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Final Plans for School Reopening

Final Plan for School Reopening

Confirmation of Plans to reopen School to all pupils on September 3rd 2020

As promised we would like to confirm our plans for the reopening of school on Thursday 3rd September. As anticipated not a great deal has changed, however there are some small changes to our risk assessment – please read through the Summary of Key Risk Management and Mitigation Actions. These are taken from our whole school risk assessment which has been developed and refined over the past four months to ensure that our school community is safe. We recommend that you go through this very carefully with your children over the next seven days so that they know exactly what to expect.

Also, for pupils new and old, we recommend that you spend some time revisiting the resources and information on our 'New Pupils' section of our website to support the children in getting back into the 'school' mindset.

We plan to have all pupils return to school on September 3rd 2020. There will be many changes to our normal routine to ensure that all children and staff are safe. These will include the following:

All children will remain in bubbles of around 30. These will be their class bubbles and the children will arrive and leave together, learn together, play together and eat together. There will be no mixing of children between bubbles.

To ensure that there is no unnecessary congestion outside school there will be clear arrival and leaving times for classes. We understand that this is one of the more difficult areas for families to coordinate but I am sure that you understand that this needs to be something that we all support. We will review how this operates after two weeks in September. Arrival and leave times will be as follows:

Class   Arriving                      Leaving                                  Entry point

3B        8.45-9.00am              3.15pm                                   Playground gate

3TS      9.00-9.15am               3.30pm                                  Playground gate

4W      9.15-9.30am               3.45pm                                   Playground gate

4GV    8.30-8.45am              3pm                                         Playground gate

5S        8.30-8.45am              3pm                                         Year 5 classroom gate

5WH   9.00-9.15am               3.30pm                                    Year 5 classroom gate

6B       9.15-9.30am               3.45pm                                   Year 5 classroom gate

6S        8.45-9.00am              3.15pm                                    Year 5 classroom gate

We will operate a drop off and go system when children arrive within their allotted ‘15 minute window’ with a member of staff on hand to take your child straight into school. We will operate a socially distanced waiting system at the end of the school day. Please note that, in line with government guidance, gathering at the school gates and otherwise coming onto the site without an appointment will be strongly discouraged.

We will be outside school to guide you whereabouts to drop off your children and where to wait when you collect them. At the end of the school day those collecting Y3/4 children should wait, socially distanced, on the school playground and those waiting for Y5/6 children should wait at the marked points outside the front of school. If all goes to plan there should be no more than 30 people in each location at any time.

As previously advised the class progressions are as follows from last year’s classes:

Children in 3TS last year will join Mrs Verdon and Mr Grafton in Class 4GV

Children in 3B last year will join Miss Windley in Class 4W

Children in 4GV last year will join Mr Spowage in Class 5S

Children in 4W last year will join Mrs Wicks and Mr Handley in Class 5WH

Children in 5S last year will join Mrs Barbosa in Class 6B

Children in 5WH last year will join Ms Summerlin in Class 6S

School uniform – all children will be in school uniform when we return to school in September. Whilst we have enjoyed a period without uniform since late March we feel that we now need this as a mark of ‘normality’.

All details of uniform are here:

Lunches – there will be no hot meals for the first half term of October. Our suppliers, Will’s Diner at William Farr School have decided to just provide cold meals. If your child is entitled to a free school meal this can be ordered via email for the first two weeks of term – please email with your choice of either meat or vegetarian cold box lunch.

Please Note: The website does show hot meals too, however these are NOT currently being provided by Will's Diner. If you wish to order a vegetarian cold box just click the vegetarian meal option and Will's Diner will pick this up. Deadline for ordering meals for the first week of next term is midday on Wednesday 26th August 2020. Families with children in Y4-6 with a Wisepay login can place their order through this link:

All lunches will be delivered directly to your child’s class bubble. All other children should bring a ‘packed lunch’ which will be stored until they are eaten in the classroom.

Playtimes: Playtimes will be staggered to allow children to maintain their bubbles and also reduce the number of children and adults in common areas in school including corridors, toilets and staff rooms. Whilst we understand that it’s disappointing for some that children won’t be able to mix with those beyond their bubbles, it is another inevitable aspect of the current situation.

Personal possessions in school – children will, when they return, sit at the same desk throughout the day with their own ‘pack’ of stationery. Should they wish to bring their own stationery into school, they should do so on the first day back – it will then remain in school.

Expectations and behaviour – it goes without saying that, in order for us to reintegrate 230 children into school, we will expect all children to have the highest possible standards of behaviour. We will be very clear about our expectations and have no doubt that our wonderful pupils will do us proud.

For the first half term there will be no visiting teachers (music tutors included) and no after school clubs. Our priority will be to, simply, focus on getting all children safely back to school in their bubbles for the duration of the normal school day.

Most of all we are really looking forward to seeing the children back in school and starting our new school year.

With very best wishes

David Gibbons,



School Terms, Holidays & Training Days


Thursday, 3rd September to Thursday, 22nd October, 2020


Monday, 2nd November to Thursday, 17th December, 2020


Monday, 4th January to Friday, 12th February, 2021


Monday, 22nd February to Wednesday 31st March


Monday, 19th April to Friday, 28th May


Monday, 7th June to Wednesday, 21st July

Training Days

2nd September/23rd October/18th December/1st April/22nd July

Bank Holidays

25th and 28th December, 1st January, 2nd April, 5th April, 3rd May, 31st May