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Plans for re-opening of school 23.02.2021

4th & 5th March 

STAFF ONLY on site for refresh of all core and statutory training Cleaning of classes used for bubbles and ensuring that classrooms are ready for children.

All staff will be Lateral Flow tested on these day.

School is closed to all children on these days.
There will be no remote learning.

There will be a Primary and Secondary assembly and links will be emailed.


8th March

Welfare calls to Parents

School is closed today due to the sixth form new build being delivered to site via crane. This will be the only school closure related to the building works.


9th March 

All staff on site and all staff retested.

All Secondary pupils return to school fulltime for class based teaching (if consent is given they will be lateral flow tested) and Bluebells and Daffodils classes return fully to school.

All other Primary classes continue to teach remotely on the Monday/Tuesday.

School open only to:



Field mice
Red Kite Lookout





10th March

On this date the school is fully open again to ALL children and young people. 

All primary students return to school fulltime for class based teaching. This includes Poppies Daisies Cornflowers Snowdrops classes.


11th March

Testing for all staff and for all secondary pupils (with consent). As we move forwards all staff will be tested every Thursday and Monday (as will secondary pupils with consent). We will move towards home testing as soon as kits are delivered by the DfE.



Dear Parents, Carers and Families.

 I hope that this letter finds you safe and well and having enjoyed a restful half term. 

As I am sure you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that all UK schools will need to make plans to return to full face to face teaching from Monday 8th March. I know that, for many of you, this will be a cause of much relief and for others a cause of significant anxiety. We are here to support you and you can share any concerns with your child’s class teacher or with Sam Wall.

Over the coming days, myself and the team here will continue to review the Department for Education's guidance in full so that we can reopen to our children and young people.

The safety of our staff and students will obviously be our foremost priority but rest assured that we will also be prioritising the experiences and wellbeing of our students and making sure that their return to school is as smooth and as joyous as it can be. The attached chart will give you information as to our phased return to full reopening.

Please rest assured that our remote provision will continue beyond 8th March for those students prevented from returning in person for Covid-19 related reasons and these families will be contacted on an individual basis.

Critically Vulnerable Children -The advice for pupils who have been confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable is to shield and stay at home as much as possible until further notice. They are advised not to attend school while shielding advice applies nationally.

Face coverings in year 7 and above -The DfE now recommends that face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. Please note that this measure is additional and precautionary for a limited time do to the current period of high coronavirus (COVID-19) prevalence in the community. As a result, these measures will be in place until Easter for those students who wish to/can wear them.

Testing - For secondary school staff and pupils we are aiming to move to a home testing model (for pupils, following the first 3 onsite tests). The lateral flow devices used have received regulatory approval from the MHRA for self-use. All staff will be tested twice weekly and currently over 60% of our staff have had the vaccine. Once pupils have been tested 3 times at school, they will be provided with home test kits for regular testing. Testing remains voluntary but strongly encouraged. 

Transport – Our School Transport Lead Jodie Evans will be contacting all LA transport to ensure that they collect the children on the correct start back date. We will endeavour to ensure that staff teams collect their own class children as before. We would encourage you please to stay in your cars and if you do need to get out then you will need to wear a face covering. School times are 8.50am opening and 3.00pm closing.

School Lunches – We continue to only offer packed lunches for our children and young people; free school meals in the form of a packed lunch will be provided where needed but all other children should bring in their own lunch.

Swimming - In line with Government guidance we continue to not be able to offer this.

PE, Forest School, Music and Cookery – These will continue for all children with additional safety measures in place.

Educational visits - We have been advised against all educational visits at this time. This advice will be kept under review.

As always, we appreciate all of your support and good wishes; we are really blessed to have a school community that are so supportive of us. You have all done an amazing job at home educating your children but I am sure that you will join me in applauding our teaching team who have adapted so quickly and have produced some outstanding online lessons and learning opportunities!

We really look forward to seeing you all very soon.

With every best wish for a brighter, sunnier and safer future.

Donna Luck

Head Teacher.