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Ofsted Report - Oct 19
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We hope you are all keeping well and taking care of yourselves and your families.  Thank you for all you are doing.

Our aim during this time is the safety and well-being of our children and staff. In addition to this, we recognise and recommend the need for continuity, routine, and structure for parents and carers and children.

We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to read the information below, so that as a community we support our children over the coming weeks.  We know this may be a repeat of information you have had before.

We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Gainsborough will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend from Monday 23rd March.  You will have been contacted by senior leaders in our school, if:  

  1. Your child is vulnerable or needs specialist support and has an educational healthcare plan
  2. As a parent or carer, your employer has identified you as a key worker

All other children will be expected to stay at home and we will be putting work onto our website for children to complete next week. This will be under the tab of Our Learners, then you will need to click on your child's class name. Some information regarding work and tasks to complete has been shared already. 

We know childcare may be difficult during this time, however, you should not use grandparents, friends or family members over the age of 70 or with underlying health conditions to look after your child. This is to ensure you do not put anyone at risk of catching the virus.

Parents and carers should also do everything they can to ensure children are limiting face-to-face contact with friends and family, as well as ensuring that everyone regularly washes their hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.  

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals, the universal free lunch offer from the council, we will be providing packed lunches for you to collect from the school on Monday 23rd March. Further details will be shared with you regarding this. However, these arrangements may change from Tuesday onwards. As soon as this decision is made, you will be notified and advised further on the provision of Free School Meals.

We will continue to keep you updated as things change and will provide some information on various support available to you that you may find useful over the coming months. We will also provide a list of organisations that can offer support during this time.

These are exceptional circumstances and very difficult times for so many people. Please be assured that we remain committed to supporting children and care deeply about our school community. Now, more than ever, your support is needed and appreciated.

18th March 2020


Thank you so much for all you are doing. We know these are difficult times and the way you have all pulled together and supported each other is really helping our community. A government announcement was made that from Friday 20th March schools will be closed. We will be providing learning for your child to complete at home. Teachers and staff will do what they can to keep in contact with your child whilst the government directed closure remains in force. 

We are waiting for advice from the government about how to provide Free School Meals during this period. As soon as we have information about how Free School Meals are to be provided we will let you know. National Tests and Examinations have been cancelled and the government is working to enable children to get what they need to go onto the next stage of their education so they are not disadvantaged.

Schools must stay open for children of front line workers and those that are vulnerable. We are planning for how this will happen in our schools and will provide more information at the end of the day on Thursday 19th March or earlier if this is possible. As ever please ask any questions and we thank you again for all your support.

Our Vision

We ASPIRE to be the best we can be.

We learn from our EXPERIENCES.

We CHALLENGE ourselves each day.

We respect and CELEBRATE our Gainsborough family.

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We fully appreciate how worrying and stressful this unprecedented time has been for you all.  Thank you so much for all your continued support and understanding as we move along this journey together.

We consider our school to be an extended family, so naturally our first thought is for our children and families and how we can help to support you.   

Below is a list of different services that may be able to offer you support if you come into any difficulties over the next few months.

Please share this information with others who you know to be in need and who may benefit for some extra support at this time. 

Keep yourselves safe and be kind to each other.  

We are thinking of you,

All of us at Gainsborough Primary School








Newham Food Bank Information 

Emergency Assistance:     https://newham.foodbank.org.uk/ 

Foodbank Enquiries: 0207 474 3060 / admin@newham.foodbank.org.uk 




A network of foodbanks across the UK providing emergency food and support to people in crisis:  





Information and support for adult mental health


Infoline: 0300 123 3393




Advice on debts, benefits and budgeting 

Tel: 020 8430 2041





Advice on debts, benefits and budgeting 

020 8525 6354

Email: hmsreferrals@eastendcab.org.uk




Support for young people’s mental health


Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544






Report child abuse and seek advice 



0808 800 5000




Help and advice for children


Call 0800 1111




Domestic abuse support for women, men and children 

Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247





Report concern about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with your child online: www.CEOP.police.uk 








If you are worried that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect: www.newham.gov.uk/reportit

0203 373 4600 (9am-5pm) or 0208 430 2000 at any other time

If you think a child is in immediate danger, phone the police immediately on 999.



Help and support for young people involved in gangs 


 0800 032 9538




Expert housing advisers 

Freephone helpline: 0808 800 4444 





Bereavement support for children and their families 


0800 02 888 40



Autism Helpline providing confidential expert advice and support on autism for autistic people, their families and friends

https://www.autism.org.uk/  / 0808 800 4104




When  you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your wellbeing and mental health.. It’s normal to feel anxious, confused, frustrated or bored, you are not alone!

Here are some tips that may help:


When things are not certain or when we don’t generally feel safe it is natural to feel worried or even scared. To help yourself staying calm, you can:

  • Talk to someone you trust (a friend, a family member, a helpline) about how you are feeling.
  • You might see lots of stories and information on social media that makes you feel anxious and scared – try to limit what you read or listen to and arm yourself with facts from reliable sources like NHS/ Government websites, for example:  https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-children-young-people-and-families 
  • Use apps that can help you feel grounded when things feel beyond control:

Headspace https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 

Calm https://www.calm.com/calmhealthweek

DARE http://dareresponse.com/dareresponse-app/ 

  • Know what you can do – when you feel panicky remind yourself that there are practical things you can do like washing your hands, staying away from unwell people etc.
  • Find things that would help YOU feeling calm like breathing techniques, writing down how you feel, art activities, playing music, talking to a friend or phoning a helpline. 


It is important during this time that you stay connected with people you trust. Think about how you can keep in contact and how your parents or carers can help you to use apps such as WhatsUp and Zoom to talk to someone face to face. 

Find a positive online community. There are lots of positive online communities, where you can make new friends, get inspired and chat about things you care about. You could try searching for groups involved in causes, music or TV shows you are passionate about. But remember to stay safe online and to avoid anything that encourages you to do things which are harmful for your physical or mental health. If you're worried by things you're experiencing online, talk to someone you trust.


Your normal routine might be disrupted and that can be stressful. Take some time to write down how you want to spend your day.

Having a daily schedule can really help you to feel more in control and to make a better use of your time. 

Daily routine can include:  learning time, eating regular healthy meals, physical exercise like stretching, walking or dancing, getting enough sleep and doing things you enjoy. . You could also make a list of all those things you said you would do but never get round to. 



YOUNG MINDS- when you are anxious about coronavirus


YOUNG MINDS Crisis Messenger -  text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

KOOTH – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people


CHILDLINE phone– 0800 111 (24 HOURS)

Online chat: https://www.childline.org.uk/ 

THE MIX– chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online  https://www.themix.org.uk/ 

Phone number:  0808 808 4994

SAMARITANS– 24 hours confidential support and listening for anyone who needs it

Phone:   116 123.

Email: jo@samaritans.org



YOUNG MINDS – talking to your child about coronavirus


CHILD MIND INSTITUTE – talking to your child about coronavirus


BBC – how families self-isolate


MIND – your mental health and coronavirus


Your mental health and self-isolation


Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to Gainsborough Primary School, we are a “Good” school as recognised in our recent Ofsted inspection and we are on our way to outstanding.


Here at Gainsborough our focus is on ensuring that our children learn and grow in a safe, happy, nurturing and stimulating environment that challenges and engages them. 


We are ambitious for our pupils and set high expectations for them so that no matter at what stage they join us, we ensure that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education and for later life.


Our school nurtures the whole child to develop their confidence and love of learning and our pupils are given a range of responsibilities, and play an important role in school life. 


Our highly trained staff ensure that our children thrive and our children can also take part in a wide range of opportunities, clubs and visits to local places of interest as well as residential settings, which help bring the curriculum to life and make learning meaningful for them.  We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities too.


Our parents and community are vital to the school’s and our pupils successes and work with us to make learning fun and organise our activities. We also have a Breakfast Club (from 7.30am) and Monday to Friday Club (until 6pm) to  support working parents and those in full time education.


We know that your child will be happy in our school and look forward to working in partnership with you as they grow and develop along their educational journey.

Kind regards,

Lisa Christall


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