On Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced that the England would enter into the third national lockdown as of Tuesday 5th January. Boris Johnson stated at the time, that this would last until at least February half term. Since then, the PM has indicated that (based upon the data), we may be in a position to start to welcome more children back into school as early as 8th March.

I would like to say as your headteacher, that this is an indication only at this stage and that this is fully dependent upon the trend of the data and the scientific advice available to the government. Schools are yet to be informed of the exact date on which we will open to more pupils and indeed what this may look like.

What I can say is that we have been overwhelmed with the level of support we are receiving from parents and the dedication that the majority of our children are showing towards home learning is remarkable. Teachers are working hard on ensuring the highest quality of home learning whilst also taking into account children’s and parent’s wellbeing. Communication is always the key, therefore if you do need support with home learning, please do contact your child’s class teacher via their learning platform.

Pastoral support in school is ongoing. Staff are contacting families at least once per week to check on their wellbeing and to assist with any matters arising. This may be for support with food parcels/ vouchers, support with electronic devices or internet access or to ensure families still feel part of our school community.

Community is as important as ever at The Oaks. We therefore encourage all families to join us for our Monday morning assembly at 9:00 where we share ideas and discuss current events, and our celebration assembly on Friday mornings at 9:00 where we reflect on all of the wonderful things that have been going on that week.

Brighter days will come. In the meantime, keep doing what you can; nobody can ask more of you than that.

Mrs Louise Roberts