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Welcome to the Parent's Area

This page includes information which parents and carers may find helpful. This page contains updated information regarding Covid-19 guidance and offers support to parents.  If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us or phone us on 01226 281255.

Spring 2022 Newsletters

FS1 Newsletter

FS2 Newsletter

Year 1 (Spotted)

Year 1/2 Striped

Year 2 Boobook

Year 3 Newsletter

Year 4 Newsletter

Year 5 Newsletter 

Year 6 Newsletter

World Book Day Letter 2022

Opration Encompass Letter to Parents and Carers April 12th 2021

Home Schooling Letter and top tips 

Remote Learning Feedback from Parental Survey January 26th


To reduce the number of bags in classrooms, we are requesting that your child comes to school in their PE kit on their PE day. Please ensure it is suitable for the weather. We really do appreciate your support with this. 





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Tuesday & Friday


Monday & Wednesday






Thursday & Friday


Wednesday & Friday






Monday & Thursday




Monday & Wednesday


BMBC Back to Primary School

Reducing children's anxiety: Returning to school

COVID Symptom questions & answers

Guidance in POLISH

Guidance in TURKISH





When your child is unwell and you are worried

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.
Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help.

How to explain COVID-19 to your child

The Coronavirus pandemic presents additional challenges for children and young people as they adapt to new social distancing measures. To help parents, carers and professionals explain Coronavirus to children we're sharing age appropriate resources to help reduce heightened levels of anxieties for young people. 

To support different forms of learning, here is: a short animation, a story book and an activity that supports you to tackle misinformation and help children understand Coronavirus.

Here are some really fun resources to keep your children busy and active.

To help families through lockdown and social distancing, new articles on Parent Info tackle some of the key issues they are experiencing, including:

Here is a booklet for children under the age 7 to help them understand Coronavirus. It has been translated into several languages such as Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, etc.  


#OnlineSafetyAtHome pack is available here on the parents and carers website.

Free School Meals

We have been informed that some parents of children receiving free school meals have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately. We will never ask you for your bank details.

Families may be eligible but have not registered for free school meals therefore these children will be unknown to the school; parents will need to make an application following the guidance below:

Alternatively contact the local authority on: 01226 787787 option 3.

There is no requirement for school to provide universal infant free school meals. Children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported; families may need to make a new application for FSM if they are not already in receipt due to claiming UIFSM, following the details above.

Athersley Community Shop

Here is the Facebook page for Athersley Community shop for menus etc and daily information through COVID19.

Here is the website for Athersley Community Shop.

The Café is open for anybody. Meals are less than £1.50 and packed lunches are FREE for children every day, including all holiday periods. The Community Shop can provide free Top Up boxes for families who are struggling with daily food necessities such as bread, milk etc. Search on the links above for more information or feel free to call into Athersley Community Shop. Criteria for membership has changed due to COVID19 and you could get a temporary membership, benefitting from the retail shop with 70% off well known brands. 

Alcohol Abuse

This website contains information and advice on alcohol use, including tips for managing drinking and links to support.  It also contains a collection of very useful links to important official information and advice to help you keep up to date on services and provisions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Alcohol Change UK's information and advice hub

Domestic Abuse        

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

Domestic abuse is more than physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:

  • coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • economic abuse
  • online abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid has provided additional advice specifically designed for the current COVID-19 outbreak, including a live chat service.

If you were accessing counselling that has now been suspended; some counselling services can continue to provide helpline support. For example, Supportline provide a confidential telephone helpline and email counselling service. Particularly to those at risk of abuse or are isolated:

The Survivors’ Forum is an online resource for survivors of domestic abuse. The Survivors’ forum can be accessed 24/7. This is a place where survivors can support each other and share their experiences.

Women’s Aid Live Chat is currently available Monday to Friday 10- 12pm. This could be a safer way to access some support; particularly if an abuser might also be in the property so it would be unsafe to make a telephone call.

Women’s Aid Email Service is still operating and can also provide support.

Speakers of other languages

If English is not your first language, you can find information on Coronavirus (COVID 19 ) advice for patients in 21 different languages, Albanian, Dari, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, and Kurdish Sorani is available at the moment, but more languages coming soon, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Malayalam, Turkish, Farsi, Amharic, Tigrinya and Somali. Click here for more information.


Deaf Hope provides practical and emotional support to deaf women experiencing domestic abuse:    For Help Text 07970 350 366

 Emergency SMS provides a text message service for deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired people in the UK to send SMS messages to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the Police:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. They can also be called, for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. The website also has a form through which women can book a safe time for a call from the team.


Men’s Advice Line

The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. It can be contacted on 0808 801 0327 free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK. Your call will not appear on itemised bills. You can also call free from BT pay phones.

Webchat:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 –11am and 3 – 4pm



Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community

If you are a member of the LGBT+ community, Galop runs a specialist helpline on 0800 999 5428 or email    Monday-Friday 10.00am-4.00pm


Economic abuse

If you are concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your finances and leave you vulnerable to economic abuse, please see the advice provided by HM Treasury on what support is on offer. The charity Surviving Economic Abuse has also provided additional guidance and support.



Hestia provides a free-to-download mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.


Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages, ranging from identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.



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