Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents,

The end of another week of lockdown and this week we learned that the Government is no longer asking schools to open more fully before September. We know that this may well place additional stress onto our families, as you juggle work commitments with childcare. We dearly miss the school being busy and full of children and we will of course continue to keep in regular touch with you all.

We await further guidance from the government as to how we proceed in September. In the meantime, we have been asked about the summer holidays and whether children will miss any school time if they are able to go on pre-booked holidays. The government has indicated that schools will close to all pupils during the summer. Our staff have worked constantly through the Easter holidays and half term, so while we do not know if any of us will be able to go away, we all need a rest and preparation time for September. As it stands therefore, we will be closed to all pupils from Wednesday 22nd July. As you can imagine it is also very difficult to confirm the dates of any events for the next academic year, as we do not know when it will be considered safe for parents to come into school or for us to host any large gatherings. We will of course update you as soon as we receive any more information from the government.

Finally, some great news from our friends at Amazing Minds. We are one of the schools set to benefit from their “A Quid a Kid” campaign. The campaign aims to rebuild and boost the mental health, wellbeing, resilience and emotional literacy of over 2000 primary school children in Essex post-lockdown, at a cost of just £1 per child for the whole year. If you would like to donate and help make this happen, please visit our team fundraising page here:

A donation of just £1 will give a child access to resources for a year that will build their mental health and wellbeing for a lifetime.

Thank you as ever for your support. Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind regards
Helen Castell