Our School Updates
Information relating specifically to our school.
See our Weekly Newsletters.
10th July: W16. We have set out our arrangements for a full school return in September - Option C+.
Click here to see the September arrangements in detail.
6th July: W16. Work for our children is now set daily via Purple Mash. Click here for Purple Mash.
29th June: W15. Work for our children is now set daily via Purple Mash. Click here for Purple Mash.
26th June: W14. We are currently considering 4 possibilities to implement when we return for the new academic year. At the moment Option A is the most likely. Click here to see the September options in detail.
22nd June: W14. Work for our children is now set daily via Purple Mash. Click here for Purple Mash.
15th June: W13. Work for our children is now set daily via Purple Mash. Click here for Purple Mash.
12th June: Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 use our on-site school, divided into small groups, or bubbles, rather than the former classes of 30. Children work, play and eat in bubbles, staying together all day. At lunchtime, no more than 32 children access the hall at any one time. Outside on the field the bubbles stay together to play in the fresh air. Uniform is optional. Children complete work, set through Purple Mash, during the mornings and do other activities in the afternoons.
Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 remain at home to complete work set daily via Purple Mash. They are not expected to use the school building until September, at the earliest.
8th June: W12 of our online school.
1st June: W11 of our online school.
25th May: W10 of our online school.
22nd May: Our plans for after half term. We currently have 135 children of key workers. At least 65 of these have said that they require a place in school in June and July. We have risk-assessed our school spaces and can only admit approximately 60 children, if we are to attempt to socially distance. We have no room for additional children from any year group, until guidance changes to say it is safe to stop socially distancing or until we no longer need to prioritise children of key workers. Our plans may change during the half-term holiday, depending on changing government advice. Please keep checking our website.
On Monday 1st June: open only to Key Worker and vulnerable children who have been attending the school site between 23rd March and 22nd May 2020. Please queue in the marked areas to enter through the front door at 9am.
On Tuesday 2nd June: open also to Key Worker and vulnerable children who have asked for a place in school and have not attended before. Please do not arrive before 9.30am and allow plenty of time to queue and fill in all forms required. The forms you will be required to sign say that you understand the risks and have decided you are happy to send your children to school. We will do all we can to socially distance children but cannot guarantee that they will not become ill with Covid 19. If they become unwell in school we will contact you immediately and you must take them home to self isolate for 7-14 days. Please bring ID from your place of work if you are a key worker e.g. ID badge, wage slip or your key worker letter.
On Friday 5th June. If some key worker children decide not to take up their place or the key worker list changes we will contact Year 6 children who wish to attend to start on Monday 8th June.
As numbers increase, children will be taught in small groups or ‘bubbles.’ Scientists say that this is the safest way to teach children during a pandemic, limiting contact with children in other ‘bubbles.’ Children in these ‘bubbles’ will work, play and eat together. If you decide to send your child to breakfast and after school club, please be aware that they will be joining other bubbles, possibly increasing the risk of infection. Depending on the numbers of key worker and vulnerable children attending, we will look at bringing in additional children in the weeks ahead.
18th May: Week 9 of our online school.
16th May: DfE response to issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19): click here.
15th May: Letter from Jim Leivers, Interim Director of Children’s Services, St Helens Council: click here.
11th May: Update following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening.
A return for more children to school is part of the government’s conditional plan which, it says, will remain under regular review. We are waiting to receive more information from government and the teaching unions about what this may mean for a safe phased return for certain cohorts of children.
All of us want more pupils back in school as soon as it is safe to do so. However, with hundreds of people still dying every day, our first priority has to be the safety of everyone in our school community – pupils, staff and their families.
In the short-term, nothing has changed. We will provide further information via the website in the coming days and weeks, once we are in a position to do so.
11th May: Week 8 of our online school.
4th May: Week 7 of our online school.
27th April: Week 6 of our online school.
20th April: Week 5 of our online school.
13th April: Week 4 of our online school.
6th April: Week 3 of our online school.
30th March: Week 2 of our online school.
25th March: Letter from Kath O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, St Helens Council: click here.
23rd March: Week 1 of our online school.
20th March 4pm Our normal school is now closed. From next week we have our On-Site School for the children of key workers and our Online "virtual" School.
18th March 4pm We have been given additional support from the Local Authority, so the deep clean of school will be finished tonight. On Local Authority advice, we will be able to open tomorrow and Friday for those who are able to send their children to school.
18th March In the eventuality of widespread school closures, St Helens Local Authority have asked us to collate some information. It would be helpful if parents could email school with details if they;
· Work in the NHS
· Work in the emergency services
· Work in the care profession
· Work as a teacher within St Helens LA
18th March Due to a number of children sent home with symptoms of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the school is closed for deep cleaning. At least one of those children may have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid 19.
We are planning to reopen on Monday 23rd March. Packs of work will be available from the school hall door between 1pm and 5pm.
Parents who are unable to collect work should make arrangements with friends and neighbours, if possible.
We apologise for the short notice. This is an unprecedented situation. The safety and health of everyone are our top priority.
16th March Letter sent to parents: click here.
13th March School is open, as usual, on Monday. Latest advice says that anyone who now develops a continuous cough or high temperature should remain at home for seven days. Parents should ring the school office if children are ill with either of these symptoms and keep them at home. Parents of children with health conditions, who wish to discuss limiting social contact or self- isolation, should ring school to make an appointment with the Headteacher or Safeguarding Lead, to discuss options available.
28th February We are currently planning to run all clubs, lessons, booster classes and trips as normal next week, based upon our latest advice. However, the local advice that we receive is being updated constantly as the national situation changes.