Good Afternoon Everyone!
I hope that you have had a lovely half term. Things have been very exciting in school and I would like to thank all of the team for their hard work, sorting, unpacking and getting our new school ready for our children tomorrow. All children will arrive at school using the new main entrance - this is for Reception, Year 1 to Year 6 children - see first picture where I will be standing in the morning to meet and greet all of our children. Please note for children in Year 3 to 6, this is a new entrance, a little bit further along the road. Children in Year 3 to 6 will be directed up the main path where they will go into the Junior block and will be greeted by a member of the team. For children in Year 1, Year 2, and Reception, Mrs Gray will be visible to direct you to your new classrooms. Parents in the new block can walk their child up to their cloakroom door, where a member of staff will be available to welcome your child into school.
To ease congestion around the new block whilst we are getting used to the new systems and routines, we have a one way system for families on the Infant playground - staff will be highly visible to guide and help us all to be familiar and understand the routes.
At the end of the day, families who are collecting from Year 3 to 6 at 3.00pm can use the familiar KS2 pedestrian path and will be directed to the Junior playground. For collection of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children at 3.10pm, please use the new main entrance pathway and you will be directed around the site. If you have both a child in Year 2 and either Year 1 or Reception, please drop off or collect your Year 2 child first of all.
For those of us with children attending the Nursery, there is a new entrance which has a double wooden gate slightly further along Lyndon Road for you to access Nursery at the start and end of the day. (See photo)
We understand that there is a lot of new changes for some of our children and our families but we aim to be as helpful as possible and hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow, we will feel much more confident with our new routines. As with any new routine, we will keep it under review to ensure it works for all of us and keeps everyone safe.
A gentle reminder that for Year 3 to 6, our soft start is between 8.30am and 8.40am. For Reception to Year 2, our soft start is between 8.40am and 8.50am. Nursery starting time is from 8.30am or 12.30pm. Pupils who are late after this time will need to be brought into the new main reception area with their parent to sign in.
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning!
Mr L Chamberlain Mrs E Gray
Head Teacher Deputy Head Teacher
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Good evening everyone, first of all, it has been absolutely wonderful to welcome all of our children and families onto one site and so lovely to see the joy and excitement of our children when they saw our new school- we are all very proud of the new building. As with any move, there are so many things to get used to- particularly moving around and navigating your way to particular areas and new classes and I very much appreciate your understanding and patience over the next few days.
After school, we have been evaluating drop-off and collection from the new site today and have made a few changes for tomorrow which we hope will make things a little easier based upon our experience today. In the morning, we shall continue using our new main entrance but to ease congestion we shall also open up the narrow pedestrian gate ( alongside St Margaret's Nursery) so KS2 children can get into their part of the building quickly and not have to use the main entrance. Of course families with KS1 and KS2 can still use the main entrance if they wish to. We will have an additional member of staff on the KS2 pedestrian gate by St Margaret's Nursery in the morning.
For our children in 3B (Mrs Bell) and 3L (Mrs Lewis) at home time (3.00pm) these classes will now be collected from their classroom doors instead of the junior playground. This will ease some congestion from the junior playground at home time. 3BW will continue to be collected from the main junior playground.
Thank you for your understanding as we refine routines around school and for your overwhelmingly positive feedback today. We shall have plenty of our team wearing hi-vis jackets tomorrow to help guide you around the site and to hopefully make drop-off and collection times even smoother.
Best wishes, Mr Chamberlain and Mrs Gray.