Returning to school information for families
Arriving at school
Children will be in their classes as normal in September. We are planning to run the school with
4 groups/bubbles – 1 for each year group – rather than lower school and upper school as we
have worked previously. This allows us to continue to support pupils well and also be able to
run the school day as smoothly as possible whilst minimising risk.
Children can enter school from 08:40 – 09:00 each day. They will enter the school yard via the
small gate which allows staff to control the flow of pupils onto school premises and allows year
groups to socially distance better. They will enter the school building in the following way:
Y3 – lower door
Y4 and 5C – middle door
Y6 and 5H – top door
It is likely to be the busiest as soon as the gate opens at 08:40 and pupils may need to wait at
a safe distance outside the school gate to enter safely at this time. It remains the same that
parents do not enter the yard on a morning.
Historically our new Y3 pupils have gone onto the infant yard on their first morning however
through discussion and changes to arrivals at both schools both HTs have decided that Y3
pupils will come onto the junior yard this year. As this is a slight change we ask that Y3 come
on to the school yard at 09:00 on their first day so that they can come into school together
and whilst other year groups are already in class. From Thursday 3rd September they can arrive
at school between 08:40 and 09:00 like Y4-6.
Some changes to the school day
Assemblies will be held virtually in classrooms and all break times will be with their year groups
only. At lunch, packed lunches will remain in their classroom and dinners will take hot meals in
the hall with their year groups on their tables only. Children will take their seat at a table and
be invited up to collect their chosen hot dinner rather than queuing.
Leaving school at the end of the day
At the end of the day we will have a slightly staggered collection routine and one way system
on the yard.
Y6 and those with siblings in Y6 will leave school at 15:05 via Y3 door.
Y5 and those with siblings in Y5 will leave school at 15:10 via Y3 door.
Y4 and those with siblings in Y4 will leave school at 15:15 via Y3 door.
Y3 will leave at 15:20 via Y3 door.
One parent or carer will walk onto the yard via the small gate and wait towards the bottom of
the yard socially distanced from other adults collecting. They will be paired with their child or
children and then leave via the main gate. You should attend the school yard to collect your
child or children at the time your oldest child would leave the school building.
If there is any change to the collection arrangement for your child or children please let the
school know via phone as soon as possible.
Other than these timings the provision in school will be similar to that seen before school
partially closed. There will be hand washing on arrival and between changes in activities
during the school day. School will also have hand sanitiser available.
Breakfast club will be open but it will be a limited and a changed offer during this time. Pupils
may continue to arrive for breakfast club between 08:00 and 08:30 via the main reception
door. Pupils will be in a breakfast club room for their year group only and our usual provision of
active gaming (Just Dance), pool, table tennis etc. will not be on offer yet. We recognise the
importance of this provision to our families however it will be different to how it was before
March 20th in order to maintain the groups/bubbles established in schools. Breakfast club
opens at 08:00 and doors close at 08:30. Children will still enter via the main reception door but
children will not be able to wait and congregate in the reception area before 8:00 as they
have done previously. They will need to wait outside and be socially distanced from each
other. They will not be supervised and parents and carers are responsible for their children until
the doors open at 08:00.
In those first few days school will have a focus of returning to our new routine and settling into
new classes. Moving forward we will prioritise work around key basic skills in reading, writing
and maths as well as supporting the emotional development of children and going back to
lessons in history, geography, art etc. Work will be planned, as it always has been, at the
appropriate level for your children and we will update you as normal with their progress.
Pupils will need to return to school in their full school uniform in September – details of which
can be found on the school website. Shoes or trainers can be worn but they must be black
and heels are not permitted. Pupils will need PE kit from week commencing 07.09.2020 and
normal PE kit rules apply. A reminder that one pair of small stud earrings can be worn and a
watch – no other jewellery is permitted. Pupils can bring bags to school for their PE kit and if
they have a packed lunch or water bottle. No other items can be brought in from school with
exception of medical items.
In line with government direction attendance returns to being compulsory in September. We
will provide parents with a guide on actions to take if your child is unwell with any illness before
Current guidance states that facemasks are not required for primary age pupils however we
will continue to review this as an ongoing matter and update parents with any changes for our
Once we get back to school we will update families with information on homework, parent
consultation meetings, school trips etc.
If you have any questions please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org