School Opening Information

Last updated 17/07/20

We are delighted that the government has announced that all pupils will return to school in September - being in school is vital for both education and the overall wellbeing and development of young people.

You can read the full government guidance here.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, as ever, is paramount, so we are now in the process of putting together a comprehensive plan and risk assessment for reopening safely in September. Full plans will be shared with families over the course of the summer.

The academy is closed from 17th July onwards for the summer break.

End of term communications to parents, carers and students:

End of year letter from Ms Borrill (all years)

Year 11 Letter re collecting exam results & Next Steps

Year 12 Letter re exams & Y13 induction

Year 13 Letter re collecting exam results & results day support

  • If you need a reminder of your log in details please email

  • Students looking for further reading and reasearch will find lots of resources on Seneca

Urgent queries can be sent to during the summer break.

Our IT helpdesk will also be available for technical support related to Show My Homework or academy student email: 

It is very important that the academy have correct contact telephone numbers and email addresses for parents and carers so we can keep you updated at all times. Please email any changes to your contact details to 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19 -

Understanding coronavirus for parents                                                    Understanding coronavirus for young people 

Information regarding Free School Meal Vouchers

Last updated Friday 3rd July

The academy has ordered the next batch of free school meal voucher codes from Edenred for the 4 week period from 22nd June - 17th July totalling £60 per child ( 4 weeks @ £15 per week). Please look out for your e mail code from Edenred over the next few days.

Free school meal voucher codes for the Summer holidays should be delivered to your registered e mail on 20th July.

If you are receiving paper vouchers then they should be sent to your home address before the end of term. You will only receive one voucher code to cover the whole Summer holiday period 20th July – 2nd September at the amount of £100 per child so please try and spread the use of the voucher over the holiday period.

During the holidays there will be very limited support at the academy so if you encounter any problems then please contact the below: / Tel 0333 400 5932 if you have any problems redeeming your voucher code or do not receive your vouchers once you have redeemed your code.  if you haven’t received your e code from Edenred.

Some of the previous codes issued will be expiring in August so if you have not redeemed all of your codes yet then please do so before they expire. Check your inbox or junk mail folder for any e mails from or

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

Please see the links below for further information:

Free School Meal Vouchers FAQs for Parents.

Free School Meal Vouchers User Guide for Parents/Carers

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

Support for students returning to school

Since 23rd March, life has been very different for us all. Work and school have moved into the home, face-to-face contact has been very limited, social distancing remains in force and everyday activities in general have been restricted. Although everyone's experience of the lockdown will be particular to their circumstances, we'll all have had good days and challenging ones. 

The following resources have been designed by A Space counsellors to help students who are returning to school, but they contain information and support that is useful for everyone.

Preparing to return to secondary school / sixth form 

This handout has been written to support students in thinking about what the lockdown has meant for them and to explore how it feels to be returning to school.

Experiences of lockdown

A presentation exploring the different exeriences of lockdown

FACE COVID – How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis.This brief animation illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.

Talking about bereavement & loss

This leaftlet is for young people who have experienced a death due to the coronavirus.

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.

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.

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 will be provided with a packed lunch.

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 summer holiday period from Friday 17th July onwards until 1st September.

Click here for term dates for 2020-21

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