School Closure Information

Last updated 11/05/2020

Your child’s learning and overall wellbeing remains of extremely high importance to all of us and the academy will continue provide education, learning activities and resources whilst the academy is closed.

Parents and carers please note that:

Parents and carers have their own log in for Show My Homework to allow them find out what work has been set for their child.

If you need a reminder of your log in details for Show My Homework please email

Whilst the academy is closed as far as possible staff will be working remotely so you will be able to email teaching staff, and you can also contact the academy via Our IT helpdesk will also be available for technical support related to Show My Homework or academy student email.

Information regarding Free School Meals

Last updated Monday 11th May

Families with valid e-mail addresses should have now received an activation code to their email for a voucher from Edenred for £30 covering the Easter period.

The academy has purchased further vouchers for £45 per child to cover the 3 week period 20th April- 8th May which were emailed out directly from Edenred w/c 20th April. For families with more than one child you will only receive one voucher but for a higher amount- £90 ( for 2 children) or £135 ( 3 children).

The academy has ordered further voucher codes through edenred for £30 per child which covers the period up to half term ( 22 May). 

Please keep an eye on your e mails over the next few days for the e code. You may also need to check your junk/spam e mails. If you are receiving manual vouchers we hope to receive them to send out in the post by the end of this week.

The edenred portal is working better now and the waiting times for redeeming vouchers have reduced. If you do find the website busy then please try in the evening when it tends to be less busy.

If you do have any queries with redeeming vouchers please e mail edenred at :

If you are not receiving free school meal e codes from edenred and believe you should be then please e mail

Please redeem your code following the instructions as soon as possible at as the code expires within a month. 

Click here to visit to redeem your voucher

Due to the volumes using the website, users are experiencing wait times and  it is highly likely that you will be required to wait in an online queue. Please persevere - the queue does move and you will be able to redeem your code but it may take some time. 

Anyone trying to redeem an eCode received on 27th and 28th April and receiving error messages can now try again as the issue has been fixed by Edenred. For persistent eCode errors, please refer to the troubleshooting guidance below.

If you received an eCodes direct from Edenred

  • You may have entered the incorrect eCode. Please try to enter your eCode again. If your code is still not accepted, please delete the browsing history on your device - as your device may be storing the incorrect code in its memory.

If you are still experiencing problems, please use the contact details below for further support:

Please see the link below for further information:

If you believe you are eligible for free school meals and haven't received a voucher then please email

Free School Meal Vouchers FAQs for Parents.

Application form for temporary free school meals for families with no recourse to public funds

Please complete this application form if you are in one of the following categories and would like to apply for free school meals during the temporary extension as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • A Zambrano carer
  • Have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the ECHR
  • Receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 AND are subject to a NRPF condition

Download and complete the form below and email to arrange for it to be signed by academy staff, or post it to the academy and mark it for the attention of FINANCE. 

Click here to download the form

Family Support Services (housing, benefits, food banks)

Family Support Services  Interactive map for families - including food, finances (local food banks) Information for Hackney residents and can also sign up to newsletter and pick which topics you want information on (housing, benefits, what’s on, jobs)

Food Support



Referral Route

Shoreditch Trust

Hot Food

020 7033 8501 or 020 7033 8587

Shomrim via Asado (Orthodox Jewish)

Hot Food (Kosher)

020 7118 7756

North London Muslim Centre

Hot Food (Halal)

020 8806 1147

Castle Food Service

Hot Food (Vegan and Vegetarian)

0208 706 0970

Open Kitchen

Hot Food deliveries at large quantities (300+)

The Flying Frenchman

Hot chicken soup to be picked up

020 7923 9828

Bags of Taste

Bags of ingredients with virtual videos

07788 651 042

Hackney City Farm


Ken - 07443 549 285



07904 515 316



0203 890 7474

Community Transport

Trasport Hire

020 7275 2414

Green Mo

Loan of free e-scooters and e-bikes

Richard Jordan (020 7859 4564 / 07968 055 978)

Wolf & Moon

PPE donation for frontline workers

Information for Key Workers

Key Workers

Government advice is that the best place for all children is at home whilst schools are closed, however selected schools remain open for the children of Key Workers and children with certain needs only. 

Click here for the government guidelines on parents/carers who are eligible to send their child to school becuse they are Key Workers.

Parents/ carers of children who have an EHCP, are Looked After, or who have a social worker under safeguarding arrangements are also eligible to send their child to school during the closure period.

We appreciate that childcare arrangements are going to be very tough for many families, but have been asked to be strict about limiting places to those qualifying under the above categories, in order to keep the  number of children spending time together as low as possible.   

Parents/carers who need to send their child to the academy because they are in work must confirm the days they will be sending their child IN ADVANCE using the form below.

Parents/carers will be required to provide proof from their employer that they have Key Worker status.

Students must attend in uniform from 8.30am-3.15pm and they must bring their own packed lunch as we have no catering available on site. 

If you are a Key Worker and you need to send your child to school please email

The academy will be fully closed for the Easter holiday period between Monday 6th - Friday 17th April.

Advice on talking to young people and children about Covid 19 & isolation

These links have been grouped by age category to make it easier for you to find age-appropriate information for your child/ the child you’re supporting.


Resources for parents/ carers explaining COVID-19

Information for parents and carers on online safety

For school aged children

For older young people/ adults  

  • The World Health Organisation has released this video containing facts about COVID-19 and ways in which the spread can be prevented
  • The Centre for Disease Control has produced a 1 page COVID-19 fact sheet
  • MQ: Transforming Mental Health has produced a resource list around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your mental healt

Resources for children and young people with specific needs







These are resources for Staff:


Resources for those working with children

Videos and Podcasts



Resources for adults

For younger children

    • Nanogirl Live has produced a couple of videos explaining COVID-19 and why it is important to wash our hands/ sneeze and cough into our elbows
    • This comic strip provides a visual explanation of the COVID-19 outbreak and what we can do to stop its spread

Mental health & wellbeing support

You can find lots more resources and useful links to supporting children, young people and parents with their mental health and wellbeing in the Parents Resources page on our website here.

Mental health & emotional support

Online Safety Advice For Parents

School closure means that students are more likely to be spending a lot more time online, you can find lots of guidance and information on keeping your child safe online here.

Phe Home Office published guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. This covers a range of online harms including radicalisation.

Online Safety Guidance for parents and students

Resources & ideas for students and home learning

Online learning resources from HM Government (primary & secondary)

BBC Bitesize​

BBC Bitesize are providing 20 minute daily lessons for all year groups on a wide variety of subjects.

Creative Isolation is a fantastic website with links to a wide variety of home based, creative ways to support mental health and entertain the whole family.

Free Children's Classics eBooks & Audiobooks
Find Great Literature Online for Free

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Virtual Story-times happening now!
Josh Gad's Gad Book Club - the man who contains the voice of Olaf in Frozen has been live-streaming himself reading picturebooks on his twitter account ( You can find the videos of past performances under the hashtag #GadBookClub

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams, the creator of the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie has been live-streaming doodle workshops at 1pm ET every weekday, you can catch up with his videos here.

Museums Online

Ballet & Opera
The Royal Opera House will be bringing the drama to your home, the theatre will offer a free schedule of both opera and ballet broadcasts so audiences can access world-class performances right at their fingertips.
Full details:

TogetherAtHome Concerts 
Musicians from John Legend to Chris Martin have been recording themselves playing concerts in their homes. You can catch up on these concerts here:
Dropkick Murphys Streaming Up from Boston
The Dropkick Murphys broadcast their annual Saint Patrick's Day concert live online from an empty studio. The full concert can be watched online here:
Full-length Performances to Stream Online for Free

Things to do if your school library is closed, by Sarah Pavey:

More resources for students studying at home.


Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course You Tube videos on many subjects

Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad All kinds of making.

Nature Detectives…/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council Resources for English language learning

Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games Geography gaming!

The Artful Parent Good, free art activities