Posted on: June 1st 2020

1JUN20 - Head's update - 8



Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you and your families remain safe and well. 

I apologise for not sending an update for two weeks, but it has been an incredibly busy two weeks.  As you will be aware we were preparing to open to more children today, 1st June.  TKAT, our academy trust, took the decision to give us an extra week of preparation and asked us to be ready to open to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on Monday 8th June.  This decision was very welcomed, we would not have been ready for today.

Measures We Have put In Place

We have worked through a 19 page risk assessment to make sure stringent measures are in place.  Children have been placed in ‘Bubbles’ and have been allocated one teacher and one Teaching Assistant, (a couple of classes do have two teachers job-sharing the class), the bubbles will have a maximum of 15 children although most only have 10 or 11 at the moment.  Tables have been separated and children will have their own tray on their table with their books in it and a see-through wallet containing their equipment - no child is to bring their own belongings to school. Lunches for all children, except Reception, will be taken in the classroom and all classes have been allocated an outdoor space to use at specific times during the day.  All classrooms have been cleared of any unnecessary clutter to make cleaning easier.  Each class has been allocated a toilet that has their class name on it to minimise children coming into contact with children from a different bubble.  All classrooms have a hand washing area and additional hand sanitiser stations have been installed around the building.  Cloakrooms will not be used and coats and bags (containing a lunchbox only) will be kept in classrooms.  Children will access their classroom through the external door.  Each bubble has been given staggered arrival and departure times and we will be using all three gates.

In addition:

  • Playground equipment has been cordoned off
  • Children will not be able to sit on benches outside but may sit on the grass
  • Additional cleaning will take place of toilets and door handles during the day
  • No entry signs are in place to stop children accessing areas of the school outside their own POD area.
  • One way arrows have been placed on the floor to ensure children don’t bump into each other.
  • Individual information booklets have gone out to all the children returning to school either on 1st June or 8th June.

Week beginning 1st June

Although we will have additional key worker children in school this week the week will mainly be used for staff training and familiarisation.  A training package has been written to share the risk assessment with the staff, we will also familiarise staff with where children can go in the building and where they can’t.  During the week of 8th June all children will be involved in a Fire Drill to ensure they know where to go in an emergency. 

Thank you

As you can imagine this has been a huge task and all the time this planning has taken place the key worker children have continued to come into school and be taught and the home learning has continued to be posted on the Google Classrooms and new packs were prepared for pick-up this afternoon, unfortunately we will no longer be delivering these.  If your child cannot access the Google Classroom please come and collect a pack.

So, I want to express my thanks to the fantastic team who have been instrumental in bringing all of this together.  The Senior Leadership Team have all had a specific role to play, Mrs Mapp, Mr Leake, Mrs Sheik and Mrs McEwen, the admin team Mrs Howe and Mrs Penfold have gone over and above what I would expect and have both worked throughout their half-term break and the premises team, Mr Freeman and Mrs Winterbottom have rushed around the building moving furniture, painting lines, creating arrows, sticking-up posters and ensuring all measures are physically in place.  In addition, the teaching teams in school have been clearing classrooms and spacing-out furniture.

Anybody not directly involved in preparing the building has been supporting others by keeping everything ticking over.  When I completed the risk assessment on Friday I couldn’t believe how much had been achieved.

Thank you to a wonderful team!


Thank you also, to the parents who have put their faith in us and are sending their children back to school.  We are all really looking forward to seeing more children in our very different building and working our way back to a new normal.

Keep safe and see you all soon,

Christine Dickens