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Mrs Hawkin's Newsletter

Thursday 16th July 2020  

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are all aware this is my last newsletter to you all.  I have spent 16 very happy and rewarding years at Hardwick.  It has been a real pleasure working with you all, and building such a fantastic school, which is now at the heart of the community.   Many of you have heard me say that it is a team effort.  I have been very lucky to work with such a great team.  Hardwick has a highly talented group of teachers who are extremely well supported by a dedicated group of Teaching Assistants.   Often the support staff who work behind the scenes are forgotten but everyone had an important part to play in the success of Hardwick from the caretakers, cleaners, catering staff, and the Home School Community Link Worker. 

You will be aware that Sandra Horne who has worked at the school for over 30 years will be retiring.  Many of you who are now parents, remember Sandra working in the office when you were a pupil in the school!   She has been in regular contact with all of you, and some of you will have seen her on a daily basis, ordering lunches, looking for lost property, or paying for trips and visits.  Sandra has always had a smile on her face, and she remains calm no matter what may be happening behind the scenes.   I know that she will be sorely missed by the staff, pupils and parents.  I am sure that you would like to join me in wishing her a happy and healthy retirement.   

John Hagger is also finishing.  He has been at the school for 13 years and in that time, he has overseen major changes to the building.  It is thanks to John that we now have a school building to be proud of, despite the fact that it is over 40 years old.   He often reminds me of the fact that in the summer of 2008 the school was covered in dust with builders still on site connecting the electricity to our new classrooms.  Along with the cleaners, he worked through the weekend to make sure that we could open to children on time.  He tells me he came close to hanging the keys on the school gate at that point!   I hope that he can make the most of all retirement has to offer.  

Many of you will have had contact with Katy Robbins.  This term she has been working with Year 3 whilst Rachael Watson was on maternity leave.  Prior to that she was working one to one with children in Key Stage 2.   Over the years she has helped many children gain confidence as they develop their literacy and numeracy skills, with her calm and careful approach.  We wish her luck as she considers her next career move. 

Alfred Liddle will be joining me in retirement.  We made no secret of the fact that despite me using my maiden name at work we are married.  Again, Alf worked with pupils in Year 5 and 6 on a 1:1 basis.  He worked at Hardwick for the 16 years that I was in post and thoroughly enjoyed the priviledge of being able to help individual pupils.   I hope that we enjoy retirement together! 

Last but no means least Sarah Brain who worked as a midday supervisor will not be returning in September.  Again, Sarah has worked with us for many years and we send her our best wishes.  

I am very sad that I can not see you all in person to say goodbye but given the strange situation that we find ourselves in I am sure that you understand.  I have been overwhelmed with the cards and good wishes sent over the last few days, not to mention the copious amounts of wine, chocolates, and flowers.  Thank you so much.

I genuinely feel very lucky to have worked with you all.  Good luck and my very best wishes

Julie   

 

Letter from Jon Chaloner   CEO of GLF

7 July 2020 
 
Dear Parents and Carers 


Since my last letter our academies within GLF Schools have been welcoming different year groups back to school for the last few weeks. With safety measures put in place and comprehensive risk assessments across our schools and the GLF Schools trust itself, this phase of widening schools to more children and students has been successful. Thank you to all parents who sent your children back into school; it has been good to see them.  


We are conscious that there are year groups which have not had the opportunity to return to school this side of the summer break. Our schools are continuing to send home learning either on-line or using learning packs. Thank you for encouraging your children to engage with these activities, as well as using the other resources that we have shared on our schools’ platforms. 


You will have heard the Government’s announcement on Thursday 2 July that schools will be open for all children and students from September 2020. The Government has stated: ‘Given the improved position, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)’.  
We are delighted that we can now look forward to seeing all 15,000 children and young people back in our schools next term.

We are working on updating our risk assessments for a full return to school and working out exactly what your school will look like and feel like when your child returns. We need to ensure that we follow the national guidance in terms of placing children and students into separate ‘bubbles’. This is to reduce contact between different groups in order to keep the risk of infection to a minimum. We will maintain the stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes we already have in place to ensure that our schools are as safe as possible at this time. 


Each Headteacher will be communicating with you directly about their own school’s arrangements for September 2020, however there are some key aspects which I would like to bring to your attention: 
1. You must ensure that if anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, your child does not attend school. Any child or staff member who develops symptoms in the school day will be sent home immediately. You must follow the government guidance ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. If anyone in your household, or your child, tests positive for COVID-19 you must inform your school immediately.

2. Schools will be holding one or two staff training days as usual at the start of the academic year. Due to the exceptional circumstances that we have all experienced this academic year, next year may begin with different year groups returning at different times and possibly on different days. This is to ensure everyone’s safety as we begin to work within the new bubbles.

3. The Government has advised walking or cycling to school wherever possible to reduce the use of public transport. Please remember that many of GLF’s schools are situated in residential areas where it is difficult for parents to drop off their children outside the school gates. Please work out alternative arrangements before September. 

4. Attendance will be mandatory from the start of the new school year. The government has clearly set out that the usual rules for attendance will be reinstated from September, including:

a. parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;

b. schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence

c. the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.

d. If your child remains under the care of a specialist health care professional you should discuss their care before returning to school in September, and talk to your school about the situation. Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, they will not be penalised

5. The curriculum that we offer will remain broad and balanced, and we intend to continue to include music, the arts and sport.

6. All schools will expect their children and students to wear full school uniform from September. 

In closing, we are sure that some children, students, parents or carers will be worried about the return in September after such a long time out of school. We will continue to support families who have experienced difficulty, as we have throughout this period.  
We are aware of the importance of routine in order for school to be normal again, as soon as possible, for children and staff.

Whilst there remains uncertainty regarding national assessments and examinations, and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we are focusing on building upon the strong relationships which exist between families and schools so that face-to-face schooling is the best it can be in the new academic year.  


Thank you for your support as we prepare for September. 
Yours sincerely 
 
Jon Chaloner CEO, GLF Schools 

Mrs Hawkin's Newsletter

Friday 3rd July 2020  

Dear Parents and Carers

It is great that we have been able to reopen the school to more children. 

Next week we will continue to open to four year groups.  To support social distancing there will be staggered start and finish times.  They are: 

Year group

Start time

Finish time

FSU

9.00am

3.00pm

Year 1

8.45am

2.45pm

Year 6

8.30am

2.30pm

Year 5

9.15am

3.15pm

 

Throughout all to this we will continue to provide childcare from 8.30am – 3.15pm Monday to Friday.  Places are limited to 15 and priority will be given to NHS workers, care workers and the pupils of staff at the school.  You should also note that you cannot opt for your child to attend school for 4 days a week with their peer group, and then attend the childcare on the Friday.  If you require a place in our child care provision, and you are a key worker please email j.hawkin@hardwickschool.org.

As per the advice from the DFE we are not required to provide childcare during the summer holidays.  Hardwick will close to all groups on Thursday 16th July.  There will be no childcare available from that date.

Next Friday, the Annual reports for all children will be available.  If your child is in school, they will be sent home via pupil post on Thursday evening.  If your child has not returned, you will be able to collect the report from the school office between 9.30am and 2.15pm.  The class teachers have written the reports based on the information we had on your child’s progress before we closed at the end of March.  If you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher, please ring the school office 

If your child left their plimsoll and/or PE kit in school, please make sure that you make arrangements for it be returned to you.   There is a lot of school uniform available in the reception area if you are looking to restock for September.  We are asking for a small donation to the PTA.  It is all washed and in good condition so please help yourselves. 

Take care.

Yours sincerely

J M Hawkin

Headteacher

 

HARDWICK/CHERRYFIELDS SCHOOL STANDARDS BOARD

From September 2020, all GLF schools will have a School Standards Board (SSB). This replaces all previous models of school governance.

As you may be aware, Cherryfields school will be a new school taking its first pupils in September 2020. This school will share the same leadership as Hardwick and, for at least its first year, a single SSB will be the local governance structure for both schools. There are currently only three members on the SSB and, ideally, we are looking to increase this to a total of seven.

We are seeking two parent members, ideally one from each of the two schools. These would be elected by the parents/carers of children in the schools.

We also seek a further two co-opted members to add to the three already on the SSB. These members need not be parents and would be subject to approval by the Trust Board. Training and support is given to all members.

The role of all SSB members is:

  • Strategic oversight of the education provision at Hardwick and Cherryfields schools and holding the leadership to account for the performance of the schools and pupils.
  • Strategic oversight of the compliance of schools with GLF Trust policies.
  • Supporting the GLF Trust Board to ensure good governance across the Trust.

 

If you are interested in learning more with a view to volunteering for these positions, please contact:

Sue English

Chair of Hardwick/Cherryfields SSB

s.english@hardwickschool.org