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Good Morning,


I hope you are all keeping well.


I realise it is continuing to be a difficult time for everyone but am being made aware of some really positive things happening out in our community as well.


We are closely watching all updates for any indication of when we will be able to open fully. At the present time we are working with the after half term timescale. However we will keep you informed if there are any changes to this or further information received.



Please remember that as a school we are here to support you and that if you need to speak with someone confidentially do not hesitate to contact us. Our children are our utmost concern and we know that families may be in crisis financially or/and emotionally. We are therefore here to support you as much as possible so that you can continue to support them. 


Food boxes

I have seen some comments on social media with regard to food boxes. As an Academy Trust food boxes were decided upon as this was recommended if possible over vouchers.

The reasoning behind this was so that parity and consistency of provision could be ensured for all the children receiving a free school meal box. I am however aware that some families not just in our community but across the UK have found the boxes lacking. 

The food provided is for 5 lunches a week and each child receives 1 box of lunch supplies. A child's meal is costed at £2.20 a day. 

Recipe suggestions for the food provided can be found under the school meal section on the parents' tab. 

At the moment the boxes contain:

1 loaf of bread, 6 eggs, 3 yogurts, 1 cheese spread, 1 large tin Heinz beans, 1 large tin tuna, 1 cucumber, 500g carrots, 2 baking potatoes and 5 pieces of fruit.

I only list these for clarity as I am not sure that the posts on social media were representative of our provision.

As of Monday 25th they will also contain: 1 pack sliced ham, 1 tin tomatoes and a bag of pasta.

We will of course continue to monitor the quality and content and update our position as necessary.



Miss Aldis has secured herself an exciting new role and will be leaving us at February half term.

Miss Aldis has worked at the school for 20 years and has been an integral part of the Team. She will definitely be missed by staff and children alike.

We wish her all the very best with her new professional adventure.


We are happy to say that Miss Muir will continue as the class teacher in this class until the end of the year.


Covid updates

We are seeing transmission among children and must remind you to be vigilant to any potential symptoms whether your child is in school or at home to keep everyone safe. 

Some media outlets seem to suggest that children either don't contract it or transmit it but we are seeing evidence to the contrary. Tummy aches and headaches are symptoms we have seen in addition or instead of  the usual

cough, temperature and loss of taste and smell.

Please stay safe.


Take care