Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will be aware, the school will be closing to most students after Friday 20th March. The education of your child is of paramount importance to us and we will continue to support their education remotely.

For Year 11 and 13 students: we understand that many will be concerned about the cancellation of formal examinations. The government has stated that students will still get GCSE, A Level and BTEC grades. We are waiting to hear how this is going to be done. We strongly suggest that students keep all exercise books, past papers, PPE papers and any portfolios of work, and store them carefully, so they are prepared for any eventuality. We are happy to store their work if necessary – please bring it to Reception on Upper Site.

As soon as we have news of how exam grades are being decided, we will inform you and work with you to ensure that every child secures their next steps. We have all the information that government might require.

For all students: the primary source of work and learning will be Show My Homework. This resource allows us to upload a wide variety of resources and link to external sites such as Mathswatch and Seneca Learning. It also allows students to submit work and staff to monitor the work completed as well as providing feedback. Finally, there is a messaging application that allows students to communicate with their teachers. The weblink for Show My Homework is below:

Following this message, both you and your child will receive another Parent Mail message that will allow you to reset your password if you cannot remember it. If you or your child already knows how to log in, you can ignore this message.

Show My Homework has a very good support section that provides guidance on how to do everything from logging in to monitoring your child’s work.

The weblink for this guidance is below:

Please look out for the message with the password reset instructions.

Separate information for students that have confirmed that they will be attending school as children of key workers, or have been informed by the school that they can attend. (Please ignore if you do not fall into this category.)

If you have been in contact with the school via the SurveyMonkey, and know that your child will be attending, every school day, including Wednesdays, will begin at 8.45 and end at 3:10 and will be based at the Ordnance Street site. During the day, students will be supervised by teachers and support staff and will take part in a range of activities. There will be designated lunch and break times and opportunities for physical activity. Lunch will be available to purchase in the normal way and if your child is entitled to free school meals, then they will receive these.

Students should attend wearing full school uniform and bring normal school items; pencil case, calculator etc. In addition, it would be useful if they could bring a reading book.

Separate information for students who receive free school meals. (Please ignore if you do not fall into this category.)

Whilst the school is closed, we will still be providing free school meals to all students eligible for them. The meals will be ‘packed lunch’ style. These meals will be available to collect from the Ordnance Street site between 11.00 and 11.30. They will be distributed from the PCL office which is located just through the gates to the car park and near the main reception.

In addition, between Monday 23rd of March and Friday 27th March we will be trialling running two collection points; one in Strood and one in Gillingham.

Strood: Free school lunches will be available to collect from the car park of English Martyrs Primary school (ME2 4HY) between 11am and 11.20am.

Gillingham: The car park of Robert Napier school (ME7 2LX) between 12pm and 12.20pm.

In both locations look out for the school minibus. We will review these drop off points at the end of next week and make you aware of any changes.

This is a challenging time for our whole community; if we can be of any further support, let us know. The telephone system will be monitored, as will our usual email contacts.

Kind regards,

Mrs D Lennon