Whilst we are pleased to have been able to welcome all the children back to school after several months of lock-down and partial return, the government framework and guidelines which set out how the school must now operate are complicated and have had a significant impact on school operations and logistics. The greatest impact for local residents will be the requirements to have children come into school using staggered starts times, so that year groups can be kept separate for distancing purposes and in prohibiting parents being able to be on the school site.
We have actively been monitoring how this impacts parents gathering and queuing both on the school forecourt and along Waldegrave Park itself and making adjustments to try to minimise the length of the process and inconvenience without compromising safety and the underlying need for the new arrangements. These include:
We have also continued to encourage parents to cycle and walk to school and have installed a number of additional cycle racks which are being very well utilised since the return to school. To explain these measure clearly and encourage social distancing we have created a designated section on the school’s communication portal clearly outlining and supporting the current government guidelines and these, as well as the school’s new operational guidelines, have been clearly communicated to parents prior to the return to school.
These events are all part of our calendar of social and fundraising events. We hope they will run smoothly and we will try to keep any disruption to a minimum. *Please do feel free to drop in to the public events to enjoy some of the entertainment we have planned.
There are several significant dates throughout the academic year: