Posted: Fri 7th Jan 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
A very warm welcome back to school to all our children and families - we hope you all managed to enjoy the festive period and had the opportunity to see family and friends. I am delighted to advise that our children have come back to school full of enthusiasm and seem very happy and settled.
As you know, we have lifted the restrictions that were put in place just before Christmas and very much hope that there is no need to revert to these this term. That said, we will of course keep a close eye on the situation and will continue to ensure that our systems of control remain in place. Please can I remind everyone of the need and importance of wearing masks on site, this will help to minimise the risk of transmission and will help to keep our children and the wider school community safe. Also, if you are coming into school for a meeting, we politely request that you complete an LFD test beforehand.
The rules have changed again and from Tuesday 11th January anyone who is asymptomatic and has a positive result from a lateral flow test should assume that they have COVID and complete a minimum of 7 days isolation, this should be done rather than completing a PCR test. This is a temporary measure and more information about this can be found on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/confirmatory-pcr-tests-to-be-tem porarily-suspended-for-positive-lateral-flow-test-results?utm_medium=e mail&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=29133936-ab09-4 ad6-b091-6438d44c9026&utm_content=immediately.
Anyone who is symptomatic should book a PCR test and follow the government advice.
Our next safeguarding bulletin, which will be sent next week, will focus on attendance and punctuality. Attendance at school is mandatory and as children have missed so much school in the last two years, we must do everything we can to ensure that their learning is not further disrupted by unnecessary absences.
I am also pleased to announce that two new staff have joined our fabulous support staff team; Miss Mercer, Learning Support Assistant in KS2 and Miss Buck, Early Years Practitioner in our Pre-School. On behalf of all the staff and leadership team, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to BHPS.
Wellbeing of both children and staff remains a focus area this term; the leadership team believes that our entire school community needs to have good wellbeing in order to give and achieve their very best. If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your child, please contact their class teacher in the first instance or a member of the inclusion team.
Although this is a short half term, it is a busy one. The leadership team will be undertaking a whole school work scrutiny to ensure that standards of teaching and learning remain high across all year groups and curriculum areas. Towards the end of this half term, we will also look to develop a small pupil focus group with representatives from across the school. The aim of this group will be for us to gain their views about how they are given feedback about their work and how they feel that they are being helped to improve in their learning.
Today we sadly said goodbye to Ms McLaren who we know children and staff will miss. We gave her a proper BHPS send off in celebration assembly. We thank her for all of her hard work at BHPS and wish her all the best in her new school.
It's going to be a fabulous spring term at BHPS!
Have a wonderful weekend.
My very best wishes,
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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