Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe July is upon us. At the time of writing we are currently digesting the new government guidance for all children returning to school in September. We will need a little time to get answers specific to our setting before we share our definitive plans with you. Every aspect of school life has to be risk assessed according to the guidance. It is worth noting that the final go ahead from the government will be on August 11th, so we will continue to keep in touch over the summer holidays as necessary. It has been made clear that all children will be expected to attend school in the autumn term, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We may well have staggered drop off and pick up times, as we have to limit the amount of people on site and social distancing between adults and children is still expected.

We are pleased to say that two-thirds of our EYFS children have returned to school since 1 June. There are spaces within the EYFS bubbles, so if any Foxes or Squirrels wish to return for a few days before the summer break, please contact the school office.  The bubbles are working on a “one week on, one week off” basis, 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday.

Thank you to Mrs. Winsley for updating our Writtle Infant School Facebook page over the past month with suggestions for enjoying the great outdoors, as part of Essex Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild project. I hope you’ve been able to try out a few of these ideas. You might also have been active outside as part of The Chelmsford School Sport Partnership’s Quad Kids Athletics event. If you’ve been recording your scores, please send them to your class email addresses by the end of the weekend, so that Mrs. Scott-Simons can collate them all to send to CSSP.

Finally, if your children have any lockdown artwork to submit for WISPA’s scrapbook, then today is the deadline. Please email your pictures to

Stay safe this weekend.

Kind regards
Helen Castell