Covid-19 Update from Claire Williams, Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I know this is an anxious time, so I am writing to provide more detailed plans for our return to school in June.
We are phasing the return of three year groups: Year 6 from Monday 1st June, Year 1 from Monday 8th June and Reception from Monday 15th June (subject to capacity and numbers, given social distancing requirements).
From Monday 1st June, Year 6 children will start at 8:30am and finish at 3.00pm. Please note that we are requesting that NO parents/carers accompany Year 6 children onto school premises. This is in order to maintain safe social distancing requirements. We will be operating a one-way system on the school drive, which will be split into two. Year 6 children will need to walk up the drive on the left. They will then branch off and go up the side gate, to enter classrooms via the exterior doors from the Year 5/6 playground. Group lists will be issued next week. Year 6 children will be based in the two Year 6 classrooms and the two Year 5 classrooms, plus a small number in the jungle room, in order to be able to ensure social distancing. Year 6 children will be expected to leave the school premises independently at the end of the school day.
From Monday 8th June, Year 1 children will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm. We must insist that only one parent/carer may accompany their child/ren onto the premises at any time. Please enter on foot up the drive on the left, maintaining social distancing and following the arrows. Children will need to be dropped off at the main entrance of the KS2 building, where staff will then direct them to classes. Parents/carers will go back down the drive on the left, maintaining social distancing and exiting the site. Year 1 will be based in our Year 4 classrooms and one Year 3 classroom to enable social distancing. When collecting Year 1 children, parents/carers will need to form a socially distanced queue from the side gate to KS2, half way up the school drive. Children will be brought to their parent/carer by a member of staff.
From Monday 15th June, Reception children will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.30pm. Again, we must insist that only one parent/carer may accompany their child/ren onto the premises at any time. Please enter on foot up the drive on the left, maintaining social distancing and following the arrows. Children will need to be dropped off at the top of the school drive, where staff will be on hand to direct children through the Reception gate and into the KS1 building. Reception children will be based in our two Year 1 classrooms. Year 2 classrooms will also be used if numbers increase. When collecting Reception children, parents/carers will need to form a socially distanced queue from the top of the drive by the multi-coloured railings. Children will be brought to their parent/carer from the KS1 building by a member of staff.
The Key Worker provision will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm. Places for children of Key Workers must be booked and agreed with me in advance. From Monday 1st June, we will be splitting the children into separate Key Stages. There will be NO vehicle access to the school site and we must insist that only one parent/carer may accompany their child/ren onto the premises at any time. Please enter on foot up the drive on the left, maintaining social distancing and following the arrows. The Reception and KS1 provision will be in the KS1 hall, and the KS2 provision will be in the KS2 hall. (Please note children in Year 1 and Reception will join their year groups in socially distanced classes from Monday 8th and Monday 15th June respectively, rather than staying with the Key Worker provision.) When collecting children from the Key Worker provision, parents will need to form a socially distanced queue from the top of the drive. Children will be brought to their parent/carer by a member of staff.
We would urge all parents/carers to heed the government’s social distancing guidance when bringing children to and from school, in order to protect yourselves and your children. A link to this guidance is provided here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing#visiting-public-places
Please note that the Catholic Lane entrance will NOT be open at any time.
Children who are deemed to be “clinically extremely vulnerable” should have received shielding letters. These children should continue to shield and not return to school. If you have not received a letter and think that your child falls into this category, it would be advisable to contact your GP for clarification.
Children who are deemed to be “clinically vulnerable” are at moderate risk. This group includes children with asthma. Government guidance suggests that children falling into this group should take extra care. Staff falling into this category are advised to work from home where possible and only attend work if social distancing and can stay two metres away from others, however the guidance does not cover children. We cannot guarantee that children will be able to maintain social distancing, no matter how stringent the measures are that we implement in school. The Local Authority has published the statement below:
“It is not yet clear on the guidance for children in this category and therefore parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category. Dudley GPs have reviewed children on asthma plans and advised parents whether their children need to stay shielded. If children are not shielding then it would be discriminatory not to allow them to return on medical grounds. The fact that they don’t have a shielding letter means they are in a position to attend the setting and no further correspondence is required to confirm this.”
If you have a child with asthma, you are permitted to send them to school, however I must make it absolutely clear that this is entirely at your own risk. It would be advisable to contact your GP for clarification.
If your child requires medication to be kept in school, please ensure that they bring this with them on their first day back. Please also check that the medication is well in date and replace it if necessary.
The following members of staff will be working with Year 6 children:
Mrs R Mason
Mrs T Perks
Mr M Caddick
Mrs J Worrall
Mrs Lisa Wilkes
Mrs L Elwell
Mrs L Boden
Mrs J Gwilt
Mrs N Barnfather
The following members of staff will be working with Year 1 children:
Mrs J Hickman
Mrs S French
Mrs C Golder
Mrs S Slater
Mrs L Godsall
Mrs D James
Mrs B Clayton
Mrs S Wilkes
The following members of staff will be working with Reception children:
Miss M Kaur
Miss L Newey
Miss J Smith
Mrs J Taylor
Mrs J Reynolds
Miss S Vasiljevic
Mrs H Willis
Mrs F Stanley
Parents will not be penalised if they choose not to send their child/ren to school, however attendance registers will be taken.
School will not be offering a Breakfast Club provision or an After School Club provision for the time being.
Lunch time will be 12.00 – 1.15 for all pupils. To avoid the mixing of children and to keep movements around school to a minimum, children will eat lunch in their classrooms and then they will go out to their designated play areas. The kitchen will not be providing hot meals, but Grab Bags will still be available. Grab bags MUST be ordered in advance via ParentMail in the usual way. Bookings will be open from Tuesday 26th May. Your child also has the option to bring a packed lunch from home.
The position regarding Free School Meals vouchers is awaiting clarification. We will communicate any updates to you as soon as we hear anything.
We will not be providing tuck at break time, again to reduce social contact and limit movements around school. Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack from home.
Children will need to wear clean uniform each day, however if they have grown out of certain items such as school shoes, we will be flexible within reason. Children will also need to bring clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor PE.
Only one parent is permitted on site with their child/ren at any time.
Parents will only be allowed into school if it has been agreed by me in advance. You will be notified if you are permitted to come into school.
The School Office will continue to be staffed, but enquiries should be made by phone or email where possible.
Classrooms have been cleared of soft furnishings and items that cannot be wiped clean. Each classroom will have a hygiene table equipped with cleaning materials, gloves, hand sanitizer gel, tissues etc. There will also be a cleaner on site all day every day, paying particular attention to toilets, door handles and other frequently touched surfaces.
As per DfE guidelines, we will ensure that children are in the same small groups at all times each day and that different groups are not mixed during the day or on subsequent days. We will also ensure that the same teachers and TAs are assigned to each group and, as far as possible, these stay the same each day.
Staff will not be wearing PPE in school unless a child becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus and needs direct personal care until they can go home. In this situation, a mask, gloves, apron and visor will be worn by staff.
A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out in conjunction with the Local Authority, whereby anticipated risks have been taken into consideration and managed accordingly. The full risk assessment is here:
We will of course be doing everything we possibly can in school to keep everyone safe, but I cannot make any promises. Children will naturally gravitate towards each other and I cannot guarantee that they will manage any kind of social distancing, even when it has been meticulously prepared for in school.
If you have any queries about your child’s return to school, please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning the school office on 01384 818730.
With very best wishes,
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Welcome to Cotwall End Primary School
Message from Claire Williams, Headteacher
Welcome to Cotwall End Primary School. I am privileged to be part of this amazing school. Life is very active here and we have a lot to be proud of!
As soon as you walk through the door you know you are in no ordinary school. Instantly, the warmth, vibrancy and energy of the school is different. As you walk round the classrooms witnessing the energy and enthusiasm of the teachers and the children enjoying their learning, you can see first-hand why extraordinary things happen here.
We adopt a personalised approach to teaching. Every child is valued as an individual and nurtured to achieve their true potential through inspirational teaching and outstanding pastoral care in a safe, calm environment. Crucially, success is measured in terms of personal improvement, development and achieving their own tailored goals, not solely against the results of their peers. We strive to fulfil not just their academic potential but their personal, social, moral and creative development through an exciting, stimulating environment.
Cotwall End is well placed to provide an environment where leaders nurture, support, coach and empower all staff to be outstanding. We have developed highly skilled and reflective teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff, who are dedicated and committed to ensuring pupils receive the highest quality and standards of educational experience.
I hope, like me, you feel strongly that we will achieve our educational aims for our children in partnership. I know that children learn best in an ethos of praise, encouragement and challenge.
Thank you for visiting our website. Here you will find the essential information you need and discover what makes Cotwall End a great place to learn. Should you wish to visit the school, or find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Claire Williams
Welcome to our School
The people behind Cotwall End Primary School
Mrs Claire Williams
Mrs Sue Sullivan
Mrs Gemma Wilkes
Cotwall End Primary School has a well deserved reputation of being a caring school. We will do our best to make sure that any child's time here is as happy and successful as possible. We value parents' support and trust that with their assistance we can create a rich learning environment which will enable our pupils to flourish and grow from strength to strength.
The school was established as an Infant and Junior School in 1962. In 1981, it was decided to amalgamate the two schools and Cotwall End Primary School now caters for children from 3 to 11 years.
An emphasis is placed on the National Curriculum Core Subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT in order to provide our children with the building blocks for life, but we also work hard to provide a strong emphasis on other subjects, especially sports and the arts, to address the needs and interests of the whole child.
The Governors, Headteacher and staff are dedicated to providing the children at this school with a high quality of education delivered in a happy, caring environment. We believe this will also help to develop the children's own individual personalities.
We run our own Breakfast club from 7.30am every day as well as a very successful After School Club on the school site until 6.00pm each evening during term time only.
If you would like a school tour please contact the school office on 01384 818730 to arrange an appointment.
As Partners in Progress with children, parents and the community, we want our school to be a place where:
High standards are achieved
Success is recognised and celebrated
We strive for excellence in all areas
Everyone enjoys learning
Staff and children care for and respect each other
Everyone is valued, listened to and feels a sense of belonging
In order to achieve our vision for Cotwall End Primary School, we will aim to:
Meet the learning needs of all children by providing an appropriate, varied and exciting curriculum
Help children become responsible for their own learning
Be emotionally intelligent in our approach to people
Provide for children's social and emotional needs
Create a superb initial impression and welcoming atmosphere
Play an active part in our local community
Please give your views on our school via Parent View on the Ofsted site.
Cotwall End Primary School will recognise its legal duty under s.175/157 Education Act 2002 to work with other agencies in safeguarding children and protecting them from “significant harm” as laid out in our Child Protection Policy.
Please see Mrs Claire Williams Headteacher, Mrs Sue Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher or Mrs Gemma Wilkes, Assistant Headteacher if you have any concerns.