Jul 11

Update on class closures and isolation requirements

Good Afternoon, 

I hope you are all well, having a good weekend and I know many are looking forward to the match this evening. 

Update on Class Closures

All members of staff who tested positive using LFT tests have now tested positive on PCR tests. They all have symptoms but are feeling ok. This means that all the pupils and staff in the affected classes (Nursery, Mrs Allan, Mrs Cox/Mrs Mackey) must isolate until Saturday 17th July 2021 and unless they are showing Coronavirus symptoms, can return to school on Monday 19th July 2021. 

All the information I have given has been verified by Public Health England and the Department for Education. If you have any questions, please direct them to school only. 

I am aware that there are a number of children in school who are showing symptoms and parents have or are having getting a PCR test. If your child has the following symptoms, you must keep them off school until they have tested negative on a PCR test. 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your child is showing any of the symptoms outlined in blue below, from the letter from Dean Wallace, director of public health, they must have a PCR test. The letter doesn’t say  they need to isolate until the result comes back but I request that they don’t come into school until the result comes back. I don’t ask this lightly as it goes against everything we believe in and want the children in school. However, this is to keep our school community safe and reduce the chance of further bubble closures and the need to isolate.  Please inform school using the child absence form on the website, text system or phone school to notify us and we will authorise the absence. 

Extract from letter by from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health.

We are now seeing the Delta variant become the dominant variant within Derbyshire County as it
is across the country. It has been recognised that those people testing positive with the Delta
variant may have other symptoms aside from a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a
loss or change to sense of smell or taste – which are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
The additional symptoms are:
• tummy ache
• sore throat
• headaches
• runny nose
• sneezing
• joint pain
• muscle aches or generally feeling
• loss of appetite
• diarrhoea
• feeling or being sick
• muscle ache
• feeling drowsy
• tiredness
If anyone in the school/early years community (parents/carers/siblings/staff) has any of the above
symptoms we are advising you to get a PCR test – tests that are sent to a laboratory.

Isolation and Google Classrooms

For those children isolating and we will provide work Google Classrooms, as we did during the last lockdown. Those children and staff must isolate in line with the government guidelines and must not come into school to pick up siblings. Please see the NHS isolation information below. These are not school rules, they are government instructions and law. Please follow the guidance to reduce transmission, keep people safe and avoid a fine or prosecution.  

Everyone’s circumstances are different, if you have no other choice but to keep siblings off school, please notify school (as above) and the absence will be authorised. 

NHS Isolation Information

I fully appreciate how difficult juggling work and childcare is and we all in school fully appreciate your support and patience. 

I would like to finish with a massive thank you to all staff and the whole school community for the really positive way you have all dealt with this pandemic. 

I am sorry for the weekend message.

Have a great weekend. 

Mr Woodward

Sep 17

Head Boys and Head Girls

Congratulations to our new Head Boys and Head Girls.

I am incredibly proud of all the year 6 pupils who put themselves forward for these roles. It took real courage to stand up in front of the school on Zoom. They all showed the skills and attributes needed to be fantastic ambassadors of our school. The pupils and staff voted and I am really pleased to announce the results below. 

Head Boy – Samuel T

Head Girl – Scarlett C 

Deputy Head Boy – Aiden G

Deputy Head Girl – Anya P

There first official role was to host this mornings good work collective worship and they were fantastic. 

Have a great weekend

Mr Woodward

Sep 15

Guitar lessons with Ed

Please see the video and letter below for more information about guitar lessons in school with Ed. 

Mr Woodward

Guitar letter

Sep 15

Rotary Glossop Jog 2021

The Glossop Jog is back and is at 11am on 10th October at the Redgra at the bottom of Pikes Lane. 

Our school is going to take part and we would like as many families to take part as possible. 

If you are interested, please fill out the online survey below and we will send the sponsorship booklet to you. All money raised will go to the Rotary Club and the donations go towards supporting the local community. 

Sign up form

Please fill out the form by Sunday 19th September so we can send for the runners numbers. 

All children need to accompanied by a responsible adult and need to be at the Redgra by 10:45am. Members of staff will be there to greet you. 

It is great fun and it would be great to see everyone there.

Mr Woodward


Sep 14

Clothing Giveaway Thursday 23rd September

We are going to have a clothing giveaway in the playground starting at 3:10pm on Thursday 23rd September.

We will put out all the clothes we have and please come along with carrier bags and take any clothes you need. It is that simple. 

Donations – If you want to donate any children’s clothes and uniform or adult clothes, please send them in to school on the morning of the 23th September.

Help needed –  If you are available from 1:15pm on Thursday 23rd September and are willing to help, we  would really appreciate it. Please email me on cwoodward@st-james.derbyshire.sch.uk.

Have a great afternoon.

Mr Woodward

Sep 13

Class pages and weekly snapshot

Every Monday, each class page will have a new weekly snapshot.  This will include;

  • An overview of what the class did the previous week.
  • The star of the week.
  • Examples of work for Maths, English and Topic.
  • Any important information. 
  • A new award, value of the week. Each half term we focus on a value and the teacher will choose a pupil who has demonstrated one of the values. Example; Resilience – Not giving up and finishing their work. 

Aut 1 – Forgiveness
Aut 2 – Friendship
Spr 1 – Resilience
Spr 2 – Wisdom / Achievement
Sum 1 – Thankfulness
Sum 2 – Hope

Mr Woodward 

Sep 10

50 Reads Information

Please read below for information about our 50 reads initiative. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr Woodward

50 Reads September 2021

Sep 07

Hoodies for PE

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine. 

I have contacted Bulldog fashion, who supply our school jumpers and they are going to produce a navy hoodie for our PE days.  This will be available with the logo, all the classes will be navy and they will be available from early October. 

These are purely optional  but can only be worn on the days that the pupils have PE.

Mr Woodward

Sep 03

Welcome Back – 03/09/2021

Good afternoon Everyone, 

I hope you are all well and have had a great summer break.

All the staff have been working hard to get ready for welcoming everyone back on Monday. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in school. 

If you have any questions, please use the email address in ‘contact’  on the website. The new class emails will be working from Monday 6th September. 

Government restrictions are lifting but we ask that you continue to wear face coverings when you are dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Please continue to practise social distancing and follow the government guidelines.

Please don’t send your child into to school or come into school yourself if they or you are showing Coronavirus symptoms. Please get a PCR test and if the result is negative and they are well enough for school, they can to come in. 

Reporting absences -You can report absences by;

  • Child absence form on the website. 
  • School text system.
  • Phone school.

NB – Please don’t email the teachers on the day a pupil is absent as their emails are not monitored all day. Please use one of the methods above.  

Please let the office know in advance if you know your child will be off – example – for a medical appointment. 

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Mr Woodward

Jul 22

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Jul 21

Mrs Fletcher Update

It is a pleasure to announce that Mrs Fletcher was successful yesterday in getting a job in SSSEN for Derbyshire. Mrs Fletcher has always had a special interest in children with SEND and this was one of those opportunities that don’t come along very often. We will be very sorry to lose Mrs Fletcher but I know this is a job she will excel in and many more children will benefit from her expertise. 

This will be upsetting for the children who were looking forward to having Mrs Fletcher next year. We will be interviewing candidates today and tomorrow and we will keep everyone updated. 

Have a lovely first day of the summer holidays. 

Mr Woodward