Autumn Term 2021

Welcome back

We start the new academic year with enormous excitement. Despite the challenges we have faced during the pandemic, 2021-22 presents us with opportunities to resume much of our educational provision. It is important that we retain some of the processes and measures, however, so as to continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of us all.

This page outlines the essential details and information and we encourage you to study it carefully. Amendments or adaptations may be necessitated by the local or national picture and we will keep you fully informed.

Health and hygiene

Pupils may only attend school if they are in full health.

Everyone will continue to sanitise their hands upon entering and leaving rooms.

All classrooms will be ventilated.

Desks and workspaces will continue to be sanitised after use.

The sharing of equipment will be minimised.

Increased and enhanced cleaning throughout the school day will continue.

Classrooms will be deep cleaned should there be positive cases identified.

If a pupil tests positive, we will ensure appropriate guidance is followed.

The start of the school day

School will open at 7.45am and early drop off will be in the Pre-Prep.  Prep children (Years 3 to 6) arriving after 8am can be dropped off on the Prep site and should go to the library until playtime at 8.15am.  Pupils will register with their form teacher in their usual classrooms.

Uniform

You should wear sports kit on days you have Games and PE. Full and correct kit only. You should wear normal school uniform on other days including when you have a sports club.

Mrs Clark will write separately to confirm what to wear on which day!

Lessons

You will have a set seating plan and be facing forwards wherever possible.

Homework will continue to be set on Showbie and in books.

Breaktime and lunch time

We will revert back to arrangements pre-COVID. There will be separate play times for Prep and Pre-prep children on most days. The playground can be used for active play and the quad for quieter activities. The quad will remain covered for now. Prep children will sit in their year groups for lunch.

After school

Clubs will start on Wednesday 8th September unless you are informed otherwise about particular clubs.  We will write to you shortly with the clubs list.

Pupils not in clubs will be supervised in the two late rooms.  Pre-Prep late room will close at 5.30pm and any remaining children will be brought over to the Prep late room.  This will close at 6pm.  Please continue to ring the bell for Pre-Prep collection and phone up from quad (07385 380792) for Prep collection.

Meetings

Meetings with parents will take place online or in person.

The initial Parents’ Evenings (Curriculum Evening and first Parents’ Evening) will be in person and subsequent Parents’ Evenings are likely to be on Teams.

Teaching and support staff

Staff may only attend school if they are in full health. Those teachers who do not attend, but feel well enough to do so, may teach lessons via Showbie.

If a staff member tests positive we will determine the next steps on a case by case basis.

Classrooms and office spaces must be ventilated.

Departments may continue to order tea, coffee, milk and biscuits from Catering for their departmental areas.

Staff must undertake enhanced sanitising when in shared staff areas.

Staff briefings will take place in Forest School on Mondays at 10.30am.  Staff meetings will take place in Late Room.

Staff should keep a distance of 2m from pupils wherever possible.

Staff may wear smart school-issued sports kit only and only on days that they are teaching Games.

Face to face meetings are allowed in well-ventilated rooms.

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