Dear Parent/Carer and families,
I cannot believe we have reached the end of Summer One half term – the half term that is usually filled with lots of hard work and assessments and the joys of First Holy Communion. I am grateful we managed to squeeze our school trips in before lock down began!
I would like to express my most sincere thanks for your time and your continued patience. Schools have been in the spotlight this week and I have continued to work closely with our Governors, with other Head Teachers and have spent many hours keeping up to date with the changes in guidance. There are been 41 updates from the Government this week, many late into the evening! As a parent myself, I also understand the challenges of juggling home schooling – be kind to yourselves; we are all doing the best we can under very challenging circumstances. Over the half term, I urge those of you that can to get a little rest and have some fun. I think we all need it. (School continues to be open for key worker children.)
I believe the Government’s announcement whether or not schools can open (according to their five tests) should be later this week. We will hear at the same time as you! In the meantime, we are continuing to provisionally plan for wider opening to children in Reception, Year One and Year Six on the 8th June. Thank you for completing the survey; my risk assessments and planning for classroom space and staffing is based on these numbers. Once the Government announcement has been made, I will be able to share the new rules and routines that we will need to adhere to with those of you sending your children in. School will be shut to all children on the 4th and 5th of June so we can arrange furniture, put resources into storage, deep clean and share new policies and routines with the staff.
Please also be reassured that we are putting time and energy into planning for next year to ensure any lost learning is addressed, transition back into school is smooth and that we keep the wellbeing of our children at the heart of all our work. For those children staying at home over the next half term, some of teaching staff who are on the clinically vulnerable list will be leading their learning from home whilst liaising with staff at school. We are hoping to further build on our TEAMs sessions and will continue to set work through online platforms and be in contact with telephone calls. Our wonderful school support group has kindly agreed to donate some money so we can purchase and put together little craft packs to deliver to all the children to support learning activities and we will gladly print out further resources if you speak to your teacher when they call. A system to change reading books and library books is safely set up in the entrance hall and you are welcome to call each morning we are open, following the rules! We will have to think outside the box to run some virtual assemblies, sports days and fun events too so all our community continues to feel together.
I honestly cannot wait until this is all over and for when it safe to be back together again. We miss helping our children learn. We miss supporting them to achieve things that they never thought they would. We miss witnessing their little kindnesses and seeing them grow into wonderful human beings. We must be patient, continue to follow Government advice and know our community although apart at the moment, is still together.
Please know where we are and be in touch if we can help in any way. The office is open each morning for telephone calls and we will always respond to emails.
Look after yourselves. Be safe, keep well.
Mrs Jenni Willis
Following the Government’s announcement that schools may open for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children after half term (and for our school this means 8th June) schools have been asked to plan on the basis that the Government’s 5 key tests are met, including the rate of infection decreasing (the R rating). Since the announcement was made Headteachers across the cluster have been working together to create solutions to implementing the Government’s guidance.
I am writing to share with you the protective measures we have been working on implementing to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils and visitors to our schools. These measures are being put into place following a robust risk assessment process in each setting based on the most recent Government guidance.
We recognise that you may have some concerns about your child returning to school and that for some children another change will be unsettling for them. We also understand that the past weeks will have been challenging for many families. I know this isn’t an easy decision and therefore want to give you all of the information that I have at this moment in time to help you to make as much as an informed choice as you can.
St Teresa’s will be a very different place when the children return. This is necessary in order to be able to implement the Government’s measures and to keep our whole community safe.
A range of approaches and actions will be employed across all schools to minimise the spread of the virus. These include:
Government guidance acknowledges that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. Considering this, please be aware that, whilst endeavouring to enforce social distancing, we cannot make this happen or guarantee that this will happen 100% of the time. This becomes more applicable the younger the age-range of the children.
What will the new, temporary provision look like at St. Teresa’s?
Please complete this by Wednesday 20th May to enable us to plan groups and rooms, indicating whether or not you want your child to return to school on the proposed date of June 8th if the government state their 5 tests have been met.
Any parent who decides that they do not want their child to return to school during this period of time will not be fined or penalised in any way.
We understand that this is a challenging time and parents are faced with a very difficult decision to make. We will support and understand your choice. If you require any further information, please contact the school office by telephone or email.
I cannot wait to see all of the children again, but we would like to reassure you that the safety of our school community has to remain our priority. Schools will continue to review the protective measures they have implemented at this stage and Headteachers will update you with any changes as and when they make them.
Thank you for all your warm wishes and messages of support; the last few weeks have been difficult for everybody and remaining as a community is incredibly important. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the staff who have been working hard both behind the scenes and in school throughout this pandemic.
Look after each other,
Mrs Jenni Willis
Welcome to Saint Teresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School.
Choosing a school for your child is probably one of the most important decisions you will have to make and here at Saint Teresa’s we understand that education is a partnership between home and school. We share the same aims and ideals.
Our work with parents was recognised by our ‘Outstanding’ R.E inspection report and the Leading Parent Partnership Award we received. Our staff works extremely hard to provide a caring, secure and vibrant environment within which the needs of every pupil are seen as all important.
As well as giving our pupils a firm grounding in the Catholic faith, we ensure that we deliver a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which challenges every child, from the ablest to those with special needs. As a small school, we are able to get to know each child well and to deliver the curriculum in a manner that best suits their needs.