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If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.

15/01/20

Dear Parents/carers

Last week the Government announced it has dropped its plans for all pupils to return to school before September. I know that everyone of us would love for the pupils to return, but it has to be safe and class sizes cannot be higher than 15. I know trying to balance the teaching of pupils and working from home is very difficult for most families, and I am really proud of everyone and the way you have responded to the challenges. We thought we would introduce something different for the pupils to try and re engage them with the learning, as recently we have seen the engagement levels drop.

We will be running a writing competition for each year group, which will take slightly different forms depending on the year. There will be a £10 Amazon voucher for the winner in each year group and a £5 voucher for the runner up.  We do not want to bring any more pressure on families, but we are hoping that the prospect of a prize might encourage the pupils. The class teachers will be sending the information out for each year group shortly, and we would ask for the children to complete this as independently as possible.

In addition we will be reviewing how we use technology to engage the pupils. For some year groups, this may take the form of an online book club or a small group meeting with the teacher. Again this information will be different for each year group and your class teachers will inform you.

If you are unable to access the online learning, please let the class teacher know when they ring you, as we are always happy to provide home learning packs for pupils should they need them.

I thought it might be interesting for those of you not at school to understand what school looks like at the moment. We have 2 groups/bubbles in Nursery, 2 groups/bubbles in Reception, 1 group/bubble in Y1 covered by the 2 teachers, 3 groups/bubbles in Year 6 and 2 key worker groups/bubbles - which may be expanding to three bubbles. Currently that uses 12 teachers, 12 TAs and 12 class bases. We have 3 teachers who, because of health issues, cannot resume teaching at the moment, and one teacher who has just started his Paternity leave - Congratulations to Mr Nicholson whose baby son was born on Friday! Therefore, as you can see, we have very limited capacity to expand what we are currently offering.

Contrary to what you see in the media, all staff have been fully engaged the whole way through this pandemic - the Teachers and TAs are doing a brilliant job currently teaching at school and running the online learning as well. In addition to this, they are also managing to ring families regularly to keep connected with pupils and parents to ensure everyone is safe, well and managing to get their learning completed.

Our site team have been working really hard ensuring deep cleans are consistently carried out in every area of the school keeping us all safe (our unsung heroes). 

Each of the groups/bubbles are starting and finishing their days at staggered times to ensure social distancing between parents/carers can be maintained whilst on the school grounds, and we are keeping the two meter distance rule as best as we can. On the website I have posted pictures showing the layout of the school currently.

Obviously I have no idea what school will be like in September, but we are planning for a full return. With that in mind, we are also aware that children will not be prepared for transition to their new class or teacher. Therefore we will be inviting pupils in September to return to their classes that they left in March, in which after a week in their old class, we will begin the transition process and they will have some time in their new class. By the 21st September we will have moved them to their new class.

Again I would like to thank everyone for their support. I am very proud of the Kingswood community and I am very proud to be its Headteacher.

Mrs Wallace

Headteacher

01/06/20

Dear Parents,

Today we have begun the opening of our school to the Reception, Nursery, Year 6 and Year 1. We are having a staggered start for each of the year groups. Parents had until the 21st May to let us know if they wanted their child to return. We have completed our risk assessment and staffing on this information.

I know that a lot of parents have chosen not to return their children to school. I appreciate for many of you that you are worried about how your child would react to the changes we have had to make. The school is currently a very different place from the school they left in March, and some of the pupils might find this difficult. I also know that there has been a lot of press regarding the safety of the pupils returning, but we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. The actual school offer is very different. The start and finish times of school have been changed, desks have been separated to allow a 2 meter distance. The children will only be attending part time. The school is closed to all pupils on a Wednesday to allow a deep clean. The only exception to this is the key worker children who can attend on a Wednesday.

How classes are being organised

  • Following Government guidelines and measuring our classrooms, groups/bubbles will not be bigger than 10 for some and others can permit up to 15. At present, with the numbers we have, groups will be smaller than this.
  • The children will be with the same group of children throughout their time in school. They will not mix with other children in the school. There is no negotiation over the ‘Bubble Group’ a child is allocated to. Pupils within the bubble will be expected to maintain social distance.
  • The intention is that they will be with the same teacher, but this might not be their class teacher.
  • Each class/bubble will have a teacher and a TA allocated to them who may not be their class teacher. Each class bubble will have their own break and lunch time and will not mix with other groups.
  • There will be staggered entrance and exit times to ensure that social distance is maintained. Entrance times are at 10 minute intervals for each group/bubble. Groups are arriving from 8:30 to 10:10 in the morning. Children and parents will only be allowed to enter school in their allocated time slot. Children are leaving school again in a staggered way. Starting at 2:40 until 3:10. Siblings will  not have the same slots and therefore you may have to drop off the first child and then wait outside until it is time for the second  sibling  slot.
  • Pupils cannot bring in pencil cases, book bags, reading books, footballs, again to reduce the possibility of cross contamination from Home to school and back. School equipment such as reading books, will not be sent home at this stage.
  • The only items permitted to come from home are a coat & water bottle
  • Pupils should only have one adult accompany them to school.
  • There is a one way entrance and exit system. Parents enter via the main entrance on Clay Hill Road. Entrance will only be allowed for the time allocated. A staff member will man the entrance.
  • The Office reception at the front of school will be shut at pick up/drop off times. All queries are to be dealt with by phone/email.
  • No visitors will be permitted to come into school, unless it is an emergency.

Please note that if you change your mind and you want your child to start you will have to apply to the school. If their class group or bubble is full then we will look to open a new bubble. Please note that if we need to open more groups/bubbles,  it may be necessary to reduce the number of days offered as we want to keep the children and staff safe and  limit the number of pupils in each day. Therefore if you have already been allocated slots please note that these may have to change if demand rises. If we are able to start your child we will contact you with start and finish time and their classroom base.

As always I appreciate the support from the Kingswood community and we all look forward to the day that we can return to normal, as this is what the pupils and staff are craving.

 

Kind regards

Mrs Wallace

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                                                                   11/05/20

I am sure like me, many of you watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night. In this address he indicated that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools in June starting with pupils in reception, year one and year six. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which will remain under regular review and is dependent on the five tests, which they set a number of weeks ago, being met.  

This will have raised many questions for parents and the school staff.  I understand that there will be concerns were around the ability of young children to  social distance and our systems of keeping children, staff and their families safe. Those, of course, are our main concerns and the areas in which we will concentrate our planning.  Unfortunately until we receive information from the government I am unsure what this means for our school. Once we have received some information and have a clear plan on how we maintain the safety of the pupils and the staff, I will provide you with further information.

It is important to say that until we as schools are given confirmation that we will re-open, schools remain closed to all but the children of Key workers and to vulnerable pupils.  

As always the team at Kingswood have the care for the pupils and staff central to everything that we do. When we return, whenever that may be, it may not be as it was in the past, but we will ensure that it is a safe and supportive environment for everyone.  

Stay safe.

Kind regards,

Veronica Wallace

Headteacher

Dear Parents                                                                                                                                                                                       17/03/20                                                                                                                                                        

I know that this is a very difficult time for family, I know that everyone has many concerns. We have never seen a situation like this in peace time. The school as always will try and support the pupils and families and over this unprecedented time. As you know last night at 5.15pm yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday.

He also indicated that all the school examinations due to take place this Summer, have been suspended; and that students would be credited for their learning in some other way.

Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place. We are expecting a definition of ‘key worker’ later today from the Cabinet Office. It will take time to determine the nature of this provision.

Although we have been anticipating action to be taken, the limited details so far released raise considerably more questions than answers. You will all have your own legitimate concerns and queries.

The Secretary of State gave no undertaking that schools would be expected to sustain a pattern of normal learning during the closure; rather that any available staff would be expected to support other frontline efforts. Our school response is yet to be determined.

I will be working alongside my senior leadership colleagues, and all staff, and the local authority to clarify as best we can what this announcement means for the school, for our pupils and for you. I anticipate providing more details later today.

Thank you for your support and for your patience in the meantime.

For the next two days, pupil attendance is expected to continue as normal within the COVID-19 Public Health England guidance.

Kind regards

Veronica Wallace

Headteacher

 

Welcome to Kingswood Primary and Nursery School. We hope our association with your family will be a long and happy one. Kingswood is a successful and popular school.  Children's happiness is paramount and we aim to inspire, motivate and celebrate their achievements. At Kingswood everyone is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential, we put children at the heart of everything we do.  By working together we create a positive ethos and strive to become an outstanding learning environment.

Each child will be encouraged to be hardworking and self-disciplined during their time here. We believe that individual children should attain the highest possible standards in reading, writing and mathematics.  Children should be able to develop and apply these skills with confidence and should enjoy the process. We aim at all times to match the learning experience to the needs of individual children in partnership with parents and other members of the community. Additionally, we promote the physical, creative, social and emotional development of each child in a calm and friendly atmosphere.

Our staff, coupled with supportive parents and governors, contribute greatly to the success of our school. We all work together with a common purpose – to ensure that our children are happy and successful in their primary years.

With the staff we can ensure that the pupils have experiences that enable them to Discover. That through growth mindset and a nurturing ethos the pupils will Believe in themselves and that they will go on to Achieve their aspirations.

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