It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that our school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 from 4pm until further notice. I have been working hard to keep the school open to support our families who are working on the frontline. However, I am unable to keep the school open beyond today due to the health and safety of all pupils and staff whose safety remains my top priority at this time.
All class teachers will continue to provide distance learning for their classes. Work will be set daily by class teachers and will be sent via email to all parents each day until the Easter Holidays. Over the next two weeks, I will be implementing a new learning platform to enhance your son or daughter’s learning experience during this time.
As this is a new way of working for us, we ask for your patience; teachers will check emails throughout the school opening hours, term time only (Not during the Easter holidays) and not weekends. They have been instructed not to look at or reply to emails outside of these times. If a teacher is diagnosed with an illness, parents will be informed by a member of the School Leadership Team who will take over distributing work. During this period, we will try our best to get back to parents within 24 hours. Please note both Mrs Warwick, and I can be contacted on the email addresses below:
Several parents have been asking our position on fees under the current circumstances. As a small school, we rely heavily on the payment of fees to cover salaries and running costs. Therefore, fees will remain payable during the time of closure as staff will continue to provide your children with an education as we move to online learning in a more significant way.
We understand that some parents may be struggling themselves financially and may be unable to carry on paying for a service which we have temporarily modified due to the current circumstances. If you fall into that category, please contact our school bursar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself to let us know.
Online PE Lessons:
The children, who were in school today, and I thoroughly enjoyed our PE lesson today with Joe Wicks. You may not realise how much children move around at school – in the classroom, on the playground and during their PE lessons – so please encourage them to start their day with a PE lesson from 9:00am-9:30am every day. The children must stay fit and healthy over the coming weeks.
Coming Soon – New Format Newsletter
This Friday I will be reporting on class usage for Mathletics and Reading Eggs. The class with the highest points will be rewarded when school resumes – so please remember to complete all tasks set and earn some much-needed points for your class! Parents, please can you email me when you see your child demonstrating the school values; please ask your son or daughter to remind you of our school values. All pupils will then be added to the Values Roll of Honour when school resumes.
Note of Thanks
I want to thank all staff for their commitment, dedication and effort in preparing home learning packs (optional learning activities, which teachers may refer to in their daily plans) and for a time of remote learning and teaching. I want to thank all students for showing the school values and for adapting to a new way of working during this time. I am counting the days when we can all be together again. In the meantime, please do send photos of your learning to your class teachers. As this will enable us to celebrate your successes and achievements.
Parents, I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and prayers. I feel sad to be sending this letter of closure, and I hope we can open in the not too distant future. In the meantime, let us continue to pray for our school and communities at this time.
Finally, look after yourselves and your families.
Mrs T Madden