“Striving for Excellence, Caring for All”
Update 15th July 2020
Following the Government announcement on 2nd July that all schools will re-open in September, we are delighted to inform you that Westvale Primary will be re-opening for all children on Wednesday 2nd September.
Obviously school will be quite different for some time for the children and we ask that you help us in our re-opening by adhering to the rules we have put in place. Parents and carers should wait at the designated school pedestrian gate for their year group at the given time, where staff members will greet the children and take them into school. At the end of the school day staff will accompany the children back to the gate. Parents and carers will not be allowed onto the school site.
A separate letter will be sent out to nursery parents/carers with their start dates. Reception parents will also receive an additional induction letter.
To adhere to social distancing and to ensure arrival and dismissal flows as quickly and safely as possible, there will be no opportunity to speak to staff directly at the beginning or end of the school day. If there is a message or any information to be shared, please telephone school or email the school office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Similarly, if staff need to speak to you, they will contact you by telephone or e-mail, since they will be unable to have a quick chat at the end of the day as they might have done previously.
If, at any point during the school day, you need to visit the school office, please note that only one person will be admitted into the entrance at any one time; please wait outside, standing 2m apart. Please use the hand sanitizer provided on the door entrance before, and after, leaving the office.
Children will need to wear full school uniform. These clothes do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal. Parents will be asked to comply with the uniform policy at all times. Your child will need to independently manage their own clothing. Please find an alternative fastening if your child struggles with laces or zips.
Children will be taking part in PE lessons. We will be encouraging the majority of PE lessons to take place outside. You will be notified the first week back which day your child has a PE lesson. On this day, your child can wear black or navy jogging bottoms and trainers instead of a uniform. They will be expected to wear their white PE t-shirt and their school cardigan or jumper on that day.
Children should bring minimal equipment to school with them. They will be provided with their own set of writing and drawing equipment. They must bring in their own water bottle clearly labelled with their name on.
The children will be learning in whole classes again –one whole class for each year group (max 30). They will remain in those groups or class bubbles for all lessons. Think of these as bubbles to stop any potential transmission of the virus. They will have the same teacher all day, except when their class is covered by the weekly PPA teacher – who is also a member of Westvale staff. Visiting teachers such as our Learning Support Teacher Mrs Lackey and our Speech & Language Therapist Mrs Vaudrey, will still be able to work with pupils in our school with the additional measures and specific risk assessment in place. A Teaching Assistant will be linked to each class to support at key times in the day. The children will only mix with the children in their bubble throughout the day and will not be able play with other children on the playground as this will be staggered and zoned. Lunch will be supervised and eaten at staggered times in their own classroom.
Teachers for September at Westvale are:
Nursery: Miss K McIntosh
Reception: Miss E Fealey
Year 1: Miss A Hedley
Year 2: Mrs J Harris
Year 3: Mrs T Kelly (Mon – Wed) / Miss H Wilson (Wed – Fri)
Year 4: Mrs J Bailey (Mon – Thurs) / Mr C Carson (Fri)
Year 5: Mrs C Munro
Year 6: Mr C Carson (Mon – Thurs) / Mrs J Haywood (Fri)
Attendance in school is mandatory from the Autumn Term 2020. We will follow normal expectations for attendance with first day response and follow up any non-attendance according to the procedures in the Attendance Policy and the Covid 19/Government guidelines.
Anyone Displaying Symptoms of Covid 19
Please remember that children should not attend school if they have had symptoms in the last 7 days, or if they live with anyone who has had symptoms in the last 14 days.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature whilst in school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance. It is essential that the child is collected from school if requested as soon as possible.
If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a ventilated room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, with appropriate adult supervision.
Children and members of their households can access a Coronavirus test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without internet access.
These are very challenging times for all of us. However, hopefully we can all work together through this. Please be aware that there may have to be changes, we will continue to update you of the situation regularly, as there may need to be further changes as Government guidance updates.
Thank you for your continued support. May I wish you all a safe and happy summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September.
For Parents/Carers of Reception children starting in September
Can all eligible parents collect their Summer voucher worth £90 from school today (14.7.20) & tomorrow (15.7.20) please.
LA transport survey
Could you please complete this LA transport survey on how you and/or your child travel to school. The deadline for the survey is this Friday 10th July. It will be used to inform local transport planning and therefore is important to get their views.
Behaviour Policy: Covid-19 addendum
LA statement on Knowsley News
Child Care Provision for Keyworkers
For circulation to all pupils and parents regarding School Nurses;
Whilst the response to covid-19 is requiring us all to reduce social contact, we are aware that some pupils or parents may still have other concerns which they would like to speak to a School Nurse about. The School Nurses are still available and their area contact details can be found on their website www.nwbh.nhs.uk/school-nurses-knowsley
Thursday 19th March, 2020
Dear Parents / Carers
As you will be aware, Coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation and we have been working with the Department for Education, Public Health England and Knowsley Council to plan for such a pandemic.
As per the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday we have been directed to close schools for most children. We are prepared and ready to respond to this challenge.
We are writing to inform you that Westvale Primary school will close on Friday 20th March at normal times and remain closed until further notice. Parents should check our school website for any new updates.
If pupils are currently absent from school, work will be available for collection at the school office between 2-3pm Friday 20th March / or if they are in school, will be sent home with work packs today . The work pack and links provided are for a fortnight and then updates will be provided on class pages on our website.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open from Monday 23rd March for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with an EHCP or a social worker who we will contact separately. We ask that you contact school if you are a keyworker and require this provision. School will ask you for further information about your role. School will ask you for further details about your requirements –eg. if you need the place all week for example.
We encourage you and your children to continue to follow Public Health England advice on keeping yourselves safe. Updated information can be found here :
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals will have their lunches provided for them. Further information about this will be communicated to these families in due course.
If you have energy difficulties, the Government has announced that energy suppliers won’t shut people off and families should contact their supplier in the first instance.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support and understanding in this matter. Take care.
Parenting Support Service in Knowsley
There are times when every parent needs a bit of support, but it’s particularly difficult being a parent at present. Knowsley Family Learning Service has a team of experienced parenting support workers who are available to give advice and suggestions to help parents manage their children’s behaviour and anxieties during this difficult time.
If you would like to arrange a telephone call with one of the team of parent support workers, please contact the free phone number 0800 073 0043 and ask for Parenting Support. Your details will then be given to the Early Help Hub and someone will call you back.
Welcome from the Headteacher
A very warm welcome is extended to you and your child from Westvale Community Primary School. We are privileged to share with you, for a time, the life and development of your child, and look forward to celebrating those very special moments in a child’s life, as they learn and develop their own individual abilities and characteristics.
This is a happy vibrant school where all children are given the opportunity to learn in a caring and stimulating environment. We have excellent facilities and we aim to give your child the best opportunity to reach their full potential and develop into a well-rounded individual. Our school motto ‘Striving for Excellence, Caring for All’ is an integral part of every school day.
We believe it is important that, as a parent or guardian, you feel welcome in the school. Education is a partnership between home and school with a shared responsibility based on trust and mutual understanding. The co-operation and participation of parents with our school in the education of your child is positively encouraged. We hope that you will feel confident in approaching us at school with any questions or worries you may have.
“Support for pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare remain a central strength of the school.”
Ofsted, December 2016