Welcome Back to School

We would like to welcome back all of our Year 1 & 2 children to a new academic year. Thank you to the whole school community for your co-operation with us throughout this uncertain period.

Reception and Nursery children have been given their individual visit and start dates.

All children of compulsory school age are now expected to attend school as usual. The school will be following the normal attendance policy.

If your child or someone at home has symptoms of coronavirus, which include a recent onset of any of these symptoms:

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

You should keep them at home, and you must call NHS 111 and follow their guidance. Please also let the School Office know as soon as possible if your child is going to be absent, self-isolating or has been requested to have a test for COVID-19.

Any other absences should be reported in the normal way.

Letter from Mrs Thapar (5th September)

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thapar as a reminder of the arrangements for the return of children to school.

Download letter from Mrs Thapar – 5th September

To maintain a one way system and social distancing Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will use the Nursery Gate on Balmoral Drive to enter the school use the big Field Gate to exit – also on Balmoral Drive.

If you more than one child to drop then off the oldest child first then the next youngest and so on, a staff member will welcome any siblings who arrive earlier than their allocated time. It is more important not to have adults waiting around

Please enter and leave the school site immediately after dropping and picking up your child as you can see we have staggered times for every year group and this planning has been co-ordinated with the junior school arrival and leaving times. You will appreciate why it is important to be punctual.

PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THE PLAN WORKS

Classes Start time Home time
Year 2 Classes

Emerald Class, Pink Class, Lilac Class,

8:30 AM 3:00 PM
Year 2 Class

Orange Class

8.35 AM 3.05 PM
Year 1 Classes

Purple Class, Crimson Class

8:40 AM 3:10 PM
Year 1 Classes

Blue Class, Yellow Class

8.45 AM 3.15 PM
Reception Classes

Green Class, Turquoise Class, Silver Class

8.50 AM 3:20 PM

STAGGERED STARTS AND END TIMINGS FOR CHILDREN IN NURSERY

Nursery Classes Start time Home time
 

Caterpillars AM

8.30

Big Field gate to enter and exit

11.30 AM

Nursery gate to enter and exit

Ladybirds AM 8.40

Big Field gate to enter and exit

11.40 AM

Nursery gate to enter and exit

Ladybirds PM 12.30

Nursery gate to enter and exit

3.30 PM

Nursery gate to enter and exit

Download the Catering Menu for 7th September onwards


Look around the school!

Here are some photographs from around the school. Mr Jeffs and his team have been working extremely hard over the Summer to get the school ready for the new year.

 


Please find a letter below from Mrs. Thapar about the opening of school in September. There are also separate documents and information which parents are invited to read in advance of the new academic year.

Grange Park Infant & Nursery School Risk Assessment (24th August 2020) (PDF file)

HM Government leaflet (Returning to primary school: what parents need to know) (PDF file)

GOV.UK Guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term (opens in new tab)


27th August 2020

Opening of School in September

Dear parents,

As you are aware all the children will be expected to return to school on 7th September. The government have decided this on the basis of:

  • The prevalence of coronavirus decreasing
  • The new NHS test and trace system being in place
  • More clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safe environments in schools
  • Time out of school being detrimental to children’s development
  • The low risk to children of becoming severely ill from coronavirus

I am writing to keep you updated about the current developments with return to school on 7th September for all children. There’s a lot of media coverage at the moment about schools and all sorts of topics such as  masks and PPE in the media. Most of the issues are about secondary schools, however I am sure these news items must be causing you anxiety and worry.  I want to reassure you that we have followed government guidance and followed the advice of PHE to plan for the safe return of the children, staff and the wider community.  We will keep to our current plans that we have put in place and at the moment there are no changes to the arrangements we have already shared with you, unless we are directed to do so by the government.

We have carried out a robust risk assessment that has been evaluated by a health and safety officer and approved by the union representatives. The risk assessment will be published on the school website today.

In terms of the PPE, health and hygiene we have described what measures will be in place already, but just to reiterate, we have given every member of staff a PPE Kit that contains masks, gloves, two face shields, disposable apron and hand sanitiser in a bag they can keep with them all the time. To protect the children and staff every adult working with children will also have a protective desk screen that they can use when they need to work closely with a child and wear the facial shield. Anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitiser and easy access to hand washing facilities are in place in every classroom for all the children. All staff members will be given training and go through the risk assessment at the beginning of term. All of these measures are designed to protect the children from the virus.

Before the summer break staff attended the school if they could and we were able to see how we would operate as a whole staff and assess situations when we would need to wear a face covering. Staff will be advised to wear a mask in crowded situations or if they need to talk to someone in a closed space for prolonged periods of time. Crowded situations should not arise if the rules are followed, no one should meet in a room without adequate ventilation. Children’s movement round the school will be limited and it will always be supervised and managed.

Every school in the country is different in terms of layout of the building and space and we have had to adapt our school in the best possible way to ensure safety on our school site. We are fortunate that we are on the ground floor our and all our classrooms open onto the playground, the children have immediate access to the sinks to wash their hands. When they can’t they have hand sanitiser, but they will be directed to wash their hand as soon as it is possible.

We have staggered drop off and pick up times. There will be no indoor PE for whole classes; initially PE will be outside. There will be no indoor singing as recommended by the government guidance, but can do so outside with appropriate social distancing. PE, music, learning resources and play time toys will all be cleaned after every use. No wind instruments will be allowed.

Attendance

Attendance will be mandatory in September, as the government expects all pupils to attend school. We’ll be recording attendance and following up on any absences.

If your children have been staying at home due to the current shielding guidance, the government is due to pause this guidance on 1 August if there’s a continued decline in coronavirus transmission rates. That means they should be able to come to school in September.

However, if you’ve received clinical or public health advice that your children should still remain at home even in September, please let us know and continue to follow that guidance. We’ll be offering remote education to these pupils.

We’re aware that the lockdown has been a difficult time for many of us, including our pupils. It’s also difficult to start back after such a long period of absence and for some pupils to start at a new school under such strange circumstances. Please let us know if you think your children might need extra support when starting at our school, such as if they feel anxious about coming in or they’re experiencing bereavement

We are planning to have Class Dojo up and running (a easy to use learning and communication platform) before the children return and you will be sent new details of how you can contact your child’s teacher by email.

Use the school website to keep up to date with current letters and information.

We’ll continue to keep in touch if there are any updates to our plans or if we need to make changes due to new or updated government advice.

Warm and kind regards

Kiran Thapar

Head Teacher


Arrangements for re-opening in September (Letter 29th July 2020)

Please find below a letter from 29th July describing the school’s plans for re-opening in September.

Download the letter: 29th July 2020 Plans for September Opening of school (PDF file)