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September Return to School

Return to School Dates
Staff – Wednesday 2nd September (Inset Day – staff only)
Year 1 – 6 – Thursday 3rd September
Reception – Monday 7th till 1.15pm then full day from Wednesday 9th
Nursery – Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th then all from Wednesday 9th plus afternoons if booked in Acorns
Acorns only – Monday 14th September

Plans for our return to school in September 2020

These are our current plans for a full re-opening but they may well be subject to change dependent on the progress of the pandemic. It would be helpful if you could discuss the following arrangements with your children before they return:

  • School is compulsory from September 2020
  • Start of day – staff will meet your children at the school gate or other entrance
    • Gates will be open longer to stagger entry between 08.40-08.55
    • Years 1,2 & 3 enter via Woodville Road
    • Years 4,5 & 6 enter via Ashburnham Road
    • Reception  enter via the  hall at 08.55
    • Nursery enter at 08.45 via Nursery entrance
    • If you have more than one child they can all enter via one of the entrances – ideally where your youngest child’s class enters
  • End of day
    • Pick up from the same gate
    • Dismissal will start at 3.10 for the youngest children and may take longer than usual – please be patient!
    • Older children will be sent to wherever the youngest child in the family is being dismissed from
  • We ask parents not to gather at the school gates any longer than necessary and to remember social distancing rules
  • Children should return in full school uniform including school shoes
  • Children should bring a coat to school every day as we will be out in all weathers
  • Ventilation is key so windows will be open into the winter months so children will need to wear more clothes
  • Children should not bring any unnecessary items to school – no pencil case, toys etc.
  • P.E. lessons will take place as normal.  P.E. kits should remain in school and will be sent home at the end of the half term
  • There will be no whole school gatherings including Collective Worship and Rejoice. Collective Worship will take place in classes
  • We are currently looking into restarting swimming lessons and will be in contact separately about arrangements
  • Fit for Sport will continue to run afterschool care and we will be running a reduced offer of afterschool clubs
  • In the short term we are not planning any trips other than local walks
  • Current government advice is that overnight stays are not allowed so our plans for any sleepovers are on hold ( we had hoped to catch up with those cancelled last year this autumn)
  • We will not run the choir until guidelines allow us to
  • We will continue our daily heightened cleaning regime, including regular handwashing and enhanced cleaning of classrooms, toilets and communal areas
  • We will advise you regarding reading/library books/homework early in the term
  • School meals will continue to be provided and all Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils will have a school dinner
  • There is currently no requirement for social distancing in terms of distance between pupils in their individual classrooms
  • Each class will act as a bubble and will be kept as separate from the rest of the school as possible however some staff will cross from one class bubble to another over the course of a day/week
  • Children will eat in the classroom (other than Reception and Nursery) and have a dedicated outdoor space for play for their class
  • All payments must be via Scopay only – currently we cannot accept cash. If this is a problem contact us immediately
  • We will continue not to allow parents or any unnecessary visitors on site
  • We will continue to advise anyone showing any symptoms to be urgently tested and to self-isolate until the results and for at least 48 hours. And to share the results with us immediately
  • The Government has advised us we will have some Home Testing kits for younger children and families. However, we do not currently have them on site.
  • If your child presents with symptoms in school you will be called immediately and they will be isolated within school until parent/carer arrives
  • In the event of a confirmed case of covid-19 we will keep you informed via text/email/website and will be following the government guidelines
  • Essentially we are one mega-bubble and in the event of  2 or more confirmed cases in school within 14 days it is possible that we would have to temporarily close


Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment is available on the website and is regularly reviewed and updated.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email Mrs Palmer ( and she will try to respond as soon as possible.


Our intention is to review the situation once we have all the children in to ensure our practices are as effective as possible.

Will your child be returning to school in September for the first time since lockdown?


If so before you return in the Autumn click here and read them a simple social story that will help them understand what has been happening.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames guidance