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Criftins Church of England Primary School

September 2020 Information

We are delighted to be welcoming all children back to full time education this term.   As it states in the Government Guidance "School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. This means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly."


All children in Years 1-6 will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September and they should be wearing full school uniform.

Children in Reception will start half days on Monday 7th September and full time from Monday 14th September. 

We are hoping to open Breakfast Club and After School Club from Monday 7th September.


School Morning Drop Off

The back and front gate will be monitored by staff, just like we would do during the snow drop off so please do not worry about children coming into school, they will be well supported. 

The school gates will be open from 8.45am and we would ask that:

Class One and Two should enter school via the back gate. 

Class Three should enter via the hall door.

Class Four via the front reception entrance. 


School Afternoon Pick Up

Exit points:

Class one - 3pm coloured gate

Class two - 3.05pm by shelters 

Class three - 3.10pm hall door 

Class four - 3.15pm reception 


FAMILY GROUPS - to be picked up at 3pm prompt, the middle gate on site will be open for you to collect your children from the different exits. We would like you to pick your children up and leave in a prompt and calm manner, and as quickly as possible so the lanes are free for parking for the next pickup at 3.15pm.

Please observe social distancing at all times as you move around the site, otherwise we will have to enforce a one way system which is difficult for those parents who find walking long distances challenging.

INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN/TWINS - to be released at 3.15pm (Please do not arrive early, we will hold onto your children and keep them safe until you arrive). Class 1 & 2 will be collected from the back gate (Playground) Class 3 & 4 will be collected from the front gate (Class 3 – Hall Door & Class 4 Reception door). The middle gate on site will be closed at this time to reduce contact between families so please park by your exit gate where possible.


There will always be a member of staff on site to help you – we are trying to adhere to government guidance and at the same time keep everyone safe on the lanes. Please do not double park and be mindful when you park that other vehicles need to pass, especially if there is an emergency in the local area. We spend a lot of time in school preventing children from mixing outside of bubbles, please respect this by keeping your children with you at all times


What we will do to support your child:

  • Provide hand sanitiser and hand washing stations. 
  • Provide extra cleaning throughout the school day to ensure classes and toilet areas are kept as clean as possible. 
  • Lay out the classrooms so that children are sitting next to each other not facing one another. 
  • Provide all the equipment pupils will need to complete their school work
  • Divide the school day up into blocks where children are able to play in smaller groups.
  • Take lots of learning outside. 
  • Hot meals will be available for all children.  If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals please get in touch with the school.   Meals are free for all children in Reception to Year 2 and to children in receipt of free school meals.  School meals can be ordered at a cost of £2.30 per day for all other pupils.
  • Provide a broad and rich curriculum which will allow children to address possible gaps in learning, in a way which is interesting and engaging. 
  • Update class pages to include the timetable for the week so that your child can come to school prepared.
  • Contact you immediately if your child becomes ill. 


What we need you to do:

  • Send children to school in clean uniform daily.
  • Do not send your child to school if you think they may be ill or any one in your household has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 - a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell. 
  • Ensure children with long hair have it tied back neatly. 
  • Keep all belongings at home apart from a water bottle (no juice) and lunch box if required. 
  • Lunch boxes should be plastic and easily wiped down, please ensure that lunch boxes are cleaned daily. 
  • Ensure all belongings are labelled clearly
  • Ensure you have access to the school app as information on the web and app will be updated on a regular basis. Keep an eye on class pages for individual class information.
  • Ensure school have your most up to date contact information as you need to be contacted urgently should your child become ill or in case of an emergency. 



We believe that there is no replacement for a physical book and we would like to continue to allocate books to children to support their learning.   Books will be allocated to children on a Monday afternoon, we would like all books returned on a Friday morning so that they can be quarantined for future use by other children.  If you miss the Friday deadline it would be advisable to keep that particular book for another week before returning it to school. This system is in place for your protection. 



The way in which we structure lessons (currently) in school will change with fewer opportunities for children to do group work and move around.   Therefore, we recognise, that now more than ever, the work we do with the children wherein they can team build and get outside/get physical, is so important.   Pupil mental health is at the forefront of our agenda.   With this in mind, all children will have one session of Forest School per week and at least one PE lesson.   The daily mile will be completed as part of the 'fit for life' programme. 

On Forest School days pupils should come to school wearing their own (warm) clothes with waterproofs and wellies in a bag.  On PE days pupils should wear their PE kit with their school jumper on top.   It would be advisable for all children to have jogging bottoms (Navy) as the weather gets colder. 


We are attempting to have NO clothing changes in school for at least the first half term. We are hoping that school life will gradually return to a new normal. We had a very successful reopening in June and we are expecting this term to be a term of new beginnings and super learning. 


Contact Us

We know you may have questions or concerns so please do not hesitate to get in touch via the form below. We will get back to you as soon as we can.