COVID-19


Tuesday 24th March 2020.


Dear Parents and Carers,

In this bulletin we have included some key information for you. As you will know from the Prime Minister’s announcement, we are all now instructed to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. This of course applies to your children. Please avoid them having friends around or meeting in groups. This may be a challenge but it is also a learning opportunity.

There are countless resources available on line that your children can make use of during this time. It may be an idea for them to research around the virus and other occasions where individual liberties have been restricted to protect society, such as during World War 2. This may help to give them a sense of perspective and also to see their place in history.

Of course not all resources are online. Books are still in my opinion the best source of learning and fiction can take them momentarily from this world to another. While libraries are closed you may have access to books at home or be able to order online. Reading is perhaps the most important educational skill so practice will always be of benefit.

We are continuing to develop resources and provide links to content. We will also begin to monitor this by asking individual students to feedback to us and by the occasional phone call home to find out what they have been learning and understanding. As much as possible we will replicate the monitoring and guidance we provide in the physical school. We will update you on these in the coming weeks so look out for these bulletins.

We are here to support you as parents and now educators and by working together we can ensure that your children continue to receive the education they deserve.

Key worker student supervision
Please can you remember to inform the school before 07.30am if your child will not be attending the daily key worker supervision. It is important we can coordinate staffing and rooming in line with demand.

Year 13 & UCAS
Whilst we wait for further details from Ofqual regarding the issuing of grades can we request that students think carefully about their options and try not to make quick decisions about accepting UCAS offers. Students have until the 6th May 2020 to accept an offer on UCAS, so it is important that time is used to consider the options carefully. This has been an important process for your daughter/son and therefore it is important we continue to support you to aim for the university and course you want.

An unconditional offer may seem the best option right now but we urge you to wait and if it’s not the university you want to go to don’t accept that offer. Once we have more information we will let you know, for now focus on your studies and providing work to your teachers that can be used towards your final grade.

Mental Wellbeing and supporting a vulnerable child
Please find below detailed advice and guidance on where to go and what to do if you need to know how best to support your family with Mental Health and Well-being concerns.

How to get help in a crisis:

CAMHS Mental Health Crisis Line: 0800 330 8590 (24 hour service)
The crisis line is a 24hr telephone service for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. The crisis line provides an opportunity to talk to a mental health professional about your mental health crisis. The service also provides advice and information for carers, family and friends who may know someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

When the crisis line is busy, we ask you to leave a voicemail with your name and contact number so we can call you back. Please contact your General Practitioner (GP) who may be able to help you with your physical or mental health problems. If necessary, your GP will refer you to community health or mental health services.

Counselling: https://www.kooth.com

An online counselling service has been set up across south east London for children and teenagers. .  The online counselling and emotional wellbeing service will offer support to young people aged 11 to 19 and it will be completely anonymous. It is called Kooth and will be free to all.

Young Minds parents helpline: 0808 802 5544 
Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25. You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them.  Call the Parents Helpline free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm – available in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mental wellbeing and Special Educational Needs

Bexley SNAP: Tel: 01322 359475 is a registered charity and helps to support disabled children and their families
Web: http://www.bexleysnap.org.uk Email: admin@bexleysnap.org.uk

Bexley Voice is a voluntary group of Bexley Borough parents of children with special or additional needs. It supports parents and carers and acts as a voice to ensure the rights and needs of children are met.
Web: www.bexleyvoice.org.uk

Compass: Tel: 07388780512 
Offers support and guidance for a parent or carer of a child or young person with Autism or ADHD
Email: compass@bvsc.co.uk

Web: http://www.bexleyvoice.org.uk/compass-asdadhd-support.html

Youth Action Diversity Trust: 
Parenting Courses and Support Groups including those with ASD or ADHD
Web: https://www.youthactiondiversitytrust.co.uk

Eating Disorders:

BEAT - Eating disorders charity
Beat supports people and their families who are worried about Eating Disorders
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coronavirus/supporting-someone

Safeguarding:
if you are worried about a child's safety go to the SAFEGUARDING AREA on the school website: http://www.kinghenry.org.uk/parents/safeguarding/

  

Take care and stay safe

 Mr Desmond Deehan

CEO/Executive Headteacher