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Welcome Back to Woodlane

We are delighted that all year groups have now successfully returned to Woodlane. It has been an excellent start to the year, and it has been wonderful to have almost all pupils back at school and see the joy this has created. All staff and pupils extend a warm welcome to our new pupils and their parents/carers in Year 7 and across the school.

Some points of note for you:

Covid-19:

A huge well done to the pupils for the maturity and understanding they have shown in adopting the new ways the school is operating. This has allowed us to open safely. We are keeping these as clear as possible, and provide daily reminders to pupils about the importance of social distancing. I am sure I don’t need to remind you that we are still in a difficult situation and urge all families to follow the new guidelines issued by Government, as well as those set out in our risk assessment. This risk assessment has been added to our Covid-19 section on the school website which will always contain the most up to date information and is attached below.

The following information will continue to apply for all families:

  • If your child is unwell, e.g. showing symptoms of a high temperature, a continuous cough or a change in taste/smell, they must remain at home. You must seek a test for your child as soon as possible. Please call 119 – the NHS Direct Covid-19 line, or contact school for advice on this process. This also applies if anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • If your child appears to have symptoms in school they will be sensitively isolated and their temperature taken/monitored for a short period of time. If symptoms continue and/or temperature is exceeding the normal range, you will be called to collect them immediately.
  • We understand that pupils will get colds at this time and it is often hard to differentiate between these symptoms. We will do our best to ensure if these symptoms do present in your child, we are balanced in our response as we understand the impact that both Covid-19 and self-isolation can and does have on families.
  • If you are asked to self-isolate due to symptoms, or because you have been contacted by Test and Trace, please follow this advice.
  • When picking up a child at the end of the day, we require parents to keep the main pathway clear by using the waiting area near the playground. This will enable pupils and staff to leave safely. Please be patient with us while we work out the safest and quickest way for pupils to leave site.

All measures will remain under regular review.

 

Uniform and PE Kit:

Please ensure that pupils wear their full uniform to school. This includes school shoes. Pupils are not currently playing football at break or lunch so there are no times when trainers are necessary. The only exception to this will be the days that pupils have PE lessons, when they should wear their new Woodlane PE Kit – including trainers. All pupils have been given a free set of the core PE kit, (T-shirt, Shorts, Socks) which must be worn. Other optional items, including jogging bottoms and jackets are available to purchase. Please ensure pupils wear the correct kit to school. On colder days, pupils may wear their school jumper if they do not have a PE jacket.

Please visit the uniform page on the school website for more information:

We also have a large amount of lost property left at school from prior to closure in March. We will attempt to return this kit to pupils this week, but please contact the school if you believe your child is missing an item.

 

Trips and Visits:

At this time, our usual trips and educational visits are not taking place. However, we will soon be encouraging teachers to begin taking pupils on visits that do not require the use of transport. These will involve the use of local open spaces, such as Wormwood Scrubs in small groups. If/When these happen, you will receive letters outlining both the trip details, and how we will keep your child safe.

 

Homework and Firefly:

All homework this year will be added to our learning platform Firefly. Accounts have been created for new pupils or please use the same username and password to access Firefly as last year. Please go to the Homework section on our website for instructions on logging in, and how to use Firefly.

Any requests for support/passwords etc. please email to homework@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Assessment Week:

Following a significant period out of school, we need to be sure we have a clear understanding of each pupil’s knowledge and skills. To support this, we will have an assessment week in school starting on Monday 5th October. Your child will take part in various activities throughout this week to help us understand what they know, where learning has been lost and identify gaps in knowledge. There is nothing pupils need to do to prepare. Assessments will be managed sensitively in usual class time and often facilitated through games/challenges. Some of these will be school devised activities, and others are national standardised tests (e.g. Cognitive Ability Tests). We don’t anticipate a significant impact on the pupils, but wanted to ensure all parents/carers were aware.

Thank you all for your support.

Kind Regards,

Mr Heapy
Interim Headteacher