Newsletter 10 September 2021

Ofsted report

Please find attached a copy of our latest Ofsted report following our inspection on 7th and 8th July 2021. The inspector concluded that Hadleigh Community Primary School continues to be a Good School. He highlighted many positives and some aspects for further development. I would like to express my thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to the inspection questionnaire; to all staff who, despite the incredibly challenging academic year, impressed the inspectors with their professionalism and the quality of education provided, and finally, to all pupils who impressed the inspector with their “exemplary behaviour.”

https://bit.ly/HCPSOfsted2021

“TWEAKS” TO DROP OFF/PICK UP ROUTINES FROM MONDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER FOR RECEPTION TO YEAR 6 PUPILS

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt back to some sense of normality in school. As you can imagine it has been challenging to get 530 pupils into school in a 15-minute period. Please read the information below carefully which details changes to the morning and afternoon routine that will ease congestion and speed up the process of pupils arriving at and leaving school. The back gate will be open and you will no longer need to follow the traffic cone pathways across the top playground, but please continue to access the patio and oval playgrounds via the slope and return to the top playground “up the steps”. (The traffic cone pathways remain in use during school time.)

Dropping off
The front and back gates will open at 8:40 am and close at 9:00 am
Reception/Year 1/Year 3 From the front gate Please make your way to the patio playground via the slope.You do not need to follow the traffic cone pathway across the top playground but please do reach the patio playground via the slope. Once dropped off, please leave the school site promptly via the steps up to the top playground or via the hall side gate if you have a pushchair. From the back gatePlease make your way to the patio playground across the oval playground and drop your child off.Once dropped off, please leave the school site promptly.   Year 2/Year 4/Year 5/Year 6 From the front gate You no longer need to walk around the top playground. Please enter the top playground, taking care to move onto the top playground and not blocking the entrance to school, and send your child in. Once dropped off, please leave the school site promptly. From the back gate Please make your way up to the top playground across the oval and patio playgrounds and up the steps then send your child into school.Once dropped off, please leave the school site promptly exiting the top playground via the slope. To remember Only one adult should drop off/pick up your child.Your child is expected to be in class by 8:55am. Registers will close at 9:00am and any children arriving after the close of registers will receive a late mark. At all times, no parents/carers are allowed in the school building.Bicycles and scooters can be left on site.
Picking up
The front and back gates will open at 3:00pm and close at 3:30pm
Finish times: Reception, Y1 and Y2 – 3:15pm. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 – 3:20pm.
Reception/Year 1/Year 3 From the front gate Please make your way to the patio playground via the slope. You do not need to follow the traffic cone pathway across the top playground but please do reach the patio and oval playgrounds via the slope. Collect your child and then please leave the school site promptly via the steps up to the top playground or via the hall side gate if you have a pushchair. From the back gatePlease make your way to the patio and oval playgrounds. Once collected, please leave the school site promptly. Do not allow your child to play on any of the areas of the school field such as the jungle run, the dugout, the woods, and the astro. These are our learning spaces; please do not allow your children to play on your way home as considerable time is lost, particularly by Mrs Lee and Mr Peters, putting resources back where they belong.Please respect our neighbours and park with consideration.   Year 2/Year 4/Year 5/Year 6 From the front gate Please wait for your child on the top playground and leave the school site promptly when collected.Please use the whole of the top playground to wait on, easing pressure on the congested space near the small hall/large blue gates. From the back gate Please make your way up to the top playground across the oval and patio playgrounds and up the steps. Once collected, please leave the school site promptly exiting the top playground via the slope.   To remember This is the opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher if you need to discuss something – alternatively use Seesaw/Tapestry, remembering your child’s teacher will only read/reply between 8.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have an urgent message, please contact the school office.If you have children to collect from two or more different year groups at the same time, the class teacher will supervise your child until you come to collect.

Welcome back

We would like to extend a warm welcome to families who are new to our school. We have 12 new pupils who have joined us from other schools, 74 children who have started school in the Reception year and 47 in our Nursery class - so a big warm welcome to you all. Also, a warm welcome is extended to our new members of staff: Mrs Beaman, Ms Creasey, Mrs Gray, Mr Hodgkinson, Mrs Perry and Mrs Proctor.

Reach for the Stars: Be the best you can be

We are determined at Hadleigh Community Primary School that all pupils achieve well and “Be the best they can be”. We encourage pupils to try hard and take pride in all aspects of their work.  To really succeed at school, pupils must also be self-motivated to be the best they can be and match our high expectations of all pupils’ attitudes to learning. When they do that, we seek to recognise their efforts.  In classrooms and on the sports field, all staff will be praising pupils for their attitude to learning and their efforts to be the best they can be when they flex their learning muscles!

Learning Posters

A year group specific learning poster will follow this newsletter to give you a feel about curriculum content this term. I hope you find the information useful in supporting your child.

Parking at school and around school

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you that if you drive to school we would be grateful if you parked in a safe and legal place and showed courtesy to our many neighbours. Thank you.

Quick reminders!

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use -trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school)/coats if cold or raining
  • Classrooms will continue to be well ventilated so please ensure your child has sufficient clothing to remain warm during lessons.
  • For children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 a small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school. (children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 receive a piece of fruit as a snack)
  • Medication – if you took it home for the summer holidays

From Monday 6th September, on the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT. (Tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath)

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Monday
Year 2 Thursday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Monday
Year 6 Wednesday

Continue to follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and confirmed cases of COVID-19

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test they should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. Children should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).

If any child in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and the family should follow public health advice.

Children are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Dates for your diary

Friday 17th September 6B swimming Applicants for School Council to have handed in their applications by now.
Monday 20th September Chris Todd assembly Full governors’ meeting at 6.30pm
Wednesday 22nd September Year 2 to Felixstowe
Thursday 23rd September School council meeting
Friday 24th September 6B swimming
Monday 27th September Open The Book assembly: The Good Shepherd
Thursday 30th September Individual photos
Friday 1st October 6DP swimming
Monday 4th October Bryn Rickards assembly: Harvest Festival
Thursday 7th  October National Poetry Day – theme ‘Choice’ The 2 Johns in for e-safety presentation KS2
Friday 8th October 6DP swimming
Monday 11th   October Jo Delfgou assembly
Tuesday 12th October Parental viewing of work 3:30 – 5:30pm
Wednesday 13th October Parental viewing of work 6 – 8pm
Friday 15th October 6P swimming
Monday 18th October Open The Book assembly: David and the Giant Slayer School council meeting
Wednesday 20th October Early parents’ evening (virtual)
Thursday 21st October Year 3 to Ipswich Museum Late parents’ evening (virtual) All of Nursery to Polstead Woods am    
Friday 22nd October 6P swimming Children break up for half term.
Half term
Sunday 31st October CLOSING DATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS 2022-23
Monday 1st November PD Day
Tuesday 2nd November Children return to school Science focus week
Wednesday 3rd November Resources committee 4:30pm
Monday 8th  November Chris Todd assembly
Tuesday 9th  November Y5 Viking visit for the day
Thursday 11th November Whole school Remembrance event School council meeting
Friday 12th November Children In Need (Date tbc)
Monday 15th November Open the Book: The Burning Bush Y6 visit to Kingswood, Overstrand Hall (all week)
Friday 19th November Y6 return from Kingswood, Overstrand Hall
Monday 22nd November Jo Delfgou assembly
Thursday 25th November School council meeting
Friday 26th November Y4 to Norwich Castle (TBC)
Monday 6th December Reception show to school pm
Tuesday 7th December Reception show am Full Governors meeting 6.30pm
Wednesday 8th December Reception show pm
Thursday 9th December Christmas Lunch & Christmas jumper day
Monday 13th December Open the Book: The Christmas Story
Thursday 16th December Christmas Carol Service 2pm at St Mary’s Church Christmas sing song in Nursery am
Friday 17th December Nursery party am/pm End of Autumn term – children return Wednesday 5th Jan 2022

Letter to parents: 30th August 2021

Information for parents and carers regarding the reopening of HCPS to all children on Monday 6th September 2021.

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your help and support maintaining “Covid-19 preventative measures” throughout last academic year.

School life will certainly feel more “pre-pandemic” when we return on Monday 6th September. The necessity to keep children in consistent groups, bubbles, has been removed. This enables us, for example, to return to regular lunches and to have easier drop off and pick up arrangements. However, some control measures will remain in place such as hand washing and sanitising, ventilation and pathways around the school to avoid unnecessary mixing. We will also be maintaining some measures introduced during the pandemic which, with hindsight, have improved the smooth running of the school, such as children coming to school in their PE kit on their main PE day.

Please be aware that if there is a significant local outbreak, further preventative measures may have to be reintroduced.
Unfortunately, we will not be holding the “meet the teacher” session at the end of school on Monday 6th September – but as you will read below, you will have the opportunity to meet the teacher at the end of every school day.

Please read the information below carefully:

Reception to Year 6 Dropping off – face coverings not required

MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER ONWARDS
On the first morning of this academic year the school gates will open at 8:30 am.

At 8:40 am your child’s class teacher will meet you at the following location:

Reception – Patio playground
Year 1 and Year 2 – Top playground
Year 3 and Year 4 – Oval playground
Year 5 and Year 6 – School field

At approximately 8:50 am your child’s class teacher will escort the class into school to start the day.

Please leave the school site promptly following the “traffic cone” pathways familiar to you from last year.

At all times, no parents/carers are allowed in the school building.

For the remainder of the school year we will operate a free flow system of entry into school every morning.

The school gates will open at 8:40 am.

Following the “traffic cone” pathways familiar to you from last year, walk around the school site dropping your child off at their entrance door where you will be met by a member of staff from your child’s year group.

Once dropped off, please leave the school site promptly.

Your child is expected to be in class by 8:55 am. Registers will close at 9:00 am and any children arriving after the close of registers will receive a late mark.

The school gates will be closed at 9:00 am.

At all times, no parents/carers are allowed in the school building.

Reception to Year 6 Picking up – face coverings not required

The school gates will open at 3:00 pm.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will finish the school day at 3:15 pm.

Children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will finish the school day at 3:20 pm.

Please wait for your children at the following location:

Reception – Patio playground
Year 1 and Year 3 – Oval playground
Year 2, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 – Top playground

This is the opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher if you need to discuss something – alternatively use Seesaw/Tapestry, remembering your child’s teacher will only read/reply between 8 – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. If you have an urgent message, please contact the school office.

If you have children to collect from two or more different year groups at the same time the class teacher will supervise your child until you come to collect.

At all times, no parents/carers are allowed in the school building.

Once you have collected your child, please leave the school site promptly following the “traffic cone” pathways familiar to you from last year.

For those planning on and booked to use the school’s wrap around care provision there will be a separate letter sent out explaining the dropping off and pick up times and procedures.

Nursery drop off/pick up arrangements

Nursery will be offering a morning drop off window and afternoon pick up window. Please drop off your nursery child between 8:30 – 8:40 am every morning in the nursery garden and collect between 3:20 - 3.30 pm. If your child goes home after the morning nursery session, please collect at the main school gates at 11:30 am.

What to bring to school:

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use -trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school)/coats if cold or raining
  • Classrooms will continue to be well ventilated so please ensure your child has sufficient clothing to remain warm during lessons.
  • For children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 a small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school. (children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 receive a piece of fruit as a snack)
  • Medication – if you took it home for the summer holidays

PE Kit

From Monday 6th September, on the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT. (Tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath).

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Monday (INCLUDING THE FIRST DAY BACK!)
Year 2 Thursday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Monday (INCLUDING THE FIRST DAY BACK!)
Year 6 Wednesday

Children will be expected to attend school in school uniform on all other days.

Attendance

The Department for Education has made it clear that school attendance is mandatory from the start of the autumn term. This means that normal school rules will apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to ensure children attend school unless medically unfit to do so.
  • Schools record attendance and absence.
  • The availability of sanctions, including penalty notices, for non-attendance.

Continue to follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test they should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. Children should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).

If any child in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and the family should follow public health advice.

Children are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

To conclude

I hope you have found all the above information useful.

Please contact the school office via email at askus@hadcps.uk if you require further clarification.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to HCPS on Monday 6th September 2021.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Gary Pilkington


Newsletter 1st July 2021

Continuing Covid-19 prevention measures

Thank you for your continued efforts and support following our Covid-19 prevention measures. This has helped us keep school open and limit the number of children “learning from home”. It is important that we continue these measures until the end of term. Over the past few weeks we have seen a small but steady increase in children isolating and “learning from home” following confirmed Covid-19 cases, possible symptoms of Covid-19 or coming into close contact with somebody with a positive case of Covid-19. It is not over yet.

Consequently, and even if restrictions are lifted or adapted nationally on Monday 19th July we will continue with our Covid-19 prevention measures until the end of term on the next day, Tuesday 20th July. This helps protect us all and limits the impact of Covid-19 for the summer break.

Sports Day becomes Sports Days!

Due to the above measures still being in place and the compact nature of our school field we have had to adapt our sports day this year and hold the event behind closed doors and split it into 5 different days!. What matters most, is all our children get to experience the fun and competitive nature of our annual celebration of sport.

Your child’s sports day is as follows…

As you can see, a full day of sporting fun has been planned! Where two year groups are participating, one will compete whilst the other one will cheer on. Year group bubbles will remain intact. During this week there

will be no normal PE sessions so children need to come to school in uniform. Nursery will be enjoying their sports day on Friday 9th July.

Year 6

We were extremely disappointed that our eagerly anticipated visit to Overstrand Hall was cancelled at the last minute by Kingswood. Since then, the Year 6 staff have worked tirelessly to create an activities week for our Year 6 children to enjoy. This starts on Monday 5th July. In addition to this, an evening of fun is planned on Monday 19th July. More details to follow.

Finally, on Tuesday 20th July at 3:40pm, to conclude our Year 6 pupils’ time at HCPS, we would like to invite Y6 parents and carers onto the top playground to join us as we all say farewell. (This means on Tuesday 20th July, Year 6 pupils will not leave school at their normal time of 2:55pm but 3:40-4:00pm.)

Reports (and Meet the Teacher)

During week beginning Monday 12th July, you will receive your child’s end of year report electronically. You will also receive details of their new class and class teacher(s). All children will meet their new teacher(s) on Monday 19th July but because of continuing Covid-19 preventative measures you will not be able to meet them until we return after the summer break on Monday 6th September (TBC)

Term Dates

2020/21

Summer Term Ends: Tuesday 20th July 2021

2021/22

PD Days: 2nd September, 3rd September, 1st November

Autumn Term Begins: Monday 6th September 2021 Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October Autumn Term Ends: Friday 17th December 2021

PD Days: 4th January

Spring Term Begins: Wednesday 5th January 2022 Half Term: Monday 21st February – Friday 25th February Spring Term Ends: Friday 8th April 2022

PD Days: 6th June

Summer Term Begins: Monday 25th April 2022 Half Term: Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June Summer Term Ends: Friday 22nd July 2022

Ofsted – Parent View

If you would like to share your opinions and views on our school with Ofsted, please click on the link - https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/


Newsletter 4th May 2021

Thank you!

Many thanks for continuing to support all of our “Covid-19 prevention” measures. These are likely to remain in
place for some time.

Just to remind you…

Pupils and other adults must not come into the school if:

  • they have one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  • they have had a positive test
  • Please follow the one way system around the school site – observing social distancing
  • Please wear a face covering
  • DO NOT ARRIVE OUTSIDE SCHOOL BEFORE YOUR DROP OFF/PICK UP SLOT.
  • Do not park too close to school
  • Do not loiter before and after school
  • DO NOT STAND IN THE YELLOW HATCHED AREA.
  • Do not use the staff car park
  • Do not enter the school buildings except visiting the office via the staff car park
  • If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the oval playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and reenter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed below.
  • Only one adult should come to school to drop off/pick up. Please do not bring other members of your family (except babies and toddlers) with you even if it is just to wait with you outside the school site.
  • You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.
  • FOR OUR OLDER PUPILS WHO ARRIVE AND LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT YOUR SUPERVISION, please help us by making sure your child is aware of the need to go straight home and not to loiter outside the school or on the areas around school such as the bank on Clopton Gardens.
  • If an elder sibling is picking up/dropping off, please ensure they are aware they must do it by themselves and not with other school friends. Please help us to ensure high school pupils do not loiter outside the school.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER – there are several free car parks in Hadleigh. We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours where parents are blocking driveways etc. Please be considerate.

Year group Start time Finish time

Nursery 8:15 11:15/3:25
Reception 9:00 3:30
Year 1 8:50 3:20
Year 2 8:45 3:15
Year 3 8:40 3:10
Year 4 8:35 3:05
Year 5 8:30 3:00
Year 6 8:25 2:55

What to bring to school

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use -trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school)/coats if cold or raining – children will not be able to enter school prior to their specific drop off time – we will be waiting in the rain
  • In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, a small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school. Snack is provided for all other year groups.
  • Medication – if you took it home for the lockdown

PE Kit

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Seesaw and Tapestry

Birthday treats

Summer term curriculum and Learning Posters

Term Dates

2021/22
PD Days: 2nd September, 3rd September, 1st November
Autumn Term Begins: Monday 6th September 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October
Autumn Term Ends: Friday 17th December 2021

Ofsted – Parent View

Parental survey – Remote parent consultations

Summer Term 2021: provisional dates for your diary

First Edition: Dates planned assuming school Covid restrictions remain until the end of term.
All dates provisional and as a guide

Wednesday 5th May Class Photos
Monday 10th May Father Jo Assembly - remote
School Council meeting
6:30pm FGB meeting
Monday 17th May Open the Book assembly - remote
Monday 24th May School Council meeting
Friday 28th May Year 3 Roman Day
Monday 7th June Chris Todd assembly - remote
Monday 14th June Father Jo Assembly - remote
School Council meeting
Thursday 17th June Year R to Banham Zoo
Monday 21st June Open the Book assembly - remote
Governor Resources committee 4:30pm
Thursday 24th June Y2 to Hedingham Castle
Monday 28th June Year 6 to Kingswood
Friday 2nd July Year 6 return from Kingswood
Monday 5th July Bryn Rickards assembly - remote
School Council meeting
Tuesday 6th July Year 1 to Foxburrow Farm
Thursday 8th July FGB meeting 6:30pm
Friday 9th July HHS induction day
Monday 12th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Chris Todd assembly - remote
Reports out
Tuesday 13th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Wednesday 14th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Thursday 15th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Meet the teacher 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Monday 19th July Moving up morning to meet the new teacher
Year 6 Leavers’ treat
Tuesday 20th July Last day of term
Whole school assembly

Letter to parents: 3rd March 2021

Information for parents and carers regarding the reopening of HCPS to all children starting Monday 8th March 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Since the latest lockdown began, and HCPS has remained open to children of essential workers, the emphasis has always been to mitigate the risk of contagion through a range of measures, following Government guidelines.

These measures will continue when all children return to school on Monday 8th March.

Indeed, school life will be the same as when these measures were first introduced in September 2020.

They will have a significant impact on how we organise the school, from the beginning of the day, lessons, breaks, lunch and right through until home time. We will need your support to help the school day run as smoothly as possible.

Please read the information carefully: school will not be as we know it and it is crucial you follow and adhere to the steps below.

Bubbles – Year groups

A bubble is the term used throughout this letter to describe how children will be grouped. We will be operating in year group bubbles throughout the school. Due to the large number of children in school and the limitations of the geography of our school site, pupils will remain in their class, but during playtimes, lunch, arriving and leaving school, toileting and for certain lessons they will be grouped in year group bubbles. Throughout the day they will remain in their class or year group bubble, socially distant from the members of staff within the bubble. In turn, each year group bubble will be socially distanced from other year group bubbles. Movement will be restricted within bubbles and when moving around school.

The School Day

Please spend time with your child preparing them for the changes explained below.

Please ensure you discuss with them the need to social distance when coming to and from school. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR OLDER PUPILS WHO ARRIVE AND LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT YOUR SUPERVISION. Please help us by making sure your child is aware of the need to go straight home and not to loiter outside the school or on the areas around school, such as the bank on Clopton Gardens.

Prior to arriving at school, please park in the town centre car parks and observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Please do not park too close to school and cause congestion when dropping off and picking up. Do not enter the staff car park. No parents are allowed into the school building except for prearranged visits. You can visit the school office.

Dropping off/Picking up

We will be continuing to operate a one-way system at drop off/pick up. This will continue to be a significant challenge for us all. We are a large school: 525 children arriving and leaving school, so maintaining social distancing will be tough. Please enter school via the blue vehicular access gates on Station Road (the school gate to Clopton Gardens will remain closed). Follow the clearly marked pathway, observing social distancing (the painted lines and cones are there to help you) until you reach the drop off/pick up zone for your child.

DO NOT ARRIVE OUTSIDE SCHOOL BEFORE YOUR DROP OFF/PICK UP SLOT. Once you have dropped your child off/collected your child, please continue to follow the clearly marked pathway and exit the school premises along the gravel path at the front of the school or through the small blue gate directly opposite the zebra crossing. Please do not loiter outside the school, continue to move on. DO NOT STAND IN THE YELLOW HATCHED AREA.

We will be operating a staggered start and end to the day to minimise contact between year group bubbles. Only one adult should come to school to drop off/pick up. This helps us to ease congestion. Please do not bring other members of your family (except babies and toddlers) with you, even if it is just to wait with you outside the school site. If an elder sibling is picking up/dropping off, please ensure they are aware they must do it by themselves and not with other school friends. Please help us to ensure high school pupils do not loiter outside the school.

Please adhere to the times in the table below.

We will be unable to support you in “coaxing” your child into school. If they find leaving you difficult you will be asked to go around and queue again, bring them in later via the school office entrance or take them home until you are ready to bring them back during the morning.

If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the oval playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and re-enter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed above.

You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.

The School Day

Pupils will return to school on Monday 8th March. Attendance is mandatory. You have a duty to secure your child’s attendance at school.

Pupils should return in full uniform, with shoulder length hair tied back. PE kit can be worn on PE days and for pupils in Reception on “woods day” (see below for PE Day). No nail varnish is allowed to be worn in school.

Children may wear a small pair of studs but must either leave them at home or be able to take them out themselves on the days they have P.E.

Please remember to label every item clearly.

Don’t forget, coats if it is cold/raining, sun hats if it’s warm and to apply sun cream before school (optimistic emoji!)

What to bring to school

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use - trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school), coats if cold or raining – children will not be able to enter school prior to their specific drop off time – we will be waiting in the rain
  • In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, a small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school. Snack is provided for all other year groups.
  • Medication – if you took it home for the lockdown

PE Kit

On the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT (tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath)

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Children will be expected to attend school in school uniform on all other days.

  • Children and staff will obey social distancing guidance within bubbles and between bubbles. There will be no mixing of bubbles.
  • Movement within classrooms will be strictly limited.
  • Informal catch ups with teachers will not be possible – please make use of Seesaw and Tapestry to communicate with your child’s teacher – we are in the process of arranging virtual parent consultations.
  • Children will remain in their allotted space using only equipment which is on their desk. Very few additional resources will be available.
  • Teaching will be from the front of the class, all individual work. A traditional form of teaching will be in action with the teacher leading the bubble from the front of the classroom and children working on tasks independently.
  • Children with special educational needs will be supported as much as social distancing guidelines allow.
  • Children are expected to bring in their own drinking bottles. Water will be available to “top up”.
  • Windows and doors will remain open to aid ventilation. • All medicines and minor first aid will be administered within year group bubbles. If you took medication home when school closed, please remember to drop it back in.
  • If children require intimate care, PPE will be worn by staff or parents will be called.
  • The school evacuation procedure will remain the same, muster on the oval playground if the alarm sounds.
  • Outside every classroom there will be a sanitising station. Children will be expected to hand sanitise every time they re-enter the classroom.
  • Staff may wear gloves and will wear facemasks for protection.
  • All lunches (school dinner or packed lunch) will be eaten either in the hall or in the classroom where the bubble is housed.
  • At lunches each year group bubble will have allotted mid-day supervisors and allotted play spaces.
  • Children will be expected to socially distance when moving around school and across all outdoor spaces.
  • Use of toilets will be monitored by staff to ensure toilets do not become overcrowded.
  • All areas of school will be thoroughly cleaned daily, with toilets cleaned twice a day

Pupils and family members feeling unwell – suspected COVID -19 cases

“Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not
attend the school”
This is a clear direction from the Government.

Pupils and other adults must not come into the school if:

  • they have one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  • they have had a positive test
    They must immediately cease to attend and not attend for at least10 days from the day after:
  • the start of their symptoms
  • the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive test

If your child has a temperature please do not send them to school or give Calpol prior to school which may artificially lower a child’s temperature thus masking possible Covid symptoms.

Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate.

If anyone in school develops a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) they will be sent home to begin isolation - the isolation period includes the day the symptoms started and the next 10 full days.

You must:

  • follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
  • arrange to have a test as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other members of the household (including any siblings and members of their support or childcare bubble if they have one) should self-isolate. Their isolation period includes the day symptoms started for the first person in their household, or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, and the next10 full days. If a member of the household starts to display symptoms while self-isolating they will need to restart the 10 day
isolation period and book a test.

If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.

We have a protocol in school for dealing with suspected cases. You will be informed immediately to collect your child and undergo testing. Please inform us of testing results as soon as possible.

If we become aware that someone who has attended school has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) having developed symptoms and taken a test then we must take robust, swift action. Based on the advice from the PHE local health protection team, this may lead to your child being sent home because they have been identified as a person who has been in close contact with another who has tested positive. They will need to self-isolate immediately and for the next 10 full days counting from the day after contact with the individual who tested positive. Household members of those children who are sent home do not
need to self-isolate themselves unless the pupil who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms, unless they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or their public health protection team, in which case they must self-isolate.

Attendance

As mentioned above, The Department for Education has made it clear that school attendance is mandatory from Monday 8th March. This means that normal school rules will apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to ensure children attend school unless medically unfit to do so.
  • Schools record attendance and absence.
  • The availability of sanctions, including penalty notices, for non-attendance.

We recognise that some families may need support to secure regular attendance for their child so we will work with families to offer support and guidance to meet the expectations of full attendance.

To conclude

I hope you have found all the above information useful.

Please contact the school office via email at askus@hadcps.uk if you require further clarification.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to HCPS on Monday 8th March 2021.


Letter to parents: 4th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a National Lockdown and the closure of schools, Hadleigh Community Primary School will be closed for all pupils tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January 2021.

No children should attend school and no remote learning will take place. This overrides any earlier communication from school made today. This decision has been made to allow us to prepare remote learning for all pupils and to arrange provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. Remote learning for all children and provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children will commence on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Mr G Pilkington


Christmas 2020 Video!

🎄 We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! ☃️ https://youtu.be/tkUnMoTLa3M

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Letter to parents: 9th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Contrary to recent press reports, HCPS will still be closing for the Christmas holidays at your pick up slot on Friday 18th December.

Informing school of symptoms and subsequent test results during the holiday:

Please continue to inform us if your child develops symptoms on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December and/or you have booked or taken a COVID test, by using the email address askus@hadcps.uk by 3pm on Monday 21st December at the latest. DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL.

This is because current guidance says that if someone tests positive for coronavirus, those who were in close contact with them 48 hours before the symptoms emerged are likely to need to be told to self isolate. Public Health England is relying on schools to provide information regarding who may need to isolate.

From Tuesday 22nd December and until we return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021, please use the normal national track and trace system either by using the app or by clicking on this link - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test


Newsletter: 30th November 2020

Thank you

Thank you for your continued support this term as we continue to grapple with the pandemic and all consequences. As we move into the final 3 weeks of the Autumn term and head towards the Christmas holidays at HCPS pupil attendance has remained extremely high (97.7%). I sincerely hope this will continue for the remainder of the term and into the Spring term. Thank you. Please continue to adhere to all our dropping off and picking up arrangements. In particular, please remember that only one adult per family should be entering the school grounds to drop off/pick up children.

Christmas information

Unsurprisingly, we are unable to enjoy a normal Christmas period in school this year. Our traditional events: Nativities, Christmas Carol Concert and Christmas Lunch have been cancelled. However, we do have a number of alternative Christmas treats for our children.

  • Children will be decorating their classrooms and bubbles this week and sharing their results with other classes online.
  • Mrs Broadbent is busy composing, conducting and directing a Christmas piece to be shared closer to the end of term.
  • Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day will be held on the last day of term, Friday 18th December.
  • You should have already received correspondence from the school office with details regarding school lunch and the school council will be sending out information regarding Christmas jumpers soon. The HSA are also supporting our final day of this term with some Christmas treats for all our pupils.
  • If your child wishes to bring in a Christmas present for their teacher/support staff, they are welcome to, but please only bring the gift into school on the last day of term.
  • Unfortunately, there can be no exchange of Christmas Cards between children this advent. Please do not let your child bring Christmas cards into school.

Mini Reports

Teachers are busy writing “mini report cards” which will be distributed during the final week of term. In addition to the Seesaw/Tapestry message you received instead of parent consultations in October, your mini report will support you in understanding your child’s progress this term.

The cold weather – and SEVERE weather

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather…both outside and inside… and... of course, we are also entering the period of potential severe weather. If we have to close due to severe weather, please listen to local radio stations and consult this website, http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk, for updated information.

Applying for a Reception Place 2021/22

If you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 you need to apply for a Reception school place by the deadline of Friday 15th January 2021.

All applications can be made online via this link: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/

Term Dates

Autumn Term Ends: Friday 18th December 2020

PD Days: 4th January

Spring Term Begins: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February
Spring Term Ends: Friday 26th March 2021

PD Days: 7th June

Summer Term Begins: Monday 12th April 2021
Half Term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June
Summer Term Ends: Tuesday 20th July 2021


Letter to parents: 2nd November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school tomorrow.

As it stands currently, “The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.

Therefore, the expectation is that all pupils will return to school tomorrow.

Early Birds and Owls club, Band Academy and Strikers will continue until further notice.

Staggered start and finish to the school day

In addition to the previously issued guidance below, I have decided to implement two additional measures to help keep everyone safe.

  • As it is challenging to stay at least 2 metres apart, please wear a face-covering when dropping off and collecting your child and maintain at least a 1-metre distance from other waiting adults.
  • Please do not wait or loiter in the yellow marked zone (see image).
  • Please arrive at your allotted time – REMEMBER: one parent/carer per family (child)
  • If you arrive before your allotted time, please form a socially distancing queue along the front of the school, staying inside the red line.
  • Please do not wait in the area in front of the staff car park entrance. Find a socially distanced space elsewhere.
  • Please do not loiter outside the school after drop off/collection – move on quickly.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER – there are several free car parks in Hadleigh. We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours where parents are blocking driveways etc. Please be considerate.

Ventilation

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid-19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather… both outside and inside!


Newsletter: 16th October 2020

Staggered start and finish to the school day

Thank you for your help and cooperation with the beginning and end to every school day. When I wrote to you at the start of the school year I suggested that: “this will be a significant challenge for us all. We are a large school: 520 children arriving and leaving school, maintaining social distancing, will be tough.” This continues to be the case. It is vitally important that we all adhere to the following…

When dropping your child off in the morning and collecting in the evening please remember the following points:

  • Please arrive at your allotted time – one parent/carer per family (child)
  • If you arrive before your allotted time, please form a socially distancing queue along the front of the school, staying inside the red line.
  • Please do not wait in the areas in front of the pupil entrance, the entrance to Playstation and in front of the staff car park entrance. Find a socially distanced space elsewhere.
  • Please do not loiter outside the school after drop off/collection – move on quickly.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER – there are several free car parks in Hadleigh. We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours where parents are blocking driveways etc. Please be considerate.

Seesaw and Tapestry

Next week your child’s class teacher will be writing to you via Seesaw/Tapestry detailing how your child has settled back into school this half term. This is in lieu of parent consultations which would have taken place next week.

Birthday treats

If your child is celebrating a birthday and would like to share a little something with their classmates please ensure this is in the form of sealed, small treat packs of sweets (for example, Haribos).

Learning Posters

This term’s Learning Posters are available here - https://hadleighcp.school/learning/year-groups/

The cold weather

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather…both outside and inside!

Soggy, wet feet

Rain, rain, and more rain! When will it ever stop? At HCPS we have a clear commitment to outdoor PE and getting outside at playtimes, even in inclement weather. We also have playgrounds with lots of puddles! Consequently, feet can become cold and wet. Please ensure your child has a spare set of footwear and socks should they need to change. This may well be the additional pair of trainers children need to bring in to school for any extra PE and outdoor sessions, but on the day they come to school in PE kit, please provide additional footwear as well.

Only a piece of fruit or veg for break time snack

In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 please only provide a real piece of fruit or veg for a break time snack. A piece of fruit/veg is provided for Year 1, 2 and Reception. Some children are starting to bring in items such as fruit winders and fruit snacks in packets (such as yoghurt coated fruit).

Toys

Please remember that children can bring to school 1 hand sized toy.

Applying for a Reception and High School Place 2021/22

If you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 you need to apply for a Reception school place by the deadline of Friday 15th January 2021.

If your child is currently in Year 6, you need to apply for a High School place by the deadline of Saturday 31st October 2021. All applications can be made online via this link - https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/

Term Dates

Link here - https://hadleighcp.school/news-events/term-dates/


Reminder from Mr Pilkington

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your patience, understanding and co-operation this morning.  As I write all children are settled in class and have begun lessons with their new teacher.

To help alleviate overcrowding on Station Road, please remember to arrive at school at your child's allotted drop off and pick up time.

Remember: if you are dropping off more than one child, arrive at the earliest drop off time and your other child/children will be directed to the supervised waiting zone on the oval playground.

Thank you.


Quick Reminders & Changes: School re-opening 3rd September 2020

https://youtu.be/6pxgPEkdHHE

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here are some quick reminders to help you in preparation for sending your child to school on Thursday 3rd September.

Items in bold/italics are in addition to, or an amendment of, the letter dated Thursday 13th August.

Start and finish times

  • Please follow the one way system around the school site – observing social distancing
  • Do not park too close to school
  • Do not loiter before and after school
  • Do not use the staff car park
  • Do not enter the school buildings except visiting the office via the staff car park. Please wear a face covering if visiting the school office.
  • If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the oval playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and re-enter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed below.
  • You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.
YEAR GROUP START TIME FINISH TIME
Nursery 8:15 11:15/3:25
Reception 9:00 3:30
Year 1 8:50 3:20
Year 2 8:45 3:15
Year 3 8:40 3:10
Year 4 8:35 3:05
Year 5 8:30 3:00
Year 6 8:25 2:55

What to bring to school

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use - trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school)/coats if cold or raining – children will not be able to enter school prior to their specific drop off time – we will be waiting in the rain
  • A small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school
  • Medication – if you took it home for the summer holidays/lockdown

PE Kit

From Monday 7th September 2020…

On the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT. (Tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath)

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Children will be expected to attend school in school uniform on all other days.

See you all very, very soon!


Reopening Information: Thursday 3rd September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Since lockdown began, and HCPS remained open to key worker children and subsequently to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 the emphasis has always been to mitigate the risk of contagion through a range of measures, following Government guidelines. These measures will continue when all children return to school on Thursday 3rd September. They will have a significant impact on how we organise the school, from the beginning of the day, lessons, breaks, lunch and right through until home time. We will need your support to help the school day run as smoothly as possible.

Please read the information carefully: school will not be as we know it and it is crucial you follow and adhere to the steps below.

Bubbles – Year groups and classes

A bubble is the term used throughout this letter to describe how children will be grouped. We will be operating in class bubbles and year group bubbles throughout the school. Due to the large number of children in school and the limitations of the geography of our school site, pupils will remain in their class bubble for most of the day, but during playtimes, lunch, arriving and leaving school and some lessons they will be grouped in year group bubbles. Throughout the day they will remain in their class or year group bubble, socially distant from the members of staff within the bubble. In turn, each year group bubble will be socially distanced from other year group bubbles. Movement will be restricted within bubbles and when moving around school.

The School Day

Please spend time with your child before arriving, preparing them for the changes explained below. Please ensure you discuss with them the need to social distance when coming to and from school.

Prior to arriving at school, please park in the town centre car parks and observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Please do not park too close to school and cause congestion when dropping off and picking up. Do not enter the staff car park. No parents are allowed into the school building except for visits to the school office via the staff car park entrance.

Dropping off / Picking up

We will be operating a one-way system at drop off/pick up. This will be a significant challenge for us all. We are a large school: 550 children arriving and leaving school, maintaining social distancing, will be tough. Please enter school via the blue vehicular access gates on Station Road (the school gate to Clopton Gardens will remain closed). Follow the clearly marked pathway, observing social distancing, until you reach the clearly marked drop off/pick up zone for your child.

Once you have dropped your child off/collected your child, please continue to follow the clearly marked pathway and exit the school premises along the gravel path at the front of the school or through the small blue gate directly opposite the zebra crossing. Please do not loiter outside the school, continue to move on.

We will be operating a staggered start and end to the day to minimise contact between year group bubbles. It will help ease congestion if only one adult comes to school to drop off/pick up. Please adhere to the times in the table below:

Year Group Start Time Finish Time
Nursery 8.15 am 11.15 am / 3.25 pm
Reception 9.00 am 3.30 pm
Year 1 8.50 am 3.20 pm
Year 2 8.45 am 3.15 pm
Year 3 8.40 am 3.10 pm
Year 4 8.35 am 3.05 pm
Year 5 8.30 am 3.00 pm
Year 6 8.25 am 2.55 pm

We will be unable to support you in “coaxing” your child into school. If they find leaving you difficult you will be asked to go around and queue again, bring them in later via the school office door or take them home until you are ready to bring them back during the morning.

If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the top playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and re-enter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed above.

You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.

What to bring to school

  • Pupils will return to school on Thursday 3rd September in school uniform.
  • Please remember to label every item clearly.
  • Don’t forget sun hats, coats if it is cold/raining and to apply sun cream before school.
  • ONLY A CHANGE OF FOOTWEAR IS REQUIRED FOR PE.
  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch if you are not having a school lunch
  • Change of footwear for PE – Trainers
  • One small backpack

The School Day

  • Children and staff will obey social distancing guidance within bubbles and between bubbles. There will be no mixing of bubbles.
  • Movement within classrooms will be strictly limited.
  • Informal catch ups with teachers will not be possible – please make use of Seesaw and Tapestry to communicate with your child’s teacher.
  • Children will remain in their allotted space using only equipment which is on their desk. Very few additional resources will be available.
  • Teaching will be from the front of the class, all individual work. A traditional form of teaching will be in action with the teacher leading the bubble from the front of the classroom and children working on tasks independently.
  • Children with special educational needs will be supported as much as social distancing guidelines allow.
  • Children are expected to bring in their own drinking bottles. Water will be available to “top up”.
  • Windows and doors will remain open to aid ventilation.
  • If children are unable to abide by these social distancing guidelines, then you will be asked to collect them and take them home.
  • All medicines and minor first aid will be administered within year group bubbles. If you took medication home when school closed, please remember to drop it back in.
  • If children require intimate care, PPE will be worn by staff or parents will be called.
  • Currently we are unsure if we are able to provide a snack for children in Reception and KS1, so we ask that all children bring their own healthy snack of fruit or vegetables. Please remember that we are a nut free school.
  • The school evacuation procedure will remain the same, muster on the oval playground if the alarm sounds.
  • Outside every classroom there will be a sanitising station. Children will be expected to hand sanitise every time they re-enter the classroom.
  • Staff may wear gloves and facemasks for protection.
  • All lunches (school dinner or packed lunch) will be eaten either in the hall or in the classroom where the bubble is housed.
  • At lunches each year group bubble will have allotted mid-day supervisors.
  • Children will be expected to socially distance when moving around school and across all outdoor spaces.
  • To minimise queues at toilets we will operate a system of toilet tickets. Your child will ask for the bubble’s ticket and make their way to the allotted toilet for their bubble. Tickets will be available from teachers, support staff and mid-day supervisors.
  • All areas of school will be thoroughly cleaned daily, with toilets cleaned twice a day.

Pupils and family members feeling unwell - suspected COVID-19 cases

Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.This is a clear direction from the Government.

If your child has a temperature please do not send them to school or give Calpol prior to school which may artificially lower a child’s temperature thus masking possible COVID-19 symptoms.

As a school we must ensure “that pupils, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days, and ensure anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

We have a protocol in school for dealing with suspected cases. You will be informed immediately to collect your child and undergo testing.

Attendance

The Department for Education has made it clear that school attendance is mandatory from the start of the autumn term. This means that normal school rules will apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to ensure children attend school unless medically unfit to do so.
  • Schools record attendance and absence.
  • The availability of sanctions, including penalty notices, for non-attendance.

We recognise that some families may need support to secure regular attendance for their child so we will work with families to offer support and guidance to meet the expectations of full attendance.

To conclude

I hope you have found all the above information useful. Please contact the school office via email at askus@hadcps.uk if you require further clarification.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to HCPS on Thursday 3rd September 2020.


End of Term Letter - July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As we move towards the end of this school year it is clear that it will conclude like no other. No excited Year 6 pupils enjoying their final moments in school, signing shirts and bidding their friends and adults farewell; no hoarse voices and tired limbs from Sports Day; no nervous excitement meeting the “new” teacher; no exhausted staff, parents and children returning from a memorable camp.

The past turbulent and unpredictable four months have been extremely difficult for us all to navigate, but I would like to take this moment to thank you all for kindness and understanding. I would also like to thank every member of the school staff for their support. As a community we have pulled together and provided as best we can for our delightful children.

It is our plan to reopen fully in September – but we all need to be aware that we will still be constrained by social distancing measures. The school day may be staggered with different drop off and pick up times, children may be kept apart, before and after school care may be limited, enrichment and extra-curricular activities limited.

I will be writing to you in mid to late August explaining, in detail, how the new school year will begin on Thursday 3rd September.

Reports, classes, welcomes and farewells

You will soon be receiving your child’s school report electronically. Included with your child’s report will be a letter detailing your child’s new teacher. Next year’s teaching teams are as follows…

  • Mrs Lee and Mrs Limond will be teaching in Nursery.
  • Mrs Beaumont-George/Mrs Loveys, Miss Horwood and Miss Shemming will be teaching in Reception.
  • Miss Baker, Mrs Bodsworth and Miss Rumsey will be teaching in Year 1.
  • Mrs Farrow/Mrs Pittaway, Mrs Holdaway and Mrs Cocks will be teaching in Year 2.
  • Miss Cook, Miss Hoyles and Mrs Scales will be teaching in Year 3.
  • Mrs Clarke, Mrs Whitmore/Mrs Pittaway and Mrs Bewsher/Mrs Gissing will be teaching in Year 4.
  • Mrs Douglas, Mrs Gunson/Miss King and Mrs Rankin will be teaching in Year 5.
  • Mrs Peters, Mrs Watkins and Mr Bassett will be teaching in Year 6.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Rumsey and Mr Bassett to HCPS. Mrs Pipe has recently started maternity leave. We bid farewell to Mrs Ashton, who most recently taught in Year 1, Miss Brinkley, a teaching assistant in Reception, and Miss Osborne, a teaching assistant in Nursery. We wish them all every success in the future.

…and finally...

I am sure you will all join me in wishing our current Year 6 every success in their High School education and good luck to all other children who may be moving on.

On behalf of everyone at HCPS, I wish you all an enjoyable and, hopefully, sunny summer holiday. School and home learning ends on Friday 17th July and school reopens on Thursday 3rd September 2020.