Westwood Farm School

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils

We hope that all our families who have been celebrating Eid have had an enjoyable time. We look forward to the children sharing their experiences with their classmates.  

I am sure you will be aware that we will reach the third stage of the roadmap on Monday 17th when a few more restrictions will be removed. However, this means very little change to the current arrangements we have in school. We still need to continue with our bubbles and our staggered start and finish times. The only change is that year 6 pupils no longer need to wear a face covering when arriving or leaving school. Staff will continue to wear them when moving around the school but they will be removed once they are ready to teach. We are a little concerned that some children are being left at the gate unsupervised, please can we remind you that the school is not responsible for them until they enter the school gates. Year 6 are the only year group who are allowed to walk to and from school unaccompanied and only if we have written permission.

We have welcomed some of our Governors into school to help with some monitoring activities this week. They have obviously adhered to our COVID visitor guidance and they have said how nice it was for them to able to be back in school. Next week, we will be conducting our Pupil Progress Meetings with staff and Governors. These will provide an opportunity to see how the children have progressed since being back at school and plan ahead to address any gaps which may have resulted from the lockdowns.

Summer Clubs

Our wraparound care provider, Go Beanies, are hoping to run a summer holiday camp at Westwood Farm. Before we start planning, we would like to get an idea of the level of interest. The club would run the first 4 weeks of the summer holiday, from Wednesday 21st July and be open for all children currently in Year 1 – Year 6. If you would be interested in sending your children, please could you send the respective offices an email by Friday 21st May. If we do not get sufficient interest at this point, we will not be able to run the club.

The Big Ask – A reminder to complete please!

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

School lunches

School lunches are now available to book online via Parentmail until the end of this half term.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for all your support as always.

Mrs Hunter and Mrs Ross