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One way system Video

Below is a link to the video showing the one way system around school




Whole School return

Dear Parents and Carers

We now begin to move to the next phase of reopening where we will be inviting the whole school back on Thursday 3rd September 2020. The government has reinstated the Law that school is compulsory for school age children.  The government states, “Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development.” Therefore it is expected for children to return. I understand some parents may be anxious about this or may not want to send their child due to their child’s health concerns and if this is the case, I would be more than happy to discuss this with you. The school phones will be on all day Wednesday 2nd September to discuss such issues.

Whilst there are no guarantees that we will not have cases of COVID-19 in school, we can, and have, put in preventative measures to protect our children, staff and families. School has been open from the 1st June 2020, where we have had no reported cases. The preventative measures we will be adopting will include isolating the children into bubbles and not letting them mix with the rest of school, regular handwashing throughout the day, having windows open throughout school, separating desks and preventing movement within class and trying to carry out as many lessons as possible outdoors. ALL families will also have to agree to test their child should they develop symptoms and take part in track and trace to reduce further spread.

Social Distancing

It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff, where possible, only mix in a consistent group and that group stays away from other people and groups. The government recognize that for younger children, maintaining 2 metres will not be possible and therefore we will instead reduce the risk by minimizing contact with other groups in school. Public Health England is clear that if early years settings, schools and colleges do this, and crucially if they are also applying regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures and handling potential cases of the virus as per the advice, then the risk of transmission will be lowered.

I would like to ask for parents to maintain 2 metre distance from each other whilst on school site to again reduce the risk of transmission. 

School Hours

Breakfast club and after school club will commence from Monday 7th September 2020. Breakfast club will run from 8- until the start of class and after school club will be end of school-5:15. We have had to reduce after school club timings due to the increased amount of cleaning that needs to take place in school. We request that if this service is needed that it is booked in advance as careful planning needs to take place to ensure that it is safe. Breakfast club and Nutcrackers will now take place in the hall.

We have also adapted the school day, this is to ensure that timings are staggered and to ensure that school can implement their catch up programme for the children. The new (temporary) school timings will be as follows:

Nursery: 8:30-5:15 (Timings will be reviewed after the first couple of weeks)

Reception: 8:50-9 until 3:00

Year 1 and 2: 8:30-8:40- 3:15

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6: 8:40-8:50 until 3:25

It is important that children are dropped off during these windows and children will not be allowed in the building prior to their slot. If you arrive early we ask that you wait in the waiting bays which are located in the pull in bay at the top of school or on the muga (playground at the back of school). Children must be collected at the agreed time and will not be allowed to leave early. This is because we are operating ‘normal’ school and therefore they cannot be pulled out of lesson. Again parents are asked to wait in the pull in bay at top of school or on the muga until collection.


For the first few days Reception will have a reduced timetable in order for them to adjust to school life. This will be as follows:



Thursday 3rd  September 2020


Friday 4th September 2020


Monday 7th September 2020


Tuesday 8th September 2020

8:50-3:00 onwards


Moving around school

There will be a one way system in operation that will be different to the one operated prior to the summer holidays. This one way system will stretch all the way around school and will utilize the nursery gate. A video will come out showing parents the one way system and where the children’s new class is. There will also be classroom signs for you to follow on the children’s first day.

  • Gates will be open at the beginning and end of the school day but on entering the school site, parents and children must follow the one way system. All gates around school will close promptly at 9am.
  • If parents have other children with them, the children must stay with the parent at all times.
  • There are 2m social distancing markers around the outside of the whole school. These must be used at all times.
  • Only one parent can bring children to school. They must drop off and leave, rather than remain on school playgrounds. If parents need to wait for any reason, this is to happen in the designated areas.
  • There will be no opportunity for parents to stop and discuss matters with the adult leading the class. If parents need to speak with the teacher, they must send their child with a note, phone or email school.
  • There are 2m markings outside each classroom. The children will be shown how to use these in their first week returning to school. When they arrive at school they will be asked to stand on a marker and then be told to enter the classroom.
  • Inside the school building there will be a one-way system along corridors to avoid passing people.
  • Corridors have the 2m markings.

Break and Lunches

  • Break and lunch times will be staggered to avoid the mixing of ‘groups (Bubbles)’.
  • Each ‘bubble’ will be allocated a designated area on the playground.
  • Children will need to bring packed lunches unless they qualify for free school meals where a packed lunch will be provided.
  • All children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a cold packed lunch ordered for them on the days they are in school.
  • Children will need to bring a healthy snack for breaktime.
  • Children will eat in their designated classroom.
  • Tables will be cleaned before and after lunch.
  • Children will wash their hands before and after break time and before and after lunch.

Groupings (Bubbles)

  • Bubbles will stay together once established. There can be no movement of children between bubbles.
  • The bubbles will be grouped as follows:

-  Reception (Bubble 1)

-  Year 1 and Year 2 (Bubble 2)

-  Year 3 and Year 4 (Bubble 3)

-  Year 5 (Bubble 4)

-  Year 6 (Bubble 5)


  • We have grouped bubbles for the purposes of certain areas of learning (for example phonics) where the children will be grouped based on their ability. This will be reviewed at October half term.
  • If a child or adult in a bubble display the symptoms of coronavirus, they will be sent home where they will need to isolate for 10 days. Family members will need to begin a 14 day isolation. The child/staff member will then need to book a test. If positive, you will need to engage with track and trace and if negative children/staff member can return to school.
  • If a positive test is received and a bubble shuts down, the rest of the school remains open and the closed bubble children will receive work to take home.
  • If a child shows symptoms, they will be taken to the medical room where they will wait for collection. Staff will be wearing PPE for children with symptoms.
  • Trained first aiders will be on site each day.
  • A first aider will wear gloves, a mask and an apron when dealing with first aid incidents and when dealing with a child displaying symptoms. 

Health and Safety First


All pupils and adults must follow the health and safety expectations

  1. 1.      Maintain Distancing –Adults in school will promote and encourage distancing between bubbles. Children will use the one way system around school and break times will be staggered. Toileting will be supervised by a member of staff to ensure that there is no mixing of bubbles.


  1. 2.      Handwashing – on entry to school, at regular intervals through the day, before and after the toilet

/ lunch /break, and before going home children will wash their hands. Children will be reminded not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth.


  1. 3.     Respiratory hygiene – when coughing or sneezing, children will be taught how to use tissues and dispose of them immediately. If no tissue, children must cough or sneeze into their elbow.


We cannot do this on our own. These habits need to be in place outside of school too. Please prepare your children before school starts and reinforce at home.


  1. 4.      Face masks- wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstances by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example young children, or those with special need or disabilities) as it may

inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.’ Children are not able to bring face masks into school for this reason. If children are wearing facemasks to school, it is parents and carers responsibility to dispose of them away from the school premise. Children should not wear masks on entry to the school building.

Staff do have permission to wear face masks to protect others if they wish.

  1. 5.      Ventilation – classroom windows and external doors will be open to allow for ventilation. Please ensure your child has an extra layer on cooler days.
  1. 6.      Cleaning cleaning will take place during the day. Cleaners/caretaker will be cleaning toilets, sinks, taps, handles and touchpoints. Each classroom will have its own cleaning equipment to clean tables and equipment throughout the day.


Children will be required to wear uniform to school and we ask parents to wash it as regularly as possible to again reduce the risk of transmission. We ask that children do not bring their PE kits to school but instead on the days they have PE to wear their kit to school initially- this will be reviewed. ALL PE (where possible) will take place outside as physical exercise leads us to breathe more heavily so we therefore being outside will reduce the risk of spread We therefore recommend that children wear shorts or joggers depending on the weather and bring a jumper in case it is cold. Children will need a coat for cooler weather and a sunhat for sunny days.

We also recommend that parents please provide children with a bottle of water each day. Children will be required to bring bags to school with their lunch reading book, homework etc in each day.

Learning at school

Our pupils’ health and wellbeing is our priority. A period of time will be needed to support pupils in adjusting to being back in school and in a more structured daily routine. Re-building relationships and expectations will form a key part of their early return. Daily timetables will also include daily reminders about the preventative measures school has put in place and will include PSHE lessons. The first couple of weeks will focus on mental health and wellbeing and acclimatizing the children back into the formal school environment. School will be reinstating it’s good to be green behaviour policy which is what school followed prior to lockdown.  

Learning at home

Upon our return a questionnaire will be sent out to all families regarding learning at home and who has access to the internet. School may have to go into lock down at any moment and it is therefore important to try and keep some continuity in education going. School have signed up to Google Classroom and we have access to the Oak national academy which we intend on using if we lockdown. All children will be shown how to use these programs during the first couple of weeks in case this happens.


All normal communication lines will reopen and we will be using the schools normal number once more. Staff will still be picking up emails via the, as they always have. As always, if your child is due in school and is unwell or you have a concern please ring and speak to us. If your child is not attending school through illness please contact the school as usual.  

Role of parents

If children or anyone within your household are displaying any symptoms of the Coronavirus:

-        a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

-        a new, continuous cough

-        a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Children must not attend school and you should book a test immediately. You should then contact school to inform them of this.

Children who attend school must feel 100%. Any doubt regarding feeling poorly, you should keep your child off school and contact the school office for further advice.

There will be no parking on the school site, this is because the car park and surrounding drop off points are having to be incorporated into our one way system. The government is promoting cycling and walking to school in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The plan above is not comprehensive and I am sure adjustments will have to be made and these will be communicated with you. A letter was sent out with the new class structure for next year, if you missed it a reminder is below:

Reception: Miss Hakes, Mrs Hughes and Tash

Year 1: Mrs Daynes and Miss Massingham (maternity cover for Mrs Barratt), Mrs Mawson and Lance

Year 2: Mrs Glaves, Mrs Simeoli-Brown and Miss Savage

Year 3: Mrs Smith, Amie and Mrs Woollas

Year 4: Miss Brand and Hayley

Year 5: Mr Barratt, Fiona and Mrs Dales

Year 6 Mrs Minucci, Miss Osborn, Sarah and Rachel


Kind regards


Mr C Clay

Welcoming Children back to say Hello

6th July 2020


Dear Parents/Carers

We are going to be holding transition sessions for children in Year 2,3,4 & 5 before the summer holidays commence. The aim of the session is to allow children to see their classmates before the summer break and for staff to touch base with the children before we resume school in September.

The session will be held in the large tents on the school field. Children will have an hour with their peers and partake in a game and circle time. Social distancing will be adhered to and handwashing facilities and anti-bacterial hand solution will be available. Children are not required to wear their school uniform.

Please see below the date and time of the allocated sessions.

Tent 1


Tent 2  


Monday 20 July Year 2

Tuesday 21 July Year 4


Monday 20 July Year 3

Tuesday 21 July Year 5

We believe it is important for children to come into school grounds before the summer break and to socialise with their peers. This academic school year has been unusual and unsettling and we would like to use this hour to reflect and enjoy some time with one another.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.


Mr C Clay

Head teacher

Google Classroom

Good morning all

To try and support Parents more with their childs learning we are now moving to a blended approach to teaching and learning. As part of this, we have purchased google classroom. Google classroom is a site that allows children to log in to it with their own username and password. When on the site the children will see two things. The first is a stream which allows children to send their class teacher messages regarding assignments and the second the children will see work set by class teachers. This work can then be completed online using a computer, tablet or phone and then turned in for the teacher to mark. Over the next week, a member of staff will be delivering the childrens usernames and passwords and a guide of how to access Google classroom. When you recieve this, please have a go (if you have internet access) at logging on. If you are unsure about anything please contact the school. 

Teachers will be setting work weekly to complete using the software and all work should beable to be completed without needing a printer or any other hardware. 

There is a video here created by another school that explains how to use Google Classroom. 

We have also created a Google Classroom policy that I have also attached for you to read, this states the rules of using the platform in order to keep everyone safe. This policy is called remote learning and is found under the policy section of the website.  

Again, any questions contact 01529 302696.

Mr Clay

Bubble Update

Good afternoon,

I have been trying to get further guidance regarding isolating when there has been suspected/confirmed cases in school as having spoken to several of you I know some are missing work and I hoped to have results back by now.  Further Guidance regarding bubble closure is below:

‘Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.’

Currently, we do not have a positive test result therefore this guidance would presume you can return to work and other family members do not need to isolate- just the pupil in the bubble.

The only crux to this is if a child had the virus and was asymptomatic which is the reason we send siblings home as well as we want to keep everyone safe.

Mr Clay

Summer opening

Dear Parents/carers

I am writing with an update with regards to summer opening for groups of children. I felt it better to inform you in advance than provide you with information last minute. After discussions with the schools Chair of the Governing body, Staff, local schools and after reading recent media stories, I would like to inform you that Church Lane Primary school and Nursery currently DO NOT have any plans for opening for ANY group over the summer holidays. Next academic year is going to be a challenging one for school staff in particular and it is therefore important that everyone has chance to recharge their batteries- as the majority of staff have been working every day for the last 16 weeks and will be 21 weeks come summer. In addition, this also gives the school time (once we receive information) to plan for how school will return in September.

Should this change I will of course let you know our plans and I will of course inform you of clubs who are offering childcare over the holidays should you require it and we remain closed.

On another note, we are now trying to move all communication from texts and letters to emails as this is better for the environment and is more efficient. If you haven’t already, I ask that you send your email address to

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office on 01529 302696.

Kind regards

Mr Clay


01529 302 696

Updates and response to some recent social media

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to provide some further information with regards to recent updates and communications. I would like to thank parents and carers for you continued support during this period. These are unprecedented times, we have never dealt with a pandemic in a school environment before and we are working with fairly limited information. Although some of our decisions may seem different to other schools, they are made based on the context of our school, information given and more importantly with the safety of pupils at its forefront. Other schools will do things in different ways, therefore schools should not be compared in any way as all Headteachers are having to make decisions that they are comfortable with.

With the announcement of the government’s plans not to reopen primary school places for pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, I was left feeling very disappointed and let down for a significant proportion of our Church Lane Community, many of whom are already feeling left out and forgotten simply on account of the month or year they were born. Having listened to Gavin Williamson’s speech in parliament yesterday afternoon, it is now very clear that their original plan of reintroducing these year groups for one month before the end of term was extremely ambitious.

As you know, the school is already working almost at capacity with approximately 60 pupils on site and therefore we are not in a position currently to offer places to years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Despite this, we must start preparing for the future and, quite frankly, I refuse to leave the children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 out of any of our thinking, regardless of what provision looks like in weeks and months to come. I will continue to communicate with you with regards to any information we receive from the Department for Education and Lincolnshire County Council and hope to formulate a plan soon. 

There has been some comments on social media with regards to school having positive coronavirus tested pupils in school. I would like to put on record that at this point that is factually INCORRECT. We have had 2 children who fell ill yesterday in one of our bubbles and those children were sent home and those children are being tested.

As it was two children in the same bubble and after discussion with the schools governing body and public health the decision was made to close the bubble and those children in the bubble isolate until negative tests were received. The guidance is to usually keep that bubble open, however due to their being 2 children and parents in that group working with vulnerable adults the decision was made to go above the guidance and close the bubble (small class) temporarily for EVERYONES safety. I understand that this may have cause difficulties for families however the safety of my staff, the children and their families will always be my number one priority.

With the current climate, this unfortunately is going to become our ‘new normal’ when children fall ill, they will be sent to get tested as precautionary measures and this I imagine will be happening regularly in schools across Britain. Spreading ‘gossip’ online only spreads fear and panic and is not supportive for our school community and the Sleaford community as a whole. I would ask parents and carers to trust me to inform you should there be any positive tests in school.

Please do take care everyone. Please get in contact on 01529 302696 if you need anything. Our play therapist/counsellor Karen is back at school and is available to support children and parents over the phone should you require it. Please also give us a call if you require further work.

Yours sincerely

Mr Clay


Year 6 update

Dear parents/carers

I write to you to confirm that based on our current capacity we are in a position to take more children as of 8th June 2020 and therefore we will be inviting back year 6 into two bubbles. These bubbles have been selected based on Key workers groups etc and therefore children will not be able to change bubbles. Thank you to everyone who we have spoken to informing us on whether you intend to send your child.   Over the coming days you will receive a text stating the new class and teacher for your child. They will be taught by Miss Osbourn or Mr Barratt. Mrs Minucci is not currently working in school and therefore she will not be teaching either class.

Can I ask that all parents read the letter which is below before attending and also watch the youtube video to familiarise yourself with the one way system in school. I must reiterate that children should only attend school if they feel 100% and the office should be contacted if they are not attending the setting. Your child will be sent home with a home school agreement after their first day which needs to be signed and returned.

Unfortunately, if we get to a point where our key worker or reception groups become full and we need to open up another class (we are almost at capacity), year 6 will be asked not to return to school in order for us to meet the needs of what the government has dubbed priority groups. This unfortunately could happen at any point over the next 6 weeks.

However for the short term at least we look forward to having our year sixes back. 

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. 01529 302696

We look forward to seeing you.

 Mr Clay


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