Dear parents and carers,

The recent fortnight of school holidays may well have brought a mix of trials and tribulations with joy and celebration to families across our school community, but I do hope that the message of Easter has given you hope of better things to come in the coming weeks for you, your children and your wider families. For those families who have been involved in providing essential services during this time, I especially thank you for doing so over the Easter period.

We have just begun the Summer Term, and I am in school daily with some of my staff to welcome children of key workers and those who are eligible. ‘Home Learning’ has resumed, with work being hopefully with you by 8:45am if not beforehand. There will be the ‘normal’ mix of English (spellings focus for the start of the week) and Maths that starts off with a bit of fluency. There will also be a focus on project work week by week. Creative interpretations or additions are most welcome.

If you or your family are especially pleased with pieces, do email or send images of them to the class teachers so that they can forward them to me for inclusion into the weekly Journal. I’d also welcome non-school-related achievements as I would for the normal Friday assemblies.

Myself, Miss Emma Shepherd, Maria and her team of key workers (for those in Little Lawrences) and Mrs Easton will continue to contact you on a regular basis aiming for at least once every fortnight. However, if you need more support, contact us directly, via the office or via class teachers and we will do our best to reach out. Please contact us between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Fridays as in normal school circumstances.

None of us wish for this to continue any longer than it needs to: we love being in school with your children: they inspire us, they bring us joy and yes… on occasion they might even challenge us to think about things in a different way. But, by keeping in contact, by sharing news both good and bad and by holding each other in our prayers, we do keep the special character of our school alive.

Do keep in touch and do share the news that makes our Journal a celebration of all things St Lawrence.

Warmest wishes to you all.

John Brine.

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Free School Meals – during the Covid19 school closure period, FSM families will get £15 per child per week in supermarket vouchers.

Please also be aware that if your family is registered for free school meals you may be eligible to claim other forms of assistance, eg school transport.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Please apply here if you think you may be eligible: