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19th March 2020

19th March 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Coronavirus COVID19 update


School Closure


As you will probably have heard, we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children tomorrow until further notice.


We have been asked to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, supermarket staff and others in frontline services) as well as for children with certain needs.


If you do work in one of the key services, please do let us know either by calling in at the office or emailing Mrs Wright on urgently.


Where there are two parents in a household, if one of them is a keyworker and one of them is not we would expect that the non key worker would provide the necessary childcare.  Therefore, that child will not be in school.


We are contacting parents of vulnerable children directly to establish whether they would be best supported at school or at home.


Children of key workers should attend school on Monday at 8.45am.

All other children will need to stay at home from Monday 23rd March.


We do not yet know when the school will reopen but we will send updates throughout the closure period.



Support for FSM pupils during school closure


We are still awaiting details about how FSM pupils will be supported during closure. We anticipate the Government will establish a voucher system of some kind. We will be contacting parents directly once we have details.


Please do contact school if you need help at any time during the closure.





Home Learning and school contact


All teachers have planned home learning activities across the school for children to access at home.


Children will be issued with a home learning book in which they can do their work. We have added a new tab to the ‘Our Learning’ section of our website. Please see here for suggested schedules for the day for use when children are at home. Teachers have also prepared lists of suggested activities for pupils to undertake. In Reception and Year 1, these will need adult support if they are to work effectively.


Teachers will be available for support by email.




Teachers will email their classes at least once a day. Children are encouraged to email their teacher but may not receive an individual response.


Parents are also welcome to email their child’s class teacher with any queries about their learning between 9.30 and 10am on a school day.


Class teachers will pass on any concerns to Jane, Miss Meredith, Mr Claxton or myself.


Helping your children to understand Coronavirus


Please find below a link to a social story which might be useful to share with your family.


Parent well being


We are living in uncertain times which are difficult for all of us to manage. Please do look out for your own well-being. There are a number of support services available to everybody; offers a confidential NHS service if you are feeling low or depressed.

Connection is a 24/7 mental health line which can be accessed by calling 0300 123 5440


If you think we can help in school, please email us directly (during school closure)


We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.


It might be helpful to remember the following;


  • Plan and stick to a routine (including a sensible bedtime for your children!)
  • Make the effort to get dressed everyday
  • Eat regularly
  • Include a range of fruit and veg in your diet
  • Limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol!
  • Be kind to those around you as well as to yourself
  • Follow NHS and Government guidance to keep yourself and your families well.


With my very best wishes


Yours sincerely






Helen Roderick