End of Term Newsletter

Farewell to 2020!

As we reach the end of this term, I find myself pausing, for just a minute, and reflecting on the end of my first full term as Headteacher. I am immensely proud of the achievements of the children and staff; together they have had a hugely successful term and helped me to accomplish what I set out to achieve: a safe return for all, a focus on quality teaching and happy children. Our final assessments for this term already indicate that we have gone a long way to closing gaps that appeared due to the children missing many weeks of education in the first lockdown and I must thank the school staff and the children for all their hard work and efforts – it has really paid off! I must also thank you, the parents and wider community, for your continued support. It would be wrong of me to suggest that everything has gone smoothly since September, and I very much appreciate your patience.

There are a few other items I need to bring to your attention, and these are listed below.

School Meals

Just a reminder that if you want your child to have a hot school dinner for the 1st week of term then these need to be ordered by 30 December.

Staff Changes

Mrs Read, our school finance officer, will be leaving us on January 18th to start a well-deserved retirement. In her short time with us, she has made a real difference to the way the school is run financially, and we are all going to miss her very much.

COVID update:

1. Contact Tracing

Public Health England have asked schools to remain contactable for the first SIX DAYS following school closure at the end of term to assist with contact tracing.

Therefore, we are asking you to continue to notify us of any positive cases with children registered at East Claydon School up to and including Wednesday 23rd December.  It is possible that I may have to advise you to isolate your children. Please notify the school via the office email: office@eastclaydon.org.uk. If your child shows symptoms or is having a test at any point, please let us know so that we have advance warning of any potential positive cases.

The office email address will be monitored regularly over the school holiday.

2. Self-Isolation Timescales

From, 14 December 2020, the period of time for self-isolation has reduced from 14 days to 10 days. You should self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has received a positive test result of Covid-19 or you have been notified through the track and trace system.  Households should self-isolate if someone within the household develops any symptoms of Covid-19 and continue to do so for the 10-day period unless a test shows a negative result.

And finally…

All that remains is for me and all of us at East Claydon School to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.