Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to give you some important updates, news about the school and information from Croydon.

  1. INSET Day – 18.12.20

Our staggered arrivals and departures are working well, but they have impacted on the amount of time available for us to cover the necessary class and department meetings and medical, health and safety and IT training normally covered before and after school.

After much thought, we are covering these important meeting and training sessions on the INSET day on 23rd October. Our Governing Board has agreed that the school can take an extra INSET day to cover our full INSET programme.

We will therefore be taking Friday 18th December as an extra INSET day. Staff will be completing two twilight training sessions in November and coming into school on the 18th December to ensure that all necessary training is completed.

  1. Croydon Carers Support Service – Education, Health and Care plans

Croydon Carers Support Service are organising the following webinars which may be of interest to you:

  • Thursday 12th November – How to apply for an EHCP Webinar 11am – 1pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 10th December – How to amend a draft EHCP Webinar 11am – 1pm via Zoom

They are also offering drop-in advice via Zoom. You can book in 30 minute slots and receive free, impartial information and advice to any EHCP related queries. 30 minute slots are available on:

  • Wednesday 21st October – from 11am – 1pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 4th November – from 11am – 1pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 11th November – from 11am – 1pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 2nd December – from 11am – 1pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 2nd December – from 11am – 1pm via Zoom

Telephone calls can be organised for those who cannot access IT.

To book a session you can email astridmacabee@carersinfo.org.uk or call 020 8649 6283.

  1. New Children’s Care Unit – Croydon University Hospital

Croydon University Hospital are seeking views from children, young people and their families on how we can ensure every patients feels as comfortable and welcome as possible in the planned new children’s care unit.

In late October, they will be hosting a number of virtual involvement sessions and want to hear from the people who use the service.

They’re looking for:

  • Young people between the ages of 13-17 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)
  • Children aged 4-12 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)
  • Parents of children under 4 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months
  • Children of any age with a disability who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)

To register your interest please visit: https://www.croydonhealthservices.nhs.uk/-paediatric-integrated-unit-involvement-sessions

  1. School Attendance

A reminder that school attendance has been mandatory from the beginning of this academic year. We are so pleased to see so many children and young people back at school. Do get in touch with me if you have a particular concern about attendance that you would like to discuss. For information on testing, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Finally, our first half term has nearly finished. Thank you so much for your support. We hope that you have a very restful and happy half term.

Best wishes,

Kathy Lewis

Head Teacher

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