Farmborough Church Primary School
Letter to all families from Trust CEO Emily Massey, in response to tonight's announcement of a new national lockdown:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCMENT ON SCHOOL CLOSURES - ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE PARTNERSHIP TRUST WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW 05.01.21 TO ALL CHILDREN
You will no doubt be aware of the announcement made at 8pm this evening by the Prime Minister regarding a national lockdown and closure of schools to all but critical worker and vulnerable children with effect from tomorrow, Tuesday 5 January 2021.
Schools did not receive any prior information regarding the announcement made and heard the briefing at the same time as the nation.
I am sure that you will appreciate that there are a number of logistical matters to manage, including the identification of critical worker children that require provision at school; groupings and staffing for those children attending school; provision of transport for those attending school; free school meals to those in and out of school as well as a number of other matters. At the time of writing this message, we do not have any information from the Department for Education by way of additional guidance for schools.
In order to enable schools to put in place appropriate in school provision, all schools within the Trust will be closed tomorrow to all pupils and remote learning provision will be in place from Wednesday 6 January 2020. Your school will contact you directly with details of that remote learning provision.
Tomorrow, schools will be contacting all families with regard to the identification of critical worker children requiring provision at school; free school meal provision and those that fall within the vulnerable category.
I appreciate that this is very short notice for all families and I know that for some this change will cause difficulties. I also appreciate that for some critical worker families there may be implications on childcare.
If you are a critical worker who has absolutely no other child care available at home or where both parents are critical workers who are required to attend the workplace tomorrow and you urgently require a place for your child(ren) at school tomorrow, please contact your school directly.
Details of the individual school have been inserted below.
Please email: email@example.com saying you need key worker places for TOMORROW.
I appreciate the frustration that many of you may be feeling, whilst understanding fully the rationale behind the Government’s announcement and the urgency of the situation but would ask that you please only contact the school for childcare tomorrow if it is absolutely essential.
Key worker childcare will be on offer for children of all key worker parents from Wednesday 6th January.
Chief Executive Officer
School will be open for the start of Term 3 as planned from Monday 4th January 2021 and we are looking forward to welcoming all of the children back. We will be doing our utmost to continue to keep everyone in the school community as safe as possible, by following the guidance from the DfE and The Trust and through all that we have learnt over the past 9 months. The measures in place have seemingly been effective so far, thanks to everyone in the community working together to prevent any possible spread of the virus. As we go forwards, it will be just as important that we all keep following the guidance that is in place both in and out of school, so that we can protect each other and ensure that school is able to remain fully open. It will be great to see everyone again soon.
Message from The Partnership Trust:
Over the course of the summer break, schools across the Trust have been preparing to reopen to all pupils at the start of the new academic year. As part of the in-depth planning process, all schools have carried out a comprehensive risk assessment in line with Government Guidance. Those risk assessments and the procedures related to them will be reviewed regularly and in line with guidance. You can find out more about Government Guidance on the reopening of schools here. Should you wish to see the risk assessment for your child’s school, please contact the school or Trust office who will be able to provide you with a copy. We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all pupils and all schools will endeavour to make the environment as familiar as possible whilst adhering to Government Guidance.
Covid 19 Information:
Below are details of user friendly websites and helplines that you can visit to find out more about the advice that is being given.
DfE Co-vid 19 helpline for staff, parents, and young people: Phone: 0800 046 8687 (8am-6pm Monday to Friday)
Farmborough Church Primary School is set in the heart of the village, serving the needs of the community and well beyond.
Every child here is valued as an individual, and there is a strong Christian ethos of caring and acceptance, recognising and celebrating each child as unique and special. Every child has the opportunity here to take part and succeed in a wide range of activities.
This school works in partnership with families and with the wider community. Many people choose to volunteer here, and become valued members of our staff team, after careful DBS checks. This enriches the opportunities all our children enjoy.
Do please come and look round our school. This is a school that really cares about each child, working in partnership with parents to ensure that they achieve in every way. Our academic results are extremely good and our pupils make very good progress here. Even more important though, is our commitment to care for your child and to help him or her grow up into a happy and confident young person, able to respond to the challenges of tomorrow.
We have a superb staff team in place, and wonderful children. Read full welcome message...
Mr Darren Roberts, Headteacher
Mr Paul Hooton, Chair of Governors
Our School Christian Vision
‘Working Together, Valuing Everyone, Learning for Life’
Rooted in a God who promises and flourishing from the actions and teachings of Jesus, our vision guides us in all that we hope to be, enabling every part of our community to grow and develop;
“I am with you… I will strengthen you and help you.” Isaiah 41:10
We are part of The Partnership Trust (TPT) multi-academy trust
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We host School Direct teaching students through The Bath and Mendip Partnership Teaching School and BathSpa University. Click here for more details
Farmborough Church Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We follow safer recruitment practices and all staff and volunteers are DBS checked.
Working Together, Valuing Everyone, Learning for Life