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FINAL HEADTEACHER LETTER TO PARENTS OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

FRIDAY 24th JULY- STAGGERED START TIMES FOR SEPTEMBER

Dear OBS Family

 

It was just wonderful to see so many of our wonderful pupils and parents on Wednesday for their transition time with their new class teacher! We couldn’t believe how much they had grown! The school felt fully alive once again with the energy, enthusiasm and companionship of pupils, friends, parents and staff.

 

The use of the OBS one way system, staggered start/finish times, drop off and collection zones went incredibly smoothly. From September we will be using the following staggered drop off and collection system; this has been created to support parents with siblings in multiple year groups, which we know otherwise would be an issue.

STAGGERED DROP OFF TIMES:

8:30 – 8:40am – Multiple Drop off of more than 1 pupil. (Siblings or childminders)

8:40 – 8:50am  – Single Drop off of 1 pupil or pupils who walk to school by themselves.

STAGGERED COLLECTION TIME (MONDAY – THURSDAY):

3:20 – 3:30pm – Multiple pick up of more than 1 pupil. (Siblings or childminders)

3:30pm (end of the school day) - Single pick up of 1 pupil or pupils who walk to school by themselves.

STAGGERED COLLECTION TIME (FRIDAY – EARLY CLOSURE)

1:00 – 1:10pm – Multiple pick up of more than 1 pupil. (Siblings or childminders)

1:10pm (end of the school day) - Single pick up of 1 pupil or pupils who walk to home by themselves.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU PLEASE DROP OFF & COLLECT YOUR CHILD WITHIN THESE SET STAGGERED TIMES.

Each pupil will be collected at their set staggered collection time from a set zones that will be positioned along the one way system. (In a very similar way to how you collected your child on transition day this Wednesday.) They will be waiting with their year group teachers, so that there is an opportunity for you to pass on any brief messages.

 

INFORMATION VIDEO:

I will be producing a video that goes through all of the above before we come back to school in September and will share this with you all on both Marvellous Me and the school website. (A text will go out to all parents to say the video is now available for viewing with a link to it on the OBS Website.)

Friday 1-3:30pm OBS CHILDCARE PROVISION PLACES

If you require childcare for a Friday afternoon and fit the set criteria stated and shared in many previous communications; please do get in touch with school as soon as possible so we can staff and cater for the number of pupils needing a place. Any members of staff not required for childcare provision will be utlised to provide essential catch-up tuition for pupils across the school in phonics, reading, writing and maths; so the sooner we know how many children we are expecting, the quicker we can put this additional tuition in to place. Please email to request a place, with proof from your employer you work on a Friday pm to DHThomelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

 

The only thing that is now left for me to do is to wish you all a fantastic summer and to say a huge thank you to so many of you for taking the time to email in such kind words on your child report reply slip.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all in September, when we are fully recharged and raring to go!

With much respect and appreciation,

 Mrs Shaw - Headteacher

Old Basford School Newsletter July 2020

HEADTEACHER LETTER TO PARENTS – FRIDAY 10TH JULY 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020 – TEMPORARY CHANGES TO THE SCHOOL DAY & WEEK FOR F2 TO Y6 PUPILS

 

Dear OBS Family,

 

As a parent myself, I know many of you will want to know about the many measures each individual school will be taking to ensure that, when we fully reopen to all pupils on Wednesday 3rd September, they are entering an educational environment that is as safe as possible. As you can imagine, there is a colossal amount of planning and implementation of new systems that needs to be put in place, most of which have never been attempted before in schools nationally. Myself and the Senior Leadership Team, along with the united support of our exceptional staff, will ensure these are in place ready for the start of the new academic year.

 

Within this letter, I will share some of the measures needed for September, but specifically this letter focuses on the TEMPORARY CHANGES TO THE OBS SCHOOL DAY (due to COVID 19), the context behind the changes and the rationale behind the key decisions I have made.

 

Last Thursday (2nd July) the DFE released guidance for all primary and secondary school leaders across England. It heavily focused on safety measures and was very detailed in its instructions, for what schools should look like in September.   Although, it stated all decisions and accountability is with school leaders to ensure this guidance works for their individual school, in terms of size, (no of pupils & staff), site, (layout of buildings/classrooms/ entrance and exit points).

 

Bubbles

As a 2 form entry school we have 2 classes of 30 pupils for each year group. From September (like most schools nationally) we will be creating Year Group Bubbles (60 pupils) who will be taught by their class teachers and the teaching assistants that are aligned to the specific year group. This therefore allows us to continue our high quality educational provision across each year group and remain as safe as possible.

 

Zones

In addition to these bubbles, we will have 4 zones of school.

ZONE 1) Foundation Stage (Nursery & F2 – CLASSES 1 &2)

ZONE 2) Key Stage 1 (Y1 & Y2 – CLASSES 3, 4, 5 &6)

ZONE 3) Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3 & Y4 – CLASSES 7, 8, 9 &10)

ZONE 4) Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5 & Y6 – CLASSES 11, 12, 13 & 14)

Whilst pupils remain in their year group bubbles, they will also be allowed in set ‘zones’ of school – These zones allow for the movement between classrooms and corridors for entrance and exit to:

- The hall (PE & Lunch), - The playgrounds and the field, - The IT suite, - Breakfast Club, - After school ‘KIDS CLUBS’.  Each zone will have a set route to allow for movement around school, meaning that all children still have access to a broad and ambitious OBS curriculum.

 

Staggered start and finish times

The school will also be operating staggered start and finish times that will be released to families shortly.  We have thought about all combinations of travel dynamics; children walking alone, parents with one child to drop off/collect, parents with more than one child to drop off/collect and childminders. We will also be continuing our very successful OBS ONE WAY SYSTEM onto and off of the school site as our normal entrance and exit to school is too narrow. Each parent when collecting their child will be asked to wait in a number of designated year group drop off and pick up zones to ensure we are doing everything we can to help with the continual flow of children arriving and leaving the school site, whilst also allowing parents to socially distance. More details to follow.

 

Staggered break times and lunchtimes

We are very lucky to have the size of site and the large double hall we do here at OBS. However, due to the number of pupils at our school, we have created staggered break times and lunchtimes to continue to ensure bubbles and zones of pupils do not mix. We will be using our large, double school hall to create set zones for each year group to eat in. These will then be thoroughly cleaned before the next lunchtime slot begins.  The outdoor space will also be utilised to ensure bubbles to do not mix but the children are still accessing fresh air and outdoor time.

 

Context of the need to change the OBS School day and week

The major problem in ensuring safety measures within bubbles is, wherever possible, the same adults are with the same bubble of children.

All full time teachers have a statutory right to have ½ a day per week out of the classroom for PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)

Before COVID19 this PPA release time at Old Basford School was provided by a number of Level 2 and Level 3 high quality and experienced Teaching Assistants. These TA’s were always rotated on different days and times, to cover across our 15 different classes in the entire school of 482 pupils.

 

Governing Body Approval of ‘TEMPORARY’ Changes to the school day and week for F2-Y6 (not including nursery)

On Tuesday 7th July, I proposed a temporary change to the OBS school day from September to the Old Basford School Governing Body. This included a slight change of timings to the school day/week:

-On a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the school day will be 35 minutes longer (see details below)

-On a Friday at 1pm OBS will close its formal education provision. (However, will still provide a FREE childcare provision for working parents who fit a strict criteria – please see below)

 

After the explanations behind this temporary change, additional questions and supportive yet robust challenge, the OBS Governing Body voted unanimously for this temporary measure to be put in place for September, as it is the safest model the school could create for it pupils and staff.

 

This will not include our Nursery provision as pupils either attend 3 hours of nursery in the morning, or 3 hours of nursery in the afternoon, or have the government’s 30 hours childcare vouchers. (However, if you are the parent of a 30 hours child, with a sibling in main school and wish to collect your child at 1pm also, this is your personal choice.)

 

 

Temporary Friday pm close – The Friday 1pm closure would be a temporary measure until guidance for COVID19 is minimised for pupil and staff safety. This would then be re-evaluated.

 

OBS TEMPORARY WEEKLY PUPIL HOURS DUE TO COVID 19 & THE FUL REOPENING OF SCHOOL

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

START TIME

8:40

8:40

8:40

8:40

8:40

FINISH TIME

3:30

3:30

3:30

3:30

1:00

 

Further information will follow next week about how to book your child in to the FREE OBS Childcare Provision on a Friday from 1:00-3:30pm IF you believe you qualify under one of the 4 set criteria listed in the rationale for this temporary change. PLEASE CAN I ASK THAT ALL PARENTS READ THIS RATIONAL THOROUGHLY TO UNDERSTAND SCHOOLS DECISION.

 

I fully appreciate this is a long letter and a significant amount of information to take in and process, which is why I will be explaining further, additional decisions over the next 2 weeks. (Or else this letter may feel more like a short novel) – but as always throughout this pandemic, I wanted to keep you all, our valued parents and OBS Family, fully informed in the schools decisions and most importantly, the reasons and rationale behind this particular decision which has been overwhelming made to ensure the safety of your children.

 

If you have any questions or would like to comment (pros and cons both welcomed) on the Temporary Changes to the OBS School day/week; as always we invite you to do this and continue to want to work in partnership with our OBS Family.  You can contact us, by emailing: DHThomelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk  Either myself our Mrs Duffin (Deputy Head) will get back to you.

 

A quote from one of our parent governors was: ‘It all seems very fair and sensible. It is really a case of “if you can, please collect your child/ren and have a 2.5 day weekend to keep EVERYONE safer”. I find it all very reassuring personally and I appreciate the extra time I’ll have with my children.’

 

Thank you and well done for making it to the end of this in hopefully one piece!

Mrs Shaw - Headteacher

 

FULL RATIONALE FOR THE TEMPORARY CHANGE TO OBS DAY/WEEK

PRIORITY 1 – Safety of pupils and staff

  • Safety:
  • All class teachers have a statutory requirement to ½ a day per week PPA time (Planning, preparation and assessment time.) This time is currently covered by a number of members of staff who spend ½ a day, in each classroom, each week, across our entire school. (15 classes)
  • This therefore would mean a number of our OBS staff would be required to teach multiple bubbles, go in to multiple classrooms and teach up to 240 pupils per week. This is not safe. To considerably limit this risk to pupils and staff, closing our educational provision on a Friday from 1pm, will allow the school to facilitate teachers’ designated PPA time in a safe way.

 

PRIORITY 2 – All Pupils entitlement to a full Learning & Education provision

  • Hours of teaching required
  • The school day will start 10 minutes earlier (8:40am), finish 10 minutes later (3:30pm) and lunchtimes will be shortened by 15 minutes. (As referred to above, we now have to provide staggered lunchtimes across the entire school and this will allow this to happen smoothly)
  • There will therefore be an extra 35 minutes of teaching time every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, this would then equal a Friday afternoons teaching time. The school learning week will actually be 25 minutes longer per pupil under this new proposal than it has currently been this year, meaning that in the Autumn Term, each OBS pupil will receive an additional 5 & ¾ hours of learning time with their class teacher.
  • This means no loss of the statutory entitlement to learning time for our OBS pupils, but in fact an increase.

 

PRIORITY 3 – Childcare for working parents on Friday

  • OBS childcare provision for working families on Friday afternoons
  • Each Friday (for FREE) there will be childcare provision available on the school site from 1pm-3:30pm for all working parents, who need the provision and fit the following set criteria:
  1. Pupil has a named social worker
  2. Pupil has an EHCP (SEN Educational Health Care Plan)
  3. Pupil is from a 1 adult household, and that 1 adult works on a Friday pm (proof provided)
  4. Pupil is from a 2+ adult household, and both (all) adults work on a Friday pm (proof provided)
  • Safety measures for child care 1-3:30pm – Pupils who meet the set criteria, will be split into smaller (age group based bubbles) to again ensure safety of pupils. They will have access to our outdoor grounds using set bubble and zone routes to ensure safety.
  • This provision would be run by Level 1 & 2 OBS Teaching Assistants and OBS Care Assistants.
  • Each of these members of staff will be based in set year group childcare bubbles, this will mirror the year groups they support during the rest of the week. This again ensures we are keeping the risk of cross infection very low.

 

Additional knock on ADVANTAGES to this Temporary Change to the OBS school day/week:

Pupil Wellbeing

  • Consistency and Security – After such a significant amount of time off of school, (6 months for around 300+ of our pupils) many of our children will find adapting back into school life and school routines both challenging and very tiring. The security of each pupil knowing they will have their same class teacher/year group teachers for every lesson gives pupils consistency, a sense of belonging and a feeling of safety. Many pupils will feel incredibly anxious about returning to school; this security will be essential to pupil’s wellbeing and readiness to learn.
  • Pupil and family wellbeing – Finishing on a Friday at 1pm means more time for families to have quality time together. This may mean: getting away early for the weekend, starting and completing homework before the official weekend begins, making an appointment for doctors/dentists, visiting friends and family etc – but more importantly, time to slow down, have time together and put the children’s wellbeing first.

 

Catch Up Provision for pupils

  • Catch-Up Provision – All Level 2 & 3 Teaching Assistants that would normally cover PPA sessions, (1/2 a day per week, per class teacher) can be utilised to provide essential ‘catch-up’ provision for pupils and to support those pupils with SEN.
  • Safety Measures for Catch Up Provision – Each Teaching Assistant will be assigned to set year group to again ensure safety and to limit the movement of staff between year groups. School will use effective and proven interventions recommended by the Department of Education.
  • Morning sessions: Monday to Friday – Morning sessions for pupils will be slightly longer, meaning ‘catch up’ provision for core subject (Literacy & Numeracy) can be targeted and help with lost learning time.  This will also help us to run, when pupils are ready, full literacy and numeracy sessions, whilst taking in to account the time that now will be required for cleaning and hygiene throughout the school day.

 

Minimising the risk of whole school closure

  • Pupil or Member of Staff with a positive test result – This new temporary measure will significantly reduce the ramifications for school if a member of staff or a pupil were to have a ‘positive test result’ for COVID19; meaning we would therefore only be required to shut set bubbles/year groups that the pupil/member of staff had been in.
  • If this were to happen with our current set up for PPA release, this could result in us having to shut school for 14 days for up to 8 classes/240 pupils.

 

Quality of Education and Behaviour

  • Quality of Education and Behaviour – Many pupils are often tired and ‘not at their best’ on a Friday afternoon in both their concentration levels and progress they make academically.

 

Staff Wellbeing

  • Vulnerable Staff - We have 2 members of teaching staff on the Extremely Clinically Vulnerable register, 1 member of staff who lives with someone of the Extremely Clinically Vulnerable register and a further 4 members of teaching staff who are registered as Clinically Vulnerable. In order to best protect their health and wellbeing, this proposal puts them at far less at risk from infection from multiple pupils or fellow members of staff who would have previously had to work across multiple bubbles.
  • Under the latest government guidance all members of staff, if they are in one of the above categories, are to return to work and no longer shield from 1st August, so long as the employer has in place a series of secure COVID19 health and safety measures.
  • This temporary change to the OBS school day/week significantly reduces the risk for these members of staff.  It allows all staff to come to feel safe and fully committed to ensuring the can deliver the best quality education for our pupils.

 

Thank you for taking the time to fully read this entire document.

HEADTEACHER LETTER TO PARENTS – Tuesday 7th JULY 2020

School Uniform and PE Uniform from September 2020

Dear OBS Family

As always, I am keen to keep you all fully informed with decisions that have been made for Old Basford School, both at the end of this academic year and looking forward into the full return of all pupils in September.

 

Myself and the OBS Senior Leadership Team are working tirelessly to put in place clear, protective measures for September across our entire school, for all of our pupils, staff and parents, following the latest government guidance (released 5 days ago); I am meeting with the governing body tonight online to share our plans and proposals.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY – F2-Y5 TRANSITION DAY

Each child has been given the opportunity to meet their new class teacher for a 2 hour transition session; pupils WILL NOT need to wear school uniform when attending transition visit.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM SALE – WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY

We plan on this day to hold an outdoor school uniform sale on our KS1 school playground. (Weather dependant!)Tables with school uniform and items such as book bags, will be staggered around a set ‘one way’ system across the playground.  There will be both new school uniform as well as 2nd hand items available. (All 2nd  items are just 50p each.) Members of staff at each stall will be wearing gloves. Sadly, we will not be able to allow you to try uniform on due to hygiene measures. We hope by combining this sale on the same day as our transition set slots, that this will be a huge help to parents.

 

DONATIONS OF UNIFORM PLEASE

If you have any uniform at home that you no longer require, please bring it up to school as soon as possible, we’ll wash it again, and put it in the 2nd hand uniform sale, we know this will be a real help to many of our families. If you are a parent of a Year 6 pupil and have no young siblings, donating any items of uniform would be very much appreciated!

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM AND PE UNIFORM FROM SEPTEMBER 2020

One of the many new protective measures we have put in place across all year groups for September is that on days pupils have PE, they will be allowed to wear strict OBS PE Uniform for those two days. This means no pupils will need to get changed (either side of their PE lessons) on set PE days. In order to ensure pupils still look as smart as possible, OBS PE uniform will be similar to our normal school uniform, please see list below. I am sharing this information with all parents now, so you can start to gather both PE uniform and school uniform in plenty of time before the start of the new academic year. No pupils will be required to wear PE uniform on the first day of school; class teachers will promptly at the beginning of the year, inform all parents of their child’s set PE days.

 

STRICT OBS PE UNIFORM FROM SEPTEMBER Plain black shorts/leggings or track suit bottoms, Plain white T-shirt, School Jumper or Cardigan and a pair of plimsolls or trainers.

 

Again if you do have any spare uniform you no longer require, please bring this in to school as soon as possible.

I hope sharing this information with you now is useful and that the opportunity to buy school uniform on the transition day is helpful. Thank you,

 

 Mrs Shaw - Headteacher

HEADTEACHER UPDATE TO PARENTS – FRIDAY 3rd JULY 2020

MEET THE NEW TEACHER VISITS AND VIDEOS, OBS HOLIDAY CLUB, PREPARATION FOR SEPTEMBER AND END OF YEAR REPORTS, MONEY OWED TO SCHOOL AND THEME WEEKS FOR HOME LEARNING BEFORE THE END OF TERM 

 

Dear OBS Family

I hope this latest update finds you well and that it is both useful and informative to parents and pupils alike.

 

MEET THE TEACHER INVITATIONS

Each pupil from Nursery to Year 5 will have received this week an invitation of an allotted set, staggered time to come and spend 2 hours alongside their new class teacher, in their new classroom alongside 14 other of their peers. Thank you to everyone who has so far responded to the survey letting us know whether or not your child will be able to attend. I can’t tell you how excited we are for this transition day, we have missed all of the children terribly; and although school has been open continuously for the last 20 weeks, it just hasn’t felt ‘whole’ without our entire OBS community each day.

 

MEET THE TEACHER VIDEOS

We are aware of a few families, who due to shielding reasons, have helpfully already informed us that their child is unable to attend the ‘Meet the Teacher’ transition day. I have created a new page on our school website called ‘ MEET THE TEACHER’ that will be ‘LIVE’ from next Thursday; on this page each teacher will have produced a short video for you and your children to watch together. It is our intention that for both pupils and parents to be able to put a name to a face would be incredibly helpful and help settle a few natural nerves.

 

OBS HOLIDAY CLUB – PLACES GOING FAST!

Miss Lawson, Miss Williams and Miss Hillary will be running our 2 weeks of OBS HOLIDAY CLUB from Monday 27th  July to Friday 7th August. This provision is available to all OBS children, will run from 8am-4pm each day at the cost of £20 per day and £15 per day for additional siblings. We have already had a high uptake and have a few places remaining. If you would like your child to attend, to avoid disappointment, please contact the school office on 0115 978 5505 or email at admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk as soon as possible. The provision will still adhere to the latest government guidance in terms of hygiene and social distancing.

 

SEPTEMBER:

Many of you will be aware that the government yesterday published detailed guidance for schools about the return of all pupils for September. The rough outline is that ‘for pupils’ school life will ‘almost’ return to normal. All pupils will be back in their normal class sizes and each year group will be its own ‘bubble’ – whole school events are to be avoided – eg: assemblies, whole school dining, whole school mixed year group playtimes. The advice within it, I am going to digest, plan and prepare for September, alongside the OBS Senior Leadership Team. There is much to think about, including when and how to ensure the deep cleaning of school which has taken place each week on a Wednesday since lockdown. Aspects of the guidance is conflicting in some instances and I strongly suspect I will receive yet more updated guidance in the days and weeks to come. The OBS will continue to plan, re-plan and review to ensure we are providing the safest possible provision for our children whilst ensuring we can provide the highest quality of education from both an academic and wellbeing perspective.

 

REPORTS

A huge thank you to the vast majority of parents who have already collected their children’s end of year reports and belongings. We still have 58 reports and sets of books/belongings that are awaiting collection. PLEASE CAN THESE BE COLLECTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! They are taking up valuable space that we need to continually keep lifting and cleaning. Thank you also for the most beautiful and appreciative messages we have received from parents following on from receiving their child’s report. If you have not had the chance to yet, we are required by law to have a receipt/record of acknowledgement that you have had your child’s report, please can you email us on the set email address included within your child’s report envelope.  

 

OUTSTANDING BALANCES:

With just less than 3 weeks to go until the end of the academic year, we have a large number of outstanding payments that are owed to school in terms of: dinner money, breakfast club fees, after school club fees, nursery fees. These in total amount to the sum of £1954! School simply cannot afford for these to go unpaid. We continue to try and contact those parents who do still owe money and share with you your outstanding balance. It is essential this is paid by Monday 20th July. I will then personally, as Headteacher of school, have to call families who have not paid by this date and inform them that their provision for next academic year will have to go on hold until the balance is met.

 

THEME WEEKS BEGIN NEXT WEEK!

Just a reminder, next week, we are launching our final 3 weeks of home learning on the school website! Next week will be all about THE ARTS, the following week will be a ‘SPORTS THEME’ and the final week of school will be a ‘TRANSITION THEME’ with pupils new class teachers setting the pupils fun challenges and activities.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB AND OBS AFTER SCHOOL ‘KIDS CLUB’

Following the release of government guidance yesterday, I am very pleased to say we will still be able to offer our ‘wrap around care’ provision here at OBS in September. I know both Breakfast Club and after school kids club are incredibly popular and are absolutely vital for many working parents in terms of child care. If you require a place for your child in September for either Breakfast Club or After School ‘KIDS CLUB’ please contact the office as soon as possible on 0115 978 5505 or email us at admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk.

I am very pleased to say that prices will remain the same as last academic year. Option 1 Breakfast Club drop off at 7:45am until school starts is £2.50 per day, Option 2 Breakfast Club drop off at 8:10am until school starts is £1.50 per day. After school OBS ‘KIDS CLUB’ runs daily from the end of school until 6pm at the flat rate of £10 per day.

 

Today marks 20 weeks of Old Basford School being continuously open since February half term; and on Monday it will be 100 days since we last opened our school to all of our pupils; what a significant way we have all come! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our OBS family, for your continual support, home learning, words of encouragement, time and care. It means more than you know and reminds how incredibly lucky we are to serve such wonderful children and work alongside you as parents.

 

With much respect and appreciation,

 

 Mrs Shaw - Headteacher

FRIDAY 26th JUNE – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOUR NEW CLASS TEACHER FROM F2-Y6, TRANSITION FOR NURSERY PUPILS, END OF YEAR REPORTS, HOME LEARNING THEME WEEKS & Y6 AWARDS CEREMONY

 

Dear OBS Family

How are you all? Within this latest Headteacher update, I am now able to share plans we have put in place, for your child’s transition in to their new class, with their new teacher, before the end of the summer term.

 

We currently have all pupils whose parents have chosen to return to school in Year 6, Year 1 and Foundation 2 (Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 & 14) 4 days per week. (As we continue to shut to all but keyworker pupils on a Wednesday for Deep Cleaning.) This will continue until Friday 17th July, where we will then shut school to these 3 year groups.

 

Keyworker School will continue to run every day until Tuesday 21st July, but this will then be the last day critical worker provision is available at OBS this academic year. We will not be opening to critical workers over the summer holidays, but we do have our OBS Holidays club available in the first 2 weeks for any pupil throughout school who requires it. Since Monday 23rd March, Old Basford School has been open every day, from 8am -4pm, including school holidays and bank holidays, for pupils of critical workers. Your children have been fantastic throughout; a real credit to you.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY – TRANSITION DAY FOR ALL NEW F2-Y6 PUPILS 2020/2021

Each new class for September 2020 will be offered either a morning or an afternoon 2 hour slot to meet their new class teacher alongside fellow classmates. Each new class will be split in to 2 smaller groups (no more than 15) to ensure we continue to adhere to the current government requirements of social distancing.

Next week all parents will be sent a specific, staggered, 2 hour time slot to both drop off and collect their child. We will include within this which class your child will be in next year and who their teacher will be. This is an optional visit for all pupils, but we would highly recommend taking up this opportunity to help with transition and natural nerves before September. However, we as a school, will continue to completely respect each individual household’s decision. We will be asking you to respond to a very quick survey next week, to let us know whether or not your child will be attending their 2 hour transition with their new teacher.

CURRENT YEAR GROUP

YEAR GROUP IN SEPTEMBER

AM 2 HOUR MEET YOUR NEW TEACHER SLOT

PM 2 HOUR MEET YOUR NEW TEACHER SLOT

Y5

Y6 (New Teachers – Miss McCulloch & Miss Crosby)

8:30-10:30

12:10-2:10

Y4

Y5 (New Teachers – Mrs Whitehead & Mr Burrows)

8:40-10:40

12:20-2:20

Y3

Y4 (New Teachers – Mrs Hill & Mrs Tindsley/Mrs Heywood

8:50-10:50

12:30-2:30

Y2

Y3 (New Teachers – Mrs Kelly & Miss Tarlowski)

9:00-11:00

12:40-2:40

Y1

Y2 (New Teachers – Mrs Richards & Mrs Priddy)

9:10-11:10

12:50-2:50

F2

Y1 (New Teachers – Miss Wardle & Mr Ross)

9:20-11:20

1:00-3:00

F1

F2 (New Teachers – Mrs Pickup & Miss Lloyd)

9:30-11:30

1:10-3:10

It will be essential that each child turns up in their specific, staggered time slots. We will continue to follow our current OBS ONE WAY SYSTEM in and out of our school site in order to again continue to adhere to government requirements for social distancing.

 

Thursday 23rd  July –TRANSITION FOR NURSERY PUPILS

We are delighted to be able to offer a small, 1 hour slot, to all of our nursery pupils who will be either continuing or starting with us from September 2020. The children will be in small groups of 8 or 9, the slots will be shorter in an awareness of their age and the need to clean and change resources/play equipment between each of the sessions. Again, next week, we well send all nursery parents a specific, staggered, 1 hour time slot to both drop off and collect your child. This again, is an optional visit for all nursery pupils, but we would highly advice this opportunity to help with transition and natural nerves before September. However, again, we as a school, will continue to completely respect each individual household’s decision. You too will be asked to respond to a very quick survey to let us know whether or not your child will be attending their 1 hour transition with their new teacher.

YEAR GROUP IN SEPTEMBER

Slot 1

Slot 2

Slot 3

Slot 4

Nursery

8:45-9:45

10:15-11:15

12:45-1:45

2:15-3:15

 

Your new class teachers, from all across our school, are so excited to be meeting as many members of their new class as possible.

 

END OF YEAR ACADMEIC REPORTS

Thank you to all of the Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 & Nursery parents who have already collected their child’s end of year academic report from their current teacher. Any parent that still has not collected their child’s report from within these year groups, it is essential you do this as soon as possible.

 

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, between 10am-2pm, parents of pupils in the current F2 & Y1 year groups may come and get their child’s report, or collect it when you pick your child up from their bubble, if you have chosen to send them back to school.

 

On Thursday and Friday next week, between 10am-2pm, parents of pupils in our current Y6, will be able to come and collect their final OBS primary school report! If your child is in one of our current Year 6 bubbles, we will send their report home with them on Thursday at the end of their set bubble day.

 

YEAR 6 AWARDS CEREMONY

In order to allow pupils and staff to say goodbye, we will be holding a Year 6 (pupil only) Awards Ceremony, one night after school before the end of term. This will be held on the KS1 Playground, all pupils will be asked to sit on a set chair. Each chair will be spaced out and positioned separately in order to adhere to government guidance on social distancing. During the ceremony each Year 6 pupil will receive their OBS Leavers T-Shirt; as well as an additional surprise. Staff will then conduct elements of our normal ‘sports presentation’ and ‘leaver’s assembly’ to present our traditional, annual awards. At the end of the ceremony, parents are invited to come and collect their Year 6 children and will have an opportunity to say goodbye to staff. More information about this Year 6 specific event will follow shortly. We hope as many of our 60 Y6’s will be able to attend as possible.

 

THEME WEEKS / HOME LEARNING

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July – THE ARTS THEME (We will continue to post x3 Home learning activities each day for all pupils across our entire school – each of which mirrors what is taught to year group bubbles within school. The Numeracy activity will continue to be White Rose Videos but the literacy and non-core activity will be based around an ART THEME!)

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July – SPORTS THEME (We will continue to post x3 Home learning activities each day for all pupils across our entire school – each of which mirrors what is taught to year group bubbles within school. The Numeracy activity will continue to be White Rose Videos but the literacy and non-core activity will be based around a SPORTS THEME!)

Monday 20th July – Tuesday 21st July – TRANSITION THEME (Monday and Tuesday will be our final 2 days of home learning activities since Monday 23rd March! Each child will be set 2 activities from their new class teacher in September.) There will be no home learning activities for Wednesday 22nd or Thursday 23rd July as these are transition days in school; there will also be no home learning on Friday 24th July, as this is a whole school INSET day and school was due to close to all pupils this academic year on Thursday 23rd July.

 

I know this is a lot of information to take in; but I wanted to continue to be as honest and open with all parents as possible, giving you as much notice as I could of our plans for the end of this academic year.

 

Take care and stay safe                                                                                                                                   

 Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

OBS REOPENING INFORMATION VIDEO FOR PUPILS AND PARENTS

Welcome Back OBS

Welcome Back Year 1

F2 Returning to School

HEADTEACHER LETTER TO PARENTS – TUESDAY 16th JUNE 2020

THE REOPENING OF SCHOOL TO MORE YEAR GROUPS, TRANSITION PREPARATION FOR SEPTEMBER AND STAFFING UPDATE FOR 2020/2021

 

Dear OBS Family

We have had a very successful and extremely smooth start to the wider reopening of school to Year 6 pupils, as well as keyworker pupils today! To see so many happy faces and pupils so genuinely moved to be with their friends once again was incredibly heart-warming.

 

We will be opening to Year 1 pupils from Monday 22nd June and now plan to open to F2 pupil from Thursday 25th June. Both Year 1 and F2 will have slightly reduced hours, compared to their normal school day, this is in order for us to be able to put safety first and to continue to stagger the arrival and collection times for all bubbles separately. (It is likely Y1 bubble pupils will start somewhere between 9:10-9:30am and will be collected between 2:30 and 2:50pm; it is likely F2 bubble pupils will start somewhere between 9:40-10am and will be collected between 2:00 and 2:20pm – we will confirm these timings when we have definite numbers for both year groups.)

 

We have 15 classrooms in our school building from Nursery to Year 6 – from next week, we will have 5 keyworker bubbles and 3 Year 6 bubbles, 2 Year 1 bubbles and 3 F2 bubbles; this means that 13 of our classrooms by Thursday 25th June will be in use and that all of our teaching staff will be in a bubble (for safety, we have 2 members of staff assigned to each bubble.)

 

I am therefore saddened to say, it will not be possible for us as a school, at this time, to open any wider than the government’s set year groups of F2, Y1 & Y6, as well as facilitate the high demand and priority places for pupils of critical keyworkers for the rest of this academic year.

 

However, I am working very hard at present to create a plan where in the last week of the academic year (week beginning Monday 20th July) we will not open to F2, Y1 & Y6 pupils, but instead, each day, we will invite a specific year group back, either in the morning or the afternoon to meet their new class teacher for September in their new classroom. More information about this will follow in the next 2 weeks providing current numbers remain the same and government guidance doesn’t alter.

 

Staffing and Class Teachers for 2020-2021

At present, we do not know what September will bring and what the government advice will be; however, I am keen to share with you all, our OBS Family, the teaching teams in each year group for next academic year.

 

You’ll see there has been a lot of movement. Many of the teaching staff were very keen to have a year group move and, as their Headteacher, it is also my job to ensure that there are numerous professional development opportunities for all staff, especially those who are in the first 5 years of their career.

 

Staff have been aware of these plans since early May and are all incredibly excited and enthusiastic about year group moves and/or being a part of new year group teaching teams.

 

Year group

Class

Teacher

Additional Teaching and Support Staff

F1

Nursery

Mrs Sawford

Miss Brown, Miss Squires & Miss Watkins,

Miss Priddle (AHT & Head of F1 & F2)

F2

Class 1

Mrs Pickup

Miss Williams, Miss Hillary & Miss Lawson,

Miss Priddle (AHT & Head of F1 & F2)

F2

Class 2

Miss Lloyd

Y1

Class 3

Miss Wardle (SENDCO)

Miss Dobson & Mrs Widdowson

Mrs Thomas (AHT & Head of Y1 & Y2)

Y1

Class 4

Mr Ross

Y2

Class 5

Mrs Richards

Mrs Nicholls 

Mrs Thomas (AHT & Head of Y1 & Y2)

Y2

Class 6

Mrs Priddy

Y3

Class 7

Mrs Kelly

Mrs Ringrose

Mrs Tee (AHT & Head of Y3 & Y4)

Y3

Class 8

Miss Tarlowski

Y4

Class 9

Mr Hill

The Hive: Mrs Hodson & Mrs Cocker

The Web: Miss James

Mrs Tee (AHT & Head of Y3 & Y4)

Y4

Class 10

Mrs Tindsley & Mrs Heywood

Y5

Class 11

Mrs Whitehead

The Hive: Mrs Hodson & Mrs Cocker

The Web: Miss James

Mrs Schindler (AHT & Head of Y5 & Y6)

Y5

Class 12

Mr Burrows

Y6

Class 13

Miss McCulloch

The Hive: Mrs Hodson & Mrs Cocker

The Web: Miss James

Mrs Schindler (AHT & Head of Y5 & Y6)

Y6

Class 14

Miss Crosby

 

I’ll be sharing with all parents in the coming weeks which class their child will be in, and dates/timings for planned transition visits with their new teacher in the last week of term. Please be assured a significant amount of time has been spent discussing friendships to ensure pupils are in new classes alongside peers that they both feel happy with and work well alongside.

 

Whilst Mrs Black is on Maternity leave, Mrs Whitehead has taken on the role of Literacy Lead and become one of the full time Year 5 class teachers; I feel incredibly lucky to say we have Mrs Heywood, a very experienced teacher, joining Mrs Tindsley as the job share partnership in Class 10 (Year 4) for this academic year and know she’ll be a fantastic addition to our OBS Teaching team.

 

Over the next 4 weeks, we will be inviting parents, over a period of 2-3 days, to come and collect their child’s end of academic year report, as well as all of their classroom belongings, PE bags and books from this year. Staff have collected all of these together and bagged them up ready. Each year group will be given 3 set days and times that they can come and collect them. This will be starting with Year 4 from tomorrow until Friday, collection can be anytime between 10am and 2pm, so as to avoid collection and arrival times of current bubbles. PLEASE CAN YOU BRING BACK ANY SCHOOL READING BOOKS THAT YOU HAVE AT HOME AT THE SAME TIME.

 

Thank you and take care

 

Mrs Shaw

 

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

REOPENING SCHOOLS INFORMATIVE PARENT LETTER NO. 7

 

Dear OBS Family

 

Hello, I am writing to confirm, that from next Tuesday 16th June, WE NOW WILL begin our gradual reopening of Old Basford School, starting with Year 6. Nottingham City, will be issuing a statement later today, and I will forward this on to you all as soon as I receive it.

 

On Monday 15th June, OBS will be shut to all pupils, including keyworker pupils, in order to have a whole school emergency inset day. I will be briefing all staff on the numerous measures that will need to be consistently put in place, across the entire school, to ensure we are doing our utmost to protect the safety and wellbeing of all individuals, which continues to be our number one priority. We will also make all final, practical preparations in our new bubbles, each of which will be in new, set locations across the school.

 

KEY POINTS FOR PARENT INFORMATION:

  1. Key worker school will remain open EVERY DAY 8am-4pm. EXCEPT FOR MONDAY 15th JUNE. (Whole OBS staff emergency inset).
  2. School from now until the end of the academic year (Thursday 23rd July) will be shut to all non-keyworker pupils on a Wednesday for deep cleaning, teacher preparation and for staff to continue to also run home learning for those pupils not at school.
  3. The following set year groups will now be invited back to OBS;
  1. Year 6 - Tuesday 15th June
  2. Year 1 – Monday 22nd June (IF … the Year 6 reopening has been successful.)
  3. F2 – Monday 29th June (IF … the Year 1 reopening has been successful AND … we still have enough teachers/classrooms available to facilitate this. This will be completely dependent on the number of keyworker pupils entitled to a priority place in school and the number of pupils in Y6 and Y1 wishing to return.)
  1. If you have a sibling of a pupil, not in these 3 year groups, (brother or sister in Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5) they do not currently have a place at school, unless they are at Keyworker School.
  2. At present there are no set dates to invite back pupils from Nursery. This is due to numbers of staff, space and the level of intimate care required for toileting and changing. Nursery at present remains shuts.
  3. At present there continues to be ‘no set dates from the Government or Local Authority’ to reopen school to pupils in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 (unless they are keyworker children) – we continue to await further instruction for these year groups – the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, will be sharing the governments thoughts for this tonight in the daily broadcast.

 

   VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE CONTACT US BY 11AM ON WEDNESDAY IF:

  1. If you think you NOW REQUIRE a NEW KEYWORKER PRIORITY PLACE at our school. (Your child may be any year group.). Please either call school on 0115 978 5505 or email us admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk and we will be happy to offer your child a place. We will require proof from your employer stating your job and requirement for you to return to work. The current critical government keyworker list still stands. If your child currently attends OBS Keyworker School, there is no need to contact us, your place is guaranteed

 

  1. If you are a parent of a Year 6 pupil, who has not already booked a place in a new Year 6 bubble, BUT, NOW WISHES FOR YOUR CHILD TO RETURN TO SCHOOL; we will do our best to fit them in to one of our 3 planned Year 6 bubbles from Tuesday 16th June, but do have limited spaces. (If not, they will be guaranteed a place from Monday 22nd June in a new Year 6 bubble.) 

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT Y6 TRANSITION

We have had, understandably, many of our Year 6 parents ask about transition arrangements. Out of our current Y6 cohort, we have pupils going to 15 different secondary schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire! Mrs Schindler has spoken to these 15 schools, about each pupil, as an individual regarding their: academic abilities, personal attributes and character.

 

Sadly, secondary schools cannot offer any specific transition arrangements for us to deliver to our Year 6 pupils. All information including: virtual tours, contact email addresses and important information is available to access on each individual secondary schools website.

 

I feel it is important to continue to be as honest and transparent with you as parents; what we can offer our current Year 6 pupils regarding transition preparation is sadly very limited. I know this will, for many Y6 parents, be a key factor in terms of your decision as to whether or not you send your child back to OBS, as we gradually reopen from next week.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT Y6 – END OF YEAR TRADITIONS

It is with deepest regret that we need to share with you that we are unable to do the vast majority of our normal Y6 Leavers Traditions.  The only options we feel we can safely continue, following the current social distancing guidelines at this time, are:

*To ensure all Y6 pupils receive their Leavers T-shirt

*To ensure that those pupils who have earned or been acknowledged with a special achievement award (eg: 50 sporting appearances, football players’ player of the year, mathematician of the year etc) receive them.

We too, are so saddened, that we are unable to safely commit to anything else. Our Year 6’s will, alongside the rest of school, soon receive their individual end of year reports which all clearly demonstrate the love, care and respect we have for each one of them and our best wishes going forward.

 

 

As always, our school will completely respect your decision as parent, we just now need this information in order to prepare final ‘groupings of pupils’ in to their NEW ‘bubbles’ from Tuesday 16th June. Our priority within each bubble is to ensure, for the children’s emotional wellbeing, that they are with SOME of their friends – hence us needing to know Y6 numbers by this Wednesday 10th June at 11AM.

 

 

Thank you to everyone in Year 1 and F2 that has already let us know if they would like a place. If you are an F2 or Y1 parent and have not yet informed us, or have changed your mind, please can:

  • YEAR 1 parents let us know by Wednesday 17th June by 11am- phone call or email please.
  • F2 parents let us know by Wednesday 24th June by 11am. – phone call or email please.

 

Myself, Mrs Duffin, (Deputy Head) Miss Priddle, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Tee and Mrs Schindler (Assistant Heads) - OBS Leadership Team - continue to be in the school office daily. We always welcome your calls and questions – please know that no question is too daft, so please do get in touch – we are here for you!

 

I hope this helps to clarify our plans/dates/year groups for the gradual, reopening of Old Basford School beginning next week on Tuesday 16th June.

 
Take care and stay safe                                                                                                                                   

 Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE – HEADTEACHER UPDATE - PARENT INFROMATION

Dear OBS Family

 

Well, what a week! I thought that today, I’d be sharing with you our adventures from both our new Y6 and Keyworker bubbles, as well as sharing how we were very much looking forward to seeing our Year 1 pupils. Sadly, not to be at present!

 

Thank you again for your understanding and kind messages in regards to the last minute decision to not reopen NST schools (Nottingham Schools Trust) made by the City Council last Friday afternoon.

 

I am afraid, I have nothing new to report to you all. I, like Headteachers across Nottingham City, am still waiting for any updates, further information and any kind of reference to a timeline or date from the City Council as to when we are allowed to begin our planned, gradual reopening of Old Basford School.

 

Please be assured, as soon as I do receive anything on this front, I will contact you all straight away.

 

I thought I would just use this opportunity, having not be in touch all week, to update you all on a couple of other things that you will hopefully find both useful and informative.

 

NSPCC ‘Stay Safe & Speak Out’ Whole School Assembly

This week Old Basford School had the NSPCC booked in to come and do assemblies across different age ranges within our school. We continue to be eager to promote this important message and help to ensure the safeguarding for all of our pupils.

Please follow the link below to an online pre-recorded assembly to watch alongside your children at a time that suits you over the next week.   https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/our-services/working-with-schools/

 

Refunds for residentials

All parents will be receiving a full refund for any residential they have paid for. As you can imagine, getting in touch with the residential providers has been very challenging in recent weeks. I will be in touch later next week about details we will need from you as parents, but I just wanted to reassure you all, you will be receiving a full refund and to say thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

BEAT THE TEACHER Challenges

These have proved so incredibly popular since we launched them back during the start of Easter holidays, thank you to everyone who has got involved or just enjoyed watching other pupils’ efforts on the website.

We have 4 new challenges that were launched on Tuesday morning and are open until next Friday 12th June at 3pm!

Miss Crosby – challenge no 14 – The smartie and straw challenge

 https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/miss-crosby-challenge-number-16-comnig-soon/

Mrs Cocker – challenge no 15 – Recreate a famous painting with a photo of yourself challenge   https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/mrs-cocker-challenge-number-14-coming-soon/

Mrs Widdowson – challenge no 16 – Creative Kitchen challenge (cook or bake something new!)

https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/mrs-widdowson-challenge-number-15-coming-soon/

Mrs Hodson – challenge no 17 – Material Rainbows

https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/mrs-hodson-challenge-number-17-soon/

 

 

New Safeguarding requirement for schools

Thank you to everyone who has been sending an email on a weekly basis to their child’s class teacher. We are now required in terms of safeguarding to ensure we are having weekly contact with all pupils. In total that is just over 480 pupils each week. This is just one of the reasons why we have set up the specific year group home learning email addresses. If we do not receive contact from parents, we are now required to follow this up with weekly phone calls from members of the safeguarding team.

 

NURSERY EMAIL ADDRESS -  Nurseryhomelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk 

CLASSES 1 & 2 (F2) EMAIL ADDRESS -  F2homemlearning@oldbasford.nottingham. sch.uk

CLASSES 3 & 4 (Y1) EMAIL ADDRESS – Y1homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk 

CLASSES 5 & 6 (Y2) EMAILL ADDRESS – Y2homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

CLASSES 7 & 8 (Y3) EMAIL ADDRESS – Y3homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

CLASSES 9 & 10 (Y4) EMAIL ADDRESS – Y4homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

CLASSES 11 & 12 (Y5) EMAIL ADDRESS – Y5homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

CLASSES 13 & 14 (Y6) EMAIL ADDRESS – Y6homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Today at 4pm, in partnership with local libraries, Old Basford School has launched ‘THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE’ for all of our pupils. This usually takes place over the Summer Holidays with our local libraries, but this year the challenge has been brought forward and is running virtually!

 

You can sign up using the following link; you can challenge yourself to read as many books as you would like between now and September. You are also able to right a write review of the book, but only if you wish! There are online games, book recommendations and a virtual individual avatar for you to personalise with accessories as you make your way through the challenge.

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

 

 

End of Year individual pupil reports

I am currently making my way through proof reading and writing Headteacher comments on all 480+ pupil reports that have been written by your child’s current class teacher. We have adapted our normal end of year reports slightly in light of having to ‘close’ school from Friday 20th March, but still tried to make them as personal as possible reflecting each child’s personality and achievements. Assistant Headteachers of each phase have also included a comment about all children this year too. The reports will NOT HAVE any grades or end of key stage results attached to them; this is because no pupil has finished the full academic year and in an awareness of the fact that when pupils do return to school, their academic attainment will be at different points, depending on home much home learning they have been able to regularly access. I hope to get these out to you all by the beginning of July.

 

I’ll be in touch next week as soon as I hear anything from Nottingham City Council, until then, please keep emailing once a week, stay safe and take care!

As ever, missing our OBS family!

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

FRIDAY 29TH MAY - URGENT MESSAGE FROM MRS SHAW FOLLOWING A NOTTINGHAM CITY LOCAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

 

Dear OBS Family

As your Headteacher I am both frustrated and embarrassed to have to tell you that at 12:30 this afternoon, I have been told, that Nottingham City as a Local Authority, have INSTRUCTED all NST (Nottingham School Trust) City Primary Schools to now NOT OPEN to Year 6 OR any other year groups next week.

We are to only continue our current provision for keyworker pupils at this time.

The Local Authority have not given any set date for which they anticipate we can open, as we had planned to other year groups. Which is incredibly unhelpful.

Headteachers from the NST across Nottingham City have also only just, alongside myself, been informed of this. They all, like myself, are completely lost for words as to this last minute decision by Nottingham City Councillors who met this morning at 11:30am.

I have been told that I will receive an official letter later this afternoon from Councillor Mellen and Councillor Khan. I will forward this on to you all, our OBS community, as soon as I receive it.

Mrs Shaw

 

Statement to all Nottingham City LA Primary and NST Schools

 

“Nottingham City Council knows how important education is for children in our city and the council will support the wider reopening of schools as soon as it is safe to do so. But the safety of children, their families and school staff must be our priority and we are not yet convinced it is safe to open more widely on 1st June. We do not yet believe that the National Education Union’s 5 tests have been sufficiently met by the government. In light of this, Nottingham City Council supports a phased and gradual reinstatement of children, starting with pupils in Year six based on the comprehensive risk assessments undertaken by head teachers and governing bodies that address the 5 tests set out by the NEU.

 

We know that the majority of Nottingham Schools have remained open throughout lockdown for the children of our critical workers and those children who are vulnerable or have additional needs. We are grateful to school staff for this commitment. It is vital that our pupils and staff are safe – and that our parents are confident that all steps are being taken to minimise the risk and ensure their children’s safety is paramount. We know that no one places a higher priority on this than our schools and nurseries.

 

In the meantime, we will continue to work with head teachers, governing bodies and trade unions to establish the plans for schools further opening subject to comprehensive and rigorous risk assessments.

 

However, Nottingham City Council is clear that we must not rush this process.”

 

Councillor Mellen and Councillor Khan

WEDNESDAY 27th MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

REOPENING OLD BASFORD SCHOOL INFORMATIVE PARENT LETTER NO. 5

 

Dear OBS Family

 

Hello, I hope this letter finds you well.

 

As Headteacher I have had to produce a 26 page risk assessment for reopening our school; this has then been sent off to the Nottingham City Health and Safety Executive Officer for review and is then passed on to the schools governing body to decide whether or not school is ready to open.

 

The Health and Safety Executive Officer has stated that our specific Old Basford School Risk Assessment is excellent and very detailed. The OBS Governing Body meet on line yesterday for 2 hours to go through each aspect of the risk assessment. They then unanimously voted that, if the government still state in their evening news conference on Thursday 28th May, that schools are still to open at the beginning of June, Old Basford School WOULD THEN REOPEN gradually to specific year groups from Tuesday 2nd June.

 

Tuesday 2nd JuneSchool will be open to Keyworker pupils and Year 6 pupils who have already booked a place. (If you are a keyworker and you require a place for your child, you please MUST contact us as soon as possible. If you would like a place for your Year 6 child and have not already contacted us – the earliest we can now let your child re-join school is Monday 8th June.)

 

Monday 8th June – We ‘PLAN’ (if all has been successful with the return of keyworker & Year 6 pupils) to reopen school also to Year 1 pupils. Please inform us, if have not already done so, if your child does now want a place for your Year 1 child by Tuesday 2nd June by 1pm; otherwise the earliest your Year 1 child will be able to return is Monday 15th June.

 

Monday 15th June – We ‘PLAN’ (if all as been successful with the return of Year 1, Year 6 and Keyworker pupils) to reopen school also to F2 pupils. Please inform us, if you have not already done so, if your child does now want a place for your F2 child by Tuesday 9th June by 1pm: otherwise the earliest your F2 child will be able to return in Monday 22nd June.

 

I’LL CONTINUE TO BE IN CONTACT EACH WEEK WITH ALL PARENTS TO UPDATE YOU ON THE GRADUAL REOPENING ‘PLAN’ FOR SCHOOL.

 

IF YOUR CHILD IS DUE TO START ON TUESDAY 2nd JUNE YOU WILL RECEIVE A PHONE CALL BY THE END OF THIS WEEK EXPLAINING THE BUBBLE YOUR CHILD IS IN, THE SET TIMES OF DROP OFF AND PICK UP, AS WELL AS RECEIVING A CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOUR CHILD CAN AND CAN NOT BRING WITH THEM EACH DAY.

 

ALL MEASURES POSSIBLE HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR THE SOCIAL DISTANCING OF PUPILS AND STAFF; WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO OUR ABSOLUTE UTMOST – BUT, WITH CHILDREN BEING CHILDREN, WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE THIS 100% OF THE TIME.

 

At present, we have not been given any information from the government about pupils in Y2, Y3, Y4 or Y5 returning to school. Will still do not have the space to open for Nursery pupils.

 

IMPORTANT PARENTAL INFROMATION ABOUT HOME LEARNING/SCHOOL LEARNING FROM TUESDAY 2nd JUNE:

  • The activities that pupils have been set for home learning will mirror the learning that is taking place in bubbles across the school as we gradually ‘PLAN’ to reopen.
  • If your child is at home, we still do require you to send us an email at least once per week, sharing with us what your child has been doing with you. (This can be either home learning, or, other activities that you have been doing: baking, gardening etc)
  • We now have to keep a weekly checklist of which parents/pupils we have and have not heard from each week for Safeguarding during COVID19. This is now because the school has been ‘shut’ since Friday 20th March (10 WEEKS AGO!) If you are not sending us an email each week, school now HAS to contact you.
  • Your child will still get an individual, positive and personalised email back from members of staff that are not at school due to shielding and therefore will be working from home.
  • The Pastoral Team will continue to also call families throughout the summer term to be of support to both parents and pupils.

 

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES, CHALLENGES & COMPETITIONS

You will have seen we have shared lots of optional activities, challenges and competitions for children and families to do over the half term week within the theme of ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS!’ (What could be more perfect with the weather this week?!?!) These activities, challenges and competitions have ALL being extended to include MONDAY 1ST JUNE – which is now a whole school emergency Inset Day.  Home learning activities will be back on the Year Group Website pages from Tuesday 2nd June.

 

WELLBEING WEDNESDAY’S

As you will be aware, our school will close every Wednesday to all but keyworker pupils to allow for deep cleaning and staff planning and preparation time.  Therefore we will be changing our home learning activities across all year groups in school on a Wednesday to be focussed on Wellbeing. (The other 4 days of the week we will continue with our 3 daily activities: 1) maths   2) literacy  3) a variety of other curriculum subjects.  

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to the 120+ families that took part in the Secret, Surprise Mission ‘Thank a Teacher Day!’ last Wednesday. I shared all of your videos, messages and pictures with all staff on Wednesday evening, they were emotional, humbled and incredibly grateful! THANK YOU!

 

We miss you all much!

Please take care and stay safe                                                                                                                                     

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

FRIDAY 22ND MAY - HEADTEACHER REOPENING LETTER 3

Hello OBS Family
 

Here are some important pieces of information for all parents.

 

All parents of Y6 pupils booked in to start school from Tuesday 2nd June will receive a phone call on Monday (next week) from a member of the Senior Leadership Team sharing with you:

  - Which Y6 bubble your child is in                                                                                        

  - Your set arrival and pick up times (In order to make this safe for all, I’m afraid there is no flexibility in these set times.)

 

 All parents of Keyworker pupils who are either already in school OR due to start school from Tuesday 2nd June will receive a phone call on Tuesday (next week) from a member of the Senior Leadership Team sharing with you:                                                                                                                                Which NEW keyworker bubble your child is in

- Your set arrival and pick up times (Again, In order to make this safe for all, I’m afraid there is no flexibility in these set times.)

 

Any other Y6 parents wishing to now send their child back to school will not be able to do so until Monday 8th June at the earliest. If you would like a place from Monday 8th June, please let us know as soon as possible, BUT BEFORE Wednesday 3rd June 4pm.

 

Just below this update, for ALL PARENTS to read, is a new OBS Parent and Pupil COVID19 Code of Conduct. Hopefully you’ll find the pictures, boxes and bullet points very informative, as well as be able to see the clear measures and expectations we have put in place to in order to make the safety of pupils, parents and staff our number 1 priority.

 

It has been quite a week! Wishing you all a good weekend.

 

I will continue to be in touch next week with more information as I have it.

 

Take care and stay safe

 

Mrs Shaw  Head Teacher

NEW OBS COVID 19 PUPIL AND PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT

MONDAY 18th MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

REOPENING SCHOOLS INFORMATIVE PARENT LETTER NO. 3

Dear OBS Family

Hello, I hope these updates continue to be useful and find you, your child and extended families well.

 

The purpose of today’s update is just to clarity key information from my letter on Friday, with a few small updates, where we will require some action from SOME of you as parents. (This is shared in the PLEASE HELP US section below.)

 

I am very aware that because of my complete transparency within Friday’s letter, there was a lot to take in! There have also been some phone calls to the school office, which we always welcome, and so I thought it best to share our responses to those below.

 

KEY POINTS FOR PARENT INFORMATION:

  1. Key worker school will remain open each day, including holidays and bank holidays from 8am-4pm on all dates EXCEPT FOR MONDAY 1ST JUNE. (This date is now a whole staff emergency inset; for final preparations for opening of OBS).
  2. School from now until the end of the academic year (July 2020) will be shut to all non-keyworker pupils on a Wednesday for deep cleaning, teacher preparation and for staff to continue to also run home learning for those pupils not at school.
  3. If instructed to open by the government; these are the dates that the following set year groups will be invited back to OBS;
  1. Year 6 - Tuesday 2nd June
  2. Year 1 – Monday 8th June (IF the Year 6 reopening has been successful)
  3. F2 – Monday 15th June (IF the Year 1 reopening has been successful)
  1. If you have a sibling of a pupil, not in these 3 year groups, (brother or sister in Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5) they do not currently have a place at school, unless they are at Keyworker School.
  2. At present there are no set dates to invite back pupils from Nursery. This is due to numbers of staff, space and the level of intimate care required for toileting and changing. Nursery at present remains shuts.
  3. At present there are no set dates to reopen school to pupils in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 (unless they are keyworker children) – we await further government instruction for these year groups.

     PLEASE HELP US:

  • If you think you are a keyworker and you will require a place for your pupil (who is in any year group) please contact school as soon as possible. We will require proof from your employer stating your job and requirement for you return to work. The current critical government keyworker list still stands. Please either call school on 0115 978 5505 or email us admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk and we will be happy to offer your child a place.
  • If you are a parent of a Year 6 pupil, WE WILL NEED A DECISION BY THIS WEDNESDAY AT 11AM, as to whether or not you intend to send you child back to school on Tuesday 2nd June. As always, school will completely respect your decision, we just now need this information in order to start grouping pupils in to their ‘bubbles’ and to ensure, for their emotional wellbeing, that they are with SOME of their friends.  (We still have 12 parents who have not let us know.)

 

Thank you to everyone in Year 1 and F2 that has completed the survey, we will be asking you to make a final decision following from the success of reopening to Year 6, whilst also catering for an increase in Keyworker pupils. We will contact Y1 parents on Wednesday 3rd June and F2 parents on Wednesday 10th June who we have not already heard from. This will be again, to finalise numbers and ensure those pupils who are coming back to OBS are put in a ‘bubble’ alongside SOME of their friends. Again, whatever choice you make, we will 100% respect.

 

We continue to have a member of the School Leadership Team in the school office each and every day, and continue to welcome your calls. I hope this helps to clarify the key points, key year groups and dates of reopening.

Take care and stay safe                                                                                                                                     

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

FRIDAY 15TH MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

REOPENING SCHOOLS INFORMATIVE PARENT LETTER NO. 2

Dear OBS Family

 

As I stated on Wednesday, and throughout this period our country has been dealing with the reality COVID19, I will continue to be transparent with you, our OBS Community, and update as often as possible with any new information I have.

 

Yesterday I spent a significant amount of time working alongside fellow Headteachers across our wonderful city to construct and plan a reunited approach towards the possible reopening of primary schools across England if that is what we are instructed to do by the government at the beginning of June.

 

As I stated on Wednesday, we have been asked to ‘PLAN’ for the gradual return of Nursery, F2, Y1 and 6 by the government. On Thursday morning, Nursery, F2, Y1 & Y6 parents were sent a survey to complete by Sunday midday, asking them if they intended to send their child back to our school as we gradually reopen.

 

As well as the plans I shared with on Wednesday in my Headteacher update, I now, after working alongside fellow Headteachers, can share with you more details about our united approach, if we are instructed to open in June.

 

  • OBS will continue to be open every day from 8am-4pm for pupils of critical keyworkers.
  • OBS as it gradually reopens, steadily, year group by year group, will be open Monday, Tuesday, (not Wednesday) Thursday and Friday.
  • Every Wednesday, with the exception of Keyworker pupils, OBS will be closed for ‘deep cleaning’ in addition to the normal cleaning rota.
  • On Monday 1st June OBS WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS, (including critical keyworkers!) This will be an emergency INSET day, so that I can speak to all staff at the same time, give out clear and consistent messages and so we can prepare all classrooms, individual resources, outdoor areas and equipment, as well as lunchtime and break time facilities.
  • On Tuesday 2nd June, Thursday 4th June and Friday 5th June - we will only be inviting back Year 6 pupils who parents have made the decision to send them back to school.
  • We then plan, gradually, week by week, to invite back pupils in Year 1 and F2.
  • Due to space, age and the potential need for intimate care (support with toileting and changing) all Nottingham School Trust schools have made the collective decision to not, during June, invite back pupils of our nursery. Nursery will remain closed throughout June.
  • All pupils that do return will be placed in a set ‘bubble.’ What this means is, for those parents choosing to send their children back, they will be located in a set classroom, with a set teacher and teaching assistant, and set pupils. (We will of course ensure to consider friendships when collating each bubble of pupils!)
  • This set ‘bubble’ of children will remain together throughout registration time, activity time, break time and lunchtime; all of which will be staggered across the school. They will remain with the same set teacher and teaching assistant. They will not mix with other children.  Each ‘bubble’ will have a set time during the day to arrive and to be collected.
  • Typical measures will include each pupil having their own individual set of resources and a desk. (Y1 & Y6)
  • The number of pupils in each ‘bubble’ will be no more than 15 pupils. (And likely to be less, but this is dependent on the number of pupils who do return.)
  • Each ‘bubble’ would also have specific set of toilets that they use.
  • All pupils will wash their hands hourly, at this point all surfaces within the classroom they are in will be cleaned too. Hands will be washed more frequently throughout the lunch hour.
  • School Dinners will initially be ‘pack ups’ to avoid use of cutlery and contact with the kitchen staff.

 

 

One of the difficulties in planning any further steps to inform you of, is knowing exactly how many pupils we will be catering for! Hence us sending out our survey.

 

The decision on whether or not to send your children back to school at the moment is yours and yours alone – I cannot possibly make any recommendations on what you should do with all the uncertainties we face. You may be waiting to make this decision until you see the further plans we have in place – but it is hard to make exact plans until I know the numbers – a bit of a chicken and egg situation.

 

 

Due to working with numbers suitable for social distancing, children would not necessarily be with their own class teacher, but should, during June, be with either their: class teacher, year group teaching assistant or a member of staff they were taught by last academic year.

 

Note – all the above arrangements are subject to change dependent on such factors as any further social distancing measures we adopt, the number of year groups returning (the Government may change its guidance on this) and in circumstances where a child or staff member contracts the virus. We will keep all plans under constant review.

 

In terms of curriculum content and teaching those pupils returning in to school will receive, in many ways this would be a continuation of the materials we have been sending home. There will be an overarching aim of ensuring the emotional and social health of the children after a long period away from school. This will always be the priority! On most days there would be English and Maths work for the mornings and topic activities for the afternoons, as is being provided now. Parents would therefore have the same type of work at home as would be being covered in school.

 

The Government has talked about Year 6 returning for transition reasons, however, this would not happen as it would in normal years. There are no plans at present to have transition visits with secondary schools. Work sent home or done in school would reflect transitioning arrangements towards the end of term.

 

Sadly, I cannot see any way at the moment that we would be able to complete the normal ‘rites of passage’ type activities we usually do to mark children’s end of primary education – Leavers’ Assemblies, days out, residentials, discos, summer fair etc. None of these would be possible under current guidelines. I can promise you that we will try and find the best solutions possible to mark the end of Year 6 as we can while still following the latest Government advice. (Your Leavers T-shirt have already been ordered!)

 

I want to stress that we would be doing our very best to ensure that social distancing between staff and children, and between the children themselves, is adhered to. However, we are dealing with children and as you well know, children are unpredictable. This is a crucial piece of information I need to give you. The guidelines to schools from the Government state this:

 

‘We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account.’

 

 

I sincerely hope the above information has given you a summary idea of what our final plans are likely to look like. Finer details and risk assessment arrangements are still to be constructed once we have an idea of the number of pupils returning.

 

The Government have indicated they are looking at an approximate return of July for other year groups. If social distancing remains we would likely have to continue with a rota basis. We cannot fully plan for this until the Government release more guidance.

 

As I stated above, the decision on whether or not you choose to send your children back lies ultimately with you. There will be no pressure from me, and the Government has said parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time. But do please know that:

  • You are not a bad parent if you decide not to send your child back to school.
  • You are not a bad parent if you decide to send your child into school.
  • You are not a bad parent if you haven’t got a clue at the moment what to do.
     
    My priority as your Headteacher, is always, the safety of the children and the staff, first and foremost in everything I do! All we can do as a school at this time is aim to adopt the guidelines where practical that the Government have given us, give you the same information we have been given and, if your children do return, promise to look after them as carefully as we would our own.
     
    Take care and stay safe OBS Family,
     
    With much respect for whatever decision you make,
     
    Mrs. Shaw - Head Teacher

WEDNESDAY 13th MAY –HEADTEACHER UPDATE

REOPENING SCHOOLS INFORMATIVE PARENT LETTER NO. 1

Hello OBS Family

 

The purpose of this letter is to give you as parents some initial information in to Old Basford School’s current thinking towards our gradual planning and approach for the careful and measured reopening of schools.

 

As a parent myself, I know how anxious this must make you feel, and therefore will continue to be transparent with you at all points and give you information throughout this week and next, as more guidance is updated, so that you, as parents, can make an informed decision and one that school will respect.

 

Following on from the 7pm Sunday Government broadcast about the phased reopening of schools and then all the additional published government guidance that was released to schools late on Monday evening, we have started the process of making initial plans for our pupils, parents and staff at Old Basford School. 

 

All primary schools across England will be going through this same process to ensure the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff are our number 1 priority and are always at the forefront of any decisions we carefully consider.  As previously stated, OBS are working closely with the Nottingham Schools Trust (NST) and as a united front we will always consider how we can ensure your child’s safety, which is of paramount importance to all schools.

 

Initial, practical plans that I can share with you are:

  • Any child in school will be in a group of no more than 15 children.
  • They will be grouped with their year group peers and the importance of friendships will be key in that grouping process.
  • Each group will stay the same, have the same members of staff, be in the same room and will not mix with other groups of children.
  • Cleaning of resources and surfaces will take place throughout the day.
  • Handwashing will happen frequently.
  • We will be utilising our outdoor space in specific group zones as often as possible.
  • We will have a staggered drop off and collection time for each group limiting parents and pupils meeting when arriving/leaving school.
  • We will have a one way enter and exit system marked out for parents and pupils during their set drop off and pick up staggered time slots, as well as floor markers to support adhering to social distancing.
  • Lunchtimes and break times will be staggered for different groups of children in set outdoor zones of school.
  • All school dinners will be ‘pack up’ lunches to avoid use of cutlery, lining up for school dinners and contact with the school kitchen team.
     
    In addition to these points, we are also giving very careful consideration to;
  • the continual thorough cleaning of schools after a reopening,
  • how much space inside and outside we have compared to the numbers of children expected to return

ensuring we have enough staff to open safely and meet the number of children who will be returning.


Tomorrow, Thursday 14th May, I will be sending a short parent survey to all parents of pupils in our Nursery who are due to start school in September and pupils in Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 and 14 (EYFS, YEAR 1 & YEAR 6.) This will help us both gage parent views about whether you will be sending your child back to school yet or not. This information will help us to make further informed decisions in to the practical planning and preparation for reopening our school.


As clearly stated above, it is for you as parents to make an informed choice and we as a school will respect the decision you make for your children.
 

School will also continue to remain open to pupils whose parents are classed as keyworkers on the definitive government list in Classes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. (Years 2, 3, 4, and 5.) If you as a parent are on this list and now required to return to work, please call the school office and speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team, who will advise you on how to send over evidence from your employer.
 

It is important to keep in mind that the Government have stated that this is a conditional plan and as such its implementation will be dependent on many factors.  This includes the Government’s data on the levels of Coronavirus being favourable and the explicit guidance for return that schools will need to implement to make their environments safe.
 

I will continue to share information with you as parents, as more practical decisions are made. 
 

As always, I will continue to be open and honest with you regarding school and our response to COVID 19.
 

Thank you for all you have done in supporting school and your child during this time; we miss them tremendously and look forward to seeing them as and when you feel the time is right.

Mrs Shaw

MONDAY 11TH MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE

Good morning OBS Family

 

I hope you are all well and have had a lovely VE Day themed Bank Holiday Weekend. We’d love to see all that you have been up to, feel free to share any pictures or retell any tales by sending them to your child’s year group home learning email address, we’d love to share them on our website.

 

Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night, I wanted to reassure you all, our wonderful OBS Community, that at the moment, for us a school, there is no change to the guidance. We will continue to provide care for those parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.

 

We have not yet received any information from the government to support us with this new plan of phased reopening of some year groups. When we do, as always, the approach will be well measured, strategic, carefully considered and communicated well in advance for you as parents to make an informed decision that we will respect as a school. When we do gradually reopen, our highest priority will be: pupil, parent and staff safety, and, pupil, parent and staff wellbeing. This has to and will always come first in any informed decision that we make as a school.

 

In the meantime, please continue to do what you have been doing at home. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping your children safe and educating them at home. Our new daily activities set by your child’s class teacher for this week are on the home learning page of the school website. https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/obs-home-learning/  Please do keep sending in the work they have been doing or activities you have undertaken as a family! (The expectation is still to contact your child’s teacher at least once per week.) It is so lovely to hear from you all and see the faces of your children who we miss so much!

 

I will be in touch again during the week, as more information is released to schools from the government.

 

Stay safe, give your children a great big hug from all of us here at OBS and take care.

Mrs Shaw

FRIDAY 1ST MAY 2020 - HEADTEACHER UPDATE

Good morning OBS Family

 

I thought I would message today, as a parent myself, with the government beginning to talk about sharing their plans next Thursday (7th May) for how we as a country will slowly and gradually exit this period of lockdown, I know this will cause additional anxiety to many of us.

 

I just wanted to reassure you ALL that as a school we will take every considered and strategic measure  to ensure the safety of our pupils, parents and staff when their plans are shared with us as a country next week.

I also wanted to let you know I am working tirelessly and collaboratively with Primary School across Nottingham City and yesterday we collectively decided, as Headteachers, that whatever the Governments plan was; we would ALL, as united schools across our wonderful City of Nottingham, do exactly the same thing, at the same time, when gradually and carefully reintroducing some of our pupils back in to school.

 

As a KEYWORKER SCHOOL we have remained open, yet we are only using set areas of school. The rest of the school site over the past 6 weeks has been thoroughly ‘deep cleaned’ and then each room shut to all pupils and staff. I must thank our fantastic and hardworking cleaning team and excellent new Site Manager Mr Davie, for constantly coming in every single day to allow this to have happened.

 

Please know if you or your child is struggling or feeling anxious a member of our School Senior Leadership Team is in the office every day and we are happy to help, support, guide and even just listen. We are here for you.

We also have just added some additional links, ideas and activities, suitable for both adults and children to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Star Icon on our OBS HOME LEARNING PAGE. Each and every one of us, pupils, parents and staff will be dealing with this situation in our own way, and will find some days more of a struggle than others. I hope this link is useful, I must praise Mrs Sawford who has both researched and added to this page yesterday.

https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/mental-health-wellbeing/

 

I continue to be ever proud to serve this INCREDIBLE OBS FAMILY & COMMUNITY! I have been blessed with an exceptional staff who are all working so hard both at home and at school in order to continue to provide all we can for our pupils and parents whilst we have been separated. And the stories of kindness, thoughtfulness, selflessness and generosity that have come my way at this time are truly heart-warming! Thank you also for all the positive messages that are sent to staff/school through a variety of sources, they really do keep us all going and smiling.

 

As always, with any updates, I will continue to contact you and keep you, our OBS FAMILY, as fully informed every step of the way as possible.

 

Take care, we miss you!

Mrs Shaw

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL – FRIDAY 17th APRIL 2020 - SUMMER 1 UPDATE

 

Dear OBS Family   Hello! To ALL of our 482 pupils, parents and OBS community! How are you? WE MISS YOU!

As you’ll be aware, the government confirmed yesterday we will continue to be ‘in lockdown’ for at least another 3 weeks! Therefore, I thought I’d update you all on what we have planned and have in place for you over this next half term, as the school year begins again after the 2 weeks Easter break this Monday, the 20th April.

 

There are a few things I am keen to share with you all so please have a little read below:

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH OUR NEW OBS YEAR GROUP EMAIL ADDRESSES:

We have created 8 NEW Year Group email addresses that are linked to each year groups class teachers. These are for you to send in any pictures, videos, examples of your children’s ‘Home Learning Activities!’

Pupils will then receive an individual email of praise back from their class teacher and your picture/video will appear on your Year Groups Home Learning Page! I’ll be sending another MM attachment about use of the email address shortly. Please do take a few minutes to read it; it will also be repeated on the home learning page.

Nursery AM & PM: Nurseryhomelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Mrs Sawford)

Classes 1&2: F2homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Mrs Pickup & Miss Lloyd)

Classes 3&4: Year1homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Miss Wardle & Mrs Kelly)

Classes 5&6: Year2homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Mrs Black & Mrs Priddy)

Classes 7&8: Year3homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Mrs Richards, Mr Burrows & Mrs Tee)

Classes 9&10:Year4homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Miss Crosby & Mr Ross)

Classes 11&12:Year5homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Miss Tarlowski, Mrs Tindsley & Mrs Whitehead)

Classes 13&14:Year6homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk (Miss McCulloch & Mr Hill)

Your class teachers can’t wait to see what you have been getting up to!

 

BEAT THE TEACHER

Many of you of will have already seen or even taken part in our NEW OBS BEAT THE TEACHER CHALLENGES! There will between 2-3 challenges each week! We have prizes available for each competition; just email your entries in to BTT@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk ; to find all of the challenges just go to our website, on the home learning page and go to the Earth Icon’s half way down the page. https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/obs-home-learning/

Each winner will get a prize, certificate & a BRAND NEW OBS BEAT THE TEACHER BADGE in the post!

 

SUMMER 1 – HOME LEARNING ACTVITIES

Home learning activities will start again from Monday 20th April for each year group in school! There will be 3 activities each day! Following on from our parent questionnaire results (sent out to you all earlier this week) there will now be teacher led: links, demonstrations and explanations to lots of the Literacy and Maths based tasks. Feel free to email any work that your child has completed or is particularly PROUD of to their teacher using the email addresses listed above.

Just as before the Easter Holidays, these tasks and activities are there to help support you as parents, to allow you to have some structure and routine to each day. Following the results again from our parents survey, 66% of you are accessing these Home Learning activities between 3-5 days every week – WHICH IS FANTASTIC! WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!

They are all optional activities, for you to access over this 5 week half term, for you to do and to access as you see fit. We continue to be very aware and supportive of the fact that each home circumstance is different, whilst also aware of the amount of schooling all of our OBS pupils are missing. We want to continue to try our very best to cater for all of our families.

 

READING BOOKS

We have provided a link on our school website for you to be able to access online ‘colour book band’ reading books. If you can hear your child read as often as possible, that would be just brilliant! If you feel your child is ready for the next colour in the book band, GO FOR IT! It will give them so much encouragement to have a go at the next colour book – they always see it as such an achievement.

BOOK BAND COLOUR ORDER:

PINK, RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE, TURQUOISE, PURPLE, GOLD, WHITE, LIME, BROWN, GREY, DARK BLUE, BURGUNDY

There is also a list on the website of things the children should be able to do within each book band as a guide to you as parents. Please just open the Word Doc entitled ‘OBS COLOURED BOOK BAND -I CAN STATEMENTS’

 

As always please take care, know that you are in our thoughts and how much we all miss your children.

We continue to have members of staff in school every day, IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, please call us, we continue to be here to serve you, our incredible OBS community.

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

OBS ONLINE SAFETY FOR LEARNING ACTVITIES EXPECTATIONS & GUIDANCE

OBS YEAR GROUP EMAIL ADDRESS INFROMATION & EXPECTATIONS

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL - TUESDAY 14TH APRIL 2020

PARENT SURVEY RESULTS

As ever, we continue to strive to work in partnership with our parents, especially at present during the COVID19 national emergency, to gain the opinions and viewpoints of our parents and pupils. A huge thank you to the 227 parents who completed our online survey about our schools communication and home learning with you since we as a school 'officially closed' due to the government lockdown.

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL – WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL 2020

HEADTEACHER UPDATE – EASTER

Dear OBS Family

I hope this finds you all well. What strange times these are! You and your children are never far from my thoughts as we all continue to adapt to this alternative reality we are currently living in as a country.

 

Firstly, WELL DONE for surviving nearly 2 weeks of ‘home schooling’! (As some of you may know, I have a son in Y1 and a daughter in Y3, so am right there with you! Interesting times indeed!)

 

Secondly, THANK YOU for all of the positive messages about our OBS Home Learning daily activities set by your child’s teachers on our website. (I even have a number of parents from other schools using our website and complimenting what staff have produced as well as using the STAR icons for ideas.)

 

Over what would have been the 2 week Easter holidays, teachers WILL NOT be setting daily activities; however, the OBS Home Learning Website Page will still be full of ideas, challenges and age appropriate activities to help you keep children entertained and stimulated.

 

OBS EASTER COMPETITIONS – Now, we LOVE a competition here at OBS … so we have a few light-hearted challenges that will be available on the Home Learning Page from Monday 6th April, including:

  • Guess the OBS member of staff from their baby/toddler photo                                                                      OBS Website Easter Egg Hunt (find 10 OBS Easter Eggs hidden on the website)                                  
  • ‘Extreme Reading’ Photo Competition (Mrs Black can’t wait to see these!)                                                 
  • Acts of Kindness Easter Calendar     

(AND MORE! See the NEW RAINBOW ICON ON THE HOME LEARNING PAGE FROM MONDAY!)

I hope you have lots of fun attempting these and …. a good giggle at the staff’s baby/toddler photos!

 

FREE OXFORD READING TREE BOOKS ACCESS – Excellent news, any pupil on ‘pink books’ all the way through to ‘lime books’; we now have access to ‘colour book band e-books’ so that your child can continue reading at their level. We both understand and completely acknowledge each home circumstance is different, but if there is just one thing you can do on a daily basis that will make the greatest difference to your child, it is continuing to hear them read each and every day. 

Please go to: www.oxfordowl.co.uk (Just sign up & create a simple log in)

 

OBS remains open to pupils of Key Workers over the Easter Holidays. Myself and members of The Leadership Team continue to be on rota in school office each day, if you need us for ANYTHING, please do call! WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! It’s been lovely to have a ‘catch up’ with those of you who have called.

 

Take care of yourself and know we are all thinking of you.             

Mrs Shaw & Your OBS Family

 

 

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL – WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020

OBS HOME LEARNING – DAILY ACTIVITIES

Dear OBS Family

I hope this finds you as parents and your children all well.

Tomorrow (Thursday 26th March) we launch our NEW OBS HOME LEARNING YEAR GROUP ACTIVITIES. Please know these activities are purely there to ‘support’ you as parents during this period of home schooling.

There is no expectation for your children to complete every activity, every day.

As a school we are doing our best to cater for all of our 482 children’s families; and we both understand and acknowledge that each household will have different and unique home circumstances at this present time. I know that some families have already rung school asking for more work for their children to complete; whereas I also know that other families may have only completed some of the home learning pack tasks so far and still have plenty to be continuing with. We appreciate every home will be different.

On reflection, staff will no longer be sending out daily Marvellous Me messages with a repeated list of activities from the website on. I don’t want to put any undue daily pressures or anxieties on to you as parents, especially to those of you that are juggling trying to work from home whilst also home schooling!

You, as parents, can easily access the school website each day without being reminded by staff to do. https://www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk/obs-home-learning/

Just to repeat - None of the tasks will be overwhelming, or compare to the intensity of a school day, as we want you as parents to be able to put your children’s wellbeing first, above everything!

Finally – RAINBOW PICTURES:  I know lots of households are managing to get out once a day for a ‘social distance’ walk. If you have happened to walk past school, you’ll have seen our RAINBOW PICTURES! Hopefully they made you smile in this unsettling time for us all. Please feel free to add your own rainbow pictures to your windows at home for others to enjoy.

Take care of yourselves and remember, we are here if you need us. 0115 978 5505

Mrs Shaw & The OBS Team

 

   OLD BASFORD SCHOOL – FRIDAY 20th MARCH 2020

UPDATED GOVERNEMENT ‘KEY WORKERS’ LIST

 

The government has very clearly stated for parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked us as a school to remain open ONLY FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO ABSOLUTELY NEED TO ATTEND. Please do consider this statement very carefully with your own individual family circumstances.

 

The government have now released their official and revised list of ‘key workers’ for which schools CAN OFFER a place to their children for from Monday 23rd  March.

 

Old Basford School, whilst staffing levels allow, will be open from 8am to 4pm each day, but pupils may be brought to school anytime between 8am-9am and collected anytime from 3pm-4pm.

 

The government have also revised their criteria to say now that AS LONG AS 1 PARENT WITHIN THE HOUSEHOLD meets the criteria below of ‘keyworker’ schools CAN OFFER a place to their children.

 

I cannot state clearly enough …. IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that all requests for a place at Old Basford School next week are done so with the full integrity, honesty and respect for the conditions set out within this letter. Otherwise we will not be able to cope with the numbers of children attending. This will mean schools working in clusters and only opening 1 school locally run by a mixture of different schools’ staff.

 

If your child does come to school next week, it is essential that outside of school hours, social distancing guidelines are followed explicitly. Otherwise, on a daily basis, both staff who are still able to be in school and those pupils who take up their parents’ key worker place, can become more vulnerable.

 

All parents who DO MEET the NEW CRITERIA are required to bring in person or to email confirmation of their workplace before the end of school today Friday 20th March.

(This confirmation could include an identity badge or confirmation from your employer of hours and therefore your eligibility as a keyworker)

 

Email - admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk with a clear subject entitled: KEYWORKER or please come to the school office with confirmation of your employment by 3:20pm today.

 

THIS IS AN ‘OFFERED’ PLACE, YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS PLACE IF YOU WISH NOT TO DO SO OR HAVE ALREADY MADE ALTERNATIVE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS.

 

In all other circumstances than listed below, pupils are to be off school and looked after by their parent at home.

 

GOVERNMENT DEFINITIVE LIST OF KEYWORKERS

 

Health and social care -This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare - This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services-This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government-This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods-This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security- This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport -This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services - This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY CONTACTED US AND NOW THINK YOU MEET THE NEW CRITERIA ABOVE AND ARE NOT ALREADY IN ISOLATION; CONTACT SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT BEFORE 11AM THIS MORNING.

 

Thank you once again for your patience, support, honesty and understanding in this ever changing national situation.

Mrs Shaw   

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL - THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020

HEADTEACHER PUPIL AND PARENT WELLBEING LETTER 

Hello OBS FAMILY,

 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to be totally honest with your all about both pupil and parent wellbeing over the coming weeks at this confusing time.

 

I know we have created ‘Home Learning Packs’ for each pupil and have made a bank of resources available on our ‘NEW OBS home learning page’; and as well as a variety of suggested timetables for you as parents to help try to structure your days at home with your children… BUT… first and foremost we need to know that:

 

Our children are just as concerned and worried as we may be right now. They not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they naturally will feel our constant tension and anxiety.  Like us, they have never experienced anything like this before! Although the idea of being off of school for a few weeks might sound awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like in the summer holidays, not the reality of being at home and not seeing their friends.

 

It is highly likely that you and I as parents, over the coming weeks, may see an increase in behaviour issues with our children. Whether it is anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do the things they normally would. You may see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks.  Please know that this is normal and expected under these circumstances.

 

What all of our children need right now is to feel comforted and loved; to feel like it’s all going to be ok.  And that might mean that you don’t do as much academic work on some days but instead you: Play outside and go on walks?  Bake cookies and paint pictures?  Play board games and watch movies?  Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo on-line?  Start a book and read together as a family?  Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing for a while?

 

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in the same boat and they will all be ok!  When we are back in the classroom, we will all work hard to get ourselves back on track and meet the children where they are.  Teachers are experts at this!  Don’t get upset with your children because they don’t want to do work all day or follow a schedule every day and all week. 

 

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic learning.  And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during their weeks away from school is long gone.  So, keep that in mind, every single day.

 

Please know that although school will be officially shut to all pupils (other than those classified and confirmed as the government keys workers and those also classified as ‘vulnerable’ pupils by the government) there will still be members of staff in school every day. We are here for you as parents, we have planned for there to be a rotation of members of staff in every day, please do call if you need us. We in turn, also plan on contacting families to see how you are getting on over the coming weeks.

 

Stay safe and take care of each other OBS family

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL - THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020– ‘KEY WORKERS’

 

We are STILL waiting for an official list as to who the governments classified  ‘key workers’ specifically are. I am aware that without this information it is VERY DIFFICULT for our parents to make necessary arrangements regarding childcare.

 

Therefore, as Headteacher, I have worked alongside other schools, and we have collectively made the following list of ‘KEYWORKERS.’  Children WILL be offered a place from 8am-4pm at our school next week IF you meet the following criteria:

 

We have been informed that pupils are only to be offered a place if they are from:

1)A 1 parent only household and that this parent is a classified keyworker.

2)A 2 parent household where BOTH parents are classified as a keyworkers.

LIST OF KEYWORKERS

-NHS staff

-Teachers and Support Staff

-Police and Community Support Officers

-Front line Civilian Police Staff

-Prison Officers & Staff

-Probation Officers

-Social Workers

-Fire and Rescue Services

-Armed Force Personal

-Highway Agency Traffic Staff

-Environmental Health Officers

-Care Workers

-Food and supermarket Drivers and Workers

All parents (both parents in a 2 parent household) who DO MEET the above criteria are required to bring or email (send in to school) confirmation of their workplace. (This confirmation could include an identify badge or confirmation from your employer of hours and therefore your eligibility as a keyworker.)

THIS IS AN ‘OFFERED’ PLACE, YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS PLACE IF YOU WISH NOT TO DO SO OR HAVE ALREADY MADE ALTERNATIVE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS.

In all other circumstances pupils are to be off school and looked after by their parent at home.

We continue to do our utmost to support the government’s decisions at this very challenging time and therefore it is imperative all requests for childcare at schools nationally next week are done with the full integrity and respect for the conditions set out above.

 

If you meet the list of criteria above and DO REQUIRE childcare next week, we ask that either tonight or before 11am tomorrow we have confirmation of your employment via email or in person to secure your child’s place. (admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk with a clear subject entitled: KEYWORKER)

 

Mrs Shaw

 

 OLD BASFORD SCHOOL - WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2020 (INSET DAY)

FOLLOWING 5:15PM PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE PRIME MINSTER

 

Hello OBS FAMILY,

 

Here is my 5th daily HT update informing you as parents and carers of all of the decisions that continue to be made here at OBS following the latest government advice and guidelines.

 

Old Basford School will shut to all pupils on Friday 20th March.

(However, for parents/carers who are classed as the Prime Minsters ‘key workers’ eg: those who work in:

-The NHS

-The Police,

-The Fire Service

-Social Workers

-Delivery drivers

-Supermarket Workers

-Pharmacists

-Highway Traffic Officers

-The Army

 and other ‘key workers’ in order to allow the country to continue to best tackle Coronavirus we will remain open. (Details of this to follow tomorrow.)

 

If you are one of these ‘key workers’ and therefore will need to continue to send your child to school, please can you contact us tomorrow.  I will need to ensure I have enough staff on site in order to cater for the number of children that will therefore need to be in school. Please can you also state your profession to a member of the office staff and which days you will require you child to still come to school.

 

As a school we will continue to support our OBS community and will work alongside the government/local authority to ensure our pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals have access to food.

 

Myself, the Safeguarding Team and Miss Wardle as SENDco will be in touch with parents of pupils who are classed by the Prime Minister as ‘Vulnerable’ tomorrow to discuss arrangements for being in school next week.  

 

Pupils with Asthma

The precautionary measure has been taken that all pupils with asthma are no longer to be in school, starting tomorrow. Mrs Shaw and Mrs Spilsbury have spoken in person this afternoon to all parents of children with asthma explaining the situation. Thank you for your kind and understanding responses.

 

HOME LEARNING PAPER PACKS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PUPILS

We have produced age appropriate ‘home learning packs’ for each year group in school for ALL children. We have made the decision to produce paper copies of these packs (as well as produce our own online OBS HOME LEARNING page) as we are very aware that households may not have printers, paper or may have only 1 computer/tablet for pupils to access, which is very difficult, especially in families with siblings or where parents are now required to work from home.

 

These packs will be made available to ALL PUPILS tomorrow and Friday when school will close. If your child is already off of school you are very welcome to come and collect a Home Learning Pack if you are not in isolation or to arrange for a friend to collect packs for you.

 

OBS HOME LEARNING WEBSITE PAGE

We continue to update our NEW OBS HOME LEARNING website page with suggested ways to spread out children’s learning throughout the day as well as: ideas, websites links, challenges and games for you and your child. We will ensure a variety of activities for all age groups are available.

 

To find this page, please go to our OBS homepage, www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk and then click on the link ‘children’ at the top, HOME LEARNING is then the first item.

 

Please do use your children’s Spelling Shed and Timestable Rock Star accounts also for those year groups that have them.

 

OBS ONLINE DANCE SESSIONS

Our OBS Dance Teacher Becky Thomas has her own after school dance company ‘Dancing Motion’; she is producing a series of online videoed dance sessions, which are suitable to be done at home, to help keep children active.  Becky has very kindly given permission for our OBS pupils’ access to her website.

www.dancingmotion.co.uk

These will be available from tomorrow at 4pm, you will need a ‘parent code’ to access them that I will send you all in my daily HT update no 6. (ENJOY!)

 

If your child has been in school up until yesterday and you are choosing to now keep them off of school to tomorrow and/or Friday IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU PLEASE DO CONTACT US as soon as possible using either

EMAIL: admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

Text: 0115 824 0499                                                                                   

Phone: 0115 978 5505 or 0115 915 5744

 

You are all in our thoughts, please take care OBS family

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher 

 

 

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL - TUESDAY 17th MARCH 2020

Hello OBS FAMILY,

I just wanted to keep you informed as to the additional measures/decisions I have put in place today in school.

 

In order to continue to reduce ‘unnecessary gatherings’ from an ‘in school’ perspective I have put the following additional measures in place now for pupils:

-There are no longer going to be any whole school assemblies.

-All classrooms have moved from having their seating in table groups to rows.

-Carpet time in Year 1 -6 will no longer happen. (F1 & F2 will have reduced carpet time daily)

-At lunchtime we have opened up both the front and back hall, have put an extra 10 dining tables in the hall, spread tables much further apart, put less chairs around each lunchtime table and been very aware of staggering lunchtimes/pupils in the hall for dinner time.

 

HOME LEARNING PREPARATION

For those of you already in self-isolation, we have now created a new page on our OBS school website called ‘OBS HOME LEARNING.’ To find this page, please go to our homepage, click on the link ‘children’ at the top, and then I have made it the first item. (Therefore hopefully easy for you all to find.)

 

On the OBS HOME LEARNING page there will be:

-Age appropriate suggested timetables for pupils that might help you as parents spread out your day with a variety of activities and breaks.

-Links to an array of websites for you to access

-An ever growing list of ideas, challenges, games and activities for you to do with your child.

We will as a school update this page daily in order that you have a variety of new content to choose from.  

 

We also now have available at the office ‘HOME LEARNING PAPER PACKS’ for each year group. These have around ‘10 days’ worth of suitable home learning within them. Parents are very welcome to ring and request one of these from the school office. Please can you then just inform us as to how and when someone will collect these for you.

 

Staffing

-As stated yesterday both Mrs Tindsley and Mrs Kelly are in self – isolation as a member of both of their households have mild symptoms. They are both very well, are working from home and will be leading the ‘OBS HOME LEARNING’ website page together.

-I’m delighted to share the happy news that Mrs Black (class 5) is pregnant and baby Black is due in September. Mrs Black was obviously planning on teaching class 5 until the end of the academic year, but with the updated government advice about pregnant women, I have asked Mrs Black to also work at home on designated tasks at present.

 

Mrs Thomas – (Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Y1/2) will be leading teaching in class 5

Mrs Tee – ((Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Y3/4) will be leading teaching in class 4

Mrs Whitehead (Class 12 job share) will be leading teaching in class 12

 

REPEAT OF ALL LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE:

The government have now stated that:

-Any person who has mild symptoms (new continuous cough or a temperature above 37.8 degree) is to now self-isolate for 14 days.

-Any members of a household, where a person has mild symptoms (as stated above), should ALSO ALL self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 

PUPIL ABSENCE

IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS MILD SYMPTONS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR CHILD IS NOT IN SCHOOL FOR 14 DAYS AND THAT YOU INFORM SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DOES NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTONS, BUT YOU MAKE THE CHOICE AS PARENTS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD OFF OF SCHOOL IT IS STILL ESSENTIAL YOU INFORM US OF YOUR DECISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL, SINCE FRIDAY, OR YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO SELF ISOLATE, THE PERIOD HAS NOW CHANGED FROM 7 DAYS TO 14 DAYS SINCE THE DAY YOUR CHILD WAS LAST IN SCHOOL.

 

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL BY EITHER:

EMAIL: admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

Text: 0115 824 0499                                                                                   

Phone: 0115 978 5505 or 0115 915 5744

 

 

JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE ON AN OFFICIAL INSET DAY TOMORROW AND THEREFORE SCHOOL WILL BE SHUT TO PUPILS.

 

I await to hear the latest government advice from the daily press conferences held later this afternoon by the Prime Minister, and will be in touch again afterwards IF any of the additional information that they release today impacts our school and yourselves as parents.

 

Take care everyone

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL 2nd UPDATE – MONDAY 16th MARCH 2020

FOLLOWING 5PM PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE PRIME MINSITER

Hello everyone,

I continue to be very keen to allow communication between both school and home to be as strong and as clear as possible following each government update. Many of you, will no doubt like myself, have been watching and listening very carefully to the Press Conference held by Boris Johnson this evening in London at 5pm.

 

The government have now stated that:

-Any person who has mild symptoms (new continuous cough or a temperature above 37.8 degree) is to now self-isolate for 14 days.

-Any members of a household, where a person has mild symptoms (as stated above), should ALSO ALL self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Schools are currently still to remain open at present; although this will be reviewed by the government each day. Therefore Old Basford School WILL BE OPEN tomorrow – Tuesday 17th March.

(But … please remember we have a scheduled school inset day on Wednesday 18th March and therefore no pupils will be in school on Wednesday.)

 

PUPIL ABSENCE

IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS MILD SYMPTONS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR CHILD IS NOT IN SCHOOL FOR 14 DAYS AND THAT YOU INFORM SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DOES NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTONS, BUT YOU MAKE THE CHOICE AS PARENTS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD OFF OF SCHOOL IT IS STILL ESSENTIAL YOU INFORM US OF YOUR DECISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL, SINCE FRIDAY, OR YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO SELF ISOLATE, THE PERIOD HAS NOW CHANGED FROM 7 DAYS TO 14 DAYS SINCE THE DAY YOUR CHILD WAS LAST IN SCHOOL.

 

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL BY EITHER:

EMAIL: admin@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

Text: 0115 824 0499                                                                                   

Phone: 0115 978 5505 or 0115 915 5744

 

This is all subject to the daily updates from both the government and Public Health England.

Please can we also remind you that:

ALL PUPILS who do attend school tomorrow PLEASE NEED TO BRING a clean, NAMED, water bottle to ensure strong hygiene.

 

Thank you again for your support, I will continue to update you all daily.

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

OLD BASFORD SCHOOL DAILY UPDATE – MONDAY 16th MARCH 2020

 

Hello,

 

As a school, I will be sending all of our parents and carers daily updates via MM and the new CORONAVIRUS PAGE on the school website. I feel that it is important that our communication with parents is strong and we will continue to be transparent with you all about the decisions and measures that we, as a school, are making on a daily basis.

 

I hope this frequent communication with help you as parents make informed choices and allow you to have both faith and trust in us as a school to know we are doing all we can to keep your children’s welfare and health our top priority. 

 

Staffing:

We currently have both Mrs Kelly (class 4) and Mrs Tindsley (class 12) in self-isolation until next Monday, due to members of their household having mild symptoms over the weekend. This then mirrors what we are asking you, as parents, to do if any siblings, parents or members of the household are also showing any symptoms.

 

Class 12 – Mrs Whitehead will be in from tomorrow (Tuesday 17th March) teaching class 12.

Class 4 – Mrs Thomas will lead teaching in class 4.

 

Closure due to lack of staffing:

Mrs Duffin and myself have been working on a variety of contingency plans to ensure we are able as a school to stay open for as long as the government advices. If we do have a number of staff off of school and are therefore struggling to cover ratios of adults to pupil numbers; we will implement a phased closure plan – please see below.

 

Phase 1:

Nursery will close – thus allowing 4 members of the nursery school staff to be deployed throughout school.

 

Phase 2:

Nursery and Classes 1 & 2 (Chestnuts & Oaks) will then close – thus allowing 8 members of the EYFS team to be deployed throughout school.

 

Phase 3:

Nursery, Classes 1 & 2 (Chestnuts & Oaks) and Year 1 (Classes 3 & 4) will then close – thus allowing 11 members of the EYFS team and the Year 1 staff to be deployed throughout school.

 

This is all subject to the daily updates from both the government and Public Health England.

 

Please can we also remind you that:

ALL PUPILS need to please bring in a clean, NAMED, water bottle EVERY DAY to ensure strong hygiene.

 

AS STATED IN YESTERDAY’S OBS UPDATE:

Old Basford School will continue to be open until we are advised to close by the Government. This letter, along with daily updates, will be posted on our NEW Coronavirus link on the homepage of our school website. www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk

 

If you child is unwell with either a NEW continuous cough or temperature above 37.8 degrees PLEASE CONTACT us as soon as possible and follow the government advice to self-isolate for 7 days. This includes all siblings living in the property too please.

 

Whilst at school, if your child says they feel unwell, we will take their temperature, if it is above 37.8 degrees we will ring you and ask you to collect them and any siblings from school. They then too, will be required to not come in to school for a 7 day period.

 

We hope these daily updates are both useful and informative. Please do continue to contact school to update us on any changes in circumstances in your household.

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

 

16.3.2020 DFE Update to schools

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

·         staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal

·         if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

·         clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

·         supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

 

 

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH - UPDATE

ADDITONAL SCHOOL MEASURES & DECISIONS - CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

 

Hello OBS Family,

I’m keen to update our parents and carers with decisions/measures I have made for this week/rest of this half term at Old Basford School. These decisions, first and foremost, have pupils’ health and welfare as the priority.

 

Parents evening:

All remaining parents evenings this week (Y3 on Monday) and Whole School (Thursday) have been cancelled. All parents, who have currently not had their allocated parents evening, will instead receive a basic report on their child’s progress, current attainment, personal attributes and attitude to learning in school.

 

Year 3&4 Production:

Will sadly be cancelled, we are trying to limit all ‘unnecessary gatherings’, we may or may not rearrange the production, but this is all very dependent on the on-going situation.

 

End of Term PROUD Achievement Assemblies:

Again, sadly will be cancelled.

 

All school clubs:

Other than Breakfast Club, Infinity Club and OBS KIDS CLUB - all extra-curricular clubs are cancelled from now until further notice. Please ensure your child is collected promptly at 3:20pm daily, unless they are in KIDS CLUB.

 

All volunteers, external visitors or trips out of school:

I have so much admiration and respect for our many parent volunteers who help us with reading, swimming, school trips etc – at this time I am going to ask you to not come in to school to again minimise unnecessary contact for our pupils and staff. All school trips: Swimming, Area Band etc are cancelled. We have also cancelled this week any additional events and visitors between now and Easter.

 

Old Basford School will continue to be open until we are advised to close by the Government. This letter, along with daily updates, will be posted on our NEW Coronavirus link on the homepage of our school website. www.oldbasfordschool.co.uk

 

If you child is unwell with either a NEW continuous cough or temperature above 37.8 degrees PLEASE CONTACT us as soon as possible and follow the government advice to self-isolate for 7 days. This includes all siblings living in the property too please.

 

Whilst at school, if your child says they feel unwell, we will take their temperature, if it is above 37.8 degrees we will ring you and ask you to collect them and any siblings from school. They then too, will be required to not come in to school for a 7 day period.

 

Thank you for your understanding, support and appreciation of the difficult decisions that have now been made in order to help protect pupils and their families.

 

Mrs Shaw – Headteacher

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH - UPDATE

Please follow the link below to today's latest update.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

 

As we are now in 'the delay' phase in England; Public Health and The Government now require all pupils with a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature to go in to self isolation for 7 days.

 

Therefore if a pupil whilst at school becomes unwell and has either a new continuous cough or a high temperature school has to follow government guidance and ring parents to come and collect their children and then ask them to not come back to school for 7 days.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this challenging and unpredictable time.

 

Please use the link below for the government video on hand washing

https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

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