Posted on: May 13th 2020

13MAY20 - Head's update - 6

​12th May 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

I hope you and your families remain safe and well.  We are now into the 8th week of lockdown and we finally have some news that our world might be beginning to return to normal.

As I am sure that you are aware, in his Sunday announcement the Prime Minister informed us of the possibility of our school partially reopening, initially,  for Reception and Years 1 and 6 after the first of June.  On Monday we received further guidance from the Government about how to prepare to partially reopen our school.  

We are working with the Kemnal Academies Trust to prepare a detailed plan for how we will widen our opening to offer a place to Reception, Year 1 & 6 pupils.  We need to take into account all the information and guidance about how to reduce the risk of infection in line with the scientific advice, ensuring that your children remain safe and well will be our paramount concern.  As soon as we have developed a plan we will be sharing it with you.

This is a link to information for parents and carers to help you prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June: Guidance for parents and carers  

Our School will continue to be open to vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers from now until and after the 1st June.  As a reminder, the Government has defined key (or critical) workers.  A list of those included can be found here: Key worker list    

Teachers will continue preparing work for the Google Classrooms as normal until 22nd May, the week beginning 25th May is half-term and we would like children to have a break from learning this week, especially those children who are due back into school after 1st June.  Similar to the Easter Holidays, there will be activities available but it will be less academic.

Please be assured we are working on the logistics of having 250 children in school in a way that is safe for both children and staff and I will write to you again as soon as we have developed some clear plans.

There will be new packs ready for collection on Monday 18th May, again we will be outside the front of the building between 1.30pm and 2.30pm - it is really important that you collect one of these packs if you are not accessing the Google Classrooms.  We can not deliver them.  These will have detailed learning for the first week and some nice activities for half-term week, some children need a break from learning.  Although, some children, especially Year 6, need to do some catching-up if they are to return to school on 1st June.  A parent has very kindly dropped off some children’s magazines that will be available for collection on Monday and we have loads of reading books for you to choose from.  The magazines are amazing, especially if your child is into non-fiction.  A big Thank-you!

Keep safe,

 

Christine Dickens

Headteacher