THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
At the end of last term we issued our Further Information Booklet detailing the staffing for the new academic year. Our latest information can be found here: Outline of Initial Planning for September 2020 Booklet. This was updated on 13 September with reference to the latest Government guidance.
From September, children in Pre-Prep will be able to arrive from 8.00 am. The fees have been slightly adjusted to include this provision for all pupils. Prep pupils may arrive from 8.00 am as they have done previously. Pupils will be grouped in year group ‘bubbles’. Please note Breakfast Club is not currently available due to the need to keep bubbles separate.
After School Care ends at 5.45 pm Monday to Thursday and at 5.00 pm on Fridays (to allow for a deep clean of the site).
All parents and visitors to site are requested to wear a face covering. Year 5 and 6 children are encouraged to walk to their Bubbles independently. A reminder that other pupils should only be accompanied by one adult.
The classrooms have been configured so that each bubble can be socially distanced. We have implemented a range of protective measures including: increased cleaning regimes, marking of social distancing points for children to line up, installation of hand sanitisers around the site plus signage to remind the children to wash their hands, allocation of different drop-off and collection points at the start and end of the day and demarcated areas for break and lunch time play.
An isolation room has been set up for any child with a suspected fever or displaying other COVID-19 symptoms. They will wait there until they are collected by a parent or guardian. Additional isolation rooms will be set up as required.
Our Behaviour Management and Exclusions Policy and Policy for Lost or Uncollected Children (COVID-19) have been shared with parents. These and our COVID-19 Policy can be found on the Policies page of our website. Our Risk Assessment can be read HERE.
Our programme of Co-Curricular Activities 2020-2021 for Pre-Prep and Prep has been organised within year group bubbles from September onwards, until further notice.
The School is ready to roll out a new enhanced programme of online learning should a further school closure be required. Further details will be shared in the event of a second peak.
The following members of staff remain the first point of contact for you as they assume prime responsibility for all aspects of your child’s welfare and academic progress:
Nursery and Pre-Prep – Class Teacher
Year 3 and 4 – Form Tutor
Year 5 and 6 – Pastoral Tutor
Chaplain will be offering drop-in sessions for Prep children in the Lighthouse. Mrs Neeson will continue to support pastoral care in Pre-Prep.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Reception T:0121 410 6800 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For Pre-Prep, please contact Mrs Arch, Pre-Prep Secretary. E:email@example.com
INDIVIDUALLY STRONG, UNBREAKABLE AS ONE
Since the enforced closure of schools on 20 March 2020, The Blue Coat School has looked after up to 100 children of critical workers daily and we successfully reopened the school on 1 June to Transition, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, shortly followed by Years 3, 4 and 5 in the subsequent weeks before the summer break. We looked after 40 ‘bubbles’ across the campus with over 500 children attending. This has been a huge undertaking and one that took meticulous planning. We are not complacent and we continue to focus on the latest Government guidance to ensure that our provision remains Covid-secure. The safety of our pupils and staff is paramount.