School Update - 19th July 2021

Term 6


Changes to School Operations following UK move to Step 4

On Monday 19th July the country moves to Step 4 of Coronavirus Restrictions with greater freedoms on mixing.

Although some areas of school operation are able to change we aren't making any alterations to our current systems before September.

We are hoping to have greater freedoms in place for September but won't publish these until the end of the schol holidays.

In the meantime our existing routines continue. This applies to drop off and collection, lunchtimes and other mixing arrangements.

Please do not come to school if you have any symptoms/illness, have had a positive test or have been instructed to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Please continue to wear a face covering when on the school site

Avoid visiting the school office unless no alternative - call or email instead

From 16th August the requirement for children (and double jabbed adluts) to isolate if having contact with a positive case is removed. This will hopefully mean less disruption to the school operation. There could still be restrictions imposed on a local level if case numbers are high.

Remember - Term 6 ends on Wednesday 21st July with the new school year starting on Monday 6th September. There are three days of staff development from Wednesday 1st September.

The information below is for all children attending the main part of school. Children who are part of our Nexus family have their own arrangements.

Years R, 1 & 2 - Entry and exit at the Service Yard (2nd gateway on Worrall Drive). 

Arrive between 8:40 and 9am.

There is no benefit to being first in - we need to have a steady flow of arrivals across the twenty minutes.

Please do not arrive before 8:40. Children will be saying goodbye at the gate.

EYFS/KS1 Collection Times

At the Service Yard door (please enter and queue to the left hand side within the yard)

Dove Class 2:50pm

Wren Class 2:55pm

Kingfisher 3pm

Wagtail 3:05pm

Goldfinch 3:10pm

Starling 3:15pm

Please do not enter the service yard before your child's time otherwise you will need to rejoin the end of the queue.

KS2 Timings

Children in Years 3 to 6 can choose to enter and leave from either the pedestrian gate in the drop off layby on Hall Road or the pedestrian gate by the school office entrance in Worrall Drive.

We expect that the same gate would be used at the end of the day but if this will be different then please contact us to inform us.

Teachers will simply ask the children which gate they came in through and then take them there at the end of the day to dismiss.

If children are going home independently then we will need you to complete this consent form.

All children can enter between 8:40 and 9am. Please do not arrive before 8:40 as this could create crowding.

Collection is... 

3pm for Year 6

3:05pm for Year 5

3:10pm for Year 4

3:15pm for Year 3

The drop off layby in Hall road is available for cars to drop off in the morning and then pick up children at the end of the day. Space is very limited!

Please do not try to enter if already full - instead, drive by and return a short while later. Hall Road must be kept clear otherwise drivers start doing crazy things!  

At the end of the day we will operate our taxi rank system. Only enter the drop off layby at your allotted time and remain in the car as you progress to the front of the queue. Your child's teacher will then release your child when they see you - do not arrive early as you will block the system and will then need to go around and join the back of the queue again. 


Siblings - this is complicated! Everyone can be dropped at the same time but appreciate you potentially have different collection times. Please contact the office if you need to collect the whole family together - this must be at the earliest time slot. We can only arrange this for siblings in school and not for other relatives, friends or neighbours. If your child needs to be collected by someone other than you then they will need to collect them at the set time even if this is different to the time and place of their child.

Transport. Please try to find alternatives to using cars. There is limited space for parking and walking, cycling or scootering is better for health.

If you have to come in the car then....

Try parking further away (eg Wouldham rec) and walk the last bit.

Treat Worrall Drive as a one-way circuit - accessing it from Keepers Cottage Lane so that you only park on the left hand side of the road facing the roundabout - this will stop any need for dangerous U turns outside school. 

Do not stop on zig zag markings or turn in the school gateways. This is very dangerous and we must avoid any vehicle versus child incidents!

Breakfast and After-school Club

Before and after school childcare continues as before. It MUST be booked and paid in advance so that we can ensure spaces are available. We also need to carefully manage groups to avoid mixing. 

Bookings are made through the Eduspot Schoolmoney website which you can link to below...

As places are limited and need to be pre-booked and paid for there won't be any refunds or credits given for not attending booked sessions. It may be possible to 'un-book' a place by contacting the office but this needs to be at least one school day before the booking.

All childcare must be booked online. It won't be possible to phone and request a space.

Our approach to remote learning is detailed below (click the image).

Dealing with emotions and behaviour can be tricky in normal times and even more so at the moment.

In school we make use of a system called 'Zones of Regulation'.

This uses colours to help identify how we are feeling and what we may do to improve things.

Click on the picture below to find out more.

Other resources that you may find useful after reading this information can be found below.

The NHS advice on when to isolate and for how long can be accessed by clicking the picture below.

We remain under a system of National lockdown restrictions. Read what that means below...

What does Covid-19 look like? How do I know if we've got it?

Click below for the latest guidance...

Remote Education

Access to Internet

Coronavirus Food Vouchers

Coronavirus Visitor Arrangements

Arrival and Collection

Happy New Year

September Timings

Coronavirus Kent test

Key Worker Update

Isolation guidance