We have produced the short film below to give prospective parents a taste of life at Gastrells and below that is a slideshow from our Q & A Session on the 2nd December.

Returning to school on Monday 8th March

Dear parents / carers,

I am delighted that we will be welcoming all the children back in school next week. We are so proud of our whole school community including those who have been in school and those who have been at home. We know there will be a mixture of feelings from anxiety and nerves to elation and relief about coming back into school and for the children of key workers it will feel different again! After a whole school ‘ring around’ we thought it best to put together some FAQ’s which might be helpful.

Q. Where do the children come into school?

The children will continue to arrive and depart at their staggered time (except for Eagles who will arrive at 8.45am and leave at 3.15pm).

A – E = 8.45am – 3.05pm

F – N = 8.50am – 3.10pm

O – Z = 8.55am – 3.15pm

Eagles will arrive and leave through balcony stairs, Owls through the playgarden and the rest of the school through the bottom playground.

This is to maintain social distancing between classes. The children may also notice that staff are wearing masks in communal areas but not in their classrooms.

Q. What does my child need to bring to school?

Children will need:

PE kit – every day

Lunch if needed

Healthy snack (KS2 – no nuts please)

Reading book

Coat and a change of footwear

Return anything you have from school (ipads, reading books)

Q. My child’s uniform does not fit, what should I do?

Please don’t worry about this, we want to see your child not their uniform! Wear the nearest item you can that is suitable for school. We know that it is difficult to get to the shops and uniform is expensive. FoG are selling second hand uniform on the private FoG Facebook page. We are also looking for donations of good quality uniform, including shoes. If you have uniform that is no longer required, we would appreciate any donations. These can be left in the porch at the front of the school. If you are looking for uniform please look on this page or contact the office.As part of our risk assessment windows and doors will be open to aid ventilation, this may mean on some days in school will be slightly chilly, therefore you child can wear an extra layer under their t-shirt if they wish.

Q. Will there be hot school lunches available?

There will be hot lunches available from Monday 8th March, and the Spring menu will continue into the summer term. This has been sent to all parents.

Q. What activities will the children be doing in the first few weeks?

We will be prioritising the subjects which have been harder to teach at home, and giving focus to the children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Q. Will school still be using Microsoft Teams?

We will still be using Teams to communicate with parents in classes, and we will continue to offer class assemblies and merits ‘live’ for those relatives and friends who can’t get to school to watch them as we progress through the year.

Q. Will clubs be running?

Breakfast club and after school club will be running for anyone in school (please contact the office if you would like to book your child in for this). In accordance with guidelines extra-curricular clubs will begin after Easter.

Q. Will my child’s residential (Y4, 5 & 6) be going ahead?

We are still unsure as to whether residentials will be able to take place under current national guidelines – we are awaiting guidance from the DfE later in March about this. As a school we understand the value of these and will do everything in our power to allow them to go ahead, and are making alternative plans in case they cannot happen.

Q. My child’s ill, what should I do?

If your child or someone else in your household is ill please continue to follow government guidelines, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works#part-1-people-who-develop-symptoms-of-coronavirus should they display any symptoms. If they are not displaying Covid symptoms please follow our normal school guidance which includes 48 hours at home after having sickness or diarrhoea.

Q. Will I be expected to administer a lateral flow test to my child?

Currently children in primary schools will not be tested unless they exhibit symptoms of Covid 19, when a test must be booked for them by their parents, however all staff are able to test twice weekly. The recent DfE press release has stated that all families of primary age children will be able to access a lateral flow test https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-households-with-children-of-school-aged-to-get-rapid-covid-19-tests-per-person-per-week but we will give you more information on this once it is available.

Q. How do I contact my child’s class teacher?

If you need to contact the class teacher please feel free to email them however please be mindful that responses will not be as prompt as they will be with their classes during the school day. In the case of an emergency please contact the office.

As previously should your child or anyone in your household present any Covid symptoms please make sure you do not send them into school, and then follow the guidelines.

Once again we thank you for all the support and we look forward to seeing you on Monday to fill the school with children’s laughter and smiles. Should you have any further questions please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Kate Merriman and the Gastrells Team

Welcome to Gastrells Primary School

Kate

Gastrells Community Primary School is a thriving primary school in the Rodborough area of Stroud. We are a friendly, welcoming school where children achieve well in all aspects of school life.

At Gastrells Primary School we believe in a ‘Flying Start to a Life of Learning’. We teach the skills, knowledge and values that children need to handle the complexity and diversity of today’s world. As the children grow, we expect that they will gain respect for themselves, for each other and for the world in which we live.

– Kate Merriman, Head Teacher

 


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