Return to a new normal for school
Every aspect of school returns to a new normal from September. We will re-open with everything that we usually do but with control measures to keep pupils, staff and parents as safe as possible.
Part of being a parent means that we must ensure our children attend regularly at school. We return to usual expectations and arrangements for telling us if your child is absent from school.
The government now knows much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. You should note however that:
- a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19);
- shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding.
We will return to our usual uniform policy in the autumn term. Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school, setting feel and expectations. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
We return to our full, freshly cooked menu.
Overnight residential trips for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are on hold while the government continues to advise against domestic (UK) overnight and overseas educational visits. We will plan and prepare for these trips but not take any non-refundable deposit payments from parents.
Day trips will take place but with tighter control measures, including not travelling on public transport.
Face-to-face competition against other schools is on hold because we cannot mix pupils between schools. Some virtual events may take place during the Autumn term. We will gradually increase competitive sport with other schools when it is safe to do so.
Wrap around childcare for working parents
Breakfast club, after-school club and holiday club re-open from the start of term. Booking by MyChildatSchool (MCAS) replaces Laser and will open soon. Pupils will be organised and supervised in year group bubbles to minimise risks of transmitting any coronavirus infection.
Specialist clubs for co-curriculum
A limited number of clubs start in September, with more expected to follow over time. Some clubs are adjusted to reduce the risk of virus transmission through contact. Booking will open during August.