Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Kingsley Road, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset BS23 3TZ

Headteacher: Lyn Hunt BA(Ed) PGDip
lyn.hunt@windwhistleschool.co.uk
01934 629145

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If you need to get in touch for any reason please call the school during the working day or telephone:

Mrs Hunt         Headteacher - 07396038725

Mr Martin         Deputy Headteacher-07709956369

Mrs Sweet       Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding lead - 07775149723

Mrs Norton      SENDCo - 07949874929

Mrs Adams      Family Support Worker – 07525815220

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Other useful information

National Performance tables will not be published for the academic year 2019/2020

Key external contacts, for example ELAN, NSC, Foodbank, NSPCC, NHS Online, DfE

Summary of Easter opening for vulnerable children and critical workers’ children:

School opening for vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Saturday 4 April

Closed

Sunday 5 April

Closed

 

 

Monday 6 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Tuesday 7 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Wednesday 8 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Thursday 9 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

 

 

Friday 10 April

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Walliscote Primary School

 

 

Saturday 11 April

To be confirmed - please notify the school if you need this cover

Sunday 12 April

To be confirmed - please notify the school if you need this cover

 

 

Monday 13 April

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Walliscote Primary School

 

 

Tuesday 14 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Wednesday 15 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Thursday 16 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

Friday 17 April

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children

 

 

Saturday 18 April

To be confirmed - please notify the school if you need this cover

Sunday 19 April

To be confirmed - please notify the school if you need this cover

 SATs statement

Cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments
The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments
  • phonics screening check in year 1
  • multiplication tables check in year 4

Year 6 transition arrangement: We are waiting for further guidance from the DfE and after Easter we will start to liaise with secondary schools

Reception intake plans/admissions. The primary school place offer day will still take place on 16 April 2020

Link to advice about children's mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic

 Letters:

Friday 20th March 2020

Initial Critical Worker Childcare Arrangements from Monday 23rd March

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to advise you of our preliminary arrangements for Monday 23rd March. Windwhistle Primary School will be closed to all children but remain open to provide childcare from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday for children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.  For identified vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

Our staffing of this provision is likely to become increasingly challenging as the disease progresses. Therefore, I must strongly urge that you only use this service to meet shift pattern needs, so that we can plan adequate and safe staffing levels. To sustain this service, we need us all to work together. We need to ensure that we keep as much social distance as possible in our community.

Important Instructions

  • 1) I need you to email office@windwhistle.extendlearning.org or telephone the school office on 01934 621945, as soon as possible, to tell us your planned time of drop-off and pick-up times around your shifts. This can be for any proportion of the school day, e.g 11am-4pm. We really do need a daily guide for the whole week of the 23/3/2020 so we can plan adequate staffing.
  • 2) You need to bring and pick up children from the front of the school where children will need to be signed in and out by you onto a paper based “Sign in and sign out” register. All access will be via the main front door only.
  • 3) After school today, or on first thing Monday morning, we will require evidence that parents are a critical sector worker as defined by the Government. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision .This proof could be a wage slip or contract of employment. Failure to provide sufficient proof of keyworker status will result in children not being admitted to school.
  • 4) At present the school kitchens will be operational – all children accessing this child care will have access to a hot or cold lunch.
  • 5) There will be no school uniforms required. Be aware art activities, painting, gardening etc can be messy. Do not send your children in wearing the best designer labels!

We expect to run this service on week days throughout the Easter holidays (apart from Good Friday and Easter Monday). I want to assure you that your child will continue to receive the same exceptional standards of care that Windwhistle Primary School has always provided. I ask you, in advance, to be patient with us as we have to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances of which we are not in control.

All best wishes

 

 

Lyn Hunt

Headteacher

 

 

 

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19th March 2020

Dear Parents/carers,

Thank you very much for your continued support and understanding during these incredibly challenging times. Like you, we have been coming to terms with the significance of the announcement last night from the government regarding school closures at the end of the day on Friday. 

At the time of writing we are awaiting clarification from the government. As it currently stands, schools should remain open where possible to care for the children of key workers and those deemed vulnerable by the secretary of state for education.

The definition of a key worker has not yet been clarified. However, we need to make a start in identifying how many pupils this may affect in our schools in order that we can then put in place plans from next week to support these families.

The indications so far are that key workers will include the following groups:

  • NHS staff
  • Emergency services – police, ambulance, fire services
  • Food delivery drivers
  • Those working for agencies caring for vulnerable and elderly people
  • School staff

We believe that these occupational categories will be expanded later today and will write further when we have those details.

Our current position is as follows:

  • Schools are being asked to look after pupils of these families so that they can undertake their important work. Schools will run a programme of exceptional childcare which will include exercise, social interaction and learning experiences.
  • Those children who have an underlying health condition that makes them more vulnerable to the coronavirus, should not attend. The government advice that sets out the conditions that put individuals at risk can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

 

  • If you are one of these key workers and believe that you will need to send your child into school please help us by contacting your school office by phone before midday on Friday 20 March.

 

For those pupils remaining at home, a learning resource pack will be sent home with your child to support their continued learning in the home during the following weeks.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Yours faithfully,

18th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

As you are aware, the government provides daily updates around the Covid-19 which can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Current advice:

  • the extension of self-isolation to 14 days for those displaying symptoms and also for those living in the same home
  • the advice for those categorised as high risk to take steps to reduce social interaction
  • not to travel
  • reduce social contact

 

Based on this information and advice we have made the difficult decision to cancel all school trips

 

As you can imagine the impact upon schools could well be that many staff are absent at the same time. If this is the case the Headteacher will risk assess the situation and may find it necessary to either partially or fully close the school to ensure the safety of the children.

 

Should this happen Windwhistle Primary School will notify you through our reliable sources: text-messaging systems, Facebook and the school website.

 

If you have any worries or concerns regarding this letter or during any closure please contact any of the following members of staff who can offer support between 9am and 5pm.  Outside these times you can leave a message or send a text message.

 

Mrs Hunt         Headteacher - 07396038725

Mr Martin         Deputy Headteacher-07709956369

Mrs Sweet       Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding lead - 07775149723

Mrs Norton      SENDCo - 07949874929

Mrs Adams      Family Support Worker – 07525815220

 

Some staff have decided to work from home following the Government advice. At Windwhistle School, we currently have no confirmed cases amongst staff and children.

 

All best wishes

 

Lyn Hunt

Headteacher

16th March 2020

 

 

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Update for parents/carers Friday 13th March 2020

 

We wish to provide an update for parents/carers on the evolving situation with regard to Coronavirus.  Just to reassure you, as of today, there are no known positive COVID-19 cases in our school community.  If this situation arises, we will follow Government Public Health England advice on how to manage the school at the time and will advise you and your child accordingly.

 

Health advice

Yesterday, the Government updated its advice to all.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#at-home-try-as-best-you-can-to-separate-yourself-from-the-people-you-live-with

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

 

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.  If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.  If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.  For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

In light of the above advice if your child develops symptoms please do not send them into school for at least 7 days from the first day of symptoms.  So that we can ensure the safety of all our children please continue to report your child’s absence in the usual way, simply advising us that they are in self isolation.

 

Please note that the Government is NOT requesting whole households to self-isolate if one member of the household has a persistent cough of a fever.  At some stage in the future this advice may change and we will let you know.

 

Potential school closure

Following yesterday’s Government update an instruction to close schools does not appear to be imminent, but could happen in the future as part of the “delay stage” of the virus management response. 

 

The school is working on plans and contingencies in relation to the Government advice. 

 

We understand parents may be concerned and we are looking at ways to continue your child’s learning during a closure period.  We do appreciate that not all our children will have access to online equipment at home and we will ensure that hard copies of any material are available. 

 

In the event of a closure including, when necessary staff shortages due to self-isolation, we will be communicating with you via the usual channels including the website, texts and social media.

 

If it arises, a closure notice may come at short notice and, if you have not already, we ask you to think about your preparations if this eventuality arises.  To help us to be able to communicate effectively with you as parent/carer, please can we remind you to update us if your contact details have changed e.g.: mobile phone, email address. You can do this via our school office.

 

For the time being, the Government has stopped all overseas school trips.  However, the Government has not stopped UK based school trips and activities such as school camp.  We will follow Government instruction in this matter and advise parents/carers if the situation changes.

 

We appreciate that this period is an anxious time.  Please can we ask all members of the community to remain patient with school staff as we deal with the developing situation.  We will advise you of any changes as soon as we are able to.

 

Please continue to ensure your child attends school as usual and follow the advice and current guidelines.

Finally, a reminder that the Government has an enquiries helpline for parents/carers, young people and school staff on 0800 046 8687, open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can email: DfE.coronavirus@education.gov.uk

Thank you for your continued support during these exceptional times.

 

Best wishes

 

Lyn Hunt

Headteachaer

 

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