6th January 2021:
Remote learning plan is in place.
See letter from Mrs Nicholson here: Remote Learning Plan Letter
5th January 2021
Dear Parents/ Carers
Following the government announcement late on Monday evening, the Senior
Leadership Team have spent an incredibly busy and difficult day today reviewing the
school’s risk assessment in response to parent requests for places in school.
The new variant of COVID requires us to adhere to strict social distancing to keep our
children, our staff and our community safe. High numbers of children in school in a
pandemic will not allow us to do this.
In the last 18 hours, we have received an unprecedented number of requests for
places. Despite lots of work to try and design a risk assessment and systems which
would allow us to safely accommodate requests for places, we cannot find a solution
that would enable us to open. We simply cannot safely accommodate all the children
whose parents have requested places.
Closing schools is one of the last actions the government can take in its attempt to
control the virus: the high number of requests for places goes against the principles of
our risk assessment, the sole purpose of which is to keep people safe and to play our
part in controlling the virus.
Therefore, after consultation with the local authority and governor representatives, I
have no choice but to call an unavoidable school closure for the rest of the week to
allow time for us to adjust our risk assessment and plan accordingly. School will be
closed until Monday 11th January for ALL children (at the earliest) when hopefully we
can safely open again to small numbers of children. Remote learning will be posted on
the homework hub or Tapestry (Oak class) for children.
These are exceptional circumstances and the decision to close has not been taken
lightly. We recognise how inconvenient this is for our families, particularly for those
working on the front line, but there is no alternative at this point. If you have requested a
place that on reflection you may no longer need, please email
Please, do your part to keep our community safe.
Mrs A Slack
Wildlife/ Sensory Garden Area update
Following our generous grant of £2,000 secured from Toyota towards transforming our much neglected wildlife garden area, Mr Cartridge and Year 6 have successfully secured additional funding. The Baines Charity and John Sykes Dewhurst Bequest have donated £1,000 along with Redrow Homes and Persimmon Homes who have each donated £1,000. School will deploy some of the PE grant towards clearing and fencing the area which will provide a new aspect for learning and well-being within school.