As you will be aware, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we are in unprecedented times.
To control the spread of the virus, the government has announced that all schools will shut; apart from those that support children and young people with Education Health and Care plans (EHC plans), children who are considered vulnerable, or those children whose parents are key workers.
Marshlands School supports children all of whom have EHC plans, and so we are committed to do everything in our power to be able to offer an ongoing provision for our children and young people; and are committed to working together to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children and staff. This includes the online learning tasks that you have access to through ClassDojo.
Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, stated:
"Special schools are advised to make assessment on a case by case basis of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils on an EHCP. For some, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will be safer at home. The Secretary of State trusts leaders to make these decisions."
Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education
To keep Marshlands Special School open for pupils is not be feasible, realistic or safe at this time so we are devising a strategy that will enable us to meet our social responsibility to support children of key workers and our most vulnerable. This will not be an academic provision but will mirror a child care provision.
Please rest assured that Ms Prince and the rest of the staff team at Marshlands are committed to the welfare of your child, every decision made will be in the interest of your child.
We continue to receive regular guidance from the government but the current key message is that where possible you should stay at home – no unnecessary journeys or social contact, only leave home for essential shopping, medical needs and exercise once a day and don’t visit other peoples houses – including other family members.
Inline with this, we have updated our safeguarding policy and there is a new policy to reflect safeguarding during the current crisis which can be found in the policies section of our website.
Marshlands Primary School
A warm welcome on behalf of the Staff, Governors and Pupils here at Marshlands School. We hope you find this website helpful and informative. At Marshlands School we aim to provide a stimulating and caring environment in which pupils can learn and grow. Our motto is Growing Together as we want all our pupils to reach their highest potential so that when they leave us they can be as independent as possible.
We aim to provide a rich and effective education valuing every pupil as an individual. We also value the support we receive from parents and friends that help us to provide wider learning opportunities. Please contact the school with any questions and concerns. We will be happy to help.
Ms Kim Prince
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