Dear Parents and Carers, 


I hope you are all well. 


Thank you for all your support as we move into the next stage of re-opening the school to Years R, 1 and 6 next week. It has been an incredibly busy few weeks since this was announced by the government to get everything in place to do this as safely as possible. 


There were some announcements by the government yesterday, and it is important that we pass these on to you all. The next stage of strategy to reduce transmission of coronavirus is 'test and trace'. 


Please see below for the links that explain how it will all work. 

Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service
The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched today and will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here:

Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here:

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

The guidance can be found here:


Please be aware that this may have further implications in school where staff are told to self-isolate as part of the track and trace plans. As you know, we will already be sending home a pod to isolate for 14 days where an adult or child within the pod tests positive for the virus. 
If staff members under the ‘test and trace’ scheme are told to self-isolate for 14 days, we will start to have issues in keeping the pods open. We will, in the first instance run the pod with any other staff who are in the pod or a staff member who is not allocated to any other pod. However, as a last resort, if staffing becomes critical we may have too then look at closing pods. 


We would follow the DfE priority of year groups in doing so. Critical worker school would be the first priority, then Year R, Year 1 and Year 6.  This may mean that some Year 6 pods would be the first to close, if this situation was to occur. I have my fingers crossed that we don't get to that point!


Getting in and out of school next week 

As many of the children in Year R, 1 and 6 will be using entrances they are not familiar with, we have created a video to show the door where all the pods enter and exit the building. There is also a map attached that also shows this information 


Please use the link below to access the video.


Also on this website are short videos from the Pod Teacher. This is again as some children will be taught by teachers they do not know. This will mean that everyone can put a face to the name of their Pod Teacher. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming the children who have said they are returning next week.


The home learning daily lesson plans for every year group for next week will also be sent out later today. 


Have a lovely weekend 
Take care
Andy Peterson



Site Map & Drop Off and Collection Times for Pods
Site Map Drop Collection Times for Pod[...]
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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ YR Y1 Y6 1 June 2020.pdf
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Back to School Social Story
Back To School - Social Story.pdf
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Social Distancing - Social Story
Social Distancing Social Story.docx.pdf
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