COVID-19

Safeguarding
If you have any Safeguarding concerns, our Designated Safeguarding Leads will be available during school hours (8.45 am – 3.30 pm). Please contact us on safeguarding@homewood.kent.sch.uk should you need to speak to anyone.
 
Outside of school hours any Child Protection and Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Kent Social Care and Health ‘Front Door’ – 03000 411111 (outside office hours 03000 419191) and/or the Police on 101/999.  

Free School Meals

Any queries regarding Free School Meals can be emailed to finance@homewood.kent.sch.uk

Free School Meals – are you eligible? Click here for more information.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support

If your son/daughter is needing support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support during their time away from school, our website has resources for both parents and students:

https://tenterden-schools-trust.com/homewood/wellbeing-centre/

There are also a number of external support agencies available:

  • The Single Point of Access (0300 123 4496) can provide information, advice and support.
  • text the word “Kent” to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign. This is suitable for people of all ages
  • Accessing org.uk or kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy.
  • Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Self-referring to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form
  • Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through com
  • Accessing the National Autistic Helpline org.uk for advice and support

Kent Educational Psychology Service

For a limited period of time, the Kent Educational Psychology Service are offering free consultations via video/phone call for 30 minutes, where parents/carers can talk to an educational psychologist. The aim of this service is to provide advice and guidance to support children’s wellbeing and learning during the time of school closures.

If you would like to make use of this service, please contact: kepscommunitysupport@kent.gov.uk.  With your name, phone number, the time of day that would be most convenient to be called back and a brief description of what you wish to discuss.

Coronavirus

Guidance around supporting children and young people’s wellbeingduring the coronavirus outbreak.

Click here to view the PDF document.

Tenterden School’s Trust Provision for Homewood Students

Following the Government’s recent announcement, if you require your  son/daughter to now join our current provision for key workers between Wednesday 13th May until Friday 22nd May, please email us with the name and tutor group of your child, your occupation/place of work and the days which you would like them to attend. Our email address is:

keyworkers@homewood.kent.sch.uk

All students need to have registered with us prior to their arrival at school. Without parental arrangement, it will not be possible for students to attend.

Further information regarding our provision during Term 6 will be given in due course.

 

Thank You

Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre would like to thank all parents and carers for the academic support being given to our students whilst they are working from home. We appreciate that this can be difficult at times, but value the support and guidance that you are giving them.

In recognition of the vital work undertaken by our frontline Key Workers, we will be clapping their commitment and dedication to keeping us safe, and tackling this pandemic at 8pm tonight.

We hope that you are able to enjoy the long weekend ahead. Thank you once again.

Weekly Newsletters

This week Newsletters are now available to view.

Click here for more information.

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety

A practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Click here for more information.

Bank Holiday – Friday 8th May

Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre will not be open on Friday 8th May. We continue however to offer provision to the following children during other school days:

  • Children of ‘key workers’:
    • Health and social care
    • Education and childcare
    • Key public services
    • Local and national government
    • Food and other necessary goods
    • Public safety and national security
    • Transport
    • Utilities, communication and financial services
  • Children with EHC plans
  • Children who have a social worker

If you need to make use of this provision, please email keyworkers@homewood.kent.sch.uk for further details.

If you are in need of local guidance and support, the following local organisations are available:

Kent Together

24 hour KCC helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. 

www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling 03000 419292. 

Ashford Borough Council

Support for people who live in Ashford who are in need of guidance and support.

help@ashford.gov.uk (email)

East Sussex County Council

Support for people who live in East Sussex who are in need of guidance and support.

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/

Ashford Food Bank 

https://www.familyfoodbank.org/ashford-ffb.html

Tenterden

https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/directory/helping-in-tenterden-listing-1774.aspx or by calling 01580 761060

https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/upload/di/ot/4/dilisting-1774-listingdoc1.pdf

Update on FSM Voucher Scheme

If you have not yet received payment for the FSM voucher scheme, please be aware that applications are still being processed by the Government’s providing company.  This is currently a national problem as the system tries to cope with very high levels of demand at the moment.  Rest assured that we will continue to do all that we can to chase applications on your behalf.  Thank you for your understanding.

Some suggested online/virtual activities and visits for the Easter holiday:

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Here are some useful links and informationto help parents and carers, for more informtion: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Local Guidance and Support

Alongside the ‘Kent Together’ helpline launched last week, further areas of support are now also available for people in need of guidance and support.

  • Ashford Borough Council email: 

help@ashford.gov.uk

  • East Sussex County Council website:

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/

GCSE and A Level exams

More detailed guidance has been published by ofqual regarding the grading of GCSE and A Level exams this Summer. Please see full details HERE.

Home Cooking Recipe Book 

Mrs S English has put together a Home Cooking Recipe Book for families to use whilst they are at home. 

Click here to view the Recipe Book.

KENT TOGETHER – Helpline launched by Kent County Council

Kent County Council have launched a new 24 hour helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. This provides a single point of contact for anyone who is in immediate need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, or are concerned about the welfare of someone else, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at:

www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling 03000 419292.

Coronavirus update – Wednesday 1st April 2020 at 13:32

Easter Holiday Provision

Apart from Good Friday and Easter Monday, Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre will continue to offer provision to the following children over the Easter holidays:

  • Children of ‘key workers’:
    • Health and social care
    • Education and childcare
    • Key public services
    • Local and national government
    • Food and other necessary goods
    • Public safety and national security
    • Transport
    • Utilities, communication and financial services
  • Children with EHC plans
  • Children who have a social worker

If you need to make use of this provision, please email keyworkers@homewood.kent.sch.uk for further details.

Coronavirus update – Friday 27th March 2020 at 14:35

Principal’s Letter 27th March 2020

Please click here to read the full letter.

KCS have launched a web shop for all staff/teachers and a lot of schools are passing onto parents to buy from them and get delivered to your home address.

They have many resources for hygiene (toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets etc…) also puzzles and much more.

With many children homebound for the foreseeable future, they have launched a new website so that individuals can order a range of resources from stationery, arts and crafts, curriculum based learning resources, to health and hygiene essentials

More details can be seen below and orders can be placed by individuals from www.kcsconnect.co.uk

Click here for more information.

Ashford Food Bank – Can you help?

If you would like to support some of our families, and others in need during these challenging times, donations can be made to the Ashford Food Bank via an online transfer.

Their bank details are:

Sort code: 60-19-04

Account number: 23659130

Thank you. I know that any support will be very much appreciated.

If you are in need of their support, please visit their website for further information:

https://www.familyfoodbank.org/ashford-ffb.html

Coronavirus update – Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 12:33

Changes to KCC school pass validity
There will now be some restrictions to the use of KCC Travel Saver, 16+ Travel Saver passes and Kent Entitled Scholars passes.
 

Coronavirus update – Monday 23rd March 2020 at 16:09

Free School Meals 
Supermarket vouchers have been posted out today for those students who are eligible for ‘Free School Meals’. Money has been placed on these to cover one week’s meals for your child whilst we await further guidance from the Government. Please keep the card safe as we may need to ‘top up’ money remotely in the future. 

 

Coronavirus update – Monday 23rd March 2020 at 12:54

Message for Year 6 Parents and Carers

Due to announced school closures Year 6 Interviews on 23rd March, 25th March, 27th March, 1st April, 15th April are cancelled. 

However, we would like to begin collecting information about your child,that we would normally collect during the interview. Therefore please complete the online form by clicking on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScv-7zqQeAJcXOCwISmKIr8qq9DEzTpNawDx9V1NqpOfbOObQ/viewform 

If you cannot access the form your web filter may have blocked it, try to access the form via a different internet connection. Alternatively you can download the form from the link below and return to l.castle@homewood.kent.sch.uk

We are considering how the school manages the primary/secondary transition process as we receive more details from the government over the coming weeks, and will inform you of this via email. 

https://homewood-school.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Homewood-School-Year-6-Intake-Interview.pdf

Coronavirus update – Saturday 21st March 2020 at 10:54

Message for Year 11 and Year 13 students

As promised, please see the latest information from the government about how they are planning to arrive at exam grades this year. In summary this means: 

“ . . . . . .ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to . . .”

“ . . .take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment . . . . The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment [Primary School SATS], and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.”

“. . . . the aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July . . . .We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years . . “

We will of course keep a close eye on exactly how this will work as more information becomes available.

Please read the full statement here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Free School Meals Update

For students who are eligible for Free School meals, supermarket vouchers will be posted to parents on Monday.

Coronavirus update – Friday 20th March 2020 at 09:54

Please follow the link for important letter from the Principal: Keyworker letter 20/03/2020

Coronavirus update – Thursday 19th March 2020 at 19:15

Important notice to all Year 11 and 13 students

It has been brought to our attention that some students in both Years 11 and 13 who should be self-isolating at home are intending to come into school tomorrow.  However, we must ensure that any risk to the health of others is kept to the absolute minimum at this time of great vulnerability.  

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to close the school to all Year 11 and Year 13 students tomorrow.  Whilst we are aware that this may cause further upset, please be assured that we will endeavour to find an opportunity at a later date to invite the students back to school in order for them to celebrate their time together at Homewood.

In the meantime, please continue to look after yourselves.  We look forward to seeing you as soon as schools are able to re-open.

Coronavirus update – Thursday 19th March 2020 at 13:42

From Monday 23rd March, our school will be closed. Information about the supervision of children within the stated categories will follow soon.

Coronavirus update – Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 19:46

You will no doubt have heard this afternoon’s government update which has stated that all schools will now be closed from the end of school on Friday and will no longer be functioning as normal. We need to give due consideration as to how we will provide support to the children within the identified groups, and, as soon as we have clarity from the government on the statements made, we will update you.

We thank you for your continued understanding and urge you to follow all of the official government advice relating to everyone’s health and well-being. We continue to think about all members of the Homewood community at this time.

Coronavirus update – Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 13:24

As I am sure you can appreciate, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to staff all of our lessons due to teacher absence.  I have therefore made the difficult decision to ask Year 12 students to remain at home from tomorrow.  Further guidance will be given as to their return date in due course. All students will be able to access their work on the Google Classroom.

Just to remind you all after-school clubs have been cancelled.

If you are in the position where your family is needed to self-isolate, please could I ask you to make sure that you communicate this information to all of your children’s schools.

Coronavirus update – Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 12:15

Following government advice, we are recommending that students who have an underlying health condition as listed below should not attend school:

Coronavirus update – Tuesday 17th March 2020

Following the latest Government guidance issued on yesterday, it is clear that advice has changed since the last letter was posted on our school website.  As I am sure you are aware, we are now in a position where people in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel and social contact with others. We have therefore made the decision to cancel all sporting fixtures for the foreseeable future.

The government has now advised that if a member of the community becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature then they should self-isolate for 14 days.  Other individuals living within this household (including siblings) should also self-isolate for this period of time. Parents should be advised to follow the staying at home guidance by visiting:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 

Presently, our school remains open.  As stated previously, as soon as we receive any further information or guidance, we will inform you straight away.

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