Dear Parents

I hope you and your family are keeping well. I am writing to update you on what is happening at school and what may happen in the future.

Current Provision

We are following government guidance on which year groups attend. The children are organised into ‘bubbles’. This means they spend their whole time with the same teacher and the same group of children. The government recommends a bubble size of fifteen. We currently have three bubbles.

  • Nursery/Reception/Year 1 - 1 day per week
  • Year 6 - Two days per week
  • Key worker and other priority children - 5 days per week

The bubble for younger children is not full. Next week, we will be inviting Year 2 children whose parents have already indicated that they favour an early return to school.

It is not possible to get all the other year groups in while we are required to manage bubbles. The staff are looking at ways of possibly getting Year 5 in before the end of term. I will contact you to let you know if this is possible.

We will continue to produce home learning materials for the rest of the term. Please keep encouraging your child to do everything that is set. If you want extra resources, please do check on BBC Bitesize. New lessons are put up every single day.

September 2020

Most commentators suggest that part-time education will continue next term. I take a more optimistic view and believe that all children will be able to return in September. The number of people being affected by the coronavirus is falling significantly and I hope that the government will be in a position to allow the normal opening of schools. I will update you as soon as we receive advice.

Parents and Email

Prior to the lockdown, many parents indicated that they did not use email. Since then, many of you have started using email to get food vouchers and for other reasons. Those of you applying for Nursery places have to use email to communicate with Islington Council. Next term the school will start to use email as a key means of communication. This will be in addition to texts which will continue to be used for short messages. The school office will be contacting parents before the end of term, to collect your email addresses. If anyone would like assistance in creating an email address, please contact the school office.

Greg Crawford