Message from Mrs Castell

Dear Parents,

What beautiful weather we are having. As school life continues for EYFS and the children of our key workers, we await the promised guidance as to how we can safely welcome all children back in September. I am often asked what we know about the government’s plans and I can say for certain that we find out by watching the news broadcasts – we do not get advance warning! We are anticipating a full return in September, but with additional safety measures in place for our children, staff and families in order to deal safely with the increased numbers. By now we would usually have very clear plans to share with you, but until we receive further guidance I cannot be more specific. However, I can update you on teachers for the next academic year. Our new Foxes will be led by Mrs. Fisk and Squirrels by Mrs. Giles. Our current Squirrels will go up to Parrots, to be taught by Miss Wilson. The Foxes will progress to Turtles, to be taught by Miss Wright. The current Turtles will become Dolphins, led by Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Scott-Simons. Finally, our Parrots will become Sharks, to be taught by Miss Williams who, we are delighted to say, is joining us for one year to cover for Mrs Espinosa-Davis being on maternity leave. She has worked with us in Year Two since last September, so she knows us very well indeed. Mrs Espinosa-Davis’s baby is due late September and we look forward to meeting the new addition.

I do understand there will be concerns for all children returning to school after such a long time away. Every child will respond differently and we will plan carefully for their return, with their well-being and adjustment to the new year group being at the forefront of what we do. It is very frustrating not to be able to run our usual “meet the teacher” sessions, but your child’s new teachers will be in touch soon with links to information about what to expect in September and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

Finally, on the weekend that would have seen our joint summer fete, can I thank WISPA for all their fundraising efforts and for continuing to support us throughout the lockdown period. 

Take care and keep safe.

Helen Castell