Coronavirus – daily blog

Following the latest government guidance, schools will not be closing in the near future.  However, anyone in your household who has a temperature or a persistent cough, the government advice is to self-isolate your entire family for 14 days. If your child is sent into school with these symptoms, they will be sent home.

We will continue to promote our hand washing campaign and ensure we take every step to reduce the risk of infection.


19th March 2020 – update:

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to update you following the Government news last night. We will be closing the school as of 3pm on Friday 20th March to all pupils except those with EHCPs, vulnerable pupils and those who have parents as key workers. As of yet, we are waiting for clarification about which jobs fall under the key worker title and will notify you when we have this. If you think you may fall into this category, please let our School Manager (Andrew Webber) know on ( ) Breakfast club for these pupils will continue as normal but there will be no Walking Bus.

For all other pupils at home, Teachers will be providing home learning every weekday and this will be uploaded to their class page of the website. Pupils were given a book and pen/pencil earlier in the week and so work can be completed in there, however there is no expectation to do so.

For pupils still attending school, a hot school meal will continue to be provided. For those pupils not attending but are a universal free school meal in Reception or KS1, or free school meal in KS2, you can still request a school packed lunch each morning if you telephone the school by 9.30am. This can be collected between 12 and 12.30pm daily.

This is a challenging time for all of us and I appreciate your support in the last few weeks. We will continue to send you updates via the website and app and hope to be open as soon as we are able to. I would like to wish you all a healthy and safe few weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Annabelle Thomas
Head of School

18th March 2020 – update:

Dear Parents/Carers – we are aware of the latest government news regarding the closure of schools from Friday 20th of March 2020.  We are waiting for further details from the government on what this means for all our children, and we will issue further information to parents as soon as this is available.  Rest assured, we are doing our upmost to continue to protect both children and staff during these testing times.

Many thanks to you all for your continued support.

17th March 2020 – update:

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing at this busy time to give you some updates around staffing for after Easter and some information around procedures put in place to protect pupils and staff at Mill Lane during the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Firstly, we have postponed review day, the school disco, visiting author and any events which involve unnecessary visitors to the school. To clarify, Friday 27th March will still continue to be a non-pupil day and we hope to re-arrange appointments and the events postponed after Easter.

We will be recommending for pupils to bring in a bottle clearly marked with their name to refill, to avoid sharing cups where possible at school. Lunches have been split with pupils eating packed lunches in classrooms and hot dinners in the hall to avoid large groups coming together where possible. Assemblies are taking place in class and we are washing hands thoroughly at several points throughout the day.

We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) at Mill Lane. I would like to remind you all that following the latest government guidelines, any family who now has a member of their household with symptoms of a temperature or persistent cough, means that all members of that household must self-isolate for 14 days. We will be sending home any pupils with symptoms.

In the event of a closure, I would like to remind you that we will contact you with information via the app and website. Staff will be asked to post work online via their class page on weekdays during term time for pupils to complete.

Staffing updates
Last week, we interviewed for a new Year 1 / 2 teacher but were unfortunately unable to appoint. I have however been able to appoint elsewhere in the school, which has meant that I can re-arrange some staffing. Therefore, I am pleased to say that for the summer term, this class will be taught by Mrs Fleming in the morning’s and Mr Williams in the afternoons. Both are experienced teachers and part of the Senior Leadership Team. They will be spending the morning in class this Friday to get to know the children better, and will have a thorough handover with Mrs Large.

At this given time, rather than invite everyone in to meet them, I would ask that you catch either of them on the main gate in the mornings or at the end of the day if you have any questions.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome back Mr Smith after Easter as a Pastoral Support Assistant, who will be working alongside Miss Powley in our new ‘Kingfisher’s’ unit. Mr Smith is an excellent teacher who worked with us a few years ago, and I look forward to having him back on the team.

Mr Smith’s new provision will be next door to Miss Powley’s classroom and so Mr Correy’s class will be moving in the next few days, down near the front entrance of the school by the main office.

I would like to wish you all a healthy few weeks. Any questions with any of the above information, please catch myself or one of the leadership team on the gate in the mornings, after school or telephone into school.

Yours sincerely,

Annabelle Thomas
Head of school

16th March 2020 – update:

– To help stop the spread of the virus, the school water fountain will be turned off.  Please ensure your child is sent into school with a drink/drinks bottle.  Water will always be provided where required.

– Please do not send any birthday cakes/treats in with your child for the class as this is also an easy way to spread the virus.  The school beakers we use at lunchtime are washed on a 60 degree cycle, which kills 99.9% of bacteria.

As ever, we will keep you updated with the latest news where possible.