​Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School

Welcome Back

The information on this page relates to the wider opening of schools in June 2020 and therefore reflects how the school may look if we have to return to Local Lockdown or more restricted working.

Advice on the September 2020 Full Return to Education can be found through this link into the Recent Letters page. 

You can see our most current Risk Assessment on our CovidParentSupport page.

To make things safe we have gone over and above the Government's guidance to schools; the full parental guidance can be found here:

Government Guidance

and we have extracted some of the main messages from this below.

If you have any further questions, please do ask as it may be a useful question for other people so we will build up some FAQ's on here.

Here's what your classrooms will look like to start with: 

Welcome Back Y6

Welcome Back Y6

We are looking forward to seeing you. This is Mr Safrany's new classroom. Make your own way into school from the playground through the nearest outside door to your classroom. Wash or sanitise your hands and pop your coat on the back of your chair and get ready to learn. 

We will have a break time and of course hand washing, but must remember to try and keep at a good distance from our friends when we are outside.

Make sure your parents have let us know how you are getting to and from school.

They're In!

The Question of Face Masks..

We are following the Government Guidance for Schools which is as follows:

Personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings and face masks

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings.

Welcome Back Y1

Welcome Back Y1

Our classrooms are looking a little different but we can't wait to see you.

Come on to the play ground and a teacher will call you in. Wash your hands and put your coat on your chair. Mr Handley or Mrs McConway will tell you where.

We will have lots of fun doing our maths and reading and writing.

We can't wait to see you again.

Government Guidance:

What does the latest scientific advice say?

We have been guided by scientific advice at every stage. The latest scientific advice to government is that:

  • there is high scientific confidence that children of all ages have less severe symptoms than adults if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19) and there is moderately high scientific confidence that younger children are less likely to become unwell if infected with coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • limiting the numbers of children going back to school and college initially then gradually increasing numbers, guided by scientific advice, reduces risk of increasing the rate of transmission
  • schools and other settings can make changes to how they are organised and put measures in place to reduce risks

We have provided advice to schools and other settings on the steps they should consider taking, this includes:

  • limiting the amount of contact between different groups of children (such as smaller class sizes with children and staff spread out more)
  • additional protective measures, such as increased cleaning and encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene

Welcome Back F2's

Welcome Back F2

We have been making our tables all ready for you to join us.

When you come in you will wash your hands and find a seat. We have lots for you to do and play with. We can't wait to do our number and reading again with you.

We would love to hear your stories about what you have been doing as we have missed you.

Government Guidance:

How will risks to children, teachers and families be managed?

We have provided guidance and support to schools, colleges and childcare settings on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings to help them to reduce the risk of transmission as more children and young people return.

To prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), schools and other settings will use a range of protective measures to create safer environments in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. Whilst such changes are likely to look different in each setting, as they will depend upon individual circumstances, they are all designed to minimise risks to children, staff and their families.

Schools and other settings should communicate their plans to parents once they have had a chance to work through them in detail. Approaches we are asking schools and other settings to take include:

  • carrying out a risk assessment before opening to more children and young people - the assessment should directly address risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children, young people and staff
  • making sure that children and young people do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • promoting regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach
  • cleaning more frequently to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, tabletops, play equipment and toys
  • minimising contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of classrooms
  • reducing mixing between groups through timetable changes, such as staggered break times or by introducing staggered drop-off and collection times