Free School Meal Hampers/Lunches clarification

We use the Leeds Catering Agency, to provide our school dinners. Since we have been closed, the Catering Agency have been working hard to provide those children eligible for Free School Meals, with a packed lunch each day.

This changed to a hamper, so that you only need to pick up on a Monday.

We have had some of you coming into school asking to collect the food boxes which we are giving out. 
Unfortunately, these are ONLY for children who are entitled to Free School Meals.
IF you, the parent, are on;

  • Income Support, or
  • income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or 
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit, with an income of less than £7,400 a year 
  • support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or
  • Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190

This will be something that you already  have in place through one of these benefits.

We have a list in school of all families who are eligible for Free School Meals and we can only give the boxes to these people. 
For the past couple of years in England, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been given a meal in school which you do not pay for. ​This is referred to, by the Government, as Universal Free School Meals. So we can see the confusion! Food is not being provided for these children.
If you are not sure whether you are on our list, please email and we can check, rather than you having a wasted journey coming to school.

Please don’t listen to rumours. Keep checking the website as we will update on there if there are any changes. 

Wed 25th March In school news

Today has been even quieter with less than a class full children in school but they have been working hard and having fun…making the most of the sunny day.

Jermaine and Mr Moore were busy with sports and outdoor learning. The children have discovered tadpoles in the mud puddles and mosaic tiles on the field. They also have a pea and a potato to take home and grow. Jermaine even cut the grass in his dinner hour!

At the end of the day Mr Moore and Miss Hall untangled a very cute fox cub from the football nets, and Mr Moore was bitten! He said that Elvis was not sympathetic, when he got home!

I’m sure the children will tell you all about it. Huge thanks to all the staff that are in school working; doing an incredible job. All the staff working at home and connecting via Google Classrooms too. Mr Moore says that the comments, enthusiasm and engagement has been incredible! Keep going!

Don’t forget to collect your Free School Meal packed lunch and contact if you have any questions or queries.

Tuesday 24th March update

So did you join in with Joe Wickes this morning?! I did and it was a great start to the day. Let’s see if we can all join in tomorrow and see some positives of this self confinement. This is now essential in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus and to protect our NHS staff.

We have 25 children in today and they are working hard, enjoying being out of the home I imagine but sticking to our social distancing guidance.
Don’t forget to check out Mr Kay’s Maths Blog

Are your children eligible for Free school Meals? If so, a packed lunch is being made each day but so many were wasted yesterday. Please email with your chid’s name and yes/no if you have been contacted by the office. This will reduce food waste.

Monday 23rd March

I am amazed to hear that there were over 99 children who had been on Google classrooms, before 9am today! Huge well done and I am incredibly proud of you for working so hard.

Don’t forget that there are lots of links on the school website, to lots of on line learning.

Read Write Inc are broadcasting free online lessons, which will be excellent for all our children and also parents.

I forgot to log on to Joe Wicks this morning at 9am but will do that tomorrow! I hear it is a hard session so can’t wait to see photos of you all, post workout! Don’t forget to share all your work via Google classrooms or to email your class teacher.

Huge thanks to all the ACE staff because they really are living up to that name. I have always been proud of the team that we have built but in an unprecedented crisis as this one, they have been wonderful. Don’t forget to email if you should need anything or have any queries. The school phone line will not be accepting calls or taking messages at this time, as we are minimising the number of staff who need to be in school.

Enjoy day 1, be patient, be kind, build in routine and keep learning!

Planning for next week

Thank you to all the parents who have already emailed us with their key worker information and ID. Please can you do this by 12pm today, 20th March, as we will then plan for next week and email you confirmation of a place.

We are also planning to be open during what would have been our Easter holidays, in order to allow essential key workers to work, if you are required to do so. We will do this on a flexible, rota pattern for staff so that they still get their holiday entitlement, if they are happy to work in this way.

Again, thank you for cooperation at such a difficult time. What an amazing, ACE community we have here and I know that this will only strengthen us further.

Parents evenings

In light of the huge changes we are facing, we have cancelled the parents evenings for next week. We will therefore be closing at the normal time on Wed 25th March, to further support all our working parents. So there will be no early closure on that day.

Staff will aim to send home a short written report instead, on April 22nd.

The aim of this is to share progress to date, next steps and ways that you can further help your child to make progress.

Thank you once again for all your support during a time when we have had to make some small but significant changes to the way we are running school.

We really do appreciate your cooperation and support.

Helen Stott