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14th March
3rd March

Dear Special Schools,

I would be really grateful if you would remind families of these 2 parent and carer events taking place next week – we would really like to hear parents’ and carers’ views on SEND services in Birmingham and would welcome their input at our event either in Billesley B13, or at Wilson Stuart School in Perry Barr on March 8th.  More details here -

Many thanks for your support as always,

With Kind Regards

Rachel Edwards

Communications & Engagement Lead

SEND, Wellbeing & Inclusion

Children and Families Directorate

16th February
26th January
19th January
11th January
17th December

Updates and information can be found on the Local Offer website page here -

 Travel Assist Opening Times during the Holiday

During the period 20 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 inclusive Travel Assist will provide telephone support between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on working weekdays. Outside of these hours please contact Travel Assist via email

Possible changes to transport arrangements at the start of next term due to COVID-19

At the moment, we plan to run Home to School Transport as usual from the first day of term in January, however, please continue to check the Local Offer website for news and updates on the service in case of further government changes to COVID rules or school closures.

Home to School Transport - Severe Weather Information

In the event of severe weather conditions (e.g. snow, storms, floods) it may be necessary to either change or cancel Home to School Transport arrangements for safety reasons.  Wherever possible, operators will attempt to operate unless safety concerns deem it not feasible to do so.

If a school has not already announced its closure, then it is an individual driver's decision as to whether they can operate or take a certain route, as they are the only responsible party who is aware of all the facts. Contractors must inform Headteachers and the Travel Assist of their decision immediately.

It is vital that they put the safety of the students first and this means that we cannot insist that the transport runs, or that a child or young person is taken directly to their home if there is no safe route available. If you are advised by the transport company that your child's morning journey has been cancelled, you should assume that the afternoon journey will also be cancelled, unless you hear otherwise. 

Parents/carers who have chosen to take their children to school during bad weather should ensure they have confirmed return transport arrangements for their child before leaving them at school. Contractors will not be expected to transport a child taken into school by a parent home if an assessment considers an afternoon journey inoperable.

Transport is arranged to run at set times and therefore if a school decides to close early due to adverse weather, it may not be possible for transport companies to arrive earlier than normal. Therefore, the school will need to ensure that students are supervised until they are collected. If a parent/carer does not want their child to attend school during bad weather they should contact the transport company to inform them at the earliest opportunity.

In bad weather conditions, parents/carers are advised to regularly check the City Council and the Local Offer website and to listen to local radio. If parents/carers suspect that the school is closed but there is nothing on the website or the radio, they should contact the school directly before travelling. Parents/carers should also contact the school if they are unable to travel due to bad weather, but the school is open.

Travel Assist will publish information on the Local Offer website here - and ask schools to send messages to parents and carers where possible.

With Kind Regards,

Rachel Edwards

Communications & Engagement Lead

SEND, Wellbeing & Inclusion

3rd December
22nd October
20th September
2nd September

Dear parents /carers,

 We hope that you had a great summer break and we would like to remind you that our school will be open to pupils/students on Monday 6th September.

 Thank you and looking forward having all our learners back to school.

26th August

Please see the link below with regards to further information about regular rapid lateral flow (Covid 19) testing.

It shall provide further information with regards to:

-Why your family should test regularly

-About rapid tests

-Who can get rapid tests

-How to get regular rapid tests (ordering online, test collection points near you, your local test site)

(There is a limited amount available at school too)

19th August 

PSHE & RSHE Parental Information

PSHE & RSHE Policy

For any queries please email:

21st May

Dear Parent or Carer

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team at Birmingham City Council are hosting HMI (OfSTED) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors next week for revisit following their inspection in 2018.  In order for the inspectors to get a full picture of the SEND offering in Birmingham, they are inviting parents to attend a meeting to discuss their views with them.

If you would like to attend one of these meetings, you will need to join via the Microsoft Teams platform.  If you don’t have Microsoft Teams it is free, quick and easy to download as an App on your phone, computer or tablet; you do not need to set up an account to join the meeting which you can do as a guest.

The meetings are at the following times – please click on the link to join the meeting at the appropriate time: 

Monday 24th May 2021 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting


Tuesday 25th May 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting


Wednesday 26th May 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

With Kind Regards

Birmingham City Council’s SEND team and the Birmingham Parent Carer Forum



8th March
8th March
1st March
11th January
5th January

Dear parents/carers,

Following the announcement by the Government, we are now in a national lockdown and all schools will be closed from Tuesday 5 January until at least February half term.

Over the next few days we will be finalising arrangements as we move to remote learning whilst remaining open for key worker / vulnerable children.
We will be open for key worker children and vulnerable learners only.  Any families who think they qualify for key worker places should contact us and we will confirm places as soon as possible.
We will be updating parents via the website and text messages / emails as and when we have more information to share with you.
Our pastoral team will be in touch with parents and carers regularly to ensure that you receive potential support you may require.

Prioritising placements for vulnerable children 

We will utilise our own internal systems such as risk registers/assessments to determine those pupils classed as most vulnerable; these children will be allocated a space as a matter of priority. 

Home learning 

We are committed to ensuring that we continue to support you and your child in their education within the home setting. Our pupils access learning in a variety of ways and we will endeavour to provide sufficient opportunities and resources that are inclusive for all during this period of absence. It is crucial that you inform us of any challenges around home learning and we will ensure prompt support and resolution.  We already have provided remote learning for all our leaners and will continue to improve that provision therefore we will continue to update our website with learning resources over the coming weeks.

Further important information 

We are unable to eliminate the risk of transmission within our school although we can all play our part in reducing the risk. By accepting an allocated space, you are deemed to agree to the following points: 

  • Expectations on learning and pupil progress in school will be impacted by the current situation 
  • Staffing ratios may be further reduced due to the impact of COVID and this may result in the withdrawal of any placement without prior notice 
  • If you are required to attend onsite, you will keep a minimum of two metres away from any other person and always wear a mask (unless exempt due to medical reasons) 
  • You will inform school as usual if your child is unable to attend school for any reason  
  • Whilst all necessary precautions will be taken by the school, we cannot ensure social distancing due to the needs of our children. You accept that your child may be in close proximity with other children and/or staff members 
  • The school cannot guarantee a virus-free school 
  • You will ensure that your child wears clean clothes every day to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus 
  • You will not send your child into school with any unnecessary items such as toys etc.  
  • You will not bring your child on to school premises if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or if anyone in the household has symptoms 
  • You understand that government advice for pupils is to stay at home; this is particularly important for those pupils with underlying health conditions. Placing them in a school setting potentially places them at increased risk of contracting the virus 
  • If your child requires medication, you will ensure all necessary protocol is followed. You must ensure that medication is clearly labelled and in date and all necessary paperwork completed prior to arrival 
  • You understand that if your child becomes unwell during their time in school, they will be immediately isolated (in accordance with government guidelines) and you will be contacted to collect them immediately. If you are unable to collect your child, you must have organised an alternative person to collect your child on your behalf. You will not expect staff to justify or prove the rationale behind this decision  

This was not the start to 2021 that we were all looking forward to and wishing everyone a Happy New Year seems rather redundant at this time.  We will be open throughout this lockdown and will available to try to help and support all our families during this time.  Take care and look after yourselves and we look forward to seeing you all again once we get to the other side of this.

Kind regards,

Mounir Meghalsi

3rd January

Dear parents,

We have been trying very hard to find ways to keep our school open next week, but unfortunately, we will have to close due to health and safety concerns.

During the last couple of days, the government has released various messages around tier 4 measures, and we have been working with education leaders across the city, as well as unions, to assess the situation and make this decision.

We will be closed to all learners on Monday 4th January 2021 until Monday 11th January. The school will be open to staff, and we will contact some parents (safeguarding register and children of key workers) to offer them a place for Tuesday 5th January.

We haven't taken this decision lightly, but due to the lack of clarity of information nationally and the uncertainty around staffing and impact on our risk assessment, it is the safest thing to do for all involved. Thank you for your support and patience.

Kind regards,

Mounir Meghalsi

Interim Headteacher

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11th November Anti Bullying Week - Letter to Parents
6th November

Letter to Parents November 2020

9th October

Keeping young people safe online while at home

24th September

23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians

18th September

Latest Calthorpe Academy COVID19 Risk Assessment

17th September

NEW: Occupational Therapy advice line: Mon-Fri (9am-4pm): 0121 683 2325

17th July Letter from Thrive CEO - Richard Chapman

Letter to parents from COUNCILLOR IAN WARD

10th July

End of Term Letter

19th May

Click the link below to read an important letter to parents and carers from Birmingham City Council:

18th May

Calthorpe Academy will be closed during half-term holidays.

A letter will be sent before the end of this week about our plans for after the holidays.

If you have any concern or questions please contact us.

21st April

Birmingham Children's Trust safeguarding enquiries: 0121 675 3249
Family support advice line: 0121 675 0685

20th April

Mental health support launched For Birmingham And Solihull leaflet

The Department of Health's list of those at highest risk from Coronavirus includes all of our students to varying degrees. Their advice is clear that these students should stay remain at home. For this reason we have decided to remain closed for all students except:

  • Children of parents who are a Key worker.
  • Children in a vulnerable category under the safeguarding criteria set by the local authority.

If your child is not in our vulnerable category the school will be closed to your child until further notice, unless you meet key worker criteria. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries.

8th April A list of organisations ready to help people in Birmingham are:
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
0808 800 0028
Birmingham Housing Options Hub:
0808 169 9604
Birmingham Council Housing
0121 303 7410 or 0121 303 2296/4806
Adult Social Care
0121 303 1234 or 0121 675 4806
Children’s Social Care
0121 303 1888 or 0121 675 4806
West Midlands Police
7th April Local Authority Parent Helplines
Communication and Autism Help
Early Years Inclusion Support
Educational Psychology Help
Learning Difficulties Help
Physical Difficulties Support Service Help
School Support Help
Sensory Support Help
The Childrens Occupational Therapy Service
Top Ten Tips to help your child
2nd April Latest Information and Advice from Birmingham City Council
31st March
Calthorpe Academy will be closed for Easter Holidays from Friday 3rd April 2020.
England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty and Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, have both stated that cases could peak over Easter Holidays. We believe that social distancing will be more important than providing child care over Easter.
If you have any safeguarding concern please contact visit:
OR you could contact Calthorpe Academy DSL (|Designated Safeguarding Lead) on mobile: 07539205895.
25th March Educational psychologist telephone helpline for parents and carers
24th March NHS Letter to Parents
24th March School Nursing Leaflet
23rd March Message from Leader of NAHT
20th March Coronavirus Partial Closure Letter

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