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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.

School Closure Details

Northgate Primary School will be CLOSED to all children including children of Key Workers and vulnerable children for May half term: May 25th to 29th and on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June.

This is for deep cleaning and organisation of classrooms to prepare for opening more widely on 3rd June.

Parents will be asked to contact the school to let us know your childcare requirements for June.

A letter will be issued next week with further details.

COVID-19 PHASED REOPENING LETTER

COVID-19 PHASED REOPENING

To all parents and carers of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

Northgate Primary School is planning a phased return to school from June 2020 based on government guidelines. Safety for children, staff and families is our priority although maintaining social distancing is easier for older children and virtually impossible for children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1. We will take all necessary step but cannot guarantee that there will be no transmission of the virus to your child and your family. This may cause anxiety, however you have a choice about whether to send your child to school and there will be no attendance sanctions if you choose to keep your child at home. School will be completely different for the youngest children as the following will apply:

  • Children will be in small groups of 10 pupils to 2 adults
  • Each group will be allocated a room, which may not be a familiar room
  • The adults may not be those that your children know well
  • The small groups will not interact with any others during the school day
  • There will be no communal assemblies, playtimes or lunchtimes, all of these will be done in the same groups
  • Children will be required to wash frequently
  • Children will have limited access to resources/toys/play equipment etc
  • Children will need to keep a safe distance from each other and adults
  • There will be no clubs or after school activities
  • The school day will be staggered with different start and finish times and will be shorter

We will do our best to create the nurturing environment that our school is renowned for but this will be a challenge to us all.

We need to know the numbers of children to plan for, so your completion of the survey to find out is vital to the safe phased reopening.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY TUESDAY 19th MAY 2020 (Link will be sent by Text)

Covid-19 and Mental Health

Covid-19 and Mental Health

Below are some resources to help support mental health through this lockdown period.

Mental health support line Point 1: 0800 9774077 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Apps to support mental well being:

smiling mind  - focussed on meditation and mindfulness for children and adults

Worry tree - allows you to record your worries and then resolve your anxieties

Meetwo allows children to discuss your worries anonymously with other children. The site is mediated by professionals.

Health uncovered podcasts which can be found at https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/emotional-health/children-young-peoples-emotional-health/worries-anxiety

Childline have a counselling service via webchat https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk this site has a section on emotional health

Parentline 07520631590 provides support for parents

Young Minds website has a parents guide for supporting children who may be suffering from depression https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-depression/

The next website provides a guide if, as a parent, you feel you may need help with your own mental health  https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/parenting-and-mental-health/

Parents Evening School Times

PARENT’S EVENING

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.

OFSTED “GOOD” JULY 2018

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OFSTED “GOOD” JULY 2018 and

NURTURE QUALITY MARK FOR THE 4TH SUCCESSIVE TIME - THE ONLY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY TO HAVE ACHIEVED THIS

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

House Captains

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