Headteacher Update - Friday, 25th September 2020
We are trialling audiovisual updates for the next couple of weeks - please watch this week's update above.
Headteacher Update - Monday, 07th September 2020
We have taken the decision to close two class bubbles today. Thank you to all parents who responded to our short notice communication to collect their children. Please click here to download details of our decision alongside other information about how school will continue to manage any cases of COVID-19.
Headteacher Update - Tuesday, 01st September 2020
We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school tomorrow! We hope that all our families have enjoyed a restful summer break and are ready to start again tomorrow. We previously sent details of how we will manage the reopening of school for all pupils and these documents can be downloaded below:
COVID Reopening Schedule click here.
COVID Recovery Strategy click here.
All children will now enter the school from the outside door of their new classroom, but, because tomorrow is the first day of the year, all teachers will be out on the yard in the morning to direct you - please arrive at your child's allocated start time to enable safe arrivals. Please observe social distancing on the school site at all times. Parents and carers must not enter the school building unless they have an appointment and in that case, this should be via the Main Entrance only - please do not enter school via the classroom doors, and please use hand sanitiser on arrival at the site in this case.
Please do not enter the school site if you have COVID symptoms. If your child shows COVID symptoms at home, please do not bring them to school, please call us as soon as possible to inform us and please seek a COVID test. If a child shows symptoms of COVID in school, we will contact parents to collect them as soon as possible and they must stay away from school until the results of a COVID test have been returned negative.
We are fully prepared for a safe return for all pupils and we encourage all children to return tomorrow as normal.
We will continue to offer only a cold selection of either pasta salad boxes or sandwiches at school, but children are welcome to bring their own packed lunch in fully disposable packaging - no lunch boxes please. Please ensure your child has a large, full water bottle with them every day. Children can bring their PE kit on their PE day - teachers will confirm this, they can also bring a coat, hat etc, but please aim to keep this to a minimum to reduce risks.
We now have a full perimeter fence around the site to keep children safe and you will notice some of the improvements we've made to the site over summer - we have much more planned!
In the meantime, enjoy the last day of the summer break and see you all tomorrow!
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Thursday, 16th July 2020
This will be the final Coronavirus Update this year. From the beginning of the new school year, we will continue to add weekly updates to this section of the website, but we hope that the focus will be around the fantastic work happening in school and the updates will be rebranded as 'Headteacher Updates'.
Ahead of the new school year, we have already provided information to parents/carers about how school will operate in line with Government Guidance. You can also now download our COVID Recovery Strategy here. This document details how we will begin the process of rapid recovery and rebuilding as we return to 'normal' in the new year.
All that remains is for me to thank, genuinely, every member of our school community - children , parents and carers, grandparents and families, staff, leaders and governors for your hard work, support and commitment during both the past weeks and the whole school year. Together, as a community, our school has weathered the storm of the past months and we are so excited to resume our work in the new year. Have a wonderful summer.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Wednesday, 08th July 2020
Further to the Government's Guidance issued last week, we have now outlined how we will welcome all children back in September. We have sent all parents and carers a briefing on this via the SchoolComms / Email app today. You can download a copy of this here. You will also find details of how we will distribute your child's end of year report on this document. Tomorrow, we will be contacting all parents via email to inform you of your child's new class teacher and staggered start and finish times from September. Next week, we will publish our COVID Recovery Strategy for BG which will include details of how we will make sure that all our children catch up the time they have missed in school as quickly and sustainably as possibly in the autumn term. Next week, we will also publish our package of resources for summer learning for all year groups and we have just uploaded home learning for children in Reception, Y1 and Y6 who are not in school for this week.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our children back in September and hope that we will be able to return to a safe, business-as-usual model at BG. We have many, very exciting developments planned for the new year including a completely new, high-quality, ambitious curriculum for all subjects, which we are certain will meet the needs of all of our children and truly reflect our motto of EXCELLENCE.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Thursday, 02nd July 2020
The Government have just today published their Guidance on the wider reopening of schools in September. We will need time to process this, but it is clear that all children will be able to return to school, full time from September. We will need to have arrangements in place to manage the transmission of infection and this will include staggered start and end times and staggered break and lunch times, we will update parents about this as soon as possible and definitely before the summer break.
We further expanded the number of pupils in school last week and we are thrilled that children are continuing to enjoy their return to school. We are very grateful for the very positive feedback we have received from parents and carers - thank you!
We continue to provide online home-learning for all children who are not back in school and this will continue over the summer holiday. The DfE have confirmed that schools will be closed over the summer break for all children. This means that Thursday, 16th July will be the final day of the year for all children. School will then be closed to children until Wednesday, 02nd September as Tuesday, 01st September is INSET. If you have any concerns about your child's welfare or the welfare of any other child over the summer period, you should contact the local authority rather than school, as is the case for school holiday periods.
We will be sending a parent/carer update briefing to all parents and carers later today about staffing from September. You can download this here.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
We will be sending a briefing update to all parents and carers later today via email. You can download this here. You will find details of the information we will share and actions we will take as we move through the final weeks of the school year before the summer break. We will be publishing details of our COVID Recovery Plan in the coming weeks, which will provide you with information on the approach we will take to ensuring that all children will be supported to catch up the learning they have missed as we move into the new school year. At this point, we have around 20 additional places that we can offer for the remainder of the school year. We have received a number of requests for places, and this exceeds the number of places we have available, as we predicted. We will be working through this for the remainder of the week and will contact parents directly early next week to offer any spare places. Please don't contact school about this until we have made the offer of places. We regret that we will not be able to offer places to everyone - this is well beyond our control and is as a result of the tight restrictions we are working in. We will aim to be as fair as possible in the process and hope that our parents and carers can understand and support us in this - there are, sadly, no perfect answers. We are encouraged, however, that current indications suggest that all children will be back in school in September, subject to final Government confirmation and we are working towards making this possible at BG.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Thursday, 18th June 2020
We have been in touch with parents of children in Reception, Year One and Year Six via the app today with a request for some information about your child's place in school - if your child is in Reception, Year One or Year Six - please check your email and call school if you have not received this. This only applies to these year groups.
Following DfE's announcement earlier this week that schools with space can invite more children back before we break for summer on 17th July, we are working on how we can make that possible so that more children can attend. We will be in touch with parents at some point next week with further details - please don't contact school about this until we have published our update next week. We think it will be possible to offer places to some more children and while it may not be possible for all children to return, we will do whatever we can to invite as many children back as is safe to do so and we know that you will understand that the safety of our children and staff is our first priority in moving forward.
We hope that our amended start and end times have made the return for eligible pupils easier to manage for parents and carers and we are very grateful for your ongoing support.
Once again, eligible children have enjoyed a different but successful week in school and we continue to provide home learning for all children not in school.
We are working on making home learning resources available to cover the whole summer break while school is closed and we will update parents and carers about this in due course.
Hopefully, today's terrible weather will soon clear up and we can enjoy a sunny weekend!
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Wednesday, 10th June 2020
This afternoon, we have sent home a Briefing for all parents and carers of eligible children about some improvements we are making to our phased return strategy. You can download this Briefing here.
We understand the challenges that our arrangements for phased reopening have posed for some of our parents and carers – we are listening to you and we have to consider many complications before we can make what may appear very simple changes. We really appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding while we work through this challenging period.
We are thrilled that the children who have returned to us this week have had such a brilliant time in school. Our staff continue to work very hard to make sure this different return can be as positive an experience as possible.
The Government stated yesterday that they no longer expect all primary children to return before the summer holidays. Bringing back more children, while maintaining the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe would have been very challenging for us, and many other schools. We have not received specific guidance on this decision yet, but we want to be clear with our parents and carers – with the children already returning in school, we are already using all of our available safe space in school and all our staff are currently supporting a group of children. It is very unlikely that BG will have the capacity to increase numbers any further before the summer break. We are reviewing this all the time and if anything changes, we will update you. We know that you, like us, put the safety of our children, staff and families first, before anything else and so you will understand that we will only do what is safe.
As we are closed on Friday, we will update the Home Working section of the website with next week’s work on Thursday. In the meantime, we’d like to wish all our families a restful weekend.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 05th June 2020
Following further preparations and consultation this week, Governors met this morning to approve our phased reopening from Monday, 08th June 2020. All the information you need to know is contained in the Briefing document that has been sent out to parents this morning, along with a separate document that informs you of which group your child is in and what time they need to arrive and be collected. You can download the Briefing document here.
There will be a one-way system in place from Monday to access the school site – please use the main front gate to enter the site and the side pedestrian gate next to the car park to exit. Children must only bring a large, full water bottle and a raincoat with them and should wear their normal school uniform. More detail about this is covered in the Briefing. Staff will be around outside school on Monday morning to help you navigate. We would ask that parents strictly adhere to staggered start and end times and do not congregate either on, or around the school site. Some children in the same family may have different start and end times – this is unavoidable and we cannot change this.
We know that postponing our phased reopening has been difficult for many of our parents and families, but we are certain that this was the right thing to do to make sure that our return is as safe and smooth as possible. We have published some materials below to help parents and carers explain the return to our children. If your child is in a group that is eligible to return but they don’t feel ready to, then this is fine – please let us know if this is the case by calling us on Monday so we can help and support you in further preparing your child to return to school.
In the meantime, we would like to wish you a very restful weekend and thank you all, sincerely for your continued support and patience. We are looking forward to welcoming more of our children back from Monday!
We will be publishing next week's home learning for eligible groups later on this afternoon in the Home Working section of the website.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 22nd May 2020
We have just issued a Briefing for Parents and Carers via the app and on our website. You can access this here. Unfortunately, despite our ongoing work to make our phased return possible, we have taken the decision to delay until 08th June 2020. This has not been an easy decision for us to make and we hope that, after reading our Briefing, parents and carers will understand our position. We will continue to provide places for key worker children, as we have been doing, from Monday, 01st June 2020, but we will not begin our phased reopening for children in Reception, Year One and Year Six until 08th June 2020 at the earliest.
We will be closed to all children next week, beginning Monday 25th May 2020 for half term week and we have provided some home learning resources for children here.
We know that our delay to phased reopening will be frustrating and upsetting for many of you and hope that you can appreciate and understand the position we are in. We will provide as much information as we can, as quickly as we can in the week beginning 01st June 2020 about when we will be able to begin our phased reopening.
In the meantime, we thank all our parents, carers and children for their ongoing support of the school in this challenging period and hope you all are able to enjoy a break next week.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Monday, 18th May 2020
Further to our Briefing for Parents and Carers, which we published on Friday, 15th May, we want to provide an outline of how we will proceed this week with further updates. We have taken steps to plan details of how we will make provision for children in Reception, Year One and Year Six, alongside any child outside of these year groups who has key worker parents (these are the children who have been able to attend during the closure period already). The process of planning for this re-opening is extremely complex and involves significant behind the scenes work. Fulfilling Government Guidance means splitting children into groups of 15 or fewer. The total number of children who will be entitled to return on June 01st is over 200. This means we need around 15 separate groups. Each group needs an allocated room that is suitable for working in all day, alongside a suitable adult to lead the group. We have a number of staff who are vulnerable and, although they will be supporting the work we do in school by working from home, they cannot be in school to lead a group. We have had to remodel lunchtimes, breaktimes, arrival and departure times. We need to ensure that we have the right, qualified people on site for first aid and safeguarding. The school needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained so that it is safe. All this needs to be achieved alongside the normal business of the school at this very busy time of year. We want our parents and carers to fully understand the scale of the job we are undertaking. We believe that we will be able to fulfil the Government's Guidance but planning for this, then making it happen takes time and massive effort. We appreciate you will want information quickly and we assure you that we will provide this as soon as we are able to.
We will provide a further update no later than this Friday, 22nd May. In this update we will confirm which group your child has been placed in, which room they will use, which adult will lead their group alongside all further details of how lunch, break, arrival and departure times will be managed and we will aim to provide some information about how we will manage handwashing and hygiene arrangements so that our parents and carers have the fullest possible picture.
We want to inform you at this point that Barugh Green will be closed to all pupils on Monday, 01st June so that final preparations can be made. We have tasks that cannot be completed before this date and we need this day in school without pupils so that our phased return can be properly ready and safe for everyone. It is also likely that once we begin the phased re-opening, we will be able to provide a service for eligible children on each day of the week apart from Fridays. This is so that school can be thoroughly cleaned and staff can have time to complete their planning and preparation for the next week as this cannot be completed during the week when children are in school because covering teachers to do this would mean placing a further adult in a group - this increases risks and we also do not have sufficient staff to do this safely at present. We will confirm this arrangement in our update at the end of the week but want to give parents and carers as much notice as possible.
We also want to remind all parents that school is closed to all pupils for the half term break - week beginning Monday 25th May - we informed parents about this last week but want to remind everyone.
As we said last week, we fully appreciate and understand that parents and carers are anxious and concerned to know details about our phased return, however, we would ask that you wait until final details have been confirmed later in the week before contacting school with specific questions.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 15th May 2020
This week, leaders have met with the Chair of Governors and the wider staff to develop and progress our plans for the phased reopening of school for Reception, Year One and Year Six from 01st June 2020. We will publish details of these plans to our parents and carers via the app and on this website later today. We will tweet once we have issued this guidance. We are able to provide some level of detail to parents and carers today, but we will confirm further details next week.
The phased reopening does not begin until 01st June. For next week - beginning 18th May, our current arrangements remain in place - only the children of eligible key workers should attend school. Please do keep to this guidance. Next week is a crucial time for us in preparing for reopening on 01st June and we need time to make physical changes to the building and classrooms so only use your place if you are eligible and have no other option.
School will be closed for half term week (beginning Monday, 25th May) to all children. We will provide some home learning on the website, as usual, for half term week. We have updated our home learning section for next week and you can download resources here.
As we begin the reopening phase, and we see the early signs of recovery, we would like to thank each of our stakeholders and children for their commitment during what has been an unprecedented time. Some of our school community have been much more adversely affected by this crisis than others and while it would be inappropriate to name individuals, we want to extend our hand of support and friendship at this time and express that you are in our thoughts as we all work to continue our recovery from this most challenging period in our shared history.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Monday, 11th May 2020
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on potential phased reopening of schools, we want to provide further information. Schools have not yet received details of how the DfE would like us to proceed with reopening of schools. Headteachers expect to receive this information within the next 48 hours. Until we receive this, we do not know anything more than the Prime Minister explained in his briefing yesterday - the same information you have. We completely appreciate that this process takes time and we ask for your continued patience. It will take us some time to work through the details and implications of any Government guidance for our setting. We will need to consider timetabling, staffing, physical facilities, such as toilets, handwashing etc. We don't know whether or not the Government will require schools to exercise social distancing when children begin to return - if this is the case, this will be challenging for us to work through. We have a number of staff with underlying conditions who are not able to be at work at present and this will be a challenge for us to overcome in the event of reopening of any kind. We also need clarity on what will be required in terms of provision for the returning children. We understand that 01 June is very much a provisional date based upon the Government's Five Tests.
We will, as soon as we are able to, provide a full briefing on how we can begin a phased return of pupils, but this will take some time for us to work through and we will not release information until we have the fullest picture so that we can provide certainty for all stakeholders - parents, children, carers and staff. Schools are complex organisations and we need time to make sure we get any phased return right. We fully support the return of pupils as soon as it is safe to do this, but in the meantime, nothing has changed - only the children of eligible key workers are entitled to a school place and this should only be taken if parents / carers have no other option for childcare.
We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding and ask that parents and carers do not contact school to ask about reopening until we have released our full update, which we anticipate will be late this week / early next week. We do not have information about half term opening at this time - we will also provide an update on this as soon as we are able to.
We have published updated Home Working resources for Week 8 and these can be downloaded here.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 01st May 2020
Most children should have received a call from their teacher this week - if you haven't had your call - don't worry - this should happen next week. We have focused on calling children who have not been in school recently. teachers may be calling from home so, please do answer to withheld numbers! We have asked teachers to inform school leaders where they have been unable to make contact and we will follow this up, so please try to answer if at all possible!
We have just updated our Home Working resources for next week. We have included 4 days of tasks for next week as next Friday, 08th May is a Bank Holiday. You can download next week's resources here.
School will be closed to all children next Friday, 08th May for the Bank Holiday.
We will be publishing Adobe Spark Pages for each class next week with further resources and tasks outside of English and Maths - these are ideas to support further learning at home.
Please keep up with our latest information via our Twitter feed here.
As ever, our thanks to parents and carers for only using your school place as a last resort. We are encouraged by recent updates from HM Government about the impact of social distancing measures and encourage all our stakeholders to continue to support the national effort in beating the pandemic. We have no guidance on the expected date of school reopening. We expect that any reopening will be phased, but we have no further information about this at this stage. We are in touch with local networks and are participating in the planning for any reopening, but we don't have further information about this at this point - please don't contact school to ask about reopening. We will share information and provide as much notice as possible to all parents as soon as we can. We really appreciate your understanding as we work through this!
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 24th April 2020
Class Teachers are working their way through calling each member of their class who have been learning at home over the next couple of weeks - if you haven't received a call yet, then you can expect this next week! It has been great for teachers to catch up with all our learners so far and we are loving seeing your home learning on Twitter too! Thank you for sharing this.
Our thanks to our parent and carer community - we know that having children home all day, every day can be tough - please don't put yourselves under any pressure to deliver home learning - take it steady and fit in what you can, when you can. The BBC Bitesize Home Learning package is now available - we tweeted about this earlier in the week - you can find this here. These daily lessons are fantastic and children should be able to work through these mostly independently. Some of you have asked about work being set beyond English and Maths. We have no plans to send further work beyond the core subjects home and we would encourage parents to use resources such as the BBC Daily Lessons and the other web links we have already published. Don't forget that time spent in the garden if you are able, and out walking at a safe distance is valuable learning time too - home learning doesn't have to be formal lessons! There are lots of ideas for baking, home-crafts and other physical activities online! We will try and signpost to whatever we can, as we have already done, so keep an eye on Twitter and on our website! If you have any specific learning questions - please feel free to email class teachers via the school 'info' inbox and we will forward this on as appropriate!
Thank you, as ever, for keeping children away from school as much as possible - we can see from the Government's daily briefings, that social distancing is working, so please, please keep your children at home and only use your eligible school place as a last resort!
Our Home Working page is now up to date with next week's resources - download them here. These resources are now in PDF form in order to address formatting issues that some parents let us know about!
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 17th April 2020
As the Easter break draws to a close, we hope all our families have enjoyed some time together in the sunshine! Next week, we continue to be open for children of eligible key worker parents and, as previously, please only send your child to school if you have no other option. Thank you to our families for only using school as a last resort - this is having a massive positive impact on the fight against the virus and in keeping everyone as safe as possible.
We have now updated our home working resources for the week ahead - please download them here, along with a brilliant Home Learning Tips resource that Miss Broomhead has put together!
From next week, all children who attend school must bring a packed lunch with them - we are no longer able to provide school meals.
All eligible families should have now received free school meals supermarket vouchers either by email or through the post - if you have not received yours, please do get in touch next week. This is for families who normally claim for free school meals and does not apply to universal infant free school meals.
Wishing you all a happy weekend - we'll publish our next update here on Friday, 24th April.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 03rd April 2020
We have just updated our Home Working resources - you can find them here. We have combined the resources for the next two weeks, so this won't be updated again until Friday, 17th April. We have contacted eligible parents with details of Easter opening for those eligible only. We will be open from 8:45 - 3:20 over the Easter break for the children of critical workers only and the same principle applies - please only send your child if you have no other option. There will be no school meals service during the Easter period so all children will require a packed lunch if attending and school will be completely closed to all children on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
BG is now using the national voucher scheme for Free School Meals for the remainder of the closure period. We have contacted eligible parents either by email or by post if we don't have your email address. Eligible parents will receive vouchers for use in supermarkets to purchase food. This replaces the pick-up packed lunch system we have been operating.
Thank you to all of our families for your ongoing support - we hope you are all well in the current circumstances and are looking forward to the Easter period.
Our next update will be published here on Friday, 17th April.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 27th March 2020
At the end of our first week of school closure, thank you to parents and carers for following national guidance and keeping children at home wherever possible. Staff have worked really hard to maintain quality provision for the children of parents who have needed us this week. This will continue next week. Please only send your child into school if you are eligible to do so and have no other option.
Eligible parents will receive information next week about how we will cover the Easter Break - we will be open except for Good Friday and Easter Monday for eligible children only. Complete information will be provided early next week - please don't call school to enquire about this unless you have a query once we have sent out the information.
We have updated the Curriculum section of the website today with home working resources for all children for next week - please click here to access these. It has been fantastic to see photos of our children busy at home - please keep these coming!
Wishing you all a restful weekend.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 20th March 2020
In line with Government guidance issued very late yesterday evening, we have now identified which children are eligible to continue to attend from Monday, 23rd March 2020. We will send an email to all eligible parents later today - please read this carefully. We will be sending a printed letter with a form to complete home tonight with all eligible children. Please make sure you access this letter as it contains instructions for Monday and there is a form for you to fill in. Staff will be on the yard to meet children on Monday, 23rd March 2020. Please do not attend after today unless you have been contacted by us to inform you that you are eligible. We have followed Government guidance very closely to ensure we offer places appropriately. If you have been offered a place, please only use it when necessary - this means that on days when your child can be cared for at home, they should be.
Please do bear in mind that the purpose of the closure is to minimise further social contact and to support the national effort to combat the COVID19 Coronavirus. Parents who are not eligible to send children to school should not attempt to do so - this puts others at unnecessary risk. Parents who are eligible for a place should only send their child when this is absolutely necessary - if a child can be cared for at home, they must not come into school, even if they are eligible to do so.
We have now published online work resources for all children and they can be downloaded here.
After today, we will provide a weekly update and this will be published on the school website and Twitter.
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