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"Create" Project

The school is taking part in a 6 week Inclusive Arts Project provided by a company called “Create” that works with bringing groups in the community together.  We have an Artist who comes into school weekly who is working alongside a selection of our pupils and pupils from Dunraven School, to create a mural on the wall of the playground based on The Livity School Logo.

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  • For Parents/Carers, letting you know what is happening at The Livity School after the announcement by the Government this week about the proposed wider opening of schools from 1st June.

    Published 18/05/20

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    I hope you and your families are well. I am writing to let you know what is happening at The Livity School after the announcement by the Government this week about the proposed wider opening of schools from 1st June. Schools have been asked to start planning for opening, but this does not mean that all schools will be open to children on this date. There are lots of risk assessments to be completed and conditions we must meet to keep pupils and staff safe, before we can realistically open the school. I am working with the local authority and the other special school headteachers on this.

    For the present time, Livity staff will continue to call all of you twice a week and will keep you updated on any news. I know that some of you have expressed concern about whether attendance at school after half term, if we were to open, would be compulsory as you wished to keep your child at home. Please do not worry about this. We will, of course, continue to set tasks and provide resources for home learning. Next week, we are expecting to be able to deliver free breakfast packs to all our pupils’ homes.

    The new Government guidance for special schools says – ‘special schools are to work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups and informed by risk assessments’ and ‘children classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category’. We know that this applies to a number of Livity children.

    Elm Court School continues to be open and there are some children of key workers from The Livity attending. Next week, two more Livity children will be joining. Please let me or the member of staff who usually calls you twice a week know if you are a key worker and would like a place for your child. Some places could also be available for children who are having difficulties staying at home. This is dependent on a risk assessment and staff from Livity being available. I am always here at Elm Court School when the children are on site.

    Please do contact me if you have any questions on 0208 674 3412 or 07385 658289 during school time.

    Take care and best wishes,

    Joanna Tarrant

    Executive Headteacher

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  • Parents/carers - during the school closure, if you are concerned about your child or need some help, please call 0238 097 2247 or 0207 097 5102 or 0208 674 3412 between 9am and 5pm.

    Published 13/05/20

    Parents/carers - during the school closure, if you are concerned about your child or need some help, please call 0238 097 2247 or 0207 097 5102  or 0208 674 3412

    between 9am and 5pm.

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  • Community booklet

    Published 10/04/20

    Please see attached new booklet which provides useful information and services to support Lambeth residents during Covid-19. The resource includes information regarding food, medication, community groups, caring, benefits, housing, financial help, employment, mental health and physical health.

     

    Within the Tulse Hill Early Help team we are continuing to support vulnerable families via their Early Help Family Practitioner and our direct Early Help line. As always, if there are any families you’re supporting who you’d like to discuss please do just let me know as i’m more than happy to discuss the potential/emerging needs of the family and what support may be helpful for the family at this time.

    Lambeth Community Early Help Direct Line: 020 7926 9079

    Lambeth Community Early Help – South East Locality Teams

    Coldharbour

    Community Early Help Locality Team

    Joanna Dale (Early Help Team Manager)

    E: jdale@lambeth.gov.uk

    T: 020 7926 5029

    M: 079 4498 3111

    Tulse Hill

    Community Early Help Locality Team

    Lisa-Marie Alexander (Early Help Team Manager)

    E: laxender1@lambeth.gov.uk

    T: 020 7926 6314

    M: 077 2004 2093

    Business Support Officer

    Community Early Help

    Brenda Huxtible

    E: bhuxtible@lambeth.gov.uk

    Service Manager

    Community Early Help

     

    Melanie Goode

    E: mgoode@lambeth.gov.uk

    T: 0207 926 9637

    M: 07785 694 745

    Assistant Director

    Community Early Help

    Susannah Beasley-Muray

    E: sbeasley-murray@lambeth.gov.uk

    T: 020 7926 8512

    M: 07710 025 887

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  • School is closed

    Published 25/03/20

     25th March 2020

     Dear Parents/Carers,

    Today we have decided to close The Livity School due to the current Coronavirus situation.  This will be until after the Easter holidays – 20th April. We will then look at the situation again.

    At the moment, we believe our pupils will be safer staying at home than coming to school. We have carried out a risk assessment and followed the latest Government guidance closely.

    Very many of our staff have been unable to come to school because they are self-isolating. We will continue to keep in contact with you, as I said in my previous letter, at least twice a week by telephone.

    Please do take care in this difficult time.

    Best wishes

    Joanna Tarrant

    Executive Headteacher

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  • School is closed

    Published 24/03/20

     School is closed on Wednesday 25th March 2020 due to staff shortage.

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  • Updated News - School is open

    Published 20/03/20

    Dear Parents/Carers

    You will know by now that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close today, Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like The Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time. We have been contacting you all by telephone to explain this situation and to confirm if you intend to send your child to school from Monday 23rd March.

    It is vitally important that we are able to keep in contact with you at this time of rapid change and request that you let us know if any of your contact details need updating. This includes telephone numbers, email addresses, home addresses and emergency contacts. We are currently finalizing a contact plan for pupils and their families and will aim to contact you at least twice a week from Monday 23rd March to check how everyone is and offer any support that we can. Please contact the school office on the number 0208 769 1009 if you need help in the meantime.

    We are following instructions regarding providing vouchers for pupils who have free school meals but who are unable to attend school from Monday 23rd March. We will contact those of you that this applies to when we have finalized these arrangements.

    Please continue to follow the Government’s advice regarding Coronavirus – please see the end of this letter and look out for updates and information about the situation from the school that will be posted our school website.

    I will write to you again at the end of next week to update you with the current situation. Please do take care of yourselves and your families at this difficult time.

    Best wishes

    Joanna Tarrant

    Acting Executive HeadTeacher

     

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

    Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection  Updated 20 March 2020

    Symptoms - The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 1. new continuous cough and/or

    2. high temperature   For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

    Main messages

    • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
    • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram
    • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram
    • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
    • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
    • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
    • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
      • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
      • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
      • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
    • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
    • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
    • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
    • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

     

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  • Resources for home learning

    Published 20/03/20

    The Sensory Projects have put together a range of resources for parents to access. They look really good.  Link on link Resources

     

    Please see below links to a range of resources for children and families in relation to Covid-19, shared by the Council for Disabled Children.

     

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  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close by this Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

    Published 19/03/20

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close by this Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

    This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like the Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time. Please look out for update letters about the situation from the school that will be posted on this website. This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like the Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time.

    Please look out for update letters about the situation from the school that will be posted on this website.

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  • Carol Argent - Head Teacher Retiring this summer

    Published 30/07/19

    Carol Argent, Headteacher was invited to the Lord Mayor Tea Party on 9th July 2019. She has been working at The Livity School for 28 years in numerous roles. Carol Argent, our long standing Headteacher is retiring this summer. Clearly, we will be sad to say goodbye to Carol, who has been a devoted headteacher to The Livity, its pupils and a valued voice in the community.

    As you can imagine, Carol's leaving represents a significant change for The Livity School. For Governors, the immediate challenge is to ensure the school remains stable through the initial period, and then in the longer term, that we recruit someone who is right for The Livity, who can continue Carol's fine work and lead the school into the next chapter. 

    Since learning of Carol's retirement plans early in the spring term, Governors have been discussing options with Lambeth Council. Ultimately, we will run a recruitment exercise to find the right replacement for Carol. However, owing to the time required to appoint a Headteacher and the candidate to serve notice, it will not be possible to get a permanent replacement in place for the start of the new academic year, in September.

    Some of you may know that, Joanna Tarrant, Headteacher at the nearby Elm Court Special School, has been in The Livity supporting Carol since January. Given Joanna' familiarity with The Livity School - its culture and the way it works - and her undoubted strengths as shown by Elm Court's recent 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgment, I strongly believe she is the right candidate to support The Livity and provide stability through this period of change. Therefore, I have asked Joanna to take on interim leadership of The Livity School in an 'Executive Headteacher' capacity during the next academic year - she will do this alongside her duties at Elm Court.

    In addition, Governors have agreed that Matthew Pickard, Deputy Headteacher at The Livity School, will 'act up' into an interim role as 'Operational headteacher', to cover for and/or support  Joanna. In addition, we will welcome Amanda Ferrari, Assistant Headteacher, back to school later this term following maternity leave. An excellent new Assistant Headteacher, Ivan Luptak, from Swiss Cottage Special School, joins The Livity School in September. I have agreed with Lambeth that we will review these interim arrangements at regular intervals throughout the year as well as beginning our search for a permanent Headteacher.

    I would like to thank you for your continued support for The Livity School. I know that news like this can be unsettling. However, I want to reassure you the school, with the support of the Governing Body, will do everything in its powers to ensure the running of the school remains table and that your child's daily experience is unchanged.

    Naturally, if you would like to contact me, I would be happy to talk to you. Please feel free to get in touch with me via the school, or using the email address wthursfield.208@lgflmail.org. Otherwise, I hope you will join me in wishing Carol the fondest of farewells towards the end of this term.

    Very best wishes,


    William Thursfield,

    Chair of Governors, The Livity School.

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  • Lambeth school governors’ dedication hailed

    Published 25/07/19

    Lambeth Council held its first ever Long Serving Governor Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, 4th July 2019 to acknowledge the hard work carried out in Lambeth schools by their governors, who are all volunteers. Henry Fergusson, who served on The Livity School Governing Body over 12 years retired in August 2018, was invited to this event.  We were absolutely delighted that Lambeth arranged such an event for Governors to be recognised for their work. A big thank you.

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  • Easy Fund Raising

    Published 19/03/19

    We've just registered with easyfundraising, a great site where you can raise money for Support The Livity School with your everyday online shopping.

    Please sign up to #easyfundraising and help us raise FREE funds for Support The Livity School - London when you're doing your everyday shopping online. THIS IS FREE MONEY FOR US!

    Plus, when you raise your first £5, easyfundraising will match it! 

    Sign-up using our unique link and search for Support The Livity School - London: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/0MGPF4/BPR7OY

     If you're looking to do a spot of DIY this Summer, remember to go through #easyfundraising when you get all your painting, decorating and gardening supplies. You can help raise EVEN MORE for Support The Livity School - London from Wickes, Furniture Village, John Lewis, Argos, Laura Ashley and many more !

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