Thursday 26 August 2021

Return to School - Thursday 2nd September, 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this letter finds you well and that you have had a safe and enjoyable summer. This time next week, our school will be full of children again and we can't wait to begin the new academic year. 

Pupils in years 1-6 return to school on Thursday 2nd September. 

Arrival Information 
Children should arrive at school between 8.30 - 8.55 am, Monday to Friday. The gates and doors will be locked after this time and pupils will need to be brought to the office by an adult and will be marked late. 

Arrival arrangements as follows;
Nursery pupils will enter via the nursery door. 

Reception pupils will enter via the door to the right of the main school office. 
Pupils in years 2 - 6 will enter the school via the gates on Farringdon Avenue, pupils will walk around to their classrooms independently.  

Dismissal information;
The gates will open for parents to enter the site at 3.05pm and all pupils will be dismissed and must be collected at 3.10pm, Monday to Friday. Pupils in years 5&6 can walk home independently but only if we have parental permission for them to do so.

Nursery pupils to be collected via the nursery door. 
Reception pupils to be collected via the door to the right of the main school office. 
Parents of pupils in years 1-6 can enter the site via the gates on Faringdon Avenue and walk through the playground to the classroom doors and collect pupils from their classrooms. 

Staff will be available to help direct you to the correct places. 

As you may already know, there is now no expectation for children to be kept in bubbles. Therefore class and year group bubbles will no longer exist. 

Bringing Items into School
Children should continue to bring a named water bottle into school. 
Children do not need to bring pencil cases into school. All resources will be provided by the school. 

All pupils are expected to return to school in full school uniform. PE days will be communicated with you by class teachers via the curriculum newsletter in the first week of term. Following feedback and the success of last year, we ask that on these days the children come to school in full and correct school PE kit. 
If you are eligible for a school uniform voucher, please contact the school office on Wednesday 1st September after 10.30am. 

Breakfast Club
The doors will open for breakfast club on Thursday 2nd September at 7.45 am. Please see the separate communication attached regarding how to book breakfast club places for pupils. 

New Reception and Nursery Children
We are very excited to welcome our new pupils and families into Nursery and Reception over the next few weeks. You will have received information from the staff regarding visits and start dates and times. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the staff via the following emails.

School Dinners and sQuid
A reminder to parents of children in Year 3 that School Dinners are no longer free, as the Universal Free School Meals program only includes children up to Year 2.
Children in Year 3 will either:

  • be entitled to Free School Meals (due to family income, meaning children are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding);
  • pay for school meals via Squid;
  • have packed lunches.
If your child is not eligible for free school meals, please ensure that their sQuid account is topped up at the start of the term.

Keeping Covid Safe 
A reminder that children should not attend school if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of or change to taste or smell). If your child does have symptoms a PCR test must be taken before they can return to school (as long as it is negative). Should your child receive a positive test they will need to isolate, as was the case previously.
Parents and families are still able to engage in the free lateral flow testing program to ensure that any cases are found and isolated as soon as possible.  

Covid Control Measures
It is good to be able to return to some kind of normality, however please be assured that we still have measure in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We will continue to ensure that all pupils continue with regular and thorough hand washing. Cleaning regimes will continue to be regular and robust. All areas will be adequately ventilated and all members of our community must continue to following government guidance for test, track and trace. 
We very much appreciated your support in this matter for the safety of all pupils, staff and parents. 

We will continue to follow Department for Education guidance and control measures and we will take advice from the DfE, Havering local authority and Public Health England if there are any positive cases within our community. As you can imagine, this guidance is subject to change and will be reviewed again on a regular basis.
Thank you for working with us – we really do appreciate everything you do to support us.

I know that all staff are very much looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school next week and we are most definitely looking forward to a great year ahead. Have wonderful bank holiday weekend. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs L Nicholls 

1 comment:

  1. Good to hear there will be no more 'bubbling'! :P Thanks for info.