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About Pennthorpe

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19

Please find below answers to a range Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Pennthorpe response to COVID-19 and our plans for continuing the education of all our year groups for the rest of the academic year. Please just click on the question to reveal further information.

As soon as we are aware of any developments or changes, we shall update our FAQs, however please accept that this information is subject to change as the situation is developing rapidly. 

 

Pennthorpe School Closure

When did the school close?
Pennthorpe closed for the majority of pupils one week earlier than the usual end of Spring Term, on Friday March 20th. This was in line with the Government request for all UK schools to close except for the children of Key Workers. So far, we have had very limited demand from Key Workers, and we continue to weigh up the risks to the school, staff and pupils, against our ability to provide suitable provision when needed.

When did the school close?

How long will Pennthorpe remain closed?
Pennthorpe will remain closed until further notice, in accordance with Government recommendations (accurate as of April 21st 2020). We will update all parents as soon as we can give a clearer answer to this question, but at the moment we anticipate we will remain closed until the end of May 2020 at the earliest.

How long will Pennthorpe remain closed?

If I am a Key Worker can my children attend school?
The school puts the health and safety of its pupils and staff at the forefront of its decision making. At this time, it is our belief that children and staff are safest in their own homes. Only in cases where both parents are Key Workers, and there is no viable alternative for child care, will we consider allowing the child to attend school. If you believe that this is the case for your family, please contact Mrs Bolton directly, as soon as possible.

If I am a Key Worker can my children attend school?

Academic

How can I help my child learn from home?
Here you will find a list of recommendations, which we have collated by looking at a number of publications from schools abroad that have already been in lockdown for some time. We hope that these will facilitate home learning for all our pupils, and support your families in staying healthy and safe.

How can I help my child learn from home?

How are Pennthorpe educating children whilst the school is closed?
Pennthorpe has embraced a phase of virtual schooling via Microsoft Teams. The senior team and staff have developed a new timetable for each year group, which offers a slightly shorter day, prioritising the core subjects and those subjects which are of immediate relevance, such as English, Read Write Inc, Maths, Science, Languages, Humanities and Reasoning. The subsidiary subjects of Drama, Music, Art, DT and Sport will also be offered via virtual teaching with projects set, demonstrations offered and feedback from children required.

How are Pennthorpe educating children whilst the school is closed?

Is completion of home learning activities/classes compulsory?
Children will be required to register at the beginning of the day and after the allocated lunch period. All lessons, across the school will be recorded and then uploaded for children to access should they not be able to register for the lesson. We will move all the home learning activities to a clear ‘Must/Should/Could’ model, which will enable parents to prioritise learning experiences and have access to activities that will extend, stretch and challenge learning beyond the timetabled day. Parents and pupils will also be given an overview of the first half term (or each 2 weeks for Pre-Prep) in advance, which will outline what they will be studying. This will hopefully help parents and pupils to plan when their attendance in ‘real time’ versus that which can be done at other times of day.

Is completion of home learning activities/classes compulsory?

How does Pennthorpe monitor attendance at the virtual lessons?
As usual, children are required to register at the beginning of the day and after the allocated lunch period.

How does Pennthorpe monitor attendance at the virtual lessons?

Are there any subjects that are not covered remotely?
The senior team and staff have created a new timetable for each year group, which offers a slightly shorter day, prioritising the core subjects and those subjects which are of immediate relevance, such as English, Read Write Inc, Maths, Science, Languages, Humanities and Reasoning. The subsidiary subjects of Drama, Music, Art, DT and Sport are also offered via virtual teaching with projects set, demonstrations offered and feedback from children required.

Are there any subjects that are not covered remotely?

How will my child receive feedback on their remote work?
Teachers set work in a variety of ways, depending upon the subject mater, age of child and learning objective. For each piece of work that is set, the teacher will make clear what the expectation is in terms of ‘handing it in’, and how they will in turn give feedback.

For our older children, Assignments will tend to be set work using Teams. For help in using Teams to ‘hand in’ work, please see one of the following crib sheet (if using Teams via a Desktop/Laptop or Mobile/Tablet).

How will my child receive feedback on their remote work?

What if my child is unable to attend a remote session?
As usual, please keep in touch with your child’s form tutor, and let them know if your child will not be able to attend a remote session. All lessons, across the school will be recorded and then uploaded for children to access should they not be able to register for the lesson in ‘real time’ for any reason.

What if my child is unable to attend a remote session?

Where can I find my child’s updated academic timetable for the Summer Term?
These have been released to parents by email, along side schemes of work and other necessary information. This type of information, as it becomes available, will also be published in the Parent Portal, and also via Microsoft Teams.

Where can I find my child's updated academic timetable for the Summer Term?

Will I need any special resources for lessons such as Art, DT and IT?
We are aware that most homes probably don’t have full art departments! All virtual learning tasks will be set with this in mind, so they should be relatively easy to resource. Where there are more unusual requirements we will give you as much notice as possible, and will always be on hand to try and help if you unable to find what your child needs.

Will I need any special resources for lessons such as Art, DT and IT?

Technology

What are the technology hardware requirements for my child to be able to access the home learning?
Each child will ideally have access to their own device, which will need to include a microphone, camera and be internet enabled. This can be a desktop, laptop or tablet, and will need to have a browser that can access Microsoft Teams, or host the Microsoft Teams App. Other pieces of software, that the browser must be able to support, will be different for each Year group. More information about what your child might need access to can be found here.
Please get in touch with either your pupil’s form teacher or Mrs Bolton if you do not have the necessary hardware to make the remote learning work, as there are laptops that can be borrowed from school. Also, if things are not working once the term starts, please feedback to us so that we can try to improve things. We are finding our feet too.

What are the technology hardware requirements for my child to be able to access the home learning?

What should I do if I don’t have the hardware requirements for my child to access the home learning?
If your household does not have access to sufficient hardware for each Pennthorpe pupil, and you are unable to purchase anything, please email Mrs Bolton directly as we may have sufficient provision to support some parents.

What should I do if I don't have the hardware requirements for my child to access the home learning?

What software is Pennthorpe using to provide home learning?
The key software that we are using to create our virtual classrooms is Microsoft Teams for Years 1-8 and Tapestry for Reception, Beehive and Honey Pot.  As such, your child must have access to a browser that can use Microsoft Teams or Tapestry, or host the relevant apps. If you access Teams via a browser, you may find that some functionality is not available (Google Chrome seems to be the best browser to use). If this is the case, we would recommend downloading the App from your App store, which will then enable full access to all Teams functionality.

Other pieces of software, that the browser must be able to support, will be different for each Year group. More information about what your child might need access to can be found here.

What software is Pennthorpe using to provide home learning?

Why am I not seeing all the Microsoft Teams functionality that others can see?
If you access Teams via a browser, you may find that some functionality is not available (Google Chrome seems to be the best browser to use). If this is the case, we would recommend downloading the App from your App store, which will then enable full access to all Teams functionality.

Why am I not seeing all the Microsoft Teams functionality that others can see?

Are there any tutorials for me to learn how to use the software my child is using?
All of our staff know how to use Microsoft Teams and our oldest children, in Years 5 to 8, have already used this software in their Computing lessons. A series of crib sheets and demonstration videos, are available here to help you navigate your way around the key pieces of software; Microsoft Teams, Show My Homework, Tapestry etc.

Are there any tutorials for me to learn how to use the software my child is using?

Do I need access to a printer?
There will be things to print. However, we are really aware that this is difficult for some parents and we are also aware of the cost of ink! Before the lock down we sent home a number of exercise books that we hope the children still have available. Where a task requires a printer, we will always let you know how it can be adapted if parents are unable to print.

Do I need access to a printer?

Is there a code of conduct to ensure the safety of my child whilst completing online learning?
All staff and pupils have been issued with an addendum to our safeguarding policy that is specific to virtual and remote learning, as well as a Staff / Pupil Code of Conduct for Remote Learning. These are also available via our website here and through the Parent Portal.
We also recommend parents familiarise themselves with what their children are doing when they are on-line. This advice may be helpful as a starting point.

Is there a code of conduct to ensure the safety of my child whilst completing online learning?

Who do I contact if my remote learning technology is not working correctly?
Please contact Nick O’Glieve in the first instance if you are experiencing difficulties using any of our remote learning technology.

Who do I contact if my remote learning technology is not working correctly?

Will my child still be set Prep?
Yes, Prep will be set as usual, and will include instructions for how it should be ‘handed in’ for review by your child’s teacher. For our older children, Assignments will tend to be set using Teams. For help to use this functionality to ‘hand in’ work please see one of the following crib sheet (if using Teams via a Desktop/Laptop or Mobile/Tablet).

Will my child still be set Prep?

How can I contact my child’s teacher?
Please keep in touch with staff as often as you wish. They will all be contactable via their usual email addresses, which have been emailed to you as well as having been uploaded to the Parent Portal. If you are unsure as to the specific email address for a member of staff please direct your communication to enquiries@pennthorpe.com and it will be redirected accordingly.

How can I contact my child's teacher?

What is Pennthorpe doing to minimise the negative impact of the school closure on my child’s education?
We believe that the programme of virtual learning for the Summer Term is of the highest quality, and will provide your child with exceptional learning opportunities. Please be assured that our staff will be working tirelessly over the Summer Term, albeit remotely, to ensure that there is no negative impact on your child(ren)’s academic learning as a result of the lock down.

Once we return to school after the pandemic is over, we will have learnt a great deal from the lock down experience, in particular in terms of how technology can benefit our children’s learning more than ever. This will undoubtedly lead to a superior curriculum being offered at Pennthorpe.

What is Pennthorpe doing to minimise the negative impact of the school closure on my child's education?

Common Entrance

How will my child sit their Common Entrance exams?
Common Entrance exams will be sat in a virtual exam room, online, supervised remotely by staff to a strict timetable. Papers will be marked and results issued to senior schools as normal with an explanation of how we have conducted the examinations remotely.

How will my child sit their Common Entrance exams?

How will Common Entrance results be calculated?
Papers will be marked and results issued to senior schools as normal with an explanation of how we have conducted the examinations remotely.

How will Common Entrance results be calculated?

How will Pennthorpe ensure that the exam conditions are fair for everyone?
Children will register for the session and sit in front of the screen for the entire exam period.
If you believe your child needs to have additional help, e.g. a reader or scribe, then please get in touch with Ms Johnson.

How will Pennthorpe ensure that the exam conditions are fair for everyone?

What happens if my child is unhappy with the results they achieve?
The children are preparing as normal and will sit the exams in the usual way. There will be no opportunity to appeal results but consideration will be given to the unusual circumstance within which they will have taken place. Any lower results will be carefully considered when forwarding to senior schools.

What happens if my child is unhappy with the results they achieve?

How will this situation affect conditional offers of senior school places?
As always, Mrs Bolton is working closely with all senior schools and will strive to ensure that all Year 8 pupils achieve their first choice senior school places. Please contact Mrs Bolton directly if you have any specific concerns.

How will this situation affect conditional offers of senior school places?

Will there be any consideration given by senior schools for the unprecedented disruption that my child has experienced in the lead up to their CE exams?
As always, Mrs Bolton is working closely with all senior schools and will strive to ensure that all Year 8 pupils achieve their first choice senior school places. Please contact Mrs Bolton directly if you have any specific concerns.

Will there be any consideration given by senior schools for the unprecedented disruption that my child has experienced in the lead up to their CE exams?

Pre-Tests

How will my child continue to prepare effectively for their Year 6 pre-tests?
We will continue to prepare our current Year 5 children for the relevant pre-testing in November. There will be two reasoning lessons per week, instead of the normal one lesson, which will be taught by Mrs Bolton and will be designed to ensure the children are confident and have covered all of the relevant material. Additionally, the schemes of work the children will be using in English and Maths, will also be geared towards effective coverage of the relevant syllabus. If necessary, and permitted, additional Reasoning sessions will be offered at no charge over the Summer.

How will my child continue to prepare effectively for their Year 6 pre-tests?

Will there be any consideration given by senior schools for the unprecedented disruption that my child has experienced in the lead up to their pre-tests?
As always, Mrs Bolton is working closely with all senior schools and will strive to ensure that all Year 5 pupils achieve their first choice senior school places. Mrs Bolton has begun to make enquiries of senior schools but parents should be mindful that the current focus is skewed by the GCSE and A Level issues. Further updates to follow. Please contact Mrs Bolton directly if you have any specific concerns.

Will there be any consideration given by senior schools for the unprecedented disruption that my child has experienced in the lead up to their pre-tests?

What can I do at home to help my child prepare for their pre-tests?
Year 5 children are a term away from completing the curriculum for the pre-tests. All children have a subscription, paid for by the school to BOFA, which is a brilliant replication of the pre-test model. We advise that children practice at home using this.
As always, we ask you to support your child’s learning to the best of your ability. If you have specific concerns about your child please get in touch with their form tutor in the first instance.

What can I do at home to help my child prepare for their pre-tests?

Early Years (Honey Pot, Beehive and Reception)

What provision is being made for my Early Years child?
We are offering a mix of virtual teaching and activities for our smallest children, which we recognise brings challenges for the children to do independently. All tasks have been designed with this in mind; tasks for younger children will cater for short attention spans.
There will be daily lessons and activities posted on Tapestry which will cover all the EYFS Curriculum. These can be accessed at a time that suits the family and the children will be able to to learn through the teachers inputs. There will then be tasks that the children can complete and share through Tapestry.
Reception will receive daily Literacy and Mathematics inputs as standard and one Circle Time. We will also provide all daily inputs that cover all Areas of Learning.
EYFS staff are providing stories, songs and rhyme sessions that children are able to watch and join in with too. This has the added bonus of providing our smallest children with the reassurance of seeing a familiar face and hearing a familiar voice.
RWI continues daily for Reception and provision will be made across the week for Honey Pot and Beehive.
A bespoke PSHEE scheme is being delivered across the week, inline with the rest of the school.

What provision is being made for my Early Years child?

I am trying to work! Help!
We are fully aware that parents are trying to work as well as care for their children and we want to support this as much as possible. Some daily inputs are supported by tasks and these are clearly explained through weekly planning and through Tapestry. They are labelled as ‘must’ or ‘could’ allowing parents to prioritise learning. Tasks are set that can be completed as independently as possible.
Parents are offered weekly one to one meetings with teachers who will be able to advise and help with issues that arise.

I am trying to work! Help!

I’m really struggling with having my child at home – what help is there?
Please communicate on a daily basis with your class teacher. We are here to support and to help as much as possible.
The EYFS are producing a weekly EYFS Bulletin that offers practical advice and help in response to issues and concerns that our parents are facing. We want to help and support as much as we can.

I'm really struggling with having my child at home - what help is there?

Is it OK to just spend time with my child?
The answer is yes! We have designed the curriculum so that it can fit in around your needs and requirements. If you want to spend the afternoon in the garden or go for a walk, please do! This is an incredibly difficult time for us all but is an opportunity to spend time with our children and experience just how special these Early Years are.

Is it OK to just spend time with my child?

How should I talk to my child about coronavirus?
Mrs McGregor has sent all of our Pre-Prep children a story, which could be useful in helping to explain to very small children how they can help out during the pandemic. You can find this story here.
This BBC article is also a useful read, in terms of how to talk to your child about the pandemic.

How should I talk to my child about coronavirus?

How is Pennthorpe supporting the wellbeing of my Early Years child?
In the Early Years (Honey Pot, Beehive and Reception) we are communicating daily with parents through Tapestry and staff will be available to answer questions regarding any education or parenting concerns. Staff will also facilitate a time where they can have face to face communication through Teams, on a one-to-one basis with parents and their child. We are supporting our parents as much as possible in setting tasks which allow independent learning and exploration. This includes, for example, recorded story times which provide our smallest children the reassurance of seeing a familiar face and hearing a familiar voice.
There are weekly sessions published on Tapestry, focusing on our PSHEE Curriculum, as well as an opportunity to watch a live stream of our weekly Chapel delivered by Mrs Bolton, focusing on our core values. We are also preparing a weekly parenting bulletin, aimed specifically at EYFS parents, tackling issues that arise over the course of this period.
Pennthorpe has also released all of the material that was covered during our recent Wellbeing week here, which we hope will be useful for parents during this challenging time.

How is Pennthorpe supporting the wellbeing of my Early Years child?

The government is continuing to pay Free Entitlement to settings, so why do I still have to pay fees?
As always, Free Entitlement is applicable to only certain parts of your eligible child’s time at Pennthorpe, up to a total of 15 hours per week. Where your child’s fees are reduced to factor in the Free Entitlement that your child is entitled to, this will continue to happen. We believe that the programme of virtual learning for the Summer Term is of the highest quality, and is providing your Early Years child with exceptional learning opportunities. However, in light of the financial strains that the pandemic is putting many of our families under we have reviewed the Summer Term fees, with a view to keeping them as low as possible, whilst protecting the future of Pennthorpe and its outstanding staff team. To this end we have reduced the fees for the Summer Term; for pupils in Years 1 – 8 by 25%, for children in Reception by 30% and those in Honey Pot and Beehive by 50%.

The government is continuing to pay Free Entitlement to settings, so why do I still have to pay fees?

Health/Pastoral

How can I help my child through this period of isolation from their peers?
Try to engage as much as possible with your child during this period of isolation. This should include time out in the fresh air, having fun and socialising together as a house hold. Also, embrace the technology we have available to allow your child to interact with their peers.
Pennthorpe has released all of the material that was covered during our recent Wellbeing week here, which we hope will be useful for parents during this challenging time.
Additionally, we have produced some Helpful Hints for Learning from Home, which we hope will help. Key themes include; maintaining a sense of routine, helping your child to be reflective to overcome anxieties, supporting your child’s independence, being inquisitive with your child, encouraging ambition and promoting collaboration.

How can I help my child through this period of isolation from their peers?

How should I keep my child safe from COVID-19?
Please see the latest government advice, which is available here.

How should I keep my child safe from COVID-19?

What is Pennthorpe doing to help the wellbeing of my child during the lock-down?
Although the day is shortened slightly, children have regular access to their Class Teachers and Form Tutors along with their coaches and champions, where applicable. It is inevitable that this terrible situation will breed a number of issues that we will need to support children with; over concern with hygiene, reduced social skills, behavioural issues due to reduced boundaries, bereavement along with several others. We have developed a new Scheme of Work for all of our children to consider these new issues and to enable us to deal with them proactively and support our children now. There is an allocated daily slot for children, with the staff, to check in with their peers, talk through issues and for the staff to teach this new curriculum along with weekly Chapels run by a variety of staff. For our most vulnerable children, staff continue to check in on them individually, through tutorials.
Our Roots, Shoots and RISE wellbeing curriculum continues to be delivered as part of the daily form time, and a bespoke PSHEE programme has been developed to include the key strands of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world, all with a focus on the current COVID-19 context and associated issues.
In the Early Years (Honey Pot, Beehive and Reception) we communicate daily with parents through Tapestry and staff are available to answer questions regarding any education or parenting concerns. Staff will also facilitate a time where they can have face to face communication through Teams, on a one-to-one basis with parents and their child. We support our parents as much as possible in setting tasks which allow independent learning and exploration. This includes, for example, recorded story times which provide our smallest children the reassurance of seeing a familiar face and hearing a familiar voice.
There are weekly sessions published on Tapestry, focusing on our PSHEE Curriculum, as well as an opportunity to watch our weekly Chapel delivered by Mrs Bolton, focusing on our core values. We also prepare a weekly parenting bulletin, aimed specifically at EYFS parents, tackling issues that arise over the course of this period.
Pennthorpe has also released all of the material that was covered during our recent Wellbeing week here, which we hope will be useful for parents during this challenging time.

What is Pennthorpe doing to help the wellbeing of my child during the lock-down?

How can I ensure my child remains safe whilst using on-line learning resources?
Parents should talk through the Code of Conduct that is based on Government guidelines, which has been issued to all parents. This is also available on our website here, and has been loaded on to the Parent Portal. Our Safeguarding policy has also been updated with an addendum related specifically to virtual learning, available on the website and Parent Portal.

We also recommend parents familiarise themselves with what their children are doing when they are on-line. This advice may be helpful as a starting point.

How can I ensure my child remains safe whilst using on-line learning resources?

What can I do to help lift my child’s mood?
It is normal for children to experience episodes of low mood, especially during periods of change or uncertainty. If your child seems a bit low make sure you encourage them to talk about it. Plan something enjoyable into each day. This might be listening to music, drawing, speaking with their friends or doing something active. Sleep is very important when it comes to regulating mood. Make sure your child is practising good sleep hygiene by having a regular bed time and get up time as well as not using technology for at least 1 hour before bedtime.
If your child’s low mood seems to be persistent and more long term, then they may need some additional support. We have a dedicated pastoral team, including a school counsellor, who can offer this. Please contact Mrs Bolton if you wish to understand more about what is available.

What can I do to help lift my child's mood?

How can I ensure my child remains active during the lock-down?
Getting regular physical exercise, where possible, will be a helpful tool for promotion of mental and physical health.
Our PE staff are providing daily ideas for physical activities for our Early Years children via Tapestry. PE lessons are published via Microsoft Teams for all other children.
Where possible, children should get outside, either in a garden or in wider spaces – away from others – in order to get fresh air and (British weather allowing) sunshine. Of course an alternative to traditional exercise is some help with the more physical of house-hold tasks such as vacuuming or car washing – but we’ll leave that to your discretion!

How can I ensure my child remains active during the lock-down?

How should I juggle the roles of being a parent and teacher for my child, as well as trying to work from home?
All the virtual learning tasks are designed appropriately to enable parents to fulfill both roles. Tasks for younger children cater for short attention spans whilst older children are better able to focus and work independently for the designated periods. Staff are on hand to help so parents can continue with their own work.
How should I juggle the roles of being a parent and teacher for my child, as well as trying to work from home?

I’m finding it hard to parent my teen, in isolation, 24 hours a day. Can you offer any advice?
We’d recommend taking a look at Teen Tips, founded by a therapist for adolescents,  Alicia Drummond. The Teen Tips team are offering a series of live online Parenting Talks tailored for the current situation, including; Parenting in Isolation, First Aid for your Child’s Mind, Teens & Screens. This is in addition to Teen talks, such as Managing the Stresses of Life. There are also a lot of helpful free blogs, podcasts and Q&A films on the website.
The Pennthorpe team are delivering our usual ‘Tea & Talk’ sessions this Term, albeit virtually, which will be shared with parents as part of our weekly communications.
I'm finding it hard to parent my teen, in isolation, 24 hours a day. Can you offer any advice?

Fees

Am I liable for the Summer Term’s school fees when the school is closed?
As per our Terms & Conditions all families must give a term’s notice to withdraw their child from Pennthorpe, given by the first day of the preceding term.
Additionally, Clause 15 in our Terms & Conditions states that fees will still be chargeable if the school closes in the short term due to events outside of our, or your, control. The COVID-19 pandemic is such an event.
We believe that the programme of virtual learning for the Summer Term is of the highest quality, and provides your child with exceptional learning opportunities. However, in light of the financial strains that the pandemic is putting many of our families under we have reviewed the Summer Term fees, with a view to keeping them as low as possible, whilst protecting the future of Pennthorpe and its outstanding staff team. To this end we have reduced the fees for the Summer Term; for pupils in Years 1 – 8 by 25%, for children in Reception by 30% and those in Honey Pot and Beehive by 50%.

Am I liable for the Summer Term's school fees when the school is closed?

Are my child’s school fees reduced whilst my child is not attending school?
Pennthorpe has frozen the 2019/20 school fees until January 2021 when they will be reviewed. As such, there will be no increase to fees in September 2020.
We believe that the programme of virtual learning for the Summer Term is of the highest quality, and provides your child with exceptional learning opportunities. However, in light of the financial strains that the pandemic is putting many of our families under we have reviewed the Summer Term fees, with a view to keeping them as low as possible, whilst protecting the future of Pennthorpe and its outstanding staff team. To this end we have reduced the fees for the Summer Term; for pupils in Years 1 – 8 by 25%, for children in Reception by 30% and those in Honey Pot and Beehive by 50%.

Are my child's school fees reduced whilst my child is not attending school?

The government is paying 80% of staff salaries who are now on temporary leave, so why do I have to pay any more than 20% of the fees?
Thanks to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Pennthorpe has been able to put some staff members on temporary leave and the government will pay 80% of their salary. However, many members of the Pennthorpe team are working harder than ever to deliver a new virtual learning Scheme of Work. Such staff members, who do any work for Pennthorpe over this period, are not eligible to be furloughed meaning Pennthorpe cannot claim any help in funding their salaries from the government.
We believe that the programme of virtual learning is of the highest quality, and provides your child with exceptional learning opportunities. However, in light of the financial strains that the pandemic is putting many of our families under we have reviewed the Summer Term fees, with a view to keeping them as low as possible, whilst protecting the future of Pennthorpe and its outstanding staff team. To this end we have reduced the fees for the Summer Term; for pupils in Years 1 – 8 by 25%, for children in Reception by 30% and those in Honey Pot and Beehive by 50%.

The government is paying 80% of staff salaries who are now on temporary leave, so why do I have to pay any more than 20% of the fees?

The government is continuing to pay Free Entitlement to settings, so why do I still have to pay fees?
As always, Free Entitlement is applicable to only certain parts of your eligible child’s time at Pennthorpe, up to a total of 15 hours per week. Where your child’s fees are reduced to factor in the Free Entitlement that your child is entitled to, this will continue to happen. In addition, we have reviewed the Summer Term fees, with a view to keeping them as low as possible, whilst protecting the future of Pennthorpe and its outstanding staff team. To this end we have reduced the fees for the Summer Term for children in Reception by 30% and those in Honey Pot and Beehive by 50%.

The government is continuing to pay Free Entitlement to settings, so why do I still have to pay fees?

What should I do if I can no longer afford the school fees for my child?
Please get in touch with our bursary as soon as possible, who will be able to provide the best advice regarding what to do in this situation.
What should I do if I can no longer afford the school fees for my child?

General

How will Pennthorpe keep in touch with me?
Pennthorpe will continue to communicate frequently and via the normal vehicles. Please continue to access school emails, as well as review our website and our internal facebook page (Penn Thorpe).

How will Pennthorpe keep in touch with me?

Who should I contact if I have questions?
If your question is of a technical nature, please contact Nick O’Glieve in the first instance. If your question relates to your child’s academic progress, please direct it to your child’s form tutor. More general questions can be asked directly of Mrs Bolton or directed to the Front Office where they will be passed to the most appropriate party.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

What should I do if my child develops symptoms of coronavirus?
Please see the latest NHS advice, which is available here.

What should I do if my child develops symptoms of coronavirus?

How should I talk to my child about coronavirus?
Mrs McGregor has sent all of our Pre-Prep children a story, which could be useful in helping to explain to very small children how they can help out during the pandemic. You can find this story here.

This BBC article is also a useful read, in terms of how to talk to your child about the pandemic.

How should I talk to my child about coronavirus?

What could I do to help protect the future of my child’s education, and of Pennthorpe, once the pandemic is over?
We are aware of the many challenges facing our families during this unprecedented crisis. We thank you whole heartedly for your support so far, and the invaluable work you are doing in supporting your child’s home learning and general wellbeing. Your willingness to work with us as a school, and your continued communication, will help us to successfully emerge from it together. With your support, we believe that our children can emerge from this crisis with a new joy for the world around them, a fresh vigour in their approach to their friendships and a little more resilience in preparation for their adult lives.

What could I do to help protect the future of my child's education, and of Pennthorpe, once the pandemic is over?