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Back to School in September

Uniform Sales

All Uniform sales will now be online, direct from our supplier - please use the following link to order: 

https://www.schooltrends.co.uk/uniform/StHughsCEPrimarySchoolOL45NZ

September information:

As you’re likely aware, the government has announced that schools should fully reopen from the start of the upcoming autumn term. They’ve decided this on the basis of:

  • The prevalence of coronavirus decreasing
  • The new NHS test and trace system being in place
  • More clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safe environments in schools
  • Time out of school being detrimental to children’s development
  • The low risk to children of becoming severely ill from coronavirus

This means we’re planning to open to all of our pupils in September. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone in Years 1 – 6 back on Wednesday 2nd September, and we’re working hard to make the school a safe, enjoyable environment.

We wanted to get in touch to explain what you can expect from us and what we will expect from all of our parents and carers.

Attendance

Attendance will be mandatory in September, as the government expects all pupils to attend school. The usual rules will apply, meaning we’ll be recording attendance and following up on any absences.

If your children have been staying at home due to the current shielding guidance, the government is due to pause this guidance on 1 August if there's a continued decline in coronavirus transmission rates. That means they should be able to come back to school in September.

However, if you’ve received clinical or public health advice that your children should still remain at home, please let us know and continue to follow that guidance. We’ll be offering remote education to these pupils.

Safety measures

When your children come into school, we’ll have the following protective measures in place:

  • Only one parent to bring each family to school.  We ask that all parents wear a face covering on the school premises.
  • Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be dropped off at the main school gate and enter the school premises themselves.
  • Year 3 and 4 will enter and leave school through the hall door, nearest the entrance.
  • Year 5 and 6 will enter and leave school through the hall door nearest the car park. 
  • A member of staff will be on duty at the gate daily to pass any messages on and to direct you.
  • Children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 may be brought around to their normal classroom doors at the rear of the school by one parent (Parents to wear a mask please).  Please wait behind the white line and ensure that you are socially distancing in the playground.  There will then be a one-way system to exit the school premises around the back of school and out though the car park (this is due to narrow pathway around the back of school), so that social distancing can be maintained.  They will also be picked up from their classroom in the same manner and with the same one-way system.
  • Children should only bring essential items into school, this includes coats, packed lunch bags (if they usually have a packed lunch) and their book bag.  They do not need to bring anything else in to school.  This includes mobile phones (except in exceptional circumstances – parents to speak to a member of SLT regarding this).
  • On entering school, children will be asked to wash their hands, and do this at regular intervals during the school day.  Years 5 and 6 may also be provided with hand sanitizer.
  • The children will remain in class bubbles throughout the day and movement around school will be minimized.  Where possible adults will also remain in bubbles and maintain social distancing.
  • The school has upgraded its cleaning regime and surfaces, equipment and communal areas will be cleaned very regularly throughout the day.
  • An updated home school agreement and extra part to our behaviour policy will be sent to you before the start of term to discuss with your child, as it is essential that they follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
  • There are no changes to the school uniform and full school uniform including the correct footwear is expected daily.
  • If your children have a school meal, there will be weeks where they will be given a packed lunch in their classroom, this is due to the school restricting the number of children allowed in the hall.  This may be one week is 3 to begin with.
  • Parents who pay for school meals, please send the exact money into class, in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and the date on.  Please do NOT come to the school office to pay dinner money.
  • Any pupil who develops any symptoms in school, will immediately be placed in the school quarantine area and parents contacted to take home immediately.  They will then not be able to return to school until they have a negative test result and has shared this result with school.
  • If there is a confirmed case in school, then that bubble will immediately close and all children and adults in that bubble asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • At the moment there will be limited school trips  and no breakfast club.
  • There will be a staggered start and finish to the school day with children spending the same amount of time in school.  These are as follows:

Class

Start

Finish

Entrance/exit

Nursery

9:05 am

3:20pm

Classroom door – please use the one way system

Reception

9:05am

3:20pm

Classroom door – please use the one way system

Year 1

8:55am

3:10pm

Classroom door – please use the one way system

Year 2

8:45am

3:00pm

Classroom door – please use the one way system

Year 3

8:55am

3:15pm

School gate – children to use hall door 1 nearest entrance

Year 4

8:45am

3:05pm

School gate – children to use hall door 1 nearest entrance

Year 5

8:55am

3:15pm

School gate – children to use hall door 2 nearest carpark

Year 6

8:45am

3:05pm

School gate – children to use hall door 2 nearest carpark

 

  • The school has completed a full risk assessment for the opening of school in September.  Should you wish to see a copy of this, please email the school to request it from info@st-hughs.oldham.sch.uk.  A copy will also be posted on the website.
  • If you have children in different classes in school, please drop all children off at the earliest of the times for one of your children, and at the end of the day, collect at the earliest time for one of your children. 
  • Please work with us with all of these arrangements.  They are in place to keep you, your children and the school community safe.  They will be continually reviewed.
  • If you have a child starting Nursery or Reception, you will receive another letter with information about their transition into school, the dates for visits and the planned gradual arrangements for a gradual transition to a full school day to settle them in well.
  • Parents who need to contact school, please do so by phone or email, please do not come into the school.  If your child has a medical appointment during the day, please contact school the day before the appointment to arrange a safe pick up at a specific time.

Curriculum

Although there’ll need to be some changes to reflect the teaching time that was lost during the lockdown, we’ll still be doing our best to provide an ambitious, broad curriculum.

Our current plan is:

  • To continue with the topic based approach to delivering the curriculum, through key, high quality texts.
  • To assess the children quite soon after coming back into school to identify starting points and gaps in knowledge created during lockdown.
  • Following these assessments, appropriate catch-up interventions for English and Maths will be identified and arranged.
  • The school will return to the ‘normal’ curriculum by the Summer term 2021
  • The school will develop plans for remote learning through DB primary and the Oak academy, should there be any further National or local lockdowns or periods of self-isolation.
  • Normal National test cycles for the end of year assessment will return in the Summer of 2021.
  • The school may begin to start extra-curricular after school clubs gradually, but these will be restricted to children in bubble year groups.

Pastoral support

We’re aware that the lockdown has been a difficult time for many of us, including our pupils.

Please let us know if you think your children might need extra support when returning to school, such as if they feel anxious about coming back or they’re experiencing bereavement. You can get in touch with Mrs Taylor (HSLO) or Mrs Graham (SENCO) to do this.  Please either email school on info@st-hughs.oldham.sch.uk or ring school on 0161 770 3171 to get in touch with either of them.

Our current plans to support your children’s wellbeing during this time are:

  • Additional wellbeing and PSHE sessions
  • Additional interventions and support for pupils with SEND or having difficulties settling back into the school routine.
  • A strong focus on re-establishing routines and structure and emotional health and wellbeing.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the points we’ve set out above, please get in touch with school and a member of staff will call you back.

School Uniform

We have a school uniform policy which we expect parents/carers to support us with.  Please ensure that your child is dressed correctly.

Girls – Grey skirt/pinafore/trousers, white polo shirt and royal blue cardigan/jumper and white socks/grey tights.  In the summer girls may wear a blue and white checked summer dress.

Boys – Grey trousers/shorts in summer, white polo shirts, royal blue jumper and grey socks.

Shoes – Black sensible (sturdy) shoes, no trainers, slip on pumps or boots.

 

Coloured shoes, socks, hair adornments and oversized bows, trainers and jewellery are NOT part of the uniform policy.  When a child arrives inappropriately dressed it affects the way they feel and in turn affects their learning progress. 

Please ensure that you support all of the school’s policies. All of the above relates directly to raising standards. When parents do not support the school, it hinders the standards of behaviour and progress. We are striving to reach to be the best and if we address the above it will help in our journey for continuous improvement.

 

Uniform Sales

All Uniform sales will now be online, direct from our supplier - please use the following link to order: 

https://www.schooltrends.co.uk/uniform/StHughsCEPrimarySchoolOL45NZ

This link will also be on our school website at all times.  The Uniform will be delivered to your home address once ordered online.  There is a small £2.99 delivery charge, however you could always join up with a friend and order together to split the cost of the postage.

There will be NO uniform sales from school from September 2020

We do have a small amount of School uniform in stock in School, this will be sold in the hall on 25th August and the 27th August only between 11am – 1pm – ONLY.  Please bring the correct money – we will NOT be giving change due to Covid restrictions.

Jumpers = £8.50

Cardigans = £10.50

PE Kits = £15.00  (PE T shirts £5.75, Shorts £4.60, PE Bags £4.35)

Pumps £3.00

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