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Partial School Closure Information

Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children: Update - 05/01/21

The school is open for critical worker and vulnerable children from 7.45 to 15.45 each week day. Please see link below for categories/further information.


If you have any questions, please phone (02082704915) or email ( the School Office, thank you.

FSM Arrangements from 4th January 2021:

At Southwood, the following provision will be made available for pupils currently eligible for benefits-related free school meals:


Fortnightly £30 vouchers from with a choice of 5 supermarkets. These vouchers will be issued on the second Monday of every fortnight.


Please also note that this only applies to benefits-related free school meals and not all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who usually get universal infant free school meals.


If you have any questions or queries, please phone (02082704915) or email ( the School Office.


If you are not registered for benefit-related free school meals and believe you may qualify, please use the following link and scroll down to the Pupil Premium registration form to apply:

Department for Education: Free School Meals Information

We know that schools and education settings are concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on pupils currently eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where:

  • the pupil has to stay at home because they and/or wider family members are displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) related symptoms
  • the school is only open for certain groups or is closed temporarily


Support for pupils who have to stay at home

Under normal circumstances, schools are not expected to provide free school meals to disadvantaged children who are not attending due to illness or if the school is closed. We expect schools to continue to provide support to these pupils if:

  • they/or a family member are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • your school is only open for certain groups or is closed temporarily

We understand that schools will have different approaches to how they currently provide free meals to disadvantaged children.

You may currently provide free school meals using:

  • an in-house catering team
  • a local authority catering service
  • a private catering provider

The steps you take to support pupils affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) might be different depending on the individual circumstances of the school.