Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statement from the Trust (17/3/20)

Dear Parents and Carers

As per my earlier communication,
schools will be shut from Friday (20 March 2020). However, there are two
groups of learners that may still
continue to come to school:

  1. Children of
    Key Workers – NHS staff, delivery staff, police, (teachers/educational support
    workers) etc.
  2. Vulnerable
    children – those who have an EHCP or have a social worker allocated to them

Staff in our schools will strive
to get work set for all learners; much of it will be through virtual learning
platforms.

Somerset County Council are being
vague regarding school transport despite our repeated requests today for
clarity on what is running and when.  If
and when we have more details, we will make them available to you.

We are awaiting definite government
guidance on learners that are in receipt of Free School Meals and the proposed
voucher system. We will inform you of that once we know those details.

If
you have a safeguarding concern during
this period of closure, please contact the safeguarding hotline:  07526 170 794 or
email  

Safeguarding@kowessex.co.uk or Safeguarding@wessexlearningtrust.co.uk

This
hotline is only for urgent safeguarding concerns.

If you are worried about a child or young person who
could be in danger, please contact

  • Children’s Social Care
    on 0300 123 2224
  • Children’s Social Care
    email at childrens@somerset.gov.uk
  • The police.  You can contact the police directly by
    dialling 101 and they will discuss with Children’s Social Care what action
    should be taken. 
  • In
    an emergency always contact the police by dialling 999
  • If you would like to
    speak to a social worker outside of office hours please phone the Emergency
    Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 23 27

With regards to examinations and qualifications we are still
awaiting government confirmation on this. 
It has been suggested that Exam Boards will take moderated predicted
grades as consideration for final grades with perhaps an autumn window for
students who want to take an exam to improve upon their qualification grade.

We will give you more information as we receive it.  Please stay safe and thank you for your support.

Gavin Ball
Chief Executive, Wessex Learning Trust