Message to parents and carers, 17th April 2020, from David Hood, Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are doing well and have been able to benefit from the beautiful weather of the last couple of weeks.

Please read the messages below carefully as they contain some important information.

With best wishes,

David Hood
Headteacher
Cressex Community School

1)      Health Services for Children and Young People

This is a message I have been asked to pass on to you. It is from the local NHS, General Practitioners (Family Doctors) and Public Health England. Doctors are concerned that some people may be worried about their children’s health but not contacting their local surgery or hospital when they should.

Please remember, A&E services and your GP practice are still open during the coronavirus outbreak. 

GP surgeries are not allowing patients to directly book face to face appointments at the moment, to help stop the spread of the virus. They are, however, more than happy to discuss your case over the phone and to offer advice and guidance. In some cases they may be able to consult by video link, using mobile phones. If clinically appropriate, they can invite you to attend the surgery for an appointment at an arranged time. 

It is really important to stay well at this difficult time, so please contact your GP surgery if your child is poorly with any symptoms that cause you concern. With so much attention on coronavirus at the moment, we are aware you may be concerned your child has a different illness or may be living with a worrying condition like asthma or diabetes. 

So, if you are worried, please call your surgery to arrange a telephone consultation, or you can use the AskNHS app to book a call-back if you are 16 or over. This parent information form, produced by Barts Health and North-East London STP, gives very useful advice on when to use services like GPs, pharmacists, A&E and 999. 

All your health service staff are still there for you, even though they are having to do things a little differently. Please don't be afraid to use them if you are concerned about your child's health.

2)      Free School Meals

We have been successful in signing up to the Government’s Free School Meal voucher scheme. The parents affected should by now have received an email from Edenred with an e-code and explaining how the system works. Please read the email carefully to avoid difficulties at the supermarket checkout.

We are very aware that people’s circumstances can change rapidly. If you feel that your child/ren may now be entitled to Free School Meals, even if they previously were not, please contact us without delay on office@cressex.org

3)      Teaching and Learning

Teachers will start putting lessons on-line again (via Show My Homework) from Monday 20 April. Please do all you can to encourage your child to keep learning. If you have any questions or helpful suggestions, please contact the school.

4)      Options Letters

Options letters were posted to the families of students in Year 8 earlier this week. They should arrive in the next few days. If you have any questions about the options allocated, please follow up using the process and contacts given in the letter.

5)      English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) On-Line

Colleagues at Henley College have asked me to tell you that they are offering free on-line tuition to people who wish to improve their English. If you would like to find out more, please email esolathenley@gmail.com