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Please navigate to the bottom of this page for all letters and information the school have sent out during this period of school closure. In particular, parents should read the school's reopening risk assessment, - updated 02.06.20, and the advice around health and mental wellbeing. The links on the right will take you to additional sections that will likely be of interest. School letters are displayed below, in chronological order.

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School Closure Update - Most Recent Letter: 29.05.20

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 admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk 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 woodlane.fireflycloud.net 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                                                                                                                
Headteacher                                                                                                                     

 

School Closure Update 20.05.20:

Our phased re-opening risk assessment is now available for parents/carers to view. This may assist when considering how to respond to the survey regarding re-opening the school to some pupils on 1st June. Please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to view this document.

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter: Monday 18th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure/ Phased Opening Update

We hope this letter finds you and your family well and healthy. We cannot thank you all enough for your hard work and support. We are delighted with the engagement we have had with our remote/live learning offer and hope this has been, and will continue to be of value. We were pleased to see so many of our pupils in attendance and looking well.

We are sure that there is both excitement and anxiety following the recently issued guidance from the government regarding phased school openings, as follows:
‘Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups.’

Our aim is for pupils to return to school as quickly as possible, while ensuring our staff and pupils are safe. To ensure we are able to effectively and safely plan for an increase in pupils attending school, we need to assess potential demand for places. Therefore, we ask that all parents follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RC5JT3J, which will take you to a short survey. Please respond by 11.00am on Wednesday 20th May 2020. You can also click this QR code.

The survey will ask the following questions:

  1. What is the name of your child?
  2.  Following the recently issued guidance from the government regarding phased school re-openings, please inform us of your preference:
  • I would like my child to return to school on June 1st.
  • I would like my child to remain at home at this time.
  • I would like my child to return to school at a later date in the Summer Term.
  • I am unsure.
  1. Do you have any further comments?

Pleased be assured there is no requirement for any pupil to attend at this time and no action will be taken by the school if you decide for your child to remain at home for their safety.

Please note, no pupil should return without contact from the school to confirm their place. If you have expressed that you would like your child to attend we will be in contact to carry out individual risk assessments in advance. Depending on demand we may have to prioritise pupils and families in greatest need.


The school will be closed for the half term break, however the following provision will be provided for all pupils:

  • Project based homework tasks will be set on Firefly.
  • Tasks will be differentiated, therefore, you and/or your child can select the task most appropriate to
  • their ability.
  • Teachers will continue to call their tutor group each Wednesday.
  • The headteacher or deputy will call any pupils on a child protection/child in need/early help plan
  • each Monday and Thursday.
  • The senior managers are available for contact, please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information. Wishing you all health and
happiness.


Yours sincerely
Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 15th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure Update (Start of the Summer Term)

We hope this letter finds you well and healthy.  Please find attached a letter for pupils, which we would appreciate being shared with your child.  Please note, there are two versions of the letter to support those pupils with lower literacy levels. 

As you are aware schools remain closed, however schools have been asked to ensure that provision is made available for the most vulnerable and for children of key/critical workers where necessary. A full list of critical workers and further information is available here.

The government guidance states:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.   

The school is currently exploring options to remain partially open following the Easter Break where required, therefore to effectively plan and staff this action we ask the following:

  • If your child can be safely cared for at home they should be, there is currently no requirement to send your child to school at this time.
  • If your child is in the high-risk health category they should be cared for at home.
  • If your child or anyone in the household is showing symptoms they should be cared for at home for at least 14 days.
  • If you feel your child would be safer cared for in school following the Easter Break and you wish for them to return please inform us by 09.00 on Friday 17th April 2020. Please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as a matter of priority. We will then undertake the necessary planning to ensure that pupils are able to return safely.
  • We must know in advance if you intend for your child to attend school after the Easter Break and they should return only when we have contacted you to discuss a start date.
  • In all other instances the school remains closed.

The following provision will be provided for all pupils following the Easter Break:

  • Homework tasks will be set, where possible, in line with pupil timetables, please refer to your child’s timetable in their diaries.
  • Tasks will usually be set by 10.30 each morning.
  • Tasks will be differentiated, therefore, you and/or your child can select the task most appropriate to their ability.
  • Teachers will continue to call their tutor group each Wednesday.
  • The headteacher or deputy will call any pupils on a child protection/child in need/early help plan each Monday and Thursday.
  • The senior managers are available for contact, please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.

Please note, there is no pressure from the school to complete each and every task set by teachers.  We understand that each child and their parent/carer will have their own very unique set of circumstances at this challenging time.  Therefore, we offer the following advice:

  • Encourage your child to complete at least some of the set tasks on a daily basis.
  • Encourage your child to complete a range of activities and subject areas.
  • Where possible, set a routine for your child, including homework and leisure time.
  • Praise your child for completion of each task.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  Wishing you all health and happiness.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 30th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure Update (Easter Break)

We hope you are all staying well and are feeling healthy during this unsettling time.

As you will now be aware the government has closed schools for the foreseeable future, however they have also announced that provision should be made available for the most vulnerable and for children of key/critical workers where necessary during the Easter Break. A full list of critical workers and further information is available here.

The government guidance states:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.   

The school is currently exploring options to partially open during the Easter Break where required, therefore to effectively plan and staff this action we ask the following:

  • If your child can be safely cared for at home they should be, there is no requirement to send your child to school during the Easter Break.
  • If your child is in the high-risk health category they should be cared for at home.
  • If your child or anyone in the household is showing symptoms they should be cared for at home for at least 14 days.
  • If you feel your child would be safer cared for in school during the Easter Break and you wish for them to return please inform us by 12.00 on Wednesday 1st April 2020. Please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as matter of priority. We will then undertake the necessary planning to ensure that pupils are able to return to school over the Easter Break safely.
  • We must know in advance if you intend for your child to attend school over the Easter Break and they should return only when we have contacted you to discuss a start date.
  • In all other instances the school remains closed.

The following provision will be provided for all pupils over the Easter Break:

  • Project based tasks will be set in each subject on the school website.  These will be posted this Friday morning.
  • Teachers will continue to call their tutor group each Wednesday.
  • The headteacher or deputy will call any pupils on a child protection/child in need/early help plan each Monday and Thursday.
  • The senior managers are available for contact, please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  Wishing you all health and happiness.

Yours sincerely

Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 23.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers
 
Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure Update
 
We hope all our pupils and their families are remaining healthy, both mentally and physically, during this challenging period.  Please see advice from Hammersmith and Fulham’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) attached.   Please be advised that unfortunately the school now has several reported, suspected cases.  We ask that all families are extra vigilant and follow the government guidelines, looking out for any possible symptoms.  Should you, your child or anyone in your family develop symptoms and you are concerned please contact NHS 111 to seek advice and let the school know by emailing admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.
In line with government guidelines and advice, we are in the process of organising supermarket vouchers for all pupils who are eligible and registered for Free School Meals (please note, this does not include those pupils receiving free school meals through our universal free school meals offer).  
 
Later in the week, we will email supermarket e-vouchers totalling £3.00 per day, per pupil, for the period up until the Spring Break.  Please look out for these vouchers.  If we do not have a valid email address for your family please ensure you contact admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as a matter of urgency.  Please also contact us if you believe you are eligible for Free School Meals but not yet registered.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional support.  Stay safe, look after each other and your families.  

Yours sincerely

Claire Maynard
Headteacher 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 20.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We hope you are all staying well and are feeling healthy during this unsettling time.  We also hope that your children are coping with the change to their routine impacted by school closure.
 
Please be advised the school now has two suspected, but unconfirmed cases.  We ask that all families are extra vigilant and follow the government guidelines, looking out for any possible symptoms.  Should you, your child or anyone in your family develop symptoms and you are concerned please contact NHS 111 to seek advice and let the school know by emailing: admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.    


As you will now be aware the government has closed schools for the foreseeable future, however they have also announced that provision should be made available for the most vulnerable and for children of key/critical workers where necessary.  A full list of critical workers and further information is available here.


We are pleased that the government have now provided further guidance on this matter as follows:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

Following clarity of the guidance the school is exploring options to partially open if required, therefore to effectively plan and staff this action we ask the following:

  • If your child can be safely cared for at home they should be, there is no requirement to send your child to school at this time.
  • If your child is in the high-risk health category they should be cared for at home.
  • If your child or anyone in the household is showing symptoms they should be cared for at home for at least 14 days.
  • If you feel your child would be safer in school and you wish for them to return please inform us by 12.00 on Monday 23rd March 2020.  Please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as matter of priority.  We will then undertake the necessary planning to ensure that pupils are able to return to school safely.  
  • We must know in advance if you intend for your child to return to school and they should return only when we have contacted you to discuss a start date.
  • In all other instances the school remains closed.

 
Our priority is to ensure that pupils and staff are well cared for and are safe.

Tasks will continue to be posted on the school website and calls made home to parents and pupils.  Please look out for these calls, which for most pupils will take place on Wednesday each week by their tutor. 
 
We will always do our best to offer guidance and support where required, if you are struggling in any way, require guidance or food vouchers etc. please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help. Ensure you look at the  Stay safe, look after each other and your families. 

Yours sincerely
 
Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

Additional information is available on this section of the school website, including:

Please look carefully at the information in these sections and contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

If you wish to download any of our letters from this period of closure, they are downloadable below.