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School Phased Re-opening Update 29.05.20

An update to our information related to school closure including our plans for a phased return.

Friday 29th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: Phased Re-opening and Summer Term

We hope this letter finds you and your family well and you have been able to enjoy the half term break. We are writing to you to outline the steps the school is taking towards a wider opening, over the second half of the Summer Term.

Thank you to the large number of parents/carers who responded to our consultation regarding re-opening. Your views have helped us to shape our provision towards the next phase. As a result, we look forward to welcoming an increased number of pupils back to school on Monday 1st June 2020.  It should be noted, that even with a wide range of preventative measures in place, risks will remain and it is recognised that the decision of your child returning to school is a complex matter for parents/carers. We have published our Covid-19 risk assessment on the school website to support decision making. If you have not seen this document, we recommend you view it as soon as possible. Thank you also to those parents who have informed us of their decision to keep their child at home at this time, we fully understand that each family will have different circumstances which have led to your decision.

Please note, no child should return to school on Monday 1st June 2020, unless the place has been confirmed with a senior leader following an individual pupil risk assessment. During this phase, school will remain focused on providing care for pupils rather than formal timetabled lessons. Those who are attending will have discussed this with school staff.

In welcoming an increased number of pupils back to school we have needed to prioritise those pupils who have been assessed as in greatest need.  We can also only confirm places for those pupils that meet the current risk assessment, which currently excludes those pupils with medical needs within the medium or high risk categories, or those pupils who live with someone in either of those risk categories.  These pupils remain safer cared for at home at this time.

We are currently at capacity for our Monday 1st June 2020 increase.  However, our numbers, along with current guidance will remain under constant review.  We ask for your patience over the next few weeks while this is reviewed. We have established a waiting list for those pupils who cannot currently attend and anticipate being able to offer another 6 places within 2 weeks, with a potential increase in July. However, this is dependent on government, scientific and medical guidance closer to the time.  If you wish your child to join the waiting list, please email a request to and we will be in touch to discuss further and complete an individual pupil risk assessment.

For pupils not attending school, we will continue a program of remote learning with homework added to the Firefly platform every day. We wish to reiterate that the completion of all tasks is not mandatory, parents/carers are invited to select tasks for their children that meet your own family circumstances. Please note, from Monday 1st June 2020, all pupil homework will be available on Firefly and no longer on the school website. Please use your child’s username and password to access on any device. We also aim to offer a live learning activity every day. This offer will include a weekly drop in homework support session (for support with Firefly or homework tasks), a weekly PE/fitness session and a range of activities with a focus on ‘fun’ learning.  The timetable attached outlines the activities planned for next week. You will find links within Firefly prior to the session taking place.

We sincerely hope that everyone stays safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely                                                                                                                 

Claire Maynard