Welcome to Chaigeley School

 

Chaigeley School continues to follow the government’s guidance for educational settings. We have prepared our own internal continuity measures and will continue to review these. Any developments will be published on this page.

Update 5th January 2020

Following last night’s government announcement regarding a new national lockdown, I would like to inform you that Chaigeley School is still fully open. At present the school closures do not affect us. However, the situation is changing on a daily basis and we are waiting for further guidance from the Department for Education. This page will be updated on a regular basis to reflect any changes in our service.

Although the school is fully open we will comtinue to populate our virtual learning environment on Google classroom with additional pupil resources throughout the lockdown. This can be accessed via the Learning Resources page on this website.

Update 31st December 2020

Update regarding our return to school on the 4th January

Dear parent/carer,

As you will be aware the minister for education Gavin Williamson announced yesterday that many schools will remain closed for the first few weeks of term due to the high transmission rates of coronavirus in some areas and the need to break the cycle of cases. This will also allow schools to prepare for the mass testing of asymptomatic staff and pupils.

Currently the closures will not affect us at Chaigeley and it is important that all our pupils return to education on the 4th January 2021. However it is important to note that this position is subject to potential change as we are awaiting a further update from the Department of Education tomorrow, this page will be updated accordingly to reflect any such changes.

Regarding mass testing in schools; to compliment the essential measures already in place in school when we return next week we will be planning to fully roll out testing for all staff and pupils on a voluntary basis, to commence w/b 11th January 2020. I will send you all full details next week.

Update 14th December 2020

From today, Monday 14 December,  Government has changed the period of self-isolating for 10 days instead of the 14 days previously advised.  The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday. Self-isolation periods will begin on the day after exposure, a test or the start of symptoms.

 The NHS Test and Trace service will tell people to self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days from Today, Monday 14th December 2020. Due to the time taken to test technical changes and release updates through the app store, the NHS COVID-19 app will tell close contacts to isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days from Thursday 17 December.

Now we are out of the 2nd lockdown period we will be resuming educational visits to venue’s in other Tier 2 areas, these will cease if we are placed into Tier 3 restrictions.

Pupil’s will continue to require masks when using transport and have been encouraged to do so in communal areas in schools outside of their bubbles / classroom

 

Warrington letter to Schools\Parents October 14th

Please use the link to read the latest guidance from Warrington Borough Council

Warrington Letter for schools PW MS (002)

COVID-19 announcement

17th September 2020

Following a very positive start to the new term, we have had to make the decision to temporarily close our school building for three days. This is so it can be deep cleaned, following confirmation of two positive cases of coronavirus amongst our staff group.

All pupils will have access to remote learning, as stated in our offer, and our staff will remain in contact with them and parents/carers and guardians.

This has not been an easy decision to make, but we take the health and welfare of our pupils and staff very seriously and want our school community to be as safe as possible.

We have followed the current government guidance and acted on our own school risk assessments. We are working closely with Public Health England and Warrington Borough Council to ensure we are doing all we can to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and we are following the national guidance around self isolation and testing.

We will keep parents, carers and guardians informed and updated as and when we have any news or relevant information to share.

Mrs J Barlow

Principal

 

Remote Education Offering

During the closure of the school  or closure of class ‘bubbles’ due to Covid-19, pupils will still have access to their education remotely.

All pupils have a Google Classroom account and we will be using Google Classroom as the primary means of delivering education in these instances. In line with Department of Education guidance learning resources following classes’ current schemes of work will be added regularly for each subject in every class group. Feedback will be provided to students on work they submit online in all subjects.  Students will also receive at least one online classroom session a day via Google Meet with a teacher. Students who prefer to work from a ‘hard copy’ will be provided with work packs if practicable.

We are also assessing the possibility of delivering remote therapeutic or mentoring sessions to individual students who require this.

In addition we have already provided devices to some students who don’t have access to the required technology at home, we will be looking to provide access to additional students in the coming weeks.

 

UPDATE – RETURN TO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2020

Find attached government guidance to parents and carers on pupils returning to school for primary and secondary settings in September.

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All parents and carers will have received a letter from the principal at the end of July with specific opening details and although things may seem a little different, we hope all our pupils will be able to settle back in quickly and look forward to welcoming you all back in September. A guide and activity pack to help students settle in is available on our learning resources page. 

The Department for Education has released the guidance for schools to enable all pupils to return on a full time basis in September 2020. Guidance for full re-opening of schools  We are using the current guidance to plan and organise for a safe return to school  and have produced risk assessments that cover all aspects of school life. Parents and carers and request a copy of our risk assessment.

 

 

Update From the Principal – 6th April – Please click the link below

Letter to parents – Easter 2020

IMPORTANT – 20th March Update 

 Following the government announcement on school closures on 19th March for all but the most vulnerable pupils with EHCP’s and children of key workers, the school will remain open from Monday 23rd March. 

 Due to low levels of staffing as a result of the pandemic we will be operating a reduced provision on site. Only pupils of key workers and those pupils with higher needs will be attending school from this date. 

Please see this guidance from the government to clarify whether you or your partner are a “key worker” under the current directive:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.

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Please note: the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.  The whole point of school closures is to avoid social contact wherever possible. Any individual who sends their child into school when it is not absolutely necessary is, quite literally, risking the lives of other people in our community. 

We will continue to act in accordance with government directives and provide a service in line with safe staffing levels.

All of our pupils are entitled to free school meals. Over the next week we will be sending out shopping vouchers to the parents/carers of pupils not attending on site.

 Also in line with government guidance we will be offering an alternative curriculum to pupils at school. We will keep this page updated regularly and advise of any changes in circumstance.

For pupils not on site we will be providing learning resources via  learning packs, school website and google classroom, details of which will be sent out this week. We have also created a new section on the website containing learning resources for all pupils which can be accessed HERE. This will be updated reguarly. There are also links to Wellbeing and Mental Health resources in this section.

Throughout the duration of the pandemic we will continue to check on the wellbeing of all our pupils

These are difficult and testing times for as all. If you have any questions about the service the school is providing please call or email the school.

16th March Update – The government are advising that:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

Please report any absences to school using the normal systems.

 Full government guidance for schools can be found below

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

NHS Page on Coronavirus Conditions

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 Guidance on Self Isolation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Please contact school if you are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus. We do ask that you understand that we do not have access to any information that is not already publicly available and are following government guidelines. 

 

 

“Providing, promoting and safeguarding excellent care and education, enabling everyone to realise their true potential”

 

Chaigeley is a specialist provision for pupils from 8 to 16. We offer a flexible and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of our young people who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and other complex needs.

All our pupils are valued as individuals and we strive to ensure they can achieve both socially and academically by offering a broad curriculum, therapy and mentoring in a structured and nurturing environment. We build strong relationships with our pupils developing their self esteem and confidence to achieve their personal life goals.

We aim to prepare our pupils for life after school and to be happy, independent members of society able to make a full and valued contribution.

We are proud of our school, pupils and staff and are dedicated to improving the life chances of the pupils in our care.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Jan Barlow

Principal

 

If parents, carers or members of the public would like to request a paper copy of any of the material contained within this website please email: admin@chaigeley.org.uk or call our administrative team on 01925752357