Welcome to Our School
Thursday 21st May 2020
Dear Parents and carers,
Thank you for all your support and for following advice to keep your children at home whenever possible. Our major priority, as it has been since the onset of this awful crisis, remains the health and safety of pupils and their families and of our staff who continue to care for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers. I know you will share this priority from the results of the survey.
I wanted to provide further clarity following the Government’s announcement that schools will re-open no earlier than the first of June to the following year groups; Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 on what you can expect to happen next.
As stated, the safety and welfare of your children, you as parents and all of our staff in schools is of paramount importance and whilst we are eager to get children back into education, we need to ensure that this is not putting them and others at increased risk of infection from Covid-19 at this time.
The Government & the TUC (Trade Union Council) set five tests to measure whether any extension of school opening is safe for society, for children and their families and for the staff who work in them. These tests have not yet been met.
We want to begin a phased opening as soon as possible. However, given the need for safety, from Tuesday 2nd June 2020 we will continue to offer childcare to children of Key Workers and for vulnerable groups only. We expect these numbers to increase as the key worker list is updated.
We will contact you on Monday 1st June once the new list has been issued to confirm if you have a place as school can only accommodate a certain amount of children.
As a school community, we will be following the below points:
· School will continue to be open to children of keyworkers and vulnerable children, as it has been throughout the lockdown;
· Breakfast and after school club will not operate during this time.
· Children will be in groups of no more than 10 children
If there is any further safe capacity, following rigorous risk assessment, additional pupils will be invited to return in small, manageable numbers from the year groups identified by the government as priority. Additionally, we will also look at how we can facilitate Y6 with their transition to High School. All our plans must ensure that children are invited back at the right time and when we can offer you as parents the reassurances you will need that your child will be safe.
School will not be open to any year group on Fridays (only open to children of keyworker/vulnerable children) to allow staff time to clean classrooms, resources and replenish PPE.
We acknowledge how important it is for parents to have all relevant information, enabling you to make plans to move forward too. I will endeavour to be as open, honest and transparent with all plans and decisions made and keep you informed every step of the way.
As you can appreciate, no school can guarantee 100% safety from the virus, but we have taken advice from government and Public Health England to put all necessary risk assessments and safety precautions in place. Such measures include:
· PPE in every classroom (hand sanitiser, gloves, soap, paper towels)
· Children do not need to wear masks
· Adults do not need to wear masks unless administering first aid
· Children will be grouped in a maximum of 10 to ensure socially distanced seating in classrooms
· Each child will have their own table with all necessary equipment for them to use at their table to minimise movement around the classroom
· Groups of children will be supervised by the same adults as much as possible – not necessarily their own class teacher or with their friendship group although we will try with this as much as possible.
· Staggered pick up and drop off times
· Staggered play times
· Staggered lunch times
· All soft play, wet play and various other materials within the classrooms that could potentially harbour germs to be removed
· Children’s books/worksheets will not be handled by staff for marking
· Children bringing in a packed lunch will eat in the classroom
· Children receiving hot meals will eat in the dinner hall
· One-way system/staggered movement around school to minimise contact in corridors
· If/where possible, only one adult to pick up and drop off
· Adults not to come into the foyer to speak with office staff – phone calls only or use of drop box outside the main entrance door.
· School will not be accepting any extra adults or visitors in to school until it is safe to do so.
This list is not exhaustive and will be adjusted accordingly over time.
As stated, the safety and welfare of the children, staff and families is of paramount importance and whilst we are eager to get children back to school and education, we need to ensure that this is not putting anyone at increased risk of infection from Covid-19 at this time. All plans made will ensure that children are invited back at the right time and when we can offer you as parents the reassurances you will need that your child will be safe.
Equally, as a school, we ask that parents also do their upmost to keep our school community safe. If your child or anyone in your household displays any symptoms please do not send your child to school.
Parents will not be fined if you decide not to send your child(ren) to school.
Finally, thank you for supporting school with our best endeavours to bring more children into school over the coming weeks, whilst prioritising everyone’s health and well-being. If you have any further comments, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.
We would like to thank you for your kindness, understanding and ongoing patience at this very difficult time
As always, I send my best wishes to you all. Stay safe.
On behalf of the staff and children here at Willow Tree Primary School, I would like to welcome you to our school and thank you for visiting our website. At Willow Tree, we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly atmosphere and hope that new parents and children will quickly feel part of our school family. It has been a privilege to be appointed as Headteacher of such a fantastic school and I look forward to working with you all over the coming months and years.
Our high expectations match the high quality teaching and pastoral care our children receive, regardless of their starting points or abilities. This guarantees that they have a great beginning to their learning journey at our school.It is important to us that the children are happy, confident and resilient and enjoy their learning, making the most of all the opportunities we have to offer. We ensure that all learning is purposeful and linked to children`s own experiences so they are engaged, challenged and become highly effective problem solvers and communicators.
Our curriculum is creative, inclusive and exciting. It provides children with a broad range of learning experiences which seek to nurture talents and acquire new skills in a hands-on and engaging way. It is our aim for all children to have a deeper understanding of the world around them and to become responsible and caring citizens of the future.
We hope that during their time with us your children will become confident, articulate, and inquisitive and endeavour to work in partnership with parents to achieve the very best provision for every individual.
I hope that you enjoy reading about what we have to offer. If you are looking for something in particular and are unable to find it, please don`t hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Stuart Perkins, Headteacher