Hatherleigh Community Primary School Caring about learning and learning to care

Letter to parents & carers

Friday 17th April 2020


Dear Parent/Carer


Thank you to everyone for working so hard to make home learning work, I know for some getting to grips with new technology and balancing working from home with children’s home learning has been a real challenge.

Home learning activities for next week will be posted on class pages on the school website by Monday morning, with additional information and personal feedback from teachers to children continuing on Class Dojo. If you are still to sign up or are experiencing any problems please see the Class Dojo help sheets sent out through school comms and posted on our website, alternatively contact school using the admin@ or teacher@ email addresses. It has been lovely to see all the home learning activities being posted on the Class Dojo pages and on the school website, please continue to send them in using  .

From next week our weekly newsletter will return, this will include the usual school news, learners of the week and any other community information you would like to share.

As said previously, school continues to remain open for vulnerable and key worker children, but can I remind you that all children should stay at home, following the Government’s directive, and only attend school if required as a vulnerable child or to enable you to fulfil your role as part of the nation’s response to COVID-19, please contact school using or if you require your child to attend. I am really looking forward to us all being back together, but as you are aware the Government announced a further three weeks of lock down and no information on when schools may reopen.


With financial circumstances changing some families may become eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Please check the criteria below and follow the link, all you will need is your date of birth and National Insurance Number.


  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

If you are successful, please forward any evidence you receive (or do a screenshot of the result) to

Spending considerable amounts of time together at home as a family can be challenging, if you have any wellbeing or safeguarding concerns please contact


Annual school reports are being brought forward this year and I am aiming to send them out by either email or hard copy by half term – more details will follow later.  In the meantime, as we did not have a Spring term parent/carer evening, if you have any questions or require further information about your child’s attainment, progress or wellbeing please contact class teachers using Class Dojo or using .

As you are aware all examinations including KS1 and KS2 SATs have been cancelled for this summer, details of how end of KS1 and KS2 attainment and progress are assessed and reported will be communicated to you once the DfE has informed schools.

During this time whilst school is closed good communication with parents/carers is even more vital, if you have recently change your contact numbers (mobile and landline) or email address could you please let school know.

Please continue to regularly visit Class Dojo and our website to view weekly home learning, the whole school number challenge, online resources, including those for SEND children, and for further updates and information regarding COVID-19 as they become available from Devon County Council and the DfE.


Stay safe and well


Alan Monger