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Return to School - March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are safe and well. We are very pleased to be welcoming all the children back to school next week, on Monday 8th March and are looking forward to seeing you all again.


Over the last few days, we have been reviewing the government’s updated guidance and our risk assessments. Everyone’s safety continues to be our main priority and to ensure this, all of the procedures we had in place during the autumn term will continue. This means that we will still be operating a bubble system in school with classes being kept separate at all times. We will still need to have staggered start and finish times and people will only be allowed onto our school site with a pre-arranged appointment.



Attendance at school is now a legal requirement. The usual rules on school attendance will apply and schools are now able to use the full range of sanctions for non-attendance, including fixed penalty notices.


Please report any absence from school in the usual way. Please can I remind you that any child or parent/carer with symptoms of coronavirus, or who has a member of their household with symptoms, must not come to the school and should self-isolate for 10 days.


Research has now shown the following symptoms have led to positive cases, linked to the new variants. • Cold symptoms – snotty nose, etc

• Sore throat

• Vomiting

Therefore, we also ask that if your child is feeling unwell at all, you keep them at home as a precautionary measure.


Arrival and pick up

We have taken this opportunity to review our start and finish timings and have been able adjust these, bringing them closer together. We know that the staggered timings have been difficult for many families and hope that the new timings will make things smoother. However, it is essential that classes do not mix when waiting to come into school or when leaving. These new timings will only be possible if people ensure they are prompt in arriving and leaving and do not join the queue for a different class.


We would also like to remind you that in order to ensure everyone’s safety you must continue to social distance when waiting outside the school (including children), only one adult should accompany your child and you must leave promptly once you have dropped off/picked up to avoid large gatherings of people. You will also need to wear a face covering unless exempt.


Year Group Entrance to be Used Start Time Finish Time
Nursery Pedestrian gate As per previously arranged hours
Reception Car Park gate 8.45 am 3.00 pm
Year 1 Field gate 8.45 am 3.00 pm
Year 2 Field gate 8.45 am 3.00 pm
Year 3 Pedestrian gate 9.00 am 3.15 pm
Year 4 Car Park gate 9.00 am 3.15 pm
Year 5 Field gate 9.00 am 3.15 pm
Year 6 Field gate 9.00 am 3.15 pm


If you are running late, please ring the office before you come to school so that we can make other arrangements. Please be aware it may not be possible for your child to attend until later that day.


Breakfast club

Breakfast club will be open for all year groups, from 8 am each day if you wish to book your child in. Costs are £2.50 per child or £1.50 per additional sibling. Please use the following form to book the days you require for this half term.


Breakfast Club Booking Form



All children are expected to wear their full school uniform, including appropriate shoes. They will also need to bring in their full PE kit.



Children will be able to bring the following to school as normal:

• school bag

• coat

• packed lunch (if having home packed lunch)

• named bottle of water

• healthy snack (KS2 only, if wanted)

• PE kit

• sun hat/cream (if needed)

• reading book

• Nursery and Reception will need their waterproofs


We ask that lunch boxes are plastic (to aid cleaning) and that toys are not brought to school. Each child will be given their own pencil case and stationery to keep at school.



Primary school children are not allowed to wear PPE, including face masks. Please do not send your child to school with any as they will be asked to remove it.


Preparing your child

Thursday 4th March is World Book Day and on Friday 5th March we have planned an extra wellbeing day. The remote learning for these days will provide opportunities to work away from a computer screen and will also provide the opportunity, if needed, to prepare for the return to school.


Please do contact your child’s class teacher, if there is anything you wish to discuss with them about your child’s return.


Thank you for your continued support at this time and we look forward to seeing you and the children next Monday.


Kind regards

Angela Urquhart


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