Message from our Headteacher, updated 31st March 2020:
I apologise for this long post but the seriousness of this situation keeps on escalating with many retailers and businesses closing.
I would like to clarify the school’s role in staying open for some children during this time and who is eligible to attend.
The key message from the Government and the BWMAT guidance is that if a child can stay home then they MUST.
School is providing essential child care for children of key workers when there is NO OTHER OPTION for them. If there is another adult in the home, even if they are working, then the child must stay in the home.
School will not be providing ‘lessons’ in the traditional sense. We are offering essential child care. There was a lot of misunderstanding around this as well and some people upset that we will not be teaching the full National Curriculum. We have provided home learning activities for everyone and will continue to do so through our website, class pages and Teams learning platform. My staff are mostly working from home and we will communicate with each other throughout each day.
I have to protect my staff-there are a minimum number of them on site working on a rotational basis. I also have to protect those children who need to be with us and have booked a place.
For those who have booked places, please only use us if essential. We are here to help but it needs to be for ‘children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home’. We have to keep the numbers as low as possible otherwise we are compromising on safety and risking infection. We know that ideally many of you want your child in school but this cannot be. If we do not adhere to the guidance then this is pointless.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support us with this, and for understanding how this is meant to work. A huge thank you to my team who have continue to work in a very challenging situation, offering tremendous support and positivity to your children.
Please stay safe, allow us to keep others safe and let us be kind to each other.
Mrs Jenny Venning Headteacher
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I am really proud to be the Head Teacher of our school – it is an exciting place to work and an exciting place to learn. Our children happily come to school each day. When they are here, they are engaged and interested in the lessons and the wide range of activities on offer.
We are a large, caring Church School with high aspirations for all our children. We strive to achieve the highest possible standards both academically but also in meeting the needs of all our children.
We aspire to be the best in all we do and constantly develop social skills and courteous behaviour. We expect the highest standards from each member of our school community as we support each other in our day-to-day learning.
We can also offer single year groups across the school and larger than average facilities and are always looking at ways to develop our school, both inside and out, to enhance and support your child in their learning and enjoyment.
We benefit from strong links with the local Church and with our local community. Have a look at our Class Pages and our links to the local area to find out more.
Parental interest and support has a huge impact on a child’s education and we actively encourage all parents and carers to contribute wherever possible to their child’s time in school and at home.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all adults entering the School to share this commitment. We have in place many policies and procedures to ensure the development of a vigilant and safe culture.
Are you prospective parents and would you, and your children, like to visit our School? Please do not hesitate to contact the Head or School Business Manager to arrange an appointment.
Mrs Jenny Venning Headteacher