Start of Term

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and your children are rested and eager to return to school. We can't wait to see them! 

Please find to follow some information regarding the new academic year, and answers to key questions. Term Dates

A newsletter will be sent next week, which will contain further details e.g. relating to PE days, topics and planned events.

Many thanks

Helen Charman

Head Teacher

 


Drop off  

Drop off arrangements this Academic Year will remain the same as during pandemic arrangements. We have learned that this works well and therefore makes sense to continue.

Reception parents have already received notification of the initial drop off times. Your location will be the side gate. Staff will be on hand to direct you in the first few days until the routine becomes familiar.

The Main Gate and the Woodland Gate will be open between 8.30am and 9.00am each morning, with staff located at each.

Year 1 and 2 should be brought to the Woodland gate, please. This is due to the location of their classrooms and ensuring that adequate safety and pastoral care can be given by the adults on duty as they make their way from gate to classroom.

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 can enter through either the Main Gate or Woodland Gate.

Parents/carers and childminders should leave their children at the gates and cannot enter the school site at the start of the day unless by prior arrangement. If you are due to meet with a member of staff at the start of the day, please come through the Main Gate to Reception in order to sign in.

On entry, children will make their way straight to their classroom, where they will be greeted by their adults and their school day begins. Meaningful learning opportunities will be in place between 8.30 and 9am. Formal lesson timetabling begins at 9.00am.

 

Pick up 

At the end of the school day we will continue to operate a slightly staggered timetable, however parents will now be able to come on site to collect.

The gates will open to parents at 3.00pm

Please note the specific arrangements below:

Reception parents have already received notification of the pick up times and location for the initial settling in period. You will receive further communication about what happens once children are attending full time, but in essence the pick up locations will change to being via the main playground so that siblings can be accommodated and our childminders are not needing to be in two locations simultaneously).

Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 children should be collected at the allotted time from their classroom’s external door. Signage will in place on these doors so you can see where to go. (Please ensure you know the name of the class your child is moving into!)

Year 5 and 6 will exit school through the front entrance. Parents should pick up from the front forecourt.

Release times are as follows:

  • Reception (once attending full time) - Butterflies: 2.55pm ; Robins: 3.00pm ; Squirrels: 3.05pm. More information to follow.
  • Year 1 - 3.10pm
  • Year 2 - 3.15pm
  • Year 3 - 3.20pm
  • Year 4 - 3.10pm
  • Year 5 - 3.15pm
  • Year 6 - 3.20pm

The following will also apply:

  • Dogs must not enter the school site, even if on a lead.
  • We will ask that you vacate the school site promptly after you have collected your child. If you wish to chat with others, please move outside the gates to do this.
  • Parents must not crowd around the school door. The teacher will release children one at a time once they have seen that you are there to collect.

The playground will feel very crowded and there is still a real and present risk of COVID transmission. Please continue to bear this in mind as we return to school. 

We do not want to encourage unnecessary stationary or personal items in school which detract from learning, however children are now allowed to bring in pencil cases. PE kits should be in school from Monday. Children will need a water bottle as usual. 

 

The updated COVID risk assessment will be uploaded to the website in advance of Monday morning. The main message to schools regarding control measures is:

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
  • Keep indoor spaces well ventilated
  • Follow Public Health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

We do not need to operate in bubbles, but there are certain good routines and practices which have become embedded and which will be continued, such as staggered playtimes and use of the lunch hall.

Should transmission numbers begin to rise, guidance will dictate the school’s approach to mitigate this proportionately to the risk.

Please find links below to the Government operational guidance for schools and information for parents:

 

Schools COVID-19 operational guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Personal equipment 

We do not want to encourage unnecessary stationary or personal items in school which detract from learning, however children are now allowed to bring in pencil cases. PE kits should be in school from Monday. Children will need a water bottle as usual.

We need to continue to ventilate our classrooms as a COVID control measure. As weather begins to get colder again we will review the need for additional jumpers, as last winter.

 

Uniform 

Full school uniform should be worn from Monday. This includes black school shoes.

There is a large amount of high quality second-hand uniform which has been donated. Please contact us via the Office to enquire. We will arrange a sale in due course.

 

Lunches 

We will be returning to full lunch service from September.

Please be reminded that we are a NUT-FREE school.  

 

Medication 

If your child needs to return to school with medication for any reason, please ensure that we have been informed and the relevant consent is given. Forms will be available at the gates on Monday, or electronically if preferred.

If your child requires a care plan, please ensure that we have been given notice of this.

 

Absence Reporting

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, a medical appointment etc..., please ensure the absence is reported by 9.30am via one of the following methods:

  • An e-mail to absence@burstedwood.school
  • A voicemail on our absence line; 0208 304 9960. If you need to speak to a member of the school office regarding the absence, please call after 8.30am
  • The absence reporting facility on ParentMail

Please ensure the specific reason for absence is included so that it can be recorded in the correct way and to make sure that the correct procedures are being followed (i.e. a 48hr exclusion period if a child has suffered with sickness). Daily updates should be provided if your child is absent for more than one day. A member of the school office will follow up with a phone call if any absences remain unexplained or if unclear reasons are provided.

 

Permissions 

We will be asking parents / carers to update the permissions data we hold in school. More information to follow next week.  

 

Wrap-Around  

Manna-Seh provision returns next week. Before school and after school clubs will continue to operate onsite. Please contact the Office for information. We also have an established group of childminders – a contact list can be obtained from the Office.  

 

Clubs 

We intend to re-establish enrichment clubs. Details will follow.  

 

Parking 

Parking on site for parents is not possible, due to health and safety considerations. If you have a legitimate reason for needing to drive into the staff car park, prior permission must be obtained.