I hope you are all well and continuing to keep your families safe during these strange times.

As you will have seen in the media and on the news this week, the Government has announced that schools will not be able to reopen to year groups 2-5, due to space constraints on the vast majority of primary schools. This is something we could have told the Government advisors from the start, had they listened to those in the profession. We will continue to support your child through home learning, so please continue to check the school website and contact your child’s teacher, should you have any queries. Please check the website for regular general updates too.

This week has seen our school open to all of the Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children, whose parents/carer wanted them to return to school. Along with them are the children of key workers, who have been in school since we closed to all other pupils on 20th March. We now have up to 95 children attending our school, the majority on a full time basis. In order to ensure the children are as safe as is possible, we have them in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 10 children. Some bubbles are smaller, depending upon the physical size of the classroom and this means 12 out of our 14 available teaching spaces are used.

The children stay with their bubble all day, with the same staff each day and do not mix with anyone from any other bubble. Lunch is eaten in the classroom in which they are based, start/end times are staggered, to ensure as few people as possible are on the premises at any one time, and break times are staggered too.

So far, this is working really well and I would like to thank everyone involved for remembering to abide by the rules outlined on the website and sticking to our one-way system. I would also like to thank my staff, who have worked tirelessly, and continue to do so, to support the children at home, with home learning and for their amazing commitment to preparing the school so that we could reopen to more children.

Mrs Jewitt, the Steven Spielberg of Ashley Primary, has created this brilliant video below, so that you can see just how different the school looks now, with the safety measures we have in place. So, grab a cuppa or a glass of juice and maybe a biscuit and enjoy our video tour of Ashley Primary. The children may even be able to spot their teacher!

Take care,

Mrs Todd

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