gusford primary school is currently closed
9th July 2020
Dear Parents & Carers
End of term updates
Firstly, I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. Over the last few months, we have been extremely grateful for your hard work in supporting your children with their education in these challenging circumstances. So I’d like to start this letter by saying thank you to you: the parents and carers of children at Gusford. Whether you are a key worker who has been bringing your child in every day since March; or a parent of a Y6, Y1 or Reception child who has been in part time for the last few weeks; or a parent of a child in another year group who has resolutely carried on running home-school in these most unusual times – the Gusford School community has done its very best and that’s all we can do.
This year, following the extended period of school closure and the cancellation of external assessments, we still wanted to provide you with an annual report for your child. We know how much you value your child’s report each year, not least to reflect on the school year and celebrate their achievements.
This year’s report has a shortened format and, due to the extended closure of school, we have written reports based on each pupil’s progress until March. This year there will be no attendance data and no teacher assessment data. All statutory testing was cancelled this academic year.
We will begin the process of emailing reports out via Parentmail over the next few days. Please bear with us as this will take some time with over 600 reports to individually email out. We aim to have all reports out by the end of next week. If you have not received a Parentmail with your child’s report by 1pm on Friday 17th July please contact our school office. If parents would also like a paper copy of the report, this can be arranged with your child’s new class teacher in September.
The school will be closed over the summer holidays, the last day of our Key Worker provision will therefore be Tuesday 21st July. We have some essential building work taking place over the summer, organised by the Active Learning Trust. These works will be extensive and will see the replacement and upgrade of most of the pipework and lighting throughout the school.
We understand that Brookside will be running their Fairplay Holiday Club over the summer. Please contact Brookside for further details on session times and costs for this provision.
Free School Meals
Families that are eligible for benefits related free-school meals have been receiving government school meal vouchers during lockdown. The government have recently confirmed that this support will continue over the summer holidays. This will be in the form of a one off voucher to cover the entire summer break. These vouchers have been ordered for our eligible Gusford families and should be issued in the first week of the holiday.
Holiday Home Learning
Virtual School provision will stop being updated from 17th July, though past materials will still be available on our website throughout the summer holidays. The last of our home learning weekly updates will be shared with you on 13th July via our website and google classrooms, or Tapestry for our EYFS pupils. Children, staff, parents and carers need a summer holiday. Time to rest, refuel and spend precious time with their loved ones in readiness for whatever the September term brings.
Each year group will be sharing with you an optional summer holiday project which can be completed and returned to school in September if you wish. If you haven’t already done so, please also support your child to complete their own page on their class’s ‘Lives In Lockdown’ slideshow on Google Classrooms, as teachers are hoping to use these with their new classes in September.
As you may be aware, recent guidance was issued by the DfE for the return to school in September for all pupils. The Headship team have been studying every piece of the information to see how we can return safely In September with all pupils and the guidance does allow us some flexibility to fit the context of the school. It will take us some time to formulate our plans, whilst being mindful that the guidance may well change before September. It’s highly likely that we will have staggered start and finish times and different arrangements for lunchtimes and playtimes in order to keep groups of children apart. We are aiming to have some basic details to share with you before the end of term but please be aware that another government announcement is expected on August 11th. It is likely therefore that we will need to contact you again after that date, via Parentmail, with our finalised plans.
We also need to be prepared to change our plans at short notice, as we can see from the news recently about Leicester going back into a stricter lockdown and schools closing, this is an ever-changing situation so we do need to be prepared for different scenarios going forward.
Despite what you may have read in the press about some schools reducing the number of subjects studied, pupils at Gusford will continue to follow a full broad and balanced curriculum. We will however have more flexibility in our timetable to allow for more time to be spent on activities to support wellbeing and emotional resilience.
Thank you for all of your support and understanding during these difficult days. It is truly appreciated.
Gusford Home Learning - Information on Learning by Questions & the Anspear App.
Watch the Lockdown Love Hearts video we made for our families during the school closure.
Singing together when we have to be apart - 'Looking to the Rainbow' featuring 10 members of the Gusford choir and 6 members of staff. Thank you to Mrs Ingram, Mrs Bourne and all who took part.
Gusford is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children. It has thorough safeguarding policies and a safer recruitment policy. If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child at Gusford please contact one of our safeguarding leads:
Mrs Holmes, Assistant Headteacher (Lead DSL)
Mrs Mann or Mrs Wright, Family Engagement Team members
Mrs C Claydon, Headteacher
Mrs Cagney, Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Wake - Assistant Headteacher
They can be contacted by phoning the school on 01473 682148.
safeguarding arrangements during school closure
If you have an urgent concern about the safety or welfare of your child, or someone else's, during the current school closure, please contact Customer First immediately via https://cypportal.suffolk.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/home. If your concern is not urgent but you would like to speak to a member of school staff, please contact the school DSL team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
If you think you may need help feeding your family during the closure, please contact Suffolk FIND for advice regarding food parcels.
If you are concerned for your child's mental health and wellbeing during this period, please visit the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway via the link below.
Remember that it is vital that all of us, children and adults, are following social-distancing guidelines at this time. Please ensure that your child is at home with you or with a safe and trusted adult. We realise that many children will be staying in touch with their friends via online gaming, messaging and social media sites. Please be mindful of the potential dangers online and ensure that you are continually checking and monitoring your child's internet usage.
Safeguarding Video: The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership have created the this video to raise awareness of safeguarding for children and adults at risk and tell members of the public what to do if they see something that doesn’t seem quite right. During this challenging time, it will be even harder for children and adults who are already vulnerable to tell us what is happening to them. We are all responsible for safeguarding and now more than ever it is important that we are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect.