I hope that you all remain well and thank you all for your patience during these unprecedented times.
Governors and Senior Leadership Team have carefully considered how best to manage an extension of pupil numbers in small groups of no more than 15 in a self-contained ‘bubble’. We discussed the fabric and layout of the school building (made up of 8 classrooms), the welfare facilities available including sinks for handwashing and toileting, timetabling including lunchtimes and break times, the views of staff and the analysis of your views from our surveys. We were then able to carefully risk assess against our capacity.
From Monday June 15th we will initiate our first phase of expanding pupil numbers. We will offer places to:
- Pupils formally classified as vulnerable from all year groups (including Nursery).
- Pupils from all year groups (including Nursery) who parents/carers have identified as a key worker and have no alternative childcare arrangements.
- Pupils from Reception
We are not currently able to offer any places more generally to Year 1 or Year 6. We are adhering to guidance from the Department for Education which states that schools should prioritise pupil groups in this way.
Clearly other schools may be able to bring back more year groups if their demand from parents who are key workers is lower. Based on current numbers we will need to allocate 5 classrooms to accommodate pupils whose parent/s are key workers to ensure they are in bubbles (groups) of no more than 15. This has had a consequential effect upon our capacity to invite pupils from Year 1 and Year 6 to return in this first phase. I know you will understand that whilst this may be disappointing for pupils, it is about taking a measured and balanced view of what is safely feasible. Distance learning will continue for all pupils not attending school, in exactly the same way as we have established. Consideration of Year 6 transition is a priority for school leaders.
Please be aware that unfortunately we cannot offer breakfast or afterschool care at this time. This would involve pupils from different bubbles mixing which would increase risks.
Please select the Parents – What you Need to Know button below for more detail about the following:,
- Expansion of School Places: Information for Parents
- Allocating bubbles;
- Drop off information;
- The start of the day in school;
- The classrooms;
- The school day;
- Outdoor play;
- First Aid
- Emergency situations;
- Pick up;
- Pupils/staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19
- Phased Return to School Risk Assessment
- Additional Safeguarding Guidance Update
I thank you all for your understanding and your kind words.