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 End of Term Head of School's Statement

As we come to the end of the school year I want to take the opportunity to thank parents for their support across the lockdown period. I’d also like to acknowledge the staff team- they have been working incredibly hard this term to support children at school and prepare work for those at home.

They have also been spending time and energy preparing the school to be ready to reopen in September to ALL children. They have been busy ensuring the classrooms are bright and inviting spaces for your children to get back into their learning- I’m sure they have missed school!

This week you will be receiving a pack in the post letting you know which teacher your child will be working with in the new school year and a newsletter the year group staff have been putting together giving information about next year. On the website you’ll also find further information to help your child prepare for returning in September.

When we return to school it will look and feel very similar to normal, just with some additional measures to ensure the safety of the children and staff. Children will be operating in normal class sizes and stay with their year group throughout the day. Their timetables will be very similar to last year and they will be able to enjoy all the subjects they normally take part in.

In the letter sent out explaining who your child will be working with next year, you’ll also find details of which classroom they will be in, what time they will start and finish, and where they will need to be dropped off and picked up.

Can I end by being really clear that we will be fully ready for ALL children to return in September. Children’s learning and wellbeing has been really affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and it is extremely important that in September all children attend so we can support them.

I trust you all enjoy the summer break and look forward to seeing you in September!

Important Message

 Please click here to read an important letter regarding children's attendance in September 2020

If your work circumstances have recently changed, you may be eligible for Free School Meals. Please click here to read more about the scheme and to apply online.

 Reopening of school for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Pupils

We are now ready to start receiving pupils in Year 6, Year 1, Reception and Nursery back to school as of wc 8th June 2020. We are aware that some parents and children will have some anxieties at the thought of coming back to school but we are feeling confident that we are well prepared in line with all government guidelines. Please see photos of our classrooms below to give you an idea as to how we will be working. Don't worry, they will not look this empty once the children are in!

6GR Bubble Classroom

6O Bubble Classroom

6S Classroom Bubble

1HF Bubble Classroom 

1B Bubble Classroom

Reception Bubble Classroom

Nursery Bubble Classroom

Bubble Classroom

 

 

 

 

Please click on the links below to see the letters sent home regarding reopening school for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6:

 

Year 6 Letter

Year 1 Letter

Reception Letter

Nursery Letter

 

Government Guidelines

 

 

Home Learning Resources

Latest Updates 

The Academy will be closing today for all students except those listed below until further notice.

We would like to remind parents/carers of the latest DfE guidance published on 19 March 2020

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. Please click here for clarity on what a critical worker is.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

 

School Closure Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

SCHOOL CLOSURE FROM 3.15pm FRIDAY 20th MARCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In line with current Government advice, we have unfortunately had to close the school for most children until further notice because of the ongoing Corona virus situation. We will continue to monitor Government advice and will update the website as and when any further decisions are taken.

We will be remaining open for a small number of children whose parents work in key roles or are vulnerable. It is really important that if this applies to you that you read and respond to the letter below.

During the school’s closure, your child will be sent home with a learning pack. If your child was absent, you can also follow the links at the top of the page to access it. We recommend that children spend time each day working through activities- we gratefully appreciate your support in this. We have also provided links below to some websites that may be helpful:

Twinkl- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

This website is offering free membership for a month. Follow the link and when you setup your membership put in the code UKTWINKLHELPS to provide you with a free login.

Once logged in, click on your child’s Key Stage and lots of material linked to their curriculum will be available.

BBC Bitesize- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary 

Follow the link to access learning material and games linked to the curriculum.

Chatterpack- https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

Many schools have opened up their resources on this website. There are Primary aged resources that may be helpful.

Children at the school are also able to access the online learning programmes that are used in school including Rockstars Times Tables, Spelling Zoo and Maths with Parents.

Many thanks

Mr Bird

Head of School

You can download a PDF of this letter by clicking here

 

Key Workers Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

As many of you will know the Government has announced the closure of all schools across the UK from Friday 20th March until further notice. It was also announced that schools would continue to provide care for children of key workers and those performing crucial roles such as delivery drivers. Specific children who are classed as vulnerable children are also able to continue to attend school in this period.

At Grestone, we are committed to providing care for these children so parents can continue to play key roles in the fight against the Corona virus and ensure the smooth running of the country. To help us with planning, please make sure you fill in the form and return to the school office or speak to them directly so we know which children will continue to be attending school from Monday 23rd March.

We ask that should you require ongoing childcare, that you also provide proof that you work for either:

  • Anyone working in the NHS

  • Anyone working in health and social care

  • Those working in education and not home working

  • Other ‘critical workers’: police and delivery drivers

We are working on the assumption that if one member of your household is not a key worker, they will be working from home and therefore are able to provide childcare. If you are a single parent keyworker, you will of course be able to send your child to school.

We will also make sure we contact families who are in the ‘Vulnerable’ category. If you are unsure whether your child is part of a key group, please contact the school office. Finally, can I remind you and make it clear that children who do not fit into these key groups will not be able to attend school after Friday 20th March until further notice.

If your child usually receives free school meals you should have received a text explaining what to do to receive Free School Meals. Please contact the school to make it clear if you wish to continue to access a school meal. We will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

This is unprecedented territory for us all. As a school, we are trying to do all we can to support our students and the wider community through this difficult time. Many thanks for your support and understanding in these challenging times and we will continue to keep you updated via the website, parental emails and Twitter.

Yours sincerely,

Mr James Bird

Head of School Grestone Academy  

You can download this letter including the reply slip by clicking here  

Click here to see a list of the Key Workers who will be able to access Child Care as of Monday 23rd March 2020