Welcome Back

6th September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils back to school for the start of the new term, as well as welcoming our new reception pupils who will be joining us this September. We hope you have all had a restful and relaxing summer break.

A warm welcome to Mrs Hale (Year 1) and Mrs Thomson (EYFS / Year 1) who join St John’s C of E Academy this year and special warm wishes to Mrs Morse who officially starts her retirement this month.

Whilst staff and pupils prepare for a return to ‘normality’ it is important to remember that we are still within a pandemic.

The latest Government guidance was updated by the Department of Education (DfE) during the Summer Holidays. It is the DfE’s priority for schools to deliver face to-face, high-quality education to all pupils whilst keeping the school communities as safe as possible. Some of the changes made to the guidance, allow schools to operate in a way that was more familiar prior to the pandemic by removing most if not all restrictions.

However, we feel as school, we would like to keep our COVID precautions in place so that we can fully monitor their impact once all pupils and staff return. This way we can either reduce or step up measures accordingly and prioritise everyone’s safety.

Face Coverings:

Although adults are no longer required to wear face coverings around or within school, in order to protect the health and well-being of each other, staff and parents/carers will be encouraged to do so; including for drop off and pick up times.

Attendance

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority that we continue their education with minimum interruption this year. If your child is unable to attend, due to Covid 19 isolation as instructed by NHS track and trace, their education will continue remotely following school policy.

General Reminders

  • Please ensure that all uniform; including PE Kit is named clearly.
  • Please remember that we promote healthy eating snacks at break times- 100 calories or less. Packed lunches should also provide a healthy balance of food.
  • We encourage all pupils to have a named water bottle.
  • No jewellery. Earrings should be plain studs and the children should be able to take them out themselves. All long hair should be tied back.
  • Please provide your child with a coat. We go outside for play in wet weather!
  • Back packs are not required in school; if your child brings a bag please provide a drawstring bag as they take up less room in the cloakrooms.

All of our staff have worked tirelessly to create a safe and welcoming environment for our children and families to return to.

Over the next few weeks at school, we will be closely monitoring the organisation of the school and if we need to make any changes, we will let you know according. By working together, we can ensure everyone stays safe.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Mrs Pam Howell