This week we were pleased to welcome back children, who wished to return, in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Despite the changes we have needed to make to the school environment and daily routines everyone has settled well into their ‘bubbles’. Have a look at this week’s newsletter, class blogs and class videos to find out what the children have been learning.
It is now three weeks since we welcomed back pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. On Monday 22nd June we will welcome back children in the remaining year groups. Find out what has been happening in school by looking at the class videos, the class blogs and this weeks newsletter.
Find out what has been happening since we opened on 1st June to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
Message update for the 1st June
I know most of you will have heard the Prime Minister‘s announcement on Sunday 10th May, with regards schools potentially reopening on a partial basis as of June 1.
Since then there has been lots of speculation, expert opinion and reaction in the news from a variety of sources.
I thought at this point it might be helpful to give you an update on what we’ve been doing since my last general message to you all, and our reaction and response so far to the Prime Ministers announcement.
Since closure in March the school has been open to children of key workers and our most vulnerable pupils. All teaching staff have willingly and quietly worked to make sure that provision has been maintained for those children and their families, including throughout the bank holidays and Easter holidays. They have also provided online resources for the majority of you who are in lockdown at home with your children, and I hope you have found those resources useful.
Last week we met as a teaching staff to discuss the Prime Ministers announcement. All teachers have committed to support me in being prepared to reopen the school as of the 1st June, if directed to do so, for those parents who would welcome that provision. In the first instance this will be for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
At this point I must state I am incredibly proud of all the teachers of Wombridge Primary School. I am very grateful for their continued teamwork and commitment to each other and the children, both in how they have responded so far to this pandemic, and their determination and positivity to work together to help me ease as best we can the anxieties we are sure you will have as we prepare for the next phase of the national response to COVID-19.
What we are doing now is adapting the school as far as possible to facilitate the return in the first instance of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, in small groups of no more than 15. We intend to redesign how we work to isolate those groups as best we can from each other. At the moment I have to say that the concept of guaranteeing social distancing of 2 metres within those small groups of 15 is proving challenging but our ideas are developing as the days pass and we work through all the scenarios we can think of.
I reiterate at this point, guaranteeing social distancing of 2 metres within those bubbles of 15 children is proving challenging, however we will consider carefully national guidance as it is released and updated and combine that with our own ideas.
For the last 10 years the school has been guided by principles of everybody having the right to feel Safe and Happy. Those principles now more than ever will guide how we react to this situation.
We as a teaching staff believe many of you will want us to reopen the school as soon we are allowed to do so. Therefore we are planning to be ready to reopen as of the 1st June, albeit in a form very unlike business as usual. We also understand some of you will be extremely anxious and want to keep your family at home a bit longer until there is greater clarity on the ‘scientific evidence’. We want to support you all, and hope you will continue to work with us as calmly and positively as you have so far.
The guidance at this point, clearly states that parents will not be penalised for non-attendance of their children. Currently the government says it “encourages parents to send their children back to school”.
That may change, but as it stands I am not being instructed to enforce any parent to return their child to school and I would strongly resist doing so until there is a full reopening of schools nationally supported by publically scrutinised scientific evidence. The only exception to that, would obviously be in the event that we become aware of safeguarding concerns regarding a family.
The last thing I want is for our children and for you to have your anxiety exasperated by concerns that we are going to have any part in enforcing any child to return to school as things stand from the 1st of June onwards. I do hope that helps reassure you.
Obviously we are very keen to see all the children back in school as soon as is safely possible. We all look forward to the day we can see them all mixing with their friends and being allowed to play and learn together in the safe and happy environment we all know as ‘normal’. We will need to continue to work together as a school community for a while yet, as we have so far, before we see that day again, but we will see it some day soon.
As we move towards the date of the 1st June we will start to contact parents of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children to explain in a bit more detail, what a school day might look like before we break for summer.
We will work with you in those conversations to gain an idea of how you feel about returning your child to school, hopefully alleviating anxieties you may have as best we can and to work with you in your decision process as a family.
In the meantime our very best wishes to you all, keep yourself safe and look after each other.
School Closures – March 2020
As you know we are now closed to all but a small minority of you, in support of government guidance to ‘stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives’.
All teaching staff and many support staff were in work on Monday, understandably anxious but ready to do their bit and offer what we can for prearranged places for our most critical workers and most vulnerable pupils. Please bear with us as we have needed to focus our efforts this week on setting up the school and our remaining resources to prioritise this provision.
We are thinking of you all, we were overwhelmed by your sensible, calm and supportive approach to each other, our community and the best wishes so many of you shared with our staff over the last two weeks in these unprecedented times. I’m very proud of you all.
Four days in we are settling into our new role to support the critical response, taking every possible precaution to protect the small number of remaining pupils and parents coming to school, and our staff, who are operating on a rotating shift pattern to maintain safe practices and social distancing as best we can. I’m very grateful for our cleaning staff who are working tirelessly to clean each zone we are using every day, to keep everything as clinical as possible.
We will now move on to the next phase, to offer you what we can with regards resources, supplementary to what we signposted you to last week, as best we could at such short notice.
By their nature what we can offer will be limited in its scope, and will by no means replace the face to face provision we usually deliver. However, hopefully they will give you some extra help whilst you are at home with your children as we all adapt to this new situation. Nothing we post will be compulsory, don’t worry, you won’t be tested when we get back! We will just aim to provide you with materials to help and support you as best we can. Please use them at your discretion.
Please spread the word and keep an eye on our website for these resources next week.
My very best wishes to you all. Keep safe and I look forward to seeing you all and rebuilding our fantastic school community the other side of this.
(That includes our year 6 by the way, we’re not letting you go without a proper goodbye!)
Look after yourselves, look after each other.
Wombridge Primary School
It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to both our school and our website.
I believe that the primary years are a special time which can never be repeated. Every child is unique and every child deserves to leave primary school with confidence, a feeling of self worth and many memories to treasure throughout life. I am fortunate to be supported by extremely dedicated staff, who share the belief that Wombridge School is a very special place and who continually strive to ensure we provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum where each child’s success is celebrated and rewarded.
The children, staff and parents of Wombridge School have worked very hard to create a calm, happy and purposeful climate for learning and we have collected a number of accolades along the way.
I am extremely proud of all the hard work, creativity, ambition and kindness that I see permeating every aspect of our school. Once again can I welcome you, and wish you every joy as you explore the work of Wombridge Primary School.
Neil SatoorHeadteacher, Wombridge Primary School
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