Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus advice & information

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Government guidance:

Help with Home Learning for Students

During the period school closure, we have created a dedicated section on our website for Home Learning.

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Free School Meal Vouchers

Update from Edenred - 27 Apr 2020

  • Update from EdenredNew supermarkets coming on board - Aldi eGift cards are now available for parents/ carers to redeem as of today (27th April).   McColls will be joining from Wednesday this week (29th April) and can be spent in McColls and Martin’s stores
  • Expiry dates for eCodes - The expiry date for all new eCodes being sent from today will now be 4 months after the delivery date.

24 Apr 2020 - Update from Edenred - Queuing system

  • Due to exceptional demand, we have implemented a queuing system on the ordering website. This is to control the amount of traffic on the website at any one time in order to improve the user experience for everyone and speed up the ordering process once past the queue.
  • Please note it can take up to an hour to enter the website, but this can vary during peak and off-peak hours. For a shorter queuing time, we recommend trying outside of peak hours or days, which is between 10am and 5pm, and on Mondays.


Free School Meal Vouchers Explained

  • Up to the end of the Easter half term, Padgate Academy issued Free School Meal vouchers directly to parents/carers with an entitlement.  From 20th April 2020, this will be funded by DFE and vouchers will be sent directly from their online system (Edenred) to the email address we have registered for you.  The value of the voucher is set by the DFE at £15 each week, per child.
  • From 20th April 2020, all parents/carers with an entitlement to Free School Meals will receive an email each week from Edenred containing an eCode.  You’ll need this code to redeem for an eGift card for a supermarket of your choosing (your email will provide a step by step guide on how to do this).  
  • Some cards can be spent online and in-store, but some can only be spent in-store so please check carefully before ordering.
  • IMPORTANT - You cannot take your a 16-digit eCode and take this into supermarkets to try and spend them. Supermarkets cannot accept eCodes, parents must first exchange them online for supermarket eGift cards. 

What if I dont have an email address?

  • For parents/carers who do not have an email address or have not provided it to the school, we will contact you directly to arrange delivery/collection of your voucher.

Frequently Asked Questions and Instructions for Redeeming your eCode

  • We have included a few guides below for you, including an FAQ provided by DFE and instructions on how to redeem your eCode for an eGift that can be spent with the retailer.  
  • We recommend all parents/carers with a current entitlement to read these guides as they explain the process and what to do if you have problems redeeming your eGift card.

Reporting absence relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We anticipate an unprecedented level of absence related phone calls. 

Therefore, if you have to report an absence, we would prefer you to use our dedicated absence email which is

Please provide the following information in the event of having to report an absence:

  • Name of your child
  • Year Group and Form Group
  • Reason for absence e.g. Coronavirus symptoms, Self-isolating because of medical advice, Other (please state)

Useful downloads and letters home

Supporting children during times of worry (pdf)


Provision for Children of Key Workers (pdf)


20 May 2020 - Arrangements for a proposed return to school (pdf)


Warrington Borough Council - Letter for Parents and Carers (pdf)