Just a quick update for parents and carers of Newsham Primary School…

I’m just listening to the 6pm news on BBC 1 and schools are the first headline so I wanted to try and provide another of my regular updates to provide you with as much reassurance as possible.

As you know, we’ve been working flat out throughout the summer to get everything in place for our children coming back to school next week.  It has been tricky as I’ve had respond to the changing guidelines from the Department for Education and also incorporate all the instructions from Public Health England.  That said, I’ve just sent our latest comprehensive risk assessment out to staff, governors and unions for consultation and I have a detailed action plan that staff are all ready to implement from next week.

As you’ll expect, I’m checking all national and local updates on a daily basis whilst working with senior leaders on the final practical arrangements to help keep our school community as safe as possible.

Obviously safety will always be my first priority as Headteacher and today for example, we’ve been sourcing portable sanitising stations, perspex screens, packed lunch bags, additional cleaning and hygiene supplies and any other new products that will help our school implement the latest measures outlined by the DfE and Public Health England.

I’m still listening to the news as I type this post and the presenter is talking about the importance of us getting the return to school arrangements right.  As Headteacher, I’m extremely aware of my responsibility to get this right but despite 36 years experience in education and more than 20 years as a Head, these remain new and unfamiliar times and we will need to work together as an understanding, supportive and collaborative school community more than ever before.

I promise we will work tirelessly to consider every element of school provision from all perspectives and will continue to listen to feedback.  One area that I think we need to change is the times of the staggered starts and finishes to the school day.  I’d failed to appreciate the problems that the times we’d shared would cause to families with more than one child so this is something we plan to modify at our senior leadership meeting on Thursday and share with you on Friday. Apologies for any concern this may have caused but we have a very large primary school on a large site and it’s difficult to find a perfect solution.  Hopefully however, together we’ll find the best solution possible.

Right, that’s enough from me at the moment, but please keep an eye on our website, this page and potentially your emails at the end of this week / beginning of next week for the final details you’ll need to help ensure your children enjoy a safe and happy return to school next week.

Finally, thank you so much for your constant support and encouragement.  I know how lucky I am to be Headteacher of such a special school and along with all the staff, I can’t wait to see the children again next week.

Take care and keep safe.
Mrs Armstrong  ️