Thursday 14 January
REMOTE LEARNING, DIGITAL DEVICES AND INTERNET ACCESS
Thank you for all the help you have been giving your children to access the home learning; we believe that nearly everyone is up and running and the systems are working with work coming back into the teachers for marking. If you are having any difficulties submitting the work then please let us know. We will continue to contact parents on a weekly basis if we cannot see that the children are accessing their learning so that we can help you if required.
We recently asked you to contact us if your child has any difficulties with accessing suitable ICT equipment for remote learning. We have now been contacted by the Department for Education and have placed an order for devices; we hope to start contacting parents who have been in touch next week. If you have not yet contacted us but are having difficulties with ICT equipment for remote learning, please contact us in confidence via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (01264 790375).
Wiltshire Council have also announced that they will be allocating COVID-19 funding to schools to enable us to buy digital devices to loan to pupils who are currently struggling to access learning from home. Within their specifications for allocation they have asked us to consider multiple siblings who are currently sharing a device and children who are using mobile phones to access learning. We are aware that some families have been able to use their X Box and Playstations and would ask these families to continue doing so in order that any devices we loan out can be targeted to those currently using phones or sharing devices. If your child is currently using a phone for learning or sharing devices with multiple siblings please contact us as above, if you have not already done so.
In the event that we receive more requests for devices than we are able to supply, we will allocate them as fairly as we can and will continue work to help all families as much as we are able.
As we mentioned before, a new, temporary scheme has been launched, where schools can apply to increase data allowances for pupils in certain instances. Information about this scheme can be found here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data Parents/ carers are not able to apply directly for this; applications can only be made by schools. If you think you qualify for this scheme please let us know, we will then be in touch to gather the information required for us to make an application on your behalf. If pupils do not qualify for mobile data increases, they may nonetheless qualify for a further scheme which provides 4G routers. Details can be found here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/how-to-request-4g-wireless-routers Again, applications can only be made by schools, so please contact us as necessary.
Thank you for your continued support with the education of your children in these difficult times.
3rd January 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Firstly I would like to wish you all a happy new year.
We are very sorry for the short notice about whether the school will open but have been waiting for advice from the Local Authority and unions.
The governors, staff and I have made the decision to keep our school closed for most pupils for at least the next school week.
This will help minimise the risk of spreading the virus, especially the new variant.
We have more staff who need to self-isolate than we have had so far.
We will be open, as we were at the beginning of the first lockdown, for the children of critical workers and for children considered to be vulnerable by the Local Authority. We will of course provide remote learning opportunity for your children at home and will share more information about this tomorrow (Monday 4th January).
Please do not bring your children to school tomorrow unless one of their parents is a key worker or your child is considered vulnerable by the Local Authority.
The children should arrive and be collected at their usual staggered times.
Best wishes Andy Bridewell
Reminder from the governors. If anyone in your household is displaying Covid symptoms your whole household should self-isolate until the person/persons displaying symptoms receives a negative test result. Children should not be sent to school if anyone they live with is displaying symptoms.
To help you to make a decision on whether or not to send your child to school if they are showing possible Covid symptoms please check the NHS Covid information page for the latest advice. Thank you.
Hello everyone, I hope that all of your children enjoyed their first day back at school. This morning ‘drop off’ worked like a dream and it was lovely to see everyone. We knew that we might need to do some tweaking with our new systems as we try our best to stay ‘Covid-safe’. ‘Pick up’ didn’t work as well as ‘drop off’ so we are going to try a different approach tomorrow. We will be inviting parents to wait on a socially distanced circle on the top playground until their children are brought out to the playground and then children can go to their parents when they see them. We think this will work better but please bear with us as we try to get things right. Many thanks Mr Bridewell
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to Ludgershall Castle Primary School.
Here is what you need to know before your children arrive at school on Thursday:
Years 5 and 6 at 8.45am
Years 3 and 4 at 9.00am
Years 1 and 2 at 9.15am
Reception at the session times that were provided to you before the summer holidays. (Please contact the school office via phone if you have not yet received this information.)
If you have children in more than one year group please bring your children to school at the time of the eldest sibling and collect all children at their allocated time too.
Collection times will be:
Years 5 and 6 at 2.40pm
Years 3 and 4 at 2.50pm
Years 1 and 2 at 3.00pm
Reception at the session times that were provided to you before the summer holidays.
We hope that this information is helpful and if you have any questions please get in touch by calling the school during school hours or send us a message through the School Facebook Page.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school next week on Thursday 3rd September.
Please make sure you check the website and school Facebook page next week as we plan to share any final arrangements through these pages. Thank you.
In the meanwhile we hope you find this booklet shared by the LA with advice for parents for children returning to school helpful.
To confirm, Years R, 1 and 6 will not be returning to our school on Monday 1st June but we continue to stay open for key worker children and children who are considered to be vulnerable by the government.
There are going to be a few significant changes from Monday which will remain in place when some of our Year 6 pupils return on 15th June.
We are going to have ‘bubbles’ of people within the school and people within one bubble will not be mixing with anyone from another bubble. This is to reduce the risk of anything being spread from one group to another.
Each bubble will include 2 adults so that there is always at least one adult with the group of children, for example if one of the adults needs the loo.
We are positioning mats or tables 2 metres apart so we can fit a bubble of 15 children and 2 adults in the hall and the same in our largest classroom which we will call our art bubble because we had intended to use this room as our art room.
In other classrooms bubbles will have up to 9 children and 2 adults.
From Monday key worker parents and the parents of children considered vulnerable by the government will be able to drop their children in the top playground. This must be a maximum of one adult per family. There will be spaced out cones where you will wait until a bubble adult collects the children for that bubble.
Families must remain socially distanced from any other family and wait by their own cone.
Children will have their own learning packs so that they don’t have to share equipment with others. They will stay in their own bubbles whenever they go outside for breaks or for outdoor learning. They will also remain with their own bubble for lunch which will either be eaten in their bubble room or socially distanced outside.
This is what it will be like for all pupils who return to school but for those still at home we will continue to provide ideas and resources for home learning activities that suit you.
We have been busy working in school to get a sense of what normal will look like when we open. We want to be as open as possible with you as to what life back in school will be like whilst making sure everyone attending the school site is aware and sticks to the rules of social distancing.
Children will be in classrooms where all small toys, books and soft furnishings have been removed. Depending on numbers this may not be the classroom your child is used to. Our school is going to feel very different however, we will continue to show children our care in different ways that does not involve close contact.
Below are our intentions of how our school will operate when we open.
Drop off and pick up:
Break times and lunch times:
In the classroom:
Key worker children:
All these precautions have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus and to ensure that we all take as much care as possible in ensuring that groups of children do not come into contact. More details will be sent out next week regarding the times your children will need to arrive and be picked up from school and where from. We hope this has given you more information regarding how the school will operate during these difficult and testing times.
Plans are subject to change if we hear anything more from the government or the Local Authority.
As a school we will not be looking to fine anyone who makes the decision to keep their child at home.
For further guidance from the government please read their parents guidance here:
For the latest advice on dealing with Covid-19 please visit:
From Monday 6th April we will not have a staff member in the school office. If you need to contact the school you will be able to leave a message on the answerphone which will be checked periodically. Should you need to contact the school urgently, please call 07388 813326. Many thanks.
The School Nursing Team have asked us to share the following poster with all parents and carers. Please click on the document below to view details.
To all parents with children that we have confirmed are eligible to attend on Monday under the key worker criteria. Please note that children should be dropped off at Reception for 9am and collected at 3pm. The children can wear their own clothes as there is a possibility that they may get a bit messy during the planned activities. Please bring in wellies, warm outdoor clothes and lunch unless you have already contacted us to order one. Many thanks.
If your child has an inhaler/any medication in school that needs to go home. Please arrange for this to be collected if your child is not in school. We will send all medication home if your child is in school tomorrow. Many thanks.
If your child is entitled to an income related free school meal. Please call tomorrow before 12pm to order a packed lunch for next week. These will need to be collected from school each day from 12 o'clock.
If you work for the NHS, Police Force or are a delivery driver and there is no one else to care for your children during school hours. Please contact us. We are awaiting a clear definition of what is classed as a key worker.