Family Support with COVID-19

2nd April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

The amazing therapy team at Eagle House School (Mitcham) have created a wealth of resources for you to use with your children for those children using PODD to visual support in talking about emotions. Please remember that if you require additional resources and activities, you can liaise directly with therapists at your child’s individual school at

This will ensure that if the therapist you might usually liaise with is unavailable, your email will be picked up from someone else in the team.

Warmest regards from

The Eagle House School Mitcham CA Team

30th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We will soon be approaching what would have been the end of term and the start of the Easter holidays.

In the current circumstances however, we have been asked by the Government to remain open to support those families who are Key workers and those whose children are the most vulnerable. As a result all Eagle House Schools will remain open throughout the Easter Holidays with the exception of Good Friday (10th April) and Easter Monday (13th April). We have already made contact with those of you who work in critical services to make arrangements for your children. We would also like to say a big thank you to each of you for the amazing work you are doing.

I would also like to say a big thank you to the rest of our parents who are looking after their children at home and supporting us to remain open whilst we have limited staff resources. We will continue to support you as much as we can and if you need any help or support, even during the Easter break, please contact us and we will be available to support you.

The Government has today published guidance for parents on supporting children during this time of uncertainly and there is a section on autism, although I have to say it doesn’t really suggest very much

Finally we have also updated our schools safeguarding policies to reflect the current situation. It explains how we will continue to manage safeguarding all of our children and how you as parents/carers can raise any concerns. It can be found on the parent support page on our website

Please keep safe and well and I am always happy to talk to parents and you can contact me anytime at 07703 745198

Kind regards,

Julia Pithouse

Chief Executive

PLEASE NOTE – Please don’t forget that you must not send your child back into school, particularly after a period of isolation, without letting us know first. We are trying to plan our staffing each morning and desperately need parents/carers to tell us the day before if their child is due back. Please contact:

Eagle House School (Sutton) and 6th form at Strawberry Lodge please contact your Head teacher at telephone 07398 128 505

Eagle House School (Mitcham) please contact your Acting Head teacher at telephone 07904 630 781

Eagle House School (Bramley) please contact your Head teacher by email at

Many thanks for your continued support, keep well and call us if you need any help or advice.

Example timetables – 

If you are home with your child/children, here is a suggested timetable to you might want to try or adapt to keep some sense of routine and structure – for you and your child!

Other resources – 

How to explain the virus to your children – the following social story is a brilliant resource to share with our pupils and their siblings. We love the graphics and simple, non scary way of explaining COVID 19 in a very reassuring way –

Mencap also have an easy read version –

Plus, a family shares their action to get through Self Isolation – 

Here are two more social stories that might help you explain what is happening. One is an animation so it might be more visually appealing!

One of our EHS Sutton parents has suggested the following website as a great resource for families trying to cope practically and emotionally during the Covid-19 outbreak –



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