Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all keeping well. It has been wonderful to welcome more children back to school over recent weeks. Our priority remains supporting the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.
As you already know, Mrs Lowe started early retirement at Easter and is spending this time with her close family before she can enjoy some travelling and new challenges.
I am pleased to be able to share that I have been appointed as the Headteacher for Chapel Street moving forward.
It is an honour and privilege for me to have the opportunity to lead a school I love so dearly and to serve such a vibrant and diverse community. Your children are the reason I chose Chapel Street and I am committed to working hard, in partnership with yourselves, to provide the care and education they deserve. Each and every one of you help make Chapel Street such a special place and I know we will all continue to work together to do the best we can for our children and each other - whether that’s from afar at the moment or when we are together again in school.
Mrs Karen Pilling, who many of you will already know as our Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion and SENCO, will continue to be the Acting Deputy Headteacher until a permanent appointment can be made. (This will hopefully be before the end of this term.) We will continue to lead the school alongside our Assistant Headteacher - Mrs Rachel Smith, School Business Manager - Miss Michelle Cartledge and our exceptional staff team. I would like to thank them all for their commitment, efforts and adaptability during these unprecedented times.
I very much look forward to being able to welcome everyone back together in school – as soon as it is safe to do so – when we will hold an event for you to meet the leadership team and hear in person how we will help the school move forward from recent events and bring the community back together. In the meantime, please check our website regularly for updates and get in touch if we can help in any way.
You all continue to be in our thoughts.
Dear parents / carers,
If you need help with translation please phone the office, who will do their best to help, on 0161 244 1269.
We hope that you continue to be as safe and well as possible and are keeping dry this week!
Thank you for all your support with our opening to increased numbers of children. We understand it is frustrating that we can’t offer our usual provision – everything we are doing is driven by meeting the needs of as many children in school as possible whilst keeping all children, staff and families as safe as possible.
All parents / carers who completed the online forms will find out by the end of this week if their child has been allocated a space in a bubble to return this term and if so, what their start date is. We are also phoning families of children in eligible year groups if you haven’t filled in the form(s) to ask if you would like a place.
For families who have children returning, you will be sent specific information about what we need you to do, to help us keep school as safe as possible.
Please see the attached letter for important links and information about:
Keeping your children safe online
Traveling to and from school
We hope you are all keeping as safe and well as possible.
Dear parents / carers,
Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work hard to open to more pupils in the safest way possible. Please see below for key information that we are able to now share. If you have any questions, please phone the office on: 0161 224 1269
This information will also be on the website as soon as possible, where you will be able to translate it to any language using the Google 'select language' button in the top right of the page.
We will be closed to ALL children on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June.
This is to allow time for essential staff training and additional cleaning before we start to increase our pupil numbers.
From Monday 15th June school will be closed to ALL pupils every Friday.
This is to support with our protective measures and cleaning and provide PPA time for staff.
WE WILL SEND MORE INFORMATION TOMORROW ABOUT HOW YOU CAN REQUEST A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL IF YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO COME BACK AFTER JUNE 15TH AND BEFORE SEPTEMBER.
Any attendance is parent / carer choice and families will not be penalised at this time for not bringing their children to school – even if you are offered a place.
INCREASED CHILDREN ATTENDING
We will start to very gradually increase numbers of pupils at school from Monday 15th June.
From this date school will only be open to children from Monday to Thursday each day. We will not be able to offer any before or after school care.
Please do not bring your child to school unless they have had a place confirmed.
We will have a 'bubble' system in place from Monday 15th June. This is part of our protective measures for children, staff and families.
All children who are able to attend will be part of a small group. The groups will not mix. We cannot guarantee that your child will be with their friends, their usual teacher or in their usual classroom.
We can guarantee that all children who are attending school will be well looked after in a calm, nurturing and supportive space with adults who absolutely care about your children.
Children both in school and at home will continue to be supported with their learning and well being in the best ways we can. Our absolute priority will remain the safety and well being of all children, staff and families.
We will start by increasing the numbers of children at school who are considered vulnerable (for a range of reasons) and / or are the children of key workers who cannot work from home and have no other childcare available. Only then will we look to invite children from government identified year groups - including Reception, year 1 and year 6. This is likely to be from June 22nd at the earliest. We will not be able to safely welcome all children from these year groups back to school before September.
We have spoken to parents / carers of children who would qualify for a place starting June 15th.This includes all children who are currently attending. More information will be shared tomorrow for how you can request a space for your child if you would like them to attend.
Take care and continue to stay safe and well,
Dear Parents / Carers,
We hope you are well. We are missing everyone - especially your children. School is very empty without them.
A few updates and reminders below.
Bank Holiday Friday - school fully closed
This Friday (8th May) is a Bank Holiday. It has been changed from a Monday to mark 75th anniversary celebrations of VE day. School will be closed on this day to all staff and children - including the office. If you have an urgent query, that cannot wait until the Monday you can contact Mrs Hughes on 07401 404 608. This is for urgent queries only and is available from 8am to 4pm weekdays.
We are expecting to find out more information in the government briefing on Thursday evening about when and how schools may start to re-open to more pupils - as this is when they will share their review of the current lockdown. At this stage, we have had no information about re-opening from the DfE, government or local authority. We will share any details with you as soon as we are able to.
If you are not using Class Dojo please can you phone the office and let them know the best email address for class teachers to send the link to. Teachers are sending daily activities for children to support with learning at home and are using Class Dojo to answer questions and keep in touch with their class. This is in addition to the weekly activities uploaded to the website: http://www.chapelstreetprimary.co.uk/learning-for-children.html
May half term holiday - office closed
May half term is the week beginning Monday 25th May. During this week, school will continue to be closed to most pupils and open to a small group who meet current criteria for provision. The school office will be closed to all families during this week. If you have an urgent query, that cannot wait until the Monday you can contact Mrs Hughes on 07401 404 608. This is for urgent queries only and is available from 8am to 4pm weekdays.
Free School Meals
We have been assured by Edenred UK that eligible parents should receive their email today with a 16 digit Ecode. You can then click the link at the end of the email to be taken to another website - here you can enter your code, select the supermarket you would like your vouchers for and you will be sent a digital voucher that you can use in the store to by food for your child's lunches. These vouchers must not be used to buy cigarettes or alcohol. Vouchers are only available for eligible children - this does not include those in Nursery or children who usually have a free school meal as part of provision for all reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the office between 9am and 2pm weekdays on 0161 224 1269.
Copy and paste the link above to apply for a hardship grant if you experiencing a financial emergency that is out of your control and impacted by recent circumstances with coronavirus. Any family can apply and this can be used if you are struggling to provide lunch for your children whilst you wait for your Ecode to be delivered or if you are not eligible for FSM.
Many thanks for everyone's continued support and understanding.
We are looking forward to inviting everyone back into school, when it is safe to do so.
Dear parents / carers,
Good morning and Ramadan Kareem,
We hope you are all as well as can be in these challenging times. A reminder that we are here to support. You can contact us by phoning the school office between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday on 0161 224 1269. If you have an urgent query and can't get through on the office number you can call 07401 404 608 to speak with Mrs Hughes (Acting Headteacher). This number is for urgent requests only and is available 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
Please check our website regularly as we are updating the site with important information and sources of support. You can use the 'Google Select Language' button in the top right of every page to translate the information into any language.
School remains closed and, as yet, we have not received any information from either the DfE or Local Authority as to when we will be able to safely open again. We will let you know as soon as we hear more. In the meantime, we are partially open for children of key workers and those who may be vulnerable. If your circumstances have changed and you feel your child may need a place in school please contact the office. Wherever it is possible and safe children should be looked after at home.
We are working very hard to issue Ecodes to all families with children eligible for FSM. Unfortunately, the site working in partnership with the DfE to provide these codes (Edenred UK) is experiencing very high volumes of requests and this is causing significant delays. We understand that these are very difficult times for many families. If you need support, due to current circumstances, with providing lunch for your children (and they are eligible for FSM) please phone the office before 10am each day to order packed lunches. We can provide these until you receive your Ecode and supermarket vouchers.
We know these can be stressful and difficult times for many families and you will have seen in the press that there have been increased calls to domestic abuse helplines from those needing support. If you, or someone you know, are worried about or being affected by domestic abuse you might find the links on our website helpful. You can also call the school office and ask to speak with someone for support.
Class teachers are sending a daily update on Class Dojo to help with your child's learning at home. You can also send them messages and photos of your child's learning which they can reply to. If you aren't registered on Class Dojo please phone the office with your email address and they can share this with your child's class teacher, who will send you a link.
We are also updating this page of the website with learning activities once a week:
Keeping your child safe online
Our website has lots of helpful advice and links to help you keep your child safe online. If you need any help with this, please contact the school office and ask to speak with us.
The Muslim Council of Britain have produced some guidance to support families and communities in celebrating Ramadan at home this year and keeping safe whilst fasting. There will also be more information and support on our website soon. We hope everyone has a safe and prosperous month of Ramadan.
Many thanks for your continued support - we are very much looking forward to being able to bring our community back together once it is safe to do so.
Monday 20th April 2020
We hope you are well. School is still closed and only open for vulnerable children and those of key workers. We understand that many of you will be wondering when schools will be open again. We will only be able to open once the Government have decided it is safe to do so and we will let you know as soon as possible if we hear anything further on this.
If you need help with anything please contact the office between 10am and 2pm on 0161 224 1269 or see our website for further information: www.chapelstreetprimary.co.uk/coronavirus.html
The information below is about Free School Meals (FSM).
We are working hard today to sign up eligible families for the new Government FSM voucher scheme. This will provide a voucher for £15 a week per child who is entitled to FSM.
This will replace the MCC scheme which is now closed.
If you have not been registered for FSM but think you may now be eligible please contact the school office who can help.
To use the Government scheme we need a valid email address for each family - this is where the code will be sent to.
It is important that we have an up-to-date, working email address for all families. Please contact the office on the phone number above or email email@example.com if you need to let us know your email.
For any families who are struggling financially, due to current circumstances, and don't have enough food for your children please let school know as soon as possible and we can help.
The following information is from the EdenRed website, who are providing the government FSM vouchers:
"Schools will issue an ‘eCode’ by email to eligible families (a 16-digit number with a value attached). Parents or adults with caring responsibilities for the eligible child can then go online to redeem the eCode against a choice of eGift cards (a digital gift card delivered via email) which currently includes the following food retailers:
Parents and carers can also find further information on this website:
3rd April 2020
Dear parents / carers,
We hope that you are keeping safe and well - we miss seeing you all in school! These are difficult times for everyone so please see the information below and share with anyone in our community who may need help.
Keep in touch with us:
• Make sure we have your email addresses and up-to-date contact numbers by phoning 0161 224 1269.
• Teachers are sharing weekly updates on our website: www.chapelstreetprimary.co.uk/coronavirus.html
• Sign-up for Class Dojo – links have been sent to your emails. Teachers are sending daily updates.
School will be closed during the Easter holidays – Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April. Please make sure that you and your children have a rest over this time – play, take walks and read together. We will be partially open again from Monday 20th April for those children who have been coming to school since our closure.
If you need help before we close please phone us by 3:30pm today on 0161 224 1269. We can help with food, grants from the council and support to keep you safe and well.
If you need help at any time, particularly whilst we are closed, please see the attached poster for support.
Free School Meals
Use the link below for grants from Manchester City Council to provide a lunch time meal for eligible children:
If you don’t have a National Insurance number let us know and we can help.
Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to offer packed lunches to families after the Easter holidays.
Financial Hardship Grants
You can also apply for a cash grant, if needed, using this link:
Thank you for all your continued support for the school and each other – we look forward to seeing everyone again when we are able to safely open.
Friday 20th March
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23rd March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally and our school remains at the heart of our community.
Please can all families regularly check the school website from next week. We will be creating a new section to share vital information – including how to access support and learning for children. http://www.chapelstreetprimary.co.uk/
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can safely stay at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. From Monday 23rd March our school will be open for a small number of children. The government have asked us to remain open only for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where we can.
Key workers: At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school. The link below provides specific details.
The list includes the following; health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.
We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all. In return, our staff team are also going to offer provision for your child / children. It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if you have no other alternatives.
We have spoken today with families who we are aware may need this provision to offer places. If you have accepted a place, a separate letter will be sent to you with all the information you need.
If you think that your job is classified as a key worker, you have no other alternatives, we have NOT spoken with you today and you wish to be able take up this provision, please contact us by:
• Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phone or text to 07401 404 570
We will need you to let us know:
• Child’s full name
• Whether you are a key worker or they are a vulnerable child
Specialist Support Provision: Those children with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those children on child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers and those with Education Health and Care plans may also be able to attend school if they wish. This is an offer to parents and there is no requirement for parents / carers to send their children to school if they do not wish to.
Again, we have spoken today with families who we are aware may need this provision to offer places. If you have accepted a place, a separate letter will be sent to you with all the information you need. If you think that your child would benefit from this provision, you have no other alternatives, we have NOT spoken with you today and you wish to be able take up a space for them, please contact us using the details on the first page.
No children will be able to attend school, at any time, who:
• Have either a high temperature or cough – 7 days isolation
• Are living with someone else who has a high temperature or cough – 14 days isolation
• Have a medical condition that makes them more vulnerable (for example asthma) – 12 weeks isolation
Chapel Street will be closed to all children and staff for the full two weeks of the Easter holidays as originally planned. This is Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April.
If you would like help to access this support please we can help you at the school office between 10am and 2:00pm daily.
Chapel Street Community Primary School will be closed to the majority of students from Monday 23rd March, but we are in no way closed in terms of our ongoing care, support and kindness.
With Best Wishes
Thursday 26th March
Dear parents / carers,
We hope you are all keeping safe and well. There is important information below for families who may be finding things hard at the moment. We are here to help.
Free School Meals
In a few weeks’ time the government will start a scheme where eligible families can access vouchers for food. In the meantime, Manchester City Council are offering grants for families to support with providing a lunch time meal for eligible children. You can do this through the link below and instructions over the page:
At the moment, families who need a free school meal for their child(ren) can pick up a packed lunch from school by phoning 0161 224 1269 before 9am each day and collecting from 11am. This will be available until Friday 3rd April as we are not able to offer this alongside the grants above.
Financial Hardship Grants
If your family are having financial difficulties as a result of Coronavirus you can find information and help on this link: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500361/coronavirus/7928/coronavirus/4
You can also apply for a cash grant of between £30 and £60 if you are in crisis or have an emergency that’s out of your control. Use this link to do so:
If you need any help please contact us – we can usually support with translation.
We are available 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday
Phone on 0161 224 1269
Come to the school office if you are well, have no symptoms, are not self-isolating and are not in a vulnerable group (over 70, pregnant or medical condition).
School will be closed during the Easter holidays – Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April. We will be partially open again from Monday 20th April for those children who have been coming to school since our closure.
Please share this information with anyone in our community who may need it and not have seen the letter / text. Please check the website regularly from next week. We will be updating it with helpful information and things you might like to be doing with the children at home.
Please only use this link as it will take you to where you need to apply for the Free School Meal payments.
Ensure that you read the eligibility on the webpage before applying.
Only if you are eligible; click on the link (Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme)
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Apply for a Cash Grant.
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