Learning From Home
Head Teacher Letter
Please click the following link to open the Head Teacher Letter 27th March 2020
Survey monkey can be accessed via the below link or QR code:
For pupils to access their email they need to go to the school website: www.prestwich.bury.sch.uk
At the very top of the page they need to click on ‘School email’. This will take them to a page where they just need to enter their school email address, which is their 4 digit school number, followed by @prestwich.bury.sch.uk, and their password.
If you are experiencing difficulties logging in to the system when the website would load, but then it would bring you back to the previous screen (login loop), you may have to clear your web browser cookies/cache. Please use either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser to access the email system. Please also be advised that clearing web browser cache might delete some of your browsing history.
To fix the login loop issue please click the following link and complete the steps outlined in the guide for your web browser: Stuck in a continuous login loop with Office 365?
Microsoft Office Desktop applications
Our students are licensed to download and install Microsoft Office 365 (ProPlus) applications suite on their home computers. This software may be required to open certain files like Word, Excel or PowerPoint and in order to complete any work sent by the teachers.
Please click the following link to open guide how to Download and install or reinstall Office 365 on a PC or Mac.
IT Support Contact Form
Please use the following from if you are unable to access your emails. All requests will be dealt with, we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not log duplicate requests.
Home Learning Guide
To support children in their learning at home during school closure, we have compiled a list of websites that you may find useful in addition to the ones sent by your classroom teacher. Many of those will be familiar to the children, but some are recommendations to support learning further.
Every pupil at Prestwich Arts College has access to GCSE Pod. The web address for GCSE Pod is www.gcsepod.com
Whilst this site is aimed mainly at pupils in Key Stage 4 all pupils can use it. It provides short videos or ‘pods’ that pupils can watch on key topics for a wide variety of subjects.
If a pupil hasn’t used it beforehand it is easy to login. By clicking on the ‘login’ link pupils just need to select ‘New here. Get started’. From this page they enter their name, date of birth and school. They can then create their own login and password and get started straight away.
If a pupil has forgotten their user details – there are links on the website to reset these.
This website, www.hegartymaths.com , is also available to all pupils. Whilst it is used for homework within the Maths department all students can access it to work on their Maths skills, whether or not work has been set prior. They log on with their name and date of birth and the password they have created.
If a pupil has forgotten their password they can email their maths teacher to have this reset.
Seneca learning is an free online platform https://www.senecalearning.com/
Press ‘students start here’ tab. Choose the age group tab and select either KS3 (Years 7-9) or GCSE. Select subject and choose your subject e.g. Chemistry.
Click the correct exam board (AQA) and tier at KS4 (Foundation or Higher). Choose tasks on the left and click ‘start learning’ for information and tasks to follow.
Safeguarding procedures during school closure:
During the period of school closure, we are aware that vulnerable families will not have the same access to the school staff who usually support them. We would like to provide some reassurance regarding ongoing access to support during this difficult time.
Our promise to parents & carers:
- Staff will continue to attend any safeguarding meetings in relation to your children provided that these go ahead.
- In the event that meetings are cancelled, we will provide up to date information (via report) to professionals who are working with your family.
- We will endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours
In the event that you have a serious safeguarding concern, please find below the numbers for the local Children’s Services Departments for our pupils:
Bury MASH: 0161 253 5678
Salford (The Bridge): 0161 603 4500
Manchester Children Services: 0161 234 5001
Rochdale Children’s Services: 01706 647474
IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY OR WELL-BEING AND BELIEVE THEY MAY BE AT RISK OF IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO RING 999 TO REPORT YOUR CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and presentation, please contact Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services (Healthy Young Minds) directly on the following numbers:
Bury HYM: 0161 716 1110
Salford CAMHS: 0161 518 5400
Manchester CAMHS: 0161 203 3250
Rochdale CAMHS: 01706 676000
The following agencies are also available for support…
Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Confidential support for young people under the age of 25 on a range of issues.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
Young people can contact Crisis Messenger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by texting THEMIX to 85258. Their text messaging support service is free and for any issue and they provide in-the-moment support and problem solving when it is most needed. This service is delivered in partnership with Crisis Text Line and Shout.
Text THEMIX to 85258
Due to staff not being in school on a full time basis, we are unable to keep our PAC food bank as stocked as we would like.
We may be able to support with some basic packs of provisions but these will be limited to essential items only.
Please call school if you need our help. However, please note the details for food banks in your local area which may be better equipped to support you.
If you are concerned about hardship or access to provisions during this difficult period, here are the details for local foodbanks who can supply essentials to families experiencing financial hardship.
St Johns House, 155 - 163 The Rock, Bury BL9 0ND
0161 253 6300
Porch Boxes - Food Bank Donation Point
Bradley Fold, Radcliffe, Manchester BL2 6RS
0161 761 5908
Salvation Army Local Corps Community Centres Bury
18 Brookshaw St, Bury BL9 6EB
0161 763 5142
Bury Business Centre, Kay St, Bury BL9 6BU
0161 763 6335
The Trussell Trust Food Bank
Trafford St, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7PQ
Middleton Central Foodbank
Middleton Shopping Centre, S6 b/c Second Floor, Limetrees Rd, Middleton M24 4EL
0161 643 1163
Manchester Central Foodbank
Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PG
Heywood Food Bank
94 Adelaide St, Heywood OL10 4HE
Mocha Parade, Christ Central, Salford M7 1QE
0161 637 4500
Greater Together Manchester
Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2QG
0161 828 1400
Looking after your mental health and general well-being
It is more important than ever that we look after our well-being during this difficult time. We have sent information to all our students via email about ways they can do this. There are lots of websites with advice about staying busy and positive and we are regularly tweeting ideas on the school’s Twitter feed (please follow us @PrestwichArts).
These webpages from the NHS, The Children’s Society and Mind offer helpful advice and guidance for our parents and carers:
For young people, these sites might be helpful:
Government guidance for parents / carers on how to support your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak
How to apply for Free School Meals if your employment status changes
If you lose your job as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is vital that you apply for free school meals as quickly as possible in order that we can add you to our system for receiving vouchers that you can use to supplement your weekly shop. We are unfortunately unable to provide vouchers to any child or young person who does not receive free school meals but we recognise that this is changing all the time for many of our families so would urge you to apply as a priority if your employment situation changes or you are no longer able to work.
Here is all the key information that you will need in order to make applications:
Free school meal applications
Bury & Manchester: https://www.bury.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals (Click on the Free school meals application link)
The link to the form for Bury is valid for students who live in Bury and attend a Bury school. It also valid for pupils who live in Manchester and attend a Bury school.
The eligibility criteria is below:
From year 3 onwards free school meals are available if you receive one of the following:
• Universal Credit - and your earned income is less than £7,400 a year, after tax and not including any benefits
• Income Support
• income-based Job Seekers Allowance
• income-related Employment Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit, providing you are do not get Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income is less than £16,190
• guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Free school meals are available for pupils at local authority maintained primary and secondary schools, including academies. They are not available for children at private or independent schools.
They are also available for eligible households with:
• children at local authority-maintained nurseries, providing they receive education before and after lunch
• students aged between 16 and 19 who go to Elms Bank Specialist Arts College sixth form
• students who receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right
If you are not sure whether you qualify, we recommend that you submit an application in order that this can be assessed.
Support for parents of autistic children
Everyone is finding it difficult to adjust to new routines and ways of doing things. We recognise that this must be especially difficult for children with autism for whom routine is a key part of managing and supporting their needs. Parents / carers may find this resource helpful as it offers tips, advice and links to help you identify what difficulties your child may be experiencing and how best to support them.