Settling in

It has been wonderful to see so many of our children settled within the school and learning the new routines in our COVID safe school.  Both children and staff have adapted quickly to ensure the envorinment is safe, calm and productive for everyone.  Thank you to the parents who have been so understanding regarding leaving the children at the gate in the morning, which has led to a smooth transition to our new routine.  Home time has also been smooth due to parental co-operation regarding staggering. 

As always, the Autumn Term brings its own challenges around the health of our children.  This year we are ever more aware of the spread of germs.  Please be vigilant - if your child has a sore throat, lethargy or any of the publicised COVID symptoms, please keep your child off school and follow the guidance for COVID on the government websites to get a COVID test.  As always, if they show signs of stomach bugs, including vomiting and diarrhoea, they should stay at home.  Thank you for your contiunued co-operation in this matter, as only by working together can we keep each other safe. 

We hope you have enjoyed the virtual curriculum meetings for each year group that have been held on Zoom.  If you have missed the meeting, or wish to ask any further questions, please contact your child's year group lead using the year group email address.  Currently we plan to run virtual events throughout the year, so please continue to check our website and social media pages.

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a Reception place for a child for September 2021, please speak to Mrs Mockbil for advice on your online application, and please keep an eye on our website for virtual open events and welcome sessions.  

With best wishes,

Mrs Eaton

Returning to school on Monday 7th September

25th August 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope that you and your family are keeping well and have been able to relax over the summer break.

With no significant changes announced by the Department for Education, we are working towards all pupils in all year groups returning to school full-time in as safe a way as possible. A full risk assessment has been completed and signed off by the Ark Board.  Please find below, the details regarding the return to school and the measures we have adopted to ensure Ark Tindal is a safe place to be.

The government is clear in the guidance and has a system of controls and a set of actions that schools must take:

 

Prevention:

  1. minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
  2. clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
  3. ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  4. introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
  5. minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  6. where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time. Number 5 must be properly considered, and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances. Number 6 applies in specific circumstances.

 

Response to any infection:

  1. engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
  2. manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
  3. contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

In response to this guidance we will be implementing a range of measures in September.

Our overarching aim is to reduce contact between pupils and staff whilst continuing to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. At Ark Tindal our pupils will be organised in year group ‘bubbles’. Wherever possible, year groups will be kept apart and movement around the school will be kept to a minimum. We will be avoiding large gatherings such as assemblies and holding them via Microsoft Teams instead.

 

Arrival at School

In order to ensure social distancing and the safety of all, pupils in years 2-6 must be dropped off at the school gates at their allocated time (see table below).  Siblings can be dropped off early but will be waiting on the playground so please ensure that all pupils have a waterproof coat with them every day. No parents with children in these year groups will be allowed on site at any time. Any communication with school needs to be via email or phone calls to the school office.

Year One pupils will be dropped off later for the first week to enable parents to come onto the playground. If you are a parent of a Year One child, please drop your child and leave to help us to keep pupils, staff and other parents safe.  If you have other siblings, please drop them at the gate at their allocated time and return to drop your Year One child at 9:05.

 

End of the day

At the end of the day, please collect your child at their allocated end time.  You will be able to collect siblings at this time also.  Please do not arrive earlier or later than your youngest child’s end time as this will cause social distancing issues. Again, pupils will be on the playground waiting so please ensure that they have a waterproof coat.

The school will operate the following staggered start and finish times:

Year group

Start Time

End Time

End Time on Wednesday

Year 1

9:05

15:10

12:00

Year 2

8:45

15:10

12:00

Year 3

8:50

15:15

12:05

Year 4

8:50

15:15

12:10

Year 5

8:45

15:20

12:15

Year 6

8:40

15:20

12:15

 

The school day

There will also be staggered break and lunch times with each year ‘bubble’ being allocated a different area. Hot dinners will be available from 21st September.  Until then, you will be able to order a cold lunch for your child. You can also still choose to provide a packed lunch for your child.

It is expected that all pupils will wear full school uniform, with the exception of the days they have PE. On these days, pupils will attend wearing their full Ark Tindal PE kit.

The classrooms have been adapted where possible and all pupils in years 2-6 will sit side by side, facing forwards.  All unnecessary furniture has been removed. Equipment and resources are an integral part of education in the classroom and as such, classroom-based resources can be used and shared, but will be cleaned regularly or rotated, allowing them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of time. Each pupil will be provided with their own pencil case and equipment.  This must be kept in school.  Pupils are asked to bring only necessary equipment into school: reading book and reading diary, water bottle, lunch (if needed) and a coat.

There is an expectation that pupils will follow good hygiene practice throughout the day, which we will be reinforcing with specified times set aside for handwashing.  The school will ensure that hand sanitiser and soap will be readily available, and that enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day. In addition, classrooms will be fully cleaned at the end of each day with a deep clean each Wednesday which is why pupils will finish at lunchtime on Wednesdays and bring work home with them. If your child is in KS1 or entitled to a free school meal, they will bring this home with them.

There are no after school clubs this term.

Before School

Initially there will be no breakfast club, but we are working to get this up and running as soon as possible.  Please contact your child’s year group lead by e-mail or phone the school office if your child needs a place.  We will be discussing why your child needs a place in breakfast club at this time, as we will need to restrict numbers. There will be no minibus or walking bus routes running until we feel we can safely offer these without compromising social distancing.

Government Guidance

It is important that the NHS Test and Trace process is understood and followed:

  • book a test if symptoms are displayed. Pupils must not come into school if they have symptoms and will also be sent home to self-isolate if they develop at school.
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

Please inform us immediately of the results of a test:

  • if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
  • if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.

The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

 

Contact Details

School office: info@arktindalprimary.org

Nursery: T.Nursery@arktindalprimary.org

Reception: T.Reception1@arktindalprimary.org

Year 1: T.Year1@arktindalprimary.org

Year 2: T.Year2@arktindalprimary.org

Year 3:T.Year3@arktindalprimary.org

Year 4: T.Year4@arktindalprimary.org

Year 5: T.Year5@arktindalprimary.org

Year 6: T.Year6@arktindalprimary.org

 

Best Wishes,

Mrs Eaton

 

Fundraising

Ark Tindal’s Coronavirus Appeal will support our children who have been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This crisis has affected everyone differently. Some of our children will have really struggled to keep up with their learning since schools have been closed - not all have digital access at home or a suitable place to study. Many of our children will also be from families who have suffered illness or financial distress. We must take action now to address this impact on our children to ensure we can prevent this crisis causing long term issues.

Team Tindal will be travelling a total of 1,000 miles to raise funds. Any donation you make will allow us to provide support in three areas:

1) Access to specialist training to enable all school staff to support young children who have suffered bereavement or trauma.

2) Additional support in class and through targetted programmes to ensure that the future of our pupils is not negatively impacted by being out of school during the pandemic.

3) Providing all Year 6 pupils with an electronic device to support homework/remote learning.

Headteacher Letter - 13th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As I am sure you are aware, the Department for Education has published guidance for a full return to school in September. It is very detailed, and we have spent time ensuring that we bring all children back as safely as possible. We continue to work on finalising our plans, but I know many parents and children are anxious to know what is happening, so I wanted to share with you our plans so far.

At present I can confirm:

  • We will be welcoming back all children from Years One to Six on September 7th. This will be staggered for the first week as a minimum and timings will follow shortly.
  • Early Years parents (Reception and Nursery) will receive separate letters detailing our plans for a phased return to allow time for children and families to meet their teachers and familiarise themselves with our school.
  • School Timings: In the first week we will stagger start and finish times of the school day. We will assess this and make any necessary changes for the second week. Parents must drop their child to their class line and leave immediately. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please call the office, or email the year group email address, and the teacher will respond at the end of the day.
  • We will continue to close at 12pm on Wednesdays to allow for the school to be deep cleaned each week. Children will be sent home with work to complete for Thursday morning to ensure that this does not have an impact their learning.
  • Bubble system: we will be implementing a system where each class will form a bubble which will be extended to year group bubbles for lunchtimes and breaktimes. Year groups do not mix at any point. Handwashing and hygiene routines which have been put in place this term will remain in September.
  • Attendance:  The government has stated that attendance will be mandatory from September. A number of pupils may still be unable to attend if they are self-isolating. Shielding advice pauses from 1st August.
  • Lunches: Children will continue to eat in their classroom to ensure separation of bubbles. This means that pupils will be provided with a packed lunch if taking up the offer of a school meal. Packed lunches can be purchased for children who are not eligible for Free School Meals in Years 3 and above – please ensure that you make payment for these using the schoolmoney system.
  • Uniform: Children will be expected to return to school in full uniform. Please see the website for our uniform policy.
  • Minibus and walking bus: Due to current restrictions we will be unable to operate the minibus and walking bus initially. As government advice changes we will continually review this. We know many of you use this service but appreciate your understanding as we follow the guidance to keep your children safe.
  • Breakfast/ after school clubs: We will not be running breakfast or any after-school clubs until the guidance changes. With children from across all year groups attending we cannot maintain the bubble system in the breakfast club or after school group setting.

Further information will be released this week regarding specific timings for September.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding as we move towards our new way of schooling. Your messages of support have been much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Mrs R Eaton

Headteacher

Headteacher Letter - 7th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

On Thursday July 2nd, the Government issued its guidance on how schools will operate when the new school year starts in September.

 

We are currently reviewing all of the detailed information in the guidance and I/we will be in touch before the summer break to share with you an update on our plans for the safe return to school for all pupils in September.

 

It has been wonderful to have so many pupils back in school, and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone when the new school year starts.

 

Until the end of this term on 17th July, school will continue to be open every day for pupils in years Reception, One, Five and Six and for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Spaces are very limited, but if your child’s class is open and they have not yet come back but you would now like them to do so until the end of the term, please contact your child’s Year Group Lead by e-mail so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

The summer term will end at 12pm on 17th July for all groups of pupils.

 

Please continue to encourage your children who have not yet returned to school with their home learning.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

 

Mrs R Eaton

Headteacher

 

Welcome from Mrs Eaton, Headteacher

Rebecca Eaton

Welcome to Ark Tindal Primary Academy. Our school is a nurturing, exciting and innovative place to learn and we are all driven by the common vision of enabling every child to go to university or into a career of their choice. 
 
At the heart of everything that we do is the determination to develop our pupils through a variety of experiences, challenges and opportunities, whilst enhancing moral values  particularly respect, good manners and good behaviour.
 
At Ark Tindal we pride ourselves on helping every child to feel safe and happy in the school environment. Children are valued by their classmates and teachers, and we have dedicated staff to ensure that all our pupils are settled, comfortable and ready to learn. It is important to us to celebrate the achivements of our pupils, be it academic, sporting, artistic or in social groups outside of school.

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