October 9th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to feel that we had a more normal week this week with enrichment from a theatre company telling fairy tales to Year 1 and 2 and skipping workshops for the juniors. (I hear that the adults even joined in).  We do miss seeing parents and families on site and I would encourage you to chat to myself or Mr Burkinshaw at the beginning or end of the day. We do value your comments and suggestions and even informal chats. I am also looking forward to the parent representatives meeting at the end of next week and would remind you to pass on any questions, suggestions or even ‘thank yous’ that you may have.

Extra layers of clothing

We are ensuring that our classrooms are well ventilated in order to keep everyone safe. However, we are aware that it is becoming considerably colder! Do make sure your child has a number of layers and a warm coat. It would be worth considering warm vests.

New lunch ordering system

We will be moving over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches in November. The attached flyer gives some more information about the system, which will be available through Feeding Hungry Minds.

Preparations for hot meals
Good news! We are currently in promising discussions with ISS our catering company about safe ways we can reintroduce hot meals after half term. We will be able to share more detailed plans with parent reps next week.

Tours of the school
We have been exploring safe ways of offering tours for prospective parents. We have already uploaded a welcome talk onto our website and the virtual tours which we gave to our new Reception and Nursery children in the summer. We will very shortly upload another video which shows our Reception classes enjoying a normal school day. Do encourage friends or neighbours to look at these videos if they have a child who is approaching school age.

After half term, we will also offer socially distanced tours for groups of up to 5 adults. These will need to be prebooked so that we can ensure we keep them to a safe number. We will chat to parents outside on the infant astroturf and invite them to look into the school from doorways. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. We would ask all adults to wear masks and to use hand sanitiser on entrance to the site. These tours will be limited to parents who are new to the school. Please advise interested parents to contact the office to book a tour. We will also advertise them on our website. The tours will be on:

  • Monday 9th November 2020
  • Thursday 19th November 2020
  • Friday 27th November 2020
  • Tuesday 1st December 2020.

We may arrange further tours according to demand.

Donations of second hand books to school

Every year our school benefits from the generous donations of second hand books to the Christmas Fair. Many of these prove to be welcome additions to our class book stocks. Whilst we will not be able to have our usual Christmas Fair, we would still value donations of books for the classrooms. This could help you with decluttering and help us have a wider range of books for our children. (Please could you make sure that any donations are in good condition and also high quality literature).

Remote Learning

When children are self-isolating due to a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus we will provide work for children to do at home. So far, most children have had to self-isolate while they, or a member of their household is awaiting a test result which turns out to be negative. Therefore, we will provide a programme of work, in the form of a timetable that can be followed for the first three days of self-isolation. If a child has to self-isolate after that, they will be given work by their teacher.

Artwork Competition

FarleyWood is a new local estate agent who have contacted us about an artwork competition they are running for schools in the local area. If your child would like to enter please see the attached flyer for details. The winner will receive an educational game as a prize and will also earn a £50 donation from FarleyWood to the school for art supplies.

Primary School Applications – September 2021

We have included below a summary of key dates for any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry.  

  • School open days are likely to be virtual. For full details please see each individual school’s website.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date.
  • National Offer Day – You will be sent the outcome of your application by email during the evening of Friday 16 April 2021.
  • You must accept or decline your offer by Friday 30 April 2021, either through the eAdmissions system if you applied online, or by email if you applied on paper.

Apply online at www.eAdmissions.org.uk

Please ensure that you read the complete Admission to Kingston’s Primary Schools brochure online

Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher