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

May 13

Year 6 celebration breakfast

Very well done to the year 6 pupils who have completed their SATs tests this week and we are all really proud of the mature way in which they have approached them. 

We had a celebration breakfast this morning and I would like to thank Mrs Vikas and Priya for making fantastic  cheese and ham breakfast wraps.  All of the pupils and staff really appreciated it. 

Well done everyone, have a well earned rest this weekend. 

Mr Woodward

May 11

Skate and Scoot – Reception and Year 1

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May 04

The pupils have chosen!

Thank you to everyone who has voted to choose the school lunch on Thursday 19th May. 119 pupils have voted and the overall winner is ‘Big Breakfast’. 

Big breakfast, sausage, bacon, beans, tomatoes, hash browns and ice cream and peaches. 

Enjoy your big breakfast.

Mr Woodward and Mrs Skidmore


May 03

PTA Newsletter

PTA Newsletter April-May

Apr 29

Children your menu

Derbyshire catering service are holding a special event on Thursday 19th May2022 and allowing the children to choose the menu that day. 

There are 5 choices. Please use the link below and ask your child to choose their favourite menu. The winning menu will be cooked on Thursday 19th May.

Please vote by 4pm on Thursday 5th May.

Choose your menu

Mr Woodward and Mrs Skidmore

Apr 07

Spring Music Concert 2022

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Apr 07

Easter Hat Competition 2022

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Apr 03

Living with Covid from 01/04/2022 DFE Guidance

Good afternoon, 

Thank you for your patience while waiting for new guidance regarding testing and isolating with
COVID-19. The updated guidance from the DFE which comes into effect from 1st April 2022 advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel
    unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well
    enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home
    and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when
    they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with
    other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
  • For children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive test, the advice is 3 days.

Please use your judgement; if your child feels unwell with a respiratory infection and a
high temperature, or feels generally unwell, keep them at home until they feel well and no longer
have a high temperature. If your child is confirmed with COVID-19 the isolation period is now three

Please continue to help us by following the new guidance, which should help reduce opportunities for COVID-19 to spread.

Mr Woodward

Mar 28

Spring Music Concert 6:30pm – 7pm on Wednesday 6th April

Our school musicians will be performing alongside local professional musicians in our ‘Spring Concert’ at St James’ Church on Wednesday 6th April at 6:30pm.

All families and friends are welcome and invited to attend.

Donations towards school music will be very welcome and refreshments will be on sale. 

The choir and musicians will need to be at the Church for 6pm.

Mar 25

Parent questionnaire March 2022

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

It has been great to see so many of you back in school and in the classrooms after over two years of restrictions. It has been really positive for you all to see the classrooms and school environment and the teachers have commented how much they have enjoyed seeing parents in person. 

Your feedback is really important to us and our journey of improvement. Please fill out the questionnaire below. Please fill out the questionnaire by 6pm on Friday 1st April.

Parent questionnaire March 2022

Mr Woodward