Trust Information and Updates

Trust update letter 19th June can be found here

Following the announcement by the Government on Sunday 10.05.2020 please find the latest update on behalf of Tapton Trust:

12th May 2020 - The Government have announced that, if possible, schools will be encouraged to open for more children from 1st June 2020. The key groups will be:

- Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

To be back in school in smaller sizes from 1st June at the earliest, if the Government’s 5 key tests justify changes at that time.

- Year 10 and Year 12

Some face to face contact, in support of continued home learning.

It is also the Government’s ambition for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month, if feasible. This will be kept under review. There are no current Government plans to reopen secondary schools further before the summer.

In addition, the Government is now encouraging all eligible children (vulnerable children and children of critical workers) to attend – it is no longer necessary for parents to keep them at home if they can. In particular, vulnerable children of all year groups continue to be expected and encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so. 

Tapton School Academy Trust is currently working with Sheffield City Council, the Department for Education, and teaching and other unions to agree the detail on how these groups can safely return to school. The safety of our children and staff remains paramount.

We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm arrangements, and thank you for continued patience and support.

The June 2020 online safety news letter can now be found here

The official letter from the Trust can be found  here

The Trust Health and Wellbeing page is now available with a list of useful resources for parents, carers and students. More information can be found here

Our online safety April edition can be found here

Information regarding uniform expectations can be found here

Home learning advice can be found here

The Trust COVID-19 update can be found here

Further information from the trust can be found here

Update 21st April 2020 regarding Free School Meals.

Edenred on behalf of the Department of Education Update 21st April 2020 regarding Free School Meals.

Free school meals voucher scheme update
Our national voucher scheme is playing a significant role in ensuring that eligible pupils can still receive free school meals while they are staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme offers a valuable service where schools are unable to arrange meals or food parcels through their existing food suppliers.
So far, over 11,000 schools have placed orders for voucher eCodes under our national scheme, and over £11m worth of eCodes have been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families. The flow of support to parents is accelerating every day.
The new platforms and process were initially created and launched within a two-week period. Ever since, we have made continuous improvements to these and this is now starting to positively impact on speed and efficiency. We appreciate this has been a challenging time for all and thank you for your patience.
As a result of these improvements, we have caught up with the orders to where we would expect them to be, meaning that going forward we can now improve the journey time of an order.
We have also made improvements to the information available to schools and families. We do have a dedicated 0333 400 5932 number in place, and a reminder that this number is charged at the national rate from all phone devices. However, email is the best method of contacting us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And remember your order will be updated on your ‘order history’ as it progresses, so you can view that at any time.
We are focused on continuing this progress and delivering the support to families quickly when they need it.
Help us to improve the user experience for everyone
There are a few small but vital steps that you can take to make the user experience much better for you and for other schools. It takes as much time to process 50 bulk orders as it does to process a single order. So, making lots of single or small orders slows the system down for others, as well as taking longer for you. To that end…
Here are a few tips for when placing your next orders, which will help us all to get the support to families quickly:

  • When placing orders, please use the spreadsheet up-load, please refer to the user guide for details
  • When scheduling the release of orders, please place these for a Monday where possible as this would help with scheduling through the weekend
  • Please ensure each order contains all the families and eCodes required, not one order per family, e.g. if a family has two children then a code for £30, rather than two codes for £15
  • As per our update last week, the DfE has agreed orders can be placed to cover 2,3 or 4 weeks in the future, for example an eCode to cover a fortnight for a family with 2 children would be £60, so placing the orders for the maximum period in the future will reduce your visits to the platform and enable us to schedule the releases to the families in advance

If you have placed an order that has more than one delivery date, e.g. one that is now in the past and one that is for a future date, the overall order status will still continue to show as ‘Paid’ until the future scheduled date has been delivered. The eCode delivery for the date in the past will have been fulfilled.

We have also been working hard to help other supermarket partners not enabled with eGift cards to join the programme and we’ll have more news on this during the week.
We appreciate your patience. Our teams have been working around the clock and continue to do so and are only focused and committed to ensuring the families in need receive the support they need quickly.

Kind regards,
Edenred UK on behalf of The Department for Education

Free School Meal update Friday 17th April 2020

Tapton School Academy Trust/Chaucer School  - ASDA vouchers

At the start of the Easter holiday Tapton School Academy Trust/Chaucer issued £30 ASDA gift vouchers to help support FSM families. 
Your Trust/Chaucer voucher was a £30 ASDA gift voucher - not a FSM voucher. This week there have been some instances of these vouchers being refused - this is incorrect. Whilst ASDA staff have been told to not accept any "old" FSM vouchers (which had been issued by some other schools) this does not affect your gift voucher issued on 31st March. ASDA nationally will be contacting Chaucer Road ASDA to correct this misunderstanding about the Trust/Chaucer vouchers.
If you have not yet used your voucher you should present your voucher at the till and tell the member of staff it is a gift voucher, if using the self service till you should select gift voucher when asked for method of payment. 
From 14th April the government is rolling out a national voucher scheme and you should have received or very shortly receive your vouchers to support you moving forward from this date.

Free School Meal (update 31.03.2020)

Free School Meal Vouchers

ASDA vouchers have been posted to your home address or emailed to the email address you provided in our recent survey. Families who did not respond to the survey have been posted ASDA vouchers. 

Coop vouchers unfortunately  have not been available and so have been replaced with ASDA vouchers. 

All families on Free School Meals have received a voucher for each child.

Please follow the instructions in your letter or email and do not lose your voucher/s as they are allocated specifically to your child/ren.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Chaucer School Updates and News

Government Guidance on COVID-19 - Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. Updates will be posted below. 

Update Monday 6th July 2020

School Uniform update for September 2020
Planning for a return to school in September after a normal 6 week holiday can sometimes be worrying  as parents try to make sure that everything is in place for a good start back, and this year it has been complicated by all the challenges that covid19 has brought with it including unfortunately, for many, uncertainty around money as people were furloughed or even made redundant and finances became stretched.
As we start to think and to plan hopefully for a return to a more normal school experience  in September a number of parents have been asking about uniform and expressing concern about not being able to place orders or indeed not being able to afford to order uniform at this time.
 We do understand that this has been a difficult time for many and so intend to operate as below for September: 
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering a blazer at this time. We are currently unable to allow you to try blazers on but will revisit this situation in September. 
Year 8 - Year 11 - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your blazer fits you may continue to wear it.
Blazers - All students 
Hoodies and sweatshirts will not be allowed to be worn inside the building
Blazer sizing and ordering will take place early to mid September with blazers becoming compulsory from after October half term. 
Please do start to put something aside to ensure you can order in September.
Skirts/Trousers/Shirts  - All students 
All of these are available from the usual suppliers and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
Ties - All students
Available from school and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
Shoes - All students
Plain black footwear is available from a variety of sources and should be purchased and worn from September. Students in Y8 to Y11 please note slight changing to wording in school uniform expectations - now just reads "plain black footwear".
Chaucer specific PE kit
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering Chaucer logo items at this time.
Plain dark shorts/leggings with a plain t shirt may be worn in September
Year 8 to Year 11 students - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your PE kit fits you may continue to wear it.
Chaucer specific  PE kit - All students 
Chaucer specific PE kit will be available to purchase during September and October and will be compulsory after October half term.
As always we will work with and support our families so please do make contact if there are particular questions or concerns that you have.

Update Friday 3rd July 2020

Another busy week in school with over 160 students attending the various activities.
Vulnerable & Key Worker students - an increasing number of students are accessing this provision which sees them focus on computer based learning activities in the morning with teacher support followed by physical activity, team building or craft activities in the afternoon. Students have been well engaged and continue to attend regularly. 
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - An excellent start to our Year 10 learning pods with a large number of students attending and engaging well. They overall seemed pleased to be back in front of staff and able to ask questions directly of teachers, and the teachers enjoyed having them back in school. Many commented on how much many of them had grown!!
Year 8 1 to 1 meetings - Miss Penney was delighted at the turn out for the year 8 1 to 1 consultations and again staff were pleased to see so many young people and their parent/carers in school with them. If you were not able to attend form tutors will be calling up and offering an opportunity to talk over the phone or during the last week of this term.
Year 6 Secondary Experience - Thursday and Friday saw 90 of the students who will be joining us in September in school working with staff from their primary school and from Chaucer. A really positive 2 days (despite the very damp start on Thursday) and we look forward to that continuing next week.
All of the students coming into school have conducted themselves really maturely under extremely unusual circumstances - a massive well done to them all.
Week commencing Monday 6th July 2020
Vulnerable & Key Worker students - ongoing in main building. Students enter school through visitor reception
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - ongoing in main building (Main hall & LRC). 
Year 7 1 to 1 meetings - these will take place in the LINCS building which is the separate building next to the main car park entrance - some of you may remember it as the old Housing offices. Students and parents must enter  through the main entrance door directly on Wordsworth Avenue. See video for further information.
Year 6 Secondary Experience -  Thursday and Friday  for  students from Meynell and Southey Green only . 
Each activity is taking place in its own separate location within the building to reduce the risk of students and staff coming into contact with others so it is really important that you check the location of the activity you are invited to and the route you should use to come into school.

Help for Parents

We have put together a help guide for parents around Learning and Health and Well-Being and more. The new guide can be found here

Half Term Celebrations

Monday 25th May celebration letter can be found here

Tuesday 26th May celebration letter can be found here

Wednesday 27th May celebration letter can be found here

Thursday 28th May celebration letter can be found here

22nd May 2020 - End of Half Term

Our End of half term letter can now be found here

15th May 2020 - Home Learning Supplement

The Sheffield Star has been working with Learn Sheffield and local schools to produce a regular Home Learning Supplement to help families with advice and guidance for home learning, health and well-being, cooking, exercise and fun activities during this period of social distancing and young people not being able to attend school or meet their friends as normal.

 Chaucer has contributed to the content of the supplement and believes that it is another useful tool to help families and young people in these unusual times. It has the added advantage of not needing technology to access it  which makes it more available to all.

Chaucer staff will be delivering The Sheffield Star and the supplement over the next few weeks to as many families as we can get copies for so if you do receive a copy of the Sheffield Star through your letterbox  please do take the time to look through the supplement, use the advice and guidance, and take part in the activities provided.  

Kind regards and stay safe

Chaucer School

7th May 2020 - Home Contact

Hello all, as we indicated last week we are rolling out regular personal contact to all families and students. 

The purpose of this contact is to support families with any concerns and issues that may have developed over this period of lock down and to support students in accessing home learning materials to best prepare them for a successful return to school.

We will want to speak to you as parent/carer and your young person wherever possible, and explore how things are going at home, what home learning is being done, what difficulties you as families may be experiencing including any changes to finances and/or employment. We do appreciate that some of these are very personal questions but the sole reason these questions are being asked is to let us help you directly or to point you in the direction of the right sort of support, so I do hope that you will accept these phone calls in the spirit in which they are intended - one of support. If you are uncomfortable in answering any of the questions posed then please do indicate this to the person calling and this can be passed on to one of our pastoral team to follow up with you. 

Thursday 25th April 2020

Update videos from Mr Burnside, Mrs Todd and Home learning update

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Information for parents of students with special educational needs and disability can be found here

Thursday 9th April 2020

The following information has been placed onto the website

Update for students and parents of Year 11 students about exams and exam results along with support materials from Ofqual (The Chief Regulator for Exams)

· Year 11 Letter of Information about Exam Results (copy email sent to all Yr11 students)

· Year 11 Parent Information Letter about Exam Results

· Two Ofqual PDF guides about exams and grades 


Other news/information

Free School Meals update Thursday 9th April 2020 

Food Hampers have been delivered Tuesday/Wednesday of this week to those families eligible for Free School Meals who responded to the recent survey.

We are delighted to say we delivered over 1000+ across two days in support of our community.

After Easter a national scheme for e vouchers is being rolled out to all families on Free School Meals. The method of delivery for the vouchers will be via email or post.

Childcare Provision from Tuesday 14th April 2020

If you or your child are supported by Social Care, Childcare is available from Tuesday 14th April as required through discussion with your social worker and school staff. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10 April 2020.

If you are a key worker, we can provide childcare from Tuesday 14th April if your child cannot remain at home safely. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate you require a place by Friday 10 April 2020.


Information regarding uniform expectations can be found here

Home learning advice can be found here

Government Guidance on COVID-19/Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible from Friday 20th March 2020. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. 


As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It states:

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Please, therefore, follow the information below:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then provision will be available for them in school.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the strict social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying health conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

5. Please do not send your child to school unless one or both of the following has happened:

  • you have completed the survey to say your child requires a place because you are a key worker 
  • a conversation has taken place already with you to say your child is in a vulnerable group and should attend

Any questions do not hesitate to email or call by phone into school on Monday (please do not visit school in person). Thank you for your support as we work together as one community... stay safe and look after each other.

Sheffield City Council Information and Updates

Wider school opening update 12th June 2020

Cllr Abtisam Mohammed, Greg Fell (Director of Public Health) and Andrew Jones (Sheffield City Council)  confirmed on Wednesday 10th June 2020 that the 5 tests have been met meaning that schools in Sheffield can proceed with their plans for opening to wider groups of students. The letters can be found here:

Update 4th June 2020

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council, outlines and clarifies the changes that came into force on 1 June.

Update 22nd May 2020

An updated message from Sheffield City Councils Department for Public Health can now be found here

Update 5th April 2020

Viruses and handwashing

Ruth Granger, Health Protection Manager at Sheffield City Council, explains what we know about Coronavirus so far.

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Drug and alcohol support

The Sheffield DACT team also provide support for anyone with alcohol or drug related issues.  Services are still operating and can be accessed as follows:

DRUGS: 0114 272 1481

ALCOHOL: 0114 305 0500

Visit for more information.

Domestic Abuse

We have seen a surge in cases of domestic abuse and related killings have more than doubled during lockdown.  

IDAS is offering support including: online video, WhatsApp messaging, telephone calls, online chats and emails. Sheffield has a freephone number 0808 808 2241 and a website

Help is also available for the abusers. If you think this could be you, we urge you to visit for more information and help.

Always call 999 in an emergency and if you need a silent solution you can cough or tap on the phone and press 55 when prompted.

Emergency accommodation and support is available for anyone who needs to leave their home during Covid-19.

domestic abuse


Leading health organisations and hospital doctors back the call for smokers to quit now.

The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service saw an increase of 53% more smokers accessing the service for quit support than the previous year.

Get help here 

Update 28th April 2020

Thank you to all Key workers

Work continues for all key workers across Sheffield this weekend. We appreciate all you do for our wonderful city and for keeping so many of us safe. 

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New website and app for children's activities in lockdown

Create Sheffield and 50 things to do before you’re 5 are available from today and completely free to use. Share your adventures using #homeadventures and #50ThingsSheffield. Find out more here

childrens activities

A day in the life of a Director of Public Health

Ever wondered what a Director of Public Health does, day to day? How many emails do you get? What time do you get up? Do you really have that many meetings? Sheffield DPH, Greg Fell, fills us in on his typical day during Covid-19. Click the image to see more:

day in the life

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In response to emergency requests for supply of PPE to care providers struggling to obtain their own supplies, Sheffield City Council has supplied approximately 1 million items of PPE to the independent sector with 330,000 pieces of kit including masks, aprons and gloves being issued week on week.

Our deliveries continue to meet emergency demand and thanks to local businesses, we have enough to supply those in need of emergency PPE in the city. PPE continues to be a concern but we are working hard with national and regional partners to ensure we can to meet future demands for provision

Update 23rd April 2020

Staying safe during Ramadan

Council Leader Julie Dore has sent her best wishes to everyone everyone celebrating Ramadan at this unusual time. 

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health, has also put together his suggestions for staying safe and well during this special occasion. Watch Greg's video below. (Click the image to watch)

Ramadan video

Latest Jobs

The Sheffield City Region Job Board Facebook page lists new job vacancies in the region. See what jobs are currently featured by clicking the link here

Free e-Library during 'lockdown'

Have you exhausted all your literary content in the house? Sheffield's e-library can help.

Sheffield Libraries subscribes to a digital platform called RBdigital. It is a simple to use app for your Phone, Tablet or Computer, and can give you access to a variety of library services. These include Magazines, ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Click here for more information.

Update 18th April 2020

Thank you to everyone social distancing

Thank you to everyone who is following the Government's guidance on social distancing and self isolating. You are making a big difference.

If you are going out for daily exercise or shopping over the weekend please make sure you continue staying a safe distance of at least two metres from those outside of your household.

Please do not be tempted to go on day trips or meet up with family or friends. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. Read more

The NHS is still open for urgent care

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and GPs across the city say we are ‘still open for business for urgent care’ as the number of patients seeking care for heart attacks and strokes halves. Read more

More information for parents and carers can be found here

Further travel changes 

Further updates to South Yorkshire’s public transport timetables will take place this Sunday 19 April. Those that need to make essential journeys on public transport are urged to check before they travel 

The changes, to some bus services, are designed to make sure critical routes can continue to run for key workers and NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis. Timetable information will be available from 18:00 on Saturday 18 April. For the lastest check here

Be vigilant of rogue traders

After an elderly man in Sheffield was targeted by a rogue trader, South Yorkshire Police and the council's Trading Standards are reminding everyone to be vigilant. More often the most vulnerable people in our communities are targeted, those who may be even more vulnerable at this time of isolation. Keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly neighbours and to report any suspicious activity. Call the police on 101, Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06, or report online to Action Fraud

More information can be found here

Updates 17th April 2020

UK lockdown period extended The Government today announced that it has extended the UK lockdown period up to at least 7 May 2020. 

This means that everyone must continue to adhere to the guidelines set out by the Government to stay at home, other than for essential reasons, and to continue practicing social distancing with anyone outside of your own household, wherever possible.  

Grass Cutting Services

In response to Covid-19, council grass-cutting services will continue, where possible, with works to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists being prioritised.

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and adhere to government guidelines on social distancing, grass cutting in parks and on the highway will only be undertaken where staff health and safety is not compromised. We are working closely with our operatives to ensure they have the equipment and support they need and wherever feasible, staff are carrying out tasks alone or at a safe distance from others.

Grass cutting on some areas of the highway is crucial to maintain sight lines at road junctions, ensure safe access routes and prevent the build-up of litter on verges.

We will continue to monitor national guidance and undertake daily health and safety work to keep our parks, verges, roads and green spaces safe during this time.

Clap for our amazing Carers!

Don't forget to join in the nationwide clap at 8pm Thursday's in recognition of all our amazing key workers.

More children get primary school of choice 

Despite schools being closed, school places have still been allocated for those due to start in September 2020.

The vast majority of Sheffield school children will be going to the primary school of their choice at the start of the new school year, provided that restrictions are relaxed and schools can reopen.

More than 92% of children in Sheffield have been allocated a place at their preferred primary school exceeding last years total of 91% of allocations. Find out more here

Updates 15th April 2020

Housing Support and advice during Covid-19 

The Council has a number of different services available to support anyone who is having difficulty affording their rent, both through council housing or privately rented.

There is support for rough sleepers, repairs, illegal evictions and more. More information can be found here

Extra Support towards Council tax payments

Millions of pounds in extra funding is being allocated to help those who are struggling to pay council tax.

This is in addition to existing Council Tax Support and will see payments reduced even further for those who are eligible. More information can be found here

Timed parking restrictions still in place

The Council has received a number of questions relating to parking and driving restrictions. We want to take this opportunity to make it clear that all restrictions are still in place, other than arrangements for free pay and display parking in Council car parks for key workers.

Timed parking and driving restrictions, such as those in place for bus lanes, must still be adhered to. These restrictions remain in place to support journeys for key workers and emergency services vehicles.

All restrictions placed on the highway are there to support the safety of road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, whilst improving traffic flow. We ask that everyone continues to observe the parking restrictions and where possible avoid parking in time restricted zones to avoid having to move your vehicle.  

Car parks closed at Sheffield parks.

All parking facilities at Sheffield parks and green spaces are now closed.

People are urged not to travel to parks for daily exercise, but to remain in the local area.

Update 27th March 2020 - Please click the image below for updates from Sheffield City Council

Domestic abuse support

For people living in a situation where they are experiencing domestic abuse and violence from someone at home the current situation is likely to make things worse.

Help is still available from the police and specialist services. South Yorkshire Police officers are fully equipped with PPE to attend properties even where someone is showing symptoms.

If you need help call The Sheffield local Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 808 2241 (freephone) Mondays to Fridays 8am - 7pm and Saturdays 9am - 5pm or The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247

In an emergency call 999

For more information please visit the website below:

Healthy Minds

Sheffield City Council information can be found here

Sheffield City Council COVID-19 update can be found here