Welcome Back to School!

Dear Pupils, Parents and Carers,
I hope this message finds all of our families well. Quite unbelievably, the Summer break is nearly over and all of the staff are excited to be welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 7th September.
It’s been a very busy six weeks in school – we’ve given many of the walls in our classrooms a fresh coat of paint, had some new carpets fitted and updated some of our classroom furniture, to create a set of really lovely classroom environments. We’ve also spent some time refilling the school pond, amongst many other jobs, so that we can be ready for all pupils returning to school.
In my last letter, I explained that I would confirm the start and end of day times for pupils. You will notice that we will continue with our staggered starts, as this is one of the ways the Government has asked schools to work to reduce the risk of Covid-19. These staggered start and end times have not been changed and are as follows:
Pupils in Year 2, 4 and 6 will start the day at 8.35am. The school day will end at 3.00pm.
Pupils in Year 1, 3 and 5 will start the day at 8.50am. The school day will end at 3.15pm.
Pupils in Reception will start a phased entrance to school. After this, the school day will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.00pm. 
Although the staggered start times are unavoidable, we’ve been conscious of keeping these staggered start and end times as close as possible, so as to cause as little inconvenience to our families, whilst keeping our pupils and staff safe. We recognise that although welcoming nearly 400 pupils back to school is exciting, we may have to review the way in which pupils enter and leave the school. So, in advance, I apologise for any inconvenience we may cause but hope that you will support us in ensuring a smooth start and end to the day. We do ask that you try to arrive as close to the start and end time as possible, so as to avoid waiting.
We have looked very carefully at families with siblings in multiple year groups. It just isn’t possible for us to have a plan that suits every family however staff will be available and on-hand at the start and end of the day and we will be as flexible as possible to ensure that pupils arrive at their classrooms safely. We do ask, that if you have pupils in Years 5 and 6, that you help us by allowing them to line up on the playground by themselves. Thank you.
These start and end times are new for us all. We hope that after a few days we will all be used to the new routines.
I am very grateful for your co-operation and ask you to continue to be patient and bear with us. I am looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Monday 7th September.
With my very best wishes,
Mr R. Laker
Head of School