Welcome to Term 2

4th November 2020

School Values
 
This term we are focusing on Perseverance.
Face Coverings
A very heartfelt thank you for your continued support over the last eight weeks in helping us to keep school a safe place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that all your children can continue to learn and achieve their potential.
 
In light of new Government guidance we would be grateful for parents and visitors to wear face coverings when dropping off and collecting children from the school site.
Keeping Safe online
A reminder that children should always be supervised whilst using the internet, including games that are internet based.
We talk to children regularly in school about internet safety and this term KS2 will be having online safety workshops run by Gloucestershire Constabulary.  
 
 
Attendance
 
Term 1 Attendance figures for each year group:
 
EYFS:  97.09%
Year 1: 98.26%
Year 2: 98.16%
Year 3: 96.09%
Year 4: 96.02%
Year 5: 96.25%
Year 6: 94.96%
 
Congratulations to Year 1 for having the highest attendance within the school; closely followed by Year 2's.
Excellent attendance links directly with good progress and attainment.
 

COVID-19 RELATED ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER 2020

The government updated their guidance for attendance expectations in September. It states that attendance is mandatory and usual expectations and guidelines for attendance will resume:

  • It is the parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil.
  • It is the schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence.
  • Schools have the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.

We expect students to aim for 97% attendance (or no more than five days of absence in the academic year). Regular attendance means students have a much better chance making good academic progress. 

Letters regarding attendance concerns where pupils attendance is below 95% are sent to parents. Attendance below 90% is closely monitored and parents contacted to discuss how improvements can be made.

 

There may however be statutory reasons or exceptional circumstances where students are not able to attend and we have outlined these below to help:

What should we do if... Action When to return to school
Child has coronavirus
symptoms.*
-Child should not come to school.
-Self-isolate.
-Parent please contact school (daily).
-Arrange a test for the child and inform school of the result.
 
 
The coronavirus test result comes back negative.
Child tests positive for coronavirus.
-Do not come to school.
-Self-isolate (for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms* as per government guidelines)
-Contact school (daily).
 
 
Child feels better (after 10 days).
Guidelines state children can return to school even if they still have a cough or loss of sense of taste/smell as these symptoms can last for several weeks even after the infection is gone.
Person in the same home has coronavirus symptoms.*
-Child should not come to school.
-Self-isolate
-Parent please contact school (daily).
-Member of the household should get a test and inform school of the result.
 
 
The household member’s test result for coronavirus is negative.
Person in the same home tests positive for coronavirus
-Child should not come to school.
-Parent please contact school (daily).
-Self Isolate (for 14 days).
 
 
After 14 days of self-isolation.
NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus
-Child should not come to school.
-Parent please contact school (daily).
-Self Isolate (for 14 days)
 
 
After 14 days of self-isolation.
     

*Symptoms refer to those defined by Public Health England guidance as follows:
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.

 

It is of utmost importance to us is that regular communication with parents is maintained so we can continue to support our pupils learning and emotional needs if they are not able to attend.

What we ask of parents:

  • To ensure their child attends the School on time and every day.
  • To inform the School of any reason that will prevent their children from attending.
  • To follow the guidelines for coronavirus related absence outlined in the table above.
  • To ensure that they contact the school each day that their child is unable to attend. 
  • Where possible, arrange appointments outside of the school day and if this is not possible, inform the School of any forthcoming appointments.
  • Provide at least two up to date contact telephone numbers to ensure the school are able to contact you (parent/carer/family member).
  • To avoid arranging holidays during term time. Holidays will not be authorised and only leave of absence in exceptional circumstances can be authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher. Parents should make any leave of absence requests in advance.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to help your child fulfil their potential.