Remote Learning Survey

Remote Learning Survey

Good Afternoon,

You will be aware that many schools across the country have had to close bubbles already due to positive COVID cases in their schools. 
We are preparing our remote learning policies as we move forward to support full learning while children may be isolating but want to understand your household set up to inform our approach.

Please complete the our short survey by clicking here.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, 30th September.

Welcome Back Letter – 2020

Welcome Back Letter – 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,


A huge WELCOME BACK to all our pupils, staff and parents after the holidays and the partial closures of schools as part of the government’s COVID-19 response. A special welcome to our new pupils in reception and to Miss Taylor who joins us teaching in Willow Class.

The children have settled into our new routines of staggered starts, breaks and lunch times well and are ensuring good hand hygiene throughout the day. This year we are not sending home as much information in this pack as usual, we have included the holiday patterns on the business cards but no calendar of events nor the tooth brushing consent form as these, with many things, are part of the changes we have had to make in ensuring we are COVID Secure.

As ever some of this is for you to sign and return, others for you to keep.
You should have –
 School holiday pattern calendar card
 Two copies of the home school agreement (please sign both and return the copy on coloured paper).
 An emergency contact form that includes medical details (please complete both sides answering all questions fully and return).
 A letter about local educational trips and visits (please sign and return).
 A letter about photographs in school and how they are used (please sign and return).
 A letter about school meal patterns (please complete and return)
 A letter about Free School Meals (please complete and return)
Over the holidays, unusually, very little building work was completed and time was spent ensuring we are COVID-secure for pupils, parents and staff.

Please can we remind parents of the need to socially distance on the way to and from School, the local area is under additional restrictions meaning families cannot mix with other households indoors or in private gardens and should still remain at a social distance (2m) when outside.


Please can I remind parents that if your child is not able to come to school for any reason you must phone school that morning. If we have not received a message to say why your child is not in school then we will ring ALL contact numbers we have until we are able to establish why a child
is not in school.

Please do not send your child to school if they are showing any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus, instead you must ensure you get a test and keep school informed of any updates.

If you need to update us over the weekend or during the holidays, please email earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk.


The children look fantastic in their smart new uniforms but please remember to name all items of clothing, especially school jumpers and coats but all items of clothing need to be named when the children are getting changed for PE. Please pay dinner money through bank transfer or if this is not possible send dinner money (£11.50 per week) into school every Monday morning, in a sealed named envelope to be given to
the class teacher.

Our details for bank transfers are as follows:
Sort Code: 05-05-65
Account Number: 38354589

Can we remind parents that children in Reception and Years 1 to 4 should be collected by an adult and that we assume this will be the same adult each day, if someone different is coming to collect your child please inform school. Also, a reminder that earrings must be taken out for PE and only plain stud earrings should be worn in school, no hoops. Please can we remind parents that children having a packed lunch need a balanced meal and should not have sweets, chocolate or ‘fizzy pop’ in their packed lunch boxes.

A copy of our privacy notice for parents and pupils is available on the school’s website (https://www.stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk/our-school/policies/privacy-policy/) or as a hard copy from the school office.

Finally, it may seem strange not to have the contact with class teachers in the playground in a morning that many of you may have had in the past. However, I am pleased to say that from Friday, we will have the class emails up and running again. This means, should you need to talk to the class teacher, you can arrange a phone call or pass a quick message on using this form of communication. Teachers will not be able to reply late at night and are teaching during the day but should usually be able to check before OR after school most days and reply to you as soon as possible. We also have our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk if there is anything you think we can help the family as a whole with or our new send@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) questions. All these emails are monitored by school staff only and we will always reply as soon as possible however for urgent contact please phone the school office as normal. I am sure the children will have a very busy and enjoyable term.


Thank you
R. Walthall
Mr. R. Walthall
Headteacher

Parental Update – Friday 28th August 2020

Parental Update – Friday 28th August 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

It seems strange and unusual to be sending out a newsletter in the August holidays but 2020 has been and continues to be a strange and unusual year. The purpose of this letter is to reassure you that we have prepared as much as we can for the safe return of all the children for the new school year and to remind you of the things that have changed in order for us to do this safely. As you will have seen in the news, the risk to children is low yet the R rate is still high amongst adults in the local area and as such, many of our measures in place are designed to protect parents and staff as well as reduce the risk even further to the children.

A reminder about the Start and End of the school day

Unfortunately, as we start the new school year we will be unable to operate our usual Breakfast and After School Clubs. To ensure we are COVID-Secure and to reduce the risk of any cross-infection we will have staggered times for pupils to start and end the school day. Parents must stick to these times. We will open the gate on Barnes Meadow to allow just the children in just before their time slot in a morning to wait in one of the boxes on the playground (in the same box as their brothers and sisters if they have any). At the end of the day, we will allow parents in to wait for the children to come out standing in one of the boxes marked out on the playground.

Please can parents remember to socially distance (2m) from other parents and staff.

We have not changed the length of the teaching day in school and we will be changing play times and lunch times to ensure we do not mix the classes during the school day.

Parents will not be allowed into school (even the office) without an appointment.

  • Children in Birch Class will start at 8.30am and finish at 3pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
  • Children in Elm Class will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
  • Children in Maple Class will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.30pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
  • Children in Sycamore and Willow Class will start at 9.15am and finish at 3.45pm

E.g. if you have a child in Elm and Sycamore Class then you must bring your children at 8.45am and collect at 3.15pm. If you are unsure, please ring school on Wednesday, 2nd September for clarity.

We are aware of the road closure at the bottom of Barnes Meadows and are asking parents parking on Todmorden Road to walk up Barnes Meadows and down the public footpath in a one-way system. We were expecting Barnes Meadows to be open and the resurfacing work finished, this may or may not be completed but the hole at the bottom of Barnes Meadow is unlikely to be repaired in time and this may result in cars having to turn round. School should be accessible from Calderbrook Road but please be extra careful if you are driving and ask children to be extra careful of cars reversing when crossing the road.

Access to the school office

As Part of our Covid-19 Secure measures, we are asking parents not to come into school unless they have a prearranged appointment. We will need to book appointments to ensure we have a room available to ensure sufficient space and ventilation between the parents and staff so please phone the school office or email the earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk address if you have any urgent questions or issues you need to discuss. We will try to ensure a member of staff calls parents back the same day to discuss any issues but please be aware most staff will be working with children throughout the day and we will only be able to contact a small number of parents by phone each day. Lunch money should be sent in anenvelope to the office or preferably a bank transfer. We will not be able to allow parents in to the office to pay lunch money weekly and change can only be given at certain times of the week.

Lunch

It is our intention to ensure the children can still have a hot meal at Stansfield Hall every day although this will be from a limited choice of one hot main meal (instead of a choice of 2 as was previously available) or a jacket potato or a packed lunch.

PE

We will be aiming to teach PE outside weather permitting. Please ensure you have sent your child’s PE kit into school with suitable footwear for outdoor activity.

Collection of uniform

Arrangements for collecting school uniforms on Wednesday, 2nd September have already been sent out to ensure parents arrive at the appropriate time slot and we do not have more than one family in the school reception area at once. If you are unsure about this or need any further information please phone the school on Wednesday, 2nd September.

If your child is ill / shows symptoms of coronavirus or someone in your house has symptoms then they must self-isolate, contact school and we will explain what happens next, if you live with someone who has a positive test or have been contacted by track and trace and told to self isolate you must self-isolate even if you have a test and it comes back negative. If a child starts to show symptoms in school they will be removed from class and parents contacted to take the child home and get a test. Please ensure we have all possible contact numbers up to date in school.

Finally, thank you to all the staff and parents in helping prepare for the new academic year under these strange rules. Obviously, things in school will be different for some time as we look at new ways of keeping in contact with parents whilst we are not allowed to hold our big family events in the hall for a while. We will miss seeing so many of you at our Open Day,

Harvest and Coffee Mornings this term but as soon as we have a safe way to meet in school, we will. Staff will be in school for the final preparations next week before the start on Thursday with a whole day’s training looking at the emotional well-being for children (so unfortunately we are not able to answer the phone or door on Tuesday). We look forward to seeing you all next week and our new reception children on Monday, 7 th September.

Thank you for your support, stay safe.

Mr R Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Update – Friday 3rd July 2020

Parental Update – Friday 3rd July 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

School Uniform Orders
We hope these will be available to collect on the 1st and 2nd of September, to ensure this can be carried out in a Covid19 secure way, we will be providing details of how to book a collection slot next week or you can pay for the uniform and it can be sent home with the children in September. Further details will follow.

Wider opening of schools
Our two small Year 6 ‘bubbles’ will be joining together next week. Together, all the Year 6 pupils in school will be under the maximum of 15 as allowed by the government. This will provide the children the opportunity to be together for the last 2 weeks in primary school and to look at some transition work together. The staff from the other bubble will be able to welcome in an additional group of key worker and vulnerable children for the last two weeks.

Times Table Rock Stars
Congratulations to Year 3 who won the Year 3 /4 battle and the Year 5 who won the Year 5 / 6 battle.

Renaissance Learning
Accelerated Maths and Accelerated Reader are still available to parents to support the children’s home learning, we hope to post out reading certificates for the end of term if children have reached their target.

September
Yesterday, as the secretary of state for education made his speech in the House of Commons, head teachers received the guidance detailing the opening of school to all pupils from September. This guidance is unclear, and provides as many questions as it does answers so I will be working with the Local Authority and Governors and staff to provide a learning environment that is as safe as possible for the children.

What we do know is that school should open for pupils in Years 1 to 6 on Thursday, 3rd September and forreception children on Monday 7th. However, this may change as the Local Authority are managing another building project this summer reviewing fire safety and making structural changes to the building. Obviously, the governors have instructed the LA to ensure the building be returned to us clean and ready in a timely manner but these issues are out of our control. We are also awaiting further guidance on the transition work for the youngest children who have not been able to visit school this term and are unsure if they are going to be in full time for the first full week or if they need to be part-time for their transition into school. We also know that children will be expected to wear full uniform.

We are unlikely to be able to offer before and after school club initially as we will be looking at staggered start and end times for different classes. Obviously, we will also want to work out a plan for sibling groups to support families who have children in different classes.

I appreciate that we are rapidly approaching the end of term and we still have many unanswered questions, I am aware of the frustration this may cause but we are doing our very best to ensure that the school is as safe as possible for pupils, staff and families. As soon as plans are confirmed, we will share these with parents.

Stay Safe,
Mr R Walthall
Headteacher

Parental Letter – 20th June 2020

Parental Letter – 20th June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Keeping in touch
We continue to ring all families each week to keep in touch and talk to the children who are not currently in school. This is also a chance to check in to see if there is anything, we as a school can do to support the children and families during these strange times. Please remember to contact the class email address or phone school if you need anything else or at any other time.

School Uniform Orders
Please order uniforms by Friday, 3rd July at the latest, to allow us to place an order with our supplier. As part of our COVID-Secure arrangements, uniform orders can be placed by sending an e-mail to jwhittaker@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk or phoning Mrs Whittaker in the school office, by calling school and selecting option 1, any morning. Sizes and prices have been posted on our school Facebook page.

Wider opening of schools
Thank you to those parents who phoned to discuss places for their children in the vulnerable, key worker and Year 6 groups. Our “bubbles” (small groups) are now full and our staffing capacity has currently been reached so we are unable to admit any more children at this time. The guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) is constantly changing and if this means we can make changes in school before the summer break we will and we will inform parents as soon as we are able to do so.

Times Table Rock Stars
Mr Huckstepp has set up new battles on Times Table Rock Stars starting from Monday (29th) until Friday 3rd July. The battles are Year 5 vs Year 6 and Year 3 vs Year 4. Good Luck everybody!

September
The government has announced its intention for all pupils to be back in school from September but so far have offered no additional guidance as to how to do this safely. Once we have the guidance I will work closely with the Staff, Governors, Local Authority and Trade Unions to ensure we can open in September.

At this stage, it is only fair to warn parents that things in the Autumn term may well be different from previous years. We may have to continue the set times for different groups of pupils and staggering the start and end of the day, we may not be able to host our usual parents’ assemblies and activities in the hall. Currently, we just do not know what we will and will not be allowed to do. I share your frustration and understand the anxiety this uncertainty can cause so I want to explain the timeline of events as they happen. The government make announcements about schools, then, 2 weeks later, the DfE offer some guidance and details which we then need to use to produce our action plans and risk assessments.

As soon as we receive details of what we can and cannot do to ensure the children and staff are safe, we will produce our plans and share these with parents.

Stay Safe,
Mr R Walthall
Headteacher

Parental Letter – Tuesday 18th June 2020

Parental Letter – Tuesday 18th June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Thank you to everyone who commented and ‘liked’ our staff video on the school Facebook page. You may not recognise one or two of the faces as some are staff, who parents may not see very often, working ‘behind the scenes’ but every person in the video has their part to play in helping the children of Stansfield Hall learn and develop and grow as fantastic young people.

School Uniform Orders
Some parents have been asking about school uniform orders. As part of our COVID-Secure arrangements, uniform orders can be placed by sending an e-mail to jwhittaker@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk or phoning Mrs Whittaker in the school office, by calling school and selecting option 1, any morning. Sizes and prices have been posted on our school Facebook page.

Key Worker children, vulnerable children and Year 6
We have many children who have settled in well back at school and are learning and socialising daily in their smaller groups. Thank you to everyone for sticking to the arrival and collection times and helping this to run smoothly for us. We have very limited availability for space in some of the groups (bubbles) and none in others. We are trying to plan the next stage of the wider opening of school in line with the DFE guidance but this will only
be possible if there are no more ‘Key Worker’ children, year 6 or vulnerable children wanting places over the next few weeks. If you feel you are eligible, please phone school to speak to Miss Williams or myself as soon as possible but by Tuesday, 23rd June at the latest. The guidance does say that schools must prioritise certain children and we would hate to have to turn any eligible child away due to parents not informing us of their intentions.

Home learning and September
We will continue to upload the home learning to the website every week and make telephone calls to speak to the children. If you need to contact your child’s class teacher please email on the class email addresses. Stansfield Hall will be closed over the summer holidays for further building works identified by the Local Authority following on from last year’s rewire and new fire alarm. We are currently in the planning stage for September and awaiting the government guidance before we are able to finalise the plans, which we will obviously share at the earliest opportunity. Please rest assured that we have and will continue to do everything we can to ensure your children are safe, happy and learning at Stansfield Hall.

Stay Safe,
Mr R Walthall
Headteacher

Parental Letter – Tuesday 9th June 2020

Parental Letter – Tuesday 9th June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,


Our ‘Key Worker’ and ‘Vulnerable Children’ numbers have risen considerably and under the current guidance, this has an impact on the number of pupils we are able to accommodate in school. Should you
feel your circumstances change and you feel your child falls into an eligible category to attend school, we will do our very best to accommodate them.

However, this may mean they are not in year groups they would
usually work with. Please contact school if you would like your child to access the provision in school. We will continue to provide home learning on the school website.

School Uniform Orders

Some parents have been asking about school uniform orders. As part of our COVID-Secure arrangements, uniform orders can be placed by sending an e-mail to jwhittaker@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk or phoning Mrs Whittaker in the school office, by calling school and selecting option 1, any morning.


Year 6 – We are expecting to be able to welcome Year 6 pupils on Monday, 15th June. We will be contacting all parents individually this week to discuss the arrangements and establish if parents will be bringing their Year 6 pupils into school at this time. We will need to know your intentions so please consider this before the call. This will ensure that we can provide appropriate provision and activities for the children and help to settle them into a routine.

  • From Monday, 15th June
  • Key Worker children and vulnerable children should be in school every day and arrive at 8.30am and are collected at 3.30pm from the playground. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
  • Year 6 Children should be in school every day and arrive at 9am and are collected at 3.00pm from the playground. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
  • It is very important that children are collected at the correct times to ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.
  • School meals must be paid for, unless your child is on Free School Meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals. Please arrange a bank transfer or send the money in with your child in a sealed envelope. Due to the increase in numbers, we will only be providing a “grab bag” with a sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and biscuit inside.
  • The School Office – We will not be allowing parents into the main entrance unless they have booked a meeting. We will be encouraging all parents to contact school via phone or email for the vast majority of contact.
  • Uniform – Children are not expected to wear uniform but are expected to wear clean clothes. If they wish to wear all or part of their uniform then they may do so.

Stay Safe,

Mr R Walthall

Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.