I hope this letter continues to find our families in good health.

I will attempt to make sense of the mass of advice, changing plans, differing opinions and legislation that circulates at the moment.

We now know that the advice is that other Primary Year groups will not be returning to school for the remainder of this term. We will however continue to welcome children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 all in line with the current plans that we have shared with you. 

Sadly it is not going to be possible to welcome children from our Nursery classes back to school this term. We have found we need to use Nursery space in order to continue our Reception provision in line with social distancing also Early Years staff are required to support Reception also.

Provision for our families in vulnerable circumstances will continue throughout the rest of this term. This is also true for Key Worker families (outlined on the Government list) however in some of our schools this provision is becoming oversubscribed; individual schools will advise on this.

The picture for Year 6 is confusing as we now know secondary schools are unable to provide a three week transition programme in their schools as was outlined by the City Council. They do plan to provide children with a secondary visit and perhaps a work pack. Because of this change, Goldthorn Park, Palmers Cross, Edward the Elder and Elston Hall have all chosen to keep our Year 6 children in their own school in line with our current arrangements, until the end of term. 

Secondary schools may well now advise you of their individual transition arrangements as they will make these independently.

Staff from your own school will share any particular plans they have for Year 6 as we approach their leaving time, now we are aware the children will be with us until the end of term.
We have no further information around returning to school in September; as soon as we do be assured we will consider our plan and contact families. I do know our EYFS teams are planning their admission and transition arrangements and they will send you details in the very near future.

In looking ahead in such uncertain times our provision of before and after school child care clubs will not begin immediately when we return in September. It will of course be our aim to continue this as we always have but to plan this immediately in such uncertain times may well cause more problems than it solves.

Annual reports are being completed by teachers and will be posted to families from the 10 July. 

A final note to explain schools will be open to appropriate groups this Friday 19 June – it will not be an INSET Day as previously planned.

Thank you for continued understanding in these challenging times.

Kevin Grayson