Keep up to date with all the latest news happening in school at the moment.
Children's University will be launching in schools throughout South Gloucestershire from September. We are proud to have been part of this scheme for many years now and hope to see lots of new members joining in! Letters about this will be emailed out to you all and more information will come in September. Look out for a temporary 'Summer Passport' to help keep you busy in the holidays!
We are trying to establish the impact that Miss Blossom has had so far on our school community. Click the link to complete a short questionnaire (5 minutes max) with your child.
the school has achieved a reduction of car use on the journey to school,
Has got the whole school involved in actively travelling to school by creating a working group dedicated to active travel and has delivered a total of 41 initiatives and supporting initiatives including;
Working with living streets and South Glos via the Access fund ,all children are recording their daily journey to school via travel tracker and receiving badges for actively travelling.
Has a 5 minute walking bubble around the school where parents need to park outside of to park and stride to school.
Has created a whole page on their website dedicated to Active travel including a 5-10 walk to school map and other active travel information.
Active travel is on the prospectus for new parents.
Has received numerous workshops and activities from the road safety team and Bikeability to encourage safe and active travel.
Has carried out a total of 7 consultations of the whole school community informing parents, neighbours ,teachers, pupils and Governors of what progress has been made regarding sustainability around the school.
Further to the news tonight the plans we had in place and shared with you today will stay in place for yr1-5.
I am sorry to say that although Panda, Giraffe and Zebra were told they could all return we now know this can’t be the case. Only key worker and vulnerable children in these yr groups can attend. We know who those children are as you had already requested a place and it was confirmed by email earlier.
As we get more information we will let you know. I am so sorry for all this change at such short notice.
Further to a meeting with staff today and addressing safety concerns that unions had raised nationally, we will be able to open Panda, Giraffe and Zebra classes as normal. Their class teachers will be in delivering lessons face to face only. We expect all children in these year groups to attend as normal. the previous drop off and collection times will still remain. We appreciate some parents may be nervous so please contact me via email to discuss.
For those children in Rec, yr 6 and coming in as key workers or vulnerable children, breakfast club and OSC will be open as normal for those who have booked.
As you may be aware from the media teaching unions have been advising colleagues on the safety of returning to school following the festive break. Following union meetings and discussions with our Chair of Governors we will not be able to open safely for pupils at this current time. This will be reviewed on Friday 8th January.
We have a planned INSET tomorrow, Monday 4th January, and as of Tuesday 5th January teachers will be providing learning remotely. We will be open for key worker and vulnerable children. Below is the criteria, if you feel you fit this and your child will need a place please email
email@example.com by 11am on Monday 4th January saying why you need the place, we will then be in touch later on Monday.
We will also be in touch with the FSM families.
I am sorry for the short notice of this but with the ever changing situation I am letting you know as soon as I had been made aware.
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
This includes those involved in food:
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
The Local Authority are pleased to offer the following:
Emergency Assistance Grant Offer
Our Primary offer to support our most vulnerable families during this half-term holiday is through our Emergency Assistance Grant funding to ensure that families in need have access to food.
Our Emergency Assistance Grant funding is available. Families eligible for free school meals can apply for a payment card by visiting our One Stop Shops, contacting their local Citizens Advice Bureau or calling the Council on 01454 868009, and successful applicants will receive a card within 48 hours with sufficient funds (£20) for meals for a week for their children that can be used in all main supermarkets and other retail outlets. We encourage you to publicise this offer so that parents/carers are able to access this; for most families, we would suggest this will be a really good option.
Food Parcel Offer
In addition, on Thursday and Friday of this week, we have organised across the Council area, food parcel collection points for parents and/carers that as is an alternative to the above and for where a voucher may not be their preferred option. All parents/carers will need to do, is turn up at the collection point and they will be given a food parcel containing various products. We are wanting to make this as easy as possible and to ensure that people feel comfortable in collecting. Integra have worked tirelessly in conjunction with ELS and our Transport department with support from Local schools to get an offer in place. All collection points across South Gloucestershire will be open from 11am-1pm on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October. The food parcels contain dried goods only and non-perishables.
We must once again thank Heads and CEOs for their support of the Council in putting in place this offer.
The collection points are listed below and we encourage you to highlight where you nearest collection point is. Parents and carers, go to the front entrance, they will be directed the collection point as appropriate, this will be the Drama Hall at KOA and we may update other locations on the premises in due course. We have tried to cover the whole geography of South Gloucestershire so that we meet the needs of as many families as possible, so please see a list of schools.
The Castle School
Patchway Community School
Bradley Stoke Community School
Sir Bernard Lovell School
Longwell Green Primary
Hanham Woods Academy
Beacon Rise Primary
Kings Oak Academy (Drama Hall which can be accessed by car and foot half way down Brook Road on the right hand side)
Why do we need to contact different people at the beginning of half term?
When Covid-19 symptoms start the person is infectious 48 hours before this and up to 10 days afterwards. If your child gets symptoms over the weekend it may impact on others in their class. But if they get symptoms from Monday of half term onwards and then gets tested positive you won’t need to alert the school/setting. You will need to let all those your child has been in close contact with know they have tested positive and they will need to self-isolate.