Parents and carers are being reminded to submit their applications for a reception or junior school place for their child before the national application deadline on 15 January 2021.
Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 are due to commence reception in September 2021 whilst children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 will transfer from an infant school to a junior school in September 2021.
5 January 2020: This information has been updated in line with the government announcement. Schools to remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
The borough remains in Tier 4 with increasing numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 and therefore residents need to continue to follow the basics to stop the spread of the virus (Hands, Face, Space). The council understands some of the recent concerns of head teachers and principals, school staff and parents about the re-opening of schools, however the current national guidance states that primary schools, early years settings, special schools and alternative provision settings in the borough can re-open as planned from today, 4 January.
18 December 2020
2020 has been an unusual year. As it began we saw how the increase of COVID-19 had been affecting communities across the world but from March this year the pandemic reached the UK and resulted in changes impacting everyday life for us all. With two national lockdowns and the government putting tier based restrictions in place, we have all had to come to terms with what this means for us, for our families, our friends, our loved ones and also for our community as we settle into a new ‘normal’. Now as we come to the end of the year we take the opportunity to reflect on what we have faced and how we have responded to the challenges over the last few months.
17 December 2020
This year has been a tough one for children and families – since March 2020 the COVID world has meant adapting to uncertainty at speed and saying goodbye to certain routines and structures that help young people navigate their world. Normally the lead up to Christmas would be a fun and exciting time for children and young people. This year the pandemic and its various challenges mean youngsters are swapping previous freedoms and festive fun, for social distancing and specific yuletide restrictions instead. Although a break away from school is welcomed, over the Christmas holidays children and young people will again have to get used to a new routine outside of school adjusting to different hours and different days. So it’s understandable if they are feeling more tired or under stress than usual.
Walsall Council in conjunction with partner agencies has launched its successful Family Safeguarding model. This strength-based approach supports parents to make positive changes to family life after they have been referred to children’s services and aims to keep families together.