Puberty and Sexuality for Children with Learning Disabilities and Autism

The session will take place on Thursday 22nd April 2021 7PM-9PM

Letter to families 26.03.21

Dear Parents/Carers

The days are lengthening, British Summer Time is just around the corner and it’s almost time for the Easter holidays to begin!

We have had a happy and productive Spring term and it has been such a pleasure to have an increasing number of students back in school each week and to once again feel the positive energy and enthusiasm that our young people collectively bring to St Ann’s. We are greatly looking forward to the last remaining small group of students returning to school in April so that we finally have a ‘full house’.

Please note the following information

Wednesday 31.03.21Last day of term and an earlier finish time

Buses will pick up students from school at 2pm 

Please make sure someone is at home to receive your young person at this earlier time
Monday 19.04.21First day of Summer term

All students are expected back in school

Please ring the school office if your young person is unable to attend for any reason
Covid-19 Self Test Kits(These are for use on students who are not showing any signs of Covid-19 ie they are asymptomatic)A pack of three tests is being sent home in a sealed box with this letter

An instruction leaflet is inside the box

If you feel that your young person can cope with safely having a test, please carry out the test on Sunday 18.04.21 ie the day before he/she returns to school.

If the test is negative no further action is necessary and your young person should start back to school.

If the test is positive you must report your result to the NHS (see page 15 of the instruction leaflet) and you will be given further information on the next steps to take. The whole family must then self isolate in accordance with current national guidance.

Remember these are voluntary tests but the government strongly recommends that they are regularly carried out.

Further test kits will be sent out by school in the coming weeks. 

Please ring school and speak to the nursing team if you have any queries.

If your young person is not currently in school but you would like a self-test kit please make arrangements to pick one up from the school office. 
Reports on student progress during the Spring termThese are being sent home by class teams next week

Many thanks for your ongoing support throughout the spring term. Please be assured that the education, health, safety and well being of your young person remains our highest priority at all times and every good wish for a peaceful and happy Easter break. 

Yours sincerely

Gillian Carver

Headteacher

21/01/21

Dear Parents/Carers

Please use the link below to access the latest edition of our Google form to indicate your preference regarding your young person’s educational provision for the next three weeks i.e. until Friday 12th February when the half term holiday begins.

As before you can indicate if you would like your young person to attend school or access home learning opportunities via St Ann’s website, home learning packs or live interactive sessions.

Please remember that we are all here to help and if you have any concerns please ring the office and ask for myself, Timmy or Mary (Deputy Headteachers) or you may prefer to have a conversation with your young person’s class teacher. 

Please complete and submit this form even if you want your young person’s current provision to remain the same as this will help us to plan effectively and allocate staff appropriately.

Take care and keep well.

Kind regards

Gillian

St Ann’s School: Third Lockdown Provision (Please Click)

Letter to Parents/carers 07/01/21

Dear Parents/Carers

Every good wish for a very happy and healthy 2021

Amidst all of the January gloom and everyone’s worries about the new variant Covid it has been great to welcome back students to school this week in spite of the third National Lockdown and to catch up with those families whose young person has remained at home.

During these uncertain times we know that family situations can change very quickly so we will be sending you regular Google forms so that you can let us know the sort of school provision that will help you most in the coming weeks.

Please take a few moments to complete and submit this new Google form below for the period 11.01.21 to 22.01.21 as this really helps us with planning and we hope will reassure you as to the provision available.

Keep well and do email or ring if there is anything that we can help with.

Kind regards

Gillian

St Ann’s School: Third Lockdown Provision (Please Click)

Letter to Parents/carers 31.12.20

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that you and your family remain well and that you have had a pleasant Christmas.

Following the Government announcement yesterday regarding the re-opening of schools in high transmission Tier 4 areas I am writing to confirm the following information about St Ann’s.

Monday 4th JanuaryPlanned INSET daySchool is closed to all students. Training will take place on Asymptomatic testing of staff and students
Tuesday 5th JanuaryAdditional INSET daySchool is closed to all students. Asymptomatic testing of staff will take place
Wednesday 6th JanuaryLimited School ProvisionSchool is only open to children of critical workers to vulnerable students Once parental permission is obtained trained staff will begin Asymptomatic testing of students who are in school.
Thursday 7th JanuaryLimited School ProvisionSchool is only open to children of critical workers to vulnerable students Once parental permission is obtained trained staff will begin Asymptomatic testing of students who are in school.
Friday 8th JanuaryLimited School ProvisionSchool is only open to children of critical workers to vulnerable students Once parental permission is obtained trained staff will begin Asymptomatic testing of students who are in school

Kind regards

Gillian


Letter Home Tuesday 17 November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

This morning we were advised that there has been a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 within the staff population.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are following government guidance. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your young person. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Please note that your young person was not a contact of the member of staff who tested positive. St Ann’s remains open and providing your young person stays well, he/she can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.

What to do if your young person develops symptoms of COVID 19:

If your young person develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

• new continuous cough and/or

• high temperature

• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your young person or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.           

Hands

• Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.

Face

• Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be

difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

• It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and

several other indoor settings.

Space

• Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

• Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.

• Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.

Further Information

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-young personcare

Yours sincerely

Gillian Carver

Headteacher

Telstar – Specialist High Need Provision

St Ann’s prides itself on being a highly inclusive school. It has a long history of including students with extremely complex behavioural needs through supportive and positive behavioural management strategies.

In November 2015 building on our wealth of collective practice and informed by research, we ‘launched’ Telstar class which offered a highly personal, nurturing, child-centred approach for eight students, facilitated through a cohesive, experienced team providing 1:1 support.

Timetable, structure and routine no longer shaped the learning day. Instead a variety of motivating, multisensory based activities were constantly available, with students being free to choose to participate or not. This student led, play based, low demand learning approach enabled students to feel more relaxed and consequently they quickly became more motivated to engage. Over time they made substantial gains in their ability to self regulate, to communicate and to interact with staff and with each other.

This innovative provision was so successful that in July 2019, funded by the Local Authority a £1.6M RCL build project began on site to create a high specification, purpose built Telstar for up to 15 young people. This was to replace the double portacabins that had previously housed Telstar students and staff. 

In September 2020, in spite of inevitable delays caused by the Covid pandemic, the new Telstar provision was finally opened to students. We are delighted with our new facilities and the part we played in helping to design them. Telstar is truly designed and built around the very special needs of our young people. It is light, airy and welcoming and has a fluidity of design that enables students to see what is going on around them so that they are encouraged to be curious, to participate and to achieve. Telstar boasts highly specialist lighting with colour wash options, a large teaching hall, an Audio Visual room, an elevated soft play area, a cinema corner, a wet classroom, a therapy room, and a large, well equipped life skills area. There is easy access to the outside space which is surrounded by beautiful mature trees. The grounds have been carefully landscaped and include grassy areas, decking, swings, a covered sand area and a sunken trampoline. 

Telstar students are responding very positively to their new provision which greatly enhances the delivery of their bespoke curriculum pathway ie ‘learning to be,’ to have agency and to develop self-regulation skills and functional life skills, both within school and in the wider community. Parents, carers and staff all want the same thing, for our young people to be happy, to be safe, to be able to impact on the world around them and as young adults, to take advantage of the rich variety of experiences that life holds. We believe that Telstar offers this opportunity.

Support to Buy Food

Children and families in Ealing who receive benefits will get an offer of support from the Council to buy food over the autumn half term.

You can find more details on the Ealing Council website.

St Ann’s School brings catering inhouse with Chefs in Schools

We are delighted that catering at St Ann’s has now been taken in house and we employ our own Chef and Sous Chef through the Chefs in School Programme. 

Chefs in Schools was set up in Hackney to revolutionise school catering. Using professional restaurant chefs, Chefs in Schools transform school kitchens by upskilling staff so their school kitchens are run in the manner of a professional restaurant kitchen. 

The team now cook everything from scratch with fresh ingredients and bake bread daily.

Grace and Alex your new chefs

Grace was the head chef of a corporate catering company in East London for 3 years before joining the school – baking and all things pastry is where her heart is!

Alex used to run a street food business at Kings Cross selling Bánh mì, he loves to cook food from South and SouthEast Asia and he’s passionate about all food culture. He is also running a kitchen garden project with the students centred around sensory exploration and play.

“We’ve been really welcomed by all of the amazing students and staff  here and are enjoying it so much – positive changes are happening already with the students’ food and eating which is so encouraging and rewarding.” Grace and Alex.

Students have greatly enjoyed their new school meals this term as evidenced by big smiles and empty plates!

COVID-19 Flowchart for families

Download full chart here.