Shaftoe Road

Phone: 0191 5280440



July 16th, 2020

Dear Parent/Carers,

I am writing to update you all with regards the arrangements for our return to school in September.

We have been pleased with the uptake of places since the end of June and it has been lovely to welcome up to 70 children back into school in some form. The children who have returned have coped remarkably well so thank you to parent/carers and staff who have ensured the smooth transition.

The first day of school in September will be Wednesday the 2nd. At the time of writing we plan to welcome all children back to school on a full time basis for the autumn term. This will mean your child will attend for five days a week Monday-Friday. However due to the need to maintain social distancing and avoid too many people congregating at the school entrance we will be implementing a staggered start and finish each day.

The intention will be for the staggered start and finish to consist of two groups both with a defined start and finish time. Currently we are in dialogue with Home/School Transport with regards what this arrangement will look like but rest assured we will be in touch before school returns in September with full details. We are hopeful this arrangement will only be in place temporarily, but this will be dependent upon Government guidance.

If your child has an underlying health condition I would appreciate it if you could check with medical professionals that it is safe for your child to return.

As a school please rest assured that we are following all guidance in order to keep both children and staff safe. In September we will be operating class ‘bubbles’ and these will consist of the children within their class group and the staff team only. We have a robust cleaning regime in place, with surfaces and equipment cleaned regularly and all shared rooms cleaned between use. Please also be aware that in September we will continue with packed lunches provided by the school kitchen. These will be eaten within the classrooms.

I hope the above information is useful, but should you have any further questions please do get in touch. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

Have a very restful summer and with very ‘best wishes’

Celia Wright ( Head Teacher )