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Garden Suburb Junior School

COVID-19 information



Plan for reopening from 8th March 2021


Risk Assessment

See below the revised Risk Assessment for 8th March 2021

Home Learning Policy

See below are Home Learning Policy which was agreed by the Governing Body in December 2020.

Go to the 'Learning Zone' to see more details on our Home Learning Policy.


The Junior School Plan for  March 2020

I have made plans with my team to reopen the school in March 2020. 

We are following guidance from the DfE and have conducted risk assessments. We have also consulted with staff and governors to agree our model. Our new risk assessment can be accessed through the link at the bottom of this page. 

All children will be expected to return to full-time education from 8th March. The aim of our new model is to ‘reduce contact and maximise distance’. We will endeavour to limit the points at which the infection could be spread, by keeping pupils in separate, isolated year groups throughout the school day, wherever possible, with a staggered arrival, dismissal, break and lunch time.


All 30 children in each class will be back in school for the full school day. ‘Groups’ will be expanded to encompass entire year groups of children and staff.


Drop off and pick up

Drop off

All year groups will soft start and can arrive between:    8:40a.m. –  8:55a.m.

Pick up

Year 3 and 4:      3:15p.m.

Year 5 and 6:      3:25p.m.

Parents are requested not to enter the playground before their pick up time and to leave the playground promptly to reduce congestion

  • Parents will only be allowed to use the main gate (as is used at the moment)
  • A parent waiting area is marked on the playground
  • Parents who have children in different year groups will wait with their child in the parent waiting area
  • There will be a dismissal area for each year group

Each class teacher will dismiss their children from their year group area. Children will line up in front of the teacher in 2 lines of 15

Travelling while social distancing – important reminders:

One parent/ carer should do the school run, and should avoid mingling at the school gates. The safest and healthiest way to travel is outdoors: on foot, by bike or scooter. When travelling and dropping off/picking up, try to keep 2m away from other people. Everyone should consider all other forms of transport before using public transport. If public transport is unavoidable, as well as keeping your hands and face as clean as possible you might choose to wear a non-medical face covering. Face coverings are now mandatory on all public transport.    

Consider walking and cycling if you can:

Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Many families have been enjoying walking, running, scooting and cycling as part of their daily exercise. It’s a great opportunity to keep this going when schools go back. Many of us have experienced how we can maintain distance from others while travelling actively, including making use of the quieter roads.


Changes to Classroom set up

There will not be any fixed social distancing requirements for pupils in primary school. As all children will be in school full-time, social distancing will not always be possible but reasonable measures will be put in place to achieve this where it is possible. Staff will distance themselves by teaching from the front of the class, where possible. The aim of this new model is to ‘reduce contact and maximise distance’. The guidance states that staff are advised to spend no more than 15 minutes, at any one time, closer than 1m to anyone. Classrooms will be set up so that pupils and desks all face forward, rather than facing each other.

2 children will be able to sit on 1 singular table, facing the front of the class.

Children’s individual stationery will be kept in their class tray.


Break-time for children

There will be staggered play times outside for year groups and they will play in different halves of the playground.

Year 3 and Year 4 – 10:10 a.m. – 10:25a.m.

Year 5 and Year 6 – 11:00a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


Lunchtime for children

Lunch times will be staggered for lower and upper school.

Year 3/4 lunch timing: 12:00 – 1pm

12:00 – 12:40 p.m. – Year 3 and 4 will have lunch in the dining and main hall in separate halves of the halls.

Year 5/6 lunch timing: 12:25 – 1:25pm

12:45 – 1:25 p.m. – Year 5 and 6 will have lunch in the dining and main hall in separate halves of the halls.

Hot lunches will be provided in the dining hall.

A meat or vegetarian meal option will be pre-plated for children to pick up from the hatch.

Packed lunches will be eaten in the main hall which will be set up with tables and benches.

There will be:

  • Clear expectations of the behaviour of the children with respect to minimising contact and maximising distance
  • Regular handwashing and use of hand sanitiser

·         PPE for staff to use in certain circumstances eg when social distancing is not possible and in the medical room

There will be:

  • Clear expectations of the behaviour of the children with respect to minimising contact and maximising distance
  • Regular handwashing and use of hand sanitiser
  • PPE for staff to use in certain circumstances eg when social distancing is not possible and in the medical room


The revised behaviour policy can been accessed here:

Behaviour policy June 2020

Our September model will also include the expectation that parents are:

  • vigilant about ensuring that they do not send their child to school if they or any member of their family has been exposed to and/or is not well and/or displaying symptoms of Covid-19
  • engage with test and trace arrangements
  • vigilant if travelling abroad and adhere to any quarantine periods that are in place on return
  • available to collect their children immediately, if asked to do so for any reason
  • aware of and follow the school guidance at drop off and pick up

The full range of government guidance can be found here:


Home Learning

In December 2020 the Governing Body agreed our Home Learning Policy. This policy sets out what will happen if children and or staff are not able to attend school due to Covid-19. See the 'Learning Zone' to view the policy and for more details on our remote learning offer.


Clubs and Childcare

Funtime breakfast club and after school provision will be open. For other clubs we will need to check numbers and see if children can be accommodated in groups according to their year groups or classes.


Parents need to be aware that the attendance of pupils will be compulsory from 8th March 2021.  

We will do everything we can to minimise the risks, but  cannot promise that the risk will be zero. 

Our risk assessment can be accessed here below.

We look forward to welcoming all our children back in March.  

COVID Catch Up Grant

Since the reopening in March 2021 attendance, behaviour and engagement of our pupils has again been good. Our community were keen, willing and able to return to school and have responded as well as could be expected to working in bubbles etc. From April 2021 extra-curricular activities in year group bubbles have also been provided. 

We prioritised the emotional health and wellbeing of the children and have tried to ensure that the pupils are not made to feel anxious about ‘catching up’. We have focused on developing collaborative working and communication skills as well as having access to more practical activities and using hands on resources. Most importantly we want the children to enjoy their learning, socialise and have some fun! ​

Generally the children have coped extremely well with being back at school. Initial assessment indicate that the following areas need to be developed in order to recover:

  • Re-establish our sense of community and belonging
  • Support wellbeing and mental health within our community
  • Re-establish behaviours for learning within the school setting
  • Resilience to concentrate for longer periods
  • Resilience to write, especially longer pieces
  • Presentation/handwriting
  • Collaborative working skills
  • Practical activities and hands on use of resources wherever possible
  • Transitions for new academic year need to be supported

Please see below details of how we are using the Covid Catch-up grant.