Oxford Road Community School

 Dear Parents,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these difficult times. 

Please see here the letter I sent families this week.

The community spirit that was shown before and during the school closure was truly wonderful and it reinforced what a special place Oxford Road Community School is. 

This community spirit is developing wider and I would like to share some links with you that you and your family may find supportive during the coming months.

Zainabiya Welfare Foundation has launched an initiative to help those in need during the COVID-19 Outbreak, our community members have really shown great interest and passion to help the elderly, those isolated and struggling to get essential food, medicines and other essential items. Please click here for the link

A dedicated phone line has been set up by the council amid the coronavirus pandemic for those who are vulnerable and in urgent need of help. Reading residents are being urged to only contact the hub if they have urgent welfare needs which a family member or trusted friend cannot help them with. The contact number is 0808 189 4325. The line is open 9am-5pm, five days a week. The community hub can also be contacted via an online support form which you can find on their website. Click here

 If I become aware of any other charities or organisations that are offering families support, I will add those to the website.

Please take care of each other and stay well,  Claire. 

Government free school meal vouchers

The Government have now agreed the national approach that will be taken to provide support to families eligible for Free School Meals through providing supermarket and shop vouchers. 

Please click here to see a letter from the school explaining how to redeem them

Please click here for a booklet published from the government





New Beginnings is situated in the old Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street. They are currently operating a community fridge.


Our Community Fridge and Free Cafe is opening everyday because of Covid 19 pandemic.

It offers a selection of free fresh and non-perishable food.

This is a drop in service with no referral needed to attend.

We also offer pre-owned clothing toiletries for anyone in the Reading area who is in need families are welcome at this service.


New Beginnings Reading Community Fridge and Free Cafe is open every Monday and Tuesday 6pm to 7pm, and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 12.00pm and 1.30pm.

Social distancing will be practised.






       Click here for a link to the website