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St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Walsall

St Thomas Canterbury Catholic School

In God's Love We Flourish
In Amore Dei Floremus

Life at St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Walsall

Our Catholic Mission is to enable every child to have an active mind, a sense of empathy and compassion, aspiration and ambition so that they become what God calls them to be.


Here on the website, under Parent FAQs, you will find a Home Learning area. This will give you access to many useful resources that you can use at home with your child. Throughout the area you will find the children's curriculum overviews - please refer to these in order to see what the children would be learning.


Please click here for information regarding Year 2's opportunity to have lunch together next week. (Wednesday 1pm-2pm)


Please click here for information regarding Year 4's opportunity to have lunch together next week. (Tuesday 1pm-2pm)

Please click here for information regarding Year 5's opportunity to have lunch together next week. (Wednesday 12pm-1pm)


Please click here for information regarding Year 3's opportunity to have lunch together next week. (Tuesday 12pm-1pm)


The Y6 children in school have been asked to bring shirts in for the other children to sign. If your child is not in school, please drop their shirt off at school to add to the others. 'Bubbles' will be signing shirts before leaving them the appropriate time before signing others.


Please click here for an update regarding questions parents/carers might be having about returning in September.


Please click here to see the latest correspondence regarding the phased return to school for some children


Please click here for the most recent letter about school's provision following the Prime Minister's update.


National Free School Meal Scheme

We have placed our orders regarding Free School Meals however as every school was placing their orders at the same time we have been told that there is some delays. The email we received stated that during the course of the last week, orders placed within the Edenred system were higher than anticipated. This had an impact on the performance and experience. Edenred have been working day and night through the Easter weekend to process orders and develop the system capability and performance for the weeks ahead. Improvements are being applied every day.

We thank you for your continued patience and we will let you know when  the vouchers are in place, hopefully the beginning of next week.


Please be aware school will be closed for the next two weeks.


Free School Meal (FSM) update:

If your child/children is/are entitled to FSM, (you will have already had a text) we have now been advised how to issue the vouchers for you to redeem for food at supermarkets. Please note the vouchers are for term time only.

The DfE have asked us to remind you about healthy eating and to try to purchase items to enable you to provide a balanced lunchtime meal during the time that your child/children would normally be at school.

The school will send the vouchers to your email address as this will give you more choice on which supermarket you wish to redeem the vouchers at.

The vouchers will be to the value of £15 per child, per week.

The vouchers cannot be redeemed against age-restricted items such as alcohol or cigarettes.

Scam Alert - School Meals. Some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. This is a scam. Do NOT send any bank details.

We trust that you are all keeping yourselves and your families safe and adhering to the Government guidelines on social distancing and self-isolating. We all hope that this crisis will soon be resolved and that we can get back to normality as soon as possible.

God be with you.


Progress is being made with the FSM vouchers. The government have said they will contact schools hopefully on Monday regarding this.


We are doing everything we can to sort out vouchers for those eligible for Free School Meals. Unfortunately, this has not be as simple as we would have liked as it is not controlled by only the school. Updates will follow shortly and a text will be sent also. Thank you.


Over Friday evening and the weekend, evidence will be reviewed and collated to work out which children will be allocated for childcare in school from Monday - the parents of these children will receive a text to confirm this and which category you're child falls into (see below). If you do not receive a text by on Monday and believe you need the provision then please bring any relevant evidence to the school Office in the morning. Please be aware that children who have been absent with illness will not be considered for this provision for the next two weeks.

Category A - Place reserved for children with parent(s) who are single parent or both key workers.

Category B - Place reserved for children where one parent is a key worker - as per government guidance, we encourage these children to remain at home where possible as the children's safety is a higher priority that person inconvenience. These places will be available in the first instance but will never be available over those children in category A.

Please click here to read the latest news regarding provision in school for children of key workers

Homework / Revision Packs will be being sent home with children today and any children who have been absent should expect one sent by mail - these will all be sent out on Monday. Please be aware that if you are self-isolating, you should not be coming to the school to ask for these packs in any circumstance.



As set by the government, school will be closing from Friday for the immediate future. We are aware that parents are keen to know how this will affect them and their children and we are working hard to find the answers out to these questions. However, as a school, we are working within the directives set out by the government, whose information and advice is trickling through to the school slowly.

Many parents have asked for personalised work to be set but currently the school is still in full operation and is working hard to continue to plan and deliver lessons as normal. As this is the case, we encourage all students who are not currently in school to access online resources (links on the website) so they can continue to learn at home.

In this very difficult time, we ask for patience and compassion – the safety of our children is the most important consideration for us and when the school has more information you will be informed without haste.

Thank you.



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