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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


School Closure


Follow this link for further support for everyone during this difficult time. It includes educational resources, information to help you explain the situation to your children, how to discuss their worries and anxieties, fun activity ideas, how to apply for Free School Meal Vouchers and contacts for you gain access to extra support if needed.


All parents with children returning to school from 1st June 2020 have been sent a letter via Class Dojo with information regarding your start date, drop off and pick up times etc. Also please click on the links below for answers to the questions you may have and see our School Social Story document to help prepare your child for their return to school.

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

School Social Story Booklet


Letters to parents during School Closure - click the links below

From 1st June 2020 you can still send your child to school during the school closure if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. Please contact school to arrange a start date for your child to attend.


If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

Critical Worker Update.

In light of the Government guidance changing from Key Worker to Critical Worker and amendments to the Critical Worker list, we now to need to ask you- is your specific work critical to the COVID-19 response?

The amended guidance now states that schools should have the fewest number of pupils/staff in attendance as possible and parents/carers should also do everything they can to ensure their children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus -they should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

In order to ensure that we are only caring for the children whose parents work is critical to the COVID-19 response and they cannot keep their child safe at home, then these children will be prioritised for education provision. These essential roles should be confirmed by their employer and that their specific work is critical to the COVID-19 response. (This applies to all categories).

We have found that some employers have been very flexible in their approach to changes in shift patterns, working from home etc. The overarching principle from the guidance is that every child who can safely stay at home should.

If you have been notified that you can bring your child to school on Monday and believe that your role is still critical, please do so. For those of you in non-front line roles, we will require proof from your employer by 3.00pm on Monday 23rd March 2020 that your specific role is critical to the response to COVID-19. If you have had a change of circumstances and no longer require the emergency provision, please contact us on 

Please click the 'Class page' link below and then select your child's class to find out more information about how to support your child with home learning. Updated suggested timetables and extra learning resources are added each week so please check the website periodically.