Plans from Monday 8th March 2021

Statement from the Headteacher

Monday 22nd February 2021

School reopening for all pupils on Monday 8th March 2021

The Prime Minister has officially announced that schools will be reopening on 8th March 2021 for all pupils and we are looking forward welcoming all children back to school.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this term. We are in awe of all the work you have been doing with your children whilst continuing with your other commitments.  I am also extremely proud of the way in which our teachers have managed home learning and face to face teaching simultaneously.  Together we have made it through another difficult period.  I am confident that together, once again, we can soon settle all the children back to attending school every day and seeing friends.

However, the safety and wellbeing of our school community remains our utmost priority and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of the safety procedures in place.  The arrangements below are to protect us all, even though they may be inconvenient.

  • Please use the correct entrance and the correct drop off/pick up time. These are the same as the Autumn term.
  • Only one adult should drop off and pick up children.
  • Please avoid unnecessary pickups from people outside your support bubble.
  • Social distancing rules must be followed.
  • Once again, we request that adults wear face coverings.

Please note that new guidance will continue to be released by the government and adaptations at Furzefield may be made in light of new information.

Thank you in advance for your help and support to keep everyone safe and well.

Best wishes.

Susan Chrysanthou


Timings for drop off and pick up

Protective measures

  • Children will learn, play and eat their lunch with children in their own class, not directly mixing with children from other class or year groups. Each class will form a ‘protective bubble’ of up to 30 children, in line with current government guidance. If your child attends the Ocean Centre, this will act as their bubble.  Links with their mainstream class will be maintained in a socially distanced way.
  • There will be staggered drop-off and collection times as well as separate break and lunch times. Children can eat a packed lunch from home or a hot lunch from the school kitchen.
  • If any pupil or member of their household falls ill with symptoms of Covid-19, they should not attend and should self-isolate and arrange to be tested as per government guidelines.
  • If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 within a class, in consultation with the local authority, we may need to implement a partial or full closure. In this instance home learning will be provided.
  • Children will have their own resources to use – there will be minimal sharing of equipment. Please only bring what is necessary to school.
  • We would advise that you do not use public transport to get to school but walk or cycle wherever possible.
  • We will continue with increased handwashing and hygiene routines as well as regular cleaning of the school and all equipment.

These measures well be reviewed regularly and adaptations made in line with local and national advice.

Support your child’s return to school

Your child should be familiar with the routines from the Autumn term.  You may wish to use this document from September to help remind them.

What should my child bring?

Children will be expected to wear full school uniform from 8th March.

We request that children only bring in what they absolutely need, as lockers may be unavailable.  The school will supply your child with all the stationery they require.

Wraparound care and after school clubs

This in currently under review and we will update you as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions

I am an Essential Worker.  What does this mean?

As the school will be fully open, Essential Worker status will no longer be relevant.

Does my child have to come to school from 8th March?

It is statutory for children to attend school from 8th March, other than in exceptional circumstances.