Update from Mrs James (20th March 2020)
First of all, the main priority is for those who have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 to follow government advice and self-isolate alongside their families for a minimum of 14 days.
If you have already completed the online form, then you do not need to send any more information to school. If you feel your child is in need of a place at school, please consider the information below (which is an extract from Gov.uk) and then complete the online form (https://forms.gle/FwbnWiA62UnNcxAK9) :
“If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home, and every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.”
At Heatherley Primary School, we are in the process of undertaking risk assessments in order to ensure the safety of all stakeholders, particularly your children.
At this time, we would like to clarify that from next week, we are simply a childminding service. We will not be continuing lessons or educating children, so those children not in attendance are not missing out on teaching and learning from our staff.
We urge you to only request a place at school from Monday 23rd March if literally no other childcare options are available. If we have a high volume of pupils using the service, then this will put everyone at further risk.
Whilst it is not ideal for any parent to be having time off work, we ask that you consider this as a possibility, particularly if you are not a ‘Key Worker’.
We aim to communicate with parents who have completed the online form with an answer as to whether a place is available for their child from Monday 23rd March. If you have not completed the online form (of which a paper copy is also available in the school office) then your child WILL NOT be able to attend school. We will also require proof of employment (e.g: I.D badges, etc) if you are a key worker.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be available to answer any further questions parents may have at the end of the day. We aim to be available in the school entrance between 3:15pm and 5:20pm today.
Thank you once again for your continued support in this difficult time.
The Heatherley Team
Welcome to Heatherley Primary School.
We passionately believe that all children, whatever their individual circumstance, should feel secure, valued and challenged in all aspects of their school life by being at the centre of every decision we make. We strive to enable our children to leave Heatherley as skilled and well-rounded individuals, who consistently make the right choices and are successfully prepared to make a positive contribution to society.
Our Values and Ethos
Here at Heatherley Primary, we believe that through the provision of outstanding teaching, we inspire children to love learning by providing opportunity and challenge to allow our children to aspire to succeed.
We are proud to engage with all school stakeholders and aim to provide a broad and balanced educational curriculum and environment that encourages high expectations and the belief that we can all work together to be the very best we can be.
We strive to promote a culture of mutual respect and tolerance to one another through honest communication and transparently motivating community contributions.
Most importantly, our children remain at the centre of all we do. We nurture their safe and happy development; celebrate achievements of all kinds; and embrace pride and commitment to provide opportunities for all.
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them; who understands the power of connection; and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” (Dr Rita Pierson)