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

Parental Letter Clarifications

Parental Letter Clarifications

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am sorry if the email yesterday has caused any confusion. I would like to offer the following information to clarify our position.

Rochdale Council has said schools will not open for more pupils until the 15th June at the earliest.

If we are expecting any more pupils in on the 15th we will inform you by email on Thursday, 11th June.

The Government guidance does say Key Worker children and vulnerable children should be in school every day. Obviously, this is a parents choice and no parent will be fined at the current time for not sending their child to school. However, as a school we do expect any of our key worker children who have attended in recent weeks to attend every day and not just odd days to match parent’s shifts. This will ensure that we can provide appropriate provision and activities for the children and help to settle them into a routine.

If you are a Key Worker and you need your child to start accessing school from the 8th June and they have not done so yet, please phone school or email office@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.ukto inform us of your employment role and the name of your child and we will be able to arrange staff and space for your child to be in school. Please do not just assume there will be space for your child and send them in. The social distancing measures and different groups in school (known as bubbles) have been planned carefully to help minimise the risk to all staff and pupils.

From Monday, 8th June

  • Key Worker children and vulnerablechildren should be in school every day. The government advice now states that if they are entitled to attend,they should attend;this is a change from the previous advice.
  • Set start and finish times. We ask that Key Worker and Vulnerable Children arrive at 8.30amand are collected at 3.30pm from the playground. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
  • Hot Meals – the week of the 8th June may be the last week hot meals are served but these 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.
  • 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.

Stay Safe

Mr R Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Parental Letter – Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Yet another half term starts and we are still not all back in schooltogether. We continue to reach out to all our children and families through the weekly phone calls and respond to the class emails. Thank you to all the children who have sent their postcards back it has been lovely to hear what the children have been up to.

Following the announcement late last week, Rochdale Council has said schools will not open for more pupils until the 15th June at the earliest. It is currently our plan to invite Year 6 in on the 15th June and hopefullyYear 1 the week after, however, this may change. We will keep you informed and provide notice when children in set year groups are able to return.

To support social distancing in school;we have set up our classrooms with only 10 desks in each room, provided markings on the playground to help separate the children and have prepared areas for parents to wait in when dropping off and collecting children. Other more detailed measures will be outlined as the yeargroups begin to return.

We do NOT expect children to wear uniform in school before September. However, children will need to ensure they have suitable footwear for playing outside (trainers are best) and they must be able to manage their own shoelaces, if worn. If it is hot, please send your child with sun cream on and a hat. Children should have their shoulders covered, no vest tops or summer dresses with straps to avoid sunburn. We have seen an increase in the number of children in the vulnerable and key worker children groups attending school; to support this we have made the following arrangements-

From Monday 8thJune

  • Key Worker children and vulnerablechildren should be in school every day. The government advice now states that if they are entitled to attend they should attend;this is a change from the previous advice.
  • Set start and finish times. We ask that Key Worker and Vulnerable Children arrive at 8.30amand are collected at 3.30pmfrom the playground. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
  • Hot Meals –the week of the 8thJune may be the last week hot meals are served but these must be paid forunless 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.
  • The School Office –We will not be allowing parents into the main entrance unless they havebooked a meeting. We will be encouraging all parents to contact school via phone or email for the vast majority of contact.

Stay Safe,

Mr R Walthall

Headteacher

Parents Letter – Thursday 21st May 2020

Parents Letter – Thursday 21st May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I had hoped to be writing to you this evening to inform you that Governors had agreed plans for the phased return of more pupils following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 8thMay. Unfortunately, late last night we received notice from the Local Authority (LA)that they wish to ‘quality assure’all risk assessments for all schools across the borough.We had already informed them of our plans and whilstwe appreciate this additional level of support,obviously this new arrangement will take additional time.

It is therefore with regret that I inform parents that the earliest any children may return will be Monday,8thJune.At this stage we will be planning for year 6 only and then year 1 the following week. Obviously,the delay in our timeline does not factor in any changes in government advice that may occur so I am afraid these are not concrete plans.

I share your frustration and anxiety around the current situation and can only emphasise and apologise that these things are beyond the control of the staff and Governors at Stansfield Hall.

When we are allowed and the time is right, we will return to school in as safe a way as possible. Our current plans include keeping the children in small groups of no more than 10 in a room known as bubbles with split playtimes and lunchtimes etc. Once we have our arrangements approved by the LA, I will share these with you. In the meantime, we plan to open over what would have been the half-term holiday, for vulnerable and key worker children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.

If we are able to reopen to more children before summer, we will NOT be asking children to wear school uniforms and there will be other significant changes in drop-off and collection times for the different year groups that we will insist parents stick to. We will have different times for parents with children in different eligible year groups.

At this stage we will not be able to answer individual questions but if you wish to email your questions to earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk and we will use them to produce a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide when we publish our full plan.

In the meantime; please keep safe, keep in touch, and if you think we can help in any way, email, or phone school.

Take care,

Mr R. Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – 11th May 2020

Parental Letter – 11th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Another few weekshave passed under lockdown and we continue to reach out with phone calls to all our families and offer any support we can.

Last night, our Prime Minister announced that there may be a phased re-opening of schools from the 1stof June. We know no more than you as to what that will look like or how it will be managed at this stage. Please try not to worry: we are working with our Local Authority to start to plan any return to school in a safe and controlled way but until we know exactly what the government expects us to do. School is only open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. As and when we have further news and a clear plan, we will share this with you. In the meantime, please keep your children safe and at home.

Thank you to the parents who completed our online form. It was lovely to hear from so many of you and to hear how the staff phone calls are helpful. I know the staff is enjoying catching up with the pupils. Please keep an eye out on the post over the next few weeks as certificates for Timetable Rockstar Battles, Accelerated Reader and letters from class teachers are being sent out. This month’s story Time Magazine should also be arriving soon if it has not already done so. To ensure you get your certificates, please keep reading and doing quizzes at home. This week, we have set up a TT Rockstar battle between Years5 and 6 and Years3 and 4 to finish on Friday.

I would like to remind families that, if your circumstances change and you feel you may now be eligible, you should apply for Free School Meals using the application form on the Local Authority website or by using the link on the ‘Coronavirus’ page of the school website.

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email ourearlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk.All these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – Thursday 30th April 2020

Parental Letter – Thursday 30th April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Another week in lockdown and the wonderful weather seems to have turned a little more typical for this time of year. We all continue to do the best we can under these difficult circumstances. No one person has the answers and no one idea will suit everyone but we too are trying to do the best we can as a school to serve you our families and pupils. For this reason, I am writing to ask you to complete our online survey so that we may best understand the impact of our actions on you as a family. I repeat the mantra “Do some reading and maths every day and some writing when you can” but other than that do what you can.

Please complete the Survey here or on our website.

For those parents who are expecting food vouchers as part of the universal free school meals scheme I canonly share your frustration. The system has had school staff all over the country held online for hours every day overthe recent weeks and Stansfield Hall is no exception. We are trying very hard to make this work for you and I thank our staff for their hard work and you for your patience. Please check your junk emailand contact school on the email below if you still need any further support. I know the staff have enjoyed chatting with the children since we started calling to talk to them last week and we will continue to do so.

If you do need any extra activities or work in addition to the work set on our school website every week, the Renaissance Learning site has eBooksthe children can read, TimesTable Rockstars is available as is BBC Bite Size with a range of activities.

I would like to remind families that, if your circumstances change and you feel you may now be eligible, you should apply for Free School Meals using the application form on the Local authority website or by using the link on the ‘Coronavirus’ page of the school website.

Over the coming weeks we expect teachers to be able to write to pupils and pupils to reply. This will be done when your child’s class teacher is in the school building so not all pupils will receive a letter in the same week.

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care,

Stay Safe

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.