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Returning to School – September 2020

Returning to School – September 2020


We hope that your child enjoyed their transition session with their new teacher. It was lovely to see the children back in school. We are very much looking forward to getting everyone back in September, hopefully to some sort of normality after this difficult period of time.

It remains our aim to ensure the safest possible return for everyone. If your child attended a transition session, you will already have received a letter informing you of the new start and end time, and school entry point for your child. If they did not attend, your letter is available for collection with your child’s report from the school office.

From September, we ask that only one adult brings or collects a child, to reduce the number of people on site. Please exit the site immediately after leaving your child. If you wish to discuss anything of any detail with a member of staff, please make an appointment.


As always, the rule is that if a child or any member of their family has a persistent cough, a high temperature or a disordered sense of taste or smell, the child should not attend school and they and their family must follow government self-isolation guidance and engage with NHS Test and Trace procedures.


The point of this letter is to let you know what extra steps we will be taking both to settle children back into school and to reduce the chance of infection when school resumes.

  • We are aware that some children may be anxious about returning or may have experienced personal or family difficulty during the lockdown period. Staff are ready to respond to this and provide help and support as necessary.
  • We intend to deliver our usual full and exciting curriculum. Children have obviously missed a lot of schooling and teachers will be assessing where children are at as they routinely do with a new class. Teaching will be based on the findings of these assessments. Children with specific needs will receive additional support as they always have done.
  • There will be distancing where possible of at least one metre, particularly between adults and between adults and children. However it is recognised that maintaining social distancing is more difficult for children. Therefore, in order to restrict infection spread, children and staff will be assigned to a ‘Bubble’ which corresponds to one year group. Children will learn, eat and socialise within that ‘Bubble’ with the staff assigned to their group.
  • It will not be possible to run Sunflowers after school facility for at least the first term or any other after school club that takes children from across the school. Doing so will clearly undermine the protective ‘Bubble’ system and risk a wider outbreak of infection should one occur. There will be a sports club for each ‘Bubble’ on one day a week after school that your child can apply to join. We are aware that this might be inconvenient for some parents but we have to put the safety of everyone first.
  • There will be frequent handwashing at key points in the day and regular cleaning of all commonly used spaces and equipment.
  • Children will have their own set of key equipment to use. Any shared equipment will be cleaned before re-use.
  • On PE days, we ask that children wear their kit to and from school. There will be no changing of clothes for PE in school.
  • We may be restricted to packed lunches only at the start of term until NORSE, our contractor can deliver a safe service. More detail will follow when we hear from them.
  • When a child or family member has symptoms of Covid 19, we expect them to seek a test and fully engage with NHS Test and Trace and to keep school informed of outcomes including test results, to enable us to take protective action as required by the Government guidance.

We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Mrs C Andrews, Mrs S Young

(Assistant Head Teachers)

Coronavirus Risk Assessment – for return to school September 2020

Our risk assessment for returminmg to school in September 202 can be downloaded here

WVAT Covid-19 Statement

WVAT Covid-19 Statement

In line with the recent publication of the government’s roadmap setting out the next steps in terms of dealing with the Covid-19 emergency, Waveney Valley Academies Trust have worked closely with our school leaders to build an approach to further facilitate the opening of our schools.

We have created our own roadmap which outlines the order in which wider opening will be undertaken. We believe that our own approach is in line with that of central government, with a focus on monitoring and review to assess any increased risk as children are gradually reintroduced to a school environment, albeit one with a very different feel to the school they left back in March. 

The Trust will ensure that all appropriate resources are available to schools, and that appropriate safety measures are implemented, in line with government advice. As a Trust, we pride ourselves on collaborative working and therefore have an expectation that every staff member, parent and young person will continue to support and work with our school leaders as we welcome young people back to the classrooms. Obviously it is essential that the new, covid-secure practices, which have been put in place under government guidelines for everybody’s safety, are followed. The Trust will support school leader’s decisions around proportionate responses and/or action where students / pupils fail to follow these guidelines.

In conclusion, we would like to express our thanks and our gratitude for the work our staff have undertaken so far in these unprecedented times, and for their ongoing collective efforts over the next few weeks and months.

Our Vision

Vision Statement
At Northgate Community Primary School our Vision is for children to be proud of themselves and strive to be the best that they can; to feel understood and supported to achieve success; to be safe and happy; to learn the skills to give them confidence to face the future; to know how to behave well; to be treated equally and to feel important within their school, family and the wider community.

In order to achieve this Vision we promise to encourage the following in our pupils:

Motivation and enthusiasm for their learning and a desire to do their best.

Secure competency in the basic skills for learning.
To begin to take responsibility for aspects of their own learning and gain in confidence and self-esteem.
Respect for the feelings and property of others with appropriate behaviour and self-discipline.
Effective skills and progress in relation to their prior attainment and future potential.
Aspirations for the future in a nurturing, supportive environment where citizenship and its associated responsibilities are evident.

"We are proud of ourselves and want to be the best we can"

"I know that I need to work hard to learn skills that give me confidence to face the future"

"Everyone here behaves well and we are all treated equally."

OUR Ethos

In order for us to inspire our pupils we undertake to:

Provide high quality teaching to enable pupils to achieve high standards which is matched to the differing needs of the pupils.
Provide equal opportunities for all, regardless of their ability, age, gender, religion, race, physical ability or social background.
Develop a partnership with parents that contribute to and supports pupil learning, recognising the school as part of the community.
Provide an appropriate and stimulating learning environment with high quality accommodation and resources.
Systematically assess pupils to ensure individual needs are met.
Provide clear leadership and effective management which moves the school forward.
Provide a safe, calm and positive working environment for staff and pupils.
Provide a climate where individuals are valued and respect is mutual.
Provide discipline that is fair and consistent.
Maintain the established nurturing environment and value everyone.