Thursday, 22 July 2021

Weekly Newsletter - 22/07/2021 - Important Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

Summer School Holiday Meal Scheme

The government has extended the COVID Local Support Grant. The School Holiday Meal Scheme will provide £90

(£15 per week) per child to cover the 6 week summer break to families who are eligible and apply. If you wish to check your eligibility, use the School Holiday Meal link. The applications close at 5:00 tomorrow.

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium is a government scheme designed to support children from lower income families in order to provide them with the best possible start to their education.

Children who are eligible can have free school lunches (worth over £400 per year) and may receive financial assistance from the school for uniform, trips, breakfast club and other school clubs which require a payment to join.

This is possible because the school receives additional funding for every eligible child whose parents successfully register. All information concerning Pupil Premium children is treated completely confidentially and does not affect any other benefits currently being claimed. To check your eligibility or to apply, please use the Pupil Premium link.

Y3 parents in September

Please remember, school lunches must be paid for via Squid. The government funding of free school lunches finishes when children leave Y2. However, Pupil Premium children will continue to receive free meals.

School Calendar for 2021-22

September school update

Following guidance from the Department of Education, we can share our plans for September. This is of course subject to change, but we sincerely hope we can offer a more typical school experience which we have all missed over the last 16 months.


Mornings 8:30 to 11:30

Lunch 11:30 to 12:15

Afternoon 12:15 to 3:15


Doors open 8:30

Children to be in class 8:40

Lunch 12:00 to 1:00

Finish 3:00


Doors open 8:30

Children to be in class 8:40

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Finish 3:10

● Facemasks for adults on the school premises is optional, but very much permitted if you wish.

● We will continue to operate the one way system in both playgrounds as it works well.

● School will remain open for lessons on Friday afternoons.

● Bubbles will not be in place. Children and staff will be able to mix (e.g. assembly, playground).

● ABACUS Breakfast Club will start (see the office for an application form).

● Clubs will restart (details to follow next term).

● Trips may go ahead (subject to a school Risk Assessment being agreed).

● Parent events will resume (e.g. Parents Evening).

Holiday Activity Programme

Playdays Preschool 8, Myplace, Harold Hill is part of the Holiday Activity and Food programme 2021 which is funded by the Department for Education and supports children from who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. They are offering funded spaces for 4 hrs for 5 days over the middle 4 weeks of the school holidays for children aged 4 to 7 years. If you are interested in securing a place or wish to know more, phone 07595603498 and ask to speak with Claire.

Summer Camp!


This year’s overall attendance was 94.7% which is our highest in 3 years. Well done and thank you to everyone!

Key Information and dates

Squid login

Havering Catering Lunch Menu

Wednesday 1st September School Closed to children - Staff INSET day.

Thursday 2nd September Back to school (8.30 doors open with children to be in class for 8.40).

Monday 6th September Phone calls home to new YR parents (until Wednesday 8th September).

Monday 6th September Phone calls home to Nursery parents (all week).

Thursday 9th September YR Stay & Play for the children and parents (in small groups).

Friday 10th September YR Stay & Play for the children and parents (in small groups).

Monday 13th September Nursery Stay & Play Sessions (all week).

Monday 13th September YR children new to Mead (8.30 - 11.30 every day this week).

Monday 13th September YR children who attended the Mead Nursery (12.30 - 3.00 every day this week).

Monday 20th September Nursery 30 hour children start.

Monday 20th September All YR children attend school full time.

Monday 27th September Nursery part-time children start.

Friday 22nd October Last day of school.

Monday 1st November School Closed to children - Staff INSET day.

Tuesday 2nd November Back to school.

Friday 17th December Last day of school.

Thank you for everything you have done this year and for your support in what has been another very challenging and disruptive year for you, our children and our staff. I hope you enjoy a lovely summer, remain well and we look forward to seeing you for our first day of the new term on Thursday 2nd September. To our Year 6 children, I wish you every success and luck at your new schools and hope you will be very happy.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr D Denchfield

Executive Headteacher, The Learning Federation