7th September 2020
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:
These will come into force on Tuesday 8th September.
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 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.
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.
Mrs Lorna Richardson