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Winscombe Primary School

Headteachers' Blog

7th September 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to you all, especially those families who are joining us for the first time. We hope both you and your child will be very happy at Winscombe, and that their time here is as successful and rewarding as possible.

It has been wonderful to meet all of the children over the last few days, and to see how happy they have been to return to school. We are extremely proud of their positivity and resilience, in such challenging circumstances.

May we also say a thank you to you, as parents and carers, who have adhered to our safety measures and made the transitions at the beginning and end of the day smooth. As promised we constantly review all safety arrangements put into place, through our Risk Assessments, and have made two small alterations, please see below:

  • Year 4 will move to 9am entry times and 3.15pm exit times.
  • We will be returning to a one-way system, to avoid congestion at key areas. Therefore, please can you enter through Well Close gate and walk either way to drop off your children to their classes. There will be two exit points; one by the main entrance to the school and one via the KS1 playground gate, but please be mindful of the car park when leaving or the gate.

These will come into force on Tuesday 8th September. 

Transitional Curriculum

In light of the exceptional circumstances, we have shifted our focus towards a whole school collaborative learning experience at the start of the year, and we will be using a story called, Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers. It’s a story with the desire to help our children make sense of the world and their place in it, refresh the sense of community across the entire school, to reflect on the last few months, and to look forward to the future in a positive way. We will be excited to share and celebrate our work with you all in a few weeks’ time.

 

Further ‘Return to School’ information

If your child is unwell

Please be aware, following DfE guidance, our school will expect pupils and staff who are unwell to stay at home, for example if they have a heavy cold. For the safety of everyone in our community, we need to maintain the healthiest environment we can. If you are unsure whether or not to send your child to school, please contact the school office for clarification, as well as any support or guidance on attendance as a result.

Washing school uniform

There is no longer an expectation that school uniform need to be cleaned on a daily basis. We would simply ask you to ensure your child’s uniform is clean and presentable for school each day.

Protocol for a suspected case

  • If your child displays the symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of taste or smell), then your child must not come to school, and any siblings must also stay at home.  It is important that anyone with symptoms requests a test – this can be done through www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119. Please note additional symptoms of an upset tummy or headache may also be coronavirus symptoms, always ring your GP if you are unsure.
  • If your child receives a positive test result for Coronavirus then please notify the school as soon as possible. All household members (including brothers and sisters) must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and your family is advised to self-isolate, it is essential that you follow the advice and do not send your child/children to school for 14 days. This applies even if your child/children receive a negative test result as they could develop coronavirus after having the test. You can read more at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youve-been-in-contact-with-a-person-who-has-coronavirus/
  • If you have just returned from a holiday and been advised to quarantine for 14 days please do and again, do not send your child/children to school until the quarantine period is over.

 

If there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus within our school community, rest assured we will be supported by The Wessex Learning Trust and Public Health England in managing the situation and communicating with you all promptly and effectively.

Governor Updates

  • In other news Mrs Emma Cox has stepped down as Chair of Governors and Mr John Fowler will now be undertaking that role, supported by Ina Marie Bamford as vice-chair. May I pass on our thanks to Emma for all she has done for the Strawberry Federation for 7 years.

 

Head of School

During the year, I will be supported by, Ms Andrea Muxworthy, in the leadership and management of Winscombe Primary, and as such she has moved to the role of Head of School. This will ensure we are giving Winscombe Primary every opportunity to thrive this year. Mr Andy Venn will be teaching in Year 6 on Thursdays and Fridays, and as a highly experienced teacher will be a wonderful addition to the Year 6 team and allow Ms Muxworthy valuable leadership time.

 

If you do have any queries or questions during this time, we are advising you to communicate with the school over phone or email wherever possible. Whilst strict safety measures are in place, schools are endeavouring to minimise face to face contact and maintain communication through other methods. We hope that you can appreciate the difficulty in managing this and support us by keeping abreast of school texts and newsletters we will send out regularly with any changes or updates.

We are all looking forward to an exciting Autumn Term where we hope that we can begin to restore a sense of routine and normality for you and your child.

Kind regards

Mrs Lorna Richardson

 

 

 

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