Message to new entrants from Mrs Lloyd - Christie
Good Afternoon parents and carers of the early years class 22-23,
I hope you all had a lovely summer break and your child is looking forward to starting school with us on Monday/Tuesday.
I just want to clarify some of the organisational aspects for you all to ensure that your first week in school runs smoothly.
We are all really looking forward to seeing you and your child and being part of your child's Heatherlands school journey.
Have a wonderful weekend I will be at the front gate to welcome you all every morning.
Key information about September and the new school year.
Over the past 2 years, Heatherlands has had to react robustly to the challenges of covid19 by making many changes to remain compliant, safe and operational. Many of these changes have actually improved our practice and supported us in safeguarding the children more effectively. These ‘covid keepers’ now form part of our daily school routine, including the continuation of how we operate drop off and pick off routines. This has been transformational in terms of securing site safety each day, children engaging with their work rapidly, a clear reduction of on site vandalism/damage and prevention of intruders accessing the site as a cut through.
Set out below are the timings and gates entrances that will need to be used when we return to school in September.
Entry and exit details for September 2022
Please remember that a member of staff will be stopping cars from driving down Cecil Road. This is to ensure the safety of the children walking into school and to support the local residents.
We have successfully managed the sibling’s entry and exit and will continue in the same way. The expectation generally is that the younger sibling will leave with the older one. If you would rather this didn’t happen and you need to enter/exit on a different gate, please inform the office so they we can produce our sibling lists. Thank you.
Although I recognise using the different entrance gates has at times introduced some additional inconvenience, over the past 2 years we have been able to work together to establish a site that is now fully safe with the wider benefits as set out above. If you need to use a different gate than is assigned to your child's year group, this is fine. We have just assigned gates to enable easy and quick access for all.
There will be a slight caveat to this for the new early years families who will be welcomed onto site for the first few days in September as part of supporting the children to settle into school for the first time. It is important to note that we successfully operated this approach last year and this resulted in our youngest learners settling into school life very quickly.
We recognise that the very essence of a school is the relationship between itself and the community in which it serves. Therefore we look forward to inviting parents and carers into school for key events throughout the school year starting in September with traditional base information evenings, where the curriculum can be shared and classrooms visited. This will again enable everyone to feel more closely connected with the school and to enjoy all that Heatherlands has to offer. These meetings will now be held as a key stage, with both year groups meeting together. The dates for these meetings will be:
Year 1 and Year 2 – Monday 12th September (3.40 – 4.40pm)
Year 3 and Year 4 – Tuesday 13th September (3.40 - 4.40pm)
Year 5 - Wednesday 14th September (3.40 – 4.40pm)
Year 6 – Thursday 15th September (3.40 – 4.40pm)
It is important note you that should you ever need to speak to a member of staff or have any particular concerns about your child, please contact the school via the office and we will always respond to you either by telephone, email or in person. We are committed to transparency and communication in all that we do, as we understand how important this is throughout the time your child is at school.
Additionally, in order for us to maximise the time available for all children to take part in physical education (PE), the children can wear their PE kit into school on their designated PE days. They must however also wear their Heatherlands sweatshirt or cardigan, rather than hoodies, which will both help keep them warm and looking smart.
It is important that children are not sent into school wearing a variety of sports clothing or colours, inline with out uniform policy.
Please refer to our school/PE uniform on the school website:
Year 4 children will be taking part in PE on the first day back (5th September) and so will need to wear their PE kit on the first day. EYFS will not need to wear PE kit at this time.
We look forward to seeing you all at the gates on September 5th to make some new memories.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” George Eliot