Thank you IKEA Coventry!

‪A huge thank you to IKEA Coventry for your overwhelming generosity – we’ve been given so much furniture and accessories for the school. Special thanks to Ethan’s dad (Y6) – Mr Krol – and Anna Mondielli for arranging this for us! We are very sad to see the store close and we wish you all the best for the future!‬

 

Reception & Year 1 emails now sent

‪Individual emails have been sent out by Mrs Rae to parents of Reception and Year 1 children who will be returning to school over the coming weeks. Please check your inbox (and junk/spam folder). Please respond directly to Mrs Rae with any queries. Thank you!‬

School wider reopening update

We are delighted to confirm that the school has today received confirmation that its risk assessment has been approved by the Local Authority and we are in a position to being the wider reopening of the school from Monday 15th June.

Tomorrow we will be making contact with the parents of children in Reception and Year 1 who indicated that they would like their children to return to inform them of the arrangements for the coming week. Please remember that the Reception and Year 1 children will be returning to school in a cycle and that a different bubble will be attending each week. Please therefore don’t make any arrangements for next week until you have received the information from us.

Thank you.

Year One Zoom Call

A massive thank you to all of the Year One parents who have got in touch to say they would like to take part in a Zoom call. We have decided to split the children into groups to ensure they all have the chance to speak and hear without feeling overwhelmed.

Our first zoom call takes place tomorrow (those who are in the first group will have received an email) and we have a few names down ready for our second group, who will be sent an email with details shortly.

If you haven’t yet sent in your child’s name to participate in a zoom call, please do so as soon as you can so we can get them assigned to a group and hopefully get them to see some of their friends!

Updates – 4th June 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you continue to keep safe and well and that you were able to enjoy the sunshine during half term.

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been working tirelessly to prepare the school building, risk assessments, organisation, policies and procedures in preparation for the safe, wider re-opening of the school.  We know from the emails we have received over the last couple of days that you are eager for information so that you can make plans etc.  Please accept our apologies for not responding sooner but with government guidance and the needs of our parents  changing daily we were not in a position to respond, as we have had to scrap and restart plans continuously; the smallest change then has a significant ‘ripple effect’ on rotas, bubble groups, risk assessments, staffing etc and therefore ultimately, safety.

Today, we have to make a definite decision as to our next steps, solely so that parents know where they stand.

This has been the most challenging week yet as we have had to make the most difficult decisions to date; decisions made so difficult because of the impact on our families.  We have considered all the factors i.e the safety of children and staff, our present position, the exigency of parents, government guidelines and restrictions; we have also sought advice from the Local Authority and it is most reluctantly and with a heavy heart that, following consultation with the governors, we have had to make the following decisions:

  • The school will NOT reopen on Monday 8th June (with the exception of the Key Worker children).
  • We are NO LONGER able to receive Y6 back to school

We are under no illusion; this is going to cause great upset, anxiety and considerable disappointment to many children who were so looking forward to being reunited with a small group of their friends.

We were hoping that we could potentially open on 8th June but are unable to do so.  The risk assessment has very recently been completed, shared with staff and governors and submitted to the Local Authority, we now await their support and approval and without this we cannot open the school.

We were also looking forward to seeing our wonderful Y6 children back in school.  However, due to the restrictions on pupil : adult ratios, social distancing, the key worker priority, we have reached our maximum capacity and have had to follow the guidance that children in younger year groups are prioritised.

Regards Key Workers, we are now very close to reaching our maximum capacity.  Whilst we very much want to support those providing front line and essential services, we have a limit which we cannot exceed.

We are aware that some schools in Coventry have re-opened and each school has organised for different year groups to attend etc.  Please realise that every school is unique both in its community and premises, therefore risk assessments pose unique challenges to each school and determine the direction individual schools must take.

Going forward, so as not to give false impression as to when and how the school will open more widely, we will only advise further around re-opening once we can give concrete and definite answers and dates.  Be assured that this will be done giving you what we believe to be ample time to prepare your child.

Thank you for your trust, patience and understanding.

 

Yours faithfully

Caroline Quinn
Headteacher

Our lovely new play area!

Here’s our new Astro Turf! It’s created a lovely play area for the children, ready for when it’s safe for us to return to normal play times! This was partly funded by your donations and support at fundraising events – thank you for your generosity 😊🙏🏼❤️

Updates – 27th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope that you and your families are safe and well and that you have been able to rest and enjoy the sunshine over the last few days.  We are writing to you, as promised, to keep you updated on the preparation for the planned wider reopening of All Souls.

It is with great regret that we need to inform you that All Souls will not be ready for wider reopening during the week beginning 1st June, despite our best and determined efforts to do so.  This is a decision that we felt was necessary to make today, so that families are informed early enough to make any necessary arrangements.  We will, however, continue to provide childcare from Monday 1st June for the existing children of key workers, whom were in attendance prior to half-term.  Next week, we are unable to increase our capacity for new key worker children so that as many staff are available to support bubbles of children potentially from 8th June.

We are deeply saddened to not be ready for wider reopening as we really wanted to be amongst the first group of schools to do so, in order to begin to restore our school community.  Over the last few days, with the help of some dedicated staff members who have given up their half-term, we have worked tirelessly to begin to put into place measures to ensure that the site, procedures and protocols necessary to keep our children and staff safe are in place.  This has included significant rearrangement of classrooms, the removal of furniture from large parts of the site, new signage and markings throughout the internal and external areas of the building as well as the purchase and installation of addition equipment and resources to meet strict government guidelines.  In addition, we are continuing to work our way through a very complex and rigorous risk assessment and this is taking an overwhelming amount of time.  There are a number of layers to the risk assessment process and these must all be complete before we can submit it to the various authorities for scrutiny and approval.

We hope you understand the position that we find ourselves in and that during these unprecedented times, safely is the overriding, dictating factor and will continue to be so.  Please do be reassured though, that we are continuing to work very hard so that we can reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.  We will continue to keep you updated.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Quinn & Mr A Cooke