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9 April 


Universal Credit- How to make a claim course


Sefton Council are hosting an online ‘Universal Credit- How to make a claim’ course. This is not a webinar but a question and answer platform similar to Facebook.


The session will be on Wednesday 15 April between 10am and 12pm.


For anyone who is struggling to make a claim and has recently become unemployed, contact  for help to access the support needed.

7 April 




St John's CE Primary school  is able to continue to offer weekly food parcels for families of children in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (not children who are normally in receipt of infant universal free school meals in Reception, Years 1 and 2, inline with DFE guidance). This is also continuing over the Easter holidays. 


All parents of children in receipt of benefits-related free school meals have been contacted and parcels have been delivered to families who have asked for this support. Please contact the school, if you think you're entitled to this support and are not currently receiving it. 


The School is currently pursuing the option of issuing vouchers using the National Voucher Scheme after the Easter holidays. Understandably, there is some pressure on the system at present however we are fortunate to be able to continue to offer food parcels. We will keep parents updated. 


Parents can still apply for benefits-related free school meals. If you think you could be entitled or if your circumstances have changed, contact Sefton council on the following numbers: 


0151 934 3263 or 0151 934 3246




Home learning support for the Easter holidays has now been updated. Please refer to each child's class page. 




There is a great deal of helpful advice and support for parents and carers to ensure that children are kept safe online. 

The school website has been updated to provide parents and carers with most current advice and support.


Please go to the tab on the KEEPING US SAFE top on the home page and click on the ESAFETY  tab for access to the following links: 


  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)






Tuesday 7 April 


An information book about the coronavirus for children has been released today. It is a illustrated by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.


It is available to download as an electronic copy.


There are two links below. The first is to an online PDF version of the book. The second is to the blog post - scroll to the bottom of the page for the book.


 It is also available on Amazon. All proceeds to the NHS. 

6 April 


Please be aware that Ormskirk Children's A & E department is to close temporarily overnight from Monday 6 April.


The department will close at 10pm until 8am each day until further notice. Ambulance patients will be taken directly to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Please check the link below for further information. 


The hospital's usual children's A&E service will operate at all other times.



Media release - Ormskirk Children's A & E to close temporarily overnight

27 March 

Official Police leaflets re COVID-19 scams

23 March 


School is open on an EMERGENCY BASIS ONLY  for children of essential workers and identified vulnerable children.


Like many of our schools we are operating a triage system:


  • On Friday we had to prioritise families with two essential key workers and single parents who are key workers. 


  • Today we  have contacted most families  where one parent is a key worker. We will then prioritise places where  a parent  is employed in an essential job AND their specific job is critical to the country's COVID-19 response AND there is no alternative childcare option available. 

        Please complete the form attached below  and return to .

        Please note the form needs to be completed in full. 


  • PLEASE NOTE: if there is a second parent, or a suitable non-vulnerable person in the household, and they are not an essential worker they should look after their children at home, unless families make alternative arrangements.


Please act on this guidance to ensure we are not overwhelmed in order to keep everyone safe. We are working with a skeleton staff 


Please also read the attached letter released today from Sefton LA.  

Letter from Sefton LA 23 March

Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASD - Coping with COVID-19 Isolation

Letter to parents 20 March 2020

19 March (3 pm) 


At the time of writing, schools are still awaiting the government guidance on the key worker and vulnerable children criteria. However, we need to try to gauge the numbers of people within the school community who may be working within the categories as quickly as possible.


We would be grateful for the following information: 

·        The name(s) and class(es) of your child(ren) who attend St. John's CE Primary School

·        The job and title of each employer for each adult within the household


For parents who are on Class Dojo the information can be sent via message in response to the class story posted this afternoon. Alternatively, parents should email  or return the reply slip of the letter sent home today ( letter also attached below). We would greatly appreciate the information as soon as possible, but by 9 am tomorrow, Friday 20 March, at the latest.  

18 March


The Secretary of State Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced this evening that 'schools, colleges and early years settings will close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children.'


The last day of school will, therefore, be Friday 20 March. 


School will now plan to organise for the care of the children of parents of key workers or other identified needs.  We are expecting government guidance about the designated criteria tomorrow. We will then share this information with parents and carers -  a letter will be sent out to ascertain the number of people within the school community who are working within these categories and we would ask for the information to be returned by 9 am on Friday morning. 


As part of these arrangements, we will make provision for children who remain at home to receive work to support their education during normal term time.  Information will be shared with parents before the end of the school day on Friday.


We know it is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone. It is an exceptional set of circumstances for our school, community, and society. We wish to thank you for your continuing support, understanding, and consideration during these very challenging times. 


16 March

Please refer to the letter, sent out to all parent/carers outlining the school's response to the current situation 


The  government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)  March 16

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open




Link to Department for Education -


Please be aware that the school's procedures and planned actions are subject to change, in light of the emerging situation.  The school will communicate the latest information via this page.