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Free School Meal Entitlement

We understand that the times we are currently living in are both uncertain and challenging. Alongside this many families are facing changes in their financial circumstances. If your circumstances have changed, and you believe that you now meet the following criteria, please complete an online application www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals to receive an instant response;  Income Support.  Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.  Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190.  If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.  Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.  Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week.  Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as from 1 April 2018). If you have previously applied or been eligible for free school meals, you need not re-apply, as we will continue to re-check your entitlement each month and will notify you should you become re-eligible. Whilst schools remain closed they are continuing to support eligible families with provision to help ease the burden during this difficult time. This support may be in the form of packed lunches, food parcels or food vouchers. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, your child’s school will inform you of their own specific provision arrangements directly. If you have any…

Arrangements to support key worker and EHCP families during school closure

As you know, the Government has directed that schools must close from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March 2020. In response to this, we have worked to ensure that parents and pupils can access learning support online and will continue to keep you updated about how this will work and to make sure, if the period of closure is extended, that these resources are developed to support the education of your child. Please continue to visit the school website, Twitter and Facebook page to keep up to date with the arrangements we are making. We are making interim arrangements to provide vouchers for those eligible for free school meals and will be in contact separately with those families early next week. Our team is pleased that schools will continue to be able to make provision for the children of key workers to enable our communities to function effectively and provide the support that is necessary for the most vulnerable. This includes those whose roles keep us safe and those who support others receiving care, medical treatment and hospitalisation.  In these unprecedented times, we are committed to doing all we can to meet these needs and are looking at how we extend this support into the Easter break. We still do not have a definitive list of those identified as key workers but as a starting point, working with the Local Authority, schools and trusts  across the region we have identified the following groups: NHS staff Teachers and support staff Police and…

Latest update from Ms Poulter – Coronavirus

Given the address made by the Prime Minister late yesterday afternoon, I have taken steps to address some of the emerging issues. My immediate concern is how to manage the site safely in response to staff illness and absence due to self-isolation.  What follows is our direction and advice as it currently stands though it is quite conceivable that further updates will follow tomorrow. At this stage, I would like to confirm that we have no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, and lessons have continued as normal today.   We have however, decided to postpone the year 8 guidance meetings as from today (year 8 parents will be contacted separately regarding the rearrangement of these meetings), all clubs and extra-curricular activities have been cancelled, and the year 11 Preparation for Exams evening scheduled for 2nd April has been postponed. As a result of the current situation I have also taken the decision to cancel any external visitors to the College which unfortunately means all peripatetic music lessons will cease with immediate effect. The Government has suggested schools remain open for Key Workers children.  Whilst I am awaiting a definition of who these are, I would be grateful if you could email office@bassingbournvc.org if you work for the Police, Fire Service or NHS; please detail if you are frontline staff (e.g. doctors, nurses) or administrative support and/or management. Current Health Advice: Staff and students already in self- isolation should now increase their time from 7 days to 14 days; • Where one family member is showing signs of the mild…

Coronavirus Update

In light of recent developments with regards to Covid -19, I wanted to write and reassure you on the measures, as a school, we are taking to ensure that our students and staff are kept safe at this unprecedented time. All members of our community are, and have been for a number of weeks, reminded about following hygiene practises through posters in toilets which demonstrate effective handwashing techniques.  Furthermore, hand sanitizer is available throughout the school. However, in line with new government guidelines outlined yesterday, we do now ask parents to support additional measures introduced to keep our school safe.  As a result, if your child has a temperature of 37.8c and above or has as a new continuous cough, we ask you self-isolate for 7 days.  In addition, if your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case, we request you self-isolate for 14 days. More information on this can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Furthermore the Department for Education has a Coronavirus helpline for parents, staff and young people.  Phone: 0800 046 8687 Can I kindly remind you that with all absences, you will need to inform the school office on a daily basis via absence@bassingbournvc.org.  We do ask you email every day, even when self-isolating, as it is imperative we continue to follow our safeguarding practices. In addition, following the new government advice, we have cancelled all residential trips that were planned between now and Easter.  While we understand this is disappointing for students, we do feel this is the right…

Spanish Exchange at BVC

This week, we wished a fond farewell to Spanish students. Year 9, Jess Grant describes the visit. On 3rd March BVC students hosted the return trip for their Spanish exchanges from Albacete. We were all really excited to see our partners again as we hadn’t seen them for about 5 months. They arrived at 3.30 just in time to meet us and head home where they spent their 1st evening with their partner’s family's getting use to our English customs. On Wednesday they spend the day at the school doing fun activities and experiencing English school life. Activities included tours of the school, being treated to a cream tea, which got mixed opinions from both English and Spanish students, and a PE lesson. After an early start on Thursday the Spanish students spend a day in London sightseeing which they all enjoyed despite our typical British weather. On Friday both English and Spanish students spent the day in Cambridge touring round different Cambridge colleges, shopping, completing a fun scavenger hunt around the city and punting on the river. In the evening students returned home to be entertained by their host families. During the weekend students were kept busy by their families doing many different activities that included: a birthday party, bowling, sampling pub food, shopping, museums and someone even went indoor skydiving. Monday came too soon and their final day was spent in school doing different classroom activities with year 8. Tearful farewells marked the end of this year’s Spanish exchange however lifelong friendships and…

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