Newsletter: 26th June 2020

Update: Invoices

We have sent out invoices for outstanding amounts this morning. Please note that the two cancelled Residential visits (Heatree and Bude) will still feature on your Invoice and you should ignore those amounts. Our finance system prohibits us from removing the trip cost until all casework is totally resolved and as we are still dealing with our insurers for both visits they have to remain. Sorry for the confusion!

What do you think?

Last week the Government has announced a significant package of funding to provide catch-up activities which we will incorporate into our School Recovery Plan in the coming year. We are very aware that as well as academic progress, some children will have been affected emotionally by missing so much school and we want to ensure we are in a strong position to respond to your child’s needs when we return in September.

I am really sorry to send another Google Form your way (I expect you’ve had enough of them…) but at the moment it really is the best and only way I have in gauging how both you and your child feel about this term. If you could spend a couple of minutes answering the questions in the survey, it will be tremendously useful in prioritising areas for us to work on. The more replies we have, the more reliable to data will become for us so it really is important as many as possible share their views with us. You can choose whether or not to complete the response anonymously.

Thank you… once again… for your help! The survery link is:

Free School Meals

If you think you might qualify to receive free school meals for your children (Reception – Yr 6) please log onto the Devon County Council portal, using the link below or phone them on 0345 155 1019. If you qualify for Free School Meals, the Government has now announced it will pay you £15 per child per week throughout the summer holidays, as well as being entitled to meals here at school during term time. It is therefore well worth your time completing the application… and you’ll be helping the school as well as we will receive additional funding to support your child’s schooling too.

The criteria for Free School Meals is any one of the following:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on  (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Tick Time

The mix of hot sunny weather and rainfall has made this prime season for ticks. If your children are playing out, particularly around long grass or hedgerows, please check their bodies for ticks regularly. Ticks start off very small and grow quite quickly as they feed on their host’s blood through a central spike they push into the skin. Once they get onto a person, they quickly make their way to sweaty parts of the body where they prefer to live, so the bst places to check are crooks of elbows, backs of knees, behind ears and around hairline, between toes (especially if socks are being worn) and the groin. Ticks look like little spiders (they are part of the arachnid family).

If you find a tick, you need to handle with care. Many UK ticks carry a disease called Lyme Disease which can easily be treated with antibiotics. However, if you grab the tick, you will squeeze the partly digested blood back into your child’s body which can lead to problems. You need to carefully remove the tick by pulling straight up preferably using a tick removal tool (available online – dog ones work just as well on humans). On no account should you apply any creams, oils or heat as this will cause the tick to regurgitate back into your child’s body.

If you are worried about the site of a tick, you need to look for a circular red ring around the wound site which may develop after a few days. If it does, you should seek advice from your medical centre who may prescribe antibiotics.

Uniform Orders

Please remember if you need school uniform in time for the start of the Autumn Term you need to be pre-ordering now. You can do this using this google form and pay when you collect at the end of the summer holidays. We only carry a very limited stock in school now, so please don’t assume you will be able to buy non-preordered items in the run up to the new term. Thanks.

PE Kit

If your child is attending school at the moment, please could they come in PE kit on Tuesday as we may do some bubble-secure events on the field during the day… weather permitting.


Well done to everyone who had a certificate presented in this morning’s online assembly…

  • Cranford: Jenson – sounding out and writing a sentence about Shark In The Park; Isabeau – sounding out and writing and sentence about Shark In The Park
  • Burscott: Seren – enthusiasm in researching the history of Woolsery; Alfie – for his fantastic progress in reading
  • Stroxworthy: Ravi – incredible effort on all of his remote learning tasks. Maisie – producing an excellent story-bag story
  • Alminstone: Maisy – an amazing growth in her independent learning; Dan – designing and making a super Lego boat that floats
  • Ashmansworthy: Josh – hard work in maths this week; Morgan – good teamwork when designing his theme park


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