Elsley Primary School

Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 6HT

020 8902 8003

admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk

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Welcome to Elsley Primary School - SUMMER UPDATE

Welcoming all children in September 2020 - COVID-Safety measures
We are excited and looking forward to welcoming back all our children in September. 

School starts on Thursday 3rd of September 2020.
All pupils in Years 1 to 6 are expected to attend, as per government guidance. We have worked hard to introduce COVID-19 safety measures to keep children and adults safe.

In the mornings, parents and carers will drop children at the gate and will not enter the school grounds.

In the afternoons, to collect children, there will be a one-way system inside the school grounds.
Adults will be expected to:

  • wear a face covering
  • maintain physical distance
  • follow the one-way system and
  • wait in allocated areas for each class.

To help you to understand the new expectations, a video will be sent before school starts in September.

So that we can properly show parents, carers and children these new expectations, on the first 2 days back on Thursday and Friday, 3rd and 4th September, arrival and collection times will be staggered:

Arrival times on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September:

Years 1, 3, 5 arrive between 8.45am - 8.55am

Years 2, 4, 6 arrive between 9.10am – 9.20am

For children going in to Years 1-4, their teachers will wait for the children near the gates, to show them where to go. Children going into Years 5 and 6 will be guided to the appropriate entrances.

Collection times on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September:

Years 1, 3, 5 – collect between 2.00pm – 2.15pm

Years 2, 4, 6 – collect between 3.00pm – 3.15pm

Parents and carers must leave the site after collecting a child in Years 1, 3 or 5 and then re-enter from 3pm if you have another child in years 2, 4 or 6.

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From Monday 7th September, we expect to return to usual timings:
8.45am  Gates open for soft start (every day)
8:55am  School start time

3:05pm Gates open for parents/ carers to walk to collection points
3.15pm School finish time

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Further details about all the COVID-19 safety measures will be emailed to parents and displayed on our website, prior to school opening in September.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Looking back on 2019-20

Elsley Primary School remained open for key children and children of keyworkers throughout the whole pandemic, including remaining open and available for children and their families over what would have been the Easter holidays, and the Bank Holidays. As well as suitably qualified teachers and support staff, there was always a qualified first-aider and designated safeguarding leader present.

Home Learning We rapidly updated our curriculum pages to support children and parents for the first few days in March, after schools were closed to the majority of pupils. Soon after that we launched Google Classroom for children from Reception to Year 6. Teachers posted daily/weekly activities for children to complete online and submit. (Click here to learn how to use Google Classroom).
We gave advice to families about the importance of creating a daily routine, starting with getting dressed and then having set times for work, exercise and creative activities, as well as for breaks. We provided some suggestions and resources to try and support families to enjoy spending time together.
For families without internet or computer devices, every couple of weeks we provided home learning packs personalised for each child's needs and levels. We provided a total of over 700 packs and we also provided stationery and home activities.

Keeping in touch We arranged for our staff to call each and every child and family every couple of weeks, to keep in touch and ask how each child was managing. For some children, we arranged more regular phone calls, sometimes calling on a daily basis to support the family and check in with the child.

Free School Meals Prior to the school closing, we provided a total of over £2000 in 2-week supermarket vouchers for each pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM). We campaigned for the government to provide vouchers and when there were problems with the government's Edenred scheme Elsley actively campaigned to improve the system for our children, and for all children nationally. We distributed almost £27,000 in supermarket vouchers for eligible pupils. At the same time, when vouchers didn't work, and for other families ineligible for government support, we provided food parcels to ensure that no child was without food. 

Food Bank We set up and ran a food bank, which was featured on national television, helping to highlight the difficulties faced by families and helped to secure donations from the public so that we could continue this support. The food bank has continued on a weekly basis without interruption and will continue throughout the summer. By the end of July, we had provided over 300 packages of food and essential items.  As featured on:
Channel 4, www.channel4.com/news/more-children-relying-on-food-banks-in-the-uk-during-coronavirus-crisis 
BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52488208

Distance Learning It almost goes without saying that staff, children and parents are all so disappointed that the schools have been forced to close, for such dramatic reasons, without much warning, and without knowing when they will reopen. We have already sent some learning resources home via email and paper copies. We will continue to update our website with useful links. Sadly, whatever we put in place won't replicate the daily interactions between children and staff, nor between children themselves. As time progresses, we will evaluate the type of learning provided and adapt what we do, depending upon the health and availability of our staff. We thank parents for their understanding during this time, and we invite you to make contact with the school, via email to the office at admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk if you would like to request a telephone conversation for specific advice or support.

Safeguarding If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please contact:

Brent Family Front Door
Tel: 020 8937 4300
or email: brent.lscb@brent.gov.uk

Have a good summer and we look forward to welcoming children back to Elsley in September.

Raphael Moss
Headteacher

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