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Newsletter 35 – 22nd May 2020

This half term’s value is ‘Hope’ (Isaiah 40:31)


Dear Parents and Carers




We know that the majority of our parents are very busy getting ready for Eid-Ul-Fitr.  We realise that this Eid will be very different this year and that you will not be able to celebrate with your wider family and friends in the same way.  However, we hope you will still be able to enjoy some quality time with your family and mark this special occasion after a month of fasting.


To everyone who will be celebrating this weekend, we wish you a very happy Eid! 


Half Term


Next week is half term at school.  During this time, staff will not be setting work for children to complete.  This will enable everyone including children, parents and staff to have some much needed down time, and for you to spend some quality time with your children without the need to make sure they are doing school work. Teachers will start adding daily learning tasks for children to complete again from Monday 1st June. 


Free School Meal Voucher Scheme (Half Term)


Parents and carers who are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals and who are currently receiving FSM vouchers each week: please note that the government has stated that they will not fund FSM vouchers during the half term break.


Further information and guidance regarding the planned wider reopening of school


Yesterday I informed you of the planned phased opening for the following pupils:


  • Reception children from June 8th
  • Year 1 children from June 15th
  • Year 6 children, probably from June 22nd


These dates are subject to change following guidance from the Government and the Local Authority.


It is important to note that if COVID-19 impacts on our staffing levels, these arrangements could change in order to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. Pupils may need to be sent home or requested not to attend if we cannot sustain appropriate staffing levels.

Parents will be required to sign an additional home-school agreement (to follow). In the unlikely event of any child persistently or deliberately refusing to follow our social distancing measures and procedures, we will have no choice but to send them home. For everyone’s safety, your co-operation is essential and you need to discuss this with your child. We cannot guarantee absolute social distancing, particularly with our younger children, but we will do our best to reduce any risks as much as possible.


Parents and carers will not be fined if they choose to keep their children at home and continue with online learning.


Class Groups – known as ‘Bubbles’


Your child will be allocated into a ‘bubble’ (details to follow nearer the time). Pupils and staff from the same bubble will remain together. They will not mix with other bubbles to sustain social distancing. Each bubble will have separate play/lunchtimes, in line with government guidance. There will be no more than 10 children in each bubble.


Once we have a better idea of the number of children attending school, we will inform you of the group your child has been allocated to and information regarding dropping your child off in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day. Please be aware this is following strict guidance related to social distancing measures issued by the Government.


School Uniform


The Local Authority has recommended that the clothes children wear to school should be washed each day. We recognise that this means that children might not be able to wear school uniform every day – that’s fine.


Summary of Procedures (subject to change):


  • Class bubbles will be no more than 10 pupils. Tables in Year 1 and Year 6 bubbles will be spaced to ensure children are 2m apart (as far as is reasonably possible)
  • Only 1 parent/carer will be allowed to enter the school premises with your child
  • Signage and social distance markers will be placed around the school to assist you
  • We will place social distance markers at the collection points for your child which will be spaced 2m apart. Please follow our signage. Pupils must adhere to this and enter/exit the building one at a time, as directed by the staff running their bubble.


Hygiene and Protective Measures


If your child or any member of your household becomes unwell with symptoms, they will not be allowed to enter the school grounds and must self-isolate. Please be aware that from 2nd June, children and family members will be eligible for testing and we would strongly advise families to take up this offer if they display any symptoms:  please see  for more details.


  • Negative test result - The pupil will be allowed to return to school


  • Positive test result - All staff members and pupils in their class bubble must go home and self-isolate for 14 days. Other household members do not need to, unless that child or staff member has displayed symptoms.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

At the present time the government are stating that PPE is not a requirement in schools and is not advising it is worn by staff or pupils.


Infection Control Measures


We will use the following measures to reduce the risk of infection:


  • Regular hand washing by all staff and pupils in accordance with Public Health England guidance – appropriate products will be available in classes and toilets. Hand washing will last for 20 seconds each time.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided for each class.
  • School will promote effective respiratory hygiene measures – ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach – these posters will also be displayed around school.
  • Frequent cleaning of surfaces and equipment – separate sprays available in all areas of the school.
  • There will be no more than 10 children in each bubble. They will have no contact with other pupils beyond this group, to adhere with government social distancing guidelines.
  • Children in Year 1 and Year 6 bubbles will use the same chair, table and stationery equipment on a daily basis to avoid cross contamination.


There will be much more information to follow! Thank you for all your support and kind messages.



Best wishes


Julian Rogers