School opening information - September 2020
School will be open to all pupils from Thursday 3rd September 2020. We have followed the guidance set by the DFE and completed a thorough risk assessment. The following information was sent to parents at the end of the summer term and is also on the home page.
Information for parents regarding wider school opening can be found at:
The full guidance for schools is available at:
What will school look like? Which class is my child in?
School will open to all pupils on Thursday 3rd September.
School will run as 4 class bubbles. Reception Class – Miss Reeks, Class 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) Miss Crumbleholme, Class 2 (Year 3 and Year 4) Mrs Ellis-Stansfield and Class 3 (Year 5 and Year 6) Miss Woodward.
Children will stay in their class bubbles for all their lessons and there will be limited mixing of children across bubbles. Staff will be allocated to a larger Upper and Lower school bubble to enable team teaching, allocation of break and lunchtimes, PPA cover and Chill Zone. This means that in the event of an outbreak of COVD-19, it can be contained to either a class bubble or a larger school bubble.
EYFS and Class 1 (LOWER SCHOOL) – Miss Reeks, Miss Crumbleholme, Mrs Wootton and Mrs Nightingale
Class 2 and Class 3 (UPPER SCHOOL) – Mrs Ellis-Stansfield, Miss Woodward, Miss Moores, Carole and Mrs Hesmondhalgh
What will Drop off and Pick up look like?
School will operate two staggered start and finish times.
Upper School Bubble – 8.45 am and 3.30 pm
Lower School Bubble – 9.00 am and 3.15 pm.
The one way system in and out of school will still operate. Please do not block the pathways outside school and remember to be considerate when parking. Children who have siblings in different Upper and Lower school bubbles will drop off and pick up with the oldest child.
What will Breakfast Club and Chill Zone look like? Is it still running?
Children will attend Breakfast Club and Chill Zone in their larger bubbles, Lower School and Upper School. These bubbles will be kept apart in the hall and outside space will be utilised. If you would like to book a space please inform Janet as soon as possible. We only have space for up to 15 children in the morning and 30 children each evening so early booking is advisable. BREAKFAST AND AFTERSCHOOL CLUB WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2020. NO ADHOC BOOKINGS CAN BE ACCEPTED.
Will there be after school clubs?
Currently we are unable to offer any after school clubs due to cross contamination of different bubbles of children and limited space in school. We will review this early in the autumn term.
My child is in Early Years – when do they start?
Children starting school for the first time in EYFS with Miss Reeks will attend school on a part time basis for the first 7 days of school. From Thursday 3rd September to Friday 11th September, new Reception children will finish school at 1.30pm after lunch. Full time school will begin on Monday 14th September to support a smooth and positive transition into school.
Will children be wearing school uniform? What do they need to bring?
School uniform will be worn from September. This can be ordered from Express Uniforms in the usual way, although orders are taking slightly longer than usual. Children will not bring anything else into school except their water bottle and coat. (Wellies or outdoor shoes can be left in school for the term)
No school bags can be brought into school due lack of space whilst cloakrooms are not being used. School will provide all children with a plastic zip lock bag for their reading books and planner. Children may also bring a pencil case into school with pens/pencils etc… This must stay in school and can’t be shared with other children. Water bottles will stay in school for the children during the week and be sent home each Friday.
On PE days, we ask that children come ready dressed in their PE kits. We will notify you which days your child will do PE when we return in September. Branded PE shirts are available from Express Uniforms. As the weather turns colder, we ask that your child wears a navy blue or dark coloured tracksuit on PE days. No branded football kits or expensive sports clothing please. Class 3 will not be swimming in the autumn term.
What will you be doing to keep my child safe?
School is following the guidance from the DFE and Public Health England ensuing a range of protective factors are in place. Regular cleaning of school will take place throughout the day as well as routines for hand washing. Hand sanitiser stations will be set up outside each classroom. Adults will still need to stay 2 metres apart from children and other adults in school where possible, but social distancing within class bubbles, whilst encouraged, will not always be possible.
Classrooms will be set up with front facing desks where possible, with minimum soft furnishings etc… EYFS children will not have access to dressing up, sand, water etc... Initially. Any shared toys will be washed at the end of each day. Shared equipment across school such as laptops, will be sanitised after each use. School staff, and the children we currently have in school are familiar with these current routines. They have worked well over the last 4 weeks and we are confident they can be adapted to larger groups of children.
School dinners will be eaten in each classroom to avoid movement around the hall. The hall will be used as break out space and indoor PE when needed.
Visitors to school
Visitors will be kept to an absolute minimum and no parents will be admitted to school. Currently, school will have an external visit from Love Music Trust, Premier Sport and French teaching. Tutors will follow school health and safety guidance as well as risk assessments from their own organisations. All other training/ CPD and visits will be done virtually.
From September 3rd 2020, attendance to school will be mandatory. However, in line with guidance from PHE and the DFE, we ask that you minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
The video below was recorded for EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 return to school in June. However, it is still relevant to school opening in September. Please take a look.