Free School Meals
Porthleven School will be making the following meal provision for those pupils entitled to Free School Meal during the Covid-19 closure period.
- If a pupil is coming in to school - a meal will be provided in the normal way.
- If a pupil is staying at home - a £15 Tesco food voucher will be provided every week during the closure period. The £15 is for a single pupil, so for example if you have three pupils at the school you will receive £45.
- The voucher can be sent in two formats - as an e-voucher or a gift card. If you do not receive your voucher, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your child’s name and the school they attend and we will get back to you.
- Vouchers can be used in store or on-line if you are getting your shopping delivered to home.
- The guidance that comes with the e-voucher currently says “print and take to the store”. Tesco have advised us that the store will be able to read the barcode/number straight from a mobile phone. We have asked Tesco to update their guidance to make this clearer.
- Vouchers will only be provided during normal school term weeks, so there will be no vouchers during holiday weeks, unless the Government’s guidance is altered.
- The vouchers are for Free School Meals pupils only and not Universal Free School meals pupils; again, if the Government guidance changes, the school will alter the voucher provision to fit the new guidance.
The Department for Education has been informed that some parents in England that they have received an email stating:
‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.
This is a scam email, do not respond and delete it immediately. The school will never request your bank details.
Due to a Change in Circumstances You Need to Register for Free School Meals.
During this period ,we suspect due to changes in people’s financial situation that more people than usual will become entitled to Free School Meals. If this applies to you, please follow this link www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals to apply for Free School Meals.
Cornwall Council have confirmed that this service will continue to operate during the Covid-19 closedown.
Please keep an eye on the school website for further updates.
Southerly Point Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust would like to assure our parents, staff and children that we are closely monitoring, and following, the latest information and advice issued by Public Health England with regards to the Coronavirus [COVID-19] outbreak. The Department for Education [DfE] has set up a helpline open from 8am to 6pm weekdays to complement the advice being provided by Public Health England and the regular updates sent to all educational settings.
We keep in daily contact with Public Health England to stay abreast of the changing situation and we will update you accordingly. We stress that we have stringent and robust systems in place to ensure that daily cleaning procedures are thorough and effective. Children's personal hygiene routines are enforced daily by school staff as an integral part of their day.
We hope it is unlikely that we will need to close any of our schools due to the virus. However, if a positive coronavirus case is identified from within our staff or pupils, we will seek immediate advice from Public Health England. If there is an enforced closure of schools by Public Health England, we will inform you through the school’s usual communication channels. We also will send out notifications to the media. Where a closure happens within a school day, a text or phone message / Radio alert will be sent to all parents and no pupil will be released from our care until a parent has collected them or parents have given the school permission for the pupil to walk home.
During the period of closure your child will be provided with work to complete at home. Personal hygiene is important during this time and please can you talk to your children about this. If any of your family are diagnosed with the virus, we would need you to inform your Headteacher as soon as possible. Thank you.
Guidance can be found in full online here:
A full list of affected areas, including maps, can be found online here:
Guidance for educational settings has been published and is also available online.
Please note that this is currently being reviewed and updated so please check back regularly:
Updates on COVID-19:
As a school we are determined to help your child reach his / her potential whether they join us in the nursery or at any other time in their school career. We aim to do this by building on children’s successes ensuring that they are happy and feel supported.
Our school vision statement is:
Aspire for excellence through making learning irresistible.
Porthleven School: a place where we can grow together and where I can be me.
We aim to make learning irresistible by offering an attractive environment and a broad rich curriculum that is supported by a variety of after school and extra-curricular activities. Many of the extra-curricular activities are offered by visiting coaches and enthusiastic volunteers and we believe that all pupils should have equal access to these activities.
As a staff we believe that however good a school we may be there are always areas of the school that we can improve and to this aim we are constantly reviewing all aspects of school life. We welcome any involvement from friends, parents and others to help us to provide the very best for the children in our care.
We have a very enthusiastic and active PTA and I would encourage all parents to support them and get involved in any activities. They have been extremely successful in recent years in gaining funding and providing fantastic activities for the whole community.
We are a school family and believe that everyone has a role to play in enabling children to grow to become the very best that they possibly can.
I look forward to working with you and your family over the coming years.
You may remember that last year the children were introduced to a well-being and character development programme centred around virtues. Our children need the opportunity to develop those personal strengths that will enable them to go out into the world with confidence, resilience and the self-belief needed to negotiate the challenges that life brings.
Every week a new virtue will be introduced to the children with examples of how they can identify and develop it in their lives. We will also inform parents of our virtue of the week and ask if you to could look for opportunities to praise your child for showing the virtue or how they can develop it further. In time it would be great to hear children sharing examples of how they have shown virtues at home as well as in school.
This weeks virtue is . . . . . . .
Please see below a PDF of the letter sent via email regarding the PTA.