Whole School Return on March 8th

1st March 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to St John's Church of England Academy on 8th March.
As you are now likely aware, the government has announced that schools will reopen to all pupils on 8th March. As this is a full reopening, school attendance will be mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply.
As a reminder, your child should self-isolate and not come into school if they:
  • have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive
  • live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive
  • Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive 
In line with the latest government guidance, pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend school. If your child is in this group, they should continue to learn from home until further notice.
For pupils who are self-isolating or shielding we will continue to provide remote education.  
As always we are doing everything we can to make sure our pupils can return to school safely. 
We will continue with our staggered drop off and pick up times and would be grateful for you continuing to follow the one way system, wear masks whilst on site and not gather in groups whilst on the school site.
This lockdown has been a challenging time for all of us and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping your child with their home education and for your continued support during this time.
We will be maintaining the Start and End times and our drop off and pick up systems.
Please remember to wear masks whilst on the school site.

Please follow the ‘in and out’ system that we have established in school to drop off and pick up your children from the school wooden gate. Only children and staff are allowed past this point in order to help keep our site safe. Initially we will also continue with the temperature checks that we have put in place to ensure that all children and adults on site are healthy.

We will open the gates at 8:35am for KS1 and KS2 with no siblings (in order to reduce congestion and contact at the start of the day) and from 8:40am for those with Siblings.

All children need to be in class for registration at 8:50am.

At the end of the day please walk up the left hand path; line up from the dots starting at the path in front of the wooden gate that will be marked out across the ‘car park’ and when your child comes out of the gate walk towards them to collect them and then walk down the path by the opportunity centre. We are trying to reduce the amount of adults / children gathering together for the safety of all at the school. Please be aware that staff will not be able to chat to individuals at the end of the day. If you need to contact them please email them through the class page or contact the school office. Please also appreciate that staff are extremely busy preparing classes, resources, lessons, teaching, marking and therefore will not be able to reply immediately.

Children can be collected at the end of the school day at the following times:

KS1 no siblings 3:00pm          

KS2 No siblings 3:10pm

Siblings 3:15pm

We ask that you please be patient and do your best to co-operate with us as we all try to adjust to these new timing arrangements in the interest of everyone’s wellbeing.

Bags and belongings

All children will need to bring a named drinks bottle in with them with only water or squash.

EYFS and KS1 children DO NOT need to bring in their own snack – we provide fruit and veg as part of the government scheme and therefore children do not need anything else.

KS2 children shall bring into school a healthy snack, preferably fruit and vegetables, following the '100 calories or less' snack campaign.

Children cannot bring big bags or rucksacks to school. We do not have storage room and are limiting any clutter so that surfaces can be cleaned properly, please continue to use PE bags.


Please ensure your child dresses in the school’s uniform including the school PE kit and provide a raincoat and suitable footwear.

Break and Lunch

Classes will be separated during the school day with staggered break and lunch times – inside and out; including zoned areas in the playground.

EYFS and KS1 will eat their lunch in the hall – again at staggered times.

KS2: Hot lunches in the hall. Sandwiches in the classrooms.

All children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal.

If you think you are entitled to Free School Meals please complete the on-line application form.

Wrap around Care before and after school

We are able to offer wrap around care but it will be in the school and not the cool kids building and children can be dropped off and picked up from the main office door.

In order for us to provide this support you will need to book in and pay in advance.

Schools are allowed to mix children from different bubbles for this as numbers will be small and infection control measures are clear.