Provision for September 2014

logobankendDear parents and carers,

First of all, please accept our apologies for the late communication. This has been a very difficult situation for everyone concerned.  During the holidays a serious rainfall flooded the main school building. The school suffered serious damage, which has resulted in every classroom needing refurbishment to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your children to learn in.

We have worked incredibly hard with the Local Authority and the insurance company to ensure that work needed can happen as quickly as possible. What we know is that the main school building will be out of use for at least 8 weeks from the start of term.

To make provision for as many children as we possibly can, we have made the following arrangements:

No new nursery starters will be given places until the main school building has opened. We regret that this decision has to be made but our priority has got to be statutory school age places.

For all other children school will re-open on Monday 8th September 2014

Nursery Provision

Existing nursery children will be given either a morning or afternoon session from the Bank End nursery staff at Sunnybank Children’s Centre, Overdale Avenue.

The times for the sessions will be: Morning 8:45-11:45

Afternoon sessions are 12:15-3:15

Please bring your children to the front entrance of Sunnybank where you will be greeted by Lisa Gagen EYFS Leader.

Reception Provision

Reception children will be based in the large mobile classroom formally used for Y2. Doors to this room will be open at 8:45.

KS1/LKS2 Provision

Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 will be based in mobile classrooms on the KS2 playground. Classroom doors will be open at 8:45 and children in these year groups must make their own way into the classrooms. There is no requirement to line up. Teachers will be there to guide them. Parents can say goodbye to their children at the door. At the end of the day parents should wait near their child’s classroom and teachers will dismiss your children personally to you at 3:05pm.

The main entrance including the gates will be completely out of bounds. Access to the school is through Sunny Bank car park only. Absolutely no cars are permitted to park in the centre. On entering the school grounds there will be an administration cabin where Mrs Child and Mrs Moore will be based to support you and deal with enquiries. Should you need to talk to any teacher or myself then please make an appointment with the office staff.

UKS2 Provision

Y5 and Y6 will be based in Barnsley Academy, Farm Road, with all their teaching and support staff. The Bank End gate to the academy will be open in a morning and afternoon for children to enter and exit the grounds. Parents are very welcome, if they choose, to accompany their child onto the site. Times for the school opening are 8am for a free breakfast club, 8:30 for registration and 3pm for end of school. The gate at the Bank End exit is not open until 3pm Bank End staff will accompany children to this gate. Please be rest assured that your children will be taught, have playtimes and their lunch separately to all secondary children. They will be accompanied by Bank End staff at all times.

If any parents are concerned or need clarification about any of the arrangements I and members of the SLT will be available to speak with you in the former Y6 mobile classroom on the Bank End site on Friday 29th August between 10am and 2pm.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding with this matter.

Mrs Nic Thorpe

Executive Headteacher  

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