Secondary

Dear parents/carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children at the end of the school day on:

FRIDAY 20th MARCH 2020 until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with particular needs. I am waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please go to the school website and follow the link relating to key workers and complete the form in full. Please note that the deadline for this is Friday 20th March 2020 12pm. This will allow us time to prepare provision for next week.

We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. It is not known when the schools will re-open. I will ensure that I keep you fully updated through text, letters on the website and through the Starbank twitter account @starbank_school

What we will continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn by providing online work and work packs. For full information please see website and follow details on the key links section. There is significant information in this section and this will be updated overtime.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

Year 11 GCSE examination

It has been announced that the year 11 GCSE exams in May and June have been cancelled. The Secretary of State, in his speech, stated that he will be giving guidance for all schools and all students. He added that they will be ensuring that every child due to be sitting GCSEs, A Levels or any form of qualifications and expecting results in August, that the work they have done is properly reflected. We await more guidance and as soon as we have this I will make sure that the information is made available to you all.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via enquiry@starbank.bham.sch.uk

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours sincerely

Mr. G Ferrante

Secondary Headteacher

Click here to view the letter

Closure Update 19-03-20

Primary

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers of primary pupils,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from our last update, we are now writing to let you know that Starbank School will be closed to almost all pupils at the end of Friday this week.

To help our planning and in the absence of detail from the government at this time, it would be helpful to know how many pupils are likely to need access to Starbank from Monday 23rd March 2020.

The pupils who can attend school from Monday 23rd March include children of key workers and vulnerable children (have a social worker or an EHCP). This provision will be on one primary site which is most likely to be Hob Moor Road.

If you, as parents, are included in the key worker category and don’t have any other child care options, please complete the form on the school website.

Please respond by midday (12:00pm) on Friday 20th March so that staffing and school arrangements can be made and we can formulate our offer, based on what we are able to provide. Can we politely remind parent/carers to only contact school if you do fall into the key worker category and do not have other childcare options – we will be asking to see work identification. 

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards.

FSM

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with the support from a scheme that the government has announced. Please continue to check the school website for further information.

Learning at home

Your child should have received a homework pack yesterday to work through over the coming weeks. These also include your child’s log-in for Purple Mash and Education City, in addition to key website links to support your child’s learning at home. Your child’s learning is very important to us and we are aware that the proposed duration of closure has changed considerably overnight. Over the next few weeks, we will share further work for your child – please check the school website for further details.

KS1 & KS2 SATs

It was announced yesterday by the Secretary of State that the following primary national curriculum assessments will not take place:

  • Key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (SATs)
  • Y1 phonics screening check
  • Y4 multiplication tables check

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via enquiry@starbank.bham.sch.uk

Please note that this is a national closure, so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. It is not known when the schools will re-open. We will ensure that we keep you fully updated via the school website and through the Starbank twitter account.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Riaz, Mrs Malhi and Mrs Portlock
Deputy HeadteachersClick here to view the letter

Closure Update 19-03-20