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Coronavirus: required closure

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children from 3:05pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will be putting measures in place to remain open for the children of Key Workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with particular needs. We are awaiting further information from the government on which other occupations are classified as Key Workers, but it would help us in the meantime, please let us know as soon as possible if you think your child may fall into one of these categories and may need to attend school over the coming weeks. You will need to contact the school office, give your child’s name and class and evidence how your child falls into the aforementioned categories.

For the safety and well-being of all of our school community and the wider community, all other children will need to remain at home until further notice, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards. Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text and announcements on the website.

Your child’s learning continues to be of importance to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn throughout this period of school closures.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home:

  • Children have been provided with packs of work that they can do at home. These have been prepared by the Class Teachers and are relevant to the National Curriculum, so will support your child’s learning whilst they are unable to attend school. Where possible, these resources are also available under each Year Group’s page on our school website.
  • The government announced yesterday that measures will be put in place to support children who usually receive free school meals. We will be in touch with more information, as this is published by the government.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with:

  • All school trips and extra-curricular activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • Breakfast and after-school clubs will not take place until further notice.
  • Statutory assessments will not be taking place throughout the remainder of this academic year. This applies to the end of Key Stage 1 SATS for Year 2 pupils, end of Key Stage 2 SATS for pupils in Year 6, as well as the Year 1 Phonics Check.

This is all of the information that we have at the current time and we appreciate your continued patience with us, as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. If you have any concerns, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please remember, if you or your child feel ill and you need further advice, please use the NHS 111 online service.

Thank you again for your continued support during this challenging time for us all. We will be in touch with more information as soon as this is available.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs L Hanger


Parents Evening School Times


Thursday 5th March – School closed to children at 2pm.

Gates will be open at 1.55pm please collect your child from their classroom.

There are no After School Clubs and The Hive is closed.

Thank you for your support.





We are celebrating with a day of storytelling with John Harris and a band concert by The Austin Beats.

NURTURE: We were visited in May by an Assessor looking at our Nurture provision in the two Nurture groups and across the school. Findings included: the standard of care within the nurture group continues to be extremely good; children feel safe and secure; the children are encouraged to develop a good range of social and personal skills; it was a privilege to observe staff modelling a positive regard for each other, as well as the children, which encouraged the relationship between the staff and children to flourish.

The conclusion was that the school fulfils the criteria for achieving the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for another three years.

We are the only school in the country to have achieved reaccreditation for the fourth consecutive time.

OFSTED: A team of three inspectors came on day one, two on the second day. They spent time in classrooms, spoke to groups of staff and children and governors, listened to children read, looked at the work in their books and spoke to parents on the playground.

The outcome of the visit is that we are a good school in every area.

Comments included: pastoral care and nurture are strengths of the school; children are enthusiastic learners with high aspirations; everyone works cohesively to meet the needs of all pupils; the wealth of expertise of all staff enables pupils to settle, thrive and make good progress; the curriculum develops pupils to be good and caring citizens; disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are supported well to make good progress; there is a strong safeguarding culture where pupils’ well-being is a priority; pupils show a love of learning; pupils are lively and sociable; early years is well led and managed.

The report has many comments about how well pupils learn and make good progress over time, mentioning how well mathematics and phonics skills are taught and praising the broad and balanced curriculum, effectiveness of enrichment to deepen learning and clear progression across year groups.

There were several comments about how positive our parents and governors are and how confident they are that we are exciting and inspiring children.

We are very pleased that our tireless commitment to offering a fully inclusive and relevant education delivered in an atmosphere of support and nurture has been recognised in this report. We thank everyone in school who contributed and especially to our loyal, caring and enthusiastic staff and our children.

We are committed to doing the best for our children, you are why we are here!

Mrs Lindsay Hanger

Head Teacher

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