Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of the school year, we look back on how much things have changed and how we have all adapted brilliantly. Over the last 16 months, we have had to show resilience and determination as a whole school community, and we have in abundance. Thank you to all the school staff, and to you our parents who have stepped up again this year. Your support through all the changes (often at the last moment) has been amazing and very much appreciated. Your children have been super stars through all the disappointments that they have had to navigate and have shown a continued love of learning.
We are now busy planning for the new school year as we have received updated guidance from the Department for Education regarding what schools will look like in September (please see link below). The guidance essentially says schools will no longer run using bubbles and we can pretty much return to ‘normal’ as we were before Covid started. We are looking forward to being able to use the hall for assemblies, Masses and school lunches once more.
School Gates – Drop off and collection arrangements
As with this year, we will continue to use both entrances to school to create a steady flow of traffic around the school site.
The beginning of the school day procedures will remain the same with the gates opening at 8.45am for the older year groups and their siblings with reception and year 1 children being welcomed in at 8.50am. Children will be dropped off at their allocated gate and walk unaccompanied by parents to their classroom doors.
Following the successful trial of parents’ collection on school site at the end of the day, we will continue with this in the autumn term. Parents will be allowed onto the school site from 3.10pm and will wait in the allocated areas until their class is dismissed.
At the front gate we have a ‘one way system’ can you enter the school through the gate on the right-hand side as you look at the school and exit through the other one. If you can stand on the grass by the sign with your child’s year group on the children will continue to walk around the path to join you.
At the back gate, can adults collecting children please stand on the grass and not on the pathway, as with the front gate children will use the path to join you.
I can confirm:
|Year 2 and siblings
|Year 4 and siblings
|Year 6 and siblings
||Year 1 and siblings
||Year 3 and siblings
||Year 5 and siblings
Wrap Around Care
Breakfast and ASC continue to operate the same procedures for last year and will be collecting children/bringing them out to parents and the allocated times. More details about wrap around care booking have already been sent out for September 2021.
Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 will continue to receive meals free of charge through Universal Free School Meals. Children in Years 3-6 will need to pay for a school meal or parents can apply for Free School Meals funding if they are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20028/school_meals/9/free_school_meals/3 if you think you may be able to apply for free school meals or require any further information regarding this.
If you need to pay for your school dinners, this will need to be done via your child’s ParentPay account. The school kitchen will debit your child’s account if they have chosen to have a dinner on that specific day. We please ask that you keep up to date with your dinner payments and that your account is in credit where possible.
Your child will be asked daily by their class teacher if they require a school dinner or if they have brought a packed lunch from home.
Medical needs and medicines
Please ensure your child’s medication, such as asthma inhalers or EpiPens, are brought into school on the first day back. These will be kept in medical boxes in each classroom. Parents will need to complete a medical care plane and MED1 form as permission for relevant staff to administer any medication, these can be requested from the office. All prescribed medication must be in the original container with the dispensary label clearly showing the child’s details. We will need care plans , MED1 forms and medication when the children return in September.
From September, we ask that children come to school in full school uniform including school shoes (not boots). If you need to purchase any new school uniform, you can do this from Mary Tots and Teens in Newport. Please visit https://sspeterandpaulcatholicprimary.org.uk/home/joining/uniform/ for school uniform.
We will continue to ask the children to come in wearing their PE Kits on their allocated PE days. The days for class PE will be issued early in the autumn term.
For year 6 children who have the need to bring a mobile phone into school, they will require a permission slip to be returned. Mobile phones will be kept in the office during the school day and can be collected at the end of the school day. Mobile phones should be switched off during the school day.
Please note that school will be closed over the summer holidays therefore we will not be able to respond to emails, Facebook or phone calls until staff return on Thursday 2nd September.
Miss Sarah Staniforth
Acting Head Teacher