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Information Regarding School Closure from Monday 23rd March 2020
Following the Government’s announcement, all schools are now closed to all pupils, except a few identified groups. This includes pupils who are in receipt of an EHCP, pupils who are especially vulnerable and children of keyworkers. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors defined by the government (see the full list here: //bit.ly/3ddxEgx), and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your child will be prioritised for continued education provision.
The school will not run any lessons, and the service will be purely supervisory. We want to prioritise the health of our staff and pupils and I wish to draw your attention to a key line in the guidance which states that “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”
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Whilst the school follows the government's Distance Learning, all work for students will be uploaded to Firefly and emailed to students. Some lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.
Free School Meals Update
Valentines High School has adopted the Department of Education’s Free School Meals scheme to provide £15 per week, per child to the families of children entitled to free school meals. The scheme is administered through a company called Edenred. Click here apply for free school meals
Edenred will send out e-codes to families, which can be exchanged for vouchers that can be spent in supermarkets. For those families without email addresses, schools can print the e-codes and post them home. Full details can be found here.
The Edenred computer system has been completely overloaded by the number of schools trying to use it, which has led to long delays in the e-codes being sent out. The delay is completely beyond our control, but we are working very hard to make sure you receive your e-codes as quickly as possible.
Please be assured that the school is doing all we can to keep our students and staff safe and will continue to follow advice from the Government and Local Authority. Please continue to check this website for regular school updates.
Further information and advice can be found below:
- For the latest information about Coronavirus
- London Borough of Redbridge Information Hub
- London Borough of Redbridge Wellbeing Service
Welcome to Valentines High School
At Valentines High School our main focus is for our students to achieve excellence in all that they do. Valentines is a multi cultural, mixed comprehensive school, with around 1350 students.
We aim to work in partnership with students, parents, staff and the community to provide opportunities for all. Improving our provision and that for students at other schools is an important component of our ethos for Teaching School and Leading Edge.
Our school motto is ‘In harmony, achieving excellence’ and everything we do is planned to enable us to achieve this vision.