We have now had time to study the guidance about the planned wider reopening of schools. I am delighted to tell you that we do plan to reopen to all children from September, provided that there are no changes to the current guidance over the summer break. All children are expected to return to school. School will still not be completely back to normal as we need to adhere to the guidance and avoid the children mixing as much as possible, but we are definitely heading in the right direction.

We will continue operating a staggered start and finish – please see details below with times and entrances and we will continue with staggered lunch times and breaks.


School Day – Start and End Times

 EYFS and Key Stage 1 – Jaffray Road

Enter through the car park gate, drop children at the playground gate and exit via the pedestrian gate. If they have a KS2 child, they can walk along the path to the KS2 playground.
 

Class Start time End time Door
Lions 8.30 2.50 Reception Class  Door
Monkeys 8.40 3.00 Reception class Door
Rhinos 8.30 2.50 Link Corridor Door
Giraffes 8.40 3.00 Link Corridor Door
Puffins 8.50 3.10 Link Corridor Door
Penguins 9.00 3.20 Link Corridor Door
Chipmunks 9.00 4.00 Nursery Door

 

Key Stage 2 – Raglan Road

Enter through Raglan Road gate and walk through the KS2 playground to exit via Jaffray Road.

Class Start time End time Door
Tigers 8.30 3.00 Year 3/4 Door
Pandas 8.40 3.10 Year 3/4 Door
Elephants 8.30 3.00 Year 5/6 Door
Leopards 8.40 3.10 Year 5/6 Door
Wolves 8.50 3.20 Year 3/4 Door
Dolphins 9.00 3.30 Year 3/4 Door
Panthers 8.50 3.20 Year 5/6 Door
Golden Eagles 9.00 3.30 Year 5/6 Door

 

 Language Provision – Main Entrance

Class Start time End time Door
Sharks 8.50 3.10 Main Entrance
Frogs 8.50 3.10 Main Entrance

Children will continue to eat their lunch in their classrooms as we are unable to have large groups of children together and, therefore, school lunch will continue to be a packed lunch.

P.E will only take place in the playground and children will be asked to come to school in their P.E kit on their P.E days to avoid children changing in close proximity to each other.

We will continue to operate a one-way system around most of the site and, unfortunately, parents will not be able to enter the KS1 playground in the morning and will only be able to enter the school building by appointment. Please ensure that you supervise your children at all times and that they remain with you.

We will continue to ensure that the children regularly wash their hands throughout the school day.

Feedback from parents about the use of SeeSaw for home learning has been extremely positive so we will continue setting home learning in this way. Breakfast Club and After School Club will reopen the week beginning 14th September and a separate letter will follow about this. We hope to be able to offer some extracurricular clubs, but we are still working with our providers to see if this is possible and further information will follow shortly about this.

Further details, including our risk assessment and what parents should do in the event of a suspected COVID case are available on our website.

Bromley is trying to establish transport patterns for children and families during this time. If you are able to complete the survey below they would be very grateful. Closing date is July 20th.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PrimarySchool/

Every year schools are able to bid to the government for funding towards essential work. Schools are normally informed about whether they have been successful in April; however, this year schools were not informed until the middle of June. We submitted two bids and were successfully awarded funding for one of our projects – fire compliance. As part of this work 86 doors will be replaced throughout the school – all of which have to be made individually. The late notification that this project can go ahead has caused difficulties for our contractors because of the limited time available to make the doors. In order to ensure that the work is completed and that the school is safe and ready to open we have had to delay the start of term from Thursday September 3rd to MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7th. I apologise for this – but the work is essential and must be done over the summer break.

On Wednesday, you will have received an email giving you the term dates for the 2021-2022 academic year. You will probably have noticed that we are moving to a two week October half term in line with other local schools. You may recall that parents were asked for their views about this and many of you replied – thank you.  Scott Pinder, the Chair of the Trust, then asked me to send out a letter to parents that he had written at the end of the autumn term informing you of the outcome.