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Garden Suburb Junior School

COVID-19 information



Plan for reopening from September 2021


The Junior School Plan for September 2021

Attendance is compulsory for all children.

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


COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan

This plan is based on the contingency framework for managing local outbreaks of COVID-19 and the schools operational guidance from step 4, provided by the Department for Education (DfE).

We will only implement some, or all, of the measures in this plan in response to recommendations provided by our local authority (LA), director of public health (DsPH), Public Health England (PHE) health protection team or the national government.

It may be necessary to implement these measures in the following circumstances, for example: 

  • To help manage a COVID-19 outbreak within the school

Currently, the following thresholds are defined:

  • 5 pupils or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID19 within a 10-day period; or
  • 10% of pupils or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID19 within a 10-day period.
  • If COVID-19 infection rates in the community are extremely high, and other measures have failed to reduce transmission
  • As part of a package of measures responding to a ‘variant of concern’ (VoC)

Our Outbreak Management Plan can be accessed through the link below.


The safest and healthiest way to travel is outdoors: on foot, by bike or scooter.  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. 

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.


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. 


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.