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Dear Parents and Carers,

Please click on the link below to download our weekly newsletter. The letter can also be found by clicking on the 'Newsletters' tab in this news section of the website.

Thank you.

 

17.09.21 Newsletter

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Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations will be administered to children in all year groups from Reception to Year 6 on Tuesday 28th September.

Please consent for your child by completing the following:

  1. Go to https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/services/childrens-services/imms-cdurham-darlington-teesside/
  2. Enter the School Code 111600 and click “Find School”.
  3. Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
  4. Click the green “Submit” button.

Consent must be completed by 22nd September 2021.

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10.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please click on the link below to download our weekly newsletter. The letter can also be found by clicking on the 'Newsletters' tab in this news section of the website.

Thank you.

10.09.21 Newsletter

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08.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Regarding the letter sent yesterday containing information about school PE Kit, the kit information was first given out seven weeks ago on July 20th at the end of the summer term. This allowed the entirety of the summer holiday for the required kit items to be obtained. The information was posted on the school website, the school Facebook page and a text message was also sent on July 20th, and again, as a reminder, on September 2nd to signpost you all to the information for the start of the autumn term.

Thank you for your continued support and we ask that you contact the school directly should you have any concerns before posting unjust, negative comments on social media. We urge the whole school community to read the information given out from school, and check the website (especially the news page) and Facebook page for updated information on a regular basis.

Many thanks,

Mr Connor

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02.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find below our updated Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plan for September 2021 as detailed in the information, which was posted below in July. We hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday, and that you are all safe and well. Here at Fens, we are all ready and set up for the new academic year, and cannot wait to welcome you back tomorrow!

Please can you all ensure that drop off and pick up time information has been passed to anyone bringing your child/children, or collecting them, so they are aware of the time changes, and required routines (especially KS2 hometime, as all adults will be entering the playgound via the car park, therefore lining up on Catcote Road. Again, this information was posted in July.

Many thanks,

Mr Connor

 

01.09.21

Please click the link below to download our Covid-19 Risk Assessment for September 2021:

Covid-19 Risk Assessment September 2021

Please click the link below to download our Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan for September 2021:

Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan September 2021

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20-07-21

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This school year has been a very difficult one and we thank you for all your support during the last, challenging, twelve months. Hopefully, things will have improved significantly by September, and we would like to share with you our plans to re-open as safely as possible.

As you will be aware, a number of the current Covid-19 measures which schools currently have in place will no longer be required from September, as outlined in the latest government guidance. The Department for Education has published a Schools Covid-19 Operational Guidance document detailing the actions schools should take to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in schools. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).

The government guidance regarding the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, on which we have based our planning, can be found via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

 

An updated Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plan will be uploaded to the school website

ahead of the September return and will cover the most recent changes made by government.

 

Mixing and Bubbles

When pupils return in September, it will no longer be recommended that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). This means that bubbles will not need to be used in schools from the autumn term (although it is acknowledged that in some local areas it may become necessary to reintroduce ‘bubbles’ for a temporary period, to reduce mixing between groups).

Tracing Close Contacts and Isolation

School will only need to do contact tracing up to Step 4. From Step 4, close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and school will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from school will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. School will be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases. From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old (and fully vaccinated adults) will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, families of children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. All individuals would be encouraged to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

School will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is an outbreak in school or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise school to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will no longer be advised; however, those wishing to wear a face covering can continue to do so.

If there is an outbreak in school, a director of public health might advise school that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms (by staff and visitors, unless exempt). Outbreak management plans will cover this possibility.

 

Stepping Measures Up and Down

The school has an outbreak management plan outlining how they would operate if there were an outbreak in school or the local area. If school has several confirmed cases within 14 days, this may be an outbreak. School will call the dedicated advice service who will escalate the issue to our local health protection team where necessary and advise if any additional action is required, such as implementing elements of our outbreak management plan. Any changes to the school day will be clearly communicated.

Control Measures

School will:

1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

1. Ensure Good Hygiene for Everyone

Hand Hygiene

Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is now regular practice. School will continue to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

Respiratory Hygiene

The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important. School will continue to maintain a plentiful supply of tissues.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Most staff in school will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work.

2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, using standard products such as detergents

School will maintain an appropriate cleaning schedule. This will include regular cleaning of areas and equipment (twice per day), with a particular focus on frequently touched surfaces.

3. Keep Occupied Spaces Well Ventilated

When the school is in operation, it will be well ventilated and a comfortable teaching environment will be maintained. Air conditioning will be adjusted to increase the ventilation rate wherever possible and only fresh outside air will be circulated. Opening external windows will improve natural ventilation, and in addition, opening internal doors will also assist with creating a throughput of air. If necessary, external opening doors may also be used (if they are not fire doors and where safe to do so). School will balance the need for increased ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature.

4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms, or has a positive test, pupils, staff and other adults will follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They must not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, if they are required to quarantine). If anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, school will send them home and they should follow public health advice. For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household. If a pupil is awaiting collection, they will be moved to an isolation room. Appropriate PPE will also be used if close contact is necessary; further information on this can be found in the school’s risk assessment. Any rooms will be cleaned after they have left. The household (including any siblings) should follow the PHE stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Confirmatory PCR Tests

Staff and pupils with a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance; they must not come into school. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

If your child is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they must take a PCR test for confirmation. A home lateral flow test is not for people who are displaying symptoms. If your child is displaying symptoms, please do not test your child by using a lateral flow test and then send them to school because the result was negative. Your child will only be able to return to school once they have received a negative PCR test or they have completed their 10 days of isolation.

Water Bottles

We will continue to operate the current water bottle system where children bring in their own bottle and take it home, wash it and refill it for the next day. Alternatively, bottles can be purchased from the school office.

PE Kit

 

From September, children will continue to attend school dressed in appropriate sports clothing on their PE day. We ask that your child/children wears a plain white t-shirt, black trainers, and black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms. Your child will be notified of their class’s PE day upon return in September.

 

Breakfast Club

 

This will remain in the main hall, and children will continue to enter through the main entrance. After school club will remain in the main hall also, and children will continue to be collected from the front entrance as well.

 

School Start and Finish Times

 

Apart from our new Reception children (who will initially attend school from 9.15am until, and including, September 10th, and get picked up at 12.30pm) there will be no staggered start times on a morning, or afternoon. Gates to both playgrounds will open at 8.45am and 3.20pm (other than opening for Reception parents and carers).

 

 

Key Stage 1

 

Year 1 and Year 2 8.45am and 3.20pm

 

From September 3rd onwards, Y1 and Y2 children will enter the gate onto the KS1 playground and proceed along the outer Heron Room and Bousfield Learning Suite wall, in the same manner as presently.  Children will then separate at the corner, turning left, and walk into school, and adults can turn right at the cones and go back towards the exit gate. A member of the senior leadership team, and members of teaching staff will be supervising on the playground at this time.

 

At home time, the children will be lined up at designated places on the playground. The gates will open at 3.20pm and parents and carers are asked to walk around the one-way system and collect their child as they walk past their child’s designated place, before exiting the playground.

 

Reception 9.15am and 3.20pm

 

From 9.15am (September 3rd to 10th), Reception children will enter the KS1 gate and will proceed as indicated above. From September 13th, the Reception children start time will be the same as Y1 and Y2. Separate information has been given to Reception parents and carers, and we ask that children are not brought onto the playground until their designated time. If parents and carers have to drop off Y1 and Y2 pupils first, we ask that they then exit the playground, and line up again at the KS1 entry gate. Reception children will be collected at home time, from Monday 13th September the same as detailed above for our Y1 and Y2 children.

 

Nursery

 

Nursery times will operate as usual (morning: 8.50 – 11.50am, afternoon 12.25 – 3.25pm). Separate information has been given to nursery parents and carers.

 

Key Stage 2

 

Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 am

 

Mornings will continue to operate as presently. The gate will open at 8.45am, and pupils will line up at the designated year group places. Adults are asked to continue along and exit on to Catcote Road via the staff car park. A member of the senior leadership team, and members of teaching staff will be supervising on the playground at this time.

 

Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 pm

 

Home Time

 

Home time will be significantly different. At home time, the children will be lined up at their designated places on the playground, but we ask that parents and carers enter at the staff carpark gate (therefore, lining up on Catcote Road), and exit via the gate leading to the highway patrol crossing. The gates will open at 3.20pm and parents and carers are asked to walk along the one-way system and collect their child as they walk past their child’s designated place, before exiting the playground.

 

In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, please could parents/carers drop off and collect their KS1 child first, followed by their KS2 child. Staff will always stay with children until they are collected at home time (once the gates are locked any remaining children will need to be collected from the front office).

 

Please be mindful that things could change before school reopens in September in response to further government guidance and local infection rates. Please be advised to check the school website and Facebook pages, as well as any text messages from school, before school reopens on Friday 3rd September.

Finally, we wish you and your family a happy and relaxing summer, whatever your plans, and we look forward to having the whole community back in September.

With the very best of wishes,

Mr Chris Connor and all the staff at Fens.

 

 

 

20-07-21

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome to the final newsletter of the year, which is not really ending in the way any of us would have wished for. However, these are the circumstances that we are having to negotiate our way through, and we shall continue to do so until things change for the better. Let us hope that is sooner rather than later!

 

Lunch Price Increase

 

When school reopens in September, the Council has said there will be a small rise in the cost of school meals. The weekly cost for the 2021-22 academic year will be £10.65, which is £2.13 per meal. This is the Council’s first price increase for three years.

 

Important Dates for 2021-22

 

Date

Event

Friday 3rd September

Mon 25th to Fri 29th October

Friday 17th December

Mon 20th Dec to Mon 3rd Jan

Tuesday 4th Jan, 2022

Mon 21st Feb to Fri 25th Feb

Friday 8th April

Mon 11th to Fri 22nd April

Monday 25th April

First day of Autumn Term

October half term holiday

Last day of Autumn Term

Christmas Holidays

First day of Spring Term

February half term holiday

Last day of Spring Term

Easter Holidays

First day of Summer Term

 

Reporting Positive Cases

 

Perhaps for the last time, we would like you to report any positive covid cases in the first few days of the holidays. If any child who has been in school on Monday 19th and/or Tuesday 20th July develops symptoms either on Wednesday 21st or Thursday 22nd July, and subsequently tests positive for coronavirus, school will need to be informed so that parents of children in the same bubble can be contacted about their child’s need to isolate. As school will be closed, please use the email address covid@fensprimary.co.uk to let us know;  this email box will be checked on a daily basis up to and including Friday 23rd July.

Arrangements for Reopening in September

Please watch out for a separate communication which will explain the way we will be organising school when we reopen for the new academic year on Friday 3rd September.

Y6 Leavers

We wish our Y6 children who leave today all the very best, and hope they will enjoy every future success. They certainly deserve it, as they have been a brilliant year group. They have had such a disrupted two years, and, as with last year’s classes, a more restricted set of celebrations of their time in Fens. But they have shown themselves to be hugely resilient, always smiling and enjoying every one of their days at school. Their teachers have had such a good time teaching them, and they should have nothing at all to worry about at their secondary schools – they will do themselves and their parents/carers proud. Well done Y6.

Retirements

We would like to pay tribute to a number of members of staff who will be retiring this week. Mrs Margaret Andrews has been a member of staff since 1976, when the school itself was just eleven years old. We thank her for so many years of wonderful service to generations of school children, and wish her a long, happy and well-deserved retirement.

Mrs Joan Stirk has served school for many years as an HLTA during two separate periods of employment. She, too, has been an excellent member of the school staff, for which we thank her most gratefully and wish her every future happiness. Mrs Liz Jacobs has also served the school with great diligence for many years as our Business Manager, and we wish her many happy days of retirement with her family as she drives off into the sunset in her camper-van. Mrs Eileen Collinson and Mrs Sue Hodgson have given many years of service to the school as lunchtime supervisors, and Mrs Brenda Harker has kept our premises clean for many years. We wish all of our retiring members of staff a long, happy retirement, which each one of them richly deserves.

Finally, I will be saying goodbye to Fens after 32 years of employment here. I first knew many of you when you attended the school as children, and years later have worked with you as parents, and it has always been lovely to chat and reminisce at school events (the curriculum events, the book fairs, the sports events, the Christmas performances, the live parental consultations – do you remember them?) that we were able to have before the pandemic hit us. These terrific events will return – how we have all missed them – because they are such an important part of the children’s experience of primary school. It has been such a privilege and a joy to have served this brilliant community for so long, and I shall miss all of you – children, parents, staff, governors -  so much. Thank you for your friendship and support over all these years, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

 

I am so pleased and proud to leave such a great team at Fens. Mr Connor will lead the school with energy, enthusiasm and compassion, ably supported by his leadership team of Mr Keen and Mr Bryson and a wonderful group of brilliant teachers, TAs and support staff. Parents/carers can have plenty of faith that the school will keep growing from strength to strength in the coming years.

 

Next year should start to feel a little more like the return of ‘normal’ – let us hope so – but in the meantime, please enjoy the summer, and, once again, thank you for your good wishes and support over the past year.

 

Very best wishes, and a fond farewell,

 

 

Mr P Cornforth

 

15-07-21

As we have been unable to conduct face to face tours this year, we would like to share video tours of our fantastic learning environments in Nursery and Reception for you and your children to enjoy familiarising yourselves with these parts of our school. You will also see one or two friendly faces that are looking forward to welcoming all children in September 2021. Take care and have a wonderful summer from all at Fens Primary School.

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Nursery Tour Video  - Please click on image to follow the link to YouTube

 

07-07-21

 

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05-07-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Once again, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in Hartlepool and in school. In the last few weeks, all of the nursery children and staff had to isolate because there was a positive case. We have also had a positive case in Year 5 which again meant the whole class, including staff, had to isolate for 10 days.

If your child is displaying any symptoms at all associated with COVID-19, please do not send them to school. If they come to school with symptoms and then test positive, it means the whole class has to isolate for 10 days. We desperately don’t want this to happen because children have already missed a lot of face-to-face teaching time this year. To try and minimise the spread in school, any children that we deem to be displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will unfortunately be sent home and will not be able to return until they have received a negative PCR test or have isolated for 10 days.

If your child is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they must take a PCR test for confirmation. A home lateral flow test is not for people who are displaying symptoms. If your child is displaying symptoms, please do not test your child by using a lateral flow test and then send them to school because the result was negative. Your child will only be able to return to school once they have received a negative PCR test or they have completed their 10 days of isolation.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and thank you for your continued support,

Mr Keen.

 

30-06-21

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23-06-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the morning nursery session. However, all members of the nursery staff will now be required to isolate for 10 days. Therefore, due to a situation beyond our control, nursery will be closed until Friday 2nd July as we do not have any staff to operate the nursery. Friday 2nd July is the date in which the nursery will reopen and is the date in which the morning nursery children are able to leave isolation. Nursery children will all receive an email in due course which will include further information regarding isolation.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope you all remain safe and well,

Mr Keen.

 

16-06-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are going to hold a non-uniform day this Friday (18th) to support the national team's efforts in the European Championships, and Hartlepool United's efforts in Sunday's play-off final. Children can come dressed in football-related attire, such as a football shirt (especially England and Hartlepool shirts) or, if your child doesn't have a football shirt, clothes of any colours related to football team colours (which is most clothes and colours, really). 

It will just add a bit of fun and jollity for the children in these restricted times!

Best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens

21-05-21

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20-05-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Whit fortnight holiday is almost upon us, so, as with the start of other holidays, if any child who has been in school develops symptoms either on Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd May, and subsequently tests positive for coronavirus, school will need to be informed so that parents of children in the same bubble can be contacted about their child’s need to isolate. As school will be closed, please use the email address covid@fensprimary.co.uk to let us know;  this email box will be checked on a daily basis at midday up to and including Thursday 27th May.

Please note the following date reminders, and further dates for your diary:

Date

Event

Friday 21st May

Last day of Summer (this) half-term

Mon 24th May – Fri 4th June

Whit fortnight holiday (Whit week plus 5 PD days)

Monday 7th June

First day of half-term

Tuesday 20th July

Last day of Summer Term

Friday 3rd September

First day of Autumn Term 2021-22

Friday 22nd October

Last day of half-term

Mon 25th – Fri 29th October

Half term holiday

Monday 1st November

First day of half term

Friday 17th December

Last day of Autumn Term

Mon 20th Dec ’21 – Mon 3rd Jan ‘22

Christmas holiday

Tuesday 4th January, 2022

First day of Spring Term

Friday 18th February, 2022

Last day of half term

Mon 21st Feb – Fri 25th Feb

Half term holiday

Monday 28th February

First day of half term

 

Please also note that there has been a modification to the school calendar for 2021-22.

Recently an additional bank holiday was added by the government to the Whit holiday in May/June, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Bank Holiday Monday which had been scheduled for Monday 30th May has been removed, and two bank holidays have been created on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June. As the additional day occurs in the school holiday, schools have been instructed to choose when they take the additional day.

Fens (like a number of Hartlepool schools) has chosen to take this day on Monday 25th July, which had been due to be the last day of the school year. The school year will now end on Friday 22nd July, 2022.

We hope you enjoy the fortnight holiday and manage to get some valuable family time together!

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens

 

20-05-21

11-05-21

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26-03-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please click on the link below to access free online training relating to keeping your children safe online. Once you have clicked on the link, you can follow the instructions to sign up to a free account where you can access arrange of resources.

http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/fens-primary-school

Thank you,

Mr Keen


25-03-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely to have school buzzing again with a full complement of children since 8th March. Children have settled in well and are pleased to be back amongst their friends, teachers are glad to be teaching their full classes face-to-face once again, and we all really hope to have seen the last of school closures.

I would like to let you know that, having reached a certain age, I will be retiring as Headteacher of Fens at the end of this coming Summer Term, after 32 years at the school as both a teacher and a senior leader. I am delighted to be able to announce that Mr Chris Connor has been appointed by the School Governors and Local Authority to take over as headteacher from September 2021, a promotion which he fully deserves, and I wish him every success in the role. It’s good to know the school will be in very good hands for the years to come.

As with the start of other holidays, if any child who has been in school develops symptoms either on Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th March, and subsequently tests positive for coronavirus, school will need to be informed so that parents of children in the same bubble can be contacted about their child’s need to isolate. As school will be closed, please use the email address covid@fensprimary.co.uk to let us know;  this email box will be checked on a daily basis at midday up to and including Thursday 1st April.

Many thanks for your continued adherence to social distancing and mask-wearing requirements since we returned to school after the latest lockdown. In covid-weary times it is important to maintain our safety measures for these next few months. One development that has been brought to our attention that seems to have occurred since our latest return is that some people waiting for the key stage two gates to open (in the morning) are congregating in the area opposite the school entrance gates, making social distancing difficult and preventing other people from moving through that area safely. For your own safety and that of others, please try to avoid clustering together with other people, and perhaps, if you can, aim to arrive at school only at the time the gates are open (8.45-8.55am). Many thanks in advance for your attendance to this point.

Here is another reminder of key dates to make a note of:

Date

Event

Friday 26th March

Mon 29th March – Fri 9th April

Monday 12th April

Monday 3rd May

Friday 21st May

Mon 24th May – Fri 4th June

Monday 7th June

Tuesday 20th July

Friday 3rd September

Last day of Spring Term

Easter holiday

First day of Summer Term

Bank holiday – school closed

Last day of half-term

Whit fortnight (Whit week plus 5 PD days)

First day of half-term

Last day of Summer Term

First day of Autumn Term 2021-22

 

We hope you all have a pleasant Easter, and look forward to seeing you again in the Summer Term.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr P Cornforth and all the staff of Fens

 

25-03-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

This information has been issued by Hartlepool Borough Council and is based on Government Guidance relating to rapid flow testing. It states that anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus must book a PCR test online. A PCR test is either administered at a testing site or can be carried out at home and posted for analysis. It also states that primary children do not need to be regularly tested using rapid flow tests. A PCR test is always required for a person or child who has symptoms. Therefore, if your child is sent home from school because staff have concerns they may have symptoms of coronavirus, a PCR test is required.

 

Thank you for your understanding,

 

Mr C Keen​

 

11-03-21

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we are still unable to conduct our spring parent’s evening in person, we will once again be conducting them via telephone conversations. They will commence the week beginning Monday 22nd March. Your child’s class teacher will be in touch shortly to arrange a convenient time.

Please note we have some members of staff who are ill at the moment so there may be a delay with them getting in touch with you. We will update you with when these parent’s evenings will take place once we have more information.

Thank you for your understanding,

 

Mr C. Keen​

 

05-03-21

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04-03-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thankfully, schools are finally able to welcome back into school all their children, as you will know by now, from March 8th. Much of our organisation for the latest ‘reopening’ is the same as it was before Christmas.

A key part of the return for all children is the continuation of the ‘bubble’ idea, which was central to our wider reopening in September: each whole class of children will be considered a ‘bubble’. Contact between these groups of children has to be avoided, as far as possible, so children will only spend time in school with members of their class.

Organisational Measures from March 8th

Health and Hygiene

  • It is imperative that anyone, be they child or adult, who is unwell with any of the coronavirus symptoms (high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) does not come into school. School has set up a system for dealing with situations should children begin to develop symptoms whilst in school, but, in short, parents will be called and the child taken home. The expectation will then be that the child is tested as soon as is practicable, and the results shared with school. If the child is not tested, they must remain isolated for ten days before returning to school.
  • There has been a very thorough handwashing and sanitising regime in school during the past few months, and this will continue.
  • Each bubble will have a plentiful supply of tissues so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to good respiratory hygiene can continue to be promoted.
  • LA cleaning service has been giving school a mid-day clean, so that toilets and frequently touched surfaces receive additional cleaning, and each classroom has COSHH – labelled disinfectant spray, cloths and sanitising wipes to ensure that surfaces and objects can be cleaned regularly, as far as is possible.

Class Bubbles

  • As stated above, children will be grouped into class bubbles, which will not, as far as possible, come into contact with other bubbles. Y6 always has a third curriculum support group, which contains children from both Y6 classes, but this group only contains twelve children, so in their teaching room they will be able to sit at a greater distance away from each other, and the children from the two classes can be kept well apart, thus avoiding contact between bubbles.
  • Breakfast Club and After-School Club will both fully return. As children from different bubbles attend these clubs, we set out the main hall to ensure that children sit only with those from their own bubble, and that inter-bubble contact is avoided.

Arrangements for the start and end of the school day (these are the same as they were before Christmas)

Key Stage Two

  • Key Stage 2 will continue to use a one-way system in the Key Stage 2 yard, so that children can be dropped off by one parent (we need to keep numbers of parents on the yard as low as possible), who can then make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit. We would ask that parents do not wait around after dropping their children off, and make their way straight out through the car park.
  • KS2 children are to come to school at the usual time of 8.45am. The end of the school day has added complications, however, largely to do with handing children over to a parent safely. Therefore, we will be asking that children in years 3 and 4 are picked up at 3.05pm, and children in years 5 and 6 at the usual time of 3.20pm.

Key Stage One

  • Mrs Carey’s Y2 class will enter straight into her classroom (the Heron Room) and do not need to enter through the playground gate. After dropping off, parents should exit the school grounds by continuing round the rope and cones, going through the gap in front of the gate, and walk out using the left hand channel. Parents/carers who also have Y1 children will need to continue through the gate into the playground to drop them off (see Y1 bullets below). Please note that Mrs Carey will not be able to talk to parents at this point as this would create a hold-up and potential bottleneck.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class, Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 class and Ms Pearson’s Y1 class will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you progress towards the school entrances.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class will enter school straight away through the Bousfield Suite fire door at the end of the Bousfield building. After dropping off, parents should continue round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 children will need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building. The children will continue to the left of the cones and enter the school through the door adjacent to Mrs Atkinson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Ms Pearson’s Y1 children will also need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building, and will continue to the right of the cones, entering school through the door near Ms Pearson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • The parents/carers of Reception children will need to queue at the designated queuing point (which will be marked with a sign post) outside the school (Mowbray Road), keeping close to the perimeter fence and maintaining social distance (2 metres) whilst in the queue. Please avoid arriving at the queuing point until just before 9am, and please do not queue inside the school grounds near the Heron Room – we must avoid congestion for the system to work. At 9am the reception classes will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you walk alongside the Bousfield Suite building.  

Once at the corner of the Bousfield Suite:

  • Mrs Connor’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the left of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Connor’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs McCarroll’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the right of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Atkinson’s room, from where they will progress to Mrs McCarroll’s classroom. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.

Reception School day          9:00am - 3:00pm

Y1 School day                    8:45am - 3:10pm

Y2 School day                    8:45am - 3:20pm

Nursery

  • Nursery times will operate as usual (morning: 8.50 – 11.50am, afternoon 12.25 – 3.25pm), but unfortunately it will not be possible to invite parents into the building for the foreseeable future.

Staggered break times, lunch times and toilet times

  • During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s year-group teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble (as happens currently) will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.
  • The lunch period requires two hours to complete, but each class only has one hour for their lunch and outdoor time. This means that at no point will all the children of the school be outside, thus helping to avoid bubble contact. As with playtime, year-group members of staff will supervise bubbles.
  • We will continue to timetable frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times.
  • As stated earlier, toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

Other points

  • We will continue to operate the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day. A staff member will refill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required.
  • In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we have not been able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers continue to drop off their KS1 child first, followed by their KS2 child.
  • Thanks again to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will, unfortunately, need to continue to be the case going forwards from March 8th.
  • From 8th March school meals will remain at £2.05 per day, £10.25 per week, with payments due on the first day of each week.
  • As an added measure to increase further the school’s covid-security, staff are now taking lateral flow tests on a twice-weekly basis.

Breakfast and After School Clubs

As stated earlier, Breakfast and After School Clubs will continue from Monday 8th March with the previous changes still in place. We mentioned the organisation of the hall to ensure that bubbles are distanced; we will also need to continue to have the main school entrance as the drop-off and pick-up point (as opposed to the Heron Centre as it used to be).

We are all hoping for a positive, productive and, above all, undisrupted end to the year. Staff were devastated to have their year with their current classes diminished because of Covid-19, but are excited to start work with their classes, and begin to drive forward children’s education again in the classroom, with full classes of children. We will be very mindful that many children may be anxious about the process of returning to school after a long time away, and staff will be ready to support and encourage them through what could initially be a difficult return process. However, we don’t think it will take too long for them to get back used to school life again.

Once again, please continue to stay safe, keep healthy and keep on observing your social distancing.

Very best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

 

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24-02-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be well aware, on Monday 22nd February, the government announced that all children will return to school on Monday 8th March. We, as a school, are looking forward to getting all of our children back as we take the first step towards some much needed normality.

I know we still have another week and a half left of home learning but I wanted to thank you all for your hard work, support and dedication during these difficult times. You and your children should be very proud of all that you have done during this period of school closure. 

We expect the arrangements to be the same as they were in September in relation to start times and end times for specific year groups of children. But we will publish more information next week in order for us to review the systems we have in place and to update our risk assessments in line with updated government guidance.

We look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 8th March.

Stay safe everyone,

Mr C. Keen

 

23-02-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

We now have the facilities to subscribe to the free school meals voucher scheme. Vouchers will be available for the time period of 22.02.21 until 05.03.21. The vouchers will be delivered by email to parents that qualify for free school meals. The vouchers are not sent by us so we do not know exactly at what point they will be sent this week but if you keep checking your emails regularly, they should arrive soon.

As you are aware, prior to this, we did not have the capability to set up the voucher scheme due to staffing issues. Therefore, as a school, we utilised the food parcel scheme instead. Because of this, vouchers are only available for the time period stated above and unfortunately cannot be backdated.

Please note that vouchers are not for children who receive universal free school meals because they are in early years or KS1.

Thank you,

Mr Keen


11-02-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

If any child who has been in school develops symptoms either on Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th February, and subsequently test positive for coronavirus, school will need to be informed so that parents of children in the same bubble can be contacted.

As school will be closed, please use the email address covid@fensprimary.co.uk to let us know. Please ensure that school are informed by Tuesday 16th February.

Many thanks.

 

08-02-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Here are some reminders of key dates for the rest of this academic year:

 

Best wishes,

All at Fens


05-02-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have introduced Zoom as part of our online learning approach to make sure there is regular communication between home and school. It is a good way to improve a child’s level of engagement, allows them to keep in contact with their classmates and is a way of boosting their mental health.

If you are engaging with Zoom, please make sure that children are dressed appropriately; they do not need to wear their school uniform during the sessions but they do need to be dressed in an appropriate manner. In addition to this, if you are using a Zoom account that you may also use with friends and family, please be aware of the name you are signing in with. We have had to block some accounts because of this. This can be changed in your Zoom profile.

If we feel in any way that there is any inappropriateness, the class teacher will unfortunately have to block you and your child from the sessions.

Thank you for your understanding,

Mr Keen.


29-01-21

FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN NOT IN CLOSE CONTACT

Dear Parent,

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 10 days after their last contact.

If you are not one of the people we have contacted, your child has not been identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely,

Headteacher

 

 

27-01-21

Dear Parent/Carer,

eSchools and online learning

I just want to start by saying we fully appreciate how difficult this situation is for everyone; it is not a situation any of us wish to be in. As teachers, we are committed to providing an education for both the children we have in school and the children who are working from home. We also appreciate that there is no best fit solution that works for everyone but we are trying to be as flexible as we can with our approach. Many of us are parents ourselves who are also home schooling our own children when we get home from work so we fully appreciate how difficult it is.

Please remember that you are able to contact your child’s teacher using the messaging option on eSchools. If your problem is specifically with eSchools you can contact your child’s class teacher via their year group email. For example, year6@fensprimary.co.uk . The class teacher will respond as soon as they can as they are also teaching in class all day.

Zoom Sessions

You should shortly be receiving an invite to attend weekly Zoom sessions with your child’s class teacher. The sessions will be a way of keeping in contact with the children who are home schooling, to find out what they have been getting up to at home, to offer encouragement and to discuss work they have been completing.

Zoom is a program that can be accessed from a number of devices. You can access Zoom on: mobile phones, tablets, laptops and smart televisions with internet access. There is no obligation to attend these meetings but we wanted to implement them as an additional way of interacting with the children.

Please be warned that our school firewall blocks us from using Zoom. We have to use another program to unblock it to allow us to use it in school. Because of this, there may be some technical issues so please bear with us. From our experience of using any online video communication, it is often temperamental: images can sometimes freeze and people can sometimes be locked out. This is not something we have control over: it is often due to the sheer volume of people using these sites across the country at any one time.

As a school we do not give you permission to record the sessions or upload them to the internet in any form so please do not do this. If we are made aware that this has happened, we will not allow you to attend further sessions. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Additionally, these sessions are for the benefit of the children both educationally and for their mental wellbeing. Again, if we are made aware of negative comments towards teachers or the sessions in general, we will have to rethink our use of Zoom as a means of communication. Again, thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Key Worker Places

I know this has already been communicated with you previously but we are still having many requests for key worker places. Unfortunately, we have no key worker places available. Allowing more children into the building would take us to unsafe levels. Many of our staff who are currently in school are people who were previously working from home as they are deemed clinically vulnerable. This is no longer an option for them meaning they are now back at work. As previously mentioned, our priority is to keep the staff and children of Fens Primary School safe while we are all in this dreadful position.

Please remember that the guidance states that if you are working from home, you should keep your children at home with you if you can. Please support us in this matter as the number of children we have in school is at a very high level in relation to the current situation with the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Keen

 

26-01-21

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find information below relating to our home learning expectations.

Remote Learning

Children who are learning remotely will continue to have access to the same high-quality lessons and learning tasks as those who will be in school.

Uploading work for Children

Work will be uploaded to eSchools by 9:00 am each day. Your child will receive, as a minimum, English and Mathematics work to be completed on the morning and a daily task to complete on the afternoon. We appreciate that you will not always be able to complete work at these set times. Therefore, each week we will set the deadline for all work as the Sunday evening of that week. This will give you time to complete work on an evening after you have finished work or catch up on a weekend when things are less busy.

Zoom Meetings

We intend to implement weekly Zoom meetings starting this week (Week beginning 25th January). Your child’s class teacher will put a link onto their eSchools page and a text message will be sent out to notify you to look for the link. The meetings will be a way of keeping in touch with your children, encouraging them to keep working and to discuss the work of the week.

Submitting Work

As we have communicated before, you have the option of completing the work straight into eSchools, you can print the work out and complete the work directly onto the worksheet or you can complete the work in the homework book which all children have been provided with. Any work completed can either be photographed or scanned and then uploaded to eSchools. There is the option on eSchools to message your child’s class teacher if you have any problems relating to the work. This feature can be found in the top left corner of their year group dashboard. Please don’t use the chat function as this can be seen by all children and parents and is not seen by the class teacher.

Staff Working Hours

Staff will be available to answer queries submitted to eschools during their working hours. Our working hours are 9:00 – 3:30 Monday to Friday. Please be patient in regards to any queries submitted to them during the day as teaching staff are also teaching within the classroom during the day. In addition, any queries or work which is uploaded to eSchools outside of this time will be responded to and marked by staff, as soon as it is possible for them to do so.

Children in School

If your child is attending school as a key worker, we will continue to upload work to eSchools for them. There is no expectation that any children who are in school also need to complete the online work for the particular day they are in because they will have completed it in school.

Please continue to engage with our home learning each day as it is vitally important that your child’s education continues.

Thank you all for your support through these very trying times.

 

Mr C. Keen

 

 

25-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We have had a number of new requests for places for key worker children. Unfortunately, we already have high numbers in school and cannot safely take any more children. Please do not bring your children to school if you haven’t already secured a key worker place. Our priority is to protect the staff and children we currently have in school. The current number of children we have in school is up to four times more than the previous lockdown. With the rates of infection, and the fact that this new strain is much more contagious, we feel these numbers are very high.

 

In addition, if you have already contacted the school and secured a key worker place, please keep your children at home if you are able to do so.

 

At this moment in time, we currently have 10 members of staff who are either positive with Covid-19, are isolating or are suffering with the after effects. Many of the members of staff that are off are very ill and will be off for some time. I appreciate this is an inconvenience but we must try to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

 

Mr Keen​

 

20-01-21

Fens Primary School - Risk Assessment for opening on Wednesday 20th January 2021 

Risk Assessment

11-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Unfortunately, owing to positive cases amongst non-teaching staff, and the need for school leaders to isolate, it will be necessary to close the school for a number of days as the school cannot be opened safely without senior staff trained to the required level of responsibility.

The school will close today, and will re-open on Wednesday 20th January. Your children do not need to isolate as they have not had contact with the personnel involved. Teaching staff will continue to work remotely from home and your children will have access to the work they would have been completing in school on our home learning platform ‘eSchools’.

We would ask that parents/carers start to collect their children as soon as possible, and staff will supervise children’s safe departure from school.

We apologise for this inconvenience, but the safety of your children has to take priority.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P Cornforth

(Headteacher)

 

06-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks to those parents/carers who have requested school places and provided evidence of key worker status. Having analysed numbers, we are now at the point where we will not be able to take any further requests for places as we have reached a point where to take any more children would reduce levels of safety for both children and staff. It may even be that in the cases of some of the later requests we have received, we might have to turn them down. In addition, it is imperative that our online provision is well managed, and staff are required to carry this out on a daily basis.

We would again like to reiterate that the taking up of a school place is a last resort for key workers, and we would urge you to keep your child at home if childcare is available. The virus is now highly virulent and we must be constantly vigilant about the health and safety of all in the school, so the lower the numbers in classrooms, the safer the environment. Please consider very carefully whether you absolutely need a place; if childcare is available at home for your child/children, please use it, and let us know your child will not be coming into school.

Many thanks,

Mr P Cornforth

 

05-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks for your support, patience and understanding as we enter the latest lockdown, and let’s hope that by the end of this one the country will be in a far better place.

Thanks to key worker parents who have supplied us with detailed evidence of their work situations; for those who have not yet provided evidence, if you could include your job title and place of work (as most parents have so far) it would be very helpful. Thank you.

Please can we remind you that in this lockdown situation (as back in March) school places are only to be taken up if and when absolutely needed. If there is an adult at home who can childmind, or if you are part of a childcare bubble, please don’t send your child to school; as you know, there is now an even more transmissible mutation of the virus causing an explosion of cases, so we must try to keep our numbers as low as possible to keep everyone as safe as possible. Many thanks to key worker parents who have already provided us with their work schedules which detail when their child/children will be in school, and when they don’t need to be – this, again, is extremely helpful to us.

Tomorrow, there will be lesson material for children to work on at home for each year group on our remote learning platform ‘eSchools’. It will be very important for children to complete this work, and to get into a routine of working school hours at home during this significant period of time, as we do not want any children falling behind through not engaging with their learning.

From this Monday, it is likely that we will make individual class bubbles into year group bubbles; this means that your child/children may not always be taught by their usual class teacher, as year group staff will need to work in tandem to ensure that all children (at home and in school) are catered for equally. While one teacher teaches the children who are in school, the other will prepare and upload lesson materials and resources for those children learning from home, and respond to children who may need assistance. The work children do at home will be the same as children will be doing in school, so all children are receiving the same curriculum. Mr Keen has provided some information on how to use the eSchools messaging service so that class and year group teachers can be contacted by children and parents, which is as follows:

If you wish to contact your child’s teacher directly, there is the option to message them via the Dashboard section in eSchools. If you click on ‘New Message’ and type your child’s teacher’s surname in the ‘To’ section, their contact details will appear. You can add a ‘Subject’ to your email such as ‘help with addition questions’ or ‘help with uploading homework’ and your child’s class teacher will get back in touch with you to help with the problem. Please use eSchools as the method of communication with your child’s class teacher as this is what we will be using for remote learning.

Breakfast and After-School Clubs will continue as normal during this lockdown for the children in school who usually access this service.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding through what will be another difficult period for everyone; but we will also stay positive about the future and keep on driving the children’s education.

Best wishes,

 

Mr P Cornforth and the staff at Fens

 

03-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

In the light of tonight’s announcement by the Prime Minister, from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) school will be closed to all pupils except those children whose parents are critical workers and those who are considered vulnerable.

The latest list of jobs/professions that qualify as critical workers and a list of criteria for what constitutes a vulnerable child can be found via either of the following links:

 

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

 

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Please do not send your child/children to school tomorrow unless you qualify as a critical worker as defined by the information text the links take you to, or unless your child is considered vulnerable as determined by the criteria in the same text. If you are able to provide evidence of your status as a critical worker tomorrow, it would be most helpful; otherwise, we would ask that this is provided to school by Wednesday at the latest. We are heartily sorry for the many inconveniences this latest development will inevitably cause.

We will be updating our lists this week, and we will let you know more information about the emerging situation as we have it, particularly regarding online learning.

Thank you and good wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 

03-01-21

Dear Parents and Carers,

'As things stand (and subject to any further government announcements this evening) school will be fully open tomorrow as planned (Monday 4th January).'

Many thanks,

Mr Cornforth

 

18-12-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you all have a Happy Christmas and that the new year, as it progresses, will see us moving back towards how we used to go about our lives.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding in difficult times, with many more rules to follow and guidance to abide by. Let us all hope that by this time next year the world’s current pandemic will be a memory and that we will have returned to something approaching normality.

In the meantime, please stay safe, keep well and look after each other.

Please be sure to have a great Christmas, and very hopeful New Year.

Best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens

 

Well done to our Breakfast Club Colouring Competition winners! Merry Christmas!

    

 

11-12-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

After twenty-two years at Fens Primary School, Mrs Wilkinson will be retiring at the end of this term, thus bringing the curtain down on a superb career from which countless children of Fens have benefited hugely.

Not only has she been a fantastic classroom teacher, but she also has led the school brilliantly in PE, and has expertly and determinedly guided the school to a position of excellence in the delivery of this subject, as evidenced by four consecutive gold mark achievements. Only the covid situation prevented her adding the coveted platinum award to her attainment roster, but what a wonderful legacy she leaves with the school well-placed to gain this accolade once we are through the current situation. She also founded and led our annual awards ceremony, which has become well-established over many years as a highly valued school event each summer, and which raised the profile of PE, sport, personal fitness, the value of the team ethic and sportsmanship within the school still further.

She has been a wonderful, supportive member of staff throughout her long career, well-liked and respected by children, staff, parents and governors alike, and we are sure that you would join us in thanking her for everything she has done for the school and the community of Fens, and wishing her a very happy retirement during which she enjoys a very well-earned rest and embarks upon a whole host of activities and endeavours that a busy working life doesn’t often allow us time for.

Thank you Mrs Wilkinson!

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens  

 

 

11-12-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

The purpose of this communication is to let you know what you need to do should your child test positive (and let us sincerely hope this does not happen) for Covid-19 in the days following the last day of term (Friday 18th December).

 

1) If your child tests positive for Covid-19 having developed symptoms within 48 hours of last being in school, it is very important that you contact the school on covid@fensprimary.co.uk, so that we can let their close contacts (their bubble, their teacher and TAs) know that they will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the point of last contact. This means the key days for symptoms developing are all of Saturday and most of Sunday (until early evening). It is likely that you would have the result of a Sunday test by Monday and a Monday test by Tuesday. As soon as you know the positive test result, you will need to contact the school using only the email address quoted above. School staff will be ‘on call’ to respond to communications, but only until 12 noon. Public Health England has agreed a six-day window after the final day of teaching for schools to remain contactable so that they can assist with contact-tracing where necessary, and the final day for any such communication will be Thursday 24th December (to allow for the return of a home test result which uses the postal service and takes longer), after which the contact window will end.

Please note: this email address is only for the communication of a child’s positive test result where symptoms have begun during the first weekend, and should not be used any later than 24th December.

 

2) Where a pupil tests positive for Covid-19 having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since last being in school, the school does not need to be contacted, and parents/carers should follow the instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 

3) It has been suggested by the government that schools make Friday 18th December a PD day where staff receive training online and work from home, but, of course, we have grouped all five of our PD days together in the week before Whit Week so that parents are able to book holidays during early summer at cheaper prices if they so wish, and this was communicated to you more than a year ago. To change this at a week’s notice would be extremely unfair to parents, and, of course, we have no intention of so doing. Equally, to give working parents one week’s notice of their child not being in school would be very unfair; it has been bad enough in situations which we cannot control, when bubbles have had to be sent home because of close contact with a positive case, so we will not add further difficulty where it can be avoided. In short, school will be open as usual on Friday 18th December, which will still be our Christmas Jumper Day.

 

4) To be absolutely certain that any text we might have to send out during the early part of the Christmas Holiday is received by all parents/carers who need to see it, we will carry out a text system test on Monday 14th December. Please watch out for a text which says ‘This is your text system test communication from Fens Primary School – if you have received this, then no further action is required’ which you should receive before 11am. If you do not receive this text, then please phone school as a matter of urgency, so that we can find out why you haven’t received it and correct the problem. Many thanks.

 

Finally, many thanks to all of you for your immediate communications when a family member has become symptomatic – this speed of contact is key to avoiding transmission, and is very much appreciated by the school. We’ll all have to maintain our vigilance and caution for some months to come, but at least now the vaccine roll-out has begun we can begin to hope for a return to something like normality during 2021.

 

Please have a safe, enjoyable and restful Christmas, and a much happier new year.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

27-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’d like to share some information about Christmas 2020. It is not going to be like previous years, unfortunately (but inevitably), and we would hope and expect next year’s to be business as usual, but for now we need to make some alterations whilst still trying to do what we can to make this time of year special.

So here goes:

 

Christmas Cards and Presents

We discussed this one at length as a staff and decided we did not want to stop this particular tradition, but we do need to change the usual practices:

  • Children can bring cards and presents (if they wish) to distribute to their friends, but only those in their own class (ie their own ‘bubble’). The giving of cards and gifts to adults (should parents and children wish to do so) needs to be restricted to only those adults who work directly with the class, ie the class teacher, TA and PPA cover member of staff, but no one outside their own ‘bubble’.
  • As we will need to quarantine the cards and gifts before their distribution (for a minimum of three days) we will need to ask that all cards and gifts are brought to school before the end of the second-last week of term, meaning that the deadline will be Friday 11th December.

 

Christmas Fun Day – Thursday 17th December

Our Christmas parties will not be able to happen in the usual manner this year, so instead each class will enjoy an afternoon of Christmas activities, games and competitions etc. in their own classrooms. Children can come to school in their party clothes for this day, but please make sure that their footwear is appropriate for when they go outside at playtime and lunchtime, and, of course, they will still need to come in their coats. We won’t be asking parents/carers to send in food this year; instead we will ask that you contribute £1 via ‘School Money’ (our secure online payment system) so that school can buy in what the children eat and drink and distribute it individually. More details will follow about making your financial contribution.

 

Christmas Shows

Christmas performances cannot happen this year, so our younger children will be preparing a covid-safe Nativity performance which will be created scene by scene and edited together, so that no two bubbles mix. Children will also be recording some carols out of doors using sign language, and these will be uploaded to our various platforms for you to view at home.

 

Christmas Jumper Day

As usual, we will make the last day of this term (Friday 18th December) a non-uniform day on which children can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper, t-shirt or outfit, if they wish to do so. This is a day established by the charity ‘Save the Children’, so if you wish to make a donation, please go direct to www.savethechildren.org.uk.

 

Key Dates - Reminders

Friday 18th December – last day of term

Mon 24th May – Fri 4th June: Whit fortnight

(our five PD Days plus Whit week)

Monday 4th January – school reopens

 

Monday 7th June – school reopens

Mon 15th Feb – Fri 19th Feb: half-term holiday

 

 

Tuesday 20th July – last day of Summer Term

Friday 26th March – last day of Spring Term

 

Mon 29th March – Fri 9th April: Easter Holiday

 

Monday 12th April – first day of Summer Term

 

Monday 3rd May – bank holiday

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr P Cornforth & all at Fens

 

13-11-20

Our Breakfast Club 'Pudsey Bear' Colouring Competition Winners!

     

11-11-20

Dear Parents & Carers,

We are looking for parent governors. If you are interested, please click the link below to download an information flyer which explains what you need to do.

Many thanks,

 

Mr Cornforth

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Parent Governor Information Flyer

10-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We intend to celebrate ‘Children in Need’ day (this Friday 13th November) with a non-uniform day, as we usually do. However, we won’t be collecting in cash donations from parents this year, given the present circumstances. If parents want to make a donation, please make it direct to Children in Need; the BBC usually advertises a number of ways of doing this, one of which is through the ‘Children in Need’ website, the address of which is www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

Once again, thanks to the vast majority of our parents and carers for their careful attention to our request for masks to be worn when dropping off and picking up their children. It’s great to see the commitment to keeping others as safe as possible, as well as ourselves, especially so in these times when the virus transmission is still high. It would be lovely if we can get to the point where everyone who drops off or picks up a child is wearing a mask, as every person who does so helps to make the rest of the community that bit safer.

Many thanks to you all.

04-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

As late Autumn is upon us and Winter approaches, the school field is now very wet and muddy as a result of the inclement weather. For this reason, from tomorrow (Thursday 5th November) we will no longer be allowing parents/carers who have children in both key stages to cross the field between the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two yards at pick-up and drop-off times. Parents/carers will need to exit each yard and make their way to the other yard around the outside of the school. Please do not worry about being a little late with/for one (or more) of the children in your care; no child will be left unattended and staff will wait for you where needed. We would appreciate it if parents could inform grandparents (or other relatives) or childminders who pick up and drop off children about this change.

Many thanks.

In addition, we would like to thank you for your continued attention to social distancing and the details of our drop-off and pick-up systems; they are largely working well. It has, however, come to our attention that clusters of children and parents are gathering in the areas in front of the Key Stage Two gates during the morning drop-off without queuing and reasonable distancing. We would like you to assist us in ensuring that a civilised, reasonably distanced queuing system is maintained at the start of the school day before the school gates are opened. Again, please ensure that other relatives and childminders who drop off and pick up are informed about this point.

Once again, many thanks for your attention to this issue.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

23-10-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is just a note to let you know about some further changes to the morning drop-off in the Key Stage One playground, which we hope will bring about some added improvements to the system.

 

From Monday 2nd November (the first day back after the half-term holiday) we would like to put the following in place:

 

  • Mrs Carey’s Y2 class will now enter straight into her classroom (the Heron Room) and will no longer need to enter through the playground gate. After dropping off, parents should exit the school grounds by continuing round the rope and cones, going through the gap in front of the gate, and walk out using the left hand channel. Parents/carers who also have Y1 children will need to continue through the gate into the playground to drop them off (see Y1 bullets below). Staff will be around to help out the first time we try this. Please note that Mrs Carey will not be able to talk to parents at this point as this would create a hold-up and potential bottleneck.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class, Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 class and Ms Pearson’s Y1 class will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you progress towards the school entrances.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class will enter school straight away through the Bousfield Suite fire door at the end of the Bousfield building. After dropping off, parents should continue round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 children will need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building. The children will continue to the left of the cones and enter the school through the door adjacent to Mrs Atkinson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Ms Pearson’s Y1 children will also need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building, and will continue to the right of the cones, entering school through the door near Ms Pearson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.

 

  • The parents/carers of Reception children will need to queue at the designated queuing point (which will be marked with a sign post) outside the school (Mowbray Road), keeping close to the perimeter fence and maintaining social distance (2 metres) whilst in the queue. Please avoid arriving at the queuing point until just before 9am, and please do not queue inside the school grounds near the Heron Room – we must avoid congestion for the new system to work. At 9am the reception classes will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you walk alongside the Bousfield Suite building.  

Once at the corner of the Bousfield Suite:

  • Mrs Connor’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the left of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Connor’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs McCarroll’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the right of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Atkinson’s room, from where they will progress to Mrs McCarroll’s classroom. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.

 

To be clear, all KS1 and Early Years children (apart from Mrs Carey’s Y2 children) need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield building, and parents/carers should then immediately proceed out of the school grounds. It is not intended that parents should accompany their children to the school doors, and staff won’t be able to talk at this point as this would hold up the flow and potentially create a bottleneck.

 

Please also note that the reception queuing point is only for reception parents after 8.55am, and that masks need to be worn wherever parents/carers are queuing or waiting.

 

Staff will be around to assist parents and carers with these changes as they will no doubt take two or three days to get used to.

 

  • There will also be a new queuing system outside the nursery building for parents/carers of nursery children. We will create a snake system with cones and rope to make better use of the nursery space; this should avoid the nursery queue spilling out to where R, Y1 and Y2 children and parents/carers are walking into the school.

When nursery parents/carers have dropped off their children, please turn to the left when exiting through the nursery gate and walk around the one-way system, turning right before the playground gate and exiting by the left hand channel.

 

Many thanks for your attention to, and patience with, these changes; we do hope they bring about the expected improvements to the system.

To sum up, many thanks for all your messages of support and thanks this half term – they do go a long way and are very much appreciated by all our staff, especially in the circumstances we’re all currently living through.

Please have an excellent half term holiday, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of staff of the school. Given that the person in question was not in the school setting when becoming symptomatic, and has not been in school for a number of days, we would like to reassure you that there is no impact on the wider school community. Therefore, all pupils and staff do not need to make any changes to their usual routine, including school attendance. This decision follows a full risk assessment carried out in consultation with Public Health England this morning.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further information

Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely,

Peter Cornforth

Headteacher

12-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Parental consultations will take place over the course of next week by phone, as clearly we cannot have face-to-face discussions in this current period of time.

Tomorrow you will receive a link by text which will take you to the site where you can book your phone appointment.

 

Please note: Mr Keen will not be available for the consultations next week as he will be on paternity leave by then, so please do not make an appointment on his class grid unless your child is taught English and Maths by Mr Collinson, in which case book your appointment and Mr Collinson will phone you at your chosen time.

Mr Keen will contact parents of the rest of his class on his return to school to organise his consultations.

 

Many thanks.

09-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks for your excellent response to our request to wear masks when dropping off and picking up. The need to wear masks at these times is growing ever more important with infection rates doubling on a weekly basis, and to make this even more effective, we would like to ask that you wear your masks while queuing in the street before entering the school grounds (or while waiting outside of nursery). Thank you for your attention to this – we need to do all we can to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible.

Another thing that would help at drop-off time in key stage one is if parents of reception children arrive as close to 9am as possible, rather than ten minutes early. This is to reduce the numbers of people waiting outside school in the minutes leading up to nine o’clock by avoiding an overlap of reception parents with parents of Y1 and Y2 children. Again, many thanks for your attention to this point.

Earlier in the term parents were issued with letters about the flu vaccination programme for schools. There has been an excellent response to this from parents, with a record uptake already. Our vaccination date is next Friday 16th October, and it is not too late for parents to return their slips to school if they have not done so already and wish their child to be vaccinated. If anyone has mislaid their form, please contact the school office for a replacement.

Have a safe and pleasant weekend,

Mr P Cornforth

 

 

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08-10-20

Dear Parents, 

I wanted to make you aware that one of our Year 6 pupils has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our rigorous safety procedures and in consultation with Public Health England, the pupil is self-isolating at home and so too are the other pupils in their ‘bubble’. All of their parents are aware of the situation.

None of the other pupils in the year group or in the rest of the school are affected and the school continues to function normally and safely, however, we will continue to monitor the situation closely in conjunction with Public Health England. As always, the wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents remains our highest priority.

Kind regards,

Peter Cornforth

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23-09-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please click below to download a letter from Public Health England (PHE) regarding COVID-19 symptoms.

Many thanks.

PHE Letter 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You must:

  • Keep your child off school for 10 days or until symptoms have resolved
  • Tell the school your child has symptoms as soon as possible
  • Arrange to have your child tested
  • Tell the school that the test has been booked
  • Tell the school the result as soon as you receive it
  • Follow advice from the school on when your child can return

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18-09-20

Dear Parent/Carers,

Many thanks for your continued support and assistance in making drop-off and pick-up times as safe as we can.

We do keep on reviewing the systems and looking for ways to tweak additional improvements, so we’d like to share one or two changes we would like to put in place from this coming Monday (21st September).

1) In Key Stage One, we are going to change the one-way system from anti-clockwise to clockwise. We would like parents/carers to enter the school grounds on the left hand side of the path, and make your way around the chairs in a clockwise direction. At the narrow gate, please operate a ‘one-in, one-out’ courtesy system to avoid clustering at this pinch-point, and leave the school grounds keeping to the left. We’ll set up cones to make the entry and exit paths clear.

2) Given the current critical nature of the virus spread, we think that it would be sensible for parents and carers to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up (including whilst waiting in queues outside the school grounds). We all need to do anything we can to stop the virus spreading further. We thank you in advance for your compliance with this request.

3) Please try to avoid clustering together in groups to chat, which may block pathways and make social distancing difficult. We need people to be able to keep moving freely and maintain a reasonable distance from each other.

Once again, many thanks for your understanding and support, and for your attention to the above changes.

Have a pleasant and safe weekend.

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Fens Primary School - Risk Assessment for full reopening on Tuesday 1st September

Risk Assessment 

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14-07-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thankfully, schools will finally be able to welcome back into school all their children, as you will know by now, from September 1st, and we would like to share with you our plans to do so as safely as possible.

A key part of the return for all children is the continuation of the ‘bubble’ idea, which was central to our wider reopening in June. The social ‘bubbles’ in Fens during this latest period have contained a maximum of ten children in order to ensure that two metres of social distancing could be maintained in the classroom. The ‘bubbles’ now have to be rather larger, as we are welcoming back around 470 children, so each whole class of children will now be considered a ‘bubble’. Contact between these groups of children has to be avoided, as far as possible, so children will only spend time in school with members of their class.

Within the classroom, children will not be organised in groups where they face each other; they will be in rows facing forwards, though clearly in classes of thirty or nearly thirty, two metres of social distancing will no longer be possible. What is important is that contact between children from different groups is minimised, as far as possible. Early years classrooms will not have the same organisation as those of older children, but their classes will still be bubbles that will not be able to have contact with other bubbles.

Children will not go into each other’s classrooms, and resources will, as far as possible, be kept within each classroom and will not be shared between groups. Where resources have to be used across groups, they will be thoroughly cleaned between uses.

The government guidance on the full reopening of schools, on which we have based our planning, can be found via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Organisational Measures for September 

Health and Hygiene

· This seems an obvious one, but it is imperative that anyone, be they child or adult, who is unwell with any of the coronavirus symptoms (high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) does not come into school. School has set up a system for dealing with situations should children begin to develop symptoms whilst in school, but, in short, parents will be called and the child taken home. The expectation will then be that the child is tested as soon as is practicable, and the results shared with school.

· There has been a very thorough handwashing and sanitising regime in school during the past few months, and this will continue, and the importance of this must now be hard-wired into the mindsets of the whole school community. Hand sanitisers were installed in school in the weeks before lockdown, and we now have twelve sanitising stations around school, so that children can sanitise on entry to and exit from school, and before and after lunch. Regular and thorough handwashing will be an essential part of everyday school life for the foreseeable future.

· Each bubble will have a plentiful supply of tissues so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to good respiratory hygiene can continue to be promoted.

· We have had, and will continue to have, an enhanced cleaning system. The LA cleaning service has been giving school a mid-day clean, so that toilets and frequently touched surfaces receive additional cleaning, and each classroom has COSHH – labelled disinfectant spray, cloths and sanitising wipes to ensure that surfaces and objects can be cleaned regularly, as far as is possible.

Class Bubbles

·  As stated above, children will be grouped into class bubbles, which will not, as far as possible, come into contact with other bubbles. Y6 always has a third curriculum support group, which contains children from both Y6 classes, but this group only contains twelve children, so in their teaching room they will be able to sit at a greater distance away from each other, and the children from the two classes can be kept well apart, thus avoiding contact between bubbles.

·   Breakfast Club and After-School Club will both return, but with organisational changes. As children from different bubbles attend these clubs, we will need to set out the main hall to ensure that children sit only with those from their own bubble, and that inter-bubble contact is avoided.

Arrangements for the start and end of the school day

Key Stage Two

 

·  It has been possible, and will continue to be so, to create a one-way system in the Key Stage Two yard, so that children can be dropped off by one parent (we need to keep numbers of parents on the yard as low as possible), who can then make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit. This will minimise contact between parents on the yard, and we will still be expecting all who enter the school grounds to maintain their social distancing practice of two metres. We would ask that parents do not wait around after dropping their children off, and make their way straight out through the car park.

·  As we have a one-way system, with different entrance and exit points, we don’t think we will need to stagger the start of the day for KS2 children, so year groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be able to come to school at the usual time of 8.45am. The end of the school day has added complications, however, largely to do with handing children over to a parent safely. Therefore, we will be asking that children in years 3 and 4 are picked up at 3.05pm, and children in years 5 and 6 at the usual time of 3.20pm. This will mean that the process of leaving school can be carried out safely and efficiently.

 

Key Stage One

 

· The start of the day for Key Stage One children will need to be staggered because parents enter and exit at the same point. There is a circular one-way system in use currently, but parents are required to be mindful of social distancing at the gates, and this will need to continue. As for KS2, we will ask that only one parent drops their child off, in order to minimise numbers on the yard (though we will make an exception in the first week for parents of new reception starters and for when new nursery children start). During the first week back (commencing on Tuesday 1st September) the Reception children will not be starting their day until 9.15am. Thereafter, Reception classes will be asked to come in at 9am, and Y1 and Y2 classes will be able to come in at 8.45am, the usual drop-off time. This will reduce the numbers on the yard, and facilitate a safer process. Again, please be mindful of the need to keep your distance from each other, especially at the gate areas, and please note that this year reception parents will unfortunately not be able to accompany their children into the school building.

·  The end of the school day will also need to be staggered for Key Stage One. During the first week Reception children are part time, so will have gone home in the middle of the day. Y1 children will need to be picked up at 3.10pm, and Y2 at 3.20pm.

From the second week onwards the pick-up times will be:

Reception: 3.00pm

Y1: 3.10pm

Y2: 3.20pm

 

Nursery

·   Nursery times will operate as usual (morning: 8.50 – 11.50am, afternoon 12.25 – 3.25pm), but unfortunately it will not be possible to invite parents into the building for the foreseeable future.

 

Staggered break times, lunch times and toilet times

 

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s year-group teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble (as happens currently) will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will continue to need a longer lunch ‘hour’ with what, in effect, will be four year-group ‘sittings’ in the KS2 hall, and three in KS1, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for smaller numbers of children than usual in the hall at any one time, and will help to maintain social distancing between bubbles. The lunch period is likely to require around two hours to complete, but each class will only have one hour for their lunch and outdoor time. This means that each year group’s mornings will end and afternoons will start at different times. In addition, this also means that at no point will all the children of the school be outside, thus helping to avoid bubble contact. As with playtime, year-group members of staff will supervise bubbles.

·  We will continue to timetable frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than three children in the toilets at once. Children will be expected to wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet (for at least 20 seconds) and also dry them

thoroughly.

·  As stated earlier, toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

Other points

 

·  We will continue to operate the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in, labelled with your child’s name). Children will not be refilling their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs have been made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and refill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required.

·  We wish to continue to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to continue to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason, we set up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children). The wildlife garden stairs have been, and will continue to be, the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. There are two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and arrows and signs are set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we have not been able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers continue to drop off their KS1 child first, followed by their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Thanks again to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will, unfortunately, need to continue to be the case in September.

·  From 1st September school meals will remain at £2.05 per day, £10.25 per week, with payments due on the first day of each week.

Breakfast and After School Clubs

As stated earlier, Breakfast and After School Clubs will be reinstated from Tuesday 1st September with a few necessary changes. We mentioned the organisation of the hall to ensure that bubbles are distanced; we will also need to move the drop-off and pick-up point from the Heron Centre entrance to the main school entrance. Please note that payments will also need to begin again in September.

We are all hoping for a positive, productive and, above all, undisrupted year. Staff were devastated to have their year with their current classes diminished because of Covid-19, but are excited to start work with their new classes, and begin to drive forward children’s education again in the classroom, with full classes of children. We will be very mindful that many children may be anxious about the process of returning to school after a long time away, and staff will be ready to support and encourage them through what could initially be a difficult return process. However, we don’t think it will take too long for them to get back used to school life again.

Once again, please continue to stay safe, keep healthy and keep on observing your social distancing. Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to having our whole community back on 1st September.

Very best wishes,

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

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Staffing 2020/2021

Year Group

New Teacher

Previous Teacher

Support Staff

Nursery

Mrs Martin

 

Mrs Musgrove

Mrs Metcalf

Reception

Mrs Connor

Mrs Keen

Mrs Stead

Reception

Mrs McCarroll

Mrs Keen

Miss Grainger

Year 1

Mrs Atkinson

Mrs McCarroll

Mrs Riley

Year 1

Miss Pearson

Mrs Connor

Mrs Harlow

Year 2

Mrs Robinson

Mrs Atkinson

Mrs Hillyer

Year 2

Mrs Carey

Miss Pearson

Mrs Hillyer

Year 3

Mrs Wilkinson

Mrs Carey

Miss Clark

Year 3

Mrs Sibly

Mrs Robinson

Mrs Wood

Year 4

Ms Low

Miss Taylor

Mrs Stirk

Year 4

Mr Birtwistle

Mrs Wilkinson

Ms Thompson

Year 5

Mr Johnson

Ms Low

Mrs Hull

Year 5

Mrs Todd

Mr Birtwistle

Mrs Pickering/Mrs Morton

Year 6

Mr Keen

Miss Calvert

 

Year 6

Mr Bryson

Mr Johnson

 

Year 6

Mr Collinson

 

 

 

 

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02-07-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

During the summer holidays the school will begin its much-needed three-phased major whole-school re-wiring project. This is a big job, and the first phase will take up pretty much all of the summer.

The work teams need to be in school from Monday 20th July in order to ensure the work is completed before our full re-opening on September 1st (we cannot and will not countenance the slightest delay) and there will have to be considerable clearance of rooms for the work to go ahead.

For the aforementioned reasons, school will need to close for the end of term to all children on Wednesday 15th July. This will allow the staff two days to prepare rooms for re-wiring, and to re-organise the rest of the school, which is currently set up in ‘small-bubble, socially-distanced’ mode, in readiness for welcoming back the whole school. We do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

 Staff will need to come back to school for two days during the last week of their holidays to restore order to the key stage two classrooms so that all children can enjoy a return to what we desperately hope will be something a little more like normal school experience.

 In summary, then, school will close to all children for the summer holidays at 3.20pm on Wednesday 15th July and will reopen for all children on Tuesday 1st September.

 On another point, owing to the fact that there has been a rise in the number of key workers requiring places for their children, we will not be able to take in any Reception children, as had been our hope, for the last week of term, as our capacity has been reached. Again, we apologise for disappointing some of our parents and children.

 Many thanks for your kind words and messages of support through what has been a difficult period for all of us in the community. We really do hope for a profitable, purposeful and undisrupted school year in 2020-21.

 Best wishes and have a safe, healthy and happy summer,

 Mr Cornforth and all the staff at Fens Primary School

 (PS Please watch out for a communication regarding September organisation; we expect information to be forthcoming from the DFE today about what we will have to do, so we will let you know about school arrangements by the end of term.)

 

 

 

 17.06.20

 

Hello Parents and Children,

 

We have set up a new emailing system so that you can now have contact with school regarding issues related to school work (eg work on our website, TT Rock Stars etc.). It may be that you would like to ask a question or seek clarification on any aspect of work that may have been proving difficult, and this is a facility which will enable this to happen.

 

The email system is only for such educational communications, and any other sorts of issue should be communicated with the school office by phoning our office staff (as usual), who will then direct you to the appropriate member of staff.

 

Please only make use of this facility during the hours of 9am and 3pm. Any communications outside these hours will not be dealt with until the following day, and any communications over a weekend will not be looked at until Monday.

 

Parents/carers will soon receive a text message from school communicating the email address for your year group, so keep a look out for this and then you can start to send emails to your class teacher.

 

We hope you find this a valuable and useful facility for staying in touch with your teacher(s) and maintaining your work momentum and motivation during what continues to be a difficult time for everyone.

 Keep well and stay safe everyone!

 Best wishes from all at Fens Primary School.


 

 

05-06-20

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

We would like to update you on some new developments that will take place across all schools in Hartlepool.

Each of our children’s journeys through education, from primary to secondary, is our key priority and we are always looking to improve that journey.

We have been working closely with all Hartlepool schools to think about how we can best support all children in their transition to secondary school. Together we have developed a new process to share information so that we can ensure that the right support is available to your child from the moment they start their new school. One of the ways that we can help with this transition is to ensure that the secondary school is in a position, at the start of term, to support your child in all the ways we did in primary school.  This can only happen if the secondary school is aware of the information held by us.

As you will know from our Privacy Notice on our website, we are legally required to transfer information as described in The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005. However, this year, using the new processes, we are hoping to share additional information (if we hold it) with your child’s secondary school, such as your child’s:

·                     Learning style

·                     Social & emotional development and behaviour

·                     Punctuality

·                     Early Help/Social Care involvement

·                     Child and family circumstances

·                     Home to School Partnership arrangements

·                     Friendship groups.

 

The above information will be shared to highlight any areas of strength as well as areas that your child may need support. If necessary additional conversations will be held to ensure your child’s needs are met in their new school. 

Under normal circumstances, we would have discussed this with you in person and involved you in the transition process, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has not been possible.  We would, therefore, ask that if you have any concerns about us transferring this additional information to your child’s secondary school then please contact the school on 01429 870405 before 10-06-20.

Yours sincerely,

Fens Primary School and HBC

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

04-06-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and keep well, and we thank you for your patience and support in these difficult circumstances.

Since my last letter, the government have gone ahead with 1st June as their preferred opening date, and some schools around the country have returned. As you will know, the ‘R’ rate is still high in the north-east, and we have said that the safety of children and staff is central to our thinking and planning regarding reopening. For this reason, we have decided to defer the beginning of our phased reopening until Monday 15th June (in line with a number of local authorities around the country and a number of other Hartlepool schools), and this will be a very cautiously managed process.

Many thanks to parents/carers of Y6, Y1 and Reception children for emailing us their intention regarding whether or not they would be sending their children back to school on reopening. As stated in the previous letter, we have taken non-returns as a signal that those parents will not be sending their children back to school before the summer holiday. This information, and the numbers we have collated on who will be returning, is crucial to our ability to plan effectively.

An important central feature of the government's guidance for the reopening of schools is the creation of a number of small groups of children in school called 'social bubbles'. The size of each bubble is dictated by the number of children that can be situated within a classroom whilst still maintaining a social distance of two metres between each child. In our school, the maximum number of children that we feel can be kept safe within a classroom is 10, well short of the 15 suggested by the government documents. In addition to this, each social bubble will need to be managed and taught by the same group of staff.

When more children return, it is likely that each bubble will be managed by two members of staff, because these teachers and TAs will need to be with their 'bubble' all through the day, including lunchtimes and breaktimes, so two people are needed to allow for staff breaks and lunchtime breaks to be adequately managed. The effect of having to use such a system is that our capacity will be greatly reduced, and once we have reached that capacity, we will no longer be able to admit further children. Therefore, we will have to give priority to the children of key workers, vulnerable children and the children of parents who returned their intention email by 22nd May, should there be a growth in demand beyond currently expected numbers.

Each bubble is likely to contain children from both year group classes, and the membership of each bubble will remain the same for the remainder of the term. Also, as stated in the previous letter, there is no guarantee that children will be taught by their original class teacher given the restrictions that the social bubble system, with its small group sizes, creates for us. Children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will also be organised into social bubbles from 15th June as numbers in school begin to increase, as the system needs to apply throughout the school. Y6 children who have been in school during lockdown will move into a Y6 bubble from 15th June.

Our intended reopening sequence is to begin with a part time return for Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) of two days per Y6 group (or ‘bubble’) for the week beginning 15-06-20. We feel that Y6 will be the safest option for children and staff as the older children are more able to observe the rules of social distancing. School staff will contact the parents of the returning Y6 children very soon and let them know which group/bubble they are in, and which days they will come into school during their first week back.

The following week, wb 22-06-20, Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) will come into school full time. From wb 29-06-20 we expect to be able to start bringing back children in Y1 (whose parents responded to our email), firstly part time, and then full time from wb 06-07-20. School staff will contact parents to inform them about groupings and other arrangements in due course. From wb 13-07-20 we hope to be able to bring in the children from Reception whose parents informed us of their wish for their children to return. Again, Reception parents will hear from school staff nearer the time.

At this point in time, owing to the demands of the social bubble system and the limits it puts on the number of children we can have in school, it seems highly unlikely that year groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and nursery will be able to return before the summer holidays. We will be looking very closely at the materials for their home learning, along with the home learning of Y6, Y1 and Reception children who will continue at home during the current period of the outbreak, and will contact you presently.

In summary:

Wb 15-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y6 group 1.  Thursday and Friday: Y6 groups 2 & 3

Wb 22-06-20: Y6 groups 1, 2 and 3 full time

Wb 29-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y1 group 1. Thursday and Friday: Y1 group 2

Wb 06-07-20: Y1 groups 1 and 2 in full time

Wb 13-07-20: Reception children return if possible

It must be said that this planning all comes with the proviso that it is very much dependent on the local experience of the viral spread, and infection rates continuing to get lower.

Measures we have taken to prepare school for reopening:

Classrooms:

·  As well as being 2 metres apart, children will also all be facing in the same direction, towards the whiteboard during lessons. To free up space, a good deal of furniture is being removed and stored elsewhere, and many soft and difficult to clean items will also be removed. Each child will have their own set of equipment which will stay on their desk all day, and never be shared with another child.

·  Each bubble will remain in their own classroom and will not go into classrooms and areas designated for other children.

·  During playtimes children will need to continue to be socially distanced, with no interaction between bubbles, and with each bubble in a designated area of the yard or field. One member of the bubble’s staff team will need to supervise them.

·  We will continue with the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in). Children should not fill their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs will be made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and fill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required. Children will not do the filling themselves, and should not touch the jug at all.

·  Windows will be kept open as long as the room is in use and only closed when the children have gone; this is because it is more difficult to catch the virus with a healthy air flow. Doors will also be kept open to further encourage air flow.

·  Each classroom will have COSHH - labelled disinfectant spray, so that staff can maintain a regular surface cleaning regime as far as is possible, and we will ensure that a good supply of soap is available for classrooms to allow regular handwashing by children and staff.

·  We will try to put a limit on the periods of time we remain in the classroom space, and we will continue to use the outdoors as far as we can, as we know that the disease spreads less well outside. This does depend on the weather, however, and some learning relies on the classroom environment in order to be effective.

 

Social distancing for parents and children during drop-off and pick up times

·  We will be creating designated waiting areas on each yard for parents and children. There will be one for each social bubble in order to minimise the risk of interaction between members of different bubbles, and each adult and child must be sure to maintain a two-metre distance from other parents and children.

·  Whilst we understand that some Y6 children currently walk to school on their own, from 15th June we will expect one parent to accompany their child to school, and pick them up afterwards (we are saying one adult only to keep the yard numbers down). This is to support the social distancing rule and to discourage groups of children from coming together before and after school, which might cause interaction between children from different bubbles, and which this system seeks to avoid. We thank you in advance for your attention to this point.

·  In the KS2 yard, we would like parents to enter by the usual gate, but to make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit to Catcote Road, which we will open for this purpose (please note that this is not to be used to gain entry to the yard). This way, parents will not be returning through the front gates and potentially passing close by other parents walking in the opposite direction. The same will apply at the end of the day, with parents waiting in their designated ‘bubble’ area, and leaving school with their child via the KS2 car park.

·  In the KS1 yard we aim to create a one-way system, marked by tape, also using two-metre measures, so that parents bring their children whilst maintaining their social distance, walk close to the Heron and Bousfield buildings and wait in designated areas related to social bubbles, as for KS2. Once they have dropped off their child, they will need to walk back using the directions marked by tape, and maintain their two-metre distance from other parents, especially at the gates, where particular care will need to be taken.

·  At the end of the day, children will be taken out (with two metres of distance between them) in their bubbles and ‘handed’, in an orderly fashion, to their parent/carer, and parent/carer and child will then leave the premises in the ways detailed above.

·  We will be staggering the start of the day for different groups from 15th June. The children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will come to school at 8.45am and leave at 3.20pm (usual start and end times). In order to avoid too many children arriving at, and leaving from, school at once, we will be asking parents/carers to bring their Y6 and Y1 children to school at 9am, and to pick them up at 3pm.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we will no longer be able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers drop off their KS1 child first, then their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Please remember to check that your child is in good health before bringing them to school. If they seem unwell, have a temperature or any other symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them away from school and seek medical advice as advised by the government website.

·  Thanks to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will need to continue for the present time until transmission rates have been driven right down.

 

Toileting, Hand Washing and Sanitising

·  We will ‘timetable’ frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than one or two children in the toilets at once. They will then wash their hands thoroughly for at least half a minute and return to the line. Toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

·  We will be keeping up the handwashing and hand sanitising regime very conscientiously – we know that this has been a strong message throughout the pandemic, and for very good reasons – so this must be built into the mindset of the children. Another batch of sanitiser dispensers has been purchased, and these have been installed in key positions, so that children can sanitise on the way out and on their way back into school, for example, and on entry to the dining hall.

·  We are ensuring that there is a supply of tissues for each bubble, so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ regime can be strictly followed by everyone.

 

Movement Around School

·  We would wish to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason we are setting up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children), and the wildlife garden stairs will be the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. We will put two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and have arrows and signs set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

 

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble, as mentioned earlier, will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will need a longer lunch hour with what, in effect, will be two ‘sittings’, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for fewer numbers of children in the hall at any one time, and will maintain the children’s social distances. At the moment, 11.30 – 1.00pm will be the timescale, with sitting 1 spanning 11.30 until 12.10, and sitting 2 from 12.20 to 1.00pm, 10 minutes being allowed in between for the cleaning. We thought it would be good to try to keep to cooked meals, at least in the first instance, but later on with more children in school, we may have to reconsider. Children will continue to be supervised by staff within their own bubble, as far as possible.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

·  Unfortunately, owing to the need to keep children within a single social bubble in school, we will have to suspend our Breakfast and After School Clubs from the 15th June, until we reach a time when we are able to move away from the bubble system. The clubs will continue until Friday 12th June before temporarily closing. Many apologies to those who use and support this facility; we do this with great disappointment, but have no choice because these clubs contain children from different bubbles, who must not interact for the safety reasons detailed in the text above. We will get these clubs up and running again just as soon as we can.

 

Staying safe at all times

·  To minimise the risk to other children in school, please do ensure that your children continue to follow government advice on social distancing when out of school; please do not put the school in a position where access to school has to be refused for a child where it has come to our attention that social distancing guidelines have been ignored. We cannot afford to jeopardise the safety and wellbeing of children and staff in the school.

 

As you can see, there is a lot of information that you need to know, and there will probably be further things that we need to contact you about or tell you about before 15th June arrives. We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make the school as safe an environment as it is possible to be in the current circumstances, and we hope this letter gives you some idea about the steps we are taking.  We are also, as you will be, looking forward to a time which is rather more normal than the one we are currently living through. Until then, we will continue to endeavour to make the school experience both a safe one and a purposeful one for the children present in school and the children working at home.

 

Please all stay safe, observe careful social distancing, keep healthy in both body and mind, and take care of each other.

 

Very best wishes,

 

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

05-06-20

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to update you on some new developments that will take place across all schools in Hartlepool.

Each of our children’s journeys through education, from primary to secondary, is our key priority and we are always looking to improve that journey.

We have been working closely with all Hartlepool schools to think about how we can best support all children in their transition to secondary school. Together we have developed a new process to share information so that we can ensure that the right support is available to your child from the moment they start their new school. One of the ways that we can help with this transition is to ensure that the secondary school is in a position, at the start of term, to support your child in all the ways we did in primary school.  This can only happen if the secondary school is aware of the information held by us.

As you will know from our Privacy Notice on our website, we are legally required to transfer information as described in The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005. However, this year, using the new processes, we are hoping to share additional information (if we hold it) with your child’s secondary school, such as your child’s:

·                     Learning style

·                     Social & emotional development and behaviour

·                     Punctuality

·                     Early Help/Social Care involvement

·                     Child and family circumstances

·                     Home to School Partnership arrangements

·                     Friendship groups.

 

The above information will be shared to highlight any areas of strength as well as areas that your child may need support. If necessary additional conversations will be held to ensure your child’s needs are met in their new school. 

Under normal circumstances, we would have discussed this with you in person and involved you in the transition process, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has not been possible.  We would, therefore, ask that if you have any concerns about us transferring this additional information to your child’s secondary school then please contact the school on 01429 870405 before 10-06-20.

Yours sincerely,

Fens Primary School and HBC

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

04-06-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and keep well, and we thank you for your patience and support in these difficult circumstances.

Since my last letter, the government have gone ahead with 1st June as their preferred opening date, and some schools around the country have returned. As you will know, the ‘R’ rate is still high in the north-east, and we have said that the safety of children and staff is central to our thinking and planning regarding reopening. For this reason, we have decided to defer the beginning of our phased reopening until Monday 15th June (in line with a number of local authorities around the country and a number of other Hartlepool schools), and this will be a very cautiously managed process.

Many thanks to parents/carers of Y6, Y1 and Reception children for emailing us their intention regarding whether or not they would be sending their children back to school on reopening. As stated in the previous letter, we have taken non-returns as a signal that those parents will not be sending their children back to school before the summer holiday. This information, and the numbers we have collated on who will be returning, is crucial to our ability to plan effectively.

An important central feature of the government's guidance for the reopening of schools is the creation of a number of small groups of children in school called 'social bubbles'. The size of each bubble is dictated by the number of children that can be situated within a classroom whilst still maintaining a social distance of two metres between each child. In our school, the maximum number of children that we feel can be kept safe within a classroom is 10, well short of the 15 suggested by the government documents. In addition to this, each social bubble will need to be managed and taught by the same group of staff.

When more children return, it is likely that each bubble will be managed by two members of staff, because these teachers and TAs will need to be with their 'bubble' all through the day, including lunchtimes and breaktimes, so two people are needed to allow for staff breaks and lunchtime breaks to be adequately managed. The effect of having to use such a system is that our capacity will be greatly reduced, and once we have reached that capacity, we will no longer be able to admit further children. Therefore, we will have to give priority to the children of key workers, vulnerable children and the children of parents who returned their intention email by 22nd May, should there be a growth in demand beyond currently expected numbers.

Each bubble is likely to contain children from both year group classes, and the membership of each bubble will remain the same for the remainder of the term. Also, as stated in the previous letter, there is no guarantee that children will be taught by their original class teacher given the restrictions that the social bubble system, with its small group sizes, creates for us. Children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will also be organised into social bubbles from 15th June as numbers in school begin to increase, as the system needs to apply throughout the school. Y6 children who have been in school during lockdown will move into a Y6 bubble from 15th June.

Our intended reopening sequence is to begin with a part time return for Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) of two days per Y6 group (or ‘bubble’) for the week beginning 15-06-20. We feel that Y6 will be the safest option for children and staff as the older children are more able to observe the rules of social distancing. School staff will contact the parents of the returning Y6 children very soon and let them know which group/bubble they are in, and which days they will come into school during their first week back.

The following week, wb 22-06-20, Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) will come into school full time. From wb 29-06-20 we expect to be able to start bringing back children in Y1 (whose parents responded to our email), firstly part time, and then full time from wb 06-07-20. School staff will contact parents to inform them about groupings and other arrangements in due course. From wb 13-07-20 we hope to be able to bring in the children from Reception whose parents informed us of their wish for their children to return. Again, Reception parents will hear from school staff nearer the time.

At this point in time, owing to the demands of the social bubble system and the limits it puts on the number of children we can have in school, it seems highly unlikely that year groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and nursery will be able to return before the summer holidays. We will be looking very closely at the materials for their home learning, along with the home learning of Y6, Y1 and Reception children who will continue at home during the current period of the outbreak, and will contact you presently.

In summary:

Wb 15-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y6 group 1.  Thursday and Friday: Y6 groups 2 & 3

Wb 22-06-20: Y6 groups 1, 2 and 3 full time

Wb 29-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y1 group 1. Thursday and Friday: Y1 group 2

Wb 06-07-20: Y1 groups 1 and 2 in full time

Wb 13-07-20: Reception children return if possible

It must be said that this planning all comes with the proviso that it is very much dependent on the local experience of the viral spread, and infection rates continuing to get lower.

Measures we have taken to prepare school for reopening:

Classrooms:

·  As well as being 2 metres apart, children will also all be facing in the same direction, towards the whiteboard during lessons. To free up space, a good deal of furniture is being removed and stored elsewhere, and many soft and difficult to clean items will also be removed. Each child will have their own set of equipment which will stay on their desk all day, and never be shared with another child.

·  Each bubble will remain in their own classroom and will not go into classrooms and areas designated for other children.

·  During playtimes children will need to continue to be socially distanced, with no interaction between bubbles, and with each bubble in a designated area of the yard or field. One member of the bubble’s staff team will need to supervise them.

·  We will continue with the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in). Children should not fill their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs will be made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and fill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required. Children will not do the filling themselves, and should not touch the jug at all.

·  Windows will be kept open as long as the room is in use and only closed when the children have gone; this is because it is more difficult to catch the virus with a healthy air flow. Doors will also be kept open to further encourage air flow.

·  Each classroom will have COSHH - labelled disinfectant spray, so that staff can maintain a regular surface cleaning regime as far as is possible, and we will ensure that a good supply of soap is available for classrooms to allow regular handwashing by children and staff.

·  We will try to put a limit on the periods of time we remain in the classroom space, and we will continue to use the outdoors as far as we can, as we know that the disease spreads less well outside. This does depend on the weather, however, and some learning relies on the classroom environment in order to be effective.

 

Social distancing for parents and children during drop-off and pick up times

·  We will be creating designated waiting areas on each yard for parents and children. There will be one for each social bubble in order to minimise the risk of interaction between members of different bubbles, and each adult and child must be sure to maintain a two-metre distance from other parents and children.

·  Whilst we understand that some Y6 children currently walk to school on their own, from 15th June we will expect one parent to accompany their child to school, and pick them up afterwards (we are saying one adult only to keep the yard numbers down). This is to support the social distancing rule and to discourage groups of children from coming together before and after school, which might cause interaction between children from different bubbles, and which this system seeks to avoid. We thank you in advance for your attention to this point.

·  In the KS2 yard, we would like parents to enter by the usual gate, but to make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit to Catcote Road, which we will open for this purpose (please note that this is not to be used to gain entry to the yard). This way, parents will not be returning through the front gates and potentially passing close by other parents walking in the opposite direction. The same will apply at the end of the day, with parents waiting in their designated ‘bubble’ area, and leaving school with their child via the KS2 car park.

·  In the KS1 yard we aim to create a one-way system, marked by tape, also using two-metre measures, so that parents bring their children whilst maintaining their social distance, walk close to the Heron and Bousfield buildings and wait in designated areas related to social bubbles, as for KS2. Once they have dropped off their child, they will need to walk back using the directions marked by tape, and maintain their two-metre distance from other parents, especially at the gates, where particular care will need to be taken.

·  At the end of the day, children will be taken out (with two metres of distance between them) in their bubbles and ‘handed’, in an orderly fashion, to their parent/carer, and parent/carer and child will then leave the premises in the ways detailed above.

·  We will be staggering the start of the day for different groups from 15th June. The children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will come to school at 8.45am and leave at 3.20pm (usual start and end times). In order to avoid too many children arriving at, and leaving from, school at once, we will be asking parents/carers to bring their Y6 and Y1 children to school at 9am, and to pick them up at 3pm.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we will no longer be able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers drop off their KS1 child first, then their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Please remember to check that your child is in good health before bringing them to school. If they seem unwell, have a temperature or any other symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them away from school and seek medical advice as advised by the government website.

·  Thanks to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will need to continue for the present time until transmission rates have been driven right down.

 

Toileting, Hand Washing and Sanitising

·  We will ‘timetable’ frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than one or two children in the toilets at once. They will then wash their hands thoroughly for at least half a minute and return to the line. Toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

·  We will be keeping up the handwashing and hand sanitising regime very conscientiously – we know that this has been a strong message throughout the pandemic, and for very good reasons – so this must be built into the mindset of the children. Another batch of sanitiser dispensers has been purchased, and these have been installed in key positions, so that children can sanitise on the way out and on their way back into school, for example, and on entry to the dining hall.

·  We are ensuring that there is a supply of tissues for each bubble, so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ regime can be strictly followed by everyone.

 

Movement Around School

·  We would wish to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason we are setting up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children), and the wildlife garden stairs will be the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. We will put two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and have arrows and signs set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

 

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble, as mentioned earlier, will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will need a longer lunch hour with what, in effect, will be two ‘sittings’, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for fewer numbers of children in the hall at any one time, and will maintain the children’s social distances. At the moment, 11.30 – 1.00pm will be the timescale, with sitting 1 spanning 11.30 until 12.10, and sitting 2 from 12.20 to 1.00pm, 10 minutes being allowed in between for the cleaning. We thought it would be good to try to keep to cooked meals, at least in the first instance, but later on with more children in school, we may have to reconsider. Children will continue to be supervised by staff within their own bubble, as far as possible.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

·  Unfortunately, owing to the need to keep children within a single social bubble in school, we will have to suspend our Breakfast and After School Clubs from the 15th June, until we reach a time when we are able to move away from the bubble system. The clubs will continue until Friday 12th June before temporarily closing. Many apologies to those who use and support this facility; we do this with great disappointment, but have no choice because these clubs contain children from different bubbles, who must not interact for the safety reasons detailed in the text above. We will get these clubs up and running again just as soon as we can.

 

Staying safe at all times

·  To minimise the risk to other children in school, please do ensure that your children continue to follow government advice on social distancing when out of school; please do not put the school in a position where access to school has to be refused for a child where it has come to our attention that social distancing guidelines have been ignored. We cannot afford to jeopardise the safety and wellbeing of children and staff in the school.

 

As you can see, there is a lot of information that you need to know, and there will probably be further things that we need to contact you about or tell you about before 15th June arrives. We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make the school as safe an environment as it is possible to be in the current circumstances, and we hope this letter gives you some idea about the steps we are taking.  We are also, as you will be, looking forward to a time which is rather more normal than the one we are currently living through. Until then, we will continue to endeavour to make the school experience both a safe one and a purposeful one for the children present in school and the children working at home.

 

Please all stay safe, observe careful social distancing, keep healthy in both body and mind, and take care of each other.

 

Very best wishes,

 

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

 

 

 

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20-05-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We hope you and your families are staying safe and keeping well, and managing your way through a difficult period of time.

 

You will know that the government has made a conditional proposal for a phased return to school for children other than those of keyworkers, and the date given was 1st June at the earliest; many councils have expressed concerns about the safety and feasibility of such a date, Hartlepool being one of them, so our actual re-opening date is uncertain, and depends upon many circumstances changing, and conditions being met. We will plan for a potential reopening sometime in June, so that we are ready if this becomes possible.  Please be assured that the safety of children and staff will be central to our thinking and our planning regarding when and how we reopen.

 

At this stage, we have not fully ‘firmed up’ our plans, and potential numbers will directly affect our planning, but parents, carers and children will need to know that school life will be very different to normal as we attempt to ensure the safety of our children and staff. Examples include the following:

·  Pupils may not be with their usual teacher, nor may they be in their usual room.

·  Pupils will need to be placed in small groups which will not be able to interact with other groups.

·  Resources in use will need to be limited.

·  There are likely to be staggered starts and ends to the school day.

·  Strict hand washing and hand sanitising procedures will be in place throughout the day.

·  Social distancing rules will be applied as effectively as possible (though, as you will be aware, this is very difficult with young children, and so we cannot give a 100% guarantee on this).

 

As many of us are parents ourselves, we fully understand and share your apprehensions and anxieties about sending children back to school under the current circumstances; it is a very difficult decision that needs to be made. We will absolutely not be pressurising any parents and carers to send their children into school, nor will families be penalised in any way for keeping their children at home.

 

We do, however, need some information from you to allow us to determine what kind of provision we are able to make when any reopening comes. Thus, we are asking the parents of children in the year groups Y6, Y1 and Reception to let us know whether or not they will be sending their children back to school in the event of a reopening in June or July.

(Please note that owing to staffing issues, we will not yet be opening to nursery children).

We would be very grateful if these parents would either fill in the short survey slip below, and email it as an attachment, or simply send an email which contains the required information (Child’s Name, Year Group and whether or not your child will attend school on reopening) to:

 

admin2@fensprimary.co.uk 

 

Please only respond to this in the manner requested, by email, and avoid phoning in your response.

 

Also, please complete this by 3pm on Friday 22nd May; if we do not hear from you by

then, we will assume that your child will not be attending school upon any reopening (this side of the Summer Holidays).

 

Once we have these numbers we will be able to advance our planning and provide you with more detailed information about any reopening, whenever it might come, and how we intend it to work. There are many things to consider, such as risk assessments, cleaning, social distancing measures, size of rooms and the nature of the school site and numbers of children relating to numbers of staff available (quite a number of staff are in the ‘vulnerable’ categories and must work from home), and as soon as our plans are finalised, they will be communicated to you. In the meantime, there could be many changes and developments in what is a fluid situation; all we can do is endeavour to be ready and prepared when reopening comes.

 As ever, thank you for your support and cooperation.

 Keep well, stay safe and good wishes,

 Peter Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 Child’s Name:                                                              Year Group:

 I will / I will not be sending my child back to school should school reopen this side of the summer holidays.

(Please delete as appropriate).

 Send to:

 admin2@fensprimary.co.uk 

 

 

11.05.20

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are sure you will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening, and at the moment we know as much as you do. Schools in Hartlepool are working with each other and the local authority to decide how best to plan for and implement the phased re-opening of schools of which he spoke yesterday.  We want to work across the town to make sure we make the right decisions that support our pupils, our families and our staff.

We are expecting guidance to be issued later in the week, and hope to announce local plans in the coming days, and we ask that you bear with us while we work through the Government’s announcements.

Thank you for your support and patience,

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens Primary School

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31-03-20

FSM Vouchers

Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has announced today an e-voucher/e-gift card scheme for pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  All schools are awaiting further information on the scheme so that we can roll the programme out.

The e-vouchers/e-gift cards are for term time only and we are working through the detail as we receive the information.  Our plan is to continue as we have been, offering packed lunches, until after the Easter holidays, but if we can, we will claim your e-voucher/e-gift card this week.

 For the next 3 weeks we will continue to provide FSMs as we have been so please continue to come into your school to collect your FSM.  We will inform you of further information as soon as we have it.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

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22-03-20

EMERGENCY Childcare (Key Workers) - We would like to reiterate to parents and carers that you should keep your child/children at home tomorrow unless your work is critical to the Covid-19 response AND you’ve exhausted all other childcare options. School is only expecting the children of those confirmed with parents/carers via written consent sent out on Friday, or confirmed over the phone.

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20-03-20

Hello Parents and Carers,

As well you know by now, schools will be closed to many children from Monday 23rd March, and we have no way of knowing when in the future we might return to normality. During this time, we will endeavour to maintain a regular line of communication via social media and our website, and at some point, we hope sooner rather than later, let you know our re-opening date.

Many thanks for your many good wishes, expressions of support and offers of help. These are very much appreciated in a difficult period of time for all of us.

Please all stay safe and healthy.

With our very best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and all the staff of Fens Primary School

 

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19-03-20

Hello Parents and Carers,

As I write, we continue to await the definitive list of ‘Key Workers’ which we were promised after yesterday’s announcement. Some of these ‘Key Workers’ will absolutely be what we would expect, but there may well be some that are added for specific reasons related to the current crisis.

We must assume that this list will be published sometime today, and ask that those of you who are ‘Key Workers’, as defined by the government list, complete the slip below and return it with your child tomorrow. If this is, for whatever reason, not possible (eg, your child is absent), please send us the information we need by email to the admin address above.

Many thanks to the NHS employees who responded in great number to yesterday’s letter - you’ve helped us a great deal; this was done in advance of the 5pm announcement, so sorry to give those parents another job to do. We do need to have a clear picture by tomorrow of the names and numbers of children we can expect to be attending school this Monday (23rd March).

Parents of children deemed to be vulnerable, as defined by yesterday’s announcement, will be contacted directly by school.

Many thanks to you all and best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth

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Please only complete this slip if you are employed in one of the ‘key worker’ professions as defined by the government list due to be published today:

Name (Parent1): _________________________   Name (Parent 2): __________________________

Child’s/children’s name(s): __________________________________________

Teacher’s(s’) name(s): _____________________________________________

Key Worker job or role (Parent 1): ________________________________________________

Key Worker job or role (Parent 2, if applicable): ______________________________________

Will you be continuing to send your child/children to school from Monday 23rd March?

YES or NO (please delete as applicable)

 

 

 

 

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18-03-20

Hello again Parents and Carers,

One or two things to update you on:

We’re currently trying to make contingency plans for different possible school scenarios (which is difficult when things change and develop on a daily (even hourly) basis, and we don’t know how things are going to look a few days down the line).

We will let you know the outcomes of such planning and decisions as soon as we have heard more from the government and our LA, and know more about the health and family situations of our members of staff.

To help us with such planning, we would like to ask parents and carers that if you are an employee of the National Health Service, we would be most grateful if you would fill in the slip below and return it with your child tomorrow. If your child happens to be poorly tomorrow and doesn’t attend, perhaps you could send school an email (using the admin address above) containing the information the slip below is asking for. To reiterate, we only need NHS employees to do this. Many thanks for this.

Secondly, in order to increase children’s safety even further, we will be giving out all children a brand new water bottle (free of charge) and would like to ask that they take these home each evening for you to thoroughly clean and sterilise, and to refill with water the next morning for your child to have with them in school (they can keep on refilling as necessary throughout the day). This will mean that the bottles do not need to be collected in at the end of every afternoon for cleaning/sterilising, and the only hands touching each bottle will be those of the child who owns it. Again, many thanks for your patience and your attention to this change.

That’s all for now, and best wishes to you,

Mr P Cornforth

 

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Please note: we only need you to complete and return this slip if you work for the NHS

Your name: ________________________   Your child’s/children’s name: __________________________

Name of child’s/children’s teacher(s): ____________________________      

What is your role in the NHS? ___________________________

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17-03-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing again with our latest school update relating to the Coronavirus situation. You will receive this before the next 5pm government update, so things may well change again; we’re in a pretty fluid situation.

We’ve been taking numerous steps in response to the current crisis. These include the following:

·         Increasing the amount of classroom talk on the importance of regular handwashing, and the importance of making the washing thorough and at least twenty seconds in length.

·         Explaining how to catch coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues safely.

·         Purchasing and installing six hand sanitiser dispensers.

·         School assemblies have been suspended for the time being.

·         Children are being spread through both halls for dinner (instead of just the large KS2 hall) to lessen the proximity of large numbers of children to each other.

In addition, we need to make you aware of the following:

·         The Parental Consultation Evenings scheduled for Monday 23rd March and Wednesday 25th March have been cancelled. If we are still open during the final fortnight of term, teachers will contact the parents of children they feel they most need to talk to, and parents who feel they need to talk to their child/children’s teacher/teachers should contact the school to request a phone consultation.

·         Teachers have been preparing work materials for children to engage with should the school have to close; given that a directive could come at any time, we are giving out these work packs now, so that you have them ready if a closure has to happen (please don’t let your children complete them while the school is still open; please make them wait until any possible closure comes, however keen they might be – thanks!). These packs will be distributed today and tomorrow.

·         Swimming (currently Y4 children), after school activity clubs (such as Yoga, Zumba, Table Tennis etc) and Tees Valley Music Lessons have all been cancelled after today. For now, Y6 booster classes will continue (these are delivered by internal staff, not external providers).

It’s a difficult situation we’re all in, right across society; numerous members of our staff are in categories the government is calling vulnerable, and no doubt many of you will be in a similar position. We’ll all just have to keep on paying attention to each new government directive and keep on responding to them as best we can. To be clear, the school remains open until we are told otherwise.

We’ll keep you updated with more information and developments as soon as we have any.

Let’s all try to stay safe and well, and look after each other.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth

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16-03-20

RE: Coronavirus update (HBC)

Dear Parent/Carer,

I’m sure you are all aware of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the UK.

We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously and – whilst there is currently no cause for concern at our school – we will keep you updated with any developments, including whether we will need to close.

Please note, this letter is not confirming the school will close – we simply want to reassure you that if this were to happen, we are fully prepared to take action.

Current guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) remains that schools stay open; however, it is possible this advice may change at short notice as the spread of coronavirus continues. If we are required to close our school, we will take the necessary steps to ensure you are informed of the closure and that the effect on pupils’ education is limited.

In the event that we do close the school, you will be informed via text message, social media and our website. Please check that you have provided us with your most up-to-date contact details to ensure you receive any correspondence regarding a closure. If you need to provide us with new details, please contact the school office on 01429 870405.

We are currently preparing work/learning materials for children to complete at home in the event that the school has to close, as well as information about online learning materials.

In the meantime, we will continue to implement additional health protection measures and follow the relevant advice issued by the DfE and PHE.

The latest NHS advice and information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

The latest information from the Department for Education website can be found via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Yours sincerely,

 Mr C P Cornforth

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Department for Education Advice

Guidance for educational settings in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Please click below to download advice for education settings poster:

Public Health England Poster

 

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Department for Education Advice
 
 

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

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13th February, 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Christmas Performances

We would like to thank you all again for joining us for our Christmas Performances, and for so many good wishes and positive comments about them.  The proceeds of £1,123.00 from the sale of the show tickets and raffle tickets will be used to benefit the children of the school.

Donations to Charities

The school has participated in a number of charity events so far this year, the outcomes of which are as follows:

Children in Need: £479.97

Hartlepool Food Bank: two contributions, one of tins donated by parents, another of food left over from the Christmas Parties.

Poppy Appeal in aid of The Royal British Legion: we have not been notified of the amount (the money is collected in sealed containers).

Christmas Jumper Day in aid of NSPCC: £132

Many thanks for all your generous contributions.

School Fundraising

The sponsored Zumba fundraising day raised a fantastic £5,599.31 to help fund school initiatives (eg replacing aging IT equipment). This is an absolutely superb effort by the school community; our heartfelt thanks go out to parents and children who have done such a brilliant job in inspiring the community to give so generously, and, of course, to all of you who have made contributions, grateful thanks for such kind generosity. Thanks to Mrs Wilkinson for organising it and running it with her brilliant dancing team.

Many thanks also for attending the Christmas Fair, which was a lovely festive event to kick-start the Christmas period in school. £1,753.32 was raised for school funds, which is another excellent effort. Thanks again for your attendance and generous spending, and to Mrs McCarroll and Mrs Keen for organising the event.

School Book Fair and World Book Day

This year’s Book Fair will take place from Friday 28th February until Wednesday 4th March, and our celebration of ‘World Book Day 2020’ will happen on Friday 6th March. Please see Mrs Keen’s separate information sheet for the fine details.

Class/Group Photographs

Class and group photographs (groups being, for example, music groups and sport teams) will be taken on Thursday 23rd April, 2020.

Safer Internet Day

An excellent whole-school Safer Internet Day has occurred this week (11th Feb), organised by Ms Low and her team of Digital Leaders (many thanks to all of them for their efforts), so we will take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of monitoring carefully the online activities of your children, and to support them with the steps they need to take to ensure their own safety when using the internet. Thank you.

SATs

This year’s SATs for Y6 pupils take place during the week commencing Monday 11th May, 2020. The Y2 SAT period takes place throughout the month of May.

Y1 Phonics Screening (and re-tests for Y2 children)

The Y1 Phonics Screening Tests will take place during the week beginning Monday 8th June, 2020.

Y4 Multiplication Tables Check

This new test will take place during the three-week period from Mon 8th June to Fri 26th June, 2020.

Arrangements for the Summer Half-Term Holiday, 2021

Please note that our arrangements for the Summer half-term holiday (Whit) will be as follows next year (202