitter account.
Jack Hatch O.B.E
Stay at home guidance
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you live with others and you or one of them display one of the symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Hand washing advice
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible they have now extended their opening hours to cover weekends.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Guidance for those with asthma:
The staff at Tonge Moor are putting together a list of activities that can be completed at home and also links to online learning. These should be on the school website by the end of this week. The work is based on subject matter that has already been covered in classes. It is important that we support our children to rapidly recall and retain facts so that this information is stored in their long term memory. Currently the school website also contains links to online learning activities for each year group. These are updated regularly and can be found under the Curriculum section of the website.
Sharing home learning
To keep the ‘school community’ alive, please feel free to share via Twitter pictures of work and activities that children have completed. You can use our main school twitter page or if your child’s class has an individual twitter page, please feel free to share on this platform.
What would happen in the event of a school closure?
At the moment there are no plans to close. However, if the school does have to close we would notify parents through Twitter, the school website and any other means possible. Children would be expected to access the home learning resources which will be available in paper form and on the school website by the end of the week. Notifications would be available on the school website and Twitter on a date for re-opening the school.