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Weekly Message from the Headteacher

Happy Friday everyone - I trust everyone enjoyed a restful half-term break, even if the weather was rather wet and wild!


Following the government announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown, we have been spending this week planning for the re-opening of Primary Schools to all pupils from Monday 8th March. We expect to be open, including for wrap-around-care from this date, as long it is safe to do so.


Our risk assessment has slightly changed in-line with new guidance from government and we will be walking through our plans with the responsible officers from the trust next week prior to re-opening.


The key messages remain very much the same, if there are symptoms of coronavirus within the household, children should not attend school. These symptoms are a temperature, persistent cough, change in taste and smell but also diarrhoea and severe headache. In these cases, we would recommend individuals apply for a coronavirus PCR test from the NHS. The school will provide remote learning for children in this situation for their period of self-isolation.


Where there are positive cases within a school bubble, the children connected with this individual will be expected to self-isolate for 10 days and to move to remote learning.


Within school, the key messages are around face coverage, cleaning, ventilation and social distancing. Children will be remaining in bubbles and be expected to clean hands regularly and practice excellent respiratory hygiene. Children will not be wearing face coverings in the building, but staff will be wearing them outside of their bubble areas and when meeting parents and visitors. We would like all parents to wear them when dropping and picking up children.


There is no change for entrances and exits to school from the Autumn Term. Contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure about this. Breakfast and after school clubs will run as they were previously, it is important that you book your child in advance as we can only cater for limited numbers.


Key reminders:


  • School attendance is mandatory, and parents will expect to bring children to school every day and to be punctual. You must let the office know if your child is unwell before 9.30am;
  • School uniform should be worn every day. Your child may wear additional clothing for warmth, but this should not be visible or detract from the uniform itself. For example, pupils could wear tights under trousers, long-sleeved t-shirts or additional jumpers and cardigans;
  • School kitchens are open for lunches as normal;
  • Children should not bring additional items into school. In the first week back, children can wear a PE kit to school on PE days. All children will be asked to bring a PE kit on 12th March, it will be quarantined over the weekend and then this can be used for PE for the week from 15th March. These will stay in school until the Easter holidays;


What will school be like for children?


We know that some children will find the return to school challenging. Others will be keen to get back to school and embrace learning with gusto. We know your child well and we will support them, as we always do, as they transition towards a more ‘normal’ school experience. If you have concerns about your child, especially in terms of their mental health and wellbeing, please share them with their teacher so we can work together to provide support in and out of school.


We will be striking a balance between curriculum learning and providing for the wider needs of pupils in terms of their social interaction and emotional needs. Where possible, we will be delivering learning using alternatives to ICT, as we do have some concerns regarding the amount of screen-time children have been exposed to in recent months. We will also be increasing the volume of physical exercise that children take part-in, as part of a focus on being fit to support mental and physical health. Lastly, we will be expecting children to read, and to embrace reading for pleasure, this is a key area of education which needs to be embedded before active, independent learning can take place - the best thing we can do for children to help them in their futures, is to get them reading.


How can you help your child prepare for coming back to school?


  • Abide by the rules on social distancing so that your household is unlikely to contract coronavirus and have to self-isolate as a result;
  • Speak to your child about the return to school and any worries they might have;
  • Ensure that school uniform is ready for use and prepare any other items that need to come into school;
  • Ensure routines are embedded at home, especially those around bedtimes and sleeping. Your child might be used to a different bedtime and waking up later at the moment. They need to be able to get up and be in school before 9am from the 8th March;
  • Read all information which comes from the school regarding changes which may have taken place so that you are fully informed and prepared;


Thank you for your continued support, enjoy your weekend,

Mrs Figes