We hope you are all safe and well.
Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have been unable to deliver the transition parents' meetings and sessions within school that we would normally have. To help the children's transition from Reception to Year 1 in September, teaching staff have made a selection of information slides to explain routines and procedures in Year 1.
What a strange few weeks it has been as we all try to adapt to a different way of living! However, it has been really lovely seeing some of the children back in school and I know teachers have enjoyed their phone calls with families and hearing about all the lovely things that the children have been doing at home.
We are now trying to turn our attention to plans for the end term, summer holidays and of course how things may ‘look’ in September.
The summer term will end on Friday 17th July and from this point on, the home learning will no longer be provided as we hope the children and their families will be able to enjoy a rest without the additional stress of completing work. You have all done an amazing job over the last few months and we appreciate that this will have brought its highs and lows.
We have also made the decision that this year, we will be unable to offer any form of summer provision for the children. This is due to low staffing numbers and maintenance work that includes new roofs and heating systems that need to be carried out over the break without children in school buildings. We realise this may be a challenge for some families who will have child-care implications, hence we are trying to provide you with sufficient time to enable you to make alternative arrangements.
We are now beginning to devise our plans for September as we are looking forward to welcoming all the children back into school. However, we are not yet in a position to share these plans as we are still awaiting further guidance from the government. Hopefully, we will be able to include a further update for families, alongside your children’s reports which will be sent out by post on Friday 10th July.
Should there be any further changes following the end of term, these will then be shared via the website.
Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
The closing date to register for the Girl's High entrance test is Friday 3rd July.
Registration should be made via their web site www.wghs.org.uk
The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading for pleasure programme designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
CLICK HERE for the website which is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.
It's free, local and inclusive
- The Summer Reading Challenge is inclusive of all primary school aged children and all stages of reading development
- It's free to take part - families can sign up by visiting the Summer Reading Challenge website and can access e-books and audio books for free via their local library service until the libraries open fully.
- Children set a personal reading goal at the beginning of their Challenge and receive digital incentives along the way when they log their books on the website to encourage them. There's a digital certificate for everyone who finishes the Challenge
So, log on, sign up and take part in this amazing challenge! Share your certificates with us in school so we can celebrate your reading success. 😊
Congratulations to ‘Nan May’ who has been awarded the title of Edward the Elder Primary School’s lockdown unsung hero!
Last month, school launched the competition to recognise people in the community who had gone above and beyond, or been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nan May was nominated by grandsons Lewis and Jacob who attend Edward the Elder. In usual times Nan May is a regular smiley face at the school gate supporting with the school run. However when lockdown hit, the then 82-year-old was forced to isolate from her family. She has never been out of work but was also placed on furlough. She was even forced to spend her 83rd birthday in isolation.
As an extra special treat to cheer her up, we decided to surprise her on her doorstep with her giant Easter egg prize, which was donated earlier this year by Vicon Ltd.
We had more than 30 entries across school for the lockdown unsung hero title. Thanks to donations from the school community before lockdown, everyone who entered received a small ‘runner-up’ treat to give to their nominated hero.
CLICK HERE to see the other worthy winners and runners up!
Lucie Davies nominated her Dad who is a police officer: he won second prize. Charlie Evans nominated his Mum who is a carer and has continued to look after her family throughout lockdown; she won third prize.
Well done everyone – truly deserved winners!
I hope the letter continues to find our families in good health.
I will attempt to make sense of the mass of advice, changing plans, differing opinions and legislation that circulates at the moment.
We now know that the advice is that other Primary Year groups will not be returning to school for the remainder of this term. We will however continue to welcome children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 all in line with the current plans that we have shared with you.
Sadly it is not going to be possible to welcome children from our Nursery classes back to school this term. We have found we need to use Nursery space in order to continue our Reception provision in line with social distancing also Early Years staff are required to support Reception also.
Provision for our families in vulnerable circumstances will continue throughout the rest of this term. This is also true for Key Worker families (outlined on the Government list) however in some of our schools this provision is becoming oversubscribed; individual schools will advise on this.
The picture for Year 6 is confusing as we now know secondary schools are unable to provide a three week transition programme in their schools as was outlined by the City Council. They do plan to provide children with a secondary visit and perhaps a work pack. Because of this change, Goldthorn Park, Palmers Cross, Edward the Elder and Elston Hall have all chosen to keep our Year 6 children in their own school in line with our current arrangements, until the end of term.
Secondary schools may well now advise you of their individual transition arrangements as they will make these independently.
Staff from your own school will share any particular plans they have for Year 6 as we approach their leaving time, now we are aware the children will be with us until the end of term.
We have no further information around returning to school in September; as soon as we do be assured we will consider our plan and contact families. I do know our EYFS teams are planning their admission and transition arrangements and they will send you details in the very near future.
In looking ahead in such uncertain times our provision of before and after school child care clubs will not begin immediately when we return in September. It will of course be our aim to continue this as we always have but to plan this immediately in such uncertain times may well cause more problems than it solves.
Annual reports are being completed by teachers and will be posted to families from the 10 July.
A final note to explain schools will be open to appropriate groups this Friday 19 June – it will not be an INSET Day as previously planned.
Thank you for continued understanding in these challenging times.
Good morning folks
I hope the newsletter finds everyone safe and well. I will take an opportunity to send this newsletter ahead of our return to school from Monday 1 June. There remains so much talk and deliberation about the return of schools. As public servants we have taken the decision to open in the considered and staggered way that we have advertised to you all. We have heard from many families who are supportive of this and some who are not. I would remind all our families that the official advice is that if families choose not to send their children back to school, there will currently be no action or fines issued. That being said we will be here to welcome the particular year groups back to school should you so choose.
In all our Trust schools we are working together to make our school as safe as possible for all sections of the community. The safety of children, staff, parents and families is absolutely paramount. Our schools serve a diverse community which we value but we are aware there additional fears from groups within these communities – we will remain sensitive and vigilant to ensure government science and advice is carefully followed. We have drawn up are implementing rigorous Risk Assessments – I have included an example of key bullets from the many listed in these extensive documents.
• Hand sanitiser, soap, disinfectant wipes, tissues are available in any areas where adults and pupils will be working/playing
• Hand sanitiser stations placed in entrances for those pupils/adults passing into school
• Clear signage explaining and reminding rules for all
• ALL areas will be enhanced cleaned daily with additional deep cleans during the week
• Gloves and disinfectant spray in all rooms
• Rotas in place to ensure adults and pupils are supported fully throughout the day
• No visitors permitted unless delivering - Parents will be asked to ring or email the office if they have any queries
• One parent/carer ‘drop off’ ‘pick up’ - no scooters, bikes, siblings, pushchairs
• One way system introduced and 2m social distancing indicators in place
• Timetable for all staff available, e.g. staggered toilet breaks , mid-morning breaks and lunchtime
• Arrival times of groups staggered to ensure social distancing measures can followed
• ‘Bubbles’ of maximum 15 pupils with their teacher and TA with open windows an ventilation
• Classrooms laid out using government guidelines – pupil/desk 2m social distancing - One way systems in classrooms
• Toolkits provided for pupils – no sharing rule
• No reading books home – books and equipment used in school regularly sanitised to be shared with pupils in the classrooms. All resources cleaned after us
• Pupils to bring only pumps, lunch box and a water bottle to school
• Provision to ensure that any coats pupils bring are stored with social distancing measures in place
• PPE available in all classrooms and in key areas of school e.g. when medical/accident attention require
A final request would be for your help in keeping your children away from school if they develop any illness and where possible the advice suggest to wash school clothes at the end of the day.
Our schools will continue to keep communications an important centre piece of how we work over the next few weeks and individual schools will always advise through the website, text or telephone call of any particular issues they have. I thank you once again for your understanding and re affirm our utmost care for all our children.
Best wishes - Kevin Grayson
Hello folks – I do hope all our families are managing to stay well and keep safe.
You will have listened to and seen the discussions based on the potential return to school for certain Year Groups, planned by the Government for the 1 June. You will have your own view on this which is quite right.
As a school however we have a responsibility to look at the Government requirements and plan accordingly – you can imagine that with so much to consider it is no easy task. Such is the importance of this individual Heads of School will be contacting all families later this week to outline the plans for a return to school for certain year groups from 1 June. The letter from them will refer to your own school as there are many differences to consider; numbers of children, Groups for attendance, school layout etc…
It may help your planning however if I outline the overall arrangements that will be shared across the Trust;
For Year 6, Year 1 and Reception we will be splitting classes in half. Fifteen children from each class will attend on Monday and Tuesday and the other fifteen children will attend on Thursday and Friday - Wednesday will be a deeper cleaning day.
From the 1 June and 4 June Year 6 and Reception children will return to school and continue each week.
From 8 and 11 of June they will be joined by Year 1.
Arrangements for a return of Nursery children will be considered over the next few weeks, as you might imagine there are likely to be whole raft of additional issues for children so young.
You will have lots of questions that we feel confident will be answered when you receive the detail in later in the week and when this is also published on school websites.