We have finally come to the end of a very challenging year here at Four Swannes. I would immediately like to thank all our community for your support and understanding throughout this year in our quest to progress the learning of your children as best as we could in the difficult circumstances that we were faced with. I would mostly like to thank your children for their resilience, perseverance, enthusiasm and support during a time in which it would be understandable for none of these traits to be present. From all the team here, thank you.
I would particularly like to mention Mrs Jones who, as we all know, is still recovering from such a great loss and all the emotions that such a loss brings. I am hopeful that she will be back in her headship position when we return in September and I am sure that you will all join me in wishing her all the best in her continued drive towards a happy and healthy return.
All the children have now been introduced to their new teachers for next year during our transition day last week. I am pleased to say that all teaching staff and their teaching assistants will be remaining in their current year groups. This was decided based on the need for consolidation and the knowledge that they have of the Back on Track material for their current year group. I feel that this will give the children the best possible learning opportunities for the new school year. Details of staff are on the school website for your reference.
Now to the detail of our return. It fills me with such joy to be able to confirm that when we return in September, under the current Step 4 circumstances, start and finish times in school will revert to one time for all classes. That is an 8:45am – 3:15pm school day (11:45am collection for Nursery). The site will be open for parents to take children to the small gate leading into the field/playground area (parents will not be allowed past this point in the morning). Staff will be on duty to monitor the children before they are asked to line up and be taken in for registration. All children need to be in school by 8:45am and registration will close promptly at 9am. Reception and nursery parents can take children to the separate gate near the main school office. On collection, the gate will be opened at approximately 3:10pm to allow you to collect your children from their classrooms. As before, we will be operating an ‘open door’ policy where brief conversations are welcome between parents and teachers. However, as previously recognised, anything more than a quick conversation will have to be booked via appointment through the school office.
Seating in classrooms will no longer have to be in rows (teacher choice) and seating can be grouped again. Lunchtime and breaktime will be a whole school event again where children are able to freely mix and there will be free movement for all children and staff around the school premises where required. Parents will be able to enter the school without masks and you will also be able to enter the building and speak to the office face-to-face for any enquiries. As the new academic year gets underway, there will be clubs, interventions and catch-up sessions before and after school to support your children in their learning progression which has been so adversely affected by the pandemic. Please be prepared to ensure that your children attend any and all of the sessions that will be offered.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents/guardians about the requirements for Four Swannes school uniform. It is very specific, and the detail can be found on the school website. There are some very important changes to the expectations for September. Some of these are, but not limited to, the following:
Please do read the updated information on uniform that I have placed on the school website. This information will give parents/guardians ample time to ensure that the correct uniform is purchased/acquired prior to our return in September. I will be taking responsibility for ensuring that all children have the correct uniform and contact parents/guardians in accordance with expectations.
All that is left for me to say is that I wish you all a healthy, happy and sunny summer holiday. Please all take care and stay safe. All the staff at Four Swannes are already looking forward to the new school year where normality can be resumed. Any change to the DfE guidance on reopening will be communicated to you as soon as possible, should there be a need. To confirm, the first day of the 2021/2022 school year is Thursday 2nd September at 8:45am. I look forward to welcoming you all back then.