Finedon Rd, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4NS
Tel: 01933 304970

Hayway, Rushden, Northants, NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 351200

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are all safe and well.

We have been working this week on planning for the phased reopening of our school, and I am writing to you all to let you know what we are planning to do.

Thank you for responding to our question about your child returning to school – nearly one third of the children will be joining us from 15th June.

After meeting with Governors last night, a clear way forward has been agreed, offering two days a week in school for some of the children whose parents have asked for it. I am sorry to say that we are not able to take any more children at the moment, as we are required to limit the number of children in each group to three or four depending on the needs of each child.

The childcare provision for children of Keyworkers will continue at the Wellingborough site each day, but be closed on a Friday (starting from next week).

The Wellingborough site will be open to more children on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY

The Rushden site will be open to more children on Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY

The administrative staff will be able to take calls from you on these days.

Transport are only able to run the service for very few children – and most children will need to be brought in and collected by parents.

The Governors understand that the focus will be on the children enjoying some time with us, and settling in the school buildings again.

Our staff have all done a wonderful job of keeping the school open and safe for our children, and keeping the statutory processes running as well – Reviews and Safeguarding processes and meetings have continued as if the school was fully open. I must thank them all.

I will be in touch with those of you whose child has been allocated a place from 15th June in a separate letter. Later in the term, you will all hear from us about plans for the Autumn term.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email me on .

Kind Regards

Laura Clarke
Headteacher

Rowan Gate Primary School
Wellingborough: 01933 304970
Rushden: 01933 351200

 

Northamptonshire Special School Heads Group

We know you’ve seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1st June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then. However the guidance states that:

“Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups.”

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Northamptonshire Special School Headteachers and the LA are working together, using the latest advice and guidance, to plan how to safely increase numbers in our schools from the 1st June. All schools are working hard to create a plan for their phased reopening. Consideration will be given to how to implement social distancing measures, which is likely to include changes to the environment and reduced class sizes, and therefore children may return on a reduced timetable (the government do not expect the majority of children to be in full-time before the end of the summer term). Consideration will also be given to how to support your child back into school, and the most appropriate curriculum to deliver when back at school, this will include preparation for transition to their next stage.

In the meantime, Special Schools are still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.

We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can.

Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June

The NSCP would like to acknowledge the unprecedented conditions we are all working in to support children, young people and families during this pandemic. We would like to thank you for all your hard work and ask for you to be even more vigilant on the emerging needs and support of families at this time. We particularly want you to think about, and become sensitive to, the hidden harm and changing safeguarding landscape we are all now working with. We have seen a decrease in the number of referrals to the MASH and with that in mind we are asking every professional working with children to be vigilant, be curious and be proactive in trying to identify hidden harm.Hidden Harm and Safeguarding ChildrenWe know that some children are more vulnerable than ever during the Covid-19 crisis, both because they are not receiving the same level of contact with professionals and because for some the impact of lockdown with their family will increase risk factors for them.

So we need every professional in the county and every relevant agency for the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to be proactive and share responsibility for doing everything possible to identify risk and harm that may currently be hidden and to support our most vulnerable children and young people.

Social distancing, self-isolating and lockdown can cause stress and changes in everyone’s behaviour. Families are under new pressures and children may appear more withdrawn, anxious or depressed. Spotting the signs of abuse might be more difficult and it can be difficult to know for certain if something is wrong.

Some of the signs you may spot include:

  • aggressive or repeated shouting
  • children exposed to witnessing domestic abuse
  • hearing hitting or things being broken
  • children crying for long periods of time
  • very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves
  • children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • children being withdrawn or anxious
  • unexplained injuries

These signs do not necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour, however, it is important that professionals remain alert and show professional curiosity when something does not feel right, and are persistent both in establishing contact and following up on any concerns. Professionals may also notice some concerning behaviour from adults who have children in their care, which makes them concerned for the child/children’s safety and wellbeing.

If you remain concerned about a child once you have considered what support you could offer to meet the child’s needs, you could report a safeguarding concern by calling 0300 126 1000 and speaking to the multi-agency safeguarding team (MASH). If you believe that a child is in immediate danger please call 999.

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