17th July 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

I write to you today to mark the end of a most extraordinary and challenging year for us as a community. It is fair to say that today feels strangely flat as we weren’t able to finish with the usual flurry of joyous summer farewells.

We now step into a season of rest as a school, following months of home learning, hub schools, well-being phone calls, one way systems, stripy tape, sanitiser, PPE, handwashing songs, door to door dinner drops, top-10 tasks, Dojo chats and virtual meetings. Life as a school has taken such a dramatic new direction and demanded a level of flexibility that has certainly kept us on our toes. I wish to applaud the whole school community for coping, adapting and rolling with the constant unfolding changes. We are clearly not ‘out of the woods’ yet, but we have grown used to the new normal before us and ahead of us for a while longer.

I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the human impact that this pandemic has had on our wider school community. Many of you will have been personally affected by this and I’m aware that people in our community have lost loved ones as a result. Please be assured that there is help out there for people as they come to terms with loss. Petteril Bank School will always be on hand to offer any support we can or help you find services who can provide further and deeper support.

Year 6

We said a fond farewell to our fabulous Year 6 this week. Kyle, Sophie, Jayden, Daniel, Hayley, Gracie, Connor, Jimmy, Neve, Ava, Alfie, Luke, Layton, Aurora, Kian and Jaz leave Petteril Bank with our best wishes for a life of learning. Individually and collectively, they left their own unique and wonderful mark on the school. Miss Sarah Carroll, who hit the ground running with them in January leaves us this term too. She has been a great addition to our teaching team and we wish her the very best for the future.

COVID-safe procedures

In September, we will have detailed procedures to help us fully reopen. These will appear on the school website and/or will be emailed out to you to read through. This will cover how we will organise the school site, such as classrooms, lunch areas and playtimes as well as covering many other ways we operate. We have adapted the way children arrive and leave school at the beginning and end of the day. This will help us and you to maintain safe social distances from each other.

 

The start and end time of school will vary for each year phase bubble using the main entrance through the school reception or the car park gate into the playground:

Age

Start

Finish

Where

Reception

9am

3pm

Main Entrance

Key Stage 1 (Y1/2)

9am

3pm

Main Entrance

Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3/4)

8.45am

2.45pm

Playground Green Gates

Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5/6)

8.45am

2.45pm

Playground Green Gates

 

Staffing

Mrs Harris, our current Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is reducing her hours at Petteril Bank School in September. She has secured a part-time role working for Cumbria Local Authority in the Special Educational Needs advisory service. She will now be working at Petteril Bank for two and a half days each week, continuing with the role of SENDCo at school. Mrs Robson, our Deputy Headteacher, is now our designated safeguarding lead.

Uniform

In September, we are returning to a full-time school uniform policy. Please make sure that children wear full school uniform, including black shoes. To help with virus control, we ask that children change out of their uniform promptly upon returning home from school and a turnaround of clean uniform each day where possible.

We will attempt to take children outside for their learning where possible in September. Therefore, children need to bring a pair of trainers (preferably old ones) in to school that they can wear when outside. PE kit is essential at all times and welly boots would also be great to bring and leave in school. Children need only bring a coat, water bottle and packed lunch in a disposable bag (unless they are ordering a school lunch). This reduces the number of items coming to and from school.

If you still need to buy uniform from school, please email admin@petbank.cumbria.sch.uk and arrange a time to visit, buy and collect your items. Mrs Marland will be happy to book a time slot for you.

First day back

Children will return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020. Please see the school website https://www.petbank.cumbria.sch.uk/term-dates for a copy of the term dates for the full year.

 

I wish you all a very happy and restful summer.

 

Kind regards

Joseph Askew