High Beeches Primary School

  1. Phased Reopening after Coronavirus Closure

Returning to School After the Coronavirus Closure

Parents are requested to download and read the Expectations for Parents and Pupils and relevant Yeargroup Rules documents and to discuss these with their child/children, before the school fully re-opens on 3 September 2020.

The Story So Far

Children in Reception and in Years 1 and 6 returned to school from 1 June 2020, as directed by central government, and they were joined by those in Years 3 to 5 later in the month.  Our Years 3 and 6 pupils finished their taught sessions early in July, allowing the Year 5 pupils to stay on and our Year 2 and Year 4 pupils to join them for the final two weeks of term.  

The expectation from central government was that pupils should be taught in smaller groups of no more than 15 children and that, in order to reduce the risk of infection, these ‘bubbles’ remain fixed in terms of both children and staff; and each group is kept apart from other groups.  In order to facilitate this children attended school in their house groups, with Red and Blue Houses attending on Mondays and Tuesdays and Yellow and Green Houses attending on Thursdays and Fridays.  Although the government dropped its requirement for all year groups to return before the Summer holiday, we are pleased to have been able to facilitate a return to school for children in every year group for sessions over two, five or seven weeks of the Summer term.  

Looking Forward to September 2020

The government published its long-awaited guidance for the full re-opening of schools at the beginning of July.  Although, the guidance stipulates that the school must continue to operate protective bubbles to minimise the number of contacts each pupil and member of staff has in school, alongside the majority of the existing protective measures (about which more details can be found in the useful documents section, right), it does endorse a return to full classes of 30.   This means that we will be able to accommodate the children in school full-time and, although we are expected to keep the movement of adults around the school site to a minimum, we do expect to be able to operate a full timetable including the use of subject specialist staff, such as for music and PE/games. 

We will, however, still be required to operate a staggered day, in order to minimise contact between pupils in different bubbles.  At the present time, we are unsure for how long these arrangements will be in place and will update parents as regularly as possible in line with government and local authority advice and taking account of the prevalence of Coronavirus in the local or wider community. 

In the meantime, the school day be as follows (right):

Staggered Start and Finish to the School Day from September 2020

Year Group

Arrive

Collect

Year 6

8:30am

3pm

Year 5

8:35am

3:05pm

Year 4

8:40am

3:10pm

Year 3

8:45am

3:15pm

Year 2

8:50am

2:50pm

Year 1

8:55am

2:55pm

Reception

9am

2:45pm