School Update - 20th March 2021

Term 4

It is great to have everyone back in school.

To safely get all of our 450 children into school we need to return to our system of staggered entry times and different entry points.

Social distancing needs to be maintained as you deliver and collect your children from the school and adults need to wear face coverings.

Please use common sense and help prevent any build up of a crowd. Although the school is open - all other National restrictions remain in force.

Do not use the school run as a chance to meet up with others.

Do not hang around after collecting your children but return home straight away. Doing this will greatly reduce the chance of any transmission which will put the continued operation of your child's class at risk.

Thank you for doing your bit to keep everyone safe.

The information below is for all children attending the main part of school. Children who are part of our Nexus family have their own arrangements.

Years R, 1 & 2 - Entry and exit at the Service Yard (2nd gateway on Worrall Drive). 

Arrive between 8:40 and 9am.

There is no benefit to being first in - we need to have a steady flow of arrivals across the twenty minutes.

Please do not arrive before 8:40. Children will be saying goodbye at the gate.

EYFS/KS1 Collection Times

At the Service Yard door (please enter and queue to the left hand side within the yard)

Dove Class 2:50pm

Wren Class 2:55pm

Kingfisher 3pm

Wagtail 3:05pm

Goldfinch 3:10pm

Starling 3:15pm

Please do not enter the service yard before your child's time otherwise you will need to rejoin the end of the queue.

KS2 Timings

Children in Years 3 to 6 can choose to enter and leave from either the pedestrian gate in the drop off layby on Hall Road or the pedestrian gate by the school office entrance in Worrall Drive.

We expect that the same gate would be used at the end of the day but if this will be different then please contact us to inform us.

Teachers will simply ask the children which gate they came in through and then take them there at the end of the day to dismiss.

If children are going home independently then we will need you to complete this consent form.

All children can enter between 8:40 and 9am. Please do not arrive before 8:40 as this could create crowding.

Collection is... 

3pm for Year 6

3:05pm for Year 5

3:10pm for Year 4

3:15pm for Year 3

The drop off layby in Hall road is available for cars to drop off in the morning and then pick up children at the end of the day. Space is very limited!

Please do not try to enter if already full - instead, drive by and return a short while later. Hall Road must be kept clear otherwise drivers start doing crazy things!  

At the end of the day we will operate our taxi rank system. Only enter the drop off layby at your allotted time and remain in the car as you progress to the front of the queue. Your child's teacher will then release your child when they see you - do not arrive early as you will block the system and will then need to go around and join the back of the queue again. 


Siblings - this is complicated! Everyone can be dropped at the same time but appreciate you potentially have different collection times. Please contact the office if you need to collect the whole family together - this must be at the earliest time slot. We can only arrange this for siblings in school and not for other relatives, friends or neighbours. If your child needs to be collected by someone other than you then they will need to collect them at the set time even if this is different to the time and place of their child.

Transport. Please try to find alternatives to using cars. There is limited space for parking and walking, cycling or scootering is better for health.

If you have to come in the car then....

Try parking further away (eg Wouldham rec) and walk the last bit.

Treat Worrall Drive as a one-way circuit - accessing it from Keepers Cottage Lane so that you only park on the left hand side of the road facing the roundabout - this will stop any need for dangerous U turns outside school. 

Do not stop on zig zag markings or turn in the school gateways. This is very dangerous and we must avoid any vehicle versus child incidents!

Breakfast and After-school Club

Before and after school childcare continues as before. It MUST be booked and paid in advance so that we can ensure spaces are available. We also need to carefully manage groups to avoid mixing. 

Bookings are made through the Eduspot Schoolmoney website which you can link to below...

As places are limited and need to be pre-booked and paid for there won't be any refunds or credits given for not attending booked sessions. It may be possible to 'un-book' a place by contacting the office but this needs to be at least one school day before the booking.

All childcare must be booked online. It won't be possible to phone and request a space.

We're Forever Blowing Bubbles!

The school is operating with bubble groups - eg each class. This means that children are kept together and mixing is minimised. The virus hasn't gone away and there is every possibility that we can get a positive case in school. If this happens then the bubble or bubbles will burst and all those affected will need to self-isoalte for ten days.

To help prevent this we need to make sure everyone is keeping to the current restrictions and avoiding any mixing beyond school.

It has been very alarming to hear reports of families travelling way beyond the local area to visit the beach or other spots at weekends.

Until the 29th March (the last week of term) this remains illegal!

Think - The more places people go, the more people they encounter then the greater the risk of picking up the virus and bringing it into the school causing a whole bubble to pop. This means all the children and adults in that bubble have to self-isolate and potentially put the whole school into a wider closure.

Should there be any further disruption to school opening then we will revert to established remote learning routines.

Our approach is detailed below (click the image).

Dealing with emotions and behaviour can be tricky in normal times and even more so at the moment.

In school we make use of a system called 'Zones of Regulation'.

This uses colours to help identify how we are feeling and what we may do to improve things.

Click on the picture below to find out more.

Other resources that you may find useful after reading this information can be found below.

The NHS advice on when to isolate and for how long can be accessed by clicking the picture below.

We are now under National lockdown restrictions. Read what that means below...

What does Covid-19 look like? How do I know if we've got it?

Click below for the latest guidance...