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

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.