Expanding Primary School Provision
Friday 15th May 2020
Dear parents and carers,
EXPANDING PRIMARY SCHOOL PROVISION
There is a lot of coverage everywhere you look about the expansion of primary schools from 1st June 2020. There are so many views being aired that it can be very confusing to work out what is going on and what the way forward will look like.
At Guildford Grove, we are very keen to see the return of more children because, like you, we believe that children learn best in school with their teachers and support staff from across the whole school. We think they have very much missed seeing their school-mates as well as generally being in a good school routine.
It will not surprise you to know that our number one priority is the health and safety of you, your children and our colleagues. Nothing is more important than keeping everyone as safe as we possibly can do.
We are currently working very hard to do thorough risk assessments based upon the guidance we are receiving from the DfE, the GEP Academy Trust and our own knowledge of our community and our school.
The government has stated that they wish primary schools to welcome back Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children from Monday 1st June at the earliest. We have been working hard to find ways that we can accommodate children from these year groups in addition to the children that we currently have at school.
As you will appreciate, this is not an easy task as we have to put children in much smaller groups than they would have been in before our world had to adapt to COVID-19.
At this stage, we cannot provide you with details on how we will welcome children back but we wanted to reassure you that we will be working through the “hierarchy of preventative measures” as set out by the UK Government. These are a set of guiding principles that will help us to set up the school appropriately. They are:
- Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
- Frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices
- Regular and thorough cleaning of our school
- Minimising human contact and mixing outside of an established group.
Inevitably, there will be huge changes for all of us to get used to – children, staff and you as parents and carers. We know that you will have lots of questions that you want to ask. With this in mind, we will ensure that we get information out to you as soon as we possibly can and we thank you, in advance, for your patience and trust at this time.
We realise that as parents and carers you will have a certain amount of anxiety about the expansion of schools but we hope that you know that we have safety at the forefront of our minds in all the organisation that we are doing in the next two weeks or so.
We are also very aware that even over this weekend, the message from the government may well change. Either way, we will still be working very hard to do the right thing by everyone.
We thank you once again for working with us and we will be in touch again with more information soon.
Lucy Ryder and Rona Mackie