Message to all parents/carers of pupils at New River College Secondary, Primary and Medical
In these challenging times I hope all of you are well and looking after yourselves and your families.
As you know since the lock down of many aspects of society we have continued to stay open as a College for all students offering a reduced service at the main secondary Lough Road site. We have also continued to provide free school meals for those who are eligible for them.
All students should have received a pack of work by now and our teachers are hard at work producing extra resources which can be accessed on line for those unable to send their child into school. I would like to encourage each of you to create some space in the day for your child to do some school work. It helps all young people to have routines so perhaps you could set aside a regular couple of hours each day to supervise them doing this work.
From the start of the lock down we identified staff who could make regular calls to check in with you and your child to make sure everything is well with you at home. We will continue to do this for the time being until we are able to open fully as a College again. I have also asked teachers from different subjects to call to offer further help and guidance around work in their own subject areas. I hope you will find this useful.
I wanted to update you all on the future provision of free school meals. I have authorised the buying of vouchers for each family. These vouchers amount to £5 a day and will initially last for three weeks. all families concerned will need to come and collect the vouchers from the Lough Road site. There will be a strictly regulated time for you to do this and social distancing measures will be put in place. A member of staff will be contacting you in the next two days around arrangements for this.
I know that while many pupils are not coming to NRC they may be tempted to go on line even more than they would normally do. Families and parents are often not as clued up about the on line world as their children are. If you would like advice on keeping your children safe in this area please do have a look at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Also, please raise any concerns you may have with the member of staff calling home and we will see what further support we can provide.
To help support you and your child we will be remaining open as a College for the Easter break although this will be different to our current offer. From Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April and then from Tuesday 14th April – Friday 17th April we will be offering a holiday club to all students. This will last from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day and will be based at our Lough Road site. We will be providing different activities including sports and art.
I know staff have called in advance to see the take up of this programme and there is a lot of interest. We will have separate areas of the school timetabled for those from the different sites and each activity and area will be run by our own teachers and support staff who have volunteered their time for this. If you have any questions around the offer please do talk to the member of staff delegated to call you each day.
I know this is an anxious time for all of us and that many of you will be worried. Our CAMHS team are continuing to offer support for all of you. Please let the member of staff calling home know if you would like to speak with one of these professionals and we will pass on their details to you.
Nigel Smith (Executive Headteacher)
I genuinely hope each of you and your children are managing to stay safe and healthy during this time. Please be assured of good wishes from all staff and governors of the College and don’t hesitate to get in touch.
New River College is a consortium of three Pupil Referral Units (PRU) split across four sites in the London Borough of Islington. The Secondary PRU is based at Lough Road, with a satellite centre for pupils with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties at Elthorne Road. The Primary PRU is also based at our Cloudesley Square site, whilst the Medical PRU offers provision at the Whittington Hospital and Elthorne Road, and also provides home schooling where necessary.
New River College aims to provide a short term educational intervention which is designed either to maintain a pupil’s mainstream school placement, or in cases where this has already broken down, to facilitate a return to mainstream as soon as appropriate.