Firstly, can we express our apologies for this late communication, however as I am sure you appreciate there has been a lot for schools to deal with over the last few days. As you are probably aware, the numbers of positive Covid cases have been rapidly increasing in Wolverhampton and this has impacted on the staffing within our schools. The number of cases in Wolverhampton mirrors the major rise in London.
An unfortunate consequence of this, is that we will not be able to open Edward the Elder to your children tomorrow (5/1/21) as we had previously, planned. This is due to severe staffing shortages. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but we have to put the safety of your children as our priority. School will be closed for the remainder of this week and we will review the situation later in the week and will subsequently contact you regarding week beginning 11.1.21.
School will be open for our vulnerable pupils and those children of key workers during this time. In a similar way to the previous ‘lockdown’; proof of your job title may be requested particularly if not seen previously. If you are eligible and require a place for your child could you contact the school by phone or email as soon as possible. The school day will run from 8.45am to 3.15pm – entrance will be through main Reception and exit through the external hall doors.
For children who are not able to attend school, staff will provide online learning, daily from tomorrow via emails (please ensure school have an appropriate email address for your child). Staff will also send out TEAMs invites to enable your child to join in with class stories, face to face discussions in a similar way to parents’ evenings. If your child does not have the facilities to access online learning please contact school so we can provide alternative work.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (not the universal free meals for all KS1 pupils) and you would like school to provide a lunch each day for them, please contact school and let them know. These meals will need collecting each day from the office from 11.30am.
Finally, can we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.
Mrs Bridget Highman
Head of School
Following on from yesterday's government announcements, we confirm that schools will be open from Tuesday 5th January as previously planned. We will continue to follow all safety guidelines which include rigorous handwashing, sanitising, ventilation and social distancing (where appropriate). Can we please ask that you support us with this by continuing to wear face masks whilst on the school grounds.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
To all our wonderful families - a massive thank you for all of your support during a year like other - we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love all at #TeamEdwards 🎄🎅🏼
Click on your child's year group to see what Christmas activities they have enjoyed!
Monday 16th November marked the start of this years ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ event. Our school were excited to join in with others around the UK to participate in Odd Socks Day!
As part of our involvement in the event within school, we asked children to come to school with odd socks on Monday 16th November. We used this day to celebrate that we are all unique and children took part in a variety of activities linked to this theme throughout the week.
Y6 really enjoyed raising money for children in need. They completed ‘Five to thrive’ with activities including origami bookmarks, learning how to draw Pudsey and having fun in PE. A big well done to Joe Wicks too!
The whole school today took part in a silence to show our respect on Armistice Day. A pupil in Year 6 was proud to share with us information about her Dad who is in the RAF. We found it particularly moving to see her very own bravery medal!
We have now managed to secure cleaners and are in a position to safely reopen the school building tomorrow (Wednesday 18.11.20).
As the situation currently stands:
• Years N, R, 1 and 6 should return to school on Wednesday (18th November)
• Year 5 should return as planned following their isolation on Monday 23rd November
• Year 2 should return following their isolation on Tuesday 24th November
• Year 4 should return following their isolation on Tuesday 24th November (this has been extended 1 further day from the original date)
• Year 3 should return as planned following their isolation on Friday 27th November.
Year 4 loved using historical evidence to explore who they thought was responsible for the deaths of over 1,500 Titanic passengers. They were then able to present their evidence to the jury in our 'classroom court'. Great work Year 4 keep it up.
Wolverhampton is now subject to national Tier 2 (high level) restrictions in relation to Covid-19 infections. To help keep stay safe over the half term break follow the 5 things!