DEATH TOLL RISING. Only send to school if you MUST.   Our staff say they want to stay at home - but risk infection for you.  Don't take them for granted by not staying at home.

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES PLEASE USE THE LIVE CHAT ON THIS WEBSITE.  This is manned every week day.

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Key Office/Contact Information

Revised School Office Hours 8.30am to 12 Noon.  Please avoid using the telephone support (as we now have less capacity).

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES PLEASE USE THE LIVE CHAT ON THIS WEBSITE.  This is manned every week day.

The following mailboxes now not manned daily due to shift patterns.  If used you will get a response as soon as we can.

Virus Team Helpdesk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Specific exception attendance queries.

Free School Meals Helpdesk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free school meals vouchers queries

Learn Online Helpdesk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Online learning queries incl. passwords

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NEXT WEEK: ONLY AGREED CHILDREN ONLY.  AS A KEY WORKER - BRINGING YOUR CHILD IN WHEN IT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY OR YOU CANNOT WORK FROM HOME, OR NOT ON SHIFT (IE. THERE IS NO ONE ELSE TO LOOK AFTER THEM) INCREASES THE HEALTH RISKS TO THEM AND OTHERS. DON'T DO IT!  WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THOSE SUPPORTING NHS AND OTHER CRITICAL STAFF.

Those agreed to attend only : uniform school jumper and practical shoes.  Bring outdoor coat.  All activities set up to avoid close interaction. Come to main pupil gate for registration.  Only agreed will be given access. Lunch provided by Parent Pay or free school meals.  Only if you normally use our junior breakfast club and link cub (costs apply as normal) for essential NHS etc shift patterns.

Those not agreed or did not request: Stay in, stay away from each other, online learning available (the Online resources email for passwords forgotten goes live tonight), keep safe, pray for those on frontline.

The overiding principle being applied in our school is to reduce the number of contacts being made between eachother, children to children, children to adults and adults to adults.  This will guide all our decisions when interpreting the advice from the government.  The decision to open or close the school to individual or groups of pupils rests with the school leadership.  This is a challenging time and as outlined by the Prime Minister we must all do our bit, whatever the inconvenvenience or situation.

The school is officially closed from Friday at the end of the day.  This is the default situation, however exceptions apply as outlined by the DfE. These exceptions apply where there is no alternative to your child being cared for through another arrangement, e.g. another parent or carer (these should not be those at identified increased risk or over the age of 60), or in terms of disadvantage where your situation means that you cannot provide effectively for your child (e.g. heating home, meal provision, highly specialist education support).

An online form here will be required to be completed prior to your child attending on Monday so that we can maintain our safeguarding responsibilities:

ONLINE FORM FOR KEY WORKER REQUEST CHILD TO ATTEND SCHOOL

The exact groups that will fall into the exceptions are:

KEY WORKER & CLOSURE ADVICE

The school reserves the right to request parents to provide evidence that they fall within the exception criteria from all those with parental responsibility to secure equity in meeting our principled approach. The national guidance says 1 key worker, thanks to your support we have implemented 2 key worker at school discretion. This approach has been appreciated by parents and staff as this is saving lives.  If you wish to appeal a previous decision please send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating how both roles contribute to the COVID-19 response.  Please remember our key priority is to reduce infection through children to our NHS staff.

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Vulnerable children

Please note that if your child attends school for an EHCP or other vulnerable reason and they are Free School Meal, they will receive a school meal from our kitchen and not receive a supermarket voucher.

ONLINE FORM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN (SEN, OPEN TO SOCIAL WORKER)

We will do all we can to support our front line staff in NHS and services where they are the sole carer for their child and for those facing significant hardship.  For everyone's sake, please excercise this exception where it is absolutely necessary, NOT just because you want them to come to school.

Online resources will be used in school and at home.  Most sessions in school will be delivered online so there is the same approach whether pupils have to attend or not.  In this way pupils not attending will not be feeling they are missing out!  These are available from our Learn Online page on this site.

I have and continue to update the Chair of Governors regularly.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Metcalfe

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For health advice - scroll down article.

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Update 4: COVID-19 (21:20 20/03/20)

Self-isolation
If a child is unable to attend school due to self-isolation, has developed a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature, then we have been asked to reinforce the latest message regarding self-isolation for 14 days. If symptoms worsen parents should seek advice from NHS 111 online or by calling 111. If there is a risk to someone in the family with a severe medical condition again you should take medical advice.

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You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

School Approach to Coronavirus

Our school has a Virus Management Team, from the leadership team, who keep all responses including advice, staff training, materials, and response processes under review.  We have a risk assessment that is updated regularly 

Our school (or part of school) will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • confirmed case of coronavirus involving pupils or staff (or immediate families pending advice).
  • government directive from the Department of Education or Public Health England

Steps taken to decide on whether to close the school will be as follows..........e.g.

  • Head teacher will liaise with the Local Authority and if necessary Public Health NW and make an informed decision whether school should be open or closed. Chair of Governors will be informed.
  • We intend to use another half of the school if possible.
  • The decision to open school, or not, will be communicated to staff and communicated to parents via
  • The school website
  • School App, text message and Email
  • Local Authority and local media websites.
  • Decisions will normally be made and communicated before 6pm each subsequent day.

Your child's education is important and we will be setting online learning where possible.