E-newsletter 91

Grendon Newsletter
  E-newsletter #91 Thursday 15th June 2021  
  Hello Visitor,

Summer Term Events: Covid-19 Updates

This week's announcement on the delay to the easing of restrictions along with Wednesday's subsequent guidance to schools from the DfE, means that the school has made some adjustments to its end of term plans. These are detailed below.

Leavers' Assembly

Unless there are further changes to the guidance, Leavers' Assembly will be able to take place as planned which is very good news. All pupils will be able to participate in this outdoor gathering, although they will remain in their class bubbles throughout (much like they did at the Carol Service in December).

In line with DfE guidance, school will be able to offer each Year 6 family 2 seats only which will mean that we do not exceed the legal maximum of 30 guests. There are no exceptions to this rule as we will be at capacity.

Family Picnic & Sports' Day

Covid restrictions continue to limit the number of guests at an outdoor gathering to 30 and so, with Monday's government announcement, it should come as no surprise that our family picnic can sadly no longer take place.

Similarly, whilst we are delighted that our Sports' Day will go ahead as a whole school event and that the children will be able to compete in their house colours with children from across the school, the event must take place without an audience. I realise that this news will be disappointing for many but I am sure you will understand our position. On the day itself, the school would respectfully request that you do not use the park whilst Sports' Day takes place so that it can go ahead safely. 


YHA Perranporth confirmed on Wednesday of this week that our booking with them for July can go ahead as planned which is great news for our Year 6 cohort. A meeting takes place this afternoon to go through the final details for the trip. We are all praying for more beautiful weather.

Meanwhile, Year 4s are very excited about their school sleepover next week and MacQueen House have given the green light for the Year 2s overnight stay at the start of July.

I am extremely grateful to school staff and for your parental support in ensuring that we can go ahead with our residential plans. None of them would have been able to go ahead without our committed staff and supportive parents. 

Transition Arrangements

Within our setting, with mixed age classes and limited physical space, the school decided some time ago that visits for new reception and nursery children could not be accommodated without mixing bubbles and compromising safety. Similarly, for our cohorts moving up a year, it is extremely difficult to arrange transition days without them crossing bubbles. This is consistent with DfE guidance issued this week which states traditional transitional and open days are unlikely to be feasible this academic year but we are keen not to restrict individual settings from designing events which maintain the integrity of bubbles or consistent groups, and adhere to the system of controls in place. Fortunately, we have managed to create opportunities later on this term where all cohorts will get to spend quality time with their new teacher. 



  Grendon Church Of England Primary School
Main Road
Tel: 01933 663208