Admissions Application Form

Please complete this data sheet IN FULL and send. Alternatively, you may download & print the form, and return to the school office together with your child’s original Long Form Birth Certificate and 2 recent (within the last 3 months) utility bills.

Admissions Form
This form is only for Nursery Admissions, or to be used under instruction from our team. If you are applying for a place in any other year group, please fill out our In-Year Admissions form, found on another dropdown below.
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Child's Details

Name
Name
First
Last
Gender
Current Address
Current Address
Town / City
County
Post Code

Parents Details

Mother's Details

Title
Name
Name
First
Last
Address (if different)
Address (if different)
Town
County
Post Code
Work Address
Work Address
Town / City
County
Post Code
Parental Responsiblity
Contact Priority

Father's Details

Name
Name
First
Last
Address (if different)
Address (if different)
Town / City
County
Post Code
Parental Responsibility
Contact Priority

Emergency Contacts (in addition to Mother /Father)

Emergency Contact 1:

Title
Name
Name
First
Last
Address
Address
Town / City
County
Post Code
Contact Priority

Emergency Contacts (in addition to Mother /Father)

Emergency Contact 2:

Title
Name
Name
First
Last
Address
Address
Town / City
County
Post Code
Priority Contact

NOTE: IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU KEEP US INFORMED OF ANY CHANGE IN THE ABOVE DETAILS (IE: CHANGE OF WORK NUMBERS
ETC.)

Sibling Connections

Does your child have any brothers or sisters at this school?
Sibling 1
Sibling 1
First
Last
Gender
Sibling 2
Sibling 2
First
Last
Gender
Sibling 3
Sibling 3
First
Last
Gender

Dietary Arrangements

Lunchtime Meal Arrangement
Dietary Requirements

Medical Details

Address
Address
Town / City
County
Post Code
Does your child have an Education, Health and Care Plan?
Does your child have any Special Educational Needs?

Ethnic Background

Our ethnic background describes how we think of ourselves. This may be based on many things, including, for example, our skin colour, language, culture, ancestry or family history.

Ethnic background is not the same as nationality or country of birth.

The Information Commissioner (formerly Data Protection Registrar) recommends that young people aged over 11 years old have the opportunity to decide their own ethnic identity. Parents or those with parental responsibility are asked to advise those children aged over 11 in making this decision, wherever necessary. Pupils aged 16 or over can make this decision for themselves.

White
Mixed/Dual
Asian or Asian British
Black or Black British
Chinese
This information was provided by:

Any information you provide will be used solely to compile statistics on the school careers and experiences of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds, to help ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. These statistics will not allow individual pupils to be identified. From time to time the information will be passed to the Local Education Authority and for Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to contribute to local and national statistics. The information will also be passed on to future schools, to save it having to be asked again.

Language / Religion

Travel

Please state only the main way you travel to school

e.g. walk, car etc

Previous School / Nursery History

Means of Contact

I give permission for the school to contact me via email, text messaging, mobile or letter

Data Protection Act 1998

The school is registered under the Data Protection Act for holding personal data. The school has a duty to protect this information and to keep it up to date. The school is required to share some of the data with the Local Education Authority and with the DfES. 

Please type your name in capital letters to provide signature.

Please check the form carefully and ensure that all permissions are completed below. Thank you.

Permissions sheet to be completed by Parent / Carer

Child's Name
Child's Name
First
Last

Please read the Permissions Sheet fully before indicating if permission is given.

The permissions given here will be valid whilst your child is at Leagrave Primary School.

Photographic Images

  • Photographs and video images within school
  • Photographs in the school brochure, profile and other printed publications we produce for promotional purposes
  • Photographs in newspapers, with name
  • Images on the school website

After your child leaves Leagrave Primary School, we will not reuse photographs or recordings of  your child, or personal details without parental consent. We may use group or class photographs or footage with very general labels such as "A Science Lesson". Please see the school's policy on using Photographic Images for further details.

I give permission for my child's image to be used for the purposes listed above.

Use of the Internet

As part of your child's learning and development, they may have the opportunity to access the internet. Your child will be supervised and all websites are evaluated by staff before they are used. Your child will be encouraged to use the internet safely and appropriately and sanctions will be issues should your child misuse the internet.

I give permission for my child to use the internet

Educational Visits (within walking distance)

In order to fulfil curriculum requirements, we may undertake short educational activities off site, such as swimming, shopping surveys, visit to a local park. These visits will be carefully planned and supervised.

I give permission for my child to take part in educational visits within Luton and I am aware I will be notified of any other trips outside Luton

Consent to Share Information

Please type your name in capital letters to sign.

Education Resources

Books are our most expensive resources. Your child will have the opportunity to borrow a book from the library and take home other books to read and share with you. Should a book get lost or damaged a voluntary contribution of £5.00 is suggested to cover the cost of replacing the book/s.

Activities Involving Food

As part of our wider curriculum, children will undertake activities such as cooking and food tasting.

Please indicate below if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements that school should be
aware of.

Please type your name in capital letters to act as your signature.
Please type your name in capital letters to act as your signature.
In year Admissions

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

  1. A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order (1). A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children of staff (2) who work at the School.
  3. Children in the catchment area with sibling(s) (3) already at the school at proposed date of admission.
  4. Children living in the catchment area of the school.
  5. Children who live outside of the catchment area with siblings at the school who will still be attending the school at the proposed date of admission.
  6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance (4) of the school site and the pupil’s home address (5), with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.
In accordance with the Education Act 1996 children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHC Plan are required to be admitted to the school named in their Statement/Plan. Thereafter the following priorities listed below apply.
  1. A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order (1). A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children of staff (2) who work at the School.
  3. Children in the catchment area with sibling(s) (3) already at the school at proposed date of admission.
  4. Children living in the catchment area of the school.
  5. Children who live outside of the catchment area with siblings at the school who will still be attending the school at the proposed date of admission.
  6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance (4) of the school site and the pupil’s home address (5), with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.
  1. An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
  2. The school regards children of staff as someone employed to work at the school on a permeant contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application:
    1. Has been in post continuously for at least two years
    2. Is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criteria.For the purpose of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff, or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff.The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.
  3. The term ‘siblings’ includes natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by Children and Family Services.  Other family relationships such as cousins will not be considered under this criterion)
  4. Main entrance of the school means the door used to access the school’s main reception.
  5. The home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. A pupil’s home address is where she or he spends the majority of the school week (i.e. Monday to Friday, including nights) with her/his parent or legal guardian.  The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the child before or after school cannot be used.  If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against official documentation.

Children who gain a place at a school because their parents/carers have given a false home address will have their place withdrawn.

Catchment area details can be found on the Council’s website at www.luton.gov.uk/admissions. Catchment area lists are also available from the Council by telephoning the Admissions helpline on 548016.

Allocation of places

The admissions criteria will be applied separately and sequentially until all places are filled. Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria. If the Council is unable to agree a place for all applicants meeting a specific criterion, the distance criterion (priority 6) will be used as a tie-breaker. In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie breaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.

Multiple births

Where one twin/child of multiple birth qualifies for a place and the other sibling(s) do not qualify for a place, both twins/multiple birth children will be promoted to the sibling criterion.  This approach will also apply to siblings in the same year group who live together at the same address.

Waiting List

Once the number of pupils reaches the admission number, a waiting list is formed.  Positions on the waiting list are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. The waiting list for each year group Reception to Year 6 will be held as follows:

Applications received during Autumn Term Until the last day before the Easter holidays
Applications received during Spring Term Until the last day of the Summer term
Applications received during Summer Term Until 31st December in the following academic year

Parents will need to reapply for a place after each of these dates if they wish their child’s name to be carried forward on the waiting list.

Appeals

Any pupil refused the offer of a place has the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel. Parents can lodge an appeal by writing to the school at the following address:

Leagrave Primary School
Strangers Way
Luton
LU4 9ND

Telephone: 01582 571 951

Email: [email protected]

  • Appeals in the normal admission round for Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications or in-year admissions, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. In respect of appeals for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 the Independent Appeals Panel will decide on:
  • Whether the school’s admission arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
  • Whether the arrangements were correctly applied.
  • Whether the admission of another student would prejudice the efficient education and use of resources within the school.

The panel exercises its discretion balancing the degree of prejudice to the school against the appellant’s case for the child being admitted before arriving at a decision.

In respect of appeals for Years R, 1 and 2, where infant class size limits have been reached, an appeal panel can only offer a place to a child where it is satisfied that:

  • The child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented.
  • The child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; and/or;
  • The decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

In-Year Admissions

For ‘In-year’ admissions to the school (admissions to enter a year group that has already started at the school) parents will need to complete the School’s In-Year Application Form and return this form directly to the school.

The school will have 3 intake periods during the Academic year as follows:

Autumn Term First 3 school weeks in September
Spring Term First 2 school weeks in January
Summer Term First school week in June

However, the school will endeavour to place the following pupils outside of the 3 intake periods where necessary:

  • Looked after children, previously looked after children or pupils with an EHC plan.
  • Pupils without a school place who have moved into Luton from outside of the borough or from abroad
  • Pupils who are already in a school within Luton and who are wishing to transfer to Leagrave Primary School; if their home address is further than 2 miles from their current school and it would not be reasonable for them to remain at the current school because of distance.
  • All other applications will be looked at on an individual basis

In-Year Fair Access Protocol

All Local Authorities must have a Fair Access Protocol to ensure that outside of the normal admissions process, unplaced children are allocated a suitable school as quickly as possible. The school will participate in the Fair Access Protocol that is in operation. Pupils admitted to the School, via the Protocol, override the usual admission arrangements, such as waiting lists.

YOUR CHILD'S CORE INFORMATION

Gender
Permanent Address
Permanent Address
Town
County
Post Code

Severe Weather Procedure

Dear Parent/Carer,

There may be an occasion where it is decided to close the school due to severe weather conditions. Any decision made is taken after considerable thought and is based on the safety of the pupils, school site, ability to provide sufficient staffing, pupil transport arrangements and the weather forecast for each day.

At Leagrave Primary School, we follow the advice from the Local Authority that has been issued to all schools.

We will endeavour to text or email each family in the event of the school being closed therefore please ensure we have up to date contact details for you. Parents can also check the Luton Borough Council website, which gives am list of emergency school closures – please visit www.lbc.gov.uk.

Parents are also asked to check our website, where we will post up-to-date information on whether or not the school is open.

Closing a school due to bad weather is always a difficult decision due to changeability of conditions. In the event that the school may need to close due to severe weather during the school day, you will be contacted by email or text and asked to collect your child as soon as possible. Pupils will be cared for by members of staff until they can be collected. We may also only use one gate to enter the school site depending on the severity of the weather.

Please do not phone the school to check if the school will be open as this will block the phone lines. If the school plans to close early because of severe weather we will contact parents via email and/or text. The home page of the school web site will be updated with the latest information regarding pupil collection procedures.

Local radio stations will be notified alongside Luton Borough Council website (see above) although parents should be aware there can often be a delay in up-to-date information being broadcast on the radio stations and their Web sites.

In this cold weather, children should come to school suitably dressed in warm clothes with a coat, hat, gloves, etc.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs E Gillespie
Headteacher

Severe Weather Procedure
Please type your full name in capital letters, to act as your signature

Dear Parents and Carers,

Breakfast & After School Club Update

Thankyou to those families who expressed an interest in our Breakfast and After School Club from September 2021. I can confirm that we will be re-introducing this provision from Monday 6th September and we will be accepting bookings and payments online from Wednesday 1st September. Please go to the Online Payments link on the school website to make your booking. If you have any difficulties, please contact the main office.

Despite the suggestion that all restrictions will be lifted on 19th July, schools are still expected to have measures in place to support hygiene and social distancing, so please note the arrangements below from September 2021 to ensure that we do everything possible to continue to control the spread of the virus. This also includes some additional changes agreed by governors this term, such as: increased number of places from 20-25, amended cost, earlier finish time of 5pm for After School Club.

Breakfast Club Arrangements

  • Breakfast Club session is available from 8am until the start of the school day
  • The cost of the Breakfast Club session including breakfast is £3.50 regardless of what time you  arrive
  • There are only 25 places available – this enables appropriate staff to pupil ratios
  • Places must be booked and paid for in advance via Scopay on the school website
  • Entry will be via the main playground gate using the intercom system – children must be escorted to the Breakfast Club door by an adult over 16yrs old
  • Children will sanitise hands on entry to the Breakfast Club; any child presenting with Covid  symptoms will be sent home
  • In the setting, children will be asked to remain in their year groups; tables and activities will be set up accordingly and breakfast will be available at their tables – this will minimise movement around the space and ensure social distancing between year groups – this will be reviewed on a termly basis in light of any covid safety guidance
  • At the end of Breakfast Club, children will be escorted to class, where they will wash hands prior to entering the classroom

After School Club Arrangements

  • After School Club will be available from the end of the school day until 5pm – this includes on  Fridays where school finishes earlier#
  • The cost of the After School Club session Mon-Thu is £3.50 until 4pm or £5.00 until 5pm
  • The cost of the After School Club session on Fridays is £5.00 until 3.30pm or £8.50 until 5pm
  • A light snack can be ordered in advance and will cost an additional £2.50
  • There are only 25 places available – this enables appropriate staff to pupil ratios
  • Places must be booked and paid for in advance via Scopay on the school website
  • Children will be escorted from their classroom to the After School Club provision in the dining  room at the end of the school day
  • Pick up will be via the main playground gate using the intercom system – children must be  collected by a nominated adult over 16yrs old
  • Children will sanitise hands on entry to the After School Club; any child presenting with Covid symptoms will be sent home
  • In the setting, children will be asked to remain in their year groups; tables and activities will be set up accordingly and food will be available at their tables – this will minimise movement around the space and ensure social distancing between year groups – this will be reviewed on a termly basis in light of any covid safety guidance.

Thank you for your patience as we have taken time to ensure this provision can be offered safely without increasing the risk of bubble closures in the wider school and thus impacting on children’s education.

If you have any further queries regarding the provision, please contact the school office

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Gillespie
Headteacher

LEAGRAVE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parent/Carer Consent to Administer Prescribed Medicine

• All prescribed medicines must be in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacy, with
the child’s name, the name of the medicine, the dose and the frequency of administration, the
expiry date and the date of dispensing included on the Pharmacy label.

• A separate form is required for each medicine.

Medicine Consent Form

The Parent / Carer of the child named below, givepermission for Leagrave Primary School to act on my behalf (loco parentis) to administer medicine to my child as detailed below.

PLEASE TICK THE APPROPRIATE BOX:

TEMPORARY PUPIL COLLECTION DETAILS

Please note the following temporary collection details:

Temporary Pupil Collection Form
Address
Address
Town
County
Post Code

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Requests for Leave in Term Time

I would like to take this opportunity to inform all parents/guardians of the current guidelines which have been laid down by the Department for Education/Local Education Authority regarding leave during term time and which the school is duty bound to implement.

The law does not grant parents/guardians an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that the leave will be educational but your
child will still miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive during their absence.

Children returning from term time leave are also unprepared for the lessons which build on the teaching they have missed. Teachers then have to give more time to help individual children catch up on missed work. This poses a
potential risk of the under achievement of other students in the class. This is something we all have a responsibility to avoid.

The Department for Education allows a Headteacher the discretion to consider authorising leave in term time only in “exceptional circumstances”. If you consider that your request for leave is exceptional you must complete the form on the reverse of this notification. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the leave is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as
unauthorised. In these circumstances, you are still required to complete the attached form.

Where a parent/carer has taken their child on leave of absence during term time for 5 consecutive school days or more, without the Headteacher’s authorisation, you could receive a Penalty Notice. In these circumstances a warning will not be given. Penalty Notices are per parent, per child as appropriate, so if there are 2 parents both will need to pay the fine for each child. Penalty Notices will need to be paid within 21 days at £60 or £120 within 28 days; part payments are not accepted. There is no appeal process for a Penalty Notice. Unpaid Penalty Notices will result in prosecution in the magistrate’s court for the absence. Please note all adults with care of the child are usually liable.

Penalty Notices are an alternative to prosecution for failing to ensure a child’s regular attendance and will only be used once per pupil in an academic year before prosecution takes place.

From this point in time, all requests for leave must be completed on the attached form; letters will not be accepted. The form should be returned to the school at least 14 days before the start of the holiday. Please also refer to the
school Leave of Absence Policy on our website before completing the application.

I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment at our school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs E Gillespie

Headteacher

 

Term Time Leave Application Form
Address
Address
Town
County
Post Code
As a parent/carer I understand the following:

  • If the absence request is unauthorised the Local Authority will be notified of the leave taken and will decide on what action to take.
  • If a child has leave of absence during term time for 5 consecutive school days or more, without the Headteacher’s authorisation, a penalty notice could be issued.
  • If a Penalty is issued it will be sent to each parent for each child taken out of school and that this is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days.
  • If I do not pay the fine this may result in legal action.
  • Penalty Notices are an alternative to prosecution for failing to ensure a child’s regular attendance and will only be used once per pupil in an academic year before prosecution takes place.

N.B. Please ensure you are giving at least 14 day’s notice of the proposed absence

1st Parent/Guardian details

2nd Parent/Guardian details

I have read the Leave of Absence Policy (available on the school website):

Year 6 Extended Learning Sessions

Dear Parent/Carer,
We are writing to inform you that your child’s extended learning session for the Autumn term will commence on Monday 11th September 2017 immediately after school. The session will cover the vital skills necessary for effective understanding and answering of the Year 6 SATs tests.

The sessions are designed to support children in small groups and focus on key skills to support these individual groups.

These are targeted Maths and Reading sessions that are very important for all children in Year 6, we hope that you will endeavour to ensure that he/she attends regularly.

All children will need to be collected by their parents/carers at 5pm unless you have given consent for them to walk home by themselves on the reply slip below.

If you have any queries on this matter please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Egbaran
Assistant Headteacher

Year 6 Extended Learning Sessions

Monday 13th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

RE: Update on school opening for all year groups in September 2002

Following further guidance from the government about the opening of schools to all year groups in September, we have revised our Return and Recovery Risk Assessment for the autumn term. The government acknowledge that early years and primary age pupils cannot be expected to remain apart from each other at all times. Therefore the following measures have been taken into account to reduce transmission in schools:

  • The avoidance of contact with anyone with symptoms
  • Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of settings
  • Minimising contact and mixing with others

The school’s revised risk assessment considers all of the above factors and has been shared with staff and governors, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, families and staff as they return to school. However, it is important to note that the details are subject to change due to the ever changing advice schools receive and also due to the school’s own review procedures. We will endeavour to keep you updated as much as possible.

The full document is available to view on the school website, but in the meantime, I would like to outline the key principals of the arrangements, so that you are well prepared for your children returning to school in September.

Dates and times, including drop off and pick up

All children in Yr1-6 will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September, so long as the Government and Public Health England continue to say it is safe to do so. Nursery and Reception have received separate letters outlining their start dates.

Entry for Yr1-6 will be through the main playground via the one way system at year group doors. Please note that only Nursery and Reception children will be allowed to enter through the Early Years entrance.

School registration for the whole school will now take place between 8.30-9.15am and dismissal will take place between 2.45-3.15pm (Mon-Thu) and 12.30-1.15(Fri). Parents should drop off and pick up at the staggered times and locations outlined below; this supports the government expectations on social distancing at busy times. Sibling groups can still be dropped off and picked up together at their usual year group doors, but this should be at the earliest scheduled time to reduce congestion on the playground.

Reception parents should note a slightly different start and finish time to the times outlined on previous correspondence for each class:

Year Group YN YR Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
Start Time AM 8:30 | PM 12:00 HB 8:30 | BF 8:45 8:30 8:45 8:30 8:45 9:00 9:00
Mon-Thu Finish Time AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 HB 2:45 | BF 3:00 2:45 3:00 2:45 3:00 3:10 3:10
Friday Finish Time AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 HB: 12:30 | BF: 12:45 12:45 1:00 12:45 1:00 1:15 1:15
Location: (NB the year 1 door is now on the main to the left of the year 2 classrooms) Nursery Door EYs Entrance New Yr1 Door Yr 2 Class Doors Yr 4 Library Side Door Yr 4 Door Yr 5 Door Yr 6 Door

Only one parent must accompany their child/ren for drop off/pick up, ensuring that they follow the signs and expectations of the school health and safety policies; please remain 1-2metres from the family in front and behind while waiting to drop off or pick up.

All children will be required to wash hands on entry/exit; temperature checks will be taken using a hand held digital thermometer in the classroom. Any children with a temperature of 37.8°C or higher will be sent home

Parents/carers must follow social distancing rules and cannot gather at entrance gates, doors or on the school playground; parents are not allowed into the marked area in front of the drop off/pick up point.

Staff will not be available for close communication on the entry/exit doors – drop off and pick must be swift and all communication is to go via the main office. Teachers will return any phone calls or queries via phone or email and parents should only come into the main reception area if invited for a particular reason.

It is possible that children will be dismissed by a different adult to their usual teacher, so all parents should ensure they have set up or confirmed a password, which can be used while staff get to know parents.

Drop off and pick must be punctual, but if your child arrives after 9.15am, they will need to be bought to the front office. At the end of the day, late collection will still be from their normal pick up door; late fees will still be charged.

Parents must continue to notify the office of any change in collection arrangements, ensuring that the person nominated to collect knows the password. This avoids delay and confusion at the pick-up point. In line with normal school policy, children will not be dismissed to anyone under 16yrs old or any unknown adults.

Attendance

  • School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply including:
  • Parent’s duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
  • School’s responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • The availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

Class Environment & Year Group Bubbles

  • Early years and primary age pupils cannot be expected to remain apart from each other all times and the government is not expecting children to do this
  • Children will be taught in their normal class groups of 30 and will only mix with other children from their year group; this is a maximum of 60 children. For example, in the cloakroom, break and lunchtime play, using the bathroom, if attending a year group intervention or during arrival and dismissal.
  • Year groups will not intentionally mix with other year groups
  • Where possible, the class layout will ensure children face the front and sit side by side, rather than face to face
  • Corridors taped down the middle with signage to keep to the left and single file
  • Classrooms and corridors will be well ventilated
  • Pupils queue 2 metres apart at entrances and exits to avoid risks of transmission.

Curriculum & Equipment

  • The curriculum in the autumn term will support children to catch up and cover any missed learning
  • Teachers may choose to prioritise certain subjects and some children will receive extra support in key areas; this may include an increased provision for children’s mental health including anxiety and bereavement
  • Children are expected to wear full school uniform from September
  • They are allowed to bring the following named items into school: PE kit, water bottle, book bag, coat, lunchbox
  • They will be provided with their own named stationery pack for use in class
  • Children with special educational needs or those who are considered vulnerable may require individualised plans and risk assessments, which may involve referrals to external specialists or support groups; if you are worried about your child in any way, please make a phone appointment with your child’s teacher
  • Assemblies will take place in classrooms and there will be no scheduled visits off site until further notice
  • Music and PE lessons taught by specialists will continue to take place with increased control measures

Breakfast & After School Club Childcare

  • There will be no breakfast club, after school club or Friday afternoon childcare provision for the first half of the autumn term – we apologise for this inconvenience, but at the moment we do not plan to mix year groups as outlined in the risk assessment
  • Childcare provision will be under continuous review and this will allow the school time to review and embed safe working practices during the main school day
  • There will also be no morning or after school sports or curriculum clubs until further notice

Behaviour & Wellbeing

  • It continues to be important for school to communicate with parents, regarding behaviour and wellbeing; please ensure the school has your most up to date contact numbers in case we need to contact you
  • The school’s current behaviour policy continues to be in place, but children will be reminded of the additional expectations related to hygiene and restrictions on movement within school; parents should encourage children to follow these new rules
  • The school’s normal provision for wellbeing will continue to be delivered and referrals by teachers will continue to be made to support children’s needs; please ensure you speak to your child’s teacher if you are worried about your child’s wellbeing.

Break and Lunch

  • Break and lunch times will be staggered or zoned for different year groups to ensure children do not mix on the playground. Children will line up with 1-2 metres distance between them and their peers.
  • Outdoor play equipment such as the adventure play areas will not be used. Any other play equipment will need to be wiped down or left in quarantine for 72 hours.
  • In the absence of the school’s normal fruit delivery, children can bring an optional piece of fruit for a snack. Once the fruit delivery resumes, this will not be necessary
  • Our catering service is able to provide cold lunch options from Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th September and hot lunch options from Monday 7th September onwards. Parents will select menu options for the following week:
    • Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for the universal free school meal
    • Children in Year 3-6 who are FSM will be eligible for a free school meal
    • All other children can book a school lunch via Scopay or bring a packed lunch
  • All children will be able to refill their water bottles throughout the day and jugs of water with disposable cups will continue to be provided in classrooms.
  • School lunches will be delivered to the child’s classroom by the catering team: Handwashing or sanitiser will take place before and after lunch and during this time, tables will be wiped down by a member of staff.

Cleaning & Hygiene

  • Staff and children should not wear face masks in school, as the incorrect use of and removal of masks can increase transmission.
  • Staff may be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in agreed situations such as providing first aid, supporting a child with additional needs or supervising a child with Covid 19 symptoms.
  • All classrooms have access to PPE (if required) and cleaning materials to ensure frequent cleaning of surfaces and resources throughout the day
  • Communal areas and high use surfaces are cleaned three times throughout the day by the site team.
  • Sufficient handwashing facilities are available and hand sanitisers are available in all classrooms.
  • All adults and pupils are told to:
    • frequently wash hands with soap/water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
    • clean hands on arrival at school, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
    • are encouraged not to touch mouth, eyes and nose
    • use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze into and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
  • Posters and expectations around school remind children to follow good hygiene rules.
  • Spillages of bodily fluids, for example respiratory/nasal discharges/vomit are cleaned up immediately in line with the infection control policy. PPE will be worn and available at agreed locations throughout the school.
  • Some resources that are hard to clean frequently have been removed from the learning environment; all classroom surfaces are clear for easy and frequent cleaning.
  • The use of shared pupil resources is limited; any equipment used across year groups is collected in a clear plastic box and quarantined for 72hours after use a designated decontamination room.
  • Adventure play equipment and apparatus is closed on the main playground.

Covid 19 Symptoms: Test, Trace and Track System

  • Staff, children and parents must not come onto the school premises if they show symptoms of Covid-19 or believe they have been exposed to a confirmed case.
  • Symptoms continue to be; a consistent cough, difficulty in breathing, high temperature and loss of smell/taste.
  • Schools will advise staff and families to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process below. Staff members and parents/carers need to be ready and willing to:
    • book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school
    • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
    • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus
  • Any pupil/staff member who displays signs of being unwell with coronavirus symptoms in school is immediately referred to the designated member of SLT; the child or staff member will be moved to the first aid room whilst their parent/carer/next of kin (for staff) is contacted immediately and asked to collect them immediately.
  • Where contact with a pupil’s parents or carers cannot be made, appropriate procedures are followed in accordance with those outlined in governmental guidance and the infection control policy.

Contingency Plans for Remote Learning

  • For individuals or groups of pupils who cannot attend school because they are self-isolating due to COVID-19, a remote education plan will be agreed, so that every child has access to high quality teaching and learning. In addition, a weekly wellbeing call will be made by a member of staff.
  • In the event of a local outbreak, the Public Health England protection team or local authority may advise the school or a number of schools to close temporarily to help control transmission. This may involve closing the school to the majority of pupils and opening for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only.
  • If this happens the school will notify parents as soon as possible, so that arrangements for supervision can be made quickly. High quality remote learning will continue for all children at home, led and planned by the class teacher. Where possible, weekly wellbeing calls will be made from a member of staff and the school can be contacted by email if required.

Please be aware that any pupils unable to follow distancing or hygiene instructions following a risk assessment may be deemed too high a risk for other pupils and adults. Where possible alternative arrangements will be made to support individual children, but if these are not effective, your child may be excluded temporarily until a safe alternative can be agreed.

We are asking all members of the school community: staff, children and parents to adhere to the government guidelines regarding social distancing, handwashing and appropriate action when presented with your own or a family member’s symptoms. If members of the school community do not follow these guidelines both at school, at home and in the community, they will continue to put others at risk.

Despite a very comprehensive revised school plan and risk assessment, the school cannot guarantee that staff or children will not be exposed to the virus. We can reassure you however, that we have all the recommended control measures in place to keep your child as safe as possible and strongly urge you to send your child to school in September to ensure they can continue with their education. We are so looking forward to seeing them back in school again and want to reassure you that our highly skilled team at Leagrave will ensure that all children quickly catch upon any missed learning.

We would again like to thank you for your continuous support and the lovely emails that we have received in these complex and ever changing circumstances. Enjoy this precious time with your families over the summer and ensure your child/ren are ready for learning in September. If you do have any questions, please contact the school office by 12.00pm on Wednesday 15th July, so that a member of staff can address your queries before the school holidays. Our warmest regards to you and your families.

Mrs E Gillespie and the Senior Leadership Team

RELAY Protocol – Domestic Abuse Notifications

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to inform you that Leagrave Primary School is part of a jointly run scheme between Luton Council, Bedfordshire Police and Luton schools, called RELAY. This local scheme is in response to the national scheme ‘Operation Encompass’ (www.operationencompass.org)

RELAY has been set-up to help schools provide support to children who may have been affected by incidents of domestic abuse in the home. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present at or witness to domestic abuse. Under this scheme (RELAY) the school will receive notification from Luton Council following any
domestic abuse incidents reported by Bedfordshire Police, where a child in the school may have been affected.

The school has designated Mrs Bastin as the Key Lead for this scheme. The Key Lead (known as the the Nominated RELAY Single Point of Contact or SPOC) has received guidance (RELAY Protocol and Associated Information Sharing Agreement) and training from the Council to allow them to use the information that has been shared in confidence and to make sure the right support is available for children and their families.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

If you have any concerns or questions then please contact Mrs Bastin via the school office and she will be happy to discuss this further.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Gillespie

Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SCHOOL ADVICE AND INFORMATION UPDATE

The situation regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to be uncertain and responding to such an unprecedented public health issue presents certain challenges. This is a difficult time for schools.

I would like to reassure you that I remain fully committed to monitoring the situation and will always act in the best interests and safety of your children.

We will continue to have a variety of strategies in place to reduce the spread of infection – these include:

  • All children continue to wash their hands when arriving at school
  • All children continue to be directed to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day
  • Our daily cleaning regimes have been escalated and all hard surfaces are being cleaned regularly throughout the school day, including taps and door handles
  • Events involving larger gatherings of children, parents or visitors to the school have been cancelled

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister confirmed school closures are not part of UK Government’s current strategy in their planned ‘delay’ phase for managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the present time. In the absence of any specific advice, I have made a decision to introduce the following measures, which will come into effect from Tuesday 17th March and will continue until the end of the spring term or until further government updates.

I have not taken these decisions lightly, but do not feel we should create additional risks in school at this time. Please take some time to read the following changes to the school day in order to minimise the spread of infection and manage the school effectively.

As you read through, you will note the importance of having up to date contact information, particularly a usable email address. Please phone or email the school office with any updates or changes.

Air circulation
Current expert guidance indicates that air should be replaced in communal spaces at least every twelve minutes to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). To address this, we are ensuring that air circulation throughout the school is maintained to prevent any potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Main Reception
The main reception area will be closed to parents and visitors, unless agreed or invited. We are encouraging all communication either by telephone or email. Only in exceptional circumstances or for agreed reasons will parents or visitors be allowed into school via the main gate intercom.

  • Payments can be made online or sent into school in a named envelope
  • For all other queries, please phone or email the school office: 01582 571951 or [email protected]

Nursery and Reception drop off
From Tuesday 17th March, parents and carers of nursery and reception pupils will no longer be allowed to enter the building when bringing their children to school. Instead, children will be handed over at their normal entrance door. Children are very familiar with the start of day routines and staff will be on hand to ensure your children settle. We appreciate your support with this.

School drop off and pick up Yr1-6
School drop off and pick up across Yr1-6 will be from the normal doors, but we ask that you stand back from the door and keep a reasonable distance from other parents. Your child will be sent over to you. Teachers will endeavour to keep you updated of any relevant information by phone or letter. We ask that parents do the same.

Extended Day for Yr6 will continue as normal on Monday and Tuesday after school. We ask that if you are collecting in the main reception that you keep a reasonable distance from each other.

Breakfast Club and After School Clubs
We will endeavour to keep these clubs running where staffing is possible. Pick up and drop off will be as normal. Please ensure you prepare for alternative options in case the clubs in the coming weeks are cancelled due to staffing.

Lunchtime
The school catering service has assured us that they are doing everything they can to provide their usual excellent service. However, in the event that they do not have enough staff, the school may be required to provide a packed lunch in place of a hot meal.

Parent and Carer Consultation Evenings
These have already been cancelled and interim reports have been sent home updating you on your child’s progress and targets. Please only contact the school for a telephone appointment if you have serious concerns.

Planned events for parents and carers
All events for parents and carers to attend in school until the end of term have been cancelled. Sadly this includes the Mother’s Day Assemblies and Yr1 Curriculum assembly that were previously scheduled for this week.

School trips
Following a risk assessment, the Yr1 Olympic park trip is going ahead tomorrow. The children will travel by coach with their peers and selected school staff. There are no activities taking place in enclosed spaces or with members of the public. Sadly there will be no refunds if your child does not attend.

The following trips have been postponed until further notice, in light of reduced pupil numbers and possible school closures – no payment has been taken for these trips:

  • Yr2 Whipsnade Zoo
  • Yr4 Warwick Castle

Visitors to the school
There will be no visitors to the school other than those who are deemed essential or invited.

When should my child stay at home?
Your child should stay at home for 7 days if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms to avoid spreading infection to others. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (higher than 37.8°C)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • The school will ask you to collect your child if they present with any of the above symptoms in school
  • If your child does not have symptoms, they should attend school as normal

Guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
This guidance is for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who are required to stay at home. The main messages are:

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • Sleep alone, if that is possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online . If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

The Department for Education has established a Coronavirus helpline. This helpline should be able to answer any questions you may have about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and you contact the helpline using the following details.

  • Telephone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Opening hours: 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Prevention
We can all help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Make sure you, your children and your family follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

Coronavirus-related school closure procedure
Currently, advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. The UK Government are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.
The current guidance for educational settings states that:

  • If we have a suspected case of coronavirus (COVID-19), we do not need to close but will need to clean specific areas and dispose of waste in a certain way.
  • If we have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health England will contact me to support me in making a decision about school closure, but this would not be necessary in most cases.

However, we are likely to be faced with high levels of sickness absence amongst children and staff, which could lead to partial closures of the school or reduced operating hours to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our school community. As a worst-case scenario, Leagrave Primary School may be forced to close completely if we have too few staff to operate safely or if the government advises us to do so. If there has been no formal instruction from the central government, I will liaise with Public Health England regarding any school closures. This will be communicated to all parents and carers via email as soon as possible.

During any school closure, updates will be communicated via email and the school website.

Home learning
In the event of a school closure, comprehensive plans have been put in place to ensure your child can continue to access educational opportunities at home. Ideally, your child will need access to a computer, tablet or phone with internet access:

  • A homework pack will be sent home relevant to year group learning. Teachers will set further learning tasks appropriate to the year group and circulate by email
  • Yr1-6 have access to Timetable Rock Stars to support daily times table practice
  • A list of useful websites with home learning opportunities will be provided for each year group

We are doing everything we can in school to reassure children, staff and parents about the situation. Please do the same at home, so that children do not feel anxious about what is going on around them.

I continue to receive daily updates from UK Government, including the Department for Education, The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. I am following, and will continue to follow this advice. Any new updates will be circulated by email and posted on the school website.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these uncertain times – it is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Gillespie
Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

RE: Covid 19 Update

Following on from my previous email regarding the recent increase in positive Covid 19 cases at Leagrave, I would like to reassure you that the current risk assessment on the website remains in place focusing on:

  1. Good hygiene for everyone
  2. Appropriate cleaning regimes
  3. Occupied spaces are well ventilated, maintaining a comfortable temperature
  4. Following PHE advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

However, due to the increase in cases, Public Health have advised us to reintroduce staggered start and finish times. These will begin from Tuesday 2nd November and the details are outlined below:

Year Nursery Reception 1 2 3 4 5 6
Drop off time AM 8:30 | PM 12:00 8:30 – 8:40am 8:30 – 8:40am 8:40 – 8:50am 8:40 – 8:50am 8:50 – 9:00am 8:50 – 9:00am 8:50 – 9:00am
Drop Off Location Early Years Gate, Nursery Door Early Years Gatem Reception Door Early Years Gate, 1W Door Main Playground Entrance. Where possible, please drop off at main gate; if your child is not comfortable with this, please follow the one way system and drop off at the year group door
Mon – Thu Pick Up AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 2:50pm 2:50pm 3:00pm 3:00pm 3:10pm 3:10pm 3:10pm
Fri Pick Up AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 12:50pm 12:50pm 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:10pm 1:10pm 1:10pm
Pick Up Location Nursery Door Reception Door 1W & 1T Door Yr2 Classroom Doors Yr3 Side Canopy Area Yr4 Door Yr5 Door Yr 6 Door
  • We must emphasise that the whole point of adjusting start and finish times is to reduce contact on the playground between families, so please avoid arriving earlier or later than your allocated time slot.
  • Children in Yr 4,5,6 who have younger siblings can be dropped off and picked up at the earlier times if needed; this will be at their normal year group door.
  • Children without siblings will start and finish at the times allocated for their year group.

Please also note the following:
Breakfast and morning sports clubs will continue as planned, but children will be escorted to classrooms at 8.30am. After school club will continue to be available from the different school finish times until 5pm; children will be escorted to the club as normal. Places must be booked and paid for in advance.

5R swimmers return between 3.00-3.10pm on Mondays, so siblings may not be ready for earlier pick up. We ask that parents socially distance while waiting.

Yr2 phonic workshops and extended day for Yr5 and 6 will continue as planned, but start slightly earlier; parents will be informed of any changes to pick up times separately.

Further temporary measures as outlined in the school’s Outbreak Management plan will also be implemented to protect our school community as much as possible. We would appreciate your support with these:

  • Staff, visitors and parents to wear masks in communal areas or where 2 metres social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Children to be dropped at the main playground gate on arrival or only 1 adult per family to accompany children onto the playground; parents are asked to socially distance from other families as much as possible
  • Children or siblings of a close contact (someone they live with) to present a negative PCR test result before returning to school
  • Parents/carers to keep the school informed of any positive or negative test results, so that the relevant protocols can be implemented to protect others and cases can be recorded for Public Health

Testing and Confirmed cases reminders

  • If your child or anyone in your household has symptoms, they must stay at home and book a PCR test
  • If your child presents with symptoms in school, you will be asked to collect them and book a PCR test
  • Parents should inform the school of the PCR results as soon as possible, so that the school can keep a record of positive cases and keep Public Health updated
  • Children with symptoms will not be able to return to school until they have received a negative PCR result; any child who has presented with symptoms and returns to school without a negative result, will be isolated until a result has been received by the school or the child has been collected.
  • If the PCR test result is positive, they will be required to isolate for 10 days

Please contact the main office by email or telephone if you have any further queries regarding the above arrangements.
Kind regards,

Mrs E Gillespie

Headteacher

Thursday 15th July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Covid 19 Update: School Arrangements September 2021
As you will know, from Monday 19th July, the government plans to reduce the current restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives. The scientific evidence continues to show that the risk to children is extremely low and the majority of adults have now been offered the vaccine, providing some protection.

In light of this, further guidance has been published for schools to reduce the restrictions, but we have been asked to continue focusing on the following control measures to reduce the risk in schools:

1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated, maintaining a comfortable temperature
4. Follow PHE advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

We will be making cautious amendments to our risk assessment from 1st September 2021 based on the
advice provided, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our school community. This will include an ‘Outbreak Management’ section, which may require the return of some restrictions if Public Health confirm that the school has had several cases over 14 days. We must still work together to keep each other safe. Please find below a summary of the changes:

School Times & Drop Off/Pick Up Arrangements

Year Nursery Reception 1 2 3 4 5 6
Gate Opens AM 8:30 | PM 12:00 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am 8:45 – 8:55am
Drop Off Early Years Entrance, Drop off at Classroom Doors Main Playground Entrance. Where possible, please drop off at main gate; if your child is not comfortable with this, please follow the one way system and drop off at the year group door.
Finish AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 3:10pm 3:15pm 3:15pm 3:25pm 3:25pm 3:25pm 3:25pm
  • There is no requirement for staggered start and finishes, but we do ask that families make sensible decisions to keep themselves and other safe, ensuring appropriate social distancing
  • Face masks are now optional on the main playground, but we are asking that visitors to the school continue to wear them in the main entrance foyer
  • Apart from Nursery, the school day will return to an 8.45am start; drop off is quick and causes less congestion on the playground, as long as families use the one-way system
  • Pick up is busier and takes longer, so there is a slight staggering of finish times to reduce congestion and we ask that parents wait in the relevant areas outside classroom exits, at least 3 metres back from the classroom door to support social distancing; teachers have been reminded to be prompt
  • Exit doors will no longer be opened earlier than the agreed finish times; in the case of a parent picking up from Yr2 & Yr4, the parent will need to wait 10 mins for the Yr4 door to open ensuring appropriate social distancing
  • Children will no longer have their temperature taken on entry; a temperature check will only take place if a child presents as being unwell
  • Frequent and thorough handwashing/sanitising will continue to be in place for all children and staff

The Curriculum

  • Despite a comprehensive intervention programme to support any gaps in missed learning, the school will continue to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum of all subjects
  • There will continue to be strong emphasis on pupil health and wellbeing; parents should notify the class teacher or the main office if they are worried about their child’s wellbeing
  • There is no requirement to group children in consistent bubbles anymore, however children will continue to be taught mainly in their class groups with wider curriculum opportunities within their year groups, such as break, lunchtimes and some mixed teaching
  • At the moment, the school’s risk assessment will not encourage close contact mixing across year groups; break and lunchtime locations will still be separate
  • Lunches will continue to be delivered to classrooms during Autumn 1; this will be reviewed for Autumn 2 to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to the dining room
  • Children will continue to be provided with their own pencil cases and equipment
  • Windows and doors will be kept open where safe to do so, ensuring a comfortable temperature
  • Breakfast Club and After School Club will resume from 6th September; further information regarding this provision will follow shortly
  • Morning Sports Clubs will re-start on 6th September for Yr2,3,4,5 on separate days; a letter to book your child’s place will be sent home on 1st September
  • Homework will resume on Google classroom from September
  • Assemblies and Year Group Performances will be reviewed for Autumn 2

Attendance and Travel Abroad

  • School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age
  • All children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend
  • Any families traveling abroad must also follow any travel restrictions; parents travelling abroad should bear in mind the impact on their child’s education which may result from any requirement to quarantine or isolate upon return; all children should be ready to return to school on 1st September 2021

Visitors to school

  • Parents will still be encouraged to communicate with the school by phone or email; where this is not possible, parents can access the main office via the intercom at the front gate; there is a maximum occupancy of 5 people in the main foyer and all visitors must wear a mask
  • Meetings between families and staff will continue to be offered remotely if possible; where this is not possible the visitor guidance will be followed ensuring appropriate arrangements to keep all parties safe
  • The autumn parent consultation that will take place via School Cloud again; dates will be confirmed in the autumn term

Remote Education

  • We will continue to support those children who are required to isolate but have no symptoms via remote learning opportunities on Google classroom
  • In the event that a whole class is sent home to isolate due to health and safety, the class will return to ‘Live Lessons’ via Google Meet
  • We will make reasonable adjustments for those children with SEND, so that they can successfully access remote education
  • Free school meal support and technology will be available for those families who require support

Important Reminders on testing, self-isolation and confirmed cases of COVID-19

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

  • Children, staff and other adults with Covid 19 symptoms should not come to school and must book a PCR test or isolate for 10 days – other household members including siblings should continue to isolate until a test result confirms a positive or negative test. If the test is negative, all children/staff can return to school, if the test is positive the children/staff must continue to isolate for the remaining 10 days
  • If a child develops symptoms during the school day (new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change of smell/taste), parents will be contacted for immediate collection with siblings. Parents will arrange a PCR test for the child and the family will follow the self-isolation guidance
  • For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household
  • Children who are isolating will resume remote teaching and have access to FSM and technology if required. This will be actioned by the school admin team

Asymptomatic testing (Lateral Flow Device – LFD)

  • School staff are invited to continue with twice weekly home tests from September 2021
  • Testing will continue to be widely available over the summer and kits can be collected either from your local pharmacy or ordered online
  • Families are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before they return to school in September

Confirmatory PCR tests

  • Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19
  • Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate along with family members
  • If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms

Tracing close contacts and isolation

  • Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace; education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing
  • From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by Test and Trace; this means that whole bubbles will no longer be sent home
  • Instead, children will be informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so

This is a lot of information to take in, but we wanted to share these updates with you as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the changes, please contact the main office, who will be able to help.
This has been a difficult year for everyone with many of us facing different challenges. The one aim we all
have in common is to ensure that the children at Leagrave receive the learning and wellbeing support that they require to thrive. I know we can continue to work together to achieve this.

Kind regards,

Mrs E Gillespie
Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

Breakfast & After School Club Update

Thankyou to those families who expressed an interest in our Breakfast and After School Club from September 2021. I can confirm that we will be re-introducing this provision from Monday 6th September and we will be accepting bookings and payments online from Wednesday 1st September. Please go to the Online Payments link on the school website to make your booking. If you have any difficulties, please contact the main office.

Despite the suggestion that all restrictions will be lifted on 19th July, schools are still expected to have measures in place to support hygiene and social distancing, so please note the arrangements below from September 2021 to ensure that we do everything possible to continue to control the spread of the virus. This also includes some additional changes agreed by governors this term, such as: increased number of places from 20-25, amended cost, earlier finish time of 5pm for After School Club.

Breakfast Club Arrangements

  • Breakfast Club session is available from 8am until the start of the school day
  • The cost of the Breakfast Club session including breakfast is £3.50 regardless of what time you arrive
  • There are only 25 places available – this enables appropriate staff to pupil ratios
  • Places must be booked and paid for in advance via Scopay on the school website
  • Entry will be via the main playground gate using the intercom system – children must be escorted to the Breakfast Club door by an adult over 16yrs old
  • Children will sanitise hands on entry to the Breakfast Club; any child presenting with Covid symptoms will be sent home
  • In the setting, children will be asked to remain in their year groups; tables and activities will be set up accordingly and breakfast will be available at their tables – this will minimise movement around the space and ensure social distancing between year groups – this will be reviewed on a termly basis in light of any covid safety guidance
  • At the end of Breakfast Club, children will be escorted to class, where they will wash hands prior to entering the classroom.

After School Club Arrangements

  • After School Club will be available from the end of the school day until 5pm – this includes on Fridays where school finishes earlier
  • The cost of the After School Club session Mon-Thu is £3.50 until 4pm or £5.00 until 5pm
  • The cost of the After School Club session on Fridays is £5.00 until 3.30pm or £8.50 until 5pm
  • A light snack can be ordered in advance and will cost an additional £2.50
  • There are only 25 places available – this enables appropriate staff to pupil ratios
  • Places must be booked and paid for in advance via Scopay on the school website
  • Children will be escorted from their classroom to the After School Club provision in the dining room at the end of the school day
  • Pick up will be via the main playground gate using the intercom system – children must be collected by a nominated adult over 16yrs old
  • Children will sanitise hands on entry to the After School Club; any child presenting with Covid symptoms will be sent home
  • In the setting, children will be asked to remain in their year groups; tables and activities will be set up accordingly and food will be available at their tables – this will minimise movement around the space and ensure social distancing between year groups – this will be reviewed on a termly basis in light of any covid safety guidance.

Thank you for your patience as we have taken time to ensure this provision can be offered safely without increasing the risk of bubble closures in the wider school and thus impacting on children’s education.

If you have any further queries regarding the provision, please contact the school office

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Gillespie
Headteache

Thursday 25th February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

IMPORTANT: RETURN TO SCHOOL ON 8TH MARCH
You will know by now that all children are returning to school on Monday 8th March and attendance will be mandatory. We are very much looking forward to having everyone back in school and I know the children will be excited to see their teachers and friends again. We will do everything we can to ensure the children’s return to school is smooth and that they quickly get back into a routine. This will support wellbeing, as well as learning needs.

The provision in school for key worker and vulnerable children will continue to be available until Thursday 4th March, but the school will be closed on Friday 5th March for a full deep clean and to allow the site team to complete any final preparations regarding the health and safety of the school site. Families accessing this provision have been informed that alternative childcare will need to be made on this date.

Live learning will continue to be available for all children until Thursday 4th March; classes will celebrate World Book Day on this date and more information about this will follow later today. On Friday 5th March, learning activities will be available via Google Classroom, but there will be no live teaching. This will enable staff to finalise planning and arrangements for the children’s return on the 8th March.

Public Health England have reassured us that the way to control this virus is the same as before, even with the current new variants being more transmissible. The updated advice strengthens the measures we already have in place, to provide reassurance and help decrease disruption to education. To ensure the school is safe and has effective control measures in place, the current risk assessment and procedures will be updated in line with any new guidance from the Government and Public Health; this will be available on the website from Tuesday 2nd March. In the meantime, I have attached some important reminders and updates for you to be aware of. Please take the time to read this information, so that you and your child are fully prepared for a safe return to school.

You will note from the information attached that staff are now being tested twice weekly and we ask that where possible you test children at the rapid test centres before their return to school and then weekly thereafter. This is a free test and will help control the spread of the virus.
We feel very fortunate at Leagrave to have children, parents/carers and staff who have shown great resilience during this time. We know that home learning has been a challenge for all involved, but together we have overcome many barriers to ensure that learning and wellbeing remain a priority. Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the return to school arrangements, please ensure you contact the main office, rather than engaging the teacher during the live teaching sessions. We understand that some parents and children may be anxious, but we are confident we can resolve most issues. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 8th March.

Kind regards,

Mrs E Gillespie and the Senior Leadership Team

Return to School Arrangements for 8th March 2021
Important Reminders and Updates

Please note that these details are subject to change due to the ever changing advice schools receive. We will endeavour to keep you updated as much as possible.

Attendance
All children from Nursery to Year 6 will return to school on Monday 8th March. School attendance will be mandatory from this date and the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
  • Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • The availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of
    conduct

Drop off and pick up arrangements
Entry for Yr1-6 will continue to be through the main playground via the one-way system at year group
doors. Nursery and Reception children will continue to enter through the Early Years entrance.

Parents MUST drop off and pick up at the staggered times and locations outlined below; this supports the
government expectations on social distancing at busy times. Sibling groups can still be dropped off and picked up together at their usual year group doors, but this should be at the earliest scheduled time. The main change is the start times for Yr5 & 6, which is now 8.45 rather than 9.00am.

Where possible, please drop Yr1-6 children off at the main gate to avoid coming onto the playground in the morning. This exit is supervised at all times and staff are available to support on the playground if needed. This will also help to reduce congestion.

Year Group YN YR Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
Start Time AM 8:30 | PM 12:00 HB 8:30 | BF 8:45 8:30 8:45 8:30 8:45 8:45 8:45
Mon – Thu Finish Time AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 HB 2:45 | BF 3:00 2:45 3:00 2:45 3:00 3:10 3:10
Friday Finish Time AM 11:30 | PM 3:00 HB 12:30 | BF 12:45 12:45 1:00 12:45 1:00 1:15 1:15

On the playground, parents must ensure that they follow the signs and expectations of the school health and safety policies;

  • Only one parent must accompany their child/ren for drop off/pick up, Parents and Carers must wear a mask at all times unless you are medically exempt
  • Do not bring older siblings, who do not attend Leagrave onto the school site
  • Do not gather at entrance gates, doors or on the school playground; parents are not allowed into the marked area in front of the drop off/pick up point.
  • Ensure you remain 2 metres from other families at all times
  • Do not be offended if we ask you to move on or distance from others
  • Parents/carers must follow social distancing rules and cannot gather at entrance gates, doors or on the school playground in groups
  • Parents are not allowed into the marked area in front of the drop off/pick up point.

It is possible that children will be dismissed by a different adult to their usual teacher, so all parents should ensure they have set up or confirmed a password, which can be used while staff get to know parents.

Drop off and pick up must be punctual to avoid congestion, but if your child arrives after 9.00am, they will need to be brought to the front office. At the end of the day, late collection will still be from their normal pick
up door unless it is longer than 15mins after their scheduled pick up time, in which case they will be taken to the main office and late fees will apply.

Parents must continue to notify the office of any change in collection arrangements, ensuring that the
person nominated to collect knows the password. This avoids delay and confusion at the pick-up point. In line with normal school policy, children will not be dismissed to anyone under 16yrs old or any unknown adults.

Please note that the Leagrave Centre across the road from Leagrave Primary School is now a vaccination
centre and there is likely to be further congestion on Strangers Way. We have notified them of the schools’ start and finish times, but we ask that where possible you walk or park at a reasonable distance from the school to reduce traffic. We hope that everyone can demonstrate patience and courtesy to each other despite some likely frustrations.

Staff and Parent Communication
Staff will not be available for close communication on the entry/exit doors – drop off and pick up must be swift and all communication is to go via the main office by phone or email. Teachers will return any phone calls or queries via phone or email as soon as possible.

The school office remains closed to all parents and visitors, unless an appointment or reason for entry has been agreed. Face masks MUST be worn in the main entrance, unless you are exempt due to medical
reasons. This is a public area where social distancing is not easy. If you do not have a face mask, you will
be asked to return to the school once you have one.

Class Environment and Year Group Bubbles

  • We will continue to minimise contacts and mixing where possible
  • Early years and primary age pupils are not expected to socially distance from each other
  • Staff are encouraged to keep as much distance as possible between themselves, the children and other staff members
  • Children will be taught in their normal class groups of 30
  • Classes will not intentionally mix with other year groups and will only mix with children from their own year group class if absolutely necessary; this is a maximum of 60 children. For example, in the cloakroom, break and lunchtime play, using the bathroom, if attending a year group intervention or during arrival and dismissal.
  • Where possible, the class layout will ensure children face the front and sit side by side
  • Corridors taped down the middle with signage to keep to the left and single file.
  • Classrooms and corridors will be well ventilated.
  • Strict handwashing schedules are in place

Curriculum & Equipment:

  • The curriculum from 8th March will support children to catch up and cover any missed learning.
  • Teachers may choose to prioritise certain subjects within a broad and balanced curriculum and some children may receive extra support in key areas; this may include an increased provision for children’s mental health including anxiety and bereavement.
  • Children are expected to wear full school uniform and are allowed to bring the following named items into school: PE Kit, water bottle, book bag, coat, lunchbox.
  • They will continue to be provided with their own named stationery pack for use in class.
  • Children with special educational needs or those who are considered vulnerable may require individualised plans and risk assessments, which may involve referrals to external specialists or support groups; if you are worried about your child in any way, please make a phone appointment with your child’s teacher.
  • Assemblies will take place in classrooms and there will be no scheduled visits off site until further notice.
  • Music and PE lessons taught by specialists will continue to take place with increased control measures.
  • Additional support previously provided or planned for outside of the school day is currently being reviewed. Our current focus is to ensure that the children return to school in a positive manner and re-establish good learning behaviours with their class teacher and alongside their peers.

Breakfast & After School Club Childcare

  • There will be no breakfast club, after school club or Friday afternoon childcare provision until further notice– we apologise for this inconvenience, but at the moment we do not plan to mix year groups as outlined in the risk assessment
  • Childcare provision will be under continuous review and this will allow the school time to review and embed safe working practices during the main school day
  • We will be offering some morning and after school curriculum clubs in year group bubbles only – information regarding these arrangements will follow shortly

Behaviour & Wellbeing

  • It continues to be important for school to communicate with parents, regarding behaviour and wellbeing; please ensure the school has your most up to date contact numbers and email address in case we need to contact you.
  • The school’s current behaviour policy continues to be in place, but children will be reminded of the additional expectations related to hygiene and restrictions on movement within school; parents should encourage children to follow these new rules.
  • The school’s normal provision for wellbeing will continue to be delivered and referrals by teachers will continue to be made to support children’s needs; please ensure you speak to your child’s teacher if you are worried about your child’s wellbeing.

Break and Lunch

  • Break and lunch times will be staggered or zoned for year groups to reduce mixing on the playground
  • Outdoor play equipment such as the adventure play areas will not be used. Any other play equipment will be wiped down or left in quarantine for 72hours.
  • Free fruit will continue to be available for all children at break times
  • All children will be able to refill their water bottles throughout the day and jugs of water with disposable cups will continue to be provided in classrooms.
  • Our catering service is able to provide hot lunch options from Monday 8th March. They will be in contact so that you can select meal options in advance. Children still have the option to bring their own healthy lunch if they would like to.
  •  School lunches will be delivered to the child’s classroom by the catering team: Handwashing or sanitiser will take place before and after lunch and during this time, tables will be wiped down by a member of staff.

Hygiene & Cleaning

  • From 8th March, staff will be required to wear face mask in corridors and communal spaces; staff may choose to wear a face mask in the classroom – please prepare your children for this
  • Children should not wear face masks in school, unless this has been agreed and a risk assessment completed
  • Staff may be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in agreed situations such as providing first aid, supporting a child with additional needs or supervising a child with Covid 19 symptoms.
  • All classrooms have access to PPE (if required) and cleaning materials to ensure frequent cleaning of surfaces and resources throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitiser and tissues are readily available throughout the school day and children are reminded of the school hygiene rules.
  • All adults and pupils are told to:
    – frequently wash hands with soap/water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
    – clean hands on arrival at school, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
    – are encouraged not to touch mouth, eyes and nose
    – use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze into and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
  • Posters and expectations around school remind children to follow good hygiene rules.
  • Temperature checks will continue to be taken using a hand held digital thermometer in the classroom. A continued high temperature will result in the child being sent home.
  • Communal areas and high use surfaces are cleaned three times throughout the day by the site team
  • Some resources that are hard to clean frequently have been removed from the learning environment; all classroom surfaces are clear for easy and frequent cleaning.
  • The use of shared pupil resources is limited; any equipment used across year groups is collected in a clear plastic box and quarantined for 72hours after use a designated decontamination room.
  • Adventure play equipment and apparatus is closed on the main playground.

Covid 19 Symptoms: Test, Trace and Track System

  • Rapid testing remains a vital part of the plan to suppress the virus. All staff have been offered lateral flow test (LFT) kits for COVID and are currently testing themselves twice weekly; these test are designed for people without symptoms and we hope this will help control the virus in school
  • To support this, we are encouraging all children to be tested at the Rapid Test Centres before they return to school on 8th March and then weekly after this – this is a free test and we hope this will control the spread effectively within the school
  • Please remember that staff, children or parents must not come onto the school site if they:
    – Present with symptoms (a consistent cough, difficulty in breathing, high temperature, loss of smell/taste)
    – Receive a positive result from a LFT or a PCR test
    – Believe they have been exposed to a confirmed case.
    – Are required to quarantine, as they have arrived from a country outside the common travel area
  • Schools will then advise staff and families to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process below. Staff members and parents/carers need to be ready and willing to:
    – book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school
    – provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test and Trace – this may include siblings in school
    – self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus symptoms or
    someone who tests positive for coronavirus
  • Any pupil/staff member who displays signs of being unwell with coronavirus symptoms in school is immediately referred to the designated member of SLT; the child or staff member will be moved to the first aid room whilst their parent/carer/next of kin (for staff) is contacted immediately and asked to collect them immediately. Siblings in school are also identified and isolated for collection
  • Where contact with a pupil’s parents or carers cannot be made, appropriate procedures are followed in accordance with those outlined in governmental guidance and the infection control policy.

Returning from abroad

  • Where pupils (and their parents or guardians or family member) meet the UK entry requirements and have travelled from or through a ‘red list’ country in the previous 10 days, they must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days.
  • Pupils travelling to England from other, non-red, list countries will need to quarantine at their place of residence or other suitable place and purchase a home testing package, with coronavirus (COVID-19) tests to be taken on days 2 and 8 after arrival to support the UK’s genomic sequencing programme.

Contingency Plans for Remote Learning

  • For individuals or groups of pupils who cannot attend school because they are self-isolating due to COVID-19, a remote education plan will be agreed, so that every child has access to high quality teaching and learning. In addition, a weekly wellbeing call will be made by a member of staff.
  • In the event of a positive case in school, close contacts will be identified and asked to self-isolate for 10 days. Close contact is outlined as the following:
    – anyone who lives in the same household as someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
    – anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for
    coronavirus (COVID-19) with a PCR or LFD test:
  • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre
  • been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
  • been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
  • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
  • If this happens the school will notify parents as soon as possible, so that arrangements for supervision can be made quickly. High quality remote learning will continue for all children at home, led and planned by the class teacher. Where possible, weekly wellbeing calls will be made from a member of staff and the school can be contacted by email if required.

Please be aware that any pupils unable to follow distancing or hygiene instructions following a risk
assessment may be deemed too high a risk for other pupils and adults. Where possible alternative
arrangements will be made to support individual children, but if these are not effective, your child may be excluded temporarily until a safe alternative can be agreed.

We are asking all members of the school community: staff, children and parents to adhere to the
government guidelines regarding social distancing, handwashing and appropriate action when presented with your own or a family member’s symptoms. If members of the school community do not follow these guidelines both at school, at home and in the community, they will continue to put others at risk.

Monday 12th July 2021

Year 6 Walking Home
Dear Parents/Carers,

Children in Year 6 are allowed to walk home by themselves from September 2021, however they must have permission from their parents/carers to do this. If you would like your child to walk home by themselves, please
complete the form below.

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Egbaran

Assistant Headteacher

Monday and Tuesday times will change when extended learning starts, but we will keep you updated. I have explained to my child the safety aspects of walking home on their own.

 

Year 6 Walking Home Letter for September 2021
I give permission for my child to walk home by themselves on the following days: