Friday 7th January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back, I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. I wanted to write to thank you all for your warm
welcome this week, despite the cold weather it has been wonderful to see the children’s smiling faces. I’d also like
to thank the children for reminding me to keep my new year’s resolution-stop eating chocolate!
Staff have worked hard to settle the children back into school routines and we are working on; reviewing our
Behaviour Management Policy and making the most of every minute of learning time by engaging all children in
exciting lessons. With further cold and wet weather inevitable, please ensure your children are insulated from the
elements by wearing coats, hats and gloves each day, as appropriate. It’s important children get plenty of fresh air
each day. Despite the recent spike in Covid cases in our community, I am looking forward to 2022 with hope. I am
confident we will emerge stronger when the current wave flattens. The non-stop waves have presented problem
after problem and hardly a day has gone by without the need to solve them. We do not always get to choose the
best pathway through the issues that present themselves, doing what’s best for the children remains our priority and
guides all our decisions.
I would like to clarify the beginning and end of the school day routines for next week as I understand there has been
some confusion following the changes made from last term. Firstly, a reminder that we are still operating the oneway system, entering via the main front gates and leaving via the Ash path gate. Secondly, the gates will open at
8.40am in the morning so that you can drop the children off between 8.45-8.55am and at the end of the day the
gates will open at 3.15pm so you can collect the children between 3.20-3.30pm. Please note the children will be
ready to go home at 3.20pm. The children who have permission to walk home will be dismissed at 3.20pm. If your
child has been given permission, or you wish your child to walk home from school (Years 5 and 6 only) please make
sure you request this in writing or complete the permission slip. I would ask you to consider this very carefully
because some children are more responsible than others, the roads are dangerous and it is very dark this time of
year. If arrangements change, please let the school office know and try to give us as much notice as possible. Our
aim is always to keep your children safe!
This week we have established our assembly routines. On Mondays I will lead KS1 and KS2 assemblies and on
Friday’s I will lead a Celebration Assembly for KS1 and KS2. On Wednesday’s Mrs Carter will lead KS1 and 2
assemblies. Please note KS2 assemblies start at 9.05am and so children need to be punctual and on time ready to
Thank you once again for your support and patience as we all navigate these difficult times. I hope you and your
families all have a safe and restful weekend.
Kind Regards,
Robbie Walker
Head Teacher